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trying to decide on a french restaurant

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i've narrowed it down to anisette, la cachette bistro, and comme ca.

i want to try someplace new, but would also like it to be really really good. i have not been to any of these and was wondering if anyone had strong opinions about the level of tastiness?

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  1. I like them all about equally, although I prefer Church & State to any of them.

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    1. re: estone888

      thanks - it's for a monday night and so church & state is out.

    2. I've never been to La Cachette, so I can't say, but I'd choose Anisette over Comme Ca. Not only the food is much better but the noise level is more manageable.

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      1. re: bad nono

        Second that on the noise level. Although, I've had slightly better food at Comme Ca, so who knows?

      2. Perhaps you've already been? - But if not another possibility is Le Saint Amour in Culver City.

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        Le Saint Amour
        9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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        1. re: Servorg

          I like the place and I like the people who run it, and I think it is reasonably priced (cheaper than the other three mentioned) but I don't think the food comes close to holding up to comparison with any of the three restaurants in the original post.

          1. re: estone888

            this is for my mom's birthday - and so i'd like it to be a little fancier than (i think) le saint amour is.

            1. re: dtud

              If you want fancier, of the three La Cachette Bistro is probably the best decor; both Anisette and Comme Ca tend to be more casual, more crowded and noisier. Foodwise, I would give Anisette the edge, though the cheese selection at Comme Ca is great. Have you considered Chez Mimi? Probably the nicest atmosphere at that price point and the food is good. Of course, if you wanted to go higher end, there are the excellent Melisse and Ortolan.

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              Chez Mimi Restaurant
              246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

        2. Comme Ca has excellent cocktails, but I found the food to be hit or miss.

          Anisette - had a solid breakfast (some of the best pastries in LA), but never been for dinner.

          La Cachette Bistro - haven't been to the bistro, but the original restaurant was stellar.

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          1. re: vinosnob

            nice wrap up.

            i'm in the same boat re la cachette - the restaurant was so good, that i'd like to try the bistro. i'm just hoping for a similar experience. some of the menu items look similar to the restaurant's menu - so that's a plus.

            1. re: dtud

              Also, and I haven't been, but you might want to check out reviews for Cache; I've heard good things...

              http://www.cacherestaurant.com/

            2. re: vinosnob

              I was not impressed with Sona, so I'm not inclined to go to Comme ca.

              Loved Anisette, been both for brunch & lunch, but it is a noisy brasserie.

              I was also not all that impressed with La Cachette, went a few years back & did not feel like it was anything special. Never went back. Not inclined to go to the bistro either.

              If you want really impressive food, service AND decor, run, don't walk to Ortolan.

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              Ortolan
              8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            3. I've been to all three for lunch, but none for dinner, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I found Comme Ca disappointing, it definitely would not be my pick of the 3. At La Cachette Bistro, some things we ate were brilliant and others were just okay, while at Anisette nothing hit such a high or low, whenever I've been there everything has been good but not great. So on balance, its hard to say whether Anisette or La Cachette is the better restaurant.