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Fickle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ficklela.com
  • Phone: (213) 628-1888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Happy Hour

    Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm


    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Sunday

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: James Ta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Fickle
A neighborhood farm to table to table restaurant in the heart of Little Tokyo, with a fickle menu that changes with throughout the seasons. Infusing not only flavor, but heart and compassion into every dish we make. Each dish served at Fickle has the promise of the freshest ingredients made with the utmost technique and care. It is our sincere hope that you enjoy each bite you take.

The menu changes often, so come back and see us soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Fickle is a true find. Food was amazing. The flavors exploded in my mouth, left me full and wanting to come back another day/night to try more deliciousness goodies! Strongly recommend. Just leave yourself plenty of time to find parking."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food, terrific happy hour, and service that bends over backwards with a smile to make it a good experience. Just seem happy to be there and it is contagious. Menu had a lot of variety, great appetizers and good presentation. Tasty and original takes on standards. All was really really good. Walking distance from the Music Center (uphill on the way there but downhill on the way back) if you don't mind a few big blocks. maybe 10-12 minutes so you don't need to move the car twice if going there. We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The menu seemed exciting, but the anticipated flavor was not delivered. I will praise their mint mignonette, which, served with fresh clams was my favorite part of the meal. The service was lackluster and the noise level was deafening. Also, on a hot day, it was sweltering inside. To top it off, a rehearsal dinner monopolized the atmosphere with lame speeches. Rent a room next time, maybe?"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "On a friends suggestion we met 10 friends in this part of LA we had never been in before. We were instantly glad it was out of the stream of usual LA-ishness. Good food, good drink and great service we had a wonderful get together considering we had one night in town to do so."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I'm definitely going back to try more of the unique and interesting dishes on the menu. Can't speak for lunch because the menu is completely different but sharing a bunch of small plates at dinner is a nice way to spend a casual night out. Oysters were as fresh as could be and I understand they're a buck each during happy hour! Black Cod, Salmon Tartare, Pear Salad were all delicious. Next time will try some of the large plates - prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fickle has a nice assortment of tapas-style plates, but it is expensive for the quality. To be sure, the avocado fries were yummy, but not $15 yummy. However, the service was great! Friendly, attentive, and with lots of smiles."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "AMAZING FOOD! Must try spot in the middle of J Town. These guys know how to cook."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was blown away buy the quality of the entrees; they are definitely worth the price. Big stomachs beware; the portions are smaller than average."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious! (Oysters, shrimp cocktail, quail, salmon, and scallops)"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "One of the best, if not the best happy hour in Little Tokyo. Being an oyster lover, having $1 Kumiai's were a great find. On top of that, the $3 Stone IPA's were just a bonus. Many other great Happy Hour menu items all at great affordable prices. I will definitely return and hopefully the Smog City Coffee Porter will also be on Happy Hour pricing."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We lucked out, not actually having to wait 1 1/2 hours until our actual Open Table reservation time by agreeing to sit at a table outdoors by the sidewalk. Inside noise level is very loud which almost led us to go elsewhere. Food offerings being locally sourced and unique encouraged us to try Fickle. We agreed with other reviews that the brussel sprouts & cauliflower appetizer is very tasty. Bone marrow intrigued us & was nicely seasoned with ginger, soy & citrus. Scallops were perfectly cooked but served with orzo pasta rather than cous cous as advertised. Wild black cod was tasty but the kabocha gnocchi were rather heavy. A salted chocolate chip cookie was a perfect small treat. Fickle is THE place in J-town for non-Asian food."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I chanced upon this restaurant while strolling downtown and WHAT A FIND! The bone marrow was to die for, the fried chicken sandwich was beyond tasty and surprisingly light despite how it sounds and the spiced popcorn replacing traditional bread and butter was a genius, delicious touch! Super low-key, non-pretentious vibe here with great wine! Great date spot. Highly recommend! "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "great for casual dinner with friends...good for foodies, good mix of items on menu"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "First visit here, but it made a favorable impression for the most part. We tried the black cod with miso couscous and edamame and pearl onion salad, roasted salmon with corn, bacon, and arugula risotto, and the molasses pork belly with a charred wedge of savoy cabbage (nothing special), kabocha puree and lime pepitas (didn't add much to the dish). The fish was perfectly cooked. It was tender, moist, and honestly the best fish I have had in so Cal. The pork belly was good too, but eat fast because cold pork belly fat just isn't pleasant. The kabocha was good, but its sweetness overpowered the pork belly, I felt. The portions are on the small side, but not too bad."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is one over several occasions that we have visited Fickle. The one common thread is that the food is always delicious and the service is always attentive. The opening popcorn (instead of bread) is a nice touch as the it is cooked with some sweet and spicy spices, a nice dichotomy of flavors. The seafood is unrivaled each time we eat here. Unfortunately, the portions are quite small and NO, I am not a fat American who practices Gluttony. I appreciate the fact that we need to eat smaller portions but the plates at Fickle go a little too far. Aside from that, the food is fantastic with very fresh ingredients and very flavor mastery of cooking! The service is very attentive and it is right in the heart of Little Tokyo!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I tried Fickle based on the amazing-sounding menu. I chose a dish called Clam Oxen: clams and oxtails served in a kim chi broth that my waiter said was popular. For me, it was better on paper than in the bowl: the clams were just cockles, and the kim chi broth cut all of the fatty, meaty unctiousness of oxtails. Still, the service and chef are friendly, my companion's flat iron steak over creamy farro was good, and the gratis spiced popcorn and $1.75 Happy Hour oysters were a great start to dinner. Not crowded on a Tuesday evening, making it easy to get in and out for a concert at nearby Disney Hall. I'd try Fickle again and go for the black cod. I'd be pleased to have a more satisfying experience next time."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant through OpenTable for Valentine's Day after seeing that they had a special His/Hers six-course prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day. Fickle's Website mentioned that the normal menu would not be served that night. Note, I would probably not have chosen to dine at Fickle otherwise, as we were pressed for time getting over to downtown, but the special menu seemed too good to pass up. Upon arriving, we were given normal menus and were told only upon asking that the chef had 'cancelled' the prix fixe because "no one mentioned it upon making a reservation." Again, myself and several other couples we talked to did not mention it upon reservation as we were told it was the only option. Food was decent but bad experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my evening at Fickle. It was my first time dining there as well as my friends. We ordered the avocado fries and they were very good. The Black Cod with Miso Cous Cous, Edamame and Pearl Onion Salad, Dashi Broth was delicious. Definitely want to come back and try other items in the menu."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "You may think Little Tokyo just has Japanese restaurants. Not! fickle is real California cuisine - small plates, well-prepared, great presentation. The crispy brussel sprouts and cauliflower is excellent, as is the beet salad. Salmon was crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside. The quail was also very nice, with the exception of the risotto stuffing which I thought was too cheesy and rich for such a delicate little bird. The wait staff is young, attentive, and pleasant. Parking is available directly across the street or in back. fickle is a lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "James, the chef, prepared a wonderful dinner for us. The food was fresh, we prepared and delicious. He visited our table and took care to make sure we were delighted with the meal. The place is unassuming, but the food was worth the visit."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "You can't go wrong at fickle. 2nd visit was just as scrumptious as the first. Kale salad-amazing. Risotto-stupendous. Avocado fries-melt in your mouth incredible. This is a great dining spot before heading to a show downtown. Don't miss it!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Fickle totally blew me away. Everything here is so creative and carefully put together. It's such a breath of fresh air. Chef James is brilliant, and a heck of a nice guy to boot. Do not miss the avocado fries, the risotto, the black bod and the porkbelly. Nice wine list too! Everything was truly incredible. Impossible to pick a favorite, all the dishes were all excellent in preparation, fresh, quality ingredients and so innovative. The service was excellent by everyone we encountered. I can't wait to bring my best foodie friends here. Great price point too. Anytime we can get out for dinner for around $100, including wine, we are overjoyed."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Mainly small plates, all wonderful, if a bit heavy on the fried/buttery/fatty side, but certainly worth it on occasion. Fresh and smart furnishings; friendly staff."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Fantastic, delicious, amazing food! What a gem! Each dish was more tasty than the next. Try the avocado fries and the sweet corn risotto! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Sandwich shop by day, restaurant by night. Small but creative menu. Terrific tiramisu cheesecake dessert"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "What a great menu, and several things were truly delicious. We eat out in DTLA a lot and Fickle will definitely be a "go-back-to" place. Bone marrow, oysters, Yukon Gold potatoes, pork belly, and more....plus great Happy Hour beer and prices. Booze and food for two, including dessert, $88. Can't beat it!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Some nice interpretations on some classics. Potatoes were terrific. The Baked Alaska was a gem. Kimchee Oxtails and mussels. Who knew? The squash is worth a miss and portions were a bit meagre but overall worth a try. Wanna go back for lunch. They need a liquor license."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Came during happy hour and was able to try a few great dishes from the menu and indulge in good wine!"
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "We were totally surprised by how great this restaurant was! We needed to have an early dinner down in Japantown...and scoped out a few places. The food here is just delicious. Happy Hour was a gem! Highly recommended.....the grilled corn was amazing...kale salad....oysters....all around it is a new find!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "The hostess greeted us at the door with a warm smile and, although they were moderately busy, our reserved table for eight was ready-and-waiting. I ordered a beer; was informed that the draught beer was newly tapped and the server promised to bring me a cold one as soon as it was ready. It didn't come (oh well). The fried avocado had a lightly browned batter, but the sour cream dip could use a bit more zip. The shrimp w/scallops had a great balance of seasonings & blended well with the risotto. Suggest opening the shrimp to the tail (or remove it) to make it easier to eat. The flat-iron steak had all the zip one could want and it was cooked exactly as it was ordered. I recommend this dish! A good neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "The food was good but not great. The vegetarian risotto was a bit too cheesy and lacked a certain intangible flavor. Happy hour menu had some good finger foods that were unique and tasty. Nothing knocked my socks off."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "The reason why I would like to try this place again is because the service was outstanding. The owner even came out and talked to us and offered us a free dessert. As for the food, everything was tasty, but it wasn't enough for me to want to go back strictly for the good. I tried 5 dishes + oysters. They have a great happy hour menu and I would like to go back to try some more things before I make a real decision on whether or not I would keep this place on my restaurant roster."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Perhaps it was an off night, but I was a tad underwhelmed. It was a Wednesday night with very few people in the restaurant, and they were out of the wine listed on the menu, and there was about 5 minutes between when my starter came and the entree. My preference would have been for the kitchen to stage the dishes accordingly so I could have enjoyed the starter. The much lauded molasses pork belly was probably the most disappointing aspect of the experience, but I realize it's because I didn't read the menu carefully. I expected the pork belly to have a crispy skin, with some of the fat caramelized, but what arrived was soft fatty pork with a molasses drizzle. In all fairness to the restaurant, I did not share my comments with them."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "It is a good and small restaurant in Little Tokyo and you may may see see the eastern influence on the recipies. Food and friendly service. Original dishes. One negative comment: they have a convention with a nearby parking. You pay 7$ and of you stay in the restaurant up to one hour you get the money back ..... but in one hour even with an empty restaurant you cannot be finished. Hence be ready to play your 7$£"
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "The seafood paella and the mussel oxen were both very good. Would go back just for the mussel oxen. The avocado fries were also excellent, if a little heavy. Dessert was the low point of the meal, unfortunately. The hazelnut chocolate cake was a little dry and the rice pudding was bland."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "The menu here is very different than every other place in this particular section of town and was quite exciting. After sitting down I was given a small bowl of their special popcorn which is seasoned with Coriander, Cinnamon, and more. Since I was alone, I ordered only two dishes. the roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts were very well done and came with an aioli sauce for dipping which made the vegetables sing. The highlight of the evening for me was the other dish. This was called Local Asparagus and it is the most unique dish I've had in a long time. It was a risotto made with beets and asparagus, topped with fried Kale that was seasoned with salt, garlic and lemon zest. Absolutely outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "I visited Fickle under the recommendation from a few friends and really enjoyed my time there! I ended up trying the DineLA menu and was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. The dishes were savory, but still light and refreshing. Also, the menu flaunted some interesting dishes for all of you who are up for trying new things. Since we sat outside, we got a nice view of passerbys (though sometimes loud honking buses were not appreciated). Overall, the restaurant is trendy yet cozy - a definite good vibe for the younger crowds. Service was good too - servers are attentive, but not constantly in your business. I would recommend this place for happy hour, or for a dinner date with your romantic someone or even friend."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "Fickle is an excellent restaurant with some of the most delicious dishes! The Braised Short Ribs fall off the bone and melts in your mouth. One of the tastiest dishes on the menu. The Halibut is also fresh and tender. The Lamb meatballs are unrivaled and is perhaps the tastiest meatball anywhere! The service is attentive and the location is in the heart of Little Tokyo where the outdoor seating gives the customer a great view of the town. Great food, good service and well worth return visits!!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "Met some girlfriends for an early dinner and ordered from the happy hour menu. Every dish was delicious and the portions were generous. Wonderful friendly service. Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "The food was creative and delicious all at the same time. Scallops and shrimps were tender and juicy with a blended taste combining both the western and eastern cooking styles. Feel like exploring fusion food? Then Fickle is the place for you."
    Dined on 6/21/2013