I've been here a few times now, and have to say that while I absolutely LOVE the ambiance and atmosphere, the attitude - of the wait staff and the general clientele - I can do without. In fact, when at a loss for where to grab a simple, hearty meal, we'll often pass on this place as we are usually "in no mood for the 'tude." But I digress. On my first visit, we were seated in the lush, green patio area where I enjoyed a cheeseburger and my companion had spaghetti and meatballs. The portions were generous and overall tasty and satisfying. However, our waiter - who we later determined must have been new - was inattentive and a bit detached, even as we continued to try to engage him by just being pleasant and polite. He warmed up in the end and was nice enough, so the evening ended well. On a subsequent visit for a late Sunday brunch, we sat in the semi-enclosed back room with a ridiculously rude and noisy group. Our waitress was aloof, also detached, and condescending when asking for my ID. Since my only child is old enough to drink legally, I'm usually quite flattered when I am carded - which is surprisingly often, and hilariously funny to my mostly younger friends who don't drink. But this chick actually "spoke down" to me and while she might have intended her gaffe to be funny, it wasn't. After our drinks finally arrived and our order was placed, I enjoyed the Garden Herb Tuna Sandwich on a French Roll which was just OK - not exactly what I expected given the tasty burger I'd enjoyed a few weeks before - but it was passable. Given the overall snarkiness of the atmosphere that day among the staff and patrons, I can't say that I enjoyed my second visit as much as the first. I will likely return to this place at some point, but will perhaps do so during an off-peak time in hopes of getting better service and a tastier dish.
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The atmosphere is the best thing about this place. It's so festive outside, with the raised porch patios, twinkle lights and the koi fountain in the middle. The drink menu is extensive, as is the menu. It's all over the place, but they specialize in the "homey" dishes like pot pies and desserts. For my money, it's all about some of the new additions like grilled veggie salad and the healthy bean salad.
Ensenada Restaurant features great traditional Mexican food at a good price. In the heart of downtown Los Angeles one block away from the Ronald Reagan State Office Building, it is frequented by many state government workers and others from the neighborhood. Truly a great escape for lunch. My recommendation is to come with an empty stomach, be prepared to eat and leave completely satisfied!
The outdoor setting with fountain is delightful, and the food is pretty good. Lots of variety on the menu. However, service is a little spotty. Do you just grab a table or do you wait to be noticed, and seated? Also, there are lots of waiter and busser types whizzing back and forth but appearances at your table are few and far between.
My daughter moved to the neighbor hood and the best food and nicest place on Spring street is the Ensenada. They treat you like family and the food reminds me of the homemade cooking I was brought up on. Be adventurous if you go in because everything is delicious an very nicley garnished and fairly priced.
The food isn't anything special per se, but it's still tasty, comforting and quite affordable. Same for the drinks. What makes this place special is the decor and the regulars - it's like walking into your living room, if your living room was a pirate ship. I mean that in a good way.
My go-to place for all my kitchen needs: serving platters, dishes, barware, glasses and especially baking supplies. They have a great selection of restaurant-grade cooking and bakeware. I love their simple white dishes for my home. Helpful staff.
This is a nice place when you're in the mood to dine outdoors. The food is good and fairly priced. The service is adequate and the atmosphere is excellent. I highly recommend Home for breakfast on warm summer days.
This place lives up to its name. It's comfy yet kinda chic. Nothing extraordinary about the food but it's well prepared and comes in hearty portions ( if you care). Try their meat loaf, pretty good.
Great local restaurant with lovely atmosphere. The menu is huge and that makes it hard to choose. Highly recommend the salads and sandwiches. The burgers are pretty good too.