Via Alloro

(310) 275-2900 | View Website

301 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA | Directions   90210

34.069401 -118.400314

Open Hours

Mon-Sun: 11:30am-4pm

Restaurants, $$, Italian  more

Tags: Notable Wine List, Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills

Via Alloro
Via Alloro
Polipo Grigliato, Burrata Con Pomodoro Pane Grigliato E Olio Nuovo, Fiori Di Zucca, Calamari Fritti, Vitello Tonnato, Polpette Di Tacchino, Prosciutto, Bresaola E Carciofi, Carpaccio Di Tonno Con Panzanella, Sottilissima Di Polipo... more

Reviews for Via Alloro

over a year ago


over a year ago

Nice menu, spotty service – I have dined here on many occasions, and I have not been disappointed with the food. However, the evening's mood has been set by our service, which ranges from overly-friendly to completely inattentive. I do continue to return, however, based on the wide selection of high quality offerings.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Decent Food, Bad Service – In a few months, or years perhaps, visiting Via Alloro might become a

wonderful experience. But it's not a good restaurant yet, it is

merely another overpriced Los Angeles Italian with decent food but a

low, low quality of service.

We arrived about ten minutes late for our reservation at 9pm on a

Wednesday. The place was lively and bustling, and we sat in the back

outdoor patio, which has a nice ambiance. We later found out that the

hostess never checked us in on OpenTable, which listed us as a no-

show for our reservation. The first of many mistakes that night.

We waited nearly ten minutes before a waiter appeared, which is a very

long time if you're just sitting there! Having never been there

before, we asked how the wine machines worked, it's a debit card

system, where you put an amount of money on a card and you can serve

yourself wine pours from the machine. We weren't sure how much the

pours cost, though, so we asked to have a moment to look at the prices

before deciding how much to put on the card. The waiter said he'd

return with a card once we'd had a chance to look at it. He never did.

He took our order, an appetizer and two entrees for the two of us.

The food came out quickly, but it all came out at once! The appetizer

and two entrees! We sent the entrees back and ate our appetizer, beef

carpaccio, wondering if we'd ever see the waiter again, or if our

entrees were going to be still warm by the time we got to eat them.

Still no wine and no card to buy it with.

We asked a passing busboy to get our waiter, and he nodded. He

quickly brought over two side plates, placing each one in front of

us. Then he left. His English was so limited we felt bad asking him

if he'd misunderstood us, or if he was still going to get our waiter.

We were by then halfway through our appetizer (at least now we had

side plates so we could share it more easily!), but no waiter, no

wine, and no card to buy it with.

My wife, fed up at this point, got up to find someone, anyone, who

could help us procure wine! She returned with a friendly manager, who

brought a wine card, which we put $20 on, so that we could each have a

$10 glass. She pleasantly assured us that she would take it off our

bill, which we thought was a nice gesture. Unfortunately, she forgot

to do it, so we did pay for the wine. Just one more thing forgotten

or screwed up in what had by then become a long night.

The food was all very tasty, but it's hard to say that it was so good

it was worth all the trouble. The beef carpaccio was very good, we

ate it all, and it was a big plate, with well-seasoned artichokes and

arugula. For entrees we ordered gnocchi verdi alla bolognese, which

was spinach gnocchi in a tasty thin meat sauce, and fettucine

boscaiola, which was wide flat pasta in a similarly very good meat

sauce with peas. Both were really good, though we were never sure how

fresh they were because we'd sent them back, they didn't seem to

suffer from having been under a heat lamp for an extra 15 minutes or so.

The wines available by the glass or by smaller-size tasting pours are

not particularly varied, you might be better off buying a bottle of

something, because the wine list by the bottle is significantly more

extensive and wide-ranging.

Overall, given the high quality of nearby Italian restaurants like

Enoteca Drago and Il Pastaio, it's hard to recommend Via Alloro, which

simply does not provide service worthy of these prices.

Two thumbs way down on this Wednesday night. Look elsewhere.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Better choices in Los Angeles – I had dinner at Via Alloro on Saturday night. We were a party of 6. One of the couples has a young child, so when they eat out they like to make it count. We'd heard good things about Via Alloro. I made a reservation, requested the patio, called to confirm, and received a confirmation phone call. I was told by friends who've had dinner here that the dining room is very loud and suggested the patio. We arrived for our 8pm reservation. I checked in a few times, but we still hadn't been seated at 845. I've experienced this at other restaurants. The professional way to handle a situation is to apologize to the patrons and offer at least to buy a drink or appetizer. We finally sat down at a table INSIDE around 9 or later. The restaurant is so loud it was difficult to hear the people I was having dinner with, but I could barely hear the waiter. The errors continued... the special menu from Friday was put in one menu so the items by boyfriend ordered weren't available, the veal tenderloin a friend orders was not medium rare as ordered, the manager sent over prosecco for our table (a nice gesture, but no one at our table drinks), the waiter didn't point out that the "chefs choice of vegetables" was the exact salad that they ordered as a starter and so on...I eat out in LA and NY regularly at great restaurants i.e. Spago, Bond Street, Matsuhisa, etec. I'd like to say that I've never written a review of a restaurant before, but my experience was so awful I felt compelled to write.

over a year ago

Editorial Review – Formerly Luce, until the Drago brothers got a hold of it, this massive piece of Beverly Hills property is now a polished Italian hub featuring a seafood-heavy menu and an inventive self-pour wine tasting system by Enomatic.


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