The Rooster

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$31 to $50
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American
The Rooster is a modernization of ancient cooking into a new farm to table organic cuisine. The restaurant is a collaboration of guests in the kitchen and the kitchen with the guests.

Chef Bruce Marder, Chef of the Foodco West group of restaurants, was trained in California and Europe and has been a successful restaurateur of renown for decades.

Using the finest ingredients his house-made products that are served in his restaurants are now available through the Red Rooster Bakery.
For parties of 8 or more, The Rooster reserves the right to charge a $25 per person cancellation fee if the reservation is not cancelled 24 hours prior to the reservation date.

Specials

The Rooster After Work

Happiest Hours 4-7pm including great food!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 1, 2019

Ends: July 2, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

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SF
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a new, under the radar great dining establishment. The food is *** on a world scale. If you miss The Rooster, you have missed one of the best places to dine and drink in Los Angeles.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience1

Extremely overpriced. $250 for a couple pizzas, a burger, chicken breast and one small appetizer. 20% automatic service charge applied after tax $10 valet parking. Not worth it, even if someone else is paying

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. The food is unbelievably delicious. Excellent service. And the desserts are all homemade and absolutely fantastic too. The room itself is also stylish and tasteful. Highly recommend!!’

SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, great wine list, really good cocktails, outstanding negroni and good service. I will go back!

C
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, the food, the breads, the warm and welcoming help staff. Love the salmon steak and grilled vegetables. Love that I can walk there from doctor appointments at all the nearby medical centers. Go.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff

TH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The restaurant looks great and has a fun atmosphere. The crab cake was delicious and so was the paella, but the filet we shared was perhaps the worst I’ve ever had. There was no seasoning and it just tasted awfully bland. The service was not great either, we watched our drinks sit at the bar for a good 10 mins and by the time she came back to ask how the meal was tasting we were ready to leave. If your paying $50 for a filet it should taste good.

MS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

If you are familiar with Bruce Marder restaurants, you know that the food rifts on The Classics will always satisfy. The approach to dining is a more relaxed pace. The Rooster is a great new addition to the Santa Monica food scene; no gimmicks or hype here. Is there room for improvement? Yes. The service could be slightly more attentive. Other than that, if you want to have a leisurely dinner; give them a shot.

h
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Food. THE ABSOLUTE BEST. Music could be a little lower.

H
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Too expensive, but food was tasty

VD
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. Top quality everything. Would give it a five but for the under cooked meats (corrected immediately), and the tiny portions of accompanying veggies with various dishes. Service, and atmosphere are both excellent, and we do intend to come back. These remarks are for a recent dinner. Previously visited for brunch and it was 5 star all the way!

MZ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is great, a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it. The service was a bit slow, however we will return.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious great quality not cheap but like I said it’s great quality so if you’re into quality and not quantity then this is a place in Santa Monica.... keep up the great job rooster..:)))

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at The Rooster. Both meals my friends and I were blown away. Absolutely fantastic food!!! One of the best steaks we’ve ever had!! Everything was delicious.
I think my all time favorite grilled artichoke.
Loved the burata and grilled Stone fruit salad. Eggplant, Jidori chicken - crispy outside and juicy inside.
And then the desserts! Best ever. The chocolate caramel lava cake should be illegal. And the bread pudding was heaven. Service top rate. Sweet and smart. Great room. It’s expensive but worth it!!!
Bravo!!!!

SM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. I will definitely be returning.

S
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food Good, but not Outstanding - Service was Very Nice, but Very Slow. Four of us went for dinner - We had pretty good cocktails, the two ladies had hamburgers, the two men both had the small New York steaks. The steaks were pretty good, but not at the level of many of LA's better steak houses. The burgers were fine, but still just burgers. With a very low end of the scale bottle of wine and a few cocktails, the bill was over Half a Grand for the four of us. This place simply nickels and dimes you to death. Would we go back?....I suppose...if someone else was paying for it.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great night at The Rooster, but I would say it's a bit expensive for what you get. Not out of round necessarily - similar to Larsen's - just more than I expected for pasta bolognese and burrata salad. The service was excellent, however, and the atmosphere is nice, so I would try again and maybe order a steak!

SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After dinner, the hostess brought our check and told us about the optional 20% service charge which is allocated between the front and back of the house. She didn't describe it accurately and left us confused. After we understood it, these are our thoughts: We have no problem compensating the back of the house, but if that is an important value to the restaurant, the fee shouldn't be optional. Alternatively, the restaurant should raise the prices and take care of the back of the house without involving patrons.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I have never taken the time to write a negative review of a restaurant but our experience at Rooster last night was so abysmal that I need to call it out. Let me acknowledge that when Rooster first opened the food was quite good, especially the items coming out of their wood burning oven. However, the last two times we were there, both in the past month, the quality had taken a dive, completely mediocre yet the prices were still insanely expensive. A few weeks ago I had an almost inedible salmon, salted to death. Last night, we ordered 3 dishes and 2 of them were total misfires: the stone fruit salad which was okay (if you overlook the price they charge), the cacio e pepe (not good at all, the spaghetti was mushy and the sauce was dry and not tasty), and their ribeye steak special (rolled ribeye cooked in their wood oven). The ribeye (advertised as 10 oz) was so small (maybe 4 oz at most) that my wife and I thought it was a sight gag, a joke maybe being played on us by the waiter. But no that was its intended portion size. At $50+ for the dish. Then, when we cut into the ribeye, the meat was RAW, not rare, not med rare, but totally and disgustingly raw. When we showed our waiter how raw the steak was, he nodded, apologized but did not offer us a new steak or a refund. Finally, to top off this horrendous meal, when we were leaving the restaurant, they have a bench right outside on 23rd street and stretched out on the bench was a half clothed homeless dude. The Rooster? No thank you. We're done with it and we're never going back. Nor should you!

D
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is very good but too expensive especially for a casual restaurant

ME
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

J
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to share several appetizers instead of having entrees. Started with the corn and truffle pizza. Yum! Then the stone fruit and burrata salad. Delicious! And finally the scallops, eggplant, and truffled potatoes. Each dish was very tasty. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere was fun, with the wood-fire grill and pizza oven visible in the background.

I
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pretty sure The Rooster is destined to become an upscale neighborhood gem.

JD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Great !!!

A
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go back time and again for the Cesar salad with the best croutons which are from their on-site bakery. Great neighborhood gem.

OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Totally overpriced especially as far as the wine is concerned. The ambience is not much to praise, the food is good but doesn't warrant the prices. Never again.

n
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super service and delicious food. Don't miss the grilled artichoke.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is really nice very modern and trendy but comfortable with warmth at the same time

MT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Everything is fine - not great - incredibly pricey. Service was excellent. We tried a classic riff on lardons salad with odd tasting, slim bits of bacon. The special eggplant was tomatoey and quite sweet. Hands down, best dinner item for us was warm bread and butter. We didn’t try steak. We tried salmon and crab. As another reviewer said, crab cake is pretty much a mound of warm crab with butter, no filler.

SF
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of LA's best new dining establishments. Get there before it's swamped with business!

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Relaxing ambiance for a nice weekday dinner. Food was good but not great for how it is priced.

a
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Salad was awful. Lettuce limp. Food selection slim unless you’re a meat eater. Given bill with an imputed service charge of 20%. Waiter stands in front us with bill telling us we can decrease or increase the tip. Little awkward. How dare a restaurant include it!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat at the bar, enjoyed it!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday, and The Rooster was the perfect setting. The mushroom medley pizza is wonderful - you don't get that kind of crust without a wood-fired oven. The service was attentive but relaxed - no hovering or snatching plates away, but always responsive to requests and willing to explain the choices. Perfect!

G
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive staff, and cozy-trendy atmosphere!

They have the absolute best crab cake I've ever had the pleasure of eating - surprise, surprise, it's primarily made of (and tastes like) high-quality crab meat and not breadcrumbs or other fillers, the likes of which appear in restaurants of even greater prestige (and price). The meatballs and calamari were both excellent appetizer selections for the table as well.

For greens, the grilled Caesar salad was inspired; I never would have expected that something as simple as throwing the lettuce over an open flame could completely refresh an otherwise tired salad option. As a side, the asparagus were also very good and gave us something tasty to satisfy any lingering peckish-ness.

Of the specials, the scallops were cooked perfectly but, while still enjoyable to eat, the flavor was a fairly one-dimensional; on the other hand, the beef tartare was well-balanced in spices with refreshing pickled notes, and had a pleasantly buttery finish.

TL;DR: I cannot wait for my next visit, as the Rooster is sure to "waouh" again!

MR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow - excellent meal in an excellent setting. Definitely will be back. And sorry it took me so long to try it! A hidden gem that is so worth it.

j
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

A disappointing experience! Another way overpriced restaurant that under delivers in most categories.
But mostly the expensive menu just doesn't deliver value for the overall experience and taste.
A hamburger that costs $27 can be beaten by most places around town including Hillstone which is by far better and better value. A glass of Nebiolo for $28, that was very mediocre, a ribeye steak that was charred on the outside to the point of a bitter crust and underwhelming taste, and so on.
They also add 20% tip to your bill.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my assistant out for her birthday dinner. We both absolutely loves everything about the restaurant. Cool room, excellent service and absolutely delicious food. We shared everything- the special grilled atom fruit and burata salad. Grilled artichoke. Grilled butterfly prawns. And the New York strip. For dessert we got the chocolate caramel volcano - total heaven!! I can’t wait to go back!!

l
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, good food, very expensive wine list

SW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In every category The Rooster delivers. The waitstaff were accommodating and pleasant. The food and drinks exceeded expectation. The atmosphere was perfectly lit and cozy. Even when they're packed they manage to keep their service top notch. Love this place.