good most food, great date place, great soso service, terrible service, best authentic spanish tapas, great easygoing casual atmosphere, awful hot food
Great service!! Good atmosphere!.
First of all, I love the atmosphere!! Sure, it's a little tight, but if you've ever experienced the European cafes after which they modeled their setting, you'll enjoy Cobras. The service is excellent! Everyone was polite and we were accommodated nicely. I noticed that a previous poster mentioned a problem with showing up late and he/she had a bad experience; the restaurant's voicemail does mention their rules for guests showing up late. They have a strict (but understandable) reservation policy due to the fact their restaurant is so small. As a courtesy to those after us, we made sure our party showed up on time and we had no problems. But I must say I do not think Cobras would be suitable for large parties or for children.
I also thought it was a little crowded, but that may simply be due to their small size. After a while, you realize that it's crowded because it's a great place and then you realize that you're on to something.
We heard that they import their cheeses and meats all the way from Spain, so a couple in our party made sure to try them and they were quite impressed! I, however, had the skirt steak and sweet potato fries and liked them both.
If you like to see and be seen, Cobras is a good place for that; On my first visit, I saw David Beckham leaving as I was going in and most recently saw Jennifer Tilly. The clientele is reserved, curteous and leaves the celebrities alone; please follow suit.
Overall, I was very pleased with the experience and so were my friends; I will definitely keep going back.
Good idea, poor execution..
I won't criticize the food or the decor. I think the food is reasonable, but over priced. The decor is the right idea for what they want to create, but it could be less cramped. There's a difference between cozy and uncomfortable. If you are constantly bumping chairs with the table behind you (and I'm a fit guy), then it's not pleasant over the course of a meal.
My real issue is with the service. And it' is not due to the poor kids trying to make a few bucks an hour. They take their style and their habits from the top. This is a constant theme in business, and having spoken to the owner, I have no doubt where the "servers" get their "flair." A rude fellow who chooses to argue with a paying customer rather than to listen to their concern.
On a particular night, we arrived 30 minutes late for our reservation. My bad. We proceed to spend a ridiculous $260 (without wine), but were asked to leave twice, after 75 minutes. First, a note about the wine. The dealer next door is not trained in making good recommendations, so go with your instincts. They're over priced, and of low to average quality. Better to plan ahead, and stock up with something reasonable, i.e., a good blend from bevmo.
Back to the point. The servers allow you to order more food, then within five minutes, they ask you to leave because the next "party" is here. I understand trying to accomodate everyone, but sometimes you have to wait. Offer the next group free desert or something. We would have gladly been on our way momentarily, without the rude interruption. Because the restaurant is small doesn't give them the right to be rude. I have relatively thick skin, but because of this "owner's" tone, I decided to write my first post. He's obviously successful for having three of these, but as far as PR goes, this guy is a bafoon.
A longtime standout in Steve Arroyo's L.A. stable of restaurants, this Beverly Boulevard tapas spot has been drawing major crowds since the idea of small plates was a trend--a relative lion's age ago..
While the Los Feliz location is arguably more popular, the lines outside this WeHo tapas spot don't lie. People love the no-corkage fee and the easy ambiance, despite mixed reviews regarding the service. Vintage photographs plaster the walls while the chef stokes a wood-fired oven in the corner. Chattering crowds smear spicy lomo embuchado (dry-cured pork loin) on toast rounds and follow with a bite of Garocha (aged goat cheese). Patatas fritas are pleasantly salty triangles of fried potato, but can leave diners parched. The entrees are also meant to be shared, served family-style in pre-cut portions. Flavorful skirt steak is offset by pungent anchovy butter and smoky Idiazabal (Basque shepherd's cheese) sauce. Roasted game hen, though slightly overcooked, gets sassed up with sweet-sour Catalan sauce.
Best tapas in L.A.!. Whether C&M is Spanish or Latin I couldn't care less. The food itself is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable. Everything we tried was excellent, but the aged goat cheese with baked grapes and the cured pork tenderloin on toasted bread are AMAZING. I can't remember the last time I smiled during dinner because the food was so good.
WOW WOW WOW.
GREAT GREAT GREAT food and great atmosphere. Reminds us of SOHO... little, loud and good.
If you like AOC, try this place. Great small plates without the huge cost of AOC. Friendly and attentive staff. Have now gone 4 times. Try the meat bals in cilantro sauce --- just great!
suvit. I don't know what all the hype is about. The food is decent. Its not even traditional Spanish food. It's a mix of "Latin tapas" not European Spanish. If you've ever been to Spain you would know that C&M is a Latin style tapas "inspired" by Spain. Sure they add a few Spanish ingredients, but that doesn't make it Spanish. Most people that go to C&M think that Spanish food is Mexican food. Thats like saying Italian food is like French food. To different worlds
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE IN LA HANDS DOWN!!!.
I've been going to C&M for nearly the entire six years I've lived in LA and I can't get enough of it. I always take people from out of town there, it's the first thing my mom asks for when she comes to stay. My cousin is chef and when he came back through LA, C&M was the only place he asked me to take him back to.
The food is amazing. I've never heard anyone say anything but amazing things about each dish. The asparagus is a MUST, trust me get two plates if not more! Finish it off with the french toast (I know it sounds weird but trust me) and everything in between will just be a dream of yumminess! I prefer to take a white wine it's fresher and pairs well. The dryness of red wine seems to compete with the food for me.
May not be the place for a first date as it is loud but it's all apart of the charm. The music is always really good and the conversations are always animated. People are always having a good time, it's hard not to when the food is so good. I recently went with four others and our bill was only about $145 which for 5 adults to be completely satisfied and stuffed is dirt cheap in my book. Call ahead and make a reservation if you want to sit inside. If it's not Friday or Saturday night you can usually get in at the time you want even if you call that day. I've never not gotten a table, but sometimes it was a bit later than I wanted. I know it's always worth the wait though.
LOUD, LOUD, LOUD!!!!.
I've been going to this place since it opened, and I think the food is great for the money. It's a cool, hip little place with the added bonus of no corkage fee. The downside is, it's almost impossible to have a conversation. It's always been noisy because the sound bounces off the walls and there's always a crowd...that's fine. Lately though they have the music cranked up so loud you have to yell at each other all night. I tried getting there early last time, hoping it would be quieter, but they had the music blasting even though there were only about six people in there.
So, good food, good value, earshattering noise level. It's best to go with friends, not for a romantic diiner.
Since it was a busy night, my girlfriend and I sat on the street and it was not a pleasant dining experience. The street was loud but we wanted to try the food since it had positive reviews on here. When I go to a place like a Tapas restaurant I hope to get some unique flavors that I would otherwise not be able to experience everyday but unfortunately the food was sub par. The paella (18) was mushy and sour from over-lemon and the muscles were not fresh nor impressive.
Cons: BAD food, poor seating outside, expensive
They are now open for lunch!. Cobras on Beverly is now open for lunch! They haven't advertised it yet, but I was actually excited about it since I live in the area. They re-did the inside a bit, just changed colors so it's more day-friendly (was pretty dark before). La Brea unfortunately closed but I hope the word gets out that they have their full menu 7 days a week opening at 11:30 am! Last Sunday we brought in champagne and made mimosas...no corking fee! The skirt steak and bacon wrapped prawns are still my favorite. I also tried the (new) squid that is cooked in the wood fired oven, yummy! The paella is also great! I urge everyone to check out lunch! The good thing is it's tapas and comes out quickly, so if you have limited time for lunch, stop in!
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