l-1When picking a restaurant for a special someones birthday you want to make sure not only is the food fabulous but the service exceptional.  When that special someone is yourself,  settling for anything less than perfect would be unheard of.  After a phenomenal day of shopping, sushi and more shopping, a relaxing dinner before a night out with friends is the perfect gift!

Celebrating a birthday at a restaurant you’ve never been to can be risky.  Not knowing for sure how the food is going to taste or weather the service will even acknowledge your presence can make or brake any dinner, especially a birthday.  A good tip to let the restaurant know it’s a special occasion is to simply tell the hostess when the making a reservation or writing a short note if your using Open Table.  Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself from the table to find a manager or hostess and double check that its known what occasion you are celebrating.  An outstanding restaurant will never need reminding.

Upon entering Campanile and seeing two smiling faces at the hostess stand, you get an immediate comfort feeling.  After the gracious general manager complemented my date and I, plus wishing me a happy birthday, the hostess escorted us to our table in the back dining room.  The decor is simple and elegant with rustic looking menus that resemble a vintage book.  While sipping on a complementary Sparkling Rose,  I flipped through the pages of the extensive wine list delicately designed by Jay Perrin, who also happens to be the GM.  Two glasses of the best red blend on the menu were pored table side : Cabernet

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

, Sangiovese and Tempranillo all in one glass?  Yes, it  happens at Campanile!

Deciding on the next few courses will be difficult since everything on the menu looks more tempting than the next. No need to decide at the moment ! We were sent out complimentary amuse bush – a mini crab cake to die for.  A pop-in-your-mouth pleasure package! Loving to pair my wine with cheeses I started off the meal with a plate of 3 cheeses.  Never has a cheese plate been such a work of art! Gorgeous dates and apples diced beautifully, a circle of honey in the center with scattered Marcona almonds around the plate.  A basket of home made crackers and breads were fresh from the oven.  Did I forget to mention that Campanile also owns La Brea Bakery?  Well they do ! And how fabulous the bread is !  Following the perfect cheese plate we ordered the Blue Crab salad which our server sent us split

Blue Crab Salad

Blue Crab Salad

in two plates.  A champagne vinegar with a hint of lemon and tarragon was the perfect complement to the crab and cherry tomatoes.  A meat lover, Stony chose the Rosemary Chard Baby Lamb with pomegranate and brown butter.  Super tender and an overwhelming helping this dish met outstanding standards!  After a fab sushi lunch one would think my fish intake was

Baby Lamb

Baby Lamb

met.  However the Hawaiian Walu was a must for me.  A medium rare  white fish with fresh green beans and caramelized onions was perfectly accompanied by an exquisite herb ragu ! Tasty, tasty and more tasty was everything on my plate! The unrivaled after dinner drink , a delicious Amaro was the perfect end to my three hour luxury dinner.  Hearing about the scrumptious brunch I need

Hawaiian Walu

Hawaiian Walu

desperately to go back taste the wonder fullness of breakfast !

624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-1447
Mon-Wed. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mon-Wed. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thu-Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thu-Fri. 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sat. 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


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