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.
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.
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)
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.
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
Fabulous gourmet food. Only complaint is price of Pelligrino. 7 bucks for a 25 oz bottle. Two bottles, $14. Too much.
Great as always. We enjoyed our soft-shelled crab.
A hidden gem. On of the most creative mid priced places in L.A.
This is the start of the soft shell crab season. It is particularly good here. We shall return many times between now and October.
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.
A gem h attracts an older clientel, situated in a busy hip stip mall
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
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.
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!
We loved what we had, and it was a great place to catch up with each other after 30 years.
Food was delicious. Great variety and different. Great Asian Italian fusion.
The service was especially friendly and helpful and the food was unusual and delicious, an interesting fusion of Japanese and European cuisine.
Another really tasty dinner at 2117. Now that it is no longer soft-shelled crab season, I can try other things.
The shredded Chinese duck pasta with a glass of red wine was delicious!
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?
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!
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.
My soft shell crab was too spicy for me. I should have asked before ordering. My husband loved his meal.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Fine service,elgantly flavorful food,resonable quiet for conversation. Pleased to highly recommend
The fish dishes were great! So was the wine. A little pricy but worth it
Way to pricey for what they offer. Nothing was really wrong but then nothing that was really right. Un memorable !