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About The Bellwether
The Bellwether is the debut restaurant and bar from Executive Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/ Owner Ann-Marie Verdi. The market-inspired menu aims to capitalize on the abundance of California produce and relationships with local purveyors in order to showcase a one-of-a-kind menu that features family-style shareable dishes. Cocktails continue the seasonally-focused theme with an emphasis on unique infusions that provide an unexpected twist on familiar flavors. Or choose from the hand-selected list of beer and wine that showcases Verdi’s intimate knowledge of the beverage space. The Bellwether is open for dinner nightly and for brunch on the weekends. For more information visit thebellwetherla.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @TheBellwether_la.
Studio City, CA 91604
Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly; 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm;
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available for dinner in the lot behind the restaurant on Longridge.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Bellwether Ratings and Reviews
Our first visit though we've been looking forward to visiting for a while. We enjoyed it very much. I found the chairs uncomfortable (a cushion might help) and appreciated the clean, organized kitchen I was able to observe while waiting for the restroom.
We'll be back.
Myself and two dear friends were getting together for an evening out. I have been to the restaurant several other times and suggested it. The food was yummy. The service was less than desirable. The waiter dropped a spoon which in turn fell into a bowl of oily sauce that then splattered every where including on both of my friends white blouses. The waiter got one napkin with seltzer water. We had to ask for another. When something far less severe has happened in other restaurants, the waiter has minimally subtracted something from the bill to apologize. That did not happen here and it was disappointing.
Our party of four basically ordered everything off the 10 item dineLA 2018 dinner menu (choice of 3 items for $29.) Since the dishes are meant to be shared, it was a great way to try many of The Bellwether's "greatest hits"!
While everything was tasty our party's favorites were the ragu and polenta, the skirt steak, and the brussel sprouts, which is evidently a new item.
The waiter was helpful with suggestions of which items to double up on and attentive without hovering.
Although we all ordered beer and whiskey (from a small but nicely curated list), the cocktails looked delicious.
We really enjoyed our experience here! We went for DineLA and it was definitely a steal. We are both definitely carnivores but our favorite dishes were the tempura cauliflower and spicy brussel sprouts.
The one dish we found disappointing was the lamb. There was a ridiculous amount of mint on top of the dish, very few chunks of meat, and what we did get wasn't nice and tender the way we expected lamb to be. The couscous was also drowned at the bottom of the stew-like dish. We loved everything else and were surprised at the quality of this dish.
Deeply disappointing. As a professional private chef, I had been very much looking forward to trying this place. The food was mediocre at best; the portions, even for "small plates", were unacceptably sparse; it was way overpriced for what you got; and the service was lackluster and perfunctory. The only plus was a decently-priced wine list. I will definitely not be going back.
Food was spot on—-Loved the fish. Well presented . We tried several menu items and ALL OF THEM, wonderful flavors, innovative....delicious.
Our waiter added NOTHING to the dining experience: Didn’t really know menu or come to table when food was presented....not attentive ; seemed removed
We arrived early and were seated at our reserved table on the patio, which was great! They have their heaters cranking. My boyfriend and I were catching up with a friend, and the waiter was definitely attentive but gave us enough space for all our chatting! All plates are sharable, and we ordered five for three people, and ended up ordering two more plates as we were still hungry! Their in-house blended cocktails are refreshing takes on classic drinks. Food was all together great, loved the skirt steak the most! Would definitely return again.
This place is in my neighborhood, so I've been several times. The food is always good, and this time we sat at the bar. It's a bit bustling, which doesn't bother me, just know to expect it! Sitting at the bar was a fun experience for someone like me, who loves to cook, as it has a view of the open kitchen and you get to see all of the kitchen team at work. This was my first time visiting since a Celiac disease diagnosis, and I was nervous about finding items that worked without horribly inconveniencing the chef.
We actually got to meet Chef Ted, and his co-owner Ann-Marie. For me seeing the Chef work was like a celebrity sighting, so getting to chat with them both was really awesome. He seemed to treat his kitchen staff well, which I always appreciate and doesn't go unnoticed. They also went out of their way to suggest gluten-free options and make substitutions, which was above and beyond on such a busy night.
The menu here is always evolving and I don't think I've ever had anything sub-par, even with the annoying diet stuff I have. I'd definitely recommend the duck confit; My husband and I both love it. If you don't have the restrictions I have, get the cauliflower starter as well. It's awesome! Every cocktail I've had there has also been worth having again.
Thank you to the restaurant for always being a lovely experience (we've been when it's busy, and quiet, and for both brunch and dinner and have never had bad service) and to the team for going above and beyond to be accommodating, which should never be expected but is always appreciated! The Bellwether is such a welcome addition to the valley and I'm glad it's doing so well!
This is the second time I have dined there. The food overall is very good. The whole vibe of the restaurant is not as cordial or warm as my wife and I like a restaurant to be. Our waiter was adequate but certainly not exceptional. He recommended the pasta dish. Though the homemade pasta itself was excellent… That’s where the excellence ended. The filling was very bland and under-seasoned, the butter sage sauce was way too sage heavy. We sat on the outdoor patio as we had our little dog with us. I don’t think you could find less comfortable chairs. There were certainly excellent food items. The Brussel sprouts, tempura cauliflower, meatballs, and the patty melt I had my first visit was wonderful. Their Negroni, made with grapefruit infused gin, was wonderful. There are many things to enjoy at this restaurant, but the overall dining experience was lacking those extra little touches that make a restaurant truly memorable.
We were disappointed in some of the dishes: cold guacamole paired with a hot egg(not room temp but cold), asked for a poached egg cooked hard and it was runny, asked for light to no dressing but it came drenched and again it was cold hot mix (grains were cold but egg was warm) , and no mention of breakfast sandwich having fried eggs cooked very loose and runny.
We went for brunch. The restaurant was charming, a little austere, but that's the new look in so many restaurants. However, It still felt comfortable. The waiter made the experience. He was charming, attentive and was knowledgeable about the food. We can't wait to come for dinner.
We were so looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately it did not live up to the expectations. The hostess was not the most friendly but our waiter did make it up for it. An interesting menu for sure. Be prepared for lots and lots of salt. In fact, I would urge you in advance to make mention of it. Also be prepared that it is extremely noisy so unless you are with a large group it is not a good dining experience for just two of you. But if you don't mind yelling at each other, this is the place for you! We tried it and had a diverse number of plates but this will be a time visit for us.
Had a fantastic meal at The Bellwether last night.
We made our reservation on Open Table, which gave us the option of sitting at the counter or on the patio. We opted for the counter since it was a cold night out. The counter came with a view of the kitchen, which kept us entertained throughout our meal. The kitchen staff was kind, asked us how we liked our meal, and gave us some ordering tips too.
Our waiter suggested about 3-5 dishes for 2 people, which helped guide us in deciding to order 4 dishes. We liked them all. We had the Fuyu Persimmon, the French Fries, the Mushroom Ragu, and the Duck Confit. My partner's favorite was the Mushroom Ragu and mine was the Duck Confit. The Mushroom Ragu was so good, you wouldn't have known there was no meat in it and the Duck Confit paired excellently with the plums that were also on the plate. Oh and the cornbread that came with it...stellar!
We loved our meal and will most certainly be back!
Food was just okay. nice butter lettuce salad. Different take on steak tartare but pretty good. problem was the long wait to be seated (30 minutes after reservation) combined with manager's attitude. Having come with high expectations (and reservations for two nights in a row), she was more than delighted to cancel our second reservation. Apparently the restaurant is riding high on Jonathan Gold's praise. Unfortunately that has led to arrogance. A simple offer of a glass of wine to ease the discomfort of waiting (which we would have declined) could have helped.
Why have we not gone here before?? What a great place. Amazing happy hour and delicious food. The patty melt is out of this world, along with the best french fries that I have ever had. The owners are completely down to earth and made us feel like we have been coming for ever. We can't wait to go back.
We were looking for a restaurant on the way to the Pantages to see Hamilton. We came from Calabasas and chose Bellwether because of location, price and reviews.
Bellwether did not disappoint. It was early (5:45 reservations - but traffic got us there at 6:10) so we couldn't tell if it would have been noisy had it been busier. But, we did comment, that upobeat music was hearable yet not in your face, making conversation possible. A plus for one in our group who wears hearing aids.
The server was helpful in chosing foods fitting our taste and dietary needs. His recommendatino on wine was spot on.
We neglected to tell him we needed to leave by 7:15 at first, but after we did, he expidited our order. We did not feel rushed.
Food quality kept getting better and better. We had the Butter lettuce salad with grapefruit. The dressing was perfect, although it could have used a little more grapefruit sprinkled throughout the salad. As the food is designed to share, the first person to take got most of the grapefruit from the top. The meatballs were good, although were a bit dense. Their larger plate chicken was excellent. Juicy, crispy skin and a nice touch of bok choy and long beans. The gem of the night was the mixed meat angliotti (sp?) with housemade pasta.
No time for dessert, but the bread pudding sounded like a winner.
We had recently been to a similar style restaurant Girasol. Their meatballs were better, but Bellwether wins hands down, based on value and service. Both had good to great food and a good wine list, but I would return to Bellwether sooner than Girasol considering the overall experience.
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