Reservation was for 5:45 we should up at 5:05 and were seated quickly, the atmosphere was great and the place was empty so full attention from wait staff at our disposal. we ordered drinks and I was intrigued by and ordered the chef special which was puff pastry salmon ravioli priced at $29. You get three large toaster strudel like in shape and size. For $10 each you get nothing but a mouthful of dough and honestly at best 1-2 tablespoons of salmon inside. I was really disappointed since I could have and would have ordered the Salmon plate at the same price and received a full salmon fillet and a side. We also ordered the asparagus which was good, and the calamari also tasty. Unfortunately we didnt have a very attentive server, she only came by to drop off our food and bill. The best service all night came from our servers assistant who made sure our waters were always full, give that guy a raise! I would have loved to asked my server about our dish and expectations but to no avail. We spent $123 on one main, two sides, and two drinks and we actually left because we were still hungry and wanted more drinks but not at the price point and service they provided. The owner walked by and asked how everything was, maybe I should have said something, but my server was helping the table right next to me and I didnt want their night to be tainted by my review or put the server on the spot so I kept it to myself. Fantastic atmosphere, but execution from the FOH and the chef special will probably deter me from returning unfortunately.
The place is cute and conveniently located across the street from the Pantegeous. When we were still eating the waiter asked if we wanted anything else and when we said yes proceeded to inform us that the kitchen had closed and we only had 1 option for dessert. We would have appreciated he let us know of the kitchen closing earlier so we could have planned better. The place is cute both inside and outside where it gives a terrace feel.
We have liked Wood and Vine in the past, but we were less than impressed.(Certainly for the price) There is a certain level of arrogance when a menu says that dishes will come out as prepared in no specific order, but at 50 to 100 dollars a person I expect a chef to control the narrative of a meal as it hits the table. In this case the dishes that are clearly sides were served 20-30 minutes prior to the entree's. The carrots and sprouts were good enough, but when you have eaten them all before the proteins come, one wonders how the chef thinks the heavier courses will present. Either the chef is not in control of the dining experience or she hasn't thought through the experience. Side note they were out of several popular menu options as well, forcing several second choices to be made. It was a marginal experience with a not so marginal cost.
The food was cold & even after bringing it to their attention the they gave us the same rib eye just over cooked. Why would you serve it in pieces?
The location is convenient and the atmosphere is okay. Unfortunately the food leaves alot to be desire, we had the charcuterie board, the mushroom plate, and the chicken and waffles. We were going to order more food, but the two cooked dishes we were served were mediocre at best. The mushroom plate had no crunch ingredients to balance the mushyness, furthermore it was terribly under seasoned. The chicken and waffles plate was not better, the waffle was undercooked and the chicken was desperate for seasoning. The only plate we were served that was okay was the charcuterie which I'm certain all the components on the plate were just cut and placed on the plate thus no real in cooking was required.
This was the third time I have dined here, the first two times were great, services was great, food was great needless to say that was not the case this time around. First, I order the chicken and waffles the chicken was raw in the center and cold. I did not send it back or say anything because I understand once in awhile there can be a fluke and since I had two previous great experiences I let it go. The server was great but the manger on the other hand was not so great. I accidently left my scarf behind and did not realize until after we left the theater so my daughter went back to see if it was still there. She asked if she could go see if the scarf was on the chair where we had sat, they told her no that they would check. They came back and said that they did see that it was there but didn't want to interrupt the customers who were sitting there and so she would have to wait until they were done after waiting for about 20 minutes she decided to leave. I couldn't believe they couldn't ask the patron if they could grab the scarf, but they were okay with my daughter standing there waiting for 20 minutes.
Great service and the food was good. The desserts were very disappointing. Nice seating on the patio with heaters. A great place to go pre/post theater.
My first experience at Wood & Vine was five years ago. We fell in love and it became our go-to when wanting to entertain friends from out of town. Sometime in the last 2-3 years the overall experience has changed. The menu lacks diversity or anything exciting. The food itself is unimpressive. With so many dining options in LA a restaurant can not afford to rest on mediocrity.
From beginning to end, it was one of the best dining experiences overall. As a sous chef myself, kudos on the great staff and great menu. It was such an experience that I didn't feel like I was eating outdoors. I will be returning and will beyond recommend it. One of the best New Year's eve dinners of my life. Can't wait for the next visit.
The food and drinks were excellent, service was timely. Wide range of people there so no one would feel out of place and and a short walk to the Pantages. Highly recommend the black manhattan if you are a whisky fan.
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