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Coming up from LA and am thinking of tryint Oola. Any one have an opinion?

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  1. It's a good hang and the food is just ok.

      1. Good food, good service, one of the best late-night meals in town.

        1. I found the food to be pretty average, but the service is always cheerful. I have been 3 times and have never been wowed by anything.

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          1. re: pwu_88

            The ravioli with foie gras sauce wowed me. One of the best burgers in the area, too.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Also really great short ribs... sweet BBQ sauce, really meltingly tender, and DEEP FRIED! (at least that's my guess).

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                They don't have the chicken and foie ravioli anymore. It's been replaced by chicken and mushroom. Supposedly a margins decision. Very sad as it was my favourite dish there.

                1. re: vliang

                  Last night they did. We ordered it and it was really good. Chicken and foie gras ravolis with truffle broth.

                  Also good was the sear ahi tuni appetizer and potato wrapped dayboat scallops.

                  The kummotos couldn't have been smaller...so tiny I think I'd ate all six in one bite.

                  Service as great and cheerful. Will probably go back

            2. the ribs are OUTRAGEOUS and the burger is pretty damn excellent as well...

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              1. re: lettuce

                I was there last night for some post-work drinks - full agreement with the ribs. They're the best I've had in awhile

              2. As my post (one of the links in Frosty Melon's reply above) discusses, I thought the service on my one visit was inadequate enough (with lots of attempts to upsell us) that I haven't been back.

                If you do go, order the oysters, as their mignonette is outstanding. and do report back...

                though personally, it wouldn't be one of my choices for a visit from LA...

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                1. re: susancinsf

                  We had the tomato and goat cheese tart, the baby-back ribs, the foie gras torchon, and one other thing (don't recall, may no longer be on the menu) and all four of our dishes were tooth-achingly sweet. Service is not something I usually judge a restaurant on except at the highest levels, but it definitely wasn't attentive or friendly.

                  1. re: calvarez

                    I don't much care for sweet food before dessert, and haven't found that a problem at Oola.

                    Here's a report from last month:

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                2. I've been once. I liked the mac & cheese. Atmosphere was nice -- kind of a small restaurant. If you're on a date, try to get the table upstairs -- super-private.

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                  1. re: mbaltasar

                    There are a few tables upstairs, was not private the time we were seated there.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      There's one table for two just beyond the upstairs serving station that is curtained off. It's visible from the ground floor if you look up at the upper area, though you would only see people's heads, so it feels both private and open at the same time when you're sitting down. Nice view of the action at the bar and ground floor. Not sure if it's luck of the draw (last time I was there a few months ago, my friend and I were lucky enough to be seated there) or if you can reserve it beforehand.

                      1. re: Eugene Park

                        I sat there was and didn't care for it. Service was harder to come by and you just feel so cut off. Oola has a nice sociable vibe and I felt like I was sent to the kid's table.

                  2. Okay food, a littley on the pricy side. Very nice atmosphere.

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                    1. re: bettyaston

                      I'll agree with that assessment. I was not wowed by the food, especially given the alternatives in the city. But it was nice atmosphere.

                      1. re: Maya

                        There aren't a lot of alternatives late at night, and it's relatively easy to park.

                    2. I found that the apps and sides are the way to go at this restaurant. The Foie Gras Torchon was really good and i loved the truffled fries!

                      1. We went Friday night after finding Bacar and Salt House unexpectedly (vs. what OpenTable said) closed at 10.

                        Potato-wrapped scallops made a nice hors-d'oeuvre with white wine, personally I'd like it better with bacon. Caesar salad, exceptionally good, very strong dressing. The chicken and foie gras ravioli were excellent but disappointingly light on the foie compared with previous iterations. My friends loved their duck confit and chicken in a mushroom and red wine sauce. With two bottles of wine, came to $60 a head before tip.

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                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Bacar closed at 10! How the mighty have fallen. When they first opened the kitchen was open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. I used to drop in there regularly after Symphony concerts for a late dinner. But now, my destination is more likely to be Oola, the same as Robert.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              When we walked into Bacar at 10, the host said we were the first walk-ins since 8:45.