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Chinois On Main

2709 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(27)
Eclectic, International
Closed Now
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tomorrow
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
(310) 392-9025DirectionsMap
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Hours

Regular Hours
Mon - Tue
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Payment Methods

DISCOVER, AMEX, DINERS CLUB, MASTER CARD, VISA, ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

REVIEWS(27)

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  • THIS PLACE IS LIVING ON IT'S LAURELS; SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT.
    by  on 09/10/2011

    I've been going to this place for special occasions over the past couple of decades and have always been totally pleased with the food and service. I'd not been for several years and went for a birthday celebration. We were so very disappointed. The signature lobster dish was just ok and had only four very small pieces of lobster that were not particularly tasty. For the price, it was just crazy. We also had a scallop dish for the second entre. It was good but not even close to exceptional which is what we'd expected based on previous visits and the price. The best dish we had was a crab cake and shrimp appetizer. The sides were ok but again, not particularly special. We had a small dish of berries for dessert to celebrate the birthday. It was a nice presentation, but at $15.00, this dish was downright disgraceful. We both tasted the berries and looked at each other in disgust. We'd both had about enough of Chinois at this point and decided to leave the berries and call it a night. \r \r The service has always be exceptional and personalized, until this last visit. It was ordinary and in some cases below standard. When the wait staff finally cleaned the table for dessert, he wiped the crumbs onto the floor, leaving the mess to step in. I felt like we were in a dive.\r \r Sadly, I'll not be returning to this place. It had always been one of my favorite high-end restaurants but I've had better dining experiences at chain restaurants. It feels like I've lost an old friend. \r

  • Touristy
    by  on 01/29/2011

    Wow, this place has seriously gone downhill. I would write a review of the Library Alehouse just down the street in a more favorable manner than this now old, and defunct joint. If you're over 60 years old maybe you'd still like coming here. In fact, maybe that's the specific old money crowd they're after at this place. Can you say too much salt? Ew. That's all I can say about even the most tried and true dishes that we've had many times in the past. Ew.

  • Go with 4 or more
    by  on 12/04/2009

    We really liked this place, mostly because the food was very tasty and there was a lot of it. In fact, we should have brought more people, because we couldn't finish it all. Let's call the place sophisticated casual, sophisticated food, casual room. Solid service and value. Worth checking out.

  • AWFUL the biggest let down
    by  on 06/13/2009

    This restaurant came very highly recommended and my girlfriend and I were very very excited to try it on date night. Unfortunately from the beginning this was an awful experience that made us wish for a hinano burger. We go out often and try new restaurants all the time. The evening began with coming in to the most awful layout of a restaurant I have ever seen. We were seated in the middle facing the bar/waiters station in the most awful decor. There were two large flamingos on both sides of us for some unearthly reason someone thought this was tasteful. The waiter immediately came to our table and did nothing short of demand we order drinks when we had not even pushed in our chairs. After we asked for more time we were glared and pointed at and when we were ready to order and gave the ""we're ready now"" nod the waiter walked by twice. We ordered the chicken salad and scallops for dinner which seemed like a great bet. We were fully planning on a appetizer, dinner, desert, drinks and wine meal which would have pushed over the $250 mark with out a doubt. Unfortunately the entire experience left us with nothing but a case of the number 3s. The only saving grace was gift cards from a client that took care of the $87 bill + tip for $100. If anyone is thinking or stepping foot in this restaurant I will email you a list of amazing restaurants that have everything this offers with better ambiance, service, and FOOD. Did I mention that my girlfriend and I were starred at while getting our car from valet by every member of the wait staff until my girlfriend pointed at them to show me and they all ran. I guess the staff has never seen attractive les bian's (THE SPACE IN BETWEEN IS FOR THIS SITE BECAUSE APPARENTLY LES BIANS IS A INAPPROPRIATE WORD) before and I hope we are their last victims.

  • Great food, great service!
    by  on 11/12/2008

    Very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Food was a little pricey, but well worth it. Our server, Lisa, was exceptional nd on top of everything, from the menu to our wine need. She made our experience worth going back for!

  • OK food, overpriced, PLASTIC WINE GLASSES - just go to P.F. Chang
    by  on 09/24/2008

    I took a friend here about 2 weeks ago, and was underwhelmed to say the least. The food was good, but not worth the price. We had the pineapple glazed quail, which was excellent, and the salmon, which was dry and tasteless. The fried asparagus was just ok, as was the fried rice. The service was average - I've had better and I've had worse at restaurants of this caliber. For two people with entrees, one glass of wine each, and dessert, we spent about $175. The meal was enjoyable, but frankly, even if they cost the same amount, I'd probably go to P.F. Chang first. Oh, and THE WINE WAS SERVED IN PLASTIC WINE GLASSES. I'm sorry, but that's just embarrassing and unacceptable at a place like this. If you have the money and don't care if you're paying too much for your meal, this place is ok, but you're better off spending it elsewhere.

  • Exspensive average food
    by  on 08/27/2008

    My wife and I were anticipating an extraordinary meal for our lunch and one of Mr. Puck's eateries and were let down, maybe our expectations were to high. I had anticipated eating at one LA's great restraunts all week long as we were winding down our vacation in the LA area. We chose Wolfgang's place based on name only. We had the fried soft shell crab and sichuan grilled beef dish. The soft shell crab looked and tasted good but thats all there was to the dish, no vegetables, no rice, just two crabs cut in two with some sauce plated on top of some fried spinach. The beef was great with the salad that came with it, we requested some steamed rice with this one after we found out it came out without it. Service was top shelf and I think maybe it would be better to fo there for dinner.

  • Wow ! Everytime!
    by  on 05/08/2008

    So everyone has different levels of expectations. I will be the first to say that when i go out to eat, i want to be wowed. Weather i am at Urth cafe, Chaya, or Chinois on Main, I want my food to be awesome! I understand that when you are at a nice restaurant you want everything to be perfect, truth is, servers have bad days too, just like I do. Everytime i go to Chinois, everything is amazing. Yeah it is loud, yeah it is busy, sometimes it takes longer than others.......welcome to life! I am and will always be a loyal customer. I do not know of anywhere else that I can get a Lobster that tastes that good or calamari so light and crunchy and amazing or seczhuan beef.......so good, and do not even get me going on their lamb chops. When it comes down to it, they never cease to impress me. I will keep going until wolfgang and Bella decide to call it finie! Until then, Happy eating and enjoy your meal. Honestly, if you are not enjoying what you are eating, wherever you are, send it back and either remake it or get something else. I would rather enjoy myself rather than not and write some lame comment about it later. Live well, eat great and drink wine. Happy eating! I mean what i say.............wow..... everytime!

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