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About Checkers Downtown

The menu at Checkers Downtown can best be described as an epicurean adventure from classic to contemporary. Under the creative direction of Executive Chef Walter Rowin, the menu features California cuisine rooted in fresh, market-driven ingredients and seasonal cooking.

Checkers Downtown 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.

535 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday

Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am

Lunch: 11am - 2:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Saturday:

Breakfast: 7:00am - 12:00pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Sunday:

Breakfast: 7:00am - 12:00pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Lounge/ bar:

Monday to Friday

3pm- 1am

Saturday and Sunday

12pm -1am

Cross Street:
5th Street and Grand Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 891-0519

Website:
http://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-checkers-los-angeles-LAXCHHF/dining/index.html

Entertainment:
Dine with us and enjoy complementary transportation to the downtown theaters.

Catering:
Private rooms for groups of 10 - 200 guests are available. Please contact 213-891-0503 for more information.

One of a kind Penthouse Rooftop Special Events found only in Downtown LA are available!

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for Checkers Downtown guests.

Executive Chef:
Walter Rowin

Private Party Facilities:
Whether an intimate gathering among family and friends or a business meeting among colleagues, Checkers Downtown is the perfect spot for your next special event. We have private rooms for groups of 10 - 100 guests available.

Private Party Contact:
Sales & Catering: (877) 727-0548

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private rooms for groups of 10 - 100 guests are available. Please contact 213-891-0503 for more information.
One of a kind Penthouse Rooftop Special Events found only in Downtown LA are available!

Checkers Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Outstanding food and service
The Sea Bass was absolutely amazing

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2016

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2016

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!!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2016

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2016

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2016

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2016

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2016

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 17, 2016

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 12, 2016

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Despite an OpenTable reservation and confirmation and THREE phone calls , when we arrived for our brunch for 12 people, no table was set and they were surprised to see us. It took 25 minutes to set the table, literally. Service was equally slow, which MIGHT be why the poached eggs were hard. About 60% of the orders were close to accurate, at best, 2 did not arrive at all and one had to be re-ordered three times. On the other hand, the bill was staggeringly high. I chose the restaurant because it was good years ago and conveniently located for a Sunday matinee at the Music Center. The best thing can say is that maybe it was not the worst dining experience I have had in LA in decades. Maybe.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2016

A good place to go for a pre-theatre or pre-sporting event dinner. Good service. Reliable food quality. Quiet. Comfortable. Easy parking.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Was very excited from the pictures we found on Yelp and other sources. Little did I know most of the pictures were taken at the bar. I guess the bar was cool but dinner was not happening. Took 15 minutes to get our drinks, didn't even get offered water. Good had no flavor. I was actually really disappointed.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2015

We were 8 people for breakfast - the food was great as was the service. We were there for a meeting - the room was very quiet and easy to hear.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2015

We had a wonderful meal with great service here. The lobby bar at the Checkers Hilton is a treat as well. The only sad thing is that the restaurant was so empty on a Tuesday evening that it felt a little lonesome. Too bad, too! It's in a great location, not a bad walk from the Music Center, except for the climb back up Grand to get back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Our food and service was outstanding. Between us we had rack of lamb, salmon, sea bass, and butternut squash ravioli, all of which was amazing. The flavors exceeded expectations and the presentation was phenomenal! Great place to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2015

The wait was very minimal, there menu selections are good the wine is priced excellent.
I was bummed that there was no outside seating.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 26, 2015

We ate at the hotel because we were staying there and too tired to look for another restaurant. If it weren't for that we probably wouldn't have eaten there because LA has so many great eateries. That said, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the food was really good. The restaurant was quiet with understated elegance, ambiance and soft music in the background. Our server was very attentive. We both had a dinner salad with chicken that was delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to eat there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2015

Best of all it has FREE parking in downtown LA! Food is great, service is excellent and you can hear all of your guests. Its a great place for a business lunch meeting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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