2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003934.107636 -118.265924
Dinner: Sun-Wed 5pm-10pm, Thurs - Sat 'til 11pm
Bar: Sun 11am-2am, Mon-Sat 5pm-2am
Brunch: Sun 11am-3pm
Late Night Menu: Fri-Sat 11pm-1:30am
Happy Hour at the bar: Mon all night, Tues-Fri 5-7pm
Neighborhoods: East LA, Silver Lake
While service can be a little shoddy, this is still a fun placed to have a drink on the quiet side of Silver Lake. Great outdoor seating and beautiful architecture.
Nice bar/restaurant in Silverlake. You can make a good bet on the food here. The Paneer Pasta is very good and so are the hibiscus margaritas.
It's Still OK – This used to be my favorite neighborhood bar, but now several of the good old bartenders have left, and they just raised their drink prices a full $2. I used to love coming here because it was such a good value, but I feel like it's inching up to Hollywood prices now. It's still chill in vibe though, which is nice. I like the patio seating and I always run into other Silver Lakers here. Fun photobooth in back too!
Wes Anderson is the best bartender on the east side. Great drinks and service every time.
Awful experience!!! – Sorry, the place looks nice, the food isn't terrible, but it's ridiculously overpriced and after two visits, we have had consistently bad service. To start, I NEVER tip less that 20%. It would take a terrible experience to make me tip less because I used to be a server. However, our server actually complained to us that we were making things harder for her because we needed help having her cash out our part of a larger check. We had asked for a separate ticket, but they have that unfriendly policy that does not allow such things because with tables of six or more they charge an automatic 30% gratuity. I'm a big tipper, but being forced to tip 30% when our idiot server insisted we have to figure out our own items of a huge $600 ticket, use our calculators to figure out the tax, then run tickets separately, with 8 people trying to do this it took 20 minutes just to figure out. She had to make 5 separate trips to run people's cards and then return with a new "updated" check. Letting us have our own check would have been 100 times easier, but she finally said, "well this is easier for us" showing that their fear that someone may not tip enough outweighs their desire to make sure their clients enjoy their dining experience. A terrible server made sure she got her undeserved tip, but I can say with certainty, I will never go back or recommend this over-rated snotty place to anyone.
its not like i remember it – don't mind spending money for a good meal, but what a waste of $100. mediocre food (altho the meatloaf was good) disinterested (and largely unavailable) service and the dining room smelled like cigarettes.... what's that about ? the menu was uninspired and uninteresting....not at all like i remember it from about a year ago or so.... the physical setting is great...but its not enough to get me back.
Horrible – This place is HORRIBLE. The crowd is loud and drunk, and the food is REALLY bad. My friend got sick from it. I do not recommend it at all.
A Big Disappointment – I want to love Edendale. I've been there at least a half a dozen times. It has a great vibe and SHOULD be a Silver Lake gem. Unfortunately, the food is average AT BEST, the service is mediocre, and it is way, way over priced.
The last time I was there--and I do mean last--I had a cocktail, ordered a Caesar with grilled shrimp and a glass of wine. The lettuce was bitter, there were maybe 3 medium sized shrimp, and the wine stunk. It would be almost ok if the bill didn't come to $42. Yes, $42. $12 for a glass of wine that tasted like it came from a $6 bottle, $6 for 3 grilled shrimp, and $12 - $14 for bitter lettuce. (The balance was for the drink.)
Now before you think "Ah, another long time Silver Lake Bohemian complaining about prices," I have no problem paying $42 for that amount of food if it's worth it. Even if some of that money goes towards maintaining the atmosphere. But in this case, about 95% of the bill went towards that atmosphere. Tough to swallow.
After I ate, I went through the menu. At the Edendale, in Silver Lake, they had a $32 steak on the menu. Fantastic! IF it tastes like a $32 steak. But considering the chef couldn't pick decent greens, I can't imagine the steak was going to be on par with one at , say, Maestros. (Only an unfair comparison if you're not charging close to Beverly Hills' prices.)
I really want this place to succeed. It could be a great neighborhood staple. In fact, I went to the manager the next day to let her know about my experience and told her how much I hope they turn things around. She was pleasant, took my number and, well, that was the last of it. Guess I care more about their business than they do. Hopefully the next owner will hire a decent chef.
Going back for more. – This place is a hidden gem. I live not too far away and a friend asked me to meet her there. "Mixville"? I was like, what kind of name is that? It sounded creepy but when I saw the place I was like "oh yeah, I get it." It's kind of a random place that's kind of cool. The "Mix" part has to do with an old movie star, not "drop your keys in the bowl at the end of the bar." (Though there's a pretty cute crowd...). We got there at 7 because we were meeting friends later. Well, of course, they called and we told them to meet us there, and four hours and some margaritas later, that's where we stayed. The crowd was pretty fluid and people were going outside to the back garden and using this old photobooth. The vaiet guys were super sweet, the bartenders were pros. Waitress hotties. The best thing by far -- the freakin' burgers. Sorry to have "food" outrank "people" but we were starving and they were GOOD. Going back.
Excellent locale & mood. – This is a great venue, and I always feel like I've arrived at a special place when I go there. I guess I've been lucky. The half dozen times I've eaten here I've had no problem. The food has always been great. My only complaint is that the menu seems to be limited. It used to have a broader set of choices, that have been slimmed down over time. I don't know why. The service was average, a little on the slow side, but not enough for it to be an issue. I usually ask the server what is good that evening and that may be why I've been spared the experiences that others have pointed out here. I had a mixed seafood dish that was outstanding, as recommended by our server. After dinner we went to the bar area, which is quite attractive, and enjoyed a couple of cocktails before we drew our evening to a close.
Cool place, not worth the abuse - Manager needs to go! – My boyfriend and I had 8:30 reservations here last night. The "hostess" (who we came to find was the manager playing hostess) told us to wait at the bar and that she would come get us. When the clock read 9:00, I went back to inquire about our table. After ignoring me for 5 minutes in favor of something on the computer screen, she finally asked how she could help me (um, I checked in with you 30 minutes ago) - she casually said, "Oh, your table is ready when you are." Confused, I told her she'd told us to wait at the bar and she cut me off: "Yeah, I was coming to get you right now." We brought over our wine bottle from the bar and had to wait for the table to be set (apparently it WASN'T ready). She didn't show concern that we were being seated 30 minutes late, nor did she take our wine to the table. Still, we wanted to enjoy dinner so we let it slide.
Our waiter was great, but overwhelmed. Our appetizer was lukewarm, and the entrees took 50 minutes. He was apologetic and we were patient, but 50 minutes is pushing it. When nicely asked him to see what he could do to make it right, and he got the manager to comp our appetizer ($9). We were not looking for a free meal - we wanted to see if they cared to make it better and give us reason to come back. Instead, the manager came over to ask if there was a problem. When we gave her the rundown of our night, she got defensive and said "I don't need you to tell me how to do my job. I suggest you take your business elsewhere." Oh, and she claimed the clock is 10 minutes ahead (so we were only sat 20 minutes late, not 30 - much better).
It's a shame - the food was good, the space is great, but the manager was awful. I would have preferred if she ignored us entirely than to come argue with us at our table - we had no intention of causing a fuss (just of not coming back).
Finally, they need to hire a REAL HOSTESS who knows how to acknowledge guests, seat people, honor reservations, and be polite!!
A wonderful dinner – I ate at this restaurant a few years ago and it was just OK. But my husband and I ate there recently and the food was fabulous. The service was also excellent. Nice adaptive reuse of the old firestation building, and a good vibe with the restaurant full of people. I was even tempted into a fancy martini and desser!
Love to hate it – This is one of my very favorite spots in LA. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting, I love the tin ceiling and dark wood, and the crowd is so diverse and chill. The old school drink menu (think Manhattans and gimlets) makes you feel like you've arrived at a classy joint. As for the food- don't even get me started on the BLT Salad. Amazing. I could eat it every day. The only area where this place falls short is the bartenders. Holy attitudes. One was so busy (with a non crowded bar) that when we ordered a bottle of wine he slammed the glasses down, sloppily opened the bottle, and as an afterthought he filled each glass to the very top with wine and walked away. Another night the bartender threw my tab at me and said "I'm heading out, so I'm gonna close you out". This was hours before the bar closed, it was just the end of his shift! Asking if we wanted another round wouldn't have hurt his tip. As much as I love the atmosphere at this bar I could easily fall in love with another place that doesn't supply obnoxious bartenders with their booze.
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