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  • Address:
    8360 Melrose Avenue #101
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    Neighborhood:
    West Hollywood
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $50 and over

ink. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mvink.com
  • Email: info@mvink.com
  • Phone: (323) 651-5866
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Voltaggio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Full buy out only. Please contact us for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: info@mvink.com (323) 651-5866

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kings Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet located on King's Road - $6 valet charge.
A word from ink.
ink. is chef michael voltaggio’s first signature restaurant. alluding to the idea of permanence, ink. endeavors to create an indelible impression with flavor profiles that are inspired by the myriad of cultures that make up the city of los angeles. Thusly, he describes the food at ink. as “modern los angeles cuisine” and aspires to create an experience that will repurpose the term “fine dining” for angelenos. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A celebrity chef is only as good as his food and this proves the point. Every dish was excellent but the highlight, of all things, was the amazing charcoal potatoes! Who knew? We loved the trout, octopus and everything in between but the simple potato is elevated to unseen heights here. Great drinks, attentive service and great location/atmosphere make this a top choice."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This was the second time we had visited and we have enjoyed ourselves both times. The food is great and playful, especially the octopus dish and the smoked potatoes. The sommelier was very helpful and friendly. I loved the bottle of Sylvaner he recommended. Overall it was very good especially for a Monday night out."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The food is really the star at Ink as it should be. 4 of 5 dishes we ordered were outstanding and creative. The absolute stand out was the egg gnocchi brown butter and hen of the woods mushroom dish. The octopus and Bronzino we memorable as well. So were the cocktails. We would definitely recommend and come back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Didn't really know what to expect but this turned out great. A bit experimental and/eclectic but great. Service was terrific and all food and dishes explained well and accurately. Have two picky teen eaters and even they found somthing to like. Kale and pig's ears delisious as was fried chicken (although not fried in traditional sense)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was quite delicious. Potato charcoal, oysters, octopus were all perfectly prepared and promptly served. The service was attentive and pleasant, but somehow, there is a "pacing" problem. We waited 20 minutes for our cocktails by which point our first 2 dishes had already arrived. Room is LOUD and tables are a little too closely spaced. Overall, a nice experience, but won't rush back any time soon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had our first meal at Ink. I knew next to nothing about the chef. Notwithstanding the waitstaff was friendly and very competent. There was no rush even though we were there on a Friday. The plate were carefully plated and had a wide variety of flavors and presentations. The constantly appearing kale dish was really good here as opposed to many other places lately where it is boring or drizzled. The wine, from Spain, was very interesting and good. We will return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Inovative preparaton of special ingredients. Deserves an exclamation point more than a period. Very flavorful, and great attention to texture and other details. The wine list is a bit off kilter, like the menu itself, and that is a good thing."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "one of my favorite restaurants in los angeles. not only is the food very avant-garde and reminiscent of the 5 star dining days, in terms of the beautiful presentation. the combination of ingredients lead to very memorable, and delicious plates! highly recommend taking your foodie friend here to impress them. when chef Michael Voltaggio is there, the quality of the food is even better and the service is even stronger."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Pretentious. Silly. I would recommend this place to grab a fancy drink at the bar and order a delicious dessert (the "apple" dish was the best part of the meal by far). The dinner food was too expensive, too ridiculous, too conceptual."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Was very pleased with the chances the kitchen took and I felt that they succeeded. The menu sometimes needed a question or two but our server was happy to explain, so feel free to ask or you may not know what you will get exactly. Somehow the smokey flavors of the dishes were a pleasant surprise . My Favs the Egg Gnocchi and the Branzino , excellent , the Black Potatoes were also a must try for different and flavorful. Thanks , Ant"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Party of 7 & we were treated like VIPs. GM took care of us & explained menu. All wait staff were attentive, knowledgeable & friendly. Hostess warm & welcoming. Not a snooty person in the place. GM noticed we were fans & took us to meet MV himself after our meal! MV & sous chef even signed my bday card! During dinner GM brought extra order of kale pops for the table "complements of the chef"!! Now to food & drinks- our favs: kale pops, hamachi, lamb belly, little gems, charcoal potatoes, quercia ham, egg yolk gnocchi. Side note-EVERYTHING WAS YUMMY! These were just the best. Market veggies fresh n tasty, beef cheeks tender, octopus tender & fried chicken w/ oatmeal good but a lil heavy. Drinks well made, balanced, & smooth. Must go!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Bravo. Overly inventive chefs tend to miss more then hit. Every dish we had was a taste sensation."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I was very surprised by Ink. The dishes where very creative, well prepared and the ingredients together where amazing. The charcoal potatoes, octopus (the best ever), apple dessert! The drink menu was really great as well and they had high quality custom ice and perfectly mixed cocktails. They even made a custom cocktail for me with gin, yuzu and ginger - yum. The staff was also amazingly helpful and efficient."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Wife's birthday 2 wks ago, we were blown away.Fans of Chef Voltaggio since Top Chef, had wanted to eat here for years.Not disappointed!Different eating experience, portions were relatively small, but we ordered several items to share.It worked well because we tried 10-12 items instead of 3-4.Some items were salmon, lamb belly, potato charcoal, beef short ribs, and lollipop kale. Apple and chocolate desserts.EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING, indescribable!Chef V is a culinary genius.Our server told Chef V we were fans and wanted to thank him, he invited us to the kitchen to talk even though it was a busy Fri night.Chef V was such a cool person he even took pictures with us! All in all, the best meal we have ever eaten and a night we will never forget!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I really enjoyed Ink. Service was impeccable and the food was innovative and most of it very good. I loved the oysters, Hamachi, and corn pudding. The only disappointing dish that I tried was the Octopus with ink pasta...both elements were a bit bland and unpleasant in texture. Would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This place never disappoints! The gems of the evening were the lollipop kale (w/ crispy pigs ear), octopus (sous vide & then grilled! The most tender, flavorful morsels!) and the smoked trout. Although old favorites like the beef short rib (w/ puffed tendon) helps to round out the meal. The servers were friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Hip, urban scene with unusual ingredients creatively paired. Oysters served with frozen mignonette and "oyster" leaves was a unique blast for an old favorite. Presentations were not artful, but taste combinations were highly conceived and enjoyable for the adventurous diner."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The charcoal potatoes are not to be missed. Loved the vodka punch - a great alternative to sangria"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A first class operation in every way. This is not your typical celebrity chef restaurant - all aspects are on point from food quality, beverage program, music and warm and attentive service. The food is inventive and delicious at the same time, employing twists on dishes that are inventive and effective without being gimmicky. If I lived here I would be a frequent regular."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food is memorable and delicious (order the corn and the fried chicken oatmeal). Cool vibe. Great service. And they have good, cheap croatian wine. Go check it out!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Conceptually lovely food combinations plated artfully, but the over-arching flavor across the three dishes was SALT. Also, perhaps the server slept through the evening's instructions, his parroted explanation of how to eat one of the dishes made no sense (we asked him to repeat it, even) and had he given it any real thought he should have come to the same conclusion."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Had seen all the great reviews, and Ink has been on my list to try for some time. Finally had the chance for my birthday dinner this week. Setting felt comfortable and familiar, our server was wonderful, extremely helpful and well-versed on each of the dishes. The choices were enough that there was plenty of variety, but not overwhelming. Each dish required some study, as the components and preparation were all fairly unique. The execution was really great. I can't say I loved each dish, but some were really incredible. A couple were a bit too adventurous for my palate, mixing flavors and textures in a way that somehow didn't resonate for me. So, on the whole, it was a great experience, and I will return."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Brilliant and Creative food that was delectable. Amazing service all around. Don't miss the Pork Dish with Apple nor the Chocolate Dessert."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Chef Voltaggio's "American Tapas" restaurant clearly shows why he won the TV competition a couple of years ago. There was not a miss in the 12 plates shared by our foursome and many of the dishes were memorable. Special standouts were the "Lollypop Kale," the Egg Yolk Gnocchi, the Charcoal Potatoes, and the Lamb Belly but the other 8 were just as good. My only quibble is with the service. We initially had a splendid waiter, attentive, personable and funny, but he left and was replaced by a rather chilly and snooty woman. Still, the food and the ambience were outstanding and had our original server stuck around this might be a five star review."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. This was my second time there and it was just as memorable as my first. The staff is great and the food is off the charts good. The charcoal potato and lamb belly are a must."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is by far one of the best restaurants I've eaten at. I continue to go back and the quality is consistent. Excellent service, spectacular food. My ONLY complaint is that they are not very friendly to those of us with a dairy allergy. Every single dessert lately has included ice-cream and they REFUSE to sub it out for sorbet which is kind of insulting when I'm paying for a dessert and I can't eat 1/2 of it because they don't want to sub sorbet. That's my only complaint...and quite valid."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "There are absolutely no words to describe how incredibly amazing Ink is! If you are in the mood to have your mind completely blown away then you should come here for dinner!! I don't even love in LA but find ways to make my way up there simply to eat their delicious food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "One of the best meals we had during our stay in LA, the food is amazing and the service was perfect."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Every plate was an experience. It created expectation"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food is small plates but pleasantly rich and by no means tiny portions. We shared 5 dishes between two people and it left just enough room for dessert, which was the only so-so part of the night. The egg yolk gnocchi was the definite must try dish with the lamb belly a close second. Next time we'll throw an extra meat dish and skip dessert."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was unlike anything we have ever eaten. Smoked trout first course, almost ordered another round. Salt and charcoal potatoes to accompany short ribs for the third course - as tasty as it gets. Dessert-mountain yams? Crazy, but my wife cleaned the plate. But...the second course of egg yolk gnocchi with hen of the woods mushrooms stole the show!! Runny egg yolk in each piece of gnocchi...HOW do they do that?!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our server had some great tips on how to order, we went with 3 lighter plates and 2 heavier plates (party of 2). Food was outstanding service was prompt and un-intrusive. My favorite was the lamb belly with braised lettuce, mushroom hay, and yogurt curd. Short rib was also tasty and presented beautifully with a table side pour of pho broth. We finished the meal with a light and fluffy banana pudding with chocolate ganache 'rocks' and a rich homemade chocolate ice cream with plantain crisps. I Will definitely return next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Delicious small bites served in a handsome venue by knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Great! The waiters are just super, they make you feel right at home and take their time to explain all the different dishes. Michael Voltaggio is a genius. He is an artist in the kitchen, creating canvases that elates your taste buds. The combinations are sensational yet affordable. Im going back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Exceeded (already high) expectations in every way. Adventurous and always delicious food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This place is remarkably friendly and accommodating, with every one of the wait staff eager to answer questions or guide you through the menu. We sat at the bar since we arrived early, and like the setting there so much we decided to give up the private table, and eat there instead, having plenty of room. Gnocchi with mushroom butter is an absolute! So is the beef tartare. But I don't think you can go wrong with any item!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Took my team out for a great dinner at ink and got exactly that. We almost had every item on the menu and for exception of one dish everything was AWESOME! Thanks to everyone from the chef to our servers for a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the experience, the dishes were creative and delicious, with great presentation. The downside was that I found the ambient to be too noisy because of the sound of the music and the people talking which made me feel in a bar and i was expecting a place more focused on the experience of dining, but still i loved the experience, definately recommend this place to a friend and next time I'm in LA I'll make sure to drop by again."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My mom, who has eaten and will eat anything, did not want the octopus. Long story short, I convinced that we needed to order it, and she loved it. Great combination with the fennel, and it was cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Ink. continues to be a fantastic restaurant. Lots of creatively goes into every dish and I'm never disappointed. They have a great bar with unusual drinks as well."
    Dined on 2/22/2014