Best Italian in Westwood
Best Italian in Westwood! Forget Tanino's and Palomino, if you're looking for a place with spot-on authentic Italian come here. Ask for the Atrium and enjoy the amazing skylight views at dusk. Would definitely recommend to any and all.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful restaurant
This is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Westwood. It has truly authentic Italian food that is quite wonderful. I would highly recommend it.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
undiscovered gem in westwood
The food was excellent enjoyed the whole experience would definitely go back.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice evening out. Menu
Very nice evening out. Menu provided many outstanding selections. Each of the dishes ordered was very good. Only downside, at 9:30 pm they started clearing all the tables and were stacking them. Kind of odd as there were many parties still finishing dinner. Gave us the idea they wanted us to leave.
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wish the wine was less expensive.
I wish the wine was less expensive. $13 for a glass that wasn't even half full didn't seem right. Everything else excellent; friendly staff.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a find! Great food,friendly
What a find! Great food,friendly staff and a reasonably priced wine list, though it could be a little more extensive. I would highly recommend it.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Birthday Dinner!
We took our daughter for her birthday dinner here along with two of her friends (all are graduating from UCLA this year). Our daughter chose Skylight Gardens for her birthday dinner as it was a restaurant in Westwood that she had not tried. We started with drinks and two orders of calamari at the bar during happy hour. The prices were very reasonable and the calamari was excellent. We moved on to the dining room for dinner and each of us ordered different pasta dishes. Our daughter had the pasta sampler (a great way to try three different selections from so many choices.) All of them were great! We really enjoyed our dinner.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Prefer quiet atmosphere so
Prefer quiet atmosphere so you can converse
When we asked if music could be turned down
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food glorious food
I love skylight gardens. Creative, fresh, delicious Italian food with flair. Very healthy and I am proud to select this restaurant when bringing newcomers.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Westwood Village Gem
Great decor and ambience. Good food, too. Will definitely go back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
very convenient location for
very convenient location for lots of entertainment venues
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great re-do restaurant
We had not been to this new encarnation of The Gardens restaurant in Westwood Village, although we had been to the location many times over many years. As a grad student at UCLA I had been to Hamlet Gardens at this location. The inside hasn't changed much but it is an entirely different restaurant. I always liked the atmosphere...skylight above and tables nicely spaced. This time, the food was Italian and quite wonderful. All four in our party enjoyed their dinners. Service was perfect, too. All in all a great experience and we would go back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Skylight Gardens is a gem
I love Skylight Gardens! It is real deal Italian cooking. My husband and I drive all the way from the valley to eat here. I am a season subscriber at Geffen Playhouse and my girlfriends and I hit up dinner or happy hour here before every single show.
The food is superb - beautiful handmade pastas, cheeses, and fresh fish. They have an excellent mixologist and the staff is always professional. If the owner David is making the rounds when you are there he always a great story or history on each recipe - most were handed down from his family.
Go! I promise that you won't be disappointed.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This Westwood located gem
This Westwood located gem is really good...the food is delicious and the service is amazing, from their knowledge of wines, to describing their dishes, to refilling your water glass!
We were introduced to a really great wine (we would never have tried), and the owner's son teased us with another fabulous bottle, which we didn't get to try.
We parked for the Geffen, walked a block, throughly enjoyed our time at dinner, then walked to the theate. Our friends were very impressed with the evening we planned, and we will DEFINITELY tell everyone and we can't wait to go back!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot before or after
Great spot before or after Geffen or Westwood movies.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef is terrific
4 of us had a late lunch and ordered from the Dine LA menu. Both the lentil soup and kale salad were winners. But it was the salmon and spinach that really had us raving. Spinach was the best any of us ever had. Would love to know the chef's secret. And to top off lunch we shared the extra charge but well worth it, tiramisu .
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A true delight
The huge dome skylight is gorgeous, and we dined under it. Other rooms are lovely too. The food was fabulous, the staff very accommodating. Once we realized we were enjoying ourselves so much that we were running late for a play, and told the waiter, he speeded up everything and got us out on time. We were a group of four, and all of us are planning to go back again, as a group and with other friends. Valet parking was only $4 with validation, and well worth it as Westwood parking can be difficult. As we were leaving, a party of 31 was arriving. There's a back room that accommodated all of them easily. We highly recommend a meal at Skylight Gardens - menus are available online, and any time is a good time to go there.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding. It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The service was also very good. The prices were very reasonable. We will definitely be coming back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Westside lunch spot.
This is an excellent spot for a business lunch, especially on the west side of LA, and most particularly in the UCLA area.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the pasta tasting
The more pasta the better. Everything was delicious. Between the 2 of us, we tried 6 difference pastas.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Place for a Nice Meal in WW
If you are looking for a nicer place to eat in Westwood Village, your options are severely limited. I can only think of one other place I would go back to for a nice meal but this one tops it. Fairly upscale, classic Italian menu for the most part. Decent wine list (bit pricey for a college town but decent choices/prices).
We went during the summer but I wouldn't anticipate a large 'college' scene here ever for dinner due to the type of menu and price but if your out of college - great option!
Probably the best restaurant in WW Village we have found. Give it a try if you dont want to travel outside the immediate area for dinner!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant experience. Food was all delicious. Bet corn beef hash I've had in a very long time. They were not stingy with the mimosas. Baskets of fresh muffins was I life changing.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch, Service & Server Amazing
I have to say that my Brunch dine was spectacular on 8/11. We had an amazing time, was surprise about how great service we were provided by Server David. He took care of us. Made us feel important like the rest of his tables. To all Open-table customers you guys have to come check out the brunch spot @ skylight gardens, food is amazing. I enjoy my stay. I will definitely come back and of course recommend mom/pops restaurant to my friends & ppl. Thank you David for making our stay important you were fabulous, see you soon.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I like that the bar area is
I like that the bar area is one of the calmer places to have a drink and chat with a friend.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS!!
I was so pleasantly surprise of the great ambiance and outstanding service. Well worth our 25 Miles drive!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but pricey
This replaces the Hamlet Gardens which was at this location for years. Outstanding service and very good food in a delightful environment. Only downside is that I think it pricey for what it is.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good option in the Village
Lunch options were really good. The different levels were a tad confusing, but the food was great. I had Bolognese that was as good if not better than any I've had, good size portion as well. I loved the Ceasar Salad. I will be back!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Westwood restaurant
On the third leg of our California trip we were looking for a restaurant close to our hotel. The Skylight Gardens turned out to be a great choice. We were able to walk from the Palomar Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. The place was fairly empty but it was a Monday night. I rarely single out particular waiters but Jamal was something special. Extremely friendly and helpful, he gave us excellent recommendations. When I ordered the kale salad he encouraged my husband and I to share it. It was plenty for each of us and it was absolutely delicious. My husband had the chicken piccata, based on Jamal's recommendation and it too was delicious. I had the Bronzino, also an excellent choice.
If you're in the Westwood area this place is great.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT AMBIENCE & HAPPY HOUR
Needed a place to celebrate our birthdays and i had heard of this place. I love the name, and it is aptly named for there are skylights in the main dining room on a tree? I think that's what it was! we opted for Happy Hour which was awesome. The bruschetta was to die for. The Ceviche...too many tomatoes. The Cheeseburger sliders and the garlic french fries were awesome..... The wait staff was very efficient and friendly, and they brought us two birthday desserts and didn't charge us.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch selection
The restaurant had a great brunch menu with something for everyone to enjoy.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere. Good food
Nice atmosphere. Good food and such an open, enjoyable yet quiet setting for great conversations. We had a great time with an out-of-town guest for dinner two days ago.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place for business lunch
A place that one can have a conversation without screaming. Food delicious and reasonably priced.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I truly enjoyed the meal and the ambience of the restaurant. However, I was truly impressed when the owner met me at the door when I was leaving and engaged me in a very pleasant conversation. Moreover, the men serving as valet parkers, were wonderful conversationalists too.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM