Harbor House

4.3
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$30 and under
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Californian
Dotted with flowing Cyprus and olive trees contrasting the backdrop of a polished granite skyscraper, dinner on the wraparound patio is a hidden jewel unearthed from the downtown skyline. Unwind with small bites along the leisurely striped couches and roaring fire pit. Mingle with neighbors at communal tables as strings of bistro lights twinkle above.

Cozy up to the curvy velvet banquettes and muted marble within the candlelit interior. An array of California classic staples, like wild-caught salmon or steak frites dressed with chimichurri, meet delectable starters and items to share, such as fresh oysters, charcuterie & cheese boards, ceviche, chilled jumbo shrimp, and decadent Weiser Farms loaded potatoes. For convenient access, curbside valet is situated at the base of the patio entrance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not impressed. I was told sitting outside wasn’t an option - after waving down someone to help me they pointed to the corner table and told me to sit there. Waited a long time to be acknowledged, drinks/food didn’t show up for a long time. With all the choices you have downtown la I would highly recommend choosing a different spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines, nice and quiet

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PeterM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was terrific we were well attended. Food was good, fresh and served well. Because of Valentines Day the menu was limited. Drinks were strong and well put together. Music was a little too loud for conversation. Outdoor seating was limited so we stayed indoors. Views of downtown were great. Will go back when the weather is warmer.

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vipLuvDiningOut
Los Angeles
343 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My husband and I went to Harbor House for Valentines Day. At first, it’s a bit unimpressive...mainly a bar with a scattering of high top and standard dining tables. It’s pretty spartan and lacking in any particular charm or ambiance, but it’s sharp and clean and modern. What most impressed us was the food and service. It was a pretty limited menu but everything we had was delightfully tasty and attractively-presented, and the service was uncommonly friendly and attentive. Romantic? Not so much, but fun and friendly with great food.

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KimD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the fried twinkie was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed and did not alert us.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

mitten in Downtown, angenehmes Ambiente - Super Service !!

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iluvpepper
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant was actually closing when we arrived. They hadn’t seen our reservation and closed early due to being slow. But the server accommodated us and kept the kitchen open. The outside area is wonderful. I am sure it is perfect in summer. I will go back next summer for sure!

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Michael
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time there. First time was for lunch and it's been a bit too hot even thought it was March (all or most of the seating is outside). But this time for late dinner it was spectacular - absolutely beautiful views of surrounding skyline from the patio of one of the most gorgeous buildings in downtown LA. Food and service were great too at reasonable price. Drinks were pretty good too.

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vipgirlsnightout
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are friendly and the manager is very accommodating. Food was great. Love the outdoor venue. Lots of space for a large gathering.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The place has a lot of potential. Location is definitely a plus ! We were greeted as soon as we entered by the restaurant manager. Even given complimentary drink.
The drinks are not anything special.
We were here for the dine LA dinner and I don’t think we will be coming back. The lobster bisque tasted like it came from a can. The beef sashimi was not good and the deserts tasted very commercial.

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viplindaw
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My meal was tasty and yummy. I had a nice experience. Waitress was friendly and engaging. Her recommendations were good. I will come again.

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JudithE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Quality is outstanding. Our hostess was the nicest...great value.

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Monica
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to having dinner here for DineLA. The steak sashimi was a recommendation by the hostess and she was spot on! It was delicious and tender. I also had the steak and tiramisu for dessert.

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viphaddadz
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The layout is not very traditional; however the outdoor patio is quaint.

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None
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No one was at the restaurant when our group showed up. Didn't look open for business so we went elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tried to eat here, but even though I made a reservation, nobody at the restaurant thought to communicate that they were actually closed during the time I reserved. Not likely to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and Excellent service!

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MochiMochi
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They knew who I was upon arrival. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable on plates and pairing was on the spot. I will be back with other people.

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vipGrandTowerJoe
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Not exactly what we expected. This is a restaurant is, basically, in the lobby of the building. There is a noisy bar at one end. Tables out on a patio. The food was good, but sitting at a table in the darken lobby (the bar was way too noisy and it was too cold on the patio, and the area we were sitting is apparently only used at lunch time) wasn’t our idea of a classy restaurant.

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JennyM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great but the food was underwhelming. I ordered my steak medium it arrived very well done. Our desserts tasted like a refrigerator.

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vip31717wildflower
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Food was great too. We ordered 5 different items and our server remembered everything

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was actually closed.

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Jordan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Absolutely atrocious service, restaurant was literally empty and it still took over an hour to be served. I had arranged for the restaurant to do something for my friends birthday (the reason for our dinner there) but they did nothing. Food was cold and tasted old. Do not be fooled... don’t go back!

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Monica
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is hidden at the back of a hotel however the entrance is accessible via steps across from the parking entrance to 7th & Fig.
First visit was during Restaurant Week/DineLA and returned for their burger.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was closed even though we had reservations and called beforehands!!

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Magda
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went there for dinela. The crab cakes were tasty. The mushroom ragu gnocchi was tasty but on the salty side. My friend had salmon which was pretty good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I did the DineLA menu and you would assume, they do the very best to impress you so it brings you back to try the rest of the menu however I felt it was half-assed meals. The lobster bisque was salty, very very salty, even tried the toast with it but it was still salty. So I didn’t finish that. Then we also had the lemongrass beef salad which was a little more decent but wouldn’t recommend that either. As for enteee I had the 35 days aged steak, medium rare, with mash potatoes and green beans... it tasted like frozen steak for 35 days and for being an outdoor seating restaurant-you would think they serve the steak on a hot plate but it was cold, like the dish had been sitting for a few hours. On top of the horrible experience so far, the desert part really tipped me off, I ordered the bread pudding and it was hard as a rock! It’s not bread, nor pudding, it was solid as a caramel bar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The place was very nice, servers and host were friendly and caring but the food-THE FOOD SUCKED! I want to come back so bad and even recommend to my local friends but I can’t, it’s just disappointing.

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TaylorS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! I went to catch up with a friend but it would be great for drinks with coworkers after work. The mostly outdoor space is clean and cute. The food is AMAZING. The staff is friendly. I cannot wait to go back

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WestwoodBruin
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

They forgot about us. We ordered off of the Dine LA menu and it took 55 minutes to get our lunch entree. The value would have been higher for the food but unfortunately the appetizer and entree both came cold. Overall the experience was pretty disappointing because it took two hours for my party of three to eat a $15 lunch. Improving the service would dramatically enhance the experience.

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SusieO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I came here excitedly wanting check out Dinela. We got seated in a reasonable time, but it took forever for anybody to pay attention to us and bring us our menus. We ordered drinks first but that took ages to come out...

After about an hour, the appetizer finally came. We got the lobster bisque (they forgot to bring our bread, which took another 15 min) and crab cakes (lukewarm) which comes with two.

For the main course, we got the dry aged steak (once again lukewarm) and the gnocchi, which was the only thing that was hot.

The dessert (bread pudding) was the best part to say the least. I'm not sure why the service here is so bad and slow...the food was mediocre...so I'm giving this place one star since it had nice scenery/ambience at least.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service and poor food. I’ve never gone to a restaurant where the food has been inedible, especially a place that’s on the DineLA list. I was hoping the food would redeem the restaurant for the crappy service we received but wow the food tasted like prepackaged airplane food. My risotto tasted like mush, and I said something and received a truffles gnocchi which tasted ok compared to the mush but nothing special at all. Avoid this place at all costs. Worst of all, I took my parents here on their last night visiting me before they headed home to Australia.

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DinerChristina
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Service seemed to be short on staff so it was a bit slow. Suggest placing reservations with a view!

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LMP90
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I’ve never written a review for food or products. Unfortunately, this experience was exceptionally awful. I just want to give a descriptive warning to anyone else who might be tempted to throw their money.

My boyfriend and I came to Harbor House during Dinner for the kickoff of DineLA. We paid $29.00/each for their prix-fixed menu.

In retrospect, we should have left when we waited 20-30 after our reservation to be seated. We were seated inside at a table that had been cleared of plates and silverware, but covered with crumbs. We were provided with silverware wrapped in cloth napkins, but unfortunately my napkin was covered in crumbs and black (dirt?) marks. Our waitress, who doubled as he bartender, quickly and politely replaced my napkin upon request.

We waited 45 minutes before someone took our first order: lobster bisque. It was not a bisque at all; it was incredibly soupy. The flavor was awful- so salty that neither my boyfriend nor I took more than two sips of our “bisque”. A passing staff member asked why we hadn’t eaten. I’m not one to send food back to a kitchen, but he pressed us so I told him. He apologized and took our plates. He didn’t return with an alternative, but did offer us two glasses of rosé on him. My boyfriend wasn’t drinking, but he took the offer to be friendly.

About 30 minutes later, we received our food. I ordered the scallop risotto while my boyfriend ordered the steak and mashed potatoes. Fortunately, my scallops were cooked pretty well. The risotto, however, was a mushy, bland mess. My boyfriend’s food was completely cold. He finished the cold steak (supposed to warm and medium temperature), but didn’t touch the cold mashed potatoes. We each only ate the meat in our dishes.

We were so disappointed with meal so far, and so done with waiting (we’d been there for two hours by the time we attempted to eat our second plate), that we asked for our check before the dessert course we paid for. We ordered pizza on the way home.

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RustiL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I called ahead and the host was not very friendly. Because I know the area, I decide to take a chance and just go anyway. Seated at the bar, I found a most agreeable bartender and ditched my reservation to enjoy her company and insights. Glad I did! The host and greeting waiters need alternative employment. The place was near empty and I'm guessing they are the reason...

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SueF
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great restaurant for a nice evening out for any occasion. The servers are tons of fun and the food delicious. We've been whenever we visit Victoria and will definitely go again when in the area. Highly recommend them.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good music, good staff, good food, good location. Enjoyed the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Resturant was closed due to rain

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance, drinks and just overall amazing experience!

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vipTrebla10
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

great outdoor seating; however, the weather was very hot and we opted for inside seating for our lunch meeting. Our reservation for 8 was honored inside, but dining tables inside do not cater to parties of 4 or more. The host audibled to put together 4 tables (that seats 2 each), in order to seat. That was fine, but they should think about expanding to accommodate table for 4 or more occupants. We would still go back, but possibly for happy hour only.

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Harbor House does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Harbor House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 642-8393.

Harbor House is rated 4.3 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

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