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Restaurant Christine
Restaurant Christine

Restaurant Christine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantchristine.com
  • Phone: (310) 373-1952
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday from 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Christine Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information, please contact Christine at (310) 373-8285 ext. 3
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of 10 or more, please call the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Claudia (310) 373-8285 x4
  • Special Events & Promotions: must reserve with a credit card

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Via Valmonte
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Restaurant Christine
Nestled in the foothills of Palos Verdes, Restaurant Christine is an intimate bistro resplendent in rich Tuscan hues. The cozy multilevel dining room is complemented by a garden patio leading to the aptly named private dining room “The Room Next Door.” Classically trained at the renowned Culinary Institute of America, Chef Christine Brown has created a unique style by infusing cuisines experienced while traveling throughout Europe with the wonderful flavors of the Pacific Rim. She also hosts cooking classes, wine dinners and operates a full catering department. We look forward to seeing you soon! Check out our website for the full menu http://www.restaurantchristine.com/Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was slow. After being seated right away our waiter seemed to have too many tables or was easily distracted. Long time before answering questions and taking our order. Food was okay. Temp sort of neutral. Neither cold or hot. Tempura ahi soggy and heavily breaded. My friend's kir royale was warm."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • " We had a nice visit with great service. Enjoyed the quiet time to chat with a friend."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistent in what it serves. The food is fabulous always. If there are dietary restrictions, they accommodate people. Everyone is so friendly. Service is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The warm lobster salad is so amazing for me and my husband loves the bouillabaisse - I'm gluten free too and find them very accommodating. Yum!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Have not been here for a few months and delighted to find they have changed their menu. Not that the old items were bad but that I always enjoy seeing what new has been added. This was no exception. The Ahi 3 ways was wonderful And while a little more expensive than the other appetizers well worth the price! Beautiful plate and a perfect start The copper river salmon was percertly cooked. Not a dry bite , and delicious. As always the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "It's alway a pleasure to bring business associates to Restaurant Christine. I know that the service will be excellent and the menu selections will appeal to everyone. From the white tablecloths to the beautiful food presentation, dining at Christine's is an upscale experience, yet comfortable with its casual-chic decor. I also recommend their catering. They did a superb job handling a work-related event for 100+ people and even created a special menu that complimented the theme of our event. Claudia and staff are top-notch professionals - a joy to work with! It is truly an asset in our community to have such a consistently excellent restaurant to entertain or just enjoy a quiet meal with family."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Dining at Restaurant Christine"s was delightful. We had been at a function that ran unexpectedly long, so we revised our reservation time twice. The restaurant accommodated us graciously, seating us in the requested area. The service was excellent and unhurried, as was the food. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food and service. Flavours were spot on and the portions weren't small. Loved it."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I knew they decorate the table with streamers for birthdays but when I told her it was a retirement lunch out came the blue & yellow streamers (which matched our gift bag!). Also a complimentary apple cobbler dessert - so sweet (pun intended). Crayfish tower, Asian sampler plates & stir fry - we were stuffed. Glasses of prosecco for all made it a delightful albeit bitter sweet celebration. I know I can always rely on Restaurant Christine to provide the perfect ambience for any occasion. Thanks all!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed a lovely lunch with a wonderful friend. Looking forward to our next lunch together."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My group of four was seated right next to the front door, it was noisy with people walking in and the phone ringing. I ordered the halibut, it was the worst fish I have ever eaten. I may have tried two bits of it. The man at the next table ordered the halibut and returned it. I should of done the same thing but I'm not the type of person to return food. My husband thought his short ribs was ok and that's why I gave the food 2 stars. I was hoping to like this restaurant but I don't think we'll be coming back. Outdoor area looked cute. Service fair"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food selection, a bit expensive but worth it. Streamers on the table were a nice festive touch. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I used to love the food here, but they are not as good as they were. They used to be gourmet but now they just don't execute the basics. We had a salmon salad and the salmon was overcooked and dry. Their ice cream was mediocre... sweet but lacking a pronounced vanilla flavor. The hangar steak was tough. In general, they are lacking delicacy to their recipes (based on a limited number of visits to the restaurant). "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I have been going to Christine's for many years now for lunch, dinner and special occasions. It is always wonderful and I have never had a bad experience. They have a great wine selection and the food is always top of the line. If you go to Restaurant Christine you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We eat our often. We are after a wide variety of selection and interesting choices. Often we are disappointed. Here, the menu was incredibly diverse and I was looking forward to returning before we even ordered, provided the food quality and presentation were great. We were not disappointed. Each dish was unique and interesting and the preparation was fantastic. They focus on the food, a nice change from the loud and trendy new places where food can be great, but the noise level and snooty staff can make the experience mixed. I look forward to returning. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Relaxing atmosphere. The staff is always friendly. Food is always fresh & delicious. Presentation is wonderful. I love to try new things each time I dine and have never been disappointed. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This restaurant is marvelous. The food is fabulous. Lunch has neat choices. Best to make reservations to insure getting seated right away."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is our go to spot when we want to be assured of a great meal. Never an off night."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "If everybody knew how good the food and the service is, I will never be able to get a reservation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Service somewhat hurried, food quality not impressive, quantity less than generous"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have eaten at Restaurant Christine numerous times and never been disappointed with my meal. Chef Christine daily menu's are all different and very creative."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is a cute little restaurant but it seems really expensive for just a little neighborhood spot. The cob salad for lunch was good and the warm lobster salad was nice but expensive. Good thing I went there on expense account, I probably will not return on my own dime."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We recently discovered Christine's and just shared our find with friends. The pork chop I had on our first visit was wonderful, tasty and juicy. The prosciutto wrapped filet medallions I had our second visit was a bit disappointing. The steak has a sauce that seemed pointless and made me wonder why it was there. The filet was tender, but more medium and not medium rare. My dining partners enjoyed their meals and had no complaints, a seafood combo special and a salmon dish. Our recent visit was on a Saturday night, the restaurant was very full which may explain the following. The service was acceptable, but not inspiring. The waitress seemed distracted and not entirely attentive. The noise level was loud, making conversation difficult."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is absolutely wonderful! I love their thematic lunches each day. No matter what one orders, everything is marvelous."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I really like the restaurant. They were a little busier than usual and the service was slower than usual. Food is always excellent."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The lamb chops (I think they were an item on the special, not regular, dinner menu) were outstanding. We drank 3 bottles of wine with the $10 each corkage I thought was very reasonable. Others had the Kobi beef burger which was overdone and not so great. Same for the pork chop which Christine's claims to be known for as it was just mediocre. Salad was very good. Not a noisy place, so that is a plus. Would definitely revisit."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent food beautifully presented. Attentive, friendly staff. Good parking."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "While the ambiance is a little tired and could use some updating, the food was simply superb. Service was quite good too. The prices are moderately expensive, but fair for the quality. Highly recommend for foodies."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went there for Valentine's Day (night) dinner - we were seated quickly and the service proceeded perfectly! Great ambiance! The duck confit appetizer was incredible! We kidded that we wanted to cancel the entree and get four more! Our entrees were excellent and portion sizes just right. My cheese platter for desset was amazing. The recommended "Treana" red wine was a stunningly good pick for us. We both enjoyed our entire romantic dinner. FIVE STARS! We now have a new "favorite restaurant!" Ray and Donna"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent, service could be improved. There was a feeling of being rushed a bit."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has special days for each weekday. I went on Taco Tuesday. The Mexican special taco for the day was fabulous. The blend of flavors is perfect. I love the red cabbage in the tacos also. It s fabulous having ruff age accompanying the tacos. Service is always fabulous."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The portions are so generous - thus the title so lunch today becomes lunch manana as well. Our 87 year old (& only 80 lb.) Aunt visiting from AZ ate an entire ahi sandwich - I can barely eat the half! Wish I had her metabolism!! Her comment was we don't get ahi this good. Me - Lobster salad - luxurious with tender baby potatoes, skinny green beans, spinach & lobster of course:) Hubby - Pulled Pork udon noodles - a tad spicy but delicious. Cousin - a full plate of lacquered chicken wings & their delicious tomato bisque. No room for dessert folks but when I have they are sooooooooo good."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We were taking my inlaws to dinner and needed some place close to their home PV that wasn't one of the usual suspects. I did an Urban Spoon search and came across Restaurant Christine. While the interior was a but run down, the noise level was a bit high due to a raucous table behind us and service was a bit slow in the beginning (I had to keep looking around to find a server), the food was fantastic. We had a great time and lovely meal and commented on how pleasantly surprised we were to find a new restaurant in their neighborhood. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I was visiting from the east coast and needed a place near my hotel to take a family member out for dinner. Christine's was such a pleasant surprise. Quiet and cozy seating allowed us to easily catch-up without struggling to hear each other and the food was delicious. Lobster salad, ahi tuna, & stuffed crab were just terrific and presented beautifully. Service was stellar and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Torrance/Palos Verdes."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The food and service were superior. Great appetizer, followed by entrée to be shared were excellent in terms of quality, portion size and originality. Dessert was similar, but less generous"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Christine's is consistently great. Their specials are delightful. The shredded pork on brioche with onions and red cabbage slaw is out of this world."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "On a spontaneous moment, we booked dinner reservations at Restaurant Christine and we were a little worried about the pre set menu for the evening...our worries were quickly dashed upon setting foot into the lovely little restaurant! Warmly greeted by I believe to be the owner, we were immediately seated and quickly presented with a glass of bubbly, the menu options on the 4 course dinner, were varied and all were described so precisely. The portions that were presented were very generous! No small plates/tasting menu here! The food was presented beautifully and was just as delicious! We could tell that most of the diners were "regulars" as they were each greeted warmly by the staff- we (out of towners) were treated the same! Fab service!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The restaurant was festive for the occasion, the food was excellent and the ambiance was conducive to an intimate romantic dining experience...Loved it!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We keep going back to this neighborhood gem over and over again for any excuses we can make. The quality of food is very high and always consistent and very reliable. Well created menu for anyone at the table. Pork chop dish is our favorite. Ambience is always great...makes you feel that you are dining at Christine's cozy house! Upstairs can be a bit noisy when the main dining floor is filled with large groups, but it's fun to see what's happening from the top. We highly recommend Restaurant Christine for any happy occasion!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "In direct comparison with Dominique's Restaurant in Redondo Beach, the same dishes were twice as expensive at Christine's but not as tasty. The only exception was the lobster bisque, which was tolerable at Christine but had a weird metallic taste at Dominque's. The house red at Dominique's was a wonderful Pinot Noir, and at Christine's was a mediocre Cabernet which left a burning after-taste. The bread at Dominique's was fresh soft French bread which I could not stop eating. At Christine's the bread was hard, dry and tasted sour. Christine's fresh apple strudel was burned & my wife's flan was revolting, as was the custard we were served before the meal instead of salad. The simple side salad at Dominique's is great. Serve salad not custard."
    Dined on 12/31/2013