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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

Wine Bar and Restaurant$$$$
Wilshire-Montana, Santa Monica
86 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • wine
  • chef jeremy fox
  • polenta
  • good for dates
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  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 7, 2013
    Under new chef Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon has jolted the superb produce into something resembling a cuisine; try the asparagus with fried pheasant egg and ultra-dense bone-marrow gravy. Read more
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChaFebruary 22, 2014
    Lavender almonds, beets and berries, crispy potatoes with chicken gravy... Everything is delicious! Also appreciate that the flavors here are fresh and unique, not just a menu of current food trends.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    In addition to a new full bar program, chef Jeremy Fox's lighter California-style veggie-centered dishes shine, making the staple westside date spot once again obligatory. [Eater 38 Member]
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 3, 2015
    Fabulously sourced, impeccably prepared selection of dishes in a warm, convivial space. Spot-on service, with a well-curated wine list with both harder to find domestic and international selections
  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesMarch 1, 2012
    This wine bar has an ever-evolving menu of the best of the best in food and wine. One thing remains consistent, their selection of Bordeaux, whether by the glass or bottle, is a must try.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    On the seafood side, do not miss his signature dish, an incredibly bright green pozole with poblano, hominy, and mussels (which is sometimes made with small tender clams instead). Read more
  • RC ⚾.
    RC ⚾💫🐘February 13, 2012
    The Crispy White Polenta with wild mushtooms, sunny-side farm egg, parmigiano-reggiano... fantastic! Really, you can't go wrong with anything on this menu, including the ice cream & sorbet selection.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 6, 2016
    "Everyone has a beet salad and this is one of the best we have ever had. It is earthy, but not too earthy. It's so well balanced. Jeremy is a master with vegetables!"- Genevieve Gergis Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Moderately priced super seasonal eats straight from SM farmers markets served in a pleasant, tasteful space. Seasonal desserts come from neighbor bakery Huckleberry. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Sean S.
    Sean StonerMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Just found out they no longer have the burger on the menu!! Told new chef is trying out new things in a limited kitchen. Totally get that, but please put it back- was the best burger in LA.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiOctober 23, 2014
    Great food! Locally sourced menu changes daily. Good spot for a date or with a few people so you can try and share a bunch of small plates
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 13, 2014
    One of the better burgers in L.A.! Don't let Father's Office deter you from trying this place. Come around early or late lunch to avoid the crowds!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    A fantastic trio with wine expert Josh Loeb, pastry chef Zoe Nathan and Executive chef Evan Funke change their menu monthly and also incorporate craft beers into their culinary arsenal.
  • Alfredo A.
    Alfredo AponteJune 6, 2015
    Pricey yet wonderful farm to table restaurant, and don't hesitate to call last minute to rsvp because there's often a cancellation that you can fill ;-)
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 4, 2011
    Basically a compendium of what happens to be on the farmers market A-list that week collated with artisanal cheeses, sustainable meats, and lovingly handcrafted pastas. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Fox's odd composition of beets, smashed berries and ripe avocado may be the first bowl of purple quinoa you will ever eat with pleasure. Read more
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    The hip L.A. version of Chez Panisse, this is one of the best spots in Santa Monica offering small plates and seasonal ingredients.
  • George
    GeorgeAugust 9, 2014
    For a place that has "Wine Bar" in the title, I come here for the food. Oh the irony of it all but yes the food is fantastic.
  • Meg L.
    Meg L.August 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Niman Ranch Burger. Dish out the extra $3 (used to be $2, le sigh) for the fried egg. You're already going big by eating an $18 burger so why not get the works? Enjoy.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CSeptember 30, 2011
    You HAVE to try their Niman Ranch Burger, and make sure you add the egg and fries! Best burger I've had in LA so far!
  • James C.
    James CitronMarch 30, 2012
    Best wine by the glass - get the Gargiulo Sangiovese. Great winemaker, goes with much of the menu and a fair price!
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LafranceNovember 6, 2016
    Although it's called a wine bar, try their cocktails too, which are very creative and very good!
  • K P.
    K PMay 1, 2013
    really good burger- add the thick bacon! the shrimp scampi and broccoli rabe with burrata are delicious!
  • Nic B.
    Nic BarnesDecember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Off the menu burger is delicious! A main stayer from previous chef - you gotta be in the know
  • Sean S.
    Sean StonerDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Burger is out of this world. Don't eat all day though. It's rich. Pairs well with a big red wine.
  • T M.
    T ManMarch 17
    The food was ok. Service is good and timely not intrusive and not lacking. My personal opinion is that they are trying too hard to be trendy. The tables are on top of each other.
    Upvoted May 20
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiwagJanuary 6, 2014
    Best food in town! The chicken was phenomenal. Chef Jeremy Fox is a miracle worker.
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    New and interesting burgers every Monday! Also- allagash curieux- not on menu BUT IT'S THERE! oak burbon barrel aged brilliance.
  • Joycott
    JoycottJune 19, 2014
    Locally sourced, as sustainable as possible, and reasonably priced. What's not to love?
  • BestOf
    BestOfDecember 28, 2011
    The bun is a standard brioche, but the toppings have been chosen for maximum impact, and this is where the burger sings. Read more
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™November 11, 2012
    Wines overpriced. Food good. Quality craft beers. Nice ambiance. Think that pretty much covers it. Enjoy.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXSeptember 20, 2011
    Just order the cauliflower. Even if you hate cauliflower. Just listen to me, and order the damn cauliflower Right. This. Minute.
  • Shay
    ShayOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A sip of a French red wine and the best Burger in LA. Can't say no to that!
  • marje s.
    marje s-cMarch 1, 2013
    Request a booth at the back and choose a selection the small plates!
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningNovember 22, 2015
    Burger is solid and wine selection is varied and delicious
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanFebruary 26
    Ricotta dumplings and Banana pudding are great
  • Christine M.
    Christine MerserMarch 11, 2011
    Five fabulous women loving the beets and shooting the breeze. Wish it were a bit quieter. Thanks Gai for taking us all...
  • Joe L.
    Joe LoveJanuary 3, 2016
    I wish I could delete all the posts about the burger. The waiter said they have not had burgers for years.
  • Niko D.
    Niko DeMordauntJune 5, 2013
    Order the "secret" burger - and get the egg! About $25 I think.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TragosApril 3, 2011
    Show up at 5:30 and you get one of 4 indoor tables or 3 outdoor tables.
  • Claire N.
    Claire NugentApril 30, 2012
    Sadly the donuts are no more :( but get the squash blossoms...delish!
  • Jamie F
    Jamie FAugust 20, 2013
    Ok yes the burger is sinful. But surprise superstars- the almonds. Basil or something kick is outrageous
  • Scott B.
    Scott BishopMay 16, 2012
    Get the burger. Add the egg. Add the bacon. It's f*ckin insane good.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McBrideAugust 21, 2013
    The melon soup is out of this world.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneOctober 8, 2013
    The Lavender Sugared Almonds are amazing!
  • Art K.
    Art KerdmaneeMay 17, 2013
    The burger is not on the menu, just ask for it!
  • James R.
    James RednerJanuary 29, 2011
    Sit at the bar. You get the full tasty menu and quicker service.
  • S
    SApril 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go see alan at the bar. Nice guy. Very informative on food and wine. He'll take good care of you.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StaniloffDecember 13, 2011
    Burger medium rare with bacon will change your life
  • Bijan S.
    Bijan SabetAugust 4, 2015
    The grilled nectarine + polenta + ricotta + arugula is ridiculously awesome
  • Sam D.
    Sam DuffyJuly 2, 2014
    Meh, only ok. Far too loud, terrible room acoustics, even with acoustic ceiling baffles, and very average food. No sign of the mythical burger. Cheese board was the best bit.
  • Yaron Z.
    Yaron Zakai-OrSeptember 23, 2012
    We took starters selection. This is very, very good.
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJanuary 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The burger is fathers office meets animal style- hands down, the BEST BURGER IN LA (yeah, I said it)
  • Maya
    MayaDecember 25, 2010
    Crispy polenta cake with fried egg and mushrooms. Do it.
  • Noura A.
    Noura AAugust 31, 2016
    Be aware that they changed the menu and they don't have their burgers anymore, the steak is good though.
  • Lady G.
    Lady GolfFebruary 1, 2013
    Had dinner there last night. Great food!
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GingrichMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Burger. Possibly the best I've ever had. Period.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithOctober 22, 2015
    Food was great, waiter was very surly and non-attentive. Very expensive!
  • Tiffani S.
    Tiffani SambornJanuary 12, 2014
    Do NOT get the gnocci. It is a very small portion for 17 dollars (2 or 3 spoon fulls). First time here, sorry to say my last time.
  • Judy T.
    Judy TranMarch 1, 2013
    Get bacon with your burger. It's amazing!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallNovember 21, 2011
    Get the polenta. Just do it.
  • Raman G.
    Raman GulatiAugust 31, 2010
    The niman ranch burger with egg will change your life.
  • Oliver
    OliverFebruary 21, 2016
    Food is pretty damn good here but the service sucks. Its a real shame to see such great talent of chef fox be put down by shitty servers. Shitty shitty service.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StaniloffJanuary 29, 2012
    Don't forget bacon on that burger!
  • Monique P.
    Monique PhalenJuly 29, 2011
    love love love the white polenta Read more
  • Mica R.
    Mica RossAugust 23, 2011
    Get the polenta cake. Fo reals.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 30, 2010
    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Kelley M.
    Kelley McClureNovember 8, 2012
    Flawless gnocchi. Flawless.
  • Jacob A.
    Jacob AbernathyOctober 18, 2011
    Do I really have to say it? Get the damn burger. Read more
  • krista d.
    krista delFebruary 21, 2010
    The root vegetable shepherd's pie is fabulous.
  • Matt S.
    Matt ShapiroNovember 19, 2015
    Chicken. Wow.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BarrowSeptember 22, 2011
    Crispy white polenta!
  • Ira R.
    Ira ROSEN (aka Ike Rose)February 27, 2014
    Good selection
    Rustic Canyon Burger
  • Les G.
    Les GeeAugust 24, 2014
    Great food but very noisy. What? Whaaat? WHAAAAT?
  • S
    SMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Limited menu. Service lacked warmth. Jidori chicken was bad. Wine good though server made it sound not so?! Why do they call this a wine bar? I've never understood that. Its a restaurant.
  • D M.
    D McPMarch 14, 2010
    Lemon cornmeal cake is best dessert of the year.
  • Annie J.
    Annie JohnstonMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beat outta this world gnocchi.
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenSeptember 30, 2011
    Rustic canyon burger
  • Moneera A.
    Moneera ASeptember 1, 2016
    There's NO burger..beware:-)
  • Chris S.
    Chris StephensonAugust 6, 2011
    Lateral Red is awesome
  • Seth W.
    Seth WeingerFebruary 14, 2010
    Mussles are delicious.
  • Ty N.
    Ty NewbyOctober 8, 2009
    ask for Colby to get the best table!
  • Peter G.
    Peter GJune 20, 2013
    Disappointing. Don't believe the hype!
  • Emily F.
    Emily FerreiraApril 7, 2013
    Terrible service!!!! Totally ruined my sister's birthday celebration. I do NOT recommend!!!!
  • Marion P.
    Marion PandaMay 21, 2013
    Plats très bon, bien équilibrés, tarte à la banane et croute d'avoine a se damner!!! Service sympa, addition pour 2 : 120$
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