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“Tired and bland” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ca' Brea - CLOSED

Ca' Brea
Price range: US$45 - US$55
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
Description: Located in the heart of Los Angeles, with an easy commute from Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, the Valley, and beaches is the exceptional Ca' Brea. The essence of Ca' Brea is straightforward and simple: authentic, yet innovative Italian food and Venetian cuisine. We serve the kind of food you want to eat every day, at the prices that allow you to do so.
Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tired and bland”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

Old school Italian - with bored service and equally boring cuisine.

Visited October 2011
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English first
Berkeley, California
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Noise is edible”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Wonderful food in the noisiest restaurant in a town full of them.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food in restaurant-filled LA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

I read about Ca' Brea first, and then discovered that it was nearby, so my mother and I went for dinner on the Christmas Eve this past weekend. They did not have a special pre-fixe menu, but they did have a number of great-looking specials listed. I had a perfect Italian meal comparable with any high-end Italian restaurant around the globe - creamy burrata (mozzarella) with thinly sliced eggplant and four different sauces to start, and then the bigoletti all'aragosta e fruttui di mare (which was essentially a slightly spicy spaghetti di mare) for my main. The burrata was fresh and delectable, and the bigoletti was incredibly tasty - perfectly seasoned and the seafood was fresh and expertly cooked.

Unfortunately, my mother's meal was somewhat less ideal than mine. Her first course was fantastic - the Insalata Tiepida di Frutti di Mare; lots of fresh seafood in a delicious broth. Her main course, however - a special of the night, Risotto di Mare - was somewhat undercooked and lacked a strong flavor.

We ate so much that we didn't have room for desset, unfortunately. The decoration of the restaurant was lovely - interesting modern art on the walls, with lovely dark woods giving the place an easy ambiance. The staff was all very friendly. All in all, it was a very good experience, and I can't wait to return and try their other dishes!

  • Visited December 2011
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2011

A really good service great food good portions and menu worth seeking out if you like Italian food we just came across it looking for another restaurant glad we did

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melbourne
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“sometimes best things are right under your nose”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2009

I have travelled to Us 3 times last 12 months mainly west coast especially LA where one of my daughters live. Each time i am in LA and we go out to some good fancy (expensive) restaurants.
In November just before I returned to Melbourne we dined at Ca Brae a couple of blocks from where my daughter lives.
It was a gem. Very good hearty italian food,great but sincere service and very good wines. Reasonably priced.
Far better than many other well known celebrity restaurants in this area. Assume thr locals keep quiet on how good it is.
Will return again and again.

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