Anisette Brasserie

★★★★☆
  • 225 Santa Monica Boulevard

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-395-3200

About Anisette Brasserie

Hours
Mon - Thu, 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri, 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Sat, 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun, 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10pm

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I went to Anisette last night for my birthday with my boyfrirend & parents. As mentioned in other reviews the service was hit & miss. After being seated the waiter came over to ask about water but then quickly disappeared before asking

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★★★★★

I went to Anisette last night for my birthday with my boyfrirend & parents. As mentioned in other reviews the service was hit & miss. After being seated the waiter came over to ask about water but then quickly disappeared before asking

Pros: Good wine, good atmosphere

Cons: hit & miss service

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Last night was my fourth visit to Anisette Brasserie. Since past visits had been fairly good, we made a reservation to celebrate an anniversary. What a tremendous disappointment.

It seems since the last time we ate at Anisette, the

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★★★★★

Last night was my fourth visit to Anisette Brasserie. Since past visits had been fairly good, we made a reservation to celebrate an anniversary. What a tremendous disappointment.

It seems since the last time we ate at Anisette, the

Pros: Decor, ambience

Cons: Service

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Very traditional French bistro menu and though the service was hit or miss, the food was quite good. This place absolutely filled a void needed in Santa Monica. Be forewarned - no valet.

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★★★☆☆

Very traditional French bistro menu and though the service was hit or miss, the food was quite good. This place absolutely filled a void needed in Santa Monica. Be forewarned - no valet.

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we sat at the bar...I love the vibe there...the oysters were great and the bartender attentive...been back a few more times already...I love their cocktails...reminds me of my fav restaurant in NYC so I love being there!!

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★★★★☆

we sat at the bar...I love the vibe there...the oysters were great and the bartender attentive...been back a few more times already...I love their cocktails...reminds me of my fav restaurant in NYC so I love being there!!

Pros: drinks!!

Cons: pricey!

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The food was great. Had the steak tartare for an app, and had the steak frites. Both were awesome.

The space is really cool, but once it begins to fill up, it's time to start raising your voice.

I would recommend booking ahead, since it looked like there were some walk ups who had to be turned away.

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★★★★☆

The food was great. Had the steak tartare for an app, and had the steak frites. Both were awesome.

The space is really cool, but once it begins to fill up, it's time to start raising your voice.

I would recommend booking ahead, since it looked like there were some walk ups who had to be turned away.

Pros: Food, drinks, setting

Cons: Gets quite loud QUICK.

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My sister and I went for brunch last weekend and were both very happy with the food. We had beef tartar for starters. It was high quality meat and included a quail egg on top. I got the Belgian waffle with strawberries, which was toasted to perfection while soft on the inside and had a wonderful vanilla taste. My sister ordered the duck hash, which I highly recommend. It was perfectly roasted with bits of potatoes and herb sauce with an egg on top. The warm yolk spilled out on everything once it was cut and every bite in that dish became so perfect to the palate. We ended with an apple tatin, which was also amazing with its great caramelized flavor and superb crust.

Although some dishes may seem a bit pricey for their portions (like the duck hash), I think the prices are reasonable considering the quality of the dishes and the extraordinary tastes I experienced. I think of it this way: if the apple tatin is ten times better than any apple tatin I have ever had, then it is worth paying $10 for the experience of tasting something that good. (This also applies to the $3 coffee that was incredibly smooth and sweet to drink even without sugar.)

The service was nice and prompt. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and gave great recommendations. However, to be honest, I prefer servers who are hip and upbeat, rather than just polite and serious.

Also, just north of Anisette and the Equinox parking, there was a public parking lot, so we got the first two hours free.

2
★★★★★

My sister and I went for brunch last weekend and were both very happy with the food. We had beef tartar for starters. It was high quality meat and included a quail egg on top. I got the Belgian waffle with strawberries, which was toasted to perfection while soft on the inside and had a wonderful vanilla taste. My sister ordered the duck hash, which I highly recommend. It was perfectly roasted with bits of potatoes and herb sauce with an egg on top. The warm yolk spilled out on everything once it was cut and every bite in that dish became so perfect to the palate. We ended with an apple tatin, which was also amazing with its great caramelized flavor and superb crust.

Although some dishes may seem a bit pricey for their portions (like the duck hash), I think the prices are reasonable considering the quality of the dishes and the extraordinary tastes I experienced. I think of it this way: if the apple tatin is ten times better than any apple tatin I have ever had, then it is worth paying $10 for the experience of tasting something that good. (This also applies to the $3 coffee that was incredibly smooth and sweet to drink even without sugar.)

The service was nice and prompt. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and gave great recommendations. However, to be honest, I prefer servers who are hip and upbeat, rather than just polite and serious.

Also, just north of Anisette and the Equinox parking, there was a public parking lot, so we got the first two hours free.

Pros: food (brunch) taste and quality, service

Cons: small portions for some dishes

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I just came home from dinner with a girlfriend at Anisette. They were too crowded to seat us at a proper table so we sat in the bar area ( big mistake ). We split the goat cheese and beet salad to start. The goat cheese was very rich and tasted across between brie and a piece of cheesecake from the( cheesecake factory), arugula was on the top. It was pretty mediocre and very small in size. I then had the mussels which were served to me almost cold and with very little broth. Just not very appetizing. My girlfriend order the french onion soup which is usually one of our favorites. This soup was priced at $14.00 so I figured my friend would get a bowl but no she was served this soup in a very small ramekin. I had a taste and it was just ok, nothing to write home about. I just got home from Basalt Colorado on Saturday and had the best ever french onion soup which cost me about $6.00. Go figure. I would not go back to this restaurant ( oh by the way the service was horrific. Our waitress had super dark hair and she was awful. Would have to give this place two thumbs down. Also the acoustics were really bad and the lighting was super harsh. Not a good date spot. Not romantic at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

I just came home from dinner with a girlfriend at Anisette. They were too crowded to seat us at a proper table so we sat in the bar area ( big mistake ). We split the goat cheese and beet salad to start. The goat cheese was very rich and tasted across between brie and a piece of cheesecake from the( cheesecake factory), arugula was on the top. It was pretty mediocre and very small in size. I then had the mussels which were served to me almost cold and with very little broth. Just not very appetizing. My girlfriend order the french onion soup which is usually one of our favorites. This soup was priced at $14.00 so I figured my friend would get a bowl but no she was served this soup in a very small ramekin. I had a taste and it was just ok, nothing to write home about. I just got home from Basalt Colorado on Saturday and had the best ever french onion soup which cost me about $6.00. Go figure. I would not go back to this restaurant ( oh by the way the service was horrific. Our waitress had super dark hair and she was awful. Would have to give this place two thumbs down. Also the acoustics were really bad and the lighting was super harsh. Not a good date spot. Not romantic at all.

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I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!!!!!! I lived in Paris for 9 years and I finally found a restaurant that is truly French! From the croissants to the moules frites, all is perfection. I loved that the chef came by our table to see if everything was alright. He is adorable and so talented. I will be back soon , A bientot

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★★★★★

I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!!!!!! I lived in Paris for 9 years and I finally found a restaurant that is truly French! From the croissants to the moules frites, all is perfection. I loved that the chef came by our table to see if everything was alright. He is adorable and so talented. I will be back soon , A bientot

Pros: i felt like in paris

Cons: n/a

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Really wanted to like this place. Had heard good things so finally decided to try it out. The physical space is nice, they did a good job with the decor. The menu was ok, nothing special. Champagne list (by the glass, I didn't bother with the bottle list) was kind of a joke - the prices and what was available already turned me off. The pastries were actually quite good... I will give them that. I was a bit full after a few pastries and the vanilla scented butter and would have been much better off had I stopped there. Had the Tuna "sandwich" as a starter, which ended up being brought together with our main courses... big loss of points there... watching the server and waiter try and put two main dishes and a "starter" on the table at the same time, before we even finished our pastries was pretty comical. Waiter didn't seem to notice or care until I mentioned something to him... instead of saying he was sorry and trying to fix the situation he blamed it on a computer error... really? Like you don't know that its not appropriate to serve a starter and main together... ok. So on to the food. The Tuna "starter" was awful, pretty much not even edible - the taste was off, and the bread was as hard as a brick... pass. Had the salmon benedict and while the taste was actually pretty good... it was cold. Had the Anisette Omelette which was also cold and even though I had requested the eggs cooked medium, they were hard and way overdone, served with cold soggy toast. When I brought up the situation to the manager... she ended up talking to the chef (who happened to be sitting a few tables from us). He proceeded to insult my girlfriend in French, not thinking we understood. They offered to comp our pastries, which I felt a pretty weak attempt at correcting the situation. When we left the Manager was unavailable, but needless to say we will not return again.

Avoid this place like a plague. There are SO SO SO many better places in LA.

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★☆☆☆☆

Really wanted to like this place. Had heard good things so finally decided to try it out. The physical space is nice, they did a good job with the decor. The menu was ok, nothing special. Champagne list (by the glass, I didn't bother with the bottle list) was kind of a joke - the prices and what was available already turned me off. The pastries were actually quite good... I will give them that. I was a bit full after a few pastries and the vanilla scented butter and would have been much better off had I stopped there. Had the Tuna "sandwich" as a starter, which ended up being brought together with our main courses... big loss of points there... watching the server and waiter try and put two main dishes and a "starter" on the table at the same time, before we even finished our pastries was pretty comical. Waiter didn't seem to notice or care until I mentioned something to him... instead of saying he was sorry and trying to fix the situation he blamed it on a computer error... really? Like you don't know that its not appropriate to serve a starter and main together... ok. So on to the food. The Tuna "starter" was awful, pretty much not even edible - the taste was off, and the bread was as hard as a brick... pass. Had the salmon benedict and while the taste was actually pretty good... it was cold. Had the Anisette Omelette which was also cold and even though I had requested the eggs cooked medium, they were hard and way overdone, served with cold soggy toast. When I brought up the situation to the manager... she ended up talking to the chef (who happened to be sitting a few tables from us). He proceeded to insult my girlfriend in French, not thinking we understood. They offered to comp our pastries, which I felt a pretty weak attempt at correcting the situation. When we left the Manager was unavailable, but needless to say we will not return again.

Avoid this place like a plague. There are SO SO SO many better places in LA.

Pros: Not enough to recommend.

Cons: Horrible service. Rude chef. Below average food. Way overpriced.

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I'll admit it- I loathe new and crave things in my life that are old. I would NEVER live in a new house or apartment building, I buy vintage clothes with some new pieces thrown in here and there, and I don't like the sterile atmosphere of most new restaurants. And then I found Anisette. The second I walked in I felt transported to another time, when people built things to last and real craftsmen made them. I sat at the seemingly endless Zinc bar the first time and had a strong americano and a pain au chocolat, so buttery and delicious I actually felt guilty. The next time I came was for dinner and had a bowl of beef daube that changed my life. It was incredible! One of the managers actually recognized me from a few days before and came over to greet our table and welcome me back- I felt like a VIP! I've since become a regular and have very little complaints about service or the food (once too my fries weren't quite right, and if you don't have a reservation for dinner the wait for walk in's is not pretty). Food wise, here is what I recommend(and what I've tried):
Daube, Moule Frites, Onion soup, Croque Monsieur, Brasserie Burger, Oysters, THE CHEESE PLATES ARE AMAZING, Any of the Croissants, Steak Frites... Enjoy.

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★★★★★

I'll admit it- I loathe new and crave things in my life that are old. I would NEVER live in a new house or apartment building, I buy vintage clothes with some new pieces thrown in here and there, and I don't like the sterile atmosphere of most new restaurants. And then I found Anisette. The second I walked in I felt transported to another time, when people built things to last and real craftsmen made them. I sat at the seemingly endless Zinc bar the first time and had a strong americano and a pain au chocolat, so buttery and delicious I actually felt guilty. The next time I came was for dinner and had a bowl of beef daube that changed my life. It was incredible! One of the managers actually recognized me from a few days before and came over to greet our table and welcome me back- I felt like a VIP! I've since become a regular and have very little complaints about service or the food (once too my fries weren't quite right, and if you don't have a reservation for dinner the wait for walk in's is not pretty). Food wise, here is what I recommend(and what I've tried):
Daube, Moule Frites, Onion soup, Croque Monsieur, Brasserie Burger, Oysters, THE CHEESE PLATES ARE AMAZING, Any of the Croissants, Steak Frites... Enjoy.

Pros: Real Simple Perfect Brasserie Food, Atmosphere, Ambience, Croissants!!!

Cons: Not great for a walk in dinner place- reservations needed.

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went to anisette for lunch and was disappointed after hearing all the hype. i've been to comme ca many times and had heard the food was better here...unfortunately, it seems to suffer from some of the same problems. we started with the gnocchi appetizer which was described on the menu with leeks and summer truffles. there were definitely leeks and TONS of black pepper, but i could not taste any truffle. i don't really believe that there were any truffles in the dish, and when we inquired about it, the server said that it was made with truffle oil...a dish with truffle oil should not be advertised as "summer truffles" because they are not the same thing. the gnocchi was actually quite good, but the menu description was misleading--the flavors were more leeks, black pepper, and a hint of fennel, not truffle. next, we had the croque monsieur which was buttery and satisfying, however the pomme frittes tasted old and were so salty i couldn't eat them. the burger was actually quite good, but again too salty. the butter lettuce salad had a unique presentation and was good, albeit a bit difficult to eat since the giant leaves were served whole. the wine was great and the service was pleasant, although our server didn't seem that enthused to be working there. when we asked questions about the menu and the wine list, he was somewhat informative, but didn't really provide any input outside of the standard, "it's good" answer. i get that it's lunch and that's probably not the ideal shift to be working, but at least fake it. overall, i felt that anisette really didn't live up to its reputation and the mixed reviews are probably a result of inconsistencies in the kitchen. too bad, because i really wanted to love this restaurant...

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★★★☆☆

went to anisette for lunch and was disappointed after hearing all the hype. i've been to comme ca many times and had heard the food was better here...unfortunately, it seems to suffer from some of the same problems. we started with the gnocchi appetizer which was described on the menu with leeks and summer truffles. there were definitely leeks and TONS of black pepper, but i could not taste any truffle. i don't really believe that there were any truffles in the dish, and when we inquired about it, the server said that it was made with truffle oil...a dish with truffle oil should not be advertised as "summer truffles" because they are not the same thing. the gnocchi was actually quite good, but the menu description was misleading--the flavors were more leeks, black pepper, and a hint of fennel, not truffle. next, we had the croque monsieur which was buttery and satisfying, however the pomme frittes tasted old and were so salty i couldn't eat them. the burger was actually quite good, but again too salty. the butter lettuce salad had a unique presentation and was good, albeit a bit difficult to eat since the giant leaves were served whole. the wine was great and the service was pleasant, although our server didn't seem that enthused to be working there. when we asked questions about the menu and the wine list, he was somewhat informative, but didn't really provide any input outside of the standard, "it's good" answer. i get that it's lunch and that's probably not the ideal shift to be working, but at least fake it. overall, i felt that anisette really didn't live up to its reputation and the mixed reviews are probably a result of inconsistencies in the kitchen. too bad, because i really wanted to love this restaurant...

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Josh Smith is a genius!!! He is the new chef in town that no one probably knows. I went to Anisette for the first time with my girlfriend and was blown away. I had sort of the tasters menu and was able to see what Josh was capable of. He kicked up classic French food with his own signature twist. He used lots of flavor in a subtle way that let me taste every ingredient he used. The food was rich with flavor allowing me to enjoy every bite. Dish after dish was a success, the food was prepared well and the consistency of taste did not go unnoticed. Josh is a young man who has passion in his work and it shows in his food. Go see for yourself and try the Oysters....they are the best in town.

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★★★★★

Josh Smith is a genius!!! He is the new chef in town that no one probably knows. I went to Anisette for the first time with my girlfriend and was blown away. I had sort of the tasters menu and was able to see what Josh was capable of. He kicked up classic French food with his own signature twist. He used lots of flavor in a subtle way that let me taste every ingredient he used. The food was rich with flavor allowing me to enjoy every bite. Dish after dish was a success, the food was prepared well and the consistency of taste did not go unnoticed. Josh is a young man who has passion in his work and it shows in his food. Go see for yourself and try the Oysters....they are the best in town.

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The menu is classical bistro food, the service is good. In fact we had two servers at lunch today. I'd go back.

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★★★★☆

The menu is classical bistro food, the service is good. In fact we had two servers at lunch today. I'd go back.

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great looking spot, awesome escape from the promenade. close to the movies. food is fine, as the food at most brasseries is simply fine. good wine list.

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★★★★☆

great looking spot, awesome escape from the promenade. close to the movies. food is fine, as the food at most brasseries is simply fine. good wine list.

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It's a great space Feels a lot like Balthazaar in NY and thats a compliment. Wanted a little more from Giraud both overall great space , the bar is beautiful. The raw bar and the fries are stellar.

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★★★☆☆

It's a great space Feels a lot like Balthazaar in NY and thats a compliment. Wanted a little more from Giraud both overall great space , the bar is beautiful. The raw bar and the fries are stellar.

Pros: fries

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Very good food, loved the moulles and frittes. Had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. Only complaint, its loud and can be warm upstairs.

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★★★★☆

Very good food, loved the moulles and frittes. Had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. Only complaint, its loud and can be warm upstairs.

Cons: Loud

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alain giraud, who used to be the chef at bastide, opened his own restaurant. and i was in full anticipation.

the space is actually quite large and almost cavernous but for the dark part. i liked the high ceiling and the wines along the wall. it was pretty loud and crowded. definitely make reservations.

service was great. particularly, our french servers made excellent recommendations. he suggested that i get the scallops as an appetizer. it was nicely seared and lovely. he also suggested that i get the duck confit. crispy texture and tender inside. my friend got the onion soup with gruyere. she said it was excellent and not salty. she also got the moule frites, which she said was similar to what she had at bouchon las vegas (i think she thought it was good but not earth shattering good).

the server suggested a fruity dessert, which i was not into, so i ignored his suggestion and went for the profiteroles. bad idea. the bread tasted a bit stale. but the chocolate and ice cream was good tho.

i asked whether he recommends the hot chocolate. he said it was not fresh and it was only good for breakfast or brunch. i appreciate that in my server.

that being said, it was a lovely meal. without alcohol or tip, it came to about $50 something each.

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★★★★☆

alain giraud, who used to be the chef at bastide, opened his own restaurant. and i was in full anticipation.

the space is actually quite large and almost cavernous but for the dark part. i liked the high ceiling and the wines along the wall. it was pretty loud and crowded. definitely make reservations.

service was great. particularly, our french servers made excellent recommendations. he suggested that i get the scallops as an appetizer. it was nicely seared and lovely. he also suggested that i get the duck confit. crispy texture and tender inside. my friend got the onion soup with gruyere. she said it was excellent and not salty. she also got the moule frites, which she said was similar to what she had at bouchon las vegas (i think she thought it was good but not earth shattering good).

the server suggested a fruity dessert, which i was not into, so i ignored his suggestion and went for the profiteroles. bad idea. the bread tasted a bit stale. but the chocolate and ice cream was good tho.

i asked whether he recommends the hot chocolate. he said it was not fresh and it was only good for breakfast or brunch. i appreciate that in my server.

that being said, it was a lovely meal. without alcohol or tip, it came to about $50 something each.

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Nothing like it in town. Great food, wine, service! Fresh oysters, beef daube which was great, which our server, Sean, recommended. I felt I was somewhere else. Will definitely go back, with friends.

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★★★★☆

Nothing like it in town. Great food, wine, service! Fresh oysters, beef daube which was great, which our server, Sean, recommended. I felt I was somewhere else. Will definitely go back, with friends.

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We have been twice to this new french brasserie in last two weeks and the waitservice on the first occaison was spotty. The second time disasteous! The waitress had an attitude, perhaps thinking rudeness was the same as french reserve. She was un-informative about the food especially when the Wednesday Special Duck was almost rare. Her response was that the Chef prepares it that way! Should not the diner who pays for the meal have the choice of how well it is cooked? I was unimpressed when she delivered a bowl for my second course and placed it on the small table before I had finished my first course. I spoke with the manager who thanked me for my input and offered a dessert. I have been told there are many French waiters and should ask for one the next time (if there is a next time).

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been twice to this new french brasserie in last two weeks and the waitservice on the first occaison was spotty. The second time disasteous! The waitress had an attitude, perhaps thinking rudeness was the same as french reserve. She was un-informative about the food especially when the Wednesday Special Duck was almost rare. Her response was that the Chef prepares it that way! Should not the diner who pays for the meal have the choice of how well it is cooked? I was unimpressed when she delivered a bowl for my second course and placed it on the small table before I had finished my first course. I spoke with the manager who thanked me for my input and offered a dessert. I have been told there are many French waiters and should ask for one the next time (if there is a next time).

Pros: most of the food

Cons: untrained and rude waitservice

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The hubby and I had supper here the week it opened and had a great time. Authentic French brasserie food at reasonable prices. It was a shame we couldn't snag earlier reservations - by the time we had dinner at 9:30, they had already run out of their special plate (lobster thermidor for sunday) and several other seafood dishes. We had oysters, poisson, steamed homard - all simply cooked but very fresh and tasty. The violet flavoured ice cream was so light & delicious. Can't wait to try their breakfast and lunch menus - they look awesome!

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★★★★☆

The hubby and I had supper here the week it opened and had a great time. Authentic French brasserie food at reasonable prices. It was a shame we couldn't snag earlier reservations - by the time we had dinner at 9:30, they had already run out of their special plate (lobster thermidor for sunday) and several other seafood dishes. We had oysters, poisson, steamed homard - all simply cooked but very fresh and tasty. The violet flavoured ice cream was so light & delicious. Can't wait to try their breakfast and lunch menus - they look awesome!

Pros: authentic french brasserie, not expensive

Cons: easily run out of the specials

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Want to feel like you are in Paris? Go to Anisette Brasserie. Friendly and enthusiastic service from people who are obviously glad to be of service. We had lunch: if you like beef tartar you won't be disappointed. Wine recommendations were superb. It's a little pricey but you won't mind if you love things French and you love really great food. One downside, you can't bring your vegetarian friends or people who have food issues because this is butter, meat and desert all the way. But it's worth it!

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★★★★★

Want to feel like you are in Paris? Go to Anisette Brasserie. Friendly and enthusiastic service from people who are obviously glad to be of service. We had lunch: if you like beef tartar you won't be disappointed. Wine recommendations were superb. It's a little pricey but you won't mind if you love things French and you love really great food. One downside, you can't bring your vegetarian friends or people who have food issues because this is butter, meat and desert all the way. But it's worth it!

Pros: Beautiful decor right out of Paris

Cons: Not for vegetarians or people with food issues

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As one of the early diners for Anisette's first public dinner service, I can report Anisette does not disappoint. Beautiful space, excellent food ( the presentation can be a bit too precious at times) and impeccable service.
A fantastic addition to the LA restaurant scene.

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★★★★★

As one of the early diners for Anisette's first public dinner service, I can report Anisette does not disappoint. Beautiful space, excellent food ( the presentation can be a bit too precious at times) and impeccable service.
A fantastic addition to the LA restaurant scene.

Pros: Beautiful space, excellent food, great service

Cons: MINOR: Food presentation somewhat over the top at times (how to eat frites in a towering cone?), Three!!! waiters to serve my fish soup

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...Ah, the promised land. A restaurant yet to open its memorable doors... With names that breathe promise, a culture which defies us to not acknowledge its profound and unique place in history. The realms of perfume, architecture, science, medecine, fine art, governement by the people, the most complex cuisine, and yes...even the annoyingly puffy bichon frise; all have been beautifully brought into the world by the french culture...

And now this...an always exciting, as-of-yet-untasted restaurant! French stylings and a French chef...in a city by the sea... the beach breeze will prove but an afterthought in the light of the fare offered, I am sure.

I will not be the first to visit this fine bit of French promise...but to those that will, I hope you enjoy the thrilling taste of the unknown mixed with sincere effort and vast potential.

And finally; why am I writing this? ....Because there will surely be many reviews to follow, some glowing, some nitpicky, some effusively loving, and some forceably critical....and so I write the intro for a restaurant which I have to assume will fullfill it - for anything with such effort and love put into it surely deserves the grandest assumptions...and thus, this free review. I am certain you shall live up to it in time....un petit jardin francais, dans la ville by the sea.... et nous esperons!

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★★★★★

...Ah, the promised land. A restaurant yet to open its memorable doors... With names that breathe promise, a culture which defies us to not acknowledge its profound and unique place in history. The realms of perfume, architecture, science, medecine, fine art, governement by the people, the most complex cuisine, and yes...even the annoyingly puffy bichon frise; all have been beautifully brought into the world by the french culture...

And now this...an always exciting, as-of-yet-untasted restaurant! French stylings and a French chef...in a city by the sea... the beach breeze will prove but an afterthought in the light of the fare offered, I am sure.

I will not be the first to visit this fine bit of French promise...but to those that will, I hope you enjoy the thrilling taste of the unknown mixed with sincere effort and vast potential.

And finally; why am I writing this? ....Because there will surely be many reviews to follow, some glowing, some nitpicky, some effusively loving, and some forceably critical....and so I write the intro for a restaurant which I have to assume will fullfill it - for anything with such effort and love put into it surely deserves the grandest assumptions...and thus, this free review. I am certain you shall live up to it in time....un petit jardin francais, dans la ville by the sea.... et nous esperons!

Pros: I've never been...it hasn't opened yet

Cons: I've never been...it hasn't opened yet

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Former four-star chef Alain Giraud has partnered with Mike Garrett and Tommy Stoilkovich (Falcon, Voda) to open a quintessential French brasserie with a Santa Monica Farmer's Market-driven twist. Parisian-born Giraud…

 

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