Wilshire Restaurant

★★★★☆
Neighborhood restaurant with American and International influences
  • 2454 Wilshire Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 310-586-1707

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Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - close Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Summer Only) Late Night/Bar Menu: Monday - Wednesday 6:00pm - close Thursday - Saturday 6:00pm - 12am

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The food is delicious and the waiters are very welcoming. It has an elegant ambiance that makes you feel relaxed and happy. This is my favorite restaurant in the city.

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★★★★★

The food is delicious and the waiters are very welcoming. It has an elegant ambiance that makes you feel relaxed and happy. This is my favorite restaurant in the city.

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I visit this place often for lunch. I have never been disappointed. Good food and consistently good service. A bit pricey.

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★★★★★

I visit this place often for lunch. I have never been disappointed. Good food and consistently good service. A bit pricey.

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We ended up booking the Wilshire for my friend's going away a month back. We were promised a $750 minimum on the suite - alcohol included - the suite around 10, to 10:30 p.m. VIP passes (no cover/no

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★★★★★

NOTE: Review is for Bottle Service \r
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We ended up booking the Wilshire for my friend's going away a month back. We were promised a $750 minimum on the suite - alcohol included - the suite around 10, to 10:30 p.m. VIP passes (no cover/no

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Made a reservation using opentable and Wilshire called me to confirm the reservation so I was a bit surprised by the 30+ minute wait for my table. We were finally seated and all 4 chairs were so wobbly we all thought they would fall apart (seriously). Our server was terrible. None of us understood one word he said in his opening comments. He was miserable. If you are going to serve up a bunch of attitude and bad service you better have some seriously good food. Unfortunately the food at Wilshire is mediocre at best and not worth mentioning. With so many options for truly good food and good service there is no reason to ever return to Wilshire.

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★☆☆☆☆

Made a reservation using opentable and Wilshire called me to confirm the reservation so I was a bit surprised by the 30+ minute wait for my table. We were finally seated and all 4 chairs were so wobbly we all thought they would fall apart (seriously). Our server was terrible. None of us understood one word he said in his opening comments. He was miserable. If you are going to serve up a bunch of attitude and bad service you better have some seriously good food. Unfortunately the food at Wilshire is mediocre at best and not worth mentioning. With so many options for truly good food and good service there is no reason to ever return to Wilshire.

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Perfect for my friend's birthday party in LA!

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★★★★★

Perfect for my friend's birthday party in LA!

Pros: Fun for a big group

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I love this place! This is an awesome spot to sit outside and they have amazing food.

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★★★★★

I love this place! This is an awesome spot to sit outside and they have amazing food.

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I came here last week to watch the Lakers game for Happy Hour. Not only did I have great service, but the food was delicious!!!! I would recommend the blue cheese burger if you are looking for something flavorful and filling and to drink I would recommend their margarita! Yum.

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★★★★★

I came here last week to watch the Lakers game for Happy Hour. Not only did I have great service, but the food was delicious!!!! I would recommend the blue cheese burger if you are looking for something flavorful and filling and to drink I would recommend their margarita! Yum.

Pros: Beautiful outdoor patio

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This place has the greatest patio area in all of Santa Monica. I love the wood decks built around the large trees. Whoever is the designer did a wonderful job. It's cozy and you'd never even know that was back there by looking at the front of the building.

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★★★★★

This place has the greatest patio area in all of Santa Monica. I love the wood decks built around the large trees. Whoever is the designer did a wonderful job. It's cozy and you'd never even know that was back there by looking at the front of the building.

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The ambiance is great and the food was very good (for the most part) at Wilshire. The pricing policies are ridiculous, though. Do they know there's a recession and they should be doing everything in their power to get us to come back?

1st case in point: Martinis were good, but they're $11-14 each, plus a $3 charge if you want a martini glass!! Huh? When was the last time you ordered a martini and it didn't come in a martini glass???

2nd point: We also brought our own bottle of wine, plus ordered a $50 bottle from the wine list (one of the cheapest bottles, actually). According to the wine list, corkage fees are waived if you order wine from the wine list. Unfortunately, after we gave the waitress our credit cards, we noticed we got charged a $20 corkage fee.

We asked the manager about these issues. His response: too bad for us. If we come back, maybe he'd give us some sort of discount. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Regarding the food, most of it was very good. Pear salad - okay. Gnocchi -- good but a little bland. One duck potpie had no duck in it (waiter's response: too bad, it happens sometimes), but the others were excellent. Moroccan lamb stew was very good, but the side garnished didn't really work with the stew. The apple tart was just mediocre. The espresso float with cinnamon donuts was AMAZING.

Will we go back? No way. Too many other great restaurants in LA with better service and pricing.

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★★★☆☆

The ambiance is great and the food was very good (for the most part) at Wilshire. The pricing policies are ridiculous, though. Do they know there's a recession and they should be doing everything in their power to get us to come back?

1st case in point: Martinis were good, but they're $11-14 each, plus a $3 charge if you want a martini glass!! Huh? When was the last time you ordered a martini and it didn't come in a martini glass???

2nd point: We also brought our own bottle of wine, plus ordered a $50 bottle from the wine list (one of the cheapest bottles, actually). According to the wine list, corkage fees are waived if you order wine from the wine list. Unfortunately, after we gave the waitress our credit cards, we noticed we got charged a $20 corkage fee.

We asked the manager about these issues. His response: too bad for us. If we come back, maybe he'd give us some sort of discount. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Regarding the food, most of it was very good. Pear salad - okay. Gnocchi -- good but a little bland. One duck potpie had no duck in it (waiter's response: too bad, it happens sometimes), but the others were excellent. Moroccan lamb stew was very good, but the side garnished didn't really work with the stew. The apple tart was just mediocre. The espresso float with cinnamon donuts was AMAZING.

Will we go back? No way. Too many other great restaurants in LA with better service and pricing.

Pros: Ambiance, most of the food, donuts for dessert!

Cons: Ridiculous upcharges, poor service

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Genuinely Lackluster. Wilshire was a better restaurant when it opened!!! In just a few years it has gone from progressive to downright precocious. Absolutely no maturity coming out of the Kitchen let alone the Front of the House. One of the worst wait staffs occupying the entire Westside, which is a massive statement. For a restaurant which prides itself on healthy, sustainable food, the energy at the Wilshire is completely inorganic and often unsettling. Many better choices for a nice night out then his overpriced, overdone, and under achieving Santa Monica newbie.

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★★★☆☆

Genuinely Lackluster. Wilshire was a better restaurant when it opened!!! In just a few years it has gone from progressive to downright precocious. Absolutely no maturity coming out of the Kitchen let alone the Front of the House. One of the worst wait staffs occupying the entire Westside, which is a massive statement. For a restaurant which prides itself on healthy, sustainable food, the energy at the Wilshire is completely inorganic and often unsettling. Many better choices for a nice night out then his overpriced, overdone, and under achieving Santa Monica newbie.

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I have been to the Wilshire a few times and have only had great experiences there. The food is fantastic, and the drinks are delicious! The atmosphere is also awesome - there is a small indoor bar, an indoor restaurant, an outdoor restaurant, and a hidden back patio with it's own bar. So whether you want to be inside, outside, with a lot of people, in a quiet area... you can find it here! My only con is it's overpriced. Don't be surprised if dinner for one costs you close to $100. We went out as a group and split the bill, and it came out to almost $100 each. But, I was very happy with my meal and the service, so I was not too bitter about it.

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★★★★☆

I have been to the Wilshire a few times and have only had great experiences there. The food is fantastic, and the drinks are delicious! The atmosphere is also awesome - there is a small indoor bar, an indoor restaurant, an outdoor restaurant, and a hidden back patio with it's own bar. So whether you want to be inside, outside, with a lot of people, in a quiet area... you can find it here! My only con is it's overpriced. Don't be surprised if dinner for one costs you close to $100. We went out as a group and split the bill, and it came out to almost $100 each. But, I was very happy with my meal and the service, so I was not too bitter about it.

Pros: Great food, great atmosphere, great service

Cons: Overpriced, front of the building looks old when you drive past

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The food is really delicious. When I came, Larry David was there from Curb your entuthisiasm with some blond. That was interesting. Try the venison!!!! It is amazing, and also the other food was really good.

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★★★★★

The food is really delicious. When I came, Larry David was there from Curb your entuthisiasm with some blond. That was interesting. Try the venison!!!! It is amazing, and also the other food was really good.

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We've been here on several occasions, sometimes just for drinks, sometimes for dinner. It's always an occasion. Wilshire has a great menu with excellent specials and a truly beautiful environment. Prices are consistent with the upscale casual style of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

What's different here is a unique mix of totally original indoor and outdoor spaces, each with attractive areas for bar, lounge and dining seating. Fireplaces are creatively designed and plentiful, helping to make the atmosphere more elegant and intimate than at Holly's West , located next door. The two share customers as well as the valet parking service in between.

Thursday night is busy at the main bar (in front) and any day is good for dinner. Like most good restaurants in the area, reservations are a good idea, especially on weekends.

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★★★★★

We've been here on several occasions, sometimes just for drinks, sometimes for dinner. It's always an occasion. Wilshire has a great menu with excellent specials and a truly beautiful environment. Prices are consistent with the upscale casual style of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

What's different here is a unique mix of totally original indoor and outdoor spaces, each with attractive areas for bar, lounge and dining seating. Fireplaces are creatively designed and plentiful, helping to make the atmosphere more elegant and intimate than at Holly's West , located next door. The two share customers as well as the valet parking service in between.

Thursday night is busy at the main bar (in front) and any day is good for dinner. Like most good restaurants in the area, reservations are a good idea, especially on weekends.

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I love to just sit out on the back patio, share a bottle of wine and a few appetizers...perfect way to spend an early Sunday evening. Was there last night, had a GREAT bottle of Italian red from Puglia and a dish of the mac n' cheese and all I can say is it is the BEST mac n' cheese I've ever had!!! Totally mellow, romantic, easy going vibe....love this place!!

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★★★★★

I love to just sit out on the back patio, share a bottle of wine and a few appetizers...perfect way to spend an early Sunday evening. Was there last night, had a GREAT bottle of Italian red from Puglia and a dish of the mac n' cheese and all I can say is it is the BEST mac n' cheese I've ever had!!! Totally mellow, romantic, easy going vibe....love this place!!

Pros: great patio, interesting wine list

Cons: a little pricey

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i had to write a review especially after reading the last few .
i am a local in sm and went last week for a business meeting.
the cocktails though $15 were the size of a big gulp and were unique and tasty.
we had a great, professional, yet funny waitress (adrienne? spell), the appetizers were delicious and our main courses were the same.
we were told the portions were small, but i have to say for a fine dinning restaurant ,i did not feel that way, we all left very satisfied and had a GREAT restaurant experience

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i had to write a review especially after reading the last few .
i am a local in sm and went last week for a business meeting.
the cocktails though $15 were the size of a big gulp and were unique and tasty.
we had a great, professional, yet funny waitress (adrienne? spell), the appetizers were delicious and our main courses were the same.
we were told the portions were small, but i have to say for a fine dinning restaurant ,i did not feel that way, we all left very satisfied and had a GREAT restaurant experience

Pros: food,service,patio

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The ambiance was great. However, the food items were nothing special. The steak was rubbery.

Definitely recommended if you're going for drinks and appetizers, but definitely not recommended for dinner.

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★★☆☆☆

The ambiance was great. However, the food items were nothing special. The steak was rubbery.

Definitely recommended if you're going for drinks and appetizers, but definitely not recommended for dinner.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: food had zero taste

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First off, for our party we rented out one of the smaller patio areas (thinking we had our own patio - maybe I misunderstood.) We just had a long table set up by the back bar.. big deal. The heaters were so close to our table, we had to ask them to move it back otherwise I have no idea how they expected us to jump into our seats?!! Secondly, the food was disappointing! Nothing was spectacular - I'm talking about 10+ orders. Every steak was overcooked. Braised short ribs that everyone praised about in other reviews were SALTY! Miso cod was bland. I have to say though - the Thai Snapper had an impressive presentation since they brought out a whole fish deep fried. Drinks were yummy, a bit pricey ($15). Third complaint we brought in our own cake as we were celebrating a birthday - manager of some sort beckons me over and asks who I gave the cake to and not to worry and that they will locate it?! And then lastly, I was told they'd have music after 10 in the patio, turns out music plays only inside (in the front bar) so our guests were just hanging around the back patio and so we finally relocated to Holly's next door for some music. Waiter kept telling me 15 more mins and they're going to pump the music outside - never happened! All in all, it's a date spot but not for a party unless you're older and want a mellow place. Be forwarned this place is a cougar den and a hot spot for trout's to take their young dates to.

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★★☆☆☆

First off, for our party we rented out one of the smaller patio areas (thinking we had our own patio - maybe I misunderstood.) We just had a long table set up by the back bar.. big deal. The heaters were so close to our table, we had to ask them to move it back otherwise I have no idea how they expected us to jump into our seats?!! Secondly, the food was disappointing! Nothing was spectacular - I'm talking about 10+ orders. Every steak was overcooked. Braised short ribs that everyone praised about in other reviews were SALTY! Miso cod was bland. I have to say though - the Thai Snapper had an impressive presentation since they brought out a whole fish deep fried. Drinks were yummy, a bit pricey ($15). Third complaint we brought in our own cake as we were celebrating a birthday - manager of some sort beckons me over and asks who I gave the cake to and not to worry and that they will locate it?! And then lastly, I was told they'd have music after 10 in the patio, turns out music plays only inside (in the front bar) so our guests were just hanging around the back patio and so we finally relocated to Holly's next door for some music. Waiter kept telling me 15 more mins and they're going to pump the music outside - never happened! All in all, it's a date spot but not for a party unless you're older and want a mellow place. Be forwarned this place is a cougar den and a hot spot for trout's to take their young dates to.

Pros: ambience

Cons: mediocre food for $$$

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I was recently there on a Saturday night to celebrate a friend's birthday.

First, the positives...we sat in the very charming outdoor garden area and the service was pretty good. That's about it for this paragraph.

The food...terrible! Everything was loaded with salt and I must have drank 5 cups of water with my meal. I ordered the filet (fyi - the smallest "8 oz" steak I've ever ordered)...it was dry, definitely not "medium", and tasted like it was sprayed with some sort of artificial smoky flavor...just gross. Everything I tried from other plates was also very salty. My margarita even tasted like it had a shot of salt at the bottom of it, which I still don't understand. Also, very expensive for the poor quality of food that is served. That gross steak I described earlier was $35 (a la carte). By the way, don't let the servers fool you...they they everything is "incredible". Also, at $15 a drink, the tab really adds up.

Bottom line...nice ambiance, but save your money and your appetite and treat yourself somewhere better.

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★★☆☆☆

I was recently there on a Saturday night to celebrate a friend's birthday.

First, the positives...we sat in the very charming outdoor garden area and the service was pretty good. That's about it for this paragraph.

The food...terrible! Everything was loaded with salt and I must have drank 5 cups of water with my meal. I ordered the filet (fyi - the smallest "8 oz" steak I've ever ordered)...it was dry, definitely not "medium", and tasted like it was sprayed with some sort of artificial smoky flavor...just gross. Everything I tried from other plates was also very salty. My margarita even tasted like it had a shot of salt at the bottom of it, which I still don't understand. Also, very expensive for the poor quality of food that is served. That gross steak I described earlier was $35 (a la carte). By the way, don't let the servers fool you...they they everything is "incredible". Also, at $15 a drink, the tab really adds up.

Bottom line...nice ambiance, but save your money and your appetite and treat yourself somewhere better.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Everything else!

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Wilshire has great indoor and outdoor spaces. The outdoor terraces have beautiful fireplaces. The outdoor area has a special ambiance both for lunch and dinner. They have great drinks and good salads.

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★★★★☆

Wilshire has great indoor and outdoor spaces. The outdoor terraces have beautiful fireplaces. The outdoor area has a special ambiance both for lunch and dinner. They have great drinks and good salads.

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I went to the Wilshire recently with a large group and have an amazing experience. We were promptly seated, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered us suggestions. As far as appetizers go, the Hamachi is unbelievable and the Scallops were really good as well. I had the Braised Short Rib for dinner and it was so tender that I did not use my knife to cut it. They have a Red Snapper that they lightly flour and fry (the whole fish) and the presentation is a definite conversation piece (it was tasty too). The whole fish was lightly fried and it stands up on its own on the plate. I had to leave before dessert, but it looked real good. We also had a minor issue with an entree and one of the managers came by and very discreetly asked if we wanted a replacement dish. It was handled with complete class.

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★★★★★

I went to the Wilshire recently with a large group and have an amazing experience. We were promptly seated, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered us suggestions. As far as appetizers go, the Hamachi is unbelievable and the Scallops were really good as well. I had the Braised Short Rib for dinner and it was so tender that I did not use my knife to cut it. They have a Red Snapper that they lightly flour and fry (the whole fish) and the presentation is a definite conversation piece (it was tasty too). The whole fish was lightly fried and it stands up on its own on the plate. I had to leave before dessert, but it looked real good. We also had a minor issue with an entree and one of the managers came by and very discreetly asked if we wanted a replacement dish. It was handled with complete class.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service, Parking

Cons: Nothing!

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I'm surprised to see that other reviewers were unhappy with Wilshire's service. I was really satisfied. Service was great, the food delicious and the atmosphere is what made me come back on valentine's day. On Valentine's Wilshire looked beautiful, the candles, fire place, cozy patio, goldfish pond make it such a hidden romantic-zen place, if you will. I had the duck confit and green bean salad, it was so delicious! I also got seconds on white wine Pinot Grigio glass. Dessert was my favorite! I got the ice cream sampler (pistachio, german chocolate, coffee and mint chocolate chip homemade flavors!) Our waitress was very pleasant and seemed to be around whenever we needed her services, very attentive! Overall, I love Wilshire I'm definitely going back.

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★★★★★

I'm surprised to see that other reviewers were unhappy with Wilshire's service. I was really satisfied. Service was great, the food delicious and the atmosphere is what made me come back on valentine's day. On Valentine's Wilshire looked beautiful, the candles, fire place, cozy patio, goldfish pond make it such a hidden romantic-zen place, if you will. I had the duck confit and green bean salad, it was so delicious! I also got seconds on white wine Pinot Grigio glass. Dessert was my favorite! I got the ice cream sampler (pistachio, german chocolate, coffee and mint chocolate chip homemade flavors!) Our waitress was very pleasant and seemed to be around whenever we needed her services, very attentive! Overall, I love Wilshire I'm definitely going back.

Pros: Excellent food and ambience!

Cons: street parking is limited, count on valet

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I would not recommend choosing this restaurant over many of the others that cost about the same - this is after all, an expensive restaurant. If a couple wants to have appetizers, drinks, desert, etc. - then you can bet that the bill will be over $100 - and if I am going to spend over $100 on dinner, then I want it to be special. This is not a very special place in my opinion. The crowd is pretentious and homogeneous. The menu is very blah (reminds me of those steak houses, where you have to order your sides ala carte (cream spinach, garlic potatoes, etc.)). The lemon souffle was delicious though - no denying that! You will probably get a decent meal here, but don't expect it to be one of those high-end, trendy, one-of-a-kind places... it's somewhat average in that regard.

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★★★☆☆

I would not recommend choosing this restaurant over many of the others that cost about the same - this is after all, an expensive restaurant. If a couple wants to have appetizers, drinks, desert, etc. - then you can bet that the bill will be over $100 - and if I am going to spend over $100 on dinner, then I want it to be special. This is not a very special place in my opinion. The crowd is pretentious and homogeneous. The menu is very blah (reminds me of those steak houses, where you have to order your sides ala carte (cream spinach, garlic potatoes, etc.)). The lemon souffle was delicious though - no denying that! You will probably get a decent meal here, but don't expect it to be one of those high-end, trendy, one-of-a-kind places... it's somewhat average in that regard.

Pros: parking

Cons: price

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Our experience at Wilshire was average when you consider the value. The products, Black Cod, Heritage Pork Chop, Prawns, Hamachi were good but the execution came up short as all of items were served luke warm and a couple were poorly seasoned (over salted) and menu prep lacked imagination. Food was also slow coming out of the kitchen. My impression is that Wilshire is trying to be a big league restaurant with minor league talent...ala Miami Dolphins. We had a couple of $13.00 a glasses of Chardonay that were just OK. Our server was friendly and everybody we encountered on the service staff made us fell welcome. The only exception to this was when we did ask to see the wine steward and he or she never visited our table (more of the Miami Dolphin's). Last, the restaurant seemed to be very slow last night with many empty tables at prime dining time 7 - 9.

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★★★☆☆

Our experience at Wilshire was average when you consider the value. The products, Black Cod, Heritage Pork Chop, Prawns, Hamachi were good but the execution came up short as all of items were served luke warm and a couple were poorly seasoned (over salted) and menu prep lacked imagination. Food was also slow coming out of the kitchen. My impression is that Wilshire is trying to be a big league restaurant with minor league talent...ala Miami Dolphins. We had a couple of $13.00 a glasses of Chardonay that were just OK. Our server was friendly and everybody we encountered on the service staff made us fell welcome. The only exception to this was when we did ask to see the wine steward and he or she never visited our table (more of the Miami Dolphin's). Last, the restaurant seemed to be very slow last night with many empty tables at prime dining time 7 - 9.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food & Wine

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The decor is beautiful, and I had a very tasty and unique drink made from Ketel Citron with freshly crushed ginger and mint. WOW! My friend and I wandered through, looking the place over and opted for the rear bar over a real table. Despite asking the first person we saw if we could seat ourselves and if food was served in the bar (yes), we sat there for 10 minutes before we were approached and then told that the bar menu was available, but the full kicthen closed in 5 minutes. The server then hovered as we tried to read the menu quickly, but had she come over sooner that would not have been an issue. We chose to order from the bar menu so we could have a few minutes to decide.

We ordered three items, all unusual offerings that were presented and prepared well. BUT-we were never offered another round of drinks, and we were annoyed by people smoking two tables away. The new laws in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are the main reason I choose to eat in those cities, but the server seemed (or claimed) not to know anything about them. She asked, "We usually ask that they wait until people are done eating, is it bothering you?" I replied that it is against the city's laws and yes, it is bothering us. (That's why we asked if you allowed it) I know it's hard to approach customers with a problem, so maybe a manager could take care of it. (in other words, yes I expect it to be stopped, which she didn't seem inclined to do)

So anway, the place is pretty and the food is good, but the level of service did not match the elegance of the atmosphere (price was matched to elegance, of course). I would not mind paying the prices for the full dinner, if the experience were more smoothly enjoyable.

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★★★★☆

The decor is beautiful, and I had a very tasty and unique drink made from Ketel Citron with freshly crushed ginger and mint. WOW! My friend and I wandered through, looking the place over and opted for the rear bar over a real table. Despite asking the first person we saw if we could seat ourselves and if food was served in the bar (yes), we sat there for 10 minutes before we were approached and then told that the bar menu was available, but the full kicthen closed in 5 minutes. The server then hovered as we tried to read the menu quickly, but had she come over sooner that would not have been an issue. We chose to order from the bar menu so we could have a few minutes to decide.

We ordered three items, all unusual offerings that were presented and prepared well. BUT-we were never offered another round of drinks, and we were annoyed by people smoking two tables away. The new laws in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are the main reason I choose to eat in those cities, but the server seemed (or claimed) not to know anything about them. She asked, "We usually ask that they wait until people are done eating, is it bothering you?" I replied that it is against the city's laws and yes, it is bothering us. (That's why we asked if you allowed it) I know it's hard to approach customers with a problem, so maybe a manager could take care of it. (in other words, yes I expect it to be stopped, which she didn't seem inclined to do)

So anway, the place is pretty and the food is good, but the level of service did not match the elegance of the atmosphere (price was matched to elegance, of course). I would not mind paying the prices for the full dinner, if the experience were more smoothly enjoyable.

Pros: beautifully designed, unique food and drinks

Cons: service does not match pricepoint

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Was reading this site for the first time and was completely shocked at the number of reviewers claiming to be me(Noah Rosen, ex-chef de cuisine of Wilshire). There are alot of bitter people out there, for what reason I have no idea. So funny. One thing is for sure, I've got better things to do than post ill reviews on this site i.e. working on my own future project and of course masterbation. Please stop claiming to be me and get on with your own life.

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★★★★☆

Was reading this site for the first time and was completely shocked at the number of reviewers claiming to be me(Noah Rosen, ex-chef de cuisine of Wilshire). There are alot of bitter people out there, for what reason I have no idea. So funny. One thing is for sure, I've got better things to do than post ill reviews on this site i.e. working on my own future project and of course masterbation. Please stop claiming to be me and get on with your own life.

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Clearly the extremes in reviews reflect disgruntled former employees rating
this fine establishment so low.
Therefore we can only conclude that this is no longer a reliable place to gather information as they clearly do not monitor this website.
Too bad.

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★★★★★

Clearly the extremes in reviews reflect disgruntled former employees rating
this fine establishment so low.
Therefore we can only conclude that this is no longer a reliable place to gather information as they clearly do not monitor this website.
Too bad.

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From the minute I walked in the door, I had the feeling that this would be a bad dining experience. I was presented with yesterday's menu. The server presented me with 2 dishes I had not even ordered. The "fresh cut" pasta with lobster was bland and tough, like it was frozen or canned. The sommelier was not experienced in removing corks, so he told us that he had to go in the kitchen and strain our $60.00 bottle of wine through a cheesecloth to remove the cork pieces!! Yikes! The $31.00 tiny and soggy piece of black cod was anything but satisfying. The creme brulee (served in a HOT soup bowl) was more like gray-colored pudding with a burnt tasting crust. The chocolate pudding cake was a hard pudding-less corner piece swimming in some messy chocolate squiggles. In order to satisfy my appetite, I had to ask for some more olive bread and butter. The tap water was good, but I would have preferred some ice in the glass. The service was shaky, sweaty and rushed. The Wilshire should have stayed Knoll's!!

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★☆☆☆☆

From the minute I walked in the door, I had the feeling that this would be a bad dining experience. I was presented with yesterday's menu. The server presented me with 2 dishes I had not even ordered. The "fresh cut" pasta with lobster was bland and tough, like it was frozen or canned. The sommelier was not experienced in removing corks, so he told us that he had to go in the kitchen and strain our $60.00 bottle of wine through a cheesecloth to remove the cork pieces!! Yikes! The $31.00 tiny and soggy piece of black cod was anything but satisfying. The creme brulee (served in a HOT soup bowl) was more like gray-colored pudding with a burnt tasting crust. The chocolate pudding cake was a hard pudding-less corner piece swimming in some messy chocolate squiggles. In order to satisfy my appetite, I had to ask for some more olive bread and butter. The tap water was good, but I would have preferred some ice in the glass. The service was shaky, sweaty and rushed. The Wilshire should have stayed Knoll's!!

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Dinner at Wilshire was just OK. Nothing was that bad, nothing was worth going back a second time. A Diver Scallop ceviche was bland, Tomato Soup OK, NY Steak overcooked and Lobster Pasta was served lukewarm. We did not stick around for dessert. Note: The restaurant claims to be a enviornment friendly business, but the servers pushed (plastic) bottled water on us like there was no tomorrow at $9 per bottle.
Second: There were no local beers or california beers on the beer list. No Firestone; None of the many great crafted California Beers. Would it be more enviorment friendly to feature better locally made beers instead of featuring generic european beers that have huge carbon footprint due to transportation cost. Last, I would be curious to know what punishment the patio heaters and kitchen does to the enviornment "GOT BTU's." I guess Wilshire Green is about Greenbacks$$ not the enviornment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dinner at Wilshire was just OK. Nothing was that bad, nothing was worth going back a second time. A Diver Scallop ceviche was bland, Tomato Soup OK, NY Steak overcooked and Lobster Pasta was served lukewarm. We did not stick around for dessert. Note: The restaurant claims to be a enviornment friendly business, but the servers pushed (plastic) bottled water on us like there was no tomorrow at $9 per bottle.
Second: There were no local beers or california beers on the beer list. No Firestone; None of the many great crafted California Beers. Would it be more enviorment friendly to feature better locally made beers instead of featuring generic european beers that have huge carbon footprint due to transportation cost. Last, I would be curious to know what punishment the patio heaters and kitchen does to the enviornment "GOT BTU's." I guess Wilshire Green is about Greenbacks$$ not the enviornment.

Pros: It's a nice looking place

Cons: OK food at high prices

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I had not visited Wilshire restaurant for several months.
The food and service are better than ever.
As always the ambiance is spectacular.
The menu items are more creative and innovative this visit.
I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and a very pleasant atmosphere...

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★★★★★

I had not visited Wilshire restaurant for several months.
The food and service are better than ever.
As always the ambiance is spectacular.
The menu items are more creative and innovative this visit.
I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and a very pleasant atmosphere...

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I was in Wilshire early making a reservation when I overheard what I thought I be the chef (guy in a white coat surrounded by waiters) being absolutely rude and condescending to his staff. I thought that an attitude like that must be justifiable by stellar food. Not true: when we had dinner later on that night, the entrees turned out to be completely heavy and bland (seabass and ribeye). The fish was dry and totally salty, and the ribeye was chewy and overcooked. The service, however (a young, brunette waitress) was abolutely stellar. The bartenders were fantastic as well: easygoing, handsome, earnest, attentive and funny. I asked them casually what they thought of the chef, and they kindly offered some neutral affirmations, but their faces said it all. Wilshire, your kitchen is suffering!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was in Wilshire early making a reservation when I overheard what I thought I be the chef (guy in a white coat surrounded by waiters) being absolutely rude and condescending to his staff. I thought that an attitude like that must be justifiable by stellar food. Not true: when we had dinner later on that night, the entrees turned out to be completely heavy and bland (seabass and ribeye). The fish was dry and totally salty, and the ribeye was chewy and overcooked. The service, however (a young, brunette waitress) was abolutely stellar. The bartenders were fantastic as well: easygoing, handsome, earnest, attentive and funny. I asked them casually what they thought of the chef, and they kindly offered some neutral affirmations, but their faces said it all. Wilshire, your kitchen is suffering!!!!

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We dined at Wilshire last night. This place is really searching for an identity. The place nows turns into a disco at 9pm. No Kidding! A DJ and Dancing in the main dining room..ala Big Daddy's Disco from the 70's.
This is no joke. After a meal that consisted of Loup de Mer (serve was not sure if it was wild or farmed raised) that was dry and tasteless; the now standard in many LA restaurants - Short Rib ($30 for a $4 piece of meat )..OK but nothing you couldn't find at fifty other LA restaurants; an OK crab cake and the standard mixed green salad....the restaurant turned into a Disco as we were finishing dinner. Cocktails were very expensive....$12 to $15 for a martini....glasses of wine...start at about $10 for a very small portion....Menu prices were up there with the fine dining restaurants in LA. but food and disco atmosphere does not warrent it IMO.

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★☆☆☆☆

We dined at Wilshire last night. This place is really searching for an identity. The place nows turns into a disco at 9pm. No Kidding! A DJ and Dancing in the main dining room..ala Big Daddy's Disco from the 70's.
This is no joke. After a meal that consisted of Loup de Mer (serve was not sure if it was wild or farmed raised) that was dry and tasteless; the now standard in many LA restaurants - Short Rib ($30 for a $4 piece of meat )..OK but nothing you couldn't find at fifty other LA restaurants; an OK crab cake and the standard mixed green salad....the restaurant turned into a Disco as we were finishing dinner. Cocktails were very expensive....$12 to $15 for a martini....glasses of wine...start at about $10 for a very small portion....Menu prices were up there with the fine dining restaurants in LA. but food and disco atmosphere does not warrent it IMO.

Pros: Nice Patio

Cons: Food; Disco atmosphere

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the good: definitely the ambience. it was lovely to have dinner here with all the lights and candles. very romantic and very relaxing. the heat lamps are also strategically placed so you don't have to freeze. the bad: the service is kinda slow and the food was just ok. i did like the mushrooms but it was not special. the pork was also just ok. i did like the fact that they served qupe syrah. there is no "the ugly". so, if you want to go on a nice date, this is a good place (plus holly's is next door). but the food won't be great.

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★★★☆☆

the good: definitely the ambience. it was lovely to have dinner here with all the lights and candles. very romantic and very relaxing. the heat lamps are also strategically placed so you don't have to freeze. the bad: the service is kinda slow and the food was just ok. i did like the mushrooms but it was not special. the pork was also just ok. i did like the fact that they served qupe syrah. there is no "the ugly". so, if you want to go on a nice date, this is a good place (plus holly's is next door). but the food won't be great.

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The restaurant design is very nice, but the place is looking a little worn out these days. The bar area floor is a mess, walls need painting and the patio floor has a layer of grease on it. The food is also tired and dated. Our ribeye for two was tough...dungeness crabcakes were tasteless, corn soup was salty, roasted halibut was overdone. Half the dishes we ordered were served warm, not hot. Keep in mind the place is getting premium dollars for (in my opinion) lackluster food and not very attentive service.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant design is very nice, but the place is looking a little worn out these days. The bar area floor is a mess, walls need painting and the patio floor has a layer of grease on it. The food is also tired and dated. Our ribeye for two was tough...dungeness crabcakes were tasteless, corn soup was salty, roasted halibut was overdone. Half the dishes we ordered were served warm, not hot. Keep in mind the place is getting premium dollars for (in my opinion) lackluster food and not very attentive service.

Pros: outdoor patio

Cons: food and service

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I recently attended a birthday party here and was pleasantly surprised by the pretty and spacious patio area - I would never have expected it by looking at the storefront. My entire group found the food good (not spectacular, but good) - the only real standout for me was the roast beet salad with mixed greens (a colorful array of small beets tossed with arugula and a light dressing) - delish! I also had the duck, which was fine but not particularly exciting. We did enjoy the syrah (Qupe) - which went very well with the duck and steak dishes. The service was quite earnest but a bit slow and uneven - our waitress seemed a bit harried at times and often disappeared for long spells, but was always very nice. I think this is one of those places I would consider for group events because they have the space available and decent food - not sure I would just come for the food. But then Holly's is right next door so it may be fun to just come and grab dinner and go next door for some dancing. They share the same valet which is cool.

Update - last night I tried it again for a birthday dinner and the food has improved dramatically. The bruschetta with burrata (delish chunk of soft yumminess atop a slice of bread and thick plump slices of tomato, drizzled with olive oil ...mmm), then I had venison (tender, juicy meat which wasn't gamey at all). I also tried my friend's taglietelle with lobster (delicious!). I would definitely eat here again - but note, corkage is a bit outrageous ($25 per bottle).

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★★★★☆

I recently attended a birthday party here and was pleasantly surprised by the pretty and spacious patio area - I would never have expected it by looking at the storefront. My entire group found the food good (not spectacular, but good) - the only real standout for me was the roast beet salad with mixed greens (a colorful array of small beets tossed with arugula and a light dressing) - delish! I also had the duck, which was fine but not particularly exciting. We did enjoy the syrah (Qupe) - which went very well with the duck and steak dishes. The service was quite earnest but a bit slow and uneven - our waitress seemed a bit harried at times and often disappeared for long spells, but was always very nice. I think this is one of those places I would consider for group events because they have the space available and decent food - not sure I would just come for the food. But then Holly's is right next door so it may be fun to just come and grab dinner and go next door for some dancing. They share the same valet which is cool.

Update - last night I tried it again for a birthday dinner and the food has improved dramatically. The bruschetta with burrata (delish chunk of soft yumminess atop a slice of bread and thick plump slices of tomato, drizzled with olive oil ...mmm), then I had venison (tender, juicy meat which wasn't gamey at all). I also tried my friend's taglietelle with lobster (delicious!). I would definitely eat here again - but note, corkage is a bit outrageous ($25 per bottle).

Pros: Pretty patio; Decent Wine Selection

Cons: Corkage is $25!

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The orginal chef is still onboard and it seems since removing the former kitchen chef- he has taken over and put his original and unique stamp on the menu. It is better than ever. The service has improved greatly and that atmosphere is as always stunning.
I wouldn't pay too much attention to what appears to be some disgruntled former employees attempting to discredit the place.
I hear nothing but great things about Wilshire around town and every time I experience it, I leave very satisfied.
Highly recommended - great menu.

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★★★★★

The orginal chef is still onboard and it seems since removing the former kitchen chef- he has taken over and put his original and unique stamp on the menu. It is better than ever. The service has improved greatly and that atmosphere is as always stunning.
I wouldn't pay too much attention to what appears to be some disgruntled former employees attempting to discredit the place.
I hear nothing but great things about Wilshire around town and every time I experience it, I leave very satisfied.
Highly recommended - great menu.

Pros: food, quality, consistency, atmosphere

Cons: crowded bar in summer

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We went for drinks and food last night at Wilshire last night. We did this despite the restaurants poor reputation. We had to pass a security checkpoint to get in...sheesh how unwelcoming. Once we got inside we tried to get to the back patio (we were told it is the only good part of the restaurant). What did find another security checkpoint. So we were forced marched back to the main bar which was full of noisy and drunk patrons. We ordered a burger the two glasses of red, i think one was syrah. Both wines were way over the hill and undrinkable. The server told us the wine person likes old wines and they often get rejected by guests. I told the server if I wanted a glass of sherry I would ordered it, we both laughed. The burger took things to another level. $15.00 bucks for an overdone and utterly non unique burger. It reminded me of the six dollar burger Carl's Jr. is offering. We told the server that we were unhappy about the wine and burger and she came back and said there would be no charge. No manager came by to apologize. A management team that is professional would have at least come to apologize for the problems and seek out the details of our complaint so they could fix them. Not this place. We left and whilie we waited for our car we overheard a group of four commenting on the poor service and food they had been served.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went for drinks and food last night at Wilshire last night. We did this despite the restaurants poor reputation. We had to pass a security checkpoint to get in...sheesh how unwelcoming. Once we got inside we tried to get to the back patio (we were told it is the only good part of the restaurant). What did find another security checkpoint. So we were forced marched back to the main bar which was full of noisy and drunk patrons. We ordered a burger the two glasses of red, i think one was syrah. Both wines were way over the hill and undrinkable. The server told us the wine person likes old wines and they often get rejected by guests. I told the server if I wanted a glass of sherry I would ordered it, we both laughed. The burger took things to another level. $15.00 bucks for an overdone and utterly non unique burger. It reminded me of the six dollar burger Carl's Jr. is offering. We told the server that we were unhappy about the wine and burger and she came back and said there would be no charge. No manager came by to apologize. A management team that is professional would have at least come to apologize for the problems and seek out the details of our complaint so they could fix them. Not this place. We left and whilie we waited for our car we overheard a group of four commenting on the poor service and food they had been served.

Pros: Can't think of anything

Cons: food, service, customer care

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Interesting story by the last poster. Raving about lemonade and Ice Cream Sundaes. Is the Wilshire going after the Baskin-Robins - 31 Flavors crowd. We also heard from our server that the original chef is still there. So why all the hype about change? What is next, spago type pizza....that is an original idea!! Or how about a Mac & Chesse night? Wilshire needs to define itself....

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★☆☆☆☆

Interesting story by the last poster. Raving about lemonade and Ice Cream Sundaes. Is the Wilshire going after the Baskin-Robins - 31 Flavors crowd. We also heard from our server that the original chef is still there. So why all the hype about change? What is next, spago type pizza....that is an original idea!! Or how about a Mac & Chesse night? Wilshire needs to define itself....

Pros: Another option when you want an Ice Cream Sundae

Cons: Same old stuff - different venue

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I visited The Wilshire for the first time with my boyfriend this past saturday night, we didn't have a reservation and we were seated promptly, we were sat in the patio next to a fireplace, I must say the ambiance was fantastic, romantic our server was friendly and helpful, we started with the braseaola salad very light and tasty, I order the salmon, it was amazing!!!!! light and fresh, great combination of ingridients, my boyfriend order the chicken with the fava bean risotto, it was delicious!!!!!recommend this restaurant hands down!!!! beautiful patio, great food, amazing service.....

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★★★☆☆

I visited The Wilshire for the first time with my boyfriend this past saturday night, we didn't have a reservation and we were seated promptly, we were sat in the patio next to a fireplace, I must say the ambiance was fantastic, romantic our server was friendly and helpful, we started with the braseaola salad very light and tasty, I order the salmon, it was amazing!!!!! light and fresh, great combination of ingridients, my boyfriend order the chicken with the fava bean risotto, it was delicious!!!!!recommend this restaurant hands down!!!! beautiful patio, great food, amazing service.....

Pros: thumbs way up///// great experience

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My husband and I deciced to give Wilshire another try this past Tuesday night. I had long tired of there bland and flavorless food. It was uninspired and left me wanting more. A friend of mine is a regular and had told me that the had hired a new chef de cuisine and they had an ice cream sundae night on Tuesdays and being the ice cream lover that I am I had to check it out. The service was warm and welcoming and we were seated promptly on the patio. I started off with a delicious glass of riesling and my husband had the cucumber lemonade with gin. So delicious and refreshing on a warm night. We ordered the brasiola and poached egg with white asparagus. The flavors were vibrante and fresh. For entree's we had the duck with hazelnuts and confit cherries and the salmon with cucumbers, orange, and horseradish. This is not the Wilshire I remember from before. These new menu items have much more flavor and are cooked with more care.The food is much more market fresh and seasonal where before I found it to be very french which I find boring and bland. I had a ball with the ice cream menu. I ordered a warm brownie sundae with homemade marshmallow, spanish peanuts, and hot fudge. My husband got the fresh strawberry float with strawberry sorbet and lime basil sherbet. DELICIOUS !!! I will definently be coming back to try more items now that I know Wilshire has food that will get me excited.

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★★★★★

My husband and I deciced to give Wilshire another try this past Tuesday night. I had long tired of there bland and flavorless food. It was uninspired and left me wanting more. A friend of mine is a regular and had told me that the had hired a new chef de cuisine and they had an ice cream sundae night on Tuesdays and being the ice cream lover that I am I had to check it out. The service was warm and welcoming and we were seated promptly on the patio. I started off with a delicious glass of riesling and my husband had the cucumber lemonade with gin. So delicious and refreshing on a warm night. We ordered the brasiola and poached egg with white asparagus. The flavors were vibrante and fresh. For entree's we had the duck with hazelnuts and confit cherries and the salmon with cucumbers, orange, and horseradish. This is not the Wilshire I remember from before. These new menu items have much more flavor and are cooked with more care.The food is much more market fresh and seasonal where before I found it to be very french which I find boring and bland. I had a ball with the ice cream menu. I ordered a warm brownie sundae with homemade marshmallow, spanish peanuts, and hot fudge. My husband got the fresh strawberry float with strawberry sorbet and lime basil sherbet. DELICIOUS !!! I will definently be coming back to try more items now that I know Wilshire has food that will get me excited.

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Had dinner at The Wilshire on a very busy Thursday night. The front desk host was very nice no attitude like many other restaurants around town. We put in a request for the patio and was seated on the lower patio down by the outside bar. Very beautiful ambiance, great server(Rey) great menu spiel and very funny. He definately knew what he was talking about, he gave us great suggestions because we liked everthing we ordered. Lobster, scallops, oysters, shortribs, salmon, chocolate cake and cookies. We were guided by the sommelier Matt to try a great Pinot from Oregon. Beautiful meal,wine, and service the evening was memorable. We will definately be back. Pretty good celebrity watching too.

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★★★★★

Had dinner at The Wilshire on a very busy Thursday night. The front desk host was very nice no attitude like many other restaurants around town. We put in a request for the patio and was seated on the lower patio down by the outside bar. Very beautiful ambiance, great server(Rey) great menu spiel and very funny. He definately knew what he was talking about, he gave us great suggestions because we liked everthing we ordered. Lobster, scallops, oysters, shortribs, salmon, chocolate cake and cookies. We were guided by the sommelier Matt to try a great Pinot from Oregon. Beautiful meal,wine, and service the evening was memorable. We will definately be back. Pretty good celebrity watching too.

Pros: Food,service, and ambiance

Cons: Hollys crowd next door.

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We ate at Wilshire for the first time and what a mistake that was. We had heard from many people that the restaurant was very inconsistent. For starters they lost our reservation and we were delayed being seated even though the restaurant was empty. We were seated and given menus right away. We looked over the wine list, not very interesting and settled on a couple of glasses of wine at $15 dollars a pop. We ordered dinner; two mixed greens, a salty piece of shortrib and salmon that in my opinion was not very fresh. Food took forever to come out. Our server explained that the gentleman who has run the kitchen since the opening was suddenly let go this week. He also said that morale in the restaurant was at an all time low. Overall it wasn't the worst meal I have had, but at 3 or 4 star prices the restaurant delivers 2 star food.

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★☆☆☆☆

We ate at Wilshire for the first time and what a mistake that was. We had heard from many people that the restaurant was very inconsistent. For starters they lost our reservation and we were delayed being seated even though the restaurant was empty. We were seated and given menus right away. We looked over the wine list, not very interesting and settled on a couple of glasses of wine at $15 dollars a pop. We ordered dinner; two mixed greens, a salty piece of shortrib and salmon that in my opinion was not very fresh. Food took forever to come out. Our server explained that the gentleman who has run the kitchen since the opening was suddenly let go this week. He also said that morale in the restaurant was at an all time low. Overall it wasn't the worst meal I have had, but at 3 or 4 star prices the restaurant delivers 2 star food.

Pros: Nice patio

Cons: High prices - average food

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Wilshire was nice for drinks and bar food this weekend. The crowd was a divirse mix of Angeleno's. The back bar is a very nice place for cocktails.

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★★★☆☆

Wilshire was nice for drinks and bar food this weekend. The crowd was a divirse mix of Angeleno's. The back bar is a very nice place for cocktails.

Pros: Ambiance

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We are locals and have been hearing about Wilshire for the past year and finally made it in last evening.
We had a very pleasant experience on the outdoor terrace patio. We were a party of five and arrived 30 minutes late and still were seated promptly. I highly recommend the morels and favas as a side dish- very interesting menu. I suggest starting with the ahi- very fresh and clean preparation. The salmon and sea bass with pea tendrils were perfection.
We look forward to warm summer evenings and many more lovely dinners at Wilshire.
It sounds to me like the last two reviews were very personal because they were dead wrong- this place is a find.

1
★★★☆☆

We are locals and have been hearing about Wilshire for the past year and finally made it in last evening.
We had a very pleasant experience on the outdoor terrace patio. We were a party of five and arrived 30 minutes late and still were seated promptly. I highly recommend the morels and favas as a side dish- very interesting menu. I suggest starting with the ahi- very fresh and clean preparation. The salmon and sea bass with pea tendrils were perfection.
We look forward to warm summer evenings and many more lovely dinners at Wilshire.
It sounds to me like the last two reviews were very personal because they were dead wrong- this place is a find.

Pros: Lovely setting, interesting creative menu items

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My wife and I had dinner there three weeks ago on a Saturday with four other couples. We were seated outside in the cold. We asked a manager if we could sit inside..she told us no. When we pointed out there was plenty of room inside she said those tables were being held for other guest. I guess we were not considered top notch guest. We ordered dinner, had to deal with a snotty wine steward, because we did bring a couple of our own bottles and he made it clear he was not happy with it. Why have corkage charge if you get rude with guest who are willing to pay the charge. Dinner was forgetable. First courses were bad and miss the mark and the entrees were served cold to warm. More importantly they were boring. Dinner was cleared and dessert menus passed out to us. We made a group decision to pass on dessert (we did not want to take the chance of throwing more good money away). Our group opted for after dinner drinks in their upstairs bar area behind the patio. So we go upstairs and after about five minutes a server wanders up and takes our order. As we are waiting a man walked up stairs, lit a cigarette (isn't cigarette smoking banned in restaurants) and sat down between two women in our party and started topick up on them. We were the only people there...five guys and five gals when this pissant walked in. We asked him to put out the smoke and stop harassing the ladies. He mumbled a few words, got up and went downstairs. Finally our after dinner drinks arrived and we told her about this guy and she said, oh that is owner, Steve. We were shocked that the owner of the restaurant would behave this way. But after the experience we just had...we all said no wonder this place is not very popular

1
★★★☆☆

My wife and I had dinner there three weeks ago on a Saturday with four other couples. We were seated outside in the cold. We asked a manager if we could sit inside..she told us no. When we pointed out there was plenty of room inside she said those tables were being held for other guest. I guess we were not considered top notch guest. We ordered dinner, had to deal with a snotty wine steward, because we did bring a couple of our own bottles and he made it clear he was not happy with it. Why have corkage charge if you get rude with guest who are willing to pay the charge. Dinner was forgetable. First courses were bad and miss the mark and the entrees were served cold to warm. More importantly they were boring. Dinner was cleared and dessert menus passed out to us. We made a group decision to pass on dessert (we did not want to take the chance of throwing more good money away). Our group opted for after dinner drinks in their upstairs bar area behind the patio. So we go upstairs and after about five minutes a server wanders up and takes our order. As we are waiting a man walked up stairs, lit a cigarette (isn't cigarette smoking banned in restaurants) and sat down between two women in our party and started topick up on them. We were the only people there...five guys and five gals when this pissant walked in. We asked him to put out the smoke and stop harassing the ladies. He mumbled a few words, got up and went downstairs. Finally our after dinner drinks arrived and we told her about this guy and she said, oh that is owner, Steve. We were shocked that the owner of the restaurant would behave this way. But after the experience we just had...we all said no wonder this place is not very popular

Pros: Holly's is next door if you want better service

Cons: Rude Staff and Owner

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This place is dead in the water. Nothing exciting about it..blah, blah food; indifferent service; low rent bar crowd overruns the place. Somebody should just flush it...

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is dead in the water. Nothing exciting about it..blah, blah food; indifferent service; low rent bar crowd overruns the place. Somebody should just flush it...

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Had dinner at Wilshire for the first time last night. It is a good sign in this city to walk in to a very busy restaurant on a Monday night. We sat at the bar and had cocktails while we waited for our guests. The bartenders could not have been nicer. We were seated on the outdoor terrace which is one of nicest places to dine that I have seen. Everybody got a raw tuna sampler to start. We ordered a beet salad, duck salad, scallop app. and hamachi to start. For entree we had Stripped Bass, Venison, Forbidden Rice risotto and NY Steak. Food, timing and service were excellent.

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★★★★★

Had dinner at Wilshire for the first time last night. It is a good sign in this city to walk in to a very busy restaurant on a Monday night. We sat at the bar and had cocktails while we waited for our guests. The bartenders could not have been nicer. We were seated on the outdoor terrace which is one of nicest places to dine that I have seen. Everybody got a raw tuna sampler to start. We ordered a beet salad, duck salad, scallop app. and hamachi to start. For entree we had Stripped Bass, Venison, Forbidden Rice risotto and NY Steak. Food, timing and service were excellent.

Pros: Top notch food and service. Incredible patio dining area.

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We were invited by friends to dine a Wilshire in Santa Monica last night. There were eight in our party and we were seated at beautiful Oak table on the patio that sits next to a flowing fountain. We started with cocktails..great drinks with generous pours. I had the Crispy Poached Organic Egg to start and the best Salmon dish i've ever had. The troll caught salmon was served with chard, mushrooms and a squash spaetzle. Among the other items our table ordered were beef shortrib; Lamb; a duck breast with black grape and almond. We had chocolate cake, a pine nut tart with sage which was wonderful, and a cheese plate. The place has a very relaxed atmosphere, few people wearing jackets, lot's of laughter and conversation going on at the tables around us. A very busy bar scene. Service was on the money and the gracious staff sure contributes to the relaxed atmosphere.

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★★★☆☆

We were invited by friends to dine a Wilshire in Santa Monica last night. There were eight in our party and we were seated at beautiful Oak table on the patio that sits next to a flowing fountain. We started with cocktails..great drinks with generous pours. I had the Crispy Poached Organic Egg to start and the best Salmon dish i've ever had. The troll caught salmon was served with chard, mushrooms and a squash spaetzle. Among the other items our table ordered were beef shortrib; Lamb; a duck breast with black grape and almond. We had chocolate cake, a pine nut tart with sage which was wonderful, and a cheese plate. The place has a very relaxed atmosphere, few people wearing jackets, lot's of laughter and conversation going on at the tables around us. A very busy bar scene. Service was on the money and the gracious staff sure contributes to the relaxed atmosphere.

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I had dinner at Wilshire Restaurant over the weekend...long cold weekend. We arrived without reservations on Saturday night at 9pm. and had to wait about twenty minutes. I didn't mind because the restaurant was very busy. We sat in small room off Wilshire Blvd. I have eaten in the patio on my last visit. By the way the patio is a wonderfull place to dine. The room was packed and it was a little hard to hear due to the energy of the crowd. My guest (date) shared a Beet Salad and a Scallop appetizer. I had John Dory and my date had a NY Steak, both were excellent. We finished with cheese and a glasses of Port. I thought the service was excellent. Our waiter had the kitchen split the courses, was attentive throughout the evening, even after we payed the bill. A very nice experience

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★★★★★

I had dinner at Wilshire Restaurant over the weekend...long cold weekend. We arrived without reservations on Saturday night at 9pm. and had to wait about twenty minutes. I didn't mind because the restaurant was very busy. We sat in small room off Wilshire Blvd. I have eaten in the patio on my last visit. By the way the patio is a wonderfull place to dine. The room was packed and it was a little hard to hear due to the energy of the crowd. My guest (date) shared a Beet Salad and a Scallop appetizer. I had John Dory and my date had a NY Steak, both were excellent. We finished with cheese and a glasses of Port. I thought the service was excellent. Our waiter had the kitchen split the courses, was attentive throughout the evening, even after we payed the bill. A very nice experience

Pros: Excellent Service; Great Food

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Yes, Wilshire looks great, and the patio is spectacular. But last time I checked, restaurants were about more than just syle. On all other counts -- menu, food, service, ambiance, and price -- Wilshire is lacking.

Wilshire seems as if the owners took the idea of a "hip" restaurant and then tried to fill in the details to make it seem to offer legitimate cuisine and classy service. It falls in that hazy category that has dominated LA lately of the club/resaurant, in which the restaurant seems mainly like an excuse to have a club; Wilshire's sister Koi comes to mind, as do Falcon, and Buffalo Club.

Wilshire's menu is full of imaginative California-cuisine dishes, but despite enticing ingredients, the result are disjointed, incoherent dishes that do not taste nearly as good as they sound. Our dining room was noisy beyond belief.

For a cocktail, Wilshire is fine, but don't be fooled by the menu or the stylish crowd. Anyone who can afford a meal at Wilshire can afford a better meal in any number of places on the Westside.

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★★★☆☆

Yes, Wilshire looks great, and the patio is spectacular. But last time I checked, restaurants were about more than just syle. On all other counts -- menu, food, service, ambiance, and price -- Wilshire is lacking.

Wilshire seems as if the owners took the idea of a "hip" restaurant and then tried to fill in the details to make it seem to offer legitimate cuisine and classy service. It falls in that hazy category that has dominated LA lately of the club/resaurant, in which the restaurant seems mainly like an excuse to have a club; Wilshire's sister Koi comes to mind, as do Falcon, and Buffalo Club.

Wilshire's menu is full of imaginative California-cuisine dishes, but despite enticing ingredients, the result are disjointed, incoherent dishes that do not taste nearly as good as they sound. Our dining room was noisy beyond belief.

For a cocktail, Wilshire is fine, but don't be fooled by the menu or the stylish crowd. Anyone who can afford a meal at Wilshire can afford a better meal in any number of places on the Westside.

Pros: Great decor; patio deserves its reputation

Cons: Mediocre, incoherent dishes; mediocre service

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I had dinner for the first time last night at Wilshire. We were a party of five. Our group was seated on the patio under the stars. I don't think there is a better dining room or patio in Southern California. Minutes after we were seated we were served a complimentary appitizer of Raw Tuna with citrus. It was just a teaser. Our server, Greg or Craig (not sure of name) went through the nightly specials and we ordered a special caviar to start. This special consisted of fingeling potato with Osetra Caviar and Sour Cream. My, oh, my that was good. I orderd the Scallop appitizer and the Lamb. Both were excellent. Everybody else in the party enjoyed their dinner. I passed on dessert and ordered a Macallan 18 year old from the excellent after dinner drink list. A note on service. Our service was very good throughout the evening. More importantly it was very friendly without losing any of the professionalism you should expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Anyway, we all thought it was a very special dining experience and I look forward to going back.

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★★★★★

I had dinner for the first time last night at Wilshire. We were a party of five. Our group was seated on the patio under the stars. I don't think there is a better dining room or patio in Southern California. Minutes after we were seated we were served a complimentary appitizer of Raw Tuna with citrus. It was just a teaser. Our server, Greg or Craig (not sure of name) went through the nightly specials and we ordered a special caviar to start. This special consisted of fingeling potato with Osetra Caviar and Sour Cream. My, oh, my that was good. I orderd the Scallop appitizer and the Lamb. Both were excellent. Everybody else in the party enjoyed their dinner. I passed on dessert and ordered a Macallan 18 year old from the excellent after dinner drink list. A note on service. Our service was very good throughout the evening. More importantly it was very friendly without losing any of the professionalism you should expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Anyway, we all thought it was a very special dining experience and I look forward to going back.

Pros: Ambiance - Staff - Food

Cons: To far from home

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Wilshire Restaurant offers a warm interior, created by hot designer Thomas Schoos, that features an ivory-and-chocolate palette, cozy leather banquettes and dark wood tables, sans linen. Whimsical circular mirrors reflect the candlelit…

 

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