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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Downtown / South and East LA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bar Jackalope restaurant
5.0
5 (124)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bar Jackalope is Seven Grand’s hidden whiskey lounge, where we offer comparative whiskey flights prepared and presented by our house whiskey curators. With a comfortable, candlelit indoor space filled with jazz music, along with an exclusive patio for cigar enjoyment, we offer a relaxing oasis from the hustle, bustle and noise of downtown Los Angeles. To preserve the soothing, intimate ambiance, Bar Jackalope has tables that can accommodate groups of up to 6, with the rest of the tables having a maximum capacity of 2 or 4. We do have a time limit on tables oo 2 hours. We do not do split parties, and discourage guests from making more than one reservation to try and have parties bigger than 6. If you want to reserve a table for more than 6 please email info@barjackalope.com for more information.

If you are looking for a special, comfortable place to unwind, celebrate, or simply relax with delicious whiskey, we invite you to make a reservation with us! Hope to see you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
OPENTABLE requires a food rating but please note that Although there is no food served here EVERYTHING else was simply OUTSTANDING! Here on business for work & tried this place. My husband & I attended last night & we loved it! If you love Bourbon & cigars with a nice atmosphere/ambiance, music playing on vinyl this is the place for you! We will return when we’re in town again & will definitely recommend it to friends!
A photo of TENSHO restaurant
4.9
4.9 (57)
$50 and over
Shabu-shabu
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Even if seats are full, we may still have availability. Also, special requests or inquiries would be welcome. Please do not hesitate to reach us by phone (213-617-1016).

5.3.2022 Tue
NEW OPEN in Little Tokyo
[TENSHO]

Right in the heart of Little Tokyo, “Kagaya” has established itself a top tier shabu shabu restaurant. Now, the torches have been handed to a new head chef and owner, the next generation to carry the torches of tradition and exquisite flavor, with the new name of TENSHO.

Trained in traditional Japanese cookery, this 23 year veteran chef is on his way to introducing a new wave of Japanese delicacies to the States. As close as you can get to Japan itself, this chef brings his revisioned menu, with patron favorites, and extensive sake list. The desert and a la carte menu is designed by their French trained chef. 

The wagyu beef is of A5 rank.  The seafood, carefully selected to be of highest quality. Food that is not only delicious but also good for the health. 
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Tensho doesn’t disappoint, the food and service is always top notch.
A photo of Genwa Korean BBQ DTLA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (22)
$31 to $50
Korean
Downtown
About the restaurant
Enjoy a delicious meal with friends or family at Genwa Korean BBQ DTLA located at the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It boasts an contemporary decor and a casual atmosphere, offering high-quality meats and other authentic Korean dishes. Genwa dtla is renowned for its extensive variety of "banchan" Korean side dishes, setting it apart from other Korean BBQ establishments. Notably, Genwa features state-of-the-art smokeless grills, ensuring you won't smell like you've been to a campfire. Guests can choose from seafood, beef, pork and veggies to cook at their table on a smokeless grill. Genwa also has appetizers, desserts and dumplings, as well as noodle, vegetarian and rice dishes. It even provides entrées that are cooked in the kitchen. Earning top spot on LA Weekly's 10 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2012, Genwa continues to impress. It offers a full bar serving numerous drinks and cocktails. The restaurant accepts reservations and offers take-out services to guests.
Top review
IrwinMvip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Amazing ! Great team!! Thanks to Jennifer and Anna !!
A photo of PROPAGANDA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (50)
$30 and under
Italian
Arts District
About the restaurant
Propaganda focuses on organic, biodynamic, Italian natural wines, aperitivi cocktails, Italian style Tapas and the authentic Pizza (Pinsa) Romana.
Aperitivo Happy Hour everyday till 6pm and till 5pm on Sunday
Top review
CarL
Dined 4 days ago
This is my favorite happy hour spot! The food is delicious and the happy hour menu is reasonable priced for such a beautiful restaurant!
A photo of Kato restaurant
4.9
4.9 (242)
$50 and over
Chinese (Taiwan)
Downtown
About the restaurant
Kato serves seafood-focused tasting menus influenced by Taiwan and Asian American nostalgia.

Tasting Menu (Dining Room) │ $275
The dining room tasting menu focuses on seasonality and innovation.

Bar Tasting Menu │ $170
The bar tasting menu is a slightly abbreviated collection of classic Kato dishes.

An 18% fair wage and operational fee has been added to your bill. It goes to provide elevated, comprehensive benefits, as well as consistent, livable wages for all staff. Though many of our guests choose to leave gratuity for exemplary service, it is neither necessary nor expected, though it is greatly appreciated. This gratuity will be shared by all hourly staff.
Top review
ReynaCvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of the most amazing dinners I have ever had in my life. I have to go back and try the main menu.
A photo of Poppy + Rose restaurant
4.8
4.8 (640)
$30 and under
American
Flower District
About the restaurant
Poppy + Rose is known for our buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, pulled pork hash, mimosas, rose mojito and more! Come visit us at the historic SoCal Flower Market 7 days a week from 9AM-3PM.

Poppy+Rose's Rooftop Patio is currently closed; all groups will be seated in our indoor dining room located at 765 Wall Street.

Poppy+Rose welcomes walk-ins 7 days a week. For groups up to 8, reservations can be made Mon-Thurs via Open Table. We do not take reservations on Friday or Saturday for groups under 9.

For groups of 9+ we offer large party pricing and reservations 7 days a week for our dining room only. While a reservation for a large group is not necessary, the pricing for large parties will still apply to all walk-in parties of 9+. For large party reservations and buyout pricing please email gm@poppyandrose.com.

Top review
JeffHvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Outstanding. The food and service were excellent (Crab/Avocado benedict & Shrimp & Grits) .
A photo of USC University Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (91)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The University Club Restaurant is an elegant space to host work meetings or enjoy a gracious setting with friends. Our menu changes seasonally and reflects the best of local produce.

Reservations are recommended. Our dress code is Business Casual.

For reservations, call (213) 740-2030
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great place for special occasion or business lunch.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Los Angeles restaurant
4.9
4.9 (514)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
HANANKvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Amazing food and service. Every thing we ordered tasted good
A photo of Yangban restaurant
4.7
4.7 (556)
$31 to $50
Korean
Arts District
About the restaurant
Yangban, the genre-defying Korean American culinary ‘conversation’, which opened in Los Angeles’ Arts District, re-opens after a transformative interior overhaul of the space, revealing an evolution of the highly acclaimed restaurant. Now featuring a full-service dining room and updated food and beverage programs, the concept remains at its core a Modern-Korean American restaurant as told through the lens of husband-and-wife chefs Katianna and John Hong.
Recent awards include: Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants, Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America + Chefs of the Year, David Chang's Restaurant of the Year, Condé Nast Traveler's Best New Restaurants in the World and recognition from the James Beard Foundation and Michelin.

If you do not see availability, we keep a significant portion of the restaurant for walk-ins.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing restaurant. Everything is delicious and service is impeccable.
A photo of Leña at Sendero restaurant
4.7
4.7 (74)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
An Argentine influenced steakhouse, this elegant space features a menu of exquisite cuts of beef, lavish seafood platters and traditional Latin dishes. At the heart of the menu is a selection of wagyu, bone-in ribeye, and prime porterhouse sourced from renowned farms including Aspen Ridge, Dimboola and Heritage Berkshire Farms. Leña’s gaucho-inspired approach to steakhouse décor features handcrafted wood details, rich leather textures and bold drapery framing dramatic views of the sparkling city skyline.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Steak was overpriced for the quality. Environment was good overall, but could’ve been a little better we really love the live music
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