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Scratch Bar
Scratch Bar
  • Address:
    111 N. La Cienega Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90211
    Neighborhood:
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Scratch Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scratchbarla.com
  • Phone: (310) 289-8010
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Phillip Frankland Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Restaurant is available for your next business or personal function
  • Private Party Contact: Phillip Lee (310) 289-8010
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Sunday Scratch|Bar hosts OPEN MIC NIGHT where Chef Phillip invites a Guest Chef to take over the Restaurant for an evening!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilshire
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We share valet w/ Matsuhisa next door.
A word from Scratch Bar
Scratch|Bar has drawn praise from the LA Times for its "highly inventive dishes" that are a "surprising contrast to the informal surroundings" of this new neighborhood bistro.
Chef Phillip Lee brings a 'from scratch' focus to his food (Gayot.com).
Makes for a fun dinner experience (LA Times)
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Great meal by a superb chef. Every bite was wonderful. Creative, flavorful, clever, humorous. We had the 6 course tasting menu which was plenty of food for us even with at least two dishes being one bite. My favorites: the prawn, the shooter and the cauliflower. My wife would have included the chicken and waffle. We had the squid in a box and the duck - both excellent. Still not a full liquor license but the sake based cocktails were fine. The wait staff were knowledgeable and fun. Didn't want a full glass of wine for the 5th course (before desert) but it was a wonderful gesture when the waiter surprised us with the gift of a half glass of wine to go with our main courses. The chocolate bar desert topped off a fabulous meal."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Second trip and excellent as before. Food ,drinks, wine list, service all top notch. Easy and fun."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Everything was amazing - especially the Crab Slaw!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I conducted a lot of research before picking this place. We showed up starving and thus ordered the six course tasting menu. Although I'm American, I live in London and thus I'm used to very small portions. The portions here were comically small and it took ages for each dish to arrive. The server was very apologetic and trying his best to distract us from how long each portion was taking to be prepared. I definitely don't blame the waiter - he did his best but imagine how disappointed we were to wait forever for each course only to be presented with something that looked like an amuse bouche. I left so hungry, I dropped by Mortons afterwards for a hamburger. With respect to the quality of food, it wasn't bad but wasn't great either."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Can't describe the yum at this restaurant. We tried virtually everything on the menu, everything made from scratch with loving care, presented in creative stylish fashion and described in detail by the knowledgeable servers. We started with the smoking goat cheese and ended with caramel Apple Panna Cotta. afraid of pig's head, squid, green muscles? don't be, go for it, the flavors are so deep and sumptuous and never overwhelming."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Every dish is thoughtfully prepared, but overall the portions are quite tiny. I knew this, so I was not surprised. Five of the courses are served without your input, and the main course is your choice of protein. All 6 courses were interesting and beautifully plated. The dishes were well-executed. Our favorites were the raw-ish prawns with cabbage and pistachio and the blackened cauliflower-excellent! The service was also spot-on, with knowledgeable and friendly staff. The waitstaff were attentive, yet relaxed.The quality of the food and preparation definitely rivals Maude. And at $45 for 6 courses, it is a better value than Maude. If you want delicious and interesting food, and quality instead of quantity, go. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Wow! Loved every bite. Will be back for more, wanted to eat the whole menu. Squid is crazy good."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Service and food was above and beyond! And try one of their cocktails ~ loved the smoked goat cheese and the blackened cauliflower. Make a reservation now."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "People have been telling us to go the Scratch Bar for months. We certainly will go again soon. Interesting and wonderful tastes. The waffle appetizer with sweetbreads was an amazing way to start or quick late meal. Cauliflower fantastic and steak dish were perfect. The cole slaw with the pork was so fresh that we had eat every last bit. Basically, we ate every last bit. Sat at the bar and the bartender was so much fun, the stafff was excellent and gave off an exciting vibe. Loved the wine list! Muscadet is the summer drink of choice and the one they have was just again, perfect besides the Malbec from Argentina..."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food are small portions and the server lets you know that from the get go. But, they are very tasty. When the music is turned up, everybody had to yell over each other to be heard. The result is really a loud noise that can be overwhelming when you are dealing with a small restaurant. Overall is very good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "So this was a place that I decided to go to because I had a Groupon. It is probably 1 of 3-4 places that I've gone to because of a Groupon that I said, "DAMN!!! I am coming back to try the other menu items." Amazing food Beautiful presentation You all have to try the in-house made ice cream in the in-house made waffle cone with the in-house made sprinkles!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service are excellent. It has a very diverse and good looking crowd."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excellent! Chef Phillip was very helpful and attentive. Great dining experience and we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the gorgeous presentation and delightful flavor palates of the food. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and gracious. Great surprise dinner for my partner. Cheers!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food like you have never had before. Try the bone marrow and the cauliflower dishes."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience we had at Scratch Bar on Saturday evening. The food was unique and complex with layers of flavor and ingredients in each dish. The service was knowledgeable and friendly to the extent of even describing the best way to technically eat each dish to enjoy all of the flavors intermingling. We purchased the 6 course tasting menu and added a few dishes on. We really could have been satisfied with just the 6 courses but wanted to try more of the creative offerings. We would highly recommend this restaurant and were wondering why it wasn't more crowded."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Loved it all. Go for the tasting menu. Only negative feedback is the soundtrack; it is beyond eclectic and doesn't give any particular vibe."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A great LA gem. Superb food, especially the duck. And don't be fooled by the vanilla ice cream come options on the desserts--a guaranteed magical moment for your mouth!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Once Again You Have Amazed Me With Your Food Presentation , Food Service, Wines To Pair Along With Your Entrees. I Am Always So Impressed With The Serving Of Each Plate The Detail Information They Present To Me. Changing Menu Please Visit For The Reason It May Not Be On The Menu Next Time"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The preparations are delicious and beautiful to look at it. It is always fun to eat at the Scratch Bar."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was incredible! Everything is made from scratch at the restaurant. When you are served each plate, your server explains each and every component of the dish. Everything was delicious! I like the small serving/tapas setting so you could try a TON of different items. Moderately priced for what you're getting - everything is super fresh. Our server (Collin) was so funny and personable and had great suggestions. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Pretty great experience all the way around. But the noise level was almost intolerable. Its a relatively easy fix that they really need to look into. First, lower the music a bit. Second, some sound absorbers on the walls and ceiling. Its sad to me how many great meals (at many local restaurants) are being ruined by having to shout at one's dinning companions."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had high expectations of this restaurant but was very disappointed. we had sat for 15 minutes before anyone even brought us menus and to make matters worse. a couple sat down next to us after us and we're immediately given menus, had their orders taken, and we're on their second course before we were acknowledged. the food tasted just ok, nothing spectacular. the best was the cauliflower dish but just because I love cauliflowers. the dessert was a spicy chocolate ganache bar thing of which we took one bite and left it. we both agreed we would not be returning."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Kitchen did not seem to understand "does not eat red meat"; kept getting served pork dishes which I just kept giving to my guest."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This restaurant is right up our alley, innovative food with a focus on fresh, homemade ingredients. Every dish we had was very good, and all had the potential to be something really special with just a few tweaks. We especially enjoyed the corn fried bbq pork fritters with coleslaw. The ambiance of this place is really nice, we are from Oregon and both commented that it reminded us of the Portland food scene which is to say upscale and stylish with a casual flaire. We will definitely be back and look forward to seeing how this place evolves over time."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Wow.. we pretty much ordered everything on the menu.. everything was delicious to say the least.. great place, great food. Planning to go soon before the word gets out!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This place has such delicious and unique dishes. It is totally shocking that I found this place on Groupon- don't let that fool you into thinking they're subpar. This has literally been one of the rarest, most adventurous and tasty dishes I've had in the past 6 months. I had their blackened cauliflower at Scratch|Bar and the next night had the same dish at Gjelina and it was better at Scratch. Try the Smelt and bone barrow dish and the olive oil and bone marrow bread. Everything was great."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Highly impressed. We had the smaller tasting menu and liked the food so much we ordered other items that they had on the larger tasting menu. Especially liked the squid in a box. Great friendly staff. If we lived closer, we would be regulars. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The tasting menu option is a great value and wonderful for the amount of thought and flavor profiles that go into it! A great gem, worth trying. If this restaurant was in another part of town, you wouldn't be able to get in. EVER. My only critique is the waiters do not have a great knowledge of the wine list."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food is innovative and excellent. The service was great; all the waiters were friendly. We were in a rush and the food came out quickly and they were really accommodating! The portions are small for the price, so this is definitely for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had the 6 course menu. It was absolutely delicious! I chose 'squid in a box' for my main dish and it was spectacular. The food is incredible!! And the service it's great! :) I would loooove to go back soon! (Note: their alcohol license is limited to wine/beer, and really creative cocktails with sake and else - no whiskey though!)"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is the star, but the staff really know how to support it. They care, they explain, they are enthusiastic and they seem to really like what they are doing. A real enhancement to a meal, which adds to the fun of eating creative, unusual, and very tasty, dishes."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "There are many restaurants that attempt what Scratch Bar achieves so well. Modern foodies are constantly looking not only for delicious, well prepared dishes, but always looking for new twists on old favorites, seeking out food as artistic combinations unique and interesting. Most attempts to do this I have found often may make a dish interesting, but ultimately sacrifice something else, the more elements mixed together, it is rare for all the elements to reach full harmony. The experience at Scratch Bar shows modern done right. Each dish is not only unique and engaging, the elements of the dish are also in absolute harmony. After dining here twice, this restaurant has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in LA."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Scratch Bar is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. We sat at the Chef's Counter, where the food was prepared in front of us. Chef Phillipe's creativity to combine different flavors were complex and amazing. It was a treat to have the chef cook in front of us and explain all of the dishes. My favorite was the Green Mussel Saki Shooter. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Inventive, well-prepared food! Friends and efficient service. Music too loud for a small restaurant with nothing to buffer the sound."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I went here on a Groupon. Given that it was on a Groupon, I was expecting something to be wrong with it. My expectations were wildly exceeded. The service was great, the food was extremely unique and very good, and the ambiance had a cool, kind of dim and inviting feel. Plus the fact that they make everything from scratch themselves (chocolate, cheese, butter, etc.) was a unique touch. I would go again and pay full price, no question."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The menu is so well thought out and every detail is handcrafted and artistic. The food was delicious, will be back on the regular."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Everything is made from scratch, down to the sprinkles on their ice cream. The food is inventive and almost art in its combination of colors, tastes, and textures. Our favorites were the blackened cauliflower and the twist on the shooters (with sake and uni and avocado cream). We had a few problems with the service, though. The waiter tried to upsell us on the wine, then included the price of the more expensive wine on the bill. When the revised bill came, we still ended up being overcharged. I had also told him that I was a pescatarian and he served me a dish with pork. Other than these issues (which were probably inadvertent) the place is cute, the servers friendly, and the food delicious! We had the tasting six course tasting menu."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I took my husband to Scratch Bar for his birthday. I knew it was the perfect restaurant for him. It did not fail to deliver. We had the 10 course meal, the taste sensations of all the layers were outstanding. Our waiter was phenomenal. My husband said the bone marrow was the best he had ever had. Every course was spectacular. We will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Service was great, nice atmosphere, good wine. I am considered a foodie and most of all love to eat good food. The menu was very small. I do read them before I show up, but I only found one thing appetizing. And that was the rice dish. That was very good. One of my guest had the flank steak which he said was very good. But that was it. My other two guest were just satisfied but also did not see anything else on the menu to order. After spending good $$$, one should not have to make a quick stop on the way home. Bottom line, I would go back for drinks before dinner, not for dinner. Maybe the menu will change in the future. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014