Welcome to The Musso & Frank Grill
“The bar … can turn out a martini that Bogart would've judged worthy of the name. That counts for a lot in this world.” - Esquire magazine
Before the iconic Hollywood sign was built, The Musso & Frank Grill was here. And for premieres and finales, through awards seasons and writers’ strikes, we’ve been here. Passed down through three generations, Musso’s is a Hollywood staple — known as much for its commitment to tradition as it is for its superior food and classic ambiance. In fact, Musso’s looks the way it did when Charlie Chaplin dined here, and our menu is so esteemed — so classic — it’s gone virtually unchanged for nearly 100 years. Step in our door — and into another time.
Meet the Family
In 1927, John Mosso, together with his partner, Joseph Carrissimi, purchased The Musso & Frank Grill from Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet, for whom the restaurant was named. Perhaps Mr. Mosso was originally drawn to the restaurant by the similarity in the names of Musso and Mosso. Today, The Musso & Frank Grill is owned by the families of the three granddaughters of John Mosso: Steve and Anne Jones, John and Cathy Echeverria and Richard and Kristen Kohlmeyer. The general manager is Mark Echeverria, John Mosso’s great grandson.
John Mosso was born in Turin, Italy on January 30, 1888. He worked as an automotive engineer for Fiat, the Italian automobile manufacturer. In 1922, when Benito Mussolini began to develop his fascist ideology, John Mosso left Italy with his wife and daughter for the United States.
In 1927, Mr. Mosso, in partnership with Joseph Carissimi, purchased the Musso & Frank Grill from Frank Toulet and Josoph Musso. The new partners retained the name and managed the restaurant together until 1944. Joseph Carissimi left his interest in the restaurant to his son Charles. The restaurant was then run by John Mosso and Charles Carrisimi until Charles died in 1969. Charles left his interest in the restaurant to his wife Edith. At around the same time, Mr. Mosso’s daughter Rose, having raised her three daughters, began to spend more time in the daily operations of the restaurant. When Mr. Mosso passed away in 1974, he left his interest in the restaurant to his only daughter Rose.
Rose Keegel and Edith Carissimi then ran the restaurant together until Mrs. Keegel passed away in 2000. She left her interest in the restaurant to her three daughters who then ran the restaurant with Mrs. Carissimi. In October of 2009, the three granddaughters of John Mosso, together with their families, purchased Mrs. Carissimi’s interest in the restaurant.
The Musso & Frank Grill is operated today by the third and fourth generations of the John Mosso family. The family of John Mosso continues to be committed to provide the authentic experience, ambiance and traditional dining of historic Hollywood.
On the Floor
You’ll feel like Hollywood royalty — even if you’re not. Our waiters are true professionals in every sense of the word. And they’re like family. Many have been here 20, 30 and even 40 years, perfecting their art. At The Musso & Frank Grill, service is exactly that. An art.
Behind the Bar
You’ve never had a martini like this. With more than 90 collective years of bartending experience, there are few drinks our bartenders haven’t made. But what Musso’s is most famous for are the classics, made to exquisite perfection. It’s no wonder Esquire magazine called ours one of the “Best Bars in America.”
In the Kitchen
Beginning with the famous French chef Jean Rue, who spent more than 53 years creating and perfecting Musso’s original recipes, our phenomenal food has become something of a Hollywood legend. Only two talented executive chefs have taken the reins in our kitchen in the three decades since Chef Rue retired.