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Wilshire
Wilshire

Wilshire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wilshirerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 586-1707
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Menu: Monday -Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-7:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $6 Lunch $7 Dinner
A word from Wilshire
Designer Thomas Schoos created a warm distinctive ambiance while taking advantage of the unique spaces on the property. Each room makes an individual statement retaining the “old world” character of this historic space or capturing a more modern sensibility. The main dining room features plush leather banquettes and antique mirrors enhanced by candlelight while the indoor bar has coffered ceilings, club chairs and a softly lit amber bar. The spacious outdoor garden, bar and private terrace are surrounded by rich chocolate stucco walls accented with fireplaces and water features. The dining area seats 100 and the terrace may inspire an indulgent dessert or a fine Cognac nightcap.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I met two very good friends for a celebration dinner at Wilshire. The food was excellent and the service very friendly. The outdoor patio is so nice on a warm summer evening. We had a great time. Elegant cocktails and great wine list too."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Although the food at Wilshire is good, service was spotty at best. Add to that an attitude our waiter gave us throughout the meal, as if he was doing us a big favor to help with anything at all, and I doubt we will be returning soon. Also, they turn this place into a club at night, so for much of our meal the staff seemed more concerned with setting up bottle service for later than serving the restaurant patrons currently dining."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our experience at Wilshire was beyond our expectations. We traveled to Santa Monica to celebrate our 15-year anniversary. Never having been to the area, I researched restaurants and Wilshire consistently rose to the top. I made reservations and noted we would be coming for our anniversary. From the moment we walked through the front doors, the team knew that we were there for a special occasion. They reserved the sweetest table for us - a two-top next to the fire pit / koi pond and under a lovely trellis. The manager personally came over with two glasses of champagne and thanked us for celebrating at Wilshire. The food was amazing, and after almost 3 hours, we finally rolled out of there. Absolutely charming and special evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time to eat here and it was incredible. Eat outside. Ask for Beth to serve you. She was great! Truffle chips are a most!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Lovely outdoor setting. Good food. They want this review to be at least fifty words. Now that's kind of silly."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I had guest from France visiting and I decided to take my party to the Wilshire. It was the best decision I could have made. They were big fish lovers and the Black Cod really impressed their fine taste. The pudding was absolutely divine, and so was the wine. Food wise, it's an A across the board. Where this restaurant scored some big points, is with service. You can get some good food around Los Angeles, but exceptional service is pretty rare. Because my party was on the older side and didn't want to be outside, the staff placed us in a private dining area. This was very nice of the host. The waiter was funny, knowledgeable and made great suggestions (the pudding, GET THE PUDDING). I have been there before, and will continue coming back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Wilshire Reataurant is a Santa Monkca classic, which does not disappoint. Nothing to inventive, but solid execution. Great lunch spot for meetings."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the Ambience of this restaurant but there are a few things that bothered me: They seated us at a table with crumbs all over the place mats... Then they blamed it on the fact that we were outside. But we weren't seated below open air we were in the box seating in the back that is completely covered so that made no sense. They accidentally handed us a full menu which led us to believe they had all their delicious items available but they later came around when we asked for a specific dish and said we were limited to the practically "egg-only" dishes on the prix fixe menu. There was something without egg, a seared tuna salad and a burger. Both were great. The area we sat was kinda dirty next to the fire pit, needs cleaning :D"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been here twice before for Mother's Day and had a wonderful time. This time the food was just OK, and the service left a lot to be desired. When I sat down my napkin was wet, asked for another, the replacement was not clean. Coffee not refilled without request. Water refilled after second request. Windy day meant small items from tree falling, down into drinks on the table, no offer to replace. Nothing terrible, but nothing great. We will pick another place next year."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent and attentive service . However two of the four white wines listed by the glass were not available which made no sense"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This was our second experience at Wilshire - both times, the food and service were very good to excellent. The restaurant has a lovely, well-heated patio, as well as indoor dining, but the patio is the place to be in general. This is a great place to take friends without risking disappointment, a bit pricey but generally worth it and you can order a relatively simple meal or have a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I enjoyed going to this restaurant It's just a wonderful experience the atmosphere is great I would recommend this place to anyone who's looking for food good service and atmosphere and fun and also a romantic evening"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "(By the way, there's a typo on this survey - "Great for Bunch" Should be Great for Brunch.) In any case, we enjoyed a delicious brunch, bottomless mimosa's were very good, and the service staff did not mind at all that we kept asking for more rounds. I enjoyed the most yummy Ahi tuna salad, my husband's burger made him sigh with delight, and my son enjoyed not only a very large portion of french toast, but the side of granola (home made) made his heart sing. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We arrived at 7 pm and had a very nice dinner with friendly service, great food. By 9.30 pm when we left the place felt more like a club with loud music, bouncers, and obnoxious patrons."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I definitely impressed my date:-D The food was great as usual. The service even better, nicely paced. Never felt rushed, but never had to search for the server either."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This once was a favorite place for great food & service, but no more. Service was so bad we were comp'ed a major part of the bill."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "There aren't many good places that still serve lunch. Wilshire does and does it really well. The seared Ahi tuna salad is spectacular!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I love the outdoor patio especially at dinner time, its beautiful and romantic. Great service and yummy food (shrimp & grits)!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time, ambience and food were great. Service was excellent . Would recommend for anyone looking for that special place or special occasion."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Our evening at Wilshire was quite delightful. The service was wonderful and friendly. We even had the privilege of the Manager Brianna come to our table often, making sure everything was fine. We were treated well from the hostess to the gentleman that escorted us to the parking lot. At 10:00 it turns into a very popular night club with lines out the door, making it difficult to exit. It becomes quite energetic at that time. Otherwise the outdoor area is a noise level where you can talk comfortably. A lovely evening! A special thank you to Brianna!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A little bit more "romantic" than what I was going for but...awesome place!! Definitely a great date night spot!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went for Valentines day. First time. Seated immediately. Asked if we wanted a booth or table, inside or patio. Took a booth inside. Wait staff excellent. Brought our own wine. No problem. $20.00 corkage. Browsed the wine list anyway. Great choices. Was told thursday is 50% off on all wines. The food was delicious. Food brought at perfect intervals. Now the desert!! Can't decide whose was better. Flourless chocolate cake or pot du creme butterscotch . Both were memorable. Going back next week for my husbands birthday party."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took some friends from out of town to The Whilshire since I had good exp's in the past. The bacon/ farm egg salad was great, the crispy pork belly was good, not great. The is Osso Bucco, on the other hand, was over salted. Good, but salty. The breakdown was in our service. Not sure why but the server we had disappeared on us only to get his "brother" who was anything but related, who although nice, wasn't up to the task of the number of tables he had. Dined on a Tuesday night. Not overly crowded."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Architecturally and decoratively very fine indeed. Food was heavy and dull (however, the dessert was heavy and yummy). Maybe the subs were in the kitchen the night we came."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This review is for my Dine LA experience ONLY. I've eaten at the Wilshire a couple other times in the past and had a pleasant experience and good food. The biggest problem I had at lunch was my server. I won't go into details, but her service made for an unbearable lunchtime experience. LIKES: Beef barley soup, chopped chicken salad, meatball sandwich. Both desserts were HEAVENLY (butterscotch pot de creme & flourless chocolate cake-and we had them to go!) DISLIKES: our waitress, the wait in between courses, the fact that 2 meatball and 2 salad choices were offered on courses 1 & 2 was very limiting, and we got ONE soda refill only because WE flagged down the guy bussing tables. At $4 a soda that's ridiculous!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Both the food and the wait staff were top notch! I will absolutely return and highly recommend The Wilshire to others. Cheers!!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Tucked off the busy main drag of Wilshire Boulevard lies Wilshire. The building that once housed by The Black Forest Inn has been transformed into an array of spaces. Past the bar, down the ramp alongside the indoor dining area, into the outdoor patio. I thought it would be cold. I thought it would be loud. I thought it would be pretentious. It was none of those. The space is beautiful, a delightful garden space. Heaters nearby. Unique dining spaces dot the perimeter. I barely noticed the other tables. The food was beautiful, every bite of it. Unique in their combination and construction. The cast of wonderful humans working there was delightful, authentic, and kind. I would go back here again and again. Can't wait."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Unassuming on the outside and not what I expected when entering the bar/casual dining area as it seemed dark and lifeless. And then we rounded the corner! The patio is a kind of indoor/outdoor combination and is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The menu offers a great selection of fresh and delicious choices and a great wine list. The food was OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "One if my fav restaurants however this time had poor service. Our drinks took 20 minutes and came after appetizers after asking twice and server completely forgot my husbands coffee. Since you're paying a lot - $60 per person not including tip even for my son as no kids menu kind of bad. And we did not order a bottle of wine. Ambiance is excellent as love the patio but do not think I will go back. Food was good this time but not amazing as they have changed the menu."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was mediocre at best. Out of the four of us only two of us got our orders correct. To get service was was almost impossible. I almost had to physically get a waiter to order a second bottle of wine. We did not get our lunch served to us until we finally had to ask when it would be coming . We had waited almost An hour for our entree. Though everyone was very nice, with the combination of lousy food and incredibly slow service I wouldn't go again."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The food here was excellent but what stuck out the most is our server whose name I can't remember. Her customer service was excellent and she knew how to chat people up. Very witty. When I asked her about the nightlife in Santa Monica, she told us that they have a DJ coming that night and that it's a great place to hang out. Wow! An employee who actually sells her company! I was so impressed. The next time I'm there, I'm going to convince her to come work for my bank."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We went to dinner at WIlshire and even though it was a chilly evening, their outdoor patio was comfortable, even cozy. Fireplaces and firepits were burning, lots of heat lamps, and the trees were sparkling with lights. As always, the food and service were excellent. Just a lovely experience."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "From the hostesses, to the waiters, to the busboys, everyone was friendly & helpful. Our waiter was charming & had a lot of suggestions for our dinner. Hamachi appetizer was very fresh. Had the short ribs which were tasty & tender but a little dry. You will probably need the side dishes to supplement your dinner plate."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food was good not great but the restaurant and ambiance made the dinner experience enjoyable"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "What a Special Place! We arrived around 6:30pm, didn't leave until after 11pm. The food, the ambience, the seating areas were just awesome! Most of all, our waiter!!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This place was absolutely great, the sticky toffee pudding is a must! The food was better than I had expected and our waiter was extremely helpful. The service is exactly what you would expect from a place like this. The drinks were the highlight of the night"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Outstanding food and service. Waiter was informative (a bit too much attention from him) and food was excellent. We eat here often, a real gem."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "There is total attention by all involved to cater to the needs and wants of the client. Such a pleasant environment is created, one cannot fail to have a great experience."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "My first visit to Wilshire was for my birthday dinner - and it was wonderful. Really superb and interesting food, friendly staff, and a sleek yet warm ambience. Definitely a gem."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Great menu with fresh vegetables and proteins. Happy to see the menu wasn't full of over complicated dishes that made it look like he was trying to impress himself and not the diners. The food was simple and prepared perfectly. The wait staff provided nice descriptions of the dishes and was helpful with suggestions on the sides so we didn't over order. My only negative comment was that we were seated inside with no option given for the outdoor patio. We had a reservation and it was early enough that both looked to be available."
    Dined on 10/19/2013