5907 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002834.105376 -118.318366
Mon - Thu, 5pm - 2am; Fri, Sat, Sun, 11am - 2am
Neighborhoods: Hollywood Hills, Central LA
Happy hour here includes appetizers at this adorable and delicious French cafe.
La Poubelle is a friendly neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Franklin Village. A great place for dinner or drinks after a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade. The food is solid, but the bar is better. They pour their own house lager for $3. For desert, have the Jacquie's Crepe with mascarpone and blueberry jam. Happy Hour is every day from 5 - 7.
On the same street as Birds and the Franklin Company. Serves traditional french bistro style menu. Nice wine selection and atmosphere.
La Poubelle Review – I love the location of this place, right in Franklin Village (a cute little town bridging Hollywood and Silverlake) and the atmosphere and seating both inside and outside the restaurant. This use to be one of my favorite places to grab dinner but I have to say, within the past year I have 3 bad meals in a row. It seems the menu had become unhealthier and their once fresh and healthy fish and veggies now seems to be drenched in oil. While my mother was in town she ordered fish there that wasn't fully cooked. It's a shame because I have always loved La Poubelle but I think they need to revamp!
Genuine French bistro in the heart of Hollywood, CA – Having been a "Poubelle -ee" for 34+ years, it is difficult to find fault. We have found the owners and employees to be consistently friendly and out-going, despite an earlier reviewer's negative comments about the French; (sometimes you get what you give). Our most recent server was very busy but also VERY attentive ... even to several special requests from our group of 14. Tasty "small plates," interesting wine list, lots of activity and great people watching. If you're looking for quiet, intimate fine dining, this is NOT it; this is a place to go for high energy and fun. Amusez-vous bien, et bon appétit!
Best Drink Prices on Franklin Ave – Recently moved to the block. La Poubelle has the best drink prices and best food that I've found in the hood. Really good Happy Hour that includes appetizers... and I just discovered that they have $6 martinis on Mondays now! I'm in.
Bad Service and over priced..... – This restaurant is located in my neighborhood so I have given the place a few goes. what utter badness, the service sucked with servers who don't serve and you have to wait for at least 20 minutes to get a drink The servers are negative and very grumpy and when they add service to your bill, you have to wonder why!!!. The food tastes good but everything else was rubbish. What a shame....
I can't believe this place has been around so long – We now live in Franklin Village. We walk the dogs by La Poubelle daily, and tried it on a late night when we first moved to the neighborhood. That night the service was courteous and fast, the food was delicious (my wife and I like over seasoning, especially garlic…you will get that here). We ordered a martini (gin-dirty and wet at $11.00 for well gin) and a beer (house $3.00 very good). The bartender got the beer right, but the martini was TERRIBLE…small and had to be “fixed”…for $11.00, we expected it to be perfect the first time.
This is a place that you want to be good. It has a “very French” look to it. Lots of people wearing odd outfits draped over the bar, with that look of non-commitment about them…like they are not actually there. Is like a stage play for a French place. So it is very cool.
Some friends came up from San Juan Capistrano (were downtown buying diamonds…recession?).
This night was the same only amplified.
The barman this night was worse then the first. Rude, but not in the condescending (Parisian) French way (you idiots know nothing!). No, this was different…once again like a stage play for a rude bartender. Irritating to the point of being comical, in a Seinfeld-The Office-Twilight Zone way that is hard to put into words.
No house beer tonight… so a Guinness is $7.00. A call vodka and soda and a (very small) lemon drop martini (with salt. not sugar on the rim) came to $23.00! The bartender was definitely put out when we asked him to re-make it. My wife had a glass of the Cote-de-Rhone…it was good, but not worth $12.00….$8.00, sure.
Lesson # 1…Only drink at happy hour if at all.
Getting a table was a negotiation, but once we finally got one…and fries (really tasty, garlicky-thin Pomme Frites…everyone loved them) came quickly, so as to keep me from throwing glasses at the bartender…I could only guess.
At this point we were there for about an hour.
When the food finally came…it was AMAZING and we all were very happy with it. The server apologized for the barman, and for the general disarray of the place…she was an island in a sea of incompetence.
After reading a few of the honest appraisals of this restaurant, it is amazing that it is still in business. Given the quality that is available elsewhere.
We will go back…because the food IS really worth the headache you get with the rest of it. Oddly, we like the place, in a food fight sort of way.
Horrible (said in condescending French accent) – This place is possibly the snottiest restaurant in all of Los Angeles. What's most ridiculous about their snobbery is that La Poubelle lacks the food to back it up. At best, their cuisine is mediocre and even then, the service you have to endure isn't worth the average meal you eventually get. Waste of my time and my money.
Cozy atmosphere – La Poubelle has the menu if you are tired of the same (o) same (o). The clientele are diverse and exciting. I would suggest making a reservation as it gets packed especially on the weekends.
Fun Neighborhood Restaurant – I have been dining at this casual, neighborhood bistro for about 5 years, and have always had an enjoyable experience. The staff is friendly and well informed, and the crepes are great. Very nice small wine list - I suggest the Cote du Rhone, personal favorite.
Early evening - from 5 to about 9, the restaurant and bar is great for a quiet & romantic pre-movie & date night spot. Usually after 9 (especially on weekends) the place is bustling with neighborhood locals, celebrities and people like myself that enjoy the company of a fun crowd.
The brunch is really good and very well priced - try the breakfast crepe & the maroc eggs - Cheers, Sam
good wine and a good time – Went in for dinner a couple of nights ago with the friends and had a great dinner. It was nice and warm inside when it was really cold outside. I would definitely recommend this for dinner or to meet at the bar for business or pleasure. Great wine list!
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