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McKay's

3.9
226 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Quick Bite
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
Pre-game, post-game, no game, McKay's is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner to enjoy some of L.A.'s finest food and good cheer with friends. Created in the winning tradition of a warm and friendly destination to celebrate a victory or prepare for the big game, McKay's lives and breathes the heritage and championship atmosphere of one of the game's greatest personalities.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 7am - 10pm
Sunday: 8am - 9pm
McKay's Restaurant is open on Sunday's for breakfast from 8:00am until 11:00am. The lounge is open from 11:00am until 5:00pm serving a limited lunch menu.
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Phone number
(213) 743-4111
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Blake Clevenger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Exposition
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Parking details
Validated valet parking is free for two hours; a ticket must be obtained from the valet attendant. There is free three hour parking in the parking structure adjacent to the Radisson hotel; a ticket must be obtained from the parking attendant, and you must park in the designated McKay's parking spaces.
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Public transit
Expo Line - Jefferson/USC Station & Expo Park/USC Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 226 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.9
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3.8
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went there because it was close to the hotel. Not sure why the bad reviews. Food was good. Service was quick and friendly. No wait, and not many people there at 8pm on a Sat night.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This is a great place, especially if you're a football fan. Lots of USC memorabilia from John McKay era. Food is very good, menu features a good variety of items. Bar area is hopping in the evenings when sports are televised on big screen TVs in bar. It's not easy to get a table for dinner during football game days so plan ahead.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Family night out to concert at shrine

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Make a reservation - especially if you are planning to dine before or after an event at the Galen Center. People are very nice there and food is good. Service is slow (including bringing the check) on game days as they try to juggle everyone trying to eat and get out at the same time. As long as you understand this going in, you will have a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience and be on your way in time to take the 2 minute walk to the Galen Center entrance and get to your seats.

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1.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very convenient location if you are at USC for any event. Wait staff were very attentive and accurate. Sadly, though, we had both dinner and breakfast there and both were not good. Dinner was literally terrible, other than the asparagus, breakfast was not as bad, but still not good. Bright side? Full bar.

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3.0Dined on December 14, 2017

I remember McKay's as having a better menu with more steakhouse entrees, as opposed to sandwiches. There was a filet on the menu as well as a pesto fettuccine, but otherwise the menu seems more like The Lab (a few doors down). The wine "list" makes you feel like you are in the Midwest. This is California, and a nice restaurant needs to have more than one selection of each varietal and also needs to have some mid to upper level wines. This looked like wines that someone picked up from the local grocery store. The historical photos on the walls and the nice ambiance still make this a nice place to visit - but plan to bring your own wine and pay whatever the corkage is - because that's the only way you will be satisfied with your wine selection.

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1.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Steak salad had thinnest filet on the salad. It looked like a minute steak. No taste. No one in Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Great location and atmosphere to go and catch up with friends, have dinner with family, or just have a nice meal. I loved the service and food. I will definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Usually we go here for happy hour and would still highly recommend that, dinner...not so much. They were out of the daily soup special (clam chowder) at 7:45, not good planning. The dining room menu is over priced when you compare to what you can get in the bar. Also, the dining room was freezing. Go for happy hour, but save you money for another choice if you’re going for a nice dinner .

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Food would have been five stars except I requested bacon extremely well done, (it was not) I had to send it back.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2017

I liked your restaurant, but the cook failed to follow the instructions of my waiter "Scott", I imfasized that the bacon needed to be extremely well done or I would not be able to eat it, unfortunately it was not therefore I was unable to fully enjoy an otherwise delicious turkey sandwich. Once again "scott" my waiter was excellent!

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2017

I have not dined here in a couple years and now I remember why. There were only 5 tables of people and we all waited forever for our food. The staff stayed hidden until the food was brought out. Really disappointing.
We had a successful Happy Hour there and the food did not take forever then.
Not sure what the problem is but it is a shame. Beautiful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

We enjoyed dinner before the usc basketball game. We chose their hamburgers and sweet potato fries. Excellent choice. We loved the hamburgers.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2017

Food listed on the menu on OpenTable was not listed on the menu at the restaurant. There was only two vegetarian options, a salad and a fried portobello burger. We were seated in the second half of the dining room--very bland, unexciting room--not what we were in the mood for when the other side was cozier and more lively. The food was meh. We couldn't figure out what was off until the bill came, and we realized the restaurant was part of the Radisson hotel. Not mentioned on OpenTable, so we felt pretty duped. Other hotel restaurants mention they are in the hotel, so this one should too. 5/10 do not recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2017

Always enjoy dining here. It's fun to see all the USC Trojan memorabilia and the food is very good. Not a lot of menu choices but enough. Nice bar area which is very busy on game days.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2016

Food was good (pricey) and server was great, but it took forever for the food to come out from the kitchen. Our 1hr. lunch break took 2.5 hours.

Acoustics are quite loud when there's a crowd.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Great food! This was my first time eating breakfast at the restaurant. Typically, I always have lunch, but the breakfast burrito was delicious.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

It is one of the few restaurants where you can actually hear yourself. Being an older person I especially appreciated that feature of McKay's. The food was mixed. My son and I split two sandwitches: a chicken, which was very good, and a lobster roll, which neither of us have ever had, and were disappointed at how it was mostly "roll" with not much lobster. The sweet potato fries were excellent.

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1.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Awful. They refused to serve us breakfast, since the breakfast service had allegedly just ended when we arrived at 11. There were only 4 people in the restaurant so they surely could have accommodated us. I ordered a BLT, the most breakfast-like thing I could find on the menu. My cousin ordered a salad, and it took about a half hour for us to get our food. It was the worst BLT I have ever had, barely any lettuce, and the "toast" was actually grilled bread slathered in butter. The waiter said the dish came with French fries, but they were actually waffle fries covered in cheese and some weird orange powder. I have never had worse food. Also, the restaurant's website said there was free validated parking in the adjacent Radisson garage, so I parked there. However, I had to pay $12...the garage attendant said there was no free parking on "game day," even though the Rams football game was at night and this was still morning. When I asked the restaurant about this, they said they had no control over the parking, as it was provided by a third party. All in all a terrible experience (though I got to see my young cousin who just started at USC and that part was great!)

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2016

They were worried about a concert at the shrine Auditorium nearby so they offered a limited menu which is kind of ridiculous cause the place was empty all night

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2016

Restaurant was empty Air conditioning was on so high that it was like an icebox. Since we were the only customers we asked if they could possibly dial back on the a/c and we were told that it can only be done by Radisson hotel engineering staff.

Food took forever for two burgers and a piece of fish. They feature a 1 lb burger. I asked how rare they would make the burgers and waiter said medium rare. I said as rare as possible and it came well done. Waiter had disappeared. At the end of the meal he brought a new server by and said that she would take over. Never saw her again until we paid check. On the way out the kitchen manager asked how everything was and we told her of our disappointment, she apologized but by this time it was too late and she didn't even give me a card or anything.

Nice USC John Mckay memorabilia, but a real disappointment for a huge burger lover like me.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Good food, well prepared and presented. Attentive waitstaff, helpful in providing neighborhood attractions to this out-of-towner. I would definitely recommend McKay's to anyone visiting the USC campus.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2016

The restaurant had a funny smell

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2016

We were there before a concert told them so and they did a wonderful job getting us in and out. Exactly what we were looking for.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

I would definitely go here again. We enjoyed our business lunch.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2016

The staff at McKay's are always wonderful, attentive but not in an in-your-face way. The food is exactly what you expect, not great but big portions. The bar is excellent for happy hour drinks, with comfortable seating and excellent staff. The dining room is one of the better places for a work lunch - it's usually pretty quiet and the staff, seriously - the staff are fantastic about handling working lunches!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Good stuff ---------------------------------------------------------------

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2016

Large servings, good waiter - Scott

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2016

McKay's is my USC go to place! When I want to have lunch with a colleague at the school, we always choose this quiet, relaxed space and with friendly staff. Always generous portions and fresh ingredients. I almost always have the Reuben sandwich, it is so tasty! Also, the Catfish sandwich is just wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2016

The breakfast food was excellent. Our server, Scott, was courteous and attentive.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2015

McKays is a part of the USC Hospitality group but bears little resemblance to any school food service you'd recognize. Great service, varied menu and absolutely first rate food. Have neber been disappointed by any aspect of the restaurant. Attractive decor and furnishings have aged not at all and remain as fresh as ever.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2015

GM Geno Ross and our server Tina were professional in every way to provide a great lunch experience while enjoying the memories of Coach McKay's amazing run at USC.

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2.0Dined on November 9, 2015

My friends and I (three of us) were all disappointed with "the 110 salad". There were very little bacon, blue cheese and diced tomatoes on the salad. One of my friend's salad did not have hard boiled eggs. We have had that salad before and it was pretty good. Now, the ingredients are getting skimpier. For a $15 salad, I expected to get more.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

This was my first time at McKays, and we were MORE than pleased!! The food was delicious, the server was efficient and very pleasant, and the hostess at the front door was absolutely delightful!!!!!! The only recommendation I would have is to provide parking information on one of your websites. Since this was our first time here (and some of our party was from out-of-town) I had no idea where to tell them to park or where I should park. When I called McKay's ( several times) and only got an answering machine, I finally left a message, but no-one ever returned my call. We were able to see the kiosk, and the gentleman there was very helpful, and we all found good parking and a great, easy entrance to McKay's from the structure. It would be helpful if patrons knew about parking before they arrive there!! Other than that, an EXCELLENT experience and I have already told several people about McKay's!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2015

We were greeted by a cheerful and helpful hostess at the door who introduced us to our equally cheerful and helpful wait person. We were very well attended. We ordered the calamari for starters which was good, but the orange-colored sauce had an unknown flavor we couldn't pinpoint and was only meh. Give either a tomato-based cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, and make the calamari the star, plus some nice Italian parsley and lemon wedges - hello… squid… seafood! The hamburgers on the menu had great descriptions ($15-$19), so we went with those. The meat patties were so delicious, totally amazing! However, I've had more tomatoes, crispier iceberg lettuce and the option of having onions (raw or grilled) on my In N’ Out burgers than the ones that were brought out to us. These burgers came out all pre-assembled with a few small thinly sliced plumb tomatoes and wet romaine. The bun was way too lightweight (it looked like a Carl's Jr. bun) to support the thick meat patty. The bun fell apart during the meal, it was too flimsy and got soggy right away. I would highly suggest serving toasted ciabatta rolls for the patties plus big, thickly sliced beef or heirloom tomatoes and crisp iceberg lettuce on the side of the burger (as well as offering onions!) so the patron can put the burger together themselves, plus a variety of deli mustards and mayos. We had oddly cut Parmesan fries that barely had any Parmesan clinging to them. We opted for no dessert, the meat patties were filling! The dining room is in very sad, shabby condition. There is zero character or personality to the room. The heavily acrylic-varnished tabletops should at least have paper mats to place the dishes on and hide all the scratches. The uneven lighting is poor throughout and the interiors looks like it hasn't been changed since the 1980s – browns and old timey woodwork. I won’t come back and I can’t recommend McKay's for a sit-down hamburger to anyone. :-(

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

The group of the six of us met for an early dinner at 6 p.m. on a weeknight. We had enough privacy to enjoy the conversation, very good food to enjoy the dinner and excellent service all the way through. I'd definitely recommend McKays. We were all very pleased and had a wonderful evening.

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2015

We made reservations for dinner before going to an event at the Shrine Auditorium. We thought is was a perfect restaurant for our evening because the menu looked good and parking was available for the entire evening. The restaurant is within walking distance of the Shrine.

We were greeted at the door and our table was available. Once seated we realized the room was full of people, but we did not see very many waiters. After a lengthy wait our waitress came to the table to take our order. We ordered appetizers and a cocktail to start and each of us ordered an entre.

It took 20 minutes to get the cocktail and we never got the appetizers. We noticed a table across the room where the people were leaving after speaking to what looked like the manager. Shortly after another group got up and left.

The table next to us received their meal which was not complete. We asked how long they waited and they said it was close to an hour to get food, and the order was wrong.

We asked our waitress if she was the only one working and reluctantly she said yes. We asked if our food was going to take an hour and again she said yes. We canceled our order, paid for our drinks, and left.

What started out as a perfect plan for dinner and a show ended with us just making the start of the show and eating a terrible hot dog at the venue.

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1.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Unfortunately, the food and service were not very good. It took a long time for our order to be taken and even longer for the food to come. The Chicken Cesar salad was dry and so was the chicken. The server was not friendly. The only good thing was that we were there for a luncheon meeting and it was very quiet allowing us to have a good meeting. I was very disappointed with our experience. I had been there previously for a special event, which was quite good, so I am very surprised that this experience was so poor.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2014

Came after a game, not sure if it was an off night but we were the only diners in the place. Server was good but being the only customers you would think would be more attentive. Not sure if there was a party going on in another room that staff people kept going in the little hallway area of the dinning room. First of all the wine by the glass was awful. I even had it replaced with different wine..that was even worse. Could not drink the wine at all. I think the wine bottle must have been open for over a week without being replaced. Had the special fish of the night, which was decent. Burger was okay too. Can't say we would ever recommend this place or return which is unfortunate since we are Galen season ticket holders. What a shame this place has a great coach's name associated with it and is not very impressive.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2014

Very good food at affordable prices. If you're a SC Trojan fan you will really appreciate all the memorabilia from the Coach McKay football days but even a regular sports fan will be impressed by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Can get busy on SC football game days (reservations are a must) but go early for a pregame meal or late for a post game snack/drink. Food portions are generous and free 2 hour parking is included with your visit but you'll have to move your car to another parking lot (following your meal) on game days. Short walk to the LA Coliseum.

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