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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Campanile

624 S. La Brea Ave. (Wilshire Blvd.) Send to Phone
323-938-1447
CAMPANILE IS CLOSED Chef-owner Mark Peel's rustic French- and Italian-influenced dishes in Charlie Chaplin's old digs. Check out our review of chef Mark Peel's cookbook, New Classic Family Dinners.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Campanile Restaurant Review

: CAMPANILE, A LONGTIME INFLUENTIAL RESTAURANT ON THE LOS ANGELES DINING SCENE, HAS CLOSED This rustically elegant establishment on La Brea has springboarded a plethora of other interesting restaurants in the neighborhood, and, of course, is famous for putting the now-ubiquitous La Brea Bakery on the map. Additionally, the kitchen's alumni have gone on to open some of the best restaurants throughout L.A. The setting --- Charlie Chaplin's old digs --- is reminiscent of a little Mediterranean village, complete with a bell tower (campanile in Italian). A bar sits on one side of the fountain-accented courtyard, a tiny bakery on the other, a casual dining area faces the open kitchen, and there's a formal rear dining room. The wine list is tantalizingly eclectic and the menu features rustic French- and Italian-influenced dishes from chef-owner Mark Peel. Make a light lunch of the grilled shrimp and scallop salad with grilled endive, frisée and ginger vinaigrette. Dinner mains might range from striped bass with cherry tomatoes, olives and broccolini to the signature grilled prime rib with olive tapenade, flageolet beans and sautéed bitter greens. Desserts are legendary. Thursday night is grilled cheese sandwich night --- a moderately-priced affair that has become a popular L.A. culinary event --- when they make a dynamite croque monsieur.

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Average rating    2.5
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Oh, Campanile - what happened?
by pogi455 on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:55 am
 
Salty, salty, salty. Hadn't been here in a few years - and decided a birthday dinner for four would be a good one. This was mentioned to the hostess (I brought a huge floral arrangement in advance) - but it obviously was unnoticed by our waiter, who was pleasant, but seemed lost - as were our cocktails until I reminded him when the appetizers came. A bad sign is when a runner gruffly interrupts the waiter taking the order to plunk down the bread and butter - who is running the table? But then, getting an extra pat of butter for the bread was a challenge. Getting plates cleared without an obvious eye contact - also a challenge. The bartender seemed sleepy - past his bedtime? Took two trips to get out three drinks. All were disappointing - how do you screw up a martini? Well, of course - just use too much bitters. The bibb salad - bitter. The prosciutto-wrapped asparagus - SALTY. The pickled veggies - no flavor. I had foolishly ordered an olive plate - which no one could eat, considering the amount of SALT we had already ingested. The prime rib - I did order medium well, but did not expect it to be thinly sliced and laid out on a SALTY bed of lava beans. The meat - SALTY. My partner's pork chop - enormous as if it were stuffed - but it was not - other than with SALT. Does anyone taste items before leaving the pass? The dessert - passable - and I certainly don't want the Chuckie Cheese singing of service staff - but could you have afforded a candle on the dessert as a simple recognition? Of course not. By the time we were ready to leave, the manager had left - and the box to carry the flower arrangement out had been tossed, apparently. So sorry to see a great atmosphere get buried in a mound of - salt.
 
Excellent Food & Outstanding Service
by Rikki90046 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:47 am
 
I've driven by this restaurant hundreds of times and only noticed the sign for the bakery, so was pleasantly surprised when my search of L.A's best Italian restaurants led us to this beautiful location.

We found the staff to be friendly, professional, attentive and very knowledgable about the menu and wine list.

I'm not a "foodie" but this restaurant could definitely turn me into one.

We began by sharing the endive & avocado salad with watercress. Fresh from the garden it was crisp, tantalizing to the taste buds and delicious. The Sourdough bread has a crunchy crust and is fresh from the bakery next door (LaBrea Bakery).

The Goat Cheese & Spinach Ravioli was next. The appetizer portion was the perfect size but the dish is also available as an entree. Also delicious.
We shared this along with a Pan Roasted Fish and Muscle dish that was light and flavorful with hints of garlic. I was busy getting every bit of the delicious sauce with the bread when I was informed that with such an amazing dinner we would be ordering dessert.

We asked the server for her dessert recommendation. She suggested the Brownie or Key Lime Pie. We decided on the pie and were not disappointed. It was sweet and tangy with a clementine orange sauce and kumquat sliced paper thin which complemented the sweetness of the graham cracker crust perfectly.

After dinner the General Manager explained the Friday night flights of wine parings with small portions of several dinner selections. Next time!

The wine by the glass was very good but seemed to be too scant a pour. We'll order a bottle next time.

The prices are very reasonable. We've been to many more expensive restaurants that have left us less than inspired to return.
 
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