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3459 N. Verdugo Rd. (Ocean View Blvd.) Send to Phone
A cozy neighborhood eatery serving polished California bistro fare with strong French foundations.

Dinner Tues.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bistro Verdu Restaurant Review

: Bistro Verdu, a welcome spot in an area that suffers a dearth of cozy bistro-like eateries, has justifiably fostered a fiercely loyal clientele. Daily specials are listed on a large chalkboard hung on mirror-lined walls splashed with mustard and chocolate tones while linen-clad, candle-topped tables occupy a narrow dining space. Increasingly confident chef-owner Michael Ruiz, formerly of Nic's in Beverly Hills, has found his groove, turning out polished California bistro fare that combines strong French foundations with contemporary interpretations, delivered with considerable finesse. Starters on the young chef's regularly changing menu might include roasted beets layered with peppered goat cheese, sautéed mussels cleverly paired with spicy andouille sausage in a roasted tomato sauce, and an often-inspired selection of artisanal cheeses that's welcome at the end of a meal. Among main courses, we like smoked filet mignon with horseradish crème fraîche, olive oil-poached salmon with orange marmalade and minty rack of lamb with a black plum-Tempranillo reduction. Prices are incredibly reasonable at this unpretentious modern bistro, which would be a credit to any neighborhood in L.A.
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