Girasol
Girasol

Girasol

  • 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.

    Dinner:
    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 8189242323x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Girasol reviews from OpenTable diners
234 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (193)neighborhood gem (151)special occasion (116)hot spot (63)romantic (56)great for outdoor dining (41)great for brunch (39)notable wine list (34)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (12)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Worth a try.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Excellent, complex appetizers. Good wine list. Entrees were solid but not remarkable. Service was a little over-attentive at times. Got my entree order wrong. And.. don't really want to know my server's name. Room will be quite noisy when full- hard to hear my server even when she was practically shouting. Noise level improved dramatically as early tables cleared out. And finally- a quibble - Seems odd to be charged for bread in a restaurant like Girasol, both for the bread (admittedly very good, baked in house) at the beginning of the meal and for an extra piece to sop up the rest of the Cioppino,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique flavorful dishes and excellent service!
    bu2boraVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    My first time to visit Girasol. Very attractive dining room and bar. The small plates offered many different flavors, one of my favorites was the octopus . I plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We truly enjoyed our dinner at agora sol. The food was innovative and delicious. rather pricy for small portions, but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Flavors
    PamLovesFood
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Amazing flavors, fresh ingredients, unique sauces & cocktails make this a great food experience...good for more adventurous people. The service was incredible. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A second time was as good as the first time
    RussieJ
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great food. I had the fried fish which was excellent. My friend had the salmon special which he pronounced as "the best salmon I ever had" (he is 83 and has dined out all of his life). My wife had the apple onion soup which she loved. Our party of six all shared appetizers which were all wonderful. The meatballs and the pears and buratta were my favorites but it is also had not to mention the shrimp with watermelon. The only problem I have with Girasol is the tables which have a rather wide base and as I am long legged they do not allow me to stretch my legs.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoriVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Girasol was a wonderful spot to have a birthday bruch. delicious food, special details great server. Drinks were specatular and so different. Everyone had a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food and service
    drea1134
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Amazing food and service. Love the atmosphere. Meatballs are a must have. Very knowledgeable staff. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    beachlover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We stopped while visiting a relative. What a treat to find a restaurant we will tell others about. We ordered 3 small plates to share and all were unique combinations of flavors eg shrimp with melon. In the wine list we found something which complemented the dinner. Excellent choice and well worth driving some distance to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and small plates
    Rarenightout
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We sampled several of the small plates and sides for our dinner. The meatballs, pears and buratta with crispy lentils, smashed potato, and pork satay were all delicious. The grilled shrimp with melon, peppers and grapes was also very good. The sautéed greens are prepared with crunchy hazelnuts and a vinegar base, which we really enjoyed, but may deliver a surprising bite if you're used to just butter and spinach. The cocktail was a little underwhelming, but we were focused on food anyway. Service was excellent from the whole team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange menue
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food selection was very limited and small quantity. Pricy
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    fit for foodies
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  • Totally yummy!
    LetsEatGoodFood
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went to Girasol for a special evening with friends. The decor and ambiance are both wonderful (loved the ceiling) The service was exceptional as was, of course, much of the food. The "smashed potatoes" were amazing as was the flash fried kale that came with my entree. I could have gone away happy with just those two dishes, plus the amazing dessert!! One of my dining partners raved about the lamb stew which was a special. The chocolate brownie dessert with sea salt caramel gelato was seriously fabulous. I would certainly go again, although personally I could only afford to do so on rare, special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Everyone in my party loved the food. CJ's menu is "top chef"!!!! As a guest from out of town, it is an LA experience I will remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    geminirosey
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This was a perfect treat for my husband's birthday. Delicious food that was at once familiar and yet distinctive. Our waiter was fantastic and comped us two desserts when I told it him it was a birthday dinner. The sea bass was perfectly prepared, and the fried doughnut balls and cream dessert was out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a kind in the valley.
    SuiGeneris
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    It is refreshing to have a prize like this in such a convenient place. The food is superb. The ambiance ranks with the city's finest restaurants. The wait staff has won prizes and they deserve it. They are knowledgeable and if there are questions they know the chef will respond to the table for comment. The restaurant is also ready to please. An accommodation for a food allergy in my group was met with a smile and will do. The chef, CJ Jacobson stands a head above others in the valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    luvfood
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Girasol was excellent. We had great service which added to a great eating experience. The food was well prepared, nice presentation and yummy. The restaurant can get loud so try to get a table near the back of dining room and it's much easier to converse. The restaurant is an easy on/off freeway access, which always helps in LA! The octopus salad was amazing, very tender, pork loin was moist and the duck was crispy. Smashed potatoes and the greens were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girasol
    DPdiner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We went based on having seen the chef/owner in action on Top Chef Duels. The food was a success- the Burrata cheese and the Hamachi appetizers were both delicious. The menu changes seasonally. Our server was polite and timely but not personable, which goes a long way in the overall dining experience. I felt fortunate to enquire in the chef/owner was there and fhe took the time to come over to our table and introduce himself and signed a menu.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best dinner yet!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was the best dinner we've had a Girasol, and we've been there several times and all were delicious. This time we shared the octopus salad, steamed mussels, meatballs, burrata and pear salad and the bread. Oh, the bread and butter. I could make a meal of that alone. I just wish they'd get some comfortable chairs!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fell Flat
    FoodWench
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The shared dishes were excellent. The wait staff good... until a few guests arrive and then NO SERVICE! Our wine arrived AFTER we were finished with our entrees! My cocktail was taken away half-consumed....The whole snapper entree was dry so we sent that back. What appeared to be a wonderful place imploded the minute a few tables were in the restaurant. I won't be going back unfortunately any time soon. Additional staff I think would help this place immensely.
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  • Wonderful
    FoodSnob13
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was r4ecommended by a business associate. This was a business dinner with a new client and it didn't disappoint. Shared dishes were delicious. Best pork loin I've ever tasted. The crispy seaweed with the black cod was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girasol was terrific
    jillsmw
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Girasol was both beautiful and delicious. Girasol means sunflower and the ceiling of the restaurant is a giant sunflower with petals extending down the walls to beautiful effect. We had a variety of small plates, all beautifully presented and many with edible flowers. The meatball dish was fantastic, and we also really enjoyed the shrimp with melon and shiso leaves which had a bit of a kick. My friend had the chicken entree which she liked but I thought was pretty ordinary, and my other friend had the mushroom and cauliflower entree which was quite delicious. We ended with the toffee date cake which I loved but others thought was too sweet. The waiter was very handsome and that helped too!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • love a good meal
    ibcookin
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Very nice ambience. Good service. I found the food under seasoned. The food is presented very well. I was curious to see lentils in three of the dishes. The favorite of the table was the pork and octopus. The grilled shrimp and melon was quite good. Im not one for salt on desserts. The toffee pudding was good. My coffee was returned twice because it wasn't hot. The third time it was very hot. I found it interesting that the waiter presented the check before we asked for it. Its not like they had people waiting at the door. I do prefer the European approach regarding this. They bring the check only when you ask for it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Meal
    theonewithabowVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second time to Girasol. The food is unbelievable. CJ is an incredibly talented chef who deserves all the praise he received on Top Chef Duels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food/Bad everything else
    ThorTyr24
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our first time at Girasol was in September and it was just great. Our October visit was very different. Chef CJ's food is delicious and complex. Between the 4 of us we ordered many dishes and really could not remember what we ordered by the time they got to our table. Our server, Eric, never bothered explaining what our dishes were or anything about them. He was busy and we saw very little of him. The food is so good and unique but we ARE NOT dining at Denny's here. You can't just slap a dish down and walk away! We sat on the patio and the chairs were HORRIBLY uncomfortable. Spoke to the manager and got some lip service. After our second time here, I am not sure we will go back. Too expensive for the Denny's service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stilesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The appetizers are big enuf to share and excellent. The Octopus salad was very tasty and very very soft and not chewy at all. The main dishes were excellent, esp'ly the duck confit. The donut dessert was good but not as good as the other dishes. The ice cream was icy. Over all very enjoyable and we will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal ever Mommy
    Kinevis
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My 12-year-old son is a bit of a foodie. But we don't often eat in high-end restaurants. I chose the restaurant carefully for our mother-son time. He took his first bite of the Hamachi appetizer and said "I suspect this is going to be the best meal I've had so far in my life." After his last bite of dessert, he confirmed that indeed, it was. The food was subtle, flavorful and every bite felt like comfort food. We could taste the love and care in the food. The wait staff also cared, and had easy-going energy with attentiveness. Not too filling and all excellent. I highly recommend Girasol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, very quiet and romantic
    Gmlacal
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    nice place, decor is great.very quiet and great for a romantic diner. Food is creative but some dishes are a bit disappointing - just too basic
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Birthday Dinner
    food2die4
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My sister and I had a wonderful birthday dinner. The service was outstanding! Every special request was immediately fulfilled without judgement and was repeated without a reminder on subsequent servings of wine and/or food. The food was beyond fabulous. From the riot of flavors bursting in our mouths starting with the spicy shrimp and melon appetizer to the dessert of plums and goat cheese panna cotta - every dish was perfection. It was a noisy for table conversation but the wait staff and food made it all worth while. Small and compact, this restaurant packs a punch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Know This Before You Dine There!
    Luv2DineVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The bread is $8 extra. Waiting for an appetizer, we ordered "bread twice! We found out when bill came Paid extra for birthday dessert, BUT, within 5 minutes, the manager came to our table and said to the birthday guest. Why did I bother. Valet parking was $5.50 each car. Noise is terrible. Feel Warned!!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • What a find!
    lIovegudfood
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Tool my wife there for her birthday as we had heard the food was creative and excellent and we were blown away by how delicious everything we ordered was...the bread is out of this world and I doubt there is a thing on the menu that is not first class. My parents always love to go eat in great Los Angeles restaurants when they come to visit and GIRASOL will be at the top of the list next time they come!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two words: Bottomless Mimosas
    JupsVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wanted Sunday brunch at a local spot, and Girasol hit it. Between the Lobster Benedict--and yes, it was as yummy as it sounds--and the Bottomless Mimosas, our 2-1/2 hour, in rushed celebration of Sunday was pure bliss!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    AlleyCat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Studio City has a wide array of great restaurant options, but for a high end dining experience, the choices are much more limited. Girasol is one of the great options in this limited category. Beautiful design, both of the menu options and the restaurant itself. Smashed potatoes are a favorite of the staff, and now me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Overpriced and Overcooked
    JulieAChef
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We sat for a good 15 minutes before being offered water, let alone a drink. The octopus salad was tasty but the presentation was unremarkable; the plate of greens with just a few small pieces of octopus was not $18-for-an-appetizer good. The fish (the fried whole one) made for a lovely presentation but was overcooked and dry. Again, not worth the price tag (this time $36). My companion's pork loin was also overcooked and it did not physically resemble pork loin. Portions are not particularly generous. They get points for offering reasonably health conscious selections including gluten-free entrees, though if you don't ask you would never know. The desserts were unremarkable. All in all, an expensive disappointment.
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  • Loved it!!!
    decoratorgirl
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Girasol has become my new favorite. I went this time for my birthday. The bartender is great. Terrific wait staff too. The food is amazing. I has the gnocchi with sage and shrimp (delicate, savory, delicious) and the beet appetizer. Really good specialty drinks. Beautiful interior design. It's a great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food! Yum!
    TammyA
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Such a wonderful place to go with friends! Food was excellent and the presentation was beautiful. Our waitress was always on top of our needs. It was a bit loud though and somewhat overpriced. I would definitely eat there again. Can't wait to do brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, nothing special.
    tytandy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Shared starters were good. Mains were mediocre. Too expensive for what it is. The seats were very uncomfortable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • girasol-high chef in valley
    Westsidefoodie12VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    my wife and were looking for a white cloth-higher end restaurant in the valley coming to an event in the Valley from West LA. Wood tabletops and we were led to a two banquette type even though we asked for a four top, and said we would be gone in an hour, coming in at 6:30. The food was alright, nothing memorable from a noted chef. We shared a grilled shrimp and melon salad and then ordered the whole fried snapper, that we once had deliciously at Tar and Roses. This one was a Snapper-Midget, hardly enough for one, let alone two to share. We hadn't had enough to eat, so we ordered Special of Chioppino. This was quite sjparse, also. Looks like they are trying to save on portion control.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Dissatisfided
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    TABLES VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. All THE EMPLOYEES agreed tables were bad and needed fixing. Menu limited. Asked for quiet table with the reservation and also that is was a birthday but neither were accomplished. WILL NOT GO BACK..
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  • only regret was waiting too long
    hopien
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had been meaning to try the restaurant and something always came up--great meal, ambiance, etc. We will absolutely be coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed my experience at Girasol. Food was excellent, everything was delicious and well prepared. Would definitely come back and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new find
    vhrlVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    beautifully decorated and appointed great service and menu went for husbands birthday, they wished him a happy birthday but did nothing else, yet for the table opposite us they brought a little something with a candle, I was a little disappointed that we did not get that as he deserves to be spoiled. had I of known, I would have done something. would go back, very good over all
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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