The Gorbals
The Gorbals

The Gorbals

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegorbalsla.com/
  • Phone: 2134883408x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, International
  • Executive Chef: IIan Hall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live bands Thursday evenings 10:30 - 2am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th & Spring
  • Public Transit: Metro Red Line Pershing Square,
    Metro Bus 83, 16, 18, 53, 728
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in the garage underneath the Alexandria Hotel, Joe's parking across the street and street parking all available on Spring Street between 5th & 6th (Spring St is one-way heading south).
A word from The Gorbals
Started by 2007 “TOP CHEF” winner, Chef Ilan Hall, The Gorbals is not limited to a certain ethnicity, preparation method or niche. The Gorbals is a spot for new and diverse ideas, for tasty, oddball food that is there for anyone willing to eat something that does not fall into a category. It is not an Italian restaurant, or an Indian restaurant, or a Scottish restaurant, or a Los Angeles restaurant, nor is it new age, traditional, old school, fusion, pretentious or plain.
It is simply The Gorbals.
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The Gorbals reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
  • LOVED This Place
    OfmascheroniVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I had never been to the Gorbals before but it easily became my new favorite spot in Los Angeles. Fantastic! Can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacon Wrapped Matzo Balls?!
    DrinkableFeast
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The menu works for groups to share. We had the lamb meatballs with pesto risotto, the aged burger / onion 7 ways, duck confit latkes, bahn mi poutine fries, tomato fries, bacon wrapped matzo balls and finished with the sticky toffee pudding. Everything we tried was delicious! We were all left very satisfied. Make sure to try one of the unique house cocktails!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Eats
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great food and friendly staff that went over the menu with you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great unusual must try food
    foodie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We ordered a bunch of stuff during the happy hour -- favorites were the french fries called poutane or something, that came with gravy, some fabulous tender meat, pickles of all things; the matzo balls wrapped in bacon with a horseradish sauce, the brocolli cooked in soy and stuff and a must the toffee bread pudding with bacon ice cream. We had to order seconds. Definitely for foodies
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • F%*king Incredible
    fatcity
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Everything about The Gorbals was incredible, but the food was really the star (as it should be at a restaurant). Every single dish I ate was an experience I had never tasted before and was absolutely delicious. I will never be satisfied again at a different restaurant for the rest of my life. I traveled from NY to LA and this was my top priority and I was not disappointed at all. The ambiance and the service were amazing too. I'm also a fan of the show "Knife Fight" so it was really cool to see where the show takes place and hear more about it from the server. Drop what you're doing and go to The Gorbals.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night good food
    alibVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We came during a night with live music which was great fun. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Spot Before or After a Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We came early on a Saturday night and had no problem getting out in time for our 8:00 pm show. They were getting more crowded as we left. The two of us had broccoli, beets and burrata, lamb meatballs, and the bacon-wrapped matzoh balls. We didn't have room for more, including dessert. The servings were more than ample for us. While the food was definitely tasty, the drinks were outstanding. My friend had the It's Bourbon, Honey and loved it. I had a gin and Japanese pear drink, not sure of the name, and it was really good. Love to come back to try more menu items and definitely more of their yummy drinks. We found lot parking for $6 nearby. Service was attentive. We plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    CBela
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a little bit of trouble finding the restaurant, but it was worth the hunt. Being a foodie with food allergies is not a good thing. You go to a restaurant with a great chef, you ask him to tailor his great dishes; then tailored greatness seems an insurmountable challenge. This chef rose to the occasion with aplomb. All was tasty and well spiced, despite omitting meat, dairy and onion and going light on the oil. I have to comment on the latter. In other places, I have received vegetables soaked in oil such that the vegetable's flavor is buried; here none of our dishes suffered from this problem. The service was phenomenal at every moment, including when our server chased us after we forgot our take-away bags.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday evening;empty but great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Went on a Monday early evening and found the place vert empty, just 2 tables of 2, so the energy was way down. The food was spectacular, so I would come back w/o any hesitation, but would do so at a more lively time if that was what I was looking for. We left around 8 and the place was ten more filled, maybe 2 larger tables and a few people at the bar, but still pretty empty.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SERVICE: The waitress was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    SERVICE: The waitress was great, but for some reason the kitchen was backed up 35 minutes so we had to wait to order food. Did not have to wait for drinks, though--- thoroughly entertained. And great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised.
    bklyndinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Gorbals. Menu was creative, food well prepared and delicious. Ordered the hamachi, brussels sprouts (good but Talde and Chucos in Brooklyn both beat these), golden beets, lamb meatballs (yum) and the cauliflower salad. All enjoyable. The three of us agreed that we would return. The entrance to the restaurant is a bit off-putting. We assume that will change!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lots of fun
    hungrymeVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Get the burger with onions and skip the matzoh balls with bacon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Chef!!
    Scallywagkween
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We sat at the chef's bar and were delighted to watch him create these wonderful dishes. Can't wait to go back to try them all!! The chef has great passion for his food and for his customers. Nice!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time with great food...
    MTSoahls
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Don't let the entrance fool you. Once you wander down the hallway to the restaurant, you'll be pleasantly surprised. A secret hideaway, with a great variety of interesting food options and a warm, fun atmosphere. Very creative menu done by a creative chef. Definitely a great spot for after work drinks, or a nice secluded meal with your squeeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    CarlosQ
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had the Broccoli and it was amazingly good. The drinks were very good, specially the bourbon honey. One of my favorite drink now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Steve
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our waiter was fantastic, providing us with suggestions for food variety and amount (we would have ordered way too much if it wasn't for him). The happy hour deals are great and affordable. I was happy with everything our table received and left feeling extremely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was looking forward to dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I was looking forward to dining at The Gorbals, especially after watching Knife Fight. So glad we did! Everything was EXCELLENT! The hostess was nice, the bartenders, our server and the food. . . EXCELLENT! We ate a bit too much, but left with smiles . . . bacon wrapped matzo, hamachi, broccoli, lamb meatballs and the beef coulette! Oops! How could I forget dessert, the sticky toffy pudding was also quite amazing! Loved our cocktails, as well. Can't go wrong and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    FoodE
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Very inventive small plates, great flavor combinations. I particularly liked the mussels dish, though I am not a mussel fan. Menu changes often, but some items frequently stay on the menu (see LA Times-Irene Verbila's favorable review of "quirky" restaurant). Entrance currently is located south of the Lobby area of the Alexandria Hotel on the corner of 5th and Broadway, but a more direct entrance is being constructed through the bar area. At 6:30 pm we did not have to wait and there weren't many other diners, so the noise level was pretty low. But I understand that is not the case later. They brought us their "famous" sticky toffee pudding cake with a dollop of pistachio ice cream and a candle for hubby's b-day. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal with friends
    Jenn
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The scallops were amazing. Sadly, the Tomato Fries weren't what we thought (they're potato fries with dehydrated tomato) and we ended up ordering two dishes with fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Had a nice DineLa dinner menu and good cocktail selection. I would recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awsome but...
    robertmag
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    great food great setting beautiful building ... too many bumbs and parking sucked I would still make the 45 minute drive to dine there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive menu, friendly service
    LVTREVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The DIneLa menu was wonderful...and we couldn't resist adding the bacon-wrapped matzo balls appetizer, which was unique and delicious. Friendly servers and casual atmosphere. A great pre-theater choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacon Matzo balls! :)
    PeterY
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I came here for the first time for DineLA and they had a great menu. I was very pleased with the soup, beets & burrata, lamb meatballs, and the salmon was done very well! I'll be back to try more offerings soon! Come and try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was amazing. I would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Janet
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Went to this restaurant during Dine LA. The food was very good, the service was a bit slow but the waiters were very friendly and apologetic. The noise level is very loud almost as bad as Bottega Louie's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie adventure
    kriringa
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Going to the Gorbals is always a good time and an adventure, especially since I can never remember the entrance since it's inside the hotel. Sit at the kitchen if you can! And buy the kitchen a round of beers, of course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pig head
    Jimmy
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I've seen the show and I knew I had to go. The food was great and then out pig head came out! It was cooked perfect with a great presentation. I always try great restaurants when I travel and The Gorbals is definitely ranked in top of my long list of places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for The Gorbals
    hollywoodbe1
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Nice hide away from long trip. Excellent food, family style. Nice staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorbals with Friends
    Petrihat
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The gorbals never disappoints. The food is always amazing, the bacon wrapped matzo balls and lamb meatballs with pesto risotto were highlights. The bartender is great and the service amazing. One if my friends forgot his fedora and our server, Francisco, chased us down the street to return it. That's above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeling adventurous?
    Josue
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    From the menu to the environment, the Gorbals is not your typical restaurant. If you're open to something new, great food, and a chill environment, then you might like this. Plates are for sharing, and the staff brings your food out as they're ready.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive Chef
    Mapman62
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My wife and I have been waiting to try the Gorbals for a long time, but haven't managed to get there. The food was outstanding. I had the marrow plate and we all shared the broccoli and hamachi (not that it matters to you because they continually change their menu). The service was fantastic in an informal and neighborhoody way. I highly recommend if you want to splurge a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good people
    dsssd
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    One of the best restaurants in downtown I think. The tapas style menu is diverse and fun. Also happy hour is a pretty good deal so check that out -- especially the cider bourbon house infusion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Gorbals is PERFECT
    Erica
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    After 3 years of living in LA, The Gorbals is still my favorite restaurant. It was the first place I ever ate at in LA, and I have come back with my fiancé many times, as well as all of our friends, for special dates or just because. Everything is superb, the service, the ambiance, and the ever changing menu that is made up of the most exquisite food imaginable. We consider this "our place," and will come here whenever we are able.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go and Get Those Balls!
    GoldieK4
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I had been wanting to try Ilan Hall's restaurant for quite some time, and being a NY'er made it slightly difficult. However, once a year I work in Los Angeles so I took advantage of the opportunity. Man, oh, man, was I ever glad I did. I took 2 of my LA-based friends there, (they also were Gorbals' virgins) and the three of us ate like there was no tomorrow. DEFINITELY have the bacon-wrapped matzoballs - so soft, juicy and succulent; no soup is needed and without a doubt, get those brussel sprouts. We actually ordered 3 of them. The fig jam grilled cheese sandwich also is a MUST! We LOVED it! And then I come to find out that Ilan has moved and is opening up another Gorbals here in New York - in Brooklyn, April 2014. I can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour supreme
    GandSVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Walked out full and liquored up for 60 dollars for 2 of us. I would recommend trying everything on the Happy Hour menu and then getting a few drinks (EVERYTHING is half off). If you can get their around 6:00 - 7:00pm sit at the kitchen table and strike up a conversation with the chefs, it is worth it. My absolute favorite food was the chili broccoli. I actually ordered it twice in one visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Treasure
    Murph
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The restaurant is hidden inside the Alexandria Hotel. Once we found our way in, we realized its charm. This place was perfect for our Friday night date. Our server was very attentive and full of suggestions. We had the brussel sprouts, fries, and bone marrow. Everything was delicious. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service
    laeater
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    They messed up our reservation (along with many others it seemed), and told us that it would be about an hour before we could sit and that even then the kitchen would be slow because they were overbooked. The hostess blamed it on Open Table, which may or may not have been true. But instead of acting gracefully and kindly (or perhaps offering us free drinks while we wait!)... the hostess told us that we could leave and come back. I almost thought she was joking so I asked 'where should we go' to which she responded 'I don't know'. We left immediately and went to nearby Baco Mercat (which was fantastic!). Frankly, there are so many great restaurants in LA, Gorbals does not seem to be worth the attitude or wait.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Gorbals — great food, fun place
    GTPhils
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The Gorbals is an excellent place to to try a variety of food. We had the poutine, duck latkes, motzah balls and beef tongue as savory bites and the toffee pudding. Everything was delicious and offered new takes on maybe some familiar foods. The poutine was amazing. The fries are thriced-cooked and were super crispy. The beef tongue was my favorite part. It was like a really good roast with a little different mouth-feel. The dessert was very good. We were lucky enough to get both ice cream option — banana and basil. Overall, the restaurant is a cool place with great food. The service is ok, but I wish they would change plates w/o asking. Also, the pacing of plates coming out is a touch quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky and fun
    Cjph
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I will definitely go back. The food was hit or miss. Some things are fantastic like the bone marrow. Others are less than stellar like the burger with onions 5 ways which was massive and dry. I look forward to having the pig head at some time. Unfortunately Elan is not there any more since his move to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive & indulgent menu
    cherinla
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Fantastic food with surprising combinations like bacon-wrapped motzah balls and banh mi poutine. However, the duck latkes was probably my favorite dish. Not a lot of healthy options on the menu, but--in the moment--one hardly cares. The small plates are great for sharing & trying several things. Great cocktail, beer & wine options too. The building has a lot of character and the atmosphere is kind of dark & moody--appropriate for downtown. Not pretentious; just good food. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.