Third time there (once for lunch and twice for dinner) and it's been amazing every time. I strongly suggest any of their cheese plates with wine as they come with chutney, honey, nuts, and assorted bread-delicious!!!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have zero complaints. The
I have zero complaints. The food was great as always and our server Ed was outstanding. Keep up the great work.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our experience was great,
Our experience was great, our waiter was fantastic. The food was good but I must say some of the portions where a little to big. I had the lamb and it was very overwhelming. But over all the service was great. Would defiantly return and recommend.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Convenient for downtown dining,
Convenient for downtown dining, and with a really attractive outdoor area complete with large fireplace and other fire features. Patio suffers from traffic noise util about 7PM but is a nice place to dine.Plenty of heaters to offset the chill and designed for privacy from street views. Very attentive staff, and the menue is unusual, however a request for a special salad was promptly fulfilled. Lots of "small plates" but a good selection of full meals, too.Altogether satisying!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was phenomenal! I was not familiar with Kushi oysters but tried it anyway. We had the roasted brussel sprouts - disclosure - I hate brussel sprouts and something about the sweet currants, tangy blue cheese mixed with the potent brussel sprouts brought the best flavors out. The slow-cooked Wagyu beef short rip was melt in your mouth goodness. The mussels were tender and we devoured the bread dunked in its broth. Our bellies and taste buds went home happy! We loved the small plate concept which enabled us to order a variety of foods to share. The wines were exceptional.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the first time I dined
From the first time I dined at Le Ka, the food has gotten much better. They recently secured a new chef and he is very creative. Recently, the fish special was a grilled yellow tail with a pequillo pepper sauce. The service inside the restaurant is always good, but on the patio leaves something to be desired. Otherwise, a great place to visit.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the most beautiful
One of the most beautiful spots in LA---with an incredible modern fire place setting on the patio--very friendly waiter[Chriss]=====curry/tomatoe bass was sensational,as was the short ribs----my only knock,was the portions seemed small!-----JA.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a date...romantic
Great place for a date...romantic ambiance...
the food was modern american..i shared a few dishes w/ a friend
2. beef tartare
3. wagyu shortrib
the wagyu was def the winner of the evening!!! must order..
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The portions have grown at Le Ka!
This was my second meal at Le Ka. Last time, the food was brilliant but I was challenged by the miniscule portions--I had to order a second plate to be satisfied. This time I ordered and appetizer and a main, and had too much! So, the increase in the portion size is a very good thing.
That said, the food was outstanding. The grilled octopus was done just right--the combination of tender and chewy with a nice char. I don't usually eat pasta, but the gnocchi dish sounded great and it was--with rabbit and exotic mushrooms. It was really rich, but delicious.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good experience..service was
Good experience..service was a but rushed however.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't Be Put off the Side Items
Great food, so so sides and great atmosphere. Ordered the lobster roll and the ground short rib burger from the lunch menu. Main food item (sandwich and burger) were very good. Burger came with a side of fries and lobster roll and arugula salad. Fries had excess oil that started congealing on the plate. Salad had an oil dressing that was very, very heavy and had the flavor of an item that absorbed other food flavors, as in being in a refrigerator too long.
Overall food, service and atmosphere were good. Would go back.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great working lunch
Had a meeting with 3 client contacts and decided to have it over lunch. Le Ka worked out great because it was close to our two offices.
The noise level is such that you can have a meaningful business conversation, the food was great and the service was timely. Our waitress Jenna took the time to explain the menu and then was quick about getting everything once we had decided.
Best of all we were not rushed from our table, and stayed for coffee to continue our discussion.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch with a long time friend
Chose Le Ka because it was equal distance from our offices. We were met cheerfully and brought right to our table.
Our server Kristin was very upbeat and knowledgable. My friend has some health/food issues and needs to know how things are made and she was well versed with the menu. I had the Branzino and my friend had the Tuna. Everything was attractive and a nice sized portion and tasted great!
Our conversation went on and on and our drinks were refreshed, our plates taken away and 3 cups of coffee later we were still talking.
At no time did we feel rushed - I really appreciated that. Kristin was good about attending to us but allowing our conversation to flow. My only issue the music was a little loud for lunch, but we will be back!
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Birthday Dinner
Made plans to take my husband here for his birthday, based on strong Yelp reviews. Well, my Yelpers did not let me down -- Le Ka was all that and then some. I wasn't sure of how to pronounce the name (I just had visions of Stefan describing the "newest hotspot in downtown LA, Le Kaaaaaa"), but we enjoyed our time there immensely. Starting with the hostess who called to confirm my reservation and who made an effort to advise us regarding where we might want to sit, given that it was my husband's birthday. We ordered drinks (a bartender's choice) -- which were delish. The branzino and roast beef dish were to.die.for. So good. Oh, and we heard the server rave about the fries with garlic aoli and had to order some. We were not disappointed.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
FOOD: The Food was AMAZING!!!!
FOOD: The Food was AMAZING!!!! :) We ended up splitting a few entrees and a few sides, and everything we ate was super delicious. We will definitely be back to try out happy hour and dinner!!
SERVICE: Our Server seemed a bit over seated, but the manager helped us out, and it all turned out fine in the end. Lunch time downtown is tricky, the servers need to be able to come and take the order or you will never get fed.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Energetic with great food
An eclectic menu, from charcuterie to halibut cheeks! Well presented and cooked to perfection. The restaurant attracts a wide range of guests, from business people to couples on a date. It also has a nice patio with fire pit
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was decent but the portions were a little more slim than we're used to. Overall good food, good ambiance.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place was great. our
This place was great. our waiter had great personality, always had a recommendation and was always thinking of what we needed, before we needed it! The food was absolutely amazing. i was terrified by the marrow - but it was awesome! Don't forget dessert -after great appetizers and an awesome meal (Lamb, Ribeye and Salmon were all tried and didn't disappoint) - we tried a bit of everything and shared and it was amazing
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful decor & incredible
Beautiful decor & incredible dining experience
I want to return for their cocktails.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb Birthday Dinner
I arranged to take my partner to Le Ka for his birthday dinner. I had advised with my reservation that we would be celebrating his birthday, and the staff's attention to that detail was most impressive. The hostess welcomed us with a birthday greeting for him, and our outstanding waiter (Nogen) wished him happy birthday as soon as he met us at the table -- they had done their homework, very nice touch! The food was uniformly delicious, the service always attentive and impeccable. Even after we had had our own desserts, our waiter told us that the pastry chef wanted to offer a special birthday dessert, and presented a slice of a succulent chocolate mousse cake with candle as a finishing touch. A great evening-our thanks! We'll be back!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is pretty cool,
This place is pretty cool, charming and chic with great decor and ambience.
Food is delicious, drinks are great and service is friendly.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet lunch spot
Portions are a little small, so you might have room for dessert!
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was outstanding.
Food and service was outstanding.
Would recommend it to others.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
not as great as i had hoped
Two of us ordered from that DineLA menu so we basically had two choices for each appetizer, entree, and dessert. The 3rd friend ordered from the Happy Hour menu + regular menu. The food was not really that spectacular. Our server was great and the dishes were beautiful. But our favorite of the night ended up being french fries from the Happy Hour menu + the Prime Rib special. Other than that, the halibut was overcooked and dry. Desserts were meh/okay. Probably would visit during Happy Hour again only.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come here regularly as
We come here regularly as it's close to where we live. It has great design and the outdoor spaces are second to none downtown.
The menu is constantly changing and unique. It's reasonably priced and I've never been disappointed with the food. Usually, it's way above average.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I took advantage of dineLA week to visit Le Ka for lunch. The food wasn't just excellent, and a good value with the price-fix menu, but the staff went above and beyond the normal to ensure a pleasant experience. Congratulations to the staff and we'll visit again soon.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, Easy Valet Parking
My husband and I tried this restaurant during LA Restaurant Week and are so glad we did. The food was excellent, incredibly fresh and overall it was just a fun place to dine. The server was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions for drink pairings with our meal choices. We will definitely be going back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has to be one of the best restaurants I've been to in a while. Food was superb and the service impeccable. The overall dining experience was excellent. I highly recommend.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a great time dining here. I've been passing this place by almost three time a week after the gym to go home. I told my boyfriend that we should check this place out one day and we finally did before going to the movies. We didn't want to go anywhere super fancy but still wanted a nice vibe and good eats. This would be a really good happy hour with the girls or light dinner wih your mate. The waitress was also very good at suggestion the lamb appetizer and the halibut ( we had both). Fish was cooked to perfection with the right amount of seasoning and the lamb sausage was a party in my mouth.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went this Tuesday night and had an absolutely fabulous time. Great service, great wine. The kale salad was
delicious. My salmon was perfect and the bread pudding was to die for. Highly recommend.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good, service was attentive and professional.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for Foodie Groups!
I called ahead and managed to secure one of the private dining rooms for our group, which made the evening all that much more fun knowing we could cut loose. Our evening started off with drinks at the bar, which put everyone in a good mood between the great drinks and the stunning decor/ambiance of this beautiful restaurant that we learned was once a bank, and thus the high vaulted ceilings. We were not disappointed in ordering family style and polishing off every single dish. The lamb Merguez as well as steak tartare stood out; thin crust pizza was quite good too. Branzino fish and steak - served in a huge platter w/scalloped potatoes and rapini were excellent. Desserts did not stand out till we ordered and tried all 4, yum!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great place to meet a friend for happy hour downtown. Hh was good. Nice wines and carpaccio was ridiculously good. Stayed for dinner and the branzino was pretty good too. Not crowded at all on a wed night.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Spot to dine and hang out
A great menu that covers all tastes. Great ambience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates with big flavour
Four small plates were enough for the two of us. Excellent variety on the menu inventive with bold flavours and texture combinations. Wine list is very good and well priced. Some good selections by the glass, too.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, wonderful place to have lunch.
However, I wouldn't recommend the salmon because it was too salty.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Spot Downtown
Great addition to downtown dining scene. Very fresh tasting fare and reasonably priced wine list
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We tried several dishes and
We tried several dishes and everything on the menu was delicious. The chef uses an interesting mix of ingredients in each dish. The lamb sausage and the pork belly lentils were quite tasty. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and preparation and made several good suggestions. .
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience! They incorporated
Great experience! They incorporated my comments when making the reservation, were friendly, service was great, food and atmosphere fantastic. What to improve? 1. Although trying to be classy by boxing up leftovers and holding them up front (rather than putting bags and boxes on the table), this leads to forgetting and the hostesses (yes, more than 1) did not remind the patrons; if leaving up front, the hostess should be responsible for getting the leftovers into the hands of the patrons on their way out. 2. When making the reservation, Le Ka sent me a confirmation with a very negative sounding:
"This reservation is not eligible for Dining Points."
I would recommend but ONLY if your company matches the two fabulous women I took.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a great experience
great food, great service, upbeat vibe and energy and full competitive with other 'destinations' . Never been disappointed in over half a dozen visits
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. A nice find in LA. We'll be back.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service. Surprisingly good portions for a place like this. Food is fresh and high quality. Ambiance is perfect.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM