Towne Food & Drink
705 W. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Towne Food & Drink
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.towne-la.com/
- Phone: 2136232366
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00AM to 4:00PM Mon-Fri | Dinner: Sunday 4:00PM to 10:00PM | Mon-Wed 5:00PM to 10:00 PM | Thurs-Sat 5:00PM to 11:00PM | Sunday Brunch 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Happy Hour (Lounge & Bar only): Monday 4:00PM - Close | Tues-Fri 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Offering a Selection of Specialty Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Well Drinks, & Appetizers.
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Ryan Morrison
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Please contact 213.623.2366 for private dining inquiries.
A word from Towne Food & Drink
"Towne Food & Drink" is proud to offer Classic American cuisine with Modern World comforts, in a luxurious setting on the ground floor of Downtown LA's Watermarke Tower. The restaurant, owned by Armen Shirvanian of beloved "Mi Piace" in Pasadena, Towne features inventive, New American cuisine, a whimsical take on all-American desserts, and playful, modern cocktails, all under one roof. Executed by a team comprised of Chef Eric Hara (davidburke & donatella, The Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, and Pier 9 in New York), Chef Ryan Morrison (previous Director of Culinary Development for Scott Conant), Pastry Chef Tamara Davis (Aquavit, Boule, and Bottega Louie), and Beverage Director Jason Bran of The Roger Room, Towne is the ultimate gathering place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails; this inviting space is ideal for guests stopping by anytime, whether for coffee and pastries on their way to work, a leisurely mid-afternoon meal with friends, or spirited dinner and late-night drinks.Continued
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Towne Food & Drink reviews from OpenTable diners
- Worth the drive to downtown.PhilipMDined on 3/9/2013A high end experience at mid-range prices. My fish was first rate, prepared in non-standard way. The picture of the dining room does not do it justice. It's large, with very high ceilings; a much more formal (yet comfortable) room then we usually get these days. Perfect for an anniversary or an event birthday, for instance. Service was friendly and relaxed, but very knowledgeable. Make sure to look up where the validated parking is and map your route to it, since it's on a one way street.Special Features:
- Excellent food with smallBrkrDaveVIPDined on 3/6/2013Excellent food with small portions and no sides that come with the entre.
- we had a problem with my husband'sJrryLouiseVIPDined on 3/1/2013we had a problem with my husband's food coming much later than mine, but server and manager both handled this problem in a very professional way, ensuring that we will come back, and will recommend Towne to our friends. Our compliments to the staff and particularly the manager!Special Features:
- Just not what we were lookingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/28/2013Just not what we were looking for. Server took bread and drinks before we were done. The chicken meal was undercooked and the pasta was under-whelming. The mule was great
- I like to go to Towne forVirgoDined on 2/26/2013I like to go to Towne for brunch, but the dinner food is too artsy fartsy for my blue collar taste, so I don't have dinner there often. I am not too happy with the current trend towards bone marrow, sliders, etc. I would certainly recommend it highly for a Foodie, because I think the food is probably really great, and I am just a hick. Service is wonderful, and ambiance fine, and they are very welcoming to a single older woman reading a book, for which I give them high points. I should add, in case that last sentence scares any Foodies, that most of the patrons were considerably younger, and quite hip.Special Features:
- At your own perolRelgaVIPDined on 2/23/2013Yet another to add the the long list of disappointments here. Today and for the second time in last three trips either the waiter or kitchen could not get it right. This time it was my medium rare burger which came well done very inconsistent hereSpecial Features:
- Food was very good...serviceJenniferCDined on 2/21/2013Food was very good...service was very good...but nothing makes this place memorable or a standout. Restaurant space was way too large and brightly lit - lacked any "vibe" or "ambience". The cold cavernous restaurant makes it a good place for a business meal - but not a place to meet up with friends. The bar area looked warmer, more inviting - but alas, with so many great options in LA - and the abundance of cool spots now in downtown LA, not likely to visit this Towne again.Special Features:
- hit and missOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 2/19/2013I have given this spot a few tries for lunch, and it has been hit and miss. The service is good to fair, as sometimes they forget about you when it's busy. I do recommend the lobster salad---that is the only thing I will order from here in the future.
- If You're Into the Slow Food Trend.VTinDTLAVIPDined on 2/16/2013Waiter admitted that they were understaffed that night, and it showed. Food and drink both came out very slow. Highly disappointed in the Baby Salad Crudite. We all laughed when it came out. The carrots and radishes were so ridiculously small, that it was comical and worth the price for the laugh, but not if you're looking for food to satisfy an appetite. The Watermelon Salad and Bronzino was delicious as was the burger and brussels sprouts. So at least they somewhat made up for the service with the food. All in all, pretty disappointed mostly because the service was so slow. 2 Stars, only because the waiter was apologetic, but could've been 1 star if he wasn't.
- Food was good but not phenomenal.gskaVIPDined on 2/16/2013Food was good but not phenomenal. Service was decent, but they knew we had a performance we needed to attend and were slow in getting us food. I would like to try it in a less rushed momentSpecial Features:
- The food was amazing!! butOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/16/2013The food was amazing!! but our server we had to flag down to put in our order and once the food came the server came only once to refill our drinks and he took our glasses and never brought them back. then after 20 min we asked him for our drinks and he brought them out and they were the wrong ones. We then had to ask another waiter for our check.
- Horrible Valentines Day Service!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/14/2013Let's just list some facts. Valentines Day - We were sat at the corner of a table for 8 in the middle of the dining room. - The places were set without forks. - Our drinks came after our appetizers. - We were served soup without spoons. - The prix fixe options weren't representative of their normal menu, basic preparations of chicken, steak, or fish. - We weren't given new forks with the entree, good thing there were 6 other place settings at the table for us to choose from. - We ordered Halibut and got Salmon. Way to make it magical guys...
- We'd been here before andOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/14/2013We'd been here before and had a great time with all the creative food offerings they have. We came back for their Valentines Day pre-fixe menu and weren't as pleased. The food was tasty but not as unique as we were hoping. Most disappointing though was that we ordered the wine-pairings with our meal and didn't get our first wines until our 3rd course arrived. We were given 3 glasses of wines at once to make up for it but that's not how a wine-pairing is supposed to work given each flavor is meant for one stage of the meal. We'll be back but not in a rush. Our first time here was a 5 star experience, this one was just a 3.Special Features:
- The room is well designedOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 2/12/2013The room is well designed for audible conversation. It was a great disappointment, then, to discover that the restaurant has decided to go "rock," blasting music at high volume so as to destroy the favorable acoustics offered by the architecture. Lunch at this location should be for business, not clubbing.
- Great pre-theater dining.BeingVIPDined on 2/9/2013Great pre-theater dining. Creative, tasty menu! They just need to hook up w/ the Music Center SHUTTLE free service and get on the Center Theater Group brochure for next season and they would fil up for early dinner seating on weekends. Michael's a wonderful attentive, knowledgeable waiter! I miss the ambiance and visual decor and taste of the pastry chef's special colorful display. The coffee mugs lowers the ambiance to Dupar's Coffee shop level. Please bring back the pastry chef,even in limited quantity! It was very unique and attractive. It made me feel like a kid in a candy store.Special Features:
- We were very happy with thisOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/2/2013We were very happy with this place. It comes off more simple than it actually is.Special Features:
- so bummed they closed. serviceRafaelDined on 2/2/2013so bummed they closed. service was always weak however the fantastic food made up for it.Special Features:
- I had a delicious organicOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 1/31/2013I had a delicious organic chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies. The corn is very tasty and the hot bread is very good!Special Features:
- Cocktail waitress was rude.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/31/2013Cocktail waitress was rude. Server was good, but would disappear for LONG periods of time. Food was good, but nothing to rave about. The space is nice, but empty. Considering it's location so close to LA LIVE, the restaurant has potential but needs a lot of work to make it recommendable and exciting.
- I want to love this place,FineDiningFanVIPDined on 1/31/2013I want to love this place, but there service is always slow. I appreciate taking time with a meal, but not everyone out to lunch is on unlimited time; I dare say most people in this downtown area have busy schedules. Please take and deliver 1st round of drinks quickly and follow up quickly. The same goes for happy hour or dinner. Unfortunately, waiting for a check can turn a lovely experience into a more tension-filled one. Good food, pleasant servers, pleasant environment. Please just learn to more aptly read the needs of the guests at your tables.
- Food was average, but serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/26/2013Food was average, but service was terrible. With other great options, no need to return.
- We enjoyed our night out withOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/26/2013We enjoyed our night out with our friends, which was the main point of the evening. Most of the food we ordered was delicious. The pork shank had amazing flavors, and was so tender. The beef cheek pot roast was also a great choice with the root vegetables. It was a LOT smaller than I thought, but cute presentation with the popover. The rib eye steak was tender, but it was definitely not worth the $48. It was thin & slightly burnt on top; more like a $28 steak. After some issues, manager was kind enough to come to our table: kudos to the recovery effort! Looks like they shortened their dessert list because there were only three options. Ended up walking down the street to another restaurant for dessert.Special Features:
- Beautiful restaurant and good food!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 1/23/2013A group of us went out for a co-worker's birthday lunch. The food selection was a bit eclectic but everything was very tasty. Love the fresh pretzel bread given as we waited for our food and the desserts were terrific too! The restaurant itself was beautiful with high ceilings and lots of windows providing tons of natural light. Since it was lunchtime, it wasn't terribly busy so the noise level was low. The host that seated us and wait staff were very friendly but upon exit it would have been nice to be acknowledged as there were two hosts at the podium. Overall, everyone enjoyed it!Special Features:
- It was my firt time dining31717wildflowerDined on 1/17/2013It was my firt time dining here. I took a group of co-workers to celebate a bday lunch. I had the cobb and must say had a hard time finding the fish. One of my co-workers ordered the Salmon sandwich and found two bones in his fish. One he caught, the other he swallowed. Would give it a second chance but not soon.Special Features:
- Quantity vs qualitylocaleaterVIPDined on 1/14/2013The location is convenient for business lunches and the service is very good from the reception to table side. I have only dined in at lunch and while the flavor is good, the ingredients of high quality, the portions have left me hungry both times. Key menu items are very light in filling, and size. In fairness, abundant in flavor, just skimpy. I'll be going elsewhere next time for a little more balance in quantity vs quality.
- First time at Towne...OrderedOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 1/10/2013First time at Towne...Ordered the Kale salad and loved it...Great service and overall very positive experience...will be heading back soon.Special Features:
- Nice looking spot, great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/8/2013Nice looking spot, great food choices but the quality is just not there. Everything sounded great but was just average. This restaurant has to up it's game if it wants to stay in an area like downtown LA.Special Features:
- Second time to visit thisPSmithVIPDined on 1/1/2013Second time to visit this establishment. Excellent food and a fine staff! Delicious brussell sprouts! and the mussells were divinely prepared. Thanks for a lovely evening!Special Features:
- New Year's Eve, so it wasOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/31/2012New Year's Eve, so it was a prix fixe menu. Two of us had the salmon, which was excellent. One had the braised short ribs, which were good, but not memorable. Skip the marinated artichoke salad, however: tough to chew (even though ostensibly marinated). Lively spot, though, and easy valet parking.Special Features:
- Stop trying so hard to be differentRoadWarriorVIPDined on 12/30/2012I was very disappointed -- especially in the food. We went for Sunday brunch. Some dishes simply do not need to be reinvented -- or if they are, they need their own name. The French Toast was one large square of bread -- more like bread pudding. It was drenched in syrup -- on top of the already sweet bread. Too much. The lobster Cobb did not really resemble a Cobb. There was almost no blue cheese and the dressing was flavorless. The "croutons" were deep fried rock shrimp. While it was tasty, it just seemed inconsistent. Finally, although we both ordered coffee (we hesitated due to the $5 price tag) they never arrived. The place was empty so I expected better. The best service we got was from the bus boy...,
- Awful food, not fit for foodies..OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 12/28/2012Awful food, not fit for foodies.. more of a bar for late night drinkers. The food was overly salty. -- my entire table felt sick after the meal
- There were many food issues.OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 12/18/2012There were many food issues. I had the chicken paillet and it was dry as a bone as was the "salad" placed on top. One guest ordered her burger well done and it came bad rare. She had sliced it and then they took it away. They simply put the original burger back on the grill and returned it to her. Another guest ordered the "pastrami" pork sliders. when she bit into one of them she bit into a twist tie from the bag the rolls came in. Because of the food issue, the waiter gave us dessert and we ordred cupcakes - which were awful! Having said all of this, the waiter did the best he could in a very bad situation and we liked him very much. Unfortunately, I am unlikely to return
- In general the food was veryOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 12/18/2012In general the food was very good. The chorizo crusted sole was excellent, and the sea bass was nice. Scallop was good, and the cavatelli was very nice. Most people ordered the burger for lunch and it looked very nice. For appetizer, we enjoyed the octopus and pretzel. The lobster mac and cheese was a bit generic.Special Features:
- We dined here on SaturdayOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 12/15/2012We dined here on Saturday night. It has a nice look and feel. We had drinks at the bar- restaurant was pretty empty so we knew we could swing to have dinner when we were ready. Bartender was cool she had us try a new vodka which was yummy. My friend ordered a second drink and she never brought it over, but she comped it without asking which was nice. The food was fine. We tried the mussels which were sooo good- I am not a mussels person, but they were in a lovely curry sauce. The lobster mac'n'cheese was not very good, was pretty bland. The pretzel bread was yummy. We also ordered the sliders which were ok. The matzo ball soup was good, but again not memorable. We had a nice bottle of wine. Prices were all reasonable.
- We were there for a pre-theatreOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/15/2012We were there for a pre-theatre dinner. The bar was empty and the restaurant attendance was minimal. The food was quite good and very reasonably priced. On the westside, the prices would be much higher for this quality of food. The service was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately, the restaurant had the charm of a bus station. This would be satisfactory for lunch but not inviting for dinner.Special Features:
- OverpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/11/2012This place was just ok. The food was decent but overpriced. It seems downtown LA opens a new restaurant and they feel like they need to be overpriced and she she. I wouldn't say not to try it but there are other places I'd go to before here like El Cholo, Lawrys Carver, Trader Vic's, The Yardhouse, even Rock n Fish.
- My first time at this newPSmithVIPDined on 12/10/2012My first time at this new establishment! Loved it! The menu is very creative and TASTY!!! Thank you for a delightful evening!Special Features:
- Was so excited to eat hereOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 12/9/2012Was so excited to eat here and was let down. My friend had the briscuit burger which was fantastic. I ordered the tagliatelle which I sent back because the pasta was almost raw (not aldente, just under cooked) and the peas were also not cooked. The replacement dish was a white bean ravioli but it came 10 min after my friend was done with his meal and it came in an odd sauce which did not compliment the dish at all. I took it to go because I was not going to send back another dish. The burger however, was great. While I was waiting for my replacement dish I asked for more bread so I would have something to eat while my friend was eating and because I was told it would be 10 minutes for my food. I got charged for the bread $6.Special Features:
- slow service, out of our firstOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 12/7/2012slow service, out of our first two wine choices, $48 steaks that were overcooked, and bad acoustics with large parties in the back made for a bad experience. Even if the steaks were cooked properly, they were not anywhere near the type of quality you expect at that pric.
- Meh.OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/7/2012Ambiance was good, service was good ... food ... meh. Not impressed.