2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 586-1742
Fax: (310) 586-1742
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Family Style, American
Alcohol: Full Bar
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07/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
NOTE: Review is for Bottle Service
We ended up booking the Wilshire for my friend's going away a month back. We were promised a $750 minimum on the suite - alcohol included - the suite around 10, to 10:30 p.m. VIP passes (no cover/no waiting in line), and 40 people on guest list (no cover before 10:30, but no waiting required at all after wards).
When we got there, not only did we end up getting the suite more than an hour later than discussed - 11:45 p.m. after dinner guests whom we were not informed of earlier had left the venue - our guest list apparently closed at 10:30 p.m., meaning all of our 30+ guests who showed up after 10:30 that were INCLUDED on our guest list had to pay cover AND stand in the ridiculous Wilshire Saturday night line.
Also, as we had started our $750 tab at the bar due to getting our actual venue later than planned, our total bill came out to 1.5 times more than expected as they had split our tabs into two - one at the bar we started at and one at our bottle service area - which again, was against our requests of ensuring we did not order above a $750 minimum alcohol purchase (although we did get a comp'd bottle because of our late start - which was generous).
All in all, we had an amazing time only because of the group of people who had joined our party, and not because of the dissatisfying service we received from the GM's/staff/restaraunt overall that night.
This is a great place if your purpose is to join friends for a couple cocktails on a Saturday night, but I would recommend skipping out on this venue if your goal is to reserve it for a party, bottle service included.
09/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Made a reservation using opentable and Wilshire called me to confirm the reservation so I was a bit surprised by the 30+ minute wait for my table. We were finally seated and all 4 chairs were so wobbly we all thought they would fall apart (seriously). Our server was terrible. None of us understood one word he said in his opening comments. He was miserable. If you are going to serve up a bunch of attitude and bad service you better have some seriously good food. Unfortunately the food at Wilshire is mediocre at best and not worth mentioning. With so many options for truly good food and good service there is no reason to ever return to Wilshire.
06/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I came here last week to watch the Lakers game for Happy Hour. Not only did I have great service, but the food was delicious!!!! I would recommend the blue cheese burger if you are looking for something flavorful and filling and to drink I would recommend their margarita! Yum.
02/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The ambiance is great and the food was very good (for the most part) at Wilshire. The pricing policies are ridiculous, though. Do they know there's a recession and they should be doing everything in their power to get us to come back?
1st case in point: Martinis were good, but they're $11-14 each, plus a $3 charge if you want a martini glass!! Huh? When was the last time you ordered a martini and it didn't come in a martini glass???
2nd point: We also brought our own bottle of wine, plus ordered a $50 bottle from the wine list (one of the cheapest bottles, actually). According to the wine list, corkage fees are waived if you order wine from the wine list. Unfortunately, after we gave the waitress our credit cards, we noticed we got charged a $20 corkage fee.
We asked the manager about these issues. His response: too bad for us. If we come back, maybe he'd give us some sort of discount. I'm not going to hold my breath.
Regarding the food, most of it was very good. Pear salad - okay. Gnocchi -- good but a little bland. One duck potpie had no duck in it (waiter's response: too bad, it happens sometimes), but the others were excellent. Moroccan lamb stew was very good, but the side garnished didn't really work with the stew. The apple tart was just mediocre. The espresso float with cinnamon donuts was AMAZING.
Will we go back? No way. Too many other great restaurants in LA with better service and pricing.
01/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Genuinely Lackluster. Wilshire was a better restaurant when it opened!!! In just a few years it has gone from progressive to downright precocious. Absolutely no maturity coming out of the Kitchen let alone the Front of the House. One of the worst wait staffs occupying the entire Westside, which is a massive statement. For a restaurant which prides itself on healthy, sustainable food, the energy at the Wilshire is completely inorganic and often unsettling. Many better choices for a nice night out then his overpriced, overdone, and under achieving Santa Monica newbie.
12/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to the Wilshire a few times and have only had great experiences there. The food is fantastic, and the drinks are delicious! The atmosphere is also awesome - there is a small indoor bar, an indoor restaurant, an outdoor restaurant, and a hidden back patio with it's own bar. So whether you want to be inside, outside, with a lot of people, in a quiet area... you can find it here! My only con is it's overpriced. Don't be surprised if dinner for one costs you close to $100. We went out as a group and split the bill, and it came out to almost $100 each. But, I was very happy with my meal and the service, so I was not too bitter about it.
08/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love to just sit out on the back patio, share a bottle of wine and a few appetizers...perfect way to spend an early Sunday evening. Was there last night, had a GREAT bottle of Italian red from Puglia and a dish of the mac n' cheese and all I can say is it is the BEST mac n' cheese I've ever had!!! Totally mellow, romantic, easy going vibe....love this place!!
06/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
i had to write a review especially after reading the last few .
i am a local in sm and went last week for a business meeting.
the cocktails though $15 were the size of a big gulp and were unique and tasty.
we had a great, professional, yet funny waitress (adrienne? spell), the appetizers were delicious and our main courses were the same.
we were told the portions were small, but i have to say for a fine dinning restaurant ,i did not feel that way, we all left very satisfied and had a GREAT restaurant experience
05/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
First off, for our party we rented out one of the smaller patio areas (thinking we had our own patio - maybe I misunderstood.) We just had a long table set up by the back bar.. big deal. The heaters were so close to our table, we had to ask them to move it back otherwise I have no idea how they expected us to jump into our seats?!! Secondly, the food was disappointing! Nothing was spectacular - I'm talking about 10+ orders. Every steak was overcooked. Braised short ribs that everyone praised about in other reviews were SALTY! Miso cod was bland. I have to say though - the Thai Snapper had an impressive presentation since they brought out a whole fish deep fried. Drinks were yummy, a bit pricey ($15). Third complaint we brought in our own cake as we were celebrating a birthday - manager of some sort beckons me over and asks who I gave the cake to and not to worry and that they will locate it?! And then lastly, I was told they'd have music after 10 in the patio, turns out music plays only inside (in the front bar) so our guests were just hanging around the back patio and so we finally relocated to Holly's next door for some music. Waiter kept telling me 15 more mins and they're going to pump the music outside - never happened! All in all, it's a date spot but not for a party unless you're older and want a mellow place. Be forwarned this place is a cougar den and a hot spot for trout's to take their young dates to.
05/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was recently there on a Saturday night to celebrate a friend's birthday.
First, the positives...we sat in the very charming outdoor garden area and the service was pretty good. That's about it for this paragraph.
The food...terrible! Everything was loaded with salt and I must have drank 5 cups of water with my meal. I ordered the filet (fyi - the smallest ""8 oz"" steak I've ever ordered)...it was dry, definitely not ""medium"", and tasted like it was sprayed with some sort of artificial smoky flavor...just gross. Everything I tried from other plates was also very salty. My margarita even tasted like it had a shot of salt at the bottom of it, which I still don't understand. Also, very expensive for the poor quality of food that is served. That gross steak I described earlier was $35 (a la carte). By the way, don't let the servers fool you...they they everything is ""incredible"". Also, at $15 a drink, the tab really adds up.
Bottom line...nice ambiance, but save your money and your appetite and treat yourself somewhere better.
04/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to the Wilshire recently with a large group and have an amazing experience. We were promptly seated, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered us suggestions. As far as appetizers go, the Hamachi is unbelievable and the Scallops were really good as well. I had the Braised Short Rib for dinner and it was so tender that I did not use my knife to cut it. They have a Red Snapper that they lightly flour and fry (the whole fish) and the presentation is a definite conversation piece (it was tasty too). The whole fish was lightly fried and it stands up on its own on the plate. I had to leave before dessert, but it looked real good. We also had a minor issue with an entree and one of the managers came by and very discreetly asked if we wanted a replacement dish. It was handled with complete class.