Grand Cafe @ Omni Los Angeles

4.3
480 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Positioned in the heart of downtown Los Angeles next to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Café features a California inspired cuisine that focuses on seasonal, local ingredients with an array of choices. This authentic downtown LA restaurant is a popular lunch spot for businesses surrounding the California Plaza, as well as visitors attending the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler, MOCA or The Broad Museum. Grand Café has a comfortable bistro setting and is open daily, serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and a special weekend brunch buffet* Saturday and Sunday.


*2-hour seating limit per reservation for special weekend brunch buffet.
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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is good

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was excellent. Will be going back.

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PL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the Best brunches in LA.
Great mixture of East/West and fantastic service. Food is very, very good for the price. A lot of great, diverse options and the classics are prepared very well.
Quiet, friendly and a very pretty, relaxed atmosphere while not being too casual, either.
I recommend to anyone visiting LA or locas looking for a really nice weekend experience with friends and family.

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PC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I went there for their brunch option using the travel zoo deal. Space I thought the food was OK they did offer a lot of variety including omelette station seafood dumplings and desserts however I was not blown away as it typically cost $55 per person for breakfast. I expected a little bit more for that type of price because everything there was pre-cooked in large portions so the taste was not very exquisite I did not find any spectacular value besides the crab legs which were fantastic. The prime rib was definitely over cooked it was closer to well done and prime rib is best when it is medium rare. The dumplings that were offered were the best mediocre these are very similar to the ones you find the frozen food section. There are a couple soup and Asian items such as Congee but they were lacking at best. The deal was good but I wouldn’t come back again !

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PS
Los Angeles
228 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was sensational, everything you might want to eat! Great seafood, egg dishes, carving station, omelettes, pastry, you name it, and included in the price, Mimosas, all you can drink, also coffee, etc.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Overall it was an okay experience. Food was over cooked, bland and dry. Service was decent however I’m pretty sure they watered down the mimosas after our first hour. I don’t think I will be returning.

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We like to have Christmas brunch with my in laws. Last year we went to the Queen Mary and it was very festive. The food was good for being a brunch. My husband wanted to try something new at around the same price. We went to the Omni Hotel based on positive reviews. The brunch is probably fine if the normal price is around $35.00 but not at our payment of $65.00. The offering area was small and not attractive compared considering the price point. There weren't really festive decorations so the ambience was so so. The prime rib was tough but the turkey was good. The desserts tasted stale and nothing special for Christmas - except oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies with colored sugar for decoration. The salad bar was uninspiring. With a surcharge of 10-15 for Christmas this was at most a fifty dollar brunch but not 65.00. I felt like I was in a Holiday Inn. I wasn't going to post a negative review because the staff was friendly and it wasn't their fault that the brunch was Bah humbug but I reached out to the hotel to let them know. Our bill was 500.00 for six people and when no one really really liked their food, I thought they should know. I got a boilerplate response. A savvy customer service person would have said, 'can we get you a cocktail or something next time?' Next year we will head back to the Queen Mary or to the Biltmore which is where I originally wanted to go but my husband balked as it was $75.00 but I am sure it was worth it.

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KD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food selection was poor and not veried enough. Not too many vegetarian options. Servers and staff were all good and attentive.

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JK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service.

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RF
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our Christmas Brunch! I was able to keep adding people even through Christmas eve. The staff is very attentive. It was just EXTREMELY WINDY! I would've like to know we were going to be seated on the patio so that we could dress appropriately. After while we became very uncomfortable and would not seat us in a large table inside, even though we saw them accommodate another group. Our servers were top notch and moved the warmers closer to us, but that didn't stop the wind. It was just a poor taste in our mouth for the managers/hostess or whomever is in charge of seating. We all enjoyed it outside of the wind, so next year we will just request to be seated inside. Oh also they apparently gice discounts for Senior Citizens, which my mom is, but we had already paid our bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I come for the Christmas brunch every year and love it! Always good food and excellent service but so perfect for the holidays!!

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SM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went with favorite friends for Holiday Brunch. It was wonderful.

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CJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Convenient downtown lunch or brunch option. Great buffet selection, too.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Servers were courteous. Food was delicious. Love it! Love it!

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g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Return visit, food not as good as previous visits. Selection limited and filling of empty platters was slow. Service with Bruce was excellent.

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MI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!
ANYTIME I WANT BRUNCH I COME HERE. THE BEST BRUNCH

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TJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group have been to this venue on several occasions, whether its our annual New Years Day Event or a Farewell Luncheon and it is an absolute fantastic place to go and eat!. The serving staff was so nice and accommodating and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience as we always do! The food spread is just fantastic and met everyones dietary needs. Keep up the good work!

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KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Waiter was very poor, looked bored like he didn't want to be there.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Yesterday was the third year my office has held it's holiday lunch at the restaurant. Last year our service was fine. This year our service was terrible. The waiter was rude and inattentive. He spent most of his time rearranging tables. The restaurant was not terribly busy at the time we were there. Also, the Thai noodle salad was watery and lacking in taste. It was a disappointing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

College graduation celebration

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food selection was decent, but for the price of brunch it was well over priced. I was a huge fan of the large dessert selection, but not so much the service. Our waiter often walked passed our table even though it was clear we needed refill on our drinks. At one point, I got up to refill the OJ at our table because he kept ignoring my request to get him near our table.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch with mimosas. Great value and location.

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SJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is GREAT! The food, ambience, and the staff.

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

Great venue! Good food. Always happy to visit this restaurant.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Variety of foods. Convenient to the culture vibe of downtown.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Close to the music center. Very accommodating of our large group.

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LH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I booked this reservation for my boss and did not attend. Here is her response:
The food was very good and the service was great, even though it was a little slow to start - maybe short staffed. The servers were very nice and responded quickly to our requests.

Still wondering why no points are giving for the reservation.

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LH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, good food, good service (Amy and her helper). Just wondering why I do not get "points" for this reservation?

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went to the Grand Cafe for Thanksgiving brunch buffet. We had to wait 15 minutes for a table despite having a reservation. Our waiter never offered beverage refills. There were very few vegetarian options and the vegetables offered were undercooked. The overall quality of the food was disappointing for the price. To top it off, we waited over 30 minutes for our car from the valet.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Thanksgiving

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VL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, had Thanksgiving brunch there with the family. Very nice wait staff and the turkey was juicy and savory!

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L
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Thanksgiving Lunch buffet and the food was better than expected. Ambiance very comfortable and nice. Planning on returning next Thanksgiving. Everyone was full and satisfied but coming home to a clean kitchen and getting up from the table without picking up dishes was the best

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AV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This review is for their Thanksgiving brunch. For what it was, it was very good. The only complaints I had were inattentive service, which being a busy Thanksgiving at 2 pm, was understandable. Otherwise the service was accommodating. I liked the food selections, but for the following: long wait for a new roast turkey to replace the almost completely carved one. Not enough side vegetables to accompany the meal. And no pumpkin pie for dessert. Otherwise, expect the normal high energy, high noise level, and a nice dining room.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant did not have a record of our reservation. Things were a bit hectic there, but after a short wait amongst other waiting groups, we were seated. They wrote our name on a sheet of paper that had other names, even though we had made a reservation on OpenTable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving buffet
Extremely poor food selections vs the price. Only one room dedicated for the buffet. Good waiter service.
Two adult and one 8yr old child totaling $177. After the tip $208. Not so happy thanksgiving..
Hindsights 20/20, Next time I’m taking my fam back to Luminaries. Same quality food three times the size the buffet and $55 per adult.
Thanks Omni for nothing and how to never see you guys again...

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving lunch

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been taking my Mom to the Thanksgiving brunch for years, and it is always great. My Mom loves the variety of meat- she doesn’t get seafood or prime rib from the kitchen at her retirement home! And it works for me as a vegetarian, because I can get all the thanksgiving sides without the turkey! and the wait staff is exceptional - not a common experience with buffets.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to the Grand Cafe for special occasions i.e., birthdays and Father’s Day, this time it was Thanksgiving. As usual, we enjoyed our dining experience. The best part was our servers and the omelette bar chef. They were attentive, friendly, and made sure our needs were met. But, we usually get this type of service from our servers always great.

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KB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Copious amounts of attractively served delicious food in their Thanksgiving Buffet Appreciated a reasonable valet parking fee. Was seated and served promply. Mimosas could have been a bit more tasty but they were plentiful.

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LH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food was great, servicer (Amy) was great. Always great at the Omni Grand Café.

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