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Permanently Closed - Seco

4.1
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. SECO New American is now open at 140 South Lake Avenue! The Smith Brothers have reconceptualized Cafe 140 South to bring you an exciting, new addition to their group of restaurants. SECO features New American cuisine, a vibrant, contemporary space and a lively bar / lounge with a sexy vibe.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9:00pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am - 10:00 pm

Social Hour from 4:30pm - 6:30pm daily
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Phone number
(626) 449-9900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Martin Salinas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green St.
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking behind the building on Shoppers Lane
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Special events & promotions
View our website for upcoming events: http://www.seconewamerican.com/events
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
3.9
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4.1
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vipGoeiEats (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

So sad it is closed! They had the best in house fresh baked dinner rolls!

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vipMaureen (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Love SECO & had the salmon salad, once again it was delicious. My friend really enjoyed her Thai salad.
I was VERY sorry to hear that SECO will be closing, as it has become my favorite Smith Brother's restaurant. I will so miss the Chicken Paillard, my husband's favorite dish, & a favorite of mine too.
Dina and Dodd have been wonderful servers, and I will miss them too, along with Jeremy.
Don't go!!!!!!!
Maureen & Leland Sklar

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vipkatem (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

The ahi flatbread and the kale salad are the best! Different and tasty. I go here just for those two items.

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KitsCat (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Love Dina - she's the best 😎Thanks for consistent food and service.

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ChrisK (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Always love Seco. consistently good with a nice wine list.

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vipAnne (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Ihave been to Seco a number of times. This visit was for a business lunch. Food and service was good. Very noisy and hard to have a conversation where everyone was heard. Overall fine but probably wouldn't go back if in similar situation.

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1Deb79 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

We love going to Seco. The fresh baked bread they automatically bring is delicious. The choices are good and varied. I get the steak frites with bearnase sauce, my daughter loves the ravioli, and also the fettuccini.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was not spectacular just average though the price was reflective of a higher end meal.

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RJinLA (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Great service attentive and congenial. Food was commendable and the bread was absolutely addictive

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Richard (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Nice restaurant. Lots of patio tables, unfortunately, our party wanted to eat inside. The food was very nice, I wouldn't call it high cuisine, but still very nice. I would likely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Seco is wonderful. Hard to find the home-made pasta items they have on the menu anywhere else. The short-rib was great, so was the ravioli. Validated parking in Pasadena is rare and awesome. Makes it far less hassle to go there than most any other place in the city.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

A bit overpriced. $90 including tip for two dishes of pasta and one martini sounds like a lot.
The food was good though.

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ptonilas (Denver)
2.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

Service was very slow. Took 20 minutes to get our bottle of wine. And salad came slow.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We wanted burgers and the oak wood grilled burgers at Seco are the best! Juice and flavorful with great toasted buns and condiments. Fries with lime juice and great drinks/good bar. Our server "Dodd" was excellent - friendly and helpful, timely and flexible. Really great overall experience. Consistent each time we go there.

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JenPimentel (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Great experience celebrating Father's Day... was an enjoyable time with family.

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Tania (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Fantastic place to eat. Family went there to celebrate my son's graduation. Our server Dobb was so attentive and caring. It made it all worthed. The food was amazing of course. Totally recommending this place. :)

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vipkokane (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2017

Always good food and service... like the chicken paillard especially.. good wine pours by the glass... this time we sat outside and it was very comfortable... consistently a good environment... also have a very good happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

I really enjoyed our food and the service on that date, unfortunately I did not get the name of the wonderful wait staff person, it was a lady, and it was at 12 and we sat outside. The bread was awesome, the chicken veggie soup was scrumptious. The swordfish was prepared to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

This was a great place to meet our friends for dinner. Food was excellent. Cocktails also great. Service merely "ok." The environment & decor at the restaurant didn't match the meal - we weren't sure why there was a TV on in the corner - is this a sports bar? It was an unnecessary distraction. This restaurant has a lot of potential but has made some odd choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

Enjoyed everything, though service was very slow. Think they were understaffed and waitress was doing the best she could.

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vipninag (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2017

Dissapointing. The menu was more limited (and expensive) than I remember, and my friend and I had a hard time finding entrees that looked interesting, althoughI do love the Kale salad appetizer. The people at the table next to us were both having the Fusilli Short Rib pasta dish (that we were thinking of having) and we asked them how it was. They both agreed that it was mediocre and not very flavorful. They said that they used to come all the time, but that it's becoming more disappointing each time and that they wouldn't be back after this. So my friend and I decided to leave and go somewhere else. The staff were very gracious about this.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Sebastian was a great server & loved the special salmon salad.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Place was not busy but waitress seemed anxious to turn our table. No one at our table finished their meal. You show know if you ask for chicken added to your salad it means a side dish of chicken which was dry and tasteless and not added to the salad.

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vipkatem (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

When I lived in Pasadena this was one of my favorite restaurants, and it still is. I had two wonderful dishes and am going back next week for the very same things.
The kale salad--finely chopped, with apples, mint and jalapeños (makes it a bit spicy) and the sashimi flatbread--wow! I had never had this before and, in spite of eating their wonderful homemade bread before I had my dinner, I at the entire pizza.
Large restaurant, outside seating (even a place if you bring your dog), busy/fun bar and the perfect-size menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

We enjoyed a light dinner and the outdoor seating on a warm Saturday night. We were happy to procure a reservation very easily. Our server was overbooked and had too many tables so our service was slow and inconsistent.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2017

Solid, consistently good food. Not lots of surprises but your never disappointed. Perfect for business lunch.

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Sassafrass (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Very accommodating staff. Pleasant ambiance. Bread loaves served before meal were excellent... the one thing that made it seem "Americana" All of the dinners were okay, but not stand-outs. The fish in my fish tacos seemed undercooked The pizza was exceptionally cheesy and rich. On an occasion like Mother's Day, however, the concentration tends to be on an exchange of cards and gifts, not on food. We should give it another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2017

Great meal

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Seco is reliably tasty and easy. A go-to for our family.

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Rips (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing I will definitely be visiting more often. We sat in the outdoor balcony area and I loved it. Our waiter was amazing. The kale salad was delicious. Their aioli sauce with truffle oil was delicious with French fries

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