Erven in Santa Monica is a good restaurant with good food that just happens to be vegan.
Showed up for reservation and restaurant was closed. Sign on door said closed for catering event. Why wasn’t I called? 2nd time it happened. They need to communicate with their patrons.
My gf and I are born a week apart so we went to Erven to celebrate. It was exactly what we wanted: comfortable, quiet while still being warm and fun. The food was excellent. The flavors were great and the portions were appropriate. I would suggest for those that are hungry to get the burrito as it is packed with flavor.
I’m not a vegan and was surprised by the flavor and quality of the vegan dishes. Also they have non vegan dishes. Overall I found the food inventive, interesting and flavorful. I will definitely be back.
Great spot with terrific food, mostly vegan, not all so attractive to a larger group. We'll be back for sure.
Talented chef, extraordinary wine pairings, creative and imaginative cuisine.
I thought the food was great. I think everything that was provided in terms of edibles was terrific. My big gripe was the wine. It was extremely expensive and mediocre at best. I would ask to taste the wine beforehand. I was stupid and paid 20 dollars for a really mediocre glass of cabernet.
We were visiting from the Philly area and were looking for good vegan food. We tried a variety of starters and shared a couple main dishes and all the food was delicious. The Brussels sprouts and the Thai style burrito were our favorites. Service was friendly and helpful and sous-chef came out to talk with us as he grew up in Philly. Overall a great experience.
Amazing food combos!
Loved it! Can’t wait to go again
The combinations of flavors and textures was really exciting. The idea that we ate entirely vegan and did not miss the meat was very eye opening for me. A must return.
Really yummy veggie options and good service. Nice wine selection and down to earth, intimate vibe.
This was one of our fav’s, but sadly food has gone a bit downhill since changing away from all-vegan menu.
So don't let the appearance fool you - this is some vibrant, flavorful, amazing food. Just order one of everything and share and you will go home so very happy. Don't miss the potatoes - really. And save room for desert too. This place looks like you might get an old sandwich and the location is convenient but strange. Just go find a place to park your car and check it out. So worth it.
I've been to Erven before, right after the LA Times wrote a good article about them. The food was very good, the service very good as well. But this time, the food was good almost ordinary, the atmosphere was not great, we were sitting in a room at the back of the restaurant and we felt forgotten by the waitress. The light went off, they definitely forgot about us... The restrooms were dirty. First I was happy to come back since my first experience was very good. Very disappointing, I won't come back and won't recommend this place anymore.
The online menu seemed interesting and adequate. The actual menu was only half as big as the online menu and was much less interesting and NOT adequate. We shared donut holes, which we should have sent back ... undercooked. My friend had an interesting dish (cabbage pancake) but it was drenched in sauce and very heavy. I had heirloom tomato salad which would have been good if it had not been drenched in acidic sauce, and tuna tartare which was overpoweringly overspiced. Not going back.
There were only 3 choices for the main entree. There was too much dressing in 2 of the 4 'shareable's that we ordered making it difficult to eat it.
The Thai Burrito was fairly good but other than that we didn't really care fro 3 of our 4 dishes.
The restaurant felt as if it was still in the opening phases and not really ready for its grand opening.
I was looking forward to some good vegan food. I am gluten-free so they made their burrito without the shell. They gave me a rice bowl. Instead of adding more rice to make up for no tortilla and no tofu, the amount of food I got was probably no more than 3/4 cup. It was $20. I was very disappointed. The atmosphere is not welcoming and their stereo sounded like it was on a Bluetooth speaker. Very weird mix of music as well.
Loved the vegetarian options! The host was extremely nice but our waitress never checked on us. She was pretty emotionless.
Food - The tartar was good but not amazing. The bread rolls with the smokey jam was good but not wow. The kimchi fried rice was delicious. The eggplant was amazing. The rice bowl was yummy as well. The peanut butter sorbet and chocolate cake was mouth watering, loved the dessert! :) - I would come back again!
Dry high quality food with a menu that is pretty unique. Service friendly and good. Restaurant interior decor does not much the quality of food and service. Upgrade of Restaurant interior could substantially increase the niumbernof people coming in without a big investment.
The food and service are both exceptional. The ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, feels very bright, noisy and crowded. They also need to expand the beer menu, is limited to Stella Artois and PBR at the moment.
Erven came highly recommended by a Santa Monica chef, so we were excited to try it. We should have been more adventurous with our ordering but we both had the rice bowl with salmon tartare added. It was delicious, with a interesting blend of ingredients. The small upstairs room was a tiny bit stuffy, but the service was personal and delightful. We would go back!
The menu was not impressive. I didn't like that the plates are organized from small to large, it made ordering very confusing. The dishes didn't compliment one another so ordering "tapas style" was difficult. WAAAYYYY too expensive for what you get.
I had high hopes, but unfortunately left feeling very disappointed. The food itself was good. I was very disappointed to learn that not only is it no longer vegan, but there were not that many vegan options on the menu. And even options that seem very easy/logical to make vegan (i.e. crispy tofu) were not vegan. I understand the need to appeal to a broader audience to make money, but I would think they could keep the menu like 50% vegan as a nod to the original concept.
Host was lovely, server was not. I think she was the only one working, so we were quite patient, but really was not very nice or even polite. Seemed annoyed when we asked one question about the menu, did not say 'thank you' when dropping off the check, etc.
Ambience was not great, decor was pretty bad, bathroom not good. The online pics were deceiving.
Was looking forward to supporting a vegan restaurant, but will not be returning.
Great place. Will definitely be back.
Great restaurant. Nick Erven is an innovative chef.
I thought the food was good, but the price was on the higher end for an average ambiance. I spend the same at trendy restaurants with equally or better tasting/quality food.
I like to support restaurants with friendly staff. Everyone here was very authentic and friendly. There was barely anyone inside but the decor was very nice.
Highlights: cabbage pancake (insane)
Cons: the Chickpea fritters were okay. They were small and not that good but the server recommended them. Next time I wouldn't order them.
There isn't a non alcoholic drink menu besides hot tea and water. They should add juices and elixers to the menu. I think they would do well.
Delicious and creative food, really nice staff. Lovely overall
Inspired food is what makes Erven so special. While still mostly vegetarian / vegan, the menu now has optional fish and occasional meat options. But it's the incredible FLAVORS and brilliant, unique dishes that are the reason to come here. Every single item the five of us tasted (and there were plenty of items) elicited gasps and yummmmmms. The most original and delicious menu I've enjoyed in a long time!
Terrible experience. I was a party of one -- waited for a table even though I had a reservation, and then once seated, waited 15 minutes for a server to acknowledge me. I had the Thai style burrito and it was totally bland -- seemed like a promising concept, but even the curry sauce drizzle was weak. The burrito itself was overstuffed with...cabbage?...and large pieces of what seemed to be fried potato. A total waste of time and calories. I'll never be back.
The food was presented beautifully, very interesting combinations that all worked very well. I wanted to try everything on the menu.
Veggie restaurant but it is not advertised !!!
It must be advertised!!!!
For me, a wrong choice.
Amazing vegan food!
Erven was fantastic! Best food we've had in Santa Monica. Staff is great, food amazing, wine selection spot on. Definitely go!
They seemed overwhelmed with LA Food Week. I booked a meal for my friend's bday. It took them 10 minutes to seat us even though there were open tables downstairs and then we were stuffed into the hot upstairs where it was incredibly loud and there was one waitress for 10 tables. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we weren't even checked in with to order a drink until 8:20. Without even asking we were offered a chickpea appetizer which was a nice gesture but the rest of the meal was just as slow. The waitstaff seemed overwhelmed and in a bad mood the entire time. Would never go back.
I keep going back!! Innovative, delicious, amazing. Comfortable spot to get creative tasty food. Great vibe, great service. highly recommend.
The service was exceptional; everyone on staff was attentive and informed. Flavors in each dish were creative, unexpected and delicious. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Loved it. Nice informed service. Good array of inventive dishes. Starters and shareables were perfect for our group of 6.
Amazingly creative food & great atmosphere. Seasonal menu is always changing, but the siracha carrots served with this vegan sorbet and the steak with mole-bbq were so good!!! Chef Erven never disappoints!
FABULOUS! The best vegan in LA. Creative. Imaginative. GO TRY IT!!!
Awesome dinner with friends. 1/2 our party was vegan and the 1/2 that was not vegan enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed the vegan fare.