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L'Ami - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
327 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

L'Ami is located in a charming historic building on the west side border of Santa Monica and Brentwood.
L'Ami captures Mediterranean Culture and cuisine with Fresh organic and seasonal dishes for every day of the week.
Wrought iron gates open into a courtyard where the patios within are being lovingly restored with careful attention paid to the original detailing.
Built and occupied by renowned architect John Byers, this landmarked gem has previously been the home to two successful restaurants.
L'Ami is a mix of cultures, tastes and flavors create dining experiences from casual week night to romantic rendez vous.

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Menu

Soups

  • Soup of the Day$12.00

    Chef's Selection

    • French Onion Soup$12.00

      Caramelized Onions, Gruyere Cheese Gratiné & Croutons

      Appetizers

      • Tricolore Salad$14.00

        Radicchio, Frisée, Arugula, Parmigiano & Balsamic Dressing

        • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad$16.00

          Farro, Smoked Bacon, Lemon, Parmigiano & Balsamic Reduction

          • Carpaccio of Hand Dived Scallops$21.00

            With Truffle Vinaigrette. Jerusalem Artichokes, Chives, Mâche Leaves, Shaved Black Truffle

            • Beets & Burrata Tower$18.00

              Baby Arugula, Candied Walnuts & Balsamic Reduction

              • Fresh Goat Cheese & Pistachio Tart$17.00

                Fig, Honey, Moroccan Greens, Orange Blossom & Argan Oil

                • Foie Gras Au Torchon$26.00

                  Homemade Duck Foie Gras, Brioche Toast, Fig Chutney & Frisée Salad

                  • Grilled Octopus$18.00

                    Medley of Quinoa, Feta & Kalamata Olives

                    • Broiled Mussels$18.00

                      Green Lipped Mussels, Crispy Bread Crumb, Spinach & Garlic Butter Sauce

                      • Mezze Appetizer$18.00

                        Served with Homemade Pita, Flatbread, Kibbeh, Falafel & Spanakopita

                        • Half Dozen Shucked Oysters$18.00

                          Marinated Seaweed Salad, Lemon, Shallot Vinegar & Horseradish Ketchup

                          Entrees

                          • Butternut Squash Ravioli$24.00

                            Russian Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, Snap Peas & Pine Nuts

                            • Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto$24.00

                              Wild Mushrooms, Parmigiano, White Wine & Baby Kale

                              • Vegetable Couscous$24.00

                                Rutabaga, Parsnip, Turnip, Kohlrabi, Red Pepper, Cauliflower, Zucchini & Harissa

                                • Scottish Salmon$29.00

                                  Grilled Vegetables & Ginger Soy Lemon Vinaigrette

                                  • White Sea Bass$36.00

                                    Seasonal Vegetables, Medley Quinoa & Harissa Emulsion

                                    • Day Boat Scallops$38.00

                                      Leek Confit, Fennel Flan, Wild Rice & Basil Sauce

                                      • Chicken "Grand Mère"$32.00

                                        Mary's Organic Chicken, Mushrooms, French Beans, Bacon, Pearl Onions & Fingerling Potatoes

                                        • Baby Lamb Shank$34.00

                                          Oven Roasted Lamb Shank, Mashed Potatoes, Spanish & Candied Carrot

                                          • Couscous Royale$38.00

                                            Lamb Chops, Lamb Stew, Chicken, Merguez Sausage & Harissa

                                            • Angus Beef Burger$20.00

                                              Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Served With French Fries & Salad

                                              • Steak Frites$29.00

                                                Flat Iron Steak Served with French Fries & Salad

                                                • Filet Mignon$46.00

                                                  8oz Filet Mignon, Potato Gratin, French Beans, Carrot & Bordelaise Sauce

                                                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                  What 327 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  4.3
                                                  4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                  • 4.3Food
                                                  • 4.3Service
                                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                                  • 3.8Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  88% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                  1. WH

                                                    WinoH

                                                    Las Vegas

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    1.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on July 29, 2017

                                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                    This was a horrible dining experience then we were told the restaurant was closing for good ~ what a waste of time & money.

                                                  2. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    1 review

                                                    1.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on July 29, 2017

                                                    overall1food4service1ambience5

                                                    The food was great but the service was a joke. It was so bad it was actually comical. I thought I was on a tv show about to be punked. It was very unfortunate. I would like to list the amount of things that went wrong but I don't have the next 27 years to do so. I've had better service at a middle of no where truck stop diner. It's a shame something so pretty can actually be so ugly. Good bye forever L'Ami.

                                                  3. D

                                                    Delighted

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on July 29, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Dinner did not disappoint! We arrived early and were given a great table....the hamburgers may be the best in the city and the couscous choice is sublime! Thank you!

                                                  4. I

                                                    Involute

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on July 15, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The only thing I'd change is the music. I don't remember what it was, just that it wasn't consistent with the ambiance which is authentically Mediterranean.

                                                  5. F

                                                    Frenchrunner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    46 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    46 reviews

                                                    Dined on June 3, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Very good French food and reasonably priced. We really enjoyed the patio setting too and the wait staff did a great job.

                                                  6. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Las Vegas

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on June 1, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Love this restaurant . We go regularly for both special and non special events It never disappoints - highly recommend

                                                  7. G

                                                    Gina

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 14, 2017

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    Dined here for Mother's Day brunch and loved the Mediterranean decor. A majority of the tables are in a patio-like atmosphere surrounded by fountains, greenery, and white and blue accents. It is a gorgeous place for a date, birthday, bridal shower, etc. The food was fresh and tasty without being overpriced, and service was fantastic. We split the Waffle (delicious) and I had the smoked salmon benedict (superb). My parents, who had never been there before, were already planning their next trip back to try dinner. I found myself taking photos of the restaurant on the way out because it's so charming. Will definitely be back!

                                                  8. U

                                                    Upsidedownmamma

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 11, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Loved it and would definitely go back. Great meal and great service!

                                                  9. EO

                                                    EatingOut

                                                    Minneapolis

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 6, 2017

                                                    overall2food3service4ambience1

                                                    Place was completely empty besides us. Service was friendly. Food was average. Just no ambiance and they have been open a year. Too bad!

                                                  10. MM

                                                    MarthaM

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 28, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We asked for quietest table possible and were seated at a lovely 4 person table at the front of the restaurant which was separated from others somewhat. It was perfect for talking and we were happy they remembered our request. My husband had the couscous which should be famous, it is the most interesting and delicious couscous we have had, and he is a "foodie". I had seabass which was great, the mezze appetizer was really good, and you don't need bread after that. We followed with chocolate souffle which was wonderful. Highly recommend!

                                                  11. n

                                                    nelson

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 26, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Never disappointed with L'Ami. The staff is very attentive. Fabulous food - great drinks - nice environment!

                                                  12. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 25, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Amazing experience! We will be back!

                                                  13. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 26, 2017

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                    Good food, nice people, pleasant atmosphere, parking a bit of a problem.

                                                  14. WB

                                                    WillB

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 23, 2017

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    My wife and I eat at L'Ami on a regular basis, usually once per month. We have tried most of the choices on the menu, and find both the meats and the fish to be excellent- both in taste and presentation. Each time we visit, there are certain preparations that have been altered, slightly, which makes each dining experience an adventure we look forward to. The service has always been a highlight for us, as at each visit we are treated like special guests.

                                                  15. FI

                                                    FIGfoodie

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 16, 2017

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    Food was fantastic! Chicken was cooked perfectly and the strawberry rhubarb dessert was delicious. Service was attentive and excellent. Great vibe and cozy atmosphere with a vibrant night scene. Will definitely return to this neighborhood gem.

                                                  16. C

                                                    Chas

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 2, 2017

                                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                    The French Onion Soup was not "real" French Onion. It was made with veggie broth rather than beef. Odd taste. Why change tradition without telling customers that it is not the real thing. Otherwise the food was better than average.

                                                  17. I

                                                    Iris52

                                                    New York Area

                                                    30 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    30 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 28, 2017

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                    Food was okay not special. So many other restaurants to try. Ambiance was best at the old Chez Mimi

                                                  18. KD

                                                    KarenD

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 26, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This is just a great local neighborhood restaurant serving wonderful food in a beautiful setting. Service is always friendly, warm and welcoming. The food is always tasty, prepared with love! Had a lovely brunch last Sunday and everyone was very impressed with the quality of the dishes. The Parisian Omelette and the Scrambled Eggs with French Toast were true hits!

                                                  19. FL

                                                    FrenchinLA

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 24, 2017

                                                    overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                    A surprising place with a Mediterranean menu. Food is good but not great. Quite expensive for what you have in your plate!

                                                  20. AB

                                                    AngelaB

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 23, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Something really good happened from the last time we dined there. Really delicious food!

                                                  21. f

                                                    finediner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    23 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    23 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 21, 2017

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Interesting food in a quiet, inviting environment. Excellent, friendly, attentive service.

                                                  22. LF

                                                    LaFoodie

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 18, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Haven't been here since the restaurant changed its name and was very happy with brunch for a group of 8. Waffles with fresh berries and eggs with grains/veggies were especially tasty. Service was very good. Love the indoor/outdoor ambiance and will definitely be back.

                                                  23. LA

                                                    LAPhil

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 17, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great menu including vegetarian dishes. Nice staff and excellent service. Comfortable and interesting atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their orders and had a wonderful evening. We'll be back for sure. (actually, we are repeat customers already)

                                                  24. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 16, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    AMAZING RESTAURANT!! EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL!!

                                                  25. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    1 review

                                                    vip
                                                    1.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 14, 2017

                                                    overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                    Decent food, absolutely terrible service. It was so bad we actually went looking for the manager and ended up having a run in with the owner who was dismissive and rude. First and last time. A true must avoid establishment.

                                                  26. FR

                                                    FoodguyRay

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 14, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This was Valentine's Day dinner. Food was excellent - quality all the way, prepared and delivered to the table just right. Waitstaff seamless. Only 'blemish' was that on a cold night, some of the open air tables were cold, despite the portable heaters. Tough balancing too hot at one table and too cold at another, but they came close to pulling it off. Pricey, but the value was there.

                                                  27. JC

                                                    JC48

                                                    Jackson Hole

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 31, 2017

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                    An historic building...still very pretty, although some of the remodeling choices are so-so. In particular, the interior wood paneling near the entrance looks a bit cowboy-themed and doesn't seem to fit the country-French character of the place. We couldn't figure out why the ambient music was up-tempo disco, which also seemed a mismatch...how about Edith Piaf or Francois Hardy? Really good steak frites, though. We'll be back again.

                                                  28. N

                                                    Nique

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    35 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    35 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 25, 2017

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    It is a Wonderful setting for a special night out! The food is devine. There is valet parking so it is easy to come and go.

                                                  29. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 24, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    We went for dinner during Dine LA to try a new place and were pleasantly surprised about how good it was... great ambience and the food and drinks were excellent. Excited to try it again. Bacon wrapped scallops with roasted Brussels sprouts to start then grilled sea bass as the main course. All superb!

                                                  30. F

                                                    Foodlover

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    38 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    38 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 24, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Love the court yard seating. Excellent ambience. Good food and love the maltan cake, yum.

                                                  31. C

                                                    Caliokie

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    21 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    21 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 20, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I have driven by on multiplications and considered stopping in; so when they advertised dine LA we decided to give it a try. It was raining that day so we weren't able to enjoy the lovely patio but they had a nice cozy fire going and it felt warm and inviting in the bar area with the sheepskin chair covers. Our waitress was French as were most of the customers so I'm sure the food besides being great was very authentic. Our waitress was good natured and attentive and I plan to return with my daughter who is a foodie when we can try out the patio.

                                                  32. WB

                                                    WillB

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 19, 2017

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    We had a great experience, as usual. There were some new items on the menu, which were terrific- especially the bacon wrapped scallop with roasted brussel sprouts and balsamic reduction. There was also an excellent offering on the prix fix option. And, the pricing was very fair.

                                                  33. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 18, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I had dinner with a friend of mine and it was just amazing. It's the first time I came back to this restaurant since it became L'Ami. The food is now way better and the prices went down. Good move guys! I will come back more often now!

                                                  34. K

                                                    Kris

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 14, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Lovely on every front - a neighborhood gem! Wonderful ambience and delicious food!

                                                  35. S

                                                    Sandi

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 13, 2017

                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                    We were so pleased when we finally booked dinner at l'Ami to find that it still retained the same interior & ambiance of Chez Mimi, the original restaurant founded & managed by 'Mimi.' Wonderful, beautifully prepared dishes with touches of French and Mediterranean influences. High quality ingredients (the filet mignon can be cut with a dinner knife & practically melts in your mouth). We will be back very soon. Highly recommended.

                                                  36. BZ

                                                    BouvierZorro

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 31, 2016

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    From the beginning to end this was a lovely experience. We sat in the covered outdoors patio, with plenty of heaters, so it was very comfortable. The service from everyone at the restaurant was excellent. It was raining heavily and the busboy ran out to feed my friend's meter. The owner found us an umbrella to get back to the car. The food was excellent and I will definitely go back there sooner than later! Thank you for a lovely time spent at your restaurant.

                                                  37. BG

                                                    BGord

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 22, 2016

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Great lamb dishes. Attentive service. Layout with many rooms.

                                                  38. DI

                                                    DeborahInLA

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    38 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    38 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 4, 2016

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I hadn't tried this restaurant since it became L'Ami, but had gone to the prior restaurant for special occasion dinners for years. I couldn't be more pleased with L'Ami. The food was wonderful, the noise level was just above a whisper (OK, maybe that's an exaggeration), the service was superb and invisible!, and they make great chocolate souffles.

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 10, 2016

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I finally decided to make a reservation during the week day, after not being able to make a reservation over the weekend since it was busy. My girlfriend and I had dinner on Tuesday night. It was a very nice dinner! Food was great and our was attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be back! I highly recommend this restaurant.

                                                  40. S

                                                    Spanky

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    140 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    140 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 9, 2016

                                                    overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                    This is a very nice place with pretty good food, but the bill will be quite spendy. We were a bit shocked by how proud they were of their grape juice and Fois Gras.

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