Chinois on Main
Chinois on Main

Chinois on Main

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3654
  • Phone: (310) 392-9025
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Chinois on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)special occasion (68)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (37)hot spot (36)romantic (24)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (15)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best in Santa Monica
    Lou3dc
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Chinois on Main is one of the best gems in Santa Monica. The food is delicious and the service is nothing but spectacular the second you walk in the door to when you leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Family Style Eats
    lulubird
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was excellent, the wine list was impressive and the staff was so friendly and helpful. We had a lovely dinner and really cannot wait to bring friends along next time. One thing we wish we had known beforehand (our fault for not looking up any information on the restaurant): The dishes are all served family style. We love to share but ended up putting in a special request so we wouldn't have enough food for an army when we were only a party of 2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    DinerBEPVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    There's no other place in Santa Monica to get fabulously tasting Chinese cuisine in a non-traditional Chinese restaurant. Wolfgang's Chinois has been a consistent palette pleaser for years. A casual atmosphere, unlike his other establishments, with exceptional quality and service. Never Disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we hd great food for lunch
    shimon
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    the food, ambiance, service and hospitality were outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic but noisy
    MusicalmanVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Poor service and too noisy to have a conversation.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Halloween Dinner
    amend
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We've been to Chinois for Halloween dinner and despite the confusion, food, servisse and ambiente were very nice
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stays one of the Greats after many years...
    askworldtravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great Food, Great Staff who have been there for years, what more could you want. While it's a Puck restaurant, it's really Bella who makes it happen. Go, Enjoy. Sitting at the counter for 1 or 2 people is a show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still serving fabulous food
    finnishcustomer
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A few years ago Chinois was packed every evening. It's not the case anymore but the restaurant still delivers! Among all this hype with certain restaurants it's good to see that Chinois keeps the traditional menu with the dishes which brought the fame to it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner as always. Its one of our favorite restaurants. We look forward to our next time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinois remains the most elegant
    PatMarguliesVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had lunch the other day at Chinois... it doesn't occur as often as one would like! The staff was attentive, sweet, interested, and kind as always. Special thanks to Natalya for always treating the old folks so well (and that includes me!). See you soon, stay in good health.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Yummy meal!
    MolMurphVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had a great meal. Loved the duck pancakes. Don't come here if you're looking for a light meal - the food is quite rich and heavy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Customer!!!
    EdwinE
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We've been dinning at this fine restaurant for over a couple of years, we never had a bad meal and atmosphere is very pleasant. I highly recomendent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super restaurant
    Rainman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was delicious and uniquely presented. Service was knowledgeable and friendly without being obtrusive. A bit pricey, but you know that going in. Most customers are dressed very casually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Embarrassing...
    CastellianVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've lived in LA/Santa Monica for 10 years and finally decided to try Chinois. I wish I hadn't. Bad in every way. Not horrible, but certainly not worth nearly the $150+ check for two. It's time to either close this location/concept or completely refresh it. It's currently an embarrassment to the Wolfgang Puck brand and to the man himself. The lighting was cafeteria like. The food was inconsistent and each dish missed the mark. I wish I could get that evening back.....
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  • You won't be disappointed!
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a group of 8 to celebrate my husband's 50th bday. Great service - even offered to start with noodles for my 10 year old. Incredible food especially the scallops! De-lish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Santa MoncA
    maverickVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    yEAR AFTER YEAR i AM AMAZED BY THE CONSISTENCE GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE. iT'S LIKE GOING TO YOU AUNT'S HOME FOR dINNER oR lUNCH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistently Excellent
    LeCapitaine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of my favorite places to dine in the Los Angeles area. Consistently delicious, never a bad meal or a bad evening. Love the decor, food and people. The soft-shell crab when available is the best I've ever had, and the Shanghai lobster is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian Fusion by a Master
    JoefromJersey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent service by a knowledgeable waiter started our meal. First time at this restaurant and waiter guided us to the stars of the menu. Timing of courses was ideal allowing us to eat at just the right pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious
    ZoeSVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Chinois On Main may have been around for 31 years but it's food is still absolutely fresh and delicious. The service was excellent. We sat at the counter and watched them prepare our fabulous meal. I highly recommend dining here for another 31 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some things never change...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Thank goodness!!!! Chinois…you continue to rock…yippee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good Asian Fusion
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a restaurant that we always enjoy. The food is interesting, though not inexpensive. The Duck is particularly good, as is the fried rice. They don't tend to have a large selection of nightly specials, but the regular menu will do you well for several visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Great food but stuck in 1983
    WestchesterChicaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had being wanting to go to Chinois on Main for over 31 years and finally i went with friend that were visiting from Florida and wanted to eat at the famous Chinois... We had no problems getting a table for 4 at 8 pm on a Sunday night. The clientele was older and the decor was tired. It did not feel like we were in a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. But the food was delicious specially the crispy spinash... Will return if they re-decorate
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    ADKonfood
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Consistently wonderful, it's our favorite LA restaurant!
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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aristocrat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent food service and ambience- THE ARISTOCRAT
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate