About Wilshire

2454 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Designer Thomas Schoos created a warm distinctive ambiance while taking advantage of the unique spaces on the property. Each room makes an individual statement retaining the “old world” character of this historic space or capturing a more modern sensibility. The main dining room features plush leather banquettes and antique mirrors enhanced by candlelight while the indoor bar has coffered ceilings, club chairs and a softly lit amber bar. The spacious outdoor garden, bar and private terrace are surrounded by rich chocolate stucco walls accented with fireplaces and water features. The dining area seats 100 and the terrace may inspire an indulgent dessert or a fine Cognac nightcap.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm-Close

Happy Hour: Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-7:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 586-1707

Website:
http://www.wilshirerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
$5 Lunch $7 Dinner

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wilshire offers various spaces for private dining and events, and is also available for buyouts. Contact our events department for availability and details; liz@wilshirerestaurant.com

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Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us for Mother's Day Brunch on May 8th on our beautiful patio! We will have a seasonal al la carte menu available.

Private Dining

Designer Thomas Schoos created a warm distinctive ambiance while taking advantage of the unique spaces on the property. Each room makes an individual statement retaining the “old world” character of this historic space or capturing a more modern sensibility.

Wilshire Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Food was good and large portions

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Nice patio setting, lasagna was delicious but huge portion size!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wilshire has a new chef.who's great

Dined on April 20, 2016

There is anew chef here. The last dinner was outstanding. Its the best Patio dining west of the 405. It s a great place.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our Favorite special event restaurant

Dined on April 17, 2016

the outdoors and good food near a fireplace , quiet and excellent service. Who could ask for more??

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

The Wilshire patio is beautiful, fresh, ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

The Wilshire patio is beautiful, fresh, & offers a delightful dining experience. The wait staff, drinks, and food are terrific.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Wonderful Wilshire

Dined on April 14, 2016

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of a delicious meal , attended by well trained wait staff is in need of a trip to " Wilshire." The Lobster salad was fresh and very tasty ,nicely accompanied by the ginger ice tea! "A good fortune" is not necessary to dine here.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Enjoying lunch here is a breeze

Dined on April 4, 2016

Dependable, Delicious and Delightful. I have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed once. My favorite dish is the lobster cobb - -looks as good as it tastes, although everything I saw served looked wonderful. Sit inside or out in a garden setting. You can count on servers being eager to please and the personnel being very accommodating. Valet parking.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

TERRIBLE

Dined on March 22, 2016

The caesar salad came AFTER my severely undercooked steak. Go figure.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Fine neighborhood restaurant

Dined on March 13, 2016

Excellent food and service. Ambiance a bit wide-open and convivial, a bit impersonal. Pretty pricey, especially the wine--few good options under $100 though with skill and searching we found a very good Spanish one for $75. Nicest thing is that it's kid-friendly--we were without kids but enjoyed seeing a lot there. A fine place for inland Santa Monica--great local restaurant.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

new discovery

vip
Dined on February 24, 2016

I had never been to Wilshire and was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance, food and the service. Most importantly, as I was there for a business meeting, we were so delighted that we could hold a conversation and hear each other!

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Outdoor Dining in a Beautiful Setting

Dined on February 24, 2016

I've been to Wilshire for dinner several times and every time it's been excellent. The patio area is charming and everyone loves the space and food. The menu has a nice selection of options -- I've had the chicken, salmon and black cod and they were all delicious. The flat bread is a nice starter. It's one of my favorite places in the Santa Monica area.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Stunning patio ambiance

Dined on February 21, 2016

I don't usually write restaurant reviews, but this was my second visit to The Wilshire (first time was for a private party in the Library room which was so wonderful as well!). Again my mother and I were not disappointed in the slightest, and brought my two friends with us as well. We were actually 15 minutes late for our reservation but the host and hostess were very accommodating and we only had to wait about 10 minutes at the bar until they were able to seat us regardless. The patio was so beautiful, I hadn't seen it before, and we had plenty of space even though it was full out there. I had the special of night, brown butter scallops, that were massive and delicious! The Fiery Mai Tai drink was great once again, and our server was so helpful and patient even with my friend who is vegan and asked a plethora of questions and had many substitutions for her vegetarian burger. Thank you so much, I will be back! Hopefully for a romantic date with my boyfriend next time!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect spot for a relaxing meal.

Dined on February 17, 2016

We always enjoy the Wilshire. A great spot to enjoy a great patio experience with delicious, well prepared meals. Take your friends too!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

French dip is fantastic

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

French dip is fantastic

food2
ambience4
service3
value1

Has gone downhill

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

We had not been at Wilshire for quite some time and decided to try it out again. We were disappointed by the quality of the food - tuna appetizer was flavorless, shortribs and lamb chops were extremely fatty, and price was high for the quality of food we received. Will not go back again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

AMAZING!

Dined on February 15, 2016

Amazing! Very romantic. Food was delicious! Overall amazing place to celebrate a special occasion or date night. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always a great party at Wilshire!

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

One of my favorite venues for Westside dining...even when it is cold outside the patio is terrific!

food3
ambience5
service3

Went for Valentine's Day and it was a le ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Went for Valentine's Day and it was a let down. We have dined at Wilshire a lot over the past few years and this time the service was good but our food wasn't even hot...we just wanted to finish and go. It feels like it's declined over the past year or so... Probably won't go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Reliably excellent

Dined on February 13, 2016

Haven't been to Wilshire is a few years. It was a friend's favorite place, but I hadn't been back since he moved away. That was a mistake. Had dinner there with a group on Friday and rediscovered this gem. Great food. Great service. Reasonably priced. I won't wait so long to go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A secret place easily overlooked on a "drive-by"

Dined on February 3, 2016

My guests and I loved our dinner there. The outside patio is wonderful. Everyone raved about the food and the service was very good, too.

Tags: romance, special occasions, neighbourhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience2
service4
value2

Too Noisy!

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

We asked for a very quiet table on the patio and arrived early. We were seated as requested. 10 minutes later a very loud table of men were seated right next to us, despite all the other tables being unoccupied! The hostess seemed clueless when we complained. We ended up inside - the food and service were excellent. Why oh why do they think patrons come to listen to music chosen by the owners/managers rather than wanting to dine and visit with friends???

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Very comfortable outdoor seating

Dined on January 27, 2016

I've dined at The Wilshire several times, both at lunch and dinner. The outdoor seating is very comfortable and always a surprise to find this relaxing oasis as you walk in from a busy Wilshire Blvd. At my last lunch I enjoyed the fish tacos and a pomegranate lemonade. The service was perfect.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

Great, Classy Place

Dined on January 23, 2016

Came here with my aunt and girlfriend. Beautiful outdoor patio space, food was amazing, drinks were great. It's a bit pricey but you're getting great food and drinks for the price. Highly recommend.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food2
ambience4
service2
value3

Disappointed...

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

Looked forward to a nice Christmas Eve dinner with family members. The restaurants interior rooms are very nice. The lighting and varied decor is comfortable and inviting. We sat out on the patio, heat lamps going, a fireplace and streams of outdoor lights. So far so good. Ordered wine, waiter returns, sorry we are out of that, ordered second choice, waiter returns, sorry we are out. Asked for his suggestion, he comes back again---guess what? How does a restaurant list wines and not have sufficient inventory? We were simply asking for Sauvignon Blanc. Nothing exotic. I requested he check with bartender and bring us WHATEVER was available. We were 5 people, 3 entrees were good, 2 just ok. Service was slow after ordering. What would you think about returning?

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Special occasion

Dined on December 16, 2015

Dining Exexperience was enjoyable, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a wonderful time and experience with good food and exceptional service.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service4

MOre than I expected.

vip
Dined on December 15, 2015

From the outside one would not know about the wonderful patios and library room and special rooms in the restaurant. Wonderful. All the staff were warm, friendly and inviting. Loved being there. My food was good (French dip) but I'm planning on trying some other things the next time I come.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great lunch spot on the courtyard. Great ...

Dined on December 10, 2015

Great lunch spot on the courtyard. Great service and food.

food4
ambience2
service3

Good food, if that's all you are after...

Dined on November 22, 2015

The food was good, but service lacked and ambiance not very energizing. Felt like a place that had its heydays, but no longer... Menu was fairly limited as well. We had the salmon dish, but it is more of a meat place.

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience5
service3

The patio/ garden is fantastic

vip
Dined on November 19, 2015

The food was good, the patio was great, the waiter had ADD.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Favorite spot for business lunches

Dined on November 19, 2015

I have taken several business lunches here, and it never disappoints. The menu is gourmet enough to impress, but diverse enough that everyone can find something they like. The outdoor patio is a perfect break from being stuck in an office all day.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Great private dining rooms,food and serv ...

Dined on November 15, 2015

Great private dining rooms,food and service.

food3
ambience3
service3

SErvice was Ok and 2out of 3 meals serve ...

vip
Dined on November 12, 2015

SErvice was Ok and 2out of 3 meals served as ordered. Sent skirt steak back to be cooked to requested medium. The special souffle was somewhere between soup and pudding

food5
ambience5
service5

Always special

Dined on November 8, 2015

Took an important client with his wife since they had never been there previously. They and we were very pleased with every aspect of our dinner experience from great food to very attentive and timely service. A Santa Monica must ! No need to go east over 405 for a fine restaurant experience

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5

Although the food tasted delicious, it w ...

Dined on October 31, 2015

Although the food tasted delicious, it was quite pricey especially since dishes are a la carte. However, the outdoor dining experience was charming & intimate.

food3
ambience3
service3

Nice lunch

Dined on October 16, 2015

I was sorry the slaw was so much spicier than we'd thought it would be. My French Dip was good but not great. The fries got hard and cold awfully fast but the potato chips were excellent.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Food was delicious. Used to come here fo ...

vip
Dined on October 11, 2015

Food was delicious. Used to come here for the bar until they closed it down. Had always been curious about the food so I recently decided to try it. We had a fantastic, fun, and helpful waiter. Pork chops we phenomenal and so was their fish. Everything tasted great.

food4
ambience5
service4

Lovely patio, delicious food

Dined on October 10, 2015

Perfect for a warm beautiful L.A. night. Beautiful patio, noise level good for conversation, and food was delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Always Great

Dined on October 7, 2015

We've been to Wilshire about a half dozen times, mostly to celebrate birthdays or some special occasion. The outdoor patio is such a lovely setting, open to the sky with many trees and small lights lending a charming atmosphere. The service is always first-rate and the food has never disappointed. Our group ordered the duck special in a port wine reduction, black cod (two) and seabass; all were wonderful, as were salads. Although their only acknowledgement of a birthday celebration is to provide a candle in whichever dessert you order (not comped), this is an exceptional restaurant to which we'll return.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3

Not like it used to be

vip
Dined on October 4, 2015

Such a beautiful outdoor dining experience but it was pretty dead on a Saturday night. We went several months ago and it was fun and lively so it was a bit of a disappointment- not sure what changed? Food was pretty good but would not recommend the veggie burger. Great drinks at the bar!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food4
ambience2
service4

Noisy and disruptive for conversation

vip
Dined on September 29, 2015

The food and service was very good but it was all destroyed by the too loud music. I want to be able to converse with friends, not scream to be heard - if that's even possible. Too bad they think their patrons only want to shovel food into their mouths.

food2
ambience2
service3

May have had its best days

vip
Dined on September 14, 2015

Had a client lunch and it was not impressive. I picked it because of their patio, which is beautiful. The lunch crowd was older, quiet. Not a cool vibe or much of any vibe. Two of us got the fish tacos that they were not good. The tortilla was unimpressive and plain. The guacamole was piled on completely drowning out the fish and making the dish fall apart in your hands. They do have great brussel sprouts.

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