by Deborah S. on
This place really knows how to get you excited (via ambiance) and then slowly let you down. The restaurant is gorgeous. It is a refreshing oasis walking into an indoor park. The details are clever - from the pewter plates to the park bench seats at the host stand - you felt the ambiance. We sat in the garden portion of the restaurant and it really took you away. That was the peak of the night. There were a ton of empty tables and our waiter was hovering for some time. Yes we were that table of 4 that was indecisive, but when we were ready to at least put in an appetizer order - he was no where to be found. We had the oysters, which were great, and the eggplant bruschetta. The bruschetta was really terrible. The baguette was extremely hard and the eggplant had no flavor. One person ordered the chopped salad, which looked good. The focaccia bread was good at least. I ordered the salmon entree with blood orange and cauliflower. The dish came out with a puree of which I assumed was cauliflower puree, but to make sure I asked our waiter. Granted, our waiter was like a foreign exchange student, but he had no idea what it was. He then found out that it was parsnip puree. It was good, but no where would I have figured there would be parsnip puree on the dish when nothing on the menu remotely mentioned it. I'm still thinking he was wrong. My husband got a burger and they did not serve it with ketchup and mustard - that should be standard, but perhaps the waiter was not strong. Then we ordered dessert. This is when it all went crashing. We kept going back and forth - do we go to a nearby bakery or enjoy a dessert here. We stayed for the $8 desserts and were SEVERELY disappointed. I ordered the sorbet b/c the flavors that the waiter described sounded great. When they came out it was absolutely terrible. We couldn't even finish 1 bite. My husband ordered the cookie plate. IT was the saddest attempt at a cookie plate. It was decorated with 2 cocktail napkins. How sad is that? Don't charge $8 for that. At least present it fancier even if there were only 4 mini cookies on it (the size of quarters). The one dessert that looked normal was the banana wontons. We did ask for a manager and even she was shocked that the cookie plate looked that way. She at least offered to remove it from our bill and offered a round of champagne. I would recommend this place for the atmosphere and for a cocktail (even if you do pay $12 a drink).
by Mai-Sie C. on
I first checked out Friday Night Swing in January, and I've been going most Fridays since! It's even better since moving to a new room in March. The "all-levels" class in the beginning teaches a new routine every week and is fun for beginners and more-than-beginners too. There's a nice assortment of restaurants close by too, so the dinner then dancing combo makes for a nice group outing. Friday Night Swing is awesome because of the fun dancing, great variety of music, friendly people, and...the easiest parking in the entire city!
by Monroe Francher on
Meh. It's an okay venue. It's mid-sized, just your regular one floor bar. Two rooms with an outdoor smoking patio in the back. There are bars in all three of these areas. They have booths around the perimeter of the main room and in the other room there is a lot of lounge seating and some dance sanctioned space. Not really much else to it though. Parking might be a pain since it's all street. There is smallish lot across Santa Monica Blvd. - not sure how much they charge though.