Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


510 E. Foothill Blvd. (Towne Ave.) Send to Phone
Serviceable, little French bistro

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Brasserie Astuce Restaurant Review

: Despite its shortcomings, it was an unexpected joy to find that a serviceable bistro had opened in an undistinguished suburban setting dominated by fast-food outlets. Prices are very moderate and a limited but pleasant wine store adjoins the restaurant. The more inviting of two dining rooms features cherry wood walls with mirrors, earth-toned banquettes and white linen-clad tables. The menu offers classic starters such as steamed mussels with a touch of cream and splash of Pernod, a very respectable pistachio-studded pâté laced with Cognac, onion soup gratinée, and escargots that could use a bit more garlic. A flavorful but not particularly tender duck confit is offered solo or in a cassoulet, and other entrées include steak au poivre, chicken Cordon Bleu, sweetbreads in port reduction, and bouillabaisse. There’s also Alsatian choucroute garnie, the quintessential brasserie dish of assorted sausages with sauerkraut simmered in Riesling.
Discover LA's best new restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in LA

Check out these new and trendy LA restaurants, from DTLA to Santa Monica and beyond.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.