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Review of Chinois on Main

Chinois on Main
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Ranked #88 of 712 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Chinese, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stumbled across Chinois while searching for dinner options on Main St, Santa Monica. With a name like Chinois we already expected that it would be some kind of Oriental fusion cuisine and it was very well done.

While the flavors certainly have an Oriental slant, do not expect it to be classical Chinese. We had a variety of starters and main dishes and found them to be tasty and very good generally. Personally I liked the black cod with miso sauce best. The duck fried rice was ok, but lacked the good "wok hei" of really well done fried rice.

Service was friendly and efficient. I would certainly return if I'm in the neighbourhood again.

Thank jchong
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

I love Chinese food and had high expectations. I liked the ambience, but the food was just OK. It seems to get good ratings, but I felt let down by not getting a wow factor.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Get a seat right at the counter, and enjoy the show! The food is excellent! They have live lobster and is prepared right in front of you! The duck was delicious, and so was the whole fried catfish!

Thank mickij3
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We love Wolfgang Puck restaurants, and always dine at them when travelling. The ambience surprised us a bit when we go there as it the tables were very close to one another and the decore has not been updated since it opened about 30 years ago. However, the food and service is AMAZING! Our group of 8 people were all very happy with the food. Our favourites were the Chinois chicken salad, duck spring rolls, pork ribs, scallop pad thai, the Szechuan haricot verts, lobster and pork shoulder. With such a large group, we were able to try so many dishes that are shared family style, and it was served as numerous courses that were planned perfectly to end with the heaviest meat dishes. Our server was so attentive, and whisked away our dirty plates and utensils between each course. We did not feel overwhelmed with the food as the courses were spaced perfectly. We all left very full.

There is a good wine list, and the wines are economically priced for the quality of the selection. However, if you are looking for a large wine list under $100, this list won't provide many options at that price point.

I cannot wait to return to Santa Monica to dine here again.

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Thank Kim D
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

The place was jam packed when we arrived so we had to wait some time for the host to find a table for us but it was worth the wait. The Chicken salad, short ribs, Shanghai lobster and the deserts were all well presented, prepared and delicious. The atmosphere was vibrant and the service was very good, tentative and quick. We will definitely come back!

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Thank Alex A
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