chephsteph
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  • Review Count
    4
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  • First Review
    August 1, 2014
  • Last Review
    October 23, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.8
 
 
chephsteph's Reviews
 
A Santa Monica landmark, LA Farm originally opened in 1984 and quickly became the go-to place for power lunches, romantic dinners and special events. Tucked away on the infamous Lantana property, where movers and shakers from the music, film, and television industry have maintained their residency since the 1980s.<br /> <br />Under new management, we are honored to make this classic, hidden gem our new home.<br /> <br /> Our elegant yet rustic seasonal American cuisine is complimented by an international wine selection and innovative seasonal cocktails. With multiple event spaces, each one unique, we hope to provide the growing West Side community with a gathering place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy a one of a kind meal or celebration, in our warm and inviting contemporary farmhouse environment. We hope you will come see us!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great improvement
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2006
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The Roost is much better than the former restaurant. The food is delicious, well thought out, and presented beautifully. I had two appetizers. The first was the crispy oysters with smoked gribiche sauce. Perfectly cooked oysters were presented on an amazing smoky sauce. Fantastic! My second appetizer was the beet and avocado salad. The avocadoes were sliced underneath translucent slices of orange beets with a smoked hazelnut center, like beautiful flowers. It was creamy, sweet, salty and delicious. Two friends ordered the whole rotisserie chicken with crispy potatoes. I tasted it, and the chicken was moist and flavorful. Two others had the cod and practically licked their plates. The beignets and the crème brulee were wonderful."
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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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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