Checkers Downtown

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393 reviews
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The menu at 1927 Bar & Kitchen can best be described as an epicurean adventure from classic to contemporary. Under the creative direction of our new Executive Chef Edy Lucas, the menu features California cuisine rooted in fresh, market-driven ingredients and seasonal cooking.

1927 Bar & Kitchen is located in the historic Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel. In the restaurant you’ll find photos of Los Angeles through the decades. Located off the lounge, the outdoor patio offers a relaxed dining experience, perfect for grabbing cocktails and small plates with a group or for a more intimate dinner for two, all while enjoying the beauty of Los Angeles’ wonderful weather.
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1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really discouraged by lack of professionalism, value of food and caliber of manager. My boss had to search for 15 minutes to find wait staff in kitchen, then proceed to be sat at a dirty linen table. Food order came out wrong and when manager was notified, the reaction was extremely disappointing. Nothing taken off bill. etc. This was a high profile lunch with LA City politicios. We will never return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This used to be a very special boutique hotel and restaurant. Now it’s part of the Hilton chain and has sadly been downgraded and homogenized. Probably won’t go back.

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

When I checked in at the restaurant, they seemed to be totally oblivious to the fact that I had a reservation for six people. One would think that someone would look at the reservation list and have a table set up for a group of six. Most of the tables are set for 2 or 4. Fortunately it was not busy and they were able to accommodate us easily. The food is adequate, but nothing special, especially for the price. The service was very good and attentive. We'll return but probably not worry about making a reservation, and not for the food.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for pre-theater dinner. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was quiet, intimate and conducive to conversation. Not quite walking distance to the Music Center (unless you're young and energetic), but just a short drive up Grand Avenue. Easy in and out with free valet parking for patrons. The service was very attentive but unobtrusive. All in all a very enjoyable experience. This might become our "go to" place for a pre-theater meal.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was quite and cozy.
Food was great and the service was good, too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was empty. We are the only guest at the restaurant. And services was the worth I never been to. It was really big disappointment for me and my wife

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k
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers is an excellent downtown LA restaurant. The food is always great!
Its quiet you can hear one another during a business meeting.
Food is stable without many surprises, could be a little more adventurous, but its good.
Service is always excellent.
Free valet service at the entance is a real plus!

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E
Palm Springs
115 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu, lovely setting for a special occasion. Outstanding choice if headed to Disney Hall.

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L
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Small departmental holiday lunch. Service was MEH, food was MEH. The Brussels sprouts were good, however.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max is the best waiter at Checkers! He is professional, thoughtful, kind, considerate, and has a great sense of humor!

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KM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a party of 15 in the private room on a Friday evening. There was only one other guest dining in the restaurant . While the food was good I can’t say the same for the service. Very slow, waitress couldn’t get our orders correct and complained about having to split the bill.
I can understand this if the restaurant was busy but that wasn’t the case.
This restaurant won’t be on my list to visit ever again.

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WL
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

As a former employee - I return to see how far down the scale this amazing venue continues to slip. At one point - Thomas Keller ran this kitchen - and today it has very untrained service professionals 'servicing' the floor... the food is actually acceptable but when servers bring dirty glassware, forget that oatmeal comes with milk, and bring you into a dirty dining room and sit you at an undressed table... you can't give the location a high mark.

I wish the venue well and hope that management knows where they are operating... from the lack of management overview - I witnessed - it appears bleak.

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S
Los Angeles
277 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing for Sunday Brunch! My eggs benedict were clearly warmed over and tough and the english muffins tasted like cardboard. The waiter poured coffee that was barely tepid and I sent it back. No wonder there was hardly anyone in the restaurant! The prices are high but the food is clearly not on anyone's mind - only the money.

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OT
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very diverse menu and wine list, with great service in a well appointed space. The halibut was off the charts good!

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service
The Sea Bass was absolutely amazing

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OC
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise. Our daughter was staying at the hotel and we decided to just meet at the restaurant instead of going out. The food was outstanding. We had appetizers of eggplant roulade and the beet and goat salad - both were excellent. The Chilean sea bass was a very generous portion and was absolutely delicious.

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SB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice dining experience. The food was good and the service was very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We booked the reservation at Checkers because of its close proximity to the Ahmanson Theatre and complimentary shuttle to and from the theatre. It is very convenient to valet park in the hotel and not deal with parking at the theatre. However, after dinner we were informed by the waiter he could not reach the shuttle service and could only offer to call us a cab (at our expense), which meant we would also have to call a cab to get back to the hotel afterward! Now pressed for time, we had to quickly leave and try to get parking at the theatre. We were extremely disappointed in the way this was handled, especially since the waiter told us there was trouble in the past with this shuttle service.

Otherwise the food was very good and service was friendly, but the way they handled the debacle with the shuttle service was less than acceptable.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well, I'd love to write a review but the restaurant was closed. It was Easter Sunday but Open Table listed it as open and accepted the reservation. This was supposed to be a relaxed dinner for my husband and myself after hosting family for a week - and we wound up with take out. I'm really disappointed but I don't know if it's Open Table or the restaurant's fault. We've eaten here many times and enjoy it but clearly we can't trust this app or the restaurant at this point.

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C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've always enjoyed dining at Checkers. This time was as good as I remembered. The menu was great as was the service. I looking forward to dining at Checkers again in the near future.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place for a private business breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excellent service, discrete and attentive. Would recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I brought my brother for his 40th birthday. How embarrassing! What was described as a cool, classic downtown restaurant was nothing more than a sad, old, hotel restaurant. The food was executed fine, but even with an empty restaurant we barely saw the server, had to ask for drink menus, etc. the furniture was beat up and ugly, the ambience was like a basement with windows. Wish I had chosen a better spot for such a special occasion since they didn't bother to read my request about it being his birthday.

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OT
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful brunch in a beautiful dining room before going to Disney Hall. Sure beats the restaurants closer to the Music Center for ambience and menu selections.

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JS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Checkers is a very reliable venue. Wonderful service, nicely appointed dining room and quiet enough to have a discussion without the all-too-common hustle/bustle "din" noise that makes so many restaurants difficult to have a business meeting in for lunch.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was slow, the food choices were not compelling and they did not have our reservation.

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g
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Undiscovered Gem!! Chef Walter very personable, knowledgeable and creative! Patio dining was quiet and comfortable! All in all, a truly enjoyable dining experience and my wife and I hope to return in the near future!!

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always first rate. Restaurant is very classy and well maintained. Service and food always top notch. Validated parking. Quiet.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, our server was attentive and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We had fabulous cocktails in the bar before dinner, and would certainly choose Checkers again.

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a
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The wild arugula burger and fries is among the best burger and fries you will ever eat. I've had it once before and it was exceptional both times. Only difference this time was the service was very slow despite being nearly empty inside. But I still recommend this restaurant. The food is very good. And the ambiance is quiet and classy.

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r
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

That was the worst meal I've had in a long time. Took 3 bites if the French dip and couldn't eat anymore. It was bad. I was hungry but couldn't do anymore. To bad the waiter couldn't get my hint that it was not pleasant. I would not recommend this for our puppy let alone someone else. This btw is the first time I've ever written a review in this app.

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B
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant closed without notifying us and we did not find out until our large party arrived.

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k
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very easy in andand out, free valet and excellent service and food.

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GR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

My breakfast was fine, the ambience was fine, the service was sub-standard.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother's Day brunch was phenomenal. When we got there they were still setting up but once done, it was really beautiful. Highly recommend it for future festive brunches.

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R
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at Checkers and had breakfast before leaving. My daughter and I shared two items so we could have protein and a sweet item- the 2 eggs any style and the Belgium Waffle.
The eggs came with potatoes which were small rose potatoes grilled or sautéed with wonderful shallots that add great flavor. The Waffle comes with strawberries and very generous side of fruit. That day it was pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and pieces of melon. All of this fruit was ripe and delicious. Also on the side was a small pitcher of maple syrup- my only disappointment was that the syrup did not seem to be pure maple but seemed to be part corn syrup and was not warm enough... But a great breakfast and the organic coffee that was refilled at the right time was a perfect beverage.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We reserved a table not realizing checkers is a hotel restaurant. There was no one to greet us, the food took nearly an hour, and was hit or miss. The favorite was the fish part of the fish and chips. Fortunately, there wasgood wine to be had, although I had to ask for the wine list.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

When you guys search thru Google or other else for see how they're looks like, don't believe it. They don't have a balcony and view. They're located on ground floor.
The food wise, so bad. Tasted was very salty and I ate steaks and lobster grill plate, it was very horriable. I requested medium rare, however the meat lost juicy taste and it was very dry

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day before we saw the Magic Flute at the Dorthy Chandler. The service was above par. The wait staff were really attentive and were considerate with of our time constraint. We were able to have all three courses in a reasonable amount of time without feeling rushed. My girlfriend did confess that the potato pancake that was served with the filet was a little too salty. And I will admit that the lobster served with the filet was underwhelming. The desserts were definitely the stars. Overall, the night was great and I would come back if I was in downtown again.

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D
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and ambiance. Service out of turn with a later couple finishing ahead, and we were late for the opera despite asking initially to be finished on time an hour ahead, when we were seated. The wAitress was covering too many tables. This was on a holiday so an enigma.

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S
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is not special or spectacular in any way. It is just okay. The service was a little slow and did not come around often enough. I wanted more water and had to wait a long time before anyone showed up to refill it. Also, the wine list is mediocre.

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