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Nov 5, 2011 12:49 PM

A Frame Wait

Has anyone been to A Frame on a Saturday night recently? Is there still a long wait, or has it calmed down? Is Waterloo & City within walking distance if the wait is absurd?

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  1. Waterloo and the City is right next door. I haven't been recently on a Saturday night, but there's been plenty of open tables during the weekday.

    1. The wait on Saturdays can be very erratic, depending on time, party size and seating preference. We go on the early side, are usually a party of four-six, and prefer the outdoor tables - I think we've only waited more than five minutes one time. Between the heaters, the fire pit and the provided blankets, sitting outside is the best seat for us, and the acoustics inside (like in so many busy places) can be annoying.

      Waterloo and City is on the same side of Washington, across the adjacent side street from A-Frame. The beer/wine/drink selection is broader, as is the menu. The seating is much more as one would expect from an actual restaurant, and the food - particularly the charcuterie - is good to great.

      W and C's menu has no resemblance to A-Frame, as A-Frame's menu is pretty much one-of-a-kind Roy Choi. If you're looking to do A-Frame, go early, and you'll find it easier. I like both places, but they are markedly different in just about every way.

      Waterloo and City
      12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

      12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        they have a nice fire pit outside too that can be nice to hang out at while you wait

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Yep this is spot on - the wait time depends a ton on your party size.
          For a party of 2, I've managed to be seated right away or no longer than 15 min's wait.
          Went recently with a party of 6 and we waited over an hour and a half - mainly because 2 inconsiderate diners left at the table we were waiting for decided to play with their cell phones long after they were done eating. The staff however was very nice about it, apologized profusely, and brought out bowls of the furikake popcorn to tide us over.

          Waterloo and City is very close and usually does not have much of a wait, but I personally find A-Frame's food much more interesting.

        2. This past Friday night a group of 4 intended to eat at A-Frame, but we ended up walking over to Waterloo & City.

          At A-Frame , the hostess told us the wait would be 30 min. when we first arrived and when we checked in with her a little bit later, she said it would be at least 30min, but probably closer to an hour. So, we left not feeling very happy about our wasted time at A-Frame.

          On a side note, we had a fantastic dinner at Waterloo; that place rocks!