Josie
Josie

Josie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.josierestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3105819888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Josie Le Balch
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Josie Restaurant is available for in-house parties as well as extensive off-site catering. Please call us or visit our website for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Josie's Fireplace Room accommodates private parties of up to 35 guests. The entire restaurant is also available for parties of up to 85 guests. Please contact us if you'd like more information.
  • Private Party Contact: David Osenbach 8669434065
  • Special Events: Josie Restaurant offers a three-course $35 prix-fixe menu every Wednesday evening featuring seasonal cuisine from our local Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Also, Monday nights are No-Corkage nights where corkage is waived for up to 2 bottles per table.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th Street
  • Public Transit: Santa Monica Big Blue Bus @ Cloverfield & Pico
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking along Pico, and a private lot behind the restaurant (enter on 25th street)
A word from Josie
Just off the beaten path is where you will find Chef Josie Le Balch's self-titled Progressive American eatery. By lending her French culinary heritage, her Italian expertise and her love of simple, natural foods, Chef Le Balch has created a masterly merger of tastes and textures that is sure to surprise and delight. The interplay of the rustic and the refined is evident in every room. From the sand-blasted wooden ceiling beams and the modern skylight to the handcrafted stone hearth and the tailored lines of the furnishings, the ambience is a mixture of old country warmth and clean, contemporary sophistication... a perfect palette for Le Balch's imaginative menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Josie reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (22)notable wine list (7)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • West LA Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Josie is a great restaurant. The menu is excellent, food perfect, so many flavors and always consistent. To top off the perfect tastes the service is top notch. A very comfortable welcoming designed environment. A cannot miss dinner.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superbasusual
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A wonderful meal. Every item was superb, appetizers, main courses, and dessert. We do not go there often enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
    LoveItaliaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again, a lovely evening in a beautiful space, excellent fresh food, lamb tagine amazing, blueberry crostata amazing, New York steak amazing, service attentive and enjoyable. We really need to dine here more often. Josie is consistently superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Haley
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Amazing attention to detail in everything prepared-very fresh! Be sure to have dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service very indifferent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Starter was Ok, Main course was very good, and the Desserts outstanding, but the service was offhand to say the least. At the end of the meal we were given the wrong check (one that was considerably smaller than our correct one) - when I pointed this out to the waiter I got neither an apology nor a 'Thank you' for saving him what would have been considerable embarrassment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Josie's Restaurant
    CharlieW
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nice little neighborhood restaurant and great food. We had the Dine LA specials. I had the whole trout and my husband had the short rib. Both were very good and well seasoned. We had the wine pairing with the different courses, which was very nice. We would return to this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hated it
    Miranda
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was excited to eat at Josie's with the reputation that preceded her. James beard, top chef, write ups, I don't know if they are talking about this restaurant, this place does not fit the hype. Good thing we went for dine LA because if I paid more, I'd be steaming. I spent 100 w wine pairing. The croquette appetizer was mash potato fried with no dressing leaves on the side, really. The short ribs was on top of mash potato , probably the same one they used for the croquettes, and I think some veg, can't remember , thats how much I want to forget this meal. Their famous bread pudding, hmmm why is it famous again, what! I hope the chef will go back to the kitchen and put this restaurant to the same glory it attained.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Josie rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We've been here a few times now and the food has been consistently great. We recently went and had the dine la menue. Most of what was there were on the regular menu and again no disappointment. The tomato soup was just one of the stars this time but other times its been the duck. On the expensive side but good for a nice or even special occasion. Minor quips: wine list is on the expensive side and corkage is $25. Also the main dining room was warm to the point of uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Josie, our favorite LA restaurant
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Josie is a neighborhood gem. Request a table with Michael He's cheerful, knowledgeable and makes the evening so enjoyable. Inventive food paired with farmer's market vegetables makes this our fav LA restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    StudioCityEats
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I asked if I should have the short ribs or Prime NY steak... the waiter said, not to brag, but he had been told that steak lovers who go to places like Mastro's, like their steak better. So I ordered it... and it was perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been wanting to visit Josie's for a long time and a perfect time during LADine. Had a great dinner, and even better service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unassuming location great food
    JRSJAG
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    First time at Josie - non-descript outside but very New York chic inside. Food was great - wine a little pricey - servers were a little reserve not very friendly and talkative. would probably go back for the food
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we were after
    posheats
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were looking for a great restaurant near Santa Monica for 6 great old friends to get together. I was initially concerned when we were sat in the middle of the dining room. But we could hear each other, the staff laid back until natural openings in our conversation allowed for them to step in and take our orders, and the food was excellent. Couldn't have been a better place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good.
    AlwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Josie is a talented chef and the chocolate bread pudding is perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere but limited menu
    Cmatt
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A nice atmosphere and good but not great food. The menu is very limited and strangely the only feature dish that night was another steak dish when they already had steak on the menu. We split a cheese/tomato tart, which was quite good. I had the lamb and it was also good . M had the steak special and she enjoyed it. The wine by the glass selection was kind of limited. We split the warm peach pie and enjoyed it. Our waiter was capable but not very engaging. All in all, a pleasant evening with good food but nothing special that would make me come back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service
    dodgerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Inattentive waiter. Never came to table after entree was served to check if we were satisfied with meal. After ordering dessert, which we shared, never asked us if we wanted coffee. For a restaurant with these prices we were very surprised with the lack of attention. Spoke to Josie and told her of our experience and unhappiness.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a group of 7 for a special occasion dinner. The food was excellent. Good service. Overall a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geat Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wonderful restaurant - the food, service and ambiance are outstanding. It is so pleasurable to be able to sit down to dinner with friends in a great restaurant where the noise level is low and one can have a conversation. We have come here many times for special occasions and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ray144VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant off the beaten path in the south part of Santa Monica. In many respects it is like an oasis in a sea of strip malls and industrial buildings. The interior is beautiful, the food was great and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 748 reviews are from the Josie reviews archive.
  • just great!
    meatyardVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Loved this restaurant. The food was perfect. Beautiful room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Josie's is always a dining pleasure. The menu has a good variety of choices and the wait staff are always very pleasant. The food is never a disappointment, so would recommend it without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Night to Remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Our experience at Josie was flawless. Everything was perfect from the fabulous food, the impeccable service and tasteful decor. We will definitely be coming g back to Josie for another special date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neil in California
    NeilCync
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Picked this through Yelp while on holiday in SF. Remarkably good food well and consistently cooked. Some fine meat and vegetables cooked with care. The chef obviously knows what he or she is doing and cares about flavour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner with Friends
    BCDance
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was our second time at Josie's and our friend's first. Food and wine were both excellent and well recommended by the staff. Pairing was spot on. The seasonal specials were excellent (white asparagus soup was delicious). Loved it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    venusdines
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    There were four of us and each of went on and on about how outstanding each dish was. The food here is utterly fabulous. The service is perfect and the ambiance is lovely. This definitely goes to the top of my favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Disappointing Experience
    GeminiVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had not been to Josie for several years. Sadly our return was disappointing in all respects beginning with the menu. Our first waiter was surly; however, service recovery was genially handled by a second waiter who came to our rescue. We enjoyed several of our appetizers and entrees , but an equal number were not very good. We all shared a chocolate tart for desert that was outstanding. The restaurant was not full making us wonder how long it could survive.
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  • Food review
    Dancer
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Restaurant is far too noisy. Chicken very tasty. Apple dessert too doughy Service mediocre
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like I remembered...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I found out about Josie's through a Food and Wine show for Viking appliances years ago and I always said I would go to her restaurant based on the food I tried and I finally made it. The food was fantastic. I had the Wild Boar and my husband had the Bison Burger, both were wonderful. I can't wait to come back and will drive the hour drive again soon... It was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as Good as I'd Hoped
    ceejay
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I'd heard Josie was very good, so I had high hopes. I would say the food was spotty. I had the fish special of the evening, a winner. I began with a standard butter-lettuce salad, which they serve with grapefruit sections (delicious) and burrata (totally extraneous). My friend ordered chicken, which was dry, and my husband ordered fusilli, which he said tasted as if it had come out of a box The brightest spot was the key lime pie dessert. It is served as an individual round and was oh-so-tasty. The wine list was impressive, but way too expensive. We had brought our own, for the $25 corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu is tired. Food was bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Menu is tired. Food was bland and our waiter pompous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best kept secret
    LAVisitor
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I was traveling through Santa Monica on business and made a reservation completely from the great reviews Josie received from OpenTable and Yelp. The reviews were spot on - we loved it! The people we hosted from LA had never been there but told us they would definitely add it to their list of favorites. The wait staff was very experienced and helpful, the bar drinks were well made, and the food was delicious. We didn't realize one of our guests was vegan beforehand, but they were able to make a dish that was superb for him. Since I was from out of town, I was nervous about the restaurant when we drove up, since the exterior doesn't look like an upscale dining experience, but that changes once you enter. Four thumbs up from all of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for Undergood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Was excited to try Josie after seeing positive ratings and reviews. Unfortunately the food was just average. General lack of harmonious flavors, poorly constructed dishes, disappointing and flavorless dessert. Service was awkward; waiter featured the specials twice because he forgot he told us the first time. There are many better restaurants than Josie, especially for the price.
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  • Special
    Alec
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Quiet, accessible, wonderful food with great service, this is a very special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    For dietary reasons, at home we are not big meat eaters. When dining out, however, we do not stick to our usual affairs...and wow, does Josie's do meat well! The quail appetizer was tender and perfect and the special short ribs with a dark kale-like greens and mashed potatoes hit all the old-home town yearnings. The seafood eaters at the table left no scallop or salmon coquettes behind. Our first-time guests learned what we meant when we said " You can't go to Josie's without ending with the chocolate bread pudding." Everything was so tasty, we had no room left....so we left with a few homemade truffles to eat later at home...We do miss the amuse bouche quiche...how sad, it was a treat for so long from this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Cooking But the Wine List!
    robertSFnativeVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Josie and her staff are top notch and we had excellent short ribs, close to excellent scallops, and fantastic buffalo burger. Same with very high quality first courses and a top notch bread pudding. Cheese course selections were quite good, but frankly skimpy, especially for sharing which we did. But what's with the wine list? Cheaper but not great wines and very high priced very good to excellent. We had the Hartcourt chard and superb, but where are the wines between 70 and 110?? Seems to be a set up, to get the wine that matches the quality of the food you have to buy over $100. You have done and could do better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Josie Night 2
    krin
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This is my second night @ Josie. My mama, who lives in the neighborhood, has, I think been many times. I love the location. I love the feel inside. I love the loveliness of the servers and the hostess. I love the food. It was delightful, truly. Last time I made a special request to be close to the door, as my mom walks with a cane these days. They were very accomodating. I forgot to ask this time, but am certain that they would have been equally accomodating. I consider the food exceptional, and the price in fact quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Weekend <3
    DanielleVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    With all the restaurants in LA to choose from, we decided on Josie as it's been on our "must try" list for years, and just have never been. Everything was perfect, from amazing menu choices, flavors, wine pairings and of course the impeccable service. Saturday the 15th was also a great choice, as it was more quiet. Highly recommend Josie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had a bad experience
    Susan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Josie is a really great restaurant. No matter how many tables are filled, one can still hear each other speak. You can have a conversation! The service is prompt, not in your face, and all the staff are very informed. The menu is different than any other top notch restaurant. Wonderful pairings and combinations. And frequently one is brought an amuse bouche before you've even ordered a drink. So your hunger is abated whileyou ponder the menu. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gouging for love Valentines rip off
    maestro
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    110 per person...you get...amuse bouche....app...entre...shared desert.... wait a minute?...$110...so, the little app is what...$30?...the small entre is what...$60?...the shared desert is what.......$20? terrible rip off, and add extra insult when it was plus $15 if you had the foi gras appetizer! The food is good here, but two people can go any other night and have a meal for $150, so why is the prix fixe $110 per person?. Might have been okay if a cocktail or wine had been provided....nope. Charging these kind of "Craft" prices ( they back it up) and delivering small portions with an upcharge has unfortunately caused us to remove Josie ( where we have dined several times) off our list. Shame. Provide value please, happy to pay for it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and Underwhelming
    rp123
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This place had me spending 300 dollars for two people on Valentine's Day. The food was OK, but wayyyyyyy overpriced. I will not be coming back here. The presentation and flavors were just OK like I said. They also overcooked the Bass order.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate