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fundamental LA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fundamental-la.com/
  • Email: eat@fundamental-la.com
  • Phone: (310) 444-7581
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bring fundamental LA's delicious, market-inspired, lovingly made sandwiches to your office or event. We have a variety of sandwich, salad, side, and beverage packages to fulfill any needs you have, whether for a small gathering of 8, or a large event for 400 or more. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll deliver straight to your meeting or event!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Fundamental LA provides a range of catering services for any size event in any location, including: passed and stationary appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, corporate networking events, buffet breakfasts, lunches, or dinners, private home Chef tastings, cooking instructions, weddings, and much more.

    We are capable of crafting custom menus across a wide range of budgets to create occasions that you’ll remember. Our experienced catering team will coordinate everything from rentals, linens, decorations, floral arrangements, and staffing, so you can relax and enjoy your event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellworth Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from fundamental LA
Produce inspired by the seasons, lovingly cooked using exacting techniques to bring the best out of the ingredients, and paired with thoughtfully sourced beer and wine from our favorite regions.

Through the food, the wine, and the experience, we've tried to create a place where we'd want to dine with good friends.

We hope you feel the same.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Tasting menu was a great option for our party of 4 to try just about everything! Excellent food and creative!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We generally had a great meal but the place was too crowded, with folks standing right behind our table. It felt cramped. The asparagus and one seafood dish were not great but everything else was delicious"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I only hesitate to review because we want to keep out neighborhood oasis available. But it really isn't to be missed. Creative menu, super service (some of the nicest people in the business!) a fun way of eating (shared plates with paired wines). I was going to say stay with the fish (bass in particular) but my husband has had the duck and the pork and raved. Sufficient vegetarian options. My only negatives which won't impact your experience: I still don't understand the tagliatelle with the octopus (feels like about 3 different dishes on one plate). The desserts are minimal and pale compared to the meal but I guess people need the sweet at the end. Madeira flight seems to make it all worthwhile though. Go. Enjoy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Practically hidden, this quiet little spot for a first date, casual business dinner, or just a weekday treat is a wonderful find. In the farm-to-table style, this restaurant exceeds expectations and does so with a flair. As an SF foodie, I was impressed to enjoy the warm beet salad, and certainly the delicious brussel sprouts. The duck breast dish was a little skimpy on the portions, but tasty nonetheless. The carrot risotto was also to die for. And an impressive staff knowledgeable of their wines was able to let us sample a few before we selected - kudos to our friendly waitress, a smart move that encourages us to keep on drinking!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Apparently the new trend in "artisian bistro gourmet" or whatever is to oversalt the food until it's nearly inedible. And then charge a premium for it. The sea bass tasted like salty cardboard. The carrot risotto tasted like salty baby food. The beets were unsalted, hooray! But ironically they were so overcooked that what they really needed was just a little salt. And then the bill came and our stomach-unsettling meal of salt with an assortment of sides was about $50 per person. Plastic chairs, crowded tables that you have to squeeze through, no table cloths. Overall, I think the manager and cooks are failing to capture the 'fundamentals' of operating a restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When we arrived, we checked in with the hostess. She said okay and then didn't give us or other groups any instruction. I finally had to ask her if we should wait here for a while. We ended up waiting about 10 minutes for our table to clear out. Our waitress was okay, but our bus boy and servers were great. We ordered several plates and shared. We ordered two dishes too many. beets & burrata 5 (classic) crispy pee wee potatoes 5 (great dipping sauce) liver jar 2 (not enough flavor and served with too much bread) Asian seafood pizza 3 (too salty) scotish salmon 5 (cooked perfectly and great accompaniments) prok tenderloin 4 (very tender) short rib stew 2 (too salty and more of a broth with rib in it) churros with butterscotch 5"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The 3 of us had dinner and went with the tasting menu ($35 for 3 courses + dessert) so we got to taste a lot of different dishes. Everything was DELICIOUS! Favorites included the pee wee potatos, charred octopus, brussel sprouts, carrot risotto and duck. Staff was super-friendly. New neighborhood favorite!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We were sat nearly 40 minutes after our reservation and the restaurant was pretty unapologetic. The restaurant did not even comp a drink or appetizer while we waited. The food was a tad on the salty side. The gnocchi was odd, and the short rib stew was not a stew, but shortib surrounded by broth. My friend and I were on the fence about ever coming back. The broccolini and cheese plate were lovely, but the rest of our entrees were mediocre. The sound level was pretty loud and it was difficult to hear the server let alone hear my friend. Some of the other patrons commented on the noise and saltiness of the food. Not sure whether it is worth giving it a second try."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food is excellent and is you would think this was food being prepared and served at the top end five star restaurants. The room is small so all the tables are quite close together which makes the dining experience "intimate" or "cozy" with ALL the diners. As long as you are comfortable with this, then you can't get this quality food for the same reasonable prices anywhere else."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Went for DineLA. Good small plates-type place. Do expect to share your food. Only gripe I had was the missing panna cotta for dessert and was stuck with no choice but the churro. Will I go back? Maybe, if initiated by others but I will probably not go out of my way to go back on my own."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times, and the food is always excellent. They have creative seasonal small plates and a nicely curated wine and beer list. It's a little more expensive than I would prefer, so I reserve it for special occasion meals or restaurant week, during which it has a great reasonably priced tasting menu. In addition to the food, the service has always been very good. It's a small, minimalist space with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs prepare your food, especially if you are seated at the bar. However, this makes for a dining experience that is a little bit noisy and also fairly hot. If you don't mind this, it's a great place to eat a special meal. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Westwood."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Westwood. The food is amazing and everyone is generally friendly. However, this is the first time I've ever been asked to leave a restaurant because my party was there for too long. It wasn't as if we were done eating and just sitting or chatting. One of the girls was working slowly on her food. When we were about to receive dessert, the waitress kindly told us she had to wrap it up for us because there was a line of people waiting for tables. It was a difficult situation, but I left the restaurant pretty peeved."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Fundamental and we will definitely be returning soon. The staff is helpful and gracious. The dishes are delicious works of art produced by a kitchen with clear talent and attention to detail. Favorites included the gnocchi and the beet and buratta salad. The churros for desert were the best we ever had."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Food is always great, although sometimes I wish they turned their menu more frequently. Not super cheap, but well-priced compared to other gourmet-type restaurants. I have been many times and will continue to frequent!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We ordered the chicken torta, 2 braised portabello mushroom sandwiches, and the brisket sandwich with vanilla cream soda. We all loved our meal here. My brother tried half of my portabello sandwich because eating an entire plate of sandwiches in one sitting is difficult for someone of my small stature, and he loved how the varying flavors all came together. My mom and I concur with him. The creamy avocado, chewy mushrooms, spicy jalapenos, and rich-saltiness of the miso tahini dressing kick your tastebuds with a jam. The frisee adds the needed freshness to the overall sandwich. My dad thoroughly savored the chicken torta, and my brother found the brisket sandwich to be delicious as well. The bread complements the savory ingredients well."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I had read complaints about the noise level in other reviews but figured it was like so many popular restaurants nowadays. Not so. This place was louder than anywhere and you could clearly hear every word of the conversations of people who weren't even sitting close. That was unfortunate because the food was excellent and the location is very convenient."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The most delicious food on the West side of LA bar none. Its always a party in your mouth!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It was delicious, laid back, fun, and exactly what we were looking for!! It's meant to be family-style, which we all love since we all tend to get a serious case of entree-envy!! Between the seven of us, we got to try almost the entire menu and every dish was a hit! Stand-outs include: the smoked fish dip, short ribs, chicken torta, fried chicken, and churros, but really everything was awesome. Atmosphere is perfect - lively but not loud - can easily have a normal-volume convo with no problem. Service is friendly and quick! The owner and his staff have created a true neighborhood gem that works well whether you're looking to bring a date, a group of buddies, or just have a regular dinner spot in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Went with a party of six. We were a mixed bag of tastes, palates and dining expectations. We all loved it. Despite waitress insisting portions were small and we should all get the $35 taster, we each went our own way with an app, 1-2 beers and a main and were good to go. Great food! Good vibe. Go during the week to avoid a packed house. Will def be going back and potentially inquiring about renting it out for events."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This could have been a great restaurant. The concept is good but the food is just ok. Nothing special. Additionally the table they stuck us at the back had bad acoustics. The food and decor were both uninspired."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "This is a great little neighborhood gem. I wish it was in my neighborhood. Lovely atmosphere and lovely food."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Well executed and tasty food. The restaurant only had a few other patrons seated for our early dinner, but our server was very difficult to flag down. We ordered only two courses and it took over an hour to get our food. The poor service was difficult to forgive; especially after being overcharged for food that we did not order. We live nearby the restaurant and had hoped to have discovered a neighborhood gem. However, we were very disappointed with our dining experience and we will not be returning to fundamental L.A.."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Had never heard about this restaurant but will definitely recommend to friends. Fresh ingredients, creatively prepared in dishes that encourage sharing to get as many different tastes as possible. Add to that an extensive winelist and a very knowledgeable staff and you get a great dining experience."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "It was really warm inside-The employees were fanning themselves. The play list was an odd mix from the 80's. The red wine was way too warm and came from yesterday. The food was way too salty. They should just put salt licks blocks on the table. The beet and burrata salad was the second best dish of the night and still pretty salty. It was downhill from there. The brisket should have been called corned beef and was on a bed of fries and cheese. The carrot risotto was inedible. Churros to finish was the best dish of the night. Butterscotch sauce was salty. We had a 5course meal in an hour! Not going back. Servers were nice and asked a couple of times if she could bring something else for us. We declined figuring everything would be salty."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Really loved this restaurant, which was recommended to me by a foodie friend. I would definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "This virtual hole in the wall, is a simple, straighforward approach to new food. The fresh salad and brussell sprouts were delicious with a hint of vinnegar to add punch. The port rillette was a miss...missing substance, missing flavor. A sous vide salmon was a nice surprise on a hot summer evening. The most delicious dish was the homemade churro, about the size of a large bignet, drenched in a tastey butterscotch. Wow!"
    Dined on 7/18/2013