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About Permanently Closed - 2117

This restaurant is permanently closed. I believe that the responsibility of a chef goes beyond simply having 100% confidence in the food that is served. To me, the quality of ingredients is just as important as how the dishes look, smell, and taste. This principle has led to my insistence on using organic vegetables and natural meat. I combine fine ingredients with French-Italian methods to create my own style of cooking, with emphasis on great taste and healthy nutrition. Enjoy small plates, wine, freshly cooked al dente pastas, fresh seafood, and natural meat entrées. -- Chef Hideyo

2117 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday:11:45AM - 2:30PM

Saturday: 12:00PM - 2:30PM

Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:45PM - 10:00PM

Saturday: 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM

Cross Street:
Olympic

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 477-1617

Website:
http://www.restaurant2117.com/

Parking Details:
Free Valet

Executive Chef:
Hideyo Mitsuno

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

2117 - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (268)
Fit for Foodies (249)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (73)
Good for Groups (46)
Notable Wine List (42)
Special Occasion (42)
Romantic (21)
Kid-friendly (19)
Great for Brunch (8)
Late-night Find (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2016

We will miss 2117 when the chef retires. We have been eating at 2117 through these last 20 something years, and the two restaurants before this one. The service is always friendly and there are many choices, especially if you want a light meal. Lately we have been eating their special "Sawtellini" pasta which is freshly made and nicely chewy with many choices of toppings, especially Asian choices. Always a good experience.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2016

One of our regular dining places for more than twenty years, and we will sorely miss it when it closes at the end of the year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2016

No No No Don't do it.
Empty when we entered at 8:30. Stopped here after a nearby early movie. A few more people came in.

Asian-Italian fusion is a description but confusion is more like it.
Jalepeno pasta (homemade spaghetinni) was blah.
Crab cake tasted like it had been frozen.
Hamachi sashimi is edible but boring.
Spicy tuna tartar was blah and boring.
Nothing fusion, more boring and confusion.
We got the feeling even the staff was bored and lacked personality like the menu and food. (and mediocre service with a slow restaurant)

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2016

What a fabulous surprise. This Asian fusion restaurant is a true neighborhood gem. The crab cake was full of crabmeat, not like some that are mostly breading, but this one was dense with crab meat yet light and perfectly crisy. The Ahi tuna salad was delightful topped with a tangy, earthy delicious dressing. Their home made pasta with mushrooms is a must.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Their roast chicken is always special. The tuna tartare was devine and the appetizer so large, could substitute for a small main. Fish excellent. In a strip mall, but don't let that deceive you. Food as good as anywhere

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Fabulous gourmet food. Only complaint is price of Pelligrino. 7 bucks for a 25 oz bottle. Two bottles, $14. Too much.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Great as always. We enjoyed our soft-shelled crab.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 12, 2016

A hidden gem. On of the most creative mid priced places in L.A.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2016

This is the start of the soft shell crab season. It is particularly good here. We shall return many times between now and October.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 22, 2016

Really unique approach to almost every dish and brilliantly executed as well. The chef is to be commended for actually accomplishing what others only promise. Our waiter Andrew was the icing on the cake with skill and charm.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2016

A gem h attracts an older clientel, situated in a busy hip stip mall

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 13, 2016

A quiet restaurant with good food in a bustling Japanese oriented mall. There never seem to be many customers which is great for those who like quiet dining, but unfortunate for the
owner.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Food was amazing, wine list small and tidy but good value. Note: no bar, sake, beer, wine only. It was a Tuesday and the place was basically empty. Very surprising given the quality of the food. Worth another trip.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2016

My brother recommended this restaurant and I can see why he did. The food and service were every bit as good as places that are far more expensive. The menu has some unique items and not one dish was disappointing. Because the place is quiet enough, you can actually have a real and meaningful conversation. The servers actually took care to see that we were satisfied with our choices. I am looking forward to going back again and plan to do so soon. This place is the real deal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2016

We loved what we had, and it was a great place to catch up with each other after 30 years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Food was delicious. Great variety and different. Great Asian Italian fusion.

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 (London)·Dined on January 28, 2016

The service was especially friendly and helpful and the food was unusual and delicious, an interesting fusion of Japanese and European cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Another really tasty dinner at 2117. Now that it is no longer soft-shelled crab season, I can try other things.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2015

The shredded Chinese duck pasta with a glass of red wine was delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Tried for lunch on a Saturday. Dealing with parking on Sawtelle is a disaster among the sea of people going to the vast array of Japanese restaurants. Read prior reviews, selected, very disappointed. Should have walked when saw only décor was silly chalked or painted sayings covering one wall regarding " pasta ". A tuna tartare appetizer was fresh and tasty. Had their Sawtelleni pasta with truffle salt/bacon. Sawtellini is just a mildly thicker pasta. Fresh. Sauce fair, pepper and bacon/cream hide any truffle note. Average portion. OVERPRICED for what you get. Service pleasant but minimalist. Other party had thin spaghetti with duck - probably. Hard to tell distinctive flavoring. Overall just not anything special at all; essentially, if you want handmade pasta, find your best Italian place. After all, you don't go to Rome for sushi, do you?

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2015

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at 2117. The location is in a shopping strip mall, so you have to keep your eyes open to find it. I had a terrific salad, the cherry tomato salad, that was a perfect blend of ingredients for me! My friend has the "sawtellini" - a thick version of spaghetti with a great sauce and scallops. The waitress was perfect - not too much, not too little. I will be going there again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2015

This restaurant takes such care in preparing tasty and refined dishes. We enjoyed everything down to clean plate -- from the fresh vegan soup to the several salads with fresh beets or crab, to the fish or pasta, or entrees. The wagyu meatloaf is the best meatloaf ive ever had - moist and flavorful wirhout being heavy. Pasta with unique ingredients is perfectly prepared AL dente. All at reasonable prices.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2015

My soft shell crab was too spicy for me. I should have asked before ordering. My husband loved his meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2015

Homemade pasta w wagyu rage was good and scallops had really great ingredient if not slightly more soupy than I'd refer. Lunch crowd was very small but I know the dinner crowd could get busy. The owner loves wine based on the wine list. Apparently it's been there for 20 years with the same owner and chef - whose techniques have been copied over the years. Will be back again to get some inspiration. If decor is changed, this place would get twice the crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2015

Once again we had a great meal at 2117. The new pasta "sawtellini" was really good. This was probably the end of soft shelled crab season - but we will look forward to it next year. Meanwhile we can try lots of other things on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 2015

The food has always been excellent and continues as such. The spagantini with seafood was right up there! The fish and the meat dishes was wonderful. This restuarant is condiered a miminalist with cement floor and bare walls - but one comes here to eat not look at the decore!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2015

Emphasis on the European cuisine rather than the Japanese. I had the zucchini-wrapped sea bass. The only way I can describe it is a flavor perfect for summer: juicy, light. I recommend it for sea food fans or for those looks for a low-carb option.

My wife order the Tossed Crab Salad. It's a very simple salad, but the crab is delicious. If you're looking for something light, that's the way to go.

One of our friends order the half chicken. I had some and it very soft and flavorful. it came with vegetables that were not overcooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 9, 2015

We've been to 2117 on many occasions, the latest being a going-away dinner for friends en route to Europe. Three of us decided on the Prix Fixe, a three-course meal at $46. The first course hamachi, was delicious. The zucchini-wrapped seabass entree was small, unaccompanied by side dishes, and totally bland. The dessert selected was the creme caramel, billed as containing XO brandy, was simply OK, no trace of brandy present. All in all a "good" meal but well short of what I would expect for that restaurant and that price. They could have done much better

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 8, 2015

I had searched out a neighborhood restaurant to try while on a short visit to LA. 2117 showed a prix fixe menu that included foie gras as an appetizer, and a beef dish that also had foie gras. I enjoy foie gras and looked forward to having a nice meal with this theme. When I was presented with the menu, the foie gras appetizer was not included in the prix fixe, nor was the main course with foie gras. The foie gras appetizer was, however, shown among the a la carte options and was priced identically with one of the other prix fixe appetizers; so I asked if I could substitute for the prix fixe appetizer options, indicating that I was even willing to pay extra if necessary. The server was flustered; a manager came over, and would hear nothing of it. No way to figure out such a substitution. I decided just to order the a la carte appetizer, along with a beef dish -- instead of the prix fixe. The foie gras appetizer was tasty enough, although the piece of foie was very small, thinly cut, and not such high quality. The beef of the main course was middling at best; it reminded me of beef in business class on an airplane.

So, all in all: mediocre food, inflexible management, and online misrepresentation. Disappointing.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 4, 2015

I am always impressed with 2117's flavors and choices. The quiet is wonderful. It is nice to be able to hear the other people at the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Food was quite excellent, and interesting. Lovely pasta and seafood dishes, nice wines. Interesting flavors, all with Japanese and European influences. Upscale food in a fairly prosaic and casual setting in a Sawtelle strip mall. Went with friends who are foodies and a little hard of hearing…and they loved it The place is small enough that you can talk, service is attentive, and food very high quality and creative. Seems to be family-run with love. This had been recommended by a friend and we have now recommended it to others! We will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2015

Unfortunately, I didn't have the best experience here. Ambiance-wise, I was expecting something a bit fancier (due to pricing), but it looked like casual ramen place when we walked in - on top of that, it was pretty much EMPTY. We were one of two tables in the entire place. The food was just average (the lamb meatball being the best thing we had), and everything else was just okay. The service wasn't the greatest - they weren't mean or anything, they were just slow and for such a slow night, it was slightly odd. Also, in the duck egg roll appetizer, we found a bone piece. We told the waitress and she said "sorry" but no compensation was made at the time. We had to bring it up again at the end of the meal when we got the check and they only took off the cost of the dish after taxes (I mean, the $1-2 extra dollars isn't a big deal, but is proper math THAT difficult?). I will not be returning.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2014

Ambience is average, but the food is great. Service was attentive and felt like they really wanted to share their "secret" with us. Truth is everyone should know about this place!! Since in a shopping center parking can be a challenge and valet works hard to accommodate. Neighborhood can be a traffic nightmare, but what do you expect from a happening neighborhood?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Very good every time. Parking is a mess in the "Little Osaka" area of Sawtelle, but it isn't their fault. Get over it. Worth the hassle. It's not your traditional Japanese food. Fusion in the best sense. A place where you can eat and talk at a reasonable level in an area that isn't known for catering to the over 30 crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2014

food was outstanding and the restaurant was quiet --- parking is a bit of a mess and the restaurant was uncomfortably warm -- but the food was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Came here the other night after a 4 year hiatus and wasn't disappointed. The 5 of us ordered a bunch of dishes and shared what was a wonderful meal. The spaghetti with duck was fabulous as was the yellow fin carpaccio. Look forward to coming back sooner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2014

Although the food was very good and the staff very nice--parking is a nightmare. Theoretically they have valet parking. Guess what? At 6:30 they were already full and turning cars away! For that reason alone we may not return. Too much of a hassle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2014

Fine service,elgantly flavorful food,resonable quiet for conversation. Pleased to highly recommend

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2014

The fish dishes were great! So was the wine. A little pricy but worth it

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2014

Way to pricey for what they offer. Nothing was really wrong but then nothing that was really right. Un memorable !

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