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Phone: (818) 905-6195

Phone: (818) 990-7331

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South Valley, Sherman Oaks

Rive Gauche Restaurant Inc

Rive Gauche Cafe Lounge

Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Coffee Shops, Cafeterias, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
30 year customer

I strongly disagree about the service at Rive Gauche. I have been coming her for over 30 years and have never had bad service. I find the food good and the prices affordable. Not a place that I would bring ""the little ones""

Ventura, Ca


Provided by Citysearch - 
long time ""Rive Gaucher""

I can't help comment after reading the reviews of others.

Shirad wrote that they were disappointed they couldn't get a complimentary ""gesture"" because of someone's birthday. PULEASE! Aren't you sick of people who want freebies because they think they're entitled? These are the same kinds of people who hold up lines in super- markets because they can't find their coupons, complain about anything and everything that does not suit their purposes 100% of the time all of the time, and generally manage to irritate everyone around them over trivialities like a spoiled 3 year old. AND if they don't get to freeload something, they write a bad review.

I have been eating at Rive Gauche for nearly 30 years. The ambiance has always been a cut above, the service immpecable, and the food tasty, properly cooked and presented in a timely way. Even the prices are not as high as they could be.

Rive Gauche is NOT the finest French eatery anywhere and does not purport to be. However, I can state honestly that, unlike some other highly rated restaurants, I have NEVER had anything but great service by a friendly staff, and good food at reasonable prices. I highly recommend the place.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Arrogant and disagreeable mgmt.

Just returned from a birthday lucheon. When I asked for a little birthday gesture, they said they can give us a candle after weBUY the deserts. Since noone wanted desert ,I said that a little complimentary gesture would be nice-they said they have'nt done that in 30 years.
I went back to the table to my guests and the tall manager came over and told the entire table that I had requested a complimentary gesture and they don't do that. Embarrasing me in fornt of my guests. I told him that he could give that message to me in private. He was arrogant and displayed lousy Customer relations skills. The place is empty and a bit pricey, a small cup cake would have changed our feelings and we probably would have returned. My group will not go back there.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Do not eat here!

Not known for it's food by the locals, Rive Gauche is known as the place you can always get a seat - because it's always empty. In other words, the food stinks. I stopped by with my kids tonight for some dessert, and was told they couldn't serve us because we were sitting at a ""game table."" What's that??? We left, and on our way out, the manager, Aaron, berated me for bringing my kids into a bar! In front of my kids!! I had no idea RG was a ""bar,"" or that children weren't welcome. I also don't know why I was the lucky recipient of this added dose of humiliation by a ""manager"" who clearly had power issues, or perhaps was feeling ""less than"" in other areas and felt obliged to take it out on a mother of two. After talking down to me, and rolling his eyes so far into his head that they almost came out his nose, I told ""Aaron"" that I would spread the word about the hateful atmosphere of Rive Gauche. He was thrilled about this. So here you go ""Aaron"" - you happy chap you - Only go to RG if you like to be abused by snarky, miserable people who hate kids.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Romantic Los Angeles staple

If you are looking for a Los Angeles staple with heart, you have found your place. Service was decent (I am very particular) and the food solid...I will be back to try out Sunday brunch. Nice, quiet, and romantic in my opinion....


Provided by Citysearch - 

If you love good food, this is the place. I highly recommend the Pan Roasted Breast of Duck with Chambord Glaze (Delicious !!) I have been going here for about 10 years and have loved it each and every time. I do agree with some of the people that the service is lacking, but the food more than makes up for it. Their appetizers are very good too, Pate De Canard, the French Onion Soup and the Roasted Corn & Crab Bisque. I will be enjoying the holidays at the Rive Gauche Cafe this year.


Stomach Ache

I went to this restaurant with 3 of my 30-something friends -- all young professionals. We were definitely younger than all of the other patrons. The decor was terrible: Flowered carpet was in need of a good steam cleaning, The chairs were uncomfortable, Tabletops do not have proper linens (instead they are covered in glass), Menus are worn, Bathrooms are outside. The service was surprisingly slow considering how few people were in the restaurant. The price is about $25 for an entree. Most importantly, the food: ranged from average to terrible. My meal's mushroom sauce did not pair well with the rest of the food on the plate, and I ended up waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache. Overall, 4 out of 4 people did not have a good experience.


Provided by Citysearch - 
What a find! Best Pommes Frites in Los Angeles!

My boyfriend and I found this little gem as we were driving down ventura while doing some holiday shopping this past weekend........we had a lovely late lunch out on the back patio, service was great and the food was amazing. We started with the crab stuffed mushrooms (brilliant - great texture, great flavour, topped with bernaise - mmmm) and split the NY Steak with poached egg (perfectly cooked, tender, juicy - everything you could want in a steak and more) -- the best part may have been the pommes frites - we're convinced they're the best in Los Angeles..........

we will be back, and back, and back and back...this is now one of our favorites in town.


Provided by Citysearch - 
My Top 3 Fish Dishes EVER - ( see my reviews for 2 others )

Wow, I was really surprised to read some negative reviews below! Our family just had a relative's birthday dinner here, and it was excellent all around! We got seated in the cozy, romantic patio alcove...the waitress was knowledgeable, experienced, and unobtrusive...their food is off the hook (salad, soup, fish, meat, desserts all were excellent!). They were even nice enough to make a hamburger (not on the menu) for my picky daughter. My fave fish dish here: the roast whitefish with artichoke hearts, tomato & caper sauce. As I said, it's one of my top 3 ever.. we will DEFINITELY be back!


Average Food, Awful Service

I am not sure if the restaurant has changed ownership but in the past year the restaurant has gone from good to poor.

The service was awful, the owner was rude and the food was prepared incorrectly.

The worst customer service I have encountered at any restaurant in years.

Much better choice out there.

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