Don't Tell Mama
8279 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Don't Tell Mama
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.donttellmamala.com/
- Phone: 3233807209
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner 7 days a week Monday through Sunday 4pm - 2am
Happy Hour 7 days a week 4pm - 7pm
Brunch Sunday 11am to 3pm
Live Entertainment 8pm-2am everynight
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Piano Bar has live music including singing acts done by the entire bar staff.
- Special Events: Please contact our special events coordinator, Limor Shekhter, for more information about private parties and special events. (212) 213-4485 x13, or email@example.com
A word from Don't Tell Mama
New York City’s iconic entertainment venue has dramatically swung open the doors to the heart of Los Angeles in West Hollywood. Offering two distinct spaces: the entertainment venue and the dining room. The entertainment venue features intimate cabaret style seating adjoining the bar, with large banquettes for groups and celebrations. The dining room features cozy seating for approximately fifty dining guests as well as a menu of accessible, American comfort food. A full bar, including a boutique selection of wine and beer are available, alongside the traditional, lighthearted specialty cocktails that have "initiated the magic” of don't tell mama for decades. don't tell mama la restaurant offers a menu of American classics. Gluten free to Vegans. Each delish dish has its own flavor and taste with picture perfect presentation.Continued
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Don't Tell Mama reviews from OpenTable diners
- Closed!PStr82Dined on 5/7/2014Booked restaurant in LA following a great meal at dont tell mama in NYC. Received confirmation for booking only to arrive to find the restaurant closed!!!! V disappointed.
- closedOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/7/2014this is closed with not warning i had to cancel at the last minute and have to find another place very disappointing.... :-(
- Don'tOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/6/2014The restaurant was closed even though we made reservations.
- don't tell mama piano bar reviewkc566Dined on 4/22/2014Hi the place is fun..but took a while to get our food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- mixed reviewmusicladyDined on 4/20/2014Great show (Soulful Sundays with Keith Borden and Friends). The live band was awesome as well as the singers But the Food was slow and our young male waiter had an attitudeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Heart in the right place but...FrankieLANYCDined on 4/20/2014This was my 2nd visit to dine at Don't Tell Mama and I wish I could say my experience was better. Having lived in NYC for years, the thought of LA having a vibrant piano bar (especially from an established name) was really exciting. The spirit of the place seems to be in the right place, the staff are friendly and enthusiastic, but the execution is shoddy. The issues seem more managerial than due to lack of effort on the part of the bartenders and waitstaff. The layout of the restaurant is not ideal for a piano bar - if the piano was raised or more centrally located, it could be viewed more easily. The food is mediocre at best. I am sad to say that unless they make significant changes, I don't see them on the scene for much longer.
- Had a great timeBaldwinHillsGuyDined on 4/13/2014Fabulous time was had by all! Our waiter Chris was great. Food was excellent and reasonably price. Great portions. Would definitely recommend and will be going again.Special Features:
- Fun piano barOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 3/15/2014We'd been meaning to give this place a try as we're fans of the NY place and enjoy live music. The food was very ordinary (I had a wedge salad and a steak) and the performers (mostly patrons with a dream) hit or miss. One guy got up with a lot of bravado and was terrible; another woman was very unsure until she began to sing a rendition of "Landslide" that rivaled Stevie Nicks'. And that is the fun of places like this. It was not empty but not particularly hopping; I hope it survives. Weho should have a place for aspiring singers to strut their stuff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We were there Monday nightOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/3/2014We were there Monday night and had an awesome dinner. The service and food were great. We will be coming back.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and entertainmentElaineDined on 3/1/2014We were one of the first diners of the evening and with that said, thought we would get a friendly personable waitress than the one we got. She was clearly not interested in conversation of any kind. The piano player was phenomenal, the singing bartender equally talented. Too bad the waitress doesn't understand the concept of good service, good tip. My son accidentally spilled a drink and the waitress asked if he would like to order another one which she promptly charged us for. Well, we included that charge in her tip. Wait staff can make or break a restaurant. Not sure I would go back. We were out of state visitors and we're not warmly welcomed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not impressedVM2013VIPDined on 2/16/2014One meal had to be sent back because it was cold. Another meal was inedible so they took it off the bill. I MIGHT try it again because the filet mignon was excellent.
- Singers good; host not so muchGardoDined on 2/14/2014The entertainment was excellent but the host was rude and told us he only had a few tables in the back because they were "booked", but we stayed for almost two hours and at least 40% of the restaurant was still empty! The couple next to us had the same comment about the host. Food was only OK. I ordered the short ribs, they were too greasy and towards end found a piece of plastic at the bottom of the meat. My boyfriend ordered the salmon, good flavor but was too dry.Special Features:
- Great Service, Great FoodLaurenDined on 2/14/2014We were late to our reservation on Valentine's Day, but the host went out of his way to bring out an extra table for us. The food was fantastic, our service was great and the piano/lounge show was awesome. Great ambiance and lots of fun! Will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't go for the foodfoodiepieVIPDined on 2/14/2014It's a nice place and the music is good but it's not really a good food establishment. Service is good too. They need to step up the quality of he food across the board if they want people to come back for their food at these elevated prices. Maybe it's just really a night club that happens to serve food and that's the way they want it.Special Features:
- Not fantasticOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/13/2014Loud, waiters seemed new or unprepared. Food was from costco. When asked what the desert was on the preset menu, waiter said that he didn't know and that the chef went out to buy it…..Special Features:
- Good Show, Poor Food, NO ParkingCaseyMomDined on 2/9/2014DTM has no valet parking; there was no parking available on Santa Monica Bl. or neighborhood; we had to walk almost a mile. We went on Sunday night for "Soul Sunday" to celebrate my friend's birthday. The band and singers were good (altho' some friends invited to sing during their program were not). The food was poor. Greasy sweet potato fries were cooked in OLD oil; my hungry friend didn't finish her tasteless minestrone soup; the salmon tasted good but was dry; steamed spinach was limp, no flavor. Brulee was thick and heavy, but good flavor. There were too few servers for the full restaurant and bar/cabaret area; they were pleasant and tried to please -- were just overworked. Eat before you go to Don't Tell Mama for the show..Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for a one time only experienceCiciDined on 2/6/2014Met with some friends hoping it would be something fun and different since it's a piano bar. The piano playing was great and she allowed others to sing. The bartenders/ our waitress were really the only ones singing. The service took awhile even though it wasn't that busy and the food tasted like it was frozen food. Girlfriend didn't like her drink and overall we probably won't be back anytime soon.Special Features:
- It was a Saturday night andRyanVIPDined on 2/1/2014It was a Saturday night and the place only had 3 other tables filled. I had heard it was a very popular place in NY and thought it would be fun to try it out in Weho. Wish there had been more energy. There is a lot of potential, but not quite sure the LA crowd gets it. Bummer.
- Come...and stay...for the music.iamTamDined on 1/18/2014The ambiance is great in this place and with the right band, it's a fun place to spend an evening. The bar is definitely geared toward the date night crowd but there were some booths for larger groups. Staff seemed really stressed, distracted and busy and the food took FOREVER to arrive...our server comp'd our bottle of wine because of it...but overall, everyone was friendly and pleasant. The calamari and pizza were abysmal (over and under cooked, respectively) and the cocktails were fun but packed more bark than bite. Honestly though, this place is about the music and it truly delivered with the jazz band. Exceptional sound and a singer that blew the roof off the place. For no cover and no food minimum, you have to check it out.Special Features:
- Fun nightSDCTDined on 1/4/2014Listening to the staff sing songs with a pianist. Food is ok but not great but the place is fun night out if you want to get up and sing.Special Features:
- Everyone is a star!GeoffBVIPDined on 1/2/2014Recently brought some mates in from Australia to Don't tell Mamma, i had never been in before. i was such a treat. Great songs, fun sing-alongs, tons of laughs and everyone in the crowd had a chance to come up and sing! Why is this place not busier?!?!Special Features:
- Great piano bar type of restaurantDentonDined on 12/24/2013If you enjoy piano and live entertainment the DTM would be the best fit!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- good but watch out.tomayVIPDined on 12/14/2013The servers sing. And sometimes they do not know how there up on that stage... But its overall a fun place to get fried food and catch a good glass of wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This restaurant wakes you upMCozyDined on 12/10/2013After a long day at the office, my buddy and I went out for a nice walk on Santa Monica Blvd, and ended up at Don’t Tell Mama for dinner and drinks. The pre-fixe menu had good dishes to choose from including the Dijon Marinated Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. We really enjoyed the Rocky Road Brownie for dessert. Because the servers and performers on stage were very lively and fun to watch, it made the end of my day a lot more relaxed and enjoyable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun, entertaining, good foodOKexperienceVIPDined on 12/10/2013And good drinks. This is a real fun spot to go, very different LA spot. Entertainment can be hit or miss, but always fun. Food is pretty good, drinks are very good. For what they have, pretty reasonable prices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thanksgiving dinnerwvmounty96Dined on 11/28/2013In town for Thanksgiving/Birthday weekend. Restaurant served a Thanksgiving menu with traditional dishes. Very delicious. Service was good. Live music was excellent! Young lady playing the piano did an outstanding job. Played so many of my wife's favorite songs she kept asking me if I'd requested them ahead of time. Would definitely come here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- turkeytimepianobarDined on 11/28/2013we had thanksgiving dinner here. butternut squash bisque was very good. turkey was tender, but cornbread was too dry. good sweet potatoes. it was early in the evening (before the shows) so it was quiet. nice recordings of American standards played while dining. we'd like to return for the "Broadway Brunch".Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- THANKSGIVINGOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/28/2013the menu lacked effort, imagination & frankly, interest. the selections were poor & the food not something we would repeat. the waiter, Nick was excellent. the lighting & music were highlights. We would only come back for a drink & piano bar. Overall, it was disappointing & expensive for a very mediocre meal, to be generous at that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great way to enjoy SundayMacNRobVIPDined on 11/17/2013Outstanding live performances, fun, energetic crowd and an inviting and personable staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't botherdshintzVIPDined on 11/9/2013So loud you can't think. Poor food and drink menu. Extremely disappointing.
- Broadway comes to L.A.!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/6/2013If you're a Broadway lover like me, Mama's is the #1 restaurant in L.A. Their cocktail list is Broadway-inspired, and Sondheim's "Broadway Baby" drink is absolutely fabulous! The open mic and cabaret shows are fantastic, and this restaurant has no end of great singers!Special Features:
- Keith Borden & Soulful Sundays is..divagirle90746Dined on 11/3/2013Off the chain!!! We love coming in every other Sunday, and can't think of anything better to do on our Sunday evenings. Hopefully Don't Tell Mama continues to allow Keith and friends to host this event. Piano player, Richard, is just amazing. The chef needs quite a bit of work on the food...it's just not that good, so we always end up ordering the same, safe, appetizer with our drinks. But the show pretty much makes up for the "ok" food. Keep up the good work!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Waitress MJMollyJaneDined on 10/23/2013My waitress was Mary Jane. She went by Jane. And I wanted to call her MJ. She was so friendly and fun to be around. She was on top of it the entire night and always made sure we were doing ok. She was quick to let us order nd quick bringing our drinks back. I had such a great time watching the singers and feeling the fun energy in the room. Unfortunately I didn't eat this time but I will be back to eat soon. The meatballs looked amazing!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cabaret in L.A.InsomniacGourmetDined on 10/17/2013"Don't Tell Mama' in West Hollywood hosts a show you don't want to miss. I found it quite entertaining and lively. It's Cabaret in LA after all, what's not to like. A special menu of gourmet bites and inventive cocktails is provided by Joey Santos-a must try. The Emcee, Jason, with a unique humor of his own, introduces each act from a diverse array of performers featuring music, song, comedy, and drama in true artistic form. The venue itself, mostly dimly lit, is conducive for romance, provided you reserve a booth early with OpenTable, or, opt to sit at a table near the stage for a possible impromptu exchange with a performer. Have fun and enjoy the show!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My Birthday BashTrinaDined on 10/14/2013The service was great. The show was awesome. Perfect place for anyone looking to have a fun dinner with a show.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Weeknight Escape For FunIgzM417Dined on 10/7/2013Something about the name of the restaurant hooked me in. MAMA really impressed me with their New American cuisine. You eat good food (especially Mama’s Salad and Risotto Balls), well priced, and sing show tunes. Living in WeHo, it’s really hard to find a bar/restaurant that has live music every night… so this is my new after-work spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Jazz Music and Brunch comboSuz100Dined on 10/6/2013My friends and I always get-together for Sunday Brunch once a month, and this month we decided to eat at Don’t Tell Mama. I have to say we were very impressed with not only the service, which our waitress was so friendly but they had a live Jazz music concert going on. It was a real treat along with the tasty Omelettes I tried from my buddy. I had Mama’s Buttermilk Pancakes, and Nutella Crepes for dessert. It was filling and I plan on coming back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous!! Food...Not So Fabulous.divagirle90746Dined on 10/6/2013Great place for Soulful Sundays Open Mike!! The entertainment is great...and the drinks are great!! But unfortunately the food is horrible. Last Sunday was our 3rd time there, and given our 2 prior experiences with the food, we ate at home before going to the restaurant. If the food was better, it would be an all around great place to go on Sunday evenings. I've placed my email address below, but would appreciate it if you would kindy NOT SHARE my info with any third party. Thanks!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Our server was fantastic.SWateDined on 10/5/2013Our server was fantastic. She was so attentive. The other waitstaff seemed to be nice, as well. We sat outside because the singing inside made it difficult to talk to one another...but it was a fun distraction every once in a while to hear someone singing a familiar song. Macaroni and cheese was very good and highly recommended!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This experience was a totalThjnvcVIPDined on 9/21/2013This experience was a total disaster. The entertainment was dreadful, poorly planned, and not worth going to during a blizzard where everything would otherwise be closed.