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The wonderful "Le Saint Amour" in Culver City reportedly (hopefully just temporarily!) closed

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Cinnamon Jan 22, 2012 10:09 PM

There are articles on L.A. Eater and GrubStreet noting that it's closed and they have a pic of an ownership application change in the window for Le Faubourg LLC. (Still associated with the woman who owned it, reportedly, if not her chef husband. Don't know if that means anything though.)

This was easily my favorite go-out restaurant in L.A., with wonderful food, across-the-board terrific wait staff and easy ambiance. I was last there New Year's Eve with my husband and all looked well - we have been regulars.

Le Saint Amour has been so warm and inviting, down to the perfectly French golden tone of wood they chose for the floors/counters and the explanations of how things are made. It will be a real loss to the neighborhood ... and moi ... if they don't open again under same or similar ownership.

A big thank you for the terrific food, attentiveness, extra olives and endless string of Diet Cokes. I've got to figure out how to replicate or find those olives.

  1. Dommy Jan 22, 2012 10:22 PM

    Thank you so much for letting us know! I've often sent CW there for clients that absolutely will not travel to Venice with us. Such a wonderful space for a formal, but yet casual feeling client lunch...

    --Dommy!

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      Cinnamon Jan 22, 2012 10:36 PM

      Fingers crossed it's just a temporary change, Dommy!

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        kevin Apr 9, 2012 08:18 PM

        Is this the joint that had a duck confit and potatoes plus a market attached to it?

        Thanks.

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          Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 08:59 PM

          Yes to the first two, no to the third.

    2. Will Owen Feb 13, 2012 01:09 PM

      I'm not sure how it would fare without Bruno - his charcuterie was the heart and soul of the place. Given the choice between that lovely spot without his food, and a sack lunch of his food on a park bench, I would certainly choose the latter.

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        BobtheBigPig Feb 15, 2012 01:03 PM

        So sorry to hear—it was our favorite local place too. Thanks for the heads-up.

        1. xox Mar 1, 2012 10:49 AM

          The closing of Saint Amour is horrible news! It was the only place I knew of in all of California that does andouillette!! It is what made Saint Amour such a unique French restaurant! It it opens without chef Bruno, then it loses what made that place so special.

          1. xox Mar 1, 2012 10:59 AM

            Does anyone know where Bruno will go?

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              Cinnamon Apr 9, 2012 07:10 PM

              I'd like to know too ... or for that matter are there any other restaurants in L.A. that either of them ran or run? (Le Faubourg LLC) I thought there was something in West Hollywood at one point. Hope they get it all sorted out.

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              kevin Apr 9, 2012 08:19 PM

              Endless diet cokes ???

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                Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 09:00 PM

                They had the art of never letting your drinking glass get near empty, and the charge was always for just one. (I'm an addict.)

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                blantant Sep 16, 2012 10:28 PM

                just revivng this old thread. any updates? St. amour was our favorite spot to sit outside, drink wine, and take our time with life. Have not yet found a replacement for it.

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                  Dommy Sep 16, 2012 10:34 PM

                  Sadly it is no more. A pizza place is coming in in their place.

                  http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/08/...

                  As for a replacement. Meet certainly has its strong points....

                  --Dommy!

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                    Will Owen Sep 17, 2012 02:34 PM

                    Golly gee whizz, so you guys in Culver City are finally getting pizza! Who the heck needs another duck confit joint anyway?

                    Okay, that sounds bitter. But I am. Just when I can finally take the train there …

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                      Dommy Sep 17, 2012 03:57 PM

                      Oh don't get me started... I LOVE beer.... but the last thing we need is another 'gastro pub'. My missing of LSA is that it was a great place to meet a client with them still being to hear you and them getting a proper meal on their own plate (Small plates and sharing food with clients is SO ackward.).

                      Bleh.

                      --Dommy!

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                        kevin Sep 18, 2012 02:18 PM

                        dang, and now i missed that duck confit too.

                        this wasn't the same joint with the tiny market attached to it ? was it ?

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                          kevin Sep 18, 2012 02:19 PM

                          My bad, I think this is the joint I was referencing.

                          http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/...

                          And is it still there ??? Or has this joint also gone by the wayside ?

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                            Dommy Sep 18, 2012 02:53 PM

                            Yup... L'Epicierie is still there.... It's great for its happy hour deals! But on the level of LSA... hardly.

                            --Dommy!

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                              kevin Sep 18, 2012 04:22 PM

                              the review mentioned great Duck Confit at lepicerie. What do you hounds think in regards to that ?

                              Or maybe I should just go to the Happy hr. ?

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                                TonyC Sep 19, 2012 11:42 AM

                                It was great when Sébastien Archambault (previous at RH Andaz) was there. He has since moved to DC's Blue Duck Tavern, and I haven't tried that dish again.

                                I still love the FCR + bistro feel, and the Extea breads are absolutely top notch. Plus, it's kinda hard to muck up a pate+terrine charcuterie plate.

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                                carter Sep 19, 2012 11:08 AM

                                Dommy - could you expound on the merits of L'Epicerie vs. Meet a bit?
                                Never tried either, yet was a big fan of LSA. Food, wine, setting, etal.
                                By the way, Florence is now managing Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills. So you could go chat her up, find out when she wants to/can afford to get back in the French Restaurant scene. she was responsible for a not long ago pop-up featuring Ludo, fwiw!

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                                  Dommy Sep 19, 2012 01:47 PM

                                  Sure! Now keep in mind that there basically WAS some validation in having all three within spitting distance from one another (Sometimes when I'm at L'E I can get the Wifi from City Tavern, which is right next Meet... THAT is how close these guys are to each other.. LOL!). I still think the departure of LSA leaves a BIG hole in Culver City's dining scene. But I'll just be adding more salt to in the wound if I start ranting about that again...

                                  As for L'E vs. Meet. They both serve very different functions. Although less formal than LSA, Meet is still a great date and business meeting place. The Menu is good, but not great. Don't expect Church & State or Waterloo and City execution. But if you have a hankering for Moule Frites... it'll do ya.

                                  As for L'E... the execution is all over the place. It's even more casual and the space has a dull vibe. That is why I mainly go there for their well priced Happy Hour, Terrine and Cheese plates. A glass of good quality Champagne and free wifi I'm glad they are in the neighborhood.

                                  --Dommy!

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                                    spicygal Sep 19, 2012 05:58 PM

                                    Completely agree that Saint Amour's departure leaves a hole in the Culver City dining scene. Really liked the food and the vibe and was so sad to see it close. Very authentic, good wines, those amazing house cured olives and the house made sausages especially. We seem to be a bit oversaturated with the gastropub concept in downtown CC - City Tavern, Ford's Filling Station and now the new place taking over the former Fraiche location which is touting itself as a gastropub by the owners of the Daily Grill chain. (The name escapes me). Not sure how to classify Rush Street but that too could somewhat fall into the gastropub category.

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                                      yinyangdi Sep 19, 2012 08:07 PM

                                      According to
                                      http://nrn.com/article/daily-grill-parent-launches-gastropub-concept-los-angeles
                                      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/time-re...
                                      Public School 310 (PS310) is going in the old Fraiche space

                                      There's already a Public School 612 inside the Daily Grill @ 6th/Flower in DTLA which has decent to good food and one $4 HH (aka Recess) handle every day (chosen in-house) among other Recess offerings.

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                                      Jase Sep 19, 2012 08:14 PM

                                      Yeah, I was never that impressed with Meet's dishes overall but it is a more traditional restaurant setting at least. L'E is definitely hit or miss, some of their misses are well below Meet. L'E really does feel like it's best as a casual sidewalk cafe type of place where you grab a quick bite and drink. Since it's smack dab in the middle of their retail offerings.

                                      Agree that the HH items are generally pretty good. The cassoulet was decent when they first opened but they changed something about it that I can't quite put my finger on and we don't care for it as much anymore.

                                      *sigh* I do miss LSA a lot. Neither Meet nor L'E come close in setting or food.

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