Cafe Was (Reported Closed)

(323) 466-5400 | View Website

1521 Vine St, Hollywood, CA | Directions   90028

34.097660 -118.326691

Open Hours

Daily 6pm-2am

Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

 
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More Bar & Club Special Features: Romantic Nightlife

Cuisine: French

Price: $$$

Tags: Bar Scene, Brunch, Date Spot, Fireplace, Late Night Dining, People Watching, Romantic Dining, Trendy Dining

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Cafe Was

Reviews for Cafe Was

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wow I just found my new favorite restaurant. Café was is great…..

I went with a large group of friends last Friday, the hostess was very nice sat us quickly; we sat in the room off the piano it is covered in brick and mirrors really cool. The server was ok a little slow but he picked it up a little later.

The food is amazing I had the tuna canapé, salad and the filet; I could cut the filet with a spoon soooo tender. My girl got this beautiful crab thing she loved it. Everyone at the table talked about how much they liked all the food. Oh almost forgot about the bread pudding dessert (the best thing I’ve ever had)

The chef even comes out of the kitchen and talked to us, he seemed kinda cool. We had a great time and will be back soon

Totally recommend!!!!!!!!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Cafe Was was just so-so – So we went to Cafe Was strictly because of the advertised $15 bottomless carafes. When we sat at the bar, the bartender told us we could not share the carafe and would each have to purchase a carafe, and if we dared tried to sneak a drink from the said carafe we would be charged $15. What???!! So it started off pretty much like that...service not on par with the gorgeous room and decor. We did not have anything to eat because we were so bugged by the bartender we decided to bag the whole thing and go to La Boheme, where we were treated like royalty.

Note to owners: service is just as important as the food and decor. I'd love to give this place another chance because it truly has a beautiful room and great atmosphere.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Well worth a try – My partner and I just stumbled across this place one night when going to the Arclight. Overall, I thought it was a great experience. We went early on a Friday night with no reservations and were seated promptly. We never felt rushed in any way. Appetizers were good?just very small portions. We tried three different things. All of them were quite tasty. Our entrees were quite divine. I definitely would recommend the halibut and the grilled chicken. We even tried a dessert, which we normally never would do. It was a perfect end to a very tasty meal. My biggest complaint would probably be that the glasses of wine were a little skimpy. I felt like I was drinking out of child?s cup. The place is slightly expensive but it?s all relative. It?s definitely worth a try.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

NOT RECOMMENDED – My wife and I took a friend here for her birthday. The holiday decor was nice, but, as the other reviews indicate, the food was more than disappointing. The waitress hyped up the food with phrases like, "to die for" and "decadent and rich," but it was anything but. The tuna carpaccio was dry and warm; the Croustilles Kennebec ended up being unmemorable potato chips; the quiche was a soggy mess; the scallop appetizer was salty; the Daube De Boeuf (pot-roast) could very well have been Campbell's chunky soup on a plate; and the Sole Meuniere Pommes A L' Anglaise was flavorless. We noticed that they were extremely efficient in clearing our dishes promptly. It turns out, this was because we were soon asked to leave because there was another party with reservations waiting for our table.

That said, the atmosphere was lively. The piano player played some classic rock and pop ballads. And the bar seemed like a cool place to hang out. JUST DON'T GO TO CAFE WA S FOR THE FOOD.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst place ever for a party – Attended a party here tonight. The design of this place is a disaster. Looks pretty in photos, but they planned everything wrong. There is one entry, and it immediately leads to a bottleneck in the main bar area. You CANNOT MOVE, or get past anyone. There were other spaces, adjacent and upstairs, that had no people in them. People didn't even know they existed, since everything is walled-off and compartmentalized. The place has a capacity for 200 people, and it has ONE BATHROOM for each gender! Literally ONE STALL for women, one for men. This is RIDICULOUS. And once you make it inside the restroom, the music is pumped in there incredibly loud, to the point of being disturbing. I fled as soon as possible, never to return to this place, which I can't imagine will stay in business long anyway.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great place to take out of towners – I took my parents and they were "Wow'd". Fun, trendy place without attitude. The entire staff was amazing. The hostess treated my parents like they were her own. She even let us switch tables when it was a bit too loud for them. The roast chix was great! Service at the bar was friendly and they recommended a few dishes I would not have picked and I was happy they did. The waiter was nice and helped us with the wine list without pushing the most expensive bottles. Event the support staff was happy. I don't know what hte manager is doing but he/she must be treating the employees well because they all seem very happy to be there. Dessert was yummy as well. The kitchen is open until 2:00am so you don't feel rushed. I will be coming back soon.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Not Impressed – We gave this new place a try, but it failed to impress us. The portions are minimal, the table we were sat at was TOO small, and the prices for what you get is not worht it. The only cool thing about this place is the pianist.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

My new All-time favorite restaurant!!! – Absolutely phenomenal! I reccommend the place to any and everyone looking for the best restaurant in Hollywood- it's that good. I will be returning frequently-including for their Thanksgiving dinner this year.

The Atmosphere: Rich and extravagent-while maintaining the laid-back lounge vibe. The decor is truely a feast for your eyes with deep red accents, rustic-glamour chandeliers, worn wood floors, and the beautiful rotating piano. The pianist played with skill and sung a bit like Lois Armstrong. In addition to the music, conversation filled the place-but it never seemed hard to talk/hear each other.

The Staff: Not a snob in sight! A rare find- geniunely friendly, knew the menu thouroughly, and perfect service. Each employee knew their favorite dish right away when I asked what they would reccomend- including the busboy! They were able to hold our reservations for the best table in the house, even after running 1/2 hr late on a Friday night. And the table actually WAS the best- a perfect view of the pianist surrounded by the fabulous atmosphere. Colin, the resaurants Night Manager/Maitre d' must be mentioned here as well- he introduced himself promply, and personally (on a very busy Fri night)& took care of all our questions and special requests with grace-brownie points to Colin for doing such an amazing job that I remembered his name!

The Food: Not one crumb touched my lips that was not amazing. After hearing reccomendations from Colin, our waitress, and the busboy- we ordered. Our meal: began with their fresh-baked bread and perfectly made cosmo's from the bar, then the Medaillon de Crabe Napoleon. I had the Poulet Roti and he had the Filet Mingon special, along with a side of Pommmes Frites and the Gratin de Macaroni. For desert we shared the Lemon-basil Creme Glacee. If you want the perfect meal this is it! (though I doubt anything on their menu is less than delicious.)

Recommends
over a year ago

Citysearch Editorial Review – Hidden behind Borders bookstore--and right next to seafood favorite Hungry Cat--at the Sunset + Vine plaza may seem like an odd place for an upscale, continental supper club. But the venue made an ideal blank canvas for social-scene trendsetter Ivan Kane (Forty Deuce, Deep), who transformed it into a bi-level boho-chic fantasyland. With its eccentrically papered and exposed-brick walls, antique mirrors, and a dead-end Victorian staircase, the restaurant is a maze of secluded dining nooks. (The main seating area surrounds a revolving grand piano.) Though there's plenty to choose from, food is, unfortunately, an afterthought. Typical French fare in small portions includes starters like fois gras, caviar and garlic-butter escargots; entree highlights are steak frites, duck-leg confit and sole meuniere, while a tasty gratin de macaroni (translation: mac 'n' cheese) can be ordered as a side. That's okay, though. Cliche as it may sound, the real feast here is strictly for the eyes.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing, fun restaurant with food to match the ambiance! – Like many others, I have been waiting for this restaurant to open for a few months now. I was so excited to finally try it out last weekend, though my expectations weren't super high because I know it sometimes takes awhile for new restaurants to work out the kinks. Well, let me just say that my experience at this place was flawless.

My boyfriend and I went for a nice date and every aspect of the evening exceeded our expectations. We were seated at a nice table with a great view of the piano bar, which we both enjoyed. The ambiance is great -- it's like Disney's Haunted Mansion meets Bourbon Street meets the Edison (a sheek art-deco early 20th century inspired bar in downton LA). Our server was very knowledgable (he was able to identify all of the exotic cheeses on our cheese plate easily, as well as answer any other menu questions we had) and he made a wonderful (and reasonably priced) wine recommendation. Our meal was delicious -- I *highly* recommend the gnocchi in spicy tomato sauce, and my boyfriend said the filet of sole he had was excellent as well. And you absolutely cannot miss the chocolate souffle dessert. It was outstanding!

Everyone from our waiter to the food runners to the bussers were extremely polite and attentive. Even Ivan Kane came up and introduced himself, and poured our wine! The chef also came out to greet the tables, which I thought was a very nice touch. Overall a great experience. We will definitely be back. I would recommend making reservations, as it did get crowded.

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