Otium

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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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r
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Very convenient to the Broad Museum. The ambiance was hip and cool but our service was terrible. We were seated in the back room with two waiters and support staff. But our waiter although very professional just missed the boat. We asked for hot milk for our coffee it took 3 requests. I ordered the chicken tenders but the order was supposedly misplaced. The waiters were very busy looking very busy and management never once came through the room to check on us or any of the other parties. The main room was the focus of attention by management. It was odd.. Great food but make sure to tell them you want your fried egg's with the pancakes, we had to send them back to get reheated.

JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We've been before and the food and service were outstanding. This time our plates had very long stretches in between, they forgot a dish and our main was cold. Very bummed, we want Otium to succeed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was atmosphere was outstanding. With the exception of one item, the food was fantastic! The problem was with the grilled fish. It was so salty that it was not edible. It was cooked perfectly and super moist, but so overly salted that it actually burned the mouth.

A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Went for brunch today on a weekend. It took them almost an hour to get our food.

I
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The location for those who were in the Broad is amazing, interior is good. Food is so poor, never imagined we could pay those kind of money for such “dishes”. Lots of sauce, even hard to recognise the real ingredients.

b
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I had heard very good things about Otium, so I went with 2 friends before the theater on Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was packed when we arrived. Good thing we had a reservation. We were seated at a great table in the back next to the windows. That's about where the good part ended. Our server was very slow to arrive at our table. Our drinks took 15 minutes to arrive. One of our dishes came out first, which I thought was odd. 10 minutes later, mine came out. Meanwhile the third plate was nowhere to be seen. we waited 20 minutes, then asked our server to have the Manager come over. She said it would be out shortly. When the hamburger did arrive, my friend said it was outstanding as was all of the food. Supposedly, they had just changed their menu and the kitchen was having trouble. At a restaurant of this caliber, that was completely unacceptable. The manager graciously comped our whole meal. Not sure I would go back, unfortunately.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!!

RH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests and I always love the restaurant. The food is full of surprises and the staff is ALWAYS superbly gracious.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Sharing dishes were fantastic. The Tomahawk was fabulous.

RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, and the food was very, very good. We had a wonderful experience dining at Otium.

B
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had brunch with friends from in and out of town. Was a very pretty location, even in a gray day. Service was attentive. Food was tasty.

LS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The porttion size on their hamachi was microscophic, for a $19 appetizer. The rest of the food was only ok, a bit salty. Not good value for money.

SF
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great vibe. Very friendly and knowledgable server. Food was of good quality and drinks were tasty. Fun pre-theatre scene.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, great food, great service, never pretentious. Highly recommend!

WS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific! Sold more as family style (larger portions). We had brunch and highly recommend the chicken and waffles.

BT
Poconos
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

What a disappointment !!

As this was my favorite restaurant in the past, I booked both lunch and dinner.
Lunch:
Farro salad with salmon was a bowl full of farro with a few
Hard-to-find greens and cranberries. The salmon was a very small portion.
No creativity, little consideration of texture and balance.

Dinner:
Ordered duck. Was told it would take 30 minutes. Fine.
Instead it came in 1 minute, lukewarm with some unidentifiable cubes.
No decent vegetable or carb.
Sent it back and ordered pork chops.
Again, no green. It did come with spaetzle with horseradish which did not work.
Pork was 25 percent fat.
Naan was tasteless and seemed to have been fried.
Again, no balance or creativity.
Plating was a disaster.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful

PA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the waitress knew the menu and could explain it to a "T..." so we were all very impressed, happy and will return, thank you for the great service.

Paul Artelles

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!
Black Truffle fries were outstanding, pricey at $25 but worth it ... Duck Confit a 10 as well as the Farro salad with salmon... Very cool vibe... would highly recommend it!

EG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And fabulous champagne (Dom Perignon) by the glass at lunch!!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews