The Briks
The Briks

The Briks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thebriks.com/
  • Phone: (213) 746-7766
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Closed
    Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-3pm
    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
    Dinner: Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm
    Dinner: Sunday 5pm-10pm

    HAPPY HOURS
    Tuesday-Friday 5pm-7pm
    Tuesday-Thurday 10pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mario Christerna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th and Hope St in Downtown Los Angeles
  • Public Transit: Walking distance from the Red, Purple and all Metro bus lines.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking structure located above the restaurant, along with street parking and Valet for your convenience.
A word from The Briks
The Briks was forged from Chef Mario’s multi-cultural identities and his life story; a mash-up of Chicano, North African, Spanish, and French technique. The Briks is a culmination of all my experiences and our ultimate goal is to trigger the one part of the brain that makes people happy!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Briks reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (17)hot spot (9)special occasion (7)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good...Not Great
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    While our party of eight enjoyed our meal at The Brix, I can only rate it "good" and not "great". The "brix" (the menu items) were generally well received by our group. The Lamb Shank was OUTSTANDING. However, most of the other items we had, while visually appealing, lacked flavor. A heavier hand in seasoning was/is needed to increase the enjoyment of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not worth it.
    NoThanks
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was overpriced and just average. The briks were better than the mini pizzas, but nothing was exceptional. Our server was odd. He basically told us we didn't order enough food and proceeded to tell us at least four times that he tried everything on the menu and would help us. Okay, dude, I heard you the first three times you said it. Then he just kind of stood there, just weird. The ambience is very "sports bar-like". Not worth the money or your time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT NEW FIND
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    WHAT A FUN MENU. CLOSE TO STAPLES AND CONVENTION CENTER. EASY TO WALK TO EVENTS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Far from the Crowds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great find, but a little bit or a walk from the hustle of downtown. Everything was fresh and very tasty. Our server's recommendations were spot on. Great mix of international flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not quite as good as it wants to be
    getitinwriting
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Ambience...nice decor. A bit loud for an intimate dinner but good for a group. We dined outside, and in the space of an hour got to see 1 car accident, 3 cops pulling people over, and an intriguing mix of denizens. Food....nice concept, but not quite. The 'brik' is an appetizer that's basically a flaky pastry with a variety of fillings, sauce and seasonings. Some are executed better than others. The Cholo was good; the Sinatra, not so much. The entrees scored a solid meh. My friend had lamb shank and wasn't knocked out. It looked a bit dry. I ordered steak and potatoes. The steak was fatty and covered with black pepper and near-flavorless capers. The potato cake was equally void of flavor. And the entire thing was covered in grease. Meh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Briks is the Bomb
    weissini
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    What a unique gem by a native Angeleno. The Briks is not only the name of the restaurant, but of its signature dish. The Brik is a phyllo pastry filled with things such as lamb shwarma, or shrimp scampi along with great names like the Sinatra, the Guru or the Dictator. When you cut into the Brik, the yolk is broken on the egg that is inside this fried package of goodness, which covers the interior contents and also the doughy pastry. In addition we ordered the braised lamb shank and some spicy tots. Lamb is a must. I thank chef Mario and his crew from La Puente and our server Josh for an outstanding evening. They have a good happy hour selection of beer and wine. Portions are generous and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem close to the Staples Center
    VoyageofCulinaryDiscovery
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    What a find! Wanted a pre-concert dinner and came here based on Yelp and on online reviews, and we were not disappointed. Wonderful diverse menu and the service and food was spot on. Appetizers are varied and very tasty. The coffee , pepper encrusted steak was flavorful. The real star was the lamb shank. The meat was 'fall off the bone' tender, and the stew that it came in was wonderfully aromatic and rich. Briks is on our list of go-to places next time we need to be at the Staples or LA Live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why did this happen?
    unusual2taste
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Accomodating as had reservations for 6 pm, but was delayed by heavy traffic on freeway due to Dodger play-oiff game. After a call to let them know of the delay, was 10 minutes late. Was seated, served our water and appetizers within reasonable amount of time. Restaurant was not full then. The entrees were not served until 55 minutes later at 7:25, when we could have had a leisurely dinner. Had to rush as attending the 8 pm concert at Staples. The couple who sat next to us, came in much later, probably around 7:10. had their appetizers, then their entrees just when we were leaving. This time the kitchen failed miserably, as the server kept returning to tell us in a few more minutes. No time for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Nonesuch13
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were disappointed to make our reservation at Briks via Open Table only to show up at the restaurant and find out the place was closed. I don't know what the point of using Open Table is if restaurants aren't going to manage their connection to it properly. Two in our party drove 60 minutes to meet us there. My phone call went un responded to. Bad form Briks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good - service needs work
    opentableaddictVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Found this on open table and I know it is new. Got there early only 6 tables in the place were occupied still took forever for drinks to come - the food came and was good to very good. However the food would have been better if we had wine & water with it. We ran out of water several times and had to ask for more from a few people several times. That took 30 minutes to come after asking 3 times. The lamb was amazing the halibut was just ok. We didn't dare order desert for fear we would wait another 30 minutes. We sat on the patio be warned the flies are horrible we had 10 of them all over us and the food - they must live in the planters right there next to the table. Eat inside if you don't want to swat your entire meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience!
    iamhungry
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This restaurant excelled on all counts. There were 3 of us and we shared all dishes. The food is fantastic, every dish was a winner, each with it's own combination of intricate flavors. We started off with the Caesar Chavez, the Guru and Bougie Briks, and the Seafood Coca. All absolutely delicious! We shared the Shank as an entrée and it was truly amazing. Finished off with Norma's Bread Pudding. The drinks were also very creative. Daryl, our server was very attentive and all at the restaurant made you feel very welcome. Owner/Chef Mario made it a point to visit every table and talk with the patrons and you could feel the passion he has for his work. I can't say enough about this restaurant - I hope they are around for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and great vibes. The food was amazing and the music was on point. Great spot in DTLA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I stumbled across this place on OpenTable, read the reviews and thought I'd give it a try with my wife for our anniversary. The food was phenomenal (try any of the briks), our waiter was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Our entrees were delicious as well. The chicken was the juiciest I've ever had. Our reservation was at 7. It was quiet and not a lot of people were there when we arrived. As it got later and more people showed up and it became louder. It was hard for me and my wife to carry a conversation. Maybe we'll sit outside next time we come for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique & Fun
    hardmarkerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I really enjoyed my first visit to The Briks. The menu is quite unusual, built around the filled and fried packets of delicious ingredients that give the restaurant its name, although there are lots of other choices as well. Everything was very tasty, and the chef and staff were extremely friendly and enthusiastic about their concept (but not intrusively so). The space is fun, too. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staples option
    PTalentiVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I went there for lunch with a friend recently and was surprised to learn it had only opened a couple of weeks before. The food was very good, with the lunch menu boasting an interesting array of international foods. At the end of our meal, Chef Marco, who wanted to give us a taste of the dinner menu, sent us a sampler that included the moistest, tastiest chicken I've had in ages. I really look forward to returning for dinner and picking from a menu that it appears is even more eclectic than the lunch menu. Chef Marco even designed the very cool graphic tabletops. Clearly a talented (and generous) guy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best meal I've had in years
    primaveraVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wow, Chef Mario is very gifted. I haven't had a meal this good in years. My friends agreed. So creative and delicious! Amazing place! I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at restaurant
    Playwright55VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I live across the street from BRIKs so my boyfriend and I decided to try it out. The food was unbelievable!!! We did not particularly love the ambience - too much techno music - would've loved to have heard some jazz or even reggae. ALL in all the food is incredible and the owner could not be more gracious. CHECK IT OUT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
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