12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002534.044487 -118.467495
M-F 7am-11pm, Sat/Sun 8am-11pm
Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles, West LA
The layout of the restaurant is a bit weird, but they make great paninis, freshly squeezed juice and a killer portobello burger sandwiched with meaty mushrooms. The best part? The creamy chunk of avocado. Great for place for studying.
Best salmon i've ever had – On our way to the Wadsworth Theater, we stopped at the Literati 2 for dinner without reservations. We only had to wait 15 minutes and was escorted to the best table in the house. The hostess, servers and even the bus boys treated us like we were celebrities. I've read several of the "bad service" reviews below, and don;t understand. Everyone was smiling, laughing and commenting on the great experience they were having. The only complaint i could see would be the noise level.. It gets pretty loud in there, but I find that refreshing and alive. The table next to us was having an anniversary so we bought them a dessert, and when we left, we were told that they asked to pay for a round of our drinks. Complete strangers did this. I believe it's because of the quality mood and tone set within the walls of Literati 2. Thanks.
Monday Nights are the Best – I agree with "EDYCKERSEN". I have been going to "Monday Night Madness" for the past three Mondays in a row. I know chef Chris Kidder, and the guy knows how to grill a burger. I always have the classic beef and the gruyere cheese with a fried egg on top, and of course...those french fries!! I love the place, I love the staff and I LOVE THE BURGERS!!
The Patio is the Place to be! – A new garden getaway has arrived in Brentwood. Literati 2 has been one of my favorites for a power lunch for the past two years. Recently they added an outstanding new awning and lush tropical foliage to the patio to create an entirely different eating experience for lunch and dinner. Palms, ferns and flowers all brighten your mood and the fountain takes care of covering the sounds of the street outside. Nice Job, folks! I'll continue to be a regular, but I've found a new home on the patio!
Bland Food and Disorganized and Impersonal Service – I went to Literati for lunch with a client one afternoon and ended up disappointed in the bland tasting food, and lack of attention from the staff to basic requests. We both ordered chicken salads. I requested the dressing on the side, but the salad came out doused in dressing. We also ordered two waters and had to wait over 15 minutes after our food arrived to receive them - this was after we flagged down two different servers to make the request. The bread that came before the salad was chewy and cold and the salads themselves were sparse. There were probably about 4 little slices of chicken on each one. The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy, but when it is crowded, it becomes loud and difficult to hear the person across from you. There are many great places just down the street that are a better value and full of more flavor and creativity - even Cabo Cantina has salads that far eclipse those at Literati.
i've been to literati 2 many times and always get the salad with chicken for lunch or the cioppino for dinner. i like to eat light and they always have just the right items for my diet requirements. one night last week , i decided to be bad and ordered he hamburger. yes, the wood-grilled burger was thick and juicy and outstanding, but what struck me even more was the french fries. they are perfectly crisp, thin, and a little chewy. the cooks sprinkle a little parsley on them to make them "gourmet", but the flavor works in concert with the potatoes. it's not just for show. dare i say these are the best fries in los angeles, and with the burger may be my new favorite. no ketchup needed!!
New Patio is the best around west la – i think i reviewed literati 2 about a year ago and said how great it was, but that their patio seemed a little cold and sparse. well, they heard my calls and built a beautiful awning and filled the patio up with vegetation to make it look like a tropical wonderland. palms, ferns, succulents and flowers everywhere. they installed heaters overhead and a great fountain to drown out some of the urban noise outside. as usual, the food is great and service conitunes as i originally reviewed it. the staff hasn;t changed much at all in a year, and still smiling and happy to see you. it looks like melinda made manager, so i miss her being my server, but she still greets us and comes to the table to say hi and give us some cute little quip or story. this could be the best restaurant in LA.
Literati 2 satisfies the family on Monday nights – I've always stayed loyal to literati2 for its menu, service and wonderful. intriguing decor and ambience. now they'v made it even better by adding, "as you like it" hamburger night. when i got the email notice, i immediately ran in the next monday, and what a treat!!. the chef offered around 7 different proteins (beef, turkey, veggie, pork, meatball, sturgeon, venison) and then you choose from around 6 cheeses, and then 15 gourmet toppings. i've been there three mondays in a row and it's alwas different and always outstanding.
every pattie is grilled on a woodflame, and brought to the table by a sm,iling, knowledgeable server. i love this place TOO much.
We went to Literati Cafe for lunch based on the primarily good reviews it obtained here on Citysearch. Although their menu listed approximately 10 different soups, only 3 were available. Then, when they brought out our food, we only received one napkin and one set of silverware despite the fact that there were two of us and we each ordered our own meal. To make matters worse, they only got one of our orders correct. By the time the meal was replaced, the one they had gotten correct was cold. As for the meals themselves, they were bland and unseasoned. There are many other places to eat in this area that are much better for the money. The shocker of it all -- despite the fact that the food was incredibly bland, it still managed to give us indigestion for the rest of the day, bringing into question the quality of their ingredients. Bottom line -- go elsewhere, this place is overpriced, bland and not worth your time.
Too much noise to enjoy the great food and forgive the iffy service. – The noise level is intolerable. We had to shout our order to the waiter. The job title brings a new meaning to "waiting". The polished tile ceiling and glass wall divider separating the patio create a chamber of reverberating horrors that make casual conversation impossible, We were a party of four and could not converse. When we exited, we asked the hostess if they had consulted an acoustic pro to correct the problem. Even though our waiter had cheerfully given us "comment cards" to report our complaints, our plea to the hostess fell on deaf ears. She suggested that when we came next time we should sit in an adjoining room. We repeated our question on when the noise issue would be solved THREE times and she refused to reply. We bid her a sad farewell. We will not return- the chef is great.-the service is iffy and the noise is unforgiveable. What a shame.
Great food, cute ambiance – I went to this quick-service coffee shop for dinner, coffee, and a chat with some friends and loved it. I had one of the day's specials--turkey chili--and it tasted great and was reasonably priced. I will say that I'm glad I went early (at about 7 p.m.) because by around 8:15 p.m., it was packed and a table would have been hard to find. I thought the service was fine, although the only time I interacted with them was when I ordered my food. Try the mint lemonade!
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