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JiRaffe
JiRaffe

JiRaffe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Jirafferestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 917-6671
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 5:30pm-9:00pm;

    Tuesday - Thursday: Dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pm;

    Friday: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lunetta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Private Chef and Catering opportunities are available. Contact us at 310-917-6671.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate large parties in our mezzanine. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join Us on Monday's for our famous Farmers Market inspired Bistro Menu. $38 per person 3-Course menu.
    (Regular menu also available)
    http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/monday-bistro
    Look for our thanksgiving, Sunday Brunch & Family Style Dinner Dec. 29th also NYE menu coming soon!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located on 5th Street and cost $8.00. There is also street parking available.
A word from JiRaffe
JiRaffe offers market directed rustic California/French food with seasonally inspired classic cocktails in a casually chic environment. The service is relaxed yet articulate and as elegant as the coastal community of Santa Monica.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had heard that JiRaffe was a great restaurant so we decided to give it a try during the Dine LA event. The dinner menu looked like it would be perfect for us, but when we got there, we were treated to a few additional choices plus an amuse bouche of the most delicious mushroom sipper. From start to finish (including terrific bread basket choices) everything was delicious. Portions were generous and the foods were just as described - really super. We would return for sure!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Jiraffe has been around for many years, but the cooking remains at the same high caliber. The meal was uniformly delicious. As usual it was very noisy with close crowded seating. Service was very rushed with each course appearing immediately after the last. This was more a race to the finish line than a fine dining experience probably because it was restaurant week. Very, very good value for the DineLA weeks with large servings of expensive ingredients and no extra charges. Pleasant food service staff. Would not return during restaurant week again because of the rate of service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Superb in every way! Delicious from start to finish."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The waiter was very helpful in suggesting an appetizer which was sooo good. The food was prepared as requested, and there were plenty of other people to assist with water and bringing us our food. My two complaints about this place is the noise level was incredible, and I didn't feel that this restaurant could handle DineLA for lunch. There was a chaotic feel when I entered, they had more people than they could accommodate. This is a nice intimate restaurant, there wasn't enough space to support the crowd. Perhaps if they would open their doors for the entire DineLA time of two weeks, this would not be a problem. Instead they re only open for lunch on two Fridays."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have explored some DineLA options this year for the first time, and Jiraffe was indeed one of the gems. The meal course choices were excellent (for a meat-eater and a vegetarian), the service via our waiter attentive and fun, and the food itself delicious and served in a timely manner, rather than being thrown at us. It was an early dinner so the restaurant had not filled up yet - noise was very modest. Would highly recommend the restaurant - be aware though that it appears to be expensive if you are not eating a prix fixe meal!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I waited 45 minutes past my reservation time and I watched as the host offered others drinks for their wait but i was not offered the same. They did not bring my first course until after the second and I had to ask for it. The second course lacked seasoning and the crab was overcooked. The main lacked sseasoning and was under cooked, I had to send it back. The experience was very disappointing, given the reviews an recommendation. I eat out every night and I would like to give it another chance but with so many other good restaurants why would I."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had been to Jiraffe once years ago, and thought we'd try it for DineLA. We were totally impressed with the quality and variety of the food, and the service was spectacular."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food was really superb, everything! One of the best meals I've had lately and we eat out a lot!! However, we wouldn't come back because of two reasons: 1) the noise level was off the charts and wasn't conducive to relaxed eating, and 2) Service was poor. Wait staff was too busy - probably needed more help. Wine took a really long time to get - didn't receive it until dinner (had already had two courses), and was a bit challenging getting the correct check."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I attended Jiraffe for our 2nd anniversary and we decided to try the Dine LA menu option. It was exquisite. The entire staff was very friendly and thorough. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "So, to be fair, the food was delicious. Husband had Salmon and I had Halibut for main course and artichoke soup to start. Delicious! Both my teenage sons ordered pasta, but when they say small plate, they really mean it. Teeny tiny portion of ravioli was laughable except for price. My biggest complaint is that we were seated at a table immediately next to the curtained area where waiters were coming in and out and yelling at each other. Our waiter was very nice, but clearly overwhelmed and we had other waiters slamming the food incorrectly down in front of us. It is a very loud restaurant and to be fair I think we would have enjoyed it if the table wasn't so awful. It really should have been a table for two in that area, not 4."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. We ordered off both the DineLA Restaurant Week menu and the regular menu. The food was good, I don't have anything really negative to say about it. But, at the same time, I never got that one dish that blew me away. Where the experience really disappointed was in the service. Our waitress was incredible scatterbrained. She kept forgetting which items we ordered and completely forgot to bring us our wine. Because of this, we were consistently given the wrong food and place settings with each course, which really took away from the dining experience. Finally, we felt rushed out of the restaurant as she brought us our check before we even finished our dessert/coffee. I don't think we will be returning."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a great dinner here. Enjoyed the DineLA menu, food was excellent. We may do a repeat of the menu since it was so good. Our Server, Chris C. was excellent. He was friendly plus very helpful with suggestions. His service helped with the great dinner we enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Outstanding food, not only was it gorgeous looking but tasted even better!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went for the Dine LA event and every single dish my girlfriend and I tried was amazing. The staff was extremely friendly and I would come back here for a special event."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Eating at Jiraffe is one of our big pleasures! We only eat lunch however, so catching them during dineLA -- and then only on a Friday -- is mandatory. We love the wait staff, the food, the look of the place... everything. Thanks, Jiraffe and any time you are going to be open for lunch regularly, we will be there!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try JiRaffe for a while and was rewarded with a delicious lunch at an amazing price during Dine LA Week. We started with a complementary sweet corn soup that hit the spot and was both sweet and savory at the same time. The halibut was perfectly seared but moist and tender in the middle and the linguini with crab was delicious, especially the cherry tomatoes. The chocolate chip cookies ice cream sandwich was okay but nothing special. All in all, it was a great meal at a bargain price. I would definitely recommend and for another visit."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was poor, we had a reservation at 8pm but didnt get in till 9pm. They were unapologetic and kept us hanging."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had not been to Jiraffe for years but found ourselves there midweek during Dine LA. The menu was superb, every offering beautifully presented and delicious. Service was warm and cordial. Many of the diners were treated like old friends. A lovely surprise and a reminder that excellence can be just around the corner. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30 year anniversary at JiRaffe. The upstairs dining area provided a romantic and celebratory atmosphere. Excellent and service"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Server didn't know menu that well. Didn't tell us specials without asking. Server said they were out of a lot of items. Food was average. Nothing to write home about. Not too impressed with my experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I couldn't get a table at Cafe del Rey near home so decided to head into Santa Monica with my wife and two visitors from New York. I wasn't sure where to book, but my wife dined next to a billionaire in JiRaffe recently and I figured her boss would reserve somewhere nice for him to eat. All four of us were impressed with the atmosphere, the food, the wine and the service was first class. We loved the beet salad and the WAGYU carpaccio and this is one of the rare spots on this side of the Atlantic where you can order sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I'm going to stick my neck out and give JiRaffe 10 out of 10."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Love the bistro menu Monday nights. I get in about once a month or more."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "amazing food (the mix of flavors was on point for every dish), great service. amazing chef and owner! :) loved everything about JiRaffe. DONT miss out on dessert!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Raphael Lunetta and his staff never disappoint. First time eating the hanger steak and it was prepared just right and tasted of heaven."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was very good! The jidori chicken and the sweet corn ravioli special were our favorites. The mixed green salad was excellent - not something I would usually review since it's so simple, but it's one of those things that is so easy to ruin. Here it was fresh and light and dressed perfectly. The banana creme pie dessert was amazing too. But even more than the food, the service was top notch. When I first called to revise our reservation time, Bobby was very professional and friendly. He gave us a great table that set a nice atmosphere for the lovely dinner. Our server was also very professional, just the right amount of friendly and available, but not intrusive. Overall, a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great place to take anyone you want to share great food, service, and special memories ... great staff ... and the owner/chef Raphael is a wonderful host ..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a place that has stood the test of time. All of our dishes were very good and we left very happy with use we had. Our waiter was great, but overall service was a little off. Not enough menus and what seem like a little chaos (which could be because the owners kids were helping out that night leading to a nice family restaurant feel about it)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had not mean to Jiraffe in awhile and it was so nice to be back. The food was delicious and creative, as always. We had the corn ravioli appetizer that melted in our mouths. My husband had the pork cheek, which was also wonderful. The trout and salmon were cooked perfectly and our daughter had the chicken, which is one of Jiraffe's trademark dishes. The desserts were also fantastic. Our waiter was one of the best we have ever had. This is a fantastic restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I love Jiraffe. If you're a Vegan or Vegetarian, good luck however! I was hard-pressed to find anything (ok, the mixed greens which are delicious). However, in cheating and through past experiences, you won't find better food. Anything with mushrooms is to die for, the gnocchi, salads ... all superb. Petite french portions, great service, outstanding wine and a lovely vibe. Still 5 stars to me even though I'd wish they'd add more veggie options :)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Small older restaurant just off the noise of Santa Monica shopping area. We felt a bit under dressed (nice shorts and sweater for me, jeans and heels for wife) as other patrons had jackets and dresses, but staff didn't bat an eye. Looks like a place where the locals go. I recommend it."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We dined there twice in this past week, and indication that we like the place. Good chef, good kitchen, refined and sophisticated dishes, pleasant old fashioned setting and ambiance. The portions seemed relatively small and prices seemed relatively high but overall the experience was worth it."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Dinner was great, except two of the dishes could have been hotter or at least warmer. The onion soup and the Halibut appetizer. My Salmon was very good and so was the trout and John Dory we all happened to have fish!!! Which was prepared perfect. Cocktails are very good too!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We never get tired of eating here. In fact, we almost went twice in one week. The food here is always outstanding. If they ever have the sweet corn pasta, ORDER IT. So creamy and delicious. My only complaint was that I didn't have enough (though I still would have wanted more no matter how much they served me LOL). The steak we shared was tender and juicy and the potatoes au gratin underneath were the best I remember having. I was almost more excited about those than the steak! Their staff is always polite and efficient. They treat us like regulars even though we can only eat here once a year. If you are looking for a special place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, this is a great choice. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Came here with my wife and mother, really great atmosphere, quiet, and very unique French flavors. Really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had delightful meal and a robust conversation, the staff were accommodating and respectful and provided a wonderful meal"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The expanded menu is welcome and adds variety and subtlety to long-time favorite appetizers and entrees. Still at the top of their game. An excellent meal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We were looking for a relaxed place where we could hear one another and would not feel hurried. Unfortunately, the noise level was quite high. The food was very good, but almost from the start I felt we were being hurried along by the wait-staff. Next time I'd go somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very good - not great - but I'm picky. My only real criticism is that the wine list seems to lag the food. But we had a lovely evening and at the end of the day, that is what matters!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food was unique and delicious. The lamb was purely exquisite. They also gave a free mushroom soup that wasn't on the menu but was unbelievably delicious."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Didn't leave hungry and glad I didn't feel stuffed! Be sure you have lunch before you come for dinner. There were 5 of us and 5 different entrees. Everything delish! YBest pork chop and filet! Will go back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014