A $45 prix fixe menu for lunch at a Michelin star restaurant — who could give this anything other than 5 starts? Anyone giving this place less than 5 stars you can safely ignore. This will, in all probability, be the finest meal you’ve ever had. The service was impeccable. The portions are small because that’s the deal with haute cuisine - you’re paying for the quality and the preparation. That said, the lunch pricing is great. You will spend as much eating lunch at somewhere like Santa Monica seafood, but the meal is so much more than that (and we love SMS). This is a meal to remember for a lifetime. Despite the pedigree of the place you will feel at home in casual attire.
My wife and I have eaten there several times, and have come-away with very mixed reactions. First of all, the cocktails were exceptional, as were most of the lunch selections we had. However, the dinners we have had were less than expected for the money we paid. When you pay $245 per person for 6 courses, you expect and should receive 6 exceptional courses. You don't! They do NOT like making dietary restriction modifications, although they will half-heartedly do so in some cases or provide a substitute. Further, their refusal to open a VERY SPECIAL vintage wine for a VERY SPECIAL birthday no matter the gratuity, left a very sour impression on me. Their wine list has some nice wines, but anything beyond ordinary will cost you a LOT! I collect fine wines and can authoritatively say that. The service is polite, but unnecessarily pretentious. Having eaten in multiple Michelin-starred restaurants in different parts of the world, I can assuredly state that some of (NOT all) the Knife Pleat staff are truly overstuffed with their own sense of self-importance. Knife Pleat is a restaurant for those who want to be seen in an expensive place, and don't mind paying whatever is charged for whatever is served. Choices are limited and restrictions abound. Go there for lunch and enjoy. Go there for dinner and PAY!
Disappointing for a michelin star restaurant. The service was great, but the food and especially the meat were not even close to cooked to perfection -- much was underseasoned or overseasoned, and the beef we were served was sinewy and tough rather than tender. I think you could get better food for less, or better food for the same amount elsewhere. The pastry chef is great though and their macarons are very good.
[1 Michelin star] Afternoon tea in Socal. Follow me to the best tea time. The set includes ✨Pastries: 1. Fruit scone 2. Petites madeleines 3. Cream puff 4. Tart 5. Parisian macaron 6. Louis XV ✨ Finger sandwiches: 7. Beet-cured salmon 8. Chicken salad 9. Persian cucumber 10. Egg salad 11. Radish & watercress 12. Winter black truffle ✨ Pot of tea: 13. Organic white ambrosia 14. Jin xuan oolong 15. Caviar Chef Esnault Crown Jewel 16. Krug rose The whole tea set is $95/guest. Not bad for this quality at all!! I ordered the caviar and champagne in additionally but I would be good with the tea set itself. Afternoon tea is offered in the weekend. Definitely worth it!!
Underwhelming. The dishes they served are very meager. Not worth the price point since I literally was served foam soup, a slice of bread the size of a cracker, and for dessert an empty plate with chocolate scraps and sauce on it like an afterthought. I've been to fine dining restaurants and this was just off. Laughable even. The meager food samples was okay, in taste, but nothing special. The service was great but that was it. I wouldn't recommend this place. I thought I was being punked.
First class service from Celeste and her co-workers. Delicious food. Very nice restaurant.
I've gone to knife pleat on several occasions to try the lunch, dinner, and tasting menu. Service is as you would expect for a Michelin starred location and amazing. In general, I think they excel at vegetable dishes but fall short in terms of meats and seafood. Their mushroom risotto was phenomenal as was their butternut soup. Their cocktails are also quite splendid. I don't recommend their inhouse sourdough bread or the meat tasting menus. One of our dishes was ham served three ways and it was very underwhelming. I've also ordered their seasonal fish, which at the time I believe was halibut, and wasn't impressed. I went back again for a full vegetarian tasting menu and was super impressed, however I think it's a bit overpriced compared to the normal tasting menus. Overall a good place when you're craving fine dining and quality vegetables but expect to pay a lot. Likely won't be returning any time soon but I did want to try their afternoon tea.
Incredible meal and service. I was invited to lunch and everything was fantastic. We had salad, a meal and dessert. Even the latte and tea was delicious. The have a wonderful outside dining area as well.