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About Erven

We're chef driven. Casual New American. Global Flavors. #cooksandservants

514 Santa Monica Blvd
#516
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2410
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday; 5:00 pm - Close;
Closed: Sunday & Monday

Cross Street:
Between 5th & 6th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 260-2255

Website:
http://www.ervenrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Nick Erven

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Erven Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.5

value

3.7

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Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Healthy (14)
Vegan (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
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Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Cozy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Organic (5)
Casual (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great spot with terrific food, mostly vegan, not all so attractive to a larger group. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Talented chef, extraordinary wine pairings, creative and imaginative cuisine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Vegan, Organic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Amazing food combos!
Loved it! Can’t wait to go again

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really yummy veggie options and good service. Nice wine selection and down to earth, intimate vibe.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was one of our fav’s, but sadly food has gone a bit downhill since changing away from all-vegan menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Kind of over rated . Service was polite by no means enthusiastic. Small and sharing plates were great. Mains were ho hum.

Tags: Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great place. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great restaurant. Nick Erven is an innovative chef.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

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)
Rose beets

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Delicious and creative food, really nice staff. Lovely overall

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Healthy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food was presented beautifully, very interesting combinations that all worked very well. I wanted to try everything on the menu.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Veggie restaurant but it is not advertised !!!
It must be advertised!!!!
For me, a wrong choice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amazing vegan food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Erven was fantastic! Best food we've had in Santa Monica. Staff is great, food amazing, wine selection spot on. Definitely go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I keep going back!! Innovative, delicious, amazing. Comfortable spot to get creative tasty food. Great vibe, great service. highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Loved it. Nice informed service. Good array of inventive dishes. Starters and shareables were perfect for our group of 6.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

FABULOUS! The best vegan in LA. Creative. Imaginative. GO TRY IT!!!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Awesome dinner with friends. 1/2 our party was vegan and the 1/2 that was not vegan enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed the vegan fare.

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I visited Erven with my Vegan friend in June. Although she claims she will find something to eat anywhere, I am more sceptical and endeavor to find vegan specialities whenever I can. I would love to be a Vegan but am constrained by my daily life so I eat it whenever I can.

I have to say Erven exceeded my wildest expectations. We were greeted by a very out Gay man, who we just loved, especially when he offered us a taster cocktail. He led us upstairs, to a balcony level seating area, narrow and we could see out towards the street (downtown Santa Monica). Erven had several small plates, and we ordered a lot of them. They had a decent reasonably priced wine list and we had the sangria (homemade) which was very tasty.

We had chickpea fritters and several other small plates which we shared. Each was a delicacy unto itself. I apologize for not recalling the items, and even went to their website to check the menu but alas it has changed, but each one was like its own little diorama of flavor.

My friend and I enjoyed it so much we seriously thought about going back there again...the next night. However, other interests prevailed but I also thought so highly of the gastronomic experience there that I informed my dad and stepmom - the serious gastronoms!

In short, as I write this I wish I was there discovering the yumminess of this small inconspicuous place. It was that good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Vegan, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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