Il Grano
Il Grano

Il Grano

  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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.
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Il Grano reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (25)romantic (20)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (19)good for groups (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Il Grano = sublime
    Ari111
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In June 2014, an acquaintance who manages an auction house invited me to lunch, and we went to Il Grano. I'd never heard of it; since then, I've eaten there on 5 occasions. To summarize, the ingredients are fresh (Note: Sal picks the vegetables from a garden located behind the restaurant), the food prep is simple and innovative, the wait staff are attentive in an unobtrusive manner, and the tasting menu can be adjusted to one's personal taste. Moreover, given the quality of the food, the pricing is extremely reasonable. Il Grano is a wonderful and pleasant surprise in L.A., providing exceptional food in an unpretentious, cool atmosphere. I hope that new diners' experiences at Il Grano mirrors that of my guests and me.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • We could have dined all night...
    DoctoralVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Personal attentive service - a warm feeling they were very happy we were there even though they were full - each course prepared and presented with care - try the open face ravioli (aperto) or any pasta, for that matter and the black cod a la "foam" - next time one of the very appealing "Tasting menus"
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • One of the best
    PrivateDInerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This Chef is not only a good Chef but he goes all his own fruits, vegetables and herbs! This year he had over 20 varieties of the most delicious tomatoes you would ever want to taste. It is not on one of the main drives like San Vicente, Wilshire or Montana etc. because I sometimes forget it but after this last meal, his Wednesday Tomato Night, my friend and I are determined to return. The parking is easy, which makes it nice as well. No valet, you don't need one. If you like Italian, I say definitely give this little gem a try.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    From the grilled artisan sources organic peach with burrata, to the pasta fungi, to the albacore, to the mini-dessert sweets + lovely wine ... lie was good. Thank you, Il Grano!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Exquisite dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Though the neighborhood is slow in its revitalization, this restaurant is state-of-the-art. Everything from the knowledgeable and attentive wait staff and the simple elegance of the atmostphere to the beautifully prepared dishes, I would not hesitate to fine-dine at Il Grano. Complimentary champagne for our anniversary, followed by an amuse-bouche of tuna tartar... appetizers of Fiori and Caprese, entrees were the Caramelle and Paccheri a Ragu imperiale with sides of Vegetali al forno and Rapini, finishing with dessert of Albian Strawberry Tarts and Cioccolato. Would not have changed one bite. (Visit Il Grano's website for menu descriptions.) Chef Sal came by toward the end to make sure we had enjoyed our meal. Enjoyed? An understatement!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • All around wonderful
    larry
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Sal Marino , the owner treats everyone like an old friend. The food is delicious and authentic. One must try Sal's home grown tomatos.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pookie
    Pookie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This chef is wonderful and grows his own tomatoes which he serves in various delicious recipes. I had the homemade pasta with summer truffles shaved on top. It was divine. The wine list is excellent with a focus on good Italian wines. Excellent seafood. The service is excellent and attentive. I wish I could have lunch and dinner here daily!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good food and quality wines at a reasonable. Excellent service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomato Wednesday!
    lravVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went with a group of 13 of us in the private room. The chef helped create a custom tasting menu within our budget and every single item was amazing, considering they were grown from the chef's private garden. LOVE this place. Total hidden gem.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were underwhelmed.
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had heard such great things about Il Grano, specifically about the fish. My husband and I both ordered fish entrees. They were mediocre at best especially given the price point. We won't go back.
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    notable wine list
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  • Can't wait to go back!
    BHReviewer2VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We hadn't been to Il Grano for a number of months & decided to go for our anniversary. On Wednesday during the summer a Pomodoro/Tomato menu, fresh from Sal's garden is offered. All small plates to share. Everything we had was delicious & innovative - focaccia with tomatoes, tomato sushi, burrata, seared tuna with tomatoes, the potato gnocci melted in your mouth and even tomato sorbet that was truly an treat. The service was exceptional - our waiter was out to please - he was concerned we didn't like the wine we had ordered, we had stated it was unusual, and he brought another for us to try. We look forward to returning next Wednesday!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    LeneVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    consistently good, fresh food; attentive wait staff
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • rosieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Uses top ingredients to make a special dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Consistenly Good
    JHG1VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wednesday is tomato day during the summer and the green zebra gazpacho was outstanding as was the san marzano tomato pizza. The tomato sorbet is an experiment .... Definitely worth making Il Grano a regular dining spot!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Il Grano is living on its past
    Wouldliketogoback
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Both food and service used to be very good. Service is abominable. The current wait-staff should be fired and new staff brought in with training provided by professionals. If food were extraordinary, I would go back even with "bad" service. Alas, this is not the case. I will never go back to Il Grano. Sal needs to reinvent the restaurant.
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  • Great date night
    loveFOOD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went here with my husband and we really enjoyed it. We never felt rushed by the staff and very much enjoyed our wine. The red snapper crudo was awesome but my favorite was the squid ink pasta with sea urchin sauce, it was incredible!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • jaow
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Some of the food was very good and artistic. My dish was not. Was the salmon frozen? The service was very slow. But is was sufficiently quiet so we could talk to our friends. We were a table of 6.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful ambiance
    steven
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Beautiful and delicious food and gracious service. we loved everything about out experience. highly recommended !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • food
    BebrVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    food was good but highly salted. Chef came out to greet all his customers, nice touch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    JimcaltiusVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Awesome food and service! This is a gem and Sal is a master chef!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great
    JHG1VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, nicely furnished and all around great experience (and bottomless glass of diet coke!). Highly recommended for lunch and dinner.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
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  • Very Disappointing
    PaliDinerVIP
    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!!
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  • Consistently wonderful
    AnonVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Shhh Best Kept Secret in WLA!
    JimcaltiusVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food awesome, service awesome, satisfaction level uber-awesome! Already booked for next week :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • I love this place
    sdp90404VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Still Terrific
    encinocarol
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Il Grano reviews archive.
  • Remarkable food in a quiet setting
    TomLAVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
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  • quite retreat
    undertheradarVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
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    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I've been there several times and never disappointed. Will go back again.
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    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pay attention to food allergies
    eclecticeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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?
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  • Overall Good
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Very comfortable and relaxed feel. Not stiff and stuffy like some fine dining restaurants. Lighting good, you can actually see the menu without flashlights.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    DonitaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Quiet enough for good conversation and good food. Wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive. A great place to meet with friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squid Ink Pasta w/ Uni Sauce
    Teno
    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.
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  • great Italian for out of town guest
    scout72
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Pricey, but very good
    twoputt
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    A wonderful place to get away from the crowded restaurant scene with terrific and inventive food, and friendly and attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    wandsVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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.
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