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Lazy Ox Canteen
Lazy Ox Canteen

Lazy Ox Canteen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lazyoxcanteen.com
  • Phone: (213) 626-5299
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday 5:00p-11;00p Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Travis Chase
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd & San Pedro
  • Public Transit: Red Line Metro to Civic Center. Walk East on 1st and turn right onto San Pedro.

    Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District. West on 1st and left on San Pedro.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking along South San Pedro and a parking lot on the corner of 2nd & San Pedro.

    Lot is $5 after 4pm.
    Free parking on street Sundays.

    We do not validate parking or valet.
A word from Lazy Ox Canteen
Michael Cardenas (Matsuhisa, Boa, Sushi Roku) brings you seasonal, locally sourced global cuisine paired with craft beers and esoteric wines in a casual downtown setting at Little Tokyo's Sakura Crossing.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Totally gone down hill from 2 years ago, it must be the new ownership"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "From the valet experience to bored hostess and god awful food-just an overall terrible experience. There is clearly not a chef at the helm."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This visit to Lazy Ox was better than the last couple of times, when it seemed like the quality had slipped a bit. The polenta was excellent and the new pork chop was fantastic, although the mashed potatoes it was served with were bland. I was disappointed that the presentation of the rice pudding has changed, with caramel being drizzled on the top rather than served on the side--but it does save calories! I was also disappointed that the coffee presentation is no longer from the french press. But excellent food and a great time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I came here because of all the great reviews on their famous burger, but I think that it is over price. I order a medium rare burger, but it does not taste juicy. I don't have any good reason that can convince myself to come back and try the burger again !"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was mediocre. Overpriced for what it was. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Small neighborhood eatery with big restaurant quality food. Seems everything I've had on the menu is prepared with great care. Parking is a bit challenging, but I will go back."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "When you order an entrée, you expect a dinner sized plate filled with food. Instead at the Lazy Ox, you'll get a child size portion on a lunch sized plate that will still cost you $30. Everyone at my table felt they were under-feed. If it's the best bite in the world then one bite is enough, but the food at Lazy ox is not delicious enough to justify small plates. The lazy ox is lazy with their portion. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Amazing service but food not so great. The restaurant is also fairly cute. I would probably go for drinks but not food."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This used to be one of my favorite places but so many menu items have changed. There were not that many appealing dishes. I don't think I will be returning as there are so many other places to try."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We went with a travelzoo voucher and were really impressed by the quality and quantity of food provided. Can't wait to return and try out the regular menu."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I still enjoy Lazy Ox, but was disappointed on this trip to see they had gotten rid of my favorite brunch item--the biscuit with gravy. The Toad in the Hole was almost as good, fortunately. Also missing were the yams, but the polenta was tasty as ever. The wild rice omelette w/ragu was too bland and odd of a combination for me. The new chocolate waffle was a great addition to the menu, though. Finally, the service was okay, but we have so much trouble communicating with the Sunday waiter. The same thing happened last time. He needs to improve his speaking skills."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant since I heard some great reviews. I had family in town for my birthday and decided to take the risk of my very picky 9 yr old niece, 3 yr old daughter and selective husband there with my parents who were reluctant to try something new. Right away the service was fantastic. Our server was gracious and conscientious and though we had children with us he made them welcome and even became fast friends with them. He took the time to explain each dish and everyone had something they loved off this unique menu! Amazing time and I will definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Good food and nice place. All the small plates were delicious--mussels, lamb meatballs, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, soft shell crab, etc., etc."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Lazy Ox Canteen is a great before theater stop! Since we wanted to have an early, light supper, we (once again) made it a point to reserve a table for 5:00 on Sunday. We gave our server the heads up about wanting to leave by 6:00 to allow us enough time to get to the Music Center. Everyone was very courteous--took our beverage and food orders quickly and made sure we didn't order anything that would take too long to prepare. We had a great beet salad, wonderful cauliflower and broccoli, followed by piping hot baby back ribs and chicken wings. (The St. Andre cheese was spectacular!) Everything was fresh and delicious--all four of us really enjoyed every dish we ordered. It's a wonderfully convenient option for dinner downtown."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Were there on a Travelzoo special, we had previously been to their Japanese restaurant next door, Aburiya, also on Travelzoo special and both food and service were excellent. Severally disappointed with the Lazy Ox. Started with 2 appetizers, deep fried pig's ears and flavorful cauliflower dish, both excellent but things went down hills fast. Next was a Porcini risotto which have no flavor and wasn't worth eating. The entrée was a Hot Pot Seafood dish - the mussels, clam and squid tasted like they were cook in plan water with no seasonings and the 2 pieces of fish that were laid on top had been grilled without any seasoning - the dish was awful. The hot chocolate sundae was useless. We'll never go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "my husband and I went here before a concert at Disney Hall. The food was excellent. The service was ok; but could have been better. We had a "discount menu" and we both enjoyed all of our choices, and we would go back again"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the appetizers were impressive - the okra, brussel sprouts and caramelized cauliflower, were very tasty and different. The baby back ribs were quite mediocre, the seared tuna drowned in the dill sauce. The risotto is well done but nothing to rave about. The seafood hot pot is homey. I wanted the dessert to wow me but it didn't -- chocolate waffles with whipped cream and some ice cream."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "...found out after we went that the chef that put this place on the map has moved on. Too bad, I was really looking forward to an interesting meal. I had the scallops, my girl had a mix of apps. Nothing special."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We love going here early to avoid the high noise levels as the place fills up--noise is our only complaint because it makes conversation difficult. But the food makes it all worthwhile! The dishes are creative and almost always exceptional. Our all time favorites are the cauliflower and the creamy polenta but this time we also tried the Brussels sprouts and even my husband loved them though he doesn't generally. The house cured salmon was also delicious. The ultimate comfort dessert--the rice pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream! The ambience"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We came here for lunch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The dishes on the menu looked great - requisite roasted cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts. Salad with Hamachi sashimi, chicken and waffles. Everything came out timely and hot but not as fabulous as I remembered all of my past experiences to be. Everything seemed to be on the sweet side - an Asian-y flavor to the veggies, something sweet in my salad dressing. I remember their veggies to always be perfectly balanced and on-point. I got the feeling that I was eating in a Chinese restaurant - flavor-profile wise. The atmosphere is still great - warm and inviting - and the service was very good. I may go back again - the Saturday afternoon chef may not be the same as the dinner chef."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of small plates before an afternoon concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Best dishes were palenta with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, a delicious dish of pork and pouched egg served in a brioche and a to-die-for butterscotch pudding. The ambiance is casual, and the service very friendly . We look forward to trying their dinner menu."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I walked over here from union station. It's about .5 mile. Our reservation was at 1:45 pm on a Saturday. There were only two other parties of two in the whole restaurant. That seemed very odd. The food was incredible, edgy, and delicious. The side of bacon was the best I'd ever had. The menu is a bit limited but great. Highly reccomend!! Quick walk from union statin, courthouse, civic center."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a nice restaurant. The menu has a nice variety. The Valentine's course menu was a nice touch. Service on Valentine's was lacking, but I understand that such a busy night puts a restaurant to the test. I have previously been here on a regular night and service was excellent. Overall, I had a good experience here and I would definitely return (I enjoy their burger and pig ear chicharrones)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My favorite thing here are the chicken and waffles. I've tried other things and they are all good. Every Tuesday, menu items are half price for dinner. Best deal I've ever found downtown."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Not even close. The meat was good, but the bun was stale and too much bread even though it was reduced to a large slider bun. Oh, at $20 for 7 oz (1 oz less than a half-pound standard at most quality burger joints) the price was at the very high end of the scale. Not a deal; not living up to its prior write-ups."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Despite making an early reservation and being the second patron to arrive to an otherwise empty room, the table was very inconveniently located (literally behind a support pillar and in the least accessible corner of the room), with the only other choice offered similarly placed on the opposite end of the space. Food was OK, but nothing to write home about, the wine selection was limited, altho the "house" cabernet was acceptable, Service was spotty, food seemed slow in arriving. Not objectionably slow, but noticeably. Parking, as is almost always true Downtown, was somewhat remote and on-street. If you live in the area, and walk, not an issue, but if you are coming in from outside downtown, transit is a better choice."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were greeted by the chef. The menu contains lots of dishes we wanted to try. We ordered three dishes: a cauliflower starter, octopus, and black cod. All were delicious; really delicious. After doing a good job of restricting our calorie intake, we both had dessert. Lots of calories and worth it. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went because a friend of mine is a foodie. Like all such places food is way overpriced, with portions very small. Noise level (I guess some would call it music) was so loud that I could not hear conversation at my table. I just wanted a Red Robin burger, simple peasant food at reasonable prices. Not for me."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Nothing special, frankly. Short, uninspired menu. Friendly but unrefined service."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Seems like a fine spot, but I made the mistake of trying it for the first time during dine LA, which isn't a restaurant's finest moment. The pork chops I had was dry as a bone and bland, unfortunately, and there wasn't nearly enough of the red pepper puree to help. The butterscotch budino was good, but a little soupy and flooded with caramel sauce. The caramelized cauliflower and jalapeño brussels sprouts were both delicious, and I think my friend's burger was good."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Had the most delicious Brussel sprouts and silken pappardelle with meat sauce. The rice pudding dessert was also great! Service was great and it wasn't too crowded so could enjoy a nice leisurely 3 course lunch!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Yummy chicharones, Yummy shrimp on the stick and the pork chop was Pork Choppy. Would I do it again? Heck yeah! And the deserts were great. We shared the caramel one and the rice pudding and both were great so we spooned both of them into our mouths at the same time as they complimented each other."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Post concert LA Live and craving some late night food. The Lazy Ox is the place to go! Plenty of street parking and easily accessible from LA Live. Food and service are excellent."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I like the relaxed feel. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The beet salad was a great fresh entry to the variety on the menu. The wings and ribs where rated the lowest at our table. I want to try the waffles on my next trip."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Beet salad a must. The citrus in the salad held everything together perfectly. Bright, earthy and salty (feta). Polenta was smooth and comforting. The risotto was rich and toothsome. The place was busy but service was friendly. Beautiful dark wood interior. Made us feel like we were in our own private area despite the openness of the restaurant. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Have been to Lazy Ox several times, usually for lunch, occasionally dinner. Service is always great, and the menu has something for everyone from crispy pigs ear to fresh, seasonal salads and roasted vegetables. Casual, modern vibe."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for years. We sat outside on a warm January night before a performance downtown and shared plates and entrees. The salmon was exceptional, as was the entree of clams, mussels, and squid on basil pasta with squid ink. The true revelation of the evening for me, however, was the appetizer of caramelized cauliflower with pine nuts. While waiting for my companion, I sat at the bar with a glass of Lazy Ox cabernet (delicious) and friendly patrons invited me to taste their appetizer, chicharrones of pig ears. The whole experience seemed charming and special. Sit outside only if you are not offended by street people asking for change. I just consider it part of life in downtown L.A."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "There aren't very many options for dining in the downtown LA area on a Sunday afternoon. The food here is good, but overall disappointing because I expected great food from the reviews. I had the burger which is supposedly one of the best in the city. It was juicy and fine, but there was nothing special about it. My friends had the pork rib sandwich which had a vinegar-BBQ sauce. The pork was incredibly tender but the flavors were very subtle and again... nothing special. The toad in a hole was probably the best dish of the group. Also, the okra appetizer was very good. The tables are very close together so there was not much of an aisle for the waiters to get through, so they kept bumping into our chairs, which was rather annoying."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Lots of fun and unusual dishes, sort of a fusion of Korean, Japanese, Mediterranean and contemporary. Not everything was great, but fun new ideas and all definitely good enough. Yummy draft beers. Almost everything has a kick, which we happen to like."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We were seated then could not get a waiter to even take our drink order. The hostess came over with water but no waiter. We were almost ready to walk out when the waiter showed up----------------they only had 1 on duty to serve several tables. Great food but horrible service. This place needs 3 more waiters to help out. Would go back because the food was wonderful !"
    Dined on 1/4/2014