Checkers Downtown

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$31 to $50
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Californian
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 Harout Hadjinian.
, 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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3.8based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience, Victor out waiter and Chef Harout were amazing. Fast service, great food, and will definitely come back. I recommend this place for everyone.

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AnthonyN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I paid almost $300 for a mediocre dinner (for 2). Dining room is closed (permanently?) and the only seating was on the roof. Seems nice, right? Wrong. It was cold, windy, and noisy. They only had 3 space heaters for the entire roof, and our table was not anywhere near any of them. The sound of the hotel AC and helicopters nearby made talking at a normal conversation level difficult. The view is ok, not great, as most of the buildings around are taller than the Hilton, so you can't see very far. The giant red "Hilton" sign next to the dining area is neither cute nor trendy, and it ruins any semblance of ambiance. Food was okay, not spectacular, but cost a lot PLUS there is an administrative fee tacked on to every ordrer for some reason. They also ran out of one of only two dessert options that night. The staff is nice though, so it's not their fault, just a poorly run restaurant. Never eat here. Ever. Even if they pay you.

RG
ReenaG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My review is only on the valentines day experience on the rooftop. Go somewhere else for this day! Only had one person serving and one person sitting, wait was forever to get to next meal and it seemed unorganized. The singer was great though. Not enough heaters and just needed at least more people to be attending to guest

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vipLouisK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Checkers has come (fallen) a long way since it was the sister property to the Campton Place in S.F. On a Saturday night, the restaurant was a morgue. Only eight total covers for the evening, and our party accounted for six of them. Servers doubled as bartenders and, possibly, bellman, busboys, and the cleaning crew. My scallops on saffron rice was excellent -- best in show. Other items ranged from very good to very poor. The menu notes in very fine print at the bottom that the restaurant charges a 4% admin fee, not for health benefits or the kitchen staff, but to cover the cost of operating the restaurant. ISN'T THAT WHAT THE MENU PRICES ARE SUPPOSED TO DO? Guess Hilton could not charge a "resort fee" to dine at the restaurant and so figured this was the next best way to mislead customers about the true cost of the food.

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vips2artr
Los Angeles
341 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were disappointed that the dining room was not in use and we had to dine in the bar High top seats were not very comfortable. The food was very good and nicely presented Service was excellent, friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was an interesting experience because they aren't open for dinner so we had the entire place to ourselves. The good thing is that. The bad thing is it was very cold in there and they couldn't fix it. Food was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You had confirmed my reservation and when we arrived we learned that the restaurant was not open! The very I manager open up the restaurant and served us our meal,,

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NancyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is permanently closed but Open Table let us make a reservation so we had no idea it was not open. So we ate in the bar. Not many people very quiet. The food was good though and the service good. Just not what we expected.

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vipdory
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Why did you eliminate your dining room? The food was excellent and the service "the best ever!"
I could only eat one bite of my rib eye. IT was too tough to cut! I was up on the PH floor and couldn't do anything about it. Did you fire your cooK? It was disappointing. The view was wonderful and the server very efficient...you just got rid of a treasure.

I would only come to your venue for drinks, not food.

I am so sorry.

PJ
PeterJohn
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food is very good but for two straight nights we were the only diners. Granted this was the weekend when the City is empty of serious foodies. We had the place to ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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1Bigrat
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

RS
RobertS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JK
JulieK
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipkynthera
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipEliza
Palm Springs
119 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipL22016
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
vipKimM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

WL
vipWineLA411
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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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vipSheryl
Los Angeles
277 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall4food2service2ambience5

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.

KJ
vipKeithJ
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service
The Sea Bass was absolutely amazing

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vipOCDi
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

SB
vipSamB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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vippeeps
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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Charli
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

JS
vipJeanS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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gwbell
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

G
Gotroy
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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astonv12460
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall4food5service1ambience4

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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vipronk
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall1food1service