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About Permanently Closed - L'Ami

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

246 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, French American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
- Monday & Sunday - Closed
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5:30-10pm

Cross Street:
San Vicente

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 310-8064

Website:
http://www.lamirestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Francis Bey

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

L'Ami - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (438)
Great for Outdoor Dining (425)
Romantic (424)
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Special Occasion (400)
Fit for Foodies (385)
Good for Groups (161)
Notable Wine List (153)
Hot Spot (119)
Great for Lunch (95)
Great for Brunch (78)
Vibrant Bar Scene (74)
Late-night Find (40)
Good for a Date (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Authentic (15)
Business Meals (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Scenic View (8)
Casual (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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food4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Seasonal, People Watching, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Romantic, Spicy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 11, 2017

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

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Amazing experience! We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 26, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 24, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 21, 2017

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 17, 2017

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)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 16, 2017

AMAZING RESTAURANT!! EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2016

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2016

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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