Maple Restaurant

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553 reviews
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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 soul-warming American cuisine informed by classic technique, market-fresh produce, and subtle Latin inspirations. EASTER – May 12 Celebrate Mother's Day with family and friends at Maple at Descanso Gardens, featuring a delectable brunch buffet by Executive Chef Philip Mack. Menu subject to change | Price includes tax and gratuity. RESERVE NOW
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 👍👍👍

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.)

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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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SA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was great, was a bit noisy because of concrete floors, next time I will eat outside. But was very pleasant way to spend a sunday morning, will recommend it to everyone.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. The avocado and berry toasts were a blast!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in with an open mind, and I came out with a closed mind. I’ve never been so astonished by the gourmet breakfast in my life. Considering i’ve only lived for 13 years but your girl has been all over the country. The energy and the overall attitude of the employees was very pleasing. My waiters name was Tony, and I absolutely think he deserves a raise. Everyone was so kind and not judge mental of my food choices. I ordered the beignets and man was I head over heels! I recommend the avocado toast and the beignets. The food was amazing too, perfectly made, no doubts about it. Overall I was very pleased and can not wait to come back again with friends.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and decent foods overall. I would love to visit the place again.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!

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NB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time there for lunch. I was wowed by the food and the excellent service! I highly recommend having a little celebration there for sure. The manager was gracious and the servers very friendly. It was my sister's birthday and they went above and beyond to make sure our little party was happy.

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BL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and enjoy coming here. Nice environment and friendly staff.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Have been to Maple Restaurant several times during past year or so. The first time I ordered the rib platter and it was delicious with a generous portion of ribs, eggs, potatoes and this incredible corn pudding. On 6/23/19, my last visit, I again ordered the ribs and was sorely disappointed. They only included two smallish ribs (about 5 or 6 bites of meat), two eggs and all the rest was potatoes with peppers. I basically paid $22 for a bunch of potatoes. Will never order this again. So disappointed because it had once been so good. It’s as if they’re trying to skimp as much as possible. Don’t know if they have done this downsizing to cheapest ingredients with their other dishes but definitely not impressed. I only gave 3 stars because the flavor of the food was good and our waitress was very attentive and sweet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Eggs Benedict was excellent as advertised. Stella was “reassuringly expensive” per the old TV ads, but $9 a bottle??

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F
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservations for Father’s Day. Only down side was wait was 40+ mins with a reservation but probably because it was Father’s Day. Restaurant compensated by giving everyone who was waiting champagne so that was nice. Server was awesome and attentive. She came to speak with us several times and was very friendly. The food was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Ruined our Father’s Day.... While we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation time, everything else moved in slow motion. Over 45 minutes from when we ordered to food arriving... Just not okay. Though I’m always conscious of large parties on a holiday, our experience for a party of four was awful. The same manager in a whale shirt kept figure-eighting around the restaurant, not once did he notice that we’d been sitting there for forever with no food. My husband had to get up and talk to the hostess before anyone even acknowledged us. Another manager came and comped our drinks. Our waitress didn’t even check on us... Just horrible. So bummed after making our reservation a month in advance in the hopes of a relaxing lunch in a small-format restaurant. Instead, a disappointment.

Patina, you can do better.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were greeted with a smile so that’s a plus...our server was super friendly and nice...we were seated outside where it was actually warm because of the

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Service was awful. Staff isn’t trained.

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only thing that would have been nice is a view of the gardens. Our waitress was very attentive but the others, bus boy and other would only ask if one person wanted coffee and ignore the other and same with bussing the table.

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KF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was nice, but a little mentally checked-out. The food is good, but it a tad pricey. The servers and staff don't seem happy - and this is based on our observation of sitting near the bend where food is brought from the kitchen. Things we loved are the décor, chai latte and the bacon.

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AK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a large party of 12 and 3 toddlers.. they were so incredibly accommodating with our requests of seating. They also brought out the kiddos food first, which was making, bc we got to feed them, until our food arrived. The food was good. I highly recommend this place!! I didn’t get his name but a gentleman kept checking on us to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Also offered to take a group photo of us outside! Will def be back!

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HG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time at Maple and the food and experience is OUTSTANDING. I want to give a special shout out to servers, Tony, Jamie, and Huyen. They are warm, welcoming, and the ultimate in hospitality. Truly, going to Maple is a joy. It's the perfect, intimate and elevated brunch experience.

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CR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the best toast ever. The mixed berry toast with the cashew cream cheese was the best find. Please go to just order that! Also, the service was excellent all around.

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k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff
Food awesome

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PT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had brunch here yesterday and the food and service were fantastic. It was planned so that we could spend time walking Descanso Gardens where MAPLE is located, and it was a fun and fruitful day! We ordered the fried chicken and kudos to Uriah and Anthony and the welcome staff for their help. This is another PATINA win!

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KC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great food, this was my 4th time going back. I wish they were open during the week. Very cozy and nice place.

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a
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic - everyone very nice and attentive. Frittata was under seasoned and the chipotle/carrot hollandaise was more of a decorative element than a discernible sauce adding to the dish. Husband enjoyed the bright Bloody Mary.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the chicken and beignets for brunch and was very impressed! Presentation and taste were excellent. It was a really nice beginning to our day at Descanso Gardens. It set the mood for a relaxing and enjoyable day, thank you!

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation at Maple for a special day out. We arrived a few minutes early and let the hostess know. We waited and waited and watched patrons WITHOUT reservations being seated before us. When questioned we were told that reservations were seated in order of arrival. When asked why patrons without reservations were being seated before us they responded that was their policy. (Makes no sense, right?).
We were then seated at the worst table... by the waitstaffs area.

Food looked beautiful but was very poor quality overall. Presentation was exquisite but the food was tasteless. The frittata had no flavor whatsoever; totally bland. The berry toast was ordered to share and the bread was so hard it could not be cut with a knife. The ciabatta sandwich was also tasteless and the slab of thick bacon that was on it was so hard and tough it could not be eaten. We were incredibly disappointed.

One of the guests seated at the table next to us sent her food back and told the waitress it was inedible. She declined to order a replacement.

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MB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The champagne brunch was excellent. A wonderful place to meet with family and friends.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maple is a fantastic brunch place. We visit the gardens all the time but had never stopped into the restaurant until last Sunday. We brought friends from out of town and we all loved it. The food is SO good and great service! Can’t wait to return!

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HV
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

This is the second time we've had brunch at Maple. The first was an hour wait, in cold rainy weather, and then the food was delivered cold. The management was kind, adjusted the bill, and encouragedus to return. Which we did - yesterday. Knowing that rainy weather cuts the reserved seating capacity in half and that the restaurant overbooks and does not let diners know, we arrived 30 minutes before our reservation. Unfortunately, we had the same experience with the food. It was COLD! AND the coffee was cold. As wonderful as the management was, we will not be back. Really disappointing.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique, beautifully presented, and delicious. The service was friendly and prompt. I went with 4 adults and 2 children and everyone enjoyed their meals.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and son took me to Maple for a late Mother's Day brunch. It was a perfect day to sit outside on Maple's lovely patio. We ordered the vegan hash, and our son ordered the breakfast burrito and beignets. Everything was delicious. Our server, Jessica, was attentive and friendly. We will be back.

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the atmosphere. Five stars. A little noisy in the restaurant but the enclosed patio was a perfect place to dine.

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PK
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location and food was terrific, although I don’t think they had planned on the crowd as they ran out of a lot of things. I ordered the Asparagus Tagliatelle but they must have run out of asparagus because it came with sugar snap peas and the server did not explain why. To be fair, there were two small pieces of asparagus but I had to hunt for them.

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PB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Previously wrote a review, bu interesting, it doesn't appear on your site. Was very disappointed. Waited about 15-20 minutes before any server even acknowledged us ... servers came and went! Wasn't busy - reservation was at 1:45 on Friday! Ordered specialty drink from menu ... was told they did not have ingredients for specialty cocktails on menu! Odd,cuz kiosk on patio was making same drinks! We mentioned that to server, then asked if we could get drinks from the kiosk. We were able to and bring in ourselces, butvwith management approval ... same drinks on menu from only food/drink provider at gardens?? Food was good, but really nothing up to old Patina standards since under newer management. Service and professional standards definitely lacking. Very disappointing, cuz not just here ... Kendalls, Cafe Pinot too. I would refer to friend for brunch ... last server st brunch was grest! So will give it another shot, but not holding my beeath!

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and presentation was lovely. Our server was great and helpful with suggestions. I think it is a hidden gem.

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