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Short Stories Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA

Short Stories Restaurant

4.5
4.5
59 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Indulge in a deliciously Contemporary American cuisine filled with hints of Latin and Mediterranean flavors as you immerse in the cultured aesthetic of our courtyard oasis and "secret" garden. Concepted by Grifka Group with Executive Chef Jorge Serrano, all of our dishes and cocktails are prepared with locally sourced fresh ingredients from the Farmer's Market and are influenced by the cultural diversity of California. Our menu highlights, a Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Jidori Chicken, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Truffle Quinoa Risotto, and our signature cocktail the Cantaloupe Margarita.

We also offer Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour and a Bottomless Mimosa Sunday Brunch! Please visit our website for more details or give us call at (323) 937-3930.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 937-3930

  • Payment options

    Cash not accepted

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jorge Serrano

  • Neighborhood

    West Hollywood

  • Cross street

    Located on Fairfax between 3rd and Beverly Blvd across from The Grove.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking - $15. Metered Street Parking on Fairfax

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Mimosa Brunch with Live Music!

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Sunday in our outdoor oasis for live music and bottomless mimosas! Enjoy fresh squeezed juices hand pressed by our incredible bar team!
  • Outdoor Dining

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in a deliciously curated Contemporary American cuisine filled with hints of Latin and Mediterranean flavors as you immerse in the cultured aesthetic of our courtyard oasis and "secret" garden.
  • Mussel Mondays (2lbs of Mussels + Bottle of Wine)

    $50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy 2lbs of steamed herb mussels with a bottle of wine every Monday from 5pm-9pm.

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

    Contemporary American

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  1. s

    sgweho

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service for our Sunday brunch reservation was terrible. The host didn't acknowledge us, she was drinking a coffee and reading a script, we had to get her attention for her to so much as look at us. We are pretty low maintenance, but we actually ended up leaving to go elsewhere because our server was so rude and made it clear he didn't care to even be remotely pleasant (maybe because 20% gratuity is automatically included?). Note: the restaurant was completely dead, so being stressed/busy wasn't a factor. Bummer, but won't be back.
  2. CG

    CaliGirl

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food and cocktails were absolutely delicious. We had the artichokes, peach burrata, lamb entree and bread pudding and all of them were incredible! The ambiance is nice, very California-Mediterranean - we sat in the outside patio. It was very quiet for a Saturday night, I don't think a lot of people know about it. Hopefully it stays in business. The service was good, except we felt rushed out at the end so they could set up for an event which was irritating. I hate when servers/restaurants do that. Otherwise, it was wonderful and I would go back.
  3. A

    Amherst

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Table for two celebrating a birthday Overall: The vibes were right and the food was good but, the service needs work. Pros: Even after spotty rain showers most of the day, it was fairly unnoticable in the outdoor seating area. The space is beautiful and trendy but not sceny. -The food was pretty good–each dish matched menuing, was plated nicely, and portions felt representative of the pricing. Cons: Service was pretty lax leaving a lot to be desired. -After designating that my reservation was to celebrate a birthday, I expected some acknowledgement from the server and/or hostess. We didn't get as much as a candle in the dessert we ordered. -We were also never offered the opportunity to order a second cocktail. The empty glasses from our first and only cocktail actually sat on the table throughout our entire dinner. -No dish arrived with serving ware. We had to request it after each course was delivered and watched as other tables struggled with the same issue. I would return for one more try but would look for a better service experience. To add an automatic 20% service fee, declares a certain level of service will be delivered. What we received was short of the bare minimum. Good thing the food was pretty tasty.
  4. F

    Freddy

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best culinary experience in town. Flavor, taste, presentation. A true savory experience to please the most Discerning palate.
  5. LB

    LaBreaDining

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This place has SO much potential (it's beautiful) but dropped the ball when it came to our dining experience. Some easy things they can do to improve value and dining experience: offer brunch menu all weekend, elevate standard breakfast dishes to reflect pricing, add a vegan savory option to standard breakfast menu, and ask servers to be a bit more attentive. Our vegetarian guest had to manipulate the basic diner breakfast on the menu to ensure she had something to eat.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing and the staff is epic … such a great vibe
  7. MP

    MadisonP

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. We had the mussels, octopus, truffle quinoa, lamb chops and red snapper - all of which were delicious. It was definitely on the pricier end though. Cocktails were great, as well.
  8. H

    Happy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space and a truly wonderful staff. It's a great spot for happy hour!
  9. T

    Tori

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful here. Jacoby served us and had great insights and recommendations. The restaurant is beautiful. It's broken out into several outdoor sections with different themes. The patio has a lovely fireplace which puts out some heat. It was really amazing how quiet and serene the place was although it was right off of Fairfax. I'd highly recommend it to those not on a budget.
  10. MS

    MariaS

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was exquisite! Love the ambiance and service was great. It’s so refreshing to be in an America. Restaurant that allows you to take your time :)
  11. w

    wino2

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I did not realize this restaurant is inside of a hotel, but the patio area was very nice. The food was great, and the staff very friendly and helpful. I wish they had a better wine list, but overall a very nice experience.
  12. w

    wilk

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    It’s a little expensive. Portions are good, food good but I wouldn’t return a second time. Was not blown away.
  13. MB

    MichelleB

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely design and environment. Food bowls were really nice!
  14. M

    Mrsklockwood

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A beautiful escape in the heart of the city. The perfect outdoor dining experience featuring live music and bottomless mimosas. With its cozy chic atmosphere, in short, it won't disappoint!
  15. P

    Posey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The vibe is phenomenal. A super chill escape. Brunch prices are a bit high for what the food is. I suppose you're paying for the live music, which was lovely.
  16. JR

    JRRO

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I just lost the review I had written so I will be brief. Good food, lovely outdoor setting. I was meeting a long-time friend I had not seen in some years. Only two tables were occupied. It was 11:30 am and not 10 minutes after sitting down, a live band set up and started playing music that was piped through speakers all over the garden. The volume was on HIGH. I suddenly could not hear my friend. We asked the wait staff three times to turn down the volume on the speakers, but it never happened. It was extremely annoying and completely upended how I felt about the restaurant. It's not like there was a party or even a crowd there. Only two tables were occupied in the entire place. It would have been reasonable to lower the volume on the speakers without ruining the musical experience.
  17. R

    Renak

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience. Service was excellent. Would definitely go there again.
  18. O

    Orly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is exactly what I wanted. Food is amazing and atmosphere is gorgeous and upscale but not snotty. Really loved it here
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Waited for over 2 hours. They gave our table away and then we waited a longer period of time. Disappointing and not going back.
  20. DM

    DonnaM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful space, friendly servers, creative menu. Yeah, it was full of people who are way cooler than we are, but that was OK. The food and cocktails are the stars here. The chef is Peruvian and creates food that reflects multi-cultural California. Which explains my entree of truffle quinotto (like risotto, but made with quinoa instead of rice and studded with earthy grilled mushrooms). The husband had the red snapper, and finished with the best cheesecake we've ever had (no crust, and not cloyingly sweet, despite having a caramelized crust like a creme brûlée). In the future, we might each get an appetizer or just order everything off the small plates side of the menu, so we can taste more of the goodness.
  21. AT

    AprilT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to new Academy Museum and were looking for somewhere new to have lunch. Short stories was wonderful. A little oasis of calm and fun in the midst of a urban environment. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The food and drinks were delicious and the patio was beautiful. I’m sure at night with lantern hanging from tree and fireplace it is a wonderful place for dinner or drinks. I will be back. April Trafton
  22. E

    ccEats

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. Beautiful courtyard, great for groups or couples. Nice cocktails and quality tasty food. Not a single bad thing came to our table. My top picks were the truffle quinotto (like risotto but quinoa) — such succulent mushrooms wow. And the octopus - perfect texture and bursting with flavor.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful peaceful patio with trees and environment for breakfast in a Sunday morning
  24. G

    Gillian

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely waitstaff, delicious food and beautiful atmosphere. Prices for some things felt a bit high.
  25. DD

    DDA1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor space with delicious food and cocktails
  26. S

    susanS

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio would be worth it even if we didnt like the food, it's GREAT, very relaxing. We came for lunch and got 2 different bowls, which were excellent quality but quite bland for Peruvian food. We asked about it and our wonderful waitress, Hope, brought us 2 little dishes of the sauces that went with the bowls and that solved the problem, very flavorful. Sauce is everything! I think they go a little light on the sauces in case it's too much for the tourists, but be sure to ask for them, it makes all the difference. The bowls come with only a few drops, it needs a lot more.
  27. T

    Toddk

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    They are still showing signs of a new restaurant finding itself. Food over spiced and overpriced. Great design and lovely staff. Some improvement needed
  28. AC

    ArtC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great vibe! Limited lunch options but food was good.
  29. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. I memorized 15 short stories by O. Henry and I performed another one of them yesterday, May 12, 2022. the food is very good, even the french fries. People are very friendly and it has a nice outside area to eat as well as an inside area. I plan on telling more short stories at the Short Stories Hotel.
  30. RD

    RonnieD

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful ambiance with great and friendly service, plus the food is OUTSTANDING!
  31. TK

    ToddK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool spot for brunch. The food was excellent and the bottomless mimosas were tasty!
  32. RH

    RyanH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and great, polite staff. Food menu was pretty small which worried us but the food was EXCELLENT. It was a little pricey ($48 for chicken and rice) but the portions were very large and it was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.
  33. LW

    LindaW

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely patio dining and beautiful salad for lunch
  34. S

    Susan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Read reviews quickly & sounded good. I like an outdoor option. However, when it was COMPLETELY EMPTY and I was waiting for my dining partner, I revisited the reviews and suddenly realized it felt like they were all fake reviews... that said, it was fine despite being a ghosttown. Really nice server though uniform should have been better...

    Short Stories RestaurantResponded on April 26, 2022Susan, thank you for joining us on what was a mellow Tuesday. We enjoyed your company nonetheless and appreciate your feedback. While we understand how important ambience is to the overall experience, we are very pleased to hear about your exceptional service. I will be sure to share that with our team members who all strive to create memorable moments for every one of our dining guests. We hope you return when the ambience is more lively and encourage you to give us another shot to WOW you.

  35. DR

    DennisR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very friendly and warm. The Smoked Salmon Platter and the Green Shakshuka were both incredible. And the renovation in the outdoor space creates an environment that stands out compared to many other LA spots. Hidden gem that needs to be rediscovered.
  36. RD

    RonnieD

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Outstanding Experience. The Ambiance, the Staff, and the FOOD! Can't say enough good things. We went two weeks in a row and the second visit mirrored the first. Can't wait to go back.
  37. e

    eatit

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had brunch on Saturday. The server was pleasant but the food was slow in getting out. But when it did arrive it was excellent! The space itself is lovely. We will try again for dinner
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing brunch, great vibes, music and unbelievable food! Can’t wait to go back
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was cute. I like the transformation from Tart. However, it was SUPER loud. My friend were shouting the whole time. I also didn’t like the automatic 20% service fee. The service was not worth that. The food was good, but nothing special.

    Short Stories RestaurantResponded on April 19, 2022We apologize about the music volume. I have addressed this with our team. Thank you very much for the feedback, it is very valuable to us. We try our best to to provide a high level of service, and I'm so sorry you did not receive it. I would love if you contact me to arrange another visit to dine with us and let us prove to you that our 20% service fee is worth it plus more! Sincerely, Jessica

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Most of the food was absolutely delicious. But super expensive overall and they should have more than one dessert on the menu

    Short Stories RestaurantResponded on April 21, 2022Thank you for your feedback. We do our best to stay in line with our food cost which reflects the fact that we source all of our ingredients from the local farmer's market to prepare the best quality meals for our guests. In any event, I have shared your concerns with the chef and we will review the menu for any opportunities to address this. We are also adding a new dessert that we'd love for you to come back and try once it debuts! Sincerely, Jessica

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Short Stories Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Short Stories Restaurant

115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located on Fairfax between 3rd and Beverly Blvd across from The Grove.

  • Neighborhood

    West Hollywood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking - $15. Metered Street Parking on Fairfax

  • Payment options

    Cash not accepted

  • Executive chef

    Jorge Serrano

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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