Fifty One Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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Chinese
At Fifty One Kitchen, the passion for traditional Chinese, made-from-scratch cooking juxtaposed with reputable Chinese culinary expertise is clearly evident in its innovative wok-style and hand-prepped dishes including carefully-crafted handmade sauces, live seafood, and dim sum favorites. Using fresh farm-to-table ingredients, no MSG, no artificial flavoring, and low sodium, Fifty One Kitchen allows you to indulge in purposeful, quintessential Chinese comfort food at the heart of Los Angeles.
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vipIdoL
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice food. Great service.

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JackieE
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was very good, prices on the high side, but not for what was offered. Sunday dim sum is half off, which we didnt know at the time. That made me happy. Totally going back. Seemed more authentic chinese then many places.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food was good, but the ambience and menu seems to be confused. The aesthetic vibe doesn’t match the music. The menu is full of family style/family portion and prices to match that, however, all tables on a Friday night were parties of 2-3. The restaurant was completely empty inside, and we were all on the patio since those were smaller tables. Music level next door was competing with the restaurant’s music. Service was alright. I want to like it since we enjoyed the food, but I think it needs a revamp.

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viphkccmd
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Eclectic menu with dishes served in random order based on what the chefs are preparing. Happy hour-a new feature offers some bargain prices. Not your ordinary brown sauce Chinese wok dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day with my other Mom. A terrific experience, lovely evening, delicious food & excellent server (Ty) and the incredibly friendly crew all created a most joyful time!

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service will definitely be back

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GerilynnB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mediocre food - disappointing.
Won’t hi again for

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Chinese food and it’s next to the ArcLight so it’s a perfect place for dinner and a movie.

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vipbicoastal
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Exquisite table settings and serveware
Nice big space
Pretty furniture

However, this is quite simply the worst Chinese food I have ever had. Everything is in a sweet bland syrup either cooked on low-medium heat or deep fried. I don’t think anyone making the food has ever tasted what the original dishes are supposed to be like. The salt pepper squid was some breaded onion ring- like thing. The mapo tofu was a bland watery syrup with large tofu cubes. The fiery wings were chicken wings in a soup wrapped in foil

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Cathi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good Food, great prices and quiet atmosphere. It was pleasant and a welcome break from the usual crowds at the downtown Culver City restaurants.

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JenniferK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food and amazing presentation. Staff was wonderful, great prices!

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jakeats
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely accommodating for a party of ten on NYE. Service was great and well timed. Food was delicious. Value was fantastic.

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Chinesefoodlover
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I am Vietnamese/Chinese. There are very few Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. Of these, only one is authentic and it's not 51. This is Asian Fusion cuisine and I was highly disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Christmas evening and the restaurant was not properly staffed. Over an hour to get served with our first dish. Great food though!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

did not honor our reservation

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vipDebmag
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived on time for our 5:15pm reservation on Christmas. They were clearly not prepared for what the rest of the country knows to be a traditionally busy night for a Chinese restaurant. The hosts had no idea what to do and sat an incomplete party that arrived after us. When we were finally seated at 5:50pm we were told the food would take 40 minutes. We had a 7pm movie but had kids with us, so we took a chance since they needed to eat and nothing else was open near by. The food came out in spurts and was not fully cooked (raw vegetables in the fried rice?) and by 6:55pm, 3 of our entrees were not out, including the kids meals. We ended up leaving and canceling those items but the bill still came to over $100. The only saving grace was that the waitress was wonderful and frustrated herself. But all and all, the worst dining experience I’ve had in a decade.

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vipDuckie
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Waiter knew we didn’t eat spicy or garlic. I thought he did a good job of accommodating us. We had to send back spicy noodles. He wasn’t aware of the kick.

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vipTraciG
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

very slow service. Ran out of a beef dish we wanted. The shrimp fried rice was awful
drenched in soy sauce. The only good dish was the green beans. The chicken was dry
We wont go back

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victoriah
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good. Waitstaff was fine. Thankful to get a tasty lunch on Xmas day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Unfortunately, the service failed us. The table that is offered to us is right besides the door which is freezing in this weather. We asked for changing tables but the waitress refused. There are many tables open for seating within 2 hours. I hate to say this but when American customers come in, they are offered by much better seats. I think there is some discrimination going on. Furthermore, the food is ok but not as authentic as we expect. We will not come to this restaurant again. Very disappointed.

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Andrea
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was not very good. The lettuce wraps was too chunky and the lettuce was dripping wet with water and there was only four pieces.
There was some spice in the duck that I did not like. The lobster dumplings were good. I am surprised the food wasn’t better it was good when I had it delivered

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wallyneb
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent. Easy access to parking. Very affordable. All 4 of us completely enjoyed the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

One dish raw another undercooked. Mediocre service. Not recommended

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SMfilmbuff
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Server got lost after main course delivered and had to hunt someone down for the check. Eating outside was noisy due to location next to gathering spot open to the public.

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CamillaW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food is delicious and it’s a great space. Happy hour all day Sunday is amazing. Service not so good. Would go back for the food but be prepared to be patient.

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MarkR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The chicken was poorly dressed and under cooked, all the flavors were off, more than a bit strange. The steamed fish had no flavor whatsoever. Not worth the time or money.

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IleneH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

This was our second time at Fifty One Kitchen. Our first experience was wonderful, so we decided to go back. Our second experience was a complete disaster. Our server was pleasant but not on the ball. Our food came out at three VERY different times, so the first two dishes were cold once the third arrived. We had to ask twice where our third dish was, as it was the main dish and the others were sides. We had several people show up at our table to ask what we needed, but all seemed incredibly disorganized. We may try one more time, as our first go was a success!

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vipCaroleJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, just like the last time I dined there.

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viplinda
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our server told us the food is supposed to be a healthy version of Chinese dishes. The flavors are different. However, our dishes were uninspiring, except for the soft shelled crab appetizer which was delicious. The Fifty-one noodles came with soggy mushrooms and a sweet sauce that was not appealing. The service was just ok. The restaurant is attractive and the table placement is spacious, but the soul and country music played throughout the evening added nothing to the ambiance. Not inclined to go back.

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JD23
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

4 of 7 people we are with got sick from the food. All the vegetarian food was oily and did not taste good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Couldn’t get our order. Waiter smelled bad. Got up and left. Not go back. Not recommended.

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vipAlaln
Los Angeles
266 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portions are enough for 2-3 people. Everyone's pleasant. Park either on street, in parking structure, or valet.

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bw14
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Noise factor mainly loud background music, probably set for a busier night. there were few patrons when we went.
Great food, poss overly large portions ;-)

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ArielR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was friendly and we had a nice meal, but food was very spotty. Happy hour is a good value and some of the dim sum items were tasty. Soup, pork buns, and green beans were not good.

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NeishaR
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Great flavors. Our server Maica was excellent too!

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viphkccmd
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sophisticated interior in older warehouse structure. Menu varied and not the usual American Chinese dishes. String beans and walnut shrimp very tasty. Dim Sum disappointing and waited a long time.

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ptoad
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went expecting the usual Chinese food experience, and got much more. The shrimp were large, plentiful and delicious; the fish was fresh and flaky and perfectly seasoned. Went away full, with still enough take-home for a whole other meal!

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vipfoodie2inla
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dine LA menu great value. Receive
Choice of appetizer, couple sides, main dish and dessert. A lot of food had enough for another meal.
Delicious food , beautiful restaurant and excellent service.

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vipElenaC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and very good portions. We ate here for the first time and took advantage of the Dine LA menu. We will definitely return.

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Your
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The food server was great and the ambiance/decor was beautiful but the food wasn't good. The hot and sour soup was really sweet. The Lobster wasn't moist and the spices were very odd. The spices on the dry pot dish had a terrible after taste. We were told the spice is supposed to act as a numbing agent. There is just a really random spice that is used in multiple dishes and it isn't good. Also, the restaurant was empty the entire time. Sadly, I don't think they will be around very long.

FAQs

Fifty One Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Fifty One Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 559-5966.

Fifty One Kitchen is rated 3.5 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.