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“Soulless Kitchen”
Review of R+D Kitchen

R+D Kitchen
Ranked #38 of 688 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Description: A favorite spot with Santa Monica locals, expect a lively, bustling atmosphere each evening. Exceptional artwork, open kitchen and a welcoming staff greet you at the door. Don't miss the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
Carbondale, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Soulless Kitchen”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Most upscale location and decor for Hillstone Corporation in Los Angeles area.The waitresses are dressed in chef's jackets and are very prettyThe restaurant is spacious and has a very pleasant bar with a fireplace and widows from ceiling to the floor open wide.The music is loud but pleasant. My cocktail was very well made.My only issue is with the food their beautiful kitchen prepares.Bean counters staff the kitchen with McDonald's level employees and make us pay top price for the food you can get in a museum cafeteria.They put extra sugar in every dish ( shrimp Louie salad,chicken meatballs and coleslaw ) hoping to substitute it for a presence of an actual chef in the kitchen.This place is stunningly beautiful but for the food I will keep going to their Hillstone restaurant on Wilshire.I wish they could bring some of their proven dishes from Wilshire Bl to Montana Ave location.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank George S
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Cape Cod
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“It's no fooling around with the chow”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

I enjoyed a quick lunch at R+D - the food was spot on and the service was extremely pleasant. I took a quick table in the bar area.

  • Visited March 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An excellent meal, as advertised.”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

While staying in Santa Monica, the property owner we are renting from recommended the R+D Kitchen. It is less than a block from where we are staying. We went early to avoid the crowd. There was a minor wait but it was an excellent menu. The wait staff was superb, the menu may seem limited but it really has everything you need. I had the "wild mushroom" meatloaf with seared spinach and mashed potatoes. A great atmosphere, great location, great staff and a great menu. That about covers what you need to know!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank William L
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Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“R&D = Really Delicious!!”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

I totally understand why there's always a wait for a table. Everything on their menu is well prepared, seasoned and presented. Servers and staff are polite, professional and on top of all that is going on. Truly, this exceptionally well-managed kitchen has nailed "the basics" --turning up stylish plate after plate in a timely manner. Go here!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank CeeGee
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Hoboken, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Shrimp Louis ever!”
Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

Four of us came here for brunch/ lunch on a Saturday. They don't take reservations so it's important to get there early. My friends all had egg dishes but I decided to order the shrimp Louis and it was hands down the best version I have ever had with four gigantic perfectly cooked cold shrimp on a wedge of iceberg lettuce with fresh cherry tomatoes and a vine gregge with bacon in it. In addition to being the best shrimp Louis I have ever tasted this May have been the best meal so far in our week in California ia.

Visited February 2014
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Thank luvToscana
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