A French Steakhouse at the Grove.
I wish I could be effusive in my praise of Morel’s. The thing it’s got going for it, basically, is that it’s one of the first things you’ll see when you arrive at the Grove. It sits right by the entrance to the Parking, so they got you coming or going.
As it is, it’s lovely enough. It’s got a nice flavor to it. It tries its best to lay on that Parisian air, to give you the idea of what’d be like to do fine dining in Paris, but…I don’t know. It doesn’t quite get there. Maybe it’s the fact that you know you’re in Los Angeles the whole time. Maybe it just suffers in comparison to other places like Cafe Beaujolais, or even Cafe Bizou.
You get in, and it looks like you have to make a choice, either Morel’s the Steakhouse or Morel’s the Bistro. Each has its own level, from what I can tell and plenty of seating inside or outside. The good news is that the food isn’t bad at all, just not extraordinary. If you’re looking for some French classics there are a few of them here, but in a way, they’re not what they do best. Morel’s is probably the best straight-ahead Steakhouse at the Grove (I’m excluding Wood Ranch since it really labels itself as a Barbecue Joint).
At the end of the day, Morel’s is okay. You go there because you’re at the Grove, and you want some French food.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Like I said, this is a primarily a Steakhouse, so go with the flow. So any one of the Steak Frites served with hand cut fries will serve you well. There is a French Dip Sandwich on the menu, but the Philippe’s Rule applies. Somehow the prospect of getting a burger at a French Steakhouse strikes me as an equal waste of time. And of course, no matter what you get, get the Onion Soup.
PARKING: Well, you’re rolling at the Grove, you’re going to use their reasonably well organized Garage. The more busy the night at the Grove, the higher up into the Garage you’ll have to go.
Tel: (323) 965-9595
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Fridat-Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm