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The Roost at LA Farm

69 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Roost at LA Farm serves classic American fare in spacious settings that include a dining room, atrium and patio. Chef Keenan brings his culinary experience to bear on an eclectic menu focused around fresh ingredients. Menu highlights include the crispy shrimp, mushroom ragout and the deviled eggs. Diners rave about the generous servings and the friendly atmosphere. The Roost's menu is complemented by a fine selection of creative cocktails and international wine.

Open for lunch all through the work week, The Roost at LA Farm serves happy hour specials that come with appealing discounts on drinks, wine and bar items. Its cozy ambience makes it an ideal choice for everything, from a romantic lunch, to a business dinner. This landmark restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday and for dinner Monday to Saturdays.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm;
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Phone number
(310) 449-4000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Keenan
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Full Catering Service
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Cross street
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking Validation for Lunch (2hrs) and Dinner (4hrs)
Valet Service Complimentary

Free Self Parking in the lot on Saturdays!
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Public transit
Santa Monica buses run nearby as well as on the 10 Freeway.
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Tuesday Evenings in the Bar - Live Music
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Special events & promotions
Open on Thanksgiving
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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shoppingal (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

Tried this for a business lunch. Would have been a bit more comfortable in the main atrium rather than the small loud inner dining room. I would have rated the restaurant higher but for our waiter who while handling the busy lunch crowd would only pause to help us as he practically ran past tables. A very parkour approach to table service.
Perhaps I mis-ordered as one menu feature is any salad with a host of protein toppers, which was tempting.
The roast chicken, which I would presume is a specialty, was bland and sadly dry. So I mostly left it, making the $24 price a bit steep for a bite of chicken and plate of french fries.
My table mates kept it simple with sandwiches, the pulled pork and a ham and cheese, which were utilitarian and fine. So the hunt continues. I am still seeking a fun or swanky West LA spot with really memorable food for business lunches.

sabrina12 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

The tasting menu and wine pairing was excellent . The scallop crudo was very tender; the best scallops that I have ever had. The service was great; our waiters were very attentive. We were there on a Tuesday night and was pleasantly surprised to hear very good live music and singing at the bar. I highly recommend this restaurant.

kivy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

This is the second time I have eaten at The Roost, and I will be returning! Great food, fabulous atmosphere, delightful service.

vipSushilover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

6 of us dined at The Roost. All of our meals were delicious. Two people ordered the Dine LA menu. Since there was so much food they shared bites with the rest of us. The rest of us opted for the regular menu and had halibut and black cod as our main courses. We also ordered the octopus which was perfect as were the asparagus. They were tender and cooked just right.

vipMomoagogo (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 16, 2015

Our hostess was very nice and gave us 2 glasses of rose. She also gave us a nice table but then our waiter was not very friendly which was a bit off putting. The food was not served as anticipated. The fois gras I ordered was warm and practically melting on top of a sweet sauce that was tasty but was far too much . Notably the arugula salad was quite good. They didn't have a menu for kids either but we got by with basic pasta with cheese. Not the most inventive. Wine served was average and the waiter served us the wrong glasses stating mine was the reisling but after taking just a tiny sniff could tell it was the Chardonnay my husband had ordered. Relating to dessert, they had a waffle on the menu but we're told they were out of it. As it was the first serving of dinner I inquired as to how it could be that they were out of it already. Our new waitress, why we had a new one I don't know why, said it was actually probably going to be taken off the menu because they've been out for a few days now. Oh and let me say we couldn't find our original waiter when it was time for dessert. In addition, the GM was obliviant to what was going on. We were however pleasantly surprised after ordering a dessert (Nutella crime brûlée, which is nothing like a real creme brûlée) and my husband who is French found it inedible, they kindly subtracted it from the bill. It was a mixed bag but after all was said and done and the bill was $140, it wasn't worth the experience.

vipDrShorter (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2015

I came into the restaurant not knowing that it had a new owner and concept. What a difference! I was impressed with the care and craft put into their cocktail menu. The wine list was also impressive as it contained not only familiar names and varietals, but some names I don't regularly see. They just were written up in Wine Spectator, so you know they're doing something right! The food was impeccable. I strongly suggest the Hamachi Crudo, the Steak Tartare, and the Foie Gras. Our sea scallops were perfect as were both the greens and the avocado side dishes. Service was flawless. Truly this place has reached a new height. Compliments to the chef and management. Make sure you check out this fantastic option on the Westside. It just might be my new reliable favorite.

Tara (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2015

My friend and I picked this place for our dineLA outing...and it was great. We will definitely go back . The complementary wine at the door is a nice touch. Our waitress, Cassandra, was knowledgeable and great throughout the entire meal. Well rounded menu, and the food cooked to perfection.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2015

Asparagus soup was pretty good, but all other food was far from tasty. Lovely interior decor and good service.

hunbun (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Were greeted w a complimentary glass of champagne when checked in w hostess. Drinks were good. Seems to have a good happy hr till 9pm. Arrugula salad had a dressing that was way too sweet, special pasta dish OK (chorrizo fettuccine) more like salami than chorizo. Pasta was fresh. Friend's pork belly dish was good. We got a complimentary amuse busch ice cream w brownie @ end of meal. We also ordered Nutella creme bruléfor dessert. Friend said it was good. Service was great, little extras thrown in here n there, but some of the food was a little disappointing. Place was pretty, but kind of empty. I'd like to give it a 2nd chance. But I think food is what's keeping ppl away. The drinks were great!

vipWineAndDine (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

This was our first time dining at the Roost, but it definitely won't be our last! The dining area is semi- outdoors, which makes it interesting. Our hostess greeted us with a glass of pink champagne, and she was just delightful. We chose to graze on several appetizers, and left feeling satiated and with a smile on our faces. We intend to become regulars at this neighborhood gem!

doglover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2015

We were there when it was called the Farm and now that it changed name it is still the same place with the same great food and staff. I am waiting for a Prixe Fixe offer but the duck was fantastic!

SantaMonicaFoodie (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

Great food in a setting that feels outdoors, but is actually a tent-covered atrium, with Tivoli lights and trees. Inside the Lantana office center, it hardly seems like you'd find a restaurant.

vipAllthebest (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2015

waiter said 5 crispy oysters only 4 on the plate! Bone marrow was good. portions could be a little bigger for dinner size... my friend said "nice steak, where's the other half?"

tessamaymarr (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2015

Hard to find and hostess gave us incorrect directions when we called BUT the servers were amazing and the food was delicious. :)

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2015

I had the seven course tasting menu with paired wines. One of the seven dishes was only ok (fish and chips). The other six were wonderful, as were all the wines. And the seventh course was actually four desserts we shared. So it really was eleven courses!

The ambience is unusual and nice. The restaurant is quiet so I could hear our conversation (a problem for me in many restaurants). The server was friendly and informative without being pretentious.

Overall, a wonderful evening. I'll be back.