8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.082694 -118.374892
Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-3pm
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
Nice Sunday Brunch – The food was great and the potatoes and french toast were amazing. It was a bit noisy at times, but overall, I had a great dinning experience here.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! – We have frequented here a hand full of times. Albeit the food is overpriced for nothing special and the service average, the pleasant atmosphere used to be enough to offset the unpleasantries. However the last time we went there was literally our last time. We were seated close to 45 minutes beyond our reservation time and no we did not arrive late. As a matter of fact we arrived 10 minutes early. The hostess was extremely standoffish and snooty. When we were finally seated the waitress did not take our order for another 20 minutes. We had to hail down the bus boy numerous times to get service. Our food arrived cold and bland. We were so unhappy with the food and service we asked for the check early but didn't get the check for another 20 minutes. Save the time, money and aggravation, go somewhere else!! We will never come back again!
Tasty, mellow brunch – I came here for brunch on a Saturday. Started off with a couple of very nice pomegranate bellini's. Next, a bowl of fruit. Very nicely cut, but a bowl of fruit for $6 is a bit steep. Oh well, another sip of the bellini's smoothed over any worries about paying $6 for some fruit. Next, the Crab Cakes Benedict and the Mushroom Lasagna. Both were quite good, though the crab cakes were a more special than the lasagna. Our server was very nice, the food came quickly, and the over mood was nice and relaxed. Nice way to spend a lazy Saturday!
Rudest host & hostess I've ever encounted in a dining experience – I passed Taste a few months back on my way to Lucques and thought this place looked cozy and cute. So I made a reservation for my best friend and I to try it out that weekend. A lot of disappointment was in store! Unfortunately, we arrived 20 minutes past our reservation, and once we arrived the hostess informed us they gave our table away. That was expected, since we were afterall late. So we agreed to wait until the next available table opened up (they told us the wait would be about 30 min.). We were the only ones waiting at the time. About 25 minutes of waiting, we noticed more and more people arriving (apparently many people did not make reservations that night). My girlfriend and I sat back and watched every last person (who came way after us) get seated. Finally, after 45 minutes the host approaches us and the couple next to us and informed us that we would all be seated in a few min. Finally, I thought! The host returned and seated the couple next to us, but not us! We just sat there like idiots waiting, but he never came back for us! So I got up and asked him why weren't we seated, to which he responded "Oh, I thought your table would be opening up but its not available yet." I told him that we had been waiting almost 1 hour and every person that came in was seated except us. He then said, in a rather nasty and condescending tone, "Well you WERE late." WTF? I told him, "you know what, nevermind. I don't think we'll be eating here after all." My girlfriend and I then went to retrieve our car from valet (only good thing about this place-cheap valet and super nice attendants) and here comes the host shouting, "Your table opened up afterall! Do you want to be seated??" I turned to him and shouted "H*ll no". All that punishment for arriving 20 min late! I DO NOT recommend this place! No cust service skills AT ALL.
Taste – This place is definitely overrated. And you're paying for the name/atmosphere. I had the ahi burger and it was not great at all
Great – How did i not know about this place? This place is great.. The people are cool and the food is delicious
Mediocre at best. Nothing special. Lots of other great places in L.A. – At best, this place is mediocre. I had the kobe beef burger. It came with caramelized onions, which I don't care for (I think they overshadow most things). I asked for raw onions instead and the waiter seemed annoyed, as if these caramelized onions were something a) special and b) were really going to make this meal. It also came with fancy mayo and I prefer mustard. Since I'd never had kobe beef, I wanted to taste it rather than the condiments. Again, the waiter seemed annoyed. Except I eat out often and I'm used to waiters being annoyed. I don't care. When you're paying nearly $20 for a burger, I damn well want it how I want it. There was nothing special about my burger except that it was nearly raw despite asking for it to be cooked medium rare. The environment was nice enough, typical LA-cafe, but nothing special. Overall, I'd never make a point of going back.
Very average – Went here with some friends and tried many things... the ONLY thing I was impressed with was the truffle mac and cheese. The burger we got was burned on one side and undercooked everywhere else. The drink barely had any alcohol. Not too impressive.
Taste is in a catagory of its own! – So, I do not ordinarily write or respond to food critiques. However, after reading the last review of Taste I feel compelled to say something! I LOVE Taste. The menu has influences from across the globe. I bring my family, friends, and business colleagues there to satisfy their every craving. Whether it be Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, Californian, Creole, Comfort... you cant go wrong its there!
The ambiance inside of Taste is very intimate and welcoming. NEVER have I seen any creepy crawlers and or any disgruntled employees. The service is great. The staff seems to remember faces very well. It took my wife and I only two times for us to be greeted like family. Taste is a "regulars place." I see a lot of the same faces. I even see other patrons talking to people seated at tables next them about their food! Taste is the kind of place that you know everyone there appreciates you. As I am sure you know, that is very hard to come by in this city!
For those of you wanting a great dinner with very friendly and personal service without having to sell your Land Rover... go there, you wont be sorry!
And oh yeah try the pork chop or chicken masala!
Average food/Terrible service – I have eaten here twice and I find the food to be okay, not great, but nothing to write home about. What bothers me more about this place is the dismal lack of customer service. I was seated on the front patio when several termites fell from the overhang and into my food and coffee. When I pointed this out to the waiter, he quickly referred me to the hostess/manager and guess what? She moved us to another table, no apologies, no embarassment, no kidding! She even seemed annoyed that I wanted to replace my coffee. It's a good thing I was finished with my food. Needless to say, I am clearly baffled why this restaurant is still open...
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