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Permanently Closed - L'Ami

327 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (438)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (425)
  • Romantic (424)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, French American, Italian
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Hours of operation
- Monday & Sunday - Closed
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5:30-10pm
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Phone number
(310) 310-8064
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Francis Bey
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Cross street
San Vicente
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWinoH (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on July 29, 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.

vipDelighted (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 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!

vipInvolute (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipFrenchrunner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

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

Gina (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

vipUpsidedownmamma (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

nelson (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2017

Amazing experience! We will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

vipFIGfoodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

Chas (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

vipLLL17 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 28, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

FrenchinLA (Los Angeles)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

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