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Three on Fourth - 41 Reviews - 1432 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Santa Monica, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (310) 395-6765

Three on Fourth

1432 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-6765
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i would highly recommend this place for one that is looking for a romantic, fresh and friendly night.\r the food was exquisite. the staff was super nice. the place was beautifu...



sophisticated quiet yummy organic/aqualculture 7/13/2008

i would highly recommend this place for one that is looking for a romantic, fresh and friendly night.\r the food was exquisite. the staff was super nice. the place was beautiful. i recommend the branzino and sablefish. ooh and the banana bread pudding was yummy. winelist was also good. also, it was refreshing to find a quiet restaurant on the west side.\r \r \r Pros: organic fresh food Cons: a little expensive more

Solid Santa Monica dinner spot 6/20/2008

I went here with some friends of mine who live nearby. I'm happy to say we had a very nice dinner, despite my hearing mixed reviews previously. The standouts of the evening were Kampachi served on Himalayan salt, pork cheek, sablefish with maple syrup and sake (it sounds strange but it really works) and steak frites. We brought our own wine, but I did thumb through the wine list - it is excellent. We ended with the fabulous blueberry pie, and yes, it is the chef's mom's recipe. Absolutely delightful.\r \r Service was very cordial, and our waitress was lovely. Overall a solid experience, and I will definitely stop by again if I'm back in Santa Monica. more

I really wantedto like it......but the food just sucked!!!!! 6/13/2008

The ambiance and decor is nice. The waiter was great. I really wanted to like the place it had a nice feel, but the food was not good. We sampled multiple dishes. The ingredients are great, but the chef mostly just put things together. There was something missing. The best thing we had was the blueberry pie. We found out the owners mom makes it. We ordered three appetizers that were sub par. The grass fed rib eye we ordered smelt and tasted like it was soaked in GAS. We ordered the marrow bones. They were flavorless. How do you mess up Marrow or more importantly prepare it devoid of flavor. Half of our meal was returned. They did not even offer us anything different. The waiter who was calm and collected was wonderful. To bad his manager did not support him. She didn't even say a word to us, but brought us our pie and opened the door when we left. You would be a fool to eat hear twice. I could never trust to bring anyone there ever again. Pros: Ambieance Cons: Fppd more

eclectic, delicious 5/16/2008

i loved the eclectic menu that committed to as-organic-as-possible choices. i loved my crab salad - creamy, a little spicy, and best of all, it had avocado. the atmosphere is really open and welcoming, and anyone who favors fish over meat (like the people i went with) will enjoy. the truffle french fries taste gorgeous (so crunchy..oh yes.).\r a great find! more

strike two 3/23/2008

Ok, we hated this place the first time we went for more reasons than I have time to discuss here and everyone is saying give it a second chance, it's so much improved and so great, blah blah blah. The food may have gotten worse, the prices have gone up and the decor has only gotten tackier. We eat regularly in New York and Paris and are always telling people how terrible the restaurants are here in L.A. and this one only supports our argument. Lots of hype, high prices, bad service and mediocre food. Soggy fries, salty soup, tasteless fish and overcooked meat. If you like these things eat here, otherwise don't believe what you're hearing. We were very disappointed and will not give it a third chance and another $300. The wine and beer list is great but don't spoil it by pairing it with this food. Pros: wine and beer list Cons: everything else more

Organic and Lovely 3/8/2008

I don't know quite how to describe the tasty and creative menu, but it keeps me going back at least 1-2 times a week. I try to eat exclusively organic food, but sometimes ""organic and healthy"" ends up being ""tasteless and boring"". Not at 3 on Fourth! I noticed the first time I ate there that all the ingredients are organic, local and of very high quality. Since the menu changes daily, I find the fish is always an excellent and healthy choice. Although I do indulge sometimes and have the steak or the burger, both are always delicious. The interior is sleek, with great artwork and reminds me of a restaurant I would find in New York, but would be double the price. The wine selection is also vast and well chosen. I like to bring guests here as I know the service and food is consistently good. Just thinking about the food there makes me want to go right now! I had the trout with creme fraiche last time, and the lemon souffle for dessert. 3 on Fourth is a wonderful restaurant, definitely worth checking out even if you don't live in the neighborhood. Pros: parking nearby, amazing wine list, organic food Cons: none! more

Much improved -- fantastic new menu 12/2/2007

I just went to Three on Fourth again, after a really dissapointing first visit. The food, the service, and the menu are all vastly improved. We had a sampling of small and large plates, as well as a cheese plate, and all were delicious. Veggies were fresh and flavorful, fish was fantastically prepared, and the service was superb. Also, a great wine list -- lots of interesting picks from all over. Very highly recommended -- ideal for dates or groups. Pros: Great food, interesting wine list Cons: A bit pricey for what it is more

The Worst Food, Mean and Slow Service, and Overpriced! 11/29/2007

Terrible. Whomever wrote all the favorable reviews must work for the restaurant. As a professional chef I know that restaurants often write their own reviews to increase their ratings. Beware!\r We went for lunch and noticed the exorbitant price of the lobster bisque. Puzzled, we asked the waitress, ""why is it so pricey? Does it have a lot of huge chunks of lobster or another special ingredient?"" She informed us it had huge chunks of lobster, so we ordered it to split. When it arrived 30 minutes later, it was two tiny bowls of thin broth with nothing in them. We asked our server where the lobster was, and she said ""I'm sorry, it used to have lobster but not today."" Then our hostess asked how it was. We said we were disappointed because it was thin, brothy, small, and without any lobster meat, and very expensive. She sneered, ""It's a BISQUE, it's SUPPOSED to be thin."" As a chef I know this is not true and we were appalled by her attitude. Nobody offered to compensate us in any way. The main courses were unremarkable at best: The overpriced burger was nothing special except the cost. The miso eggplant was good in the spots where it was cooked, but half of it was raw and inedible. The scallop special on a jerusalem artichoke puree consisted of two warm scallops on a cold, unseasoned puree of jerusalem artichokes. I don't know if the puree being cold was an accident or not, but it was NOT tasty. Have you ever had cold mashed potatoes? Unappealing. Furthermore, we had cleared an hour and a half from our work schedules for lunch (should be ample time for 2 people to have lunch), but the service was extremely slow although the restaurant was not crowded, and it took 2 hours for us to get out of there with an extremely disappointing 2 course meal and an $80 dent in my wallet. The only people for whom this restaurant should hold any appeal are wealthy masochists who want to pay a lot for abuse by the staff, while consuming barely edible food. Pros: None. Cons: Food, Service, Prices more

Great Los Angeles Secrete! 10/31/2007

I just had one of the best meals I ever had in Los Angeles! The food is fresh, creative, and yummy. We first started off with a lobster bisque. We ordered one because we wanted to share everything and ordered quite a few things to have a nice tasting meal. Our very friendly waitress brought us a second bisque complements from the chef. There goes the idea of not over stuffing myself. But why would I say no to something so yummy that is on the house? 2nd course we had the Sea Urchin scramble eggs with truffles. It was one of the best scrambled eggs I eve had. I think they could had also added some caviar or Salmon eggs (if they wanted to cut down on the cost) to make it more interesting. But I am not complaining! The 3rd course we had was foir gras. I think its one of the best foir gras I had ever had. The great thing about their foir gras is that it doesn't feel too heavy and greasy. It had a smooth fish to it. This dish was our favorite. 4th course we had the veal served with creamy mash potatoes and the veal reduction gravy and a side order of fired eggplant with nasu-miso. The veal melted in my mouth. It was very delicious and the eggplant was very good too. You can tell the chef put a lot of thought in creating these dishes. The combinations sang in perfect harmony! I was already full by the time the 4th course came out and still ate a bit because it was so delicious. Our waitress asked if we wanted to order desert. It was tempting but we passed and asked for or check. She came back with our check and a complimentary desert which was the poach pears. Like I said I was already full before the 4th course and after eating the 4th course I still ate my yummy poach pear. It was semi sweet and perfectly light after all of that food. I don't know how I had room. I would defiantly come here again. Its defiantly a great find. Pros: Everthing Cons: Nothing more

Many great changes 10/16/2007

I remember going to this place when it first opened about a year ago. They offered a menu with 3 separate sections: American, Japanese and French. I wasn't in love with the place, so I didn't go back. My friend who lives near there finally convinced me to give the place a second try about a week ago.\r \r I was pleasantly surprised. The food still has American, Japanese and French influences, but this time they don't try too hard to categorize it. The menu is now a lot smaller, divided into small, large and sides. My friend and ordered to share, splitting the pumpkin soup, the steak frites, the halibut, and the fried eggplant. All dishes were amazing. The steak and the halibut were cooked to perfection, and I couldn't get enough of the pumpkin soup and the truffle fries (came with the steak frites). The wine/beer/sake list is good and has some awesome hard-to-find selections on it. I like that they offer a lot of half-bottles too.\r \r All in all, it seems like the restaurant has made some great strides since it first opened. Love the food, love the wine, and the service is very friendly. I would go back again. Pros: food, wine, parking is easy more

TERRIBLE! 9/21/2007

We should have left five minutes after we arrived! The atmosphere was too bright and too quiet. It felt weird... Then, the menu. The selections were minimal and a little too avant garde... nothing really looked that good. When our over-priced appetizer arrived, there were only 4 very small shrimp. Then, dinner. We both ordered $25 fish entrees. When our dinners arrived, we each had only 4 oz of fish and no side dish! Plus, the fish was way too salty! I felt like we were being cheated... where was our food? We left hungry and upset... DON""T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! THERE IS A REASON THE PLACE ISN""T FULL ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! Pros: we never have to go back Cons: poor atmosphere, extremely small portions, terrible value more

Pleasantly surprised 8/29/2007

I hope this place gets more business because I had a great experience there. Great food and great service. I got the veal chop and it was wonderful. The wines were great. I will defintely be back. Pros: Great food-Perfect service Cons: No bar more

Something changed at this place, it went from 5 star to 1 star on my list 8/21/2007

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. Then something happened. They changed their menu and more than doubled their prices. They took out the good stuffs - Miso cod and their eggplant appetizers. the price do not justify the quality of the food, nor the portion that they give you. We used to bring groups of friends there, and celebrated birthdays, anniversaries there. Well, that's not going to happen anymore. What on earth happened??? Pros: No more pros on my book Cons: Too pricey, the food was so so. Portions are small more

The scrambled egg with sea urchin and truffles is a break... 7/29/2007

The scrambled egg with sea urchin and truffles is a breakfast/brunch fantasy...yummy. Duck egg and frisee... more

The scrambled egg with sea urchin and truffles is a break... 7/29/2007

defmonk Provided by Partner
The scrambled egg with sea urchin and truffles is a breakfast/brunch fantasy...yummy. Duck egg and frisee salad is near perfection. The waitstaff ... more

never again 7/15/2007

simply put, don't go it's a waste of time and good money. Lets see how long this will last. Something just does not fit here Pros: serve till 11, next to blues club Cons: the restaurant itself more

Great restaurant in Santa Monica 7/12/2007

Went for the first time after receiving a gift certicicate by email last week, I guess my wife had already gone and gave our email... Well I didn't think I could say that but I'm glad she did!\r I had the best meal I had in a long time, I had their River Salmon with some amazing mashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes. We had a great bottle of Reisling and left happy.\r \r Pros: food, wine Cons: no valet more

If you like food, this is the place to go to 6/28/2007

My husband and I love 3. We travel a lot to europe and we love food, this restaurant is truly comparable to restaurants you can find over there. We take our friends there as much as possible, \r The chef is very talented and we really like the diversity of the menu which makes pleasing any friend very easy. The service is professional but not pretentious.\r My husband loves beer and that was one of the reasons we first went there, their beer and wine selection is extensive.\r Their menu changes everyday with seasonal specialities, the servers are always informed on the food and it is very easy to try new things. Their seared foie gras, halibut, lamb chops, mussels, sea urchin scrambled eggs appetizer are some of my favorites, but there is always something interesting to try.\r Bon Appetit!\r \r \r Pros: food food food, warm service and beer and wine list Cons: decor more


My friends told me this place was a must and it is! The food is wonderful. The menu is extremely eclectic with small plates and large. This is a store front restaurant in Santa Monica with a very simple decor. Don't go if you're looking for the million dollar interior design with no interest in good food. This place is very New York with a focus on great food and service. I'll definately be back! Pros: Service,Food,Wine,Beer Cons: No Valet more

disappointed 5/22/2007

I'm a North side business owner and like to take my clients to nice places mostly on the West side. So I'm always looking for somewhere new near the beach. I guess I should have passed this one by instead of dropping $400.00 for dinner for 4. The French service was lacking to say the least. The Sommelier was a little pushy on certain wines and the server wasn?t very informed of the menu. The wine selection was super which made up for the small but pricey portions and odd selections. The decor is bland I felt like we were eating in an empty refrigerator. Although the upstairs adds interest it seems unused. Not the worst I?ve ever been to but definitely not even close to the best. I can?t say I'll be back. Pros: WINES! Cons: Everything else more
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  • In Short
    Daniel Snukal, a former private chef and caterer, has created this luxe Westside space, which features a small plates menu influenced by three regions: America, Europe and Japan....

  • 7/10/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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    Downtown, West LA