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Bar Clara

4.5
4.5
22 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
The bar showcases deliberately whimsical sections such as the Spritz Rainbow, part of the bar’s collection of colorful bubbly libations. The wine list expresses the lightness and salinity of coastal winemaking through modern producers and their fruit-forward techniques. The culinary team creates snacks and plates intended to be enjoyed in harmony with the venue’s beverage-forward personality. Bar Clara’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is influenced by California and Southern Italian coastal flavors. Notable dishes include Frisée con Pulpo with charred octopus, gigante beans, frisée, and a warm guianciale vinaigrette; Pesce di Latta, presented with tinned sardines, pickled vegetables, whipped butter, and toast; and Skewered Prawns roasted with harissa, charred lemon, and dill yogurt; and a Calabrese Salami Stuffed Snapper prepared with salami, citrus, tarragon, & parsley.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 358-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Courtney Van Dyke

  • Catering

    The Rooftop can accommodate seated dinners or large-scale cocktail receptions with a wide variety of set-up options.<br /><br />Please contact our Special Events Team hello@barclara.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Olive St.

  • Parking details

    Valet and Street Parking Available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Scenic View

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Outdoor Dining

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Scenic View

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. C

    Cristy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place w/parking next to it. Service and food was very good, I strongly recommend it when in DTLA.
  2. p

    phoebe

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Terrible service. For the service and the price I wouldn't bother ever going again even though the views & ambiance are nice. Our server kept telling us that the bar was backed up when we ordered wine & there was no one at the bar. What he meant by backed up was couldn't bother to check as he was too busy flirting with the hostess. Glasses of wine are tiny and overpriced. Buy the bottle if you bother going. Food was overpriced for the portions & not a lot of variety. If this place wasn't counting on uninformed out of town guests they would never make it as an actual restaurant. Sad really because the space with the right team and menu could be exceptional
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good we keep showing up.
  4. V

    Vanessa

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    This was my third time attending after going twice during their soft opening. The food has always been good however the service has always been lacking & has even gotten worst since their soft opening. Our server forgot our wine bottle after reminding her twice. When we asked the person who started bringing out our food about the wine she was also rude & said she didn’t know who our server was; what?!? We received food but no extra plates or utensils & had to ask for those as well. Our server was not attentive & we even had to find her to get the check. The table next to us also had the same issue, only difference was she offered them a discount or would comp their beers she forgot. I love the food, vibe & view at the hotel & restaurant but after the 3rd time I will not come back until service is improved.
  5. JA

    JoAnna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The view of a wedding taking place on the next rooftop was a bonus. The Purple drink was a favorite among our group.
  6. AB

    AnnB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, excellent food- the music was obnoxious- maybe I’m not used to the LA scene but the music made me leave earlier than I wanted.
  7. GC

    GeorgeC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    View to die for! So nice to have the rooftop terrace back again. Ownership new but same wonderful service and imaginative cocktails.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It’s not the Nomad.. unfortunately, not even similar.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Service was very slow and non-existent. Has so much opportunity, however it needs attention from the manager.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Much better staff than when it was owned by the nomad; staff is communicative and helpful while allowing you space to enjoy yourself as well.
  11. RC

    RCMD

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place to have cocktails and bites on a rooftop bar. Food is solid. We enjoyed the lamb sliders and salad with anchovy dressing. The service is prompt and friendly. The music from the dj at the pool too loud with a driving beat. Parking was $18 which is crazy. Still worth a try on a nice eve
  12. DF

    DowntownFoodie

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Went on a Friday evening around 6:15. This is the site of prior NoMad rooftop bar. All drinks are in plastic cups which for wine isn’t so great but the bar serves the pool area as well so understand. Crudités served with hummus and plain labneh - need to spice that up. Hangar steak a little chewy but ordered well done so may have been the issue. Vegetarian dish was very good. The star was the frites - excellent. Great service and ambiance.
  13. CC

    ClaraC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Clara has an amazing variety of tasty drinks! The view and ambiance was great. The service provided by all hosts is very friendly along with some good vibes. Definitely recommend 👌
  14. T

    Tbone74

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The service was extremely slow. Food came out first—a no-no in my book, and drinks took forever. So disappointed, won’t go back until they get their act together. Too much to explore in LA
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it here! Bar Clara is such a great chill vibe. Great drinks, great food, Aaron the waiter 10/10 great, and apparently they have a dj from 6:30 - close on Thursday's and Fridays. Overall it’s great here! Definitely coming back! Insta- Andrew_haley_
  16. CH

    ChuckH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Bar Clara, very good food and good service!
  17. EH

    ElizabethH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around...very relaxing, we will be back!
  18. DL

    DouglasL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly environment staff was amazing will recommend and come back my wife loved it
  19. RA

    RachelA

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time at Bar Clara and I’m honestly reluctant to post about it because I don’t want everyone else to know how great they are, I want to keep this treasure to myself! The food is pricy but absolutely worth what you get, the quality is so good. Same with the drinks. And that’s not counting the unbelievable skyline and ambiance. Really, Bar Clara is my new favorite place and I hope it doesn’t get too crowded because right now it’s absolutely perfect.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Higher priced but quality ingredients. Ambience was great and the DJ played a good mellow mix that wasn’t too intrusive.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We )-: a phenomena
  22. LD

    LuvDiningOut

    Los Angeles

    380 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    380 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very pleasant rooftop bar/restaurant with nice views of Downtown LA. It’s a bit cramped, but still nicely landscaped and decorated. The menu isn’t very extensive and they specialize in Greek/Mediterranean dishes, which were mostly very tasty. Great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Clara is rated 4.5 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Bar Clara

649 S. Olive Street., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Olive St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet and Street Parking Available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Courtney Van Dyke

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 358-0000

  • Catering

    The Rooftop can accommodate seated dinners or large-scale cocktail receptions with a wide variety of set-up options.<br /><br />Please contact our Special Events Team hello@barclara.com for more information.

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