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Proud Bird: Head to a Historic LAX Area Restaurant

How proud I am that L.A. saved this local treasure! The Proud Bird restaurant, which doubles as a city landmark, is still open for dining and site seeing pleasure after threat of closing in late 2013. Hurray to keep history in the city of Angels!

Aviation fans will delight in the large scale replica of historic airplanes and show much adoration for the photographic tributes of great pilots and aviation moments captured in still shots. For those particularly interested in the Tuskegee Airmen, this landmark is a must on your must-see on your travel list. Several photographic memorabilia pieces are hung up on the beautiful wooden walls featuring the historic black American aviation and war heroes.

For a fancy looking dining hall, not the most top notch service, but good and efficient enough and still done with smiles. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. The "Sunset Menu " is for those who love happy hour pricing for meals.

Buffet menu is the option for brunch and varies. Though the buffet is overpriced for the good (not great) food offered) i will give that a pass to knock the restaurant- due to satisfying effort in execution of food and the overall draw of the landmark restaurant.


Brunch fans can delight here on Sunday, from 9AM to 3PM.

You can make a reservation online-

Estimate bill price range is based on an adult brunch price, $38. For lunch, you can get away with spending $20 per person (entree + drink) and for dinner, $30 (entree + drink).
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Favorite Dish Buffet meals (vary) but include made-to-order pasta bar options...

Freshly made pasta-get a choice of pasta (penne or longer noodle like linguini), choice of white or tomato-based red sauce and vegetable topping.

Pasta done just right, not overcooked. Very generous serving. Come hungry here.

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Apr 21, 2014

The Proud Bird: "da" man!!!

Our hats are off to Yubert and TinKan for pulling off a fantastic meeting of VT folks from around the world. There had to have been at least 40 folks here laughing, drinking, talking and taking much fun. And what a place to have the gathering...the 8th largest private Aviation Museum in the world.

Favorite Dish Well let me start off by saying that the service was very slow, but the food made up for was totally awesome. LJ had the Shrimp Scampi (large shrimp in a garlic butter sauce with salad, basmati rice, and fresh vegetables). I had the house speciality...the Sizziling Proud Bird Strip (sauteed with mushrooms and onions in red wine sauce with salad, fresh vegetable and garlic mashed potatoes).

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Apr 08, 2013

The Proud Bird: Tasty Buffet

The Proud Bird Restaurant is located adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport. Surrounding the restaurant are World War II era airplanes, giving the grounds a museum-like feel. From the dining rooms inside, you can watch the planes take off and land on the runways nearby.

Opened in 1960, the restaurant wanted to give diners the feel of excitement associated with aerospace history. That goal remains today. As you step inside the building, the decor makes you feel as though you’ve entered an officers club in the 1940s.

I visited The Proud Bird for Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s specialty is its amazing (and massive) buffet. I’m not typically a fan of buffets as the food seems old and is not made to order. But this was an excellent buffet experience. Fresh seafood, including a sushi bar, fresh meats with a carving station, a wide variety of side dishes, vegetables and deserts gave diners an excellent menu selection. The quality of the food was high and I ate until my stomach begged me to stop (it was Thanksgiving, after all).

The restaurant has a full bar and never left our mimosa glasses empty for long.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm, Sunday 4:30pm-10pm

Favorite Dish My favorite item, despite all the great dinner items, was the made to order bananas foster. This is one of my favorite deserts and the small serving size was perfect for something so rich.

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Apr 04, 2011

The Proud Bird: Airport Plane museum and restaurant

Located just outside the LAX airport on Aviation Blvd. The Proud Bird is a great way to start or end a trip to LAX. The airplane museum in and around the parking lot is the added plus which makes this place unique.

The food is consistently well prepared and very tasty.

I've eaten in the restaurant and in the banquet hall where they catered to over 80 people with exceptional service.

Favorite Dish I prefer the chicken dishes, but my wife says the steaks are great as well.

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Oct 29, 2008
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The Proud Bird Restaurant (American): ...

Having gone through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) numerous times, it's a wonder how I'd never heard about this place sooner. Luckily, VT'er Yubert suggested it as the venue for an impromptu dinner during the 2nd Annual VT'er Weekend in SoCal (Manhattan Beach 2004). Great pick'ns Yubert! How very appropriate for our frequent flier group.

Themed after the WWII era, The Proud Bird Restaurant offers its guests a very unique dining experience. Situated right next door to one of LAX's runways, diners are also spectators to an aerial parade of planes preparing to land, all amid an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone age. The Proud Bird is certainly a great place for aviation enthusiasts and really just anyone who can appreciate a one-of-a-kind dining encounter.

According to a websites I saw, The Proud Bird was founded by a noted warbird collector named David Tallichet in 1963, and that his collection claims to be the eighth largest private aviation museum in the world. There are approximately fifteen aircrafts on display, ranging from a vintage Fokker D.VII to a Spitfire to a MiG15. Pretty convincing replicas, these are. Inside the restaurant, walls tactfully display aviation memorabilia.

Favorite Dish I don't exactly recall what it was I ordered during my VT meet, but I do remember enjoying it. Cuisine is American fare.

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Nov 12, 2006

'' Proud Bird '': A restaurant that is famous in aviation circles.

This restaurant is a wonderful restaurant with good food and it stands out for its beautiful outdoors display of historic airplanes .Before you go inside and order your food you must see the display of historic planes ,they look very impressive .The walls are covered with a variety of painted or fotgraphed historic events that have to do with planes.It is s great restaurant.

Favorite Dish We were there with a group of over 30 people and I seen all different plates of food ,and they all looked pretty good to me .
I had Prime Rib and it was excellent.

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Aug 29, 2004

The Proud Bird: Good food amidst aviation history

Prominent VT member Yubert hosted a 2004 VT Annual Party at this restaurant. The outside looks like a Spanish Colonial building, albeit one with about a dozen old planes mounted on pedestals.

The restaurant was originally built by Continental Airlines and sits right across from one of the LAX runways.

Kids will LOVE this place!

Favorite Dish A wide variety of food is available ranging from steak and chicken to a medley of different seafood. The food is quite good and the staff is superb.

On Sunday there's a Sunday brunch.

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Aug 04, 2004

Not only a restaurant..... but...

Not only a restaurant..... but a landmark in Los Angeles!!!!!!
We're all too familiar with the accuracy of Murphy's Law (whatever can go wrong will go wrong) As an adjunct to that, consider Pelley's Prediction: No matter what you do, someone will be unreasonable! :o) so...... if you're plane/flight is delayed and you happen to have a couple of extra hours close to LAX..... I recommend you visit 'The Proud Bird' restaurant..... located on Aviation Blvd. at the end of the runway of Los Angeles International Airport in El Segundo, California. Founded by David Tallichet, World War II veteran and aircraft collector, this restaurant has been a historical landmark for decades. The Proud Bird Restaurant, originally named for its relationship with Continental Airlines, 'The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail,' has been an international destination for more than 35 years. The restaurant is home to an extensive museum of aviation history. Hundreds of artifacts, photographs, and memories fill the restaurant, telling the story of the evolution of modern aviation. Featured exhibits include the era of the Wright Brothers all the way through Operation Desert Storm, as well as pilots Bob Hoover, Chuck Yeager, Jimmy Doolittle, and Richard Bong, to name only a few. At the entry and at the view side of the restaurant, there are many historical aircrafts displayed. The P-51 Mustang, the P-38 Lightning, and the Bell X-1 are some of the many historical planes on display.I think you will enjoy this restaurant.... and maybe it will relax you enough to be ready to undertake some more repeated '15-minute' delays.... yeah! yeah!!!! that's right, you know what I'm talking about..... when the flight attendants have been reassuring but nonspecific and then you hear the captain's voice say: 'This is your captain. There's been a small mechanical problem, ladies and gentlemen, but not with the plane. The machine that smashes your suitcases has broken down and we're having to smash them all by hand. We should be ready to take off shortly. Thanks for your patience.' Now..... who can to stay mad in a situation like that? (hehehehe, especially if you've been to the Proud Bird and enjoyed their great buffet!!!!! ohhhhhh, it was marvelous!!!!! tons of choices, fancy enviroment and great price too!)

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Aug 26, 2002

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