APL Restaurant

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343 reviews
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Steakhouse
Chef Adam Perry Lang’s latest venture – APL Restaurant – aims to elevate the contemporary steakhouse with inspiration from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The 143-seat restaurant is situated on the ground floor of L.A.’s first-ever high-rise, the Taft Building, built in 1923 on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful space.
I was a little apprehensive at first as this restaurant is in the heart of Hollywood, which can be very touristy.
We loved the decor and I had a pork chop that I will remember for the rest of my life! It was amazing.
I have only one note to give this restaurant and that is that the music selection did not do the rest of the experience justice. In my humble opinion, the space and the lighting called for Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald or any of the jazz greats. Instead, on the particular Saturday we were there, the music was pure pop and just a little too loud.
It did not work.
Having said that, you better believe I am counting the days until I can have that pork chop again!

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PH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant so much! It's beautiful and everyone was nice. Our side of mashed potatoes was cold and my Rib Eye stake was difficult to eat because of the gristle. That was a big deal. However, my daughter loved her chicken, my Nephew loved his spaghetti and we all loved the Broccolinie - I am still thinking about the sauce on that.

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DG
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a bad steakhouse, however it’s marketed as a great steakhouse, which it is not. It’s OK, but overpriced. Meh. You can a lot better for less.

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a great time, my filet was a little over cooked and because we were going to a Show I did not have time to send it back. It happens, but I would definitely go back and give them a second chance because the service was great. I am sure if I would have complained they would have been happy to fix the issue. Overall my Wife and I had a great time.

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KW
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! I enjoyed a wonderful steak (the filet), the bacon, and I must say the Maple Hog cocktail with Uncle Nearest whiskey was great.

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b
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Nothing special.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Steak over cooked, returned, over cooked again. The service is young and well intended, but poorly managed. Poorly puts it mildly.
Never to return

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GA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Very overpriced for the quality of food. The burger was very average at best and for $18 and having to pay for sides as extra, it seemed ridiculous when there are so many amazing, high quality burgers in LA with much better value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic across the board

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and presentation and solid service. It’s tasty, nice, and fun. However, it’s pricey and everything is a la carte so be prepared...

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SV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our entire party was disappointed the French onion soup was not on the menu. And the short rib sold out in 1.5 hours. Ian was a great server and what we did order was delicious!!!

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedge salad with bacon and the brussel sprouts will not disappoint and is a full meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre-show dinner for Cats. $85 per person. Had Caesar’s salad and prosciutto with burrata cheese as appetizers; both OK, nothing super special. Then came main course. We both had the rib eye steak which was very tasty and nicely done. Side dishes were mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts; mashed potatoes were luke warm and reminded me of what you get in an instant mashed potatoes package; Brussels sprouts were bit too oily and for us not really that tasty. For desert we had the butterscotch pudding and the chocolate cake and both were passable but memorable. I come from a country with excellent food, Argentina, so it is very hard to match the quality of food from there. I think the overall food experience at APL was good-enough, but considering we walked away with a $300 bill for two, tax and tip included, it sure would have been nice if it had had more of that “wow! unforgettable factor! It did not...

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TC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A smidge pricey to other steakhouse bistros (Wolfgang's, Palm, Morton's), but delicious and you pay for the aging of the prime meat. Only mild complaint was a little too much salt across the board. The Duck Fat fries were too salty for some at our table to eat. I thought they went great with my aged ribeye which was the envy of the table. All and all exceptional quality and service, just a little too much salt.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food,staff and drinks were all outstanding!!!!

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w
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The prime rib was fifty percent fat. The mashed potatoes were akin to potato milk. The service was a mix of juvenile and pretentious. We had looked forward to this meal, but it was an enormous disappointment.

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d
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Wanted to love this place after all the hype but our experience was underwhelming at best. I am pretty experienced in fine dining steak houses throughout the U.S. and expect higher pricing for unique dining, great service and high quality food. This experience mostly delivered just the high pricing.

Cocktails were unique and presented well. Our party enjoyed the Figs blood and Maple Hog.

Appetizers were mixed bag. One small crab cake for $21? Bacon tasted great but expected a thicker cut based on other prime steakhouse visits.

Wedge salad was huge and a great presentation with a bacon slice. Probably best overall item we had.

They were out of the signature short rib dish at 6:30 on a Saturday. Didn’t seem that busy. Steaks were just ok. Overall small for price and not nearly as tender as other steak restaurants with normal dry aged steaks(28-45 days). Filet, dry aged ribeye and tomahawk.Not sure if we actually had the Felony Knife? simple stamped steel knives with a sharp edge?

Sides arrived late, seemed very small and pedestrian. Brussels sprouts looked and tasted like they were just dropped into a deep fryer.

Service great to start. Entrees started to arrive and then server disappeared until dessert. Annoying to have to fill own wine and water glasses. Especially when tip range is +$120

Don’t see a need to go back with so many other great steak options in town.

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b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. The wedge salad was not only the largest I have ever seen, but it was the best. The rib eye was tender and flavorful. The chef came out and greeted us, which was really nice. I have already recommended it to my friends.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner before show at the Pantages. Food and service was great. Great place for food or cocktails before the Pantages. Just a 3 min walk from Pantages.

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SV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Was not impressed. Thought short rib was overpriced and nothing special. Bone marrow was an abomination.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very mediocre steaks for the very high price. Poor service - we had to flag down our waiter several times. If you’re spending this much on steaks, go to Cut instead.

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C
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Ian was our waiter and took great care of us. Food was delicious. NY Strip for me and Short Rib Steak for my wife. Both cooked to perfection. Brussels sprouts and crispy potatoes for sides. Definitely will be returning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you love dry aged steak, this is THE place for you, hands down. Incredible flavor and they know what rare steak means.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Didn’t like not being asked for the option to have regular ice water. Shouldn’t assume the table wants to pay for bottled water.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious from start to end!

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T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I dine at lots of restaurants in LA and NYC at all price points. While the cocktails were good, the food is simply over priced for what it is. For example, paying $30 for branzino and nothing else is really ridiculous. It is also silly to pay $47 for lamb chops and nothing else. The lamb chops were simply okay. I have had better.

While I don't mind paying a lot for a fabulous and creative meal, this is simply regular food at outrageous pricing. Only selected the restaurant because everything else near the Kodak theatre was booked on Oscar weekend. I see why it had availability.

Starbuck's is next door. I have never left a restaurant and wanted to go to Starbucks. In fact, I rarely go to Starbucks except at the airport. After spending over $200 for dinner, Starbuck's coffee was the most memorable thing I had that night.

Try some place else.

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A
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

For what we paid, the service was so far from what we were expecting. Within seconds of sitting down our server asked us if we knew yet what we wanted like we were in a diner. No one went over the various cuts or special menu items which made us feel rushed. My husband asked for help with the wine and the server asked what we wanted to spend and we said under $75. She then said all the cheaper wines were on the menu and took the book back making us feel like a couple of cheap-o's. We split a salad, the bread, a tomahawk and also had the mashed potatoes. The food was truly delicious but at the end of the day we felt it wasn't worth it because there are plenty of delicious steak restaurants in LA that will not treat you like you are in the way. Really bummed.

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GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from Ryan. The short rib steak was cooked perfectly. Food was fast and we made our show easily.

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WS
Detroit
132 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food: To start my wife ordered a glass of red and am old fashion for myself. They were fine. For apps we had the fried tiger shrimp which was good (probably the best out of everything we ordered) and the Caesar salad which was WAY over dressed. We decided to split the Tomahawk ribeye med rare which was cooked fine but under seasoned and to compensate for that, my duck fat fried were totally over seasoned. I couldn’t even finish half of it because it was so salty. The shishito peppers were good.

Service: our waiter was rude right off the bat. He came to our table and asked what we would like to order. As i began to order the apps, while in mid sentence he turned to a passing waiter to talk to him about something. Didn’t say excuse me, wait just one moment, pardon me, NOTHING. I just stopped and stared at the back of his head. What else could I do?

Food and drink were avg and service was bad. I wouldn’t recommend or come back to this place again. Plenty of great steakhouses out there I can spend my money on. Disappointed because this place was recommended to me.

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MF
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent service. Wine list was surprisingly light on California wines. Would prefer table clothes, especially at that price point.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, spectacular service and very nice atmosphere.

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TW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We had a seat towards the front. The door kept being left open and it was a cold night in LA. A cold draft would blow in every few minute. But that’s not the worst of it, I had a stomach ache and the runs that evening until the next morning. Something was bad. Not what you expect at a high end place like APL

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s all about the thick cut bacon. And that purple kale salad. Beyond that it’s so expensive, it’s laughable. But whatever. You want it, you pay for it.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Staff was all very nice, but the food was not worth the money, totally disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , the 150 day aged Tomahawk was great. I would get it medium+ vs rare if I were getting it again

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The food is great. Service is so bad it’s a joke.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor and ambiance. The steaks were all delicious (ribeye, filet, and prime rib). The mashed potatoes were runny, tiger shrimp shell was hard and difficult to remove, and in general the side portions were pretty small. The drinks were delicious, new and refreshing. Service was excellent.

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SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at APL. The food was awesome. We had the Caesar Salad, Gjusta Bread, Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, and the maple Pot de Creme for dessert. Everything was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. We asked if we could see the dry aging process and the manager took us down to the meat locker for a tour. It was really incredible! Very memorable meal/experience. We can't wait to go back with friends to order their tomahawk.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant many times now....and every time I have had service that equals if not tops the food....(and the food is the best....) Tonight the service was not so great...no tales of the knives, no real excitement over the aging of steaks. Thank goodness for the actual food servers...they caught that I did not have fork after entrees and retrieved a serving spoon for brussel sprouts....I will return...but will definitely request a different server than I had tonight.

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