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Is Jiraffe as Good as it was 5 years ago

la tache burger Feb 1, 2008 09:41 AM

-- which was the last time I went, and loved it, it was my favorite place in SM when I lived in Venice. Anyone been fairly recently with comments? Wondering whether to send a friend tonight...

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    la tache burger Apr 14, 2008 12:00 PM

    Thanks for all these replies, and I'm happy about the consensus, because I loved the place the few times I went five or so years ago. I remember an awesome fois gras in particular. My friend ended up going to Josie, and was disappointed, actually. I will be back to Jiraffe soon and will report.

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      JE33 Apr 14, 2008 11:37 AM

      i went a couple of weeks ago, and i thought it was better than five years ago...the wine used to be way too warm there...now it is better...the food has always been great

      1. ElJeffe Apr 14, 2008 11:17 AM

        Not to get philosophical, but is any restaurant as good as it was 5 years ago?

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          The Old Man Apr 14, 2008 10:56 AM

          FWIW we've been going there since they opened and have always had great food and service. Except the last time--about 5 months ago. The service was not good. I wrote to the restaurant and got the usual letter back (but I'm glad they sent it). I think it was a one time experience and expect to be back next month.

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            agarose2000 Apr 14, 2008 11:04 AM

            Went there about 2 months ago. A solid restaurant. I felt that it was worth pretty much exactly what I paid for it, and if you count the Santa Monica location, perhaps a bit better than what I expected. I had the special, which was a seafood-soup-broth concoction, but in retrospect, I think I should have tried their standard menu to see what they're really about most of the time. I went on a Monday - was no problem securing a reservation and service was good, with plenty of tables around unoccupied. Don't know about the weekends, though.

            I do admit that I'm getting spoiled by the good cheap eats out in Monterey Park, etc though!

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            jay 1 Feb 2, 2008 08:26 PM

            absolutely! i go every couple of months, and jiraffe is consistenltly a wonderful meal. it's my wife's favorite spot.....upstairs on the balcony.

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              maitai Feb 2, 2008 10:06 PM

              Can you recommend some "must trys" there?

            2. paulfromla Feb 2, 2008 08:06 PM

              been there twice - once about two/three years ago and once recently - i stand by it - food's good, the atmosphere friendly and relaxed - hope you sent your friend there and it went well

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                djdebs Feb 2, 2008 12:06 PM

                I was just there last month -- fantastic.

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                  westsidegal Feb 2, 2008 01:11 PM

                  i was there last month as well, and i concurr.
                  terrific food.
                  good-enough service.
                  good portion size.
                  reasonable prices for what you get.

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                  NAspy Feb 2, 2008 10:55 AM

                  Yes I think it is. We go there a couple times a year for the last several years.

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                    namstermonster Feb 1, 2008 09:53 AM

                    i can't say whether it's AS good now as it was back then since my first time was a few months ago, but i did enjoy my experience. the purple gnocchi was delish and the atmosphere is so quaint :). i didn't care for their banana pie dessert, however.

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