Campanile

★★★★☆
A local classic, this Californian (also Italian) Restaurant has been awarded "Outstanding Restaurant" and "Best California Chef."
  • 624 S La Brea Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Map & Directions
  • 323-938-1447

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Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Wed 6pm-10pm Thu-Sat 5:30pm-11pm Sat, Sun 9:30am-1:30pm

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Salty, salty, salty. My goodness, Mr. Peel - displaying your cook book so prominently in the front of the place is a bit of an ego overkill. Hadn't been back to your place in a few years - and decided a birthday dinner for four would be

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★★★★★

Salty, salty, salty. My goodness, Mr. Peel - displaying your cook book so prominently in the front of the place is a bit of an ego overkill. Hadn't been back to your place in a few years - and decided a birthday dinner for four would be

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I was there over the week-end and what a disappointment. I will never return and have informed friends. It all started with the receptionist and her zero personality , the waiters hover and also are not personable or even polite, and the

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★★★★★

I was there over the week-end and what a disappointment. I will never return and have informed friends. It all started with the receptionist and her zero personality , the waiters hover and also are not personable or even polite, and the

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I only was able to sit and have a couple glasses of wine with a friend, but the atmosphere made me feel like I was back in Europe. I would give it 4 stars because I haven't yet experienced, what I hear to be, delicious food. However, the fact that I felt like I was in Italy makes it deserve 5 stars and has me very excited to eat there soon!

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★★★★★

I only was able to sit and have a couple glasses of wine with a friend, but the atmosphere made me feel like I was back in Europe. I would give it 4 stars because I haven't yet experienced, what I hear to be, delicious food. However, the fact that I felt like I was in Italy makes it deserve 5 stars and has me very excited to eat there soon!

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Mother's Day was a true disappointment. Although the service was a bit slow (to be expected) but the server was very nice, the food was terrible. The charcuterie plate was nothing more than a few pieces of salami and some tomatoes, and the fettucini with mascarpone was an icky, gluey, tasteless mess. Truly disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

Mother's Day was a true disappointment. Although the service was a bit slow (to be expected) but the server was very nice, the food was terrible. The charcuterie plate was nothing more than a few pieces of salami and some tomatoes, and the fettucini with mascarpone was an icky, gluey, tasteless mess. Truly disappointing.

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You can feel the history of this place the second you walk into the room.

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★★★★★

You can feel the history of this place the second you walk into the room.

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Campanile is a brunette in a city of blondes.

Not just any brunette. A brunette that has settled down for 20 years in the same home.

No wonder I'd driven past her countless times and not noticed.

But step through the doors of her home, and this is one classy lady. And what a home it is. Once owned by Charlie Chaplin, no less. It's like eating in the enclosed courtyard of a Spanish mission.

But you're not here for the architecture. You're here to taste her.

To take her into your mouth. To chew, to extract, to savor.

Why don't you pour yourself a glass of 2004 Alban Vineyards Roussanne and make yourself comfortable?

Let's start with the appetizer. Poached egg with a porcini mushroom cream. Served on a slice of toast with some simple greens, this seems like an odd start to dinner.

Or is it an invitation to stay for breakfast?

I think I like that idea.

And it is an ideal breakfast dish. A perfectly poached egg, mushrooms and toast. There's something luscious about piercing the skin of her egg and allowing your yolk to spill out.

Honestly, one of the best renditions of a poached egg I've had in recent memory.

But the egg was just a starter.

You hunger for something more. You're here for the main course.

That's right, you want to taste her clams.

Specifically, steamed mussels, fingerling potatoes, fennel and tomato confit. Mmmm, it tastes of the sea with the tomato broth adding a bright sweetness. The fingerling potatoes with a melted cheese sauce on top add a density to the dish.

But the broth is delicious. You could sop up those juices all night.

But you're not done yet.

You still need to eat her pudding.

A dainty, compact bourbon bread pudding with caramel sauce and creme fraiche. On the top, folds of bread burst and spread apart, a thick bourbon caramel sauce oozing into its crevices. But dig deeper into her pudding and you'll find its depths to be soft and sweet and custardy.

If you like your pudding creamy, feel free to add some creme fraiche.

Finish off her pudding and relax in the afterglow of the meal. Feel free to discuss it with the friends you just shared it with.

She won't mind. She likes to share.

Campanile, thanks for reaffirming my passion for brunettes.

I might just call you Mrs Robinson.

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★★★★☆

Campanile is a brunette in a city of blondes.

Not just any brunette. A brunette that has settled down for 20 years in the same home.

No wonder I'd driven past her countless times and not noticed.

But step through the doors of her home, and this is one classy lady. And what a home it is. Once owned by Charlie Chaplin, no less. It's like eating in the enclosed courtyard of a Spanish mission.

But you're not here for the architecture. You're here to taste her.

To take her into your mouth. To chew, to extract, to savor.

Why don't you pour yourself a glass of 2004 Alban Vineyards Roussanne and make yourself comfortable?

Let's start with the appetizer. Poached egg with a porcini mushroom cream. Served on a slice of toast with some simple greens, this seems like an odd start to dinner.

Or is it an invitation to stay for breakfast?

I think I like that idea.

And it is an ideal breakfast dish. A perfectly poached egg, mushrooms and toast. There's something luscious about piercing the skin of her egg and allowing your yolk to spill out.

Honestly, one of the best renditions of a poached egg I've had in recent memory.

But the egg was just a starter.

You hunger for something more. You're here for the main course.

That's right, you want to taste her clams.

Specifically, steamed mussels, fingerling potatoes, fennel and tomato confit. Mmmm, it tastes of the sea with the tomato broth adding a bright sweetness. The fingerling potatoes with a melted cheese sauce on top add a density to the dish.

But the broth is delicious. You could sop up those juices all night.

But you're not done yet.

You still need to eat her pudding.

A dainty, compact bourbon bread pudding with caramel sauce and creme fraiche. On the top, folds of bread burst and spread apart, a thick bourbon caramel sauce oozing into its crevices. But dig deeper into her pudding and you'll find its depths to be soft and sweet and custardy.

If you like your pudding creamy, feel free to add some creme fraiche.

Finish off her pudding and relax in the afterglow of the meal. Feel free to discuss it with the friends you just shared it with.

She won't mind. She likes to share.

Campanile, thanks for reaffirming my passion for brunettes.

I might just call you Mrs Robinson.

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Consistently delicious food and great service. I'm not sure if they are still having grilled cheese nights, but if so they are not to be missed.

4
★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Consistently delicious food and great service. I'm not sure if they are still having grilled cheese nights, but if so they are not to be missed.

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Visited this restaurant for the first time. Between the four of us we had all tree entrees listed on the dineLA menu. We all agreed the food was excellent. The service was attentive. We especially enjoyed the fountain in the courtyard made in the late 20's by a tile company whose headquarters was just up the street at 173 N. La Brea. The tilery was called Hispano Moresque.

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★★★★★

Visited this restaurant for the first time. Between the four of us we had all tree entrees listed on the dineLA menu. We all agreed the food was excellent. The service was attentive. We especially enjoyed the fountain in the courtyard made in the late 20's by a tile company whose headquarters was just up the street at 173 N. La Brea. The tilery was called Hispano Moresque.

Pros: Spanish Revival Architecture

Cons: street parking

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I want to write this review while the experience is fresh.

I just discovered Campanile and I think I'm now a regular. I love details. The team here, they are detailed. The Ambiance. The Food. The Service. All exceptional.

The Ambiance:
Walking into Campanile I felt as if I stepped into the outdoor courtyard of a Roman Villa. It is indoors, but the ceilings are so high you forget they exist. The fountain and the tile suggest it was walked on by early Greek scholars in robes. The ambiance is elegant yet comfortable. Reminding me somewhat of the Getty Villa.

The Food:
I had the Lamb. Easy to say, hard to describe. Phenomenal. Interesting blend of tastes. Very tender. Delicious sauce. With a touch of raisins, vegetables and feta cheese. My plate was clean when they took it away. I loved every bite. My girlfriend ordered the Shrimp and Scallop Stew, which was also delicious (I stole a bit from her plate). Tender shrimp and scallops in a saffron cream sauce. My 2 other friends who joined us ordered the Crisp Flattened Chicken and the Prime RIb and thoroughly enjoyed them (I didn't steal anything from their plates because, well, our relationships are not as close). I will be back to try other menu items.

The Service:
Campanile succeeds because of its team. A team that understands that great food and great ambiance are only part of the dining experience that is completed with great service.
Our server Brian, exceptionally friendly, personable and very detailed. He was attentively concerned with our experience throughout, reminding us to please let him know if we needed anything. Only problem, we never needed anything because everything was quickly handled before we could realize we needed something. Our waters were refilled well before they reached bottom, more hot water was brought for the hot green tea my girl ordered before she needed it. Even the busboy was friendly and attentive. Taylor, who I believe is the manager, was very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
As we all left we were greeted by the Executive Chef Mark who very friendly and wanted to know how our experience was. I told him I had the lamb and thanked him for every delicious bite. He told me not to thank him, but the woman chef who prepared my entree; glancing to my right through the food portal she smiled and bowed.
If you get a chance to meet Jay, the general manager, you will understand why Campanile keeps such high standards of excellence. Strong and focused with a welcoming demeanor, you can tell he is very proud of his restaurant.
Greeted with conversation from the servers, chef, managers and the door held open by the hostess as we left, we felt as if we left the home of friends who consider us important.

It's great to find a restaurant that cares about what it's doing. No wonder it seems busy every time I drive by.

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★★★★★

I want to write this review while the experience is fresh.

I just discovered Campanile and I think I'm now a regular. I love details. The team here, they are detailed. The Ambiance. The Food. The Service. All exceptional.

The Ambiance:
Walking into Campanile I felt as if I stepped into the outdoor courtyard of a Roman Villa. It is indoors, but the ceilings are so high you forget they exist. The fountain and the tile suggest it was walked on by early Greek scholars in robes. The ambiance is elegant yet comfortable. Reminding me somewhat of the Getty Villa.

The Food:
I had the Lamb. Easy to say, hard to describe. Phenomenal. Interesting blend of tastes. Very tender. Delicious sauce. With a touch of raisins, vegetables and feta cheese. My plate was clean when they took it away. I loved every bite. My girlfriend ordered the Shrimp and Scallop Stew, which was also delicious (I stole a bit from her plate). Tender shrimp and scallops in a saffron cream sauce. My 2 other friends who joined us ordered the Crisp Flattened Chicken and the Prime RIb and thoroughly enjoyed them (I didn't steal anything from their plates because, well, our relationships are not as close). I will be back to try other menu items.

The Service:
Campanile succeeds because of its team. A team that understands that great food and great ambiance are only part of the dining experience that is completed with great service.
Our server Brian, exceptionally friendly, personable and very detailed. He was attentively concerned with our experience throughout, reminding us to please let him know if we needed anything. Only problem, we never needed anything because everything was quickly handled before we could realize we needed something. Our waters were refilled well before they reached bottom, more hot water was brought for the hot green tea my girl ordered before she needed it. Even the busboy was friendly and attentive. Taylor, who I believe is the manager, was very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
As we all left we were greeted by the Executive Chef Mark who very friendly and wanted to know how our experience was. I told him I had the lamb and thanked him for every delicious bite. He told me not to thank him, but the woman chef who prepared my entree; glancing to my right through the food portal she smiled and bowed.
If you get a chance to meet Jay, the general manager, you will understand why Campanile keeps such high standards of excellence. Strong and focused with a welcoming demeanor, you can tell he is very proud of his restaurant.
Greeted with conversation from the servers, chef, managers and the door held open by the hostess as we left, we felt as if we left the home of friends who consider us important.

It's great to find a restaurant that cares about what it's doing. No wonder it seems busy every time I drive by.

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In my last visit to Campanile, this week, I had to be part of an unusual situation at the parking lot. While waiting for my car at the Valet, the manager was shouting obscenities in Spanish to the employees, and in some way rude to customers. I understand that a parking lot full at lunch time is a confusing situation but that's why the restaurant hires a valet service. They are supposed to know how to handle peak hour traffic and do it with grace. This particular valet manager was not up to the task. It was uncomfortable if not offensive to observe a rude manager abusing his staff in front of the customers. I have been to the restaurant several times for week-day lunch and never had a situation like that before.

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★★★★☆

In my last visit to Campanile, this week, I had to be part of an unusual situation at the parking lot. While waiting for my car at the Valet, the manager was shouting obscenities in Spanish to the employees, and in some way rude to customers. I understand that a parking lot full at lunch time is a confusing situation but that's why the restaurant hires a valet service. They are supposed to know how to handle peak hour traffic and do it with grace. This particular valet manager was not up to the task. It was uncomfortable if not offensive to observe a rude manager abusing his staff in front of the customers. I have been to the restaurant several times for week-day lunch and never had a situation like that before.

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I went with a group of friends for a birthday party last night (a Saturday). We waited 45 minutes for a table and the host explained that it was because "they were busy". We were asked to have a drink at the bar and the woman serving us there was awful! RUDE RUDE RUDE! When we finally got a table our server was decent but slow it took 30 minutes to get our drinks! The other staff was awkward, we had the manager greet us saying he was happy we chose that restaurant which sounds nice but he was very intrusive and made all of us slightly uncomfortable. the food was decent but i will never pay 20 dollars for a bowl of pasta again, the desserts were dissapointing and they forgot to put a candle in the birthday girls order (which i had personally asked the weird manager to do) the night was a HUGE waste of time, the only good part was leaving and going to a bar to really celebrate. I would definately stay away!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a group of friends for a birthday party last night (a Saturday). We waited 45 minutes for a table and the host explained that it was because "they were busy". We were asked to have a drink at the bar and the woman serving us there was awful! RUDE RUDE RUDE! When we finally got a table our server was decent but slow it took 30 minutes to get our drinks! The other staff was awkward, we had the manager greet us saying he was happy we chose that restaurant which sounds nice but he was very intrusive and made all of us slightly uncomfortable. the food was decent but i will never pay 20 dollars for a bowl of pasta again, the desserts were dissapointing and they forgot to put a candle in the birthday girls order (which i had personally asked the weird manager to do) the night was a HUGE waste of time, the only good part was leaving and going to a bar to really celebrate. I would definately stay away!

Pros: leaving the very pretty/historical building

Cons: management

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Went there on a Thursday night to try their Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! :) It was awesome, I pretty much wanted to try every single sandwich available. Tip: Be sure to ask your waiter which ones are openfaced and closed sandwiches! My sister had the Halibut which I felt was almost perfectly cooked if not for the fish being not as buttery as I would have liked. Appetizers are huge, I had the Squash Blossom which I felt was a tad too oily. Also had the Beet Salad though Fraiche's Beet salad beats this one hands down! Awesome ambiance, we sat right outside the open kitchen so it was lots of fun. Tip: if you want to dress up, be sure to ask to be sat inside! :)

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★★★★☆

Went there on a Thursday night to try their Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! :) It was awesome, I pretty much wanted to try every single sandwich available. Tip: Be sure to ask your waiter which ones are openfaced and closed sandwiches! My sister had the Halibut which I felt was almost perfectly cooked if not for the fish being not as buttery as I would have liked. Appetizers are huge, I had the Squash Blossom which I felt was a tad too oily. Also had the Beet Salad though Fraiche's Beet salad beats this one hands down! Awesome ambiance, we sat right outside the open kitchen so it was lots of fun. Tip: if you want to dress up, be sure to ask to be sat inside! :)

Pros: Sandwiches, Food, Ambience

Cons: Service was rather sub par

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it's sooooooo over-hyped! the food was a total let-down considering the price! i guess it's hard to maintain quality of cuisine if the place is that big (that's an excuse)... the service sucked- i don't know how many different servers 'pretended' to tend to us and all of them were impossible to flag down. even the hispanic guy that refills water w/ the community pitcher was rude! he kept on interrupting us to ask if we wanted more water when he knew that we were having sparkling. we never asked him for water but he kept on stopping by and abruptly asking us if we wanted more water. and then, all the dishes our several servers recommended was awful. to sum it up, this place was SUCH A a let down. we got seated 45 minutes after we got there and we had reservations. the menu descriptions of the dishes looked impressive but the actual dishes themselves (starting w/ the appetizers) just looked and tasted low-class and just thrown together. the 'prime rib' (their signature dish) was primarily all lima beans and only a few pieces of low-quality prime rib meat! even the desserts looked and tasted like stale brownies your college roommate would bake you w/ black bruised pieces of old bananas thrown on top w/ cheap quality whipped cream. all the other '1 star' ratings on this place was sooooo right! and it's soooooo NOISY!

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★☆☆☆☆

it's sooooooo over-hyped! the food was a total let-down considering the price! i guess it's hard to maintain quality of cuisine if the place is that big (that's an excuse)... the service sucked- i don't know how many different servers 'pretended' to tend to us and all of them were impossible to flag down. even the hispanic guy that refills water w/ the community pitcher was rude! he kept on interrupting us to ask if we wanted more water when he knew that we were having sparkling. we never asked him for water but he kept on stopping by and abruptly asking us if we wanted more water. and then, all the dishes our several servers recommended was awful. to sum it up, this place was SUCH A a let down. we got seated 45 minutes after we got there and we had reservations. the menu descriptions of the dishes looked impressive but the actual dishes themselves (starting w/ the appetizers) just looked and tasted low-class and just thrown together. the 'prime rib' (their signature dish) was primarily all lima beans and only a few pieces of low-quality prime rib meat! even the desserts looked and tasted like stale brownies your college roommate would bake you w/ black bruised pieces of old bananas thrown on top w/ cheap quality whipped cream. all the other '1 star' ratings on this place was sooooo right! and it's soooooo NOISY!

Pros: nice decor

Cons: everything else SUX

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This restaurant is housed in a historic building (Charlie Chaplin's old office) and has a beautiful space. It is great during lunch time due to the light coming in from the windows and illuminating the interior. The food is excellent and the servers are very professional.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant is housed in a historic building (Charlie Chaplin's old office) and has a beautiful space. It is great during lunch time due to the light coming in from the windows and illuminating the interior. The food is excellent and the servers are very professional.

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I absolutely love going to this place. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet young. The servers are knowledgable and friendly. The food is fantastic. Stop by for a great Sunday brunch or dinner any day of the week. They use all LaBrea Bakery breads, which are fabulous and fresh (the bakery is attached to Campanile). Every meal you get here is fantastic!

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★★★★★

I absolutely love going to this place. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet young. The servers are knowledgable and friendly. The food is fantastic. Stop by for a great Sunday brunch or dinner any day of the week. They use all LaBrea Bakery breads, which are fabulous and fresh (the bakery is attached to Campanile). Every meal you get here is fantastic!

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we were given a large gift certificate to campanile and went to enjoy a well prepared meal as well as we had a wonderful waiter who recommended great food and was very attentive. At the end of our meal when we turned over our $150 gift certificate, the General Manger, Jay, came over to our table and questioned the gift certificate presented. While i understand that there seemed to be a different paper that our certificate was printed on than usual, instead of stating the fact and wanting to further investigate, this manager told us "there is no way his restaurant issued this certificate". I responded by asking if he perhaps looked in his accounting records to see if the name of the person listed who bought this for us and the amount happened to be there to show this was in fact issued by your restaurant. He looked me in the eyes and told me "yes, I looked, and there is no name or that amount on my books". Well after an hour of embarassment, this General Manager did in fact find the copy of the certificate that was not only issued by his restaurant but also rightfully paid for. And when this was finally cleared up the manager failed to show his face again, failed to appologize, and failed to return any of my phone calls in follow up. It is such a shame that a restaurant that serves great food and has a great staff is overseen by someone that clearly does not value customer service or common decency.

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★☆☆☆☆

we were given a large gift certificate to campanile and went to enjoy a well prepared meal as well as we had a wonderful waiter who recommended great food and was very attentive. At the end of our meal when we turned over our $150 gift certificate, the General Manger, Jay, came over to our table and questioned the gift certificate presented. While i understand that there seemed to be a different paper that our certificate was printed on than usual, instead of stating the fact and wanting to further investigate, this manager told us "there is no way his restaurant issued this certificate". I responded by asking if he perhaps looked in his accounting records to see if the name of the person listed who bought this for us and the amount happened to be there to show this was in fact issued by your restaurant. He looked me in the eyes and told me "yes, I looked, and there is no name or that amount on my books". Well after an hour of embarassment, this General Manager did in fact find the copy of the certificate that was not only issued by his restaurant but also rightfully paid for. And when this was finally cleared up the manager failed to show his face again, failed to appologize, and failed to return any of my phone calls in follow up. It is such a shame that a restaurant that serves great food and has a great staff is overseen by someone that clearly does not value customer service or common decency.

Pros: waiters and food

Cons: Management does not value customer service whatsoever

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Last night about 10 of us went to Campanile's. What a giant let down. Our waiter was nice but, only when you could find him. If I'm going to spend eighty dollars on a bottle of wine (their cheapest by the way) and 48 dollars on a steak I expect the service to be awesome. It wasn't. Worst of all however were the entrees. My girlfriend had the lamb which was tough and less than mediocre. I had the steak which was just okay. I tried the Sea Bass, it was pretty good, but not anything special. The wine was sub-par and the fifty or so people standing around waiting for a table made the ambiance uncomfortable. Literally people were hovering over people's tables' as the ate very expensive not-that-good food. They have crammed so many tables into the front room that you have to plot your way to the bathroom before you go. Classy. None of us will ever go
back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Last night about 10 of us went to Campanile's. What a giant let down. Our waiter was nice but, only when you could find him. If I'm going to spend eighty dollars on a bottle of wine (their cheapest by the way) and 48 dollars on a steak I expect the service to be awesome. It wasn't. Worst of all however were the entrees. My girlfriend had the lamb which was tough and less than mediocre. I had the steak which was just okay. I tried the Sea Bass, it was pretty good, but not anything special. The wine was sub-par and the fifty or so people standing around waiting for a table made the ambiance uncomfortable. Literally people were hovering over people's tables' as the ate very expensive not-that-good food. They have crammed so many tables into the front room that you have to plot your way to the bathroom before you go. Classy. None of us will ever go
back.

Pros: The rooms are pretty to look at. The beer was good

Cons: Food, service, ambiance

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I just enjoyed a wonderful weekend brunch at Campanile. We were a party of 8, including a 2-year-old, and while I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a "kid friendly" restaurant, the staff was very friendly and accomodating. The eggs benedict and the oatmeal were especially delicious. The service was sufficiently fast, but we didn't feel rushed. This is an ideal spot for a delicious, quiet weekend brunch.

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★★★★★

I just enjoyed a wonderful weekend brunch at Campanile. We were a party of 8, including a 2-year-old, and while I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a "kid friendly" restaurant, the staff was very friendly and accomodating. The eggs benedict and the oatmeal were especially delicious. The service was sufficiently fast, but we didn't feel rushed. This is an ideal spot for a delicious, quiet weekend brunch.

Pros: Wonderful service, wonderful food.

Cons: A little pricey (but worth it).

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When I want a satisfying breakfast, we always come to Campanile! Lovely dining room, and even better food! I have never had a bad meal here! Oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, everything is amazing! My favorite by far has to be the french toast if you're looking to splurge on the calories! Wait staff can sometimes be slow and unattentive, but the food more then makes up for it!

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★★★★★

When I want a satisfying breakfast, we always come to Campanile! Lovely dining room, and even better food! I have never had a bad meal here! Oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, everything is amazing! My favorite by far has to be the french toast if you're looking to splurge on the calories! Wait staff can sometimes be slow and unattentive, but the food more then makes up for it!

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I've never been inclined to write a review here...until now. Can someone say HYPE? I'm no stranger to dining and this one lands in the big trash heap of "what are people thinking?"

I've eaten at most of the top spots in this city (i thank you, expense account) and somehow have overlooked campanile. until now. well, here's how it went. walked in and didn't see the hostess stand tucked in the corner... no one helped with that one. i'm assuming we could have stood there all night with no contact. the room itself is pretty cold and really only works if you're seated against a wall. waitstaff was a little snooty. just because you ask for someone to take you through the menu doesn't translate that you have no idea what you're talking about. our waiter must have felt a little silly moments later when he couldn't pronounce the region of the wine we requested.

let's get to the food: trenne pasta - fantastic! i'll give you that. but that's all i'm giving. seared turbot was fair. but the main courses were the main disappoinments. our theory: if you can't cut a thin slice of baby lamb with a steak knife it shouldn't be served for $38...or at all. i've never been a fan of the ol' chew and hide it in your napkin routine but i guess that's what we were in for. as for the loup de mer, a little oily and overpowering. again, not something i wanted to finish.

so let's sum it up: poor atmoshpere + fair service + disappointing food + a nice bottle of wine = $215.
the best thing at campanile is the bread. and they sell it next door for a lot less.

don't say i didn't warn you.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've never been inclined to write a review here...until now. Can someone say HYPE? I'm no stranger to dining and this one lands in the big trash heap of "what are people thinking?"

I've eaten at most of the top spots in this city (i thank you, expense account) and somehow have overlooked campanile. until now. well, here's how it went. walked in and didn't see the hostess stand tucked in the corner... no one helped with that one. i'm assuming we could have stood there all night with no contact. the room itself is pretty cold and really only works if you're seated against a wall. waitstaff was a little snooty. just because you ask for someone to take you through the menu doesn't translate that you have no idea what you're talking about. our waiter must have felt a little silly moments later when he couldn't pronounce the region of the wine we requested.

let's get to the food: trenne pasta - fantastic! i'll give you that. but that's all i'm giving. seared turbot was fair. but the main courses were the main disappoinments. our theory: if you can't cut a thin slice of baby lamb with a steak knife it shouldn't be served for $38...or at all. i've never been a fan of the ol' chew and hide it in your napkin routine but i guess that's what we were in for. as for the loup de mer, a little oily and overpowering. again, not something i wanted to finish.

so let's sum it up: poor atmoshpere + fair service + disappointing food + a nice bottle of wine = $215.
the best thing at campanile is the bread. and they sell it next door for a lot less.

don't say i didn't warn you.

Pros: Bread

Cons: Disappointing food, Expensive

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We chose Campanile last night as a last minute pick for a very nice meal out. It was recommended to me by a friend who eats out all the time and we were expecting a lot. We made reservations at the Opentable site for 8:30. We showed up at 8:25 and the hostess told us it would be a "while." After asking for a genuine estimate of what "a while" was (we asked if it would be an hour), the hostess said "Oh, no! Like 15-20 minutes." 45 minutes later we were finally sat ONLY after my boyfriend checked in with the hostess desk. Beet salads were great but my prime rib was VERY dissapointing. I understand prime rib will contain some fat, but I don't expect 50% of the entree to be fat. And we weren't blown away by the big eye tuna either. Paying the bill took a LONG time, it was late and the waitress' mind was elsewhere. In summary, we will not be visiting again. This restaurant is VERY overpriced for what we received.

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★★★☆☆

We chose Campanile last night as a last minute pick for a very nice meal out. It was recommended to me by a friend who eats out all the time and we were expecting a lot. We made reservations at the Opentable site for 8:30. We showed up at 8:25 and the hostess told us it would be a "while." After asking for a genuine estimate of what "a while" was (we asked if it would be an hour), the hostess said "Oh, no! Like 15-20 minutes." 45 minutes later we were finally sat ONLY after my boyfriend checked in with the hostess desk. Beet salads were great but my prime rib was VERY dissapointing. I understand prime rib will contain some fat, but I don't expect 50% of the entree to be fat. And we weren't blown away by the big eye tuna either. Paying the bill took a LONG time, it was late and the waitress' mind was elsewhere. In summary, we will not be visiting again. This restaurant is VERY overpriced for what we received.

Pros: Good beet/goat cheese salads; nice atmosphere; knowledgeable bartender

Cons: Lousy entrees; seated VERY late; lax service

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My boyfriend and I went here for the first time on Saturday night and loved it! The atmoshpere is pleasant, but the building itself is beautiful. The wine list is massive, but our attentive, friendly waiter helped us pick a fabulous zin. My boyfriend had the short ribs and was amazed! Great food, great service, great night.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for the first time on Saturday night and loved it! The atmoshpere is pleasant, but the building itself is beautiful. The wine list is massive, but our attentive, friendly waiter helped us pick a fabulous zin. My boyfriend had the short ribs and was amazed! Great food, great service, great night.

Pros: short ribs, wine list

Cons: a little pricey

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It's not what I originally expected. Not at all pretentious, very open and the food was spectacular and affordably priced. If you visit sign up for the mailing list as this is one of the few restaurants that provides the customer with an opportunity to revisit on Theme nights where the menus are always experimental and great fun. Maybe the best true Californian restaurant in Los Angeles.

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★★★★★

It's not what I originally expected. Not at all pretentious, very open and the food was spectacular and affordably priced. If you visit sign up for the mailing list as this is one of the few restaurants that provides the customer with an opportunity to revisit on Theme nights where the menus are always experimental and great fun. Maybe the best true Californian restaurant in Los Angeles.

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We arrived around 7pm with reservation. The reciptionist was very helpful with looking out for our seat. Our waiter is an tall, old man who I wouldn't recommend to get service from. He is rude, unprofessional and unattentive with weird attitude. The restaurant has a very good atmosphere with nice decor and ambience. The cheese plate offer a very nice selection with apple, fig, apple slices and almond. The foie gras was very greasy and tiny portion for $32. We had King salmon - which was nothing near med. rare, it's more like over done. I tried their new "tasting menu" which was a three course small plate with wines pairing. I had the first one - which is the seafood. All of the plates are cold seafood, and it wasn't very great. None of them stands out to me. The salmon with cucumber, squid with clam and hazulnut were not very special. My favorite was their chocolate tart - excellent! Not too sweet yet very creamy and smooth with crunchy nuts accompany with the cold chocolate creamy cake. I'll return for more dessert!

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★★★☆☆

We arrived around 7pm with reservation. The reciptionist was very helpful with looking out for our seat. Our waiter is an tall, old man who I wouldn't recommend to get service from. He is rude, unprofessional and unattentive with weird attitude. The restaurant has a very good atmosphere with nice decor and ambience. The cheese plate offer a very nice selection with apple, fig, apple slices and almond. The foie gras was very greasy and tiny portion for $32. We had King salmon - which was nothing near med. rare, it's more like over done. I tried their new "tasting menu" which was a three course small plate with wines pairing. I had the first one - which is the seafood. All of the plates are cold seafood, and it wasn't very great. None of them stands out to me. The salmon with cucumber, squid with clam and hazulnut were not very special. My favorite was their chocolate tart - excellent! Not too sweet yet very creamy and smooth with crunchy nuts accompany with the cold chocolate creamy cake. I'll return for more dessert!

Pros: ambience, decor, cheese plate

Cons: service, seafood

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Great food, great location, excellent service, .... You pay for it but then agian, there is no free lunch in life :)

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★★★★☆

Great food, great location, excellent service, .... You pay for it but then agian, there is no free lunch in life :)

Pros: Great food

Cons: Expensive

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I had my Sweet 16 here. I have had dates here. I had my 19th birthday here. Every family dinner is here. This restaurant is absolutely my favorite in LA -- the BEST bread ever doesn't hurt. I love the Bibb lettuce salad to start, and I've never had a bad appetizer here. The desserts are always impeccable, as well. Incredible and attentive service, graceful and elegant atmosphere, easy valet parking... The ideal restaurant.

2
★★★★★

I had my Sweet 16 here. I have had dates here. I had my 19th birthday here. Every family dinner is here. This restaurant is absolutely my favorite in LA -- the BEST bread ever doesn't hurt. I love the Bibb lettuce salad to start, and I've never had a bad appetizer here. The desserts are always impeccable, as well. Incredible and attentive service, graceful and elegant atmosphere, easy valet parking... The ideal restaurant.

Pros: The food, the bread, the waitstaff

Cons: I wish it weren't so far south -- but that's my only complaint!

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My large party truly sampled the fare. On all levels this is a decent restaurtant. Fish, meat, chicken...all very good. I had pork chops and while satisfactoy found me rememerbing the better pork chop I had at Angellini Osteria. They have some offbeat selections that were also tasty such as the pork belly apetizer. The deserts follow through on the same level. The chocolate tart was pehaps my favorite and I'm more of a strawberyy shortcake fan. Thier shortcake was nothing speical and short on strawberries! Although I truly hate to be picky I just found that that no dish was amazing and worth returning for. Had a good meal, decent service, quiet setting but unless a companion wanted to go I probably would not return.

2
★★★★☆

My large party truly sampled the fare. On all levels this is a decent restaurtant. Fish, meat, chicken...all very good. I had pork chops and while satisfactoy found me rememerbing the better pork chop I had at Angellini Osteria. They have some offbeat selections that were also tasty such as the pork belly apetizer. The deserts follow through on the same level. The chocolate tart was pehaps my favorite and I'm more of a strawberyy shortcake fan. Thier shortcake was nothing speical and short on strawberries! Although I truly hate to be picky I just found that that no dish was amazing and worth returning for. Had a good meal, decent service, quiet setting but unless a companion wanted to go I probably would not return.

Pros: solid fare, atmosphere

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The squash blossums might as well have been deep fried zucchini from Carls Junior. At $30, my pork chop was nothing special. My date had a bizzare pasta dish that just didn't work. The wine list is over-priced. Funny what you can get away with when selling labels unfamiliar to most. Save your money. Go somewhere else. This place's day has long past.

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★☆☆☆☆

The squash blossums might as well have been deep fried zucchini from Carls Junior. At $30, my pork chop was nothing special. My date had a bizzare pasta dish that just didn't work. The wine list is over-priced. Funny what you can get away with when selling labels unfamiliar to most. Save your money. Go somewhere else. This place's day has long past.

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Maybe I expected too much after hearing raves about this place, but I was underwhelmed. The bread was fine but nothing extraordinary, and the butter they gave us was practically frozen. The bottle of white wine we ordered was served to us barely chilled, almost at room temperature. My date had tomato soup with cheese and bacon crostini for an appetizer, which was excellent. But both our main courses (tuna and crisp flattened chicken) were nothing to write home about. It's the same food I'd expect walking into any above-average restaurant in NYC. On the plus side, the space is very cool. Service was fine.

1
★★★☆☆

Maybe I expected too much after hearing raves about this place, but I was underwhelmed. The bread was fine but nothing extraordinary, and the butter they gave us was practically frozen. The bottle of white wine we ordered was served to us barely chilled, almost at room temperature. My date had tomato soup with cheese and bacon crostini for an appetizer, which was excellent. But both our main courses (tuna and crisp flattened chicken) were nothing to write home about. It's the same food I'd expect walking into any above-average restaurant in NYC. On the plus side, the space is very cool. Service was fine.

Pros: nice space

Cons: overrated

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Decor is beautiful. Then there's also the greenhouse effect where when we sat down, it was so hot on the inside. Didn't think it was winter in there. We went there at 1pm for brunch, don't expect them to have much. They were out of French Toast and took them a while to figure out that they were also out of breakfast sausage. People, these are basic brunch items. How do you run out of them during brunch! It's not like they couldn't go to the bakery next door to get some more bread, unless they ran out of eggs as well.

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★★☆☆☆

Decor is beautiful. Then there's also the greenhouse effect where when we sat down, it was so hot on the inside. Didn't think it was winter in there. We went there at 1pm for brunch, don't expect them to have much. They were out of French Toast and took them a while to figure out that they were also out of breakfast sausage. People, these are basic brunch items. How do you run out of them during brunch! It's not like they couldn't go to the bakery next door to get some more bread, unless they ran out of eggs as well.

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I really liked this restaurant. I got the scallops w/ mashed potatotes and snow pea greens. It was very tasty! The chocolate cake w/ pistachio sorbet was great too! Pretty romantic ambience and good service. Will definitely go back if I have the chance.

2
★★★★☆

I really liked this restaurant. I got the scallops w/ mashed potatotes and snow pea greens. It was very tasty! The chocolate cake w/ pistachio sorbet was great too! Pretty romantic ambience and good service. Will definitely go back if I have the chance.

Pros: delicious food, good service, nice ambience

Cons: on the pricey side

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Ate here with friends probably a year ago and still remember it as one of the finest restaurants I've been to in LA. I believe I had the grilled prime rib. It was just delicious and perfectly prepared. In fact, in every fancy restaurant I've been to since I've found myself comparing it with Campanile. The waitstaff was friendly as well, and the cheese course was delicious (and my first introduction the the wonderful Cowgirl Creamery).

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★★★★★

Ate here with friends probably a year ago and still remember it as one of the finest restaurants I've been to in LA. I believe I had the grilled prime rib. It was just delicious and perfectly prepared. In fact, in every fancy restaurant I've been to since I've found myself comparing it with Campanile. The waitstaff was friendly as well, and the cheese course was delicious (and my first introduction the the wonderful Cowgirl Creamery).

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Food was great and the portion sizes are just perfect. You can always judge the quality of a restaurant by the portions it serves: ones that serve vulgar amounts of food are usually not as careful with the preparation, those that serve sensible portions usually produce magnificent edibles. Service was a bit shoddy; the waitress took about twenty minutes to return my credit card back to me, even after I eyed her a few times from my table.

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★★★☆☆

Food was great and the portion sizes are just perfect. You can always judge the quality of a restaurant by the portions it serves: ones that serve vulgar amounts of food are usually not as careful with the preparation, those that serve sensible portions usually produce magnificent edibles. Service was a bit shoddy; the waitress took about twenty minutes to return my credit card back to me, even after I eyed her a few times from my table.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Bread

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As if there weren't already tons of reasons to eat here, there are two that stand out for me: grilled cheese Thursdays and weekend brunch. Sure, you may wait on Thursday, but the fries alone are worth it (and I love the bar here, one of the best in a restaurant in town). Weekend brunch, however, is lovely and usually not overly crowded. Go early and you'll have the place to yourself. Did I mention the bread is the best in town? See, tons of reasons.

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★★★★★

As if there weren't already tons of reasons to eat here, there are two that stand out for me: grilled cheese Thursdays and weekend brunch. Sure, you may wait on Thursday, but the fries alone are worth it (and I love the bar here, one of the best in a restaurant in town). Weekend brunch, however, is lovely and usually not overly crowded. Go early and you'll have the place to yourself. Did I mention the bread is the best in town? See, tons of reasons.

Pros: atmosphere, amazing food, consistency

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absolutely the best restaurant. the breakfast is quite good. the dinner is quite good as well. the wine selection is top notch. just give it a try on any special occasion. you will have no regrets.

2
★★★★★

absolutely the best restaurant. the breakfast is quite good. the dinner is quite good as well. the wine selection is top notch. just give it a try on any special occasion. you will have no regrets.

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If you have a special date, this is the place to bring her/or him. Visited Campanile on several occasions. I continue to return, so they must be doing something right! Some items I'd highly recommend are the soft shelled crab appetizer (may not have it year round), the prime rib (one of the best I've ever had), and the desserts! The best one I've ever had was the doughnut w/rhubarb sauce and strawberry ice cream! The dessert was heavenly and brought back wonderful memories growing up in the Midwest, where rhubarb is in abundance during the summer. Can't wait to go back, again!

2
★★★★★

If you have a special date, this is the place to bring her/or him. Visited Campanile on several occasions. I continue to return, so they must be doing something right! Some items I'd highly recommend are the soft shelled crab appetizer (may not have it year round), the prime rib (one of the best I've ever had), and the desserts! The best one I've ever had was the doughnut w/rhubarb sauce and strawberry ice cream! The dessert was heavenly and brought back wonderful memories growing up in the Midwest, where rhubarb is in abundance during the summer. Can't wait to go back, again!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service

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I've only been to here for their grilled cheese sandwiches, but definitely plan to return for the a la carte and chef's tasting menus. The restaurant is quite large and noisy, but it contributes to the energetic atmosphere. Service is adequate and friendly, and the experience is fun. My friend and I had the burrata, original grilled cheese, and rare ahi tuna sandwiches, which were all great. True, expensive for sandwiches, but it's a fun time and the fries are very tasty. It's too bad we didn't have room for dessert, which looks delicious! It seems like a great place for after-hour drinks as well - lots of people in business attire.

2
★★★★★

I've only been to here for their grilled cheese sandwiches, but definitely plan to return for the a la carte and chef's tasting menus. The restaurant is quite large and noisy, but it contributes to the energetic atmosphere. Service is adequate and friendly, and the experience is fun. My friend and I had the burrata, original grilled cheese, and rare ahi tuna sandwiches, which were all great. True, expensive for sandwiches, but it's a fun time and the fries are very tasty. It's too bad we didn't have room for dessert, which looks delicious! It seems like a great place for after-hour drinks as well - lots of people in business attire.

Pros: energetic and fun, great sandwiches, friendly staff

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Campanile is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, hands down. Everything we had was fabulous, expensive, but no doubt worth every penny. The desserts were especially out of this world, make sure to save room. Also, ask for one of the tables upstairs - less crowded and more private. The service is the only thing that I won't rave about, it was adequate, but nothing memorable. Nevertheless, I will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

Campanile is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, hands down. Everything we had was fabulous, expensive, but no doubt worth every penny. The desserts were especially out of this world, make sure to save room. Also, ask for one of the tables upstairs - less crowded and more private. The service is the only thing that I won't rave about, it was adequate, but nothing memorable. Nevertheless, I will definitely be back.

Pros: Wonderful food, Great ambiance

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It was Monday night and we ordered the 3 course family set dinner ($35 pp). We didn't order any sparking water or wines, so the waiter probably thought we were cheap skates and his services were reflectingly cold.

What's the fuss for the bread? I had much better in many other places. Theirs at best is average. I think the fame is bigger than the reality. The appetizers, muzzles and grilled squid, were good, but nothing to cheer about. So were the quality of their entree's. The dessert, somekind of pastry with cherries and ice cream, was okay. We didn't eat much of it. The whole experience was just "blah." It did not register anything on my scale of "wow" factor.

Perhaps we caught them on an off night, but if a restaurant couldn't do well with their advertising dishes (family dinner set), what else can we trust?

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★★★☆☆

It was Monday night and we ordered the 3 course family set dinner ($35 pp). We didn't order any sparking water or wines, so the waiter probably thought we were cheap skates and his services were reflectingly cold.

What's the fuss for the bread? I had much better in many other places. Theirs at best is average. I think the fame is bigger than the reality. The appetizers, muzzles and grilled squid, were good, but nothing to cheer about. So were the quality of their entree's. The dessert, somekind of pastry with cherries and ice cream, was okay. We didn't eat much of it. The whole experience was just "blah." It did not register anything on my scale of "wow" factor.

Perhaps we caught them on an off night, but if a restaurant couldn't do well with their advertising dishes (family dinner set), what else can we trust?

Pros: Good olives

Cons: , Average all around

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Great place and ambiance. The service was great and very helpful. The menu selection is quite small, but seemed full of flavor. The only caveat I would like to mention is that the current menu (June, 2004) had only one chicken dish, and it was prepared with bacon. My date eats only chicken and fish so she settled for the fluke (which was still fantastic). But other than that it was a wonderful time.

2
★★★★☆

Great place and ambiance. The service was great and very helpful. The menu selection is quite small, but seemed full of flavor. The only caveat I would like to mention is that the current menu (June, 2004) had only one chicken dish, and it was prepared with bacon. My date eats only chicken and fish so she settled for the fluke (which was still fantastic). But other than that it was a wonderful time.

Pros: ambiance, service

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ark Peel does wonders with meat. I had the prime rib and it was great. All the dishes were flavorful. This is a good date place for someone with class. The variety of breads was an added bonus and if you like wine, they have one of the citys best cellar.

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★★★★★

ark Peel does wonders with meat. I had the prime rib and it was great. All the dishes were flavorful. This is a good date place for someone with class. The variety of breads was an added bonus and if you like wine, they have one of the citys best cellar.

Pros: Meat, Food Overall, Prime Rib Entree

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I love this restaurant! I've never had a meal here that disappointed me. They have a great bar & wine list. Try going to the "Grilled Cheese" night on Thursdays, it is delightful.

2
★★★★☆

I love this restaurant! I've never had a meal here that disappointed me. They have a great bar & wine list. Try going to the "Grilled Cheese" night on Thursdays, it is delightful.

Pros: food

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As luck would have it, we actually went to Campanile by accident. We were planning on going to the La Brea Bakery (same address, same owners), but by the time we realized foie gras seemed a bit out of place on a bakery menu, we were seated. What a great mistake! The appetizers and entrees were excellent on every level, with flavors that were subtle, yet had a lot of depth. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert. Service was fast, friendly, and unpretentious. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert. But even without that, it was one of the best meals I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

As luck would have it, we actually went to Campanile by accident. We were planning on going to the La Brea Bakery (same address, same owners), but by the time we realized foie gras seemed a bit out of place on a bakery menu, we were seated. What a great mistake! The appetizers and entrees were excellent on every level, with flavors that were subtle, yet had a lot of depth. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert. Service was fast, friendly, and unpretentious. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert. But even without that, it was one of the best meals I've ever had.

Pros: Excellent food, Seasonal menu, Service

Cons: Can get noisy, Seasonal menu, Very Expensive

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first time at campanile last night and it was the infamous grilled cheese night!! i'd have to say, the grilled cheese is good, but i'm even more in love with the cheese fritters! i know the menu changes all the time but the grilled pork chop and duck breast are unbelievable!! and the apple pie--heaven. next time i'm trying wed-chef's tasting menu using materials from farmer's market of the day...

2
★★★★☆

first time at campanile last night and it was the infamous grilled cheese night!! i'd have to say, the grilled cheese is good, but i'm even more in love with the cheese fritters! i know the menu changes all the time but the grilled pork chop and duck breast are unbelievable!! and the apple pie--heaven. next time i'm trying wed-chef's tasting menu using materials from farmer's market of the day...

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: price

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I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant the other week, and it is simply wonderful. Good food, service, and decor. I don't know how people gave this place a bad review, maybe their expectations were just too high.

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★★★★★

I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant the other week, and it is simply wonderful. Good food, service, and decor. I don't know how people gave this place a bad review, maybe their expectations were just too high.

Pros: Service, Taste, Variety

Cons: none

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every time we go to campanile it's an awesome experience. the food is always great, the service we've had has always been great, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. i would highly recommend going. grill cheese night is also a good night to go - but get there early.

2
★★★★★

every time we go to campanile it's an awesome experience. the food is always great, the service we've had has always been great, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. i would highly recommend going. grill cheese night is also a good night to go - but get there early.

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I've been going to Grilled Cheese night Thursdays at Campanile for several years now, and it always proves to be a festive and delicious experience. I've been with dates, small and large groups, and on every occasion we enjoyed the bustling bar scene as patrons wait for tables (no res's Thurs), the pleasant lighting, the excellent wine list, and the yummy food. There is a unique 'neighborhood' vibe to the event; you'll find yourself giving wine advice to the table next to you, or chatting it up at the bar. A reasonably priced, festive evening. I also enjoy brunch at Campanile. A class act that's not short on fun.

2
★★★★★

I've been going to Grilled Cheese night Thursdays at Campanile for several years now, and it always proves to be a festive and delicious experience. I've been with dates, small and large groups, and on every occasion we enjoyed the bustling bar scene as patrons wait for tables (no res's Thurs), the pleasant lighting, the excellent wine list, and the yummy food. There is a unique 'neighborhood' vibe to the event; you'll find yourself giving wine advice to the table next to you, or chatting it up at the bar. A reasonably priced, festive evening. I also enjoy brunch at Campanile. A class act that's not short on fun.

Pros: great food, excellent wine list, stylish clientele

Cons: staff bit arrogant, no reservations Thurs

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I don't understand how anyone could give this place a positive review - the tables are TINY, too close together, and the wait staff is inexperienced.

When my steak "med" arrived raw and I asked for it to be done a little bit more, they burned it black on both sides and then gave it back to me!

Also, since when is it ok for the waitress to bathe in "Georgio"?

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★★☆☆☆

I don't understand how anyone could give this place a positive review - the tables are TINY, too close together, and the wait staff is inexperienced.

When my steak "med" arrived raw and I asked for it to be done a little bit more, they burned it black on both sides and then gave it back to me!

Also, since when is it ok for the waitress to bathe in "Georgio"?

Pros: valet parking

Cons: poor service, < average food, crowded

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I have been to Campanile several times in the last 5 years and I have had truly memorable meals there. My last great meal was in January 2002 and it was wonderful: great service, inspired food, fabulous table. We went back in May 2002 and EVERYTHING HAD CHANGED! The room was the same, but the host and wait staff were new and horribly inexperienced, we got a bad table, and the food was poorly executed. To test, we got the same desert as Jan. and it was poor. Campanile is now just an over-priced tourist trap. I have a feeling that Mr. Peel is no longer in the kitchen. Too bad!

1
★★☆☆☆

I have been to Campanile several times in the last 5 years and I have had truly memorable meals there. My last great meal was in January 2002 and it was wonderful: great service, inspired food, fabulous table. We went back in May 2002 and EVERYTHING HAD CHANGED! The room was the same, but the host and wait staff were new and horribly inexperienced, we got a bad table, and the food was poorly executed. To test, we got the same desert as Jan. and it was poor. Campanile is now just an over-priced tourist trap. I have a feeling that Mr. Peel is no longer in the kitchen. Too bad!

Pros: Beautiful setting, Good Quiche on Sunday

Cons: Over-priced, Amateur service, Poorly executed food

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Simply put: FANTASTIC! We have lived in LA for alomost 3 years. In that time, we have always heard wonderful things about this place, and now we finally know why. The service was wonderful, the wine list to die for and the food was out of this world. WE LOVED IT!

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★★★★★

Simply put: FANTASTIC! We have lived in LA for alomost 3 years. In that time, we have always heard wonderful things about this place, and now we finally know why. The service was wonderful, the wine list to die for and the food was out of this world. WE LOVED IT!

Pros: Service, Service, Service

Cons: Pricy

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