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jhcavan Apr 10, 2007 05:16 PM

Hi All,

My co-workers and I are going to lunch at Kate Mantilini tomorrow ... and this will be my first time there.

I'd like to know:
- what's the typical lunch price range?
- what do you guys recommend off the lunch menu?
- how is the service?
- and would recommend going there again for say dinner or is it just way overrated?

Thanks,
J.

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    Frank_Santa_Monica Apr 10, 2007 11:47 PM

    It reminds me of the Daily Grill, but a few bucks more maybe. The Salads are really good, and so is the Lentil soup and the corn chowder (or was it clam chowder?).

    I haven't been since ICM moved out of BH, and I'm sure a lot of the regular lunch patrons have moved as well.

    And as far as dinner, you can find far better places to go for dinner. It's way too bright of a room for dinner.

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      5thandSpring Apr 10, 2007 11:03 PM

      my favorite is the meatloaf, followed by the mac and cheese. and yes, all the negatives can be true, but much like bite me, i go there regularly for lunch and dinner and am treated well, too.

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        Hackenbush Apr 10, 2007 10:51 PM

        I used to not like the place but about a year ago, I had to meet someone there for lunch. The meal I had was terrific and the service was fine.

        Since then, I've eaten there four more times and the experience has been the same.

        My favorite thing on the menu is their fish and chips. The fish is very lightly battered, which is how I like it. The fries are lightly seasoned and very tasty.

        Lunch is about $15-$20 per person but you can get out of there for less.

        1. Emme Apr 10, 2007 09:56 PM

          Typical price range 15-30 bucks per person all said and done, I'd say.
          Mac'n'cheese, chicken pot pie, or an omelette (love a mushroom, tomato and onion egg white omelette).
          Service is varied; at lunch rush, I think you're less likely to fall prey to the errant, *nobody's in here, so we call all chill out* syndrome, but contrarily service could be spotty b/c of the lunch rush... it's all a crap shoot with whom you get
          Certainly not a destination dinner place; I go sometimes if I get out of a movie and want a quick omelette late night

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            Bite Me Apr 10, 2007 09:55 PM

            Vey expensive, service is a weak link--they'll drop your food and run off for good so be sure you order everything you want when you place the order, but food is consistently good, which is better than 90 percent of the restaurants. No problem with special orders, like "no salt." I like the salads, white chili, and sandwiches (turkey with swiss on cracked wheatbread is goodt -- add fries, well done, no salt). On the far left side of the menu are "lite and healthy" dishes and I like a couple of those. There are daily specials but, in my opinion, they tend to be more suitable for dinner just because they tend to be things like trout, which i can't get into for lunch. Most items are a la carte.

            Having said all that, I go there at least twice a week and love it and am treated well. Don't let my comments dissuade you from having a great time. It will be a lot of fun! What's the occasion?

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            1. re: Bite Me
              jhcavan Apr 10, 2007 10:47 PM

              Hello Bite Me!

              My co-worker is celebrating that Passover is over and she wants to binge eat ... and she chose this restaurant ... I've read other people's opinions regarding this place and frankly I was starting to get worried ... Hence, this is why I decided to post my own just so I can get clear cut answers.

              Thanks for your help:)

              J.

              p.s. I like your username!

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              WHills Apr 10, 2007 08:28 PM

              It's overpriced for comfort food. The lunch entrees are around $20 each, and the portions are not too big.

              I had the crab cakes there and thought they were pretty decent, but probably not worth the $20 or so I paid for them.

              1. Julefish Apr 10, 2007 08:25 PM

                Not sure if it's overrated or just well-positioned and open late for a BH restaurant. There service is fine, but it costs a lot for what it is. I think that their meatloaf is highly considered. I always order the angel hair pasta, bc i can never find anything i like there...bummer

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                  Food Good Apr 10, 2007 06:50 PM

                  I like a couple of things there - the chicken salad with fruit is good. And they make a hashbrown sandwich with sour cream in the middle which is decadently good. The prices are very high, hard to get out of there for under $15-20 for lunch, more for dinner.

                  The bread pudding is good too if you want dessert.

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                  1. re: Food Good
                    jhcavan Apr 10, 2007 10:42 PM

                    Hey Food Good!

                    WOW more than $15-20 for lunch!! That's insane! I think Chaya is bit cheaper (not by much) but I definitely I enjoyed what I ordered.

                    Thanks for your thoughts!

                    J.

                  2. Kitchen Queen Apr 10, 2007 06:49 PM

                    I have been one late night at BHLS - liked the clam chowder but, overpriced for what it was. Service staff snotty and slow! Save yourselves. It's not all that. (I feel the same about the Farm too) Go somewhere else where the food is better and you walk out not feeling like you got ripped off. Even Cheesecake is better. :)KQ

                    1. Chowpatty Apr 10, 2007 05:49 PM

                      I didn't know anyone liked it, so I didn't know it was overrated. It's pricey for what it is, because it's the type of place Hollywood folks go where they know what they're going to get. Service is probably better if they know you but I'm sure it's ok if they don't. It's just a glorified coffee shop -- don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. Sorry, can't remember anything I've ever liked there, but I know some others on the board have dishes they like. You can definitely do better for dinner!

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                      1. re: Chowpatty
                        jhcavan Apr 10, 2007 10:40 PM

                        Hi Chowpatty,

                        Thanks for the feedback ... yes, I've read others thoughts on the board and they seem to share your sentiment about a "glorified coffee shop" (which I actually find pretty amusing).

                        J.

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