The Charleston
The Charleston
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The Charleston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charlestonla.com/
  • Phone: 3108282115
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:00pm –2:00am, Sunday: 5:00 pm –1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jet Tila
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music three nights a week and weekend brunch Jazz.
  • Special Events: Book your private parties or table reservations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Charleston
The Charleston is a sexy new nightlife venue featuring live entertainment and Chef Jet Tila’s take on American comfort food expressed in a menu of shared plates. Set in a lounge-style space with distinct 1930’s décor, the multifaceted venue will feature everything from nightly live entertainment such as burlesque, rock cover bands, DJs, jazz, karaoke, comedy nights, and dueling pianos. A dynamic culinary scene spotlights pop-up restaurants with special menus from guest chefs and Chef Tila himself.
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The Charleston reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Charleston to your heart's content!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We liked the restaurant. It has an interesting look, good service and an unusual menu. The food was different and delicious. We each had an appetizer and an entrée. The servers were very helpful. Unfortunately, the music was loud and irritating. They turned it down somewhat when we asked, but it was still unpleasant. We could not tell if it was tied to the film playing on the screen. When we arrived, there was one table on the other side of the restaurant where there were two kids. They, too, contributed to the noise. Family-friendly is fine. Happens sometimes. Re the music, my suggestion would be that they keep the music very low in the early evening or off altogether, and then crank it up when the later crowd arrives.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rather disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    When we arrived a 7;30 our waitress informed us that they were 'out of' the lobster and the roasted chicken. That was what we came for. It was to celebrate 2 friends who both had their bdays in late June. How could they have run out ...there were only 2 other people in the restaurant? The wait staff were very friendly and we loved the fried cauliflower that tastes like chicken wings. But come on; run out of lobster and chicken... Hardly. P.S. Interesting cocktails too
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizers are amazing
    ChairmanMaoVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We had two apps (artichoke and pork belly) and they were delicious! The specialty cocktails we tried were good, but pretty pricey. My friends chicken & waffle was amazing, my brisket was ok. Their website advertised live music, but that never happened - just a dj at 10:00. Was kind of bummed about that.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely noisy, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Place has a live band which is great for a might out, but bad for dinner. Had to yell at each other to barely understand each other. Menu looked good, bit wet had to leave since the noise was unbearable for dinner. Edamame took over thirty minutes and service was very slow. Really disappointed, was looking forward to trying it out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    hayamor
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    The Charleston was amazing. The service was awesome and the Pork Belly was one of the best I've ever had. The jazz brunch was really special for my wife and me. The music was incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    CharliesGirl51
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    IHad hoped, with the reputation of the chef, this would be a restaurant where I could take a friend for lunch, have a conversation without yelling, and that the jazz wouldn't be too loud. Unfortunately, the room is too small for a live group, and although we enjoyed our food, and the service was fine, we could not hear ourselves talk and ended up yelling at each other and cupping our ears all during lunch. We sat as far away from the band as we could, which put us by the kitchen door--not a great place to sit, and were unable to get a booth or table (in spite of resrvations weeks in advance) -- had to sit on high stools. This would be a fine place to meet a friend for a drink, but not a place to sit and enjoy a meal and conversation.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Good: The food we had
    DazedforDayz09
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    The Good: The food we had was delicious. The portion size was perfect. My boyfriend complained about how small the portions were; however, he left satisfied. I thought the portions were perfect, it's definitely not the magnanimous portions that we are used to in America. The jazz band was great. It made brunch much livelier. It was more intimate than other jazz brunches I've been too, because the locale was small. Our package included two blueberry muffins; however, they had run out. Instead we were offered a waffle sampler which was very delicious. The Bad: The one thing I did not like is that it took about 10 minutes from the time we were seated, until a server came over to offer us anything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for brunch. It's
    Anonymous
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Went there for brunch. It's definitely more of a bar that I think they're trying to turn into a foodie/gastropub spot. We ordered the short rib benedict, maple glazed pork belly, and scotch egg. In all three dishes, I felt that the flavors were imbalanced, but cooked decently. For example, the Scotch egg itself was tasty but the frisee salad it came with was doused with too much dijon mustard dressing. It was overpowering. The short rib was tender but a bit flavorless. The pork belly was also tender but the maple glaze was overpowering. We were also given a blueberry muffin to start off with…which was most likely store bought and not made in-house. Otherwise, we enjoyed the live jazz..
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome jazz band at brunch.
    SMFoodie
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Awesome jazz band at brunch. Food was very good and you can't beat bottomless mimosas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night dining: They
    MDS56VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Friday night dining: They mention the '30s and Jazz. No '30s theme, and certainly no jazz. About a 50% success rate on the food, a total failure on the bar. The good dishes were very good, but... Description of the bar (yes bar, not fine dining) needs to be updated to 90s bar deco, canned music without jazz, and understaffed serving staff. No owner or manager on duty and there really needs to be someone who cares.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Katelyn Clampett gave a stunning performance as a prelude to her upcoming concert with her new group, California Country Club. She's the most talented singer/songwriter I've seen come along in a long time. The Charleston has a nice setup for talented young performers to do their thing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef they rave about over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    The chef they rave about over there is average at best. Plating was nice but taste was lacking in a few dishes. I almost doubt he was there, atleast i hope not. The best part about the entire thing is the jazz. Go for that if nothing else.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Jazz band, and awesome
    Bluemoonva
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Great Jazz band, and awesome service from our server. However, our friends' table (our group had to sit at two separate tables, given the space) did not receive the same service (different server); theirs was slow and spotty. We were disappointed that the restaurant was out of French fries and English muffins during their brunch hours. One of my friend (at the other table) ordered one muffin (not English muffin) which, for some unexplained reason, did not come out until everyone else had almost finished their brunch. That was totally unacceptable! We would consider going back for the music and their unbeatable $10.95 bottomless Mimosas, not for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Tuesday night Jazz is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    The Tuesday night Jazz is par excellence. Each time I have gone I have thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the musicians presented. The escalating cover charge is a bit disconcerting and the method of collection needs work, but that is the management. The music is wonderful. The food, well, another area that needs work. I had the margarita pizza that was tomato sauce and cheese, bland and tasteless. I had been there previously, last year, and it was wonderful so I don't know what happened. It is a local gem, in that live jazz is such a rare find. I hope that the management can produce a smoother vibe, improve the food and not begin to price this gem out the neighborhood's hands. I really enjoy the music
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It should not be called The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    It should not be called The Charleston Restaurant - it is a bar with bar food. Quite disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous experience all across
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Fabulous experience all across the board. Love the food and the sunday morning jazz was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They have shows here on most
    garu
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    They have shows here on most nights which is a fun way to enhance a meal or some drinks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation was honored, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Reservation was honored, but placed in a bad location from the stage area...eventually this was corrected after making note that I requested a table near the band. The first table we were placed was one of those tall tables with benches, good for drinking but not dinner. The place was packed unexpectedly and I'm so glad we got our reservations through Open Table. Thank you, and we'll use it again...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun nights, so-so brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Definitely a fun place in the evenings, but not so much for brunch - service was slow and not so friendly, the waitress forgot my friend's side of toast even though she asked for it twice, and it was COLD inside (probably not an issue in the summer, but we were there in December). Food was pretty good, but my smoked salmon scramble on toast was a little cold when it arrived. Try the place for an evening cocktail, but skip during the day.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EL POLLO LOCO HAS BETTER FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    The restaurant was out of 2/3 of the menu items. The food was HORRIBLE, the last time I had food that bad it was at a theme park. In addition to the food being terrible it's extremely overpriced. Everything on the menu including drinks had a detailed description of the ingredients that made it sound fabulous. Then the food and drinks came and we realized the food had been heated up probably from a package and the mixologist drink was just whiskey with sour mix. Really disappointing. If you're going here for the music don't eat the food and drink only wine or beer as they're clearly trying to make $ of the bar with weak pours and cheap liquor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was ok. I had to keep
    Kutie0721
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Service was ok. I had to keep waving down our waiter. The place is a bit small. The Jazz band was great. Great Music food is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The music is enjoyable, yet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    The music is enjoyable, yet quite loud during brunch, so it's best if you're not trying to "catch-up" with a friend. Also, although the decor has a classier vide, the servers are not dressed as such. While sitting at a "high top stool" even with a reservation, I'd describe this brunch as casual. My pork benedict was delicious, however, I wish they'd make more laps for their bottomless mimosas. An empty glass for 5+ minutes was not my fav.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip this one.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    The food was mediocre and the service was AWFUL. They had one server for the entire restaurant, and it was packed. She couldn't keep up. The only saving graces were the bottomless mimosas (when we could get refills), and the jazz band, which was great. However, with the multitude of exceptionally good brunch spots in LA, I won't be returning to the Charleston.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too old for this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Way too loud to be called a 'restaurant'. Much more like a bar for the very young scene. The food was decent, but the waitress forgot our drinks and ultimately comped them. Probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff was inefficient and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Staff was inefficient and disorganized. They did not even have a record of my reservation. It is the live music on Tuesdays that will bring me back in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was DELICIOUS! If you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    Food was DELICIOUS! If you are looking for a lounge with music that also serves Great Food--this is it. That said, we were looking for a slightly romantic, restaurant with lounge and that it is not. Decor from the waist up was nice, but the bare floors scream of old beer as well as the tiny "comedy club" size tables for listening to the musicians. I have a feeling that this place may need to decide what it wants to be or it may be in trouble!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had brunch with live Jazz
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    We had brunch with live Jazz music and bottomless champagne. Was great! would recommend and do again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Charleston was fair.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    The Charleston was fair. The food was good, but was very disappointed that they didn't have the olve appetizer at the beginning of the evening. Wine was super expensive, and they could have had a house red wine that was fairly priced. The chairs were extremely uncomfortable, especially sitting through two sets of music. We were sat right up in the front, and it was not a good thing for me because I wear hearing aids. My fault though for I should have asked for other seating. Kind of drab interior, and it was the music that brought the club to life & light.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you for providing a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Thank you for providing a venue for great artists like Julie Kelly and Otmaro Ruiz! I would and have already recommended the place. The service was great and the place had a great vibe. Please continue your policy of excellent music-We need a place like yours. Thank You!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great steak and eggs and awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    Great steak and eggs and awesome atmosphere with the jazz brunch!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service - fun vibe
    LAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    We ate early (after getting off work), so it wasn't too crowded yet. The restaurant is definitely set up for a late-night scene (DJ starting at 11). We had comfort food like mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, steak, and bread pudding for dessert. After having sampled Jet Li's food at the Food & Wine Festival, I knew the food would be good, and we weren't disappointed. The wait staff is REALLY nice and attentive - some of the best, friendliest service I've had in LA.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst experience EVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Worst service I have ever HAD. I was seated in the front (part of 4) and was NEVER greeted. I had to flag the girl down for food and drinks (drinks that NEVER came!) Finally the Only wine that was available at the bar was conveniently the most expensive?!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The music is outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    The music is outstanding. The bar noise can be a bit much, but the music is great. The food? fair to poor. The menu is changing, but some of the offerings are not tasty.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to the Sunday Jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    We went to the Sunday Jazz Brunch and had a great time. The band was outstanding and the singer was fabulous. A friend was here visiting from out of town so we wanted to do something different. It was very busy and the server was friendly and handling her tables. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The coupon I purchased was worth $90.00 and the menu was terrible! Who has Hot-dogs for Dinner in a Restaurant? The service was great-But the Menu needs to be improved. Not enough choices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Gastropub with Big Bar Scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    A nice neighborhood gastropub, that is more pub than restaurant as the menu is somewhat lean and the bar scene overpowers the dining room. That said, the food is above average in execution and occasionally inventive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the Jazz Music and amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Loved the Jazz Music and amazing musicians! Love to see more of it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would recommend the jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    I would recommend the jazz on Tuesday nights, however, it was way too noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Great food, service and ambiance. I have been three times and have enjoyed it each time. The music was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very small room with constant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    very small room with constant loud jazz from brunch thru dinner. NOISY NOISY, you can't hear the person next top you talking (or yelling)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic