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8117 Sunset Blvd. (N. Crescent Heights Blvd.) Send to Phone
THE MENU IS UNDERGOING MAJOR CHANGES, SO UNTIL IT SETTLES DOWN WE WILL RETAIN OUR RATING. Inventive and elegant cuisine from chef Michael Mina and his team.   Chef Michael Mina is our 2011 Best Restaurateur in the US.
Go behind the scenes of XIV! Watch our exclusive interview with chef Johnny Church on's YouTube Channel.
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: THE MENU IS UNDERGOING MAJOR CHANGES, SO UNTIL IT SETTLES DOWN WE WILL RETAIN OUR RATING. XIV derives its name from being the fourteenth restaurant of celebrated San Francisco chef Michael Mina. The Roman numeral moniker is also a nod to the Sun King (Louis XIV), whose opulent style helped inspire world-famous French designer Philippe Starck as he conceived the space. Upon entering the white cube-like structure, diners encounter an ultra-modern steel bar that faces a classic library done in a style reminiscent of Versailles. It's fashioned from wood paneling and adorned with old books, five fireplaces and contemporary paintings. Keep walking to discover the kitchen, visible though windows encased in more steel. Here, chef Johnny Church and his staff plate up dishes while '80s music like Madonna is played over the sound system. The menu features classic Michael Mina dishes like the savory parfait appetizer capped off with caviar, and the Maine lobster pot pie, as well as other inventive and elegant preparations. Start with a bright salad composed of heirloom tomato, peach and burrata cheese; the "baked potato" pierogi that cleverly pairs pork belly with chicharrĂ³n or the sea scallops served on a bed of tempura crumble, almonds and cauliflower in a passion fruit jus. Move on to Jidori chicken accompanied by corn spaetzle, baby corn and leeks or lamb chops flavored with ras el hanout, tahini, tomato compote and green olives. Mina Group corporate pastry chef Lincoln Carson has conceived the creative and modern desserts, such as the "candy bar" that deconstructs the flavors of tiramisu. The wine list carries around 200 selections from small European and California producers; you can enjoy all bottles for half price on Tuesdays. Specialty cocktails might include concoctions like the Concord Crush made with tarragon, Hennessy and lemon. The sexy patio, isolated from busy Sunset Boulevard by a green wall of ivy, is accessible through its own entrance and features a clubby atmosphere that's popular with celebrities.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED XIV
Average rating    2.33
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Never again...
by mymanitas on Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:50 am
On Friday, July 30th, 2010, I had the pleasure of going to XIV for the first time. It was highly recommended by friends, based on the good service and the great food. The vibe inside the restaurant was good, food was great and service was up to par. However, there was one huge problem we encountered before the night came to a halt. A huge problem that consisted of a MOUSE running freely throughout the restaurant. My friends and I nearly jumped out of our seats to avoid the MOUSE that was running about 5 ft away from our feet. It was absolutely horrible. The staff did not make matters any better. Our waitress suddenly disappeared, in fear of possibly meeting Mickey MOUSE as he roamed throughout the restaurant. The manager came to our table and offered an apology in a very careless way, almost as if he didn't know what to say or do, rather than just speaking the plain ole truth. Our bill was over $500 dollars and all they did was scratch off the 2 deserts we ordered. In all honesty, I was not looking for my bill to get fully comped, but half off would of sufficed. After all, in such a high caliber restaurant, how often is it you have a MOUSE running between your feet! Yes it definitely got my imagination going. It was a horrible and unacceptable situation. I will never go back nor would I ever recommend XIV to anyone.
Bad Vday
by Aggie on Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:25 pm
Went to XIV for the Valentine's Day dinner. They had one set menu, but since I knew it was Tapas style I was ok with it. I was expecting something awesome and extraordinary. It was an eight course meal.
The first thing was pita and sour cream mixed with yogurt. Second, a tiny lobster dish. Third, small scallops. The salmon dish looked like a sushi cut roll and it was one piece. After that, we had a piece of chicken, then two medallions of beef, followed by three desserts.
The chicken and the beef were both salty. I was still starving, so I asked if I could have the chicken and the beef dish by itself. They said yes and it eased my hunger a bit.
Lovely Evening at XIV
by Loving Annie on Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:22 am
Atmosphere, service and presentation were all delightful.
My favorite courses were the caviar parfait, the tuna tartare, and the lemongrass custard.
Prices are very reasonable for these petite portions - except for the supplements - beware !
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