Lazy Ox Canteen
Lazy Ox Canteen

Lazy Ox Canteen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lazyoxcanteen.com/
  • Phone: 2136265299
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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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Lazy Ox Canteen reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (15)good for groups (10)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Too salty Too quiet
    WinerDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Warnings went off when the small restaurant was not even half full at 8pm on a Saturday night. There were two of us and we were squished into a small 2 top by a divider when there were only 3 other tables full and only one walk in after us. Red Wine tasted like it had been opened a while or not properly stored. Cauliflower app sounded good but was overly salty and soggy. Lamb meatballs were good. Black cod tasted over fried in grease that needed to be cleaned out. Terrible. Fish on other dish average though squid ink risotto was nice. Over all food lacked love and overly salty and greasy. Total disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining
    Sherdomc
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Before taking my wife to see a play we stopped for dinner at the Lazy Ox Canteen and the entire experience was great. Great service and the food was on point. To top it off, we ordered the chocalate cookie desert and it was incredible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You guys nail it every time
    atrisktravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food is consistently good. Price is very fair for the quality of food. You should eat here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly staff, terrible food.
    PrevsVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Maybe it's because we used a discount coupon, but my steak tasted like it was well past its "sell by" date. The fries with ragu was okay -- an Italian take on chili fries, so hard to mess up. The caramelized cauliflower tasted sour -- it needed sweetness which wasn't there to play off the sourness. Even with the discount, it wasn't worth the money. One bright spot... our beers were awesome.
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  • Off night?
    Celloplayer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our experience this time was mixed. Service and atmosphere were great. I ordered the scallops which were spot on. My guest ordered the seafood hot pot and it fell short from a previous dining experience. The shrimp, squid and clams were over cooked. Also, the size of the clams and mussels were significantly smaller than last time. The fish was of good portion size (2 pieces) and cooked well. Maybe we went on an off night, but seafood hot pot fell short tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good eats
    pansaloca
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was really good. The service was great, and the place had a good ambiance. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Will not return
    Hobbie16
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was here two years ago and I loved it. Time changes things: the food was unremarkable (the vegetables as appetizer were undercooked -- the black cod as main course was good. The ambience too noisy- I asked three times to lower the music volume. The service not very attentive (they forgot my drink). Thre are way better choices for the money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful.
    Pipperdog
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful food and wonderful service. And a very pleasant surprise - food was half price!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    lawoman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I think this restaurant has gone downhill since I was here last a couple of years ago. Food was disappointing and mediocre although service was attentive and good.
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  • I'll be back
    JxA0
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My date and I had a good time talking and enjoying the daily specials that the friendly waiter recommended. The black cod was our favorite of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints.
    chicken
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    If you love good innovative food you must try this place. The hamburger is seriously delicious. I believe they make their own mustard, it is excellent! I have tried several things on the menu and have never been disappointed. The Ox is comfortable, tables are not too close together, staff always looks happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing burger!
    vanessa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here after hearing they have one of the best burgers...and they really do! The burger isn't one that needs a lot of gourmet toppings (the cheese and sauces provided on the side are just flavorful enough without being overpowering). The meat is SO good because you can actually TASTE the beef (unlike some burgers where you just taste the toppings, cheese, etc). It tastes like a steak made into a burger :) The fries are excellent and the caramelized cauliflower is incredibly addicting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KyongVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    foods is poor. Interior is terrible, their open time at lunch is 11:00am, but they are still not in a shape at all and are still cleaning the table. I do not want to go there anymore, never. This restaurnat should improve their food first.
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  • Outstanding Experience
    timetoeat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our DineLA experience at Lazy Ox was fantastic. The servers helped me right away. I was waiting alone for two friends to show up. They seated me immediately and brought 3 glasses of water to the table even though my friends had not yet arrived. It was easy to choose our meals since the menu is limited. The food came out together. One friend had ordered a different entree (the salmon, while two of us ordered the burger), and a waiter came to tell her that her food would take a little bit longer, so he had brought a complimentary salad dish for her so that she'd have food in front of her. If that's not exceptional service, I don't know what is! The food was delicious, and the servers were attentive (we always had our water glasses full).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must try
    Repeatguest8VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    From the outside, it's not what you expect...but it's so good! Try the chiccarones and Okras. It's really a neighborhood gem. Decent wine list. You can tell the Chef is really talented and creative. Tried the rice pudding today and loved it. It's not overly sweet and just a touch of cinnamon. Lamb meatballs was paired to perfection with the arugula and farro. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great deal for dinela!
    lilypad74
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was good. Fantastic portions for your money's worth. Service was excellent. No complaints. I give it 2 thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    DineLA week menu. Carmelized Cauliflower starter was perfect, not too mushy,not too raw. Parmesan crusted salmon, large serving, tasty. Brusselsprouts side, ok. Dessert rice pudding not my fave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    hollyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Ate here for DineLA - a real bargain and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Wonderful Saturday lunch
    live2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I had gone to Lazy Ox once before for dinner. It wasn't a great meal, but it was good enough to make me want to give it a second try. I went for the DineLA lunch menu. The okra, the hamburger and the rice pudding were all very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as it used to be
    Mrekim
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been here before and the tapas selection (mainly just appitizers) was great. This time, the menu seemed very limited and we had to wait an extraordinary amount of time for our dishes to show up (more than 1hr for the entree and 2.5 hrs for the entire course). The acoustics of the place also amplified large parties and made it difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Meh
    Fo0dcr1tic
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was too "hipster" for me. The food was alright. And the service was a bit slow. The water girl looks like she needs a few meals.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good
    angela
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was good, but it took forever to come out. They were genuinely apologetic, though. Overall okay experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food for a great price
    atrisktravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The quality is something you would expect to find in one of the expensive chic restaurants, but at a neighborhood price. Like it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Downhill
    AlanvvVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Totally gone down hill from 2 years ago, it must be the new ownership
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 413 reviews are from the Lazy Ox Canteen reviews archive.
  • Get a Chef
    Dinealot
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Back to the previous excellence
    RevZ
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burger fan
    VCWCH
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was mediocre. Overpriced for what it was.
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  • Consistent quality
    atrisktravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When will small plate trend fade?
    smorgasbord
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Food Needs Improvement
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Amazing service but food not so great. The restaurant is also fairly cute. I would probably go for drinks but not food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Peta
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • karenjos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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  • Not as good as it used to be
    RevZ
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time had by all
    TGonz
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    downtownsteve
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Good food and nice place. All the small plates were delicious--mussels, lamb meatballs, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, soft shell crab, etc., etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, Fun, and Convenient
    gramiko
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty!
    Lindlou
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Poor Food
    Sigma63
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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  • expectation > actual
    makan2
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
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