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“Great bar, tiny plates”
Review of Playa - CLOSED

Playa
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Fuller and Martel
Description: Playa is more than a "Beach". It represents the open air, laid-back, coastal lifestyle that is Los Angeles. Playa expresses a relaxed, urban latin vibe, as envisioned by Chef/Owner John Rivera Sedlar and the creative team who have turned his vision into a restaurant reality.
Reviewed 5 August 2012

Come for the drinks, extraordinary selection of booze and inventive bartenders. As for the food, bring a microscope and a wad of cash, that's what they call tapas. "Indian butter is what they call guacamole, and it goes from there.

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Reviewed 13 July 2012 via mobile

The skinny:

Parking- valet or street
Decor- think sex and the city
Bathroom-W single, decorated like a home
Service- very good, attentive
Food- tasty and varied
Coke- Mexican in a bottle

We came here and enjoyed a lovely meal. The hostess, bar, and waitstaff were all very attentive to our table. It was not busy so not sure how it gets when the place is packed. We ordered plates to share: Thai shrimp (delicious), cauliflower (my favorite! Intense flavor), filet with mushroom tamale (too salty), Burrata salad (excellent) and Mexican shrimp (tasty). My husband had the crocodile cocktail which he said was really good. This place has one of those scary menus that you probably won't recognize half the items listed- don't be afraid! Ask the waitstaff or google it :)

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Thank melobeam
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I've had dinner a few times at Playa and always enjoyed it. I recently had the opportunity to try it for brunch. It's more-or-less your traditional brunch but with a spicy latin twist.

The room is terrific looking and on a beautiful Sunday they had their floor-to-ceiling windows open all the way. It was as close to eating outside as you can with a roof over your head. I ordered the Eggs Benedict. Instead of ham, they made it with chorizo and then added a real kick to the hollandaise by using some kind of chile pepper in it. The result was delicious but definitely H O T (despite the servers insistence that it wouldn't be). In the end, no complaints, just be prepared for it when your mouth starts to burn and your eyes tear.

Service was friendly and efficient, food was damn good, the day picture perfect: This is what a Sunday brunch should be.

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Thank RonK_LA
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Okay, this place was hoppin’. We were a party of six. We are always looking for a great dining experience. This not only includes fabulous and inspirational food, but over-the-top service (at one time we had four different wait staff serving us). The menu was different – different tastes, encounters and flavors. We ordered, 11 different tapas plates including … Maize Cake Mediterranean, lamb meatballs, with spiced yogurt, capers, kalamata olives and feta, a Pan-Seared Loup De Mer, sea bass filet with five sauces; Maize Cake Bombay Taj, pork belly confit, chile-lime jicama. The food selection was terrific – different, spicy, not spicy, etc. etc. etc. The tapas for two or four people works…for a party of six you need to order two of each item. Cutting up an appetizer into six sections really became limited. While the food was tasty, the service was excellent and caring. We would still rate it (on the scale of “A” to “F”) a “B-“.

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Thank mightytraveler
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

John Sedlar's restaurant is hp, cool, with great small plates to share, plus a wall of liquors and an expert mixologist. Maize cakes, tamales, tortillas, mussels, all done with new flavors, beautiful presentation and friendly service. 7360 Beverly Blvd, in the old Grace Restaurant space, but now with major big windows which keep the atmosphere bright and animated. Be sure to make a reservation, because it gets packed fast.

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Thank Beverly M
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