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Permanently Closed - Ba Restaurant

197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ba Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA is the product of an artist and sculptor creating a stunning space in which to enjoy French provincial classics. Using haute cuisine techniques and only the freshest California seasonal ingredients, diners are treated to a constantly changing array of menu choices.

There are small plates that offer everything from charcuterie to unique vegan soups on the Ba Restaurant menu. Entr�es might feature unique seafood dishes like the moules frites or ono wahoho with opal basil pistou. There are meat and vegetarian entr�es too, and it would be a grave error to finish up a meal at Ba Restaurant without dessert. With options like the frangipane tart or the fresh orange cake you cannot go wrong.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Provencal, Californian, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and,Saturday - 5:00pm -10:00pm

Sunday 5:00 - 9:30

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

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Phone number
(323) 739-6243
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Graham
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Private party facilities
Dining room available for parties of 20 - 35 guests, back patio available for parties of 8 - 15
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Ba Restaurant caters small and large events offering menu favorites or a special selection put together personally by chef James Graham.
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Cross street
Avenue 51
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Parking details
Lots of it, free after 8:00 p.m.
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Public transit
Goldline - Highland Park
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dina (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

Ba had an interesting selection of food on the menu. The moules and fries were good, but didn't come with any green vegetables. The duck was a little dry, but the sauce was tasty. We went on a weekday night and it was relatively quiet inside.

vipgabysings (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Loved it!!! It've very exciting to have French Cuisine in this neighborhood!

MartaT (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We had a great experience at Ba's. My friends came for a visit and they were looking to have a quiet evening with great food and ambiance. Ba filled all these and more. Service was attentive and the food was excellent. I have been at Ba's before and each time has been a wonderful experience.

JillS (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Small menu, very simple but tasty options. Everything was very fresh and the service was great. The lamb stew was delicious.

vipnlhyo (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

I love coming to Ba for brunch but the dinner is a missed opportunity for good dining. Ingredients aren't listed in menu descriptions and entree options are off seasonally. No grace in knife cuts or presentation. Desserts seemed frozen not fresh. Our tart was hot in the outside still frozen in the middle. With its price point Ba could really be killing it but it seems
Like it's just chugging along.

vipLuvBling (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

This is a small venue. The menu is limited but excellent. There are no frills here but it's the food that takes the spotlight. Pork chop was outstanding. We ordered the three desserts on the menu and all were outstanding.

vipFoodE (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

In the hip York Blvd area, this is a nice, not overpriced (but not cheap either), restaurant. Not too big. We ate outdoors in a small patio with metal tables and chairs on uneven floor - so quaint. Daily selection of fresh items - carefully sourced and prepared, but not overly elaborate. We had 2 grilled fish dishes that were both different and tasty. Fun area to stroll around and enjoy the new local bar scene, and brewery (Hermasillo). Nearby public parking lots tend to fill up, so go early if you have a reservation.

LisetteC (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on April 21, 2016

Four of us went with a friend who had been there before and loved it on a Friday night in April. The food was excellent. We had each something different and the service great. This time, on a Thursday, they didn't expect a busy night, so they only had one waiter who did everything (seating, serving and bussing). He did a fair job of keeping up, but at the end, when more people showed up, we had to wait a considerable time to get our empty plates cleared and the check. The menu was uninspiring that night and the food just okay at best. I had raved about this place, so bringing someone new and having just an okay meal, was disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2016

In the growing York Boulevard scene in Highland Park, French restaurant Ba stands at 51st and York. I've probably been there twenty times now. While it's priced higher than a casual restaurant (expect to spend $30 a person for entree and drink), its quiet and elegant atmosphere is exactly what I love. We often start with a bread-cheese-and-fruit board, usually not listed but can be made. The menu changes daily, although the steak-and-fries is offered all the time--a sure, good thing. It's a thin tasty steak, cooked to order. I like medium rare, and it comes medium rare. The fries are thin and accented with fresh parsley.

Most recently, I had grilled salmon there for the first time--flavorful and tender. If the grilled tuna is on the menu next time, I might try that.

While the beer and wine list is not large, the selections are wonderfully eclectic. The creme brule is out of this world. My wife and I love the place by ourselves or to entertain friends. It's a place you can talk and relax without being rushed.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

The entire wait staff and kitchen staff were so accommodating we were running late for our reservation and they waited for us didn't feel rushed enjoy the overall experience!

vipYummy (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

I love the hip decor which creates for an intimate dining experience. I admire the integrity of how the ingredients were sourced.

I felt that the preparation showed quite well that the food was quite fresh, but overall everything felt underseasoned and we were underwhelmed by the food experience. The preparation of the food was fine, but nothing that I couldn't do at home.

We will likely not return.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We enjoyed the evening, the menu you was a price-fix, but full of options and inspired items. The food was great and the idea of including champagne was a nice touch. Due to the number of reservations that night, I would have staffed up on the servers. Its too bad the Hostess didn't help the servers with taking care of water and wine refills, that would have alleviated many of the issues.

DanL (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Found this on Yelp. Tired Ba for Valentines Day dinner. Surpassed the positive reviews we read. Exceeded our expectations. Our server was highly knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. The food clearly showcased the effort that went into it. My wife raved about the red velvet soup, and I could have eaten the braised lobster appetizer as an entree. One negative, the tables were a bit too close together, but that is admittedly picking at nits. A truly memorable experience.

surfchicken (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2016

I brought my son and GF to Ba for a treat (they are at Oxy) and they loved the Moules Frites. We had never seen the mussels right on top of the fries, I'd only seen them served separately in France. But the delicious potato soup that was left when the mussels were gone was delicious. I ordered the Columbia River salmon and it was cooked to perfection with a delicious onion something on the top. Nice choice of wines. Will go back in a heartbeat.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2015

I've been to Ba a couple of times and I've enjoyed eating there each time. I only wish they would move to Pasadena.

Toosy (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

I am always pleased with the food at Ba, and the service is always excellent. Thrilled to have a gem like Ba in our neighborhood.

Feast (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

We had a nice enough dinner here. But nothing too great about the food really. By description it sounded delicious. On the plate not too attractive, or especially unique in flavor. Almost no vegetables with my Ahi Tuna. My date thought his Steak Frites lacked any flavor at all.
The French white wine was wonderful. Service very nice. And it was quiet. So nice!

Jillinka (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2015

We've dined here twice. Once was amazing, this time was only ok. Ambiance is still a draw - intimate setting, nice decor and a great place to go with a date or friends where you can have a real conversation, not shout over the noise. We also had a great wine, recommended to us by the server. However the food just didn't measure up this time. Not bad, just nothing special, a bit on the bland side, and not many interesting choices on the menu either. Only the mushroom brulee was outstanding. Makes me somewhat hesitant to go again, but then again, our first visit was so positive that I think I'll give it at least one more try.

GoodGrub (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2015

We enjoyed our meal here and found the food to be way above average and the staff was friendly and prompt. Beyond the food the wine list was also excellent and priced well. I can see Ba becoming a regular spot for me.

vipJack (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2015

Very charming. Excellent lunch with attentive service. Thank you!