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bardbarbara301

12/17/2012

Overall
I can hang out here for hours ...

I can hang out here for hours and never get tired of the ambiance and the feel of this place. They have outdoor seats too which is great because I like to take my coffee with cigarettes.

Plankn

11/23/2011

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Overall
Cute little french restaurant

Cute french restaurant with a nice outside patio that make you feel stress free and outside of the city.
The food here is very good. I've had almost everything from their delicious french toast to the amazing breakfast sandwich or one of their daily special for lunch.
I have always had a good service here. The staff is always friendly and always bring a bowl of water for my dogs. Did i forget to mention they have a dog friendly patio??? Yes it is the only place I know in the neighborhood where you can bring your dog.

lisajim

06/22/2011

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Overall
great service.. cute waiters...

I totally love this place. It doesnt hurt that the waiters are cute. My favorite is the french toast and the crepes... delicious

ShannonNewmann

03/03/2011

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Overall
Best French restaurant in culver city

I am ADDICTED to CAFE LARENT. French toast is the best, this is a unique awesome place where they make a completely different French toast. It's so moist and soft with a nice perfect sweet taste. WOW WOW WOW! You have to try it. Service is so friendly everyone is europeon so I feel home! Love it.

Redondo T

03/19/2010

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Overall
Lovely

Had a lovely dining experience yesterday at the Cafe. The service was good and the food was very good. The patio is nice. I like that it is low-key. My feidn and I sat and talked for a while after we had finished our meal and just had a pleasant time overall.

kimberdiva

09/16/2009

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Overall
Great relaxed atmosphere

We had my friend's bridal shower here. It was a small group of us, just looking for good food and good atmosphere. This place had plenty of both. The staff were very good to us. The only thing that stops me from giving this place five stars is that the table we had was really too small for 8 people. Another small table added to the end would have been helpful. But other than that, everything was wonderful.

EngelaufUrlaub

05/22/2009

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Overall
Adorable little French place w/fabulous food, good service

Having read rave reviews about the brunch at this place, I'd always wanted to try it, especially since I live close by. When they started serving dinner, I thought this would be the ideal time to see whether their food was as good as touted, so I took my mother out to dinner. Definitely a good choice. I had the special of the day (a very rich, garlicky shrimp scampi over gnocchi, which was both unique and delicious) and my mother had the smoked salmon crepe, which she also enjoyed. The bread and beautifully arranged side salad were excellent and the piece de resistance was the dessert crepe, a huge strawberry-banana-nutella concoction. In addition to the yummy food, the service was very attentive and friendly (for you single ladies out there, the waiter is definitely eye candy, with an accent to die for) and the decor very cute. Another plus is that it's very easy to find and there is no shortage of parking on nearby side streets. Definitely a winner! (On a related note, Cafe Laurent sells bread at the Mar Vista farmer's market on Sundays -- the carrot-raisin-nut bread is out of this world, as is the hazelnut-raisin.)

Fasuyi

02/17/2009

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Overall
Transformative Experience

On my way to my office in Culver City I have passed this delightful restaurant for years; after having waited in line to obtain my unmemorable java and sugar ladden pastry (to go) from the well known coffee franchise located several blocks north. Curosity and tedium finally compelled me to stop at Cafe Laurant. I experienced my first, and consistently repeated, warm and sincere greeting from the French Manager that gives me the feeling that I am welcomed, as well as my patronage. For several months I enjoyed stopping here to purchase an espresso and fantastic pastries. Of special note are the uniquely delicious muffins (I often purchase enough of them to share with staff at my office, and they have become The favorites for them also). I like the ambience, the warm and attentive service and sitting at the cozy counter while my order is prepared to go. On a lark I choose to be seated for breakfast one day. I've tried numerous breakfast menu items and have never been disappointed. Everything is distinctly flavorful, harmoniously combined and presented with inviting flare. My favorite has become the eggs benedict with salmon which is served on tasty brioch and with sliced tomatos and potatos au gratin, fantastic! I decided that my consistently positive experience warranted visiting for lunch. As with the breakfast, the apparent use of fresh and healthy ingredients results in very tasty meals whichever items I choose from the menu. My favorite is the salmon and pear salad, tender mixed greens nestled in light distinct, but not overbearing, dressing. I am now a regular breakfast and lunch customer. I have come to welcome the opportunity to enjoy relaxing in this welcoming enviornment, and appreciate the pleasant and familiar service and friendly clientel who evidently agree with me. Eating at Cafe Laurent is an experience that has helped me to slow down and to linger over my meal and on my reflections rather than consume unmemorable food on the run.

1foodcritic

11/25/2008

Overall
BEST FRENCH DINNER PLACE

I am a regular daytime costumer at CAFE LAURENT...i love quality home style cooking and cafe laurent has it all...their potatoes are to die for...no to mention the fantastic omelletes they serve... tuesdays they have COUS-COUS...and the best part now is their dinner...i love their beautiful patio with the little fountain...so romantic...my friends and me are now sundays regulars they have this super cool fun live music on sundays...its so fun...the waittress is super nice...fast and well HOT!!!

BEST TIP...have their Filet mignon...its so good...they prepare it just like in paris...STEAK AU POIVRE:)

hunch

11/20/2008

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Overall
Great for Breakfast or Brunch

I enjoy walking up to Cafe Laurent for breakfast with the family. Food and service is always good.

foodcritic11

10/28/2008

Overall
FANTASTIC FOOD!!!! LOVE IT!!!

CAFE LAURENT rocks...i love their brunch with live music on sundays and friday nights...one thing i love to eat the most for breakfast is the French Toast...its totally different from any french toast that you have in america...its a mix of french croissants, maple syrup and eggs...its a bit on the sweet side but that's why i love it. Also i'm being going to DINNER this past 2 weeks...i went to their openning night and i felt in love with their Crepe nutella, organic strawberries and bananas...so good(try also their dulce de leche with bananas)!!!! i love to sit in the patio and just have a nice dinner with my friends...its pretty relaxing its like being in Paris!!!...best thing i found its that the website city search has a 25% coupon that i used for dinner....my friends and me are loving this place and everyone outthere in the neibor needs to know about it since is the only place that is not attitude and its relax!!!

Almost forgot to mention that the waittress is super hot and nice!!! she gave me a free dessert with one of my entrees.

Sami999

10/27/2008

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Overall
Loved the Lamb chops and and the chiken with mashed potatoes

I have been to this resturant many times in the past for breakfast and lunch, but just tried it for dinner, they just opened. I have been there twice already and tried the Lamb chops and it was awasome done to perfection specially when I asked them to have it very well done since I don't like to see any redness on my meat. The last time I tried their half chiken with mashed potatoes and pasta, the chiken was really good, but what did it for me was the mashed potatos, it was garlicky yummm the way I like it, the salad served with it was good, but I had to ask them to put more dressing on it, it wasn't enough for me. I liked the patio table and the service was good, I'll definetly go back again

bthiem

05/05/2008

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Overall
I'd give it 6 stars if I could

I've lived in Culver CIty for 10 years now, and for all that time Cafe Laurent has never let me down. The food is always excellent... the freshest ingredients and a clean natural cooking style that brings out the best flavors of each food. I'm surprised at all the complaints about the service. It looks like the main problem is, people are expecting to grab a quick breakfast and get along with their day. This is a place you are meant to enjoy. Sit and chat with your friends, eat a long brunch, enjoy the wonderful courtyard ambience, and I promise you will actually appreciate how the wait staff gives you time to spend a peaceful morning, much set apart from the hectic pace of city life.
My wife and I just had our wedding reception here. Private parties are highly recommended! They catered to our every needs, giving us very reasonable rates. All the guests raved about the food and the service. The chef even ran home to get more champagne glasses for us! If you're looking for a down to earth place that will pleasure your palate while reminding you that life is to be enjoyed, start making a habit of visiting Cafe Laurent. Cheers.

jimmy_woodwork

03/05/2008

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Overall
Good Food, Bad Service

We came here for brunch on the weekend. There was some live music. We were seated right away. We liked our food. In fact, we were talking about what we'd order the next time we came. Definitely the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. But then we ran out of coffee. And they never brought any bread. And no one came by to check on us for a very long time. When the waitress finally did swing by my girlfriend, she sweetly said that I never got the muffin I ordered. The waitress seemed very miffed and said sarcastically, ""I'm only human. Sometimes we forget things"" and then stalked off. Umm, okay. No one ever accused you of being less than human. We just were hoping to get the things we ordered by politely reminding you since we recognize that you are only human and that sometimes humans forget things. She never returned. Someone else brought the muffin (which was quite tasty, by the way) and the check. And then they never returned. We ended up giving the bus boy our payment. He was very nice and unfortunately for him, he has to work with jerks.

fynton

12/07/2007

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Overall
Great Food and Service

I love this little neighborhood bistro and have been a regular there for many years. The food and specials are terrific and the service very caring. Try a Croque Monsieur. It's delicious.

juzcherry

11/10/2007

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Overall
avoid weekends

i really love this restaurant i guss the service and food
now that Laurent is not in the kitchen
has declined a bit but the benedicts are always good
the salad tasty
i honestly think Laurents omelets are great
i always make my own personal omelet.
i love his food maybe visit the farmers market thats where Laurent is now a days
the restaurant just gets really slamed go on a weekday you'll enjoy it!

avitech7

09/11/2007

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Overall
Gives French Cafes a bad name! Don't waste your time and money!

I was just there today on 9/11/07. This place has the dirtiest eating areas you can imagine. They don't even wipe the tables with solvent for the germs, they just use plain tap water. There were flies everywhere! The short/bald white guy that was waiting tables was extreamly rude. Why can't I just order a Latte and a Crossant? Why should I feel obligated to order some big meal even if I'm not hungry? There was hardly anyone there at the time anyway. But When I told him that I just wanted to order those two things he flipped and lied to me. He said ""That's fine because the kitchen just closed"" and he had an evil streak in his face like the look of Satan. 2 minutes later a couple comes in and sits down with menues and orders a meal. Now how could anyone order a meal there if the kitchen just closed for the day?

The other things which I really hate about that place are the exuberantly high prices for food that is so hastily put together by underpaid mexican laborers. Like eating cardboard really.

There is no French cook!!!

Also I pass by this cafe all the time. They don't open their doors until 15 minutes after 8. Even though they are supposed to be opened by 8. How could they make any money selling coffee to office workers during the morning rush hour if they only open up at 8:15 but the workers need to be at work by 8 o' clock? They also close super early. By 2:45 they close their doors! How could they sell any coffee to office workers on their evening commute home during rush hour? Those are the times when cafes make most of their money is between the hours of 6am to 8 am. And from 3pm to 6pm. Right before they open and right after they close! How do they expect to remain competitive as a business?

Also the people that go to that cafe are extreamly stuck up. Wealthy people with lots of money who only care about themselves and nobody else. The worst atmosphere for anyone to go and unwind.

Don't waste your time and money!!

stormjack1

06/10/2007

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Overall
Please closed this S..T DOWN!!!!!

Dear Fellows!

This restaurant S...CK big time!! the service is poor and the food is real Bad!! I must imagine that the nice review from this Restaurant must have been made by friends and Family because I had the worst experience ever!! The menus were dirty and smelly, the owner was screaming at the employees because the restaurant was out of control!! I had a BUGG in my damn sandwich!!! I almost pke....I couldn't find the miget that was serving us so I left and made a report to the Health Depart!!

You have been warn!!

Details

Phone: (310) 558-8622

Address: 4243 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.cafelaurent.com

More Info

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
West Los Angeles, Park West
Categories
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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