Chinois on Main
Chinois on Main

Chinois on Main

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3654
  • Phone: 3103929025
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Rene Mata
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chinois on Main offers off site catering complete with full bar, wait staff, and decor.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a brand new private dining room with a built in sound system and plasma TV Screen. It accommodates up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Bella Lantsman; blants6342@aol.com 3103923038

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Chinois on Main
Wolfgang Puck's second restaurant opened in 1983. A unique blend of Chinese and French fusion explodes with flavors unheard of before. Imitated but yet never captured to this day this fusion of flavors keeps you craving and coming back for more. The food is served family style, creating a fun sharing experience that brings people together. The trend setting open kitchen where you can sit and eat while you watch the dance of the chefs working in unison. ***If you are interested in reserving our dining counter please make a request while making a reservation since seating is very limited***
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Chinois on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (89)neighborhood gem (63)good for groups (32)hot spot (32)notable wine list (28)great for lunch (24)romantic (21)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The finest in Venice!
    foodnerd
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chinois on Main started as a statement by Wolfgang Puck close to 20 years ago, and remains to this day an icon of fine dining. Living in the Marina, this is one of my favorite bastions of truly excellent fine food restaurants. I have never been disappointed, not even once. The signature catfish is a must, as is the lobster. On my last visit the offered beef shortribs as special, and they literally melted in your mouth, they were so tender, not to mention wonderfully they tasted with the sauce. If you are looking for a fine dining experience and you don't want to take chances, Chinois is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STILL AS GOOD AS IT WAS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been going to Chinois on Main for over 25 years once or twice a year, generally for guests or special occasions, and continue to be amazed by how well it holds up. As the years pass, its seems both smaller and noisier but that is more about our tolerances than the restaurant. What is amazing is the continuing "wow" factor when we taste the food. It is truly special. It also affords world class people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feedback
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When I went to reserve a table for 7pm, I was told it was booked. Restaurant was empty. Service was slow to get menus, orders taken, etc. Food was ok.
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  • spycnbr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Really nice dining experience and the food was up to the hype.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Restaurant!
    EdwinHouses
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very Friendly staff, Great food, awesome ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    Blungold
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chinois on Main never disappoints! Old signature dishes continue to delight new and wonderful addition to a very creative fusion menu. Chinese with a French flair along with superb service. Thank you Michael and as always my hat is off to Wolfgang and Chinois's kitchen ensemble. Congratulations on your 31 year anniversary in business!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • drajjan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fantastic food.Great service.LIsa you are great !!! The guys from sweden
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    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Aristocrat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent food service and ambience- THE ARISTOCRAT
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvin is 93
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The dishes kept coming and each one was delicious. Seven of us shared soft shell crab, lobster, lamb chops, salad and lightly steamed veggies. The menu has a great variety of dishes to please everyone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • george
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A one-time destination for foodies. Not sure what all the rave is about. The amount of lobster was minute and the crispy spinach mildly interesting. The curry itself was average. The chicken salad was gigantic and did help fill one up. The spring rolls were nicely crispy but lacked substance. Nice to have been there but not sure when we are going back. It seems to be clearly trading on reputation and presentation.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Journey into the past!
    WernerB
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate there 20 years before - everything is the same way!
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    EncinoJeff
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my third visit to Chinois on Main and it did not disappoint. I wanted a memorable dining experience for family visiting from NY and we got all we had been lead to expect from prior visits: delicious, inventive dishes served beautifully in a kitschy, pastel decor that all at once says French-Asian and the beach. The staff was again friendly and accommodating and, at our request, offered excellent food and wine suggestions. The crab cakes and scallop dishes were our favorites, but the beef and noodle selections were also exceptional. Even the salads that appeared to be primarily a garnish were unusual and mouth-watering. There was even a celebrity sighting for our out-of-town guests. Do not hesitate to try this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What can you say
    StuartVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is one of best restaurant in the county of L A. Chinois sometime falls of my radar, but when it reappears they always amazes me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Never disappoints
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This place never disappoints. The food and service are always great whenever I eat here. I love the friendly atmosphere, the wonderful service that makes you feel at home, and of course the food. My friend and I had the duck and seared tuna with ravioli appetizer, Shanghai lobster with fried spinach which was delicious! The lemon meringue was light and fluffy and just melts in your mouth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We go to Chinois for Special occasions as it is a little pricey for us. But the food is amazing and the service super. It has been a neighborhood fixture for over 30 years and never fails to impress. To us it's still the best meal in town.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better in the 80s
    LaurenfromLAVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a family meal here the other night using a Living Social coupon. The food was only fair. The crispy spinach, which I remember as being phenomenal, was so salty, it was inedible. And several of the other dishes, which were Szechuan, were a little too spicy for me. The decor is tired. The service was outstanding though.
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  • Best in Santa Monica
    SurpriseVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Consistently the best restaurant in Santa Monica since 1983. You can not miss the Chinese Chicken salad, the Peking duck, the lamb wraps and especially the fired catfish which is done just after you order it. The ambiance is always pleasant and the service is very attentive without being intrusive or annoying as can happen in many high end restaurants. Consistently the best restaurant in Santa Monica since 1983. You can not miss the Chinese Chicken salad, the Peking duck, the lamb wraps and especially the fired catfish which is done just after you order it. The ambiance is always pleasant and the service is very attentive without being intrusive or annoying as can happen in many high end restaurants. You should not have a minimum number
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • STAYING POWER
    Noel
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    STILL GREAT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS! THANK GOODNESS SOMETHING DON'T CHANGE AND STAY!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic retro
    smartnsavvy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had not been to Chinois in years and I found it just wonderful in everyday. I will be back soon. The food was fantastic. I was reminded that this was the original Asian fusion restaurant and here I had the authentic chinese chicken salad, duck fried rice, and other great specialties that were better than anywhere else. The hostess was a lovely outgoing person able to talk about the history, and the staff are the same after decades. This speaks to the staying power of Wolfgang Puck and this place in particular. I encourage you to try it soon, and they have a private party room I plan to use somehow soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long time favorite
    LeCapitaine
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have never had a bad meal at Chinois, and I've been going for years. They have the best soft-shell crab ever, but you have to catch them when in season. The Shanghai Lobster is amazing, as is the catfish, and so many other dishes. I love the food, I love the decor, and I love the people. We are always welcomed and we always enjoy ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Good After All These Years
    dinneronmeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful Asian Fusion that has something for everybody. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Chinese food ever
    threebead
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Particularly love the lobster curry with fried spinach mm mm! Try the Billicart salmon Champagne with your meal. The bubbly goes so well with this kind of food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food no sparkle
    SammyCVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I was a bit weary about eating here when I didn't see any asian cooks or staff. The decor was from an earlier generation and the ambiance lacked that sparkle that alot of the upscale Chinese restaurants have (ie. wp24, hakkasan, mr. chow). So we ordered. Opting not to do the dine LA menu. The regular menu had stuff more my style: Pork Ribs, Szechuan Beef, and Braised Short Ribs and duck fried rice... Each dish was immaculate. The foods full of flavors and fit for foodies everywhere. The fried rice had chunks of broccoli and corn. I loved it. I would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Legendary food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    You will never be disappointed by this iconic Santa Monica restaurant -- from it's legendary food to its gracious interior. If you have only one night in LA, eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Terrible Service
    Diane
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have wanted to go to Chinoise for a long time & was really excited to finally make it. We went for DineLA and the experience was less than satisfactory. The service was really bad - the waitress didn't have many tables & yet she hardly made it to our table at all. She forgot some of our food, waited forever to get our desserts, etc. And the noise level was really loud. Could barely her the person sitting next to me. The food was good though, not great but good. Certainly not going back here again.
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  • Good DineLA lunch
    nosh
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great service as always. Fun companion. Food always excellent, but I wasn't as impressed by my DineLA lunch as past. Starter (Chinois chicken salad) and entrees (szechwan beef and chicken) seemed a touch smaller than before. Good lunch and value, but not as great as I've had before.
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  • Unique food!
    KayByTheSea
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If you are tired of the same old menus - go to Chinois. Went there many years ago and wanted to try it again. Was not disappointed - the steamed crispy catfish is amazing (and we don't usually like catfish). Go with several friends and share as many dishes as possible - just not suitable for quiet conversation...very loud and lively.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding!!!
    GrandmaFran
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We came here during Dine LA. The food was delicious! I especially liked the salmon sashimi tower. It was stunning to look at, the fish was very fresh and I really enjoyed it. I was a bit taken aback by the fish I ordered since it came with head and tail and had I known I wouldn't have ordered it. But my friend was more than happy to eat it so I traded for her orange chicken which was wonderful. I tasted the fish and it was very good but still....the head....the tail. Dessert was delicious. The service was good, it was a very leisurely lunch. We were there about two hours but since we were in no hurry to go anywhere else that was fine. A delightful lunch and I look forward to going back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great food
    jjfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food. However there was long breaks in between courses.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Satisfying Service
    AxelG
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We've only eaten here once before, during last year's DineLA week - that experience was fabulous so we came back again. This time our waiter seemed barely there, took our order and then essentially disappeared on us, rarely if ever to be seen again. The food was very good and yet at the same time, not quite as good as we expected. The salmon sashimi tower was fabulous - I've never had anything like before, and it was quite enjoyable. Then we had the orange chicken and the crispy orata, both of which were good, but not fabulous. We had a good time, but at the end of the day, we were a little disappointed. Still, a fun, different experience, with good food and a nice quiet atmosphere. The manager - Natalia - is awesome - a very nice woman.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIKIVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Best food in town. Friendly efficient service. Creative delicious food.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • classics never go out of style
    ptoad
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    the chinese chicken salad alone is reason enough to come here. we've come twice a year for thirty years and never been disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Yummy Dinner
    Natasha
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dined during DineLA, loved every dish!! The Chinois Chicken Salad was delicious!!! Must try and would make a great entree!! The steak and tuna dishes were both must tries as well! The truffle butter and other sauce really made the dish! The sauce and veggies in the tuna dish were so yummy!!! And the desserts were so good!! The decor was a bit weird but the service was good. Parked on the street but I think valet was available.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst food experience ever!
    luv2eatout888VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    After eating out for almost 2 weeks every night at all the 5 stars restaurant on the Dine of LA week, I have to say "this was by far the worst food and customer service" we experienced.
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  • Good But Not Great
    joyfuldiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything was tasty but the service was a bit hurried and sloppy. The waitress brought wine on our table in a rush without explaining what it was and placed it on our table as if running! It felt like I was eating in the open market in Hongkong. The greeter was gracious and we got ready for an pleasant ambience but the energy of the servers and waiters can be improved. The food was good overall.
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  • toydocVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Hospitality was wonderful; food average. Very busy and very slow kitchen; had trouble getting the food out.
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    notable wine list
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  • Worth it...
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Did Dine LA here...good value for money. Regular 'family' style menu can get expensive, portions are not that large. Could use a bit of a décor refresh, a little dated.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous- A must do
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    One of the best meals we've ever had and we eat out alot! Calamari and duck magnificent. Next time I'll have to try the lobster dish. Desserts were wonderful
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine L.A.
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was not as goo d as the past, the salmon appraiser too salty. The fish was dry
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  • Great food, took too long
    Mich
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a delicious meal. Our waiter was terrific. Something was wrong in the kitchen, the food took way too long. We were there 2 1/2 hours and it was not because we wanted to be.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.