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Girasol
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Girasol Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.girasolrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (818) 924-2323
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch
    11:00 AM-3:00PM

    Dinner

    Bar Menu 4:00pm-6:00pm *Dinner menu available at 6:00pm
    Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved this place. Great service. Super cocktails. Food superb."
    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 first went to Girasol on their 4th night open and have returned about 20 times since then, so was excited to go on their 1 year anniversary. The restaurant offered a complimentary champagne cocktail and the chef created an amazing complimentary appetizer/amuse-bouche that was spectacular and something you won't get any other time. I was grateful to be there for that alone. We ordered some of our standard favorites such as the peach, burrata and fried lentils, the octopus salad and the mussels. All were amazing. The menu changes frequently based on whatever is fresh and it never disappoints. I am thrilled to live in the neighborhood, but highly recommend to anyone in the LA area that wants an amazing meal and great service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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
  • "Beautiful venue and great food, but limited entrees, and they were out of the duck one hour after opening. Also, the tables are built in a way that make them hard to sit comfortably, especially for anyone tall. Our friend had to sit sideways. Love the concept of the restaurant though!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We really enjoyed dinner! I was looking forward to an innovative, original and tasty dinner and it didn't disappoint. Creative dishes, fresh and local. Lively place and attentive service. I'll go back when I can relax over dinner again. Nice to have a hipster place in the area though there was an eclectic crowd, young hipsters and older grandparent types. Nice."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our cocktails were delicious as were all the starters we had, the dried fava & chorizo and octopus were outstanding. Everyone entree was delicious - there were 5 of us. The DONUTS as always were exceptional. I loved the panne cotta with apricots. There is a new slightly bubbly wine from the Veneto that was delicious with everything. The service was most gracious without being overattentive. WE had a most lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I think our group of 6 enjoyed our dinners a great deal. I especially enjoyed the whole fish red snapper! Looking forward to coming back here again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Loved it. Used to live very close to this place, tried restaurant after restaurant at that location, but none of them stuck. Now we move away and this gem arrives. Bummer for us. This one I hope is there to stay. Great flavor combinations, food was so fresh, we ate at the bar because the restaurant was full. The bartender was extra friendly (we told her about a restaurant in Atlanta that waives your corkage fee if you share a glass of your wine with the kitchen, she loved the idea so much that she waived our corkage fee after we gave her a glass), my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed everything! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Girasol, in both food and environment, competes with best restaurants in LA. With more reasonable pricing than its peers on Melrose, 3rd Street, etc., the Chef serves inventive and beautifully prepared food. Great selection of seasonal and local delicious ingredients. We have been a few times over the last year and have been consistently pleased with the variety of choices on the menu. The dining space is inventively designed and beautiful. Service has been consistently very good. It can be quite loud and dynamic....much like most if LA's best. Don't expect a quiet, tranquil evening out. Go for great food and lively environment."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was all very good. Especially loved the Octopus salad, fava bean puree. Excellent service and gorgeous interior."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nothin' but fresh, local food prepared in the most innovative and delicious ways. I have never loved eating vegetables as much."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I took a good friend, who had been wanting to go to Girasol for a long time, for her birthday dinner. I made reservations on the restaurant's website. I asked for a booth if possible and that it was a my friend's birthday and that she had been wanting to go for along time. We did not get a booth because there are no booths in the restaurant. We both ordered a desert. The waitress put one small candle in my friend's desert and wished her a happy birthday. Most restaurants I have gone to usually bring some type of special desert on such an occasion particularly when I alert the restaurant in advance. I was surprised there was such little effort shown to a special celebration which the restaurant was made aware of."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Love the crispy lentils and burrata. Brianna, our server, was awesome."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We took the whole family for Father's and Grandpa's day brunch. The food was amazing, especially the French toast, lobster Benedict, Apple sausages and ricotta strawberry crepes. Yum! And the agave mimosas! Double yum! We had the kids and that was fine during brunch. Looks like a great date night hang out after dark and OH the food! Go!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary celebration and were not disappointed. Food and preparation were excellent, as was service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Probably one of the best meals I've had in LA! And, let me say, I'm frequently disappointed after hearing all the hype or being hit with the crazy high prices. One expects a certain level of food with such build up. I was not disappointed here. After reading about the chef's time at Noma, we decided to try out Girasol. We sampled most of the shared plates and then, went on to entrees. Quality, freshness, taste and display - top notch. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We've had dinner at this restaurant and it's been excellent every time. Love the burrata and peaches or nectarines, the meatballs and seafood selections."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Every dish had unusual combinations of tastes, and they all worked. Most included some fruit garnish with savory meats or vegetables. Our party included a vegetarian who ordered a fabulous roaster cauliflower entree. Others had lamb and pork loin. The small plate appetizers were also wonderful, especially the cherries in spiced yogurt."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food and the experience was just very average and it really didn't leave any memorable impression at all. Sorry."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I ate here as a single diner. I only had the apps and desserts I created my own chefs tasting menu which was perfect I would go back with out thinking about it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "excellent drinks and excellent food. Great presentations, nice pace. The brunch menu somehow limited......Lobster benedict, Octopus Gazpacho: creative and unusual. Salmon perfectly smoked!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was celebrating my BFF's birthday. Wow, from the valet, to the two lovely and friendly hostesses that greeted us. The service was 10, full attention by Michael and the wait staff that were always near without hovering. Fresh ingredients, unique pairings, presentation of the food was simply wonderful. The night ended with the manager asking how everything was. From beginning to end; simply awesome! I will return and I would recommend in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The valley has been lacking in good dining and now we are fortunate have an outstanding restaurant that is better than most of the fine restaurants in LA. Girasol is very special with an incredible menu and with their new sommelier a lovely wine list! Try the whole fried red snapper! Wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Girasol. The food is unique and utterly delicious. Prices are a bit high and the noise level too, bu the food makes it worth a visit!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's great to have delicious food in our neighborhood and not have to drive over the hill."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Excellent food. Service was a bit slow but they gave us complimentary glasses of wine since our first bottle selection wasn't chilled. Order the red snapper and smashed potatoes. Also for shared the octopus salad and meatball are great. Love to local veggie sourcing. Makes everything taste so fresh."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This top chef restaurant did not disappoint! CJ cares so much about what goes into the menu and how his guests are treated. Amazing foodies dream restaurant. And in the valley no less!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food is pretty amazing. Creative, attractive and delicious. We did a brunch and the Lobster Benedict is ridiculously good. Best Benedict that I have ever had. Anywhere. My wife got the Bread Pudding French Toast which was equally delicious. Also enjoyed the octopus salad. Looking forward to going back and I would recommend to all."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food is incredible! Service should be more swift. For the quality, prices are very fair, except for the wine list which is way too high. This is a perfect restaurant for corkage - I wish I had been prepared for that. To lighten noise level, I'd recommend the patio."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Every bite of your meal, from the fresh baked crusty bread, the freshly foraged herbs, the artistic plating to the perfectly ripened strawberry dessert proves Chef CJ one of the most passionate and creative chefs in LA."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had been to Girasol in December and thought it was good. But after having gone again this past Friday night, the food was absolutely amazing! We shared 4 appetizers, all of them just delicious... Entrees of steak, lamb and Risotto were all delicious. Shared a dessert, wonderful as well. Would highly recommend, service great, manager Jason, server Brianna, all in all a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Easily the best meal in the Valley I have ever had. We will go back often."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I can't stop raving about this place to everyone I talk to. Food is amazing, the entire staff was informative and friendly, and the ambience was fantastic. What an awesome experience. Thank you so much Girasol, for the all around GREAT JOB!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Hands down...this is the best restaurant in the Valley. Very innovative. Fresh ingredients. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The prices would lead one to assume that their food is going to be outstanding. Everything plate we received, however, left us saying the same thing: where's the flavor?! CJ is a competent chef, obviously. But it's also obvious why he never won Top Chef. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014