2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040334.034988 -118.478768
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - close
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Summer Only)
Late Night/Bar Menu:
Monday - Wednesday 6:00pm - close
Thursday - Saturday 6:00pm - 12am
Neighborhoods: West LA, Mid-City
Perfect spot for dinner and drinks. I love that I don't have to change locations to hang around and enjoy a conversation over drinks after dinner.
Great indoors as well as outdoors atmosphere. Great for a romantic dinner out or just to hang with some friends. Although their desserts are so good, I wouldn't share with anyone.
Great food – The food is really delicious. When I came, Larry David was there from Curb your entuthisiasm with some blond. That was interesting. Try the venison!!!! It is amazing, and also the other food was really good.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Located on an otherwise nondescript stretch of Wilshire Boulevard across the street from a park, this chocolate-colored lodge might not look like much from the outside, but the busy valet in the driveway might hint that there's something good going on inside. Designed by Thomas Schoos (Koi, O-Bar), the space weaves between several distinct areas. The softly-lit front bar and lounge is where well-to-do locals and an after-work crowd gather for a drink and unwind, while the main indoor dining area, replete with flickering candles, is decidedly calmer. Walk toward the sprawling outdoor patio and it's clear this is where the real action is--the surprisingly large space features an elevated, glassed-in private room as well as fire pits, lush trees and a towering bar. Executive Chef Andrew Kirschner whips his seasonally driven, organic-minded menu into shape with a strong emphasis on detail. Wood-grilled steaks (from filet mignon to Japanese Kobe, upon availability) are precisely cooked to order while specials like the miso-marinated black cod offer a flavorful melt-in-your-mouth experience. Just be forewarned: This place ain't cheap.
hands down the BEST mac n' cheese ever!!! – I love to just sit out on the back patio, share a bottle of wine and a few appetizers...perfect way to spend an early Sunday evening. Was there last night, had a GREAT bottle of Italian red from Puglia and a dish of the mac n' cheese and all I can say is it is the BEST mac n' cheese I've ever had!!! Totally mellow, romantic, easy going vibe....love this place!!
exellent experience – i had to write a review especially after reading the last few .
i am a local in sm and went last week for a business meeting.
the cocktails though $15 were the size of a big gulp and were unique and tasty.
we had a great, professional, yet funny waitress (adrienne? spell), the appetizers were delicious and our main courses were the same.
we were told the portions were small, but i have to say for a fine dinning restaurant ,i did not feel that way, we all left very satisfied and had a GREAT restaurant experience
Go for the drinks, not the dinner – The ambiance was great. However, the food items were nothing special. The steak was rubbery.
Definitely recommended if you're going for drinks and appetizers, but definitely not recommended for dinner.
Beautiful patio! Too bad food was bad... what a disappointment! – First off, for our party we rented out one of the smaller patio areas (thinking we had our own patio - maybe I misunderstood.) We just had a long table set up by the back bar.. big deal. The heaters were so close to our table, we had to ask them to move it back otherwise I have no idea how they expected us to jump into our seats?!! Secondly, the food was disappointing! Nothing was spectacular - I'm talking about 10+ orders. Every steak was overcooked. Braised short ribs that everyone praised about in other reviews were SALTY! Miso cod was bland. I have to say though - the Thai Snapper had an impressive presentation since they brought out a whole fish deep fried. Drinks were yummy, a bit pricey ($15). Third complaint we brought in our own cake as we were celebrating a birthday - manager of some sort beckons me over and asks who I gave the cake to and not to worry and that they will locate it?! And then lastly, I was told they'd have music after 10 in the patio, turns out music plays only inside (in the front bar) so our guests were just hanging around the back patio and so we finally relocated to Holly's next door for some music. Waiter kept telling me 15 more mins and they're going to pump the music outside - never happened! All in all, it's a date spot but not for a party unless you're older and want a mellow place. Be forwarned this place is a cougar den and a hot spot for trout's to take their young dates to.
Have 1 drink, then LEAVE! – I was recently there on a Saturday night to celebrate a friend's birthday.
First, the positives...we sat in the very charming outdoor garden area and the service was pretty good. That's about it for this paragraph.
The food...terrible! Everything was loaded with salt and I must have drank 5 cups of water with my meal. I ordered the filet (fyi - the smallest "8 oz" steak I've ever ordered)...it was dry, definitely not "medium", and tasted like it was sprayed with some sort of artificial smoky flavor...just gross. Everything I tried from other plates was also very salty. My margarita even tasted like it had a shot of salt at the bottom of it, which I still don't understand. Also, very expensive for the poor quality of food that is served. That gross steak I described earlier was $35 (a la carte). By the way, don't let the servers fool you...they they everything is "incredible". Also, at $15 a drink, the tab really adds up.
Bottom line...nice ambiance, but save your money and your appetite and treat yourself somewhere better.
My new favorite restaurant – I went to the Wilshire recently with a large group and have an amazing experience. We were promptly seated, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered us suggestions. As far as appetizers go, the Hamachi is unbelievable and the Scallops were really good as well. I had the Braised Short Rib for dinner and it was so tender that I did not use my knife to cut it. They have a Red Snapper that they lightly flour and fry (the whole fish) and the presentation is a definite conversation piece (it was tasty too). The whole fish was lightly fried and it stands up on its own on the plate. I had to leave before dessert, but it looked real good. We also had a minor issue with an entree and one of the managers came by and very discreetly asked if we wanted a replacement dish. It was handled with complete class.
So romantic, Perfect spot for Valentine's !! – I'm surprised to see that other reviewers were unhappy with Wilshire's service. I was really satisfied. Service was great, the food delicious and the atmosphere is what made me come back on valentine's day. On Valentine's Wilshire looked beautiful, the candles, fire place, cozy patio, goldfish pond make it such a hidden romantic-zen place, if you will. I had the duck confit and green bean salad, it was so delicious! I also got seconds on white wine Pinot Grigio glass. Dessert was my favorite! I got the ice cream sampler (pistachio, german chocolate, coffee and mint chocolate chip homemade flavors!) Our waitress was very pleasant and seemed to be around whenever we needed her services, very attentive! Overall, I love Wilshire I'm definitely going back.
Not bad as a last choice... – I would not recommend choosing this restaurant over many of the others that cost about the same - this is after all, an expensive restaurant. If a couple wants to have appetizers, drinks, desert, etc. - then you can bet that the bill will be over $100 - and if I am going to spend over $100 on dinner, then I want it to be special. This is not a very special place in my opinion. The crowd is pretentious and homogeneous. The menu is very blah (reminds me of those steak houses, where you have to order your sides ala carte (cream spinach, garlic potatoes, etc.)). The lemon souffle was delicious though - no denying that! You will probably get a decent meal here, but don't expect it to be one of those high-end, trendy, one-of-a-kind places... it's somewhat average in that regard.
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