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Abbey G.

11 September 2019

Bring back lunch and dinner at the West LA location. I was so devastated to hear that this locations is "closing indefinitely" when I called to order lunch today. Such a great local spot to grab a nice lunch with co workers or dinner in the neighborhood with friends! So sad to hear this and I hope they consider re-opening as this is a loss for the area. More...

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Ezra B.

31 August 2019

Came here with a group of friends for a dinner and catch up.The food was solid. Nothing blew me away persay, but nothing wasn't tasty. For Westwood boulevard the vibe inside is pretty good and very modern.The Brussels sprouts were the biggest hit--I highly recommend them. The chicken with tzatziki was also a big hit.Definitely recommend this play for a casual dinner any night of the week. More...

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Jada L.

26 August 2019

I came here for dineLA on a whim (was just around in the area and happened to pick this place that had a dineLA menu). I would actually give this place a 4.5 instead of a 5. It's really cool and we got a chefs counter table (where you can literally see them preparing your food - I love chefs counters). We got a chilled summer corn soup shooters (5/5), Japanese sword squid salad (5/5), my boyfriend got a tagliatelle and I got a seared striped bass. The tagliatelle was amazing. My striped bass sauce wasn't very flavorful, i found myself wishing for a more flavorful sauce to compliment my bass - my fish was cooked to perfection but could have used some salt or other spices. The veggies that came with my fish was very good. After dinner, we got a melon dessert, and I wasn't a fan. The melon sauce was too sweet, and there were what tasted like corn flakes. My boyfriend really liked it, but I wish there was something else to try. They gave us mini churros to take home after (the reason why I bumped it to 5 stars, because I love little things like that). More...

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Teresa L.

25 August 2019

Pretty good place that is just a hop and a skip away from my place.  We came here during Dine LA this summer for their lunch special.  The burger is pretty good, but I don't think it is the best on LA.  I will say their tater tots and brussels spouts are spot on, and would go back to try their chicken sandwich, which seems to have gotten great reviews as well.  The Dine LA special also came with either smores or a chocolate chip cookie -- definitely choose the cookie!  The smores are goopy, but the cookie is crispy around the edges and chewy/soft on the inside.  It seems like a fast casual place, where seating is first come first serve, but they will bring the food to you.  The pricing for the lunch menu is better than the dinner menu with similar offerings.  Thankful that it is so close to our new digs, so we can come bag and try it again! More...

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Madelyn P

24 August 2019

I recommend going during lunch for the Power Lunch deal. You get a sandwich or salad with a side and a cookie for $15. I've tried a few different sides now and have been impressed with all of them. The best though? The tater tots. Hands down. More...

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Justyn Williams

23 August 2019

Wine specific review: Recently visited this spot with a friend specifically to have wine and they were very accommodating to us even though we had no intention of ordering food. They had an amazing wine flight option that allowed us to try three different wines equaling about 1.5 glasses in total. The options were very intriguing and not too limited. They also have a very expansive list if you’re interested in going for a whole bottle. I’ll definitely be paying this place another visit. More...

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A.C. G.

18 August 2019

Consistently tasty dinners.  Diver scallops are perfectly cooked. The smoked duck is breast is moist with a perfectly crisp skin (I tend to think most places overcook their duck).  The cod and steak are also excellent options.  The Brussels sprouts, miso eggplant and cauliflower are fabulous sides.  Excellent service without any attitude.  Westwood location is cozy and I love sitting at the bar and watching the chef work his magic. More...

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Lauren Brummitt

9 August 2019

My husband and I visited this quaint restaurant on our first night in California. The staff was so accommodating. I ordered the pork belly. When the waitress deliver our food, she commented about that eating this dish is suppose to be an experience. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it truly was! More...

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Joel C.

29 July 2019

I love Fundamental LA! This is the best dinner restaurant in Westwood in my opinion. I take my family and friends there for wonderful dinner gatherings and birthday celebrations. The ambience is nothing but perfect in the evening. Get their steak tartare and tempura asparagus fries to start with. If you want to spice things up, the miso eggplant is top notch. Tagliatelle, smoked duck breast, hanger steak are our favorites. The diver scallops is delicious but it's a small portion for an entree size. The braised short rib has a phenomenal southeast Asian twist to it (spicy, tart and salty) Don't leave without getting their delicious churros. That is by far the best dessert selection. I had the pleasure of meeting the restaurant owner, Woogene Lee. You can tell right away his professionalism, humility and passion are reflected in how he treats his customers, how he handles success and how he views the restaurant. Thank you for such a great dining experience! More...

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Price Croushe

24 July 2019

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JJ R

9 July 2019

Excellent service, food is exquisite Love the Mushroom Banh Mi Sandwhich. Get the meal for $15 and includes a side (Brussels sprouts)plus dessert!

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Melony V

30 June 2019

Tator Tots, Brussel Sprouts, Beet Salad. Enough said.

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Sarah Blessinger

30 June 2019

This company knows how to cater weddings better than anyone else I’ve seen in the business! Their staff is absolutely professional, responsive, personable, and so kind. They were at the ready to serve the guests in a timely manner, but also made sure all vendors were taken care of in a discreet manner as well. The food was absolutely visually stunning, and full of amazing flavors! Everything tasted so fresh and each dish complimented the next one. I was so thankful at the end of the event for the catering captain who immediately broke his staff in to teams and assigned them cleaning duties, which kept the evening running smoothly! More...

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Michael aka Mick Toto

30 June 2019

Fundamentally fine

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Kelli Cienkus

30 June 2019

Food is great. Location is super small and front staff has never been very professional but still worth it for the food.

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Michael Evans

30 June 2019

Very good food. We got their Brussels sprouts, beets, salmon, steak, and had some very tasty dessert as well (it was a family style set menu). The ambiance was also perfect for our group setting — classy yet fun. More...

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Jamie Lee

30 June 2019

The churros are churrific.

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Sarah M.

27 June 2019

AMAZING restaurant. Not only is their food incredible, but they're also AMAZING people. I was walking behind the restaurant and accidentally dropped my wallet and one of the chefs found it and contacted me on Facebook. Again, not only incredible food, but overall GREAT people! Check it out!! More...

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Roger T.

21 June 2019

The first burger I've had in many years that I have not wanted catsup, mustard, or other sauces...an usually great taste! I'm going to be a regular luncheon diner each month as I have my office in Westwood!

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Jeff C.

18 June 2019

Excellent food and service. They have a sommelier there to answer your pairing questions. As stated already, the food is fantastic. You can share or just order for yourself. I highly recommend. More...

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Carl L.

8 June 2019

THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES. Trust me.The first bite into this classic style burger will make your tongue sing, your palate dance, and you're stomach... well let's just say Buddha may have eaten this burger. Take a seat at the bar and talk to the executive Chef, Min, who will show you the path to enlightenment and a great food experience, no matter what mood you're in. This restaurant is not known for its burger, but for its modern inspired cuisine. My wife is in love with their salmon, perfectly done with crispy skin and delicious accompaniments. The wine selection is out of the ordinary but their sommelier can open your eyes to some new wine experiences that are worth going outside of your comfort zone.This is burger nerd Mecca in Los Angeles, the place I can come and fully satisfy that holiest of cravings. More...

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Sarah B.

6 June 2019

This company knows how to cater for weddings better than anyone else I've seen in the business! Their staff is absolutely professional, responsive, personable, and so kind. They were at the ready to serve the guests in a timely manner, but also made sure all vendors were taken care of in a discreet manner. The food was absolutely visually stunning, and full of amazing flavors! Everything tasted so fresh and each dish complimented the next one. I was so thankful at the end of the event for the catering captain who immediately broke his staff in to teams and assigned them cleaning duties, which kept the evening running smoothly! More...

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Ariel Kang

30 May 2019

Good food and great service. What more could I ask for? I had the power lunch with the chicken goddess and brussel sprouts. It was very filling and could easily be two meals. My friend got the albacore salad which was also very tasty More...

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Edmundo Atlante Rios

30 May 2019

Nice place to eat and drink

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Temao Mokr

30 May 2019

So nice

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Evan Berger

30 May 2019

Excellent food, nice vibe, great service. Only downside is no full bar, beer and wine only.

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Jason Buhle

30 May 2019

Great option for lunch

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Marissa K.

26 May 2019

Will be back! I had been to this restaurant for lunch a few years back and loved their sandwich and salad focused menu. I recently went back for dinner and was even more impressed by the quality of their food and service. I ordered their mushroom pasta and a spritz, which I would not hesitate to order again. They have a great selection of wines and a cool restaurant layout. Although parking is a little tough, it's worth the few extra minutes spent finding street parking. The items on the menu are at a fair price point and the casual/modern nature of the restaurant creates an uplifting ambiance. More...

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Susan Arias

19 May 2019

I'll return friends next time. Prices are appropriate for the quality. I can see why they have a lot of good reviews.

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Elyzabeth P.

16 May 2019

Still delicious. The Miso Eggplant is a must. Short ribs were soft and tender, Duck was crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. Loved the steak tartare. Nice spin on an old classic. More...

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Lena M.

15 May 2019

The catering is wonderful. Ordered for UCLA events all the time. Food is delicious.

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Erica S.

15 May 2019

We discovered this place by chance but the reason we keep coming back is our favorite server Bobby. We love that he takes the time to make suggestions, create a welcoming atmosphere and make every dinner memorable. Highly recommend. Ask for Bobby.

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Linda L.

11 May 2019

Fundamental has the best food and staff. They are great servers and the food is fabulous. It is a tad pricey and too noisy but we'll return. Delucious

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Genevieve L.

10 May 2019

Good service, amazing food. I actually only ordered the sides. Brussel sprouts / salad and cauliflower. Everything was seasoned to perfection.

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Marjorie U.

7 May 2019

This place is my go to lunch. Jillian is the best. I hope I got her name right. I normally order my food via Yelp (Grubhub) and as soon as I get there my order's ready. Always on time never fails. Sometimes I get a cookie for free. I love that! They updated their lunch menu so do check it out. More...

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Artur G.

30 April 2019

Imaginative, tasty food and a friendly staff! What else do you need?Oh yeah, good prices. $15 for a sandwich, not bad!

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Winston Baker

30 April 2019

Tasty good. Helpful staff when it comes to choosing wines. My hanger steak was very good. Everything else was solid. I appreciate that they do farm to table.

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Steven Pastores

30 April 2019

Great option for lunch for the Westwood working crowd. I ordered the BLT and a chocolate chip cookie (which was small, but decent). The BLT was amazing though! Perfectly toasted bread, crispy bacon, mayo, tomato jam versus regular tomatoes (an interesting twist) and it was spicy, sweet and salty all at the same time. A unique take on a classic sandwich. Didn't interact much with the staff but they seemed friendly. Would definitely come back to try their other sandwiches and the wine! More...

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Laura K.

25 April 2019

We had a great experience at fundamental LA!  In all honesty we knew we would as we are using them for our wedding catering this coming fall so we already know how delicious the food is but had never dined in the restaurant.  We got a good amount of food to share.  My BF loved the mixed olives while I enjoyed the brussel sprouts & cornbread with honey butter.  Guys that honey butter!!!  He tried the hanger steak and I did the braised short rib for entrees.  Really well balanced complex flavors in their dishes, you can tell they take time to pair things together to get those distinct flavors.  Service was great as well and they treated us to a nice champagne toast at the end!  We look forward to visiting their downtown location as well soon!  Shoutout to Lauren & Stephanie on the catering team they are awesome and were great to deal with when booking our catering! More...

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Daniel K.

25 April 2019

perhaps it is just too fancy for me, but I was not blown away by this place. The flavors were good and it is fun watching them prepare things in the kitchen right in front of you, however I don't wake up in the middle of the night craving this place. With that said, I understand that this is not your average restaurant. More...

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W M.

19 April 2019

great spot for lunch. It is a bit loud to eat in, but quick to get in and out. Excellent food!

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Franciscco

17 April 2019

Food us great layered flavors cooked perfectly. Staff are very personable. I was headed to show so felt the time waiting for the check

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PatM

6 April 2019

I so love this restaurant ...its my go to place in Westwood before the theatre at Geffen or UCLA. I do wish they could find a way to make parking more accessible.

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Peyman M.

3 April 2019

I used fundamental LA to provide catering services at my house for a party of 30 guests. The service, food, presentation, staff, and overall experience were fantastic. I would highly recommend fundamental LA to anyone who's looking for a high end catering service in LA. More...

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Sarineh Khachikian

30 March 2019

Delicious food and a comfortable ambiance. The turkey breast sandwich is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.

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Annie Gonzalez

30 March 2019

it's so savory. definitely worth going back to. bring your hunger - portions are filling. menu is similar to a restaurant in jacksonville i loved.

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Nicholas Montgomery

30 March 2019

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隆範吉江

30 March 2019

旨いよ!

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CKOPT

24 March 2019

The food, service and wine where top notch. I'm a senior (old) so I don't do as well on hard benches, hard seats with loud music in the back ground. The younger crowd seemed not to mind. Every item on the menu was truly delicious More...

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Brooke M.

23 March 2019

I love this restaurant!!!!! I had the most delightful evening here. The waiter Yohan was exceptional. Cared so much that we were happy and taken care of, made it feel like a real dining experience. Also I got to watch the chef make everything, and he too was so nice and awesome. And the food was fantastic!!! Every dish we had was well balanced and a lovely creative expression of different flavors and textures. And the wine!!!! Biodynamic and sustainably produced, which means for me no hangover! This is such a good place!!!! Small, intimate, well run, and delicious. Run don't walk. More...

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Justine B.

23 March 2019

The chef modified the Tagliatelle for me with colorful olives instead of mushrooms- all ingredients tasted fresh, well balanced- simply delicious! Yojan was very knowledgeable about the organic wine, food, and everyone was so welcoming! It's a very inviting, comfortable atmosphere too. And appreciated the veggie choices since I'm vegetarian! I'd give more stars if possible- highly recommend!! More...

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LewS

20 March 2019

Love this place more for the food and service than the comfort of the seats.

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Brandon J.

17 March 2019

The food is very good, we had the Branzini and the Duck and both were terrific and well worth coming back for. The cauliflower appetizer was a little spicy and the long beans were r-e-e-e-a-l-l-y long, but overall they tasted fine. The only issue was the service, they do not have enough people working there. It can sometimes be a few minutes to flag down your waitress if you need anything. More...

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Stever

17 March 2019

Fundamental has become our regular destination for an easy, fun, romantic, and reliable meal. The servers are like family and we love sitting at the bar to watch the show. Chef Min is super talented and personable and his team works together like a well-oiled machine. Don’t come here please...it’s our favorite well-kept secret! More...

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Diggie

16 March 2019

The food was great! Service is great as well until the 7pm mark where they got busy so the desert and the check took a while to get to us. But we love this place before going to a show at UCLA. More...

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Stever

15 March 2019

Love sitting at the Bar and watching the talented chefs. Best seat in the house for 2. Everything was delicious.

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Audrey K.

10 March 2019

I've only tried one thing on their menu but I think that's the only thing I'd ever be able to order from there anyway - their BLT. Their BLT is SO GOOD. The bacon is carmelized and there's this tomato jam (?) that they use and..it's all just delicious. I crave their BLT probably about at least once a week. More...

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JamieB

10 March 2019

The food was outstanding and the service was great.

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Mac M.

4 March 2019

Diverse and interesting flavors pulling inspiration from all over the globe, fundamental LA showcases the best of California cuisine. The by-the-glass beverage list is compact and includes a delightful selection of wines and beers plus sherries and madieras.All of the vegetable dishes were stunners and this time I had a glass of sherry to complete the meal (along with two desserts the four of us shared). I could not have been happier with our meal or experience. More...

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starfilledmac

3 March 2019

Diverse and interesting flavors pulling inspiration from all over the globe, fundamental LA showcases the best of California cuisine. The beverage list is compact but includes a delightful selection of wines and beers plus sherries and madieras. More...

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OpenTable Diner

3 March 2019

Amazing!!!!

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chantelle s.

2 March 2019

The food was definitely good but not amazing. The ambiance/decor was ok but could have been better. Everyone in my group was way more impressed than I was.

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Tawnypannacotta

28 February 2019

such a great surprise in westwood. the food was outstanding, the flavors were so powerful and great wine pairing suggestions from the staff. a little loud is the only drawback. but I'll still go back! More...

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MBdiner

28 February 2019

Fundamental LA just keeps getting better and better. The food was really great tonight, the service friendly and helpful and their wines, which are intentionally out of the mainstream, were all really enjoyable. I can’t wait to go back.

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Jennifer Campbell

28 February 2019

Loud, smokey and pricey. But, the food was good even if the service was slow.

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Ramtin S

28 February 2019

Good food but very small portions

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Tonee Smith

28 February 2019

My new favorite restaurant, I wish we lived closer! Fantastic dinner last night — my partner and I split the whole branzino (outstanding, the preparation is perfect and the sides, especially the pickled green beans, are so great) and our daughter had a rich, delicious mushroom tagliatelle, followed by the highly recommended churros and a surprising twist on a s’more. Went back for lunch today and can also recommend the kale salad, the beets and endive, the smoked mahi sandwich and the sinful dirty potato salad. There was not a single dish I wouldn’t recommend, this place is exceptional. Seriously considering going back for dinner. More...

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Jennifer F.

22 February 2019

This place was amazing! If you want to try foods that will wow your taste buds, then definitely come here. The head chef was at the bar, answering all questions and you could tell how passionate he was about each menu item. He personally garnished each dish before they went out, and even gave us a sample of the eggplant dish, which was also so savory. The cauliflower, cornbread and short ribs were all winners. More...

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Scott A.

21 February 2019

Fundamental LA is a really good wine bar with great food and fantastic service. We showed up without reservations and they were able to seat the three of us after about 20 minutes. While we waited, my wife and I enjoyed a 3 wine flight that we choose from any of the wines on the by the glass list. We had a white, a rose (Onvi) and a red (cab franc).  The Onvi rose from the Loire valley was the highlight, it was crisp with tropical and citrus flavors. We liked it so much we had a bottle with our entree's. Once seated, my wife and I started with the arugula salad, which was so good that my teenage daughter ate a good portion of it.  For our entrees, we ordered a whole bronzino (sea bass) , while my daughter ordered the mushroom tagliatelle.  Both dishes were fantastic. The bronzino was flash fried and served with a warm flat bread and pickled green beans. The bronzino was amazing, perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  The tagliatelle was also fantastic, with a rich sauce and lots of mushrooms, including some king trumpets.  For dessert, we shared the churros which are the best I've had and we had two interesting dessert wines.  The vermouth was a good combination of sweetness and crispness, while the Castillo sherry was very complex and nicely dry.Throughout the whole dining experience, from when we entered to when we left, the service was exceptional.  It is rare to have such an attentive and friendly experience in a restaurant.  The combination of the service with the excellent food and wine,  has made fundamental la one of my new favorite restaurants. More...

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DrShorter

21 February 2019

Becoming one of my favorite places in LA. Great wine selection. Server knowledge of wine is excellent. Dishes are interesting. Cheeses on cheese plate can be a bit uninspired. But that chocolate cake is crazy good. More...

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PeterR

20 February 2019

Work on the noise please!Some folks are so loud it can be difficult to hear your partner

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JFree21

20 February 2019

Food was incredible, chef was very friendly. Loved this place and will definitely be back.

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Linda L.

17 February 2019

Decided to try this place for a quick drink and small plate before an event at UCLA. I was delighted to find that they offer a happy hour at opening until 6:30pm, literally an hour but perfect for my need. My friend and I enjoyed three selections from the small plate HH menu, Korean tater tots and a raw albacore dish amongst them. The portions were very substantial. The place is small and the noise level can be higher than usual but the ambiance was great. The absolute best thing was the staff. They were congenial, down to earth and genuinely helpful. This made the overall experience a delight. There's also an interesting wine selection for sale so we purchased an unusual Austrian find. Parking at meters was easy in and out since this is on Westwood Blvd South of Wilshire and not in the congested UCLA village area. More...

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Linda

17 February 2019

The one hour happy hour menu was perfect as we were attending an event at nearby UCLA at 7pm. The small plates were large and the selection was good. The most outstanding aspect of the place was the staff! Everyone was welcoming, congenial and helpful. The space is a little tight however so a reservation is a must. More...

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Roy R. P.

13 February 2019

Have wanted to go to Fundamental LA for over a year.  Finally had a chance to go there today, as I was waking past Fundamental LA at around noon.Ordered a Friend Chicken Sandwich, found a table, and put my number on the table.  Then went to get some water.  A very nice extra touch at Fundamental LA is the water comes in empty wine bottles, so you don't have to keep getting up every time you want more water. The glass Old Fashioned water glasses are also a nice extra touch in an era where so many places use plastic cups for water.The Fried Chicken Sandwich was very good, although the bun was too small.  There was so much chicken and slaw don't think any bun could contain them.Arrived at Fundamental LA early enough to avoid waiting in line to order. A few minutes later, people were waiting in line to order. More...

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JamieB

9 February 2019

Great food and staff.

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Peter Kim

30 January 2019

This place is a hole in the wall restaurant. I was in the Westwood area to visit a colleague and we stumbled upon this restaurant. The first impression was a wine bar, but when I saw the open Kitchen and the smell of the food, my colleague and I immediately asked to be seated. The waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed with the rush that evening. Luckily we were seated and realized the restaurant was promoting DineLA, I was able to taste their finest. Ask for Chef Min, he is a Godsend for my palate. The dishes he presented to us were all UMAMI! The first picture was the braised short rib, which literally melted in my mouth. The second picture was a pasta recommended by Chef Min. You must try this to know what I felt. Overall experience was phenomenal. Truly a hole in the wall destination near UCLA. More...

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Naree Viner

30 January 2019

Varied menu with lots of dishes to share and many vegetarian options.

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Ariel Medina

30 January 2019

i will be bringing friends next time. the bill was well within reason for the quality.

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Lance W

30 January 2019

Delicious food with absolutely beautiful plating and an intimate dining room

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OpenTable Diner

27 January 2019

Amazing wine selection and our waiter was so knowledgeable and intuitive. Limited menu, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you like to order. Not a cheap date, but good value and portion of food for the money. More...

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Steve

19 January 2019

fundamental LA is a gem in Westwood with a creative food and beverage menu and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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CeciliaL

18 January 2019

Took advantage of the DineLA offering and wasn’t disappointed. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner

17 January 2019

The host had a bad attitude. We came in at 9pm, earlier than our reservation time. Before we could even speak with him regarding our reservation, he shushed us and proceeded to make us wait quite some time for his personal call. In addition, the reservation system had a glitch and instead of simply seating us (as the restaurant was quite empty at that point), he had to make snarky comments as if I made the reservation wrong or magically appeared 1.5 hours beforehand despite my open table app clearly stating 9:15 pm for a reservation. When we just got seated, we barely had time to read through the menu and when we asked for a couple of minutes before we order, he basically pressured us to quicken up because they want to close the kitchen. Didn’t make much sense if on the open table app there would still be reservations up to 9:30 if the kitchen was closing. Besides the poor service from the host, the server who switched half way was definitely more pleasant. The food was great! The corn bread is our favorite More...

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BernieR

13 January 2019

Every dish is a creative taste adventure.

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OpenTable Diner

13 January 2019

Overall the experience was a pleasant surprise. A good change from the overly priced, overly crowded, trendy restaurants that fall short of expectations.

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LAmy

11 January 2019

Excellent food and wine and the host and server were friendly and helpful.

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trider

6 January 2019

Great neighborhood spot. Enjoyed sitting at the counter. Delicious food and interesting wines

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Tate R.

5 January 2019

Been here a couple of times and really enjoyed sitting at the counter. Each dish is prepared with a lot of care and everything we ate was delicious. They also have some really interesting wines you won't find elsewhere. More...

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Aalia A.

4 January 2019

This place is swanky! Superb service from when you walk in the door. They greet you immediately and if you sit at the counter (like I did) they don't speak to you from behind the counter, they come stand by you and show you the menu. I wanted the gnocchi but they informed me it's a small portion about only 5 pieces of gnocchi (weird why would someone order something so small). But then they recommended the risotto and oh man was it good. I'm no expert in risotto, I've only had it a handful of times. Don't even know what makes good risotto well good. But this had the sauciness and the actual risotto had a good bite to it. Comes with chanterelle mushrooms and some cheese on top. The cheese doesn't have much flavor but gives you that texture of a good bite of cheese. The flavor of the whole dish is mushrooms and kind of has some truffle taste to it. Sooooo yummy. I think I smiled when I took the first bite. The atmosphere is calm and moody with dim lights. I got there a few minutes before happy hour ended and it was pretty empty but within half and hour the place was getting filled up. Young groups of friends, couples. Good date spot. Happy hour is good. Some good deals and I got $7 glass of wine. The menu only says red or white but the white was so good. They said it's similar to a sav. blanc - owner please tell me what this was I love it! It was also so fun to sit at the counter because you see them making the food behind the counter. Was fascinating to watch their teamwork and enthusiasm. After I ate I just sat there for a while admiring. Upon leaving the management was so pleasant they all wished me well and gave me a little tasting of their dessert to take with me. I didn't plan on coming back here as it was a little pricey for a solo dinner and small portion, but if I ever have date night I'm coming here for sure. The staff was just so incredible  and attentive that I felt so good upon leaving.Update: Tried the dessert they gave me to go. Someone please tell me what this is It's as good as the risotto! Bottom layer is like a dense biscuit or something tastes like graham crackers, then a layer of fudge, then browned marshmallow fluff. Real good. More...

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Farmgirl

4 January 2019

Fundamental feels like family. Staff is warm and congenial, every meal is an adventure in flavor and texture, wines are like a travel pass to somewhere afar. Our favorite spot is at the bar so we can watch the cooks in action. Love it over and over! More...

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LuckyLiz

4 January 2019

We always have fun here. The food is delicious, fresh and consistently tasty. The service is excellent. They let us sample several wines before we each chose a glass of what we wanted. The music was great when we were recently there. Just an all around lovely evening! (One thing: The benches are hard, so bring something to sit on.) More...

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Ellis Sharpe

30 December 2018

Love this place! We live close by and frequently go for a romantic dinner, and I also order their lunch specials. Amazing food, very Farm to table with unique flavor pairings. Everything is super fresh and never makes you feel bad. Their vegetable dishes are insanely good and their burger is one for the books. Additionally their wine selection is top notch, and the restaurant has a great locals-y vibe! More...

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Anna Marshall

30 December 2018

Omg! Best best best brunch. My family and I are always trying new breakfast spots. We all shared and pretty much ate everything in the menu. Try the pancakes awesome fluffy and flavorful. The Avacado toast was scrumptious. The menrigue gelato dessert is to die for for! More...

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Cristal R.

27 December 2018

Went here for lunch yesterday for the first time.  The power lunch special is totally worth the money.  The food came out quickly, staff was nice and the food tasted great.  I'll definitely come back!

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DennisD

27 December 2018

A superb dining experience. As good as any I've experienced in LA

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Jessica F.

16 December 2018

The most beautiful decor. I want to live here! Or at least have them decorate my apartment. The food was also really good. We got a steal for LA restaurant week. I would definitely come back More...

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OpenTable Diner

16 December 2018

Birthday of a mate

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Frankie F.

30 November 2018

Alicia made this experience so . Knows wine, knows wine and is sooooooooooo kind!! Highly recommend coming here for the food but most importantly the wine. And her knowledge of the grapes. Alicia you are awesome!! Thank you so much!! More...

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Rhea Mae Reynado

30 November 2018

Went on a first date here and the food was so delicious! Hip ambience and laid back style. My date and I enjoyed the place so much that we hit it off! 2 years later we’re married...Thanks Fundamentals! More...

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Heather Russell

30 November 2018

Great, healthy bistro style food and wine. The brussel sprouts are pretty good and love the sandos!

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Ayesha I

30 November 2018

Cute place, friendly waitress. We got the wrong check but it was corrected immediately. Wine selection is worldly and impressive.

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OpenTable Diner

29 November 2018

Service was outstanding. Dishes were inconsistent one was incredible the next would be ok. All very inventive though. Really enjoyed the experience. For some reason it got a little Smokey in there from the open kitchen. More...

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Mae R.

27 November 2018

Went on a first date here and the food was so delicious! Hip ambience and laid back style. My date and I enjoyed the place so much that we hit it off! 2 years later we're married...Thanks Fundamentals! More...

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Shirra P.

26 November 2018

Well another great find.  Friend and I were meeting in the middle and he found this on Yelp.  So glad we did.  The Mahi-mahi (see pics) was unbelievable.  Sooooo good.  A must.  Had the tomato soup which was good and fresh.  Parking is street which can be tricky in that neighborhood.  If I am back in the hood, I will come back for that sandwich.  Cool vibe, nice decor. More...

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Courtney K.

20 November 2018

We had made a reservation as we heard that the food was very good here but the place is relatively small and can get crowded. As soon as we walked in we were asked if we there for a special occasion and I replied that it was my college student son's birthday. After our meal, which we enjoyed very much, the staff brought a plate of cookies with a candle and milkshake for my son. It was the perfect ending to a very nice meal. The food was unique: healthy and tasty. Although there was only one vegetarian entree option, both of the vegetarians in our party enjoyed that dish (roasted root vegetables with goat cheese and toasted bread). I definitely recommend this restaurant for an everyday treat or special occasion. More...

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JonM

17 November 2018

Great energy and teamwork among staff. Superb food!

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Shawn D.

14 November 2018

Nice little lunch joint. I had the smoked mahi mahi sandwich, which was good, but it was made like tuna salad. Kinda wish it was just a fillet. Oh well, still tasty. Tater Tots were on point too. Other folks got salads and other sandwiches which all looked really good too. More...

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Gabi S.

4 November 2018

Came here right at opening for an early lunch. I got the lunch combo - Sandwich was amazing, as well the orzo salad I had to accompany. Aesthetic location. Definitely would suggest for a casual lun More...

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Yumyum

4 November 2018

We especially liked the array of appetizers we got. Branzino was delicious but a little dry, so I gave them four stars instead of 5. Great little neighborhood place. We'll totally go back! More...

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aninee toyota

30 October 2018

nice place

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casandra lite

30 October 2018

They have some of the best burgers in town

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Hal M

30 October 2018

If you want a proper meal but don't have 2 hours to spare, this is the place. Always good, always prompt

엘리쓰

30 October 2018

웨스트우드에서 가까워서 자주 방문했어요.건강한 브런치를 즐길 수 있으며,특히 파워 브런치 세트에 나오는 초코칩 쿠키가 인상적이에요.저녁에는 분위기 좋은 디너레스토랑으로 바뀐다는데아직 저녁에는 방문하지 못 했어요. More...

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Trevor Oak

30 October 2018

I really enjoyed myself here... staff is wonderful, drinks are great.

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Garland H.

27 October 2018

I highly recommend this spot for an enjoyable dining experience and hand crafted flavors in each bite. The service was great and we felt welcomed right away. Although it wasn't packed, try to get a reservation on weekends. They have about 10 small plate/appetizers and about 8 entrees, which are various meat dishes plus risotto and chowder. I honestly loved the appetizers more than my entree, so if you are a vegetable person, load up on the appetizers and split and entree. If you want the full experience, order several small plates staggered because they come out pretty quickly. Try the arugula and avocado salad and the Brussels sprouts in ponzu sauce. Such unique flavors but incredible!My chicken entree was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was almost Greek mixed with American, as it had spiced chicken on top of a naan-like bread ad greens with a tzatziki yogurt sauce that balanced out the spices.Finally, this is the perfect spot for wine lovers who don't want a mainstream restaurant. LA fundamental prides themselves, deservingly so, on their wine collection. Definitely check this spot out whether you live in LA or just stopping by! More...

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Farmgirl

25 October 2018

The veggies are so unique and delish! Especially liked the roasted cabbage with miso butter. Hospitality is always friendly and professional. One of our regular haunts!

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ChristineK

24 October 2018

Absolutely loved this spot! The portions were a bit small for the guys but were great for the ladies. Would definitely come here again!! I’ve already told so many people about it ! More...

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StephenT

24 October 2018

Small, intimate restaurant near UCLA--wonderful vegetable courses with remarkable flavorings. Wine list and beers were eclectic, but excellent. We had a wonderful meal with a graduate student. More...

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Mark M.

13 October 2018

Frankly, this restaurant surprised me and exceeded my expectations.  An interesting menu with uniquely prepared dishes and an interesting wine menu.  I had been hesitant to go because the interior pictures in Yelp didn't appear to provide for much seating, but it was fine.  A great restaurant with a diverse offering.  With a daughter attending UCLA, we will be back for sure! More...

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Johnson

6 October 2018

Great menu and of course the wine selections!!! Super

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Tini T.

2 October 2018

What a great spot! My husband and I were in the neighborhood and took a gamble on a place we've never been to. First off, the service was super attentive and helpful. We got a great bottle of wine (protip: opt for a bottle not by the glass. I know that's normally the case but the bottles are also very reasonable considering..). We got the miso eggplant for an appetizer, and then I got the steak and my husband got the branzino. Everything was tasty but the branzino was particularly delectable. It's a bit pricey but not nosebleed expensive, and about what you should expect for the menu. I would absolutely recommend fundamental. More...

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Lorraine Wallis

30 September 2018

This place is great for catering a party or office lunch. They will deliver. Fantastic array of meals for every picky eater. Nicely packaged with a cookie for all hungry tummys. Thanks from LAUSD. More...

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Morgan Eagle

30 September 2018

Absolutely wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Delicious food from wonderful chefs, and impeccable service. Highly recommended!

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Ryan C

30 September 2018

Great food and fair prices.

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LosAngelesLisa

29 September 2018

The food is always excellent here - super fresh and inventive ... the wine list has always been just OK with me - but this is just personal not a negative on the restaurant. I feel like most of the selection tends to be very 'earthy' which some people might love but not really for me. My guess is that it is all organic which might be great for some ... good news you can bring your own - $25 corkage ... worth it to match with the high quality food. Staff is great, very attentive but not over-bearing. More...

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Helenabe

26 September 2018

The food at this restaurant was extremely impressive and beautifully displayed. Everything was delicious. The broccoli appetizer was so delicious, and it's hard to make broccoli memorable. The churros were incredibly delicious. More...

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EmilyN

23 September 2018

Perfect low key but hip restaurant with delicious fresh food and friendly service. It’s our go-to when visiting our son at UCLA.

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Eric C.

13 September 2018

Having eaten here a few times now I have to say that Fundamental is consistently solid. The ingredients are fresh, the lunch sandwiches are well-made, and the menu changes slightly month-to-month. They catered once for a work event (~50 people) and everyone was pretty satisfied! Note that parking here is really difficult (metered street right on Westwood Blvd). Dinner is a bit overpriced for what it's worth in my opinion, but definitely try them for lunch!Food:For sandwiches you can't go wrong with the Smoked Mahi Mahi and Roast Beef. For salads, I've enjoyed the Seared Albacore the most. Note that you can opt for their 'power lunch' and get either a sandwich or salad plus any side of your choice plus a cookie for dessert. Also note that lunch is served counter-style, and that seating can be limited from 12-1p. More...

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MJ S.

8 September 2018

Very cool spot. Got the risotto, burger and this fish dish that I'm forgetting.. Everything tasted good and got some great IPAs on tap to go with them. I'll be coming here often.

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Nina R.

8 September 2018

So good - thoughtful, tasty dishes on an ever changing menu - always make sure to stop by the Westwood location when I am in the area and see what new things there are to try!

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NuriaGM

8 September 2018

Very solid, tasty food. The wine list is pretty extensive but 80% is French wines (nothing against, just not that much variety) and their prices are a bit over the top for what they are.

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Don3

8 September 2018

One of our very favorites; I'm so thankful to have a restaurant like Fundamental in our neighborhood. Everything is always prepared to absolute perfection, and the wine list is marvelously adventurous.

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Vikkie H.

6 September 2018

Had to go to the federal building for passport renewal this place was a short walk/drive. Metered parking though. on the weekday it was 2$ for 2 hours. This restaurant has limited seating and gets packed! I got the combo for 14$. Sandwich comes with cookie and side. Everything was delicious their bread tastes so fresh and the chefs are really cool. More...

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Andrew C.

1 September 2018

I visited fundamental recently with a group of xo-workers and enjoyed both the vibe and the food of this place. I ordered a pork sandwich with a couple extras / sides and my colleagues got an array of other items to go along with our main sandwiches. Ultimately the food was pretty good, the atmosphere was nice for a little lunch spot, and overall a satisfying experience. It's tucked away, so be sure to hunt carefully in order to find it (located right off of the main road. Great lunch spot to stop by for . More...

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MBbeachguy

31 August 2018

Great service, great food. Fun and funky. Wine choices by the glass are limited, but the tasting first of your choice is nice.

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William K.

30 August 2018

Great vegetarian dishes. One we tried included house pickled green beans (made using the chief's grandma's recipe) which rocked our world!

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Debra Hunter

30 August 2018

Friendly service and good food.

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Mark Freedman

30 August 2018

corn bread is award winning

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Blake Crawford

30 August 2018

Amazing

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Jsn Tlr

30 August 2018

Delicious. Adding to my weekly lunch rotation.

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imdavidpaul

30 August 2018

This place used to be THE bomb, but the service has gone downhill in the past couple of months. They get orders wrong, they’re kind of unfriendly... completely opposite of how it used to be. The food is still the same, it’s pretty decent tasting, not too basic but not too bougie, moderately priced for the West Side. If not for the decline in service lately, I’d give 5 stars. More...

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Khera Douglass

30 August 2018

Best brussel sprouts I've ever had!

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Bill Russell

30 August 2018

Excellent sandwiches.

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Juli White

30 August 2018

Great happy hour even on a Saturday

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Ingrid Polanco

30 August 2018

Liked it!

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Samuel Orazem

30 August 2018

Banger

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Cindy Swain

30 August 2018

Good lunch specials

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Dancoise Clayborn

30 August 2018

Wow! Food was awesome! Service was great! Nice find! Good job Jeff and Wooj!

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juan jose ferreiro

30 August 2018

A little intimate space in Westwood, good looking and tasty food. For me the winner of this place is the wine list, exceptional small producers from Europe, wide variety and constantly changing. Highly recommended.

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WilliamA

26 August 2018

We really enjoyed our meal- great food, perfect proportions, good service. We want to visit the Downtown LA location too!

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Godot

18 August 2018

We arrived about 5 minutes late, but our table was ready for us. Lots of great food choices, in both small plate appetizers and entrees. Food was very, very good. Service was excellent. The cornbread, the chocolate dessert, the cauliflower dish, the brussel sprouts were very, very good. The snap peas were outstanding.Thought the portions were a bit small relative to the price. The chicken we ordered seemed like it could have been cooked a bit longer, but it was good. More...

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LynnC

15 August 2018

Excellent food every time- I don’t usually eat cauliflower but theirs is so amazing we ordered seconds. Also amazing churros with butterscotch and smooth delicious French press coffee

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Jorge G.

11 August 2018

This place has some awesome sandwiches. I will say that the BLT wasn't fresh (wilted lettuce) but that wasn't the restaurants fault, I just took a long time to eat it. Even then it was delicious. The buttery toast, can't ever go wrong with bacon, over easy egg, and the sweet chutney become a harmonious experience when eating. The chicken chicken salad was not the best but I did enjoy it. The catering manager has always been really good to me, she is very sweet and communication is always smooth. I have tried the chicken torta, brisket, and the fried chicken sandwiches- all of them were tasty. I haven't been to the location just yet but after tasting their food several times, I will definitely do so. More...

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Veronika P.

3 August 2018

Really good food, minus the falafel. They definitely need to learn how to make better falafel, it's too dry. The salads and sandwiches are great though, the cookie is amazing

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Marc Pitre

30 July 2018

Everything’s good, but that cauliflower starter ... !

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Ian Desberg

30 July 2018

Falafel!

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Jay G.

28 July 2018

Just perfect... absolutely delicious, reasonably priced, warm/human service, and a creative wine list.  The steak tartare was AMAZiNG...so much flavor.  The miso eggplant was a delicate balance of spicy with a hint of sweet.  The sauce on the pork chop was just right.  P.s. the house made cream soda was unusual...and too good. More...

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Nicky T.

27 July 2018

Love love love.  I've been to both the Westwood and downtown la locations. Both are amazing. I love their salad, good ice tea, yummy cookies. The Brussel sprouts are supper yum too!Very clean and cute. Nice quick lunch. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. I'd go back More...

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Debby L.

27 July 2018

Everything was AMAZING! The service was wonderful! We had the limited 3 course meal with the wine pairing and it all paired wonderfully! There were good vibes and good foods! More...

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Felicia H.

26 July 2018

Enjoyed a quick lunch there this afternoon. Service was stellar !!! Food was fantastic. Enjoyed the freshness and good vibes. Great spot if you are in West LA for a quick bite More...

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DancoiseC

26 July 2018

First time here but heard a lot about it and wanted to try it. The food was excellent and the service was awesome. Naiya was our very pleasant waitress and the greeter was nice as well (sorry did not catch his mame! )I plan on going again and telling all my friends!! More...

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Josh

25 July 2018

They have creative small plates. We love exploring new food arrangements here.

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chris2145

20 July 2018

We always love dining at Fundamental in Westwood - it never disappointments with delicious and often not thought of combinations that knock your socks off! The welcome and staff are also always knowledgable and friendly. Double thumbs up from us! More...

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ArielB

19 July 2018

Great wine selection. Entire wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend to anyone in the area.

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Keith G.

18 July 2018

First time ordering was from Uber eats. Food came 5 minutes before it was supposed to. I ordered the roast beef sandwich which might have been the best one I've ever had. The beer wasn't too rare but wasn't over cooked. It's rare to find a place that knows what gardinaire is... its on the sandwich! So good. More...

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DoHoang D.

17 July 2018

Great sandwiches!  Whether you choose the fried chicken or the Italians, you can't go wrong here.  Service is quick and the wait staff is nice. Sides are also in point. My faves are the Brussel Sprouts and the potato salad. A bit pricey at $10-$12 per sandwich, but it's substantially better than Subway or even ToGos. More...

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Verdant

14 July 2018

Exceptional food, wine, service, and ambience.

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bruced

8 July 2018

Excellent food, interesting wine offerings, good value and helpful servers. A bit hot and noisy but not a problem.

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Ryan P.

1 July 2018

What a great place for lunch or dinner. There sandwiches and salads at lunch are all wonderful and the service is superb. It's easy to get in and out for lunch which is great. The quality of the food is top notch. Came here for dinner during dine LA and was pleasantly surprised. All of us tried a different entree and we enjoyed everyone. The churros at the end was an amazing way to finish the meal. I will be coming back soon! More...

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cjimenez

30 June 2018

This is my usual go to good eating spot around the Westside. It's always quick with excellent service, delicious food and a great wine list. I definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a low key but amazing date place. More...

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Julia Finder

29 June 2018

While the inside of the restaurant is small, the staff and food are wonderful. We did a pick up order for our office, and when I arrived, the restaurant was packed and the shelf with pick up items was full. Even in the chaos, they did their best to greet me with a full smile. They forgot our soup and a side, and when I returned, they rushed immediately to get me the items, provided a free s'more, and were extremely apologetic. While some would say that the food is the best part, I'll be returning because of the staff! (It helps that the food is amazing too!) More...

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Hailey M.

22 June 2018

Even though it's so close to Westwood this was my first time trying fundamental LA. It's a small venue with dim lighting making the place pretty intimate. It's definitely for oenophiles, as they offer a large variety of wine tasting options with unique Old World flavors. The food itself was really good, especially the appetizers such as the cauliflower and a crunchy kale Caesar salad. The entree dishes were less impressive, though, and I found the steak to be a little chewy. Definitely would recommend the chicken over the steak! The portion sizes are a little larger than tapas so it's smart to order a variety of dishes and share them. Because I'm a student, it's hard to eat at fancier establishments, and the prices for the amount of food you get is a little high, but I can see for people who are intrigued by unique wine and classy dining why this place is so appealing. More...

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Marie D.

18 June 2018

I've tried this restaurant in Dtla but it wasn't as good as this location near UCLA. My friend and I tried different sandwiches. We ordered the fried chicken sandwich on brioche with a side of salad which was by the way soooo deliciously cooked and breaded. It was definitely juicy and not dry at all. Next order was the roast beef sandwich on ciabatta with a side of tots and a vanilla creme soda. The ciabatta was not my favorite a bit dry and too hard. The sauce which I think was a horseradish wasabi sauce was hella spicy but good ;) just the bread was not my favorite part. Also the tots were amazing and the spicy sauce that dip them in was also very flavorful. The soda on the other hand I loved it wish I could have that all the time. Lol or make it myself. I did wait a long time for the sandwich I was about 75% done with my food and waited for the soda. Finally it arrived and it was well worth the wait. During lunch time is not a good time to go try about 10:30 - 11:00 am is the best time to go. Because they get pretty jammed pack and it's a very small and quaint place to eat at. Overall was impressed the location and service were good! More...

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PatM

16 June 2018

I totally love this restaurant...EXCEPT for the fact that there's never any place to park. After all the years they've been in business you would think they might have made a parking deal with the CVS across the street or the almost always empty lot right across the street. The fact that at 5:30/6pm I can never find a place to park is what keeps me from returning ....and we spend a lot of time in Westwood at the theatre. Maybe the solution is to park at UCLA or the Geffen and call a Lyft....that's nutty. Please fundamental....make parking arrangements in your neighborhood! More...

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Ckay N.

9 June 2018

We came here for a casual dinner with friends and were so impressed with this little gem. It's in a random spot but it felt like a hole in the wall neighborhood restaurant you'd find in Paris or NYC. Amazing customer service. There were four of us at dinner and they made sure that we had enough for all. (Example, steak tartar and churros only came with three pieces of bread/churros per serving but they gave us an extra one.) So considerate and it was little touches like this that will bring us back here again. They were also super knowledgeable on the wine list and gave us great recommendations for the meal. We ordered the cornbread, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tartar, scallops branzino and churros. It's the first restaurant we've been to in a long time where everything was equally amazing and delicious. We will be back. Thanks for the great experience Fundamental!! More...

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Tyler

9 June 2018

I went here one Friday night after work. I chose it because of the other reviews, plus it was pretty close to work. I was wanting a great meal, and a few glasses of wine. I was impressed by the wine selection, but unfortunately, they were only French and Italian wines... which I do not care for (I'm ghetto i guess) but why would you have just French and Italian wines when you are in the state with some of the best wines in the world come from just a few hours north Seems strange. I was craving a GREAT glass of wine, but didn't like any of them that I tried... and I tried FOUR of them. The French wines, to me, taste like vinegar and ferment-y bitter, not wine which is why I like California and South American wines... I will probably not go back unless I bring my own wine or just not go back. Sad. More...

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Katie H.

5 June 2018

Great food and an amazing house made cream soda. I'd come back again just for the looks of the restaurant alone. The staff is very friendly and the overall vibe is chill and relaxed.

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Eddy Chau

29 May 2018

They have a power lunch for $14 with sandwich or salad , side and cookie

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EmilyN

13 May 2018

I was visiting LA last weekend for Mother’s Day and my son and I were unsuccessfully looking for a brunch spot - luckily we found fundamental LA. (I don’t think it’s normally open on Sunday though) It is a cute casual spot, modern decor, great soundtrack playing, and we feasted on the delicious cornbread, French toast, and sweet potato hash. Everything was delicious and the service was friendly. We will definitely come back! We sat at the counter which actually felt very cozy and comfortable. More...

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KarenG

13 May 2018

We had a fantastic Mother's Day brunch here, and will be back! One of my favorite places to eat in L.A.

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Jiahui Zhou

13 May 2018

Second visit. This time sat at the bar counter and enjoyed watching the guys cooking swiftly in the open kitchen. The addentends were very nice and hospitable and the food there was creative.

If you go after the tenderness of meat/fish, just like me, you will LOVE the steak tartare and the newly introduced Scottish salmon. I don't know how they did it but the salmon was done so perfectly that the thick cut got uniformly heated and was not a bit dry. I would also recommend the cauliflower and the kale caesar salad.

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OpenTable Diner

12 May 2018

Small and charming place with great food and ambiance. Server was awesome with suggestions and very knowledgeable. Definitely going back!

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Jonathan Atkins

10 May 2018

Not cheap but the food is awesome. Burger is insanely delicious, steak tartar was a good starter too, few draft beers, lots of wine

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Jenn L.

9 May 2018

Came here for dineLA. What a cute hidden spot for a date! It's a small space but they utilize it well and it's well-decorated and cozy yet modern. The food was good and satisfying. Highlights for me included the cornbread and the "blondie" dessert. Okay the blondie dessert was incredible - it had like a grapefruit creme fraiche, deliciously toasted and sugared walnuts, and the blondie part perfectly crispy and cakey. So!!! Good!!! More...

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RichardH

29 April 2018

Always a fun place with friendly staff. We love to sit at the counter and watch the action in the kitchen. Great happy hour values including one of the best burgers in town

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GraceG

25 April 2018

Great restaurant. Stands out from the usual Westwood restaurants. Food is more akin to well reviewed restaurants you may find in West Hollywood/downtown LA. Only downside is that parking may be challenging. There is no valet service. More...

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OpenTable Diner

15 April 2018

Love Fundamental. Great food, chill environment and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff.

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Chanin S.

14 April 2018

This place is killer for lunch. They have a thing called "powerlunch" which gives you like a main dish/side and cookie or s'mores bar. So good! The BLT with egg is incredible. The fried chicken sandwich is so good. Overall great place. Gets a little crowded during lunch but the staff manages that well More...

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OpenTable Diner

12 April 2018

The food is great here! The service is good. The restaurant feels welcoming and comfortable, but the noise level can get so loud that you can’t hear the person across the table from you, which is unfortunate.

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Elena G.

9 April 2018

The sandwich, the meat, the drink and the dessert looks good and it was perfect! The prices were great, the service was friendly, quick, and funny.An good experience!

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JennaS

7 April 2018

Little hidden gem. Everything we ate was superb. An impressive wine list and great service. A+

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Xiomara E.

6 April 2018

Great vibe and the wine is divine!!Just came for conversations and wine and it's the place.

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Carlos S.

4 April 2018

Food is always good. Their lunch special is pretty reasonable. I recommend the Chinese chicken salad. It is stellar and I feel like my body thanks me for eating it. However, it has cilantro so may not be for everyone. Indulge with some tots if you can. Recommended for sure More...

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JuliaP

1 April 2018

Love Fundamental! 2nd time here ~ great both times. Can't wait to go back. Fresh quality ingredients, wonderful seasonal menu and a great wine selection.

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Lester S.

27 March 2018

Had lunch and dinner here several times but only gotten around to it to write a review. Fundamental LA always keeps it Fresh! Love the food and the ambiance. It's a bit hidden and in such a strange place, but the food is well-worth the trek from UCLA. More...

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Matthew G.

23 March 2018

Pro tip go for lunch great specials cool food highly recommend it... Also open for dinner only has beer and wine

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Philnb

17 March 2018

As we only had one night to eat out in LA, I spent some time reading about the various choices, trying to decide where to go. This restaurant appealed as the menu sounded interesting. It exceeded expectations. The staff were all very friendly, and the service was superb. Best of all, each dish we chose was delicious and something that I couldn’t have cooked at home. The flavour combinations and presentation were perfect. The cauliflower and kale appetizers were both wonderful and our fish entrees were equally good. We tried both desserts, and again they were both faultless. We had to go for a long walk afterwards to work off some of our meal; it was worth it! The space is just a little crowded but the atmosphere was good. We hope to return. More...

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Nazli C.

12 March 2018

The Fundamental LA is an intimate restaurant that has a homey feel. The kitchen is open and you can see the chefs as the cook in front of your eyes. The staff were attentive and our waitress gave us good recommendations on what to order. Stand out dishes on the menu: cauliflower and the Kanpachi collar. There's so much flavor packed in these two dishes. I tried the roasted roots and burrata but it wasn't flavorful. I have yet to discover more dishes at Fundamental LA and I hope to be visiting soon again! More...

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MicheleP

10 March 2018

Good food. Super easy. Not too loud. Twice there, twice happy.

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OpenTable Diner

10 March 2018

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BetsyD

23 February 2018

We are so excited to have this restaurant in our neighborhood. The food is inventive and delicious. The staff is friendly and courteous. They have a nice wine selection, too. I recommend making a reservation as it does get crowded. They also do terrific catering! More...

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Susan

21 February 2018

My son and I went to Fundamental when we were on vacation February 2018. We went specifically for their tasting menu. Unfortunately, they were not offering it the night we went. I explained the we were in from NY and wanted this experience. The waiter couldn't be nicer, spoke with the kitchen and created a tasting menu for us that evening...We had 5 courses of delicious food! We couldn't have been happier...I would go back every time I am in LA. Food and Service were EXCELLENT!!! More...

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chris2145

18 February 2018

At the risk of repeating myself (we dined at Fundamental last Saturday night too), dinner was absolutely delicious and the service was, once again, fabulous!

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Chrism

17 February 2018

Second visit & will be back again for sure. Food was great and Duck special was phenomenal. Place is very tight for group of 5, but enjoyed the night. Service was extremely nice and attentive, but was a bit confused. Too many people working the same table (not in sync i.e asking same question 3 secs later) cleared plates before everyone was done eating and wee bit rushed. Very good meal and will be back for sure and highly recommend. One other note - first glass of wine pour extremely small for $18 glass. More...

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chris2145

10 February 2018

We love going to Fundamental and this last visit did not disappoint. From the very friendly welcome, we sat at the counter (our request), delicious bubbles to start, chickpea fritters, cauliflower with a lime sauce - amazing. Our main courses were equally as good - and of course had to finish with the chocolate mousse! Double thumbs up, no doubt about it! More...

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Kyla H.

9 February 2018

Loved this place. Power lunch is the best. $14 for sandwich or salad plus a side and a cookie. Highly suggest the chicken torta

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mary burke

9 February 2018

Diamond in the rough of Westwood. Great, fresh, farm-to-table menu and unique wine list in an intimate and cozy setting. Service is great too. One of our go-to places for a weeknight date night. Try the cauliflower appetizer. It's a staple there for good reason. More...

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Daniel J.

7 February 2018

I ordered a meal to go (Jidori Chicken and the cornbread) My only complaint is the fact they took about 20 extra minutes then the time they gave me on the phone to receive my food. Other then that, the chicken was great, as well as the cornbread with honey butter. A little pricey, but id like to return for an actual meal inside the restaurant. Its worth a go in my opinion. More...

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CiGiinMDR

6 February 2018

Excellent & varied menu; food was healthy, fresh, delicious, interesting. Staff was friendly, just attentive enough. Flexible with reservation time (we came 45 minutes early and were seated immediately). It was a bit chilly when people came though the front door, but hot tea took care of the temperature. Churros with caramel were divine!!! More...

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Sam D.

4 February 2018

I've only been to fundamental for one lunch so far, but would definitely be a return customer. What sets them apart from the hordes of sandwich/salad shops in Westwood is the fact fundamental uses truly fresh ingredients in their meals. Prices are reasonable; they even have a lunch deal where you could get a sandwich/salad, side and a cookie for only $14. The restaurant is small, but modern and open, and the staff is especially friendly and courteous. More...

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corm

3 February 2018

Great evening with delicious food. Wine selection is different but very good.

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Annette B.

2 February 2018

Omg i just ordered the Smoked Brisket with pickles and pickled jalapeños and arugula and omggg i cant stop it is sooo good meat is cooked perfectly it is a little messy to eat but common its brisket sandwich we dnt need knifes and forks and its soo good that i dnt mind licking my fingers. Thank you fundamental keep up the good work More...

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Tiffany R.

31 January 2018

My office orders catering from here all the time and it is a very beautiful restaurant with delicious sandwiches and salads. I love the variety of flavors and the colorful presentations of their ingredients. I do, however feel that the sandwiches are a bit on the heavier side. The restaurant itself is also very small, but very cute for a quick sit down lunch with coworkers. More...

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DonW

30 January 2018

Sat at the kitchen bar. Interesting to watch ones’ food being prepared. Very tasty food and good happy hour prices.

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Pass

26 January 2018

Excellent little gem of a restaurant in Westwood. Excellent food, wines and service. Check it out for sure. You will not be disappointing.

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Julie J.

23 January 2018

Great place!!  service is lovely, the side dishes are yummy.  I loved the kale caesar, and the cookies were perfect balance of crispy with chewy.  Do be sure to be done eating outside by 2:30-ish (winter time) or else the glare of the sun off nearby buildings is intense, but the inside is very cute. More...

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Kislev A.

17 January 2018

Parking on the streets surrounding fundamental LA is not so bad. I had to walk a couple of blocks but they're not-so-large blocks and the street lights change often.Their S'MORES PIE is great.The TUNA SANDWICH was lightly dressed and is tasty. Can't say it's the best ever in the world, but it certainly fills you up and satisfies.The ROAST BEEF SANDWICH was very good and I think has some hint of horseradish. Great bread. Definitely memorable. The ORZO SIDE is yummy.The FINGERLING POTATOES WITH SHREDDED CHEESE was popular on our table.The COOKIE was giant and disappeared quickly.One wouldn't call this a cheap lunch, but one "lunch special" can be split between two people, especially if you're trying not to over-eat. More...

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Olivier Ifrah

17 January 2018

It’s quick and delicious and they have a great lunch deal

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Ava K.

16 January 2018

Love this place! We live close by and frequently go for a romantic dinner, and I also order their lunch specials. Amazing food, very Farm to table with unique flavor pairings. Everything is super fresh and never makes you feel bad. Their vegetable dishes are insanely good and their burger is one for the books. Additionally their wine selection is top notch, and the restaurant has a great locals-y vibe! More...

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Kelly P.

14 January 2018

We hadn't been to Fundamental LA in some time, but remembered it well and it definitely has held up over the years - delicious, fresh food and a fun wine list. The somm was super helpful and not pretentious, and we enjoyed every dish we tried (the cornbread is to die for, and there was a really good shrimp entree too). It ended up around $50 per person, all in (we shared a bottle), so very reasonable.  The place is trendy and bright, with light wood everywhere. The only issue was that it's not a big place, so when it's busy and they've got the music up LOUD (as they tend to), it can be a little hard to have conversations. Otherwise, a really fun Westside spot. More...

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Kieu T.

9 January 2018

We came here because we both had the day off and wanted to do something different. My fiancé has a list of LA restaurants he wanted to try so we decided on this place. We made reservations a couple of days before and was able to get seated right away. The restaurant is quite small with only a few tables, but has a very cool vibe and very cozy. It has an open kitchen which I love.We ordered a few things to try. We had the burrata first. It came with two slices of toast bread, burrata and eggplant caponata. The bread was super delicious. I wish I knew how to replicate it.We then had the burger and the branzino. The burger was very juicy, although a bit oily. It's very filling. The branzino was delicious. It came with roasted cioppolini and fingerling potatoes. The skin on the fish was very crispy and the fish itself was cooked so well. Although I thought it lacked a little bit of salt. We didn't finish our burrata and so they wrapped it up for us in a Togo container with a large brown bag. It was super cute actually. I totally love the concept of this place. Although, I do think lunch would probably be better than dinner. More...

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Pyllek

9 January 2018

We hadn't been to Fundamental LA in some time, but remembered it well and it definitely has held up over the years - delicious, fresh food and a fun wine list. The somm was super helpful and not pretentious, and we enjoyed every dish we tried (the cornbread is to die for). It ended up around $50 per person, all in, so very reasonable. The place is trendy and bright, with light wood. The only issue was that it's not a big place, so when it's busy and they've got the music up LOUD (as they tend to), it can be a little hard to have conversations. Otherwise, a really fun westside spot. More...

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Melanie P.

20 December 2017

The vanilla cream soda was so yummy!  I also thought having the fried egg on the BLT was perfect!

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Leah B.

17 December 2017

GODDESS CHICKEN IS THE WAY TO GO! The chicken is so fiiiine with the subtle pesto sauce. I got the Power Lunch Combo for $14 so it comes with one side dish and one cookie or smore. I got the Tom Yum Glaze Brussels sprouts. As a Thai person, I was curious to see Tom Yum flavor used in non-soup form. The flavor was good because of the oven baked texture. I still am thinking about how tasty they were. I give them 4 stars because I would have appreciated the warning that getting the smore involved a $1 upcharge. People rave about the smore but for me the chocolate is a little bit too thick and strong. More...

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mary s.

4 December 2017

Great food.  Loved my turkey sandwich and Kouign Ammon was amazing.  Not too many tables so go early.

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BayArea

2 December 2017

The restaurant decor and ambiance is modern and pleasant. Service is cheerful and attentive. We reserved for 3 but were given counter seats. It was difficult to chat and share food sitting in a row in a noisy environment. Our server apologized and suggested that we request a table on our next reservation. The food is excellent---lots of delicious small plates as well as entrees. It's a good place for sharing dishes. It's not cheap but the food is reasonably priced in my opinion for what you get. More...

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David Paul

30 November 2017

This place used to be THE bomb, but the service has gone downhill in the past couple of months. They get orders wrong, they’re kind of unfriendly... completely opposite of how it used to be. The food is still the same, it’s pretty decent tasting, not too basic but not too bougie, moderately priced for the West Side. If not for the decline in service lately, I’d give 5 stars. More...

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Jeremy H.

25 November 2017

Walking up to the place I didn't want to go in as it looked small and thought the food and service would be good.  GLAD I did go in and it was amazing food was exceptionally good and the service from everyone was GREAT.  Even from their new gal worker.  She made it special.  Tried almost everything on the menu and all was to die for.  Will keep coming back when in LA. More...

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OpenTable Diner

21 November 2017

I came here on a date several occasions, now that things are official between my boyfriend and I. It has become one of our favorite spots for date nights. We love sharing their vegetarian dishes. Everything is phenomenal, especially the cauliflower! More...

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bim007

18 November 2017

Really friendly service. Delicious food and lovely wine selections. Highly recommend!

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Warren S.

16 November 2017

Great addition to downtown LA! It's obvious that the owners have put a lot of love into the decor and the menu. Everything is fresh and delicious. Fundamental is now a fundamental staple of my downtown eating; so much better than getting coffee or food at Whole Foods (which is next door). More...

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Anthony V.

15 November 2017

Love this place. Went for the first time recently for lunch, and they have an amazing lunch special. Friendly staff, delicious (& healthy) food, and nice atmosphere. Definitely recommend and will go back. P.S. their cookies are AMAZING More...

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SilentR

11 November 2017

Great spot for a quite date. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our night here.

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Koko T.

9 November 2017

Great place to stop and grab a bite for lunch. fingerling potatoes  are good and light. Orzo along with the simple greens salad  is good and light.Brussel sprouts are to die for. Two  Chocolate chip  leaves you wanting more. Avocado & harissa pesto sandwich is full filling yet not heavy on my stomach. Pure deliciousness. Plenty of meter parking around the area and the staff are customer friendly. The food keeps me coming back. More...

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OpenTable Diner

4 November 2017

Food was good, priced for how it tasted. Wine was great - nice per glass options and a mix-and-match flight deal. Overall a very nice dining experience, not overly flashy - just the right touch.

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Kayla U.

3 November 2017

Really love Fundamental LA as a lunch place. I haven't actually been to the location but have ordered it for the office on numerous occasions and it is always such a hit. Really love the power lunch combination where you can get a side, sandwich/salad, and their delicious chocolate chip cookie. My personal favorite is the fried chicken sandwich. Such a treat and not greasy but excellent. I love the orzo salad as well but really should try some of the other options they sound so tasty! Their grilled cheese is also very excellent. My bosses have also done a number of meetings there so a true option for a power lunch all around. More...

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Jason Klusky

3 November 2017

Good deals for a quick lunch

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Peter G.

18 October 2017

just tried their new location on Grand Ave DTLA. One of the most amazing burgers i've had in my life, and i'm 60.  I hate Brussel Sprouts, but wanted seconds.Highly recommended!

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Mike V.

18 October 2017

Fundamental DTLA is exactly what that area of DT needed. Fresh, beautiful and casual ambiance with super thoughtful and delicious food. No pretense, just good vibes. I can only imagine how great it will be when the alcohol comes. The wine list is already off the hook. Highly recommend to pass up Whole Foods (where it's located next door) and do Fundamental. More...

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Teri Carpenter

17 October 2017

I thought I had completed an online order for the new DTLA location, but when I arrived I was told my order was for the other West LA location. The resturaunt manager quickly honored my order without hestitation. The food and service was EXCEPTIONAL. I would highly recommend eating here. The resturaunt had a wonderful downtown vibe and don't forget to grab a chocolate chip cookie before you leave. IF YOUR DTLA, CHECK OUT THEIR 7th & GRAND LOCATION. They have great staff. More...

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C Torrence

14 October 2017

Was visiting from nc and I was very impressed by how nice everyone was to me! And the food is amazing I'm still dreaming about it

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TomW

3 October 2017

Good food and staff. Interesting wines. Try and cornbread and the burger and the chopped salad!

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Wendy C.

1 October 2017

I work in Westwood and stumbled upon this by accident and can't believe I hadn't been here before. Great wine selection. I had an enjoyable flight and treated myself to their churros. I know, an unconventional pairing but the churros were amazing. Will be coming back with friends. More...

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Jarongkorn S.

28 September 2017

Nice place. Nice people. very attentive. Food was impeccable. Dessert was a little sweet Overall : super satisfied

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OpenTable Diner

26 September 2017

The taste combinations on everything we tried was very good. Some of the dishes were unique and very delightful combinations ingredients that you don't usually find.

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Justin L.

23 September 2017

One of the best eateries you'll find in Westwood. It's my top choice for brunch if I'm in the mood for sandwiches. Inside, the interior is sparsely decorated, but it gives fundamental a clean, minimal look. The dining area is pretty narrow towards the front, with more room in the back. It's not too crowded during lunch, and the wait is short. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing. My favorite options are the smoked mahi mahi, the pork belly, and the BLT. All the ingredients used are fresh, the bread nicely toasted, and the meats perfectly grilled. The BLT also has a delicious tomato jam, which is like ketchup. I have varying experiences with the smoked brisket, sometimes it's flavorful and one time it was too dry. The portion sizes are okay, but the prices are relatively high. You won't find anything under $10 here besides grilled cheese, which is already expensive at $8. Definitely need to come again for dinner. More...

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MJPark

20 September 2017

I was told Open table tap was not available

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Alan Graham

19 September 2017

A great place with a friendly staff serving delicious food.Enough parking outside

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Farmgirl

16 September 2017

The purple cauliflower with a Thai vinaigrette is a must! The other dishes were well presented and the flights of wine were a fun tasting experience, especially the orange wine. The servers were young and enthusiastic. The chocolate mousse was luscious. A memorable meal! More...

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Y K.

14 September 2017

Shout out to Justin and the whole crew that works here :) this place is a hidden gem in LA! The wine is delicious, the food is fresh, the place is clean! What's better than that? If you're looking for a place with great vibes - you found it. Go! More...

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Priscilla Q.

12 September 2017

I love this place! Came here with my girlfriends for my birthday and had the best time!  Their cauliflower, falafel, and seasonal soft shell crab are incredible. Our server, Brian, was beyond helpful and even cracked a few jokes to keep the party going. The atmosphere is minimalistic but still super cozy at the same time. More...

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Paul M.

7 September 2017

That green goddess sandwich yo!!!! Hands down one of the best sandwiches i've had in awhile. And the health! Oh my how healthy it be. It's fitting that UCLA is right down the street, because John Wooden said it's all about the Fundamentals, and this place really knows how its done. More...

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Christine M.

31 August 2017

As good as it gets, indeed! Really excellent service; great customer service; the food portions were gigantic; fresh, colorful, tasty food!!! Prices were appropriate for LA area. It did take over 30 minutes to receive our take-out order but I was totally okay waiting. We had a large order and the gal who checked our order TRIPLE checked it and she was right-on; nothing was missing. They labeled every item, and even put names of my employees on the food containers. Very impressed with this place!!!! More...

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Li no Mioni

30 August 2017

It's nice looking at the peoplewhile they are preparing your food. A bit overpriced as for wine but in general a great place with a great atmosphere.

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Ken Simms

30 August 2017

This small but powerful eatery is a solid westside citizen. I love how intimate it is. I always sit at the counter as I love watching craftsmen (and women) making food. The menu is equally small but everything is tasty. Do watch out for the cauliflower. They have taken a fairly innocuous and unobtrusive vegetable and given it a nuclear face lift. So spicy it's actually hard to get through. Other standouts are the beef tartare, the hamburger and jidori chicken. The one ding (which is a personal one) is their slavish devotion to old world (aka non-Californian) wines. If you aren't equally passionate about old world wines, bring your own at a (these days...modest) corkage fee of $25/bottle. Justin the somm is knowledgeable and actually found an old world bottle we loved. Highly recommend this place. Enjoy. More...

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Arnab Chatterjee

30 August 2017

The food is amazing and the service is unbelievable. We came in right before they were closing and they still took great care of us. Plus their cornbread is incredible. Can't recommend this place highly enough. More...

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Michelle Fang

30 August 2017

Crowded. Great lunch deal

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Frank Nigro

30 August 2017

I regularly frequent fundamental with my colleagues. The food is always super fresh and the service is great. The Power lunch special for $14 is a sandwich or salad with a side and a cookie or a brownie. So good. The brussle sprouts are my favorite side. More...

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Danger Danger

30 August 2017

Their smores are excellent!

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C. K.

30 August 2017

Super friendly service. Very enjoyable creative food. Great for sharing! And the deserts are yummy. A really pleasant experience overall. If you end up getting there later, you may end up going home with a box of leftover freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. More...

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ankita goundalkar

30 August 2017

Awsome Taste

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Dance Ballet

30 August 2017

Très délicieux! And the best Service in town. The resturant and staff totally made my evening. Ernesto was so accommodating and knowledgeable, I loved it! 5 stars to the Executive Chef and Som Crystal...I will return again...Yummy yummy, so yummy!Happy hour then Din: Germany Riesling, Falafel then Hanger steak w/Marrow butter More...

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Christopher Jones

30 August 2017

This place seems to change the menue and chefs a lot and although the dishes may change the quality of the food is good.

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Jarrett Shrewsbury

30 August 2017

I live for their brisket sandwich

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Yoni S

30 August 2017

Excellent hangar steak. Service was great, as well.

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Joshua Vajda

30 August 2017

Great service, creative sandwiches with flavorful sides, like the orzo with artichokes and olives or yuzu brussel sprouts.

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Erik Morales

30 August 2017

Trabajo en la compañía

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Amanda Hoskinson

30 August 2017

The lunch menu here is perfection! The side dishes are so generous, too!

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Paul Lee

30 August 2017

Nice hole in the wall type restaurant with an excellent wine and beer selection and good food that's also good for you.

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Yacoub Kureh

30 August 2017

Excellent and innovative dishes and a wonderful selection wine.

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Zhenya

30 August 2017

Great wines and the best sommelier!

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robertH

23 August 2017

Great food. Service slow. Wine too warm. But I'll be back

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Mary Aracena

22 August 2017

Had their chocolate chip cookies. Amazing. Gooey in the middle and crunchy. Beyond amazing.

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Kyle W.

20 August 2017

Sandwiches here are on the higher end, which is a good thing because the ingredients are premium. I like the goddess chicken sandwich as a quick lunch, especially because the sandwich is prepared better than I expected. I am typically not a sandwich guy but I greatly enjoyed the food, so that speaks volumes. More...

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Coco K.

15 August 2017

The restaurant is super cute and romantic and the dinner menu is amazing! and but it can't beat the lunch special!! go get an awesome grilled cheese sandwich, homemade chips and a smore cookie! :D YEAH!

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Deanna C.

2 August 2017

So I lowkey hate the westside! Good food but so many annoyances...parking, service, prices...! But i was meeting an old friend who was staying in the area, so we visited this spot on a whim and a search. LOVED IT! FOOD: Cauliflower app, yellow tail entree and chocolate mousse. ALL, AWESOME. There is a beauty in a simple menu done right, especially in westside Los Angeles.AMBIANCE: Great setting, probably more appropriate for a date night, but very Downtown hip, I liked.SERVICE: Beyond expectation. Brian was our server. You ultimately don't have to do much to impress me, I've had such bad service in my life that a smile will settle for good service but he was..NICE, likes his job, go figure. We were seated by Whisper (what a name) who I thought was an over qualified hostess but, turned out to be a manger. She came back later to check on us. How many times have you tried to get someone's attention in these types of places...this is exceptional to me. Overall Id go back. Id bring a friend, a date, my mom...I'm shocked to even be writing this. GO! More...

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Regi

2 August 2017

Fundamental provided an absolutely delightful experience. The food was quite good, creative and well presented. The service was outstanding. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming and attentive. It’s definitely a place to visit. More...

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