1000 Universal Ctr Dr #152, Universal City, CA | Directions 9160834.137010 -118.352859
Neighborhoods: Central LA
Fine Atmosphere, Disappointing Food – We went to the Wolfgang Puck Cafe in City Walk in Universal City after touring Universal Studios for the day. With the reputation of Wolfgang Puck's food, we were looking forward to tasting this restaurant's cuising. The service was very good and attentive and the decor was bright and lively. The restaurant was full on a Friday night.
The food, however, was disappointing. The teriyaki salmon was fishy to the point that neither my wife nor I could eat it. The accompanying potatoes and sauce were fine. The rigatoni with italian sausage was good but pedestrian. It lacked any sparkle. It was not notable beyond a reasonably well prepared dish. The best meal of the night turned out to be my daughter's pepperoni pizza. It had a nice combination of sauce and cheese.
In fairness, there were a number of patrons that seemed to be enjoying themselves. The sliders (small meatball sandwiches as an appetizer) and various pizzas were ordered by a number of other tables and seemed to be enjoyable. The kitchen may have had an off night on our dinners, but future patrons should be aware that the quality of the food does not live up to the reputation of the restaurant's namesake.
One of the world's most famous chefs brings noisy, colorful Cal-eclectic cuisine to the masses. – In Short
A pleasant outdoor patio beckons teens out on dates and tourists seeking refuge from pedestrian-crammed CityWalk. Inside, no surface remains untouched by colorful mosaic tiles sprinkled like confetti. Internationally influenced California cuisine starts with spring rolls and tortilla soup. Porcini-topped mushroom pizza features a blend of cheeses. For those old enough to drink wine, Puck offers a signature red.
What happened to this place? – I have been eating here for years whenver I come to Universal Studios with family or friends. Never been disappointed. Until recently. There weren't many people there which should have been a clue. We were seated and it was a full 30 minutes before someone took our order. 45 minutes later our food arrives. We were curious as to what took so long since there were only about 6 other tables with patrons. My pizza was inedible. The chef put hot sprinkles on it (not on the menu) and my mouth was literally on fire. They let us leave without paying which I would have been tempted to do anyway. Lots of new people working there and there must be some underlying reason why. Stay away until they get the kinks worked out of whatever the problem is.
excellent – great pizza and appetizers...definitely a must do for lunch while at universal studios or citywalk before a movie...
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