189 by Dominique Ansel

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79 reviews
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Contemporary American
Chef Dominique Ansel’s first full-service restaurant comes with a serendipitous story. The number 189 references our original bakery address in New York (189 Spring Street), which coincidentally was the same street address in LA as well (189 The Grove Drive). “It was meant to be,” says Chef.

Situated on the second floor above our Bakery, the menu is driven by the food we love – casual, honest, and with a bit of surprise. Our food is rooted in traditional French techniques, but the flavors range from different cultures and uses the best California produce we can get our hands on. The restaurant seats up to 150, including indoor and outdoor terrace and bar seating.
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GH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Oh my! the marbled potatoes.......gone in 60 seconds!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Slow service in an almost empty restaurant, less than mediocre flavors, and lukewarm food

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GP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Only for them to go try the carbonara! I order pretty much the whole lunch menu and the majority of them where whatever. The fried chicken has no place in a famcy restaurant like that, or if ur gona have it at aleast reinvent it of do something differentto it. Dont bring me something i could have order in kentucky fried chicken and charge me double for it.

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F
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Although the space is cool & the service really good, the food was mediocre at best. Most of the dishes were not hot enough. We had to send back the fish because it was raw inside & the chicken which was cold. It seems like no one is minding the store.

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BS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Its a fun experience. Like dim sum for lunch. Grrat food and vibe!

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NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dominique Ansel never failed
our expectations. It was an awesome experienced.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, would love to see a more robust menu for this next year. Drinks were great & so was the service!

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CT
Yosemite
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Mardis Gras special dinner. It was $55 per person. Food was really good but kinda skimpy on quantity. I would like to go back and try their regular menu. The ambiance was cool and the servers were nice and friendly. I recommend it.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was on top of things. We ordered the elote bread, carbonara pasta, burger and halibut. The elote bread was good, pasta was so-so, the halibut came in cold and the burger was ok. The ambiance was nice but overall, wasn’t impressed with their food. I think the value is not there. Wouldn’t go back mor recommend to friends. The dessert is a different story though.

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LT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

When I reserved for Sunday at 1:30 there was no indication that a brunch would be going on. We got there and they had closed the nice section and we were sat by a staircase near a counter where someone was charging their computer. The indifferent wait staff explained that we had to pick from various dishes dim sum style. They first brought hash browns then sweet pastries then some weird pancakes- then a rolled up piece of salmon, then another pastry - nothing was in any particular order so you kind of had dessert in the middle. The food was good but the service was very strange. Then the bill came to $260 before the tip! It was the biggest rip off ever.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex my Server was a pleasant and inviting welcome ...he was also very kind to bring up My favorite Macadamia White Chocolate Sea Salt cookies from the Bakery for me to take home ☺️ beats waiting in line in NYC in the cold! I shall be back for the Crab Boil!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great server however the food service was sporadic.

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P
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food here and really hope it makes it. The sun carbonara and halibut are some of the best pasta and fish dishes I’ve ever had, And I’m really into a fine dining and restaurants with Michelin stars. The view is beautiful, the waiters are knowledgeable and Pleasant, and the bartender knows how to make a good martini!

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Z
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Valentine's special dinner...great value and excellent flavors. Husband loved the sear/rareness of the hangar steak. Dessert was adorable...looking like a burger but tasting like a giant macaron. And then to the bakery for goodies to take home. We're big DKA fans.

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AA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the servers and the chef need to learn what REAL sourdough bread is. I asked specifically if the bread had risen for 48 hours, which is necessary for the yeast to do its job, and I was assured it was legit sourdough bread. It. Is not. This is important and dangerous. I have allergies to all grains and sourdough that has risen for at LEAST 48 hours so the yeast can ferment away the things to which I am allergic, is the ONLY bread I can eat without getting very sick so it's a VERY important distinction. Fortunately, I know the difference and didn't eat it, but it doesn't serve that restaurant well to misrepresent such things.

Other than that, the restaurant is GORGEOUS, the music was background so we could converse, it was a light crowd which is what I much prefer, the food came out in good time, was beautifully plated and very, very tasty.

The price was okay. It wasn't too expensive but certainly wasn't a "bargain."

I would certainly return. Hopefully they will get "authentic" about their bread by then. Fingers crossed.

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JS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre besides the pastries. Overpriced for what it is.

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DA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

189 has become our go-to favorite spot in LA. Their bartenders are one of the city's best kept secrets.

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AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend to check out the dim sum style setting for brunch. I was a little bit underwhelmed by the food. Everything tasted great, but it wasn’t to the standard I thought it would be from reading the reviews. The staff was great and very attentive. I would recommend it for first timers and group settings.

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the attention to detail and the creativity that went into the courses.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was so empty. The food was just so-so and the wait staff was well meaning but a little slow. The mixed drinks were a bit weak. Sad because I the first two times I was there the place was bust and the food was pretty good. This time it was only so-so for a pretty expensive meal. Odd.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was extremely delicious even though I couldn't understand some of the words on the menu. The dessert is exceptional! The cucumber sangria was also quite delicious. Definitely a recommend.

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WL
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Do not go for Brunch. The options were limited, and it took forever for anything to come out. Supposedly served dim sum style, but there were long waits between dishes. The food was mostly miss, with 1 hit. Mimosas were offered right away, but we had to ask for coffee. The pastries at brunch were not the same as the ones downstairs, saved for the DKA's.

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NA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great variety of food. We were seated very fast, the server was very attentive, and the atmosphere was wonderful. The food was great! Even for a picky eater like myself, I enjoyed every moment, from the sourdough bread to the dessert!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience from start to finish. A perfect combination of sophistication and fun. The presentation was outstanding and the flavors kept us intrigued. Definitely going again! Highly recommended!

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JP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We went on a TravelZoo voucher which was an excellent deal. Very generous. The food was smart - an unusual menu with lots of sophisticated flavors. We loved our dishes...but the room was massive, the music loud, and the pacing of the 3-course meal totally off. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the food...but execution of concept, of atmosphere...it’s missing the mark and needs strong management with a clear vision to bring it up to par.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Small, eclectic and pricey menu. Small portion too. Poor ambience, restaurant empty for a Saturday night.

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LZ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for Dine LA for the second year in a row and really enjoyed it. Didn’t love our desserts but everything else was great.

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MK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The waitress was as bad as it can get, not interested, never once came over to our table to see if we needed anything. Portions were very small.

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J
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful... Beautiful, tasty food, such lovely, artistic presentation... and the Dine LA lunch menu was fantastic! Two thumbs up!! :)

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AC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We even bought delicious baked goods to bring home. Definitely coming back.

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe it's just me but I was never a fan of having to pick myself the sides for the main courses, especially in a gourmet place where it is expected the chef's menu choices to have the dishes already assembled in harmonious concepts, not left for a random pairing.
The menu was also somewhat underwhelming: too few choices. A mixed bag overall: some stuff was very good and some - average. The Rotisserie chicken, for example was oversold to us by the waiter (who surely did not belong to this place - a very awkward and unpolished, although well-meaning young man) but turned out to be dry and too chewy.
Will give 189 maybe another try but not too excited about this anymore...

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

【Dine LA 2019 experience 】We went in on a Monday. Very slow service and average food. However, the desserts are pretty good.

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B
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The person masquerading as a waiter appeared, squatted and told us about his favorites, his mother"s favorites and disappeared. 35 minutes later I got his attention. He had totally forgotten about us. A further 15 minutes later after said waiter again disappeared and not to be found, we left.
This was a restaurant we were very interested to try, Dine La would have been a perfect opportunity. I have no idea if the food is good or bad, as we were served nothing.

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SB
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I was not expecting what I received at 189. I started with Braised Cabbage with Lemon Burrata and Balsamic Glaze. DELICIOUS! What a pleasant surprise. A Lobster Roll with a delicious aioli and even more delicious seasoned french fries arrived next. The last course was a Double Chocolate and Pecan Cookie. Every course was fabulous. Did not realize Dominique Ansel is a (savory) chef as well. His pastries are divine as are his savories. Will definitely return.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Wow what a disappointment. Stick to buying donuts and pass on wasting money at this sorry excuse of a restaurant. Meal took 50 minutes to arrive after the appetizers and restaurant was empty. A glass of wine I had ordered to be “paired” with my dinner came after asking twice and half way through finishing my steak.

Food was bland and underwhelming. Steak had more fat than meat.

Will not be returning.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

My bf and I came here during Dine LA dinner for the first time to try it out. We selected the elotes milk bread/triple sun carbonara, lamb chops/ribeye, and the well/traditions. Needless to say, only the elotes milk bread and the carbonara were excellent. The rest of the food... not so much. We waited for over 2 hours to go through the entire 3 course meal and it was not worth it. Bf was super excited to try this out but unfortunately it didn't end well and he doesn't plan to come back here again.

It was probably a busy day for the restaurant cause we asked for multiple service (ex: clean utensils, water, check, etc.) but our host didn't give their attentive needs to the customers.

Despite the experience of waiting for over 2 hours for the food to arrive and the expensive check bill we received, we will not be planning to come back here again.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

DineLA menu set

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n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for what I thought was brunch and it was a dim sum lunch witch could be very fun except the pace and the food was sooo weird, only sweet things for 30 mins then all meet products no veggie at all except for potato hash
When the final came with a scoop of avocado salad the put it mixed in the the syrupy from the pancakes???
Had to get up to get water ask for coffee 3 times
In my eyes a Complete failure
Love being with the people I was with but boy what a wast of a room and potential if what could have been so fun

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JJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Only reason not giving 5 stars is I want to work my way through the menu - but I will tell ya, I’m feeling it big time here! Innovative dishes and the drink menu is really cool. Of course Chef Ansel is known for desserts but he is so much more. And the room is really nice - open and airy with nice view of open kitchen.

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G
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Did the dine LA 3 course menu. Love the sun choke, sunflower seed sunny side up egg carbonara. Steak and dessert. All dishes perfectly executed Amazing cocktails

My only complaint is that you can’t order a cronut or a DKA in the restaurant

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