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Ba Restaurant
Ba Restaurant

Ba Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantba.com
  • Phone: (323) 739-6243
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Sunday - 5:00pm -11:00pm


    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm


    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, Californian, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: James Graham
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ba Restaurant caters small and large events offering menu favorites or a special selection put together personally by chef James Graham.
  • Private Party Facilities: Dining room available for parties of 20 - 35 guests, back patio available for parties of 8 - 15

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avenue 51
  • Public Transit: Goldline - Highland Park
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lots of it, free after 8:00 p.m.
A word from Ba Restaurant
Ba Restaurant takes a fresh look at Cal-French cuisine. Chef James Graham selects seasonal local ingredients to craft his daily menu with French inspired flavors and rustic techniques. Seasonal favorites include Chicken Croquettes, and Duck Confit.

The artist curated modern eclectic interior is perfect for casual weeknight dinners, special occasions, and late night snacks. It's also a favorite neighborhood spot for weekend brunch.

The winelist changes often and features unique French wines, and Ba Restaurant offers a great selection of local micro brews.

Join us for Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and weekday lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

Get on their mailing list to be included in special programmed events which include sommelier led wine tastings.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Something was wrong with the ventilation on Saturday 8/16 - continued smokiness in the dining room was pretty awful! fix your ventilation, people! the dining room was lovely, although the outdoor areas are a totally different environment - right on the street and noisy/much more casual. I'd recommend sitting inside except for the smoke. The food was excellent - very simple preparation but very delicious and healthful. The mushroom brûlée was delicious - i want 5 more! Once they fix the ventilation, we'll be sure to try again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First of all, the food is wonderful. It's really good. The restaurant is small, quiet, and elegant. It seems to be the work of a group of young artistic people trying to make something really good, and it is. Four of us went on raves from friends who had been the night before so we sort of knew what we wanted to have: the duck, the coq au vin, the pork chop, and the mushroom-truffle risotto. Plus salad and the mushroom & brie brûlée! All were delicious and beautiful. I had the coq au vin, it was rich and saucy. We were all very happy! Ba, your brûlée reminded me something I always loved: wild-mushroom strudel.The restaurant at Tamarack Lodge used to make it but no longer. You guys would do it great."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "A friend wanted to check out the HP scene and I suggested dinner at Ba. The food was excellent-the best pork chop I've ever had and an out-of-this world mushroom brûlée I've never had before. My friend had the salmon-which he said was delicious-and really loved his heirloom tomato and burrata salad. Fresh and really flavorful. Service was great too. Excellent quality for a very reasonable price. I will be dining there again-will have to try it for brunch."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had a very nice meal and the staff was very accommodating. The restaurant closes at 10 and although my reservation was for 9:15 it was 9:45 before we arrived. When I suggested we cancel they were happy to stay and welcomed us with no hesitation."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Anytime my husband and I have a visit from parents or friends who we know appreciate delicious, well done food and wine, this is our go to neighborhood spot. It never fails to leave a wonderful impression on them. Every single aspect of this restaurant is just perfect for a nicer occasion. One food note that I especially appreciate is that the meat is cruelty free - surprisingly hard to find in LA. We love to support Ba and the chef/owner who lives locally and truly cares about both the positive growth of Highland Park and creating a lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have only been to Ba for dinner, so I can't speak for breakfast, brunch or lunch. I can say that dinner was a sensual orgy of tastes. My dining partner thought the same. I know because she said it first!! As Chef James reminds us, all the ingredients are hand picked, fresh and fabulous. The service is ultra professional. The wine list is a perfect match for the menu. The menu is a shape shifter. Nothing stays the same! Well maybe a few things repeat. I certainly hope so because I might hurt some one if mushroom brulee disappears! This is a 6 star experience. No, 10 star. You get my drift."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had the monkfish on this visit. It was delectable. It's just the most friendly atmosphere with great service. We had another great night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ba never disappoints. It's friendly with DELICIOUS food and great service. Mushroom brule, anyone??"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The staff and food are great! Had the sea bass with corn and my friend had the prawns with saffron and fennel. Both dishes were wonderfully balanced. The dill was a very nice touch for the fish and the prawns were very well cooked; slightly charred and crisp, but not rubbery. James had us try the salmon croquettes, and they were superb. He really takes pride in the food he prepares and goes the extra mile for his customers. I was also impressed by how easily immersed you become in the space. I quickly forgot how we just walked in off of York Blvd. Will definitely be eating here again. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "What a great find!! Everyone was very laid back and friendly. The waiter was great with all his food recommendations. And meal was excellent. We were told the menu changes every night so there is always new thing to try...but I hope they put the Fish Stew on often because it was out of this world! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A great little gem of a restaurant, charming "bistro"vibe! Lovely service and the food was great! Mussels were terrific and a simple "Steak Frites" hits the mark! Very intimate room that attracts and interesting clientele. Overall a very charming and wonderful place for dinner."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What a find. Great place with awesome food and great wine. Surprisingly affordable. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I had duck confit and it was delicious. Expect to pay $100+ for dinner for 2 with wine but well worth the cost. Money well spent."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is the ideal restaurant for a quiet meal where you can converse with friends or a companion. There is soft music in the background which is lovely without being overwhelming. The menu is limited but what is featured is outstanding and the French wine choices were fine to go with the meal. The mushroom brulee to start was delicious as were the desserts at the conclusion of the meal. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • ""Ba" again turns out to be a wonderful experience. The food and wine was excellent and service was wonderful. A intimate place for special friends and wonderful date nights. A Highland Park GEM. Highly recommend for those who want a special place. I never give a place a five star but you all came close to it. :)))"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Although the menu is short, everything is presented and prepared very thoughtfully. That includes the wines. We had a green salad, which was fresh and very green, but on the bland side with barely any dressing, if any. The variety of greens made it interesting, though. However, the asparagus spinach soup was full of flavor and spicy if you don't mind heavily peppered soup. The beef bourguingnon fell apart with the fork, and didn't disappoint our taste buds either. Same with the butternut squash souffle. Service is attentive and friendly, but not overly done. The design of the room is clever and artful with the appropriate lighting level - a feeling of warm French modern. I hate to let on about this place because it's a little gem."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Ba Restaurant. A completely delightful experience. Unique, cozy ambiance, wonderful food, thoughtful attention from the staff. Overall a 5 star experience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Nice spot -- classic menu, nothing frilly, but everything was done well. Duck was a standout. Well curated wine list (we brought a bottle -- $20 corkage -- but next time would order from the list)."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food. Cute small classy neighborhood restaurant. Had dinner, want to try brunch, food was great. A little out of my price range to eat there regularly but for special occasions definitely the bomb! Great to have something of this caliber in Highland Park. York street is coming along! Oh yeah!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was my second visit to BA - this time for brunch, the first time for lunch during a quiet weekday. Service pleasant, not attentive. Food took forever - finally told a large party's order was put in before ours (really? 5 minutes later food arrived piping hot (at 1:50pm after a 1pm seating) - seemed our order was not even put in. A few items not available from the menu including their specialty Mushroom Brulee (which I had during my first visit and it is delish)....small glasses of champagne overpriced in my opinion at $9 each (a bottle is $36 - which we should have done not thinking we would want a second glass). There are more choices out there now in Highland Park. Next time, I'll try another."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I would've given it 5 stars if all the dishes where all equally good. The filet was perfect, the mushroom brûlée was amazing, but they fell flat on the chicken. Chicken is always hard so I can't fault them too much, but it was too dry. And the winter salad was a bit boring. Outside of that the service was genuinely friendly, not fake/forced and i Always appreciate that. The good dishes were very very good, for sure worth going back many times."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "been there several times and never once did I have a bad experience, the food was great the service wonderful and the place itself love it,…recommended highly"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My vet is in Highland Park so I end up spending a lot of time there and I have to say, I love it. This is our second time to Ba. It's small, very nice inside, great, kind of a little off beat vibe but in a good way. I love the food. My dad was a chef and a foodie before there were foodies. The chef's style is very similar to my dad's. Fresh food, organic and locally sourced. Sauces and seasonings complent the food, so you taste the amazing piece of meat or fish. We like this as kind of a special occasion place but I could eat here a few times a week. We are not drinkers so I can't comment on the wine list. Save room for dessert. The cream puff they served on V Day was to die for. An elevated version but still simple."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ba is an intimate treasure. Elegant cuisine, served in a cozy and romantic ambiance by friendly and professional staff. Suitable for casual dining or special occasions. A real treat."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've now been to Ba about a dozen times--simply because it's a great restaurant. About a year ago, I remember seeing Venus in the sky right near a crescent moon, and the sight amazed me. It was just beautiful. So is Ba."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We were staying in Highland Park so thought we would give it try. Very nice food. friendly staff. Wine list is short so check for the corkage fee and bring something you want to drink. I had the duck terrine. a local salad and a very good sea bass dish. French in style cooking enhanced by locally sourced food. Only open about 18 months, the work is starting to leak out about this sport. The table next to us was some film industry types from the west side who were congratulating themselves for coming into the 'hipster' neighborhood. We'll definitely return to sample this chef again!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "What a lovely way to start a weekend - Brunch at Ba Restaurant. Now in its second year, Ba has been shinning up York Blvd. in Highland Park with its interesting menu and bright, lively service. My first adventure to Ba, more than a year and a half ago, was a bumpy affair as the newly opened venue struggled to find its culinary footing, but now (I'm thrilled to say!) Ba has found its food voice! My vegetarian quiche with a mesclun salad was both delicious and beautifully prepared. All of the plates at our table of friends were spotless at the meal's end - always a great sign."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food and service was not that great, fine, but not great. My steak was ok, not much flavor and heaps of fries. My husband sat with his empty beer glass for the entire evenign and was never asked if he wanted another. We have been to Ba many times, usually the chef is engaging the waiter is too and you feel like you are part of something special. Not this night. Too bad"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Ba is just adorable - I love what they've done with the space. Overall, it's really just a kitchen and the dining area, and they really make the best of it. Good/comfortable seating and beautifully decorated. The wine list is comprehensive and the menu, though short, has something for everyone. The food was well-executed and was presented beautifully (we eat with our eyes first!). I think the lack of a bar scene is a plus in a little place like this - I would definitely return for a nice dinner or to try their brunch."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My friend had told me about this restaurant over a year ago and it took me a long time to finally get there. Now that I have had dinner there I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK! I went there to celebrate a birthday with girlfriends and it turned out to be a great evening. The atmosphere is quiet and there is a cool intelligent vibe going on around you exemplified in the restaurant design, the staff and the people dining. The food was delicious and I was thrilled to see ample servings. Two of us ordered the mussels which were divine, but be ready for a large bed of french fries enveloping the mussels. We also ordered a chocolate cake slice for dessert and it was out of this world delicious and moist."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Friendly but uninformed service. Unimpressive food."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We've been to Ba at least eight times how, and every meal has been great. We go there to meet one couple or another, and it makes for easy talking. I recommend the fruit-and-cheese plate not listed on the menu for appetizers. If you can't choose among the half dozen entrees (which changes nightly), steak frites is usually on there, which is always good. It's a 6 oz. sirloin with shoe-string french fries. There are always fish and vegetarian meals, too. York Blvd. is becoming a "in" street in Los Angeles, and Ba is a gem."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Small menu but wonderful tasting food. my only criticism is lack of parking"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "My fiancé and I moved to the area recently and stumbled upon Ba while taking a stroll on York. It's a small, intimate setting but the food really is so great and fresh! We ordered the charcuterie plate to start and it was beautiful. More food than you'd expect from other spots.. Perfect portions. The mussels were also delicious. We wanted to order the mushroom soufflé but it was just too much food and we didn't want to skip on dessert. Bottles of wine are reasonably priced so definitely worth it to get a bottle. The server was very nice and knew a lot about the food. Overall we were really glad that we don't need to drive to downtown for great atmosphere and food! We are definitely coming back whether it's a special occasion or not."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Ba is a favorite of ours and we come for special occasions. Thank you for the ongoing amazing job your are doing for the community."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "interior is quite nice and makes great use of the space, the efforts at noise reduction are excellent. The service was perfunctory. The waiters stood gabbing with the hostess at the door leaving patrons to fend for themselves. Menu was nicely done. Grungy jeans, if you are going to do high end then dress it. The scallop appetizer was good. Scallops perfect and the duck fat and bacon were tasty. However, the deep fried brussel sprout accompaniment was too much oily. The dish would have benefited from some sharp contrasts of lemon or vinegar. Beef Wellington, chicken livers were over the top. The Bouillabaisse was too mush anise-w fennel and star anise. Seafood here overcooked. Creme brulee was great. Not bad but could be better."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Really enjoyed the quiet ambience and coziness of the restaurant. Food was delicious!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Needed a good meeting point for lunch in Highland Park and found BA on Open Table. A lovely place indeed on a quiet weekday for lunch. Inquired about the dinner menu to take a look - it changes NIGHTLY...and I hear they have a great brunch that is well known. Looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "I love this place and so happy it is in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I heard good things about this spot and was excited to have a great restaurant in Highland Park but the food was uninspired, not exciting and not worth the expense. It wasn't as if the level of difficulty was so great either- mussels, seared ahi, steak frites...nothing crazy. The mussles had little garlic, overwhelming flavor was tarragon, and just not very flavorful...unexciting. The "seared ahi" was cooked through and tough, and the steak frites was just fine. The best thing about the meal was the wine and the wedding cake. Sadly, won't be back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013