Restaurants , Contemporary European Santa Monica
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Warszawa Restaurant first opened in 1979 and has been serving Polish food in the Los Angeles area ever since. Owner/Chef Elina O'Lague continues to create traditional Polish fare such as pierogis, stroganoff, borsch and slow-roasted duck in a contemporary, health-conscious way. Converted from a house to restaurant in the 1970's, the space offers unique dining with an old world feel, combined with a backyard patio bar featuring music, signature cocktails and polish brews.

Venue name: Solidarity
Address: 1414 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica
Price: $30 and under
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A restaurant definitely worth trying, since there aren't many Polish places in town. 

The pierogis were awesome (although a bit on the expensive side) and the borscht was good too. I regret not getting an entire pierogi platter, considering what I ate later... 

For my main entree I had the zrazy (sirloin) which was bland, with old, musty tasting gravy. What really was more awful/interesting (but looked so good) was the kaszka - their buckweat starch that came with the dish. Omg. It is very, very possible it is an acquired flavor and that people actually love it, but to me it tasted like dust and plant fertilizer. Even the waiter said it was disgusting. 

It's pretty cozy inside, heavy wood floor, almost feels like you are in someones living room. You dine close to the other tables.