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Otium

4.8
4.8
2550 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 935-8500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Timothy Hollingsworth

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for Catering inquiries at events@otiumla.com.

  • Private party facilities

    For more information on our multiple private and semi-private event spaces please contact our team: Events@OtiumLA.com.

  • Private party contact

    Spark O'Connell: (213) 514-0131

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    between 2nd St and 3rd St

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on upper Grand Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Black & White Truffle Dinner

    $275.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for a Black & White Truffle Dinner featuring a multi-course chef's tasting menu! Menu Details to Come 4:00 - 8:30 PM - $275 per guest, does not include tax, gratuity or beverages. 9:30 - 10:30 PM - $300 per guest including champagne toast. Does not include tax, gratuity, or additional beverages. Menu and Pricing are subject to change

Popular dishes

What 2,550 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Contemporary American

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Service

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Innovative

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  1. R

    Rity

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef’s creativity and attention to the details of food preparation are stellar. The staff treats you like family.
  2. n

    newby

    Orange County

    179 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    179 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I have dined at this restaurant on numerous occasions and have enjoyed the meal and service. This is a really good place to go before or after an event.
  3. R

    Rity

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken and the crispy rice were wonderful! I love having a glass of sparkling water without having to buy a whole bottle. Staff is kind, considerate, professional, and very informed about the food. I am an old lady dining alone. I never feel rushed, discounted, or overlooked.
  4. N

    Nora

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every staff member I came across was super nice and friendly. The food was amazing. It was great to hear some 80’s music playing. And the ambiance was cool,
  5. LI

    joeyLiebermanII

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really interesting menu. The food was outstanding if very very pricey. And they slip a surcharge in there too…not for the waitstaff.
  6. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and creative food. Excellent service. Great wine list and craft cocktails. Always a good evening.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Second time coming here and they haven’t disappointed yet!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Expensive dishes with no sides. Drinks were good.
  9. AI

    AraI

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, we ordered several appetizer dishes but the one we liked was Duck Croquette and Naan. Escargot and Grilled Octopus was average. Dinner dishes were amazing, my son ordered Liberty Farms Dry Aged Duck Breast, my younger son and my wife shared 16 oz Snake River Farms Eye of the Ribeye and I had whole fried Red Snapper. Must try Wood Oven Roasted Hen of the Woods Mushroom and Cauliflower as side dishes you won’t regret it. I would love to go to Otium more often but it’s very expensive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon tartare is perfect!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Optium was probably the best dining experience I’ve had in Los Angeles in the last couple years. Literally every dish we ordered was 🔥 from the escargot donuts to the milk & honey dessert. We got the spinach bucatini as our pasta. Not only was the sauce amazing, but the pasta itself had the best texture I’ve ever experienced. Super impressive. The kitchen also did a stellar job of coursing out dishes. Service was attentive without hovering. Totally on point from great recommendations to always full water glasses. 10/10
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Otium was nothing short of amazing. The food, service and everything was perfect! We loved every minute of it
  13. FA

    FranA

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steve our server was like a guide on a wonderful trip. He was honest and helpful. The service staff clearly trains constantly. From the gentlemen who cleared and replaced our plates to the warm and gracious hostesses. The food is spectacular. Perfection. But to experience a happy staff in these times is truly a treat. I made 2 more future reservations when I got home. Otium is quality.
  14. R

    Richard

    Orange County

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really some of the best food around. The lamb was perfect. Prices on the high side is the only negative.
  15. TH

    TomH

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We continue to enjoy the truly unique culinary experience that Odium delivers - always top notch food, service and ambiance!
  16. KB

    KristanB

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time back to Otium since the pandemic; it is better than ever. The service was friendly and relaxed. We were going to a performance after dinner; the entire staff was very conscientious about making sure we were on time without feeling rushed. The food was exceptional; I can't wait to go back. A really lovely evening.
  17. P

    Petya

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    The server was very artificial
  18. Y

    Ynerak

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our first time back since the pandemic & Otium continues to impress. Service is on pointe...friendly, informative, & professional. Kudos to PJ our waiter! The SOM is very knowledgeable with great pairings for our order. Our party of five ate community-style & enjoyed the naan with bone marrow emulsion, heirloom tomato tart, spinach bucatini, grilled octopus, & roasted chicken with sides of Otium potatoes and crispy shallot rice. The only dish that we had that we would pass on next time was the fatty fish collar, which got mixed reviews at the table. It was unanimous that the octopus was the stand-out of the evening. The new pastry chef delighted us with Milk & Honey, Samoa Puddin' (a play on the flavors of Girl Scout Samoa cookies...,yum), and trio of gelato (always a winner). Otium remains a stand-out and is convenient walking distance to the Music Center. We definitely will be visiting again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true foodie experience! Good meant to share with a group and there is no bad dish, every dish was next level!
  20. CM

    CMac

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was welcoming and attentive as always. The drinks, dessert and each dish were excellent except my entree The octopus and accompanying chorizo were very cooked
  21. d

    danielm

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn't been here for awhile. It was better than i remembered. Must get the Heirloom tomato tart which was incredible. And meal was spaced nicely and timed well for the play we were attending at the Taper Forum.
  22. SM

    SallyM

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food, excellent service but overpriced! So many restaurants in LA, it was an experience and will probably skip it next time we go to the theater. But I would recommend it
  23. CJ

    CraigJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Otium has consistently been a great restaurant for many years, and my go to on Bunker Hill. I highly recommend.
  24. M

    Menkatz

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! My favorite restaurant in LA!
  25. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food and service. Excellent wine list and craft cocktails. New vegetable dish was delicious and colorful. Very thoughtful that prior servers and manager stopped by to say hello. Fabulous outdoor patio.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service good. Thank you.
  27. C

    Chris

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our favorites from our order were sweet corn agnolotti and the duck croquette!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary here and loved the food. As the hostess walked us to the table passing the open kitchen, was not happy about being sprayed by the water as their staff was doing their dishes and she ran away. Both my husband and I got wet and we let the hostess and server know and no apologies were made nor they handed us a napkin for us to wipe ourselves down. We really enjoyed the food there but would’ve been nice for them to apologize and acknowledge as my outfit and hair for wet.
  29. e

    epsfood1

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Otium is for me the "go to" restaurant for multiple occasions - before the theatre, romantic dinner, entertaining friends, or to splurge and after a long day at work for a relaxing meal. The chef, cooks, bartenders, and staff always deliver on an enjoyable experience with attention to quality and hospitality.
  30. SL

    SLOSue

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time!
  31. LE

    Love2Eat

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and service is always fabulous - have not had anything we didn't like. One of our favorite restaurants. Pasta always cooked perfectly. The naan is amazing, branzino delicious, octopus tender and tasty and we always order the Otium potatoes!
  32. KH

    KathyH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing was perfect except the heat from the environment outside so the indoors temperature was extremely warm from the family style kitchen & the air con just was over working without great results.
  33. JB

    JulieB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is always very fresh and flavors are wonderful. We had tickets for a show and they have a limited menu to ensure timing needs are met but it is increasingly stripped down and didn’t work for us as we had a vegetarian in our group. Waiter assured us that we could order other items except for large proteins (like Tomahawk) which was OK because we were ordering vegetarian. However, courses were very slow to come out (especially between our apps and main…took maybe 20 min) and waiter did not seem to be mindful of our timing and we had to cut our experience short (we had to be proactive and request bill early, our waiter seemed to have forgotten about us and our timing requirements…too many shows starting at different times, I guess) and we were late for our show. Restaurant doesn’t open until 5pm and our show was at 6:30pm. Also, they are very slow to seat people when they open and the host was slowed down by their internal protocol of having to check people in electronically, chose a table electronically and then wait for computer to print a slip before seating each guest and this took a bit of time for host…not sure if host was new or if computer was acting up. All in all, it’s a wonderful restaurant if you don’t have time constraints but a little troublesome if you have a show to make.
  34. MT

    MarcoT

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience the dishes where excellent food was amazing and extremely delicious.
  35. R

    Rose

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. The service is excellent. I highly recommend
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    The server basically wanted to turn our table quickly and keep pushing us course to course. Felt like eating in 5 seat restaurant in China town and all eyes on you. Need to turn the table back to back so he can make more business. Can’t really enjoy the food and experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff
  38. H

    Hall1980

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and so was every dish. The naan and duck were incredible.
  39. E

    Estelle2you

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food but too expensive for the quantity we have eaten
  40. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful and creative food. Fabulous and attentive service. Great wine list and craft cocktails. Nice outdoor patio. Always a lovely time at Otium.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Otium is rated 4.8 stars by 2550 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Otium

222 Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between 2nd St and 3rd St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on upper Grand Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Timothy Hollingsworth

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 935-8500

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for Catering inquiries at events@otiumla.com.

  • Private party facilities

    For more information on our multiple private and semi-private event spaces please contact our team: Events@OtiumLA.com.

  • Private party contact

    Spark O'Connell: (213) 514-0131

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