2709 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.000893 -118.482073
Lunch: Wed - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm. Dinner: Mon - Thu, 6pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 6pm - 10:30pm; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: West LA, Ocean Park
SUPERB FOOD!!! – Superb food and service. The atomsphere is pleasant and the tables are close to one another so you may get the opportunity to know your neighbors! The catfish is not to be missed. The vegetarian dishes are tantilizing to your taste buds!!! Not to be missed!!!
one of the few restaurants i will always be willing to go to – There have been many occasions when I've canceled previous plans in order to eat at this restaurant. The decor is a bit over the top mid 90s design style, but fun. The food is awe-inspiring. One of the times I went with family and business colleagues, we ordered the foie gras about 3 times because people couldn't get enough. The last visit, I had the lamb. From a bad experience at another restaurant in vegas, this made up for it. Of course, the price makes up for the other restaurant as well, but completely worth it. From the most recent visit, Wolfgang was there and came around to our table and said hello to everyone which was a good treat. The service is usually very good. if anything just slightly slow, but all you need to do is get them to look at you and they waste no time in asking if they can do anything. Definitely eat here if you want to impress a group of people or if you want to have a fun good and relaxing environment with amazing food.
Upscale dining without being pretentious – Went on a girl's night out and didn't have to wait long for a table, which was a nice change in LA. We had just enough time to order drinks at the very crowded bar before we were seated at our table. The staff was extremely courteous and professional, from the hostess to the bus boys. The main dining area is small and crowded, in fact too much so. Expect a social, boisterous atmosphere so I would not recommend for a romantic date. The appetizers are expensive but large portions and a wide selection. Overll, the food was delectable, and served family style.
A new favorite in LA – We just went to Chinois on Main last night. The food was amazing. We recommend the braised short ribs and the won ton wrapped sea bass. The wait staff had practical tips for ordering and was so friendly and helpful. The wonderful dinner was topped off with the scrumptous peanut butter chocolate dessert. And the best part of the night for us was getting to meet Wolfgang himself. This restaurant is going to be on regular rotation for my boyfriend and me.
Not worth your money – There are so many other places where you can pay a lot of money and be really well taken care of. For the money, a place should be confortable and relaxed. I guess some people get all excited when a restaurant is crowded and loud. They think they are where its hot! They obviously arent there for fine dining. Im not cheap, but price is a fair way to judge restaurants. Their prices arent insulting to my wallet, they insult my intelligence. Unless you are just trying to fit into a crowd, literaly and figuratively, this place doesn't cut it. Make the restaurant earn your business. Respect yourself.
Agree - Overpriced and Mediocre Service – I have to agree with many previous reviews, Chinois has continue to go downhill over the years. The food is still good but overpriced, and I was amazed at the wine's markup. Expected better service with such a high notoriety restaurant and was disappointed. I noticed majority of the servers milled around the front entry, chitchatting and paying little attention to the customers. When we were seated it was over five minutes before we were acknowleded with a glass of water, although we were near the front, in plain sight of all the chatty servers. It was another 10 minutes before a server barely acknowledge we were there and took our order. The food came at a consistent pace, however, once we were through, it took another 15 minutes to flag the server down for the check. No, we won't be coming back, but they won't miss us.
It's best days are long gon – I first went to Chinois many years ago and have been back 4-5 times since. However, it slowly and surely reminded me of the fable about the Emperor With No Clothes. It's reputation was earned a long time ago, and it kinda rested on its laurels since then. I gradually got it that the hype is bigger than the reality. The interior design isn't just funky, it's positively ancient. The acoustics are tinny and the bar is tiny (tinny and tiny... how about that!). The food and service is ok, but doesn't compare to many other restaurants with similar price points. They need to reinvent themselves before the hype fades away...
Great for sharing – Went in on a Monday night w/o a reso - hostess was really cool about it. They were still rocking at 9pm. The food was spectacular - server seemed to have smoked a bowl before her shift - don't know if she was toked or just wasn't paying attention. Kinda funny. Portions are perfect for muli-course sharing. Again - the food was great. Too proud of their wine list - although they did have some really great ones.
Excellent Service – My friend and I went there and we were the youngest people in the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was good, although it's somewhat expensive. I didn't think the ambience was that good. The wait staff is SUPER nice and friendly--so that made up for everything.
On day 5, Wolfgang created God – This guy is amazing. His sauces separate him from the rest of the field. I've enjoyed all of his restaurants. The tempura sashimi, the name only is enough reason to order. The sauce was spicy and creamy and went so well with the dish. The lamb chops were great as was the Shanghai lobster. Just stay away from the foie gras, over cooked. Great place to enjoy with friends. I went there with a group and they also thought it was good.
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