chephsteph
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  • Review Count
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  • First Review
    May 19, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 19, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
chephsteph's Reviews
 
Madera Kitchen is a farm to table seasonal restaurant in Hollywood, which serves new American cuisine. Always inventive, chef Kirk Plummer's changing menu is inspired by a wealth of American culinary traditions.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Another noisy restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The restaurant is very modern and attractive. There was a private party on the patio, so they didn't have room there, although the party hadn't started when we left. Too bad, because it was loud inside. Very loud sound track. My food was good, but there was some room for improvement. My husband didn't like his slow cooked pork, and my daughter was served the wrong flat bread. They took it away, and rather than recook it, they just took off the topping and retopped it, so it was cold, and she could still taste the olives it was previously topped with that she doesn't like. The waiter dumped the bill on our table while we were still eating without even asking us if we wanted to have dessert. Then the forgot to honor our OP reservation."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
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Produce inspired by the seasons, lovingly cooked using exacting techniques to bring the best out of the ingredients, and paired with thoughtfully sourced beer and wine from our favorite regions.<br /><br />Through the food, the wine, and the experience, we've tried to create a place where we'd want to dine with good friends.<br /><br />We hope you feel the same.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A great find
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/13/2014
 2006
Dined on 8/13/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My cousin heard about this small restaurant in Westwood, and we went early after a movie. We sat at the counter and watched the chef and his sous chefs work. It was really amazing, because it's a small kitchen and a small restaurant. The food is excellent farm to table food. We had the prix fixe dinner, which was almost too much to eat, so we were able to taste 8 delicious items including an outstanding scallop and pork dish, and a "lambchetta" as well as a corn soup that tasted like liquid buttered corn. The chef lovingly added all of the garnishes before each dish went out. We really enjoyed our dinner, although we needed to be rolled out the door."
Dined on 8/13/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Marvin is a French Wine Bar and Bistro focusing on simple french bistro fare and Old World wines from small producers.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Excruciatingly loud
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The menu is all over the place for a restaurant that is billed a French but is called Marvin. My porchetta, mispronounced by the waiter, was okay, but a bit overcooked. It was served with 2 slightly burned rolls that looked like they came from a package from the grocery store. The berry compote served with it was good and added a much needed punch to the richness of the pork. The soft shell crab was good, but very small. My husband had the hamburger which he said was decent. The fries looked better than they tasted. The worst part of the experience was the ridiculously loud sound track which made the experience almost unbearable."
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2006
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Adjacent to Hollywood’s historic Improv Comedy Club, Roadhouse LA is BBQ with a modern twist, combining farm-to-table ingredients, global influences, and innovative techniques. House specialties include Pork Ribs with ponzu barbecue, boiled peanuts, pickled peaches; Local Halibut with Root beer leaves, succotash, roasted garlic butter; Smoked avocado and burrata salad; and Root beer-cured bacon with vanilla-scented eggs. Roadhouse LA features craft cocktails and multiple flavors of authentic Moonshine. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
The South Meets the World
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We really enjoyed the Road House. Our waiter Michael was terrific. He told us all about the cocktails and dishes on the menu. I loved my choices. I can't remember the name of my cocktail, but it was really good. The smoked avocado with burrito and pickled raspberries was outstanding, but the stand out was the lamb! OMG! It comes as an unctuous, flavorful lamb shoulder and meaty lamb ribs along with cute little risotto balls. I saved the rest for lunch! My husband loved his pulled pork torta and the amazing cornbread pudding. The only thing they need to work on is timing and dessert. They have 3 pies, and ours was awfully sweet. Otherwise, we loved it."
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies
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