Restaurant Christine
Restaurant Christine

Restaurant Christine

  • 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: Southwest, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean
  • 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 3103738285x4
  • Special Events: 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/
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Restaurant Christine reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (12)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (8)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very poor service as we waited almost 2 hours for dinner. Food was served lukewarm and my wife's steak was cooked well when she requested medium rare. Overall a very poor showing by this restaurant tht used to be much better. Extremely disappointed and not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Christine
    VivSVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This restaurant is wonderful. I went with a friend on Taco Tuesday. The tacos all have a nice twist to them. The Yucatan Taco is to die for. It has a blend of flavors that is so superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Two hours waiting for the food and the food was horrible!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Friday Night Dining
    Rocky
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went to Christine's for a dinner out with my grown daughter. We made reservations thru open table.com. We arrived at the appointed time and our booth was ready for us. One thing I always like about Christine's I have never had to wait when I had a reservation. The food is amazing we enjoyed a palenta appetizer and Lamb Chops were excellent cooked medium rare as requested. The service was Very Good just a busy night for the restaurant as expected on Friday Nights. I recommend Christine's to all my friends for a nice evening out and wonderful gourmet food. I have never been disappointed with a meal they serve yet.. Great Food!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Christine
    VivSVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This restaurant has excellent meals. The service is impeccable. The help is really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeterVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very eclectic menu, but each dish is ample and worth ordering. The blend of flavors is wonderful. The presentation is great. The wine list is well balanced with reasonable pricing. The corkage fee is $10, bring a good wine to compliment the food or order off the wine list, it won't break the bank. The menu is updated daily with the specials of the day as well as the menu in general. There is a nice patio area with heaters for outdoor dining. I would highly recommend this restaurant without any hesitation as well as recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food and service were really good. Enjoyed everything with my good friends. It is close by with good parking and everything was clean and well presented. Portions were so large no one could eat it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A consistent winner
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Restaurant Christine is a favorite of our family. We always enjoy ourselves. The food is great and varied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Lizbeth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had another lovely dining experience over the weekend at Christine's. Sat on the patio and enjoyed the lobster salad. It was light, tasty and just what I was looking for…lobster pieces small, but good. My husband enjoyed the pork.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    luckytp
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The ambiance and food were great. Service was a little slow, but that was because there was a large group dining. I love the menu.....so many different items to select. I had the grilled pork chop, with enchilada and my girlfriend had a lobster salad, which she loved. We will be back,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Christine's (this year's birthday dinner for me) never ceases to amaze; gets better all the time. The menu is varied and quite creative; doubt one would find a more creative chef on Melrose in LA. Never knew there are so many ways to prepare Ahi! The meal from the free mushroom soup tasting to the watermelon with black currant dressing salad to entrees ranging from trio of Hawaiian seafood to salmon to flank steak with chimichurri sauce was perfect in concept and preparation. Also, the place, from the greeter to the server, really makes the customer feel welcome and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • even the best ......
    walter
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    have an off night. Or a dish at which they do not excel. Such was the short ribs saturday night. The meat was stringy and the sauce was far to sweet. The rmainder of your meal was its usual superior quality. The Ahi 3 ways was outstanding I must say I didn't care for our waiter. He made everything a joke. When I pay this much for the food I feel I am entitled to valid discussion about the flavor and not "Try it , you'll like" when I clearly did not like it. and did not eat 2/3's of the meat I was not asked if something was wrong but was offered a joke about saving it for breakfast. NEVER would I order this dish again let alone want more of it the next day ! I will return because I have always loved this restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Eating at Restaurant Christine is always a pleasure. They know how to make a restaurant work. The food is consistently superior. They continually refresh the menu with seasonal selections that encourage a regular to step away from the trusted favorites. The service is timely, professional and friendly. This is a restaurant we continually return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor patio dining
    cafelover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    although it was 85 outside, the covered and fanned patio felt like 72, perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden away in the South Bay
    Remydog
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The South Bay has limited dining options so even the best places would not meet most foodie minimums. Christine's is the clear exception. From the welcome soup sampler through to the desserts, Christine's is excellent and she has been doing it consistently for years.Go for the small plates to get to know the variety of styles/tastes that Christine has up her sleeve. The Sea Scallop Dynamite roll was delicious and the lobster chile relleno is always one of my favorites. Even on busy weekend nights, the servers are timely and very nice but never seem rushed or overwhelmed. When the restaurant is packed, the noise level can get a bit high (try a spot on the patio if you are looking for a little quieter dining).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 490 reviews are from the Restaurant Christine reviews archive.
  • Creative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As always, the menu is interesting. Even the regular menu is creative and delicious. Staff is very friendly and service is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gets it right
    Cassy1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Restaurant Christine, manages to provide attentive service and great food without the snobbery or up tight waiters. The wine list is not too long but with a nice selection. The seafood is particularly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem in the South Bay
    SoCalGirl
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great little restaurant in Palos Verdes. A wide variety of menu options, good service and a cozy atmosphere. The portions are quite large and they don't skimp on quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We ordered a dish that had a lot of dairy products in the sauce. They were very accommodating and created a new sauce for us that was amazing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    mcross
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    They added a little extra table dressing for our 40th anniversary. The salads were much larger than we expected and tasted great. I ordered scallops and they were cooked to perfection....moist and tender. They gave us a complimentary dessert of caramel bread pudding and it was a nice touch and also delicious. It was a very enjoyable evening and we will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less consistent than in the past
    Millvalleymom
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    LisajaneVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Never fails whatever I order is delicious! Service is solid and I will return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for lunch and close to home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had a nice visit with great service. Enjoyed the quiet time to chat with a friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Christine
    VivSVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    LaurenP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always GREAT
    walter
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendraiser
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Restaurant Christine"s
    DanV
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place to Dine
    Alex
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and service. Flavours were spot on and the portions weren't small. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely lunch with a wonderful friend. Looking forward to our next lunch together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch party
    QBwashereVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So......disappointed
    foodie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    KMB57
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great food selection, a bit expensive but worth it. Streamers on the table were a nice festive touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be great but...
    Quixotic
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    Chrissi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu and food are fantastic
    Mike
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    luvinglife
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christines
    VivSVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This restaurant is marvelous. The food is fabulous. Lunch has neat choices. Best to make reservations to insure getting seated right away.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This is our go to spot when we want to be assured of a great meal. Never an off night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shhh. Don't tell anybody.
    AskBrad
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    If everybody knew how good the food and the service is, I will never be able to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate