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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen

1119 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-7050
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  • Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The menu at Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan's Santa Monica wine bar may not look that different from other modern farm-to-table spots, but chef Jeremy Fox's light touch and masterful use of seasonal produce puts it way out ahead of the pack. A silky cream of sunchoke soup has its sweetness amplified with touches of coffee and fennel pollen; his clam and mussel pozole verde manages to sing a clear, bright note of acid while also being comforting and hearty. This is a chef who has attracted attention over the years for all sorts of reasons -- one gets the feeling that right now, in this moment, that attention is because he's finally doing exactly what he's best at, with no constraints.

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