8615 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.092563 -118.379549
Mon-Thurs 11:30 - 10:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 -11:00
Sun 11:30 - 10:00
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
This place has one of the best calimari – This place has one of the best calamari and marina sauce that I've ever had! Nice crunchy batter and tender squid with a tough of lemon. The breading is crunchy yet still soft.
wow is all i could say about this restaurant. cafe med's has been around a long time and there are always people here during lunch time. order over the phone before you go is the best way to beat the crowds.
I went there on a Saturday for lunch; it wasn't overly packed...
The waiter began with a rude tasteless description of the menu (tall, balding Italian guy). When we asked him for 2 minutes, he scoffed and walked away. Then, when he came back we put in our order. THIRTY FIVE minutes later, our food was still not there and three tables around us that got there after us had already received their food. We asked the server to check on our order but he disappeared, then we asked a busboy, and finally the hostess. FIFTEEN minutes later, they bring our food and still, the waiter brings it out in a rude manner. No apologies...NOTHING. Neither my friend or I complained or said anything but it seems like that's how they work. Not only that, they didn't check on us ONCE to see if we needed anything (drinks etc) and when we did ask for a refill they kept forgetting. Before I left, I went to the hostess and said "I have to tell you that we're very disappointed with our experience today - the service was pretty terrible (or nonexistent)" - she smiled at me and said "thank you, bye!"
From start to end, terrible experience!
Yummy and nice ambiance – I like to go there for lunch. I try to do during the week so it's less crowded and the waitresses and waiters can attend to you more. Also less noisy.
Food is great, classic. I enjoy big portion salads. They also have a great wine selection and one of the waiters (didn't get his name) knows all about wine.
Get a table outside if you can!
All Around Wonderful – The food and wine did not disappoint. The location and style were both very attractive. The service - not the best, but not terrible. One nice feature, you an modify your meal to get half pasta, half salad. Both food and wine by the glass are reasonably priced. A new favorite when in L.A.!
OH PLEASE – These people complaining about the 20% service charge obviously don't tip that much; 20% is pretty standard here in LA. The reason why they charge is probably because most Italians stiff the wait staff. If you were reasonable tippers, you wouldn't even write such a sordid review. My Uncle owns an Italian restaurant in New York and when our cousins came from Italy they even stiffed the wait staff in his own restaurant!!!
When American's go to Italy they always double tip the staff, and obviously 5% here is all you want to pay.
GO CAFE MED!
Not worth the money – Recommended by the hotel but we were so disappointed.
Food was cold, badly prepared and staff unfriendly.
Also because we had accents, we were charged 20% service charge for 2 people!!!!!
Got charged for service just because we have accents!!! – We are Italians and we, therefore, have an accent. We have been to Cafe Med in the past and this never happened, but it did the last two times, so I will never return there. The waiter (who was rude and really not attentive to us) charged us the service. I told him I have never seen that in 20 years in LA. He said they do that during summer season. Ok, I went there on October 4...looks to me like Summer is over...plus nowhere in the menu was indicated that the service was included. I am sure it was because he believed we were tourists. This is discrimination to Italians in an Italian place!!!! Ridicolous. NEVER AGAIN THERE>
Great experience! – Cafe Med is on a busy corner location along Sunset Plaza. You'll find loads of parking just behind restaurant, which is definitely a plus in this area. Choose a seat on the patio if possible; you won't be disappointed with the people watching. (One caveat: there was a VERY close traffic call in the intersection and we realized, while smelling the burned tire rubber, that in the event of an actual accident, the patio wouldn't be protected from flying debris or sliding vehicles. Such is the case with all outdoor cafes; this one is just on an extremely busy street.)
The menu was filled with interesting choices, from salads to sandwiches to pizza to pasta to meat/chicken/seafood entrees. (With prices ranging from $10 to $30, there's something for every budget.) We selected the fried calamari appetizer to share, followed by separate entrees of grilled prawns and grilled salmon. As we waited, we enjoyed biscuit-like bread with a wonderfully fruity olive oil and a lovely dry riesling.
The tender, crispy calamari was served with an excellent light red, almost pink, marinara that accented rather than overpowered. The prawns were huge, split like lobsters, and served on a bed of crunchy greens. The salmon was very simply served with a tasty side of fresh corn and tomatoes. In all dishes, the quality of the ingredients spoke for themselves.
We finished with a light and airy tiramisu that more than fulfilled its "pick me up" translation. Delicious!
Total tab for everything was a very reasonable $80. The value received was well worth the price.
The location's ambiance and excellent service enhanced one of the best dining experiences during our week in LA. We plan to return to Cafe Med on our next visit.
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