Best Girl - Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

4.2
76 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We Choo-Choo-Choose You

This February 14, Best Girl plays host to a candlelit feast for Saint Valentine — an aphrodisiacal menu d'amour for you and yours. Limited reservations still available. For those just out with friends for fun, we will be offering our regular menu as well .

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 76 People Are Saying
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MN
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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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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D
Los Angeles
15 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
1 review
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
6 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner before attending the theater

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k
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and vibes, we had a fantastic dinner - lots of French options: panisse = delish!

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K
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Super yummy. Glad we went before seeing Cat Power at the Ace theater.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

We made a reservation and arrived on time but were asked to wait as we watched the hostess seat everyone that walked in without a reservation. Service wasn't great but I understand sometimes waiters aren't having a great night. I ordered the baked clams and everything on the plate was lovely except for the actual clams which were foul and tasted like they had gone rancid. My friend ordered the OKONOMIYAK which was incredible! We were really looking forward to eating there before catching our show next door but it was a disappointment. If I hadn't ordered the clams, I would have probably loved the experience, but the memory of that awful flavor is forever seared in my mind.

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LT
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal, good service, friendly hostess.

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TE
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome time! took my best friend for her birthday and she absolutely loved it.
If you bring a cake for them to hold, there is a cutting fee, but who the ef cares,; this place is radical.

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MR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Fun place to have dinner. Great drinks. Get the pork chop.

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GB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Drinks were a little weak, appetizers we're good, but my burger was sub-par. I asked for medium, got meadium rare. And the only thing on it was chopped onion and a smathering of some kind of dressing. The dressing made the bun soggy and took over the entire taste of the burger. I'll stick with Rounds Burgers from now on....way better value.

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a
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Took 45 minutes to get our dinner and drinks. They need to hire additional staff on concert nights. Food was ok and not worth the price for 2 burgers with fries, a glass of wine, a ginger ale and two waters.

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BE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was not prepared to handle the pre-theater diners and they are connected to the theater. They were completely overwhelmed and the server seemed to be doing everything except taking our order and making sure we got our food in time.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My partner and I came in on a Sunday morning. There were two open tables outside on the patio and more than half of the tables inside were free. We walked up around 10:35. The lady named Ann-Marie at the front who was overseeing the iPad was one of the most unpleasant hostess I have ever met. We asked for a table for 2, she said no can do, we are too busy, you should have made a reservation. I asked if we could sit in one of the empty tables outside. She said no, I can't seat you unless you have a reservation. Ok. We'd be happy to make a reservation then. The earliest table she had was 12PM. We made it and went to the coffee bar. As we waited for our coffee I overhear her ask two other couples if they had a reservation, both answered no and she seated them. I'm not sure if it was our relaxed Sunday attire or what but we were very surprised. I go onto OpenTable and make a reservation for 11AM with no problem.
At 11AM I walk up and said we made another reservation at 11AM and show her the confirmation email. She said I'm sorry, I don't see that on my iPad so I can't seat you. She then says please hold on, then seats another table. When she comes back she still has this sour look on her face and refuses to seat us because it hasn't showed up on her iPad. We almost left because we just did not understand her reason for being so rude. But she comes back and says I guess I can seat you now, another party is late.
The food is decent but Ann-Marie made us very uncomfortable. We won't be coming back while she works there.

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LG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and very beautiful restaurant. The burger I had was cook perfectly and its was delicious. Great cocktails and beers selection

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HS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ,quick service the night of Halloween. The burger was tasty, moist. Great cocktails too!

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but somewhat pricy. Noise was horrible. Service was good.

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J
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pros: Good wine. Good food. Good service. Good music. Valet parking for dinner and a show. Easy walking to local shops.
Con: Seating is close to your neighbor.

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tucktaway in the heart of downtown Los Angeles in the Ace Hotel, best girl was nothing short of amazing. From the moment we walked in the door greeted by lovely hostess who took us to a table that we didn’t care for so she suggested another one which was fine. It was a special lobster dinner prepared by the head chef with a fixed price. I highly recommend getting on their email blast as they have great specials like this all the time.

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TI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

it was fine. food was largely great, service was on the slow side but friendly

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a very fun, historic place to dine before the show at The Ace Theater. Really interesting building and location. Great for people watching. Food just ok, though salad was delicious as were the baked clams. Shrimp and crab cake just so-so. Would definitely go there again.

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MZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Concert
Hostess was not concerned about where we wanted to sit even though they had many open tables.
We had made reservations 4 weeks prior!

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LA
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Though the menu may be a bit limited, everything we tried was throughly enjoyed. Perfect place for a bite before an event at the Ace Hotel.

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JS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Have been here 3 times before shows, food is always good. Our server last Sat night, Maria, was excellent!

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I looked up this place because I was seeing a show at the Ace Theater. Looked cute, food seemed reasonable, so I was definitely expecting more. Reservations were easy to get but they were very busy. The space is small so it’s impressive they’re able to serve so many in such a confined space. I asked for standard seating and was hoping to sit inside but there was no room. I was sat outside and between the cigarette smoke flowing from the streets and the 2 homeless men hounding us for money, it was quiet uncomfortable. Speaking of uncomfortable, let’s talk about the “host” rather the guard dog that was working there. I have never been so uncomfortable around anyone as I have with this kid who was working at the front. He walked out a few times to scold a few diners, walked around to make sure the people eating there were being proper little children but seemed to run a tight ship. Either way, I was uncomfortable AF! I didn’t know if he was going to help me or curse me. Food, it’s just ok. I ordered the hanger steak. Good, cooked how I asked but parts of the steak were extremely salty. I ordered the roasted carrots and expected a larger tray of good roasted carrots and chick peas roasted and seasoned as well. No! It was about 5 small baby carrots, hummus, a few chick peas mixed in and some fennel tossed around it. Not a good side/starter option for $14. BTU burger was very good and cooked well. Ordered an old fashioned and it was very weak. I’m not sure they know how to make it or if the bartender was doing his own thing. Overall, it’s ok. Nothing to brag about or even recommend. But it’s convenient if you’re seeing a show and we saved some money on Valet!

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JS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had the burger which was so thin I had to open the bun to corroborate it was actually there. It was like eating bread with a very salty sauce, and nothing else. The cocktail I ordered with my food order came by the time I finished the burger.

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RB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I have never had a bad meal here. Most times everything has gone smoothly. Unfortunately on Sunday, we had poor service. We told our server we had a 7 p.m. event at The Theater at The Ace Hotel. We ordered dessert at 6:12 p.m. and she said it would be right out. A half-hour later we had no dessert. I tried to get the check, and, finally, the manager came over, and kindly removed the two desserts from our bill, gave us a 25 percent discount and explained that the pastry chef had just started that day and that the pastry chef was not prepared for the kind of crowd / flow that Best Girl gets. I would return, but I wish our server had been honest with us. It took the manager to do that.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great. Our waiter went on break or the bathroom or something towards the end when we needed to go to a show (it was weird and they forgot our dessert in the time she was missing), but food was good and we will definitely go back. Hopefully not during the servers break time .

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