Roadhouse LA at the Improv
Roadhouse LA at the Improv
  • Address:
    8162 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Neighborhood:
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under

Roadhouse LA at the Improv

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://roadhouserestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3236512583x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Schutte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: RoadHouseLA is attached to the world famous Holywood Improv.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Melrose and Crescent Heights
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Meters with limited street parking available
A word from Roadhouse LA at the Improv
Adjacent to Hollywood’s historic Improv Comedy Club, Roadhouse LA is BBQ with a modern twist, combining farm-to-table ingredients, global influences, and innovative techniques. House specialties include Pork Ribs with ponzu barbecue, boiled peanuts, pickled peaches; Local Halibut with Root beer leaves, succotash, roasted garlic butter; Smoked avocado and burrata salad; and Root beer-cured bacon with vanilla-scented eggs. Roadhouse LA features craft cocktails and multiple flavors of authentic Moonshine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Roadhouse LA at the Improv reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
40% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Beware...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The original people behind Roadhouse LA have left. It's now being run (very poorly) by the Improve.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice little find.
    gigi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We made reservations here so as to get priority seating at the Hollywood Improv. I was expecting standard bar food. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Unique combinations of ingredients were delightful. We tried all different things - great burger, corn bread pudding, and watermelon salad. The deviled eggs are a must. I wouldn't hesitate coming back next time I'm in town. Reasonably priced good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A different take on BBQ.
    VisitingfromMaine
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I visited the Roadhouse to get preferred seating to the shows I was attending at the Improv. I wouldn't have visited otherwise, &I think I might've missed out, were that the case. The first time I visited, I was with a large group of friends, and that would be my recommendation for this dining experience. It wasn't much fun just by myself. There isn't a whole lot of décor to keep your eyes occupied, &no entertainment beyond the very loud music. The portion sizes on the menu are much better for sharing than for one person as well. The food is eclectic, new takes on old favorites. Highly recommend the Punjabi Poutine, the Caesar salad&the Short Rib burger. The pork ribs didn't have enough going for me, but I really liked the pickled peaches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not return
    Notgood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was grossly over priced and wasnt even that good. Ordered lamb and it was way over done and the calamari was way under cooked. Also had a caesar salad that did not taste very good. Even the bartender did not know how to make many popular drinks. I would not return or recommand this restaurant.
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  • BBQ and Comedy
    unhappyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very good food and casual/fun environment. It is connected to the Improv, but worth going to anyway for the smokey ribs. If you have tickets, you get front row seating and dinner counts as you "two drink minimum" - which we did. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun!
    jazzhands
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Really had a nice time. Great meal, service, drinks...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    marie1439
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I had a great dinner and got great seats for the show, right next to the stage.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service not so great.
    EastWestdiner
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Interesting menu and well executed. Service was disorganized. Servers entered the dining room trying to figure out who ordered what. My husband's food was served well in advance of mine, we had to finally ask where my entree was. Disappointing, will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't be afraid of the cost!
    Babbleon
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The small plates can be really small (root beer bacon---who doesn't love bacon?!) or pretty decent (chicken wings) -bith dishes were great, as well as the fries. Yum! The larger plates like the chicken cesear salad was a nice big portion. While I had read great reviews of the creme brule mac & cheese, it wasn't up to my liking. I will, however, be going back to try more dishes! Can't wait to see the fantastic, very patient waitstaff :) great job all around!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 10 reviews are from the Roadhouse LA at the Improv reviews archive.
  • The South Meets the World
    chephstephVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We really enjoyed the Road House. Our waiter Michael was terrific. He told us all about the cocktails and dishes on the menu. I loved my choices. I can't remember the name of my cocktail, but it was really good. The smoked avocado with burrito and pickled raspberries was outstanding, but the stand out was the lamb! OMG! It comes as an unctuous, flavorful lamb shoulder and meaty lamb ribs along with cute little risotto balls. I saved the rest for lunch! My husband loved his pulled pork torta and the amazing cornbread pudding. The only thing they need to work on is timing and dessert. They have 3 pies, and ours was awfully sweet. Otherwise, we loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing/Unique Flavor Combinations
    MarkESackettVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This chef gets it! Very odd and atypical flat or combos and ingredients! The briskit was moist and amazing but the sides even better and make sure you order the Cornbread it is like a spoon bread and is spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Global BBQ
    SoapyMcGee
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The Roadhouse is great. The food is described as modern global cuisine and is outstanding. We tried the Punjabi Poutine, the pulled pork, the wings, and the Jamaican jerk chicken. The entire staff was super friendly and helpful. I highly recommend going with a group and seeing a comedy show after, which is adjacent to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing show , ok dinner
    RJVogel
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I took my wife for our Anniversary this past Friday . The seating and candle light dinner was cery . The service was awesome and very helpful . The first thing I noticed though the food was not very good . It was cooked perfect but the wings and the ribs were so plain. The French fries were amazing but I didn't care for the seasonings on the other two plates. The other problem was the show ran almost an hour late . Which we found ourselves falling asleep . But besides the food the service, bar and entertainment was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was excellent. The waiter was very knowledgeable, and his recommendations accommodated my preferences and tastes; therefore, the waiter was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food! Service Issues
    Shirazla
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We got there, were seated immediately as it was not that busy yet. However, No one came to serve us. 2 other tables were seated and given drinks yet no one came to ours. I had to go up to the manger and say hey can we at least get some water. Finally someone came and then the food came out quickly. We got the chicken, brisket and Mac & Cheese! It was perfect for two to share with some leftovers. The food was amazing. Besides the first issue with someone serving us I would totally recommend and go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Pre-show Meal
    FBVet4U
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Time has apparently been put to good use for Roadhouse LA's highly conceptual international BBQ menu. We dined early to secure reserved seating at the Improv. Fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    ProfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The bar is amazing ..Shannon our server was wonderful ..the gentleman who delivered our dinner was so informative ,,,,but the best part ? Kyle the chef ! Brings some of the terrific food he makes to your table.. Everything could not be better
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try everything
    Bluze131
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    By chance, we decided to order 4 small dishes instead of 2 entree dishes to split, and it was the best thing we could have done. The food was delicious and everything was so unexpected, taste-wise. They have some interesting twists on bbq and grilled food that is really out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    If you're going to The Improv, you owe it to yourself to check out Roadhouse - and ABSOLUTELY get the Mac and Cheese!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.