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Blair's - 44 Reviews - 2903 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (323) 660-1882

Blair's

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2903 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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(323) 660-1882
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Best

Like the poster below, I've never had a bad meal here. Romantic dinner with my husband, check. Great place to take friends from out of town, check. Brunch spot where my toddler is...

Worst

For a long time this was absolutely one of our favorite local eateries. No it isn't the best food, but it is good food. And the atmosphere is lovely. Here are the key failings. 1...

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/28/2014

Had a very nice meal here- food was beautifully prepared and tasty, and worth the price as a rare treat. Pasta dishes and steak were especially good. more

The food was great. The service was below average 7/24/2009

The food was great. I had the ribs. They were tender and melt in my mouth like butter. The waitress was not helpfull i had to rely on the busboy which by the way he should have been the waiter. I'll probably go back again and its just because the food was great more

Oh, it's so good 3/12/2009

Like the poster below, I've never had a bad meal here. Romantic dinner with my husband, check. Great place to take friends from out of town, check. Brunch spot where my toddler is happy as a clam, check. Love it. The tuna tartare is divine, and the trout with ginger broth is delicious. Everyone in the dining room looks happy and relaxed. I love this place. Pros: food, wine list, service. Cons: can get a tad pricey... more

Never had a bad meal here 2/5/2009

Upscale New American dining that is never pretentious or snooty. Now that they've expanded the dining room, it's much more romantic and less hectic. I've had the short ribs, lamb chops, pork chop, and halibut here. All were fantastic. Great beer and wine selection. Never a scene. Pros: Unpretentious upscale dining.Great food. more

Been to better restaurants - but convenience draws me in 1/13/2009

I've have been to Blair's several times and I'm starting to wonder about this place. The food is pretty good, some dishes are bit too heavy, but you can tell which ones those are by looking at the menu. The service has been pretty good. I work nearby, so I go there for lunch from time to time and since I only live 4 blocks east of it, I go there with my girlfriends for dinner as well. Whenever I go there at night, there's a man that sits at the bar and walks around from time to time. I thought that he was possibly the ONLY male waiter they had, and was going to ask for a refill, but one of the girl's told me that he was actually the HEAD CHEF!!! WHAT???? Don't chef's belong in the back? He's always sitting there, chatting with the waittresses and I can't help but to wonder....who's making our tuna tartar and short ribs????? I wish I had his job of sitting around and making money. But until I can find myself a job as chef, I'l be crunching numbers. I go there for convenience. The food is decent. I don't each too much salad at home, but the salads there are definitely worth the trip. I think they need to make more elbow room there too. We usually go as a group of 3, but sometimes we feel like we're sitting at a table with other guests. Pros: decent food Cons: small parking lot and during rush hour it's hard to find street parking more

great place! 6/23/2008

went there last saturday night with my husband for our anniversary. we were really pleased with the food, the ambience, almost everything. the food was really good, especially the spare ribs that my husband ordered. and my canneloni was great too, not outstanding but really good. we had the rapini as a side dish, it was ok, nothing great but light and perfectly cooked. the crab cake was ok, it was not too oily, just perfect, just a bit pricey. for dessert, we ordered their donuts which was highly recommended and it was really fantastic!!! wines that we ordered werre great, and reasonably priced! my only problem was the the servers can't seem to wait before we were finished to take our plates!!:) but overall, we enjoyed our experience here and we will be back! more

Great Beer Great Dish...... 6/19/2008

Try the SHORT RIBS.... with a nice blonde AFFLIGEM.... great place hidden in LOS ANGELES... Just go!!!! Pros: Great unique dishes.... more

Absolutely sublime 3/24/2008

I've been meaning to try Blair's ever since I moved into the neighborhood and I finally had the chance this past Friday and may never stop talking about it. I've lived in L.A. for 7 years and have been to more than my share (and probably your share too) of restaurants and this one surpassed every one that came before it. I needed a last minute reservation and they were more than accomodating. I was able to find parking right outside the restaurant and the seating was prompt. The servers were incredibly personable and helpful and the food was nothing short of divine. I'm from the east coat and incredibly picky about my seafood, and the crab cake starter and the halibut main course were completely amazing. The deserts were so good that between the two of us we had three. The beer menu, 99.1% of which I had never heard of before. was as long as my arm and the server's recommendation was so brilliant I'm now looking for that particular beer in stores. In short, this place is fabulous and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Pros: Everything more

Relaxed and cozy 1/18/2008

went here on a friday night and instantly found the decor welcoming. slight panic ensued when it looked like the only spare table was in the bar area (not recommended for a romantic meal for 2). it soon became clear that such an unlucky fate was to be avoided and we were led to the main dining area which was small and quaint. opening up the menu, both drinks and food, made for a nice surprise. the selections were plentiful and night overwrought. hmm... what to pick?! went for the crabcake which was good/very good and followed it up with a steak which was, again, very good. the waitress was helpful but not overbearing and annoying as so many can be. a great experience overall! more

My fav! 12/28/2007

I discovered this restaurant a few months back and I am there almost twice a month. The food is amazing, especially the mac'n cheese and new york steak. The service is friendly and they remember you when you retur.n The wine bar has a great selection of lesser known wines and the bartenders help you decide on a good wine. It can get very crowded but that's expected of a popular neighborhood spot. Pros: best food, friendly service, nearby Cons: pricey, crowded more

great food, mellow vibe 11/15/2007

We love this restaurant for special occasions. The food is consistently excellent, the service is friendly and competent, and the atmosphere is genial and lowkey. It's not for people looking for a high octane, glamorous LA experience, it's just for people who love great food in a mellow and welcoming atmosphere. Pros: superb food and wine, the best ingredients, smart friendly service Cons: no valet more

we hope you are listening, mr blair 11/15/2007

For a long time this was absolutely one of our favorite local eateries. No it isn't the best food, but it is good food. And the atmosphere is lovely. Here are the key failings. 1) the food is priced similar to some of LA's finest gourmet restaurants, and let's be honest .... this place does not fit that bill. 2) the wine (albeit generous pours) is mediocre and OUTRAGEOSLY EXPENSIVE. It is also rarely served anywhere near the correct temperature. How do they manage to serve red wine above room temp in the summer? Blech! 3) They just expanded and the owner (who is rarely there) drives a super fancy Mercedez ""Hummer"" SUV. Ok we know he has done well for himself. But to alienate your customer base with insulting prices for good (not great) product .... well, it just makes us hesitate to return. We used to sum up Blair's using the word ""neighborhood"". But I can no longer say which neighborhood it belongs to. Not mine, sadly. Pros: atmosphere Cons: price, food/wine quality, parking more

TERRIBLE service & management doesn't seem to care 11/6/2007

I gave Blair's a 1 star rating based solely on the TERRIBLE service. I am a regular at nearby Edendale Grill. I had previously not been to Blair's as I had heard it was expensive. We decided to try Blair's this weekend and the terrible service ruined the meal. Our table was ready upon arrival. We had one tiny candle at a table of 4 and it was difficult to read the menu. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine as well as 4 appetizers, 4 main courses & 2 additional vegetable side dishes. After we finished our first glass of wine we had to pour out the rest of our bottle, which is common. Then a server brought 3 of the 4 appetizers. After asking different people a total of 4 times for my husband's soup, it finally arrived 15 minutes later, after our other appetizer plates had been removed. One of the times we asked our waitress for the soup (after 10 mins) she didn't even apologize for the delay, just blamed the kitchen. After the soup dish was cleared we asked a couple of times for the wine menu to order more wine by the glass. If the waitress had bothered to check our table sooner (even once!), we probably would have ordered another bottle, but it was getting later in the evening. The wine arrived quickly as our main courses were served, but the vegetables never arrived, nor did the veg included in my husband's chicken dish. Again, we asked about 4 times but still no veg. Our waitress was actually hiding from us at this point. We asked for the manager, but she wouldn't get him (or her). Not once did a manager even walk around to the tables to ask how everyone's meal was etc. This seems a common practice at even diners these days so we were surprised at the lack of management at Blair's. Our waitress took the veg off the bill as they arrived (and were sent back) after our meal was finished and the order was previously cancelled. Terrible service, especially for the price, and clearly management doesn't care. Pet peeve: DO NOT CLEAR DISHES BEFORE EVERYONE HAS FINISHED EATING! more

You don't feel like you are in LA.... 6/29/2007

Being an Eastsider, I have driven past Blair's a milllion times, read the favorable reviews and pondered the hype, but had never succumbed to actually making a reservation and going there. But one night my boyfriend and I spontaneously decided to have a lavish romantic meal and I suggested Blair's as it was only 3 blocks away and not been tried yet. It was such a good choice because this place is wonderful! They play jazz all night, have a decently priced wine list with one of my favorite malbec's, and all the food is precisely done. The interior is very comforting, warm rich saffron walls, sophisticated art,dark woods. The crowd was a little old for the Silverlake area--but I loved that! I am tired of going out to standard Silverlake dining institutions that have a lot of quirks and appeal ,but not enough class and style. Blair's makes up for that! I felt transported. I almost felt like I was dining in Seattle. This is a wonderful date night establishment. The only drawback is that the service was well-meaning but clumsy. Our waitress spaced out,constantly apologizing. It wasn't bad per se, and we didn't care, but I can see how this might make someone more aggro think that the service was dismal. Pros: Great food, comfortable ambience, classy,sophisticated Cons: clumsy service more

It's worth it. I'm picky, and still say it's worth it. 6/25/2007

My second time at Blair's, very nice all around. I'm an avid home cook and frugal shopper, but will still throw down the $$ if it's celebrating time, which it was. My lady had the linguini, it was an adventure! I read a review posted here about being able to make their food at home. If you're stuffing your own sausage and making your pasta, mabye I could give your dis some cred, but you're a f---kin fool, lady! I had the short ribs & polenta and it was also off the hook. Not as experimental a dish as the linguini (which had artichoke and roasted corn), way more traditional, but had deep and complex layers of flavor (sweet, smoky, spicy). Pros: The food Cons: pricey (but worth it) more

Boring, Bland and Bare equals Blah Blair's 6/18/2007

We read great things about Blair's and thought it would be hip and chic Silver Lake but it was staid and stuffy with not much going on. Food is good but way overpriced. The menu prices on their website are false and misleading. The decor was uninspired and the peach walls were intrusive. The service was okay but one waitress kept coming back to the table too much clearing our plates before we were finished but then we had to wait over a half an hour for our dessert. There are so many better things to do than to drop your money on a place with okay food that frankly I could cook at home just without the presentation. Expensive restaurants are not worth it. Stay at home or go to your local pub or at least walk up the street to Edendale for a more varied atmosphere. more

Overpriced Mimosas!! 6/16/2007

Service was great, great atmosphere, and good food, but the mimosas were 15 bucks a pop. I mean if we were at the Standard or Shutters or Fess Parker, yeah, we'd expect 15 dollars a mimosa, but Blairs, in Silverlake??? The staff failed to let us know how much they were as a friendly warning, across the street on Sundays, Edendale Grill offers bottomless mimosas for 15 dollars a person and that is much more sane. I am dissapointed because I loved the atmosphere and the laidback feeling at Blairs. But as a embibing epicurian, I am afraid this is not the joint for me or anyone out to not break the bank at 10:30a on a Sat. I will review the dinner there soon, but already can tell you the mimosa are out. Lovin Silverlake, but if anymore places like this open up then the artists are bound to move. Pros: Ambience, parking, serivce. Cons: Drinks are expensive, and service failed to inform the patrons. more

A classy joint 2/26/2007

This is my favorite place in the Silverlake/Los Feliz area. I've been here twice and have been delighted both times - and have never had any trouble with the service, although I've never tried it on a weekend night. I've had the duck and the sweet potato gnocchi - both really tasty - and I've sampled a tablemate's linguine with Italian sausage, which was fantastic. Though it's been talked up in a few other reviews, I actually didn't think the truffled mac'n'cheese was that amazing - a little rich and gamy for my taste. Still, this place has the most consistent and well-thought-out food in the neighborhood, in a nice mellow space. It is quite pricey, so unfortunately it's best as a special occasion place, but in that capacity it more than satisfies. more

Very Disappointed 2/18/2007

My fiance and I have been anxious to eat at Blair?s for some time now. We decided to celebrate our belated Valentine?s dinner there, and made reservations for Sat at 8 PM. Upon arrival at 7:50, there was no one available to check in with so we went to the bar. From the get go, it was like pulling teeth to get anyone?s attention to even order a drink or to say we had a reservation. We finally got a drink, and sat at the bar another 40 minutes before we were seated. We ordered a bottle of wine, which went to the table with us. We stared at the unopened bottle for another 10-15 minutes before our waitress stopped by to open it. She actually joked about what a ?tease it was to sit and look at the unopened bottle for so long.? We had loads of time to look over the menu, so we were ready to order immediately. We started with the mac & cheese and a salad, which came very quickly and was quite delicious, but our entrees took an eternity. When the food finally arrived, it was not as we ordered it and sub par at best. I had heard so many good things about this restaurant that it was quite a disappointment. Our waitress barely checked in with us throughout the night to see how we were doing. I understand it was a Saturday night, but the place had really cleared out and didn?t seem all that busy. We ordered dessert, which again came long after it was ordered. When it made it?s to us it seemed as though it was frozen and they didn?t have enough time to thaw it out. We took one bite and asked for our check (the only thing that arrived in a timely manner). Our waitress must have known that the service and food were terrible because she comped our wine, appetizers & dessert without us asking. We knew it wasn?t all a figment of our imagination!!! Three long hours later we headed out and decided Blair?s would NOT be a repeat performance. Pros: Good wine Cons: Bad service, average food, long waits more

GOOD FOOD; AMATUER SERVICE. 2/16/2007

My wife and I made reservations 3 weeks ago for Valentine's Day (I know everyone is out that night, but . . .) at 8:30pm. The restaurant was packed and the table we were put at was a two seat high-boy in the bar by the front door. I asked if there was something in the dining room and was flippantly told that these are reservation tables as well so that's it for us. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Orange and red tones warm the casual front bar area and the more refined main dining room. Stretched mirrors and black picture frames minus the artwork add curious nuances to...

  • 2/18/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11pm, Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-10pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Silver Lake, East LA
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