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Abigail L.



Great menu, with a mix of American and international dishes. Great ingredients and cooking. Service was excellent. Decor and ambience were great, if you like dark with loud music (we do!). Loved everything about it!



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Good service, can't say the same about the food

I know that when a person comes to a restaurant such as Providence, they go for the flavors and the experience. When I came to Providence I had a very mixed experience.

The service was very nice, everyone answered all my questions I had, because let's face it, not everyone will know every ingredient on the menu unless you're a strong chef. The one thing I didn't like was the extra's they brought out and explained super quickly and left. Other than that, great service.

The food wasn't as I had expected. I know culinary creativity to mix flavors with visual pleasure is key, but a lot of these flavors, although recognized, didn't seem to really sync together. I have to admit though, the Chowda' was very, very good.

I think it just depends on what you order, some of these dishes were amazing while the others were sadly not so very good.

Came here with my girlfriend and she ordered the john dory while I ordered the main lobster. The lobster came out of its shell in a creative little salad, came recommended by the waiter, unfortunately it wasn't all that it was hyped up to be. I tried a piece of my girlfriends john dory, whatever it was wrapped around gave it an awful aftertaste, and her salad didn't seem to be very good either, was a very strange mix of bacon and what looked like seaweed. The flavors weren't complementing each other.

Maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes, but our experience wasn't what we'd hoped it would be. Hopefully for others it's better.



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my best experience in LA

We had the full tasting menu with the wine pairing.
Every dish was spot on from the bread to the mignardise, and the wine was well paired with every course.The service was outstanding also. They were kind and very flexible with all our requests.Every dish was perfectly explained. We also had some awsome cocktails. Thank you Providence.



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5 star experience with 3 star food.

Finally. Providence.

We thought long and hard about the tasting menus versus ala carte. Our waiter recommended that we do the 5 course tasting and order the rest ala carte. Win win. A quick note before I get to the food, the décor is really nice. Draped in a simple blue grey palette with high ceilings, it was airy, calm, spacious.

Food Breakdown from great to bad (desserts are just ok):

- Santa Barbara Salt Prawns - These are amazing! They smell so delectable and the table side presentation was pretty cool. Roasted in kosher salt and rosmary, the prawns shelled in front of you and drizzled in olive oil. It tasted amazingly sweet. Almost like crab flavored lobster.
- Foie gras ravioli italian summer truffles, aromatics, parmesan - I love foie gras, infatuated with pasta, and I love love love truffles so technically this dish can't fail and it didn't. The truffles are shaved tableside and he didn't hesitate to overload my ravioli with truffles. Mmm. Random: they bring out the huge black truffles and white truffles for you to smell. So baller.
- Japanese wagyu beef with wild mushrooms - This was the 2nd to last course and by this point, I was pretty stuffed. The wagyu is sliced tableside and was deliciously fatty. Almost too fatty at this stage of the meal. I was slipping into food coma. The intense fattiness of it went well with the asparagus and chanterelles and potato. Paired nicely with the wine.
- Cod in shiso and lemon - The cod was so delicate. I have cooked cod before and it was NOTHING like this. It was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had. Thought the sauce was a bit overpowering though for such a delicate fish.
- Hokkaido sea scallop with chanterelles, bacon - I love scallops and this was no exception. The flavor pairing was good albeit salty but the wine really cut the acidity of the sauce.
- Kanpachi sashimi with soy crème fraiche with blossoming coriander - Good. Fresh.
- Veal tenderloin, hazelnuts, roasted garlic, King Edwards potatoes, onion, veal jus - Perfectly cooked. It was so tender and juicy. The accompaniments paired nicely though I wish the meats were served in the middle rather than the end cuz I was so full.
- Mojito, the gin and tonic, and chilled carrot soup - the amuses. It was ok. Creative and cute. Liked the mojito the most. The gin and tonic tasted like frozen G & T which is the point but I kept thinking. It's a G & T ice cube! I'm so pedestrian I know.
- Chowda' smoky bacon, manila clams, creamy clam broth - It was ok. The broth wasn't creamy enough. It tasted like watered down clam chowder. It actually tasted like the sauce the scallops was paired with .. Just like the soup version.
- Bacon, Mushroom, Truffled Risotto - I really don't want to sound full of myself. But I will. I know I can make better risotto. In fact, BOTH of us thought the same thing. This risotto was noticeably undercooked, lacked the creaminess I expect from risotto, and the bacon threw it off. I did like the truffles on top cuz it's truffles.

My problem isn't that the food is overly 'avant garde' or innovative to the point where I'm just dining on foam and gels but I thought the flavoring was off in a lot of the dishes. The sauce and/or seasoning was either too salty or too rich in contrast to the protein. I don't think the flavors enhanced the meats but rather taken away from the burst of clean, fresh flavors that I expected from a renowned seafood restaurant.

Despite my minor quips with the food, I am so so so lucky and thankful to have dined at Providence for my birthday no less and had celeb chef moment: I almost head butted Chef Michael Cimarusti when I was trying to escape from the bathroom (the door is uber heavy). He's so nice and has such a pleasant demeanor although I think I confused him cuz I got nervous and bowed and waved at the same time. Fml.

Goldie M


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Amazing Food, Annoying Service

For the record, the food at Providence is truly incredible. There’s a dish featuring these ginormous langostino shrimp cooked under a mound of piping hot rock salt tableside that truly has to be tasted/seen before your life expires. Too bad the humans who make up the waiter and maitre’d staff aren’t 1/5 as appealing as the crustaceans they’re serving. The best way to sum up our EXTREMELY expensive dinner at Providence – one that we anticipated with excitement for weeks leading up to the meal as friends and family talked up their encounters with the salt shrimp and other delicacies – is to quickly quote an exchange my Grandpa (the nicest gentleman you are apt to encounter this of Gandhi) and our waiter had regarding a menu heading entitled “Hand Corked Beers”. Grandpa: “I’m wondering, what exactly is a ‘Hand Corked Beer’?” Waiter: “Exactly what it sounds like.” Not exactly the kind of ingratiating dialogue you expect when a restaurant is asking you to pay $40+ for a plate of food – and lets just say it set the mood for the type of service that followed. Really really a shame since it was such a culinary delight. But, sadly, not the type of treatment I ever care to have the privilege to pay for again.



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Number one in tasting menu

If you've got the money, this is the place to go for tasting menus. Period.



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Great experience

My fiancee and I went to Providence to celebrate our engagement, and it was the perfect spot for a special occasion. Great service from friendly, knowledgable wait staff, and the food (i had the prawns and chowder) was amazing. It's definitely pricey but well worth it for a special occasion.



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Great ambiance, terrible food

The place looks great, but the food had almost no flavor. My fiancée got the lobster and I got the steak. Neither had any flavor. My steak tasted boiled and wasn't cooked to my liking. I spent $220 and went home hungry.



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The Best Ever

Pretty pricey but worth a special occasion! We did the full tasting menu and we're delighted with every single bite! Amazing!



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They have the most creative food and best ingredients in town.Professional, friendly and well organized service.Hands down the best service in L.A.
This restaurant is constantely improving.
I'm very impressed.Bravo!!!



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where's the flavor?

Recently had date night at providence. Servers not recommending dishes because they say our palates may be different and there for there opinion is irrelevant is seriously annoying. other than that the food is all beautiful but completely lacking in depth of flavor. If you were to eat dinner with your eyes closed I think more people would be dissapointed. Also desserts while stunning were kind of gross.



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#1 Restaurant in LA, NYC, Chicago, London - pick any city...

This is my favorite restaurant in the world. I travel to NYC, Chicago, London, Paris and am lucky to get to eat at many top fine dining restaurants. Providence is #1. Cirramusti (sp?) is a true artist and this is our only special occasion restaurant in LA. On a recent visit, my favorite was an oyster chowder so foamy and light, with hot crunchy buckwheat on top --- how to describe the incredible feel of every bite, the amazing flavor. Also, the mixologist is awesome (I am sadly allergic to wine, so finding great specialy cocktails is a real treat for me). Some people try to compare Sona to Providence, but there is no competition. Also, the service at Providence is some of the best you will get in LA, helpful and not at all stuffy help make the food even more enjoyable.



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Excellent Food / Exquisite Service

Searching for decent fine dining in Los Angeles has been hard lately - until now. Providence was one of the best dinner experiences I have had in years - since back in New York more than 5 years ago. Every course tasted was delicious and plated with such artful care. My two dining companions had glowing comments after dining here - and they usually have only negative remarks for reataurants. I highly recommend Providence for anyone who wants a truly high class and 5 star experience.



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If you like crappy service, and food with no soul, you will love this restaurant.

The food was generally good, not outstanding but not awful either, and it certainly was not worth the price. A lot of foams, molecular gastronomy, sous-vide, and at over $100 per person (we did the 5-course tasting menu and two of us had the wine pairing), we still left the restaurant hungry.

I ate at Gordon Ramsay at The London in West Hollywood. The food was perfectly cooked, perfectly executed, and presented beautifully. It was too prefect. It had no soul, there was no passion. That was exactly what the food at Providence was like.

Unless you're someone important, the service is very ""snooty"", slow and not very welcoming. We were made to feel like second-class citizens, like we should be honored to eat there.

Then to top off the evening, chef Michael Cimarusti decided to grace us with his presence. He asked how everything was, we lied and said it was wonderful, then I said I had met him briefly when I went to his kitchen with a colleague of mine, while I was working as a sales rep for one of his food suppliers. I told him I didn't do that anymore, he asked what I was doing now, I told him I was a private chef. He gave me a look of disdain, and promptly left our table without even saying ""goodbye"", ""good luck"", ""enjoy the rest of your evening"", ""nice meeting you"" or anything. Just walked away without a word.

I don't get it. This is supposed to be the number three restaurant in Los Angeles??? Maybe L.A. restaurant goers like being treated badly, and eating very expensive, fairly ordinary, under-seasoned food.

At least the dear friend who treated my wife and I to dinner that evening is an absolute delight, and helped to make up for an otherwise lackluster evening.


Phone: (323) 460-4170

Address: 5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038


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General Info
Inspired by the natural abundance of coastal living, Providence is a fine dining destination offering an array of the world's premium wild seafood and shellfish presented in their purest and simplest form. Located on Melrose Ave, in the space formerly occupied by the original Patina, the restaurant has been redesigned into a sleek and modern dining destination with subtle nods to its ocean heritage. Co-owners Donato Poto and Executive Chef Michael Cimarusti bring their passion for pure un-embellished flavors, knowledge of seafood and years of experience culled from some of the world's finest restaurants to their joint venture, Providence.
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Phone: (323) 460-4491

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa, cash, debit
Price Range
Central LA, Central Hollywood


Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, Seafood

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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