Kidoctr
Share Kidoctr's profile
 
Facebook Twitter
 
 
 
Kidoctr's Stats
 
  • Review Count
    6
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    January 31, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 27, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.7
 
 
Kidoctr's Reviews
 
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Quiet lunch w pretty good food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2006
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"When I booked the reservation, my guess was that this was a chain restaurant. It is - primarily in California. We had lunch on a Wednesday and the restaurant was not too busy and very close to our hotel in Lawndale. The service was great. I had the capellini which was good. The only issue I really noticed was that the moscato d'asti and the cabernet that we ordered were poured into the same wine glasses - the ones that were sitting on the table when we arrived. I guess I must be a wine snob because I thought pouring wine like that was a little pedestrian. The restaurant reminded me of Bravo! and Macaroni Grill in Oklahoma. There are much better choices around manhattan beach for good food."
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Little Sister features East-meets-West inspired dishes served in a<br />relaxed social environment that feels more residential than<br />restaurant, as if you're being invited into the Chef Tin's home.<br />Little Sister's menu showcases Chef Tin's take on one of the more<br />interesting and rich collisions of food and culture that was borne out<br />of the European colonization of Southeast Asia. Dishes blend and<br />balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French<br />techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences. The menu is<br />continually and progressively evolving, reflecting inspiration and the<br />seasons. Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program<br />with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around<br />the world. Craft beer selection includes special batches from The<br />Brewery at Abigaile, brewed only for the restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Excellent "tapas style" meal
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2006
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We didn't know that meals at Little Sister are served "tapas style" but I love eating that way and being able to try different things instead of just being confined to what I ordered for myself. We ordered the scallops in curry sauce (delicious), the salt and pepper lobster (my favorite of the evening) and the red braised pork belly (also delicious but we were too stuffed to finish it). We were advised to order 3 dishes which would have been perfect except that we also took up the offer from staff to have them make a special side of fried rice with some of the lobster. It was outstanding and worth doing. Paired w a bottle of Paso Robles Tempranillo - it was our favorite meal in Manhattan Beach. The place is small and a little noisy."
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Down at the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Strand House rises elegantly and iconically above the breakers. Like in an ocean front home, friends become family and strangers become friends. The indoor/outdoor space is elegant and dramatic and the tone is welcoming and casual. <br /><br />Master Chefs Neal Fraser and Greg Hozinsky present a colorful menu of traditional dishes expressed with fresh and exciting interpretations. They call their approach, "modern heirloom." Here, the freshest produce is hand-selected from local farms. Every dish is created with complex flavors, subtle textures and luxurious finishes.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Delicious brunch on a Sunday
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2006
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"For a Sunday, parking wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We were seated immediately right by the window with a beautiful view of Manhattan Beach. Wait staff are attentive and very friendly. Brunch menu was outstanding - hard to choose just one thing. I had the frittata with housemade chorizo which was delicious - just a hint of heat....perfect. Coffee was really good - we had 2 pots. I would definitely recommend and plan to return if we're ever back in Manhattan Beach."
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Set in the sleek W Hotel Times Square setting, Blue Fin oohs and aahs its audience with a prominent raw bar, extensive sushi menu and much more! Unwind at either of Blue Fin's two bars and sip a seasonal cocktail or glass of wine from the 400+ bottle wine list. Up early for a matinee or just on your way to the office? Blue Fin gets the early riser going with smoothies and fresh squeezed juices, in addition to power-packed breakfast offerings featuring farm-fresh ingredients. To create this two-story, 400-seat dining spectacle in the epicenter of the most exciting city in the world, design firm Yabu Pushelberg provided original features as an expansive sparkling wall of highly polished mirror, glowing resin tables, and a floating staircase that leads to live music upstairs.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Late night dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a 10:45 pm reservation on a Friday evening after going to see a show. We were seated immediately. We tried the lobster spring roll, the lobster and tuna maki roll, and the crab tacos. All were delicious. We also tried their junmai ginjo yuki no bosha sake - that was the most delicious sake we've ever had. My friend really enjoyed her dinner special - the filet sushi. Good food, nice looking restaurant, great location. We wouldn't hesitate to come back."
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Originally opened in 2008 as both a Peruvian and Cantonese restaurant, owner and culinary director Darren Wan decided to reconceptualize the already successful restaurant in 2010 into the chic, upscale and exclusively Cantonese format that it is today. <br><br> Melding traditional Chinese cuisine with a hip and contemporary venue, RED EGG caters to those looking for excellence in their cuisine as well as in the ambiance they want to enjoy it in. In addition to the Cantonese and Szechuan specialties menu, RED EGG features classic Cantonese dim sum throughout the day. <br><br> Recently awarded the Bib Gourmand rating in the MICHELIN Guide New York City 2011. Don't forget to try the Peking Duck Sliders, Pan Fried Dumplings and Red Egg Filet Mignon to name a few.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Hard to rate - we didn't stay
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"In 8 years of OpenTable dining, we've never run into this problem. We checked in 10 minutes early for 1 pm lunch on a Friday. Waited for 30 minutes and then left and went down the street to another restaurant and had a nice lunch. They seemed very disorganized. There were at least 3 other groups waiting when we arrived but only 1 with an Opentable reservation (I was sitting next to their computer) and 2 booths that were free and never got used while we were there. Our name was added to a handwritten list.....we were number 8 on her list (???). The place was packed so I assume the food was great. There was a huge round table of guests right by the bathroom that you had to walk around to get to - glad I wasn't seated there."
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
IL Cortile has been family owned and run since 1975. A neighborhood staple for almost 35 years the Esposito family continues the tradition of sparing nothing to provide only the highest quality ingredients in all Cortile dishes. We are a full Service Restaurant Establishment offering both A-La-Carte dinning and a wide variety of pre-fix menu"s for group gatherings as well as off premise catering.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Unimpressed - inappropriate waiter
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Our experience was poor for only one reason. We had lunch on a Friday and were seated immediately. The restaurant is very nice - lots of food choices. The problem was my good friend's LIFE THREATENING tree nut allergy. She spoke with the waiter to let him know about her tree nut allergy. He replied by saying "What's that"? She explained what a tree nut was. There didn't seem to be a problem and she enjoyed her food safely but after her entree was served, the waiter came by and said "I made sure they put extra walnuts in that". That was COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE. The last time my friend was inadvertantly exposed to tree nuts, she went to the ICU and spent 3 days in the hospital. A severe food allergy is nothing to joke about."
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2006
-3points
0of 3voted this as helpful.