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The Gorbals
The Gorbals

The Gorbals Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegorbalsla.com
  • Email: info@thegorbalsla.com
  • Phone: (213) 488-3408
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, European
  • 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, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live bands Thursday evenings 10:30 - 2am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th
  • 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).
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Get the burger with onions and skip the matzoh balls with bacon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We had the Broccoli and it was amazingly good. The drinks were very good, specially the bourbon honey. One of my favorite drink now."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "great food great setting beautiful building ... too many bumbs and parking sucked I would still make the 45 minute drive to dine there again"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Had a nice DineLa dinner menu and good cocktail selection. I would recommend to my friends."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to a friend."
    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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Nice hide away from long trip. Excellent food, family style. Nice staff."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013