Too bad this fabulous old LA landmark sold out. It's not that the remodeling is bad per se, it's what came with the new look that's a tragedy. The new owner has taken great pains to try to maintain the style of the old place; it's bright and shiny-new version of the old now boasting wi-fi connection. However, with the new decor has come an unpleasant new attitude and vibe. It's a vaguely pretentious feeling of putting on airs and trying too hard to make Delores Diner a fine dining establishment. The food is unchanged, and is just what you would expect from a diner; solid and consistently good, not outstanding or remarkable, and certainly not gourmet. Sadly, the charming, funkiness & quirkiness that naturally comes with an ""always open"" 24 hour diner is gone, as is most of the staff. All but a handful have been relieved of duty, leaving the remaining few rushed hurriedly running from table to table which is made glaringly apparent by the things forgotten like your toast order or that you needed a clean fork. Meanwhile, the boss stands back and watches with a critical eye never lifting a finger to assist. Delores is now generally understaffed; hence the level of service has dropped from good to less than satisfactory. Finally as expected there has been a substantial a price increase. Two eggs and a side of sliced tomatoes that cost $5.95 three months ago is now a whopping $8.25, fountain drinks are $2.50, overall a staggering 39% increase in price. It's a diner not Delmonico?s. Save your money and head for the IHOP, Norms, or Denny?s; each of equal quality and all within a couple of miles of Delores.
Pros: Tables are always available at any time.
Cons: service, cost