Hi there!
Rate this business!
First-classBetter than mostAbout what I expectedNot the worst...Disappointing
Click to Rate

Reviews

Share Review

Like this review? Share it on your social network to get the word out!

walburgerz
walburgerz

04/27/2008

Provided by Citysearch
Great experience


I really liked my lunch there and loved the casual warm atmosphere... it's really casual and easy with pretty descend food. You can sit outside, read a book and enjoy a nice lunch; or go with friends and have some drinks and just hang out for the afternoon. I went a few days ago with my boyfriend and had the crab cakes which were really good! My Friend ordered the salmon which was delicious but it was smothered in oil/pesto sauce even on the vegetables so that was little bit of a bummer. But other than that, the place was clean, comfortable with red comfy booths, and french pictures everywhere. The staff was surprisingly nice and our waitress was really friendly and attentive (no attitude that I could detect). I think the best time to go is in the late afternoon when it clears out a bit so you can just relax.

bokobk
bokobk

03/24/2008

Provided by Citysearch
Figaro; What a great little find : )

Figaro; This place is Awsome ! The bar is beautiful, and made of zinc. My wife and I sat in the candlelight dinning area and just let the night melt away. We had one of the friday night specials, a stuffed lobster tail, and a great bottle of wine, wonderful. What a great little find. I will be returning to this place with friends. Figaro is the best french place I have found in my 7 years in LA ! P.s They even have Del tremmers a beer I can't find anywhere. Their staff is witty and made the night go buy peacefully. Thanks again figaro : )

jazzii
jazzii

01/12/2008

Provided by Citysearch
FIGARO IS BACK!!!!!!

AFTER MANY CHANGES OF CRAZY PARTNERS AND MANAGERS, FIGARO IS FINALLY BACK TO WHAT USED TO BE IN THE PAST, HAD DINNER THERE LAST NIGHT AND EVERYTHING WAS EXTREMELY GOOD, FROM THE SERVICE TO THE FOOD TO THE AMBIENCE . BY LIVING IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS I NEED TO SAY THAT FIGARO IS THE BEST PLACE TO BE NOW. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!

jucasiii
jucasiii

01/07/2008

Provided by Citysearch
FIGARO IS BACK!!!!!

If you are looking for some very good and tasty French food you should definatelly try this place out . I had as an appetizer the ""Gratin de la mer"" and I was totally in heaven, and then after that I got the Filet medallions and everything just became too good to be true. I am totally in love with this place, the service was GREAT, lovely atmosphere, will definatelly come back!

annacutling
annacutling

11/22/2007

Provided by Citysearch
A GREAT NIGHT !!

My friends and I just had my birthday party at this place. It was Fabulous. Their new dining room was set up by this really cute guy named Walter, they printed out a special menu and wine list just for the party. Their on site pastry chief made two beautiful cakes. Everyone had a wonderful night. thank you Figaro : )

kelsu7
kelsu7

10/31/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Disappointment!!!!!!!

My boyfriend took me here for what we hoped would be a nice meal, but instead it turned out to be a big drain on his wallet and we both would have been happier eating at home! The atmosphere was very gloomy with dirty floors and uncomfortable chairs. There was a horrible flourescent light in the kitchen that was glowing in my eyes the whole time since the kitchen door opens right into the seating area. Our waiter was less than inattentive even though we were the only people eating there. The food selection was small and tasted as bland as it sounded on the menu. We will never go back!

t_roch
t_roch

10/27/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Great Authentic French Dining

This restaurant is a gem of a find. There really isn't better or more authentic traditional French bistro that I've found in LA. It's a little funky inside, but the food (the bread is awesome) is really great. The vairety could be better - the menu is a little small, but that's a French bistro for you...

nycgrlnewtola
nycgrlnewtola

09/10/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Delicious tuna and souffle

I love the decor and ambiance of this place. We sat outside on a cool evening. I had the tuna followed by the tofu and cous cous. Both were excellent. My friend had the organic salad which was fantastic and then lamb which he didn't enjoy as much. Two glasses of wine, then coffee and desserts: delicious chocolate souffle and chausson aux pommes. Service was fast and fine, nothing to complain about; he seemed a little harried. However the company was delightful so I hardly noticed. I will go back, definitely.

kimmyvh
kimmyvh

09/04/2007

Provided by Citysearch
sad waste of ambiance, will never go to this restaurant again

Three years ago, Figaro was by far my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles -- it was filled with artists, amazing energy, helpful staff, and delicious yet affordable food, and even had special touches like black and white films running on the walls from time to time. It was special. It was charming. It was really perfect for all of us local los feliz folks, as well as for visitors near and far to enjoy.

I will never go there again, sadly.

Two years ago, the restaurant was sold, and the prices skyrocketed, while the quality of food suffered horribly. To boot, the first time I went there after the new owners took over, I had an unforgiveable experience: while my boyfriend, a friend, and I were having a glass of wine and looking over the menu, the specials blackboard -- which was perched above us -- fell onto our table and broke all of the glass on the table, knocked the candles on the ground, wax and wine were all over all 3 of us -- and gave us quite a scare to say the least. How did the staff and new owner respond? By looking at us like WE did something wrong!! Furthermore, we ordered the steak tartare, which was so horrible we couldn't eat any of it, and the french fries, which were now priced at three times the price, yet came served as a tiny side. By the time the small meal was over, we asked for our bill and I was shocked to see that our bill was almost $100 for 3 glasses of wine, one steak tartare, and a side of french fries. I was furious that not only had nothing been comped for the disaster caused to our table, and told the new owner this as well as the fact that we will never be back to the place that was once my favorite.

Do yourself a favour -- go to Cafe Stella in Silverlake for the most amazing french food in the area. Figaro, sadly, is a disgrace.

candice101
candice101

08/26/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Bad, bad, bad

I was completely offended by this restaurant.

The food was WAY OVERPRICED and BAD. A $40 piece of fat they called filet mignon. Something on the plate tasted spoiled, although it was hard to place exactly what it was. The lamb was also gross. Mashed potatoes tasted like they came out of a box.

The service was equally bad. Among other problems, after my husband and I finished our first glasses of wine they sat empty on the table for the rest of the meal. We were never offered second drinks, probably because our waiter never came back to check on us.

After all of this - Our check came with a 20 percent tip already added (and there were only two of us). When asked, the waiter claimed that the computer automatically adds the tip and he could remove it if we wanted. If that were the case, why wouldn't he just remove it in the first place, and not put us in the uncomfortable position of asking him to do it. Or at least mention it when dropping off the check. Suspiciously, there was still a blank line on the check to add a gratuity.

Ridiculous.

chrilu
chrilu

08/19/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Surprising

I don't get it. There's a lot of thought that goes into the cheese selection. We had really good St Agur, Petit Basque and the Brie was perfectly ripe. None of the cheeses tasted of amonia, yet they were tasty, ready and yummy. The wine list, according to a friend of mine who is in the wine business, is small but mostly excellent. He mentioned the Vouvray and the red Rhones as being from excellent wineries. And he was surprised as he said most French places like this one in L.A. have the worst French wine. Figaro also trumpet the fact that their produce is bio... All good right? Yes, that's my point. So why the most appalling bread and the under seasoned bland food? The baguette is awful, awful, awful... Why put great thought and care in some things and completely screw up the rest. Otherwise the ambiance is great as many have stated. I just don;t get it. I would rather evetything be mediocre then it would make sense.

silverlaker25
silverlaker25

05/11/2007

Provided by Citysearch
lovliest place around

My mom is in town from Berkeley and we've been hitting up all the cute mom-daughter friendly places we can find. She's a real foodie of the Bay Area which means she's used to everything being perfect. We went to Mozza in Hollywood and loved it, but last night I got home late and we wanted to find something in the area that would still be open for dinner at 10.

We went to Figaro and it is just a lovely, lovely place. Dark and buzzing but not too loud to chat comfortably. They even had Lillet which is my favorite drink and not always available. And they served it the right way (with a slice of orange) which gives them points in my book. She got a salmon pate dish and I got onion soup. It was all really nice. Maybe not perfect or the best food in the world, but just really nice, tasty, and comfortable. We stayed for close to two hours and no one ever bothered us about leaving or paying. She ordered a brandy after dinner and it was the biggest brandy either of us had ever seen. We decanted half of it into my Lillet glass.

I'm looking forward to going back soon.

ecaitlin
ecaitlin

04/13/2007

Provided by Citysearch
French and Fabulous

A month ago, my date and I had the night's special, a chicken breast with a dijon sauce. It was perfect. Best chicken dish I've ever had. Juicy, spicy, tender. Our waiter was the friendly French guy (I did see the sourpuss waiter elsewhere in the room). Ours was very helpful and knowledgeable about wine,

The side salad that came with the dish was so fresh and perfectly dressed with just a bit of vinegar and olive oil.

After dinner drinks at the bar. The bartender was delightful, chatted about the nuances of various liquers when we asked. We also split a chocolate dessert, (flourless cake?) when we asked for the darkest chocolate thing they had.

The restaurant is beautiful, all dark woods and mirrors, shiny glasses, sparkling (real silver) silverware.

I am going back tonight. I hope I have as great an experience this time.

****

Update: Went tonight, had the special appetizer: zucchini/pine nuts/greens (a hint of mustard greens) with a light savory dressing....special of the night meat entree: pork ribeye in a minced shallot and herbes de Provence sauce....dessert of dark chocolate souffle with molten center, vanilla ice cream and a strawberry on the side...a celestial bottle of light yet complex and a little spicy red wine recommended by the friendly waiter (his name is Gils). The service was wonderful, the food sublime. Zoe, the bartender was there and we had a nice ""hello chat"" as I stood in line for the ladies room (ok, so the line itself was not the high point of the evening)...My date had a codfish/potato/cheese thing in tomato/basil sauce, which he loved.

The sourpuss waiter was nowhere in sight.

A great time was had by me and my date, and seemingly all who sat nearby (we were inside, not on the sidewalk, which was more crowded).

I love this place, and am really amazed that people have had bad food there (though if they got the sourpuss waiter, who hopefully is gone foreve, I'd understand some unhappiness).

Bliss.

carolmagno
carolmagno

03/24/2007

Provided by Citysearch
HORRIBLE FRENCH PLACE

COUPLE DAYS AGO I DECIDED TO GO HAVE DINNER WITH THE FRIEND AT FIGARO, THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE HAD WAS JUST HORRIBLE. I ORDERED THE SEARED TUNA, WICH WAS EXTREMELY DRY AND NOT TASTING FRESH AT ALL.WITH NOT BEING ENOUGH MY FRIEND ORDERED A RIB EYE MEDIUM RARE AND IT CAME OUT WELL!!! WE TRIED TO TELL OUR SERVER AND HE DID NOT CARE AT ALL, HE WAS REALLY REALLY RUDE, AND AFTER TALKING TO US , JUST WENT TO THE CORNER AND HAD A CIGARRETE IN FRONT OF US( WE WERE SEATING OUTSIDE), AND THE CHEF ALSO CAME OUTSIDE STARRED AT US AND JUST STAYED THERE ""CHILLING"". FIGARO IS GOING DOWN....YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT THE STAFF, SERVERS MISSING THE FRONT TEETH .....AND MUCH MORE

missmercury_girl
missmercury_girl

03/08/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Jamais encore! Never again!

I really felt like I was in Paris but without the cool vibe, authentic food and fashionable Parisians. Ok, it wasn?t like I was in Paris at all, but the obnoxious French waiter who reeked of stale cigarettes certainly made me feel as unwelcome as I did on my last visit to the City of Lights. In Paris, I?ll take that kind of treatment because?ah, it?s Paris- but in Los Feliz, absolutely not. The food was tasteless and overpriced; I had a $30 salmon dish that tasted like they cooked it from the night before and reheated for my pleasure and the French fries, were cold and soggy. This place is awful! Au revoir, Figaro. Jamais encore!

lattygirl
lattygirl

02/25/2007

Provided by Citysearch
WORST SERVICE FOR THIS PRICE!!!

So I'm in town visiting from NYC and a friend of mine go to Figaro for dinner. We both love French bistros and are excited for mussels and steak tartare. However, our dining experience was ruined by a waiter whose facial expression basically said ""I hate my job and I don't want to be here and I definitely don't want to serve YOU."" The killer was when I ordered my steak tartare and he condescendingly says to me ""Umm you do know that that is RAW beef."" Isn't that what tartare means??? Ugh,never again.

losfelizginger
losfelizginger

12/28/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Lovely ambiance, and that is IT!

I love the little cafes and hidden restaurant in European cities, so when I saw Figaro's, I was very excited to have a romantic dinner there with my boyfriend. The dinner did not turn out as I had hoped...besides being way overpriced for miniscule proportions (an attempt I suppose at being a stereotypical 'snobby' french restaurant), our waiter was HORRIBLE. He was completely unfriendly, very unattentive, and always hard to find. I asked for the bill before we got our food, and once we paid, we never saw him again-he never once checked on us for any reason-we even had to flag down someone else to re fill our bread and water glasses. And as I ate, I saw our waiter outside on the street chatting on his cell phone for almost ten minutes. I also paid for a dessert he never brought to us.
To top it off, when I called to speak to the manager the next day, whoever answered wouldnt let me speak to the manager and then hung up on me. My boyfriend and I are both in the resaurant business, and we were amazed at the non-existent customer service there. Don't waste your time!!

freebie_grabber
freebie_grabber

10/26/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Drinks and ambiance? YES! Dinner recommendation? NO!

I've been here a few times. It's a great place to have a Chimay (or is it Stella?), as the lighting and decor are very low-key and romantic. I've only eaten here once, but it wouldn't be fair for me to review the place as a full-blown restaurant based on that experience. I was already heavily buzzed on the Chimay (or was it Stella?), so I didn't have a chip on my shoulder. My date couldn't decide on what she wanted to eat for the first, say... half-hour, but the waiter kept coming back diligently, just in case. The waiter's accent was thick, but luckily he used visual aides -- their dinner menu was written on a chalkboard, which he pointed to while he spoke. My date and I were deeply entrenched in intimate conversation throughout the entire meal (I'm pretty sure we ordered the fondue), so we weren't really paying attention to how many times the waiter came back to check up on us. The bill was definitely up there in price -- don't go here if you're expecting ""value."" I mostly appreciate this place as a classy, low-key alternative to the overpacked, noisy hipster joints nearby.

dimyep
dimyep

10/14/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Very good organic food

They claim most food is organic. The filet mingon in some chocolate sauce was the highlight. Everything else (mashed potatoes, bread) was very good as well. But expensive.

alisonkramer
alisonkramer

09/07/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Neighborhood Passport to Paris

I honestly believe that the ambience and the charm are the only things keeping this place afloat. Imported silver teaspoons, antique lighting fixtures, sleek red booths, and the classic accented waiter are some of the highlights at this truly ""French"" experience. Although the atmosphere is ALMOST priceless, the switch to almost all organic cuisine and the consequent spike in the total bill make me question Figaro's value. The cuisine is truly delctable - buttered escargot, fresh baked bread baskets, and flourless pistachio cakes are some of my favorites. My recommendation would be to come for coffee and a pastry or drinks and dessert - enjoy the space without falling victim to the scammingly high prices. Don't forget the salt!!!

More Business Info

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: 323-662-2874

Phone: 323-662-0278

Fax: 323-662-2874

Payment method
visa, master card, all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Los Feliz, Central LA, Greater Griffith Park
AKA

Bistro Cafe

Figaro Cafe

Figaro Bistro

Figaro Brasserie

Figaro Bistrot

Categories
French Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bakeries, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, French, European, Bakeries, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes

Payment Options