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Fine Dining Chef Dave Beran Expands to High-Flying French Food in Santa Monica

Pasjoli will bring back the height of French fun and dining decadence

A portrait of chef Dave Beran in a white jacket and blue apron.
Dave Beran
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Fine dining chef Dave Beran is on the move, adding to his Westside portfolio with a new restaurant to be called Pasjoli. The heralded Dialogue chef/owner has been making (potentially) Michelin-worthy meals from inside of a mostly hidden counter-seating kitchen off the Third Street Promenade since September of 2017, but now he’s jumping to a big, boisterous new idea.

Pasjoli will seek to recreate, at least in terms of dishes and ambiance, the height of fun French dining, with particular nods to the Escoffier era, Beran tells Eater. That includes everything from fresh, produce-forward dishes that feel like Southern California to caviar service and tableside highlights like a mobile duck press. Unlike the more stark Auburn on Melrose, which just opened over the weekend, Pasjoli’s dining room will be a lively spot for a la carte dining.

As for timing, Beran says that a summer opening is likely, but no date has yet been set. Construction crews have already descended on the tall, brick-wrapped Main Street space, which was formerly the three-year home of Bareburger.

Meanwhile, Beran and his team will continue to churn out one of the best fine dining meals in Southern California at Dialogue, especially considering the fact that Michelin’s first Los Angeles-area guide in almost a decade returns this June. Beran previously was a chef at Alinea and then ran the kitchen at Next in Chicago.

Pasjoli. 2732 Main St., Santa Monica, CA.