Abernethy’s

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Global, International
Abernethy’s as a one-of-a-kind dining experience, a Downtown L.A. destination where tasting cultures and exploring food is an ever-changing culinary experience. Abernethy’s features emerging chefs from throughout L.A., chosen for their culinary talent and entrepreneurship; these chefs reflect the cultural diversity of Los Angeles County’s residents, cuisine, neighborhoods and businesses. Chef Jason Fullilove of Barbara Jean is the second emerging chef, serving modern soul food; a new chef will transform the restaurant every three-four months.

Up next, Ryan Costanza, serving Mediterranean Island Cuisine this Spring.
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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3.7
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BF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was very expensive and subpar for the quality of the food. The food is equivalent to the hot foods section at whole foods. the best thing there was the crab toast. other than that, i do not recommend.

EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Abernethy's did a great job, especially for Valentines night and all three theaters having performances!! The food was super and the service was outstanding.

D
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Let me preface this by saying that I know better than to eat out on Valentine's Day. But we were seeing a show at the Music Center and figured, how bad can it be? The answer is, pretty bad. We were seated at an outdoor table for six with one heater. It was sunset, breezy, and pretty darn cold. No interest or sympathy from front of the house, to whom we were a nuisance. I would have expected to be told that we were going to be sitting in Siberia and that a jacket would be handy. Seriously, advance warning was in order. In addition to no heat, there was no light. Dishes came rocketing out of the kitchen and we couldn't see what we were eating. Sample conversation went, "That looks like a potato. Oh, it's an apple!" and "Everything is brown." Food was uniformly sweet and uninspired except the biscuits, which were yummy. Our server was nice enough until he got other tables, then appeared frazzled and kept forgetting drink orders. The one bright spot was a very pleasant and efficient service assistant. She really saved what was otherwise a pretty dismal experience.

JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Because we were a bit late (traffic) and heading to the opera, we ordered our drinks and food at the same time. Our food arrived immediately and we had to ask 3 times where are drinks were. It seems to me that Abernethy's main clientele are theater goers. They should be prepared for the pre theater rush. This was my 3rd time eating at the restaurant. It has deteriorated each time.

r
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot to grab a bite and a drink before theater .

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the current menu! The food is flavorful and imaginative. The service is spot on and friendly. There is always great energy in the room. A fantastic addition to the new Music Center mall.

OT
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the shrimp/rice and pulled pork entrees; very good. Menu of unique items. Service good
and timely to meet shows starting times. Somewhat loud but acceptable. Would recommend.

HM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the concept of changing chefs periodically! Live the concept of small plates! Great service so we’re on time for the theater. Wonderful all the way around!

CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good, served in a timely manner by very good wait staff. We would definitely eat here again.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Ate at 5:30 pm, yet they were already out of beussel wpoeiutd

LS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my meal tremendously. Everything was beyond my expectations.

FF
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a great place before the show. The food came out quickly so we didn't have to worry about getting to our seats. I wish the waitress was more familiar with the menu and mentioned that greens came with the chicken we ordered so that we didn't order that extra side dish. Nothing special about the ambience. It's a nice less expensive alternative to Kendall's.

EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Bad bad bad. Cold food. Very slow service. Unprepared staff. Untrained staff. We eat out a lot. Have never given a bad review. Just an awful experience. Have you ever been served cold poached eggs? 45 minutes after you order and 1/2 hour after table mates were served? And after people who were seated after you were??? Bad bad bad.

TW
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the cornbread, Agnolotti and chicken & waffles. The have an excellent Bloody Mary mix. I was going to order a second but they ran out.

MI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the creative menu, good service and outstanding manager. Our only complaint is the high noise level, making conversation difficult.

LL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new chef. Loved all of the dishes we ordered especially the shrimp and grits!

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The service was prompt and friendly, but the food was truly underwhelming and included ingredients that are really out of season. Even the cakes for desert were no better than what you can buy in the supermarket.

L
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced, just okay food. Only thing worthwhile is that it is on the grounds of the Music Center Plaza.

NW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, chatting with the patro n at the next table, who incidentally shared his delicious corn bread, and the service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at Abernathy’s before our Matinee at the Center theatre. Great food and cocktails! They serve tapas style, and my hubby and I shared the curried cauliflower and the crab toast with poached eggs. Amazing. Definitely will return before our next show!

SR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely fabulous food. Everything we ordered was perfect! Very noisy (and we were sitting at the edge so it should have been quieter there) - but the waiter was terrific and we wish the chef would stay there for much longer. Where is he going next?

T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I remember visiting Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Universal City, and marvelling at how they really had it down regarding getting good food out quickly to a lot of people at once. Abernathy's is not there yet, though they should be. If you are opening a restaurant on the Plaza of the Music Center, you need to train your staff to be ready for a rush of diners who need to eat before curtain time. While the servers were friendly and fast, I found myself being too aware of their speed because they were sometimes literally rushing back and forth at such a rate it was difficult to relax. They were doing their best, but I can't say that for the kitchen staff. The food we ordered was less than inspiring. The Crayfish Mac and Cheese was barely above boxed mac and cheese, and if I didn't know there was crayfish in the dish, I would not have noticed them at all. The Half Chicken was dry and poorly presented, looking on the plate as though it was separated by a car accident rather than a chef's knife. It has been a long time since I was so disappointed in both presentation and food quality. This soul food had NO soul.
I did have a good glass of Italian wine, and the ambiance was nice, but I just don't understand how a major restaurant in Los Angeles at this point in time cannot get the food down.

MR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food is very tasty, a little uneven in what you get for the price. Some dishes are well rounded with meat and veg and some are more like smaller sharing dishes but for the same price.

The main problem was the service. There was not enough waitstaff for the rush hour before the theater. The servers were literally running around and fairly inattentive. Even with a reservation there was a long line to get in.

LJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been there twice now, before the theater. Good food selection for picky eaters.
Not so good if you are running late. Servers get swamped if you get there too late. I'd set reservations for 6.30, with a 15 min safety margin.
Cheerful servers and helpers, generous bar, comfortable environs, tasty and well presented food (we licked the plates).

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Forgot some items on order, forgot it was a birthday dinner, got our bill wrong, was hard to get the attention of waitstaff.

KK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice but felt rushed... waiter seemed distracted. Nice to be so close but kind of noisy and sterile

SB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very convenient if visiting the Music Center. Most seating on a covered and heated patio. Rotating guest chefs every 3-4 months; our menu was soul food and excellent. A little pricey, and the wine selection could use more variety. Overall very enjoyable.

JA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Abernathy's is a great way to sample the up and coming chef's of Los Angeles. Chefs and food offerings change every 6 months or so.

JE
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It is a very casual restaurant. It is good but not as good as a couple of other restaurants in the area especially using them before going to a play.

HD
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious. They were busy, as you would expect right before curtain, so our chicken was a little dry. I have had it before and it was not. Definitely a worthy stop pre theater.

DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect location, and great idea to have visiting chefs! Food was ok, but not exceptional. Portions were small. Service was great, and fast. Nice to be sure we’d be on time for theater. Thanks

DE
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Right near the theatre so really convenient and the food was very good, also real nice selection of mixed drinks. Great view of downtown LA as you dine.

PS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food, location outside on the patio, and our server were great, however, there were major problems with the kitchen. We were told that the arrival of main courses would be staggered, but that there would be no more than a couple minutes between dishes. Dispute this, only three of four people got their food. After 10 minutes of my friend sitting with no food, our server arrived to say that she was sorry for the delay, but that the Manager was personally handling it and his meal was being removed from the bill. Another 10 minutes later, the rest of us had finished and our plates had been cleared, yet he still had not received his food. At this point I walked inside to speak with the manager, only to find her sitting at the bar. I told her that my friend still hadn’t received his food, and that the server said that the manager was handling it. She responded by saying that they deducted it from our bill, and I replied that that is great, but that he still needs his food, and asked her to go to the kitchen to find out what’s happening. Eight minutes later, or 28 minutes after the rest of us were served, his simple hamburger finally arrived. Instead of an apology, the manager explained that there was no way to make it go faster and that she didn’t want to serve a raw hamburger. I responded that our expectation was that, as manager, that she was going to resolve this problem when it had occurred 18 minutes prior. Her response was to comp the entire meal. While I appreciate this gesture, this is not what I was looking for. I want this restaurant to succeed. It’s in a great location and we actually enjoyed our food. However not taking responsibility for her role in the the disorganization of the kitchen is not a recipe for success. And papering over the problem with free meals is not a way for a restaurant to be successful. I hope they get their act together, but they’ve been open for five months now so this kind of organizational problem should not be happening.

AA
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Patio is dark to sit on. Diners next to me very loud and no acoustic softening.
Food was good.
Need to hire more waitstaff... they are too busy to handle the number of diners.

HJ
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside the tent. The food was excellent. We had the grilled little gem salad and the short ribs and shrimp -- all great. (The menus says that the shrimp are "fried" but there is not breading so it is more like they are stir-fried. The service was as excellent (but it took a while to get our check).

RF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good, but not great. Everything was a bit overpriced and there weren’t very many options. The seating was very cramped. Also, you have to walked outside to go to the restrooms, which was fine because it was nice out but I could imagine that would be extremely inconvenient if it’s cold or rainy. Lastly, there were only three options for dessert and one wasn’t available.

d
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Including Abernethy's as part of the reno/upgrade of the Music Center plaza was brilliant. The restaurant's concept of introducing diners to the tastes created by a different chef in each season is equally brilliant. It was our second visit and each time the food was tasty and fresh. You'll want to share and sample and the portions dictate that. Great cocktails, too. This is a place that will never get stale and it offers diners a "new restaurant" every time - if they schedule their opera/theater experiences appropriately.

RV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great.

s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Deep fried chicken curry with kimchi was tasteless, chicken-less, and lacking heat. The prawns were over cooked but at least the sauce was flavorful. Staff were young but eager and nice. Ambiance was quite nice - the Music Center Plaza is astonishingly transformed; evening temperatures in the low 70s for February 1st couldn’t have been better.
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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food was excellent--I'm not a fan of shrimp and grits but this was outstanding
we dined outside - very quiet