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Warszawa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.warszawarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (310) 393-8831
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Polish, European
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Monica Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional Metered Parking available on the street (on Lincoln).
A word from Warszawa
Warszawa Restaurant first opened in 1979 and has been serving Polish food in the Los Angeles area ever since. Owner/Chef Elina O'Lague continues to create traditional Polish fare such as pierogis, stroganoff, borsch and slow-roasted duck in a contemporary, health-conscious way. Converted from a house to restaurant in the 1970's, the space offers unique dining with an old world feel, combined with a backyard patio bar featuring music, signature cocktails and polish brews.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Every one of us enjoyed our meal and the service was very attentive and got everything right the first time. No hassle and would eat here again."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner, great food and the service was excellent. I appreciated the ease of making my reservation on line.It was an experience I plan to repeat."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This was the second time I've been to Warszawa and both times, the food and the service has been excellent. If you are looking for Polish cuisine, this is the spot. It's been around for decades and for good reason."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Never disappoints! This time I had the salmon but the mushroom "gnocci" (hubby got that) were out of this world."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "What a great place this is. The food is really terrific and the items on the menu will satisfy anyone's need to eat authentic Polish food. The pierogies are really really good. They have a wonderful selection of appetizers and the bar features a number of Polish vodkas."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The BEST potato pancakes, pierogi, and stuffed cabbage. I would swear my Polish grandmother was in the kitchen cooking!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Herring w/apple and scallion sauce, borscht, 4 kinds of pierogi, stuffed cabbage, Veal paprikash, a substantial menu with something for everyone. All prepared simply and well. Friendly staff, and a some great Polish vodkas."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was very slow and the staff was not attentive. While we had a large party, it took over 2 hours to get our food on the table. Once the food arrived, two of our guest's orders had been forgotten. Our food went cold waiting for the other two guests to be served. Water was refilled 3 times over the course of the 2 hours. Portions were small for the price, but tasted ok. Overall, we would not return; nor would we recommend this restaurant to our friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is very good. We would return at any opportunity. Our problem is we live in Rancho Palos Verdes therefore it is a little far away to consider very often."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Other "foodies" have raged of this restuarant to me. My ancestery is from Poland, so I wanted to try it. The beef straganoff was indecribable...I took a picture and sent it back to Nebraska where my family is. All I can say is that I plan to go back and try every item on the menu. The decor is so nice, unlike any trendy place we now see in L.A."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you like food from this part of the world; you shouldn't be disappointed, unless you imagine that your grandmother's idiosyncratic form of borsht or stroganoff was beyond compare. The food is all done very well, with very fresh ingredients -- maybe with the smallest twist here and there, as a tiny concession to California Cuisine. It is a very pleasant room and patio -- very 1980's Bay Area: a California Craftsman home in all white with lace curtains and dark hardwood floors; very charming. The crowd is an interesting mix of older regulars and successful young Google types. It's a fun scene."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The dinner was delicious. We sampled a number of items and loved everything. We waited a while for our food, but everything was made fresh and really flavorful. The restaurant is inside an old house and has such a lovely atmosphere -- so serene. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We really enjoy Warszawa and love the fact it's so near. If you're not near it would be a great place to travel to as well. It is that good! We love several of their dishes and we have them every time we are there. We usually start with potato pancakes but they were offering their pickle soup and when it's available it always wins. That soup is delicious. Lightly sour (like a pickle) and unctuous (like tom kha soup) I crave it as I write this. Their Chicken Paprikash is lovely and served with spaetzle. A fine dish. We ALWAYS order their superb pierogi (1 order that includes 2 FRIED cheese, and another order that includes two 2 STEAMED chicken (with a sauce that accompanies them.) That is how pierogis are done!! And Honey Liqueur to finish!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at Warszawa or any Polish restaurant. I had an early Mother's Day dinner with my son, and this restaurant came recommended. The online menu had plenty of vegetarian choices for my son. The raw cauliflower florettes in a garlic sauce were extraordinary. Even the carrots and broccoli had great flavor. My son had the potato and cheese pierogi dinner and we had cold vegetarian borscht that was sublime, the homemade bread with olive tapenade, the sliced cucumber and yogurt, and I had the beef stroganoff. I also tried the bison grass vodka and Zywiec, a Polish beer. For dessert we had the lemon custard crepe with raspberry sauce and the warm apple tart, and I had the homemade lemon liquer. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A great place to experience Polish dining. Sweet staff with some excellent traditional Polish food. Lovely ambiance. Some staff even speaks Polish which was a wonderful surprise. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "If you like hearty comforting food with amazing flavors and want to have a truly genuine authentic meal go here! you will enjoy not having to speak louder than the sounds of 15 different flatscreen tv's and top 40 music playing. This place is quiet even when its packed, the service is terrific, and the food is full of flavor and delicious. I love the set up in here, even when the restaraunt is full you can have an intimate meal here. Top Notch! Try The Warszawa! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Warszawa satisfies one's craving for old world home cooking. This is not light cuisine, but is delicious when you are looking for Polish/Eastern European food. I have been twice in the recent past, and loved it both times. The restaurant is in an old home left from years ago, a cozy touch. The schnitzel is crisp and satisfying, the prunes wrapped in bacon also good. The pierogi stuffed with meat and onions, are a favorite."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Warszawa. The food is good, with an inviting range of European specialties. The food and wine are moderately priced, and the service was personal, attentive, and friendly. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a very nice dinner with two of our good friends. All of us had been here before, but many years ago. Was very pleased at the selection, price and amount and quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food and service is outstanding! Great outdoor patio bar."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I have been dining at the Warszawa for many years, a testament to its popularity which is well earned. It continues to have the BEST Polish food and even better Service! We all shared appetizers of potatoe pancakes, as well as the kielbasa and pierogi. For dinner we each had the duck - its specialty. Desert was nalesniki (Polish crepes). BRAVO!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "For 35 years we have dined here occasionally, I don't know why we don't go at least once a month. Everything was just superb!!!!from the moment we walked in the door until we walked out the door. If you haven't tried Warszawa, you are really missing out on a great food experience."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I like this restaurant. If I lived closer to it we would go there more often."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great food, nice servers. This is really a landmark place in Santa Monica."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent food....best in a long time! We've eaten there before but this was unusually good"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The dining rooms are very nice, in an old SM house, BUT the food is awful. It sounds good on the menu, but seems to be re-heated from previously frozen...at least that's how it tastes and looks. Very sad for such a beautiful environment, run by very intelligent folks. I remember the food and ambience from the '80's-'90's and it seemed to be much fresher and more vibrant. now, I will not recommend this restaurant again, sorry to say. But, the bar/lounge in the back seems to be alive and interesting, I might try that one time."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Was here for my grans' 82nd and to try the pork schnitzel. I had the potato pancakes and kielbasa and it was perfect. The pints of Polish beer are served in a chilled glass, all poured by the meticulous and sweet waitress."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I came to this restaurant in hopes of eating authentic Polish food, somewhat resembling my grandmothers. What I got was a gross interpretation of what Polish food was supposed to be. They did not even get a simple dish like Perogi's right, I received some weird deep fried mush. Nothing was authentic about this place. The only enjoyable/eatable food at this place was the bread and cucumber/pickle soup. Honestly, you're better off getting frozen Perogi's from the grocery store and making them. At least they'll be more enjoyable and authentic."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent servic; excellent service; excellent ambience."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Everything we tried was a treat! Pierogie were outstanding (we tried an order of mushroom and an order of cheese both fried and boiled). Kielbasa had a great smoked flavor and the horseradish sauce was mild, yet tangy. The bacon wrapped prunes were the biggest surprise.....decadent! All the entrees we had were delicious and very filling, but not a ridiculous amount of food. The food itself is very filling and the portions are just right. You are set in a former bungalow, which is super quaint. Three (I think) small dining rooms make you feel like you're eating with family at the next table. Great choice for ethnic food!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "yet another great dining experience in Santa Monica - so convenient to the Beautiful Broad Stage - love them both!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was, as always, amazing. And, unfortunately, the service was - as always - limited at best. There is an effort to make you feel comfortable and welcome at the start and once the food is ordered (actually somewhat before the food is ordered if the restaurant is crowded) you might think it's a serve yourself place. There is not nearly enough serving staff. There is an abundance of dish removal staff who, again unfortunately, can't do much more for you than take away your dishes. It took forever to get our bill and this was just the icing on the lack of service. A slice of birthday cake at the end might have made up for the lack but it just couldn't. The lack was too large and the cake too small."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We are happy there is a Polish Restaurant on the west coast we are from the east coast where there are a bunch. Great service everyone was really nice"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our waitress was outstanding and patient especially given the fact that neither my wife nor I knew anything about Polish cuisine. We've had other potato leak soups before but this one was by far the best we've ever had. The chicken special my wife ordered was definitely the best plate. We would recommend this place easily!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I have been to Warszawa on several previous occasions, and never had such a miserable experience as I did on Valentine's Day. When we got there, the hostess escorted us to a back room (past the large main dining room), which was small and cramped. She seated us by a busy doorway, which was not acceptable so we moved ourselves to a corner near a window. Slowly the back room was filled to capacity, so much so that the waiters had a hard time maneuvering between the tables! Our dinner arrived and my roast duck was way over cooked; my date had the schnitzel which was really dry and overcooked with barely any vegetables on the side. Other patrons were complaining about the bad service too. Hint: Do NOT order the blueberry pierogis for dessert."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very special restaurant with truly authentic Polish dishes. Great restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014