overpriced food, bad service, often good musicians, great cozy atmosphere, cozy space, overpriced drinks, favorite spot
Finally...BRIAN EVANS is coming to Catalina on November 1st!.
This guy puts those other new crooners out to pasture, and believe me, when you hear Brian Evans, and I can't believe he's playing Catalina (he's been opening for Jay Leno in Vegas).
Mark this one on your calendars, folks. There's a full page that just came out today on Brian Evans in the new edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. All I can say is wow, this placed will sell out if it hasn't already. He's also playing on Nov. 29th? Why the gap?
Food is great, perfect ambience, and the staff was terrific.
Jazz for Senior Citizens. I would love to write a smashing review of this place, unfortunately they close at 10pm during the week. Even in Milan, Italy where the city closes relatively early the Jazz Bars stayed open later and yes they where all very old but very charming jazz musicians
Nice setting. Came here to see the acapella group Take 6 and was pleasantly surpised at the layout. You pretty much can see the group from every seat, but I would say the best bet is to get there early to sit close to the front. Wait staff polite, but the food was just ok.. nothing to rave about. However I saw plenty of quesadilla orders, so maybe that's the hit. be advised there is a dinner or drink minimum on top of the cover charge and and it takes forever to get your car out of the valet... so come early and hopefully find parking or ask the valet for your key.
A nice evening out. If you are looking for a slightly atmospheric place to take someone on a romantic date, or just enjoy a mellow evening Catalina is a nice place to go. The ambiance was a bit romantic, the appetizers were tasty (but the main dishes nothing out of the ordinary), the service was on task (type of place where you don't really want the waiter to bother you all that much with constant questioning, overall service was on top of things and polite), the music has not been mind blowing but always entertaining. Catalina has offered a very relaxing atmosphere each time I've been in a jazzy type of mood.
Hollywood jazz haven gets a new home with improved acoustics and elegant decor..
Having left its reliable but well-worn Cahuenga location, this famous jazz bar now complements its A-list acts with elegant ambience and a state-of-the-art sound system. Other new touches include orange lanterns and soft spotlights suspended from the iron-grid ceiling. Upscale sophisticates venture here for wining, dining and jazz appreciation.
At its original location, the club hosted famous acts like Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea. Things are no different on Sunset, where smooth-jazz favorites like David Sanborn and former Miles Davis bassist Marcus Miller have already appeared. Every seat in the house offers a clear view of the action, be it a side-on-view stool at the brightly lit bar, or one of the many central tables or cozy booths in the upscale restaurant section. Stage-front seats offer the most bragging rights--performers often descend post-show to personally greet fans.
Jazz Standard. The Catalina draws some of the best Jazz acts coming through the LA. The space is cozy and intimate, especially if you get a table near the stage. The Catalina advertises itself as a supper club, but it's more a music venue than a restaurant. The food is mediocre and overpriced. Best choices are traditional fare like chicken, steak, pasta, or salad.
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