Permanently Closed - fundamental LA

4.4
412 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 low intervention 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.

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Franciscco
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food us great layered flavors cooked perfectly. Staff are very personable. I was headed to show so felt the time waiting for the check

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vipPatM
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I so love this restaurant ...its my go to place in Westwood before the theatre at Geffen or UCLA. I do wish they could find a way to make parking more accessible.

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CKOPT
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food, service and wine where top notch. I'm a senior (old) so I don't do as well on hard benches, hard seats with loud music in the back ground. The younger crowd seemed not to mind. Every item on the menu was truly delicious

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gourmand
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I've been several times. This was the first time a sommelier was less than professional. He meant to be friendly but we found his comments patronizing. Also, the kitchen struggled to get food out in a timely manner. Do better.

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vipLewS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this place more for the food and service than the comfort of the seats.

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Stever
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fundamental has become our regular destination for an easy, fun, romantic, and reliable meal. The servers are like family and we love sitting at the bar to watch the show. Chef Min is super talented and personable and his team works together like a well-oiled machine. Don’t come here please...it’s our favorite well-kept secret!

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vipDiggie
Los Angeles
155 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great! Service is great as well until the 7pm mark where they got busy so the desert and the check took a while to get to us. But we love this place before going to a show at UCLA.

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Stever
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting at the Bar and watching the talented chefs. Best seat in the house for 2. Everything was delicious.

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vipJamieB
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was great.

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vipnubiles
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I love this place and have been here many times, but this last trip kinda killed it for me. The food took over an hour, and then when it was brought out, there were only 2 plates out of the 4 ready, and it took another TEN MINUTES before the other two plates were brought out. The waiter apologized, but at the end of the meal, there was no adjustment on the bill, and they offered us 2 cookies (for 4 people) as compensation. The same thing happened to the table next to us, but at least they all got a free glass of wine out of it. We sent a follow up email but, so far, no response. I guess you're no longer fundamental LA.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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vipstarfilledmac
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Diverse and interesting flavors pulling inspiration from all over the globe, fundamental LA showcases the best of California cuisine. The beverage list is compact but includes a delightful selection of wines and beers plus sherries and madieras.

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MBdiner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fundamental LA just keeps getting better and better. The food was really great tonight, the service friendly and helpful and their wines, which are intentionally out of the mainstream, were all really enjoyable. I can’t wait to go back.

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Tawnypannacotta
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

such a great surprise in westwood. the food was outstanding, the flavors were so powerful and great wine pairing suggestions from the staff. a little loud is the only drawback. but I'll still go back!

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CoraM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very mediocre food. Used to innovative and better. Good wine list but after dinner drinks were lame

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vipDrShorter
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Becoming one of my favorite places in LA. Great wine selection. Server knowledge of wine is excellent. Dishes are interesting. Cheeses on cheese plate can be a bit uninspired. But that chocolate cake is crazy good.

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vipJFree21
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible, chef was very friendly. Loved this place and will definitely be back.

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PeterR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Work on the noise please!
Some folks are so loud it can be difficult to hear your partner

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viplibbabe
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I have always had good experiences at this restaurant. However, this time was not enjoyable. There was too much time between courses and the wines for the tasting were not particularly good. Noise was awful.

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Linda
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The one hour happy hour menu was perfect as we were attending an event at nearby UCLA at 7pm. The small plates were large and the selection was good. The most outstanding aspect of the place was the staff! Everyone was welcoming, congenial and helpful. The space is a little tight however so a reservation is a must.

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Michael
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day and had a prefix menu and it was disappointingly lacking in execution and flavor. We also got three different glasses of wine with dinner and they all tasted bad. I was originally excited to go but the food experience was a huge let down.

JB
vipJamieB
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff.

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vipLadoodie
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I really wanted to love this place but I am afraid i just couldn’t. The menu was limited, the flavors were not remarkable and the wine list was adventurous but not good. Having said that, the service was genuinely caring and attentive, so it is with a heavy heart that I give such a mediocre review.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing wine selection and our waiter was so knowledgeable and intuitive. Limited menu, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you like to order. Not a cheap date, but good value and portion of food for the money.

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Steve
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fundamental LA is a gem in Westwood with a creative food and beverage menu and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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CeciliaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Took advantage of the DineLA offering and wasn’t disappointed. Will definitely come back.

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vipkellya
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The host had a bad attitude. We came in at 9pm, earlier than our reservation time. Before we could even speak with him regarding our reservation, he shushed us and proceeded to make us wait quite some time for his personal call. In addition, the reservation system had a glitch and instead of simply seating us (as the restaurant was quite empty at that point), he had to make snarky comments as if I made the reservation wrong or magically appeared 1.5 hours beforehand despite my open table app clearly stating 9:15 pm for a reservation. When we just got seated, we barely had time to read through the menu and when we asked for a couple of minutes before we order, he basically pressured us to quicken up because they want to close the kitchen. Didn’t make much sense if on the open table app there would still be reservations up to 9:30 if the kitchen was closing.

Besides the poor service from the host, the server who switched half way was definitely more pleasant. The food was great! The corn bread is our favorite

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the experience was a pleasant surprise. A good change from the overly priced, overly crowded, trendy restaurants that fall short of expectations.

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vipBernieR
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish is a creative taste adventure.

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LAmy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and wine and the host and server were friendly and helpful.

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viptrider
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Enjoyed sitting at the counter. Delicious food and interesting wines

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LuckyLiz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have fun here. The food is delicious, fresh and consistently tasty. The service is excellent. They let us sample several wines before we each chose a glass of what we wanted. The music was great when we were recently there. Just an all around lovely evening! (One thing: The benches are hard, so bring something to sit on.)

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Farmgirl
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fundamental feels like family. Staff is warm and congenial, every meal is an adventure in flavor and texture, wines are like a travel pass to somewhere afar. Our favorite spot is at the bar so we can watch the cooks in action. Love it over and over!

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DennisD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb dining experience. As good as any I've experienced in LA

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday of a mate

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TiffanyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was kinda pricey but it was good. Not a huge menu selection. If you have a basic pallet, this place might not be for you. Their plates are small sharing portions except for the chicken that came with mint, yogurt & salad. The cornbread was epic! The Brussels sprouts was great also. Was not a fan of the steak. The ambiance was chill and their staff and very friendly.

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NotaPickyEater
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Dishes were inconsistent one was incredible the next would be ok. All very inventive though. Really enjoyed the experience. For some reason it got a little Smokey in there from the open kitchen.

JM
vipJonM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great energy and teamwork among staff. Superb food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Restaurant is very loud, which is challenging. Server great in turning down the music, which was right above us.

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vipYumyum
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We especially liked the array of appetizers we got. Branzino was delicious but a little dry, so I gave them four stars instead of 5. Great little neighborhood place. We'll totally go back!

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Permanently Closed - fundamental LA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 444-7581.

Permanently Closed - fundamental LA is rated 4.4 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.