great classy mexican food, good place, great service, rude waiter, horrifically bad service, like exquisite sauces, rude staff
Old school Mexican food staple in Boyle Heights, complete with tacos, sopes and a mariachi band.
Skip this place. Poorly run, and overpriced for what it is..
I have been to their sister restaurant in Santa Monica, which is very good, but this place isn't. Was shocked at what a bad experience it was. Save your money. There's lots of other restaurants in L.A.
Pros: Our waiter was very nice and on top of things. He seemed to keep the overall atmosphere upbeat, but he was the one shining star.
No parking. Had to valet. Waited in the car as no one in sight. Apparently only one guy on duty. He did come running eventually.
Once inside, waited to be seated. No one approached. Then the hostess and the owner suddenly came over at the same time and didn't seem to know who was seating us. We were led into a larger room by the manager and waived to a table with a vague gesture, with us not knowing which table the she meant. No menus. Weird.
The lighting is terrible. It was about 8:30 pm on a Friday night but they had it lit up like it was mid-afternoon in Arizona. I have never been to a restaurant in the evening that was that bright. Planning on filming later? Several pieces of art were missing from the walls (screws and nails all over). Were they out for cleaning?! It looked half decorated. The largest light fixture, a chandelier, was caked with dust and cobwebs. Who's in charge of the ambiance?!
I ordered a glass of sangria. Terrible. Tasted like kids punch. The sangria at Prado on Larchmont is *much* better. Go there instead.
Ordered the beet, greens and goat cheese salad. Not good. Goat cheese was just a garnish, not enough to call it a goat cheese salad.
Ordered beef tacos, requested mild spice. Came back extremely bland. Asked when ordering if I could change the corn tortilla shells for flour. "Sure but I have to charge you extra". Come on. It's not like I just asked for corn bread or japatis or something. This is a Mexican restaurant, isn't it? The order arrived with corn.
My husband ordered a beef dish, medium spice. It came back very hot. He loves spicy food and has tabasco sauce for breakfast, but this was ridiculous for 'medium'.
Ordered a dessert to try and get some satisfaction. Another mistake. Bread pudding not good. They need to settle down on the cinnamon usage.
Ordered coffees. Tasted fine, but they were so mild we barely felt any caffeine. Wondered if it was switched for decaf somehow.
Bill came to $89 plus we added tip, so over $100. Total disappointment.
Shrimp in Cilantro Sauce = Culinary Bliss!. I have been coming here since it first opened. I especially enjoy bringing friends or loved ones here on special occassions. It's impressive all-around; the ambience, the food, the service. I have tried almost everything on the menu, but being the creature of habit I am; I always order the same dish! I absolutely LOVE the Shrimp in Cilantro sauce. The sauce is like a light and creamy cilantro pesto with hints of garlic and onion, the flavors just melt in your mouth! It's out of this world and it is the sauce I highly recommend with any of their seafood selections. You have to try the empanadas for appetizers too! The service has improved tremendously over the last ten years. I personally consider this restaurant a historical landmark in Boyle Heights. It truly takes Mexican Nouvelle Cuisine to a higher level. I'm waiting for that cookbook! If you go to their website, you'll notice that it states one of their restaurants is in Downtown L.A.. It's NOT in downtown L.A., it's in Boyle Heights!
Breakfast. Me and my brother went for breakfast last sun> at La Serenata at the pico blvd. Next to the Landmkark theaters. Oh my god we had the most incredible breakfast, and even the pancakes were better than i thought, i didn't expect pancakes this good at a mexiacan restraunt. But i asked the waitress the place was so empty and she said most of our costumers dont no that we offer breakfast. I highly recommend this place for breakfast, and dont forget the margaritas too.
Finally! We've found what we were looking for.... If you're looking for quality Mexican, this is it. Rice so soft, it melts in your mouth, beans flavorful not fatty, sauces that are understated yet complex...simply delicious. In a world where restaurant mediocrity comes with a high price, this meal is worth every penny.
Great Service, Good food!. We just had a dinner at this restaurant for a party of 20 people. The service was great and the food was really tasty. Prices are reasonable. Order their seafood. They are known for it! The salmon was really good and so was their halibut. The guacamole is a must taste!
INCOMPETENT STAFF -.
I was there recently and I have to say I was not at all happy with the host or the actual place. First of all the reservation I made a week in advance was not on their reservation book. After looking at their reservation book its not surprising, it looked as if they jot down the reservations on scrap paper to later add or not add to the actual reservation book!!!!!!!!!
Needless to say we drove all the way down there for nothing and the area is not the safest place to be in on a Saturday night or any night for that matter.
I do not recommend this place at all the staff is rude and totally unaccommodating!
Definitely not worth the money!. Ambience was okay, however, the food was NOT good and far from authentic! I ordered a shrimp dish while my husband ordered Asada Tampiquena...Definitely not worth the money...too overpriced!! The shrimp was completely flavorless, no salt, pepper, garlic, lemon...lacking all the basics. The only thing worth ordering is a strawberry marguerita.
wonderful.. La Serenata is just wonderful. This location is especially great (though Santa Monica is lovely as well), because they almost always have mariachi players live (due I'm sure to the fact that they're half a block away from Mariachi Plaza). The food is fantastic, service and ambience are great. A great fancy dinner if you're in the area, and a more authentic scene than the other locations. Try the cilantro fish. It's to die for. All all of their soups are delicious, especially the pureed mushroom.
Great authentic Mexican food!. The food was excellent and the tres leches dessert, its to die for!
I'd Rather Go To The Santa Monica Location. As a frequent customer of the Serenata in Santa Monica, I was disappointed in the original location. The fish and sauces were still amazing. We had a fresh sardine empanada that rocked! However, the place feels like a restaurant in generic hotel. The service was so-so. Be warned, they only have a beer and wine license. No tequila!
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