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96th Street Bistro at Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel

34 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (15)
  • Fit for Foodies (11)
  • Great for Lunch (7)

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96th Street Bistro, located at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, serves hearty American cuisine with global flair in its bright and friendly eatery. For a delicious starter, try the calamari with sweet chili sauce and the hummus with fresh veggies and pita bread. House entrees include the miso-slathered chicken with shiitake jus, the wine braised short ribs and the creamy pasta carbonara. 96th Street Bistro also has a popular array of sandwiches, such as the classic grilled cheese with tomato bisque and the Cali burger topped with crisp bacon and avocado. If you stop by for breakfast, the fresh and fully-loaded buffet makes an excellent choice and you can feast on omelets, fresh fruit, waffles and make-your-own breakfast sandwiches.

With its cool California vibe and serious attitude towards culinary delights, 96th Street Bistro is certainly not your typical hotel restaurant.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 337-2800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Peterson Jr.
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Cross street
96th Steet
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Parking details
Parking structure on site. Three hour validation when dining.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSunshine (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant several times as the workshop group that we attend stays at the hotel here. I always book my reservations through OpenTable and I don't think they have ever once properly checked me in so that I have gotten my points – even though I always ask them to make sure they check me in properly so I get my points. I'm very frustrated.

vipDarlene (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

I had a confirmed reservation at the Bistro and when I arrived they didn't have my reservation saying they are no longer a part of Open Table and fortunately they had a table for the 5 of us.

So what up here, how did I get a confirmation and no reservation and do I get my booking points?

vipEHBranchburg (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2015

Great dining near LAX. The 96th Street Bistro is not your typical hotel restaurant, but has a good variety of menu choices, excellent quality entrees and great service. The filet I had was cooked perfectly.

Brookie (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

The service at this place was so bad that it made spending $12 for onion soup and $14 for a margarita flat bread pizza so painful I did not order the $9 dessert and coffee (price unknown) that I really really wanted. The soup was great. The flat bread was flat in flavor with simple shards of over cooked basil. I think the dessert would have been good. But among other problems the waiter failed to bring this tired traveler a menu until 15+ minutes after i requested it. So, I got a $5 ice cream treat from the gift shop and made coffee in my room instead.

vipL0723 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2014

The food was very good with a good selection in the menu.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Basic hotel food but at a high price. Meal was ok for chain resturant but prices were high end.

vipMfishesq (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2014

This is just an OK place to have dinner if you are staying at the hotel.

cleanplate (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on September 9, 2014

had the salmon on corn and aparagus. salmon done right, not overcooked which is a common mistake. corn may be canned, was good. asparagus just shy of completely cooked but was fine. happy staff , not chatty which was great.

Mike (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

Try the French onion soup. Period. It is one of the best and you would not suspect it.

STNick1 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

96th Street Bistro is a great place for casual dining or special occasions. The lack of check marks just means we didn't try anything but an Easter dinner. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't an off-menu list of specials for a holiday as there was on Christmas Day, but the three of us found plenty to enjoy. One person said the French onion soup was the best she had ever tasted. My Cobb salad was fairly predictable, but with dietary restrictions, that was exactly what I needed. Ingredients were fresh and tasty, and the dressing complemented the greens and other additions perfectly. We split a shrimp flatbread, which made it a great appetizer -- nicely peppery, so beware if you prefer your food on the bland side.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

I think it is a very convenient place to dine if you are staying at the hotel or nearby. There is really nothing notable about the food. I will give it an "average" rating.

vipTomB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

We enjoyed a pleasant New Year’s Eve dinner on our second visit here in five months. The dishes are creative, like the layered tomato and mozzarella appetizer. The wait staff is attentive and patient. It is my favorite restaurant near LAX as the food is much better than you would expect at a hotel near a major airport.

GlobalDiner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2013

We had a long layover at LAX and wanted to escape the monotony of another USA airport and found 96th Street Bistro on OpenTable. The food variety was good and the quality was surprisingly good for an airport hotel. This will definitely be a spot on our list when transiting at LAX.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2013

We met our relative who had a 4 hour layover before he had to go back to his new home in Australia. The traffic from Ventura was gruesome! We made it but was late. Food was awesome. Lamb shank,Shortribs and Flat iron steak all were great! We had dessert as well and rushed back to LAX with plenty of time Our server Ivan was great. Hotel gave free parking. It worked out fine. Found reviews on Yelp for airport close places to eat that helped my decision.

EnergyEngr (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2013

Was there for a business diner and it was overall a very good experience. We got a chance to talk and eat and were not interrupted by the servers. It was not crowded, we were not rushed and my guest felt special and appreciated.

Close to the airport and the bar was excellent as a starter before our meal.

Very good experience.

vipojaijim (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2013

The food was actually quite good, particularly the salads and the flatbreads. My biggest problem was that there was a large group in the restaurant who were there for some type of sales promotion meeting complete with speaker and flip charts. Why this wouldn't have been held in one of the hotel's meeting rooms is a complete mystery to me. It definitely ruined the "ambience" of the restaurant for that evening.

vipTomB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2013

At the 96th Street Bistro one can look forward to inspired fusion cuisine. I enjoyed the grilled Mahi-Mahi kebabs with grilled vegetables. The peach parfait with mascarpone featured grilled peaches provided a fine finish to an excellent meal. Our server, Fermin, provided attentive service and patiently answered all our questions regarding the menu. I will return the next time I stay at LAX before a flight home.

vipWeekendFarmer (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2013

For people needing a good restaurant near LAX, 96th Street Bistro is a good choice. Friday night had a female singer, who added to the experience. I would not choose this restaurant, unless you already needed to be in the LAX area. There are too many other good places within a 20 minute drive.

LisaE (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 10, 2013

We went to dinner for our anniversary. It's where we had our rehearsal dinner, which was just about perfect. The anniversary dinner did not disappoint, either. The staff works hard to get everything right and the food is quite good. Probably the best fine dining in Westchester.

vipLindaB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2013

Very pleasantly surprised by the excellent food and service at this airport hotel. My miso grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and long beans was delicious and my husband enjoyed the salmon. Fresh ingredients and well prepared food!

vipDJIceman (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2013

Delicious food in an upscale yet uninspired setting, with spotty service. Actually, the server was quite friendly and corrected all mistakes, but there were lots of little mistakes...

vipOceanMark (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2013

Very good food, excellent service and attitude. Perfect for our big family group.

vipjaycee (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2012

This is in a hotel right by the airport. We sat in the bar area on the couch; table was really low and crowded when we got our food. Our server had no idea how to do the Open Table reservation thing. We only ate here because we were starving. It was a typical hotel restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2012

I've eaten here a few times before as I always stay at the Renaissance when I am in town on business.

Service tonight was slow as the restaurant got a rush all at one time. I ordered the "prime" ribeye entree and the steak was definately not prime grade meat as asked; it was tough, chewy, and tasted like choice grade. The entree had excellent flavor as did the soup appetizer. The chef always seasons his food very well.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2012

Had a lovely dinner there on layover to Hawaii from the midwest. This our tradition. Perfect hotel and perfect restaurant for this relaxing respite.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2012

It was an OK brunch, nothing spectacular. The breads and sweet rolls were dry and no way to warm them up. We were some of the first people there, so everything should have been very fresh. The only thing the wait staff did was bring the coffe, orange juice, and the bill. I know it was a buffet, but there was no concern about if we had concerns or questions.
We had dinner there the night before the that food and service was great.

RonT (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on July 13, 2012

The pasta dish my wife had was outstanding.

vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2012

What a great find for a hotel restaurant. The food was delicious with a great variety on the menu. The service was very attentive and the prices were also very reasonable for the location convenience.

vipJupiter (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2012

I made a reservation for an 11:30am Brunch on Mother's day. Upon arrival I was told bunch was over at 11:00am? The lunch and dinner menu was good, but very limited. Needless to say, my party and I was very dissappointed and made the best of bad situation.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2012

Was great place for family gathering. Just brunch/buffet ended too early but management showed flexibility.