225 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000434.075374 -118.323814
Wednesday Thursday Friday: Hours:12:00PM to 3:00pm Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday: Hours: 5:30 to 10:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park, Central LA
my husband and i were walking along the sidewalk trying to decide where to have lunch. the aroma coming from this restaurant was our decision maker.......and we are happy with our decision. upon entering we noticed a beautiful mural on the west wall which brings you into the feel of italy. the menu contains a variety of choices. we each picked a pasta dish and were very happy to find them full of flavor. we started with a very crisp fresh salad & garlic bread. the price was right and the portions large, so were were able to bring half of each dish home. girasole restaurant & takeout has a wide variety of wines and beer choices, reasonably priced as well. what a wonderful gem to find when out on a saturday walk........
authentic Italian meal – Girasole is just a hop across the street from Prado one of my other favorite restaurants!!!! The food though is totally different! While Prado is the "Cuisine of the America's" Girasole is all Italian. The Caprese is a very fresh and good way to begin you meal here and the Chicken cutlets with capers will leave you wanting more. The translation of the word Girasole is Sunflower, and this place is just that. A bright yellow sunflower bursting with flavor.
Fantastic food, service pretty good – We often are just walk-ins here. Usually have to wait a few minutes, but not too bad. We avoid the popular times like Saturday nights. Once we actually made a reservation and had to wait about 10 minutes, which was annoying. But once you sit down, the waiters and servers are extremely nice and professional and don't rush you.
Everything we have ever eaten here has been fantastic. The food is simply delicious - the flavors come together wonderfully, every dish is perfectly executed.
One of our favorites.
A neighborhood Italian jewel dishes up authentic Venetian fare. – In Short
A chatty, hip mob crams into this narrow space, but fortunately a high ceiling and cascading lights enlarge the room. The menu of remarkably authentic Venetian trattoria fare includes plates of bresaola (dried cured beef) drizzled with olive oil and shavings of Parmesan. Pasta dishes include a seafood linguini sporting a tomato sauce and tender squid, clams and mussels. Veal scallopini is pounded tender and thin, and drenched in a lemony white wine sauce. Regulars still save room for tiramisu and the panna cotta.
The Manager Really Blew It – My wife and I enjoy good service and part of good service is delivering expectations. We have a child and we pay a baby sitter to watch the child and so if we're told we can have a table at 7:30pm, it helps when the Manager / Host actually gives you a table in that time zone. In this case they made us wait for an hour and after buying a thirty dollar bottle of wine we were quite bummed to have to bag it and go home. The Manager apologized when I told them we couldn't wait any longer, but as far as I'm concerened she should have offered us a free meal in the future for the pain & suffering she inflicted on our starving bellies. In the meantime, we wasted 15 dollars on our baby sitter as well.
A New Yorker's Favorite in LA – It took a friend in from New York who had owned Marta's, an Italian Restaurant in Manhattan to introduce this gem to me. I may not be Italian but I lived in Bologna for a year and loved the family atmosphere created in all of the restaurants no matter the price point. Girasole certainly captures the the sense of intimacy that family conjures. The BYOB policy is the icing on the cake to complement the soul satisfying meal. The simply superb food more than makes up for what the square footage lacks in space. It's perfect for a twosome or foursome but can get awkward for parties of more. The closeness of the tables allows for friendly chatter among guests if you wish to be adventuresome. Otherwise it lends itself to intimacy between you and your guest(s) . Added value: the BYOB opens the possibility of exposure to new and different wines introduced by your neighbors at the table next to you. The service here is personal and professional. The ambience is A+. Soft lighting, beautiful art on the walls, subtle yet makes a statement. I'd say everything about GIRASOLE is quaint, simply divine and so I take all my New York , Chicago, and San Francisco friends there. They love it and always want to return, so we do.
Oh, Be still my Italian Heart! – This place is the best little cafe ever. I am a New York Italian, stumbled on this jewel, went for dinner with my husband, and can't stop going back. It was wonderful, from the butternut squash soup to the BEST Osso Buco (and I know my Osso Buco, trust me) to dessert, nice that you can bring your own wines, great service, prices are fair, it is a must do if you want a nice, intimate delicious dinner.
Authentic Italian Cuisine – A midpoint randevouze, we've been meeting our friends for lunch at Girasole regularly for several years. The service is professional and unobtrusive, the decor is pleasant, the food... divine! One member of our party is a frequent traveler to Italy and has nothing but the greatest praise for authenticity of preparation and quality of the fare. The restaurant is small, cozy, and immaculate. If your idea of Italian food is to be found at the Olive Garden you've come to the wrong place... anyone who tells you differently must be a competitor.
Pedestrian – Cozy=cramped. This place is tiny. If you don?t like having someone at another table on your elbow don?t bother. We?ve eaten there three times now as this is a halfway meeting point for friends in Silver Lake. It?s not bad food at all, but it?s average at best. I imagine it?s on par with Olive Garden. Service is good and it?s inexpensive.
Romantic and Quaint Neighborhood Italian. – After visiting only recently for my Husband's birthday, Girasole has taken on the title of being my favorite Italian restaurant in the Los Angeles area. The setting is evocative of the mediterranean while exuding the charm of a small neighborhood favorite. The Menu is appropriately extensive (something for everyone) and the food is perfect! An added bonus is the ability to bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy sans corkage fee. While I wouldn't choose to bring a large group here, I would most defnitely bring out of town guests or recommend Girasole for a romantic dinner. All in all, nothing was missing and everything was very well appointed. Reservations seem necessary on any night...
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