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“Different Menu” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinois on Main

Chinois on Main
2709 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4007
310-392-9025
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Ranked #29 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Chinese, Contemporary, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Texas
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958 reviews 958 reviews
479 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 198 cities Reviews in 198 cities
363 helpful votes 363 helpful votes
“Different Menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Reservations a must. We had them so no problem, as we were seated right away and the service was excellent. The menu is quite different, but this is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and one of the oldest. As the menu is served family style we had a variety of starters all different from the norm; Sautéed Dungeness crab cakes with Louisiana shrimp, warm mushroom salad Lobster lemon grass sauce, Tempura ahi tuna sashimi with fresh uni sauce, Szechuan pancakes with stir-fried duck, mushrooms and cilantro . For entree I had the Grilled Szechuan beef with spicy shallot cilantro sauce, and my spouse had the Grilled salmon with black and gold noodles, lemon basil vinaigrette. Also got to meet Chef Rene Mata who explained a little about the restaurant and its history. In all a very enjoyable evening

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sandbach, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Good food; service could improve”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I had heard some great things about this restaurant and had to see for myself what the whole deal was about eating here.

I made a reservation a few days in advance and turned up on my own with a book I was reading as my only company. The food was good and certainly managed to tantalise those tastebuds with a variety of flavours.

The waiter however was terrible. He needed lessons in manners and service and shouldn't have looked so miserable throughout the whole evening. He tried to make me feel rushed so I bought another beer to occupy the table for a little longer. If the establishment is trying to portray a level of austerity, then it has failed miserably. It perhaps is not as good as it thins it is.

Visited August 2012
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Amazing Dinner ... and you may even meet Wolfgang.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I was here with a group of 6 coworkers and I could not tell you what we ate, but it was a lot of food and everything was delicious! Wolfgang Puck was there and came over to our table. At first he thought I was Guy Fieri cause I was wearing a silly hat with blonde hair sticking out of it. Wolfgang was a good sport and took some pics with us. It made my night.

Yes, it was great that I was in town on business and not paying for dinner, but I would definitely recommend this place and I would certainly go back!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“What a disappointment...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

What a hyped up mess of a restaurant. The only above average part of this restaurant was the decor (nicely done for Christmas). Food was a total disappointment. I was expecting great food, especialyy at the prices they charge. Limited menu that is heavy skewed towards duck. You feel rushed from the moment you sit down. The appetizers are delivered to you within a few minutes of placing your order. The wait staff is overly attentive, to the point where I had to insist they stop taking plates awat until everyone was finished eating. The wait staff will also tell you that the restaurant is 'family style' which would be great. However this meant that they bring main entrees to your table over a 10 minute period....overall very disappointing.

y was the food a disappointment but some of our main course entrees came out 5 minutes apart. When I asked what was the delay, I was told that the restaurant is 'family stayle' and the

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Clarita, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Orgasmic!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

The food melts in your mouth!!! Is better than sex. Very lively, service is excellent. You need to go at least once a month!!!.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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