Julie
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  • Review Count
    5
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    May 27, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 22, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.8
 
 
Julie's Reviews
 
Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table Mediterranean menu based on seasonal, local ingredients and the restaurant's wood burning oven and grill. A separate bar and lounge, Stark Bar, offers handcrafted, seasonal cocktails and a dynamic menu of small plates.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ray's is ALWAYS great!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/20/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/20/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Ray's is a must for us whenever we visit LACMA. The chacuterie plate was excellent, as were the chopped salad and the stone fruit plate with burrata cheese. The fruits were perfectly ripe, as they must be. Charming manager Martin always comes over to chat. Sitting outside and people-watching is always a pleasure here. Highly recommended."
Dined on 7/20/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Topolobampo, specializes in authentic regional cuisine served in an elegant, upscale setting. Sister restaurant, Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed atmosphere. Topolobampo takes advance reservations for all parties. If you do not see what you are looking for, please call us for further information.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A little too elaborate!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Topolobampo is of course an outstanding restaurant in terms of creativity, flavors, freshness and service. I have had great meals both here and at Frontera Grill. This time, of 12 plates ordered among 4 people, only 2-3 of them were recognizable (goat and salmon).The explanation of the menu was like a Master's level lecture. I could not tell what I was eating. Sauces were poured at the table without explanation. My husband could not tell me what he was eating. Everything was delicious, but I felt like I had tasted 100 things by the end, without knowing what or why. I would like Rick Bayless to go a little bit back to basics."
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Le P'tit Laurent is owned by Laurent Legendre, whose passion for great food and wine has resulted in a fine reputation in his adopted San Francisco. Born and raised in Paris, Laurent studied at the internationally acclaimed Ecole Hoteliere and worked at top Parisian restaurants Tour d'argent. Elysee Le Notre, Arpege and Amphycles.<br />While on vacation in the United tates in 1996, he fell in love with San Francisco and decided to make it his home. Since then he opened Clementine Restaurant in 1998, Bistro Clement in 2001 and his most recent success Le P'tit Laurent open in July 2007.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Just good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This was our fourth visit here. I have had the cassoulet three times. The first and this time it was very good; the time in between, the duck was stringy and hardly edible. Everything else we have ever had was very good: fish, frog legs, escargots, steak. This time, there were no French people in evidence on the staff. The usual servers were not here. Everyone was very nice, but I miss the French folks. I don't know that we will take the time out of our trip to the airport to eat here again."
Dined on 5/31/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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From the owners of Town Hall and Salt House comes Anchor & Hope Restaurant, an oyster bar and fish house located at 83 Minna Street. Housed in a renovated, 100 year old brick building, formerly the studio of sculptor Benny Bufano, Anchor & Hope offers the warmth of an Eastern Seaboard fish house with dishes such as warm sea urchin served in the shell, our lobster roll, and petrale sole…and yes, there are dishes for those who fear the sea.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent food and service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our second time here. We had octopus as an appetizer, with white beans, fennel, olives and oranges. Very good. Lobster roll without the bread (as we requested) was excellent. A couple areas for improvement: the hostess was not totally competent in seating people (for example, when I was a hostess, I was taught to glance behind you to make sure the correct diners are following you, which she did not do, resulting in a mix up with our table, and resulting in our having to wait about 15 minutes). Secondly, the very nice, very accommodating server had the annoying habit of squatting down while chatting about the food. I find this too intimate and just plain weird. I wonder who started this, which seems common in some places."
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer writes:<p><br />"At Piccolo, the tiny Italian spot in Venice, offers something more than standard fare.<p>It's an Indian summer night on the Venice boardwalk and a typically Fellini-esque scene with poncho-wearing retro hippies beating out tunes on battered guitars while skaters speed among joggers, bikers and beach lovers walking their pooches.<p>The crescent moon hangs above the palm trees ruffled by the salty breeze. And at 5 Dudley Ave., a block from the beach, bohemian bons vivants are sipping wine at tables in front of Piccolo Ristorante Italiano.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Food excellent; service lacking
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"When I say service is lacking, I don't mean there weren't four servers serving each table; I don't mean the main server didn't refill your wine every time you took two sips. I mean, the server we had was completely without charm or friendliness. He was somber, serious, pompous and overly formal. This is a restaurant on Venice Beach, for Pete's sake. The other two Piccolos (Hosteria del Piccolo in Santa Monica and Venice have just as excellent food but provide a much more fun experience!"
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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