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fundamental LA
Sandwich Shop$$
Today 5:30 – 11:00 PM
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1303 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024
1303 Westwood BoulevardUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90024
$$Sandwich Shop, American Restaurant
Sandwich Shop
American Restaurant
Wine Bar
Takeout Restaurant
Today 5:30 – 11:00 PM
Saturday 5:30 – 11:00 PMSunday ClosedMonday ClosedTuesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMThursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMFriday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
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Seasonal American bistro for lunch sandwiches, fish-centric dinners & many wines in sleek surrounds.- Google
"Plus, they make really good chocolate chip cookies."
"Have to have the homemade cream soda."
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Jamison Moore
2 weeks ago
Service was great, but alas, food had a few flaws. Seared scallops were good, but the black beans underneath were crunchy. Clams were great, sauce was meh. Dessert though... Killer. Same with the cornbread. Drinks are also great, get this cream soda. It is amazing. Waitress was super helpful with wine selection and was pouring tastes, so it was easy to make a confident selection. Good beer list, too. Parking is a nightmare in Westwood, but there's a valet right in front.
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Jenelle Bossett
2 months ago
As I sit here starring at my tablet trying to rekindle my experiences here, my addled mind prohibits me from giving it more than 3 stars. Theoretically this place screams tasty, trendy, and healthy but in reality it just didn't meet my expectations. The dining area is quite small. Uncomfortably so with the amount of foot traffic they get. I've never had a problem seizing a table here but it's a certain waiting game one should expect. They do take reservations so I suggest making one for larger parties over 4 people. The staff is friendly enough. They seem to take their jobs very serious and for the most part deliver adequate service. The first time I tried this place out the service was sort of frou frou. One server even told my friend after she joked about the speed in which she got her food that everything was made fresh in a very persnickety manner. When I went during dineLA the service was a bit more blasé. Overall competent service! The food seems to be missing an element I cannot quite put a finger on. I had the shrimp po'boy and the tuna sandwich. Out of the two seafood options I would undoubtedly suggest the shrimp po'boy. The shrimp po'boy has four jumbo juicy shrimp in a nice tasty baguette with some lettuce. Although it's tasty it was missing a saucy element. I would suggest asking for an extra side of spicy mayo which gives the po'boy a little bit of oomph. The Tuna sandwich was just OK. The actual tuna lacked seasoning but I did enjoy the avocado and egg addition. I preferred the baguette bread over the toasted sourdough but it did add flavor to the almost flavorless sandwich. My DineLA experience was a bit lackluster, mainly due to the fact that the online menu differed drastically from the in-restaurant menu. Most of my favs were still on there and there were plenty of options to choose from. The kicker was that online and in stores the menu offered 3 choices for dessert (the gooey chocolate cookies, brownie and some other treat I can't remember) but they only gave you a gooey chocolate chip cookie. No choice whatsoever. It was just misleading. Overall this place is good but it's something fundamentally missing. Would go back because it's not horrible but wouldn't be my first choice.
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Jonathan Castillo
5 months ago
I have probably been here 3x for lunch. I work in the westwood area and this probably one of the better sandwich places I like to go too. They usually have the power lunch combo. You pick a sandwich and one side. My favorite side has got to be the Orzo Pasta hands down (highly recommend it). As for their sandwiches, I tried the duck bahn mi, chicken torta, and their tuna albacore. My favorite is the duck bahn mi. It had the most flavor in my opinion. Plus, they make really good chocolate chip cookies. I always end up getting at least one.
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John Wie
7 months ago
fundamental LA is an artistic restaurant to say the least. The decor is a little dark and intimate. The food (at least the one I chose) came in a prie-fixe menu with some fascinating choices and wine pairings as well (labeled on the wine glass itself) for about $45. The best items included the foie gras waffles, prawn grits and the delicious melting pork belly. Definitely worth a look - make sure to RSVP (they have valet or park in the neighborhood).
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James Hogan
5 months ago
Food great. Not impressive interior or crowd if you are looking for a scene for Happy Hour though. You get a bit of the older crowd actually there for dinner. Nothing we on with that, just informing you I came here with a friend from out of town and not knowing LA very well myself, I would haven't wanted to take her a place more interesting. Still the service was good and food (especially the hamachi app) was delicious!
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Daniel Frame
6 months ago
Great place, great customer service. I had an issue with an order through Uber Fresh (not their fault) and to make it up to us they sent over a beautiful lunch. Had the Cobb salad, the watermelon chicken salad, as well as the Brussels sprouts, orzo, and chocolate chip cookies. It was really amazing and very thoughtful of them to go out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. As an aside, I also recently went to an event that was catered by them and it was also awesome-- beautifully prepared, meticulous and fresh. Would use them for catering for sure and will absolutely have to come in person sometime!
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David Brassell
8 months ago
Fundamental is hipster meets food. Everything is modern hip, from the ambiance to the menu items. All in all, most of the items we had were good. The duck was our favorite, extremely succulent and good balance of flavor. The kampachi was fresh, and the service was great. A bit steeper than I would have expected, but the prefix is a pretty good deal if you are hungry.
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9 months ago
I had a great experience at Fundamental last week. The staff was all very helpful and kind. It was a pretty busy time and things looked very efficient. I split with my girlfriend a watermelon chicken arugula salad that was very tasty and fresh with the perfect amount of feta. I highly recommend trying this salad. I also ate a cuban sandwich that was the "sandwich of the week". The pork belly was delicious and the bread was pressed and toasted perfectly. I wish it came with a little extra like lettuce and tomato but then again I could of asked. It was a great cuban but not best only because Ive tried so many in my time. This sandwich is also a great choice but apparently so are the Fried Chicken (high ranked) and the Turkey sandwich according to one of the waiters. We also got some chocolate chip cookies which are really good and the perfect combo of consistent soft and crunchy (very rare we had 4!). I will definitely come back and recommend this spot to friends :)
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