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Sandwich Shop$$
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1303 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024
1303 Westwood BoulevardUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90024
(310) 444-7581fundamental-la.com
$$Sandwich Shop, American Restaurant
Sandwich Shop
American Restaurant
Wine Bar
Takeout Restaurant
Today Closed
Sunday ClosedMonday ClosedTuesday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PMWednesday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PMThursday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PMFriday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–11PMSaturday 5:30–11PM
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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."
"I love fried chicken sandwiches but was quite disappointed with fundamental's."
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C Handel
2 weeks ago
The food is really tasty. The fried chicken sandwich and the kale salad are delish. The Brussels sprouts side is yummy. The prices are kind of pricy, but it's fast, good quality food.
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Jamison Moore
3 months 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
4 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
7 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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Joseph Ross
2 weeks ago
The food here is 5 stars, however due to the fact the majority of the food items are "shared style" this makes you order a bunch of different food items and this place gets real expensive fast. The $7 fingerlings are essentially awesome french fries. The dipping chili? Sauce is delicious too. $8 for olives is way too pricey, but it was good. The small black olives are much better than the big fat green ones. $3 corn bread was super yummy and reminds me of being back home in Indiana. $9 kale salad was the best value on the menu and absolutely on par with Tender Greens or any upscale salad restaurant. $23 pork lion was prepared like I've never seen before, but absolutely worth it. $11 glass of wine is a rip off, and $6 beers is $2 too much. The restaurant is small and the music is too loud for me, but the food is excellent. Overall, I spent $84 for 2 people. Way too much for the amount of food you receive.
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James Hogan
8 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
8 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
10 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.