2709 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.000893 -118.482073
Lunch: Wed - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm. Dinner: Mon - Thu, 6pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 6pm - 10:30pm; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Ocean Park, West LA
THIS PLACE IS LIVING ON IT'S LAURELS; SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT. – I've been going to this place for special occasions over the past couple of decades and have always been totally pleased with the food and service. I'd not been for several years and went for a birthday celebration. We were so very disappointed. The signature lobster dish was just ok and had only four very small pieces of lobster that were not particularly tasty. For the price, it was just crazy. We also had a scallop dish for the second entre. It was good but not even close to exceptional which is what we'd expected based on previous visits and the price. The best dish we had was a crab cake and shrimp appetizer. The sides were ok but again, not particularly special. We had a small dish of berries for dessert to celebrate the birthday. It was a nice presentation, but at $15.00, this dish was downright disgraceful. We both tasted the berries and looked at each other in disgust. We'd both had about enough of Chinois at this point and decided to leave the berries and call it a night.
The service has always be exceptional and personalized, until this last visit. It was ordinary and in some cases below standard. When the wait staff finally cleaned the table for dessert, he wiped the crumbs onto the floor, leaving the mess to step in. I felt like we were in a dive.
Sadly, I'll not be returning to this place. It had always been one of my favorite high-end restaurants but I've had better dining experiences at chain restaurants. It feels like I've lost an old friend.
Touristy – Wow, this place has seriously gone downhill. I would write a review of the Library Alehouse just down the street in a more favorable manner than this now old, and defunct joint.
If you're over 60 years old maybe you'd still like coming here. In fact, maybe that's the specific old money crowd they're after at this place. Can you say too much salt?
Ew. That's all I can say about even the most tried and true dishes that we've had many times in the past. Ew.
Go with 4 or more – We really liked this place, mostly because the food was very tasty and there was a lot of it. In fact, we should have brought more people, because we couldn't finish it all. Let's call the place sophisticated casual, sophisticated food, casual room. Solid service and value. Worth checking out.
AWFUL the biggest let down – This restaurant came very highly recommended and my girlfriend and I were very very excited to try it on date night. Unfortunately from the beginning this was an awful experience that made us wish for a hinano burger.
We go out often and try new restaurants all the time. The evening began with coming in to the most awful layout of a restaurant I have ever seen. We were seated in the middle facing the bar/waiters station in the most awful decor. There were two large flamingos on both sides of us for some unearthly reason someone thought this was tasteful.
The waiter immediately came to our table and did nothing short of demand we order drinks when we had not even pushed in our chairs. After we asked for more time we were glared and pointed at and when we were ready to order and gave the "we're ready now" nod the waiter walked by twice.
We ordered the chicken salad and scallops for dinner which seemed like a great bet. We were fully planning on a appetizer, dinner, desert, drinks and wine meal which would have pushed over the $250 mark with out a doubt. Unfortunately the entire experience left us with nothing but a case of the number 3s. The only saving grace was gift cards from a client that took care of the $87 bill + tip for $100.
If anyone is thinking or stepping foot in this restaurant I will email you a list of amazing restaurants that have everything this offers with better ambiance, service, and FOOD.
Did I mention that my girlfriend and I were starred at while getting our car from valet by every member of the wait staff until my girlfriend pointed at them to show me and they all ran. I guess the staff has never seen attractive les bian's (THE SPACE IN BETWEEN IS FOR THIS SITE BECAUSE APPARENTLY LES BIANS IS A INAPPROPRIATE WORD) before and I hope we are their last victims.
Great food, great service! – Very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Food was a little pricey, but well worth it. Our server, Lisa, was exceptional nd on top of everything, from the menu to our wine need. She made our experience worth going back for!
OK food, overpriced, PLASTIC WINE GLASSES - just go to P.F. Chang – I took a friend here about 2 weeks ago, and was underwhelmed to say the least. The food was good, but not worth the price. We had the pineapple glazed quail, which was excellent, and the salmon, which was dry and tasteless. The fried asparagus was just ok, as was the fried rice. The service was average - I've had better and I've had worse at restaurants of this caliber. For two people with entrees, one glass of wine each, and dessert, we spent about $175. The meal was enjoyable, but frankly, even if they cost the same amount, I'd probably go to P.F. Chang first. Oh, and THE WINE WAS SERVED IN PLASTIC WINE GLASSES. I'm sorry, but that's just embarrassing and unacceptable at a place like this. If you have the money and don't care if you're paying too much for your meal, this place is ok, but you're better off spending it elsewhere.
Exspensive average food – My wife and I were anticipating an extraordinary meal for our lunch and one of Mr. Puck's eateries and were let down, maybe our expectations were to high. I had anticipated eating at one LA's great restraunts all week long as we were winding down our vacation in the LA area. We chose Wolfgang's place based on name only. We had the fried soft shell crab and sichuan grilled beef dish. The soft shell crab looked and tasted good but thats all there was to the dish, no vegetables, no rice, just two crabs cut in two with some sauce plated on top of some fried spinach. The beef was great with the salad that came with it, we requested some steamed rice with this one after we found out it came out without it. Service was top shelf and I think maybe it would be better to fo there for dinner.
Wow ! Everytime! – So everyone has different levels of expectations. I will be the first to say that when i go out to eat, i want to be wowed. Weather i am at Urth cafe, Chaya, or Chinois on Main, I want my food to be awesome! I understand that when you are at a nice restaurant you want everything to be perfect, truth is, servers have bad days too, just like I do. Everytime i go to Chinois, everything is amazing. Yeah it is loud, yeah it is busy, sometimes it takes longer than others.......welcome to life! I am and will always be a loyal customer. I do not know of anywhere else that I can get a Lobster that tastes that good or calamari so light and crunchy and amazing or seczhuan beef.......so good, and do not even get me going on their lamb chops. When it comes down to it, they never cease to impress me. I will keep going until wolfgang and Bella decide to call it finie! Until then, Happy eating and enjoy your meal. Honestly, if you are not enjoying what you are eating, wherever you are, send it back and either remake it or get something else. I would rather enjoy myself rather than not and write some lame comment about it later. Live well, eat great and drink wine. Happy eating! I mean what i say.............wow..... everytime!
Awful! – Being a Wolfgang Puck owned restaurant you would think the food would be high quality. Not at Chinois! I have been to many restaurants owned by WGP and all have exceeded my expectations!
My Husband and I went to Chinois one Thurs night as a spare of the moment decision. We were seated immediately which was great and I must admit the actual restaurant has a great atmosphere. The server was pleasant and seemed to know the menu; however, that is where the positives end......
I ordered the "famous" chicken salad and my husband ordered a seafood dish - both highly recommeded by the server.
Both the dishes game out in less than 10 minutes. I like fast service, but this was a bit ridiculous! We barely had time to settle in. My chicken salad had about 6 slivers of the strangest looking "chicken" I had ever seen which was made up of mostly skin and fat. The rest of the salad was weedy looking lettuce and barely any dressing. It tasted as bad as it looked.
My husbands seafood dish was not fresh at all. The shrimps tasted awful - as if they had been sitting out all day. Not good!
What made the whole experience worse, was the fact that this restaurant is not cheap!!! I don't mind paying high prices for high quality, but what Chinois provided in terms of quality, was terrible.
I don't often feel compelled to write reviews on here; however, after my experience with Chinois I felt the need to share! If you want to experience a great WGP restaurant try Spago's - AMAZING! Or, if you are after something with more quality in that area go to Chaya Venice - just down the road.
Wolfgang Puck expertly fuses global cuisines amid life-size ostrich sculptures. – The Scene
A shockingly no-holds-barred assault of the garish. Liberace showed more restraint in choosing costumes than did interior designer Barbara Lazaroff (Puck's wife) when decorating the Chinois dining room. There's simply so much to the design that it's impossible for any elements to seem congruent--not the '80s cocaine art paintings, nor the life-size ostrich sculptures that loom like hungry zoo animals between tables.
The culinary fusion taking place at Chinois is largely one between French and Chinese cuisines. Grilled squab with pan-fried noodles, sauteed mushrooms and a foie gras salpicon is a good example of the approach, though it's one of the rare dishes that suffers from super-abundance. A better choice is the tea-smoked duck with pear puree and a razor-sweet, five-spice plum sauce. Japanese influences mark the menu as well, such as the tempura ahi tuna sashimi with uni sauce.
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