Juliano's Raw

8951 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90401


  • Sun 9am-11pm, Mon-Sat 9am-12am
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Free Wifi, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Breakfast all day, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Garage Parking, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
At Raw there is no cooking — at least no cooking with heat. There is slicing, chopping, grinding, mashing, juicing, soaking, dehydrating, rehydrating, fermenting, sprouting, extruding, wrapping and saucing aplenty. The dining room features a poster of the chef, Juliano, an impossibly long-waisted, shirtless, surfer-tanned human spectacle. Like their employer, the waitresses also bear witness to the benefits of the raw life. I have sampled raw-food preparations and was anticipating a different realm of textures and food combinations. What I did not expect, and was thrilled by, was Juliano's level of flavor. By the end of each meal, however, I found myself wearied by the excessive remaking of everything. Juliano, with all his talent, may be trying too hard. A few islands of simplicity might have gone a long way to relieve the unabashed fussiness of his non-cooking.

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  • In the Raw
    12 years ago by Michelle Huneven

    Photo by Anne Fishbein I first saw Juliano at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Indeed, who there could not notice the impossibly long-waisted, shirtless, surfer-tanned, blond-dreadlocked human spectacle effortlessly humping boxes as...


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