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Hi CH --

What information can yall give me on Magnolia in Hollywood?

I am going to see a show at the Pantages on Friday night and looked through some boards and saw this...

It's still open, right? Is it walking distance to the theatre? And most importantly, how's the food? What do yall like there?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Can't speak to the geography, but it's a cool place with perfectly good food. I've mostly been there at lunch. I think it turns into a scene as the night progresses, but most of the food is well executed. It probably helps that they're not overly ambitious.

    1. It's pretty walkable, provided no one in your party is wearing heels. I found it to be very overpriced (ONE app, ONE salad, SIDE onion rings, no drinks, just tap water, with tip almost $50.) Also, I just found the menu kind of boring. Everything was good, but there was nothing that jumped out at me. On the otherhand, The Bowery, next door, had really really good sliders, and their onion rings were much better than Magnolias.

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      1. re: schrutefarms

        I also thought it was way overpriced for the quality and a very boring menu. My meal was poor and I noticed the couple to my left sent their food back and the woman to my right had problems with her food. Maybe it was an off day in the kitchen.

      2. I like Magnolia, and compared to other places in Hollywood, did not find it too high, depending on what you order. I also love Bowery next door, but it can be difficult to get a seat, given it is much smaller.

        Magnolia is great for good drinks, casual relaxed atmosphere, and I agree with schrutefarms the menu is not exciting, it has enough and what is there is done well. Excellent hummus plate, I like their salads, love the roast chicken. And the homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches are excellent.

        1. We have gone there pre-Pantages. Definitely walkable (say, 7 minutes), unless you're in unwalkable heels.

          1. Totally doable for a pre-Pantages dinner. The food is great. They have an amazing seared tofu and vegetable plate. I'm no vegetarian, but that is quite delicious. Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches make a huge and tasty dessert. If you end up going, enjoy!

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            1. re: junipersong

              i went there after a show at the pantages. we drove. there is a lot of stret parking and i was wearing heels. we thought it had a great vibe and the food was wonderful although we just ordered a bunch of apps.

            2. Go to Hungry Cat instead of Magnolia. Better cocktails at HC and WAY better food. Raw bar with oysters, clams, sometimes they even have fresh uni.

              1. I think this is too late, but we were here tonight.

                For future reference, you can definitely park (at least on Sundays) in the parking lot north of Coffee Bean on Argyle that says it's for The Well.

                Dishes enjoyed: Calamari to start - golden and crispy, a generous portion served with two dipping sauces - marinara and a citrus aioli; roasted chicken w/ broccolini and mashed potatoes in a gravy drizzle; lobster ravioli in a cream sauce with fried leeks and a drizzle of what i think was parsley oil?; vegetable plate.

                The calamari didn't get finished because it was so large a portion; everything else was well enough done, but nothing made anyone yell wow. The chicken was nicely browned, and the mashed potatoes were of the completely smooth variety - they looked a bit gummy but the guy eating them isn't a complainer. I was surprised at the smallish portion for the lobster ravioli - what looked to me like six or seven small size ravioli on a plate. I think it was nice that it wasn't dripping in sauce, but for twenty something bucks.... We didn't order desserts, but that apple crisp and the brownie a la mode at the next-door table looked mighty good...

                The place was empty aside from one other table at around 745 pm. Our waiter was nice and attentive enough. He made sure that the 17 minute chicken wasn't going to be a time issue for us.

                It's not an awful meal at all - especially nice and quiet on a Sunday night, but it's not somewhere I choose to go at that price point if it's on my dime... or quarter.