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Party's in full swing at Saluté -- but is it enough?

March 11, 2009 |  1:04 pm


Hey, Marco and Tony! Your Santa Monica wine bar, Saluté, is a great place to snack and chat. But it could be so much more:

On the lively and fun sociability scale, Saluté is pitch-perfect. As a wine bar, it could do better. As a restaurant, it has a way to go when the salumi and cheese turn out to be the most appealing items on the menu.

Bottom line: Get the kitchen on track and this place would be packed every night with people coming to eat and drink. As it is, Saluté threatens to turn into a bar scene with snacks.

Read the rest of Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila's review here. Plus, check out this photo gallery of Saluté and its signature dishes, and here's a list of other area wine bars of note.

Photo: Christina House / For The Times