I ate here on a Saturday Night by myself before a movie (I was traveling alone), and didn't want to eat alone in a traditional restaurant, so I grabbed a place at the bar. When I say bar, it's more like a diner counter (more welcoming for food), though they did serve alcohol and seemed to have an interesting selection of beer and wine.
This was a unique place, because as I stated, it had more of a diner like feel, but the menu was very thoughtful and full of more gourmet dishes and interesting, well-thought out choices. For instance, I had a Muscovy Duck breast in some amazing sauce, and it looked and tasted like what a high-class restaurant would serve.
The service was excellent, with very attentive and informed staff who were generally concerned with my being serviced ASAP and they made me very comfortable. It was so attentive I was laughing to myself wondering if they thought I was a food critic or something! Alas, I think they just treat everyone this way.
I also tried some of the homemade lemonade which was great, but opted to skip dessert as I was full from the duck and generous offering of straight out-of-the oven bread they seemed to make on-site. The desserts seemed as interesting as the rest of the menu.
I found this place at the top of some outdoor mall (basically in a high-class food court or so it seems) in downtown Santa Monica on a whim, and will now surely venture back next time I'm in L.A. It was just what I was looking for.
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