Although you may feel otherwise, I think you’ll be hardpressed to find a more comfortable place with amazing food than in a traditional French brasserie. No other type of restaurant can combine classic foods, comfort dining, good drinks, and a laid back atmosphere while also still making you feel like you’re in an upscale place. Combine those things with the casual comfort of Santa Monica, and you’ve got a jackpot.
Such is the case with Chef Alain Giraud’s Anisette, located in between Santa Monica’s shophappy haven Third Street Promenade and touristy Palisades Park. With incredibly high ceilings, intimate tables, and a bar that is impressive (if not a bit overwhelming), they’ve got their bases covered. Items on the menu are typical for a brasserie – French onion soup, steak frites, burgers, and of course, many varieties of cheese. Not to be left out, the wine selection is also phenomenal…it is a French restaurant, after all.
The service was very friendly and quick, but let our table have time to enjoy our meal. One small warning – as the restaurant is not huge, make a reservation or expect a wait. After all is done and said, an evening at Anisette may often last longer than you’ll expect- not because of any delays in food or hangups with ordering, but because you’ll want to stick around and enjoy the place as long as you can.
Anisette is located at 225 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Reservations can be made at 310.395.3200.
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