Wilshire
Wilshire

Wilshire

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Wilshire reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (32)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (15)special occasion (12)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • The Wilshire is one of our "go to" restaurants.
    mgm6021
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We can always depend on a great meal and wonderful service for special occasions at The Wilshire. We were not disappointed. The food was wonderful: honey mustard coated black cod for me and Scottish Salmon for my wife. The ice cream for dessert was outstanding; not overly sweet yet full of flavor. We have to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience, but.......
    vicandbarb
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance, food and service were great, however, we were a twosome for a 6:45 pm reservation and were shown to a table in the fartest reaches of an almost empty dining room. I refused the table and then was shown to another and told it was the ONLY other one available. We took it and by the time we left fully HALF the remaining tables were still empty! Not a good way to treat locals who had a reservation and would dearly love to return to this really nice venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal!
    RossVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We always go to Wilshire expecting a special evening and they made this one exactly that. From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a wonderful time. The patio/garden area offers a lovely, comfortable and romantic ambiance. The service is charming, friendly and right there for you without "lurking." The excellent menu choices are delicious, attractively presented and very rewarding. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We enjoyed a very pleasant dinner outside on their patio, which is quite attractive. Both the food and service were done well and very dependable. Can easily be recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    DonnJulieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Pleasant outdoor area, great food. Server was knowledgeable, pleasant and sporadic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - what a concept!
    Oldwhitelady1951
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Happy hour is really the "find" if you're on a budget. The mussels were spectacular and the bar has real bartenders that make real cocktails with real limes and real other stuff. What a concept!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieofamerica
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful outside and delicious food! Very romantic we loved the chicken with the apple and walnut stuffing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyeater
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been to Wilshire many times and enjoyed it each time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    With all the" managerials" standing around and all of the bus people--you would think you could get good service. We did NOT. The food was delicious. But, the wait staff and Management really needs some training from the top down. This spot is six blocks from my house--I would like to love it, but cannot until they get a clue about fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    travelbug
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been going to Wilshire for years. Business lunches, dinners and parties. I've always been happy with the food and service. I was disappointed recently for multiple reasons. We spent $100 per person which was for cocktails, salad, sides and two steak entrees. The cocktails were ok, nothing special. The caesar salad was bad (you can get a better caesar from Wolfgang Puck to go (fresher and tastier). The steak (we got both the hangar and filet) were cooked well, but were not hot. I like hot food hot, and cold food cold. The truffle fries were the bottom of the barrel. Just small pieces. Overall, just really disappointing from a culinary standpoint.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    malinatr
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wilshire doesn't look like much from the street but has a very cool vibe upon entry. Then you walk back to the outdoor dining area and you know you came to the right place. We sat back by the back bar and really loved it. The food was very good all around...everything seemed to hit the mark. I now consider Wilshire to be on of my "go to" places when I want to impress friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had good service, good food and a leisurely lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great find!
    Marsee3VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was fantastic . We had steak tartare- best ever !muscles- outstanding sauce and presentation Cod - yummy! Loved our service! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SmithVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was good and patio was nice. But hat wasn't enough. A busboy broke a plate of someone food on my chair.Got a dirty wine glass, there was someone's gum under the table and we had to wait for a refill of wine to be chilled. All in all - nope.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best outdoor dining in L.A.
    mitchVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There is no outdoor place in L.A. that compares with Wilshire. The outdoors is perfectly lighted, devoid of street noise and without a poorly located table. and the food is superb with a wait staff that is casual and professional at the same time. A wonderful place to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Vetea
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tasty and fine food, elegant setting, good service! The place turns into one of Santa Monica's trendiest night scenes after dinner...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Menu does not change and there are not enuf specials to compensate for it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely evening
    Ssrd512
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    the courtyard at Wilshire is the second most attractive quality. It is so lovely and pleasant. There are heat lamps if it gets chilly outside. The service is always consistent and dependable. The food is never less than excellent. If there is one criticism it is that they don't give you the prices of the specials when they announce them, which has resulted in some unpleasant check surprises. Live and learn - got to ask.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 958 reviews are from the Wilshire reviews archive.
  • A lovely meal.
    beccat
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacking Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Anniversary
    seattlemom76
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always nice!
    FooddudeVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Lovely outdoor setting. Good food. They want this review to be at least fifty words. Now that's kind of silly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    gargantua
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still solid
    gcmoriVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Wilshire Reataurant is a Santa Monkca classic, which does not disappoint. Nothing to inventive, but solid execution. Great lunch spot for meetings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast focus only even at 2:30pm
    Swampmule
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Excellent and attentive service . However two of the four white wines listed by the glass were not available which made no sense
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurelCanyonGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of my Favorite place to eat
    Italy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Easter Brunch
    Tina
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    (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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Is it a restaurant or a club?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I definitely impressed my
    1gardennurse
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same
    Florence
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch!
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    There aren't many good places that still serve lunch. Wilshire does and does it really well. The seared Ahi tuna salad is spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience!!!
    Islandgrl35VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I love the outdoor patio especially at dinner time, its beautiful and romantic. Great service and yummy food (shrimp & grits)!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful time, ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Had a wonderful time, ambience and food were great. Service was excellent . Would recommend for anyone looking for that special place or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great staff
    healthy1VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    lukeyb14
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for Valentines day.
    Edwald
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.