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At Girasol, the backbone of our refined-rustic cuisine is defined by the changing seasons and our relationship with the local farmers. Girasol’s cuisine was built on the tradition of Chef CJ Jacobson’s interpretation of the California cuisine, and that tradition continues to be tastefullyenriched with avant-garde cuisine. Girasol is focused on supporting local farmers and purveyors by using sustainable products to bring our guests a dining experience that is both approachable and unique. This is the fundamental culinary concept that inspired our namesake, the Sunflower. It evokes a warm and inviting environment suitable for any occasion. We welcome you to experience our cuisine and hospitality in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere.
Studio City, CA 91602
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
In addition to our valet service for your convenience, street parking is also available
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Girasol can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Girasol Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I have visited Girasol several times before. We’ve always had a good experience. We’ve had difficulty choosing what we want to eat with there being so many interesting options. But last night we were extremely disappointed.
The menu changes seasonally. The current menu seams uninspired. The food was mediocre - and a lot less of it than on previous visits. The burratta suffered from exchanging the peaches for citrus. And the entire serving was a couple of tablespoons.
Add to that really poor service. We were sitting alone in the dining room, having finished our meal. The hostess saw us waiting, but made no effort to contact the waiter.
To sum it up, the restaurant gives the impression with the menu, quality of food and poor service of an organization that has given up. I understand CJ is spending most of his time in Chicago with a new restaurant and visits Girasol twice a month. I wonder if he realizes how it has declined.
We won’t be returning.
What a treat - the chef created delicious, beautiful and inspired dishes that were as enjoyable to behold with the eyes as they were to eat. The flavor combinations and textures were brilliant and the preparation and presentation were second to none.
Should have recognized that a virtually empty place on a Friday night was not a great sign. The menu is OK if you like somewhat odd foods, but I had a difficult time deciding on what to order because there was something unappealing about everything on it. Lots of fish dishes, and all three of us ordered fish. Two of the meals had nice presentations - complete fish. I went with the sea bass because it comes with spätzle, but then learned it contains onions (shallots or leeks, can't remember, which disagree with me) so they offered vegetables instead. When it came, the piece of sea bass was so small my plate looked mostly empty compared to the other two. I asked if the vegetables were coming and was told they were under the fish. There was about a ¼ inch layer of spinach with a couple of cherry tomatoes sliced in half. The fish and spinach tasted good, but it was a very small portion compared to the other two. The prices are high (over $300 for 3 of us with drinks).
Very disappointed. I have dined at Girasol on numerous occasions and truly enjoyed the meals. I have a feeling now that CJ left, things have gone downhill. I got a bad vibe the second I walked in. The attitude of the staff was different than before. They were standing around talking to one another and ignoring customers. After being seated my wife and I sat for a good 15 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. The food was mediocre, not like before, but the terrible service made the evening not enjoyable. I will not be going back. Really disappointed because this was a place that used to be great.
The menu and wine list are imaginative and both deliver. The environment is inviting, the hostess was charming, and the runners delivering the food were timely and careful. If only the same could be said of our waitperson that evening. While beautiful and charming, she appeared more interested in talking with other staff in the back than checking on her tables.
Perhaps the night was too slow to maintain her interest in her job. Our pleasure in dining at Girasole fell apart with our waitress's disinterest in seeing our beverage orders filled and delivered.
We had been meaning to go to Girasol for some time and finally got there to celebrate a special birthday. So many wonderful choices on the menu. We shared 5 different plates, from Mussels to Meatballs, and all were fabulous! The chefs are preparing some inspired dishes here. The roasted brussel sprouts in with the veal split shank were sooo tasty. Loved the mussels in a tomato sauce (and we are picky about our mussels). The blackberry compote with the dessert was to die for!! We can't wait to come back
Amazing dining experience. I had the Chef's tasting menu and it was a truly special night. Chef visits you at the table and crafts a menu to your exact liking. Could not have asked for a more wonderful night. My dining partners tremendously enjoyed their dishes as well. Must go!
I had been looking forward to going to Girasol for a long time, but until now my schedule didn’t work. Oh my—-what a disappointment. I’m not given to exaggeration, but the service was atrocious; when the waiter finally arrived at almost 15 minutes, I was half up getting ready to leave. The food was way over spiced, the fish and the wagyu steak too salty. Incidentally, the steak was on the chewy side. I usually give a first time bad experience a second chance—-but not this time
Too Noisy and Not Exceptional.
Went based on Jonathan Gold's new rating of the 101restaurants. Tthe table the three of us were seated next to a table of 4 which was so loud we had to shout. at are table guest. While patorns noticed, wait staff ignored. I had booked on open table and noted it was for a birthday. Wait staff said and did nothing. Not good. People can be gently reminded they are not in thier living room.
Then again, most good to excellent restaurants acknowledge the birthday or bring a comp dessert to the table. Not thisone. No mention No Coml
The red lentil polenta was excellen but quite enough for one person. Didnt need the Octopus!
Again wait staff said nothing about not needing another dish. The Octopus, my second item was run of the mill. I have eaten in many fine to excellent restaurants. This one is good, but that's about it.
We had a wonderful meal filled with delicious food and different flavors. The waiter was most helpful in giving us suggestions on what to order and the amount to order. Although the food is pricey, it is well worth it especially for a special occasion. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The owner came over and made sure that everything was good. That was a nice touch.
Food was a hit or miss. We ordered four dishes. Two were terrible and two were very good. I would not recommend the artichoke (tough, greens were almost inedible) or the bacon burrata dish (bacon was a thick steak and virtually inedible as well). The mussels and meatballs were both very good. As was the bread.
I'd been curious about Girasol for a while and finally got around to dining there. What a lovely experience! We went for the chef's 9 course tasting menu and first he came out to check for any special dietary needs or dislikes. Then the dishes started coming out and we loved just about everything. We'd been assured that each dish was very tiny, but there was quite a bit of food and we were stuffed.
The ambience and the service added to the experience and it all made for a terrific evening.
With drinks and tip it was about $400 for two, but we felt it was worth it. You could certainly dine there for significantly less, and I'd like to go back and try more dishes.
Our server was excellent! She took care of us and was professional and attentive. The complimentary bday dessert was very nice and I really appreciated it. Octopus salad and smashed potatoes portion were good, but the rest of the dishes (fish of the day, scallops, duck confi) we ordered were really small for the price.
Don't tell me that there are no GREAT restaurants in the Valley: here is The One.
Ask for Grace as your server - she was wonderful, and do that tasting menu, Chef Justin will take care of you.
Best meal i have ever had in the Valley and decided on the spot that we would have my company's Christmas party here.
Food was delicious! Will return again! Staff were friendly. Great neighborhood spot! Warm environment! Outdoor space! Cocktail was good! Food presentations excellent. Desert beerry donut and whole snapper were my favorite. Good job to the chefs! Wonderful service!👍
The menu is pretty fussy, we were looking for drinks and appetizers and there was no simple vegetable dishes avail. Try naybwant to add a few nibble, simpler dishes into the menu. The person who sat us (it was 5 and only one other table in the Restaurant) tried to bring drinks and got the drink order wrong 2 times... wouldn’t run back there.
I like the location as I can walk from my house. Unfortunately, this is a little pricey for everyday dining. Wine prices are outrageous. The food was good and well presented. Only problem, so very, very salty. If I eat there again I hope I remember to tell them to hold the salt
Well I have to start by saying the interior decor is the best thing about this restaurant. I reviewed the "by the glass" wine list, out of the 6 red wines listed I was told by our waiter that they were out of my first two choices...hard to believe they wouldn't be able to find a substitute cabernet, my third choice was mediocre. So a bit of a rough start. We ordered the $5.00 house bread upon the recommendation of the manager. Unfortunately, the bread was mediocre and the only upside was the honey butter served with it. Then we ordered the meatballs as our first course. The only drawback were the small chunks of gristle inside. Our main was the red snapper... very strong presentation but very lite on flavor/ seasoning. The side sauce had little to no flavor and the fish required salt. It seemed like the restaurant was doing a weak version of the snapper served at Tar and Roses. Overall we were disappointed because we were hoping to love this neighborhood restaurant and because some of the old reviews were good. Unfortunately we will not be back.
Nice restaurant with somewhat unique and appealing decor. Indoor and patio seating, although specify patio seating at time of reservation or you won't get it simply by asking when you arrive, even if tables seem to be abundantly available. The food was very tasty and the server attentive and informative. They were out of both Cabernet and Syrah at 6:30 in the evening! Really? Overall a very pleasant experience but could use some management improvement for the price.
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