Officine BRERA

4.6
941 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Officine BRERA is a TRATTORIA inspired by the -Cucina Povera- typical of the Country Side along the River Po Valley in Northern Italy and the second concept
from restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, Chef Angelo Auriana and Sommelier/Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi.
For private dining & catering please contact Adan Valdez at email: adan@officinebrera.com phone: (213) 553-8006.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dining Room Hours:
Lunch: Monday - Friday lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10 pm, Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm;
Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(213) 553-8006
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef: Angelo Auriana | Chef de Cuisine: Monica Angelats
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Alameda & Mateo
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available for $6.00 for Lunch and $8.00 for Dinner.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Officine BRERA Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.

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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

What 941 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was well preserved but not distinct enough to stand out.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosotta was nust as well the ravioli..

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

A fantastic restaurant in an otherwise ugly but rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, Officine BRERA is worth the price at least once or twice a year. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she was incredibly happy. (As was I!)

Pro-tip: got a special bottle of wine you've been saving? Bring it!

From their (huge, very expensive) drink menu:

"corkage fee - you are welcome to bring in labels that are NOT present on our wine list. We will charge $20.00 each for
the first two 750ml bottles and $35.00 each for 750ml bottles thereafter. No exceptions will be made, thank you for your
kind understanding."

We both had risotto -- she got the Verde, I got the Basa Padana -- both were perfect.

Dessert was a dark chocolate mousse... OUT OF THIS WORLD. Get it. No regrets.

The service could have been a few minutes faster after we were seated. (Waited for what felt like 5-10 minutes before getting a server). But we were tucked away against the wall in the back room and it was really busy in the whole place, so I was patient.

Worth the wait, just make sure you make a reservation!

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MK
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my daughter for dinner near her office. We loved the setting at the restaurant in an rehabbed warehouse, as well as the smell of the wood burning oven. Our waiter suggested we share several plates, so we started with some vegetable fritters and bruschetta. We then next split an awesome risotto with bone marrow. Finally had the braised pork shank on polenta. Desert had the semi fredo and the goat cheesecake. Both were tasty, with the semi fredo getting the win

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f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant - great décor, delicious food, and the server did a nice job of smiling, being attentive, keeping our wine glasses full, and checking in without being intrusive in our conversations. Well done!!

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n
Orange County
135 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined here before and enjoyed it as much as this time. The lamb chops are outstanding as well as the pasta dishes. I would recommend this restaurant for those who relish good food and atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT experience.

First, these people know how to cook a steak. Nearly all of the high end steakhouse chains are overrated. This steak was better than nearly all of them. I did get it medium rare rather than the medium I asked for but that was not a big deal.

My wife loved her vegetarian dinner can't remember what it was. Salad was fantastic if somewhat small.

I never really think about or comment on service because I am not picky about it. But man is this place together and fully staffed.

Usually when I go to a high end restaurant like this I never make it back for a variety of reasons. But Officine Brera deserves an encore.

Highly recommended.

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KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Officine Brera does not disappoint. This is the second time my husband I have dined here and we were just as impressed this time as the first.

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W
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! Chef was incredibly accommodating dealing with my various food allergies. GREAT find!

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AJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was excellent except that they sat us in the middle where the spotlight was dead spot on my face. I mentioned it to our kind waitress but she apologized that the light is not equipped with a dimmer.... 😔

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall food and drinks were sub par. Out of the Eight dishes ordered, one was good. The other dishes lacked flavor and seasoning. One time experience was enough. For the price there are better options in the area. I’m very surprised the ratings are so high. Was there a kitchen change recently?

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s
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We have been to Officine BRERA many times and love it. That being said, something was off during our last visit. Service was slow, we had to wait to order drinks. Entrees did not arrive together. The usually well staffed restaurant appeared to be understaffed. I am hoping it was just an off nights

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KK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The restaurant space is beautiful and the ambiance very conducive to conversation. The quality of the food is exceptional, but items are quite pricey and the serving sizes are small. The wine list doesn't include many affordable options so we ended up spending much more than anticipated for a very limited meal. Our waiter was not particularly friendly from the beginning, but became even more disinterested when he realized that our order would be less extravagant than some. We still enjoyed our time together with friends, but doubt that we'll return.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal sampling many items from the menu. Our server was great which made for a really great time.

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v
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific as always-kudos to Francine for caring for the wines

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WA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Everything wonderful, just took us s long time to get served. Once we did things were good. Very loud though.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit noisy, but it may be due a big table celebrating a bday.
Food very good.
Nice place

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J
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are amazing. I always rate a meal on whether or not I feel I can recreate it myself. The pasta textures are way out of my league at this place. This was the best meal we’ve had this year.

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CO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this for a treat yourself dinner. The service is truly special, and every dish I've had has been honestly delicious. The ambience is perfect for a date night and the decor is tasteful. Can't wait to be back for more.

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ID
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Officine Brera offers an amazing and authentic Italian experience. The staff is just great and every time I go back I feel at home. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was phenomenal and the food was incredible! Must try the Fiore, Polpo, Fichi e Robiola, Milanese Risotto, and Bistecca! Great first time experience, we will definitely be back!

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H
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

good food and service but thought a it was a bit pricey. $179 for 4 drinks 2 appetizers and 2 entres

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good was good. We liked grilled lettuce and octopus.

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RD
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Been there twice!! I just love the experiences & food ( I did feel a bit rushed but heck !! With a couple wine glasses all good ) ok ! Service was great !

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tucked into the Arts District in Downtown LA, is Officine BRERA. A hidden gem.
My parents were in town for a visit on a Saturday night and told me to get reservations for dinner. I came across Officine BRERA online and made a day-of reservation at 6:30 pm with no problem!
As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with smiles from a welcoming hostesses and waitstaff. The whole place was decorated with Fall vibes; pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and colors! It was refreshing and comforting at the same time. Also very fitting since it was late October.
The food was absolutely amazing! To start, I ordered a glass of Proseco and my mom ordered a signature fall cocktail called giulia. Then we ordered the fried cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms. I'm allergic to gluten so I couldn't eat them, but my parents seemed to love them! The waitress was nice enough to suggest a gluten-free appetizer option for me which was a chickpea pancake. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it came out on a big pizza tray and the server sliced it in front of us. It was buttery and flakey all in one, I loved it! My dad got a beet salad with burrata cheese. I took some of the burrata from his salad and put it on top of a slice of the chickpea pancake and it was so yummy! For our main course, my dad ordered the ricotta dumplings with lamb oso bucco, my mom ordered the pesto risotto, and I ordered the Branzino. We all agreed that the Branzino was the most delicious of all our courses. It came out eyes and all, stuffed with herbs and lemon, which were infused perfectly into the meat of the fish. It had a lemon caper sauce that was the die for. The texture was velvety and smooth and the flavors were lemony and salty without being overpowering. All of the dishes were very rich, so we ordered the appropriate amounts and left with happy, full stomachs!
Overall, I would definitely come back here again! My only complaint would be that it was a bit loud inside and hard to hear conversations.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the dining experience here. Went for lunch co-workers & everyone found the food outstanding.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, love the design and atmosphere.

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BO
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a first-rate meal with first-rate service . The staff is friendly and engaging, but not intrusive.

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OT
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food, when it arrived was good enough for an up scale place but, alas, the service was at best spotty. Plates came out after long waits without any regard to pacing. Appetizers followed Mains, or never showed up. The server was overwhelmed and mostly absent.

Management stepped in to salvage it with no help from the kitchen.

It’s not unreasonable to expect this place, which has enjoyed a good run, to be consistent with a polished service to match the food.

There are plenty of places to dispose of your disposable income. I say dispose of it elsewhere.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic to celebrate my birthday. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was great and the staff was perfect! I highly recommend this place.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff from the front door to the bus staff were friendly, helpful, and well informed about the food choices. The natural light set off the attractive room decorated with pumpkins and fall colors. The stuffed squash blossoms were a big hit with all of us. The charred octopus on a bed of bortolli beans was perfectly cooked, tender, and tasty. The lamb chops were also outstanding. The gnocci dish was a bit bland. The fried doughnuts with caramel sauce sent everyone into moans of joy. They were a splendid ending to a delicious meal.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed the food, ambiance and low noise level, it was a Thursday. Service tried but needed training. When asked what the white wine from northern Italy was like, the waiter looked surprised and said “ I don’t know “ and then said “ I liked it.

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L
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The lamb chop was the best !so tender so tasty
Appetizers are great , unfortunately the risotto did not come up with my expectation it was so bland , no taste at all , pastas are ok , good wine selection and most of all great service great ambiance !!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was spotty. Dessert and coffee just dropped on the table without regard for who ordered it. When brought to the attention of the server was given attitude.

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AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

place was nice. Great vibe. Bruschetta had pork belly, which I was excited about. But it turned out that it was sliced pork belly (looked like sliced ham) and not the fatty juicy kind that you usually see. Pasta and risotto were both very rich for my taste. We ordered an appetizer that wasn't on the menu because we saw it on the table next to us. It was like a pureed garbanzo beans flatbread. Really good, but I wish it was on the menu or the waiter/waitress had told us about it. For dessert, we got the gelato and a chocolate mouse tart (or something like that). Both were good. The pistachio gelato was the best I ever had. I wish we had ordered a fish entree and a salad, and will go again just to try that.

Service wasn't great. Again, I wish the waiter/waitress had told us more about the menu, or made suggestions. The waiter/waitress hardly checked on us and seemed annoyed at the job.

I would go again for drinks and to try more on the menu.

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s
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! Amazing food! Amazing Service!

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SK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Portions are extemely small. Too pricey. Moderate presentation for price of food. I've tried both dinner and lunch and they are pretty much the same in portions. Not sure if I would come back.

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T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, our servdr picked out our entire meal and our wine, look forward to next visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow. Food was very fair. Limited menu. Brought my salad after my main course Wine was a very small pour. Won’t go back

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