Bel-Air Bar & Grill
I'm meeting some friends here for dinner. What do the hounds think? Menu suggestions?
First, I am very leery of any restaurant that posts a detailed menu on their website but omits prices. Second, I would beware of anyplace that is located on a high-traffic stretch of Sepulveda that has the gall the call themselves "Bel-Air." Having never heard of this place after living more than two decades nearby in Westwood, I'll bet they are trying to clean up on one-time tourists visiting the Getty Museum or mistaking it for the Bel Air Hotel.
Please report back about how your dinner went.
Well, since the place has been there for over 10 years, you need to get out and see more.
Bel Air B&G was quite good back in around 2002 when Michael Lotterstein was cooking there, yet I have not returned since. However, the place changed hands yet kept the same name late last year, so any reviews from 2007 or before need to be assessed accordingly. Never cheap, yet nothing in that region is, be it in Westwood, Brentwood, Beverly Glen, etc.
Nice setting, and probably less expensive than the Brentwood or Peppone's across the freeway.
it's not awful, but it's nothing spectacular. havent been in a couple of years, so it's likely to have changed.
i had a fish of some kind, and the sides were pretty boring and unmemorable. i remember my BF at the time had bouillabaisse, and only because he made me eat clam, which i don't like.
it's just kind of standard meat and fish grill fare. it's not cheap, but what else is new.
It's really an O.K. place... the food is basic... I had the Wild Salmon and I thought it was really good... the brussel sprouts were yummy.... Also they have a bouillabaisse that is pretty good...
Here to report back. My expectations were low and I wasn't let down. The food is pretty decent and it's a much bigger spot than I thought. You are right to be weary of the prices, they were high, but not shocking. I had the steak parm, 4 cheese risotto, and sautéed spinach. The steak was tasty, the risotto was delicious - not too rich, and the spinach had a excellent texture. I also tasted the meatloaf, which was very good (would order if I go back). Overall, not a bad spot, a little pricy, polite service, decent all around. However, the valet in front of the gas station was odd.
Bel Air is not the worst restaurant in the neighborhood but you can do better. Close by are the Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge for really good upscale albeit a little pricey comfort food and Di Vino for solid Italian with pretty good service. You have your choice of many Italians about a mile south on San Vicente, the best being Vicente Ristorante.
BA B&G is a perfect mid-way meeting place for westsiders and valley-ites. I've been there many, many times to meet someone from one of the valley based studios. Food is solid, reliable, wide range of choices (and never bad, nor ever exceptional). Older folk (my parents, my in-laws, bosses -- in their 60's and up -- seem to REALLY like it). Service is attentive, room is quiet enough to talk in, waitresses are usually quite beautiful too. There's usually plenty of street parking so you don't need to valet. Lunch time prices aren't too bad; dinner is a little pricey though.