This was our second time at
This was our second time at Josie's Restaurant and the experience was even better then first time. We had a chance to taste Josie's opening menu, and the food was excellent. Loup De Mer was delicate but flavorful main curse, which the head waiter helped me pair with exceptional wine. The dessert chocolate Pot De Creme was absolutely delicious. The respectful, not rushing atmosphere of the restaurant just make the evening more enjoyable.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Josie's many
I have been to Josie's many times, and I always find the food to be extremely good. The service is absolutely over the top. The problem with the restaurant is the noise level. I wish it were a bit quieter.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our first time
We enjoyed our first time at Josie, the wait staff were great, attentive and efficient. However, it is too expensive for us to frequent again. The main entrees need to at least place side orders on the plate, the minimum- potatoes. One nignt at Josie equals a month food budget.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Found a la carte menu rather
Found a la carte menu rather limited and prix fix items not available a la carte. Food was excellent, however and Josie personalizes the experience by coming out and talking with guesta which is delightful.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every dish was amazing - thoroughly
Every dish was amazing - thoroughly enjoyed the whole meal. Will be back soon!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
An elegant restaurant that
An elegant restaurant that has great martinis. The food was nicely prepared and the vegetables sides were incredibly fresh. The plates were a bit slow coming out of the kitchen but we enjoyed our cocktails. A small slice of tart was a surprise and tasty appetizer.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food at this well run restaurant. Our dinner was great with a fine salad with blood oranges and a potato fennel soup. Entrees were lamb chops and Scottish Salmon with a Meyer lemon sauce and fresh root vegetables. We shared a very tasty chocolate bread pudding for dessert. Fine service complimented the excellent food. The only drawback is that it is expensive so you can't come here too often.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A bit noisy from what I remember.
A bit noisy from what I remember. Food was good but pricey for what you get. Great drinks!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and beautifully presented. But the kitchen had timing issues and there was a very long wait between appetizers being cleared and entrees arriving. More than 15 minutes.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the food, even better
Loved the food, even better now that they have returned to the original menu. The bone marrow was excellent, if somewhat small portion size compared to others serving the dish. Main courses could not have been better, especially the pasta with sweetbreads as component to pasta topping. Service was perfect- the kind of service you would find in a top-level restaurant in Paris.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
We really love Josie. It's
We really love Josie. It's always good. Brought my mother and aunt here to celebrate a birthday--three of four of us had the campfire trout, which was delicious and well presented. No appetizers or dessert for us that night. It's fairly nearby us, and we'll be back.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything done very well.
Everything done very well. Attentive staff, nice setting, comfortable, room was visually appealing. Menu with a nice variety of choices, most prepared in a healthful way. Would go back. Pricing was appropriate for the experience.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Farmers Market menu
Excellent Farmers Market menu with original and ceative menus.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have yet to have a bad experience at Josie. The food is always flavorful and consistent. The Tangines are always enjoyable and the meats are prepared at the correct temperature. The signature to me is always the paring of the side dishes which is always creative and unexpected.
One thing though, the chairs at the tables are a little short for my liking.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been coming here on and off
Been coming here on and off for years. Room is lovely and mellow. Food is still consistently good. Fresh, quality produce and proteins. They still start you off with a complimentary sliver of quiche which is still amazing and yummy. We've been all over the menu and everything is good. Only negative I can say is for someone who has been here several times it can get boring as their menus haven't really changed. It would be nice to have them update their menus with the preparations.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed the relatively
We really enjoyed the relatively healthy fare here. All of us had the fish dishes and found that they were hearty, yet healthy options. The cod tagine was magnificent with really vibrant middle eastern flavors.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A classic, subdued French vibe and low lighting combined with outstanding cooking make this a go-to restaurant for special occasions. Fabulous bar in the back room, too.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simply put we love everything about this restaurant! The atmosphere is elegant and sophisticated and hip but with a casual vibe. The wait staff helpful and knowledgable and the service great. We frequent this restaurant and the more casual version literally next door and called "Next Door". This sister location is really fun with a bar scene and good casual food. We have enjoyed everything we've tried in both restaurants!
Josie uses fresh, local ingredients and on Wed. adds is a three course "special" in honor of the Santa Monica Farmers Market that is a real value. Other specials are great as well. The food is innovative and delicious.
As you can see we love the restaurant. We think you will too.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been coming for years and have to say that our group had the best food yet. Every morsel was wonderful.and the service was spot on as well.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service, and overall experience. We love it at Josie's.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
wrote about it on YELP in great detail. It ain't cheap, but it IS the best. I deserve the best.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellet Dine LA menu. Their
Excellet Dine LA menu. Their portions were excellent. Can't wait to return and try the full menu!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant
I'm a fairly particular foodie, and this place makes the grade every time. It's expensive considering other options but worth every penny. The food is outstanding and well presented, but most importantly the service always makes for a great experience. And they don't rush you even on a weekend. The beef short ribs this time were tender and the flaoring has ahint of sweet. The chocolate bread pudding was a perfect finish. Highly recommend!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a great restaurant!
There really aren't many places in L.A. to go for game unless one doesn't mind braving the long drive and heading out in the hills for Saddlepeak Lodge. So Josie's (Josie le Balch got her start at Saddlepeak too) is the next best thing. The seats are showing their age but are extremely comfortable. We went with an extra appetizer each and started with the Soup and tomato tart, then another appetizer that has the elk ragu and the quail, then the braised short rib and prime new york steak for main courses, finishing with the chocolate bread pudding and strawberry profiteroles. Everything was EXCELLENT and we wondered why we didn't come to this restaurant more often, then I realized we always end up in Melisse if we drive this far west.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice atmosphere. The
A very nice atmosphere. The food was excellent, as were the drinks. The wine list, however, is very pricey making a choice for a decent bottle difficult. We settled for glasses instead! Our waiter, although very efficient, was not very pleasant, i.e. never smiled or offered any comments regarding our food, etc.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love Josie for a nice quiet dinner out with the hard of hearing grandparents. While I wouldn't say the menu is kid-friendly for picky eaters, my kid always loves her dinner here because it's never too spicy or overly seasoned in a way that will turn her off. She enjoyed the campfire trout and says it's the best fish she's ever had. The key lime pie was also a huge hit with her. As for the rest of us, we will keep coming back. Thanks for a wonderful Sunday dinner!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Josie never disappoints
The food is consistently good--with imaginative touches. Service couldn't be better!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful $35 menu
We had the Wednesday $35 three course farmer's market menu which we have had a few times in the past and this was the best yet! There are no choices, but you don't any when everything is go good. We also got the $20 wine pairing. That's rather expensive, but they poured three nice wines very generously, so it was worth it.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at Josie
I have been dining at Josie for almost 10 years and love the food -
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vibe - settle in and enjoy
The layout of the room was great with each table being given enough space that you don't feel like you were eavesdropping on other conversations. The waiter was always present, but did not make you feel like he was trying to turn the table, and the food was very well prepared. My friend and I relaxed and stayed for a while.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the drive
Josie's food is some of the best around. The fresh tomato tart with goat cheese and the peach tart were outstanding. The flavors of main dishes are often set off with fresh herbs and carefully chosen vegetables. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. The dining rooms are lovely. So why wasn't it packed on a Friday night? I can only guess that the location is a bit out of the way, but it's definitely worth the drive.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic at Mandalay
Great place. Food was fantastic, service perfect. Great wine selection, one of the largest in Vegas. Go!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
wE LOVE HAVING THIS WONDERFUL RESTAURANT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.....ALWAYS GREAT
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
After the discovery of Josie's world,
The felted, the structure of the room and the decoration transports us into a warm universe.
Also the dishes and the wines proposal being rich and quality makes for a memorable romantic moment.
I recommend this restaurant for those seeking voluptuousness in the mythical city of Santa Monica.
Real contrast between modern city and place respecting French traditions.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small Name, Large Quality
Friends from Arizona wanted to meet us for dinner at a "halfway" point. I presented two selections, and they picked Josie. We had a nice half bottle of Qupe chardonnay while waiting for our friends. Three of us had the persimmon salad, which was quite delicious. The two ladies opted for the New York steak, which were perfectly prepared and both tender and juicy. The men had duck breast and pappardelle pasta with duck, respectively. Both were enjoyed immensely. The wine list was impressive. We asked for a recommendation for a full-bodied cabernet, which resulted in a great bottle of a 2010 Honig cabernet, probably a more perfect match with the steaks, but still worked well with the richness of the duck. Each enjoyed a different dessert.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
a favorite for special occasions
We choose to sit in the Bar area next to the fireplace. it is a quiet area and excellent for conversation.
Service is excellent - waiter, bus persons- very attentive
Menu varied enough for everyone. One or more of us had the squash soup, salad, steak and elk. All were exceptional
Good choices for dessert.
Adequate wine list
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my girl friend there for our 1st year anniversary. She really enjoyed it. I had the farmer's menu and it was very flavorful. Price were affordable. Wine was decent.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Wednesday farmers' market
The Wednesday farmers' market menu is always outstanding, and it's a great deal at $35 for three courses. The wine pairing is expensive but really interesting and the portions are generous.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent quality ^3
Josie's remains one of the exceptional restaurants in Los Angeles with the relaxed ambiance of the west side. The perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with my foodie friends. Thank you, Josie!
Your commitment to exceptional quality is appreciated.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank you for always being our perfect go to place for special occassions. The food and service is always top notch!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM