M.A.K.E is the most healthy,
M.A.K.E is the most healthy, wonderful, amazing place to eat with beautiful presentation of the food. This is a very special place and I adore it!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is amazing - the quality
Food is amazing - the quality of the ingredients and the care taken into presentation is very apparent. Location is rather open in Santa Monica place so I hesitate to call it a special occasion place although there were several other couples there. It is on the pricey side but worth the splurge, especially if you are looking to try exceptionally high-quality raw cuisine.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Raw Vegan Cuisine we have ever tasted! Try the chef's tasting menu which is a bargain and if you want an excellent overview of the the chef's favorites! Service is excellent. There is a Culinary Academy for Raw Food attached which is our next date!
We travelled two hours in each direction to try M.A.K.E. and it exceeded our expectations. Everyone needs to get on board and try this place regardless of your food choices and orientation, you won't believe how flavorful, delicious, delicate and healthy Raw Vegan can be! Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up! Thank you!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Yummy for foodies
Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. is THE gourmet raw restaurant--god love Juliano's but M.A.K.E. is a foodie's paradise. The food itself is delicious, the twinkling candlelight and sweet interesting decor make the night divine. Try the lasagne, and the hummous plate.....delishus!!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
nice decor! vegan lovers should
nice decor! vegan lovers should try this, healthy and actually tasty
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. That
The food was excellent. That was my first time at a Raw food restaurant, and what a surprise! The dishes were very tasty and original, and also prepared with a lot of finesse. You got to try it!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate the kimchi dumplings,
We ate the kimchi dumplings, the sous vide portobello salad and the kelp noodles as a main. The dumplings were amazing bursts of flavor, the sous vide portobello tasted rich and delicious and the salad was just the right amount to share the 2 starters. We got the kelp noodles to share and they were also delicious. We finished with the apple pie which was again, refreshing and quite tasty. Nothing was pretending to be something it wasn't and while not a big fan of raw vegan normally, this was quite a yummy dinner.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Probably not for everyone.
Probably not for everyone. But if you like fresh, organic, flavorful, unique and healthy food. This is the place!! Good service and great presentation.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really tasty food coming from
Really tasty food coming from someone who is a meat eater. Way better than cafe gratitude. Weird location made more homey by the incredible service.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll be back...
My husband and I have been here twice now - once for his birthday dinner and once for lunch and it is the most exciting new restaurant I've been to in a very long time. The chef's tasting menu was pricy but completely worth it - it made us try weird-sounding concoctions that we never would have ordered, as well as proving once and for all that raw food can qualify as "gourmet." The lasagne was unbelievably good, full of complex flavors and textures that drew me back for more of the same a week later. We wouldn't have ordered the black pepper kelp noodles if not for the tasting menu, and that would have been a tragedy.
Anyone who is the least bit interested in, or even remotely curious about, raw food should check this food out.
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fan of the Food!
I hoped the dishes at M.A.K.E. would live up to my previous experiences at Matthew Kenney's NY restaurant. To my great pleasure, the food exceeded my expectations. The combination of ingredients and spices in the dishes was impeccable. I recommend starting with the Tree Nut Cheeses plate, as it offered a delightful variety of flavors. The White Chocolate/Grapefruit/Ginger dessert was also amazing. The staff was very friendly and our waitress seemed to magically appear the moment I needed something. Yes it's a bit pricey, but well worth it for high quality vegan food. The only reason I did not give M.A.K.E. four stars is The Market's open style of seating, which to me felt a little like a cheap mall food court.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff was not particularly
The staff was not particularly friendly at first. After asking a lot of questions & talking "food" they warmed up. What was amazing to us was that our server did not do her homework on Matthew Kenney.
We were much more familiar with his cookbooks & restaurants than she was.
We love finding new vegan/raw restaurants & would absolutely go back! My sister, who lives in LA, didnt want to go to a mall- near a foodcourt to eat lunch.... but she loved M.A.K.E. too! We'd for sure recommend & go back!!
On a side note, everyone LOVES the lasagna on all the reviews... We all thought it was mediocre... But we ordered many, many items & everything else was fabulous!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredibly creative food.
Incredibly creative food. Wonderful combinations of flavors.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Raw food as a complete gourmet
Raw food as a complete gourmet treat. Amazing flavors, incredible presentation. Everything was delicious! My only complaint: the tasting menu, with wine pairing, left us hungry and a bit tipsy. We walked to Joe's Pizza on Broadway west of Second and got a couple slices to fill up....but MAKE was still definitely memorable...
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was seriously one of the best meals of my life. I'm a vegetarian and my dinner companion is a meat-eater, but we didn't miss anything with the raw vegan dishes. We got the five-course tasting menu and MAY have loved it so much that we ordered additional entrees at the end of the meal. We just wanted to try everything! By the third course, we were already planning return trip with our significant others.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you love healthy food,
If you love healthy food, want to avoid GMOs, don't believe raw, vegan food can taste and look outstanding and exciting, then come to M.A.K.E. and prepare to be wowed! While the place is not much on atmosphere, they do their best to make the most of a small space in a mall, the presentation of food and the surprising and excellent flavors more than make up for it. I am hooked and already know what I'm going to order when I return!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible plate presentation - wish the portions were a little bit bigger so 2 people can share...
4/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and healthy!
The squash with saffron yogurt was the standout dish for me, as well as the black pepper kelp noodles. If you're not used to raw vegan cuisine, this is a great entre to it (don't be put off by names!). All dishes are prepared artfully -- presentation is great. Dishes aren't overwhelmed by garlic, as was the challenge I had with Juliano's Planet RAW. Here the food is light yet very satisfying. Three of us shared 3 starters and 3 mains and ( hungry good eaters all of us) left fully content.
The food is worthwhile in its own right, so worth going even if you're a meat eater!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Raw food at its best!
It is hard to find genuinely good raw food. MAKE does raw food amazingly well. Not only does it look beautiful, but it tastes amazing! I brought my meat and potato BF and he LOVED the lasagna. The location is a bit odd, but the food is worth it! Whenever I am in the Santa Monica area I will be visiting MAKE - and wishing they would open in SF Bay Area!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
creative, healthy dining
My husband and I are vegetarian, so this seemed like a fun place to try when we found a Gilt deal for a 5 course dinner at M.A.K.E. We brought some (meat eating) friends who were excited to try something new, but a bit skeptical of a completely raw, vegan menu. I'm happy to report that we were all so pleased with dinner! The service is a little bit slow, but I think that's because the plates take awhile to prepare. They are works of art! Beautifully prepared and delicious. You hardly realize that they are raw and vegan, yet you're left with a fresh, healthy feeling. I'll admit that we did get hungry about 2 hours later and ordered fries at a bar, but we were still raving about the creative, artful diner we enjoyed at M.A.K.E.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an amazing experience! From service to food was wonderful and over the top!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Matthew Kenney is a genius.
His raw vegan cuisine is delicious no matter
who's eating it. Don't miss the Zucchini
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone needs to try it!
One of the freshest, most delicious and beautiful meals we've ever had. Our carnivore sister even loved it. Something for everyone.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Birthday Dinner
My husband took me to M.A.K.E. for my birthday on Friday, and we really enjoyed it!
We chose the tasting menu so that we could taste a variety of dishes, and I'm so glad that we did. We had six courses and they were all delicious. Our favorites were the tree nut cheeses, the kimchi dumplings, and the lasagna. Everything was beautifully plated and downright tasty! The servers was attentive and the food came out quickly.
The only thing slightly off about M.A.K.E. is the location. It's inside "The Market at Santa Monica Place," which is essentially a fancy food court. It's a little bit odd, and it would be better if the food court weren't so visible from the restaurant, but it's not a deal breaker.
We will definitely be back!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our daughters are vegetarians,
Our daughters are vegetarians, and we were eager to find something that the whole family might enjoy. We hadn't eaten "raw" food before.
The smoothies and veggie drinks were interesting, although some a bit "strong", which I imagine takes some getting used to. We read the lasagna was good, so we ordered that, and it was tasty, although difficult to split. We had the tacos, which one of my daughters did not enjoy, an arugula salad (good), and another salad that had coconut bacon (really good) and churro ice cream!
I found it an interesting dining experience, and felt great after the meal, and the next morning. It was more expensive than I had expected, especially since it is in the food court of Santa Monica Place.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
RAW Vegan food for the first time
I came here on a recommendation, looking for good restaurants for a vegan friend that is coming into town. We ordered the kimchi dumplings to share, and I had the black pepper kelp noodles. I drank the heartbeat. Both the kimchi dumplings and noodles were tasty and felt super healthy, though I left the restaurant still a little hungry. Plating and look of the food is gorgeous. I suppose this is "fine vegan dining" as the prices seemed a bit high. The service was on the slow side - I think there was only one waitress for the restaurant and she was a bit difficult to flag down at times. It's not too big and looks as part of the cooking school at Santa Monica Place Market. I liked it enough to figure to take my friend when he's in town.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for vegans and others!
My husband and I just ate at M.A.K.E last week and we both LOVED it. Neither of us are vegan, but we appreciate good, fresh, healthy food and this place not only delivers just that, they 'MAKE' it taste divine!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the top restaurants in the city, without a doubt. Entrees between $12-18, which is tremendously reasonable for what it is. As a raw vegan place, us vegans would like to believe it's great. All the food ideas are super creative and original, but what makes MAKE truly excellent is that they absolutely NAILED IT with each and every dish.
So, highly recommended, but don't tell too many people, because I'd like to get a table when I need to when I come back to LA in the Fall.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best raw food around!
Brilliant and delectable...so unusual. Our 2 carnivorous friends loved it too!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
remarkable take on raw
If you want to experience the future of food, visit this restaurant and taste some of the delicious and beautiful dishes that are not "cooked." Start with the "cheese" plate. If you weren't told it isn't dairy, you wouldn't know. Then, the kim chi dumplings. See if you can guess what the wrapper is. Try the banh mi tacos. Tasty. Enjoy. You may spend a little more than you anticipate, but that's because you want to try more and more. Be sure to finish with the lime cheese cake.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
LOVE THIS PLACE
food is insane, so good. staff is friendly. only down thing, in my opinion (but maybe not others) is the atmosphere. it's in the santa monica mall in the 'market' ---- at dinner all the other places are closed and have metals gates etc... seeing the meal's at MAKE aren't cheap it's a bit weird, to me. if MAKE had true food's location it would be hoppin.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful for a Special Occasion
I planned a surprise birthday party here with a group of 20 people and M.A.K.E. pulled out all the stops! The food and service were fantastic - really flavorful, unique cuisine paired with a friendly, helpful staff makes for a wonderful experience. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. The event ran flawlessly - everything was fast and the restaurant was very accommodating (they even let us stay past closing!). The atmosphere was wonderful - upscale casual with great music and decor.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's incredible what a little science and creativity can do to food. Truly an eye opening experience. It reminded me that I can eat healthy food that tastes amazing at the same time.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved loved loved the food, but defiantly a lunch place.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was thrilled I found out about this restaurant during my vacation. We had a wonderful meal. Service was friendly & quick. The food was delicious and I am definitely going back next time I am in the area.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Savory favors unleashed!
Unexpected and amazing! You won't believe it's vegetarian - experience something new and healthy. Staff was very friendly in explaining the items and how they were expertly prepared.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed everything to the last bit. The veggie Lasagna was maybe a bit too "simple" for us, but the carrot gnocchi were amazing and delicious. Great experience. Sadly the location is not so great for evening dinner. It must be best to enjoy it at lunch or troughout daytime (the mall was empty and the shops around all closed as we were eating, a guy was cleaning behind... not so crazy !). Yet it is still worth going. Friendly staff. Pamela Anderson was there sitting at the table behind us!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been on a raw vegan diet for a couple weeks, and when I came upon this place, with a chef who'd worked at Noma, I jumped at the chance.
The food is excellent, very exciting stuff, regardless of whether you are on a restricted diet or not. I'll be returning soon!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
M.A.K.E. made my day!
A Birthday luncheon turned into the perfect gift as my friend and I swooned savoring each creative delicacy. Will definitely return soon!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raw food will surprise you.
We have had raw food a few times. This was excellent. Great for a nice dinner or casual lunch.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than most cooked foods
MAKE is a testament to the power of imagination and possibility. Every dish was a work of art and every bite was heaven.!
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Healthy fine dinning
Everything we tried at M.A.K.E. was worth the trip. Intricate flavors and wonderful clean combinations. One wouldn't notice it is vegan if not told, because one's too busy enjoying the food. Loved it.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
New to Raw!
The food was presented beautifully and very delicious! The servers were very well informed and knowledgeable about the food. I can’t wait to go back and try more raw dishes! Make sure you save room for desert!!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'm exploring all the healthy restaurants in Santa Monica and as my fiancé whose never eaten raw said "I'm blown away!"
You would never know the food you're eating is raw. Such care is taken for each dish with an explosion of favors with each bite. Highly recommend the kemp noodles, and tacos. Pumpkin cheesecake is a whole other level.
Plate presentation and friendly staff is a huge plus. Don't expect a big scene though, we went Saturday night and it was sleepy (who cares!)
Recommended for all!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took a friend, who was totally bummed that he had to give up, under doctor's orders, gluten, diary and sugar. He couldn't believe, nor could we, how delicious this food was! At 73, it was like we'd given him back his youth. And the staff was wonderful to him and us.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tantalizing, Satisfying Raw Cuisine
You don't have be vegan to love this place. M.A.K.E. offers amazing, fresh dishes for every palette. The Blue Bee and Chai smoothies are the perfect balance of complex, sweet, and refreshing. The lasagna and oyster mushroom entrees are filling and have layered flavors that unfold as you eat. The chocolate cake with peppermint ice cream is the best winter treat! You haven't had chocolate until you've had this dish. The service is also incredible. The staff is warm and incredibly knowledgeable.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
fresh healthy and fun
we were warmly greated and seated and I really can not say enough about the friendliness of the staff. We each had a fresh pressed juice made to order that was great, the sweet green and the grapefruit/beet/ginger. Next we had the sunflower caesar, half hearts of baby romaine dressed with a creamy sunflower based caesar style dressing, very fresh and crisp, tasty, could have used more acidity. The sousvide portabello salad was delicious. Nori roll was tasty but gets soggy to quikly because of the minced jicama they use instead of rice, if you eat it before it gets soggy it is really good. The tostada was good as well though the guacamole could use more jalapeno and lime, the crispy shell was amazing. Plates beautifully presented with care
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM