Vibrato Grill and Jazz
2930 N Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Good For Groups: Yes
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11/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Our favorite American restaurant, the food at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato is sophisticated but not fussy. The good, obviously fresh ingredients include organic, sustainable and grass-fed options. The space is warm, glowing and romantic, with sleek curves and a dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace. It makes me happy to eat great food while listening to great music in a gorgeous, intimate ambiance with excellent wine, service, and fair prices!
Unlike many jazz clubs I've been to where the food is a second-rate afterthought, Herb Alpert's Vibrato has enough fine food and wine to be a favorite regular hangout even if they didn’t present a different, top-notch musical act every night. Most nights have no cover, since they only charge for big-name acts or big bands about 3-4 times a month.
With such a variety of great music, we go often. On an easy evening, we might end up at the generous, curvy bar with a friendly, music-savvy group. We’ll order from the appealing Bar Menu, which includes creative well-priced appetizers from their regular menu, such as my favorite-- Lamb Lollipops with Port-Marinated Figs, and my SO's favorite-- Crispy Calamari with Chipotle Aioli, a portion so big we sometimes can't finish it. We both also adore the Fingerling Potato Knish with Smoked Wild Salmon, Champagne-soaked Toasted Mustard Seeds and Lemon-Dill Crème Fraiche, served 3 to an order. There are a half-dozen other tasty choices, all of which we eventually tried... and liked!
The regular dinner prices are reasonable for what you get, considering prime steaks and free world-class music, but dinner and wine can be a bargain, too. Great deals to look for: a selection of 6 high-scoring wines (mostly 90 points and above) for under $40 a bottle (always available); plus a prix-fixe menu on Sundays and Wednesdays with 3 courses for $39 (3 choices for each course) and full-sized portions such as a sliced, pan-seared Ahi Tuna with mango, avocado, lime-cilantro salsa (delicious and huge), a sliced flat-iron steak with tasty trimmings, or my favorite-- a crispy-breaded, tender (pounded, skinless-boneless) whole chicken breast schnitzel with the tiny wing bone still attached, served with a tangle of gently garlic-scented sauteed baby spinach and tomatoes. There’s even a Wine Pairing with the 3-course prix-fixe menu for just $15 for 3 glasses (3 ounces each). YUM! There’s just no way to NOT love this place.
The staff members are friendly, with no attitude, even though there are plenty of celebs and VIPs among the regulars. I strongly recommend reservations. This is my idea of the ideal LA restaurant.
A. Foodie Jones
I LOVE this place! There's always a great jazz group playing, and the acoustics are perfect. I have had more expensive steaks, but never better steaks! I guess you could say I'm a steak fiend! The location is great, too. Halfway between Sunset and Ventura Blvd. in woodsy Beverly Glen Canyon.
This is the perfect LA restaurant.
I find the service to be excellent, caring, and dependable. After many dinners and shows, I proposed to my bride here, at a table near the fireplace, and they made everything perfect, with so much class. We will definitely celebrate our first anniversary at Vibrato this May! The ambiance is great. Warm, cozy and attractive, filled with art and a cutting-edge sound system. The owner is Herb Alpert, of the Tijuana Brass and A&M Records, and most of the art is by him. He also knows about sound quality, which is why his place sounds so good.
We also enjoy Vibrato's food, and consider the prices very fair for what we get, which is the best prime steaks in town, comparable to Mastro's, Cut, Nick and Stef's, Wolfgang's and Arroyo Chop House. The difference is that most of these charge considerably more, and don't have great live jazz free (most nights), making them all more expensive, and a lot less attractive than an evening out at Vibrato. My wife is not as much of a steak lover as me, and she usually has the fresh fish, or a Dungeness crab salad, which she loves. We usually share a dessert, either the moist bread pudding or the buttery shortbread crusted blueberry pie, the best either of us have ever tasted. Early this month, we met friends from the Valley at Vibrato, and they had a great time. We saw Gianni Russo, from the Godfather film, who did a classic Vegas-style show. Great fun!
10/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I went to Vibrato last Saturday, and I can assure you it will be the last time I go there to eat. A man came by with a thick accent, who I assumed was some kind of manager. He came by before we had been served any food, and at that point everything was fine. I could see right through his insincerity and could tell he was just going through the motions of pretending to be concerned about guest service. My wife ordered the Veal, which was said to be a signature item. If you call an over cooked, dry, tasteless veal a signature, there's a problem. The thing was also HUGE, but let me tell you, giving someone a larger portion doesn't make up for the lack of quality. I ordered a dry aged filet mignon. The steak was over priced at $54 a la carte, and it was over cooked as I ordered it medium rare, and it came out looking mostly brown with just a slight pink in the middle. The server could tell we were unhappy, but I waited so long for the steak I was famished, and couldn't stand waiting for them to re-cook it. We looked around the dining room for the manager that had stopped by, but he was no where to be found. I guess he is aware of the sub par food they're serving so decides to evacuate the dining room when it gets busy. By the time we were thoroughly disappointed with the food, we both decided that being there for 2 hours to just be disappointed and over charged will result in a review like the one you're reading now.
Vibrato has great live Jazz and excellent food. It is high end so expect the food and drinks to be fully priced. However, it definitely worth it. I think the music doesn't really start cranking until later in the night, but be sure to double check.
02/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is a fun night out, but definitely for an older crowd overall. My boyfriend and I were there for Valentine's day to see some live jazz which was amazing, but the people next to us were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary when we just graduated from college last year, and that was pretty much the average age there, minus two other younger couples, but as long as you are with a good conversation partner it is worth going. The food is VERY WELL done but a bit pricey with the cheapest entree at $28 but there is no cover for the live jazz so it evens out. The service was very good, but at times with the music it was hard to talk with my boyfriend across our table since our table was abnormally long. Go prepared to spend some money and make sure you call in advance to check what time the jazz shows are starting. Also try and ask for a booth table if possible which will give you and your date a better date experience. Great romantic spot either way up in the hills of bel air.
02/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I wish I had listened to the review about lazy service and overpriced food! We went on Valentine's Day (admittedly, not a good day to judge a restaurant) and waited forever to get seated. I was told that they had ""120 people on the waiting list"" but when we arrived there were eight empty tables downstairs. We waited for over an hour to get seated upstairs away from the stage where there were another 6 empty tables (even though there were many open tables downstairs).
The food wasn't bad but the service was extremely poor. An 18% gratuity was automatically added to the $125 per person fixed price menu so the waiter had no incentive to provide good service. We waited 20 minutes between courses while the people next to us came in 1/2 hour later and were served before us.
The oysters and the steak were OK but not worth the $125 price per person for four skimpy courses. The drinks are overpriced, though good, and the band played for about 45 minutes of the two hours we were there.
The upshot is that we paid $450 for two people to sit in a corner of a half-empty restaurant and get ignored. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone and I won't be back. IGNORE THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN PERIL! For this kind of money, go to FOGO de CHAO and enjoy a fabulous meal instead.
01/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
If you are a Jazz lover, this is definitely the place for you.
Even you are not much of a Jazz or Classical music person, the food here is remarkable.
The crispy duck is awesome, the skin is crispy and the duck meat is very tender.
The Grilled filet mignon is also magnificant
01/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
One of the worst resturants I have ever been too. We had a reservation at 9:00 and just had to wait 40 minutes to order drinks and dinner. Well 90 minutes later we received our beet salad that was highly recommended which tasted like nothing. Literally it was one beet cut in 4 pieces. For dinner we had the filet which was one of the worst pieces of steak we had ever had. It was cold and way over cooked and tasted like a expensive frozen dinner. Anyways $700 later for a party of six for unedible food and terrible service this is not a place to recommend.
12/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Hidden away in the middle of bellaire, this l'il gem of a restaurant is a MUST try. The live jazz on the stage each and every night adds so much to the ambiance that you could literally just go there and order a bottle of wine, enjoy great conversations with your friend(s) and be able to thoroughly enjoy yourself. The acoustic of the restaurant is amazing and not overwhelming as in other places that you won't be able to hear your company. And that's just about the music. The food was amazing with a wide selection of wines and delicious dishes. Haven't had a single bad one yet. The wait staff is stupendous, welcoming and will help you pick out, if needed, what you will enjoy from appetizers to entrees to the right wine for your meal without the typical pretentiousness of LA. This is in fact where I proposed to fiancee and it's a definite gem. If you haven't been here, you will want to, I promise you.
11/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend and I went here as part of my birthday weekend. She surprised me with a place that I didn't even know about even though I pass it all the time. The food was great! I had chicken and potatoes. Somehow they put a terrific spin on this down home favorite. The drinks were pretty good as well and the Jazz was decent. The service was good and the ambiance was just as impressive as the food!
09/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is by far one of the best dinner experiences of my life. My husband and I had such a great time. Tim our waiter was the greatest. Patient and very helpful with the recommendations. My husband had the double cut lamb chops with the mint jelly. Wow!! what a combination. It explodes in your mouth. He truly enjoyed every piece. I had the Alaskan Halibut and it was delicious! We also enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine after our meal, which made the experience even better. We enjoyed the Jazz and stayed till closing time. And did I mention we saw quite a few celebrities? Parking was a breeze. We got lucky on finding a spot as the lot was full at around 9pm. The drive back home was amazing, as we drove back through Mulholland Drive and the views were spectacular! I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great dinner experience.
08/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been trying to get to vibrato for months - and it was totally worth the wait! I fell in love instantly. Warm vibe, great service (at the bar and once we sat down for dinner) plus delicious food and a great wine list (especially if you like pinot). Kinda pricey, but well worth it. I dont know anywhere else you can listen to great music, have a great dinner and be treated like a super star. I'll be back soon!
07/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The restaurant has an ambiance that makes you excited and gets you ready for a great night out. This place SHOULD be awesome!
We were greatly disappointed....
I believe our waiter was on something. He couldn't stand still while he was talking, and he grabbed my wine right before I took a drink, says ""Whoa, I think it may be bad!"" He puts his nose in my glass (literally) and says ""Oh, no, nevermind, it's fine.""
Speaking of which, the wine was Ravenswood, Merlot - Vibrato charged us almost $50 a bottle for this wine. A standard benchmark for wine mark-up is twice retail. I discovered at BevMo that Ravenswood retails for $8 a bottle!
The jazz stage is really awesome. We were all ready to hear someone really go at some Jazz... the Jazz was played by old white guys (this should have been our first warning) It sounded worse than elevator music and at a lighter tone than when you are on hold for a Sprint operator..
The menu was really not very exciting. A few things sounded OK... we got the dory and the veal marsala. The dory was not too bad, but not worth $30, and the veal was hanging half off my plate and was without a doubt a reheated, frozen dish. It tasted like a tough shoe! After only ordering a bottle of wine and two entres, the bill was about $170 and I had to go home and eat a bowl of cereal to fill up since my food was so bad.
So there you have it. I would love to see this place under new managment, a new chef and different music.
03/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
With a new chef on board, This place is better than ever. I've been eating Marc's food for a while. He's finally in an environment that will really show his skills. The wait staff are very attentive but not over the top. The food came out hot and timely and the wine service was spot on. The desserts were amazing. I had the Pana Cotta with poached pear in some kind of red wine reduction. Outstanding. We will be there many nights to follow. Bravo!
02/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Vibrato was absolutely amazing!! Its everything i image an old old super club to be. The music and ambiance were fantastic as was the food and service. The staff was attentive, accomodating and genuinly seemed to care - a rare treat these days!! The steaks were great but the scallops were as good as I've had anywhere. Vibrato should be on everyones list of restaurants to go to.