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A solid, non-tavern restaurant has finally made its way to Ventura Blvd.
Great in every way! Best fries ever!
Outstanding service and the food was better. Will be back soon
It has been a little over a year since the last time I was at Bellwether. At that time I gave everything 5 stars - the food was fabulous, service was spectacular, and the vibe was A+. But this time around I was terribly disappointed and truly hope the management reads this review in hopes to getting it back to where it was.
Our waiter John was super friendly and attentive. No problems at all with him and his cheerful demeanor. But it was after a shift change and we had a new server mid-meal that it kinda went downhill. She was nice enough but we ended up waiting a long time to get her attention, get refreshed drinks, get next course, etc. A couple of the courses we had were terrible and I wished we said something but instead we just let them take away almost full plates of food (the Strozzapreti which I was so excited for tasted like a plate of pure salt). It's not like it was cheap either.
I love to support my local restaurants and this one was one of my favorites so I hope it was just a glitch and I can update my review to give it a better rating. When I go out for dinner and spend that kind of money I expect first class food and service. I want my drink filled, eat good food, and have an attentive wait staff.
This is a neighborhood gem that is perfect for everyday dinning, and is worth the drive if you live within 50 miles. The food is always good and creative with multiple options to choose from. This time around, my wife and I shared the Octopus, the Halibut, the meat pasta, and the bread pudding for dessert. Everything was delicious. They also have amazing cocktails. My favorites are the "Tap" Negroni and Manhattan.
Love this place and have been here many times when we arrived for our res the hostess wanted to put us at a 4 top right next to the front door when there were multiple 4 tops available. We asked for another table and got it. Why put people next to the door when you don't have to?
Food remains solid, less soul than previous visits.....
Service was ok, but seemed disorganized, dishes to wrong person, missing silverware and serving utensils....
Also, strange/unpleasant aromas upon entering restaurant
Loved it. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere.
Our biggest issue was with the noise level. Especially since there was a group of 7 that seemed to think it necessary to yell/scream back and forth to each other.
Also missed a more salad type dish.
The fries were the winner again!
The service was awesome, the ambience is very casual and inviting. The burratta with cherries and wagyu tartare were delicious! The fried cauliflower was so good as well! The halibut was good, but the greens that accompanied it was a little salty for my taste. The berry drink I had was very tasty, my husband and our friend enjoyed their drinks as well.
I've been to the Bellwether at least 100 times. What keeps me coming back isn't just proximity to where I live. It's the quality and sheer inventiveness of the food and the unfailingly warm welcome of a very professional staff.
This is my neighborhood spot, and yet they always surprise me with new, amazing dishes. The staff is so friendly and the food is always fresh, innovative and delicious. The atmosphere is always warm and cozy. I feel so lucky to live only a couple blocks away from this spot.
Not sure what they’re trying to do here ... a sharing plate of cauliflower was enough for eight people, fried octopus was mediocre; drinks ok .. sorry, won’t be back.
We love this place! The absolute best patty melts ever!!
Great food, service, and drinks. Also liked the new pasta addition to the menu.
This was not the best dinner spot I’d been to. The food was extremely oily and salty, and the flavors were just off. The ambiance and service was excellent. I would recommend going for a drink and maybe one appetizer to share.
Don’t let the Solvang-ish exterior dissuade you from entering. The service was friendly and not rushed. The food was generally solid. Some dishes shined, like the cauliflower and the patty melt, a few were less swoon-worthy, like the octopus. It was the perfect spot for a casual dinner with friends with whom you want to have an actual conversation as the noise level is manageable and the atmosphere is relaxed.
I have mixed feelings about the bellwether. Ambiance was definitely was lacking. I also was not a fan of the grilled octopus. It was cooked well but did not have much flavor. On the other hand, their wines by the glass are reasonable, their tuna tostada is good, and they’re flat iron steak is delicious. I also enjoyed the roasted carrots.
This restaurant is always a favorite and never disappoints. A must-try of you haven't been there. Great food and service.
Very few dishes that are not spicy. Some more than others.
Food was tasty. Portions are large. 3 dishes enough for most twosomes.
The food and service were excellent. We highly recommend the Tempura Cauliflower, roast carrots, French Fries and the Cheese Burger. They were outstanding. Their manhattan's are the best.
Such delicious food! And the staff all are excellent. We recommend the steak, fries, butter lettuce salad, roasted carrots and the meatballs! This is a great neighborhood spot, and totally worth driving to if you’re from elsewhere.
We went for Brunch, the biggest problem was there was no dessert on the menu. So, we were going to substitute the pastries which are an appetizer for a dessert, but they were all out. The food was otherwise great though, I got the brunch burger and split the french toast, both were excellent. We got fingerling potatoes for the table and they were a big hit.
Amazing avocado toast! The staff were super friendly and overall my experience was positive. Had the best Mother’s Day brunch here!
Food was great, but our brunch was served so out of order, 3 of the people at our table received and finished eating their food a good 10 minutes before the final 2 people even received their food
Lovely service and delicious food. The menu has something for everyone. Really liked the cocktails. Favorite dishes were the charred avocado and crispy rice salad and the French fries. Perfect neighborhood joint!
Tasty and original dishes. My friend has celiac disease and the waitress patiently went over each item on the menu and told her what she could and could not have. Very much appreciated. Will be back.
need the brussel sprouts back asap , otherwise food is delicious . Love the mimosa
We love this place. And a great happy hour with some terrific small plates and well priced selection of nice wines. O could make a meal of the incredible bread and French butter. But stay away from the Fries - deadly, delicious and addictive.
The food is delicious and well prepared and the service is awesome.
Awesome, delicious, reasonably priced
The food was SO greasy and salty. I love salty food, but this was excessive.
Everything we ordered was terrific, excellent food with a great variety! Would highly recommend!
Ordered many items (around 15) to share and it was not great.
Cocktails were poor tasting and weak in content. (Spicy Margarita sole taste was lime juice).
Server had no energy.
Ok - this review is more between me and the business and not the general public. To be clear, I LOVE The Bellwether - I've dined here dozens of times over the many years I've lived in the area. The food is creative, luxurious and transformative and the experience has always made it into stories I tell friends and family. However, I dined there alone tonight and I don't know if it's a taboo for women to dine alone for dinner (we all got to eat don't we?), but I have never experienced the lack of service and care that I experienced tonight. Again, which wouldn't feel so personally abrasive if it was a nothing-restaurant to me, but this place holds memories for me, which makes this evening even worse. An item I ordered never arrived (and to be clear, I only ordered two items) and the waiter only checked on me ONCE through the entire evening - TWICE if you count him bringing me the bill (which still included the item that never arrived, which he did strike later when I informed him). This is a beloved place for me and I left tonight feeling personally struck and in disbelief. I wasn't there tonight for just food and drink, I was there for the food and drink that ONLY Bellwether could give me in the midst of a stressful month of work and a stressful month ahead, all with a glorious full moon hanging in the crystal clear sky of LA. I went to re-charge and be nourished and I left with an empty stomach and aching heart
Nothing special. Food was disappointing. Would not come back
Great food. Delicious ingredients and eclectic dishes.
For some, this restaurant might earn a higher rating, but for us the food was too heavy. Many items are fried and heavily seasoned or flavored. My husband and I prefer fresher, cleaner, brighter choices on a menu where the flavors of the food stand out, not the oil or breading.
The cocktails were delicious and pavlova dessert the table’s favorite. One fried item that earns 5 stars is the cauliflower dish. Maybe we chose the wrong dishes for our palates, but for the price, it is not worth another visit.
Service was passable, in that they took order and delivered food— the minimal. Did not have “well” scotch only premium sipping. The chicken was rubbery and too salty. They need to up their game w/ paltry option. Meatballs were fine, salad was fine. Lastly, had to sit with un-bussed counter until we waved someone down for the check. Unimpressive at every stage— we had had a previous meal here and liked the bartender and food at time- this visit instructs us never to return.
Food was underwhelming and not as good as we remembered from previous visits