189 by Dominique Ansel
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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Staff and servers were very nice however it took forever to get our food and the restaurant was may 20% full. My burger came with the bun burned and since we had tickets for a live show, I just removed the most of the bun and dealt with it. The server offered us a comped dessert but the burger should have never been brought to the table that way in the first place. We politely declined. Also, we were seated at the corner table with a lovely view of the Grove however, it was ruined by a fly inside the restaurant that kept banging against the window, a moth, and other small insects that kept flying around. This made no sense to me. This was a $100 dinner for two... insects should not be included!!!
This is a restaurant that I rally like. The service level was disappointing on my most recent visit.
Great brunch, especially the sweet dishes. Go with an appetite and someone to share food with
It was my girlfriends birthday. We had a party of five (our moms, us and my teenaged son).
- The place was nice lookin
- we had no trouble making a reservation thru open table
- the servers were very nice
- we love the dim sum like experience
- the fried chicken, Dutch pancake, salmon and Apple tart were really great.
- some of the food was a little cold (hash and sweet potatoes)
- while the servers were very nice, the service was pretty bad. We had to constantly ask for refills and there were long pockets of time where they weren’t passing out food. By the end of the meal I actually had to ask if they’d brought everything around (they hadn’t). It should be noted that only four other tables were occupied at the time.
- sometimes they brought the same food twice when we hadn’t even been offered other options yet (so you’re filling up without trying everything)
- my girlfriend asked for the eggs to be cooked well but they still came out runny and someone luke warm
- the Matcha pancake and pork sausage weren’t so great. Eggs were ok but not enough toast.
- honestly... I think it’s overpriced and under delivers on the dim sum experience.
Having said all that we had an ok time and experience but I really feel like with a little training it could be a great experience. I’ve been here twice and both times it’s been mostly empty. Probably these are the reasons why.
Food was good and service was attentive. Over the top pricing as in $25 for a burger and fries. The pastries are outstanding.
My waitress Erin was very inattentive. She checked on us once which was only because I asked a question. The party that sat down next to us 10 minutes after we were seated got all her attention. She checked on them frequently and made pleasant conversation continuously with them and overlooked us. I did not find that professional. All guest should be treated equal. Though the food was good my family’s experience was ruined by the very poor service. I expected more from this establishment.
The food was decent, the pastries and baked goods being the star of the show. We were there for a dim sum style brunch and the service was horrible, despite the restaurant being maybe 1/3 full. We asked three different people a total of five times for creamer for coffee. We asked the same waiter three times for the juice we ordered. We had to ask twice for silverware. It was actually laughable at one point. Perhaps this brunch style is new for them and the kinks are getting worked out. I would skip the brunch and just go downstairs and buy individual pastries.
First, the facts: The restaurant is located on the second floor in The Grove. So you'll have to deal with the parking and crowds there. But that's OK. Next, the incredible bakery of Dominique Ansel is on the first floor. It's hard to leave without buying something there. The restaurant is lovely - a bright, open space with an outdoor dining area overlooking the Grove crowd below that's enjoyable. The service was wonderful - but that might be because there wasn't much of a crowd for lunch the day I and a friend ate there. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere and service. It's a beautiful place. But now, the food. Keep in mind I was only there for lunch, and the dinner menu is different. I had the Tender Chicken salad, which is healthy and good. Nothing spectacular, but did the trick. My friend had the Rotisserie Chicken, which was not only bland, but under-cooked -- so much so that my friend couldn't eat it. (They didn't charge us for her meal.) Bottom line: I feel it's hard to judge a place based on one meal. I will probably come back for dinner just to see how it is. It could be my friend's meal was an outlier. So while I cannot recommend it, I can't say it was a bad experience either. Despite her meal, we enjoyed ourselves.
Amazing food, beautiful environment. The brunch is especially unique.
We loved our evening at Dominique Ansel's restaurant at the Grove. This restaurant should get more attention, as it is a gem here in Los Angeles. Don't let the location at the Grove put you off. This is not some corporate restaurant/bakery trying to be part of the Disneylandesque Grove. This is real Parisian bistronomy (modern upgrades to the traditional bistrot). Our Gougere was better than any we had in Paris in April. The salad was a unique and beautiful reinterpretation of a Ceasar with Coraline Endive, chives, and garlic blossoms. The steak was as good or better that the one we had recently at Paul Bert Bistrot in Paris, the fries were good... not the best we have had, but the desserts were awesome... Pear Tartin and a banana/passion fruit tartin. The wine pairings were reasonably priced and perfect. And... don't forget to get pastries downstairs!!!
Creative menu keeps us coming back while still retaining some of the classic favorites.
Wish we had room to try more of the brunch options! A perfect, well paced variety of food. All very flavorful and delicious, cannot day anything bad about anything. The wait staff were excellent very friendly. Will definitely be coming back!
We celebrated a birthday and went to a Saturday morning brunch. Dim sum style breakfast brunch is an amazing experience the food kept coming out and every dish was oh so good
We sat at the counter for brunch and watched the chefs at work. Our server was incredibly attentive and friendly. Since we were so close to the food coming out, we had the first shot at everything. We really enjoyed our experience and all the food was great, but I especially liked the bacon.
At the end I was surprised with a birthday treat and greeted by one of the chefs. That was such a special touch. It was a fun experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back!
The courses are beautiful. Divine halibut. Stunning setting. Servers were relaxed yet offered attentive service. I sent my sisters there for a birthday dinner and 189 celebrated them perfectly.
Inventive cuisine, excellent service and pleasant outdoor ambience.
Food was good but staff seemed confused. Supposed to be Dim Sum style of service but the food never came to us. When we tried to figure it out, the staff seemed to think it was our fault. Marked us as no-shows on Open Table even though we were there.
It was really nice and the food was delicious!
Had lunch at Dominique Ansel for the second year in a row for Dom's Burger Park. This year I tried the Spicy Fried Chicken DKA Sandwich. While I did not taste a hint of spice at all, the chicken was well fried and sandwiched in between the crunch, sweet, DKA I got the perfect blend of savory and sweet! Everything on the menu is top quality! The french fries were crispy, well seasoned and the strawberry lemonade was refreshing. Spent around $20 for this unique spin on a chicken sandwich!
We had a terrific birthday brunch for my mom. The food was great, the service was delightful, and the ambiance was fun!
Opened with the mushrooms, then had the mussels, then the lamb chops. All excellent.
Oh my! the marbled potatoes.......gone in 60 seconds!
Slow service in an almost empty restaurant, less than mediocre flavors, and lukewarm food
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.
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.
Its a fun experience. Like dim sum for lunch. Grrat food and vibe!
Dominique Ansel never failed
our expectations. It was an awesome experienced.
Food was good, would love to see a more robust menu for this next year. Drinks were great & so was the service!
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.
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.
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.
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!
We had a great server however the food service was sporadic.
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!
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.
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.
Food was mediocre besides the pastries. Overpriced for what it is.
189 has become our go-to favorite spot in LA. Their bartenders are one of the city's best kept secrets.