312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.019492 -118.497841
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-10:30pm Sat-Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
Great Food, Great Room – For those of us that appreciate good food and live in the Culver City area, we now have a restaurant that is first rate in food and has an edgy, but adult setting. I love fish, but it is tough to find chefs that consistently prepare it correctly. I've eaten at Fraiche on many occasions and often order one of the fish dishes. I've never been disappointed. Also, their pork chop is "to die for." My wife always saves room for the deserts, which are also first rate. The place is a sanctuary for good food.
Great dining experience – We really enjoyed a recent dinner with friends at Fraiche. The service was excellent and our server was very patient with our many rounds of appetizers and cocktails before dinner. Everything was excellent but the mong fish was extraordinary - first time visitors much try it. Signature cocktails, oysters, and the steak tartare stand out among the highlights. We will be back soon.
Fake happy hour – A word of warning: Fraiche advertises a happy hour on various lists as being from 5:30-7, then you arrive and find it ends at 6:30. Unethical? You decide, but you should know. It's too bad that a place with good food thinks of its customers as suckers.
Perfect Dining Experience! – Have been here a couple of times now and I can truly say this restaurant is great. The atmosphere is vibrant and full of life. The food is superb. The service is casual and unobtrusive. This is no Providence or even Hatfields. However Fraiche provides good food and an amazing wine selection at reasonable price. The staff all have smiles on their faces and the pace of the restaurant sets a great tone. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Let the market decide – well, it is clear from reading the reviews here that the owner is a bit of a despot--he seems like he has been mistreated in life and wants to make everyone else--including his staff miserable. Not only is he miserable, but he also is paranoid and petty--choosing to respond to things on this site trying to make himself look like some kind of innocent victim...when 40 or 50 people complain about you--its probably true. I know for a fact that he treats the staff with the same type of disrespect, and when you get mistreated at work and feel beat down, you get scared and you can't do your job. This misery and displeasure is then communicated to the patron. Do you want to eat the misery of someone else's toxic work environment? In time, the market will decide whether this place stays in business or not. If there are enough self-hating, groveling people out there to continue to accept, tolerate and ask for mistreatment when they are dropping hundreds of dollars, then it will. The food is really not terribly creative, nothing new or exciting here. El Bulli it aint. Not even Hatfield's. Its simply "a'ight" And the slew of 10 5-star reviews at the very beginning of the string here are SO CLEARLY fake. Please...so clearly written by the same person
Most Disappointing Restaurant in LA – I REALLY wanted to like this place. In fact, I was so eager to like it, that I gave it THREE chances. I am a local (within walking distance) so I was very eager to love this place and have a regular restaurant to bring guests.
Visit #1: The food is fine if not a little bland, certainly nothing to write home about. The service was pleasant but inattentive and forgetful. Things came out early and late and in the wrong order. It was quite expensive considering. On the plus side, I was impressed with the bar and the clever cocktails and the restaurant itself looks great.
Visit #2: The food was not impressive, once again. I was packed into a bench seat and plates were crammed onto our tiny table. I sat, claustrophobic, with sweat dripping down my face until I asked the waitress to do something about the AC.
Visit #3: Left before ordering because our patio table was crawling with ants. When I asked if we could change tables, the waiter informed us that the manager said there were no tables available. I said I'd be happy to stay where I was until something opened up, but they said it's this or nothing. So I left and vowed never to go back. Three strikes, right?
With so many great restaurants in LA, what's the point?
worst service!! – My wife and I ordered each a different course prix fixe meal. She got the 4 and I got the 6; the server said it was okay to get different courses. 20 minutes later the manager said we cannot order like that even though our server said we could. We reordered and then our first course from the first order came on the table and they TOOK IT BACK!! I wanted to take my wife and leave!! Our server with a tattoo on her breast was the worse and the manager was not better. This ruined out NYs dinner! DO NOT GO HERE EVER. Who takes back food when you are hungry and it is the restaurant?s error??? I only give this place 1 star! And, the amount of food is fit for a little toddler not an adult!
TINY portions, subpar taste, WORSE service from our server, and poor service from the hostess – Went on New Years with my spouse and another couple and ordered off of their Prix Fixe menu. We received each course and then the TINY entrees; the taste was subpar. The couple I went with said the entrees are double the size; I was extremely upset that the menu didn't say smaller than usual portions; we paid for full orders and received half of their usual order.
On top of that, I can say we had the worse server (Caroline). We were sitting at our table for about 20 mins before she came to greet us. She stood in the front just looking into space for most of the evening. She came by only once to ask how everything was. We received our dessert (my spouse makes better desserts) and was looking for her to order coffee, but she was nowhere in sight; we waited for about 10min and ate it. AFTER we were done with everything, she came up and asked if we wanted dessert and I said no thank you kindly.
The bus boys did a great, and deserve the tip not the server.
To top it off, I called and spoke to the hostess Vanessa and I kindly asked to speak to a manager and she said he was at another table and could not speak. I asked if I left my name and number if he could call me back sometime by 2am (it was about 9:30pm) and she said Bruno cannot do that. If you can?t make time on New Years or not to talk to a customer for maybe 5 mins over 4+ hours to at least to say I?ll call you back at another time, what kind of service. Then again, this was what the hostess said about Bruno, but maybe he would have called back.
From this $300+ meal, the portion size, and the server I can?t rate this experience more than 1 star, if that. This wasn?t even a subpar experience.
If you don?t mind poor service, VERY poor, small portions, subpar taste, and decent atmosphere then go here, but I suggest Gynerai across the street any day!  They have SUPER service, good food, GREAT ambience and it?s just a better place!
Good ambiance and people watching, mediocre food, bad service – If you like going to a place for just the ambiance, people watching, and trendiness then this is a place for you. However, if you care about food quality and good service, then look elsewhere. We waited 2 hours after being seated for the food, the waiter tried to push us to get more food then we wanted, and 4 out of 7 of us had stomach aiches throughout the night. The pasta's were extremely mediocre and lacked a balanced and complete flavor profile (quite bland and whatever flavor was there faded on the pallet very quickly). The people that got the steak had good things to say about it, but that is about the only good thing.
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