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“Great neighborhood place”
Review of Nook Bistro

Nook Bistro
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Ranked #665 of 9,980 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $15 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Westside
Houston, Texas
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537 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood place”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I highly recommend you try Nook. It is very aptly named. Tucked in the corner of a non-descript West Side strip mall just outside the 405 on Santa Monica, this is hidden gem. Parking can be a challenge. It is also exactly what a bistro should be --- French influenced comfort food, prepared in a unique way, in a stylish, sparse environment. Good service and also a neighborhood kind of place. I highly recommend the short ribs, the short ribs ragout, chicken paillard and shrimp and grits. I eat here 6 times a year and it is always great. Try the ginger beer too.

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Bali, Indonesia
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“best go to restaurant on the westside.”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

I grew up mostly on the westside part of LA. I tell you, that area has countless restaurants from japanese to korean to mexican. You want it they have it. Nook is situated on an odd shopping center. Actually, you would never guess a good resto would be. On the corner of the shopping center you will find a small modern minimalist restaurant. This is my go-to place for date nights or a drink or two or just simply if i just want, Dinner. This restaurant is actually one of my favorite spots. They not only have give their dinners awesome ambiance but the dishes are killer. The food is exactly what a bistro food should serve.

The pork chop is right on the money. The potatoes that comes with it is perfection. They also give you a boiled peanuts to pick on before you are dinner which was a nice touch. The wine list is not shabby either. Shitake mushroom gruyere is incredible. Oh my, caeliac disease or not, I cannot resist! Hmmm, thinking about this makes a girl happy.

I also love the communal table. For people like me who also like enjoying eating by myself, it is perfect. Maybe a make a friend or two if u want. LOL

Do call for reservation is it´s on the weekend and maybe dinner rush hour.

  • Visited March 2012
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A place to enjoy with friends and good company”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

We were over from London and visted Nook with friends. Brian the owner was great and made us feel very welcome. The food was fantastic. The menu speaks of quality rather than over sized portions of quantity. Value was great and service warm and welcoming as well as well attended to at all times.
Nice selection of wines to try aswell. Book, sit and enjoy....!!

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank MrWill1
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Cordova, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Dining Experience Tucked Away in This Nook”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

We arrived famished after a day up the hill exploring the Getty Museum. Now, I warn you, it's a little hard to find "Nook"--the entrance is totally out of view from the street. Park in the lot at to this address and look in the corner of this "L" shaped area. There you'll find "Nook." They weren't kidding with this name.
We were fortunate to get a table--it was filled when we arrived on this Friday evening (Jan. 13), and we began at the "common table" in the room's center--but soon a helpful maitre 'd ushered us to a table whose patrons failed to arrive on time. We were surrounded by young professionals and theatre patrons who were about to catch a performance. "Nook" appeals, we saw, to diners of all ages, except, perhaps, children. The menu is eclectic, varied, organic in the sense that you knew your dinner's ingredients had been on display in a produce market earlier that day.
The staff was friendly, very professional, attentive but not intrusive.
The salad was delicious, the entrees superb, and we opted for a dessert--something we rarely do--and our party of 3 split it--just the right end to a fabulous meal.
We'd never have known about "Nook" had not one of the young adults in the group done a search on her iPhone for unique places in the area of the Getty/Santa Monica.
Try Nook. You'll be delighted.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank CarolAnnePosey
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los angeles
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Look for Nook”
Reviewed October 7, 2011

in an unlike pod mall, in a nook and cranny of a corner, but enter a world of innovative eating. Aside from the boiled peanuts (which make no sense to any of us) the chef comes up with original ways to engage the palate each week in this small, modern, reasonable niche of an eatery.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank melanie c
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