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California Canteen

(12 Reviews)

3311 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068

(818) 765-3311

Today: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Fax: (323) 876-1849

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Price Range
Central LA, Hollywood Hills West
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, French Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, On Site

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

LOVED IT!! I'm tired of reading how ""uppity"" the wait staff is, dear ones - that is called professional!! AND the food was delicious - we had escargot appetizer, yummy, buttery, garlicky and tender. I had beef bourginone, tender slow cooked, melt in your mouth comfort food. My partner had the chicken breast with mushrooms, again - tender, tasty, great portions with plenty to take home!! The Creme Brulee served
in a big warm bowl, was simply the best we've ever had!! 5 stars - GO now!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
They don't need your business

Ate here once before, totally forgettable experience. But today I can't even comment on the food because out of principle I will never come here again. Who has ever heard of a restaurant refusing to make change for a dollar so a diner can put money in a parking meter so he can eat at aforementioned restaurant? Especially in LA where parking meters are ubiquitous, one would think restaurants would do what they can to encourage diners to eat at their establishments. Well, apparently the owners of California Canteen don't want your business.

On a quiet Thursday lunch, as I was being seated for a table for two, I was told by the curmudgeon I assumed was the owner or manager that he would not ""give me money."" Now, I wasn't asking for a handout, I wanted CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR. Even as I held the menu he said I could be lying to him for all he knew, and how did he know I was really going to eat here? Seriously? I thought he was joking, but no, he refused to give me change for the meter so I could SPEND MONEY at his restaurant. He kept telling me I should use his valet, who I assume lines his pockets.

I laughed, went next door to the convenience store and got change and when my friend arrived I told him we'd be going somewhere else for lunch. So, in the midst of a recession when people are cutting back on their dining out, this [insert your own expletive] at California Canteen lost a $30-$40 lunch tab (and all my future business) because he lacked the common decency to make change for a buck.

Baffling, unreal, stupid and petty. If you want French bistro food in the neighborhood, go to La Poubelle on Franklin. I bet they'll give you change for a dollar...



Mais Oui!

This is a great spot near the studios and just around the hill from the valley. Service is not rushed... and may feel slow for those who are used to quick meals. The ambience is great, so sit back and relax and enjoy the experience. The baked salmon with lemon sauce is fantastic and highly recommended. It's a bit hidden so watch for the sign, valet parking is the way to go as street parking is limited.



Aux provence

Believe it or not, this is actually a french restaurant highlighting food from southern france and the basque region of spain. I would probably say the food is 3.5 stars but i will round up since the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. looks can be deceiving as it looks to me like something of a dive bar from the outside. C'est faux mon frere!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A hidden gem in Universal City - Deeeelicious!

What a rare treat to find a such a neighborhood gem. I love this place. Extraordinary food and fabulous decor. Reminded me of being in Basque Country with all the Spanish and French influence. Comfortable and stylish without and pompous pretense, it made me feel like I was in a great neighborhood cafe -- in Europe. A delight to the senses and the palate. Has a great feeling for a professional lunch (eclectic, creative) and at night it's both understated and romantic. You would never guess what's inside from the outside, I thought we were going to a burger place when we first stopped by. I highly recommend it, in an age of cookie cutter, copy cat restaurants -- this one is unique.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not unless you like it hairy...

The sangria here is great. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ambiance is really cool. Very relaxed, but nice. The food was passable, but 2 of our dishes came with hair in it. Not acceptable for a highly rated restaurant. They were very nice and gave our table an extra dessert, but I would have rather enjoyed my ordered food minus the hair.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food, BAD service.

I have been twice now, one on a weekend night and once on a weekday afternoon. The food is good, and recommendable, but not really anything special with so much else to choose from. I would go back again except that the service, both times, was TERRIBLE. I am a waitress so I know how hard it is--and how hard it ISN'T--to be a good server.

Our waiter today didn't show up to give us menus (ever). We went and got our own after about 10 minutes. He showed up after another 10 minutes or so to take our drink orders and then disappeared again. The good thing is that the food came out very quickly, under 10 minutes. After he brought our food, we never saw him again until 20 minutes after we had FINISHED eating, and he seemed miffed when we asked for the check.

Overall, if you're in a patient mood, I would recommend it for the food. But if you're a person who ever gets annoyed at sub-par service staff, it will happen here... so be forewarned.

...P.S. I had my dog with me (we were sitting on the patio) and imagine my shock when I checked what he was chewing on and pulled a piece of BROKEN GLASS out of his mouth. Yum. He picked it up from the shards that I later found under my chair.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Paris in LA

I have been hooked since the first time I visited ten years ago and have returned many, many times! A side from the food they have the best service in L.A and Fredo is the best waiter. He's always available for suggestions if you're a new comer and makes you feel right at home. The New Year's menu is always my favorite. In October try their pumkin creme will lick the spoon, the plate and be tempted to order another.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best-kept secret in L.A.

A true French restaurant amid the strip-malls of Universal City, the Canteen is an oasis of French cuisine and culture. The servers are friendly and helpful, and the cuisine can't be beat -- especially at the Canteen's reasonable prices. Try the soups, the spinach balls, the quiches, and be sure to sample a glass off their long wine list! The desserts are great too. A perfect restaurant for a romantic meal with that special someone, at a price that lets you pick up the tab!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Had a LOVELY dinner here at this gem of a restaurant. Fabulous seafood in a luscious lobster sauce & yummy french onion soup. Really good service & a comfortable atmosphere. I highly recommend it!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Yes! Hands down one of the best kept secrets around Universal City. Although you can't just have drinks at the bar, but you wouldn't want to miss out on the appetizers and the main dishes. Also, you must order a pitcher of the San Gria, you'll feel like your in Italy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My Favorite!

My boyfriend took me here on a whim one Friday night and I have raved about it ever since. The ambiance is wonderful and the food is delicious. We've been back numerous times since and I have recommended it to everyone I know. It's my favorite restaraunt in Los Angeles!

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