Kendall's Brasserie at the LA Music Center
A booster shot of Paris in LANot to overdraw, but walking in from the boulevards of LA one gets a whiff of Maxim's, or perhaps Vagenende -- just enough to reminisce and anticipate the food to follow. Good oysters, charcuterie, thoughtful wine list (had a nice little Lirac this last visit, where does one find that in the US?), even a choice of pastis -- though the waiter needed to get more comfortable with it, the barman knew his stuff. (The waiter didn't know what pastis was, and ordered up a gentiane instead -- but I repeat myself, where does one find that in the US?) M. Bosc (who cooked my 50th birthday supper 10 years ago) has his act together here, and I hope Kendall's Brasserie thrives in this space longtime.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMservice and foodThey got my group out in plenty of time (1.5 hrs) to make the event we were attending.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulKendall's is still great and one of favorites in Downtown LA.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMMade the concert more memorableGreat dining before the Walt Disney Hall concert. Everything was really good. Thank you.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA classiy place.Great place to have a fine dinning experience befor going to Disney Hall Music Center.We have only had lunch there but both time it was very satisfying and the restaurant is beautiful .4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWent before attending concertWent before attending concert at Disney Hall. It was such a pleasure to park, eat and walk over. I would recommend to anyone who was attending shows at Music Cenrt or Disney!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat staff, excellent andGreat staff, excellent and timely service prior to concerts, and relaxing and pleasant after concerts. The menu is uneven, with some appetizers and main courses excellent and others really tired. Even the same plate can be uneven, with splendidly prepared rotisserie chicken, excellent green beans, but then limp and tired fries. Soups are usually well designed and executed.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMI like the convenience ofI like the convenience of parking for the theatre and having a good place to eat prior to the show. You can't beat it...and it isn't that expensive...however, keep the costs down as $16 for a burger is a lot. I would prefer fresh - not grilled tomatoes and onions the next time, and a little smaller burger.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for pre/post theater diningKendall's continues to be our "go-to" restaurant when we attend plays at the Music Center. The staff is always efficient and friendly, the food is always good. We have
never been disappointed in all the years we have been guests here.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat French BistroPerfect location for meals before a concert or a show. Great French cooking at a modest price. Lamb was excellent, the flagoulet beans exploded with flavor, and the garlic flan that complemented the main course was inspired! I especially enjoy the wine selection at Kendall's. Every time I go to this place I am not disappointed.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful waitress. OverallWonderful waitress. Overall enjoyed our dinner, EVEN THOUGH the hostesses said they didn't have my request for a booth. First presented a table, then sat us at a booth, then told to move to another booth, because this one was promised to someone else. The Noise level is not really energetic - IT IS LOUD! I will tell people about Kendall's only if they are going to the theatre at the Music Center.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff is friendly andThe staff is friendly and courteous, the food selections are good and it's proximity to the Music Center makes it an easy choice when going to a performance.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery accomodating when I wasVery accomodating when I was late for a reservation and everyone got us seated and served quickly and off to a performance. I appreciate the effort and service! I will have to come back at a less hectic time.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMUp until recently I have notUp until recently I have not had any luck getting good food at Kendall's, but that seems to be changing for the better. I had Steak Tartare that was excellent with good flavored. Also would recommend the risotto which I have had twice and thoroughly enjoyed it each time so there seems to be consistency in the kitchen. Definitely the food has improved.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat spot before anythinggreat spot before anything at the WDCH or the Music Center4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food at Kendall's is aThe food at Kendall's is a lot better than it was a few years ago. It is quite a nice place to have a pre-theatre meal. My friend and I eat there six times a year, before our series, and the service is good, ambiance nice, and food good and getting better all the time.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for late-night diningGreat for late-night dining and after Theater or Opera!!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMNice table position. Excellent,Nice table position. Excellent, attentive yet not obtrusive service. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and the server brought some ice cream with a lit candle. Very nice gesture. Always a good spot before going to the theater.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty food, efficient serviceChilled tomato soup was excellent; so was the lobster linguine. Crab salad--a few too many layers of richness, at the expense of the overwhelmed vegetables on bottom. Drinks excellent and followed my to-taste directions very well. House wine also good. Efficient and friendly service, and very pleasant atmosphere. For convenience to a Disney Concert Hall show, and being sure to get there on time, two thumbs up.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA really good place to eatA really good place to eat before going to a concert at the WD centre. Good staff with prompt service and good food.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe short ribs were greatThe short ribs were great as usual but I missed the polenta and the fact that they didn't have chocolate sauce anymore for an off the menu ice cream sundae which I have had there many times before.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is consitently goodThe food is consitently good and the staff courteous, frienly and professional. This is a great dining choice, particularly if attending events at The Music Center or Disney Hall.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place is always the veryThis place is always the very best. Great food and great service.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time at the restaurantFirst time at the restaurant and we loved it. Excellent food and service. We will definetely dine there again.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent "before-theatre"Excellent "before-theatre" restaurant. Service is consistently good.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLuv Kendall'sGreat place for dinner before a show at the Music Center. Food was factastiuc - best Cosmo I've ever had as well! A bit pricey - but worth every penny.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food,outstanding service,Good food,outstanding service, and superb location when attending Taper or Ahmanson performances4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMTHE FOOD WAS REALLY GOOD.THE FOOD WAS REALLY GOOD. THE SERVICE WAS GOOD AND FAST..WORTH GOING TO FOR DINNER BEFORE CONCERT OR THEATER.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat pre-theater diningConvenient location for dining before or after performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. Food is good; staff is accommodating; service is quick; and restaurant is only steps from the theaters.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThey are so great about gettingThey are so great about getting everyone out on time for their theater curtain calls. The best place to go before the theatre.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIT IS VERY CONVENIENT FORIT IS VERY CONVENIENT FOR DINNER WHEN GOING TO THE THEATER.
IT IS EXTREMELY NOISY AND WE DON'T ENJOY THAT. THE TERM ENERGETIC DOESN'T MEAN WE LIKE IT BUT IT WAS THE ONLY OPTION WHEN ASKED ON THIS SURVEY. OTHER THAN THAT WE ENJOY THE RESTAURANT, ALTHOUGH WE WISH THEY HAD A FEW MORE CHOICES FOR THEIR ENTREES.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat fo before o9r afterGreat fo before o9r after "the show"
@ the MUSIC CENTER3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAt the Music CenterGreat spot before or after going to the music center- reservations are a must. Outdoor patio seating seemed good but inside its like Los Angeles in the 40's. the service was incredible, food was beautiful and the entire staff could not have been more helpful.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe dine here regularly beforeWe dine here regularly before performances at the Ahmanson Theater. This meal was beyond a doubt the best meal we have enjoyed here in many years. The Sea Bass entree was presented so beautifully that I wanted to photograph it. The taste was fabulous. The service could not have been more attentive and friendly. Everything was just outstanding. I look forward to a repeat visit.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and superbWonderful food and superb service! This is my favorite place to eat before a show and wonderful for after show drinks?3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food. Very good service.Good food. Very good service. Unfortunately, it was very noisy and had difficulty carrying on a conversation. Would definitely return, but request a different table.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMKENDALL'S BRASSERIE on GRANDKENDALL'S BRASSERIE on GRAND AVE at the LA MUSIC CENTER was the icing on the cake
and a wonderful prelude to the Performance I then attended at The Ahmanson Theatre.
The service was excellent.
Kudos to the Chef for my great "hot" Pea Soup and delicious, to die for
Braised Short Ribs3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's just a lovely place toIt's just a lovely place to have dinner, it's beautiful, the staff is great and food is out of this world.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMKendall's is great if youKendall's is great if you have theatre tickets. The food and wine are outstanding and it is ultimately the easiest answer for your evening as you can park early ahd get a good parking spot for easy exit, have a fabulous dinner, and then just walk to the theatre.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMKendall's is a win-win all-around!I've been going to Kendall's since 2003. Just love it and I have continued to bring family, friends, colleagues, and now my 7 year son loves it! Love the staff, food and ambiance and always will.
-Christine Smith3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and convenient but loudGreat location for Music Center. Food keeps getting better and better. But, it is extremely noisy, so a party of more than four is uncomfortable because of noise. It is not ideal even for four because you have to shout.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat vibrant ambiance forGreat vibrant ambiance for comfortable dining experience. Enjoyed the charcuterie and cheese choice starter. Menu offerings are varied and would appeal to a wide variety of tastes. We had a knowledgeable server and impeccable service. Great experience.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. Park once for the music center.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe chose Kendall's BrasserieWe chose Kendall's Brasserie at the Music Center to have a nice dinner prior to attending the show at the Ahmansans and parking early. On this occassion, we had prime ribs with Pinot Noir wine. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was friendly and many of the other patrons obviously had the same plans to go to the show and were in a happy mood. I would recommend others to do the same.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI've passed this place manyI've passed this place many times before hitting a show at The Music Center. Must assumed it was going to be a tourist trap. The food was terrific, and the staff some of the best in LA.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for pre theaterGreat place for pre theater dining. Great food and incredible service.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect spot for a beforeperfect spot for a before theater meal . . . either light or substantial as one prefers. I love their lump crab and avocado appetizer, staff is always pleasant and efficient.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe host welcomed us and askedThe host welcomed us and asked what time our concert starts - they are keenly aware that the diners need to be on time for their post-dinner shows.
The food (Lamb stew and Chateau steak) were all excellent and service was outstanding. We brought in a bottle of 2000 Bordeaux, and the server was nice enough to decant it for us - very professional.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter a poor experience onAfter a poor experience on our last visit - med-rare steak came med-well, they're back on their game. Always a great pre theatre stop.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMKendall's has a wide varietyKendall's has a wide variety of sumptuous items on its menu and the presentation and service are impeccable.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM