3826 Ocean View Blvd, Montrose, CA | Directions 9102034.205923 -118.227772
Neighborhoods: La Crescenta-Montrose
Delicious cuisine – I really do solidly recommend Oceanview Bistro for the delicious and creative selections and the terrific service. I enjoy the ambiance and friendliness of the whole staff. I am not from the Montrose area but I love any excuse to stop by. Tasty and inspired appetizers and drinks on the patio is a really great way to spend some time with friends while soaking up the atmosphere of this unique and enjoyable neighborhood.
Food is a great surprise...Atmospere and host a flop – We had heard about the change from Oceanview Bar & Grill into OV Bistro, so we were drawn to Montrose to try out what we hoped would be a great experience. We read several reviews and were convinced even more.
The actual experience we had was good and also bad.
On the good side of the page was the food in general. We had drinks, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. The appetizer list, though not extensive or inspired in terms of its range was nonetheless good. We had the combo seafood tartar and some beef scewers. As I said, they were not inspired but very flavorful.
Salads were better, and we felt we on trail of a wonderful food adventure. The service was quite nice and sure-handed.
Entrees were very good as well. We ordered a beautiful steak with blue cheese and meatloaf of all things, both of which were surprisingly good. Nothing on the menu is particularly original or uncommon, but smallish portions were worth the bucks because the quality was up there and delicious.
Then, unfortunately, the wheels came off the evening. The band began to play. It would appear that OV Bistro also serves as a halfway house for extremely loud and equally bad bands. Whe I say loud, I mean so loud that in the restaurant section (the band is in the bar), we could not hear ourselves across the table without shouting.
The hostess, whom we were informed was the owner, sat at a booth alternately drinking, leaping up to try to hush the band and snapping her fingers furiously at waitstaff to indicate that they should take care of customers walking in the door.
We ordered desserts, but probably shouldn't have. These were freezer fare and nothing more. The pounding music in the form of God awful covers of music that rapidly became science fiction in its extreme cheese-i-ness pounded on.
We shouted our thanks to our server who was very good and wandered into the bar to observe the train wreck of bad music, rednecks and booze. The bartender, who we became convinced was a homeless man with zero grooming sloshed drinks around to a crowd which, contrary to the restaurant crowd in the "bistro" part of the place, looked like what you's expect at a truck stop.
To recap: Good food. Good service. Horrible, distracted management. Frozen desserts. Atmospere like a boiler factory. Raucous bar crowd like Barstow on a Friday night. Bartender that literally looked like they closed the local homeless shelter.
The food's the thing, but our experience at OV Bistro showed that the only thing worth shouting about happens in the dining room once the bad lets loose! We won't be back.
Manager with a 'tude - ruined evening – For New Year's Eve, my fiance and I were celebrating our recent wedding engagement. We made the reservation through Open Table and mentioned the special event in the comments section. We planned a 5:30pm dinner prior to later events that evening. I received calls over two days from a gentleman at Oceanview confirming the time and offering to buy us a round of drinks for our special meal. At the time, I thought that the people at Oceanview were really on the ball and we would have a wonderful evening.
We were seated right away, as the place was empty. We showed a Restaurantdotcom $50 discount certificate to the waitress and she came back to inform us that her manager said it was not valid because of the holiday. I pointed out that there was no such restriction on the form. Her gruff manager came to our table and said the discount was not valid for prix fixe, which was the only thing offered that night at about $120/couple. We were well aware of the menu beforehand and pointed out that the certificate had nothing on it regarding restrictions for prix fixe. She said that didn't matter, it was a holiday. Once again, I mentioned that restriction was not on the certificate. I asked if she was going to continue to make things up as she went along, just to avoid honoring the certificate. In response, she said that since we made the reservation through Open Table and they had to pay for that, she didn't have to honor the Restaurant certificate. She went on to emphatically state that if I had BOTHERED to read the Open Table website restrictions I would have seen that it is plainly written there. I asked what connection the two independent companies had to do with honoring the certificate. She huffed & puffed and then said "just this time, but I will take this up with Open Table."
The evening was ruined by the Jekyl & Hyde behavior between the phone call from the restaurant and the blaming of Open Table for the use of a Restaurantdotcom certificate. I have since read all the fine print from both companies' websites and cannot find where any of this should have caused the conflict that was so apparent to the establishment.
I do not appreciate receiving a condescending, officious rebuke because I used Internet systems that the restaurant subscribes to. If there was a way to rate this event more negative, I would.
Surprise! no free round of drinks!
In the words of the manager, "...just this one time." We won't be back.
good and bad – Ate here with my wife recently. We've had a few meals here in the last year-- above average in many respects, but also a few disappointments.
Overall, the new owners are providing one of the more sophisticated dining spots for the Montrose area. There are very few, if any, in this neck of the woods.
My steak was very good. And my wife's escolar was delicious. Wine selection was decent. Our dessert last time was well above average.
One drawback-- because Montrose is woefully lacking in good eating establishments, Oceanview Bistro may not feel the need to refine itself and improve it's culinary presence. (Basing this on the defensive reviews from patrons who can't tolerate any criticism of this restaurant.)
For example, their rolls and salads were heavily salted-- made us wonder if the sous chef is a smoker and losing his/her touch. While our disappointment was not worth complaining about, we may be a bit reluctant to come back as often, when we can travel a little further west for a more refined experience.
Hoping OV continues to evolve. The potential here is great, if they take the time to really read their reviews and grow.
Wonderful food with wonderful owners and staff! – I just have to say it's distressing to see the negative comments left as of late. I know all parties involved and dine there at least twice a week. I love this place! The owners are amazing people that have been in business in the area for forever. These "reviews" are defamatory and mean spirited and really a shame.
I hope you will not listen and try the wonderful food and staff, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Out with the Old in with the New? No Bueno – I am very disapointed to hear that the chef at Oceanview Bistro has changed. Will the menu change too?Did he leave a recipe book? You can definately tell the difference in the food, already. I am hoping it's just the cost you pay when you lose someone. Will I still be able to get my favorite Bread Pudding that I crave no lie in the middle of the night that reminds me of the severe cravings I got when I was pregnant with my first born. My husband will tell you that the craving was bad and he has never forgiven me for it. I hope that this restaurant can keep the same standard that they had before the change. Although service is important the real reason you go to a restaurant is the food. If the food is not good than forget it. I feel bad for the next chef because I have been spoiled.
Rest assured, the new Chef is wildly creative. He had his first review today at our restaurant, and it was awesome!!!! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Bread Pudding. Sorry to inform you, we stopped serving it about four months ago. Our menu changes a few times a year and we decided to change it to something else. However, the new chef can certainly make that one for you, without a problem.
In any case, the standards are even higher with this guy. He came from a Michelin rated restaurant, so he really knows how to run a kitchen. His food is top notch, and he is a PLEASURE to work with. We are really excited about it, and we hope you will join us.
Best Food in Montrose – I have been a patron of Ocean View for many years. The best thing that ever happened was the new ownership. I know the original chef is no longer there, but the food is as good as ever! The owners are very hospitable, greeting customers warmly and taking care of their personal concerns beautifully. My personal request for nonalcoholic wine was handled very nicely. They found a wine that was less sweet than their original offering and very nice. Their real wine list is wonderful. We eat there (for lunch) almost daily and today had a most delicious eggplant parmesan with bean salad, followed up by a delicious dessert. Please, do yourself a favor and try Ocean View for either lunch or dinner. You will not be disappointed.
BEST SERVICE BY FAR! – I am appauled at the negative comment below as well. I have dined several times at O.V Bistro and have never had a problem. The staff couldn't be nicer and the food is 5-star quality. The few times I saw the Chef he acted totally egotistical and a first class j*rk to the staff as well as that nice lady who greets you at the front. If that "rumor" is true - well good riddance to him! The food to me hasn't changed one bit - I will definatly be going back there to eat pretty soon.
Top Notch All the Way! – I cannot imagine someone writing a bad comment about Oceanview Bistro. Not only is this a classy, fine-dining treasure in Montrose, but it is owned by one of the nicest, well-established families in town. The woman that is usually there to greet the many happily returning patrons, is one of the owners, and is a lovely, hard-working, community-spirited pillar of Montrose. The food is consistently top notch, and never seems to waiver in quality. When my friends and I eat at Oceanview, we receive our food hot from the kitchen, and served with competence by a highly trained and friendly, professional wait staff. We love the ambience, and the quality of the food. I highly recommend this fantastic little jewel of a restaurant in the foothills above Glendale!!
Not worth it – We went in during the holidays we have heard very good things about this place and the Chef. We were greeted by an older woman that had to put down her wine glass to seat us. Our waiter was very quick and pleasant and was the best thing we experienced. As other people were being seated they would ask where the chef was, (we assumed he was in the kitchen) and we heard varying answers such as; he was on vacation, he quit and he had a fight with his family and they fired him.
You can see the kitchen from the dining room and it seemed very hectic. Plates of food were stacking up to be taken out. My fish was fine, but the vegetables were cold. My friends pasta was cold probably because it sat there, and the sauce was like water.
Live music was playing in the bar and after dinner we went to have a drink. The bartender was great and very attentive. The older woman was now sitting at the bar drunk and crying talking about how they are going to loose everything.....Needless to say we felt very uncomfortable so we left.
Obviously, their is some kind of drama going on but they need to leave it at home and keep that lady out of the alcohol.
We will never go back.
The two negative responses are clearly from disgruntled ex-employees. They have never posted on Citysearch before.
We appologize to our loyal customers for the childish and silly drama. We intend to pursue the authors of the slanderous remarks and we will take any legal action allowed under the law. The statements are simply lies, and are borderline tortious interference with business as well as defamation. Shame on them.
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