Westend

4.4
23 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
Come join us and discover all the handmade in house goodness!

Westend is the ultimate fusion of French Café, American Diner, and Latin Kitchen - dedicated to filling the cultural void in our community with culinary masterpieces, curated art, and music on the Westside. Our menu is both healthy and hearty . . . from our New Orleans Jambalaya, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Vegan Bowl, Shrimp Po’Boy, Squid Ink Pasta & Crab, to our Shredded Kale House Salad. No matter what you are craving, we are sure to excite the tastebuds and please the appetite. Our full menu is available at westendcm.com. We invite you to come and try our eclectic Creole and Latin inspired menu for yourself, and share your experience with us.

We look forward to hosting you!

Westend Costa Mesa
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We saw a mouse but the food was good that we ate before we saw it

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h
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Maybe is me, I expect more when I thought they serve Creole french food. The menu is relatively narrow and simple. The squid ink pasta taste very bland other than strong lemon to cover the prepack crab meat. The food is nothing like the pictures shown. It's a place for a quick bit for local neigbhorhood.

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TB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time with GREAT food at Westend. You can't go wrong with any of their menu items but the shrimp poboy is one of the best I've had in our out of Louisiana. Consistently good food with a great atmosphere!

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, great drinks and great music.

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AH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed dining out here. The ambiance is very cool: great music, hip vibe, excellent service and most importantly—delicious food and cocktails. We will definitely be going back.

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SS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I got to spend a night out with my girlfriends here and I really digged the vibe of this place. It is located in the gentrified area of Costa Mesa so the location can be janky but what mattered to me here was the food, cocktails, and company (of course). Both ambiance and music were a bonus that transported me to New Orleans for the night. Yeah, baby!

Starting off with cocktails, their list is pretty impressive with my favorite being the New York Sour. It's a Boston Sour variation with red wine among the many ingredients as well as shaken egg white which I always love in my drink. The Rose Sour was also very delicious.

Appetizers you shouldn't miss are the Calamari and Brussels Sprouts. I can't emphasize enough how these are a must. Meanwhile, skip the Squid Ink Pasta w/ Crab - very mild squid flavor and all you can taste is lemon. I really enjoyed the Jambalaya as well as everyone else on the table. It was a more generous serving vs the other dishes so definitely a great value there. If in the mood for a panini, the Apple, Prosciutto, and Brie will sure to please. As for dessert, Beignets and the Fried Peanut Butter Sandwiches were what we devoured but if I have to pick one, I liked the texture of the latter better.

Westend is a perfect example of a hole-in-the-wall that you may easily miss while driving but I strongly suggest you don't.

Parking: street and plaza right across.

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BS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this gem ! Great bar program and tender . Delicious creative food .

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TC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and the libations are delicious! The ambiance was perfect for dining on a Sunday evening.

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation and they called me as I was on the way to the restaurant to tell me they had overbooked. And they would have a table for me in an hour and a half, right before closing.

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G
Los Angeles
291 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting setting. Record albums from the 50's and 60's line the walls had a quick snack. Shared a pull pork sandwich with sweet potato fries which we enjoyed

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TJ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, awesome food. Good ambiance and friendly staff.

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e
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! We loved the fish and chips dish the best! We also loved the beignets. Everything else was tasty, but not amazing. We ate on a Saturday around 5:30pm and when we ordered they had already run out of the pulled pork and shortly later we overheard they had run out of squid ink pasta - that was a litttle disappointing. We liked everything else though

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BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small dinning area. Be sure to get reservations before.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked very last minute but since it was a rainy day it wasn't very packed. The service was excellent, we've had a run of some uncomfortable experiences at restaurants at late, but Westend made everything about our dinner enjoyable. The prices are a bit steep, but the food is very good and there's a deep selection of wines for you to choose from. The ambiance is casual and very relaxed. It might be a small space but you never really feel cramped in there. Overall, I'd definitely come back here for future date nights. Thanks!

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LW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we've had in a while. Brussels sprouts, pozole, pulled pork... All delicious. Highly recommended!

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Westend looked like a wonderful place to eat, but we had so many problems there. First and foremost, we ordered. My plate came, but my friend had to wait a half an hour for her pizza as her order was delivered to another table. I had long finished my meal by the time her order came! I decided to order dessert to accompany her while she ate. No beignets and no PB&J! It was a frustrating experience! I truly wanted to like the restaurant and provide my friend with a nice experience. Unfortunately, neither happened.

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MM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date night spot! New Orleans food

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Westend several times and it never disappoints. We will continue to go there, food and service is great.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sangria and squid ink pasta were delicious. Small place, but they were still able to accommodate our group of 8. Very relaxed atmosphere, so come here to sit and chat for a while; not a rush in/rush out kind of restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service is slow... food is decent

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K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This hole in the wall place was really a great choice. Finding it is a little tough as other reviews say but once you know what you are looking for it is not too bad. No parking so park across the street and cross over, no big deal. Food, ambience and amotsphere were amazing and i highly recommend to anyone that is intk great food, music and just an awesome small place that seems somewhat exclusive based on how tucked away it is. Highly recommend and will definitely be attending again.

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D
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try this new restaurant as we are always looking for something new and creative in the neighborhood. It is in a part of town that is up and coming that we would like to encourage new restaurants to open in. It was authentic inside and the service was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. There were quite a few people in there trying it out as well. The food was good, but not outstanding. I think the food needed a little something, more flavor and seasonings. The sauces were a little hot and very garlicky which dominated the flavor of the items being eaten. I think they should offer an optional sauce for those who can't take the hot stuff. I do think they are on the right track, just need to fine-tune some of the dishes, just as any restaurant does in the beginning.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat here, we love the ambiance, atmosphere, the friendly staff and most importantly the food. Delicious and fresh!

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