Otium

4.6
2350 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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George
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

After checking in for my reservation, I was casually dismissed to the bar until my guest arrived by two fairly arrogant hostesses. There was no offer to be seated to wait for my guest, and there is no place in particular to wait comfortably. It was obvious from the beginning that my reservation, presence, and business didn’t really matter.

Once seated, a few minutes later, it became painfully apparent that the restaurant was so loud that we had to yell at each other to hear ourselves.

There were perhaps five different people that came to our table to ask us what we wanted to drink, another to take our order, two others to deliver our food, and ultimately someone to introduce herself as our server, after our meals were served. We took it all in stride because we were involved in an important business conversation, but in retrospect I probably will not be back. I’ve had plenty of high-end restaurant experiences that felt like my business mattered. This one did not. I felt like I/we were inconsequential and just another high-dollar check at the end of our meal.

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KirstenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, good suggestions from wait staff, wait staff not terribly attentive - we had to ask someone to send our waitress to take our order, bring the check, and bring boxes.

HP
vipHelenandPattifav
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

We love the food but we ordered a very expensive wine and when the server ignored us the somm ended up taking our order. The chicken was to be cut up and wasnt... the wine was never served. Bad service did effect our experience.

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vipGaryM
Hong Kong
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed their ever revolving seasonal brunch menu. One particular dish which we never get tired of is the famous French toast Donabe with pork belly. The cocktails are quite creative as well.

Overall, all of the dishes are very delicious and beautifully plated.

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vipwilm1
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Neither of us liked our food. We won’t return

JH
vipJimH
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food....Awesome service....Our waitress made the experience fun!.....VERY loud!!!

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HoracioR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food and drinks were fantastic too. Tad expensive but portions were generous. Would love to return.

LJ
vipLizaJoon
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food was amazing. The kitchen was open and very well managed. The food came out one at a time and we got to enjoy everything. The Old fashion was delish too.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I tried Otium. Went here for my birthday with friends. The drinks and the food tasted so delicious. Omg the buttery naan with burgundy truffle butter and the chicken liver mousse was so delicious. Would recommend getting that to anyone who goes. The manager was super nice. He came over and greet us at the end. Our waitress was great too. Everything overall was wonderful. I would come here again.

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RonaldG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For real food lovers.
Everything from the Naan to the Dry aged duck was spectacular.
No complaints, even the staff were friendly and attentive.
Definitely returning for another dinner

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great quality, flavorful food and the ambience is beautiful.

DF
DivineFoodLover
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the restaurant. It's a must-go-to place after the symphony. Had a delicious Farro salad with chicken. My preference is for salmon, but I missed it this time. Guess it's quite popular.

There were several people dining at Otium after the symphony, so we did not get choice seating in the main dining area as usual. We were seated in the west dining area by a window overlooking the construction zone. Was not the best seating for the best Otium experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food was outstanding

MJ
MJE1
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They had no chilled Chardonnay for my wife when we arrived at 5:30. Other than that, I would return and recommend.

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Angel
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had been to Otium in the past, but only for drinks (which are always fantastic). This time I came for brunch; we ordered the Farro Salad, delicious, the crispy potatoes, also delicious, and the hummus and muhamara plate. The only reason I didn’t give the good 5 starts is because although it was delicious, something did not sit well and I’m not sure what that was. Other than that, everything was great. The staff is friendly, the ambiance is chic, and the drinks are awesome. Bonus points, just a 2 minute walk from The Broad.

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vipfdlvr
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food; reasonable portions; creative combinations; friendly, helpful servers; great downtown location...highly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the pancakes and the smoked salmon dishes. The pancakes, made with lemon curd, were outstanding and of good value.

MM
MaggieM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Patric
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Quality of the two entrees, black cod and duck, were underwhelming and came away disappointed.

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marnie
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice ambience although a bit noisy where were were sitting which was near the open kitchen. Other areas may be less noisy. Service was great and the menu very eclectic and "foodie". Quality of food was great with very fresh farm to table vegetables. Prices a bit high but paying for location, and high quality food.

HD
vipHeatherD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! Try the duck confit.