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Anisette Brasserie - CLOSED

Map & Directions 225 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • French
  • Sun 9am-10pm, Mon 11:30am-10pm, Tue-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

CLOSED - Anisette looks as if it has always been here, absinthe bottles rising to Heaven behind the zinc bar and upper walls tinted nicotine yellow, like an awkwardly narrow space that has thrived since the belle epoque in spite of the fact that it was originally designed as a bank. Chef Alain Giraud has a background in French haute cuisine perhaps unmatched by Los Angeles chefs, including decades in Parisian three-stars, a long stint as the chef de cuisine at Citrus and a term as the founding chef at Bastide. But at Anisette, Giraud isn't presenting a modern interpretation of French cooking, a chef's fantasy of French cooking or riffs on the theme of French cooking - the brasserie serves regular French cooking as designed by an amazingly skilled French chef, steak-frites and onion soup and winey house terrines, prepared with superb California produce and served by Santa Monica waiters who occasionally seem practiced at French diffidence. The rotating list of daily specials includes such old-fashioned standards as lobster Thermidor and duck a l'orange, done superbly well. Desserts are generally things like floating island, chocolate mousse and profiteroles. One goes to Anisette not to experience the new and revolutionary, one goes to be fed. Nearby city lot parking on Second Street free for two hours. See full review.

Member Reviews

  • kristin102287 wrote a review for Anisette Brasserie
    on 02/02/10

    Can't go wrong here. It's very typical french. Tables are on top of each other. Don't go if you want to have a private conversation!

  • StephenW8011 wrote a review for Anisette Brasserie
    on 02/05/09

    Located in a busy pedestrian mall, I thought this place would be expensive, pretentious, and have horrible food. Well, 1 out of three isn't as bad as 0 for 3. The food is really worth the wait and price in spite of the slightly stuffy staff and insane wait times. Definitely get reservations and warm up the credit card. Recommend: oyster flight, crab bisque, and of the seafood dishes.

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