Warszawa
Warszawa

Warszawa

  • 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: European, Polish
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Warszawa reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (10)special occasion (9)romantic (8)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Service way too slow.
    Cathy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Could not rate the food because we waited for an hour and a half for our food and left as we could no longer wait,
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Experience at Warszawa
    PaulW
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    No complaints with this restaurant. We tried all the traditionals - Peirogies, Stroganoff, Schnitzel, Spatzal, Borscht. All good. Something new to me and very good was their Bacon wrapped prunes appetizer. That is a must have. Also noteworthy was the olive spread served with the bread. It had just a hint of garlic. Much better than butter. Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still great after many years!
    foodlover
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We hadn't been here in many years and brought out of town friends to celebrate a birthday. The server was wonderful in terms of answering questions about preparation, dietary restructions, etc. The food was plentiful and prepared to perfection. I particularly remembered the duck, and it did not disappoint. The server checked several times to see how we were doing a d made us feel very much at home. Brought an excellent dark chocolate cake with creme sauce for the birthday honoree. Now that we have rediscovered this restaurant, we will be back often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Sandy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Gracious, accommodating service, fine menu excellent food. The duck, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage and Beef Stroganoff were great. Desserts and coffee were delish! Will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise eclectic gem.
    DSandDSVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've passed this restaurant for years, always curious about the place. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing. Service great, and has a funky eastern European vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Polish Comfort Food
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We have been returning to Warsawa for years, and enjoy it every single time. The stuffed cabbage is one of our favorites, as are the cheese and potatoe Pierogies. On a rainy night, it is often our first choice, as it is cozy and they make type of food that warms you up on a chilly eve. The staff are friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SofiaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice restaurant located in an old house in Santa Monica. The food is Polish/European and delicious. So are the cocktails and the wine selection. Definitely a place to try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food ive had in forever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food! Even better service from Carolina. This place is amazing!! Def will be going here once a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • runpad
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice inside and the borsht was suprisingly good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YEHUDIT
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I INVITED MY BEST FRIEND WHO WAS BORN IN POLAND TO CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY. IN ONE WORD IT WAS OUTSTANDING. WE ENJOYED EVERYTHING AND WILL DEFINITELY COME AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    VanNuysVic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the Warszawa reviews archive.
  • Reliably wonderful
    willbeback
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Never disappoints! This time I had the salmon but the mushroom "gnocci" (hubby got that) were out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit of Poland
    Homecook100VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grandma's dinner
    Anaveragejoe
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The BEST potato pancakes, pierogi, and stuffed cabbage. I would swear my Polish grandmother was in the kitchen cooking!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sunday meal w/ your polish grandma
    pops
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience
    hungryhungryhippo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would recommend for the food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Polish!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much Better Than You'd Think
    DorseyDonVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinerDaisy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
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  • A Santa Moinca gem
    caliboy63
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply divine
    LaurelB
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy
    Diningadventures
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diamond in the Rough
    TinkeR
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home Cooking
    MissM
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate and Friendly
    SueCal
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    Mark
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food and service is outstanding! Great outdoor patio bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT, AS ALWAYS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Polish Rest on West Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like this restaurant. If
    LGTS
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I like this restaurant. If I lived closer to it we would go there more often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very special atmosphere
    VeniceVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great food, nice servers. This is really a landmark place in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food....best in
    Ginny
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Excellent food....best in a long time! We've eaten there before but this was unusually good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing....
    SantaMonicaFoodie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a wonderful surprise!
    Youngladyplus3
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I came to this restaurant
    wiespolska
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Excellent servic; excellent service; excellent ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and charming!
    Keciac
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.