great good food, horrible customer service, convivial atmosphere, best french restaurant, very picky staff, healthy everything, great place
It is effing closed. Please update
The BEST French Restaurant ever!.
"Truly the BEST French restaurant I have ever been to. I like that I have the options to have a romantic and secluded dinner inside of the restaurant or I can have a light and very tasty lunch outside. I am new to the marina del rey area but I'm so glad I finally decided to stop by. More often than not, I would walk right past this restaurant on my way to starbucks but starbucks hasn't seen me for a MONTH now. I'm completely hooked on Le Marmiton espressos. The breakfast is light and very European but has some heavy options such as ham for those that prefer meat in the morning. Lindsey was our server and both my husband and I found her very delightful and knowledgable about the menu which was very refreshing. The hostess Aletta was also quite delightful and has a wonderful accent from Spain but pronounces French perfectly. The staff is international so I truly do feel like I'm from France. The executive chef is also from France so you know the food is geniune. The best time for breakfast would probably be Sunday or Saturday. Sitting on the patio was quite romantic for my husband and I. Lunch is great as I always ordered the sandwich, soup and salad combo which is light, healthy conscious but still doesn't leave me starving like most French bistros. Natasha was our server for a romantic anniversary dinner my husband and I had and Aletta our hostess again. Aletta actually remembered it was our anniversary from our last time coming there and so the chef made us a special treat which was so nice. I also loved the large wine list. The staff is excellent the food is the best I have ever had and I'm VERY picky about where I eat. I recommend Le Marmiton for families, single girls and guys or couples. Perfect for everyone and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour.
They also now DELIVER! Excellent!"
Great food, excellent service and great music!.
My wife and I recently moved to Marina del Rey. As we were walking in the shopping center, we noticed a restaurant in the middle section of the shopping center. We gave it a shot and were very nicely surprised by the quality of the service, how good the food is and by the kindness of the two waitresses. My wife and I were amazed by how dedicated to their customers Natacha and Diane were. They will make you feel at home and pay attention to the details that have made our experience at the Marmiton a must. Karim, the chef's partner, will welcome you with warmth and a great sense of humor. His passion for dogs ( he is also a dog trainer and will give you great tips to help you deal with your puppy) makes him a very special person. He is at the restaurant for dinners and the week ends during the day. Check out for the live music on Wednesday with Lila. Very nice ambiance.
We wish the best for the Marmiton. We are great fans of french cuisine and will certainly support Jean-Marc and Karim who work very hard to make the Marmiton the place to go in the west side.
Best Service and excellent food. I have been going there for a few months but I have never had better service since our last waitress. Her name is Deanne and she is the best thing that has happened to this restaurant. I have been going there once and a while for the food but the attention she will give you is worth more! She is friendly, beautiful and know what is is doing! When you make a reservation... make sure to be sit in her section!
Unimpressive food, extremely bad service.
In short: decent tasting but overpriced food, slim portions, good atmosphere possibly outside? hot/stuffy inside, dumb/ditsy waitress, poor service overall
Food: I got the Duck L'Orange ($23) and my friend got the Beef Bourguignon ($22). The duck was decent, but not really impressive. I had a forkful of my friends beef, and it seemed kind of tough/rubbery. Both dishes were flavorful, but the portion sizes were noticeably small for the price paid.
Atmosphere: Nice, clean, kind of romantic, but not too intense. With a candle per table, it felt extremely warm and it was actually quite humid inside (We ate inside, but I would have chosen outside if I could do it again, though it might have been too cold.)
Service: When I tried to make reservations earlier in the day (weeknight), the guy had difficulty understanding what I was saying. I was born in the U.S. and do not speak with any type of accent; go ahead and read between the lines. So I had to slowly repeat and spell out my last name and recite my phone number a half a dozen times before he said "okay, thank you" and hung up the phone. I got a phone call later in the day from someone at the restuarant asking for someone with a last name other than mine... she wanted to clarify a reservation that one of the earlier shift employees made... I find out from the person that the guy who originally took down my reservation wrote it on a napkin, Not only did he get my last name wrong (come on, it's 4 letters long!), but he got the wrong day & time! It was a waste of a phone call and my time!
Anyways, we wanted to get the chocolate souffle that everyone's been raving about, so I order it right when we sit down (cuz I guess it takes a while to prepare)... the waitress totally forgot about it, and tried to make it up with chocolate mousse cake on the house... not a bad recovery attempt, but I still wanted souffle!
also, it took a while to get my water glass refilled... in such a warm environment, I was kind of thirsty...
Terrible customer service. The service here was horrible. I eat out pretty often, and this had to be the worst service I have ever received. My spouse and I were seated promptly, however, no waiter or waitress ever came to our table. They went to the tables all around us, and skipped us entirely. The place wasn't that crowded. When we asked about our server, someone finally came over. He took the order, but didn't write anything down. We had to ask for water, bread, etc. After waiting for about 30 to 40 minutes or so, the waiter who took our order came back and asked us what we had ordered again. As it turns out, he never put in our order after all of that time. We were so upset that we complained, but everyone just shrugged their shoulders and said Sorry, and we promptly left. How can any place operate with such terrible customer service?
WORST SERVICE/FOOD IN LA!. Let me preface this review with the fact that I eat lunch and dinner at restaurants frequently as my job requires a fair amount of entertaining-- I would say I visit 4-5 restaurants weekly. As an individual who loves good food and great service... Le Marmiton was the biggest disappointment this year. I can forgive the roasted beet salad, having no 'roasted beets' but rather beets obviously straight from the can. I can forgive the bumbling, clumsy waiter with a fake french accent that came and went. I can forgive the fact that our cocktails arrive 20-30 minutes after we ordered them, even after reminding the waiter. What I CANNOT forgive is the single most important rule to any and every dining establishment- My companion and I did not eat our dinners at the same time. His steak au poivre was well-well done (medium requested) , and when telling our waiter, he actually asked "well, do you want another one then?" My lamb shank arrived, and 20 minutes later so did his steak. Horrible. Absolutely atrocious. The actual flavors of the lamb shank and steak were not bad, however the horrible service and sub-par food we did eat, makes it necessary that I warn other dining patrons to avoid this place at all costs. If you want good food, go to Cafe Del Rey, it's right around the corner, or stop into CPK, both are far superior to Le Marmiton.
Very pleasant European Bistro Atmosphere with Excellent Chief!. Having travelled extensively and lived abroad for a number of years, we have a preference for quality foods and service. We keep coming back to Le Marmiton as there is no other Bistro in the MdR area to equal it. The hand made chocolate truffles at Christmas are a real treat.
Save on Airfare and Hotel to Paris. Le Marmiton has got to be - hands down - the best bistro fare around. If you need to satisfy a craving for first-rate French food without breaking the bank, served up in a very attractive yet unpretentious environment, Le Marmiton is definitely destination dining. All the classic fare is here: they do the brioche and croissant thing at breakfast. Lunch can be soup (onion or fish or du jour), salads, sandwiches, pates, or brick oven Alsatian pizzas (move over Wolfgang Puck). Dinner means country French choices to satisfy every palate. Along with traditional choices such as Coq au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, Steak au Poivre, Bouillabaisse, Mussels, etc., etc., there are always a handful of fantastic specials added on the menu to take advantage of the season. Save room for dessert as they are all top-notch. Love the tiramisu, creme brulee, etc., but make sure at least one of you remembers to order up a chocolate souffle (20 minutes to prepare). We've been to the restaurant more than half a dozen times since it opened its doors, and we can honestly say that every dish we've ordered has been prepared to perfection every time. How often can you say that about a place nowadays? The wine list covers all the necessary bases, excellent choices and very fair prices. The atmosphere is fun, convivial and relatively informal, while at the same time a safe bet for a nice, romantic dinner. Check it out once, and not only will you be back, you'll be spreading the word.
GREAT FOOD WITH A FABULOUS STAFF.. I came one evening with my co -worker and ordered the grilled seafood salad. it was so delicious and tasty, prepared just the way iI like it. My co- worker ordered the scargot and the french onion soup and loved it. Furthermore, the service in one word: OUTSTANDING. My waiter understood my order and delivered it the way i asked.- THANKS!!!!!!!!
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