1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.015650 -118.494444
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
sophisticated quiet yummy organic/aqualculture – i would highly recommend this place for one that is looking for a romantic, fresh and friendly night.
the food was exquisite. the staff was super nice. the place was beautiful. i recommend the branzino and sablefish. ooh and the banana bread pudding was yummy. winelist was also good. also, it was refreshing to find a quiet restaurant on the west side.
Solid Santa Monica dinner spot – I went here with some friends of mine who live nearby. I'm happy to say we had a very nice dinner, despite my hearing mixed reviews previously. The standouts of the evening were Kampachi served on Himalayan salt, pork cheek, sablefish with maple syrup and sake (it sounds strange but it really works) and steak frites. We brought our own wine, but I did thumb through the wine list - it is excellent. We ended with the fabulous blueberry pie, and yes, it is the chef's mom's recipe. Absolutely delightful.
Service was very cordial, and our waitress was lovely. Overall a solid experience, and I will definitely stop by again if I'm back in Santa Monica.
I really wantedto like it......but the food just sucked!!!!! – The ambiance and decor is nice. The waiter was great. I really wanted to like the place it had a nice feel, but the food was not good. We sampled multiple dishes. The ingredients are great, but the chef mostly just put things together. There was something missing. The best thing we had was the blueberry pie. We found out the owners mom makes it. We ordered three appetizers that were sub par. The grass fed rib eye we ordered smelt and tasted like it was soaked in GAS. We ordered the marrow bones. They were flavorless. How do you mess up Marrow or more importantly prepare it devoid of flavor. Half of our meal was returned. They did not even offer us anything different. The waiter who was calm and collected was wonderful. To bad his manager did not support him. She didn't even say a word to us, but brought us our pie and opened the door when we left. You would be a fool to eat hear twice. I could never trust to bring anyone there ever again.
eclectic, delicious – i loved the eclectic menu that committed to as-organic-as-possible choices. i loved my crab salad - creamy, a little spicy, and best of all, it had avocado. the atmosphere is really open and welcoming, and anyone who favors fish over meat (like the people i went with) will enjoy. the truffle french fries taste gorgeous (so rich...so crunchy..oh yes.).
a great find!
strike two – Ok, we hated this place the first time we went for more reasons than I have time to discuss here and everyone is saying give it a second chance, it's so much improved and so great, blah blah blah. The food may have gotten worse, the prices have gone up and the decor has only gotten tackier. We eat regularly in New York and Paris and are always telling people how terrible the restaurants are here in L.A. and this one only supports our argument. Lots of hype, high prices, bad service and mediocre food. Soggy fries, salty soup, tasteless fish and overcooked meat. If you like these things eat here, otherwise don't believe what you're hearing. We were very disappointed and will not give it a third chance and another $300. The wine and beer list is great but don't spoil it by pairing it with this food.
Organic and Lovely – I don't know quite how to describe the tasty and creative menu, but it keeps me going back at least 1-2 times a week. I try to eat exclusively organic food, but sometimes "organic and healthy" ends up being "tasteless and boring". Not at 3 on Fourth! I noticed the first time I ate there that all the ingredients are organic, local and of very high quality. Since the menu changes daily, I find the fish is always an excellent and healthy choice. Although I do indulge sometimes and have the steak or the burger, both are always delicious. The interior is sleek, with great artwork and reminds me of a restaurant I would find in New York, but would be double the price. The wine selection is also vast and well chosen. I like to bring guests here as I know the service and food is consistently good. Just thinking about the food there makes me want to go right now! I had the trout with creme fraiche last time, and the lemon souffle for dessert. 3 on Fourth is a wonderful restaurant, definitely worth checking out even if you don't live in the neighborhood.
Much improved -- fantastic new menu – I just went to Three on Fourth again, after a really dissapointing first visit. The food, the service, and the menu are all vastly improved. We had a sampling of small and large plates, as well as a cheese plate, and all were delicious. Veggies were fresh and flavorful, fish was fantastically prepared, and the service was superb. Also, a great wine list -- lots of interesting picks from all over. Very highly recommended -- ideal for dates or groups.
The Worst Food, Mean and Slow Service, and Overpriced! – Terrible. Whomever wrote all the favorable reviews must work for the restaurant. As a professional chef I know that restaurants often write their own reviews to increase their ratings. Beware!
We went for lunch and noticed the exorbitant price of the lobster bisque. Puzzled, we asked the waitress, "why is it so pricey? Does it have a lot of huge chunks of lobster or another special ingredient?" She informed us it had huge chunks of lobster, so we ordered it to split. When it arrived 30 minutes later, it was two tiny bowls of thin broth with nothing in them. We asked our server where the lobster was, and she said "I'm sorry, it used to have lobster but not today." Then our hostess asked how it was. We said we were disappointed because it was thin, brothy, small, and without any lobster meat, and very expensive. She sneered, "It's a BISQUE, it's SUPPOSED to be thin." As a chef I know this is not true and we were appalled by her attitude. Nobody offered to compensate us in any way. The main courses were unremarkable at best: The overpriced burger was nothing special except the cost. The miso eggplant was good in the spots where it was cooked, but half of it was raw and inedible. The scallop special on a jerusalem artichoke puree consisted of two warm scallops on a cold, unseasoned puree of jerusalem artichokes. I don't know if the puree being cold was an accident or not, but it was NOT tasty. Have you ever had cold mashed potatoes? Unappealing. Furthermore, we had cleared an hour and a half from our work schedules for lunch (should be ample time for 2 people to have lunch), but the service was extremely slow although the restaurant was not crowded, and it took 2 hours for us to get out of there with an extremely disappointing 2 course meal and an $80 dent in my wallet. The only people for whom this restaurant should hold any appeal are wealthy masochists who want to pay a lot for abuse by the staff, while consuming barely edible food.
Great Los Angeles Secrete! – I just had one of the best meals I ever had in Los Angeles! The food is fresh, creative, and yummy. We first started off with a lobster bisque. We ordered one because we wanted to share everything and ordered quite a few things to have a nice tasting meal. Our very friendly waitress brought us a second bisque complements from the chef. There goes the idea of not over stuffing myself. But why would I say no to something so yummy that is on the house? 2nd course we had the Sea Urchin scramble eggs with truffles. It was one of the best scrambled eggs I eve had. I think they could had also added some caviar or Salmon eggs (if they wanted to cut down on the cost) to make it more interesting. But I am not complaining! The 3rd course we had was foir gras. I think its one of the best foir gras I had ever had. The great thing about their foir gras is that it doesn't feel too heavy and greasy. It had a smooth fish to it. This dish was our favorite. 4th course we had the veal served with creamy mash potatoes and the veal reduction gravy and a side order of fired eggplant with nasu-miso. The veal melted in my mouth. It was very delicious and the eggplant was very good too. You can tell the chef put a lot of thought in creating these dishes. The combinations sang in perfect harmony! I was already full by the time the 4th course came out and still ate a bit because it was so delicious. Our waitress asked if we wanted to order desert. It was tempting but we passed and asked for or check. She came back with our check and a complimentary desert which was the poach pears. Like I said I was already full before the 4th course and after eating the 4th course I still ate my yummy poach pear. It was semi sweet and perfectly light after all of that food. I don't know how I had room. I would defiantly come here again. Its defiantly a great find.
Many great changes – I remember going to this place when it first opened about a year ago. They offered a menu with 3 separate sections: American, Japanese and French. I wasn't in love with the place, so I didn't go back. My friend who lives near there finally convinced me to give the place a second try about a week ago.
I was pleasantly surprised. The food still has American, Japanese and French influences, but this time they don't try too hard to categorize it. The menu is now a lot smaller, divided into small, large and sides. My friend and ordered to share, splitting the pumpkin soup, the steak frites, the halibut, and the fried eggplant. All dishes were amazing. The steak and the halibut were cooked to perfection, and I couldn't get enough of the pumpkin soup and the truffle fries (came with the steak frites). The wine/beer/sake list is good and has some awesome hard-to-find selections on it. I like that they offer a lot of half-bottles too.
All in all, it seems like the restaurant has made some great strides since it first opened. Love the food, love the wine, and the service is very friendly. I would go back again.
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