Best Girl - Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

4.2
101 reviews
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Best Girl is a neighborhood bistro serving a menu inspired by the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Chef Michael Cimarusti of critically acclaimed restaurants Providence and Connie & Ted's helms the menu, Chef Crisi Echiverri oversees desserts and Beverage Director Clay Wendel generously pours the wine, beer and cocktails.

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BR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, drinks, the service was outstanding.

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GF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Ace Hotel is an icon in LA. The ambiance reminded us of San Francisco, which is a good thing. The service (arrival of food) was a little slow but they were obviously busy. The actual brunch was very good and the overall experience was very nice.

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BL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to 'Best Girl'. We attend shows at the 'Ace Hotel/United Artist' Theatre. My Wife and I have had Fabulous Small Plate dinners prior to the shows. Excellent Cocktails. Friendly Staff. We'll be returning for another Dinner in April. Can't wait for our next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Three of us ordered the burgers, the orders got mixed up. Staff apologized and resubmitted the order but of our party had to have theirs made over which took time, threw the whole experience off. Food was good. Sweet cocktail was not. Had to send it back as well. Staff was friendly and apologetic but...

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DM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service great. We were treated very well, not thrilled with upstairs dining right by stairs, really convenient for attending the theater. We will be back.

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PF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was mediocre. We had a waiter that thought he was to good for his job. Stopped waiting on us and turned us over to his colleague, my bother- in-law ordered the hanger steak and he sent it back cause it was not cooked correctly and cold.

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SG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Enjoyed my dinner at Best Girl for the most part, but there are better dining options downtown at this price point. The food is pretty good, the environment is nice if a bit loud, but I found the help oddly belligerent.

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KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Valentine’s Day

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Pretty terrible service. Had 3 different people approach my table. One took my drink and appetizer order and then she disappeared. Someone else came and took my entree order and second drink. Never saw him again. Then a third person came while I was still eating and told me he was leaving and could I close my check with him so he could go home , but told me I could start a new tab if I wanted anything else. Was he my server all along? I’ll never know.
No issues with food or ambiance.
I won’t be back.

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

I was a bit underwhelmed in terms of the food. I had ordered the “Steak and eggs” plate which is over $20 and received 3 1/2 slices of what I would consider 1/3 of an actual steak with two unseasoned eggs and breakfast potatoes. Definitely not worth the price whatsoever. Especially with all of the variety available for a “Sunday Brunch”, there should be no excuse to serve mediocre food, let alone pathetic portions. However, our saving grace was our server who was out of this world. She was awesome

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MJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect for a light meal before a screening at the beautiful Ace theater. Enjoyed a "Maggie", a tasty Mezcal cocktail. The crab cakes and salad were excellent, our cod lacked flavor. Great service and hip ambiance.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable boutique style, hip urban, connected directly to Ace Hotel and Vintage Ace Hotel Theater. We had 6p Open Table reservation, arrived at 6:10 (after a stressful fight with a parking meter that we couldn't read and wouldn't take our card), but table wasn't ready. Receptionist didn't take our name but said it would be just a few minutes. We sat in the foyer for 10 as new guests arrived, some seated, some waiting, until we asserted ourselves at the front of the line again. Then she asked our name and reservation time (?) and said it would be another few minute. We were probably seated at 6:20. But our server was excellent and friendly, drinks and dinner arrived in a reasonable amount of time, we were checked in on several times. The burger and fries were fantastic, as was the very unusual cocktail (forgot name). Prices were a little high for caliber of food, but we don't eat DTLA very often so perhaps we're just not accustomed. Loved our experience and food, once we got past the door.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was terrible although our server was great. It’s so sad to hear one of the reason why I came here bec it’s one of Chef Michael Cimarusti’s restaurant. I felt like I was eating microwave pasta. The gnocchi and rigatoni was terrible! Shame on you Chef Michael and I love Providence!

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

Really amazing food, and the service was perfect- they weren't there too often, but were there right when you needed something. They even reminded us how many minutes we'd need before we had to leave to our show next door. Plus, the roasted chicken was to DIE for!!

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PP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Girl is definitely a good part of the reason attending shows in the Ace theater is so attractive.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cocktail and food were amazing! as was our attentive and friendly server. we were attending a show at the theatre next door, and it was all so convenient. i would go back any time. thank you best girl!

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CA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would gladly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the downtown LA area.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very cool spot to just grab a quick bite. Easy parking a plus

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DK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner here when we attended the Kris Kristofferson show next door. The only cons are that the restaurant is very noisy and many of the ‘tables’ are tiny drum-type setups where the space is tiny and the seats are hunched over and uncomfortable.

On the plus side, the food is very good. We shared a crab cake and cheeseburger and both were delicious, as was our wine.

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PM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at Best Girl on several occasions, because of its proximity to the Ace Hotel Theater (which is a wonderful venue). Despite giving Best Girl fairly low stars, the joint has enough going for it that I do like the place.

Specifics... The drinks are good but predictably pricey, and the food varies from wonderful (the crab cakes, the oysters and the calamari) to very good but not spectacular (the chicken) to pretty good (the mixed seafood pasta). Given the high prices, "pretty good" really isn't good enough. (A meal for two, with a two additional friends joining us for drinks, came to $240 plus tip.) That said, the place has a hip look and feel, and the overall experience is good, as along as you don't mind the noisiness and the cramped tables. This may sound like damning with faint damnation, but I recommend the place, and will certainly eat there again, the next time the venue beckons.

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L
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The upstairs seats are nice. We loved the burger and the steak! Great for a pre-concert dinner!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my meals here, and the wait staff are very educated about the menu—they give great recommendations.

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all really friendly and seated us early in the loft, and the food was INCREDIBLE! Plus they rushed us our check at the end so we could get into early seating at the theater! Definitely worth getting through the LA traffic.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Frankly, the food was just terrible. Expensive for terrible. Love the Ace Hotel. Would never eat in the restaurant again.

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NN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing

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MN
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hip and fun Rooftop bar for a drink: service was average but ambience was fab! It only got better as we made our way downstairs for a fun and delicious dinner! Service was great and ambience was fun. We then enjoyed show at ace hotel. We will return to all three venues, which to me is the telltale sign of a great place!

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KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most beautiful Cobb Salad I have ever seen. Almost to pretty to eat, but also delicious.. A treat for the senses. Fabulous cocktails for the bonus.

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OT
New York Area
356 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There on New Year's Day, so perhaps they were understaffed, but service, though well intentioned, was slow and intermittent. Went for their burger, as had seen it on a best of LA list. It was OK, not great. Other items were similar. Sat at the bar for a drink beforehand, and bartenders were friendly and competent.

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z
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There wasn't much on the menu that attracted me. It was mostly meat-and-potatoes-type food (and fish, which I'm allergic to). The portions were huge, however; I ordered two side dishes and one would have been enough. Since the restaurant is in the Ace Hotel I assumed it would be very ornate, but the decor was plain. I took some out-of-town visitors there because we'd read a rave review in the LA Times, but we were all disappointed. I won't go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ordered the pork chop and I ordered the burger. We both really enjoyed our dinner but I have to say...the burger was amazing! We also ordered the lemon cake; it was buttery and delicious. Would definitely come back to dine here again. Highly recommended.

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CT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great environment, awesome service and a good place to see celebrities!

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EN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an awesome time.....the ambiance and service is excellent!!!

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C
Las Vegas
61 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch. The chimaquilles are fantastic and the bloody Mary's are fantastic

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AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I’m sorry to say we had to leave before our food arrived because it took so long, and we had a show next door to catch. We waited several minutes by the door before we were greeted by anyone. After we were seated, someone came by with water but didn’t indicate that he was our server and didn’t offer to take our order for another 10 minutes. We ordered two salads because by this time we only had 45 minutes until our show, but they didn’t come; meanwhile, a couple who came in 15 minutes after we did ended up being served their meals as we continued to wait for ours. Very disappointing experience. Given that the Theatre next door markets your restaurant as ‘the’ place to dine before a show, it would make sense to ask guests if they’re headed to a show and perhaps recommend items that will come quickly enough. We had a reservation at 7:00 and the show was next door at 8:00 - this should have been plenty of time to order and enjoy some food. Very disappointing experience.

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CW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above and Beyond Service. Great Staff! I have been to Best Girl many times and would recommend to anyone.

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k
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is very good for brunch. It is a pretty good value and I have been here before. They were out of some things and for some reason marked us as a no show for our reservation with open table, but I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe it is because they seated us early? Anyway, for food I would recommend them if you are in downtown.

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at the Best Girl. We were seated on the Mezzanine which was cozy. The food was excellent and the service was great. We loved the ambiance. It was a great place to eat before going to a show at the Ace Hotel Theater.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sometimes “vacation coffee” just isn’t as good as the coffee you get at home, but that wasn’t the case here! Breakfast and coffee were delicious.

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Really great food in a super loud restaurant. Ears ringing. Server in a bad mood didn’t want to be there but warmed up later.

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DD
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

You will not be disappointed in this Ace Hotel restaurant space's current seafoodish incarnation. Michael Cimarusti is almost too good to fail at whatever space he inhabits. If the place is full, it will be noisy, but if you go on a Sunday, you will converse in relative peace. Service is casually attentive in a good way, and knowledgeably helpful. As I read what I've written, I realize that I sound like a shill because I am not being specific about the food. There was a perfectly seasoned, seafood pasta, which had just enough heat to create a mild forehead sweat, but not enough to obscure the taste of the flavorful sea creatures.
It's good. Just go.

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