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Il Grano
Il Grano

Il Grano Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilgrano.com
  • Phone: (310) 477-7886
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday -Friday: 11:30am - 2:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5;30pm -10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Marino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Catering: At your place or ours! Experienced catering staff for intimate dinners of 8 or large functions of 300 catered to fulfill all your needs and requests for complete event function.
  • Private Party Facilities: 1 dining room max 12
    1 dining room max 30, with separate entrance, restroom, complete privacy.
  • Private Party Contact: Sal (310) 477-7886

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Purdue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 2 large public city parking lots adjacent to building.
A word from Il Grano
Il Grano's contemporary Italian cuisine is served in a comfortable and modern atmosphere. Chef Sal Marino's top quality seafood, produce from local organic farms and his own garden, and all natural meats are the basis for the authentic Italian cuisine which has earned him a James Beard nominee for Best Chef and recognition by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Wine Spectator, Angeleno, LA Times and more. Seasonal menus, spectacular seafood tasting dinners beginning with the signature crudo-raw impeccably fresh fish (LA Times), the ever changing popular vegetarian tasting menu (culminating with Tomato Wednesday starting in July highlighting over 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in his garden) assure you a wonderfully different experience each visit. Award winning Wine Spectator wine list with 1,000 selections including over 100 wines under $60.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was a terrible experience. The service was extremely slow. One dish was undercooked. The vegetables in one dish were not properly washed, so they had grit in them. Although we dined starting at 7:30, one of the desserts was sold out by the time we finally reached that part of our meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Beautiful and delicious food and gracious service. we loved everything about out experience. highly recommended !"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "food was good but highly salted. Chef came out to greet all his customers, nice touch"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Awesome food and service! This is a gem and Sal is a master chef!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service, nicely furnished and all around great experience (and bottomless glass of diet coke!). Highly recommended for lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Was very disappointed with the food. Would absolutely not return! There are so many wonderful Italian restaurants in this city. Don't waste your money here!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have had many good meals there, but this one was way off. The food was overly salted, to the point of being inedible. I asked for my mail dish to have no salt & they put 10 times the normal salt on the vege's to make up for it. My wife's fish tasted old like it was about to go bad. she didn't eat it, and noone asked if there was something wrong. Since it took so long to get the food, we didn't complain or send it back. I would say it was a different chef, but the owner/chef was out and around in the dining room. Server was very nice, but very slow, took multiple requests to get more water or bread or to get my dirty bread plate replaced. To top it off, we had a groupon for 30% off and they only reduced the bill by 20%, not right!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent meals, imaginativeely prepared, hand-sourced often from the Chef’s own vegetable, herb, and fruit gardens. This past lunch, the grilled apricots and burrata were the stand-out, and the bolognese and whole-wheat pasta -- divine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food awesome, service awesome, satisfaction level uber-awesome! Already booked for next week :)"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Il Grano is a great place for a business meeting or a quiet meal with a sig other. Food is generally excellent. Very reasonable wine list. Chef/owner Sal is extremely friendly and available. I have been going for years and hope to continue to do so"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had eaten at Il Grano years ago and being Valley dwellers who don't do dinner on the Westside very often, hadn't been back until a few nights ago. Although the menu seemed different, the choices were very interesting. Each of us had something different (salmon, rabbit, goat and salt-encrusted bronzino) and did tastings all around ... so all of us gave each dish a thumb's-up! Desserts were equally intriguing. I was so happy that they had mini-tarts (I had nectarine) so I wouldn't feel as guilty as usual when I splurge on dessert. The wine list was great, as was the service. We would come back here any time!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I went to Il Grano for a quick bite before the movies, and was blown away by the quality of the food--inventive, fresh and remarkably good. The crudo in particular was marvelous. The service was just the perfect balance between attentive and unobtrusive. The chef came out and greeted the diners, and his energy and enthusiasm were obvious."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food was terrific, as was the service. And it's nice to be able to hear yourself talk. But there's hardly anyone in the restaurant on a Friday night! People should know that they'll have a great meal here: terrific seafood and pastas. But maybe we should be happy that this neighborhood beauty appears to be undiscovered."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've been there several times and never disappointed. Will go back again."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "food was ok - often better. Waiter very nice, paid attention to description of food allergies, suggested a few things that should not be ordered. When the supposedly alright things appeared, there were still components that could/should not be eaten. Did the waiter not share the info with the chef? Where was the breakdown? "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food was very good and service was quite good. We arrived at 7:10 and were seated promptly. We ordered a drink and a salad and entree. The entrees didn't come until 8:35 even though they were standard menu listings. It was a busy Sat. night but this seemed a very long wait. The toilet in the ladies room didn't flush which could happen to any of us but should have been checked before the arrival of guests. I would go again, perhaps on a less busy night."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very comfortable and relaxed feel. Not stiff and stuffy like some fine dining restaurants. Lighting good, you can actually see the menu without flashlights."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Quiet enough for good conversation and good food. Wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive. A great place to meet with friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was expecting to taste the squid ink and uni from the dish but disappointed compared to another restaurant I've been to with the same dish. I also ordered the crudo. The sauce was interesting but didn't really go well with the sashimi. I don't mind paying for a unique and excellent type of food but this was not really worth it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We took business colleagues to IlGrano . It had been a long week of business dinners so we were very happy to sit down to a quiet and surprisingly elegant dinner... First the Crudo plate, Santa Barbara Prawns, stuffed zuchinni blossoms. Dinners consisted of my whole branzino baked in a salt crust. Cannelloni stuffed with branzino, risotto, and handmade pasta with octopus ragu. And finally we had the satsuma tart with whipped cream. I hope I got that all right! the point is, it all was delicious and the service was perfection. All in all and amazing meal, our guests were very impressed and content."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Just the two of us out for a romantic dinner. We were able to get a corner booth, which was very nice. Food is very good and presentation is excellent. A bit expensive, but for a special occasion, definitely worth it."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "A wonderful place to get away from the crowded restaurant scene with terrific and inventive food, and friendly and attentive service."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Service was spotty as was the food. Salads were way too salty, soup had no flavor. Crudo was boring and some of it was good but some tasted not so fresh. Guess it's not a big seller on the menu. I wouldn't rush back. Marino's in Hollywood is far superior."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I took my wife and our family to Il Grano for a birthday dinner and it surpassed even my high expectations. All the food we ordered was outstanding, but I will give a special mark to the octopus appetizer, buratta cheese with persimmons, the lobster ravioli, and the veal. But again it was all great. The chef came and greeted us and was super nice. The wine list was extensive though in particular for Italian wines (it is an Italian restaurant after all). Great and innovative desserts as well. So easy to get to--just off the 405 on Santa Monica Blvd with easy parking. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We've eaten here numerous times but never had such a service failure. The kitchen just didn't have it together this nite even though the food was still good. There were many complaints as two people in a group received dinner much later than companions. We saw this repeated throughout the room. A group of four waiting for a table finally left after being ignored. our gelato took 30 minutes to arrive, although the spoons and many promises came earlier. We thought perhaps they were milking the cow. Not the greatest nite at Il Grano"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I chose this restaurant based on a Gayot review and would probably rate it even higher than they did. The menu was full of interesting choices and we took the August tasting menu. Each dish was excellent, both in presentation and taste. Most items were prepared in a unique (to us) way. I cannot comment on the wine list since we brought our own wine (corkage $25). The restaurant is not inexpensive and we could not afford to eat here frequently (This was a birthday dinner for my wife). However, I hate going to an expensive restaurant and being bored with the food. This was certainly not the case here."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The two of us were very disappointed with our dinner. We both ordered the same dish, and had the same experience that the description of the fish item didn't add up to our knowledge of that particular fish. We have had that fish many times and this was different and not very good. In retrospect we should have told the waiter, but we were eager to leave to make a film, so did not say anything negative. Surprisingly this is usually a very good restaurant but will hesitate about going back. In addition their kitchen is very slow, even though it was early and not many table as yet occupied."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "No one works harder than Sal Marino at giving his customers the best quality ingredients. Go!!!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Il grano is one of our favorite LA Italian restaurants. The chef Sal is almost always there and serves up creative and traditional dishes with a focus on what is freshly available. Slightly off the beaten track, it is always the place we go when we want a quiet elegant meal."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I dined here for the first time this weekend to celebrate my wife's birthday. I was thoroughly impressed. I enjoyed my meal. The service was excellent. My wife was very happy. I would come back again."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I must say Il Grano never does anything but awesome. Having been to over 70 Michelin starred restaurants around the world, if I had a final meal before I died, I'd go with a tasting menu at Il Grano. The most fantastic stuff, from start to finish. Sal is a genius. More of the LA foodie community should go back, as his imaginative takes change constantly and is always a total pleasure!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Delighted to find this attractive and very professional restaurant right in my neighborhood. The menu is interesting and unusual and the food was divine. Judging by the excellence of what we ordered (salad and pasta), we would have liked to also try many other tempting selections. We will return and do that, even though it's on the pricey side It's worth it! The service was exemplary, polished and not intrusive."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Very fine Italian food with some Asian influences (e.g. the emphasis on crudo seafood). Everything is meticulously prepared and served, and the food is very flavorful but comfortable rather than challenging. The wine list is comprehensive and contains wines at all cost levels, with emphasis on Italian wines. The tasting menu provides an excellent opportunity to explore the chef's range. The staff is attentive and they do not rush you. The chef/owner comes out and greets the guests. The tables are well separated. This is one of a very few high quality restaurants in Los Angeles where it is possible to have a conversation. The tab is on the expensive side but well worth it for a meal with top-notch food and relaxed and friendly ambience."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We have been going here off and on for several years, and have watched the chef/owner get better each year. A recent dinner was one of the best and most creative meal we have had in Los Angeles. His touch with vegetables (many home grown) is superb, his cooking of meats of all kind (fish, fowl,etc) is excellent (nothing overdone, nothing underdone, all moist and respectful of the natural taste of good products) , and his matching of tastes is unexpected but perfectly balanced. Wine list has a good variety of wines in all price ranges. The only caveat - we had this wonderful meal on a slow weeknight. Recent Friday and Saturday meals have been very good but lacking the spark we have seen during the week. Weekend crowds?"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "We had the tasting menu in which each dish involved tomatoes. (The chef grows them himself) In addition to the fresh and local ingredients, every dish was beautifully balanced, and delicious. One of the best meals I've had in LA. The Waiter was charming had great knowledge of the menu, and picked a superb wine to pair with our meal. The room is a little banal. Very comfortable but a bit corporate in feel, which is ironic since the food is so personal. They could have spent less money and gotten a more interesting space, but that will not keep us away! I cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We let Il Grano slip off of our radar...big mistake. We were delighted to see Sal and once again experience his passion for cuisine. Il Grano is a big big winner. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "7 PM reservation. Drinks served . Ordered dinner 7:25. Asked for bread. 7:45 asked for bread with our starters. No one ever asked us if we wanted another drink. At 8:15 we were told that there was a problem with one of out orders. By this time everyone around us who had been seated after us had been served their dinners. We were served cold little bread rolls. The food arrived at 8:23. It was ordinary. All this time the chef has been standing in the dining room entertaining guests at another table who seem to be "special" rather than being in the kitchen making sure the guests in his restaurant were being served. They even acknowledged that the service was slow. We left upset with ourselves for not walking out before dinner."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "I had a delicious meal at Il Grano. The caprese salad was exactly what a caprese salad should taste like! Fresh and perfectly ripe tomatoes and the mozzarella was fantastic. I had the squid ink pasta which was also very tasty. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "The chefs home grown heirloom tomatoes prepared in a variety of dishes.The service was gracious and attentive.We had the tomato tasting menu ($45). The chef came out and introduced himself and was very welcoming. We were given a yummy complimentary "amuse" of pureed albacore. We started with a beautifully arranged bowl of green and red cherry tomatoes, that was then covered with a lightly creamed tomato gezpatcho,light, fresh and tasty, poured from little teapots onto the fresh tomatoes. Then a fresh capreese salad of rocket, heirlooms and high quality buffalo. Then a lovely cannaloni, with fresh tomato sauce Then an albacore perfectly grilled with a tomatoes salsa.We finished with a tomatoes sorbet. The chef and staff want to please. Great"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Chef Sal and Il Grano continue to impress. My wife and I were finally able to come to Tomato Wednesday recently. Our schedule had not allowed a Wednesday night outing the past few summers. Sal and the crew did not disappoint. Each dish was artful and delicious -- a delight to the eyes and palate. The standouts were the grilled octopus salad and the pastas. Sal just seems to make the most perfect pasta dishes I've tasted. My only wish and the only negative I can think of from this latest visit was regarding the food potions. They were rather small. I savored every bite but I wasn't quite full at the end. Unbeknownst to us, they brought my wife and I each a slice of Pizza Stracciatella before we were finished with our pastas. Thank you, Chef."
    Dined on 9/18/2013