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fundamental LA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Philip Pretty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: PARKING: For dinner reservations, guests are welcome to park in the lot across the street.
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
  • "The carrot risotto was the highlight of an excellent meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had a great experience with the food, tried few different dishes among a group and everything was so delicious. In addition to taste, fabulous presentation. Service was good, but has to step up to match food quality. Very nice servers though. Will go back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This small restaurant was hopping when four of us had dinner on a Friday at 7:00. With only hard surfaces (concrete floors, wooden benches/seats, no art on the walls etc.) there's nothing to muffle sound and we could barely hold a conversation. The menu (small plates or medium-sized entrees) is imaginative/changes frequently and although there are not a lot of choices, everything was delicious, esp. the kung pao octopus, steak tartare, and dessert churros with butterscotch sauce. Prices are moderately high considering the portion sizes. Ex: baby artichoke w/buratta was tasty but tiny & about $15. Note that there's not a full bar, only beer and wine -- again, a well-curated but limited selection. It's probably best to go mid-week."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "fresh ingredients; great wine pairing; great vaule especially with dine la pricing."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Why do restaurants understand the importance of good food and service, but seemingly forget the crucial fact of ambience? When the noise level in a restaurant precludes you from sharing thoughts of the meal (or any other conversation) with the person you're dining with, something is lost, especially in a small space like Fundamental's. It's too bad, because the food is very good, but we can't highly recommend because of the noise. Restaurants often have tight decorating budgets, but if they insist on concrete floors and no soundproofing of any kind it doesn't matter how good the food is. Surely, it can't cost that much to throw a bit of carpet down or some other type of soundproofing. Please consider it!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food is really inventive and delicious. Modern food but without being over- salted that so many young chefs seem to practice these days. It's a very small place, get a table at the front of the room because the back is hot, dingy and even more noisy than the front. Minimalist decor means bare concrete walls, floor and ceilings so the noise is unpleasant. Bring earplugs! But overall the food trumps the inconveniences."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Went with a group and tried a bunch of dishes for dineLA. All good, but the standouts were steak tartare, duck breast, agnolotti, albacore, kanpachi. Looking forward to the next visit!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I read about the chef in the LA Times food section this past Saturday. A wonderful place, with exciting food, and a highly individual wine list. Out of the ordinary wines, and the two I had, a white and a red, were great. Food was terrific. We enjoyed six dishes, all superb: roasted fennel, baby artichokes, Duck breast, pork belly, beef tartare, and kampachi sashimi ---exceptional. The kampachi, artichokes and duck were standouts. But all of the dishes were cooked perfectly, and presented appealingly. I have already recommended this to family. And my wife and I plan to come back very soon. We are very excited to find the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was very good but all 6 glasses arrived at once with each glass marked for the plate that was ordered. Our server was very attentive but had no idea what wine she was serving were it not for the marked glasses. We were at the bar so real estate was at a premium. The kitchen is crazy small but remarkably effiicent. The sound level was very high. I would return for the food but it's not a place to go if you want to talk."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "our meal was a feast for the eyes and the stomach!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was inventive, farm fresh and delicious. We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to go back soon. Don't miss the melon soup- outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food options on the seasonal dinner menu and everything our party of four had was delicious; however, serving sizes were tiny considering the server told us the dishes were served 'family style.' Many rules kept us from fully enjoying the entire dining experience. Certain wines were closed, literally, once the happy hour was over. Why wouldn't a restaurant want to make money serving wine to a diner, even for a more expensive price, even if it's after a certain time on the clock? We all opted for water after that. The server himself was pretentious to our questions and seemed annoyed that we didn't 'get it.' No salt/pepper on the table means the chefs don't want anyone self-seasoning."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was great, informative but not intrusive. All of the plates that we sampled were excellent. From the brioche to the beet salad, the carrot risotto topped off with a delicious scallop dish."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food, beautifully presented and an absolute blast to sample varieties of items especially with a group."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A tiny, sharp and simply stylish restaurant with beautifully presented and deliciously prepared cuisine. Reasonably priced for the gastronomical quality of the food. Very friendly and capable service."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "At first we were what did we get our-self into but To Be honest the food was amazing. The Pork Belly was the best dish of the night. Con was the parking."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the food - especially the desserts!!! The parking can be difficult."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu which was a great value for the amazing dishes that were served. Unique ingredients and flavors were perfectly prepared and artfully presented."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We took 6 friends who were visiting from out of town - every one of them (and us) were so impressed with the food. It's always delicious, the service is terrific and you never leave disappointed! Thank you Fundamental."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is truly a neighborhood gem--the food is seasonal, prepared to order, impeccably done, and served in a, edited, casual and friendly atmosphere. The wine list is unusual and works very well with the food. The menu rotates seasonally, and there is always something exciting and unexpected. This is a place you can come and have a great meal at the counter--even good for one if you just stop in. We have become devoted regulars and everyone we introduce to this restaurant love it. (Best kept secret: fantastic catered lunches also--and they will deliver locally!) Highly recommend!!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We ate ourselves silly. All of it was good and all of it was interesting."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The tuna crudo was the smallest portion ever relative to the price, and the housemade papardelle pasta was delicious, but the ingredients did not marry well with the pasta itself. Also, the portion was quite skimpy. A little disappointed with the inattentive service second time around."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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