Fig & Olive

8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069


  • Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., noon-3 p.m., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., noon- 3 p.m., 5:30-11 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
In case you were wondering how the restaurant Fig & Olive got its name, there are figs and olives on everything, even when figs are as far out of season as pumpkins: figs with gorgonzola on a puff-pastry tart; figs in a romaine salad with walnuts and apples; figs recumbent on the couscous under the lamb kebabs. The branzino? Glazed with figs and old balsamic. Here for brunch? Pancakes and figs. Fold in the cheerful mounds of olives, the plentiful tapenade and three kinds of olive oil that come with the bread, and you pretty much get the idea. Los Angeles has seen this sort of thing before: a clubby, light-washed restaurant, too big to be truly exclusive, decorated with gleaming jugs and divided by stands of herbs. The staff is soap opera-stunning, even the stud who parks your car. The air vibrates with rosemary and garlic. When the waiter recommends the scallops with artichokes, the marzipan cake or the crostini with shaved mushrooms and truffle oil, he does so with the conspiratorial air of a dude setting you up with the second-hottest girl he knows.

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