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Girasol Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.girasolrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (818) 924-2323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch:
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Sunday-Wednesday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Thursday-Saturday - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: CJ Jacobson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities:
    - A stellar culinary experience for your guests
    - Custom menus by Top Chef CJ Jacobson
    - Perfect for business luncheons & holiday parties
    - Main dining room seats up to 40
    - Patio seats up to 26
    - Entire restaurant seats up to 100
  • Private Party Contact: info@girasolrestaurant.com (818) 924-2323

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bakman
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: In addition to our valet service for your convenience, street parking is also available
A word from Girasol
At Girasol, the backbone of our refined-rustic cuisine is defined by the changing seasons, our relationship with local farmers, and Executive Chef CJ Jacobson’s interpretation of California cuisine. Girasol is focused on supporting local farmers and purveyors by using sustainable products to bring our guests a dining experience that is both approachable and unique. The design, inspired by our namesake, the sunflower, evokes a warm and inviting environment suitable for any occasion. We welcome you to experience our cuisine and hospitality in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second dinner at Girasol, the first being at one of their cozy tables and this most recent one at the bar. Menu is abbreviated but offered a wide range of choices originating from sea to land to air. Pricing is reasonable for level of care and presentation that clearly goes into entrees. Octopus salad was stellar and done in the style favored by Europeans. Dining at the bar was pleasant with a nice backdrop and made all the better by an engaging and very accommodating bartender."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Beautiful and stylish spot, interesting menu and tasty food, not ever item was excellent- rabbit a little disappointing, but most were very very good. Service was top notch and professional. Pricey. Some entrees seem a little overpriced but overall a wonderful experience and would go back- special occasion bc of prices, would go for drinks and small plates next time."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Love the food! We have dined at Girasol for brunch and dinner on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious and inventive. It is a bit noisy but not as bad as most places."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Spicy Shrimp w/ melon was stellar. Steak, excellent. Alaskan Scallop w/ mushroom special was delish (tho maybe a tiny bit over salty.) Smashed potatoes were a bit too rich, but overall it was an excellent, excellent meal. Wonderful choices of combinations. Would love to go back after a few more paychecks have cleared--mostly for the bread because it was out of this world!! Service was terrific, too. They were very kind about my setting my menu on fire. Perhaps the tiny candles need to be replaced with something safer?? Or maybe I'm just a giant klutz."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Reservations were for 8:15 but not seated til after 9 with no apology"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and was not seated until 8:30. They never offered us a drink or appetizer while we were waiting. The table reserved for us occupied it for 3 hours. Food and service was great after we sat down!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "If you are looking for food with grandeur in the valley look no further. There is nothing similar this side of the mountains in LA. We went there to celebrate our 3rd year anniversary and we had a blast. Everything we ordered was superb, nothing felt short of amazing. They put so much detail in everything from the bread to the appetizers and main dishes. We had it in our radar for a while, and we're so glad we came in our anniversary!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Both the food and the service were excellent!Very special night out. We would definitely return soon."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Girasol is extremely beautiful. You can see a 7/11 across the street but inside you feel removed. The wait staff is equally beautiful but our server did not know how to pronounce "coq au vin" or "thyme". Some of the components were divine like the creamy burrata and crispy lentils. My pork loin was a perfect medium and the sweet corn puree was unctuous and velvety. Other execution was lacking--the graham cracker crust on the ricotta and pine nut torte was soggy. The creme fraiche ice cream was icy. The pacing of the courses was very poor. I enjoyed my experience but I won't be back. The price tags at this beautiful restaurant aren't justified by the food or the cocktails."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant and San Fernando Valley used to be mutually exclusive. No more. Girasol is one of Los Angeles' finest dining spots. We have frequented the restaurant since it opened. Food has been extraordinary right from the beginning. The servers are very well trained,knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Great brunch,Lobster Benedict is worth a pilgrimage . The wine list has improved , and now they have liquor license."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We came here on our Top Chef food tour. Chef CJ was right there sweeping up (we came right when it opened) and came in and out of the kitchen. He gladly greeted us and took pictures. The food was amazing (I went for the lobster benedict), plus they have a bottomless mimosa deal. The prickly pear mimosa was great as was the blackberry daisy cocktail. Atmosphere was fancy without being too snooty (though my view was to the 7-11 across the street). Plenty of street parking around."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Upon arrival Saturday night at Girasol, we were given the choice of two tables, and favored one over the other. We were with an adventuresome couple, dining wise, and determined to share many of the tasting plates. All the dishes we selected were excitingly presented, and the flavors lived up to their attractive appearance. Each dish sparkled with flavor and imagination. From oysters to octopus to mussels to berry and beet salad and fava bean with chorizo, not a crumb was left on the plate. We had a few more excellent choices, and then shared two desserts that were "out of this or any world". We left feeling sated and indulged. Great chef and appreciative clientele. Five Stars for CERTAIN!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Visited Girasol on the recommendation in LA Magazine. Busy place on a Saturday night - ambience felt 'right' and service was good and chatty and informative. Had a prawn sharing plate to start which was yummy - and they brought another one by mistake - the octopus this time, which was not charged - so a result there I guess! I had the whole snapper with smashed potatoes which was excellent. Overall, we enjoyed the entire dining experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Very creative, fresh and generous portions with great service all in a beautifully designed setting. We usually take our out-of-town guests to Hollywood, Downtown or Beverly Hills for an LA dining experience but the food and the experience is so good at Girasol, we now keep to the valley."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dinning is an "event," so it's not for those who want to be in and out within two hours (or are super hungry before getting there). Food service is beyond slow. You'll want to buy some bread (yeah, you have to buy it). Very loud. Unfortunately you can hear the tables next to you rather than the person across from you. It's kinda like this place is a bar in fancy dinning clothing. Not for a romantic date. Full of business meetings and shop talk. Tables are artistic, but not functional. Can't put legs under tables, which only makes you farther from the person you are struggling to hear. That said the wait staff was amazing, and food was good. Would probably not go back unless with a big group for drinks."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I ordered the salmon my husband ordered the NY steak. The waiter asked my husband how he would like his steak. He did not tell me they serve the salmon almost rare. I wish he would have told me so I could have asked for it more cooked, it was almost raw. We ordered a mediocre bottle of wine, $80, extremely over priced. The arugula salad was amazing."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I was very excited to try Girasol but the food was just average. Many of the plates had tasty elements but none of the dishes really seemed to come together to create something spectacular. The interior of the restaurant was lovely but the acoustics are so bad that by the end of the dinner it was difficult to hear the person right across the table. The service was great and friendly but, for the entire time that we were there, the chef and several of the serving staff were fussing over, presumably, a VIP at the next table which was a bit distracting. We probably will not go back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food and service (our waiter was Eric) was outstanding - we both loved the octopus salad, even though my wife would normally never consider octopus. And, the whole red snapper was delicious. For dessert, which we had planned to avoid, we had the best panna cotta we have ever tasted, with very sweet plums. The only downside is the tables - they are gorgeous, custom pieces; however, the bases are just too large for the tops, so you either sit way back from the table or bump your knees. I can't believe the designer ever sat at one of these tables. Next time we go, we will try to sit outside, weather permitting, where the tables work a bit better, even if they are not as decorative."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had visitors from Switzerland staying with us and we chose Girasol to show local flavor and an American chef who has also has flair. We had eaten here before as a couple and had a nice, romantic evening. Our reservation was for 7:15. When we arrived as a party of 4, the hostess tried to take us out to the patio without asking our preference. Unusually humid weekend for LA, it was drizzling when we arrived. We had 12 people staying with us for 5 days and our air conditioning quit so we were not interested in outdoor dining. We requested a table inside and that seemed to befuddle the hostess. Not a good start. The meal was great, our visitors were impressed. There should be a way to specify indoor / outdoor on reservation."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great restaurant with great staff and food. Only disappointment that they ran out of both of my first two choices at brunch. Which was weird because they weren't too crowded on the Sunday when I was there. At the price point they're at, I still don't feel I've tasted the best of what they've got."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "After dining here every Sunday for the past few months we hit a snag! Chef/Owner was not here this time and the kitchen lost its quality control. Food took over an HOUR to arrive. Though we were given a complimentary fruit plate, it was no compensation for the poor plating when food did arrive. Eggs ordered over easy were hard cooked. Bacon was raw and dripping with grease. Restaurant should know how to drain bacon grease!! In today's dining world where Bacon is gold, this is a must to get it right! CRISP AND BLOTTED. The hour and 15 minute wait was inexcusable. We should never have been charged for this meal, it was that bad. BEWARE and only dine here if Chef is in residence."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "It appeared that the people who came much later next to us got our orders (they must have ordered the same brunch items) but it took an hour and and a half to get ours. They seemed oblivious to this - had to ask why we still hadn't received our food. Said the kitchen was very busy - but it wasn't at all busy when we got there and placed our orders. They were nice in comping our drinks, though, although we had iced tea, so it wasn't that big of a gesture. Still food was good. Maybe they need more servers? Ours seemed to be running to and fro. Meals weren't even that hot - must've sat around for awhile. Get more wait-staff."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great find in Studio City. Nice to find great restaurants in residential areas."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Had the most amazing dinner/evening here. Got a terrific corner table that allowed us hear perfectly and see everything. The waiter recommended a fabulous fig starter, followed by the most delicious maitake mushroom dish. Such an unusual combination of flavors that blended together perfectly. The end result was light, delicious and unforgettable. A true work of art. The chef himself came out to present the dishes. Such a treat."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Sensational dinner for four -- great drinks, terrific "befores" (the octopus salad is very special), and perfect entrées. No, really -- perfect! Excellent and attentive service -- thank you, Eric -- and, amazingly, truly great coffee. Our only quibble was/is the noise level -- very high. We were actually unable to hear each other at times. But we will return for the exemplary food (including a repeat of that peerless arugula salad) and outstanding service."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "From being greeted upon arriving, until leaving, the staff was unusually warm, friendly and helpful. The restaurant has nice decor but it is a bit noisy inside. We ate outside. While Moorpark Street is not the Champs-Elysees, it was pleasant and comfortable. The food was unusually good. We had the signature red snapper, which was terrific, preceded by two small plates that were equally good. Everything was done differently than we've come to expect with outstanding results. The manager remembered that it was our anniversary and came over to congratulate us. All-in-all, a fine experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My sisters and I rarely have a chance to get together due to logistics but when we do, it's always a special event. We chose Girasol to celebrate my sister's birthday because of two of us are big fans of former Top Chef C.J. Jacobson. We were disappointed that we missed him but the staff and the food more than made up for it. David, our server, was the best! We will be back in a heartbeat! Girasol just put Studio City on the map as a foodie destination."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Dear god. I will come back JUST for these. Loved the farm to table and the steak was perfection. The service was sublime. The only thing I don't like is the noise level. If there could be something done to amend this I would eat here often. But the food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "For the record dining out is very much the norm for our family. Fortunately, paying for a nice meal has never been a problem. However, don't start off the experience with a perceived negative by charging for bread. Really? The food was tasty, but how about some vegetables with the entree and not something obscure like endive! There's a difference between being creative and silly. Our server was aloof, probably because I was dining with my young son and figured the tables with couples were more important. Also, servers are permitted to clear the table and not simply pass this off to wait staff when the meal is complete. Again, too aloof to realize he missed a larger tip. It's a shame because the food is really good and I might have returned."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I give Girasol a lot of credit for moving into the neighborhood's "white elephant." We all liked Girasol a lot. The presentation, taste and quality of the food is terrific. Girasol is not complicated but not simple either. Dishes are well thought out and very compatible with their seasonings and sauces. Farm to table, as they say. Which explains why everything tasted so fresh. Only concern I have, is if their prices will have longevity in the valley. Somewhat expensive for the location, Girasol may just have to be a special occasion "go-to" restaurant. For my budget, anyway. The valley deserves some higher standards, but just not sure the higher prices will make it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great addition to the neighborhood. They food was delicious. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Girasol is the first restaurant at this particular location since the demise of the decades old bar-b-que joint, that is way worth going to! We tried every place that would appear briefly only to fail shortly thereafter. Girasol just keeps getting better every time!!!! Excellent memorable dishes. Very fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. LOVE the octopus salad. Love the duck confit! Loved my fish special. Even the decor is spectacular, making the odd L-shaped room welcoming. My only-small- gripe (and it applied to those around us as well) the lovely tables with wrought iron bases are a bit tricky to fit one's legs around. One couple nearby even turned the table around so his legs could fit under there. Otherwise, very comfortable!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The ambiance was very nice, but the food was overpriced and not great. My entree was a fish special and it was cold by the time they brought it to the table. It was kind of a bummer because I had been looking forward to trying this place and we came on my birthday."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Girasol along with Asanebo are the two finest restaurants in the San Fernando Valley. Chef CJ Jacobson is truly innovative and consistently goes for it. The fava bean and choriso hummas with charred flatbread is addicting. You also cannot go wrong with any of the meat or fish dishes. Just ask CJ what to order and you won't be disappointed. It also is nice to see a celebrity chef who is actually in the kitchen cooking rather than one who just shows up when the cameras are around."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great Gem of a place. I have been here twice, once for a relaxed dinner and the other for a business dinner. Great food & wine selection, and good service. I find the price reasonable."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Loved this place. Great service. Super cocktails. Food superb."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great menu and food wowed us! Everything was so pretty and fresh! Not a brunch person, but would totally recommend and go to Girasol again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had read a small piece in the newspaper about this restaurant, specifically interesting to me because they serve octopus. We had a lovely dinner here recently. It is noisy indoors, however, they have an outside patio where we comfortably sat. The menu is interesting with smaller shared plates and entrees. We each ordered an octopus salad which was just delicious. Also, we could not resist the soft shell crabs which were equally delicious. Additionally, we ordered two sides including potatoes with cheese which was bland and salad of kale and beet tops which I thought was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fantastic, fresh, local food. but because of noise level and delay in service we left before what we thought would be a wonderful dessert. Reservations were at 6:30pm on Sat...Flavors and freshness of the food just jumped off the plates....but by 7:20pm, the waiter disappeared, and the noise level became so great, we could not have a decent conversation. Asked two servers about the delay in receiving our entree, and finally the waiter came back. He said it was delayed but "did not know why." We asked him to check with kitchen and find out and, not surprisingly, he came right back with it. Obviously, the restaurant has customers who love this kind of atmosphere. We will definitively go back for the food, but earlier and on a weekday."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I don't know the neighborhood and picked Girasol based on a whim even though it got mixed reviews. Neither my companion nor I could have been happier with the choice. The food, ambience, and décor were all perfect for us. Each plate was a work of art and a flavor delight. We had about ten different dishes and each was a delight."
    Dined on 7/3/2014