8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004634.098133 -118.365899
Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
Monday - Wednesday: 6pm - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday: 6pm - 2am
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood
A restaurant lacking food – Two stars for the interior. Everything else sucked big.
I expected much better food. I was extremely disappointed with quality of food and even more with options on the menu.
Ive been here for brunch and for a late lunch / early dinner and on both occasions I was quite unsatisfied.
I honestly thought XIV is supposed to offer fine dinning? Well if you are easily pleased then I guess you might enjoy it.
If you are eating here for free then maybe its not so bad.
Please read before considering XIV... – On Friday, July 30th, 2010, I had the pleasure of going to XIV for the first time. It was highly recommended by friends, based on the good service and the great food. The vibe inside the restaurant was good, food was great and service was up to par. However, there was one huge problem we encountered before the night came to a halt. A huge problem that consisted of a MOUSE running freely throughout the restaurant. My friends and I nearly jumped out of our seats to avoid the MOUSE that was running about 5 ft away from our feet. It was absolutely horrible. The staff did not make matters any better. Our waitress suddenly disappeared, in fear of possibly meeting Mickey MOUSE as he roamed throughout the restaurant. The manager came to our table and offered an apology in a very careless way, almost as if he didn't know what to say or do, rather than just speaking the plain ole truth. Our bill was over $500 dollars and all they did was scratch off the 2 deserts we ordered. In all honesty, I was not looking for my bill to get fully comped, but half off would of sufficed. After all, in such a high caliber restaurant, how often is it you have a MOUSE running between your feet! Yes it definitely got my imagination going. It was a horrible and unacceptable situation. I will never go back nor would I ever recommend XIV to anyone.
Xiv happy hour – Lovely staff, however i'm a 118 llb only social drinker & after 4 martinis, barely a buzz. Yes there's a discount during happy hour but obviously they discount their pours.
Great decor, yummy desserts. – There's so much to keep your mind busy it could be hard to focus on the food. The decor resembles a french cheateu, adorned with modern art, and I loved it. Not to mention book shelves, lined with photographs and of course, books.
However the savory menu items were nothing special. Good, but didn't make me feel like I was experiencing something unique. It was a good dinner none the less.
THEN, dessert came. This pastry chef, is an artist...for two senses that matter most when it comes to food, the visual sense, and taste.
I would recommend this restaurant, a good place for a date or to show off to someone. SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT!
Ghettofied D-List S-hole – Dont waste your time with this third-rate dump. This kind of place is more Grand Ave. than Sunset. It tries very hard but fails very badly. If any more evidence was needed that SBE jumped the shark, this armpit is it.
The door girl looked like she belonged cleaning rooms at a Holiday Inn Express and still had attitude.
A lot of places in LA are cool for the first 6 months after they open then go downhill. This place skipped the 6 months part.
SBE and celeb chef Michael Mina team up to recreate a quirky and sceney take on a French chateau worthy of royalty. – What do you get when an alien space ship arrives on planet Earth, takes a slice of your eccentric aunt's 17th century French chateau and plops it in the middle of Sunset Boulevard? Enter this corner compound--the "social dining" experiment from L.A. nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian, chef celebre Michael Mina and uber-designer Philippe Starck--and you'll soon find out. But nevermind the five fireplaces in a row, the repetitive reflection of the mirrored walls, the faux fur throws strewn across the leather settees or the metallic sheath of the glowing rectangular bar and open kitchen. No, here, no matter how much the surroundings might catch your eye, the focus is squarely on the food. (Sorry, kids--no dancefloor.) The Asian-inspired menu offers small plates, meant to offer "two to three bites" of each delectable morsel, priced at $8 per serving--so whether you're getting the mini scallops served atop crispy tempura balls or braised short rib served with potato puree, there's plenty to dish about. And don't forget dessert--the otherworldly creations are like edible pieces of art.
I was wrong. – I had completely dismissed this restaurant because my first time here I found myself trying to decipher a menu concept that I couldn't understand. I ordered a couple of things and ran for the door. I remembered the food being good, but what a waste of an experience. Of course the only reason I returned was because I remembered the decore was impressive and I wanted to show off on a date. I knew that I would have to resign to this "small plate" concept and ate beforehand...I wish I hadn't. For a concept that I had remembered being difficult, I got it quite quickly this time. Our waitress said that we were "going to share dishes individually." We eat the same thing prepared on separate plates for each of us. We did the 8 courses (on a budget, fifty five bucks a head stretched to a two hour meal-with two desserts) and I enjoyed every bite. I know it's kind of a romantic place, but I can't wait to bring in a group of guys and destroy the 14 course tasting. Give it a shot. It can seem weird at first, but once you commit yourself, this place is awesome.
SNOBBERY at Its finest - Food way below Mina level – Typical of SBE restaurants, XIV once again always claims to be booked by their typical unfriendly wannabe actresses over the phone, but when you go there there are plenty of tables. The LA Times actually exposed SBE's practice of creating hype when they investigated Katsuya in Brentwood and found they too were claiming to be booked when they really were not, just to create hype. It is unfortunate that SBE continues this trickery which is not in line with what fine dining is supposed to be. However, it is understandable that they would resort to this as the food is certainly underwhelming enough to end this establishment.
The place is beautiful, absolutely stunning. But when it comes to a Micahel Mina restaurant the food is really supposed to be the piece de resistance. Here, portions are stingy--plain stingy. It's hard to understand the true flavor of a 1/2 ounce meal but flavor is usually lacking. Every dish at Spago is leaps and bounds above XIV. Consider XIV as a Lexus (consistent yet bland) and restaurants such as Spago as a Rolls Royce Phantom. The prices are ridiculous too, you feel robbed when you leave this restaurant. A meal comes out to about $100 per person and you STILL feel hungry. I recommend coming for the bar only but if you must try the food, expect to make a stop at In n Out afterwards.
Loads of Hype not enough delivery – Considering this is a Michael Mina restaurant, I was very underwhelmed. We were a party of 6 and had a Sunday evening booking. The restaurant was busy but not crowded. We opted for the 14 course tasting menu with wine paired with the meal. As we were seated, we were told we only had 1.5 hrs to complete our 14 courses(was this a Mac Donalds?) We were given a wine and cocktail list and 2 of our party were keen to enjoy a cocktail before the meal. Before we knew it, the menus were whipped away and cocktails-'oh here comes the wine, oh and our fist course'. Cocktails never to be seen or heard of again. All around us a flurry of waiters laying plates, pouring wine, taking napkins. Not quite the relaxed atmosphere the restaurant exudes as you walk in. This I might add continued as the evening progressed. Just too much fuss and flustering.We had about 5 waiters at all times, hovering around us. Each course was brought to the table and the last waiter to lay their plate, unenthusiastically and quiet disconcertedly mumbled what the dish was. Not one of us ever caught what they were saying.
The food, although looked lovely, lacked "gusto". Most courses were bland and understated-BORING. There were the odd ones here and there that did not even meld well together for example "chocolate leather with a frankincense foam, Some vermicelli and a truffle type ball filled with a gelatinous fruit mix-that if you did not pop into your mouth in one go, dribbled down your chin(as one of our party experienced..maybe that could have been explained with the mumble). I felt they were trying too hard to push the envelope. Simple and well executed wins hands down, like their Mini Butternut squash and brown butter dim sum.
We left 3.5 hrs after we arrived, unimpressed and rather bored with it all. I have heard good reviews from tables of 2...maybe they should limit their party size if quality is sacrificed for the extra buck!
DISAPPOINTING SMALL PLATES EXPEREINCE – This restaurant was an utter disappointment. The food was terribly bland, extremely expensive....just no flavor whatsoever. This restaurant received so much hype, especially after being featured on "The Hills". My girlfriends and I have been waiting to try this place out but luckily I will be saving all of us some time and money since my boyfriend and I decided to check it out after finding out that One Sunset was closed on Sundays. We got the prix fixed menu and everything was disgusting. Our first plate consisted of cold lobster pieces in a mixture of veges that did not complement the dish at all. Next plate consisted of a couple of pieces of romain lettuce, some thousand island dressing and some random snippets of other veges. Are you kidding me? 8 dollars for this?! Next was the black cod in a bland broth with some mushrooms thrown in. Isnt this chef supposed to be a world renowned top chef? The only good thing about this place is the service. Our server was just okay, but the manager kept on walking by our table many times to ask us how our food was. I had to be honest and tell her it was just....okay. She apologized and sent over a compimentary lobster ravioli dish. Which again was just......okay. The manager kept on coming by our table after every dish, asking us how we liked it. She seemed very concerned and just wanted us to have a fabulous dining experience. My boyfriend and I felt bad and told her that everything was great bc to be honest, we were already stuck with our prix fixed menu and just wanted to get the hell out of there. The only decent dish I had was the mochi desert. But then again it was just....decent. Nothing spectacular. So sad....what a disappointment.
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