The food has always been great
The food has always been great every time I've come. The few items I've managed to order each time: pig ear chicharron, lazy Ox burger, and the rice pudding for dessert. All of them consistently delicious! Don't forget some great libations, especially the sangria and Hawaiian royal if you like the girlie stuff. Overall, great place but not so great for groups. Check out the happy hour! 5-7/10-close Sun-Thurs half off certain small plates and drinks.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
NICE SPOT I THINK A LITTLE
NICE SPOT I THINK A LITTLE PRICY WITHOUT THE DISCOUNT OR SPECIAL BUT GOOD FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE. THE BEAR SAMPLE WAS VERY COOL.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Much Easier to Get Into Now
Lazy Ox is no longer the "White Hot" restaurant that it once was but the food is still as good as can be. Much easier to get into and since it's not as busy as it once was, the pace isn't so crazy and you don't feel rushed like you used to. Treated out of town friends and spent almost four hours enjoying a number of dishes - Spring Risotto, Salmon, Gnocchi and Pig's Ears among the best of them. Service was terrific by all that served us and they couldn't have been more gracious about us being there so long. I love having them in the neighborhood and can recommend Lazy Ox enthusiastically!
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lazy Ox Never Disappoints
Have been going to Lazy Ox for over a year. It has a really great vibe, delicious food, excellent selection of craft beers...just a great spot, consistently. It's one of the places we take our friends who come in from the East Coast looking to taste something delicious on this side of town. We went for dinner there Tuesday night with some friends, and it was "King Trivia" night. We had a blast! We ate great food (Smoked Trout was killer and the ribs were smoked to succulent perfection), took 3rd place in trivia, and the service was phenomenal. Lazy Ox Never Disappoints.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
LA's Best Burger
Lots of delicious dishes but perhaps the best burger in the city.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some oddball stuff, plus things
Some oddball stuff, plus things like good chicken and burger. Interesting wine list with some unusual selections. Still sort of a trendy feel, but very pleasant. Nice outdoor seating now, which was great for on a warm day. Very impressed with the service for this kind of a place. And the neighborhood is trending up.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fabulous as always. Very interesting menu and extremely knowledgeable servers
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unusual and delicious food.
Unusual and delicious food. Outstanding happy hour value. Our beet salad-a happy hour special, was market fresh baby beets and much better than beet salad next night at Drago Centro.
Very attentive and informed service.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a fabulous birthday dinner
Had a fabulous birthday dinner with my family! Great service and food was excellent!!!!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch before the Taper matinee
Perfect location to sit outside and enjoy a leisurely brunch. Yummy and Interesting, but limited, food selection. The songs chosen by our server that day, playing over the sound system, were great. We entertained ourselves between chatting and eating by guessing each song title and artist before checking it out on Shazam.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
While the meal was good, the
While the meal was good, the rice pudding was the real gem of the evening. Also, the house sangria was a pleasant surprise, refreshing and interesting.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lazy Ox is now a perennial, and I think it had a bit of a downswing. But the new chef team (Octavio Becerra is some sort of exec chef -- not sure how much he's actually involved) it's back to being a great place: some of their classic dishes (that great burger), great family style specials and an innovative menu that is still somewhat in the style of the original chef (the guy now at Baco Mercat).
And sitting outside there on a summer L.A. evening is just perfect.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was very poor and
Service was very poor and there were about 3 homeless people who came up asking for money. However, the food was really great. Excellent happy hour menu.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great wait staff-not crowded
This is a really cool restaurant with menu items for even the most picky eaters. The pig ear chicarrones were delicious, the burger was just ok - not a lot of flavor, and the chicken and waffles came with a thigh although they were fried and breaded very well. It's inexpensive too. I will be coming back to try more dishes.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a two or a group!
I recently went to this restaurant for a birthday dinner with a group of ten. The food was wonderful, the service was attentive and friendly. I will definitely go back. Keep room for dessert, my friends are still talking about the chocolate chip cookie, the butterscotch dish and the rice pudding!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get the Croque Madame!
I've been here numerous times, mostly for brunch, and have written a few reviews, so I'll keep this short: the croque madame is outstanding--super rich, but worth every calorie. Great wine list, great variety of food, including vegetarian choices, friendly service...what more could you want? Oh, and beware, the new butterscotch pudding will haunt your dreams...
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even though I made a res w/Open Table we had to wait for 1/2 hour. Didn't mind though. The Staff kept us informed & bought us a round of drinks. Great leisurely dinner! Didn't feel rushed at all! Fun atmosphere as well.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gnocchi was very nice; the croque madame was good.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the dishes were perfect. Cauliflower, Octopus, Okra, Chicken Wings, Seafood Hot Pot. Everything was seasoned, arrived at the table HOT, and gluten free as requested (I was actually surprised that they accommodated this request). I will be going back again.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunched at Lazy Ox with friends.
Lunched at Lazy Ox with friends. Salmon was particularly tasty. Burger a bit disappointing. Service was great!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a good place to sit back a while and have a beer with some delicious food. They have a good selection of craft beers.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decided to try this out for restaurant week. Ran much later than expected for lunch reservation, they were very accommodating. He had the cauliflower, burger and OMGPARTYINYOURMOUTH. Butterscotch pudding. I had the polenta, pasta and rice pudding. Loved the food, great portions, the cauliflower was covered in pine nuts which I love. Went well with the creamy polenta. Could pass on the rice pudding.... I'm traditional with that. But we will be back for that butterscotch pudding. Good grief.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and delicious
Lazy Ox was a great surprise, because the food was so much better than I expected it to be. Although this place is pretty loud, you can have a conversation with your friends. The beet salad is the best!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and service
On Sun. my husband and I had a late lunch at Lazy Ox Canteen. We started with the beet salad and the polenta. The polenta was so creamy and delicious. Then we had the burger and fries for the main dish. The burger was great and the fries had yummy fresh herb seasoning. For dessert we had the amazing rice pudding. It is so creamy and wonderful. The service was very friendly and efficient. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends and go back again!!!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, innovative menu. Loved the pigs ears appetizer and roast pork special of the day. All dishes are good for sharing with friends. Very hipster vibe.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, terrible service
I've been wanting to try Lazy Ox for a few years now. Finally it was my chance to go. The food was really great, the service was terrible. I will definately go again for the food, but if the service is as lacking as the first time I will never go again.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer
Enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer and salmon for lunch. Nice option for interesting lunch fare!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is really excellent!
The food is really excellent! The okra was a highlight as well as the fish dishes. We were pleasantly surprised by how great the food was.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the chicharrones with Harissa sauce to the okra---exceptional. Also a good wine list at reasonable prices. Only raves among our 6 very diverse palates. Definitely will return.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great menu with tasty food, all was seasoned well & unique. I love this spot!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, food and space - have to go thru skid row to get to the place - LA please clean up your downtown
9/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
I would make it a regular spot to go and envoy food and wine
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food. We loved sharing all the different items on the menu.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and romantic!
My husband and I went here for our anniversary. The food was so good! We shared a bunch of small plates including the brussel sprouts, yellowtail sashimi (which came with fried cilantro, so good!), the baby back ribs, and the pickled mixed vegetables. Everything was awesome, service was great and the wine was delicious. Recommend trying the Spanish Grenache blend, sorry can't remember the name. All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got a voucher on TravelZoo, which dropped the price considerably. Had a great time. The burgers were delicious and the beer tasters were a great touch. We got the brussel sprouts and the shrimp on a stick thing and they were great. Highly suggest the sprouts. As far as the cost goes, I would never pay the list price, but with the travelzoo voucher it was worth it. Beware, meters are $3 an hour downtown.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
gr8 food. Cal inventive
loved the cauliflower. Lamb ribs great though inevitably fatty. good beer choices.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I went on
My boyfriend and I went on a Monday night, sat outside since it was a gorgeous night and it was pretty quiet with only a couple of table in use. The service we received was outstanding! They made you feel like you were friends, a part of their group. We had their chicken wings which were really good and their burger which was also really tasty along with some beers. By the time we left we were completely satisfied by our experience!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lazy Ox is very good
We were late for our scheduled time because of heavy traffice and the parking lot that we were going to use was under construction so we had to park at Weller Court. However, the restaurant accommodated us immediately and the service was very good (it was very busy.) The food was good too. I had the burger (a little too much pepper), but it was still very good. My daughter had the risotto and she liked it a lot as well. All in all, it was a good experience.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my friend here for her birthday dinner and it was exactly what we needed. We even made it before happy hour ended. We had baby beets, polenta, burger, porkchop and butterscotch pudding for dessert. Everything was great and the service was fast. Thank you for making our Sunday night dinner making it easy to think about work the next day. Xo
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid burgers and tasty beer
Solid burgers and tasty beer flight. Very nice service and cosy atmosphere
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not fancy, but really good
The food here was really unique. Odd combinations, but they really seem to make it work. A really varied selection. We ate nothing but the smaller plates and easily made a great meal of it, sharing everything. A great neighborhood spot.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The burger is amazing. It has definitely made my personal Top 5 in L.A. list! The beer flight was great, too. Unbelievably good service made the experience even more wonderful. The staff were happy to answer any questions we had about the beer and the menu, and checked to see if we needed anything; they didn't hover, which I appreciate, nor did they make themselves so scarce that you couldn't flag someone down if necessary. It was much less "transactional" than most dinners out--we felt right at home, and will happily return. If the rest of the menu is half as good as that burger, you're in for a treat.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. The only tough issue is the noise level. Had a hard time talking to my guests.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived early and shared the apple hazelnut salad. We then shared the lamb ribs and the asparagus, mushroom risotto. It was all excellent. Music was a little loud for quiet conversation but the waiting staff more than made up for any unpleasantry. The budino was possibly the best desert we have ever had! We fought like feral dogs for the final bite. We'd go back In a heartbeat.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Travelzoo deal review
I had two travelzoo vouchers that came with two burgers with fries and a flight of beer. The burger and fries were really good but the flight of beer was not that good. I could just not be that type of beer person. In addition to our order, we got pig ears as a starter. This was really good. It came with two sauces, green and red, which complimented the pig ears very well.
The cost of this place is like $$$, which I think for any normal food, such as a burger shouldn't cost $15. Luckily we did have the voucher deal but the meal still came out to a lot.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a Travelzoo voucher & they were so accommodating to our fellow diners who did not have the voucher. Plus staff is friendly & cool. And the food was definitely A+++ (one of my favorite Little Tokyo spots) get the budino dessert!!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The burger and french fries are amongst the best in town. Very nice little craft beer selection and beer flight too.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Sunday Night Dinner
Finding parking around Lazy Ox was a bit of an adventure in the cool night, but once we walked into the restaurant we were greeted by a warm and inviting staff and atmosphere. It was early in the evening but the music and kitchen action made us feel like we were in a late night setting. The staff was very attentive and answered all of our menu questions. "Good things come to those who wait" is aptly applied to the food-- it took a while for their signature burger and some of their starters to arrive but once we sank our teeth into our food we were amazed by the flavors. The burger was moist and the mixed salad balanced and refreshing. The panna cotta was even better! It was light and a great way to end our meal. We will be back!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good, but not mind blowing
Beet salad - Tasty, refreshing 4/5
Pig ear - Tasty, comes with 2 salsas. Not as crispy as I would have liked but still a solid 4/5
Baby smelt - Fried french fry length fish, I could have done without. 2/5
Caramelized Cauliflower - Nothing exceptional, it was fine. 3/5
Toad in a hole - Disappointing. The brioche was good but the pork belly was just hunks of ham 2/5
Baby Octopus - Salty, olivey, a bit tomatoey. Little flavor beyond that 2/5
Mussels - Pretty solid as far as mussels go but nothing that distinguishes it from any other place, 3/5
Butterscotch pudding - a sea of caramel, needs a lot more crunch 2.5/5
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A creative menu
The Lazy Ox has amazing food. We shared three appetizers with the cauliflower being our favorite. The Salmon entree was one of the best I have eaten. It had a crispy skin. The salmon was cooked to perfection. It was melt in your mouth tender.
Definitely worth the drive to dine at the Lazy Oc
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM