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“Tasty Food, Excellent Service”

La Serenata Gourmet
Ranked #5,972 of 10,140 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: US$12 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: Westside
Reviewed 28 October 2011

Four of us went on a Thursday evening and the food was excellent. We started with margaritas which were very well made. A plate of chips was put on the table (why a little plate instead of a basket?) and when we inhaled the chips at once, they brought out two more little plates. It just seemed a bit odd to serve the chips on a little plate, a bit too pretentious in my opinion and an effort to live up to the “Gourmet” appended to the name of their restaurant. A little plate does not make it gourmet. The accompanying g sauce was wonderful.

We shared a $14 appetizer which consisted of two little tacos, two little empanadas and one (yes, one) little tamale . They were all quite tasty, but so terribly small for the price. The restaurant really needs to increase size of these items if they are going to continue to charge the high price. The 4 of us barely had a tiny bite of each item.

The server/manager, Sal, was extraordinarily attentive and very personable, with jokes abounding. He’s one reason alone to go to La Serenata.

Two of us had boneless chicken breast and another had boneless chicken breast Yucatan style. The Yucatan sauce was delicious and the size of the chicken on all plates was very ample. The chicken could have been more moist, but we all ate everything. The accompanying rice was excellent (although the precisely measured scoop that they use to plate the rice renders a sort of sterile presentation). The sweet potato fries were too thin and had little taste. The little dish of black beans that accompanies is outstanding.

Another member of our party had a shrimp dish which was very good. The amount and size of the shrimp was good value and very filling, along with wonderful flavor nuances.

For dessert we shared their bread pudding and a piece of tres leches cake. Our favorite was the bread pudding, served warm with caramel vanilla ice cream. It was highly flavorful and quite delicious. The tres leches was beautifully presented, but was a disappointment because the cake texture was sort of dry where the tres leches creams had not penetrated. I think they need to concentrate on a better cake batter – the tres leches creams were excellent, however, and a better cake batter might produce the “mouth” feel that is typical of an authentic tres leches cake.

Overall it was an excellent experience, considering service, ambiance and general quality of the food.

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Reviewed 6 October 2011

La Serenata de Garibaldi is famous in Los Angeles, so imagine our glee when they opened two Westside outposts. Firstly let me say that La Serenata Gourmet is not as 'nice' inside as the La Serenata in Santa Monica. It's also not as formal, or quite as expensive, which are both very good things. They make a quesadilla like no other. No Other! There's no folded flour tortilla, no cheddar cheese and no canned Ortega Chiles. The Poblano Peppers Quesadilla is sublime; the mushroom and vegetable versions are for a follow up visit. There fish and choice of sauces is spectacular. Home-made corn tortillas redefine corn tortillas. I don't eat meat, but mi esposa does, and he can't get enough of the Chilorio and Pork with Molcajete Sauce. We travel all over the world, and this is always the 1st place I want to eat when we come home. I have taken every single visitor to our home here for a meal and have never had a complaint. I don't drink either, buy my firends do, and apparently the selection of tequilas is impressive. My only complaint is that they push guacamole on the table. Who in the world goes to La Serenata for guacamole? My advice is to be brave when you order (forgo the tacos until you've tried something out of your repetoire). The fish burrito is probably the best deal on the menu - it's huge & delicious!

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Reviewed 11 November 2008

I eat here several times a year, and have never had anything other than an exceptional culinary experience.

I am a passionate fan of all forms of Mexican cuisine, from low to high, and often spend my time in Los Angeles eating at a different Mexican restaurant every day, joined by friends who are similarly inclined. La Serenata Gourmet consistently serves the most delicious food of any Mexican restaurant of the countless greater Los Angeles Mexican restaurants on our list of favorites. Both traditional and innovative, this is a must for anyone with a passion for great Mexican cuisine. The mole sauce is over the moon, as are the gorditas.

It's true that the service sometimes is harried, but our experience is that the staff is warm and friendly to customers who are the same back to them. For the least crazed atmosphere, try going for a late lunch. Also, there are serious food allergies in our group of diners, and none of us have ever had a problem here with our meal being prepared as per requests.

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Reviewed 26 April 2008

friendly (but harried) staff - try the molcajete!

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Reviewed 14 December 2013
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