I was visiting LA last weekend for Mother’s Day and my son and I were unsuccessfully looking for a brunch spot - luckily we found fundamental LA. (I don’t think it’s normally open on Sunday though) It is a cute casual spot, modern decor, great soundtrack playing, and we feasted on the delicious cornbread, French toast, and sweet potato hash. Everything was delicious and the service was friendly. We will definitely come back! We sat at the counter which actually felt very cozy and comfortable.
We had a fantastic Mother's Day brunch here, and will be back! One of my favorite places to eat in L.A.
Small and charming place with great food and ambiance. Server was awesome with suggestions and very knowledgeable. Definitely going back!
Always a fun place with friendly staff. We love to sit at the counter and watch the action in the kitchen. Great happy hour values including one of the best
burgers in town
Great restaurant. Stands out from the usual Westwood restaurants. Food is more akin to well reviewed restaurants you may find in West Hollywood/downtown LA. Only downside is that parking may be challenging. There is no valet service.
Love Fundamental. Great food, chill environment and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff.
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.
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.
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.
Little hidden gem. Everything we ate was superb. An impressive wine list and great service. A+
Love Fundamental! 2nd time here ~ great both times. Can't wait to go back. Fresh quality ingredients, wonderful seasonal menu and a great wine selection.
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.
Tables too close together
Good food. Super easy. Not too loud. Twice there, twice happy.
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
Great evening with delicious food. Wine selection is different but very good.
Sat at the kitchen bar. Interesting to watch ones’ food being prepared. Very tasty food and good happy hour prices.
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.
Excellent little gem of a restaurant in Westwood. Excellent food, wines and service. Check it out for sure. You will not be disappointing.
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.
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.
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!
Really friendly service. Delicious food and lovely wine selections. Highly recommend!
Great spot for a quite date. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our night here.
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.
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.
Good food and staff. Interesting wines. Try and cornbread and the burger and the chopped salad!
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.
I was told Open table tap was not available
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!
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.
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.
Great food. Service slow. Wine too warm. But I'll be back
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.
Overpriced inept service almost apathetic. Boring bland food I'm not sure what the hype is all about.