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“Superb Fish (Mainly) Upscale Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Providence

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Ranked #1 of 9,898 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Hollywood
Cross street: Wilcox & Cole
Los Angeles, California
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Superb Fish (Mainly) Upscale Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Good experience from the moment we entered the restaurant. First time here. Pleasant staff, reservation immediately recognized, dining areas are broken into small and intimate rooms. Service was highly professional, with wait-staff knowledgeable about all aspects of the meal, from the food to wine pairings. We were initially asked about food allergies when ordering, allowing for the kitchen to adjust ingredients. Dinner options range from set meals for the entire table to creating your own meal a la carte. Amuse bouches were excellent, helping to increase my confidence for the quality of the rest of the meal: small and very tasty. Breads served were very fresh, each variety having a unique taste. This is primarily a fish restaurant and it was excellent. I did have one non-fish course: a veal dish that was superb. We did a wine pairing with each course: the selected wines were well thought out and went very well. As each course was served, a wait person explained the ingredients. Desserts were simple but excellent. Great overall experience. A special occasion evening.

  • Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Meal in L.A.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Providence is by far the most memorable meal I have had in L.A. Terrific for a special occasion (I was sitting next to Bobby Flay and wife on their wedding anniversary). The service is impeccable and the food very well though out. Heavy on the seafood. I've been her twice and had a great meal both times. I highly recommend it if you can afford it.

  • Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Nover Disappoint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Service is always great, the restaurant is never stuck-up or pretentious. They care about the experience and the food. I have never had a bad meal here. Personally, I think their seafood choices are some of the best you can get anywhere. They make you feel at ease, and to really enjoy the whole experience. All the services are top notch, attentive without being intruding. This is a gem.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank semanticvision
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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Once Excellent, Now Room for Improvement.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

I find myself a bit strained to give this restaurant a three star rating, as it has proven to be worthy of more in the past, but I am basing this review as representative of my more current experience. My prior visit had been for the Chef's tasting menu some two years ago and was absolutely fantastic, if not a little heavy on my budget, but I recall thinking that the price was justified by the level of quality presented in the food as well as the incredibly attentive accommodation provided by the staff.

This visit however, while the food was still of impeccable quality, was not nearly as satisfying. Nothing of the food was bad (indeed some things like the shrimp amuse bouche were phenomenal), however the service was lacking for this level of dining, with water left unfilled and a general aloofness from the staff. There were "nickle and dime" charges for things such as more bread (+$8), and exchanging the sweet dessert for cheese (+$12) that seemed silly given that we were spending some $500 on the whole.

The restaurant still serves up some very good food, but the overall experience is not quite as good as I had remembered. Hopefully it was just an off night, and I will return some day to give them another chance. Nevertheless, a restaurant commanding such prices and carrying such accolades should have their feet held close to the fire.

I think that generally speaking, this restaurant serves better as an experience for two, rather than for a larger group of people. On that note, when making your reservation, I would request to be seated in the smaller wing of the restaurant rather than the large center room. It offers a cozier, more intimate and rustic feel in there, whereas the central room feels a bit crowded and can definitely get noisy.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Always memorable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Eat here every summer when I am in LA. food is imaginative and so well presented. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. But there is something slightly corporate and cold about the place. That said it doesn't diminish from the food at all, it's just that it feels very impersonal. Again, food is unbeatable!! To me the best in LA, so go somewhere else to feel warm and fuzzy! But come for the food, you will never forget it!

Ps. Can easily bring children to introduce them to great food. Mine loved it and waitress was so warm with them.

  • Visited August 2013
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