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fundamental LA

4.6
340 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Produce inspired by the seasons, lovingly cooked using exacting techniques to bring the best out of the ingredients, and paired with thoughtfully sourced beer and wine from our favorite regions.

Through the food, the wine, and the experience, we've tried to create a place where we'd want to dine with good friends.

We hope you feel the same.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm

DUE TO THE CAPACITY OF OUR SPACE WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEAT YOUR RESERVATION AT OUR COUNTER.

THANK YOU!
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Phone number
(310) 444-7581
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andy Lee
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Catering
Bring fundamental LA's delicious, market-inspired, lovingly made sandwiches to your office or event. We have a variety of sandwich, salad, side, and beverage packages to fulfill any needs you have, whether for a small gathering of 8, or a large event for 400 or more. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll deliver straight to your meeting or event!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wellworth Ave
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Special events & promotions
Fundamental LA provides a range of catering services for any size event in any location, including: passed and stationary appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, corporate networking events, buffet breakfasts, lunches, or dinners, private home Chef tastings, cooking instructions, weddings, and much more.

We are capable of crafting custom menus across a wide range of budgets to create occasions that you’ll remember. Our experienced catering team will coordinate everything from rentals, linens, decorations, floral arrangements, and staffing, so you can relax and enjoy your event.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for a special Mother's Day Brunch from 10a-3p!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 340 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.3
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love Fundamental. Great food, chill environment and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was unbelievably good. The noise level was unbearably loud. Couldn’t hear my companion across the table. As a test, I sang out loud “I’ve been working on the railroad” right there at the table. The people on either side of me, maybe 30 inches away from me, didn’t act like they heard me because the restaurant noise level drowned me out.

I’d go back maybe in the middle of the week when they first open up. But never again on a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food is great here! The service is good. The restaurant feels welcoming and comfortable, but the noise level can get so loud that you can’t hear the person across the table from you, which is unfortunate.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were seated in the back room, which is austere, crowded, and stuffy. The bathrooms were not updated, dirty, and there were no hand towels or hand dryers. The adequate food and decent service didn’t make up for where the restaurant failed in other areas.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Little hidden gem. Everything we ate was superb. An impressive wine list and great service. A+

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As we only had one night to eat out in LA, I spent some time reading about the various choices, trying to decide where to go. This restaurant appealed as the menu sounded interesting. It exceeded expectations. The staff were all very friendly, and the service was superb. Best of all, each dish we chose was delicious and something that I couldn’t have cooked at home. The flavour combinations and presentation were perfect. The cauliflower and kale appetizers were both wonderful and our fish entrees were equally good. We tried both desserts, and again they were both faultless. We had to go for a long walk afterwards to work off some of our meal; it was worth it! The space is just a little crowded but the atmosphere was good. We hope to return.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Tables too close together

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good food. Super easy. Not too loud. Twice there, twice happy.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We are so excited to have this restaurant in our neighborhood. The food is inventive and delicious. The staff is friendly and courteous. They have a nice wine selection, too. I recommend making a reservation as it does get crowded. They also do terrific catering!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My son and I went to Fundamental when we were on vacation February 2018. We went specifically for their tasting menu. Unfortunately, they were not offering it the night we went. I explained the we were in from NY and wanted this experience. The waiter couldn't be nicer, spoke with the kitchen and created a tasting menu for us that evening...We had 5 courses of delicious food! We couldn't have been happier...I would go back every time I am in LA. Food and Service were EXCELLENT!!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

At the risk of repeating myself (we dined at Fundamental last Saturday night too), dinner was absolutely delicious and the service was, once again, fabulous!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Second visit & will be back again for sure. Food was great and Duck special was phenomenal. Place is very tight for group of 5, but enjoyed the night. Service was extremely nice and attentive, but was a bit confused. Too many people working the same table (not in sync i.e asking same question 3 secs later) cleared plates before everyone was done eating and wee bit rushed. Very good meal and will be back for sure and highly recommend. One other note - first glass of wine pour extremely small for $18 glass.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We love going to Fundamental and this last visit did not disappoint. From the very friendly welcome, we sat at the counter (our request), delicious bubbles to start, chickpea fritters, cauliflower with a lime sauce - amazing. Our main courses were equally as good - and of course had to finish with the chocolate mousse! Double thumbs up, no doubt about it!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent & varied menu; food was healthy, fresh, delicious, interesting. Staff was friendly, just attentive enough. Flexible with reservation time (we came 45 minutes early and were seated immediately). It was a bit chilly when people came though the front door, but hot tea took care of the temperature. Churros with caramel were divine!!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great evening with delicious food. Wine selection is different but very good.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Sat at the kitchen bar. Interesting to watch ones’ food being prepared. Very tasty food and good happy hour prices.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was terrible. The entrees came out 1.5 hours after we were seated. We waited so long after the appetizers that we no longer wanted the entrees. I followed up with our server twice on the food and she assured me that our ticket was next but then the food would go to another table. I will never try this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent little gem of a restaurant in Westwood. Excellent food, wines and service. Check it out for sure. You will not be disappointing.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

We hadn't been to Fundamental LA in some time, but remembered it well and it definitely has held up over the years - delicious, fresh food and a fun wine list. The somm was super helpful and not pretentious, and we enjoyed every dish we tried (the cornbread is to die for). It ended up around $50 per person, all in, so very reasonable. The place is trendy and bright, with light wood. The only issue was that it's not a big place, so when it's busy and they've got the music up LOUD (as they tend to), it can be a little hard to have conversations. Otherwise, a really fun westside spot.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant decor and ambiance is modern and pleasant. Service is cheerful and attentive. We reserved for 3 but were given counter seats. It was difficult to chat and share food sitting in a row in a noisy environment. Our server apologized and suggested that we request a table on our next reservation. The food is excellent---lots of delicious small plates as well as entrees. It's a good place for sharing dishes. It's not cheap but the food is reasonably priced in my opinion for what you get.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

I came here on a date several occasions, now that things are official between my boyfriend and I. It has become one of our favorite spots for date nights. We love sharing their vegetarian dishes. Everything is phenomenal, especially the cauliflower!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Really friendly service. Delicious food and lovely wine selections. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Great spot for a quite date. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our night here.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our first time here and we hit this restaurant on what I hope was just a really off night. It smelled like there was a situation in the kitchen, the food took forever to arrive and the staff couldn’t quite explain what was going on in an intelligent way. We’ll try again.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was good, priced for how it tasted. Wine was great - nice per glass options and a mix-and-match flight deal. Overall a very nice dining experience, not overly flashy - just the right touch.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Good food and staff. Interesting wines. Try and cornbread and the burger and the chopped salad!

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2017

The taste combinations on everything we tried was very good. Some of the dishes were unique and very delightful combinations ingredients that you don't usually find.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

I was told Open table tap was not available

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The purple cauliflower with a Thai vinaigrette is a must! The other dishes were well presented and the flights of wine were a fun tasting experience, especially the orange wine. The servers were young and enthusiastic. The chocolate mousse was luscious. A memorable meal!

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Wine list filled with unknown types and brands - paid $54 for a terrible blend. Food good - they made cheap fatty cuts of meat into tasty fatty entrees. Interior less attractive and less table space than Panera Bread.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2017

This restaurant used to be great but has gone downhill. I know they've gone through many chefs and I hear lunch is great. Sad because there are so few in the neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Great food. Service slow. Wine too warm. But I'll be back

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Fundamental provided an absolutely delightful experience. The food was quite good, creative and well presented. The service was outstanding. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming and attentive. It’s definitely a place to visit.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Overpriced inept service almost apathetic. Boring bland food I'm not sure what the hype is all about.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Great find in Westwood. Cozy, intimate place with delicious food and attentive service. We watched the cooking team prepare our meal from comfortable bar seats. Dine LA menu was great deal...outstanding gazpacho, nectarine salad, striped bass, and more...super fresh and beautifully presented. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Very good restaurant, good food and excellent service

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Good food and service, perfect place for a quality casual dining.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We had a great experience at fundamental LA. The food was delicious, a great wine selection, and the service was great. We chose the Dine LA menu, and the selections were good and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Jus a bit surprised that the extensive wine list did not include a single cabernet. Was told that the wine curator liked to expose patrons to new experiences, but we had to settle for a not-so-good wine because the "by the glass" list was very small and rather undiscovered wines. It is good to cater to wine connaisseurs who want to be surprised, but you can also have foodies who want their staple good pinot or cab.

The food is amazing and worth the trip in any case. I just might not bring the friend who's knowledge in wine stays in the chianti/cab varietals.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I had. Great wine selection and service.

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