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Birthday dinner choices; Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock or Canele in Atwater Village?

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Good morning, my wife is taking me out for a birthday dinner to the restaurant of my choice. We recently moved to Eagle Rock and I would like to try someplace in the neighborhood. Cafe Beaujolais looks very appealing, but I've been very curious about Canele on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater. There doesn't seem to be a lot of posts about these two places. Does anyone have strong feelings yay or nay about them. And if you have any other recs for that area, please share! Thanks!

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Canele
3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Cafe Beaujolais
1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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  1. i have been to both places many times and have strong feelings about both places! Cafe Beaujolais has great food (my favorite is the orange/Parmesan crusted fish) and lovely service. it's the sort of place where you order your food and sit back and relax. they will NEVER rush you out. you can sit there and eat for hours and feel welcome the entire time. so for a birthday dinner, i would definitely consider cafe beauj over canele and here's why: i've had really bad service at canele where i've walked out steaming mad. it was no coincidence that one particular time the table before us left a tip of coins. we were wondering what happened when we sat down and saw that on the table, but we learned fast why the waitress got such a bad tip. there have been other occasions where service was really bad. also, you cannot make reservations at canele so you may be subject to a wait. the food is good- i've never not enjoyed my dinners there, but i tend not to go much anymore because i just don't want to deal with the attitudes of the servers and the wait. i've recommended cafe beauj to very picky people who raved about it for days afterward. wherever you go, you should have a great meal! but since it's a birthday, i'd go for cafe beauj to be treated right.

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    Cafe Beaujolais
    1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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    1. re: Clyde

      Wow, this is really good to hear because the one knock I seem to read about Cafe B. was the service. But I got the impression the people who were unhappy were folks who found the relaxed service frustrating. Sounds like if you know that going in, it's great. Thanks!

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      Cafe B
      3465 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

    2. Happy Birthday! Both are small restos but Canele is smaller and more cramped. Food is very good at Canele. A step above Beaujolais more creative and more market driven. Though B has good consistently solid French bistro fare- basic standards.

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      1. re: ilikefood

        Canele has much better food. You really don't go to either for the service, truth be known.
        Both functional, yet no more.

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        Canele
        3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

      2. Cafe B is like a hundred other want to be Bistro style restaurants. Canele is special. The food is very good (not great but very good). The list is seasonal. She cooks with deep flavors. I have found the whole staff to be warm and friendly. I do not think eithe is a special night place. Far better food at Canele.

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        Canele
        3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        Cafe B
        3465 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

        1. I've always enjoyed my meals at Canele, and have celebrated a few birthdays there. Never had an issue with service. I particularly like the salt roasted branzino and market fish preparations.

          I went to Cafe Beaujolais once and enjoyed my fish dish, but it sat pretty heavy for the rest of the night.

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          Canele
          3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

          Cafe Beaujolais
          1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041