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.

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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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JD
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Great !!!

A
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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
82 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sat at the bar, enjoyed it!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, good food, very expensive wine list

SW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Found the manager extremely rude over priced considering its part of Capo group we wont return it was not busy so even less excuses.

SM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Watch out for automatic 20% tip

o
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first dining experience at Rooster and we had high hopes. Unfortunately it seems to still be a work in progress. The staff were polite and positive. Cocktail and wine service were excellent. For an appetizer we shared the Grilled Peaches, Tomatoes and Figs with Buratta. The flavor from the grill was delicious. There was only one small fig in the dish. Unfortunately the salad contained a yellow strip that resembled a bell pepper which was roaring hot. TOO HOT! The Buratta portion was on the small size. The Paella was tasty but we were not told it entailed a long wait. The grilled Santa Barbara Prawns entre included two small prawns. Great flavor but not an entre size. After we were seated and received our drinks, our waiter asked if we wold like bread. We said yes not knowing there was a $7 charge for four slices of bread. This charge is not listed on the menu nor was it mentioned when the bread was offered but it did show up on the bill. We noticed that customers at tables next to us were offered a complimentary appetizer which we were not. No mention of bread to them. It left us feeling like the "marks" of the night.
Not good. We will not be back.

n
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best service i have ever experienced, along with wonderful food. The tuna melt (seriously) was divine. The craft cocktails are a little funky but good. What a wonderful addition to Santa Monica.

AG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful, but not a summer place. Will be perfect for cold winter night. Service was outstanding. Food is very delicious but way too pricey. For what we had, not even a full dinner just a few appetizers, the bill came to $200.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, added ingredients to my drink, my boyfriend had a bug in his wine + even though he sent it back they tried to charge us for it, our waiter disappeared and the GM took care of us, then their standard service is to add 20% to ALL checks. We were 3 people. It was silly expensive and even though it's walking distance away, we won't be going back. Too bad, the food was really tasty but hugely overpriced. 2 adults + a 5 year old, 2 glasses of wine = over $200.

MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best chicken and pancetta sandwich I have ever had in a restaurant!! Used best ingredients!
My husband enjoyed his quiche but told the server that there was too much dressing on the salad that came with it. Quality food although a bit pricey for lunch but will come back for dinner.

i
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice space. Service was really good. Meatballs for $18 was amazing. 2 tiny SB Prawns for $26 great flavor but pricey. Salad was good. Overall a bit expensive for serving but very tasty.

QB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday during very quiet night to Rooster and it was one of the best restaurant experiences we have had. It's pricey. It's not moderate - it's pricey. We had a $125 steak on special which was a shock as all the other steak entrees were around 50, but boy oh boy was this amazing. Great wine list also very expensive wines, we saw wines for $1900 and had to look hard to find a selection for around $60-100. Other than the sticker shock (prices are not listed on the Open Table menu) it's a great place and we loved, loved it. We'd go there again but only for special occasions.

KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. It is outstanding in every way.

P
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a bit disappointing. Our charred caesar salad had sand in it. The waitress did remove it from the bill, which was nice, but it was a bad start. Overall, the best dish was my son's pork ribs. My grilled shrimp appetizer was okay. Two orders of bread baskets helped to make it better. We were disappointed, which was further aggravated by the steep prices.

A
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Cesar salad. The best garlic croutons!! Excellent tuna melt.

JW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a great time but my guests were hard of hearing and the waitress did not seem to understand that it was difficult for them and I am certain it makes them more challenging customers. My older friend noticed that a diet coke was $5. The hamburger was awesome. My tri colore salad with added chicken was great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was yummy, attentive service.

SW
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with an incredibly creative menu. Everything was AMAZING!!!

SH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I brought our kids for our last dinner together before our summer away. We were blown away. Every dish was scrumptious and grilled to perfection. On the surface, the menu looks basic, but once you taste each dish, you remember why you came in the first place. Between the four of us, we ordered the rosemary pita with hummus, grilled artichoke (it's a full artichoke split in half), shrimp tacos, grilled salmon, marinara pizza and the New York steak. We would have loved more hummus (as we split it in quarters and each had a little bite), but for the price, we decided to hold off ordering another. Each dish was so incredibly tasty and grilled perfectly. We felt ourselves savoring each bite (the exception was my son who devoured the pizza). My son picked the buffalo mozzarella off his pizza, and it was so tasty, the rest of us ate it. Even that was delicious! I can't wait to come back!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great dining experience!

DK
London
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the truffled scrambled eggs and they were amazing!
Staff was pleasant and very engaged. We are looking forward to going back.

E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbecue calamari is the best if you are a purist. Grilled with lemon, served in cast iron skillet. Perfection.

BB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and server was very attentive!!! We will be back!!

N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new spot in Santa Monica. We had several dishes and they were all excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Rooster is a hidden gem. Now that the big sign is up it’s easier to spot since it took the place of a space that just had mediocre food for folks working or visiting at the many nearby hospitals/medical buildings. The multiple offerings provide options for just a simple delicious flatbread and salad or a beautifully cooked piece of meat, fish or fowl. As it’s also a bakery the croutons themselves are a masterpiece. My 4 bone rack of lamb was perfectly cooked as was my husband’s veal. The truffle Caesar salad was so flavorful and perfect to share (so as to try more things from a great menu) The bbq’d arthichoke was deliciously tender but had the great char of having the open flame cooking available. The meats come with a tender and delicious simple cannelini bean side so you don’t just get a piece of meat on a plate. Service is attentive and the baked warm strawberry rhubarb crumble was the bomb. They were kind enough to provide a glass of champagne as we were celebrating an anniversary. Not cheap but worth it for great dining.

DM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very mixed bag- it feels like the restaurant hasn’t figured out what it wants to be. For example, the menu offered pizza, pasta, casseroles for $50, a $50 pork chop, steaks and shrimp tacos. Everything we ordered was well prepared and the pastas were good but very expensive for what they were. And then there’s music blasting that is just a mish-mosh. The Clash, Billy Joel, Toto - huh? Dinner for three with 3 glasses of wine was over $200. If you’re going to charge like that, I think you need to get the concept and ambience sorted out.

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