Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Otium! We'll be featuring a special Chef's Tasting Menu by Timothy Hollingsworth as well as wine pairings, a photographer, live music, and more. Our Chef's Tasting Menu is priced at $125 per guest, with an optional $55 wine pairing.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
We had our anniversary there and Otium was kind enough to help us with our service dog. Favorite restaurant in Downtown LA!
Great kitchen. Gnocchis and scallops was outstanding. Bar was on the clumsy side and pricy. Overall we liked it. Recommended
Truly outstanding in every way!
Had a wonderful dinner while we were in town. Everything was perfect!
Michelin star quality food and service. LOVED coming here and will definitely be back.
One of my favorite brunches in the city
This place was amazing. Best restaurant experience.
My new favorite restaurant. From walking in the front door we were met with friendliness from all the staff. Not a dish we didn't like.
A peak experience night for us is dinner at Otium followed by a concert at Disney Hall. It seriously does not get better. Okay, Otium…..amazing. We've been there many times and each time it's an incredible dining experience. The service, the ambiance and most importantly, the food is sublime, transformational. We've been slowly working through yet another "L.A.'s 20 best new restaurants" and seriously, none of them surpass Otium. We usually have two small dishes to start and then two larger dishes and almost always don't save room for dessert, but we have it anyway. The menu changes constantly, but there are always some of their old reliables that stay. The funnel cake is one that's almost always there and awesome. My wife is a wine drinker and their wine selection is excellent. I can not recommend Otium highly enough. It's a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny. Go!
We'd been here for post theater drinks before but not dinner.
Surprised to find the food is amazing! The cod, naan bread and gnocchi were particular standouts. We'll be coming back for pre-theater dinners in the future.
I have been coming to Otium since April of 2016! Tonight solidified this restaurant’s place in my heart, My server was Steven and he was impeccable. He took the time to get to know me and was able to understand my pace and preferences during a meal of this caliber.
One of the best places to dine in LA, period! The space is amazing, the cocktails are inventive and delicious and the menu is always changing and always great!
The hostess at the door was particularly lovely and the staff was wonderful and friendly.
Every dish we had was incredible. Especially the New Zealand snapper
Excellent restaurant. Delicious food, with multiple choices on the menu. Great service and ambience. Fantastic restaurant
The food and service were great. I was annoyed as I called the restaurant to ask what their corkage fee was. I was told $25 and was charged $35. They would not change it.
Food and our waiter’s service were absolutely fantastic!! The snapper sashimi and urchin pasta are must tries please! Do also take a walk into the open kitchen and appreciate the top chefs preparing our food.
On another note, we were taken aback when the reception first sat us at the walk-in bar tables (even though we had our reservation weeks in advance); luckily the restaurant quickly rectified that... another comment would that the front door had a horrible squeaky sound and is in need of a good grease!
Best chicken dish I have ever had!!!
Over-hyped and over-priced. Hamachi ($18) was a very uneven piece of fish: muscly at one end. Indifferently prepared. Nan bread was mushy though the truffle butter was good. (Still, you have just paid $10 for bread and butter.) Pasta was way over sauced and gloppy. Fish with tamarind ok--but you can do better if you go straight down the hill to Kasih (Indonesian restaurant) for half the price. Hey--I don't mind paying for ambiance. And this place has it. But it also clearly doesn't have much competition in the neighborhood, so it gets away with food that is just OK.
The best restaurant downtown!!!!
I first want to say that my expectations were extremely high because the chef won the Final Table show on Netflix. My ratings reflect those higher expectations. It is a nice restaurant, popular, lively, and energetic. The server, Steven, was terrific. Friendly, attentive, helpful with the menu items. We ordered many items to make sure we had a representative sampling of what the restaurant offered.
The Ora King Salmon was good. The foie gras was good, but it was like a pate that you spread on toast as opposed to a melt in your mouth seared piece of liver. I understand this may be banned in California. The pumpkin squash did not have much flavor and seems a little under cooked. There was a pastry tart with a cheese that I think was goat cheese. I did not care for it. The rigatoni was probably the best dish, but was not so amazing you would have to order it again.
The dish that was the most anticipated was the black cod, which was judged as the winning dish by a panel of world class chefs. It was just okay. In the restaurant's defense, the chef was in the kitchen, but was not cooking.
The fruit cobler was fine, but not memorable. The banana cake was a little bland.
I really wanted to love this place and support the chef, but do not think it is at the same level as n/naka, Nobu, and Providence. I know there are a lot of 5 star reviews so maybe it was just an off night or I did not order the right things.
Food and service were speculator. Absolutely loved it. What we didn't like was that it was a rainy night and there was no thought to where to put all the customers who were waiting for their table. Our wait was approx. 25 minutes past our reservation time. No worries. We're happy to wait. But... We were all crammed into a very small area located near the front door as well as other tables. We were constantly in the servers way, always having to move, and I'm sure the diners didn't appreciate all these people being so close to their table as well. Maybe have the outside area enclosed, and heated. If that were the case, our dining experience would have been an home run.
I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Otium. It is in a great location for pre-Music Center or Broad dining. However their valet is very slow at bringing back cars after the show and seems under staffed. The fish and gnocchi we ordered were excellent but the dessert cobbler arrived almost cold and would have been much better had it been hot. The espresso maker turned out to be out of order, and for some reason they do not offer decaf espresso drinks, which I need after 4pm Otium's wine prices have been raised far higher than twice retail, and are out of line with other similar restaurants. both the sommeliers and servers are very pushy and try to get you to order far more than you want. I was made to feel like a profit center not a customer. Even though we have eaten here a number of times the server went into great detail about the menu including many dishes we are already familiar with. He ignored the dietary preferences submitted at the time of reservation in the items he was "promoting". While I want attentive service, I do not need pushy service and being upsold. The restaurant and bar area are very crowded and there are insufficient restroom facilities for the number of patrons, and the trash bins were overflowing with paper towels.
beautiful ambiance and space. food delicious - one dish took a long time to arrive - after we all ate it arrived (and wasnt worth the wait). server was nice but they should have taken it off the bill
love the heath vases!
Amazing food and even better service.
I took my family to this restaurant as a Christmas present, and we ordered 8 dishes to share. Every single dish was spot on and delicious, and our server was very kind, attentive, and even went above and beyond to bring us additional food complements of the chef. An amazing experience, and considering the quality of food, the prices were not outrageous.
Excellent salad. Very pedestrian, mediocre turkey sandwich.
Always tasty, delicious and yummy, one should not miss an opportunity to eat at Otium. Whether it's after visiting The Broad, or prior to a concert at Disney Hall, the always seasonal menu at Otium has something for everyone!
Otium hits every dining note perfectly - excellent preparation of every course, complemented by a thoughtful wine list and unusual craft cocktails (to start things off). Sophistication and originally is found throughout the menu - really without compare in Southern California - particularly in terms of execution. Although not inexpensive, Otium delivers on its mission and therefore is worth the expense - a real gem.
Nice spot next to the Broad. Good quick lunch with efficient service and nice menu. The roasted potatoes are CRACK! Pesto pasta was lovely and creamy. My Trevisso salad was a little heavy on the red endives and kind of drowned the rest of the salad. Chicken added on top was a bit undercooked so not the best choice but not the end of the world. Would come again!
By far the BEST meal I think I’ve ever had. Small portions (wish there was a bit more to the entrees!) but incredible flavor and technique!!!
bad service, forgot us.
food was awful.
They completely forgot us and was incredibly overpriced.
Went here on New Year’s Eve, early dinner before a show. The price range is listed on OpenTable as $30-$50. When we arrived, they only had a prix fixe menu for $175 per person. We were not told of the special menu at the time of our reservation. The worst part was how the restaurant handled it. I asked if they had an a la carte menu. At first they said no, that was the menu associated with my reservation. After pressing them, they finally admitted that we could have an a la carte menu at the bar. One of the dishes for $30 was a small appetizer, the size of a garnish. The steak was excellent, but the portion was very small for $50. The management was very slimy in their lack of transparency and handling of the situation.
Fabulous drinks, excellent food but larger portions than we expected. 10 dishes for 5 people was too much for us, so I'd believe that 8 would be plenty. Everything was excellent. The Naan was so delicious that we ordered a second round, which may not have been a smart idea, but it was so scrumptious... Ambience is modern but warm, beautifully designed and stylish. Service was excellent. Obviously reserve ahead.
Cool place and interesting menu, but a ways to go in operations.
The noise level was more than energetic. It was downright loud and noisy. The loud contemporary music did not really match the 55+ clientele. Many menu items needed much deciphering. The drinks were watered down and ladened with ice cubes. An expensive place for brunch. The window seats had a view of major underground construction and porte-potties. The best thing about the place was the friendly, attentative staff.
Good Service, Good Food
Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Every dish was outstanding.
The staff was so knowledgeable about the food and the open kitchen atmosphere was spectacular. From the bartender to the waitress, everyone knew the menu and was able to assist us in picking a great 4 course dinner. The spaced timing of the plates was excellent! And our favorite course was definitely the dessert! Cinnamon ice cream and carrot cake to die for! Thank you for making this date night enjoyable Otium :)
Appreciate that although we arrived early we were seated. Service attentive and food very good. We would return.