SECOND VISIT. FOOD EXCELLENT,
SECOND VISIT. FOOD EXCELLENT, CREATIVE BOTH TIMES. INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL FIRST COURSES. WE HAD FISH FOR MAIN COURSE BOTH TIMES, COOKED PERFECTLY AND WELL MATCHED WITH ACCOMPANIMENTS. MANY FIRST COURSES QUITE LARGE AND EASY TO SHARE. HAND-OFF BETWEEN DIFFERENT SERVING TEAM MEMBERS NEEDS WORK. PERSON WHO CLEARED FIRST COURSE DISHES TOOK MOST OF SILVERWARE. PERSON WHO DELIVERED SECOND COURSE DISHES WAS RUNNING LIKE MAD, HAD NO TIME FOR WORDS WITH ANYONE, SO WE HAD SECOND COURSE, NO SILVERWARE. PERSON WHO TOOK ORDER NOT TO BE SEEN (SELDOM SEEN DURING DINNER), SO I LIFTED FROM A NEARBY UNOCCUPIED TABLE.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great first visit
We had a great time- the patio area is wonderful. Food was very good, although I was a bit disappointed in the ribeye. It was pretty thin- the waiter did advise me of this beforehand. But there was nothing really special about the steak- it was just okay. And for the price it really was not something I would order again. Otherwise, everything was great. The black cod was fantastic, as was the mac and cheese.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service, delicious
Excellent service, delicious meals, great location.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a nice dinner before an event at The Broad Stage. Service was terrific -- Food was generally good. I particularly liked the Calamari Appetizer - just the right combination of sweet/spicy
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great ambience.
The food at Wilshire never disappoints. Moderate portions, but prepared to perfection. I enjoy the creative menu. If you go, you MUST sit outside. I've never loved the interior, but the outside patio ambience cannot be beat. Out waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, and made excellent suggestions.
A fun spot!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Chef Experience...almost
We are well travelled foodies and fans of Top Chef. Reservations were a snap on Open Table. Server was perfectly engaging and familiar with the menu. The food was over the top brilliantly prepared! Truly the best black cod and braised short rib preparation we've ever had. Minor glitches on this nearly perfect experience - include a linty wine glass (shows really well against red wine), and a borderline arrogant welcome - nearly ruined this otherwise perfect evening.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional food and service
The food is beautifully presented with exquisite taste. I only can visit a few times a year when I am in town and the wilshire is the star of the trip.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I ate at Wilshire years ago and remembered liking it a lot, so we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. The evening exceeded my expectations. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The wine and food were amazing. Wish we lived closer, we would return often.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the most enjoyable dining experience on the patio at Wilshire. The excellent food, wine and service made our celebration dinner one that we will always remember.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall a great place for brunch...
The alfresco dining atmosphere is very nice! I'm not a big fan of buffets, but the food on Father's Day was really quite good. The bottomless mimosa's were a very nice touch! I would like to experience a regular brunch menu instead of the buffet style. This is a great place to catch up with friends over brunch in a leisurely fashion. The staff is very friendly and the service is awesome! I would return and recommend this place to others.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Father's Day Brunch
Celebrated Father's Day with the brunch. We enjoyed it a lot. The crab benedict, charcuterie, smoked salmon, french toast, and beet salad were very good. Also enjoyed the omelette and coconut macaroon and chocolate chip cookies. Endless Milmosas and Bloody Marys were also great. Would go back for brunch.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Later diners should be aware
Later diners should be aware that the restaurant becomes a major night spot after 10:00 p.m.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Restaurant!
We come to Wilshire for all of our special occasions and all the other times we want a wonderful and delicious meal in a beautiful outdoor atmosphere.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried it for lunch a few times
Tried it for lunch a few times over the years. Second time in the evening. Ab fab! loved it!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor quiet spot
This is a great place for outdoor dining. The indoor dining room was a little dark and played terrible club music that does not work for lunch hours.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inside & out Wilshire is cool, cozy, chic
Great menu, delicious food, great drinks, attentive service
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Pork Chop Ordinary Filet
The servers was excellent, the atmosphere was super. My pork chop was very good, but the apple sauce was a bit sweet for a dinner plate. The roasted vegetables were well seasoned and tasty. I thought the wine list was on the pretentious side. I can usually find a sub $100 bottle of wine that I will drink. I found one $18 bottle of wine for $105, 86 points on WS.com. The filet was prepared correctly but, was not outstanding. I would order a ribeye for flavor, but my wife did not think the filet was up to par. Over all for the $45 per person including a half bottle of Stag's Leap Cab, I would say the I could find some exceptional restaurants in LA.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely special occasion restaurant!
Whether it be an anytime meal, a special occasion or even a great spot to impress work client's, Wilshire is it! Our first impression upon walking in was the relaxed atmosphere and the great ambiance. We had requested the patio to dine, which is absolutely the right choice to do. Next to impress were the unique and quite tasty cocktails and appetizers. Highly recommend the flash fried calamari! Fantastic flavoring and a crowd pleaser. Also highly recommend the broiled black cod...cooked absolutely perfectly!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great patio seating. Waiters friendly and helpful. Brought people with several different eating preferences - meat eater, fish eater, health conscience, lots of spices, no spices, plain food and creative food eaters and some really picky eaters. Everyone had a great meal. I think we tried about half the menu and all was good.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Atmosphere, Not Too Loud
Enjoyed the outdoor space. Wilshire does a great job of keeping the sound levels good - you can actually have a conversation here, but there is still enough background noise that it doesn't feel like talking in a library. Valet-only parking is a bit weird. Apparently the valet company owns the parking lot?
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for lunch or dinner
We have dinner at The Wilshire regularly - love the patio dining. Recently met friends for lunch and had a great time. The lunch menu is really delicious! All four of us had something different,, but shared a few bites.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant and bar (s) are
Restaurant and bar (s) are always a special treat.
7/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The seasonal food is delicious
The seasonal food is delicious -- fresh, flavorful and reason enough to return -- coupled with charming and comfortable outdoor dining, responsive and knowledgeable staff and shade if requested.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch experience at the Wilshire
The extremely friendly staff made us relax into the experience immediately. It was a birthday lunch for my friend and our server made it very special. The ahi tuna appetizer was incredible. I would go back just for that. Our salads were just okay, but I think there are much better items on the menu. The sticky toffee pudding for dessert is to die for. My friend and I made reservations on the way out for dinner with our husbands in a few weeks and we are really looking forward to it.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Continues to impress
Wilshire continues to provide an outstanding variety of freshly made delicious dishes. This is my fourth experience and I continue to be wowed at how well Wilshire does food and how consistently excellent is the service. My server Beth is truly a professional!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had great service; our
We had great service; our waiter made "spot on" wine & food recommendations! Food was better than we anticipated. There is a fun bar scene. Just wasn't crazy about the restaurant turning into a club right around 10:30 on a Friday night.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pretty, noise level low and plenty of heat lamps.
Inside much too noisy!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food very good, service mediocre
The night I was there service was mediocre for our party of three. After relatively inattentive waiter, we received our dessert menu, however did not see our original waiter for fifteen minutes and had to call another waiter who was great. Our original waiter finally returned with our check at the end of the meal, even then with a mistaken extra charge for a drink they did not serve.
Perhaps my experience is unusual. The food, however will make me return.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch Restaurant
The food is superb. Choices you only find at a fine restaurant. The wine list is second to none. Wines from around the world. The service was wonderful. The patio dining is delightful with little yellow lights decorating the natural trees around which the patio is built.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy this place. The lady at the front desk is super nice and always welcoming. The back patio is a lovely area in which to dine and the service is always top notch. The food makes you want to keep coming back and it's a terrific place for a business lunch as well as a romantic dinner - not many places can combine those attributes. In the evening both the inside and outside bars are very cool places to hang out - I only wish I wasn't 20 years older than the average age of the bar patrons!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
227 [5-/5-] TomatoSoup*,Ravioli*,Fl
227 [5-/5-] TomatoSoup*,Ravioli*,FlatbreadProsciutto,Cauliflower*,BrusselSprouts*,TruffleFries*,KurobutaPork*,LoupDeMer*,RoastBeetSalad*,ToffeePudding*,BreadPudding*(,LgSparklingWater,Prosecco)
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely lunch -- heirloom tomato
Lovely lunch -- heirloom tomato soup followed by lobster cobb salad. Delicious. Excellent service. The patio is a great place for lunch with a friend.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed garden
Fantastic environment in the garden. It was easy to communicate with all at our table. Service was fantastic and the wine list has something at all prices ranges. Oh yeah, the food was great too!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Night Out
The menu has plenty of appetizers and sides, which are perfect for sharing. Being vegan, I opted for sides, which were altered to fit my diet. Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Cauliflower. All of them were delicious and I shared with the girls as well. The ceviche got great Reviews. One of us ordered the duck and she raved about it. The burger and fries, as always, was excellent. There was a special appetizer that night which was a sun dried tomato ravioli, which the ladies devoured. We finished up with a bread pudding a la mode. Two of the ladies indulged in some house cocktails which were perfectly mixed, The girls loved my choice and said that they would definitely be back and would suggest it as a date venue.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great happy hour
Appetizers were great and had their own twist on common appetizers. Very taste and very affordable, we made a meal out of the appetizers! The server was attentive and very friendly.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Excellent service. Beautiful patio. Food always excellent. Love it for business lunches and find any excuse to go there.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing gourmet dining
I hadn't been to Wilshire in a while! and now I want to go back. Our meal the other night was delicious and the service was great,
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wilshire was a great find for an out of town traveler, and had a great personality as well! Would definitely reccommend to travelers looking for a nice, up-scale dining experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Good, great Patio
I love Wilshire for predictably good food, a gorgeous patio, and suitability for entertaining business colleagues. What I don't like is paying $5 for valet parking at lunch. It's like a 25% surcharge on my entree. I'm also getting a little tired of the up changing menu, and the dearth of dessert options. Sorry, cheese and sorbet do not cut it. While revamping dessert,please consider adding a little gluten-free pastry.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I finally went to Wilshire because my sister recommended it. I live in Santa Monica but never went there and I was delightfully surprised. The out door seating is wonderful and the restaurant is much bigger then it looks. According to the server they change the often which I love because it gives you the opportunity to explore new foods. We had the duck breast with pomegranates, moist and delicious, the friend chicken and mash potato was superb, the salmon was done right and the cauliflower was out of this world. We are definitely going back and I saw that they also have a happy hour which I haven't tried yet. The prices are very reasonable.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood gem! 5 Star everything
What a treat to sit outdoors under heat lamps and eat this amazing food. The new chef does amazing things to vegetables--if you hate brussell sprouts, this chef will change your mind. Try the cactus fruit lemonade (with a splash of vodke?), it'll knock your socks off. The sticky toffee pudding with craime fraiche ice cream was SO GOOD that I ordered a second one. And I'm allergic to dairy, but it was worth the sacrifice!! I could fill a bathtub with that dessert and eat my way out :)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow'd at Wilshire
Great menu with fresh vegetables and proteins. Happy to see the menu wasn't full of over complicated dishes that made it look like he was trying to impress himself and not the diners. The food was simple and prepared perfectly. The wait staff provided nice descriptions of the dishes and was helpful with suggestions on the sides so we didn't over order.
My only negative comment was that we were seated inside with no option given for the outdoor patio. We had a reservation and it was early enough that both looked to be available.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service.
Outstanding food and service. Waiter was informative (a bit too much attention from him) and food was excellent. We eat here often, a real gem.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first visit to Wilshire was for my birthday dinner - and it was wonderful. Really superb and interesting food, friendly staff, and a sleek yet warm ambience. Definitely a gem.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
There is total attention by all involved to cater to the needs and wants of the client. Such a pleasant environment is created, one cannot fail to have a great experience.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was absolutely great, the sticky toffee pudding is a must! The food was better than I had expected and our waiter was extremely helpful. The service is exactly what you would expect from a place like this. The drinks were the highlight of the night
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Missed out for 8 years
What a Special Place! We arrived around 6:30pm, didn't leave until after 11pm. The food, the ambience, the seating areas were just awesome! Most of all, our waiter!!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the hostesses, to the
From the hostesses, to the waiters, to the busboys, everyone was friendly & helpful. Our waiter was charming & had a lot of suggestions for our dinner. Hamachi appetizer was very fresh. Had the short ribs which were tasty & tender but a little dry. You will probably need the side dishes to supplement your dinner plate.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely patio dining
We went to dinner at WIlshire and even though it was a chilly evening, their outdoor patio was comfortable, even cozy. Fireplaces and firepits were burning, lots of heat lamps, and the trees were sparkling with lights. As always, the food and service were excellent. Just a lovely experience.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Excellent Waitress!
The food here was excellent but what stuck out the most is our server whose name I can't remember. Her customer service was excellent and she knew how to chat people up. Very witty. When I asked her about the nightlife in Santa Monica, she told us that they have a DJ coming that night and that it's a great place to hang out. Wow! An employee who actually sells her company! I was so impressed. The next time I'm there, I'm going to convince her to come work for my bank.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM