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C&O in MDR?

Anyone been? Someone wants me to go to a brunch there tomorrow. It sounds dreadful - just the kind of restaurant I hate - large portions of mediocre food.

Is there generally a wait on weekends? If so, that seals the deal that I will not be going.

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  1. although i am a big fan of their salads and their garlic rolls, honestly, omotosando, i don't think this restaurant is a good fit for you.
    it is a fun, lively, place with menu items that range mostly between good and ok: nothing that is really excellent except imho the garlic rolls.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      They actually have a great spinach salad, I take it to go.. They have a seperate area to order and pick up in the kitchen. Additionally, they will give you a bunch of their famous garlic rolls if you ask nicely.. I am a fan of that salad. Crispy pancetta to boot..

      1. re: Foodandwine

        I agree on the spinach salad. When I am FORCED to go there, I order the spinach salad and eat my fill of garlic rolls.

    2. meh. They have this lobster dish that I enjoy. It's not the best, but it's good enough. I wouldn't wait too long though, and I've never been there for brunch.

      1. I like this place. It's insanely loud at night, however, if you get stuck sitting in their covered area. Never had the salads there, but I really like their shrimp ravioli in lobster sauce, and my fiance really likes their chicken marsala. Dip those garlic rolls in the lobster sauce mentioned above, though, and you'll likely come back for more. :) It's a good place to go for a late afternoon lunch, a walk up and down the pier, and a drive up the coast through Malibu. Parking can be tough unless you don't mind walking or paying.

        1. The garlic rolls are great. I like the penne al fumo. Yes, portions are huge. Food is not great, but not bad either. It has a fun atmosphere (I like the patio, although it is kind of disney-esque) and the food much better than other "fun" italian places like buca di beppo. You definitely won't be impressed but you probably won't hate it either...I think it's worth going. The wait is long on weekend nights, but I don't know about weekend brunch.

          1. It's just chef boyardee in big portions.

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            1. re: glutton

              Basically it's a Buca di Beppo clone.

              1. re: Servorg

                I'd much rather eat C&O vs buca

                1. re: Servorg

                  imho, c&o, while not being a chowish restaurant, is still MUCH MUCH better than buca di beppo and chef boyardee.
                  to me, it is also much much better than alejo's, another neighborhood italien joint that many hounds (not me) seem to appreciate.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    I agree... Calling this Chef Boyardee is a forkin' sin. As they don't make pasta I approve of, Chef Boyardee is dog food. How dare you?! =)