Chinois On Main

★★★★★
  • 2709 Main St

    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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  • 310-392-9025

About Chinois On Main

Hours
Lunch: Wed - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm. Dinner: Mon - Thu, 6pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 6pm - 10:30pm; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm

Food

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I've been going to this place for special occasions over the past couple of decades and have always been totally pleased with the food and service. I'd not been for several years and went for a birthday celebration. We were so very

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I've been going to this place for special occasions over the past couple of decades and have always been totally pleased with the food and service. I'd not been for several years and went for a birthday celebration. We were so very

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Wow, this place has seriously gone downhill. I would write a review of the Library Alehouse just down the street in a more favorable manner than this now old, and defunct joint.

If you're over 60 years old maybe you'd still like coming

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Wow, this place has seriously gone downhill. I would write a review of the Library Alehouse just down the street in a more favorable manner than this now old, and defunct joint.

If you're over 60 years old maybe you'd still like coming

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We really liked this place, mostly because the food was very tasty and there was a lot of it. In fact, we should have brought more people, because we couldn't finish it all. Let's call the place sophisticated casual, sophisticated food,

3
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We really liked this place, mostly because the food was very tasty and there was a lot of it. In fact, we should have brought more people, because we couldn't finish it all. Let's call the place sophisticated casual, sophisticated food,

Pros: Good, inventive food

Cons: It looks like a casual mexican restaurant

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This restaurant came very highly recommended and my girlfriend and I were very very excited to try it on date night. Unfortunately from the beginning this was an awful experience that made us wish for a hinano burger.

We go out often

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This restaurant came very highly recommended and my girlfriend and I were very very excited to try it on date night. Unfortunately from the beginning this was an awful experience that made us wish for a hinano burger.

We go out often

Pros: The valet man was lovely

Cons: Wait staff, food, ambiance, over rated!!!

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For as high a quality food as you get in this Wolfgang Puck restaurant, I was really confused why there were neon lights and why the inside of the restaurant wasn't more sophisticated. I had been to the Chinois in Las Vegas first, and that one I give five stars to for the entire package.

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For as high a quality food as you get in this Wolfgang Puck restaurant, I was really confused why there were neon lights and why the inside of the restaurant wasn't more sophisticated. I had been to the Chinois in Las Vegas first, and that one I give five stars to for the entire package.

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Very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Food was a little pricey, but well worth it. Our server, Lisa, was exceptional nd on top of everything, from the menu to our wine need. She made our experience worth going back for!

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Very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Food was a little pricey, but well worth it. Our server, Lisa, was exceptional nd on top of everything, from the menu to our wine need. She made our experience worth going back for!

Pros: Ambience, Service

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I took a friend here about 2 weeks ago, and was underwhelmed to say the least. The food was good, but not worth the price. We had the pineapple glazed quail, which was excellent, and the salmon, which was dry and tasteless. The fried

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I took a friend here about 2 weeks ago, and was underwhelmed to say the least. The food was good, but not worth the price. We had the pineapple glazed quail, which was excellent, and the salmon, which was dry and tasteless. The fried

Pros: Quail, Dessert

Cons: Price, Plastic Wine Glasses, Noise

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We had a Christmas dinner function here and were fortunate enough to dine in their other room (separate location). So we basically had the room all to ourselves. It's nice and cozy in there. Great wine selection. The kitchen opens up to the dining area, so you can have a wiff of what's to come. Great food. Great service!

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We had a Christmas dinner function here and were fortunate enough to dine in their other room (separate location). So we basically had the room all to ourselves. It's nice and cozy in there. Great wine selection. The kitchen opens up to the dining area, so you can have a wiff of what's to come. Great food. Great service!

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My wife and I were anticipating an extraordinary meal for our lunch and one of Mr. Puck's eateries and were let down, maybe our expectations were to high. I had anticipated eating at one LA's great restraunts all week long as we were

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My wife and I were anticipating an extraordinary meal for our lunch and one of Mr. Puck's eateries and were let down, maybe our expectations were to high. I had anticipated eating at one LA's great restraunts all week long as we were

Pros: Service

Cons: Overpriced lunch

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So everyone has different levels of expectations. I will be the first to say that when i go out to eat, i want to be wowed. Weather i am at Urth cafe, Chaya, or Chinois on Main, I want my food to be awesome! I understand that when you are

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So everyone has different levels of expectations. I will be the first to say that when i go out to eat, i want to be wowed. Weather i am at Urth cafe, Chaya, or Chinois on Main, I want my food to be awesome! I understand that when you are

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Chinois on Main, one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants is the home of the Chinese Chicken Salad. They have good service and delicious food that combines Chinese and French influences.

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Chinois on Main, one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants is the home of the Chinese Chicken Salad. They have good service and delicious food that combines Chinese and French influences.

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Being a Wolfgang Puck owned restaurant you would think the food would be high quality. Not at Chinois! I have been to many restaurants owned by WGP and all have exceeded my expectations! \r
My Husband and I went to Chinois one Thurs

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Being a Wolfgang Puck owned restaurant you would think the food would be high quality. Not at Chinois! I have been to many restaurants owned by WGP and all have exceeded my expectations! \r
My Husband and I went to Chinois one Thurs

Pros: Good Atmosphere

Cons: Bad food, high prices

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Superb food and service. The atomsphere is pleasant and the tables are close to one another so you may get the opportunity to know your neighbors! The catfish is not to be missed. The vegetarian dishes are tantilizing to your taste buds!!!

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Superb food and service. The atomsphere is pleasant and the tables are close to one another so you may get the opportunity to know your neighbors! The catfish is not to be missed. The vegetarian dishes are tantilizing to your taste buds!!!

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There have been many occasions when I've canceled previous plans in order to eat at this restaurant. The decor is a bit over the top mid 90s design style, but fun. The food is awe-inspiring. One of the times I went with family and business

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There have been many occasions when I've canceled previous plans in order to eat at this restaurant. The decor is a bit over the top mid 90s design style, but fun. The food is awe-inspiring. One of the times I went with family and business

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Went on a girl's night out and didn't have to wait long for a table, which was a nice change in LA. We had just enough time to order drinks at the very crowded bar before we were seated at our table. The staff was extremely courteous and

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Went on a girl's night out and didn't have to wait long for a table, which was a nice change in LA. We had just enough time to order drinks at the very crowded bar before we were seated at our table. The staff was extremely courteous and

Pros: Food, fun, service

Cons: Crowded, lack of decor

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We just went to Chinois on Main last night. The food was amazing. We recommend the braised short ribs and the won ton wrapped sea bass. The wait staff had practical tips for ordering and was so friendly and helpful. The wonderful

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We just went to Chinois on Main last night. The food was amazing. We recommend the braised short ribs and the won ton wrapped sea bass. The wait staff had practical tips for ordering and was so friendly and helpful. The wonderful

Pros: Food, wait staff

Cons: A bit loud

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There are so many other places where you can pay a lot of money and be really well taken care of. For the money, a place should be confortable and relaxed. I guess some people get all excited when a restaurant is crowded and loud. They

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There are so many other places where you can pay a lot of money and be really well taken care of. For the money, a place should be confortable and relaxed. I guess some people get all excited when a restaurant is crowded and loud. They

Pros: food is nice

Cons: loud, small, bad service

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I have to agree with many previous reviews, Chinois has continue to go downhill over the years. The food is still good but overpriced, and I was amazed at the wine's markup. Expected better service with such a high notoriety restaurant

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I have to agree with many previous reviews, Chinois has continue to go downhill over the years. The food is still good but overpriced, and I was amazed at the wine's markup. Expected better service with such a high notoriety restaurant

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Indifference, High Wine Markup, Overpriced

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I first went to Chinois many years ago and have been back 4-5 times since. However, it slowly and surely reminded me of the fable about the Emperor With No Clothes. It's reputation was earned a long time ago, and it kinda rested on its

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★★★★★

I first went to Chinois many years ago and have been back 4-5 times since. However, it slowly and surely reminded me of the fable about the Emperor With No Clothes. It's reputation was earned a long time ago, and it kinda rested on its

Pros: Great location, Busy atmosphere

Cons: Long in the tooth, Unpleasantly noisy

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Went in on a Monday night w/o a reso - hostess was really cool about it. They were still rocking at 9pm. The food was spectacular - server seemed to have smoked a bowl before her shift - don't know if she was toked or just wasn't paying

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Went in on a Monday night w/o a reso - hostess was really cool about it. They were still rocking at 9pm. The food was spectacular - server seemed to have smoked a bowl before her shift - don't know if she was toked or just wasn't paying

Pros: great food, cool hostess

Cons: expensive wines

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My friend and I went there and we were the youngest people in the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was good, although it's somewhat expensive. I didn't think the ambience was that good. The wait staff is SUPER nice and

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★★★★★

My friend and I went there and we were the youngest people in the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was good, although it's somewhat expensive. I didn't think the ambience was that good. The wait staff is SUPER nice and

Pros: service, not crowded

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This guy is amazing. His sauces separate him from the rest of the field. I've enjoyed all of his restaurants. The tempura sashimi, the name only is enough reason to order. The sauce was spicy and creamy and went so well with the dish. The

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This guy is amazing. His sauces separate him from the rest of the field. I've enjoyed all of his restaurants. The tempura sashimi, the name only is enough reason to order. The sauce was spicy and creamy and went so well with the dish. The

Pros: Sauces, Fun Place

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I hit Chinois every vist to LA, 12 times this year alone. Very noisy, service is so-so, and space is cramped. Food and Bella's wine list bring me back EVERY TIME. The Lobster and lamb are amazing.

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I hit Chinois every vist to LA, 12 times this year alone. Very noisy, service is so-so, and space is cramped. Food and Bella's wine list bring me back EVERY TIME. The Lobster and lamb are amazing.

Pros: Lobster, Fun

Cons: Cramped Space, Loud (REAL LOUD), So-So Service

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Excellent food, but cramped and noisy. Also after the obligatory hour and a half, the waiters are ready to rip the table cloth out from under you and send you on your way.

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★★★★★

Excellent food, but cramped and noisy. Also after the obligatory hour and a half, the waiters are ready to rip the table cloth out from under you and send you on your way.

Pros: very good food

Cons: noisy, jammed, pushed out too soon

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The other guy doesn't "get it"...clearly doesn't "get" food either. Just came back from LA...Saturday night meal...yes, late, but fabulous! Great LA crowd...everyone looks like they're in a movie or want to be.

Service/staff upbeat and

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The other guy doesn't "get it"...clearly doesn't "get" food either. Just came back from LA...Saturday night meal...yes, late, but fabulous! Great LA crowd...everyone looks like they're in a movie or want to be.

Service/staff upbeat and

Pros: topnotch food, great people scene, worth the money

Cons: expensive, hard to get reservs, parking

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Excellent fusion cuisine. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's crowded. But the food remains fantastic.

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Excellent fusion cuisine. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's crowded. But the food remains fantastic.

Pros: Food

Cons: Expensive

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I just don't get it. What makes this place so special? Granted, the food was great, but it was not a $120 dining experience for my wife and I. We started with the soft shell crab appetizer ($23.50) and then had the grilled salmon and

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★★★★★

I just don't get it. What makes this place so special? Granted, the food was great, but it was not a $120 dining experience for my wife and I. We started with the soft shell crab appetizer ($23.50) and then had the grilled salmon and

Pros: great food

Cons: overpriced, terrible ambience, so-so servers

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still good, even though capo is nicer atmoshphere..can't believe they are still doing it well

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still good, even though capo is nicer atmoshphere..can't believe they are still doing it well

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Consistantly great food. The very best "fusion"cuisine in Southern California. You'll have to shout at the person next to you, and walk sideways to get to your table, but it's all worth it.

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★★★★★

Consistantly great food. The very best "fusion"cuisine in Southern California. You'll have to shout at the person next to you, and walk sideways to get to your table, but it's all worth it.

Pros: Outstanding sauces, innovative menu

Cons: noise, noise, noise

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The food at Chinois is delicious. Everthing from basic vegetable fried rice to incredibly prepared lobster in a ginger sause is fantastic. Our group was made up of a horribly finnicky group...some who wouldn't eat meat...some who

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The food at Chinois is delicious. Everthing from basic vegetable fried rice to incredibly prepared lobster in a ginger sause is fantastic. Our group was made up of a horribly finnicky group...some who wouldn't eat meat...some who

Cons: Crowded

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Chinois on Main, Wolfgang Puck's second restaurant (after the original Spago), has been a quintessential L.A. classic since the day it opened in 1983. Its once-bold concept of fusing Chinese and French cuisines ushered in a wave of…

 

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