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fundamental LA - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
412 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Produce inspired by the seasons, lovingly cooked using exacting techniques to bring the best out of the ingredients, and paired with thoughtfully sourced beer and low intervention wine from our favorite regions.

Through the food, the wine, and the experience, we've tried to create a place where we'd want to dine with good friends.

We hope you feel the same.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm We will do our best to accommodate your table requests, but due to the small size of our restaurant, your reservation may end up at our counter.

  • Phone number

    (310) 444-7581

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Woogene Lee

  • Catering

    Bring fundamental LA's delicious, market-inspired, lovingly made sandwiches to your office or event. We have a variety of sandwich, salad, side, and beverage packages to fulfill any needs you have, whether for a small gathering of 8, or a large event for 400 or more. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll deliver straight to your meeting or event!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating with family and friends, or hosting a larger holiday party, we are capable of crafting custom menus across a wide range of budgets to create occasions that you’ll remember. Our experienced events team will coordinate everything so you can relax and enjoy your event.

  • Private party contact

    Jeffrey: (866) 426-0263

  • Neighborhood

    Westwood

  • Cross street

    Wellworth Ave

  • Parking details

    Metered parking on Wellworth and 2-hour parking in the neighborhood.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 412 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. F

    Franciscco

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food us great layered flavors cooked perfectly. Staff are very personable. I was headed to show so felt the time waiting for the check
  2. PM

    PatM

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I so love this restaurant ...its my go to place in Westwood before the theatre at Geffen or UCLA. I do wish they could find a way to make parking more accessible.
  3. CK

    CKOPT

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food, service and wine where top notch. I'm a senior (old) so I don't do as well on hard benches, hard seats with loud music in the back ground. The younger crowd seemed not to mind. Every item on the menu was truly delicious
  4. g

    gourmand

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    I've been several times. This was the first time a sommelier was less than professional. He meant to be friendly but we found his comments patronizing. Also, the kitchen struggled to get food out in a timely manner. Do better.
  5. LS

    LewS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love this place more for the food and service than the comfort of the seats.
  6. S

    Stever

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fundamental has become our regular destination for an easy, fun, romantic, and reliable meal. The servers are like family and we love sitting at the bar to watch the show. Chef Min is super talented and personable and his team works together like a well-oiled machine. Don’t come here please...it’s our favorite well-kept secret!
  7. D

    Diggie

    Los Angeles

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great! Service is great as well until the 7pm mark where they got busy so the desert and the check took a while to get to us. But we love this place before going to a show at UCLA.
  8. S

    Stever

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love sitting at the Bar and watching the talented chefs. Best seat in the house for 2. Everything was delicious.
  9. JB

    JamieB

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service was great.
  10. n

    nubiles

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I love this place and have been here many times, but this last trip kinda killed it for me. The food took over an hour, and then when it was brought out, there were only 2 plates out of the 4 ready, and it took another TEN MINUTES before the other two plates were brought out. The waiter apologized, but at the end of the meal, there was no adjustment on the bill, and they offered us 2 cookies (for 4 people) as compensation. The same thing happened to the table next to us, but at least they all got a free glass of wine out of it. We sent a follow up email but, so far, no response. I guess you're no longer fundamental LA.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!!
  12. s

    starfilledmac

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Diverse and interesting flavors pulling inspiration from all over the globe, fundamental LA showcases the best of California cuisine. The beverage list is compact but includes a delightful selection of wines and beers plus sherries and madieras.
  13. MB

    MBdiner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fundamental LA just keeps getting better and better. The food was really great tonight, the service friendly and helpful and their wines, which are intentionally out of the mainstream, were all really enjoyable. I can’t wait to go back.
  14. T

    Tawnypannacotta

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    such a great surprise in westwood. the food was outstanding, the flavors were so powerful and great wine pairing suggestions from the staff. a little loud is the only drawback. but I'll still go back!
  15. CM

    CoraM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very mediocre food. Used to innovative and better. Good wine list but after dinner drinks were lame
  16. I

    Imndalyte

    Los Angeles

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Becoming one of my favorite places in LA. Great wine selection. Server knowledge of wine is excellent. Dishes are interesting. Cheeses on cheese plate can be a bit uninspired. But that chocolate cake is crazy good.
  17. JF

    JFree21

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was incredible, chef was very friendly. Loved this place and will definitely be back.
  18. PR

    PeterR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Work on the noise please! Some folks are so loud it can be difficult to hear your partner
  19. l

    libbabe

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    I have always had good experiences at this restaurant. However, this time was not enjoyable. There was too much time between courses and the wines for the tasting were not particularly good. Noise was awful.
  20. L

    Linda

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The one hour happy hour menu was perfect as we were attending an event at nearby UCLA at 7pm. The small plates were large and the selection was good. The most outstanding aspect of the place was the staff! Everyone was welcoming, congenial and helpful. The space is a little tight however so a reservation is a must.
  21. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went for Valentine’s Day and had a prefix menu and it was disappointingly lacking in execution and flavor. We also got three different glasses of wine with dinner and they all tasted bad. I was originally excited to go but the food experience was a huge let down.
  22. JB

    JamieB

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff.
  23. LF

    LaFoodie

    Los Angeles

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I really wanted to love this place but I am afraid i just couldn’t. The menu was limited, the flavors were not remarkable and the wine list was adventurous but not good. Having said that, the service was genuinely caring and attentive, so it is with a heavy heart that I give such a mediocre review.
  24. TK

    TamekaK

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Amazing wine selection and our waiter was so knowledgeable and intuitive. Limited menu, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you like to order. Not a cheap date, but good value and portion of food for the money.
  25. S

    Steve

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fundamental LA is a gem in Westwood with a creative food and beverage menu and excellent service. Highly recommend.
  26. CL

    CeciliaL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Took advantage of the DineLA offering and wasn’t disappointed. Will definitely come back.
  27. k

    kellya

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The host had a bad attitude. We came in at 9pm, earlier than our reservation time. Before we could even speak with him regarding our reservation, he shushed us and proceeded to make us wait quite some time for his personal call. In addition, the reservation system had a glitch and instead of simply seating us (as the restaurant was quite empty at that point), he had to make snarky comments as if I made the reservation wrong or magically appeared 1.5 hours beforehand despite my open table app clearly stating 9:15 pm for a reservation. When we just got seated, we barely had time to read through the menu and when we asked for a couple of minutes before we order, he basically pressured us to quicken up because they want to close the kitchen. Didn’t make much sense if on the open table app there would still be reservations up to 9:30 if the kitchen was closing. Besides the poor service from the host, the server who switched half way was definitely more pleasant. The food was great! The corn bread is our favorite
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the experience was a pleasant surprise. A good change from the overly priced, overly crowded, trendy restaurants that fall short of expectations.
  29. BR

    BernieR

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish is a creative taste adventure.
  30. LA

    LAmy

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and wine and the host and server were friendly and helpful.
  31. t

    trider

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot. Enjoyed sitting at the counter. Delicious food and interesting wines
  32. LL

    LuckyLiz

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have fun here. The food is delicious, fresh and consistently tasty. The service is excellent. They let us sample several wines before we each chose a glass of what we wanted. The music was great when we were recently there. Just an all around lovely evening! (One thing: The benches are hard, so bring something to sit on.)
  33. F

    Farmgirl

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fundamental feels like family. Staff is warm and congenial, every meal is an adventure in flavor and texture, wines are like a travel pass to somewhere afar. Our favorite spot is at the bar so we can watch the cooks in action. Love it over and over!
  34. DD

    DennisD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb dining experience. As good as any I've experienced in LA
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday of a mate
  36. TR

    TiffanyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was kinda pricey but it was good. Not a huge menu selection. If you have a basic pallet, this place might not be for you. Their plates are small sharing portions except for the chicken that came with mint, yogurt & salad. The cornbread was epic! The Brussels sprouts was great also. Was not a fan of the steak. The ambiance was chill and their staff and very friendly.
  37. NP

    NotaPickyEater

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding. Dishes were inconsistent one was incredible the next would be ok. All very inventive though. Really enjoyed the experience. For some reason it got a little Smokey in there from the open kitchen.
  38. JM

    JonM

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great energy and teamwork among staff. Superb food!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. Restaurant is very loud, which is challenging. Server great in turning down the music, which was right above us.
  40. Y

    Yumyum

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We especially liked the array of appetizers we got. Branzino was delicious but a little dry, so I gave them four stars instead of 5. Great little neighborhood place. We'll totally go back!

FAQs

fundamental LA - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 444-7581.

fundamental LA - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wellworth Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Westwood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm We will do our best to accommodate your table requests, but due to the small size of our restaurant, your reservation may end up at our counter.

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered parking on Wellworth and 2-hour parking in the neighborhood.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Woogene Lee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 444-7581

  • Catering

    Bring fundamental LA's delicious, market-inspired, lovingly made sandwiches to your office or event. We have a variety of sandwich, salad, side, and beverage packages to fulfill any needs you have, whether for a small gathering of 8, or a large event for 400 or more. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll deliver straight to your meeting or event!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating with family and friends, or hosting a larger holiday party, we are capable of crafting custom menus across a wide range of budgets to create occasions that you’ll remember. Our experienced events team will coordinate everything so you can relax and enjoy your event.

  • Private party contact

    Jeffrey: (866) 426-0263

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