Delmonico's Lobster House
16358 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 986-0790
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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What a disappointment! Terrible Sunday Brunch! Tasteless, boring, unimaginative "food". Prime rib was cold. Only thing worth eating was fruit and shrimp & how many of those can one have? Very poor service! Overall experience was Extremely BAD!! Stay away & let those, apparently like this poor quality have it. Would have been much better at Dennys or IHOP. Way overpriced for value received. Could have had much better for $35 per person. Never again!
06/11/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Wow...I should really write two TOTALLY different reviews. Except the food was great both times :) We came here one night and were given A+ 5 star service. We ordered stuffed lobster, one of the specials suggested by a charming waiter. He was SO professional and made you feel like you were there for a dining experience, not just to eat and get out. As parents with a toddler at home, this is something we've really come to appreciate. An expensive meal, but a wonderful dining experience, well worth the price tag. I'd have given the experience 5 stars, easily.
I wanted to come back for my birthday! My husband called and told them it was my birthday. I don't know what happened! I do know we had a lark driving home and making fun of the service. The waiter didn't introduce himself...I actually think it was the manager, but at first we thought he was a busboy who was learning English. Turned out he just didn't care to talk much. I felt like he was there to get us fed and out the door. He told us one special when we asked. ONE. An inexpensive one actually? We were dressed to the 9s so I can't understand why that was. We asked if there were steak or lobster specials...there were three. I guess he didn't think we'd be interested. We ordered a VERY expensive meal. Meanwhile my father-in-law called in to try to pay the bill for our entire dinner! SO NICE! They refused to take his credit card over the phone and announced to us that such a practice was...ILLEGAL! Not against their policies and very sorry to let us know this...illegal. Ooookay. Later, he admitted they'd extended this service to a few trusted customers. ha ha. I'd blame our bad personalities, but I honestly don't think they took the time to get to know us well enough to dislike us.
So I didn't get so much as a lump of ice cream with a candle in it for my birthday. Not a thank you, not an apology...not a single time were we asked if we were enjoying our experience.
Both times the food was OUTSTANDING and we were very amused by the compare and contrast of service from one time to the next. I went home to a houseful of friends and a cake, so I got to blow out my candle. :) It wasn't that bad...just really, really different from the first time to the second. I am in customer service myself, maybe my standards are a little high.
I wouldn't say not to go...but ask for the tall bald guy's section. He is a wonderful server.
02/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
A real disappointment; I thought it could possibly be a real gem right here in Encino, the ambiance is way off, starting with floor to ceiling enclosed booths of light oak and green vinyl upholstery. Lighting creates a bizarre haze over the whole room. We each enjoyed a cup of lobster bisque, but nothing to rave about. My guest had a salmon entree which was quite ordinary, and I was totally disappointed by the whitefish smothered in a dense mustard sauce, yikes all I could taste was mustard.
02/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
What I appreciate most at Delmonico's is the variety. You can have lobster, raw/seared tuna (ahi), other crustaceans like shrimp, oysters or their fresh fish of the day. It's an ideal place if you enjoy seafood, especially the dishes that are not always available at not-specialized restaurants.
It is also easy to be accompanied by someone who does not enjoy seafood as they also serve steak.
I recommend surf n turf if you are very hungry.
Cocktails are yummy, consistently good. Nice variety of wines to accompany your dinner. My favorite wine to eat with fish is their Pino Griggio.
Prices on the food are not too bad, it's the wine that really does the damage, but worth it in my opinion.
03/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I don't consider myself a picky customer. Me and my husband wanted to celebrate our 10-years together. We came here on a recommendation. We wanted a nice dim, intimate spot. This is not the place for that. Not that they use fluorescent lighting or anything, but it was lit the same way a Denny's would be. There was hardly anyone there and it was a Saturday night, which should say something. We were sat in a booth that was nice. It's very enclosed. This is a steak and Lobster house so we expected high prices. The food was not that great. I won't say horrible, but I think paired with everything else, it was definitely not worth the price. We started to get that feeling that we were wanted out. It was only 10. We were the last customers and the staff got very loud. We thought it was other customers. The manager kept walking by and looking at us. Like he was waiting for us to leave, which we would have if we were able to get the check from the waiter that we hardly ever saw. We had to ask for the check four times from four different people before we actually got it. I have read the reviews before and all the good ones seem to come from the Sunday Brunch. If you decide to visit, make it that brunch. The ultra-busy time of Saturday night makes the place look like it's about to shut down.
11/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Sunday brunch includes wonderful lobster, oysters, salmon, tuna and scalops sashimi, muscles , crabs legs, 10 different types of salads, meat, fish and fantastic dessert.. Staff is professional, Shampane is very good, food is fresh. I would highly recommend this brunch to anyone who loves seafood.
My wife is a good cook. But every time we are in the mood for real feast we are going to Delmonico’s Lobster House in Encino. It is not very close to us – we are living in Marina Del Rey – but it is definitely worth the drive. The food is consistently fantastic, and for that reason we are patronizing that particular place for a number of years. They have the freshest seafood you can find in LA for very reasonable price. Oysters, crab legs, tuna, scallops – not once it was compromised on quality. Also the stuffed lobster is a must over there. And do not forget to get lobster bisque soup. And another hint for real gourmand: try escargot snails, it’s the best one I ever had including France. Add the great service on the top of what had been said already. If you are hesitating what to start with, just ask their Chef Tony for advice and follow it to full enjoyment. The result is that we keep going over there again, and again, and again …
Start your experience with that place from Sunday brunch. It’s a KNOCKOUT!
P.S. Very important – leave some space for DESSERT.
10/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Sunday brunch includes wonderful warm whole lobster, fresh oysters on the half shell, salmon and tuna sashimi, fantasttic muscles and clams on the half shell, prime rib carving station, and a huge selection of creative warm and cold selections that change each week. Staff is friendly, and food is fresh. I would highly recommend this brunch to anyone who loves seafood. I get my money back in oysters alone. Price in the thirty's, but well worth it for all you can eat expensive stuff.