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Chinois on Main

4.6
1556 reviews
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$50 and over
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Chinese
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Wolfgang Puck's second restaurant opened in 1983. A unique blend of Chinese and French fusion explodes with flavors unheard of before. Imitated but yet never captured to this day this fusion of flavors keeps you craving and coming back for more. The food is served family style, creating a fun sharing experience that brings people together. The trend setting open kitchen where you can sit and eat while you watch the dance of the chefs working in unison. ***If you are interested in reserving our dining counter please make a request while making a reservation since seating is very limited***
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 392-9025
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rene Mata
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Private party facilities
We offer a brand new private dining room with a built in sound system and plasma TV Screen.
It accommodates up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Bella Lantsman; blants6342@aol.com: (310) 392-3038
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Catering
Chinois on Main offers off site catering complete with full bar, wait staff, and decor.
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Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Tue 6:00PM - 10:30PM
Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 6:45PM 7:45PM - 10:30PM

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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 7 days ago

It was so strange from the moment we arrived. The service was just odd, from the hostess, to the waiter, through to the bussers. No one was rude, it was just a strange experience, as people seemed a little vacant.

The restaurant is too cramped. Every table was too close, which meant the staff couldn't pass without rubbing up against everyone.

The waiter came to take our order but we didn't have an menus. When he came back to take or order, three of the four items we were ordering had sold out (how can you sell out of vegetables?) which would have been fine if he had told us upfront, but we had to quickly select different items.

The food, was a little bland. The calimare tasted frozen, the duck pancakes were actual sweet pancakes (not the traditional Chinese pancakes) the Szechuan beef was tasteless and lacked any spice. The saving dish was Braised Pork Shoulder which was lovely but pretty much tasted like the same brown sauces that was on every dish.

There is definitely an older crowd in this place and they seem to be enjoying it. Many of them seemed to be regulars but based on the food, service and ambiance I sadly wont be be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic food & service. Seasonal soft shell crab followed by Wolfgang’s classic chicken salad, curry lobster (absolutely yummy) & haricot verts.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great food and service could not have been better! They also make a perfect dirty martini.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food, great service! I have been to this restaurant numerous times over the years and it never disappoints! So great to see the familiar faces. It seems like we get the same thing every visit, but this time we stepped out a little with some of the great specials of the day. Delicious.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I was really surprised by the poor service at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. When we finished our drinks, the glasses were whisked away and no one asked whether we wanted a second drink until we had finished our entrees. The pancakes for the Chinese duck came 15 minutes after the duck, without an apology. Even on a Saturday night, there were empty tables, although the noise level was deafening. The patrons were largely senior citizens. Most of our dishes were good to very good, but not great.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Favourite restaurant

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always fantastic. One of LA's great food temples. Incredibly consistent, yet inventive. The staff is experienced and professional at all times. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and fun. The flavors are addictive!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very disappointed with the experience. It’s an open kitchen set up which is not a good idea for Chinese food when there isn’t a good ventilation for all of the wok cooking. Our table was in the middle of the restaurant under 2 birds statues with candles on top of each that didn’t serve any purpose except making us very unfortable, when tried to stand up going to the bathroom (hitting our heads)!!!

Food was very overpriced for a non-creative Chinese food (although it’s advertised as a blend of Chinese and French fusion, To be able to charge $25 for a chicken salad...) which all tasted the same even though we ordered different items so we share.

I won’t go back there and won’t recommend to any of my friends. There are much better choices in Santa Monica.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

After all the years dining there, it’s great that they still deliver a great dinning experience. Great Bar tender, server and kitchen staff. Sit at the counter in front of the kitchen for a great time! Good is still top notch!! Shanghai Lobster is fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food and service always the best

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Amazing experience all around, as usual. Will continue coming again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Fabulous as always!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Dinner was outstanding.
Service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Chinese cuisine French style or French cuisine Chinese style? Perhaps the most creative, and delicious fusion menu I have experienced. This is not the usual Chinese restaurant or French restaurant. This is unique and spectacular...delicious...hard to pick just one or two items. Fortunately they service generous portions family style. Plenty to go around. Shortribs! Amazing. Fell off the bone. No knife needed. Duck...cooked to perfection with crisp skin and just about all fat rendered. Is that a touch I ginger I tasted? I like fried rice but have never had duck fried rice which was a virtual explosion of flavors. Crabcakes with a prawn on top. It would be hard to single out a favorite and that's a good thing. My only disappointment was that by the time the dessert menu came around I had no room left for another bite. And the desserts looked wonderful. I have been to Chinois many times over the years and the quality of the food and preparation has never faltered. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the wonderful wait staff. The dining room is very well staffed in numbers and as a result there is a lot of personal attention without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were looking for the right venue for a night out with friends. Chinois has a round table which is perfect for a party of six. It’s always the best for conversation. The food was absolutely amazing. I had always wanted to try the sizzling catfish. This was the perfect amount and it was incredible. The chicken salad was especially delicious that night as well as the Szechuan pancakes. It’s always the perfect vibe. Highly recommend this restaurant and always appreciate the knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Jason at the door always sets the right tone.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I had never been to Chinois on Main before and was taking my best friend for her birthday. I was so impressed that even before we got there, I was called to be reminded of my reservation. When we arrived we were greeted by Jason as well as our waiter, and both men were so gracious as well as attentive. My friend and I were thrilled with our food choices and there is more than enough to share plates. Everything we ordered was fresh and the best thing I think on the menu is the crispy spinach. I would come back again and again. Of course, since it was my friend's birthday, the highlight of the evening was the surprise dessert they brought us. That was totally unexpected and really delicious. Thank you Wolfgang for creating such a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This restaurant is far away from my residence. Of late, Inonlyntomto meet someone who lives closer. However, he food was exemplary the last time that I intend To take friends equally distant from Santa Monica to experience a memorable gustatory and fun experience. chinoisnis quite different form other Puck undertaking in decor and menu. It remains an underaporediated star in hisndirmament.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Chinois continues to be one of the best restaurants around. The food and non-assuming yet totally attentive service are second to none. Dress as you wish. Be somebody. Or, be just a plain soul there for the first time and you'll be given the same great food and wonderful service. Whenever in LA treat yourself to this fabulous dining experience.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We loved our dinner - especially the Calamari and shrimp salad.
And the waiters were great and lots of fun! We can't wait to come back.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good and service was very accommodating

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Though I usually gravitate to new and trendy, I love Chinois, which has been the same for 30 years. The food is just delicious ! The chicken salad, crab cakes, Szechuan beef, lobster, whole catfish. Fabulous ! Fantastic service. Great desserts

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Chinois was and has always been amazing. Great food. Great staff. Jason and Bella are lovely people as are everyone else who works there. Been getting my chinois fix everytime we have the craving for over 30 years now!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was as good as I remember. The whole catfish just wonderful. Mu shu pork very creative. Would go back soon.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food very good. Service had an off night. Valet parking understaffed and slow. Server friendly but inattentive. Had to ask twice for second menu after one of us came in before the other (waiting for valet) and got only one menu, and had to ask for second set of chopsticks. Server brought wrong bottle of wine (not what we'd ordered), and it took quite a while for right bottle to come. With wine not at table, had to ask twice to get glasses refilled.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

crowded, noisy, overpriced. Chinois on Main has not changed with the times. The menu hasn't changed in 15 years, and I'd wager the clientele is exactly the same. The food was just so-so, and not worth the price. The only saving grace was a reasonably good wine list. Other options in the area that would be a better choice for less money.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Wonderful first visit to Chinois on Main! We went for lunch and ordered the sizzling catfish, yummy veggie stir fried rice and the chocolate cake desert. The service was amazing. Informative, attentive and friendly but not stuffy. Lovely window wall with orchids growing outside and a skylight. Very pretty space. Critically, I would say the desert was a bit underwhelming, it looked beautiful but it was not very chocolatey. It's not a cheap meal so be prepared for that, but I'd definitely recommend it!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Every time we come we are amazed at the taste and quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

amazing food! Great place. Be ready to open your wallet for this excellent dining experience

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was so-so for a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. Asian food can taste better!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Always great service and food with a staff that is helpful and professional.
Even on a Monday night a great ambiance and mood.


Santa Monica gem.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

One of the best restaurants in la definitely underrateded

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

This is a great restaurant (both food and service are outstanding) and it’s both a relaxing and elegant stop for lunch. Come in denim, come in jeans, all will enjoy the excellent food.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was close to outstanding.

Superb service. A real experience, as ever. Hard to beat.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

After fifty years of patronage, still consider this a exceptional place to celebrate a special occasion So despite living 80 miles away, we chose Chinois to celebrate our 60 wedding anniversary, and weren't disappointed. Food as always fantastic, service attentive without being imposing, and the atmosphere lively. Truly a memorable experience.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Fabulous food..curry lobster and duck fried rice an absolute winner. Service very attentive. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Chinios has become a classic. I've been going there since it opened and brought some out of town guests. Service was top notch, the food delicious and even though this group had various food restrictions, the chefs were able to accommodate us and we all shared.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and wine. Excellent service. A great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This place is always perfect. Always.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food. Loved every bite of our meal. Would definitely return again when in area.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food
We go back every year
Definitely worth making the effort to get here

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