McKay's
McKay's

McKay's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mckays.usc.edu/
  • Phone: 2137434111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 6:30am-10:00am Lunch: 11:00am-3:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm-10:00pm Lounge: 11:00am-11:00pm McKay's Restaurant is open on Sunday's for breakfast from 8:00am until 11:00am. The lounge is open from 11:00am until 5:00pm serving a limited lunch menu.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exposition
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Validated valet parking is free for two hours; a ticket must be obtained from the valet attendant. There is free three hour parking in the parking structure adjacent to the Radisson hotel; a ticket must be obtained from the parking attendant, and you must park in the designated McKay's parking spaces.
A word from McKay's
Pre-game, post-game, no game, McKay's is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner to enjoy some of L.A.'s finest food and good cheer with friends. Created in the winning tradition of a warm and friendly destination to celebrate a victory or prepare for the big game, McKay's lives and breathes the heritage and championship atmosphere of one of the game's greatest personalities.
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McKay's reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (10)special occasion (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Close to Museums
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    McKay's is a great restaurant for lunch after a visit to the Museums. Good choices of food. Reasonably priced. Been there before with my group and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A wonderful selection of sandwiches. Great soup, and a fine and professional staff make this a most pleasant dining experience! And it's quiet!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laurapv82
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I pciked the restaurant because is was close to USC for a business meeting. The restaurant was only 1/3 full. Service was slow...but the food took about 1/2 hour to serve...way too long! The food was moderate to good. I have been there before and the service and food delivery was slow then. I am not sure I will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A quiet place for conversation and good eats! Yummy French fries!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is spectacular. Everyone with smiles and happy that you're there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Decent
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was decent but nothing outstanding. Dessert was quite good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A quiet hang out for USC folks and others, like me! Very friendly staff, great soups, big portion sandwiches and yummy fries!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Quiet and out of the way, but worth repeating. This was my first time for dinner and it was quiet, the staff professional and friendly and the food, excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the McKay's reviews archive.
  • A handy little find
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Essentially a hotel annex restaurant but one that serves as mainstay on football weekends at USC. Handy parking and an uncommonly pleasant crew augment a serviceable spot for lunch or dinner. Informal atmosphere and consistent preparations on a straightforward means you know what to expect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice end to the day
    sallyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We went for dinner at the end of a very long commencement day; food was ok, calamari and scallops were from frozen so a bit tastless, entrees a little disappointing. Service was great though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fight on!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I love this place. THE best coffee, ever! I. Wish they had breakfast nachos again, :-(
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great until it came to dessert
    Tableau
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    McKays, next to the Radisson Hotel, is a good choice if your are attending an event at USC (as we were). Our server was super, the calamari appetizer was delicious as were our main courses--but our party of three had two different desserts and both were subpar, especially for a pricey restaurant. it was a tad noisy but still ok for a conversational level. We've been here before and will dine here again -- but they really need to work on the desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Christine
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    McKay's was perfect for our Anniversary celebration. We had the steak dinner, which was cooked to our specific request. When we are in the area again, we will be coming in for sure. Thank you for making our evening romantic and lovely.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Near USC
    RSHmd
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Hard to find decent food in a nicer restaurant near USC. Fast food abounds, some of which is tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you are in a hurry, this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    If you are in a hurry, this is not the restaurant for you. Great ambience and food, however, expect to wait for the food to be served. The parking validation is helpful. Nice comfortable lounge area with large TV screens. Great for the sports enthusiast and on game day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was excellent! Food
    LSMFT
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Service was excellent! Food was very good. I chose the muscles and they give you plenty for an appetizer which I had as my main course with a side of vegetables. My friend had a delicious steak burger! To top off we split the Mud pie brownie that was delicious! It was not noisy as previous diners had stated. Probably because it was early and not a sports crowd that night. It was a nice evening on our way to the Taper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste buds love
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentines Day. The food was phenomenal, the drinks were delicious, and the chef was very welcoming. We had a fabulous time at a great price. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the big game
    trojan4ever
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had dinner at McKays prior to the SC/UCLA basketball game on Saturday. The place was jammed with Trojan fans. We ordered drinks and our dinner and we were served and ate in plenty of time to get to the game. The waitress did a great job getting us our order in a timely fashion. The restaurant was buzzing with fans going to the game and it seemed everyone were served in a timely fashion. Our Greek Salad and Burger that we split were both delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good restaurant close to Galen
    SoCalTravelerVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We went to McKay's before a UCLA - USC game at Galen. Parking in USC parking facilities, $10. We had a reservation, essential for game night. I had the hamburger, very good. DW had the chicken sandwich, which she reported as a little dry. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a pre-Galen Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great for a pre-Galen Center event or a USC Trojan fan. Hamburger is good... Service is challenged pre-game. Festive crowd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We, absolutely, loved our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We, absolutely, loved our lunch. The Lobster Roll was heavenly! The dessert, both the Creme Brulee and the the Mudd were scrumptous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McKay's Resaturant
    gosumi
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    McKay's is a very convenient meeting and dinner place. the noise level is a bit high to hold a conversation is you have a group larger than 4. the food and selection is excellent, but a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    USCHerb
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    McKay's is an enjoyable locale at USC. A hospitable and enjoyable dining experience when visiting the campus and wanting to have an "adult" meal off campus. Food selections are ordinarily excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Awesome birthday celebration lunch. Chef Mike was on fire! All of us enjoyed what we ordered and will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    MonaLisa
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Great spot for Breakfast! Always quality service and food!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • McKay's was a good choice
    BrigVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    McKay's was a good choice for an adult dinner in the USC area where quiet restaurants are somewhat sparse. The food was mostly good, but one of our party found both dishes he tried to be over-salted.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MCKays
    Patrick
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Great place to go before a USC event. Well organized with quick service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch if you're
    MarinaGal
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Great for lunch if you're in the area. Food is good and not too expensive. Parking is free in the parking structure behind the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better service, please!
    vkdines
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Arrived on time for a noon reservation. Lovely restaurant, nearly deserted at lunchtime on a Monday. After almost immediate initial drink orders and fairly quick delivery, we waited nearly 30 minutes to place our orders--even though we were they waiting for our 5th person (who arrived 25 minutes late), the staff might have asked if the rest of us wanted to order. We then waited another 25-30 minutes for our food. When it finally arrived, two of the five orders were wrong (salad instead of fries, wrong bread on one of the tuna melts). Our actual eating time was rushed, as several in our party had deadlines. Not a relaxed dining experience!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    gosumi
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    McKay's was an excellent place for meeting with friends at USC. It was quiet enough for holding a conversation and the service and food were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sofia Birthday
    LVElectricman
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Good food, lobster roll and the fish special were very good. The desert well that's another story, Banana Foster is GREAT and the others were just as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waitress error
    Dtshellybrown
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    There were 8 of us in our party. The waitress acknowledged when she brought food out that she had forgotten my husband's burger. It was 20 minutes before it arrived. She could have comped his meal or offered him a dessert. She did nothing but her tip was still included because we were a large party. It was awkward and I don't think we'll go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet and sophisticated
    DiaKrieg
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    I needed a place where I could take my 82-year-old mother, whose physical limitations make stairs and crowds unpleasant. In a college neighborhood where senior citizens are rare, McKays fit the bill perfectly. Seating was ample, waitress was patient, noise level was low. Too bad X-factor happened to be filming right next door at the Galen Center -- traffic and parking were nasty. But inside McKays, an oasis of calm. And the chicken & waffle sandwich -- a revelation!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient restaurant near USC
    fsa92480
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    The décor is nice, the service was great but the food was mediocre. I came here for lunch several times in the past and enjoyed the food so I thought I'd try it for dinner. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. I had the sake salmon and couldn't taste the miso and I didn't like the forbidden rice at all. I had tiramisu for dessert and it was thick and heavy and dry. I don't think I will go back for dinner but may go back for lunch due to its location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst waiter ever
    diner11
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Not many options for dinner near USC/Shrine, but don't go here! One of the worst dining experiences in memory. The food was edible. But the worst part of the experience by far was our waiter. Rude. Didn't check on our order, which took forever, and got annoyed when we asked him to check. At the end of the meal he literally threw the check onto our table, without even a "thank you." The only good thing about the entire experience was the young woman filling the water glasses. Polite, pleasant and hard working. She noticed that our food was taking forever and asked if we'd like some chips to tide us over. They should let her wait tables and ditch the other guy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was a slow night so no atmosphere.
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Was a slow night so no atmosphere. Typical old fashioned hotel mediocre restaurant w/mediocre food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet and tasty
    outoftowner
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    My husband and I are staying at the Raddison at USC and our first night decided to make life easy by going to the hotel restaurant. It was very quiet--maybe a little too quiet as there were only a few other diners besides ourselves--and the service was pleasant and efficient. We both ordered pasta dishes and have no regrets. The "Shrooms" dish was particularly delicious, although not as good leftover. The portion sizes were large enough that we both brought some back for a late night snack. The prices could have been a bit lower (about $16-$20 per person) but the overall experience was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent. Two
    USCMuncher
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    The food was excellent. Two of us had fish (salmon and sea bass) -- great sauce on the sea bass. Third person had a pork chop which was cut very thick. I think two thinner pieces is better rather than one thick piece. Can enjoy the flavor more easily than fighting with a large piece to chew.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only dined there because I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Only dined there because I was staying at the Radisson USC with a group and I didn't want to walk in the area and Patina was sold out or I would have taken a cab to that great restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Lunch at McKay's
    Lunchtime2Dine
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    We wanted to lunch at a nice place near downtown - McKay's is wonderful - great location, on Figueroa, near USC. Good parking and it's free if you say you're having lunch at McKays. Nice menu - lots of variety, from salads to sanwiches and entrees, too. Friendly service, nice atmosphere, moderately priced and the food is delicious. I definitely recommend it, and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate