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Chateau Marmont is Vastly Overrated by La Times

John Doe | May 30, 200404:51 AM

Do not bother coming to this restaurant unless you have Hollywood pedigree. They must have two separate staffs: one for the gliterati, another for all the rest. A week in advance, I asked to be seated outside and was told it was no problem; we even dressed for it. But no, once it was apparent that we were not on the A, B or C list we were promptly escorted to the less than dazzling "dining room." The food was nowhere near as good as the review made it seem; and we stuck to dishes recommended on Calendar Live. Bland, TGIF calamari, nauseatingly heavy fried risotto balls, a mediocre wine list, a NY strip that looked more like the Salisbury Steak from your high school cafeteria ... try for yourself! LA needs a stronger public vote (here or even Zagat) so everyone is treated as a potential critic and the most popular restaurants are the ones with the highest ratings. Vote with your feet! Avoid Chateau Marmont. ps. I wonder if the LA Times critic is as "anonymous" as one might believe. Have you ever been to a highly recommended place only to receive lackluster service and subpar food?

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