Just spent time in LA for the first time, and of all of the places I visited, this was the best. My sister and I stopped in on Thursday for a drink before going elsewhere for dinner, and we never made it to the other place. We walked in the door and were immediately greeted by the manager and one of the bar tenders with huge smiles of welcome -- a wonderful experience when you are away from home. All of the food was exquisitely flavored, and while it is a little pricey for everyday, they don't skimp on servings, and it is perfect for a special day/night out. We had several appetizers, ranging from a wonderful Wild Arugula & Parmesan Salad (brushed with just enough olive oil to offset the sharpness of the greens), to Oysters (she loved them, I don't go there) and a really great selection of cheeses served with assorted fruits, sauces, pepper -- yummy. The desserts, a chocolate souffle that made your eyes roll, and a yummy berry crisp, were amazing. The wine that our bartender recommended was perfectly suited to both our foods, and to our individual taste. We liked everything so well we came back the next day for lunch (artichoke & fried lemon risotto [perfection], and Field Mushroom & Fontina [oh my!]). As good as the food was, however, it was the staff and the excellent service they provided that will make this my first stop when I get back out that way again. From Luke & Pete (bartenders -- make a fabulous gimlet) to Helen (fromagier), to the manager, Todd, the service was amazing -- attentive, fun and friendly. Even the staff that was not serving us were kind! Over all -- bar none -- this is now one of my favorite places in the country for a fun, one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy!
Pros: Food, service, staff, ambience - love it!
Cons: I live 1900 miles away : - (