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225 Santa Monica Blvd. (Second St.) Send to Phone
Brasserie fare by chef Alain Giraud.
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Breakfast Wed., Sat.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open until midnight Sun.-Thurs., Fri.-Sat. 1am
  • Valet parking & parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 5 reviews
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Anisette Brasserie, Santa Monica, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Anisette Brasserie Restaurant Review

: After the fine-dining days of Citrus, Lavande and Bastide, French (or is it now LA?) chef Alain Giraud writes a new chapter in his culinary playbook with his casual brasserie. What took quite some time to launch is now open for breakfast (Wed., Sat. and Sun.), brunch (Sat. and Sun.), lunch, goûter (snack) and dinner, all offered in a grand space on the ground floor of one of Santa Monica's historic Art Deco landmarks, The Clock Tower. No detail has been overlooked, from the tile and mosaic floor, the wood panels and the antique mirrors to the zinc-topped bar manufactured in France (which took two months to ship), to save you a trip to Paris if you are craving a brasserie ambience and food. The high ceiling doesn't do the room any favors proportion-wise, but it allows us to admire an impressive display of bottles behind the bar, which have been sacrificed for your eyes only. When it comes to the food, the choices are extensive, even for the first meal of the day, with nine specialties (omelets, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon), sausages, grilled tomatoes on top of viennoisserie (croissant, pain au chocolat, brioche), fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, coffees, teas and six different Bloody Marys. Lunch and dinner have dishes in common like the three plateaux de fruits de mer, oysters, shellfish, pâté maison, vegetables à la grecque and the warm goat cheese and beet salad for appetizers. Also available for both mealtimes are the grilled Scottish salmon, Mediterranean black cod, Provençal beef daube and, of course, steak frites. If you don't choose the $19.50 lunch menu, which includes an appetizer and an entrée, opt for soup, a sandwich or a salad. Every night a different plat du jour is offered, such as a canard à l'orange (duck in orange sauce) or a bourride de lotte à la setoise (monkfish with aïoli sauce). All the dishes are made with very fresh ingredients including farmers market organic vegetables, though they lack some panache to make them fully exciting. Giraud's famous lavender ice cream and meringues (buried under too much whipped cream) are among the desserts, along with a crème caramel and an American-size (why that big?) slice of forêt noire cake (Black Forest). The extensive wine list emphasizes small producers from France and the U.S. Service can be inconsistent, so patience may be in order.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Anisette Brasserie
Average rating    3.71
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Anisette is the BEST dinner spot in Santa Monica
by Mem328 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:52 pm
LOVE this place!
We had dinner at Anisette to celebrate my birthday last Sat. night. There were 6 of us and we are still talking about the evening.
The food was spectacular and the staff was polite and warm. Alain Giraud could be seen moving swiftly around the kitchen whipping up dishes (I have been following him for years, as he is one of my favorite chefs in Los Angeles). When the food arrived we were all using our forks to pick off of each others' plates. Everything came to the table perfectly.
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The wine list is great and the food is everything that you would hope for from a celeb chef. Way to go Anisette!
pricey french makes you feel in Paris
by Libel on Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:30 am
Want to feel like you are in Paris? Go to Anisette Brasserie.
I went with a group of friends , so I try every plate.....
Great food, wine, service! Fresh oysters, the duck confit was crispy texture and tender inside, the onion soup with gruyere, and the the moule frites... GREAT, GREAT!!!!! for dessert the violet flavored ice cream was so light & delicious and the profiteroles.
Wine recommendations were superb.
It's a little pricey but you won't mind
Fantastic Experience
by jogaun on Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:30 am
I'm giving this restaurant 5 stars in hopes of bringing the average up to 4, which is where I really think it should be. (I would save my 5-star ratings for places that are a little more serious, and Anisette is fun.)

A friend invited me here on a Wednesday evening and I showed up under-dressed in jeans and flip-flops -- fine for SoCal, but not for Paris, which is where I felt like I was.

Not that it mattered. The staff were friendly, delightful, and knowledgeable, and the food was divine.

The room is loud and the pace of the meal is slow. I felt these things added to the overall experience, although I can see how others, accustomed to other types of restaurant environments, might dock points for ambiance and service.

My favorite dish was the gratin of coquilles St. Jacques. Absolutely exemplary. Best scallops I've ever encountered in LA, by a long stretch. Same goes for the onion soup. Heaven, and worth what it costs.

Dinner for two beat the $100 mark, which granted is a lot to spend on one meal, but to feel whisked away to Paris without the jet lag, it's a bargain. I can't wait to go back and sample more of the menu.
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