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La Rive Gauche
Posted by Kiki on 01/24/2014
It's up the hill and out of the city happenings which for me is good....too much congestion around while dining is not sexy! Overall, RG still does well. But the interior really needs updating. I see Rive Gauche with dark paneled walls, amber lightning, heavy rugs under the chairs/tables, as though is someone's estate on the river in Paris....the food, when good, screams to have ambience to match! And please, remove the flyers, signs, stands, promos, etc. between the entry and my table and at the reception desk...I mentioned the same type 'intrusion' in my Chez Melange review. Invite me into your restaurant, please don't make me maneuver around this and that...I like Rive Gauche but with a few tweaks I would love Rive Gauche. Plenty of free parking but unless some decor change takes place, the lot will not be filled. Unfortunate because the location is ideal. Take a drive around the peninsula after a lunch or brunch or park and take in the lights after dinner.
Posted by Gary R on 04/10/2011
I was pleasantly surprised to find this cozy little French restaurant in Palos Verdes. My girlfriend and I were driving around one afternoon, and we noticed the sign – La Rive Gauche, from the road. It was about four in the afternoon, and there was only one other couple in the restaurant. The owner, Jaques attended to us and was very friendly and charming. We started with a delicious appetizer, Coquille St. Jaques, which is a rich casserole with scallops and mushrooms in a cream sauce. We ordered a nice bottle of wine from the extensive wine list. Jaques recommended the Chateau du Pape, and it was excellent. Soup and salad was included with our meal and the cream of celery soup really hit the spot. For dinner I ordered the Veal Ossobucco and was definitely not disappointed. My girlfriend had salmon with a horse radish dijon cream sauce and was equally pleased. After dinner, we went for a walk on the trail above the restaurant to round out a truly romantic dining experience! Two thumbs way up for La Rive Gauche and Jaques.
Posted by Kiki on 08/20/2008
Been a staple in my dining for years and years. The food is always good, the service is always good. Plenty of parking and, on the Palos Verdes Pennisula, a great place to end a beautiful drive by the Pacific. I would like to see the interior updated and perhaps some of the information in the foyer disappear but for my money and palate, yes. La Rive Gauche ("the left bank") is still on my list. The soups, entrees, sauces - the food astes the way it's supposed to taste. Go in Chanel or jeans, but wear a sportscoat.....