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Josie

Just off the beaten path is where you will find Chef Josie Le Balch's self-titled Progressive American eatery. By lending her French culinary heritage, her Italian expertise and her love of simple, natural foods, Chef Le Balch has created a masterly merger of tastes and textures that is sure to surprise and delight. The interplay of the rustic and the refined is evident in every room. From the sand-blasted wooden ceiling beams and the modern skylight to the handcrafted stone hearth and the tailored lines of the furnishings, the ambience is a mixture of old country warmth and clean, contemporary sophistication... a perfect palette for Le Balch's imaginative menu.
46 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
(46 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 46 reviews
5 stars
(20)
4 stars
(18)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(2)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(28)
  • special occasion(26)
  • romantic(22)
  • neighborhood gem(17)
  • good for groups(8)
  • notable wine list(7)
Josie Reviews List
Review 1 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/03/2010
 2012
Dined on 12/03/2010
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/03/2010
 2012
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Review 2 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/07/2012
 2012
Dined on 4/07/2012
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/07/2012
 2012
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Review 3 for Josie
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 11/01/2014
 2004
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2004
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2004
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Review 4 for Josie
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/19/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2009
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Review 5 for Josie
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Valentine's Day Massacre

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
""Valentines Day Weekend" at Josie's meant they suspended their regular menu for a fixed price selection at $95 per person for a limited selection of undistinguished dishes Friday through Sunday. It was a complete and unwelcome surprise. No advanced notice. Others walked out. We stayed because we were entertaining guests. But it left a very negative impression.
Not worth the price. Not worth the alienation. Not going to return.
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Dined on 2/13/2015
 2007
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Review 6 for Josie
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

For the prices charged, food was unexceptional.

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The menu was rather limited, so you expect for the prices they charge ($17 for a butter lettuce salad with a bit of burrata on it??) that the food is a wow. The food was good, but the prices don't justify it. Service by our waiter was cold, as if he was too busy to be friendly or interested in us. The barramundi was a rather small portion and the plate unadorned. The raviolis (there were four on the plate for $28 -- though the chanterelles are costly and tasty, wasn't anything to write home about. The chicken dish was very well prepared -- no complaints there. The chocolate bread pudding was quite bizarre - a small but decent dessert portion, but not much bread pudding, and too much whipped cream burying the bread pudding. For the price paid there are plenty of better culinary experiences around town."
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2005
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Review 7 for Josie
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

We had an amazing time. Food was OUTSTANDING!

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Dined on 1/17/2015
 2006
Dined on 1/17/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Great looking place, kind attentive servers, food was delish!"
Dined on 1/17/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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Review 8 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Quiet, elegant and excellent food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Always reliably delicious with caring service and quiet enough for intimate conversation."
Dined on 1/15/2015
 2002
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/26/2014
 2010
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Low key and romantic restaurant. Nice ambiance. Food and service were outstanding. Would definitely return if in the area again."
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2010
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Josie
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

You should find a reason to go to Josie!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Went on New Year's Eve and had a terrific Dinner. We all loved the food (our group had the fish, NY steak and chicken entrees and all of the desserts), the service, our table, etc. Used to go to Josie's a lot but, because it's a bit out of the way, had kind of inadvertently stopped going much in recent years. Glad we've found it again and plan to start going more regularly. Certainly recommend Josie's as a great venue for any type of meal (business, social, occasion, or whatever)."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food is alway great at Josie

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The food is always great at Josie whenever we eat there. The hostess that greeted us was friendly and polite. Our server Steve A was not friendly and seemingly condescending. It did not make us feel welcomed. He may have thought he was being funny but he did the same thing at the next table and I found it very rude."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2004
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Josie
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not up to par

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Unfortunately, the service was very slow which adversely impacted our overall experience. I also felt that our waiter was a bit put off when several of us opted not to order a first course. Overall the service was not up to par. We have had better experiences at Josie's in the past"
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Josie
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent all around

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Was in Santa Monica for Christmas and a local friend recommend Josie's. Glad he did. My wife's soup was great and the salad was great. The mains (ocean trout and the fish cooked tangine style were also very fine. The restaurant is strong on local produce so the winter dishes were heavy on root vegetables; they were great but perhaps feelings on this issue will vary. But quite a fine dining experience."
Dined on 12/23/2014
 2007
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"food and service top quality. Menu needs freshening and could use a few more additions."
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 15 for Josie
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Delightful

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Flying in from Manhattan and having dinner at this restaurant made my night. The servers were top notch, the food was picture perfect and the specials tasted exactly that! I was surprised to find this place on Pico so gourmet!"
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Josie
Based on the average of (31) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
24 out of 27 recommend this product
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic