McKinley's Grille

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$30 and under
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McKinley’s Grille proudly serves the finest in New American Cuisine. Our chefs prepare menus with peak of the season freshness, using a selection of the finest farm-to-table produce grown on-site at The Farm at Fairplex. Our chefs also use the finest corn-fed beef and hand-selected poultry and fish. Our diverse wine list features medal winners from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Our dishes feature fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that are cultivated year-round in our five-acre parcel, produced using only the most sustainable methods. Crops are hand-selected and hand-harvested by our team of chefs and Horticulturist Don Delano with variety, flavor and creativity in mind for every meal.
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3.9based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.8
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PL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, great service. The staff provided great service. They were friendly but not obtrusive. Excellent value. I love the early morning hours. It works great for my busy schedule.

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The service, and location was excellent.
The food however was lacking in flavor, warmth and taste. I ordered Fish & chips, fish was soggy and tasteless and the fries were cold, coleslaw was like eating a mouth full of mayonnaise. Not a good eating experience!!

S
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was great. They didn’t try to hurry us out after eating.

O
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! The food and service are exceptional. The comfortable friendly atmosphere makes me want to come back and bring friends.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance. Employees were wonderful. Food was good.

BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbara took excellent care of us. We really enjoyed the ambiance on the patio. There was supposed to be a dress code but, apparently, not enforced.

GL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. Prices were high for the quality of food but again, the staff was good.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

The staff was amazing . The problem was the manager David. This man should not be working with the public. He was so nasty towards my party we almost left. We had the audacity to show up at 4:50pm for a 5pm reservation. He did not like that. We were the only customers in the restaurant so you would think he would have rolled out the red carpet. We also witnessed him berate and point his finger in the face of the young hostess. It was sad to watch how her demeanor changed after being disrespected by the manager. The restaurant was totally empty and I now understand why . It’s really unfortunate because the food was amazing , and our server Kellie was wonderful. The manager is definitely the problem .

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a Saturday brunch at 10am. Patricia was our server and she was fantastic, pleasant, attentive but not intrusive.
The selection was excellent. Lots of choices for all types of diet restrictions (not so sure about vegan).
It would have been nice to have GF bread or pastry for the buffets but that was all that was missing.
Our group of 8 were split between buffet orders and individual meals and everyone enjoyed their selections.
Also the buffet price was an excellent deal, drinks were included. And, it was the same cost as an individual meal with a drink.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

JN
Edinburgh
27 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I would not recommend this restaurant. The pictures looks nice on open table for this restaurant but the food is poor quality. There are many nice restaurants in and around this place. Not worth even trying it!

6
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The lamb chops were great.

LG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Cheeseburger and Sweet Potato Fries! Excellent Service.

AB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Good service. Easy parking. Excellent burger. Always enjoy eating at this quiet location.

P
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Expensive hotel restaurant. However, the food is good and our server was very nice. You just expect to pay a bit more in a hotel. Pretty good place.

J
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my mother's birthday with family. Food was fresh and tasted very "clean". Service was outstanding, server was quite the host, helpful with selections for the entire party, all were very pleased with their meal.

JW
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was very good—farm to table as advertised. Wait staff young and inexperienced. Definitely not up to casual fine dining standards.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group came to enjoy dinner together and we all can't stop raving about it! Perfect hidden spot!!!Service was incredible, dinner was absolutely delicious and our cocktails were spot on. We love the fact that it wasn't crowded. We will definitely be back and recommend Mckinley's Grill to others!

RM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brought a group of nine here for a graduation lunch

Chose a table by a shaded window inside

The outside is also very nice

It was a nice quiet gem after a noisy crowded graduation

Manager was kind enough to flex the menu and allow some dinner items to be served at lunch so my guests would be more comfortable.

The food was more expensive but the quality did match the price.

The organic food was excellent.

DH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey, but the food was good and the service excellent. They use locally grown, seasonal ingredients, so menu changes. Only thing missing was bread with dinner -- "we don't have it right now" ....

JF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for an early Mother’s Day celebration. My mother and father were both extremely happy with their meals. The service was excellent and attentive. We were lucky, it was a slow night.

JH
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, friendly server. The food was good and the place was quiet enough that our nearly deaf 97-year-old grandmother could have a conversation with us.

CA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a very nice lunch on the outdoor patio with an old friend. We chose it as a half-way point from where we live and it was good choice. Though on the edge of the parking lot of the Sheraton, there are so many trees and bushes, you aren't aware, and there's no traffic noise. Especially noteworthy is the large specimen tree, a Moreton Bay Fig, at the edge of the patio that is just beautiful. It's hard to judge the entire menu off of one salad, but it stands as good and tasty as most nicer restaurants I've been to and at a similar price point. Service was very friendly and attentive.

l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Naomi or Ruth don't remember her name was outstanding. She was attentive to our needs and had an upbeat personality. I celebrated my 20 years as a two time cancer survivor with friends. We had a grand time.

k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall2food3service5ambience3

The menu was to small this was Fathers day there was more help then customer.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service, verry expensive, raw food, not alot of choices in other words lousy place to eat.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My family and I went to Easter Brunch and we arrived at the beginning of the brunch. THe decorations and food looked very well displayed and it was also very well layed out for everyone to get to with ease. Our seating was very lovely in the atrium area . It was a beautiful setting with a nice view of the outside area. It was a pleasant ambiance and the food was enjoyed by my entire family. Very nice relaxing day!

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Adequate and awful. The server seemed to have little ability to describe menu items and was extremely slow.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was very slow even though there was very few patrons in the restaurant. Splitting the bill was a nightmare. Also the prices were quite high.

KC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The menu was not as it was advertised on their website. The service was good and the prices were affordable, but the atmosphere was more coffee shop than expected.

SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Ratings for food, ambiance, and value should be N/A. Our experience may have been an anomaly due to short staff. We did arrive ten mins late to our reservation, but with only three other visible parties seated, we were told we would need to wait another 5-10 mins. Two other parties of two arrived after us and were waiting as well us. We waited 20 minutes when one of the three visible seated parties decided to leave as they had not yet placed their order. At this time, we left as well. This restaurant is attached to /inside the Sheraton Hotel if you are looking for it.

m
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nothing special about this place unfortunately. I would not recommend nor would I return. Disappointing experience. The food was bland and uninspired.

R
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Great food. I really enjoyed my salmon salad, it had very fresh ingredients and was well prepared. The service was slow. I think there was a miss communication between servers as to who would wait on our party. I would try it again in hopes that it would not happen agin because we all enjoyed our lunch.

MO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Selection limited, but what we ordered was good. Very cozy, quiet atmosphere. Was very glad I chose this for my outing. Hope to be back again.

SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience1

What a disappointment! Everything about this restaurant screamed "college dining hall".

4
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not foodie quality, but a step above the diner chains. The hotel in its park-like fairground setting is an oasis in suburban sprawl, and we're happy to stay and eat in comfy surroundings when visiting family nearby.

AG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were 15 minutes early and did not get seated until 15 after our arrival. The service was very slow. We had to ask the busboy to clear plates. We could not find the waitress. The food was cold when it was delivered to the table. It was confusing to me because as I looked around, there were a lot of empty tables. Hostesses and waitresses were standing around talking. Food was excellent when it came out the second time hot.

j
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Other than good turkey, the food was delivered off kilter. The rolls were delivered AFTER the food. The food was delivered immediately after the salad. We had to wait 45 minutes after eating for the check. What was advertised as Apple crisp was nothing more than a very poor apple pie. Other than good turkey this is a place not to be returned to.

LP
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving dinner served "family style." Loved the setting, pacing and style of service...Our server was polite but lacked evidence of training, i.e. A party of 3 seated at a table set for 4, he or a bus boy should have removed the extra place setting prior to, or upon our being seated. The space was definitely needed for better placement of serving bowls and platter for family style serving. After the meal, the dinner plates should have been cleared before serving dessert and we should be asked if we'd like to have coffee. Attention to these service details would have made an overall nice dining experience even nicer. We're giving this restaurant consideration for Christmas Dinner, "family style."

F
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We went to here to celebrate our tenth anniversary with family. We all ordered the prime rib special. They were out of Yorkshire pudding, the signature salad, the waitress didn't recommend the soup, and she was unsure of what came with the meal and what didn't. Once we ordered, the food was good, but it was not amazing. Some components were perfect (prime rib), some were under seasoned (potatoes and veggies), and some were over seasoned and salty ( Mac and cheese, collard greens). Overall we have come to expect amazing here and this night was off. Even dessert was limited to cheesecake or ice cream even though the advertising and online menu boast three non ice cream desserts. So, meh. That's how I felt about dinner.

K
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I found this restaurant on Open Table while looking for a new place for a friend and I to have dinner. The farm fresh produce intriqued us so we were willing to pay a little more than normal. We ordered the steak and chicken entrees to split and the risotto. The chicken was very dry and was completely falling apart while trying to eat it. The steak was good but low quality for the price. The risotto on the other hand was fantastic and creamy. The vegetables that came with the entree were equally declicious. We had the coffee ice cream for dessert, fantastic!!

The quality of the food does not match the price. Although the service and some of the food was good, I'm sorry to say, I don't think I will be returning here.

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