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Los Angeles Restaurants

Chinois on Main

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

A once-revolutionary outpost in Wolfgang Puck's repertoire, this is still one of L.A.'s most crowded—and noisy—restaurants. The jazzy interior is just as loud as the clientele. Although the menu has expanded, the restaurant's happy marriage of Asian and French cuisines shows best in such signature dishes as Chinois chicken salad, Shanghai lobster with a spicy ginger-curry sauce, and Cantonese duck with fresh plum sauce.

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2709 Main St., Santa Monica, California, 90405, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations essential

Updated 04/14/2014


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By Todd

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Oct 20, 2006

Not So Sure

You know, the food really IS terrific, but so is the case at so many other places that I'm not so sure that Chinois is worth it. It's just too crowded and noisy to really be enjoyable, especially at its price-point. Go on a weeknight, poke your head in before sitting down. If it's mobbed and raucous - go down to the Library Alehouse a block south. If not, ENJOY!

By R

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Feb 11, 2002

Don't bother

Mix so-so food with a lot of noise and indifferent service at the prices they charge and you leave wondering how this place stays in business, much less makes a name for itself. Beats me, and I'm definitely not going back.

By Renee

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Jan 28, 2002

Try Chung King on Pico Blvd instead.

I've had plenty of better Chinese elsewhere. Loud and cramped. Expensive.

By Maggie

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Jun 26, 2000

Not All I Thought It Would Be

Maybe it was the fact that I'd been to Postrio in San Francisco the night before and had seen -- and tasted -- what Puck can really do, but I was completely underwhelmed by Chinois. I didn't think it was much better than the lower-priced Wolfgang Puck Cafes. I'd expected much more. The food wasn't helped by the hideous left-over-from-the-'80s decor, tight fit and just a little too doting waitstaff (who asked to join some of the party later that evening

for bar-hopping). Fortunately, I was in good company. It's worth noting that they weren't as disappointed by the restaurant as I was.

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