Finally got to the remodeled Serenata after waiting for way too long. Really looks quite nice, definitely a dressier place than almost all Mexican restaurants, and the hostess was in a black nearly floor-length dress with a simple necklace. Staff attired with ties and white shirts. Valet parking in rear off alley.
It is located just east of downtown LA in Boyle Hts. at 1842 E. 1st St, between the 101 and the 5 Fwys. It has very good seafood with about 10 different Mexican-flavored sauces available to mix or match with choice of around 4 different types of fish-mahi-mahi, salmon, sea bass and halibut. I had a sea bass dish with a chipotle, tomato, onion and garlic blended sauce that was very nice, and one of two companions had the halibut with a huitlacoche, onion, garlic-based sauce that tasted equally fine. Third companion, of the no-pescado headset, had a shredded beef durango dish that was pronounced muy sabroso. We seafood lovers split a bottle of L.A. Cetto nebbiolo(yes, red wine with seafood as it went well with the sauces), a very tasty bottle of Mexican wine($32)grown in la valle de Guadalupe, just east of Ensenada, and of course was imported by a firm in Ft. Lauderdale!
They have a full bar, and entrees are in the $18 range, and they include soup, black beans and some good rice. Also have full array of other Mexican foods with beef, pork, lengua, etc. Non-seafood dishes range less expensively.
Will be returning much more frequently, even from Sherman Oaks. 323.265.2887
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