8722 W 3rd St, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9004834.073577 -118.382316
Neighborhoods: Beverly Center, Central LA
Overpriced mediocre dining – The food at barefoot upset me incredibly. I got the night's "Special" - Tempura scallops. The scallops were nothing special at all, in fact I have cooked better scallops myself. There were 4 small scallops on the plate, around a big salad. The salad tastes EXACTLY like one I buy at trader joes all the time for $3.50, so I was upset spending $24 on this plate.
Our appetizer was an heirloom tomato salad which was equally dissappointing. I buy Heirloom tomatoes at whole foods all the time for $6 a lb - a WAY better deal than this $11 salad. The tomatoes tasted like unripened cherry tomatoes - NOT the way they should.
The decor inside is also bland. I was bored while I was eating boring food.
Overall, the restaurant is simply uninspired. I would recommend to stay away if you have the choice.
STAY AWAY, SAVE YOURSELF – Worst experience EVER! We had reservations, but we're bumped because some "C" list celeb and their entourage came in without reservations. The manager was curt and condescending when we complained about waiting almost 40 minutes after our reservation. Food was nothing special, average, nothing new and pricey. Service was okay when we could get someone that was working and wasn't fawning over this week's tepid celeb. If a real celebrity would have come in, my guess is that the place would have crumbled. Advice to Barefoot's owner; this is LA, try and hire a staff that isn't star struck with too bit actors.
AWESOME ATMOSPHERE – Its been a while since I've been here, but I came on a Friday night around 9:30 the bar was packed and a DJ was getting ready to spin. By 11pm the place was packed. The bartenders are awesome. Will definentely be back!!! Food was great too, I recommend the lobster ravoli.
Was a such a great place. What happened???? – I had been going to Barefoot for years. All of a sudden their menu shrank to one page and one of their waiters was upselling everything! I felt like I was in a used car dealership. I mean that waiter was tricky! A good martini and great bread is not worth being conned into buying a $6 bottle of water (and I didn't appreciate his inappropriate excitement after we mistakenly agreed to it), never being asked if we wanted dessert (and a menu is forced into our laps), and being spied on as we fill out our tip on the bill. I felt like he was cheating off of my test paper!. So sad that this place has turned to this and I won't be going there again.
Good Happy Hour Menu/Well Drinks – Good deal on Happy Hour, from 4:30 to 7PM (I think). I have had uneven luck with service (one guy's disinterest in serving me, or anyone else for that matter, could not have been clearer...and the Manager is known to be rude on occasion). Others work v. hard and earn every cent of their tip, so you never really know who you are going to get. The bar menu is a good deal, and more than respectable for the prices. Tried lunch and dinner a few times; the food was 'OK' and a few times it was very good. Comfortable atmosphere...and they try to do something interesting with the artwork/decor.
A worst experience, neveeeer – I was at the restaurant for New Years Eve it was a worst experience, service, food, management, and a worst part I would how a food can be good with no Chef in the kitchen and they charge $90 for a menu. Never again
Wonderful food, service is lacking – I had the Santa Fe salad and it was by far one of the best salads I have ever had. Not only was it great tasting, but it was filled with ingredients instead of just lettuce like so many places tend to do. Everyone enjoyed their food, except for the one person in my party who ordered a hamburger. He said it was rather tasteless and undercooked. The service was not the best, I never got a refill on my drink and we had to search for our waiter to get the check. But all in all, the atmosphere was nice and not at all pretentious and the food was definitely going back for.
Don't punish me – My friends and I went on a Saturday night without reservations. The hostess was nice and quoted 15-20 min. However, it took a lot longer. We weren't too concerned, but wish she would have been honest. For dinner, I ordered the Filet at medium-rare. It came out medium-well. Our server never came back, so I took my plate to someone else and asked for it to be corrected. Of course I was "punished" for sending my food back. Five minutes later I had a raw filet in front of me. Even the waiter commented that it was obvously undercooked, but by this time it was 10:30pm and we were over the whole experience.
Great food without the attitude – We discovered Barefoot as a brunch spot, but soon found out lunch and dinner are excellent, as well. The fish is always very fresh and the steaks are wonderful. The restaurant is open and airy, and they have recently remodeled, making it even more cozy. Everyone is friendly and you don't have to deal with the attitude you find in some other L.A. spots. The restaurant even accommodated our last minute request for a reservation for eight, which very few will even attempt to do.
STAY AWAY!!! TERRIBLE! AWFUL! – Even though we made reservations a week in advance for a family dinner, the host gave away our reservation to someone else with the same name. When we arrived there was no table available. The manager was rude and condescending, practically accused us of lying, until he checked that the phone # given at the time of reservation matched ours. But never an apology for his extreme rudeness. Needless to say, we did not stay. We went to a great place we found on Melrose right off Robertson.
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