Maple Restaurant

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Maple is a new, family-friendly culinary experience located within the celebrated Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.

To honor the changes of the season in the garden, Maple dishes up American cuisine informed by classic technique, market-fresh produce, and subtle Latin inspirations.

Join us for dinner during Enchanted: Forest of Light! Maple will be open for dinner exclusively during Enchanted, November 17, 2019 through January 5, 2020 offering soul-warming dishes including slow-braised bone-in short rib, grilled Atlantic salmon, roasted pumpkin ravioli, delicious desserts and seasonal cocktails! Kids menu also available.
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EM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst restaurant in all of Los Angeles. This plays reeks of bad service, food, and poor vibes. If you want old tap water, soggy disgusting cold food and waiters who are easily overwhelmed go to this place. I left feeling sick and disappointed at the potential of finding a new favorite but experiencing one to avoid. Go to the cafe next door NOT MAPLE. Branding and nice pictures cannot make up for the terrible and repulsive experience we had.

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

They seated us 30 mins after my reservation which was a bit inconvenient.
The ambiance is lovely but the food was terrible, I had the burrito and it was all egg with an egg on top? I paid $18 for that?
No thank you

MP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another lovely brunch at Maple. Many guests linger and reservation times are not always timely. It's very loud and difficult to have a conversation. The new tomato toast - delish! The server was professional and congenial. I wish they were open more days....just suggesting.

NB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Slow service Noisy, Overpriced my dish came out cold then they brought out a slightly luke warm version. They did comp my meal but we were there hours and got poor food and slow service. Even with my meal comp'd the bill was high

JJ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very loud to the point of uncomfortable insdie--if weather is nice outdoors is much more pleasant.

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday as 9:00 AM: The tables were beautifully set, the servers looked elegant wearing white shirts, black pants, and long mustard colored aprons. The music was soothing, and the perfect volume so that one could have a conversation . The service was attentive, and unhurried. The menu creative, the food beautifully presented and delicious. Though the weather was cool we were comfortable because of the warmth which was created by the sunlight on the light mustard colored umbrellas. The brunch was perfect up until an adult began speaking loudly to a toddler in her party. Unfortunately she was unaware of how disruptive she was, not that she did not need to speak so loudly to the sweet well behaved child. Families frequent the gardens, thus I know to expect loudness in the future. All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience. I'm looking forward to returning with friends.

UB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server kept forgetting about us. He forgot to put in an order of pancakes for us. I also didn’t get a chance to put in my order, I only got a side to start. After he forgot an order of pancakes, I didn’t see the point in ordering anymore. We left feeling like we didn’t get the experience we paid for. Such a shame.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Food was lacking flavor. Took a very long time to come out and it was cold. I kept reminding my server for water then creamer and sugar for my coffee. Then I had to remind her a second time for the creamer. When we were ready to order dessert she wouldn’t let me finish my sentences about what I wanted. She assumed she knew what I was asking for and it ended up being the wrong thing. When we asked her something else, she said we’ll just wait because I have to go to the kitchen to get it :/. She comes by asking if we needed anything else and she was like “oh yeah that’s right. I have to put your order for that” . The outdoor sitting was the only thing I enjoyed.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. All the staffs were very friendly and attentive to what we need. Foods were good. I'll definitely go back.

K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Wen, was just perfectly catering and good at her profession. We would come for the food, staff and ambiance again. We had special needs for my mother in a wheel chair and cognition, Wen couldn’t have been more kind. The food was on point, beautifully fresh and not drowned in sauce. The atmosphere was not pompous, rather homey in the outside patio, quiet and the bookend of the brunch was your amazing desserts. Thank you for a great experience for my fathers 80th birthday.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very beautiful place to have brunch for a birthday, i very much enjoyed my time at the restaurant!! food was beautiful & delicious, space was soo beautiful and very nice people working there as well.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could remember our waiter’s name, he was so kind, professional and attentive! The food is unique and of great quality, the coffee is delicious (intelligentsia). Really lovely ambiance in nature with a lovely breeze coming in from the open windows!

A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow on a Saturday afternoon. Latte came out after the food

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.
Definitely going to come again.

KH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My sausage was visibly undercooked and I couldn’t even get a server’s attention to bring it up. My americano took, no joke, 25 minutes, and when I brought it up our waitress was surly and made me super uncomfortable. I’ll be making a point not to return, which is unfortunate since I’m a member at Descanso and had such high hopes for regular brunches at the restaurant. They are not very helpful about gluten free FYI. Seem to have a good protocol for it but the server was rude and clearly unknowledgeable, I didn’t feel taken care of. No gluten free toast.

AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a nice experience, but the hostess was very rude because we had a few less people from our reservation show up. I apologize if it was inconvenient, but she got an immediate attitude and sat other people before she sat us when our entire party was ready. Besides her, maybe having a bad day? The waiter was really nice, energetic, and had a lot of patience with our large group. Everyone else was friendly and helped us when we needed something.

B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prior to our stroll through Descanso Gardens, we decided to have some breakfast at the restaurant located on the grounds - Maple. Service was initially slow; however, the waiters courtesy and attentiveness made-up for it. My family enjoyed their brunch meals! The price is very reasonable for the quality of food, ambiance and service. We’re definitely coming back!

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice restaurant located at the entrance of Descanso gardens. Food is really good and service is always impeccable. Great menu and drinks, I would highly recommend it and you can go for a walk afterwards into gardens. It’s a win win brunch place!

MG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overall, as bland and mediocre as the community in which it is located. There is absolutely nothing special about this place, and when seated, there’s no way to tell that you’re even close to one of the most beautiful and serene parks in SoCal. Food is only OK, it has horrible acoustics, and the drinks cost more than the entrees. It is not worth the effort...don’t bother. IHOP would be a better choice than this place. Certainly, a better value!

B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great. I had the lobster cups.

The menu said it came with toasted bread however, both the kitchen and the server didn't seem to notice.
I asked the server, she said no it didn't. Then I asked for a menu and she said oh, it does.
Then she had to go back and remind the kitchen.

K
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great first time at Maple celebrating my mom's 70th birthday. They brought out beignets on the house for our table and I thought that was a nice touch. Great food and service. Will definitely be back.

LL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and location are absolutely divine. Our server was very kind, accommodating and lovely as well but we had some trouble with our visit:

1. We ordered steak and eggs, a lobster salad, a tomato toast, cold brew and an iced tea. The lobster salad and cold brew came out quickly followed by the tomato toast. It wasn’t until these two meals were already devoured that we were told the kitchen never received or steak and eggs order but that they would be bringing it out ASAP. When they did, we still hadn’t received our iced tea. I basically watched my boyfriend eat his steak and eggs and drink iced tea while I twiddled my thumbs.
2. One of the servers was nice enough to offer us complimentary beignets. But to be honest, if they really wanted to do something for us, the steak and eggs or the tomato toast should have been taken off the bill. We never “cashed in” on our beignets because we didn’t have room for them and dietary restrictions currently prevent us from having treats anyway.
3. What’s the point of OpenTable allowing me to say it’s my boyfriends birthday as a note on our reservation if nothing happens when I do? No mention of it at all when we arrived. Nothing. Really made the experience lackluster.

DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

First time here. And last. The only reason to go here is if you’re already visiting Descanso Gardens. And even then, it would be better to dine elsewhere. Not at all like the photos on their website. Substandard from start to finish. The only highlight was a nice server. Otherwise, very disappointing.

WC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A bit pricey for small baby grayish brown potatoes and sausage a bit undercooked (mushy texture with a bit if pink showing). The jam was excellent.

LJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Food was amazing.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FREAKING LOVE THIS PLACE. The chef has created a spectacular, multi-layered culinary experience and the service was insanely attentive. We went here on a whim for brunch and were blown away by the food, the service and the atmosphere. We will be back again and again and again. DO NOT TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS PLACE!!!!

l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, drinks were good and service was good. Large party in the middle... kind of a bad spot for them. Otherwise, great brunch location.

DZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant in the lovely gardens. Food was very good and fresh. We did go on a Sunday so I made a reservation, which was a good idea. It was pretty busy that day. Staff was friendly! I will be going back in the spring when its cooler to walk in the gardens.

A
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service. Food took too long.

M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I wrote in my reservation that I was celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday & nobody acknowledged this at all which I couldn’t make an issue of at the time since I didn’t want to say anything in front of the person I was there to celebrate but I was definitely disappointed. The eggs were a bit overdone for over medium, the beignets were very good. The churro pancakes were too dry—& way more like funnel cake. It’s a beautiful setting but some things need to be addressed. They very much need to do what other nicer places similar to their price point and even above and under do with regards to celebrating birthdays...so sadly unless this changes I wouldn’t recommend it

SP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress and food were great!
Not sure why the interior decor was changed.
A rather large party with a toddler were having brunch at the same time. To occupy the toddler someone had given her an electronic device that made music. It was rather loud and the staff said nothing to them about lowering the audio. I realize every where is a family friendly place these days, however, there ought to be a level of respect for all patrons. I did not go to Maple and spend a fair amount of money on the bill and tip to hear a distracting soundtrack.
Sorry, this is just the way I feel. A common courtesy ought to be implemented for everyone's satisfaction.
Thank you.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Healthy delicious food with kind and caring management and staff

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You want to celebrate a special occasion, big or small? Well this is the place!
The menu is so diverse and innovative, and every dish is made to perfection. You will have nothing to complain about, here.
And reservations are available. 3 👍👍👍

PT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again a wonderful visit and fab service from Uriah and his staff. The espresso toast was to die for and the eggs Benedict was lighter than expected fresh fare and perfect choice after a summer walk. Thank you!!!

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location
Very interesting menu, healthy and modern
Best weekend breakfast around
Reasonable price

LP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maple Restaurant is a great enhancement to Descanso Gardens. Reservations are fairly easy to get. The dining area has open air and an enclosed area but be aware that the large windows and doorways leave it open to the elements. Every time we have dined, the staff have been exceptionally attentive and the food tasty and fresh. There is a children's menu so you can have your avocado toast while your kid enjoys a child friendly meal. Combining a meal with a stroll through the gardens makes for a lovely family friendly outing. (Don't forget to get your train tickets before you head into the park.)

RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! The food was delicious. It was a great place for brunch.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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JK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful brunch - egg white with lox fritatta and berries with cream. Very attentive service and great atmosphere! Love that I can enjoy a gourmet meal in such a wonderful location as Descanso Gardens. I always favor any Patina restaurant, amazing menu and experiences.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Toast and muffin were burnt. Was never offered another mimosa or drink. Food was on nothing special.

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