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Feb 1, 2008 08:31 AM

culver city tonight

Fraiche is booked for tonight, so I'm looking for an equivalent near by. Any suggestions?

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  1. How do you mean "equivalent"? There are no similar French-inspired restaurants in the area. If you mean it more in terms of well-executed satisfying dishes (which I don't think Fraiche has, but that's another discussion), then I recommend Ford's Filling Station (American/pub food with Artisan cheese/meat plates) which is very close to Fraiche, and also Beacon (Asian/American), which is down a ways in the Helms area. Both places also have a similar vibe and price range to Fraiche.

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      Uh... Fraiche is largely italian inspired food with french techniques. They must have quite a few satifying dishes if they are fully booked tonight.

      1. re: The Sauce

        How about just French, period?

        We had a really fine time @ Hermitage Bistro late last year. No cachet as Fraiche, but the food was solid and the waitress was superbly Frenchy.

        1. re: The Sauce

          Uh, have you been to Fraiche?

          They themselves describe their cuisine as "Rustic French & Italian." The very few Italian dishes are not good.

          It's always fully booked because people believe the hype. I've had many friends and coworkers who have made reservations there solely based on the hype, and I tell them I don't recommend it, but they still go and end up completely underwhelmed.

          1. re: LisaStitch

            Uh, yes I have. Many times. I felt the need to point out the Italian influence because many people assume because the name is french, that every dish is french. I like the food there but unfortunately there is a lack of consistency so some nights the food is great, on others, not so great.

      2. I've really enjoyed Beacon the couple times I was there. I think I brought a bottle of wine once and the corkage was very reasonable, too. But don't quote me on that. Love the steak dish with wasabi whatever.

        1. Go to Wilson. I like Wilson better than Fraiche.

          8631 Washington Blvd
          Culver City, CA 90232
          (310) 287-2093

          1. I was always unsuccessful getting reservations at Fraiche so one day my significant other and I decided to just walk a table no problem. I would try to walk in to Fraiche and if nothing is available walk 2 blocks to Ford's Filling Station. .

            1. Wilson is probably the closest equivalent to Fraiche in terms of food, though the space/atmosphere is more minimalist urban bistro. But it's quite a bit further east and would not really be within walking distance of the Fraiche/downtown Culver City area.

              I also agree with Tony C about Bistro de la Hermitage and would also suggest K-Zo, an
              upscale Asian fusion restaurant that has a large selection of dishes.