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  • umich Jan 19, 2009 05:52 PM
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Los Angeles Magazine ranks this number 2 of new restraurants. Concur?? Do they take reservations? Thanks!

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  1. Here is one review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577907 If you do a search there have been numerous mentions in other threads about it. I would suggest you give them a call regarding their reservation policy.

    1. Yes, they take reservations and I highly recommend them anytime at night. This place is always packed for dinner when other restaurants on AK are empty. As for the rating...I like the place. It's not gourmet but good, standard, uncomplicated. The service is usually good if a tiny bit snotty. I find that to be true more of the female servers-don't know why.
      The hostesses can be pretty harried/rude. Once I heard one ask a couple "What can I do for you?" It's a restaurant. My first guess would have been they wanted a table and some food.
      Llatest orders:
      pizza (lamb or mushroom)
      lamb burger
      WIne list is OK.

      1. You definitely need reservations! Go there for brunch early on the weekends. Service is OK but the food is AMAZING. The pizza is light and perfection. The BLT with the egg is the best I've had in a long time. Lamb burger is also great. Bring friends and do shared plates. Love all their vegetables and salads as well. And there's no meters yet on Abbot Kinney.

        1. I went recently due to that article on LA Mag and was very pleasantly surprised. The indoor space has somewhat of a bar feel w/ loud chattering and people drinking wines on the large bar counter space. The back patio is very lovely with a fireplace and much quieter. I thought the food was very good. Had an interesting asparagus salad with a fried egg on top, the pork belly was good but could have been a little bit crispier on the outside and the pizza was thin and crispy. I hear they have a wood burning oven for their pizzas.

          It's a place i would definitely go back again if I'm on the westside.

          1. Concur. If farmer's market ingredients as well as great taste are important to you, go.

            1. Concur. And do make revs, for sure. I've eaten at Gjelina a handful of times and the food has been farmers market fresh, uncomplicated, and beyond tasty each and every time. Quality ingredients don't need heavy sauces or the like - just simple, clean preparations. We had dinner on the patio a couple nights ago and had the pork with figs - delish. If you're in the mood for thin crust pizza, try the gruyere with carmelized onions and arugula.

              1. Concur wholeheartedly!!! I need more restaurants like this. the food is simple, with top notch ingredients used and well-executed; the wine list is a amazingly well picked romp around the world at very affordable prices. the staff steered me to the only petite sirah grown in Italy and it was exceptional and reasonably priced. service is appropriate for a place with raw exposed wood tables and kitchen towels for napkins, except these servers can also explain the difference between a Zweigelt and a Blaufrankisch, and can tell you whose organic farm the arugula came from, if you'd like to know.
                share everything! salads, mushroom pizza, lamb burger, and get the sunny side up egg added to anything it's offered on. enjoy!