Catering >Coley's Caribbean-American Cuisine
10842 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA | Directions 9160234.164795 -118.367373
Neighborhoods: Valley Village, South Valley
i want to love coley's – my husband and i were so excited when we found this place. the food was amazing and we were committed to going at least once a week to support a neighborhood family owned restaurant. we had many great meals there and then... we had the worst experience ever. the portions were a quarter of what they usually were. my fish was tiny and all skin and bones, my husband's chicken was small and dry and the rice was hard as a rock and the service was horrible-bordering on rude- and we were the only ones in there. we are so sad. we haven't been back. such potential but not consistent. we paid $50 for an inedible lunch and they were not interested in making it right.
cool place! – Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.
A Bad Day at Coley's? – I was a dedicated fan of the old Coley's on Crenshaw Blvd that closed a few years back. So, I looked forward to a nice meal at the North Hollywood location on Sunday with my brother.
We planned on enjoyning the Champagne buffet brunch advertised on their website. When we got there the place was deserted. Yet the service was still surprisingly slow. There was only one table occupied. There was no buffet offered. When I inquired the hostess/waitress simply stated, "We don't have a buffet anymore."
They only offered the dinner menu (which is a bit pricier) although it was only 2pm. We both ordered the jerked chicken dinner. My brother ordered the goat soup. I ordered a tossed salad to begin the meal. I had to try the goat soup, which was very tasty.
The main course arrived. The jerked chicken, which is supposed to be grilled chicken marinated in seasonings was served drenched in sauce. The meat was dried out and was definately not fresh. Likewise the side dishes, plantains and peas and rice, seemed dried out and not fresh. The fried bread served with the meal was so stale it was inedible. Overall, the meal was a complete dud.
Then came an added bonus. I awoke at 3am queasy and feverish. I spent much of the night praying to the porcelian god. My brother suffered a similar fate. We are pretty sure the meal was the culprit because neither of us ate much of anything after the meal on Sunday. and the meal was the only one we had shared in common that day.
Needless to say I will never dine at that location ever again. I hope that this was a bad day at the restaurant and not representative of how they do business. On that visit I felt like I was in an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" with Chef Ramsey.
Not as good as I thought it would be – I absolutely love Caribbean food, so I ventured into the valley to give this place a try. Although i cant say anything bad about the experience, it just wasnt memorable to me. the Curry chicken was so-so and the sides were just ok. So far Kassava on 3rd is the best Caribbean spot in LA so far that I've experienced!
Best Jamaican Food in LA! – Greatest Jamaican food this side of the US... Brings me back home every time my family and I visit...
Nice place to try new food. – What I had: Chicken Soup
The Authentic Jamaican Cuisine with the feel of the Caribbean. The service was good. and Don the owner was very inviting. They have Reggae music on Friday's so be ready for some good tunes and possibly a wait. I however went on Monday also, it was slow so service was tip-top. The chicken soup I had was great. Great pieces of Gnocchi. nice tender chunks of chicken, carrots and celery. The flavor was great and it had a nice kick. Second I had the crab caked which had decent flavor but too mushy for me, the presentation of the plate was cool though. 3rd the curried goat came in a huge portion with plantains, veggies, and a hush puppy. The goat was succulent and tender, but it was too salty. Couldn't really enjoy it. The hush puppy was really tough. Probably pretty old. The plantains were fair at most. Over all I gave this place a 3 for average. It's a cool place to go have a drink and try new food though. If you have any other questions about dining in LA please email me at los_critic@hotmail
Editorial Review – Family-owned Jamaican and Carribean restaurant serves jerk chicken, curried goat, banana-stuffed chicken, plus Sunday brunch and weekday lunch buffet.
Great atmosphere and service – I used to go to the Italian Restaurant that was here before it became Coley's so I was a little surprised at the new restaurant but decided to stay and give it a try anyway. I thought the new owners did a great job of redecorating the restaurant. It looks good and there is a great vibe. I've never had Caribbean food before so I don't have anything to compare it to. I ordered the curried chicken and was very happy with the good. The portion sizes were huge and the food tasted wonderful. The restaurant wasn't too big when I was there so I don't know what it's like when it's really busy, but I thought the service was excellent. Overall, I would definitely recommend Coley's!
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