Red Herring

4.7
374 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Red Herring is a cozy and chic, American comfort food dining experience created by husband and wife duo Chef Dave Woodall and Alexis Martin Woodall. The restaurant and bar is a neighborhood gem located along Eagle Rock’s historic Colorado Boulevard. Vintage charm décor frames the setting for an elegant, yet casual dinner or weekend brunch. Chef Dave’s menu features locally sourced produce, prime meats and seafood.
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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth time there and always enjoyed the variety of the offerings. The appetizer selection has so many varieties and flavors, I need to try a different one each time. The food is delicious with flavors that obviously has a creative inspiration. The service is exceptional as well. Must try the desserts as those are off the charts good.

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MJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s first time there and he loved everything that was brought to our table. Rebecca and Nina, our servers, were personable and attentive. We had an outstanding dining experience.

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V
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Second time for Sunday brunch and it was as good as the first. Food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Staff is very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Upstairs room is just charming.

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SE
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We ordered the crab cakes, linguini, and burger. All were fine but not great and definitely not worth the price and much better options in the area. Very cute restaurant and friendly service. Might try brunch but probably won’t be back for dinner.

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g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic dinner with friends at Red Herring. Great atmosphere, food and service!

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LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Red Herring as a new restaurant to us. We took a friend to celebrate her birthday. It is a small restaurant with lots of woodwork making it feel warm. The food was great, the staff friendly but professional, and the over all feel was comfort. I look forward to going back sometime soon.

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TO
London
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely environment with low level music, great decor and amazing tasting food.

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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was delicious.

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DL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great casual spot in Eagle Rock with food worth a drive. Enjoyed everything, the chicken and waffles, potato leek soup, broccolini. Adding this place to the rotation!

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P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous.
Loved the sweet potato fritters. We decided to have many appetizers and split one entre. Mac and cheese was fabulous. Wait staff was wonderful allowed us to enjoy the drinks and dinner. What a gem this place is!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Red Herring. Very relaxed and cool ambience inside without being at all pretentious - very warm and welcoming. Food is absolutely delicious

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love my vegies and Red Herring offered many creative presentations, both as starters and as sides. My 3 friends and I split 3 starters, 2 mains and 2 sides and all was fresh, flavorful and interesting. Winde was good too. I will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our brunch

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V
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for brunch on way downtown for play at Tabor. Waiter was great - got our order and check and made sure we were out in plenty of time. Food was fabulous. We both had eggs Benedict on a biscuit one with house cured bacon and one with mushrooms. Really really good. Were really busy but still cordial and welcoming. Great place and good value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I really loved the beet and watercress salad! The risotto was really good as well. Over all dining experience was pleasant, everyone is super polite.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully arranged. Love the blue couch! Service was great. From the wine to appetizers (Ricotta Toast) then to the main course (Mushroom Risotto) and dessert (Poached Pear in red wine)...it was excellent. I don't think I've had such a delectable experience from start to finish (not since Terroni). My friends and I shall be back to sample the other items in the menu, soon.

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PT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for DineLA, so that’s the menu I’m basing it on. It was overall very good.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went for the dine LA menu - but ended up ordering off the regular menu since the only options for the dine LA were pork, which I don't eat, or a mushroom risotto, which lacks the protein that I need to feel satisfied. We ended up ordering the crabcakes, which were small but delicious, and came with two sauces. The entrees were a cheeseburger, and the fried chicken with waffles. When asked if we could order another side beside French fries, the waiter informed us French fries were the only side dish. The Fried Chicken came with a choice of sides, and we chose broccoli.
The cheeseburger was fine, but combined with the fries was in totality a bit heavy/greasy - a salad or vegetable would have been preferable. The fried chicken was nice and crunchy, if just a tad dry. The ketchup from the fries ended up providing some moisture. The waffles were flavorful, especially with the syrup, but lost appeal after cooling. As for service, we started out strong, but 3/4 through the meal, the waiter just stopped showing up. My iced tea glass sat empty for the last 1/4 of the meal, and it seemed no one noticed. I thought once the table was cleared, I would be offered something, but not. The waiter seemed to go to different tables, but we sat a rather long while waiting for either the check or a dessert menu without acknowledgement. The hostess was kind enough to notice our predicament, and gave us the dessert menu. After perusing the dessert menu we declined a dessert, and she kindly told the waiter. After coming to the table, he gave us the check, without so much as a glance at the empty ice tea glass, or asking if we would like any coffee.
I like trying new restaurants, especially during Dine LA., even if I don't plan to go back to them. Sometimes one gets lucky, and can find a new gem to add to one's restaurant circuit. And sometimes, one finds a restaurant which lets you know your regular ones have more desirable food and service.

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DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I live in West LA, and although I went to college in Eagle Rock, it's a long drive from the Westside. However, DineLA prompted me to check out Red Herring, which turned out nothing like it's name: it's the real deal. Very nice upstairs and downstairs dining, with open windows to the street upstairs, attentive wait staff, inventive food, and all-in-all very nice ambiance, but not stuffy or overly fancy.

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would love to see more vegetarian dishes. Especially for main course

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu at Newport Restaurant Week was tasteless! Steak was tender with no flavor. Cobbler was too sweet. Just reinforced idea that resort restaurants serve mediocre fare.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute place. Appetizers good. Entree way too salty. Even dessert was too salty.

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BW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first time for their Dine LA menu but I will for sure return. Amazing staff, delicious food, fun ambiance.

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LC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great wine suggestions. Servers were quietly efficient and did not interrupt conversation needlessly. Lovely ambiance!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful upstairs dining area, great service, all around awesome experience.

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C
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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KC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night we had at Red Herring.
Both the owners checked in and are charming as is the spot. The food was terrific, the ambiance beautiful and cozy at the same time. This will be a go to place for us.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Beautiful restaurant and exceptional service.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I fell in love with this place! Every dish was outstanding, beautiful decor and wallpaper / lighting, and maybe the playlist I’ve ever heard in a restaurant.

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D
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We keep coming back to this delightful restaurant with a great menu, wonderful wine, (Tuesday and Wednesday nights bottled wine is 1/2 price) but the food and the ambiance is what draws us back.
All the food is well seasoned and cooked to perfection.

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G
Los Angeles
153 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Red Herring is one of our all time favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is fresh and creative. The staff is warm and friendly--willing to accommodate every taste. The owners give back to the community by supporting 501c3 organizations that are near and dear to their heart. Bravo for Red Herring!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lovely, chic hidden gem of a spot was the perfect place for a girls’ brunch. The restaurant has a vintage looking elegance with nice touches like the teal velvet couch and floral wallpaper. The upstairs is roomy and spacious with a giant open window to bring in lots of natural light. The music playing was 80s and 90s pop - perfect! The service was attentive and polite. The food was delicious! The scone was yummy and the coffee cake was especially scrumptious. I enjoyed the Eggs Benedict with the crab cake. Excellent food and service. I will come again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and loved all the dishes we had (black cod, crab cakes, beet salad, ravioli w/egg yolk and panna cotta) recommend for anyone looking for something new. Rosé was delish also

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ST
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried this place cold based solely on reviews. We were a party of six celebrating a birthday. We weren't disappointed. Food was very good, creative and tasty. Service was spot on, friendly, fun, and helpful.

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TM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of LA. The mussel linguine is to die for. Better than pasta I’ve eaten in Italy.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot. Cozy and charming. Food was good. Recommended and would go back again. Nice spot to share with friends.

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JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th anniversary at Red Herring with friends. The food was outstanding,;the service prompt and attentive. We had a great evening there.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

Heard great things about this place. I travel all over LA and the world visiting great restaurants. My fried chicken did not look like it was cooked through as there was blood running from the chicken. The waitress showed the chef and he said it was the way it is supposed to be. I’ve never seen running blood in chicken. Didn’t say anything. Would have at least expected it to be removed from the bill or at least half of it. On top of that both my friend and I had upset stomachs throughout the next day. Clearly something was not right. Very disappointing.

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O
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had high hopes for this restaurant. Unfortunately, it was pretty mediocre. We ordered crab cakes, matzo ball soup, brussel sprouts and a kale salad. Crab cakes were very good - a bit on the expensive side at $16 for two, but worth it. Matzo ball soup would have been good if there was a bit more broth, but the focus was on the matzo balls, I guess, which were obviously heated in the microwave since they were extremely hot compared to the lukewarm broth. The other two veggies were slathered in so much sauce that all I could taste was sugar/salt not the veggies.

I really wanted to support the husband and wife chefs, but the food was pretentious and not commensurate with the pricing.

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V
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really charming little restaurant and incredibly friendly. Great service and the food was excellent. Had the special fish which was delicious. Butternut squash risotto also very good. Shared the beet salad which was particularly well done and tasty

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