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Raphael Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.RaphaelonVentura.com
  • Email: info@RaphaelonVentura.com
  • Phone: (818) 505-3337
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, first seating at 5:30pm, last at 8:45pm
    Friday and Saturday, first seating at 5:30pm, last at 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colfax Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Curbside valet available immediately outside the restaurant.
A word from Raphael
Raphael is a family-owned casual fine dining restaurant in the heart of Studio City. Raphael aims to provide Studio City with a dining experience unlike any other in the area, as can be seen from its casually luxurious and elegant décor and attention to detail.

The full small plates menu is also available in our lounge, where Mixologist Chris Parke creates one-of-a-kind cocktails highlighting fresh juices and herbs. In addition to full bar, we also have an extensive wine list with a diverse selection of wines by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Raphael is a gorgeous space! It offers savory and mouth watering small plates of sophisticated bites, blended with the finest and freshest ingredients! Chef Evan continues to shine among his creative choices, excellent presentation, and interesting combinations of savory dishes. He has daily specials...so you should definitely try one, like his watermelon, goat cheese, with crispy pine nuts, with a beautiful balsamic drizzled on top. The Bar Tender, Chris is creative, artful, and friendly, introduces you to drinks that have unusual ingredients, that make his cocktails his signature! The service is friendly and accommodating. I love this restaurant, and highly recommend a visit. Come to Raphael...I 'm sure you will get hooked like me!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It's hard to review this dining experience. We went early on a Saturday. 6pm and there were only 2 others people dining. With their 2 year old. Who screamed on and off for the 45 minutes we were there. It was uncomfortable that no one else was there but I think it's just a late night spot. The food was good so try it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was one of the noisiest restaurants we have been to in a long time. Sat near a table of 20 girls who yelled and screamed the entire time; maybe a bachelorette party . They should have been in a private room or way off by themselves . The manager gave us a free desserts, but there was no place else to sit. We asked to be seated elsewhere when we first sat down. The. waiter told us there was no place for us. Later some people sat near us, complained, and they were moved. Oh well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "If you don't care to wait 2 hours to be served then this is your place, we complaint several times, our waiter was arrogant , he insisted we should order 2 dishes per person, we ordered 5 dishes among the 4 of us. about 1/2 HOUR AFTER WE ORDER THEY SENT AN APPETIZER, we asked once more about the rest of the food and our waiter had the nerve to say he warned us to order more than 1 dish p/p, he said the kitchen was busy, my husband asked to cancel his plate, he was so upset that he couldn't eat, the waiter with a long face and said it's almost here, it took another 7 min more to get the the rest. The only good thing was the manager he apologize very graciously insisting to give him another chance to return,what a way to spoil a night"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was looking for a nice pretty quiet place to have dinner with a special friend. Raphael was great - friendly, no wait with our reservation, great food, and able to carry on a conversation easily in the nice ambience."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I am I very picky eater and never let people order for me. But I have ordered the chef's tasting menu twice now at Raphael and am just amazed at how wonderful the food. The chef is amazing. He is so talented and makes unbelievably delicious food. The staff is also super friendly which also adds to the overall WONDERFUL experience. I would highly recommend this place to everyone and I would definitely recommend getting the chef's five course tasting menu!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food. Small plates concept great way to share and enjoy. Room was very well done and completely different from drab surrounding neighborhood"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was outstanding - it worked well with their small plate sharing idea. We really liked the table angles and booths which give most diners a lot of privacy. The menu was very interesting and we can't wait to go back and try more dishes."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Raphael was just OK this time. We went a month ago and had a superior experience...the seasoning seemed a bit more bland the second time (we ordered most of the same dishes) and service was just so-so."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tried this place for Valentine's day weekend and went back a month later for my birthday. LOVED everything about it. All small plates so we were able to try a bunch. Loved them all! Beef Tartar was amazing! Banana bread pudding with PB ice cream was one of the best desserts I've ever had! Gnocchi, tempura chicken, sweet, sour, salty brussel sprouts, pork belly, ALL amazing!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Let's be quick about this chef who must own a salt mine because everything that was served to my wife on me on 3-13-14 was heavily over-salted.......from the albacore tuna tartare to the dressing on the wild mushroom salad to the rabbit ragu pasta.......the pasta being actually inedible due to so much salt which was worse than the overcooked mushy pasta noodles. The steak tartare was absolutely tasteless. Maybe we should have known something was wrong when we arrived at 730pm and there were only two tables with diners."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We tried the 5 course tasting menu. Everything was excellent. Our server checked on allergies and dislikes, everything was accommodated without question. I would highly recommend Raphael and look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "So many great choices...this was like designing our own tasting menu. Loved it! Many tables in nooks & crannies afford privacy worthy of celebrity status...felt like a celebrity myself with the attentive service and the special greeting by the Chef! "Small" plates actually big enough to be your entrée at the end of your tastings. 3-cheese was perfectly matched up, and a great way to start the dinning experience...next time I will go for the 5-cheese! Pork belly worthy of double order (it's that good); tuna tartar was heavenly; shrimp in bisque (not soup) was super flavorful and well-cooked; salmon was deliciously crispy; for the meat-lover in all of us, the 48hr steak was incredible."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The perfect meal, Raphael's never ceases to amaze me."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Wonderfully crafted meal! Imaginative, aromatic, classy, calm, and fun....I felt like the food critic in Ratatouille! Best Regards, Mike K Sherman Oaks"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Extensive wine list and delicious little plates. We really enjoyed the gnocchi, brussels sprouts, fried chicken, roasted chicken, salmon and we ordered seconds on the plates we loved the most. Simply delicious."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Raphael was excellent. The sweet potato gnocchi is an absolutely essential dish, and this place delivers much more value for your buck than, say, Black Market Liquor Bar down the street."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We arrived at this uber hip eatery early and enjoyed excellent service and delicious food. The noise level picked up just as we were leaving."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I enjoyed my meal and experience at Raphael very much!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We were celebrating my wife's birthday and she wanted to return to Raphael as we had a great foodie experience and our foodie cravings were not disappointed! Great friendly service, fantastic food that was shared by all, the pork belly...we ordered 3 more plates for all to enjoy. We will be back again and not just for a special occasion. Thanks"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I have been to Raphael Before to dine however this time for Wine And Cheese It Was Not At All Busy In The Lounge Wine Was Just Okay Cheese Plate Was As If They Had Quickly Thrown Together ?? Brussels Sprouts Order / CAME 15 MINUTES AFTER PLACING ORDER !!! OPPS THE FOOD SERVER NATHAN EXPLAINED THE KITCHEN MUST HAVE MADE A MISTAKE WITH YOUR ORDER"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "It was our first time here & enjoyed the food immensely! Shrimp, egg yolk, potato was delicious along with my diver scallop & salmon dish!! My husband & his friend enjoyed their dishes, too!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Had a great time at Raphael! food was outstanding, though I could have done without the flowers that garnished some of the dishes and very 1980's-haute-cuisine type plating; overall, it was a pleasant experience: waiter was friendly and attentive…bit of a hiccup when our grilled bread with marrow butter was lost or forgotten, but it was quickly remedied by the manager, who ended up taking it off of our bill, which was a nice gesture. additionally, The viognier was fantastic - which our waiter recommended non-judgementally when I admitted my ignorance of wines. My favorite dishes were the pork belly, American Wagyu and the banana bread pudding. I would definitely come back for another meal and absolutely recommend it to a friend"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Excellent food. Found their implementation of the Dine LA specials a little strange. The policy (all diners needed to purchase the Dine LA fixed price menu) seemed to lose site of the focus of this weekly event: to expose people to new restaurants at a reasonable price. They seemed more concerned with the immediate revenue and less on winning over new long term customers. If one person wants to order a la carte, and another the special price fixed menu, so be it. To his credit, when we eschewed the special fixed price offering because we didn't want all the courses, the waiter was kind enough to point out the pricing of one of our items. He didn't do the math for us, but we soon realized we'd be spending more a la carte and went fixed."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Fantastic food with great service. Great wine list! What more could you ask?"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Small plates meant to share. Food is amazing and you will want to order at least 5 plates to experience what the chef has to offer. Go with your girlfriends to share this experience. Great wine selections as well."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We did the chef tasting and it was absolutely wonderful! Service was also great!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Everything was good, but the food was under-seasoned. Pleasurable evening."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Rafael is a special occasion place for me. We love going during DineLA where we can try a variety of wonderful dishes. Everything that we had was amazing!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Went with my husband for date night. Sat at the bar and started with wine and cheese platter. Very nice. Went on to two appetizers, cauliflower and pork belly. Amazing! There happened to be a birthday party in the bar area. So very, very loud. Hard to get bartenders attention, but may have been due to the large party. We left after the appetizers due to the noise. We will however, give it another try."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Although we really enjoyed most of the dishes, the noise level was so high we all had to shout. Not sure I would return, but possibly during the week."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I love tapas style dining. If you do too, this place offers a great selection and everything is delicious!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The social living voucher restricted seating in the lounge area which was a great place place to be seated because the vibe is way too cool. The waitstaff was friendly and professional and the tapas and wine totally exceeded our expectations. We tipped 20% and felt like it was a steal."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Very unhappy with the service. The restaurant was almost empty yet they sat my date an I next to the loudest people in the place. Totally unacceptable and enough of a reason I won't go back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Raphael is fantastic. I Yelped it yesterday. Hands down, one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. Raphael never disappoints !"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My wife and I have been to Raohael twice now. I hope it won't be long before we visit again. Baked brussel sprouts and sweet potato gnocchi. WOW. Great wine list and cocktails too. The dessert with the banana pread pudding.........yum"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food and wine list were outstanding. Our server, I think his name was Nathan, was wonderful. He was friendly, extremely attentive, and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant, nice ambiance, food was very good, and the bartender picked a delicious bottle of wine! I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This was our second visit to Raphael .. truly outstanding. Ambiance was great -Tables arranged in lots of little nooks and crannies so almost felt like private dining. Service impeccable. Great place to go with a group - most of the dishes are served family style so great for sharing. Food innovative and original and really, really good. Don't miss out on the 48 hour rib steak. The best piece of meat I've ever had."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "There were four of us and we ordered two dishes a piece to share. The tastes were varied, creative, and wonderfully satisfying. A lovely collective foodie experience."
    Dined on 12/6/2013