great neighborhood communal dining
Small restaurant in westwood with all communal table. Food really good & you can watch chef make your dinner if you sit at the counter. Try the homemade vanilla cream soda, YUMMMMM!
2/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love fundamental la. It
I love fundamental la. It is a great neighborhood spot - love the menu of small plates, delivered delicious and warm, and the wine list - and the happy hour pricing is good. Only problem for me is the noise level - all the hard surfaces and very audible music - even at 6 pm make it hard to have an intelligent conversation. (Does anyone want that anymore?) There is a sense of elegance that is imbedded in its simplicity.
I have been to fundamental probably six or seven times now. I hope that they will venture out with some new menu offerings - in the same style - although I could always be satisfied with the carrot risotto, the short rib, the burger, and the duck in a jar!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Six of us went there for the
Six of us went there for the Travel zoo local deal. It was a tremendous value. We had cocktail, appetizer, entry and 3 desert to share. Truffle gnocchi was to die-for; tuna tartar was great with Veggie chips. The only lack luster appetizer dish was the malnutrition mussels. For entries we had filet mignon, scallop, stripe bass and salmon, they were all first class quality and taste. You could tell the chef had cooked with not just precision but also his pride in his craft. We were a bit shocked to see many empty tables in a Friday night. Hopefully, business will pick up for them soon. We sure don't want to see them leaving the location.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
food is excellent! seating
food is excellent! seating is at a counter or communal tables due to small size.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great brussell sprouts and
Great brussell sprouts and cauliflower, hamburger under cooked and still undercooked after further cooking and sea bass was a big too fishy but the beans were great. Service was very good. All tables are family style so if you aren't enamored of others at your table you're out of luck! Interesting wine list and good wines by the glass. Limited menu which restricts choices for those who don't like what's on the menu.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
There are some things I really
There are some things I really liked about this place and some things I didn't, but the things I disliked are not necessarily bad, just my preferences.
The food was delicious - burger, torta, potatoes, carrot risotto, churro - with only a couple exceptions. The torta wasn't as amazing as others reported but I did find it mighty tasty, if very messy. The risotto was excellent but I didn't enjoy the pieces of crunchy carrots on top. I would've preferred if it was just the creamy, cheesy risotto.
I disliked the shared tables and that plates come out as they're ready rather than in a set order but this is just my personal dining preference and not a knock at the restaurant itself.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Communal Tables. Very loud.
Communal Tables. Very loud. Great food and local gem for quick casual yummy night out.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trendiest Restaurant in Westwood
The food was unusual and tasty, and it was reasonably priced. The restaurant is small and can get quite noisy. They add to the noise by playing music over the speakers, which makes it hard to talk. The menu is limited, and our group had pretty much everything on there. The Hanger Steak was the best--served rare and cut in bite-sized portions, for sharing.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's our favorite restaurant.
Fundamental has the best food. So much care goes into every bite. YUM
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A buzz and a well-curated menu...
Our third time back. The place has a buzz made of great, well-prepared food, energy, and efficient service -- all fitting together to create an incredibly satisfying dining experience. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrot risotto, beet melange, black cod were all excellent. We will go back and try the remaining dishes in this well-curated menu.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fundamental is the best!!!!
more care goes into their dishes than anywhere else you'll go --- every bite is amazing!
We've gone 5 weeks in a row....
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Small Plate Concept!!!
The focus on farm fresh ingredients enticed me and my friends. The menu is small and well-priced. The staff was friendly, attentive, helpful and well educated about the menu. Our party of 4 ordered and shared about 12 separate dishes. Each was flavorful, creative, and executed well. The restaurant has an energetic, if not noisy, atmosphere; we quickly forgot about the noise when the first plate was brought to our table. Each dish was prepared fresh and served individually, giving us time to savor the food and enjoy leisurely conversation as our dining adventure progressed though each course. The burger, risotto, gnocchi and churro were some of our favorite dishes of the evening. I eager to dine at Fundamental LA again!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty good food. Standard
Pretty good food. Standard contemporary American fare. Not quite as flavorful as I would've hoped for. Restaurant is a bit noisy too.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Find
Tucked in the left side of a larger building that houses a Papa Murphy's Pizza, it's easy to walk by fundamental LA. But once inside, you'll be treated to an oasis of farm-to-table excellence. Dishes are small and intended to be shared, which is great because you'll get a lot of interesting flavors across 2-3 plates per person. Bring a larger group of 4-6 people and you can try everything on the menu. Beer and wine list is interesting and affordable, wines are also available in flights of 3 for a very reasonable price. Only one dessert on the menu, churros with butterscotch sauce, is totally worth it.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food at Fundamental
Tasty spot. Went there with a Gilt deal and sampled a variety of plates. Everything was tasty. The best dishes are their appetizers and small plates. The main course was tasty, but paled in comparison to everything else we ate.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried several of the happy hour specials. The standouts were the duck liver in a cup and the Tom yum Brussels sprouts.
Dessert was the yummy churros! Excellent new find for me.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Cool Foodie Place
This virtual hole in the wall, is a simple, straighforward approach to new food. The fresh salad and brussell sprouts were delicious with a hint of vinnegar to add punch. The port rillette was a miss...missing substance, missing flavor. A sous vide salmon was a nice surprise on a hot summer evening. The most delicious dish was the homemade churro, about the size of a large bignet, drenched in a tastey butterscotch. Wow!
7/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, dynamic menu
The food here is incredible. It excites your tastebuds as it is so unique and rich in flavor. The menu is always changing to reflect the seasons and the local ingredients. Highly recommend for any occasion. You MUST try the churros for dessert!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative, reasonable, friendly...so many favorable adjectives come to mind. Food is sophisticated yet healthy. Interesting wine choices. Young, upbeat staff really interested in your dining experience without being intrusive.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
great, but not quite
My friend and I went with a voucher from the Gilt City (5 course meal-shared). Food was great, but it was kinda tacky to calculate the tip for the customer when there's just the two of us. The tip was pre-calculated to be 30%, which is way too much.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small bites weren't so small!
But everything we ordered had amazing flavor and was presented beautifully. I will be back for the tasting menu.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every dish was spectacular
Really loved this restaurant, which was recommended to me by a foodie friend. I would definitely go again.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just what I have been looking for
Organic inspired menu with fresh and inspired favors. Adored the brussel sprouts and steak and I am still dreaming about the cream soda. Will return soon!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fundamental has great food
Fundamental has great food but a less than thrilling ambiance because it has simple tables, very close together, and the noise level is deafening. The food, on the other hand, is worth it. No one else in Westwood cooks as well as this.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful surprise
Had never heard about this restaurant but will definitely recommend to friends. Fresh ingredients, creatively prepared in dishes that encourage sharing to get as many different tastes as possible. Add to that an extensive winelist and a very knowledgeable staff and you get a great dining experience.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little gem!
This is a great little neighborhood gem. I wish it was in my neighborhood. Lovely atmosphere and lovely food.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid local foodie gem.
Went with a party of six. We were a mixed bag of tastes, palates and dining expectations. We all loved it. Despite waitress insisting portions were small and we should all get the $35 taster, we each went our own way with an app, 1-2 beers and a main and were good to go. Great food! Good vibe. Go during the week to avoid a packed house. Will def be going back and potentially inquiring about renting it out for events.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in LA
The most delicious food on the West side of LA bar none. Its always a party in your mouth!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good things come in small packages!
It was delicious, laid back, fun, and exactly what we were looking for!! It's meant to be family-style, which we all love since we all tend to get a serious case of entree-envy!! Between the seven of us, we got to try almost the entire menu and every dish was a hit!
Stand-outs include: the smoked fish dip, short ribs, chicken torta, fried chicken, and churros, but really everything was awesome.
Atmosphere is perfect - lively but not loud - can easily have a normal-volume convo with no problem.
Service is friendly and quick!
The owner and his staff have created a true neighborhood gem that works well whether you're looking to bring a date, a group of buddies, or just have a regular dinner spot in the neighborhood.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM