Unlike recurring dreams of falling, bistros indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with chocolate asphalt and lined with gingerbread biscotti trees. Today's Groupon is the realization of this vision. For $25, you get $50 worth of delicious French delights from La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica.
La Cachette is an intimate bistro escape from the rollicking area of Santa Monica's hotel strip. While you wait to be seated on the huge outdoor patio, sink into the lounge-esque, relaxed-fit bar with a Chile Martini (chipotle vodka, ginger, cucumber, $13) or a bottle of Green Flash West Coast American IPA ($7). Once seated, feast upon a plate of Mongol-horde-friendly organic beef tartare ($14) or a tower of roasted organic beets with feta cheese, avocado, and tomato ($10). Recall your days quaffing sea spray in your Jet Boat with the taste of black mussels with shallots and thyme in a white-wine-and-spiced-saffron broth ($19), or recall the days spent land cruising on the versatile Jet Boat with dark-meat coq au vin with veal bacon ($18). Complement your meal and yourself with a bottle of Votre Sante Chardonnay ($38), among other liquid wonders.
Master chef Jean Francois Meteigner uses fresh ingredients from local farmers, transporting each green onion and slice of carrot from nearby fields to his sauté pan. The playful and bright atmosphere is equally inviting to two-person romantic dinners or twenty-person gatherings of Ulysses S. Grant fanboys. Call ahead on Fridays and Saturdays to make reservations (based on availability).
La Cachette Bistro received a positive mention from Los Angeles magazine, Gayot, and Urbandaddy. 95% of Urbanspooners like it. Yelpers give 3.5 stars, over 200 OpenTable diners give four, and Citysearchers give 4.5.
- Luscious house-cured trout is paired with a mustardy warm potato salad. A rhubarb spread sets off a warm foie gras terrine. While we expected the pristine bouillabaisse, the menu of Asian-inspired raw options was a surprise. Ahi tartare with Korean chili paste? Sacré bleu! – Los Angeles
- The issue with ordering the foie gras is that it is so good, you will want to keep the taste on your palate, and just stop eating at that point. But then you would be missing the house cured smoked trout and its warm potatoes and frisée---Meteigner’s interpretation of the herring salad. – Gayot
- You know the original La Cachette well—it's the acclaimed, and authentic, French legend you'd bring someone to celebrate a special occasion. Probably someone...with some gray hair. But its replacement is a lighter, brighter, California-ier version several miles west that'll still accommodate your refined foodie grandma, but also your sun-kissed date. You can't quite see the beach, but you can smell it wafting up in the breeze. – Urbandaddy
Downtown Santa Monica
1733 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, California 90401Get Directions