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Sep 24, 2010 05:50 PM

Anisette Has Closed


".....It is with much regret that I inform you that Anisette Brasserie has closed its doors permanently today. After 2 years of successful operation in Santa Monica, restaurant management has decided that it is no longer a viable business, and therefore must close its doors. .............

Please read the entire statement on the eaterla website.

Anisette Brasserie
225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. Wow, that's a shame. I was thinking about going there tonight too. Maybe moving to somewhere where rent is cheaper?

    1. Wow, bummer.

      That was an after market favorite of mine

      1. well, the news are rather confusing so it's apparently not closed, or maybe not yet.

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        1. re: bad nono

          I am not surprised if it closes or changes hands. Admittedly only ate there twice - but that was enough. Service sloppy, prices too high for quality, the "French" atmosphere was present only in the architectural decor, which was an admirable pastiche. Everything else was ersatz, lacking the generosity of spirit (and portions!) which characterises the true French brasserie. Not to mention serving oysters without accompanying bread and butter (and when asked, providing dull sliced white).

        2. The Latest: Details are apparently still hazy over at Anisette. PR shares an update that Anisette will be opened for business this weekend as the restaurant changes ownership and the brasserie may or may not continue on as Anisette. Developing...From

          1. What a shame indeed. Anisette was the spot for raw oysters. Much better and more variety than Church and State's offerings. Aside from Hungry Cat, any other raw bars of that calibre in the city?

            The Hungry Cat
            1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            7 Replies
            1. re: Porthos

              Try Blue Plate Oysterette on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica. Really good.

              1. re: Porthos

                Have you checked out Ocean Avenue Seafood for oysters? Both it and Blue Plate Oysterette (recommended by wienermobile above) are very close by Anisette.

                Ocean Avenue Seafood
                1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. re: Servorg

                  I second Ocean Ave Seafood also. The restaurant's popular Oyster Hour is from 4 pm-6 pm. Monday through Friday, featuring oysters at $1.50 each and an "Oyster Wine Sampler" that includes six oysters with three 2-oz glasses of the restaurant's award-winning wines.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I was eeying Blue Plate Oysterette for their lobster rolls but never got around to it.

                    Any preferrences for Blue Plate vs Ocean Ave Seafood?

                    Blue Plate
                    1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                    1. re: Porthos

                      I'm still trying to get to Blue Plate Oysterette so I'll say; Try both and report back! ;-D>

                      1. re: Porthos

                        Blue Plate is a more casual neighborhood place, Ocean Ave is more a special occasion place and a bit more pricey. Good oysters at both.

                    2. re: Porthos

                      Church and State on Tuesdays has an oyster bar that's much better than Hungry Cat IMO.

                      The Hungry Cat
                      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028