Chinois on Main
with curry sauce and crispy spinach
Whole Sizzling Catfish
with ginger and ponzu sauce
Chandon, California N/V
Fabulous food! Great service! Lots of heat lamps in the outdoor dining area.
They will probably need a tent as the weather gets cooler. Loved the duck filled pancake appetizer. Highly recommended
Just about the best food and service in town. Forget the trendy spots - this is luxury. The cuisine is still innovative and spot-on after so many years, the waiters and Bella are incredibly attentive. It's a bargain compared to the disappointing "high-end" restaurants that so many people talk about these days. A total classic.
Food at Chinois on Main was fantastic! Some of the best food in Los Angeles, and if you enjoy Asian cuisine, then I would recommend Chinois on Main. Not one bad dish on the menu.
I came here on Halloween evening to celebrate a friend's birthday. The outdoor dining was warm and welcoming with Halloween decorations strategically placed around our table. I cannot say enough about the impeccable service provided by Mario. The short rib dish I ordered was delicious. This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. Chinois is now my favorite!
Chinois is consistently one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. They have done a fantastic job setting up their outdoor dining to accommodate those who feel comfortable.....
So good, so inviting, so friendly. Have you ever gone to a restaurant for the first time. And midway through the meal you told yourself, I’m coming back here. That’s Chinois!
Haven’t been to Chinois in 10 years, but we were craving their lobster and their catfish signature dishes! Tables were outside because of Covid, so a lot of street noises. But, food was as good as we remembered! Worth the trip from the OC
The BEST food in the city. What a great evening, even in the midst of the pandemic. Superb food, service and a sidewalk sensation
Despite having to set up outside on the street, Chinois managed to excel in every aspect—cuisine, service, and even ambience. We go often, and will continue to do so.
Amazing food as always!
Great food and service as always! John and the rest of the staff. Including Bella are first rate! A favorite of mine!
Great from the appetizers to dessert: pork belly dumplings, salmon ( surprisingly very good) and pavlova!
Always wonderful even on the sidewalk!
Bella makes the restaurant. Love her dedication and friendliness. As always, food and service was the best!!
Great people and food
Amazing food! Amazing Dine LA. Love this restaurant.
Found hair in dish. Bella could have cared less🥰. Yes
Surprisingly good meal , and the dineLA value was incredible! Enjoyed a meal with birthday girl.
We had a party of 3 for Dine LA week. The person who called me to confirm the reservation was very friendly. When we arrived a little early the hostess seated us away from other tables which is what we wanted during this covid season. Unfortunately the ambience was noisy and lacking because we had to dine outdoors on the street. The delicious food made up for the lack of atmosphere. Appetizers were crispy egg rolls- very crunchy and perfectly fried. Their signature Chinese chicken salad was also scrumptious as was the fried rice.. Next came the entree, the whole fried catfish with ponzu sauce and braised boneless short rib. We were all thoroughly full but we had to order the duck as well. The skin was crispy and meat less flavorful than Beijing duck from a Chinese restaurant. Still no complaints overall. The desserts were also on point. We will definitely return.
Chinois on Main has hit it out of the park for dinela. By far the best dinela dining experience so far. Service, food and value excellent. You only have a few days left in dinela to enjoy this special dining experience
Service was fantastic!!! And the food was a great quantity for dine la and super 😋 tasty. Love this place!
It was the most incredible cuisine I’ve ever experienced. This by far was an amazing experience
If you have any Covid issues, AVOID this restaurant.
While the food was fantastic, they displayed a horrible level of established Covid Dining Policies. Tables weren't sanitized, mix mash of which servers who wore gloves and who did not not, kitchen was way too small for the amount of staff and masks were not really worn.
Service mediocre, but food was fantastic and great value... let's hope I don't get Covid.
The fried catfish was excellent. The best I ever had. Shrimp appetizer very good.
Bad experience never coming back been customer for 35 years
Food and service were great. They have created a nice outdoor dining experience.
On July 20, 2020, food was fabulous our waiter amazing, but we had to dine on the sidewalk....so no ambience. Can't wait to come back in September and hope they are open indoors.
Chinois is expecting their plants and exterior decor this Tuesday, July 21. Unfortunately we are flying home on July 20.
One of our favorite restaurants for years! Love the staff & food is always consistently excellent!!
Chinois on Main has been my favorite restarant for 37 years. It's always consistent and the best food in the world.
Bella and Jason are the best!!
The food at Chinois on Main is always exceptional and the service superb. It has been a favorite of our family for many, many years. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant gem.
Say hello to Bella and Lisa.
Always fabulous food. We’ve been going there since they opened. Bella is always so welcoming and Tom is the best waiter. Highest quality cuisine and impeccable service. The oysters are not to be missed.
This is our third visit. Food is wonderful and the service is exceptional.
Notice to all restauranteurs!! How to be great in Los Angeles for 35 years.Chinois is such an amazing restaurant and after all these years in the same location in Santa Monica it continues to surpass expectations. From the spring roll appetizer to the whole catfish we had the most wonderful meal and evening. we cant wait to go back. One of the best restaurants ever. Be consistent, have a lot of staff, and cook amazing food. Wolfgang you have a way about you.
Since I live in Florida, I haven't had any great Chinese Food since leaving NYC. That is until now. Chinois reminded me of a great Chinese Restaurant in Soho 35 years ago called Oh Ho So. Chinois had the same vibe and feel to it. Great Chinese food in and eclectic atmosphere. We ordered the specials which were amazing. Lobster filled Egg Rolls and Filet Mignon tips over Bibb lettuce and a brown sauce. They both were fantastic starters. The mains didn't disappoint either which was sauteed vegetables and Salmon.
When I received the check, I realized that I wasn't in Florida anymore.
However, it was a memorable meal and I will be back the next time I am visiting my son in Los Angeles.
Lastly, the service was excellent as well and we were greeted warmly by the maitre d.
The food was stupendous. The wait staff were outstanding, with one exception: the busboy's assistant who packed our leftovers.
Always amazing! One of my favorite restaurants!!! Great people service and food!
Always and excellent meal with great service
The service was better than anywhere in LA! They were so friendly and attentive. First rate. The food is unique and always perfect. The ambience is old early CA to me. Been here years ago and never disappointed since. and the noise level even when full on Friday night was not bad and we could hear easily. Just love this place. An LA favorite.
been there several times. always very good. this time not so much. food barely ok. just meh. service ok, not exemplary. disappointing.
Always a predictably good experience at Chinois.
Chinois on Main does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Chinois on Main also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 392-9025.
Chinois on Main is rated 4.8 stars by 1945 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.