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“A magical place you ought to visit”
Review of Magic Castle

Magic Castle
Ranked #54 of 10,308 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Before you go have a look at when the shows are, they are on in the day as well as the evening. There is a dress code which makes it feel rather special. If you go in the evening ensure you spend some time in the bar to spot some of the magicians who are happily waiting to show you some magic.
The food is it's let down , it is fine but noting special, although the waiting staff certainly are very, very good indeed. There is a very good selection of wines to compliment your meal and overall it is entertaining too

1  Thank Plumly
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

It might cost a bit, but this place is awesome. The heated pool was on the cold-side, but overall a great place.

2  Thank Jake C
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The Magic Castle is a very unique one off venue that is a fabulous experience. The restaurant in the Magic Castle is a unique Victorian dinning experience.The menu and wine list is adequate and covers the bases of steaks, ribs, chicken, fish etc.The service is good and the waiters looking after you add to the theatrical experience with animated voices and expressions. .The food was tasty if not top quality as the lamb chops were grizzly, fatty and chewy rather than tender, succulent and tasty.The calamari was served on a cold plate so it didn't stay hot long and was cold before we finished it. The chicken Cesar was tasty but the chicken was cold and the presentation wasn't the usual deep bowl but a flat plate.We had a wonderful Malbec wine that was very reasonably priced.What the food lacked the dinning room ambiance, atmosphere and experience made up for what turned out to be an excellent evening out because of the fantastic magic shows and impromptu up close and face to face magicians performing around the bar areas.Overall a wonderful experience but the food service and presentation ( hot) could be easily improved.

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2  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

As other reviews stated, Magic Castle is accessible only as a guest of a club member. We arrived Sunday evening. There is a formal dress code. Dress as you would for formal dinner on a cruise ship. Well, tuxedo is not necessary but suit with tie is required for men. As you approach the castle up the high driveway, the sign directs you to valet parking. Pictures can be taken outside and inside the lobby. Videotaping and picture taking are prohibited elsewhere in the building. We had a 6pm dinner reservation. (Having dinner at the castle provides us tickets to the main theater. Otherwise, we would be in a waiting line.) The Filet of Beef was excellent. Unfortunately, the California Chicken was too dry. Cutting the chicken was not easy. (Another guest also had dry chicken.) For drinks, our party of 6 had wine, hot tea and water. The water was filled up frequently. My elderly mother-in-law did not finish her delicious Sea Bass and asked for a box. To our pleasant surprise, we wrote a name on the box. It was retrieved in the lobby as we were leaving the castle. This eliminated the hassle carrying the box to all the performances. We waited 45 minutes for the 7:45pm performance in Close-Up Gallery. We were informed that everyone in our party had to stand in line. Only one person in group can go to restroom at a time. Rather than have my mother-in-law stand for 45 minutes, a very considerate associate member had us wait in seating area outside the gallery. After this fine performance, we went to the Palace of Mystery 8:30pm show with our tickets. After the 3 acts in the palace, we went back to the Gallery for the late close-up (10pm) performance. We were the last guests allowed into the Gallery due to small capacity. (Another guest gave his seat up to my mother-in-law.) Unlike the Palace, this room allows standing. Taking a restroom break almost prevented us from making the 10pm show. I suggest you stand in line and then go to the restroom. After the 20 minute magical performance, we exited the castle via lobby. The Sea Bass was retrieved by lobby employee and car was retrieved by Valet. This is my fourth visit in 30 years. In spite of my chicken dinner, it was a very enjoyable evening.

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2  Thank Harold H
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This Castle is by invitation only for club members and their guests. You have to make a reservation through the club member and abide by all the rules. The dress code is strict and they WILL turn you away if you don't comply. Don't plan on canceling your reservation on the day of or you'll be out about $50/person, so allow plenty of time to get to the castle due to Los Angeles traffic. Kids under 21 are allowed only on weekend brunches. I took my son and his friends there for his high school graduation and they thought it ROCKED.

There's a system involved in trying to get to see all the shows in a timely manner. First, after your brunch or dinner, go to the main theater and sit on the left side of the theater (facing the stage) so you can be one of the first ones out to go to the close up theater right after the main show (a much smaller theater, sometimes geared toward kids shows and it seats 1/3 of the number of people that the main theater seats.) After that, you'll have time to tour the museum and the various magicians in their close up shows throughout the halls of the Castle. It's really pricey (count on $100--$125 per person by the time you each have an entree--no sharing allowed--, drinks, and pay the cover charge). We've been here about a half dozen times and each time it's been fantastic!

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3  Thank EllieRKay
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