Tavern ** 1/2
11648 San Vicente Blvd. (at Darlington), Los Angeles; (310) 806-6464; Larder direct (310) 806-6460; www.tavernla.com.
AMBIENCEChic restaurant, bar and takeout and gourmet shop from Lucques and A.O.C.'s Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Have breakfast or lunch in the Larder, stop in for a snack in the bar, or dinner in the glamorous atrium dining room. Whatever the time of day, there's plenty of action and world-class people-watching.
SERVICEAmong the best in town.
PRICEBar menu, $4 to $16; burgers, $16 to $17; dinner starters, $12 to $18; main courses, $24 to $39; desserts, $10; kid's menu items, $5 to $10.
BEST DISHESOnion rings, green goddess salad with avocado and crab, spring vegetables with burrata, roasted asparagus with polenta and fried egg, heirloom tomato salad with fried mozzarella, lamb merguez sausage, devil's chicken, Niman Ranch rib-eye steak, strawberry coupe, elderflower panna cotta.
WINE LISTSerious and eclectic. Corkage fee, $25.
BEST TABLEOne of the back corner tables in the atrium.
SPECIAL FEATURESTakeout bakery, deli and gourmet grocery. Summer picnic boxes, $25 per person, available all summer.
DETAILSOpen from 8 to 11 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 pm. for lunch and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for brunch and 5:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for brunch and 5 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Bar menu daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Larder open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Full bar. Valet parking, $3.50.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.