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About Wilshire Restaurant
Designer Thomas Schoos created a warm distinctive ambiance while taking advantage of the unique spaces on the property. Each room makes an individual statement retaining the “old world” character of this historic space or capturing a more modern sensibility. The main dining room features plush leather banquettes and antique mirrors enhanced by candlelight while the indoor bar has coffered ceilings, club chairs and a softly lit amber bar. The spacious outdoor garden, bar and private terrace are surrounded by rich chocolate stucco walls accented with fireplaces and water features. The dining area seats 100 and the terrace may inspire an indulgent dessert or a fine Cognac nightcap.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Catering available. Contact our Event Coordinator, Liz at email@example.com for packages and details.
$6 Lunch $8 Dinner
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wilshire offers various spaces for private dining and events, and is also available for buyouts. Contact our events department for availability and details; firstname.lastname@example.org
Designer Thomas Schoos created a warm distinctive ambiance while taking advantage of the unique spaces on the property. Each room makes an individual statement retaining the “old world” character of this historic space or capturing a more modern sensibility.
Wilshire Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I love this place! The outdoor area in the back is charming and allows one to have a conversation where the noise level is low. It is a really pretty courtyard and completely shields any wind out on the street.
Food is fresh and very well prepared--it's a great menu.
We had a delicious and lovely dinner with friends at Wilshire. In addition to the fabulous appetizers and entrees and the warm and cozy outdoor dining ambiance, the highlight was seeing and having Chef Brendan Collins back on the west side of town. He was missed and we are thrilled he is now at Wilshire. We will be dining there frequently for his wonderful dishes!
The Wilshire is just and “ok” restaurant. It’s the type of place you would go to if it was down the steeet but not if you’d have to drive even one mile.
Starting with the positive the service was good. Our waiter was excellent and thoughtful. The hostess and a couple people who seemed like managers asked us how everything was going and when we said “ok” and “meh” even, they seemed to be satisfied with that and did not dig any deeper.
The drinks were lacking and overpriced for what they were and the food again was just ok. My husband and I got two dishes our waiter touted as phenomenal the duck and the branzino. Neither was either of those.
I have eaten here twice and have had very good meals both times. The portions are generous but not too big. I had the Tuna Poke, Hamachi Crudo and the Burrata and Figs without the meat as appetizers. Fro main courses I have had the Branzino and the Halibut. Everything was quite good. Service is good, not great, but better than many other places where you are completely forgotten. The outdoor patio is quite lovely and big enough to allow many people to dine outside.
I was very disappointed this time around. Used to be a big fan of this place. BUT, the menu has gone downhill, the lobster salad had very little lobster in it, and mostly a bunch of bleu cheese. All the good hostesses and waitresses are gone. Leaves a little to be desired for me personally. Most likely will not rush right back if at all.
The ambiance here is great. The patio is beautiful and the wait staff is very attentive. Unfortunately, they got several things wrong with my order, and while the food was good, the portions are quite small. Overall, the experience was pleasurable, with food quality being the emphasis over quantity.
I had the fish and chips which was pretty good and my friend had the omelette. I wish there were lighter lunch options. More of the dishes seemed more for dinner like the steak frites. Overall it was pretty good but not good enough to be a regular favorite.
One thing that bothered me was I was seated for a while waiting for my friend to show up. The restaurant was pretty empty for lunch and I was asked to switch to another table so a "regular" could have his usual table. Of course we said sure and the manager said we'd be comped my glass of wine. When the bill came nothing had been comped and the manager was no where to be found. Figures! Also, the "regular" was alone at a table for four, order a coffee (or tea) and left shortly after.
We eat at Wilshire on a pretty regular basis and this was the first time in our last several visits that the food didn't measure up to what I believe are the restaurant's standards. Part of the reason may have been a large party on the lower patio that could have affected our meal. It also felt like there was a new chef as the food was good but not as good as we're accustomed to here. My favorite dishes in the past were the Black Cod and Salmon. Both are gone. So were the wonderful flatbreads. My Branzino was ok but in a town where everyone makes it, it was very ordinary and had almost none of the promised minted pea puree. The Caprese salad was odd as it came in a bib bowl with a huge portion of ordinary cherry tomatoes and just a couple vert tasty slices of heirlooms. A smaller salad with just the heirlooms and burette not drenched in tomato juice would have been better. We'll come back because its a great neighbor spot and only hope this was an off night. BTW, the service, as always was terrific.
Ambiance was great, waiter was knowledgable, accessible and accommodating…service was excellent and waiter was attentive thru out and after the meal….big plus here.… My wife liked the food very much (duck) and wine. I was not ecstatic over the bread…not my type. Perhaps two or three types of bread in a basket to choose from. My dinner (lobster ravioli) was great looking and it was obvious that a lot of care had gone into it's preparation. However it was too salty for me (maybe not for others) but within context and I ate it. I also had a Caesar's Salad……..what's the word salty? and too much garlic (my wife's comment).
All in all it was a nice experience and we will be back.
Something changed...the menu! It used to have a very diverse menu where one could find plenty of choices and great food choices. I guess there is a change of mgt and they have greatly reduced the choices in all areas. Bread for $5? Very few appetizers or small plates and a rather bland selection of lunch items. I have enjoyed Wilshire for about 10 yrs but don't get who they are trying to appeal to with the new changes. They don't even offer a blue cheese dressing for salads. Seems very limited ???
Best pork chop in town. The outside patio is so comfortable and there is no noise.
We love the duck also and our friends loved the atmosphere and the food.
Service is always friendly . We would recommend it to our friends who can't stand noisy
Restaurants anymore. Good for a special occasion
The service was terrible! We asked 3 times for bread before it was served. Then, we were there for over an hour more after ordering and the food had not been served. I went out to find the manager and complain. I was embarassed for my guests who drove all the way from Huntington Beach to join us for dinner. Then, to compensate, I was told that I would not be charged for the bread. Overall, a very disappointing experience!
This restaurant has been great in the past but the night I went, the food was hit or miss. My Branzino was overcooked and the flavor was only ok. Some of my friends had great meals, and some weren't so good. Not worth the price. Disappointing because I used to really like this place. Great outdoor ambiance.
Eugenio was AMAZING! He literally attended to every last need and want we could have had and was so friendly and knowledgeable. It made what could have been a very dry business dinner a lot more fun. Great seating outside, the staff was very warm and welcoming, but Eugenio was definitely the star of the show. And then there's the sticky toffee pudding...
The Wilshire Restaurant, I was told, now has a new "chef," who, unlike his predecessor, has no idea about how to make a Cobb salad. It was terrible, a disaster. As a result, I will not return to The Wilshire until I learn that this "chef" has been replaced by a different chef.
We got to Wilshire and the restaurant was closed. You should check into the situation with the restaurant. The VM message even states that they are open for Sunday Brunch, but it was dark and there was not a soul around! My girlfriends and I had to scramble for a new restaurant at peak time and I could not use opentable to reserve another restaurant because I already had an existing reservation at Wilshire. You should change your app and have an automatic canceling feature if your clients choose another restaurant at the same time as a current reservation.
We enjoyed the lovely ambiance on the patio. Every bite was delicious, from the unique small plate choices like grilled octopus and the poke, to the desserts. We loved it all. Our waiter was friendly and helpful giving us many suggestions and checking back with us at the pace that fit our leisurely paced celebratory meal. We weren't rushed and the timing of the food was perfect.
Haven't been for quite a while; was looking forward to going back. Place was pretty sparse at 7:30 which made it conducive for three of us to chat and actually hear one another. Shared a variety of dishes - chopped salad was very tasty, so were the scallops. Server was attentive. We had a good time.
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