This airport-adjacent restaurant-turned-food-hall boasts the staff of The Bellwether as its culinary consultants, which means delicious choices from partners like Bludso’s Bar & Que and a varied menu of international options ranging from Hawaiian burgers to tangerine chicken. Oh, and there’s also an all-you-can-eat brunch on weekends.

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"The Proud Bird restaurant, which is adjacent to LAX, almost served its last customer in 2013, until the community “raised their hands and said, 'We need to save this place,'” said owner John D. Tallichet, president and CEO of Specialty Restaurants Corp., whose parents opened the iconic eatery in 1967.

“My dad was passionate because of being a World War II pilot. Our family was passionate about aviation, but we really felt that the restaurant had served its time like many restaurants do. We weren't really sure how it was going to fit in in the future … A lot of people would say, 'John I love the Proud Bird, but it looks kind of old and tired," Tallichet said.

When the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded Specialty Restaurants a 20-year lease in January 2015, it gave them an opportunity to reinvest. Originally $6 to 7 million was to be invested in renovating the Proud Bird, but that soon ballooned to more than $12 million before they officially opened its doors this month.

“The number keeps going up … Over time there were so many things that we discovered that needed to be fixed or upgraded that took a lot of investment,” Tallichet said.

But now the 50-year old Proud Bird has been re-hatched as a modern interactive museum and Food Bazaar. It features eating stations as well as the Mile High Club Bar and Lounge. The 50,000 square foot space features floor-to-ceiling windows allowing panoramic views of the LAX runways while enjoying lunch, dinner or weekend brunch."

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- Complimentary Guided Aviation Tours at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm
- FREE FOR KIDS!* Make your Own Airplane Craft Activity and Kid’s Junior Pilot Wings
- $7 Aviation Themed Cocktails On Tap all day!
- 15% Discount for all LAX and Airline employees

We have 16 aircraft throughout our property, interactive aviation exhibits, a Mile High Club Bar and Lounge with aviation-themed cocktails and stunning views of the LAX runways! Now sit back, relax, eat, drink and enjoy the ride!

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We cordially invite you to attend our Bridal Open House!

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and hord s'oeurves, meet our local vendors and Event Specialists and tour our gorgeous ballrooms!

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Available for Events that take place November 1st-February 1st

Book your holiday party by September 30th and receive a $100 Gift Card to thank you for planning the event!*

From open bar packages, to corporate luncheons, to dinner buffets or prix fixe menus, we can offer it all for your holiday party!

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310.670.3815 | proudbirdcatering@srcmail.com

*Available for events that take place November 1st, 2017 – February 1st, 2018. Valid for Special Events booked through the catering office. Food and Beverage minimum applies. Not valid on previously booked events. Subject to room availability and minimums. Must mention offer at time of booking. Not valid with any other promotions. The Specialty Restaurants Gift Card will be provided after the event to the meeting planner. Management reserves all rights.

"As thoroughfares go, Aviation Boulevard has a shortage of interesting sights. There’s one exception, and it’s a big one – the restaurant just south of the runways at LAX where a sprawling building sits next to an eye-catching gaggle of antique aircraft. Most are warbirds from both World Wars but a few are vintage airliners, one decked out in faded Western Airlines livery. Welcome to the Proud Bird, a landmark that once was a fabled nightspot and has been reborn as a 21st century food bazaar."

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"Great news for aviation fans and plane spotters! The legendary 50-year-old, LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant has reopened after closing for more than a year (they came close to closing for good). The new Proud Bird looks nothing like the old except for the sign, vintage plane replicas in the parking lot and back yard."

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"In 1958, David Tallichet, a former pilot in World War II, moved to Long Beach to start working at the Ivanhoe Room inside the Lafayette Hotel. By 1967, Tallichet was opening his own restaurant along the landing path of Los Angeles International Airport. The Proud Bird (named for Tallichet's favorite airline, Continental) quickly became a destination for travelers and locals alike."

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"The Proud Bird, a legendary LAX-adjacent restaurant and mini-aviation museum, has officially reopened after a closure of more than a year to remodel the space and rethink the menu."

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11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Food Bazaar

Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pmĀ 
Saturday 11am-2:30pm

Sunday-Thursday 5pm-8pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-9pm

Mile High Club Bar and Lounge
Monday-Friday 11:30am-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-11pm

Unlimited Brunch Pass
Sunday: 11am-3pm

*No reservations required

Join us for a Complimentary Aviation Tour!
Available every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.