Second City Bistro

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
We’re located in the heart of Old Town El Segundo. We offer the experience of simple elegance and serve up what we refer to as American fare with flair. We offer a casual yet upscale atmosphere and are perfect for first dates, happy hour with friends, and even business meetings.
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b
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks for a reasonable price .
Will definitely be coming back

KK
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The cheese platter was our first indication that we had stopped at the wrong lunch spot. Our salads came and they were poor to fair. We left early and we left our food. The waiter was sweet and excellent. This was it’s redeeming quality. This is a beer bar. Maybe it is fine for french fries and a beer. I do not recommend it for food at all. There are many excellent restaurants nearby - go to them.
I have never written a bad review on here until now.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just s great and relaxing meal!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful time celebrating our daughter’s birthday with a few friends. Love the atmosphere and our waiter was very good, attentive and professional. Looking forward to going back!!

CE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice neighborhood joint. Super friendly with small sidewalk patio in front.

N
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was of very poor quality. I had the Cobb salad and other than lettuce and tomatoes it hardly had anything much else in it. Very boring. I also had the tomato soup that was very cool, not enough as the tiny cup was full of croutons. Not apprecaited.
On a positive note my friend had the chicken sandwich and it was fantastic.

e
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time we've eaten at Second City Bistro - we found it because of DineLA and it's a KEEPER. The pork chop was delicious - as was the short ribs, lobster bisque and chocolate creme brule. In fact - we are going to their wine dinner on August 1st. Looks like a fantastic menu and the desert is that creme brule.

LA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for DineLA. Limited menu, but pretty good options. Been here many times and they have the best ribeye!

DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We found the place welcoming, our waiter very friendly and helpful. We were there midweek and did not have any problem getting seated and served quickly. We sat out on the patio which was very nice in the hot summer.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food not great

r
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We decided to take it vantage of dine LA. When we got there we had to wait 45 minutes just to to place our order. We had to flag down the hostess to get our server to come. Apparently they didn’t know we had been seated. The waiter was very nice and professional, he apologized for the delay and provided comp wne. I had the short ribs. They were just OK, a little bland and had that taste like they been cooked in a crockpot. My husband had the ribs. He said they were good. They ran out of the tiramisu dessert and offered the brownie. The brownie was nothing special. Luckily we got the waiter to add on vanilla ice cream which I would make it tastier. Really nice ambience, we did not feel rushed, and it was an overall good date night but the experience was just so-so.

SV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place!!! Good portions
Staff nice
And their customer service response is great!

d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the dinela dinner menu. All the food was fabulous! Especially enjoyed the mussels appetizer. Had the short rib entree and tiramisu dessert. The service was great and we didn't feel rushed to leave. Would definitely return and would recommend to everyone.

s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter. Lovely lunch. We enjoyed our Dine LA.

M
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was tasteless. Kale salad was not massaged, had an off taste.
Greek salad also no flavor in the dressing. Calamari was rubbery and too thickly sliced. Tilapia was old and not properly cooked. Will not eat here again.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, the owner was so awesome!!! What a find this was!!!

PD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed in the changes at the restaurant. I have been going there since it opened and for years was one of my favorite places. I even convinced my friends it was worth the drive to ElSegundo on a Saturday night . First , after waiting 10 mins for a server , we had to ask for a wine list. We were informed that though there were 30-40 red wines , there were only 2 white wines available, in LA? How can that be?. It took another 30 mins until they took our order and 45 mins longer to get our food. The pork chops were very over cooked, the fish was just ok and appeared to have been sitting for a while. There were very few customers in the restaurant, so there was no excuse for the slow service. We had to wait again for the bill, finally leaving at 9:45 from a 6:30 reservation.
Sometimes changes can be good, but these changes will keep me from returning.

AJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very tasty. I ordered a shrimp appetizer, knowing that shrimp can be hit or miss. The shrimp was extremely fresh. The rest of our meal was great too. Fresh warm bread was served with soft butter. Excellent service. Friendly atmosphere.

A
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed at lunch. Lots of things missing of the menu. No avocado, no bread. Used to be so much better.

b
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with wonderful food and drinks for lunch. It is a gem hidden in El Segundo. It is well worth it, we will be back

LL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants to enjoy a meal at. Just GO!

N
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It wasn’t very crowded but it took over 30 min to get our food. Had to ask for things multiple times and they wouldn’t do exceptions like no lettuce on sandwich. Not something that could have easily been done.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good food!

CB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, the service was incredible and the ambience was perfect!

C
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and a quiet restaurant. Loved how awesome the steak was, prepared just right. I’ll definitely be going back here again.

CM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem near Main Street in El Segundo, squeezed in-between an Italian restaurant and tiki lounge, this cozy artsy place is very welcoming. The decor is simple but striking: dark wood, brightly lit, colorful abstract art, ceiling fans, iron chandeliers, glass globe hanging lighting, bottles of wine lining booth - it is wonderful place for meal. Dine on patio, in cozy booth, at a table or at the bar.

The draw here is the wine. There is a small cellar near the back of restaurant, and each booth has 5 bottles of Knute wine vintages showcased with complete wine list.

The service here is excellent, they are attentive and friendly. The food is fresh and tasty. I tried Seafood Penne Pasta, a nice blend of mushrooms, tomatoes, mussels and shrimp with vodka cream sauce. I paired it with a non-vintage "California champagne", which complimented meal quite well.

Street parking only. Recommend reservation during peak times, as it can get busy.

I look forward to my next visit.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ribs are wonderful.

x
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is outstanding and the food is delicious. It has a normal restaurant price but high-quality food and service.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I requested a booth. A booth was waiting when we arrived. We had the tempura shrimp, it was very tasty. The bread is delicious. Then we had the full rack of ribs, my husband and I ate from them and we still brought some home. Oh btw my husband also had another dish also. Cocktails were good also. We will return.

PT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food and decent ambiance. They need to work a little more on the customer service. We were one of only 2 tables occupied and I had to get up to ask for extra salad dressing and bread because our server was nowhere to be found. I will chalk it up to an odd circumstance, but customer satisfaction is not a high priority here (yet). Hoping to come back and to be pleasantly surprised.

PD
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A perfect spot for dinner with friends. Menu was reasonably priced and had some nice choices. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. It was a rainy Monday night so it wasn't busy and we appreciated the fact that we could hear each other and be heard. We will go back when in the area again.

V
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent braised short ribs, baby back ribs, and chocolate creme brûlée!!!!

OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great local spot . Food and service were great . Regular spot for us .

RO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. The food has wonderful flavors and the wine list is second to none.

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribeye, halibut with risotto, baked brie all amazing

AK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Casual atmosphere, food was good, wine list seemed very expensive relative to the feel of the food and restaurant. Would probably go back if I lived close by but wouldn't go out of my way.

WL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There aren't enough RED wines on the menu! We were told that the owner is focusing on whites. We red wine drinkers want more red wine options!

JO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Second City Bistro since they opened. It is a consistently great place for dinner. The drinks are great, the food is outstanding and the service is personable and consistent. I cant think of a better place for a relaxing, pleasant outstanding dinner than at the Second City Bistro.

YK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

This had been one of my most favorite places but the last visit went below expectation. I had a burger. I ordered medium-rare but it was modicum to well done. Buns were not grilled, just acceptable to supermarket quality.

SP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at Second City I will go again.

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