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Tapenade
Tapenade
  • Address:
    11301 W Olympic Blvd, #116
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Neighborhood:
    West Los Angeles
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $30 and under

Tapenade Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tapenade.la
  • Email: info@tapenade.la
  • Phone: (310) 312-6233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm and 9:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Tri Nguyen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-Site Catering can be provided please call Tapenade at (310) 312-6233 for more information
  • Private Party Facilities: A Semi-Private Dining experience can be arranged, please call Tapenade at (310) 312-6233 for more details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sawtelle Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is Provided Within the Olympic Collection Banquet and Conference Center and is Free With Validation (up to 90 min.)
A word from Tapenade
Tapenade a “Mediterranean-influenced” restaurant, is committed to serving the freshest, locally farm-grown ingredients combined with the highest quality of wild fish, specialty meats and poultry to create the finest cuisine that California has to offer. You won’t be disappointed with the culinary twists found in the recipes. Tapenade offers an inviting atmosphere where guests can come to eat, drink and celebrate with casual comfort. With a view of the open kitchen, communal dining room, semi-private room, high-lounge bar and outdoor patio, there is a place for everyone on any occasion. Along with the impressive menu there is also a variety of spirits, wine and beer from around the world.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Very nice tapas restaurant at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. The food and service were good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food is so so and the service is hit or miss. Been here twice now and the first visit was great for dinner but my lunch experience was not so good. The ONLY dish worth mentioning is the Pork Belly....just wish it came with a side of better service. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend as the other dishes lacked in flavor (truffle French fries...weird) or were over done. This place would be rated only 1-star if their pork belly wasn't sooooo good."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Excellent food only negative was the restaurant was way too warm"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Early dinner on a whim turned into a very pleasing experience. Chef knows how to dress a salad and even though the duck was a bit over-cooked, it was not tough in the least. Great flavors, refreshing ideas. Friendly, efficient service. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The texture and the taste of gnocchi was a singularly good experience. I would return to Tapenade strictly to eat this. Sublime."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The main courses were very good. The salads were not so good- too much tasteless greens and no dressing."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "You should definitely give this place a try. We did a few weeks ago and had a GREAT meal. The food was fantastic. I wish we were more hungry to try more items. I look forward to going back. The review was not perfectly scored though because all the seating was so tight. You are less than two feet from other diners at all times it seems. We asked to be moved to bar to have some space but then we were sort of left lost between the attention of two or three people. No one seemed to know who should take our orders, or add items to the order, etc.. But the staff was very nice otherwise. I'm happy this place has just come to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The wine selection was great and the food was delicious but the waitress that we had helped us pick the right now helped us pick foods when we were indecisive and was just in general a very sweet person. I loved it and will return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent - so much of it! And all high quality. The specials are too good to beat as well. The one downer, the service. We asked probably a million times for water, and the pacing was slightly off I thought. The servers were nice, just slow and inattentive. I would still go back for the value and good food."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Had the arugula salad with artichokes, lamb agnolotti, and scottish salmon. Artichoke pieces were tough and hard to chew. Agnolotti came with an inappropriate sweet sauce that ruined the dish for us. The salmon was served over shaved fennel and was just okay. First time I've been to a restaurant where you had to pay for bread. In this case, it was supposed to be a rosemary country bread, but were really just slices of toast without much flavor and it is brought to you in a tin can, without butter or olive oil. Server was very nice but the service itself was not very good. No manager to be seen anywhere. The wood chairs were very uncomfortable. We wanted to like this restaurant but ended up disappointed and would not go back."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We dined in Tapenade last Friday and loved it!! The food was delicious and the presentation was superb! Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "as foodies, my husband and i dine out frequently, but almost always choose restaurants based on friends suggestions, or because we like the chef or have read a proper review. however, tapenade came to us through a yelp newsletter and i'd never done that before. lured in my the promise of 5 different kinds of brussels sprouts. our whole experience there, from ambience to service to the food itself, was terrific. we happened in on a tuesday night, when they offer a 29. dollar choose three items special. the portions were extremely generous and absolutely delicious. we enjoyed bacon wrapped dates, ahi tuna apps, grilled fish, and ny strip steak. such a pretty restaurant, perfect for a date or group. we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Really good food, service, ambiance...can't wait to get back there...joan"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Not as good as it used to be. Don't think I'll return. Lots of other choices in West LA."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We dined with another couple. Our waitress was lovely and super helpful since we brought a bottle of wine that turned out to be corked. She decanted it and it came back quite a bit. Super knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious and we shared most plates. It was recommended to us and we will return. Thanks"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Dedicated service and delicious tasting plates, combined with an interesting wine list make this a great new find for our regular rotation."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant over and over. It is always delicious with great service as well. It really does not get any better!!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our first time experience was wonderful. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I rated this a little low because we chose this restaurant for the Dine LA menu that was online, it was a little misleading since it was a different menu at the restaurant. Our server was ok, she just didn't seem excited to be there. As for the food, the first course was good but entree were overcooked."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We went as a group and for sure would have all appreciated if the dineLA menu was a bit more similar to the one posted online, especially if an additional course was being expected. Service was very friendly but a bit slow."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The good was amazing and the service was spectacular! I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "cook manages to juggle many diverse "mediterannean" influences quite well."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food is always phenomenal! The chef whipped up our favorite fig jam; however, we found they had decreased the size of their portions(15%ish). This just made us fight amongst ourselves for every single one of those French Brussels sprouts! Phenomenal flavor on every single item. Only disappointing menu item was the coffe; we think they changed suppliers since our last visit. The waiter was also pretty slow, but this is probably due to them being under-staffed on the floor! Tapenade is a must in the west la area!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a quick bite here before a movie and didn't get a chance to linger, so we'll definitely go back. The food was excellent. Katie was terrific and attentive. We looked out on the patio with envy thinking it would be a great place to hang on a summer night. We can imagine this place filling up on a weekday evening with a cool bar scene. Great Westside option and much more pleasant than Westside Tavern before a movie at the Landmark or Laemmle."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Happened upon this hidden gem and couldn't be happier. Have to return soon to try more dishes - the brussels sprouts are amazing and will change the way you look at the misunderstood veggie. Everything is fresh and flavorful, and the atmosphere is cozy and inviting."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was good overall, but unfortunately have to agree with previous reviewers that the service is quite poor (referring to waitress only - bus boys, etc. were great). Between the attitude from the waitress and loud atmosphere, it was difficult to enjoy the meal/justify going back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I've never been to a restaurant that has hit my sweet spot in so many ways. I am not a foodie by nature, however, every single dish my girlfriend and I tried at Tapenade went above and beyond my expectations for such an affordable meal. The Brussels Sprouts (which brought us to Tapenade) lived up to all the hype on Yelp. They were amazing - soft, tender, crispy, and delightfully flavorful. My poor written descriptions here would do a disservice - its worth it to go there just to try them. We followed up with an appetizer sauteed mushroom and polenta dish which again, blew our minds. Our entrees followed up a superb performance and left my girlfriend and I talking about this restaurant to all our friends and family for the next 3 days."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I know the yelp rating for this restaurant is great, but we couldn't have been more disappointed with the food and service. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and a good atmosphere and great for a special occasion. However, the food and the cost of food just didn't cut it. The brussels sprouts were the only highlight, while all our main entrees were bland and overall didn't have much of a flavor. The server often got confused with our orders and one of our main entree took forever to come (over 45 minutes)."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We discovered this restaurant a few months ago, and were amazed by the quality and originality of the food. The first few times we went the place was basically empty- but the last time it was bustling. The location can be off putting- but the interior of the restaurant is really well done, and the food is really the draw."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "My party of five had terrific plates and drinks before a movie and the Westside Pavilion. I couldn't ask for more prompt and nice service with nice quality food and a comfy corner table with a couch. I found the place through OpenTable and was glad I did!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "From start to finish, a great meal, with impeccable service. The host, Matthew, was top notch. He was on the move constantly, helping expedite service by doing everything from refilling water glasses to helping clear tables and take orders. Highlights include the Tunisian brussel sprouts, baby artichoke salad, and goat cheese tapenade."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We selected Tapenade through Open Table and Yelp reviews. We spoke to the owner and the restaurant is relatively new- one year old. The plates are easily sharable. There had different types of brussel sprouts appetizers and selected one based on the server’s recommendation. Our party had the short ribs, oven roasted chicken and the salmon special---all excellent. The only reason the service gets 4 stars instead of 5 stars is that I ordered a Bellini (drink special) while eating my appetizer and it was not served until after I finished my main meal. The owner came over and apologized and offered a complimentary glass of wine which was thoughtful. Validation for parking is available."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I brought my gf here for her birthday. Our host, servers, and barbacka were all fantastic. They remembered our names and brought out dessert w a candle. She loved the food and particularly the sangria. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Brussel sprouts, fixed in a variety of ways, are a star feature of the menu and they are delicious. However, every brussel sprout dish has nuts. The kitchen refused to accomodate the nut allergy in our group and refused to leave nuts out of any of the brussel sprouts dishes. We had a table of six, for a birthday, and spent quite a lot of money. It was actually quite bizarre."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The sangria was the best ever. We had 8 tapas, the Brussel sprouts italian style, the crab, gnocchi, polenta with truffle and Parmesan, and tuna roll were all amazing to name a few, and I was with a snobby foodie group. The server was fun and made great selections. I'm definitely going back for the happy hour and telling everyone about it, it's a great find!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "All 6 of us had fish, and each was perfectly cooked - crispy on the outside and moist inside. Appetizers and desserts were great too. Waiter was very knowledgeable and served us well. Definitely will return soon."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Selected by a friend who lives nearby, it was my first visit. Friendly, energetic hosts & wait staff. Can get noisy but has positive, up-beat buzz. Any place that serves brussel sprouts seven different ways deserves a look. We chose the ones w/mushrooms (Mediterranean?) - was really tasty. Great mushrooms and very nutty tasting. The sea bream was also good even if the fish itself is a bit mushy. Definitely recommend you give the place a try. The blackberry lemonade had sparkling water in it and was neither lemonade-ish nor blackberry-ish and they should re-examine the recipe or remove the item. Place deserves multiple visits to fully explore the menu."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My teen daughter and I loved this place! It was definitely a place for couples and co-workers to gather for happy hour...but my daughter and I loved the food! It was delicious! The many different selections of brussel sprouts were fun to choose from. My daughter normally doesn't like brussel sprouts, but the flavoring and the way these were prepared were so good, Tapenade has changed her liking to loving them! The one we had was on the Happy Hour Menu. We also loved the flavored salts at the table - Champagne Vanilla and the Bordeaux Wine...very tasty! The Homemade Sangria was also delicious! We're definitely coming back to dine!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Obviously I'm a fan with five stars across the board but this was the perfect pre-holiday lunch with two out of town visitors who love the best food without the fuss. Bacon wrapped dates, Brussels sprouts leaves crisped with capers and parmesan, gnocchi with tomato and garlic, a fresh, lightly crunchy asparagus salad, and a fig and bleu cheese tartine or flatbread that was outrageously good. Ginger beer and the best sangria in many moons completed the beverage selection with an over the top banana gratin that, thankfully, was shared by the three of us. Less than a hundred dollars for the three of us before tip with exemplary service: knowing, friendly with good recommendations. Returning soon."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We went to Tapenade for lunch and were pleasantly surprised with the options. They have brussel sprouts made in several different ways, all of which are divine. I had the tuna and salmon sashimi. It was a VERY large portion that I was extremely pleased with. Well flavored with an interesting presentation. Nutella dessert was somewhere btwn okay and good. The only downfall was one of the servers charged our cards incorrectly and doubled the amt on one of the cards. They apologized profusely once we brought it to their attention. So I recommend you pay close attention to your bill!!! Again, the food was excellent and I will certainly be back to try some new selections."
    Dined on 11/21/2013