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Stefan's at L.A. Farm
Stefan's at L.A. Farm

Stefan's at L.A. Farm Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stefansrestaurants.com/stefansatlafarm-home.html
  • Phone: (310) 449-4000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, European
  • Executive Chef: Stefan Richter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full Catering Service
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit stefansrestaurants.com for our Holiday Menus

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centinela
  • Public Transit: Santa Monica buses run nearby as well as on the 10 Freeway.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Parking Validation for Lunch (2hrs) and Dinner (3hrs) Valet Service Complimentary
A word from Stefan's at L.A. Farm
Cosmopolitan dining. Drinks with friends. Intimate private parties... All these seduce the discerning foodie and socialista to visit the new Stefan’s at L.A. Farm. A Santa Monica institution reimagined, Stefan’s at L.A. Farm is a casual bistro where celebrities and Hollywood power brokers mingle with Angelenos of all stripes. Welcome to an oasis of casual sophistication and attentive service. Sleek and modern, the dining room is festooned with American made Italian furniture, marble-topped tables and abstract artworks. Equal style and comfort is found on the patio, where guests can dine or just relax around a fire pit on leather banquettes. Its spacious bar area is equipped with two flat-screen TVs, making Stefan’s at L.A. Farm a great place to enjoy with friends and colleagues. A private wine cellar for 16 allows guests to enjoy wine tasting or host private parties. Yup, the ol’ Farm’s got a new owner. Pull up a chair and stay awhile...Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I've had a very stressful couple of months, dealing with things related to my mother who has late stage alzheimers. Some friends gave me money for my birthday and this was the perfect time to use it (I'm unemployed so rarely go out to dinner). The menu options were good and the food was fantastic and the staff professional. I mentioned my situation to my server mitch. He was empathic and didn't charge me for the coffee I had with dessert. If I can afford it in the future, I would go there again"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have previously had dinner at Stefan's where we had the tasting menu, which was excellent. As it was LA Restaurant week there was a different (very small) menu for a fixed price. We asked about the menu change and our waiter told us that the menu had in fact changed, and that the tasting menu (and other items) had been discontinued. He asked us to provide feedback as other people were clearly disappointed with the changes also. None of the dishes were memorable, all quite plain, it was like eating a series of ready meals. We had previously really liked this restaurant, so we're not sure if there's been a change of staff behind the scenes. It was only about half-full on a Saturday evening. We'll think twice before going again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I haven't been to LA Farm in a long time so I thought I'd give it a try. To begin with, the service was terrible - the waiter kept ignoring us and everything was slow. My friend asked for greens as a substitution and the waiter said fine; the greens never arrived. My roast chicken was overcooked and under spiced and the mashed potatoes were thick and starchy - exactly what you don't expect at a decent restaurant. When the greens finally arrived (we had to ask twice) they were over salted and gritty - inedible. It was very disappointing and I won't be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was friendly but so so. The food was just so so. I did like the covered patio as you walk in to the restaurant. It was cozy and romantic. I was disappointed. It was to bad because I really wanted to like the restaurant. Just in fairness to the restaurant is was DineLa week. Though the restaurant was not busy service should have been better, for that matter the food too."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Went for Dine LA's 4 course menu and every single course was amazing, I was definitely full and happy at the end"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our 'go to' for nice dinner, pleasant relaxing setting with good service. The menu keeps changing- a bit disconserting when you have favorites, but there's always something that appeals. Roasted asparagus was terrific - we had it as an appetizer which we were glad for, as you could really appreciate it. Open face hamburger with 2 eggs on top - perhaps the best "upscale" hamburger ever. Roasted half chicken excellent flavor, but a bit dry, though we were there quite late in the evening. Always prefer sitting in the "patio" but the opening of the wall by the entry has made many of the patio seats less than desirable - as they have a view right out to the parking lot. Hope this is temporary as part of their update sequence."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Everyone liked the food and the decor is terrific."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have been going there for several years. Every time the food is VERY high quality. The service is outstanding. We keep coming back here time after time."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great appetizers , good size portions,super service and friendly"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Stefan is gone, though his name is still on the marquee. Some of the dishes remain, but the flair is gone. The small plates menu us now only available in the bar, though when we saw some of those dishes going by, we were told reluctantly (and too late) that you could order if you really wanted to. They need to get it together if they want to keep Stefan's loyalists."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have had dinner here but never lunch. It was delicious and a perfect spot for a lunch meeting as we could actually hear each other talk!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I used to have lunch at The Farm quite often. This is the first time I've been back since it became "Stefan's". The interior is fine but doesn't feel as warm as before. The menu is new and has many interesting choices. The cobb salad was very good. The grilled ham and cheese was fine, not great but fine. Service was very good. It was a pleasant lunch, though not particularly memorable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Everything tastes delicious. I had the escargot and it was delicious. Their scallops are to die for. And their drinks are tasty and decent pours (could be a little heavier in my opinion but they were good)"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been to Stefan's on several occasions for lunch with clients / colleagues and have always been very impressed. I expected at least the same overall experience for dinner, but when I took my colleagues there for a celebratory dinner this week, it seemed like Stefan's had their third-string on the field. The waiter fumbled through the specials and wasn't sure how/when to refill drinks and remove plates, and someone in the kitchen wasn't clear on the differences between pan-searing and deep-frying, rendering a lovely piece of halibut all but inedible. At $60+ per person (we didn't even attempt dessert), I expected much more. I will not recommend writing Stefan's off just yet, but this trip wasn't worth price or time we spent."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We made this Saturday night reservation early, informing the restaurant that we were celebrating a big anniversary with friends. They called us the day before to confirm and were again reminded that this was a celebration. The receptionist wished us a happy anniversary. We took a table in a secluded corner in the almost empty main room. We told the server about our anniversary. His response: "Oh, happy anniversary." Service was lackadaisical after that point and when the check was finally presented we realized that absolutely no further efforts were going to be made to help us celebrate. I asked to see Stephen, the owner/chef, but was told that he was out. We won't be back for any future special occasion "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Stefan's L.A. Farm, and just like our first visit, it was terrific! Everything was wonderful--the food, the staff, the atmosphere. I'll be going back again soon!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The only thing positive I can say is that the portions were very generous. My salad appetizer was great but required no expertise of the chef--1/2 an iceberg lettuce covered with bacon and blue cheese. My short ribs dish was completely bland and tasteless. My wife's pasta had plenty of flavor--all from a massive amount of black pepper-no complexity totally uninteresting. Had been there once before and it was pretty good. I live in the neighborhood and was hoping it would be great, but we won't be back. Ambiance and service are very nice."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "snails could have brought our food from the kitchen faster than we received it. we used a Living Social voucher for the tasting menu for 2 and were charged for the wine pairing which we didn't have."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Wonderful seafood prepared in innovative ways. Very fresh!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had a business lunch there. though the indoor/outdoor dining area was a bit hot due to unusually warm weather, the ambience, noise level and service were fitting for a business lunch meeting. The menu is great - diverse so everyone can be happy. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Now I know what the first four letters really stand for in "waiter"....WAIT. At least that was my recent luncheon dining experience. I have been to this restaurant for lunch many times and think it is wonderful. The service has always been terrific. And, of course, Stefan's food is really good. So I know I will return and hope my waiter was just having an off day.... or maybe I was having an off day. I'll "wait" and see on my next visit."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We went for lunch great selection had a hard time deciding. Had a simple ahi tuna salad fresh lite and perfect for lunch We were a group of 7 very accommodating . Others in the group had Scallops and Halibut no complaints ! Loved the tri color carrots and humus. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "2nd time in 3 months I've eaten here. Last time I booked private room with 8 people and after an hour we were so hot we had to ask to be re-seated and they told us their A/C was not working. A few dishes were served wrong. Seemed plausible and they handled it well. This time I went back and my wife's order was served incorrectly (wrong dish) and the manager brought a new one and comped it without us asking. Things happen. For dessert, we ordered bananas foster and it took a long time yet when it arrived it was sliced cold bananas in a sauce with alcohol taste and ice cream. I told the manager I didn't want another comp and the cooks didn't know what they were doing. Too many problems a $40 per head place. Eat elsewhere. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The restaurant is a very good looking space with great potential but the food was very ordinary and bland. The escargot had almost no flavor except for butter, not even any garlic. Had 3 different kinds of sliders that had odd sauces. I would not recommend this place to anyone as I was really expecting something special when I looked at reviews on Yelp and other sites. My dining partner was also very underwhelmed. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We loved our experience at Stefan's overall, but the staff was the best part...hands down! The hostess and the server were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Wish I could remember their names so I could give them a shout-out."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We went to Stafan's based on several reviews. All the food we had was different from the usual fare and all was very well prepared. Service was relaxed, but not slow, a good balance of leaving us alone and making sure all needs were met. The server should not have asked if our main courses were good, the sole off note. I would recommend this to anyone who is satisfied with moderate plates of high quality food. They are not easy to find. Once you come into the complex, not obvious. Luckily the valet service flagged us down and pointed us in the right direction. I could not tell if there was a free parking area, but that night I was quite happy to have someone take care of my rental car and provide assistance finding the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was our third time at Stefan's. The food is wonderful and the space is great. We've never had a complaint before. Service was fairly slow especially considering that the restaurant wasn't full. We hadn't been there in a almost a year and while the food is very good we were a little disappointed that the menu hadn't really changed in that time."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a great night of drinks, food & friends, Cheers!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As usual, we had a terrific meal at this restaurant. They got a little busy as the evening progressed but our waiter comped us our deserts which took too long to arrive. I had the whitefish which was great and wife and grandson had the mushroom ravioli with a cream sauce; a great dish."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Unique dishes/flavor combinations, many available in appetizer or small plates for foodies. Love the "patio" (indoors, but outdoor feel), with fire pits, etc. Menu changes frequently, but we had: Terrific pork belly with a "sauerkraut-type" condiment (we had as appetizer, available as main) Beet and citrus salad (wonderful) Lamb with a side of the most amazing grits with truffle oil Service professional, very pleasant, helpful and excellent overal, except for the occassional time that they seem to disappear."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Small portions but not balanced by outstanding flavor. They need to go one way or the other"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Plenty of small plates, riffs on comfort food...but it's all like trickle down tech from the space program applied to everyday items... Your piece of fish is cooked perfectly, your salad is dressed perfectly, the pork belly has it's flavor concentrated to a degree unattainable by mere mortals. But it's all very unpretentious. Try it when they're having one of their fixed price tasting menus and you'll have some reasonably priced fun."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Terrific food and wonderful waiter. I had a business lunch here and the place was perfect for it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was great. Serive was poor, and it wasn't like they were busy. There was only about 6 tables full in the restaurant. We ordered the 7 course tasting menu and wine pairing. Most times the wine was presented after the food. No discussion about the food or wine. And they didn't even bring the Lamb chop wine."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was ok- nothing special. Service was ok- nothing special. Atmosphere was dead... Seems like a lunch crowd type place only but at these prices, spend your lunch money elsewhere"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Upon arriving very early for our reservation, we were warmly welcomed and seated immediately. Service was smooth, and the food was nothing short of excellent -- especially those scallops! We caught Chef Stefan moving from table to table meeting with the diners as well -- quite a sociable man! The entire evening was a wonderful dining experience, and we'll eagerly be looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We loves the food and service 155$ for two so not cheap but worth it Wonderful fish and chicken and fries and great desserts"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We celebrated a Birthday with a party of 8. I would recommend more round tables. Long wide tables are hard for passing food and easy conversations. Overall great dining."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "very fair priced food was very good something for everybody no request was denied."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have lived right up the street from this place for years, knew it was somewhere close by, but was pleasantly surprised when my girlfriend and I showed up and found it tucked away in a little nook - I've passed by plenty of times but never noticed it. The 'hideaway' aspect plus the intimate interior made for a very appealing ambiance. From the moment we showed up, everyone was very helpful, attentive, and friendly. Our server gave us awesome recommendations and was a pleasure to work with. And the food was spectacular - we shared a few small plates, appetizers, and had a main + dessert. Everything was truly delicious. Will definitely be going back, will definitely recommend to others."
    Dined on 2/14/2014