While this restaurant is not technically new, its menu is radically different from its opening menu earlier this year. More importantly, this new menu and its execution are far superior to the original.
My wife and I went there for dinner tonight and it was absolutely superb - and incredibly well priced. We shared each of the following:
Short Ribs w/ Semolina, Mushrooms and Smoked Mozarella
Monkfish w/ Spinach, Potato Puree and White Wine Sauce
Glass of Red Wine from Montepulciano
Chocolate Purse Dessert
Total (including tax and 20% tip) was $67
This is now clearly one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica.
312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Oh wow. I completely left off the name of the restaurant I was talking about. I was not referring to La Cachette Bistro. I was referring to Riva on Wilshire.
Also, the Chocolate Purse dessert is not on the menu, but it is available by request. A few months ago Giada DeLaurentis on the Food Network listed it as one of the best things she's ever eaten. When Riva changed its menu and management it took that item off, but so many people still ask for it that they continue to make it available. Incidentally, I would concur with Giada D.
I can't give this restaurant enough props after its menu change and execution.