wonderful blissful evening
What a wonderful treat! The 5 course tasting menu is wonderful and the price incredible for the quality of it! The service was fantastic and above and beyond. Will be recommending to friends and we will be going back there soon!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great meal with my daughter. I had the Halibut it was excellent and my daughter had the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, it was cooked perfectly. It came with the best grits I have ever tasted. I am not a grits lover but think of the best macaroni and cheese you have ever tasted, that's how good these were. Can't wait to go back next time we are in Santa Monica. The service was also perfect!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new restaurant for our anniversary. It was over the July 4th weekend, so they weren't very busy. Our waiter was perfect, never intruded, but was always there when you needed something. The restaurant sits in an industrial park, but once inside you would never know it. An unusual menu, with items I would never eat, like bone marrow, but there were enough standard items to please. From appetizer to dessert, everything was great. Nothing was "too pricy" and our bill was about what we normally pay for two. This is "Stefan's at LA Farm", don't confuse it with "LA Farm of Beverly Hills". Not the same, Stefan's is the real deal.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great feed!
Before we even ate, I knew I'd have to go back. The menu is amazing! So many more things I must try. Our whole table really enjoyed the small plates (in addition to the appetizers). The small plates let you try so many more different things than otherwise you might. And they are worth it! Flavor combinations really popped. Every bite was an exercise in casual luxury. Highly recommended!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I WILL RETURN
Hadn't been there in years and it was worth it. Excellent food at a moderately high price.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service
Tasty food, good service, nice place...what more could you want?
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant surprise
My first visit I was pleasantly surprised. We sat in the indoor/outdoor area. Very quaint with vines on the walls and canvas ceiling. We used our Bloomspot 5 course tasting. All the food was wonderful. Our starter was the house Gravlax with mango puree and a tab of Caviar. Very tasty. The cheese stuffed Agnolotti in sweet corn broth was amazing. The diver Scallop was cooked to perfection and delicious. The Lamb chop was perfect. Desert was Chocolate Souffle, but I was able to get the Berry Cobbler since I don't care for chocolate. The berry cobbler was wonderful. Our server Ryan was fantastic. Very personable and informative. The bus staff were friendly and accommodating. I can't wait to go back to try other amazing dishes.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were waited on right away.
We were waited on right away. Staff were courteous and professional, maybe not as warm as I would have liked. I was so looking forward to having the hummus, but they were out. I didn't understand that since it was only a Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. The food we had was very good and visually appealing. I really would have liked to have seen Stefan, since he was one of our favorites each time he was on TOP CHEF. Oh well. I'd recommend this restaurant to others.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The parking was very difficult.
The parking was very difficult. If the lot validated parking, it was not indicated on the parking sign. The restaurant was not very busy, however, we were still asked to wait for a table. They didn't even suggest that we wait at the bar. The hostess did not seem very helpful or inviting. Once we sat down however, the service was friendly and excellent. We were impressed by most all of the courses of the Dine LA menu. The only exception was the meat / protein course, which seemed a little bland and under-seasoned. Otherwise all of the courses were creative and delicious.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for LA Restaurant Week and they did not disappoint. All six courses were amazing and the service was flawless. Would go again next time we visit LA!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal we had in Santa Monica
The meal we ate here was the best during our 30 day vacation in Santa Monica, and believe me we tried a lot of places. The quality of the food, the excellent service and wonderful ambiance made for an amazing evening. The freshness, care and preparation of each dish was impeccable and Alexander, our server, was able to explain the ingredients of each dish in detail. The whole staff from the moment we walked in made us feel welcome and every person we came in contact with made us feel special. Did I mention they also have complimentary valet parking. Something pretty unheard of in SaMo.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience But Expected More
I went to Stefan's on a Saturday night and had very high expectations based on what I had seen on Top Chef. Stefan was in Finland so we did not get to meet him.
We were there during Dine LA Restaurant Week so we had a limited menu which was fine as we saw it ahead of time. The Scallop was absolutely amazing and the beef dish was excellent. I found the crab a little too "fishy" and the pork entree was slightly overcooked and bland.
The service was not up to my expectations. We frequently had empty drink glasses and refills seemed to take a very long amount of time. We were offered additional bread and we received it 2 courses after being removed from the table.
I would consider a return during non restaurant week, but needs work.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went to Stefan's during Dine LA where they had a set 6 course tasting menu. The menu was fun and interesting. And the food was delicious. The crispy scallop was the best scallop dish I have had in a long time. Drinks at the bar were excellent also. Thank you Tara, the bartender. I enjoyed the adventure.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed it, despite it being VERY noisy. The special restaurant week menu provided excellent small tastes; we might have ordered off the regular menu but that is not allowed during restaurant week. So, it's hard to evaluate what a "normal" dining experience would be like, but we were wowed by what we had. Pricy but worth a try. Parking was a breeze as it was a weekend. No one knew whether Stefan was there or not -- would be nice to see his face circulating.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came for the DineLA menu
We came for the DineLA menu again since we loved it so much the last time we had the DineLA menu here. The food was very good but it seemed like the portions got a little smaller. We pretty much tried all the dishes except a few. The cucumber soup and ravioli were the least favorite but still tasty. Best dishes was crab salad and scallop. A little disappointed that this time around there was no wine pairing. Our server was good, very nice and sweet but too new (I think it might have been her first night) to give us the great service we expected like the last time. The server that had the next table to us was more attentive and explained each dish as it was brought to that couple, wish we had him. Still glad we came to enjoy a tasty menu.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there for dinela. The
Went there for dinela. The food was delicious. The tasting menu served small portions but it was a good spread that left us full after all six courses were served. The tasting menu was a good way to get exposure to a lot of what the kitchen has to offer in one shot. We will be back.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
DineLa Visit--First Time Visit
Loved the idea of a 6 course tasting menu for Restaurant Week!
The Acorn Squash Ravioli and the Scallop courses were my favorite but all courses were very tasty and had nice presentations.
The entree portion of the servings were a bit small for a dinner tasting, my table asked for bread 3 times lol!
The dessert course was yummy but wished for something more spectacular to end the meal.
Our server was very friendly as was the Kitchen lead boss lady : )
The ambience of the restuarant is very lovely and romantic. Perfect for date night or even a couples night out.
We were sat near the kitchen, so the lighting was a bit off on our foodie pictures.
Parking here was very easy, which is great for Santa Monica!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
LA Farms for DineLA
We went there for the DineLA tastings. The portions were a little small, but you did get to sample 6 different dishes. Our favorites were the Japanese Squash and Apple Ravioli, the Arugula and Fennel Risotto and the Smoked Potato and Carrot Soup. The service was great and we'd probably go back for dinner to have bigger dishes of the 3 aforementioned dishes. But don't think I'd go back for $45 tastings.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for the 6 course DineLA
We went for the 6 course DineLA menu and it was well worth the value!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a treat...
This is one of my favorite restaurants. I've been here before for Happy Hour several times... The bartender is always friendly and a good time is had! (This was all pre-baby and I haven't had a chance since, but I'm arranging a babysitter one night to treat myself to a HH soon.) I've had dinner here a few times. ALWAYS great food and drink.
This was my first time at lunch - I suggested it as a change from our usual places. The food was at its usual high standard. I love the burger (piedmontesse) and recommended it to my co-worker, who loved it. I tried the roasted chicken salad sandwich - delicious! The wait staff was fantastic as well - on top of everything.
I've asked my husband to bring me here for our anniversary next month :-)
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing first experience
Had the pleasure of experience the six course Dine LA menu
and had a difficult time deciding which course was my favorite.
Our server Justin was extremely knowledgeable and fun.
Really fantastic evening all around.
Looking forward to going back to try the 10-course kitchen experience soon.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at the Farm
Always a great place to have lunch. Wait staff is helpful and friendly.
Food is always consistently good.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful time at Stefan's!
My friends and I had dinner at Stefan's on Saturday. The food was great, Lance (our server) was personable, efficient and funny. Stefan came by our table and sat with us for a little while and made us feel like we were old friends. He's a wonderful host. I'd definitely recommend Stefans's at LA Farm to everyone!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stefan's at LA Farm a winner
My wife, my college-age son and I had an excellent experience at Stefan's. We had an early reservation because we were attending an event later so we were one of the first parties in the restaurant. We were given a nice table in an outdoor covered patio. The restaurant is pleasing to the eye; contemporary but with warm woods and colors. Our servers were attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. My wife had the open-faced hamburger. I had the whitefish and my son had the duck breast. All were beautifully prepared and tasted wonderful. I would definitely return.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stefan's @ L.A. Farm does it again!
Delicious Halibut, delicious apple salad, and my friend loved his food as well! Excellent service, water service was great, LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! Thanks, Stefan!
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hats off to the chef!! Outstanding food. Can't wait to return and try more dishes!!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing meal at Stefan's LA Farm
Everytime we eat here it never fails to amaze me how creative some chefs can be. The food is excellent, unique of the highest quality ingredients. From the miniature Big Macs to the ice cream lollipops at dessert, all the food was exceptionally delicious. For the entrees our favorite was the scallops - they were large, perfectly seasoned and given just the right amout of sear. Not overcooked or rubbery in the slightest. The squid ink risotto was so perfectly prepared and the seasoning wasn't over powering in the least. Our favorite sides are always the cauliflower mash and the spaetzle. A delicious meal enhanced by Chef Stefan greeting us and chatting at our table - a delightful outspoken man.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful And Relaxing
Stefan continues his unique and innovative menu. It changes every time we come in. There is always a great surprise in store. Great room with comfortable seating and never a rush to leave. Plus two hour dinner is encouraged.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service and the food is
The service and the food is always good, and Stefan is a kick!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has excellent quality price on the food. We have been to other similar price point restaurant that did not have the same quality of food. The plates were interesting and well rounded and the wine selection was very good.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always good. That
The food is always good. That goes without saying, but the service is phenomenal. I met a colleague for a business lunch. We were running late and needed to get out on time to make next batch of meetings. They didn't give us any grief and even made the lunch relaxing as we didn't have to stress about time constraints. The hostess also double checked to make sure our parking validation was covered. Excellent service!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing night out
We had an amazing night out here. We arrived right as they opened and got to enjoy some quiet time enjoying drinks and meeting the staff (including Stefan) and as the night went on, the patio tables filled up and a great energetic vibe took over. Food was outstanding - we did the chef's tasting menu, and each item was something we might not have picked out initially ourselves, but was amazing and delicious and new. Can't wait till we can make it back again!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Experience
I had a first rate dining experience. The food was great and the service near perfect. I look forward to dining there again .
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stephan does it again
Great food, wonderful atmosphere, great service. What more could be said. And this for lunch.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
It took a bit to find it, we went to the opposite end of the building it's in, but once we found it we were very pleased to be there. The menu offered a wide range of delicious combinations. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The service was amazing too, I think his name was Ryan???, extremely polite and helpful.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took friends to dinner and had a great time. Food was terrific and service good. The thing I DO NOT LIKE is the $25 corkage for American wines and $75 for international wines and the rules that go along with it (must not be on their wine list etc). Many places (The Nook, Taste) have a $15 fee.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Perfect for Business Dinner
I went there recently with two of my co-workers for dinner and we had a great time. Seeing as it was after work, the environment and noise level were reasonably comfortable/suitable to talk business. The wait staff gave us the right amount of attention (even after we delayed ordering because we were talking so much). Glasses were kept filled and dishes cleared away at perfect time.
The food... Ah, yes... THE FOOD! The food was delicious! I had the risotto - and cleaned the plate. The portion was the perfect size and the taste was amazing. One of my co-workers had the lamb - which he thought was fantastic. We were very pleased with all the food presented to our table. And we had a bottle of pinot noir that went well with all our meals.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as usual!
One of my favorite places to take clients. Food and service are always great. Busy but not too noisy to have a conversation. Great menu choices, something for everyone.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small plates option.
Great small plates option. Patio dining was more atmospheric than the main dining room. Would recommend and return!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I really liked our table at the fire pit. It was quiet and out of the way, yet our server was there when we needed him. I loved my risotto, but burned my tongue and then hand on it. Nothing like fresh off the heat.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stefan truly runs a fantastic
Stefan truly runs a fantastic place. An excellent combination of incredible food, great service, and vibrant atmosphere. Love this place and highly recommend it!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. We were three birthdays. They knew it. A candle on ice cream or little plated dessert would
Have been a nice touch. Instead we were told to come back another time for A celebration and
We'd get a candle. Weird response.
All in all food was great. Peach flatbread was least favorite. Scallops and dumpling the best.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific find, tucked in a
Terrific find, tucked in a commercial area which actually turns out to be really great. Step inside to a romantic hideaway feel in the dining room, with impeccable service and delicious food at reasonable prices. Add to that after dinner drinks at the bar with none other than Stefan holding court among the various guests and sharing his charmingly outrageous sense of humor. We had a wonderful first visit and will definitely be going back again soon!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'd been waiting to try Stefan's at LA Farm for quite awhile so was excited to go with a group of friends who like to share. It was the perfect way to experience this restaurant - there are so many great choices on the small plates and appetizer menu, we were able to taste a wide array of items. Everything we had was fantastic - the truffle arancini was tasty and piping hot, the fried chicken was perfectly crispy, and my Cacio e Pepe was creamy and peppery. My only complaint was that all of the portion sizes were disappointingly small. I frequent fine dining restaurants and am happy to pay $12-$15 for a "small plate," but to get 2 fried chicken legs - not even a thigh or a breast - for $13, it was a bit of a let down.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great overall venue
This restaurant is in an unlikely area for what I think is a fairly upscale restaurant but a real gem. There are different sections that cater for all needs - nice bar area, space for groups, perfect for business lunch or romantic dinner. Both the service and food are very good.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Close and Professional
We love this restaurant because it's consistently professional for business lunches and dinners and everyone will enjoy the food.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a visit
We live closeby, so we generally end up there when we want something a little more upscale.
The food is good - I generally have the halibut and my son always has the burger - Piedmonte, not the one that has sunny-side eggs on top of it.
The service this time was slow - they were not very busy, so I don't know what that was all about.
They now have valet parking which I didn't like since there is a huge lot and I prefer to park my own car (which I did)
We like The Farm
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect holiday buffet
I went here with some friends for the first time a few weeks before Thanksgiving and had a lovely meal. I saw they had a holiday buffet for Thanksgiving and went with some friends. It was perfect - food was amazing. Traditional but not old fashioned. And the buffet took you into the kitchen line - very fun to peek inside.
And as a bonus - I had the same waitress who remembered me and was fun and cheeky with us. The hostess and staff were incredibly warm for the holidays making a point of visiting the tables and chatting with folks. It felt like family for our 'orphan Thanksgiving'.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Thanksgiving Bargain
The best Thanksgiving restaurant spread in town and unbelievably reasonable. Once seated, we started feeding ourselves from the constantly filled bowls, platters and plates in the kitchen: a fantastic salad with multiple greens, pinenuts, and cranberries; both ham and freshly roasted turkey (light and dark slices), gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh green beans, glazed carrots, roasted corn, two kinds of cranberries sauce, cornbread and regular stuffing, pumpkin and pecan pies with a large bowl of whipped cream (I am sure I forgot a few dishes)--as many trips as you wanted until you were stuffed. Adults $45, children 1/2 price. Each dish packed with flavor My thanks once more to Stefan. Hoping to be back next year.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and two teen daughters and I were homeless this Thanksgiving and they didn't want me to cook. So I googled "Thanksgiving Dinner Santa Monica" and when I saw Stefan's at LA Farms was serving a Thanksgiving dinner buffet it was a no brainer to make the reservation. No regrets! The ambiance was very relaxing. The service was friendly. And the food was fabulous. We all agreed the turkey was the best turkey any of us had ever had. The ham was to die for. And the salad and vegetables very tasty and perfectly cooked. The best part was that there weren't big trays of food. The kitchen was continually turning out fresh vegetables and side dishes. Our only complaint was there wasn't any rolls but who cares? More room for the great food!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM