Here's Looking At You

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489 reviews
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Contemporary American
Chef/Owner Jonathan Whitener's progressive SoCal food in the heart of Los Angeles: Koreatown.
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OT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unusual cuisine expertly prepared. This I a very special restaurant that never disappoints. Great food and excellent drinks.

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FG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's Looking At You is legitimately the most underrated restaurant in Los Angeles. Fine dining with a party atmosphere. The service is impeccable and the cocktail program is the best in the city. Michelin doesn't know what they're missing out on.

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ZI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed in the Dine LA menu outcome. Some dishes were a hit, but many others were not. The presentation of the food was sorely lacking, too sloppy. Was excited to come and check it out based on the great reviews out there. But the food experience did not live up to the reviews. On the other hand, the cocktails were great.

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch. The food is out of the world, Charolette and George were wonderful. Will definitely be back soon!

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JR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My experience was not bad. I wanted to try out a new brunch spot. The only place to sit was at the bar, which was okay. I'm not one to be shy to spend for a great meal, but for what you got here, I thought it was a bit overpriced.

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CV
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to have an early-ish dinner with a long time friend who I haven’t seen one-on-one in ages. We were able to score bar reservations (both service industry vets- we always prefer to sit bar side) and though we didn’t do too much research on the menu, we were not disappointed. Our bartender (and the hostess and food runner) were helpful but not pushy with our selections, everything was delicious and we walked out of there without feeling overstuffed. Cocktails were well worth the prices, I went out of my comfort zone at the recommendation of the bartender and I think I found a new favorite cocktail with the Copyright Rickey.
We ended our night with that 7.1 earthquake, but the experience would have still been unforgettable without it. Thanks for a great night out.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, excellent food and service, and amazing drinks!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and this place is so cute! Definitely going back!

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l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD,GREAT SERVICE,WE WILL BE BACK!! FOR SURE!!!! Lovely looking place with great energy.

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OT
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This had to be the strangest dining experience ever. The menu for Saturday lunch was printed and offered many choices. We ordered a couple of items to be shared. One being a pate with 2 pieces of sourdough toast. After we finished the 2 pieces we were asked if we wanted another and we did. We were later shocked to see we were charged 2 dollars for thus extra slice. We also ordered a salad and asked that the cilantro be left off and light on the dressing. We were told that they don’t do modifications on the menu items. This was a new response, have never been told this before. So we decided to order another item and was told the same thing when we asked to have the dressing left off. So apparently everything at this restaurant is prepared early in -PRE MADE- with no modifications allowed. Definitely will not be returning to this establishment. Found the attitude here arrogant and not worthy of any praise in the food department .

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PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Never been here. Like that they explained their philosophy of sharing food. Everything we shared was delicious. There was a seating error but offered us free round of drinks for inconvenience, more than enough to make up for slight inconvenience. They know hospitality. Was going to event at the Wiltern hope we are this way again. Biscuit and gravy best I’ve ever had!!

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T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the drinks, both very creative. Nice neighborhood vibe and very friendly and charming staff.

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BA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended buy an LA friend whom i asked places to eat over a three day visit. This was small, comfortable, intimate and friendly. The staff was terrific. The food inventive excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place already, and wanted to take my visiting cousin (and maid of honor) for a special treat. She loved it. The restaurant even accommodated my mother surprising us with a round of drinks to celebrate my & my fiancée’s recent engagement. Great place, great food, great people!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food great drinks, try the pear dessert

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SD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Unique food, very tasty!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; friendly and attentive. Food was mixed: hamachi crudo and collar were great, herb salad extremely salty.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in la

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, cocktails exceptional. Service was supreme, all around. Recommend.

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Y
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at HLAY and it did not disappoint! My friend and I shared the chicken liver toast, shredded salad, little gems salad which we kindly received as complimentary (thank you!!), mussels in spicy broth and bone marrow toast with anchovies. We loved every dish but I think my personal favorites were the chicken liver and bone barrow :) So so good!! Our server was very attentive and the owner came over to say hello which was very sweet:) A truly wonderful dining experience! :)

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So unique and special! But most importantly, the world class cocktails are the standout!

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LC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly one of the most exciting restaurants in Los Angeles. The chef is a genius. The flavors are so unusual and yet work so perfectly. Every dish is a revelation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in LA :-)

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SA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had high expectations for this restaurant based on Jonathan Gold's appreciation of it, Unfortunately, my expectations weren't met. I ordered a bunch of dishes based on recommenddations from the waiter, so i suspect i got a good sampling of their foods. I like unusual dishes, but the flavors were more odd than delicious. I might try the restaurant again based on its proximity to the Wiltern Theatre -- but not based on my samplings of the food.

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SJ
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried a few different items, small portions at high prices.. everything tasted good but not extraordinary

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu is amazing. HLAY constantly puts out some of the most innovative food in LA, and it looks and tastes amazing. Highlights are the bone marrow, which is pure umami on a plate, and the chopped salad, which is an incredible play on banh mi vegetables

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PD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone did a great job and enjoyed both the cocktails and food!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Small dining tables set too closed each other.

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MC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been eating here since the week they opened and its always one of the best meals in the city. Creative and passionate people in every aspect of the process. By the way after years of eating here we just figured out that there's parking in the back so heads up.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING as always. The corn ribs, the frogs legs, the yellowtail crudo, the lambchop, the strawberry parfait! You guys always leave me stuffed to the gills in the best damn way. Thank you thank you.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Adore this place for dinner. Was much less impressed by the brunch food. Toast was burnt, my husband’s English Breakfast was just okay, and the waffle was an epic miss (I love waffles and salted sweets, but this was somehow overly salty AND overly sweet... Plus the ratio of topping to waffle was WAY off. Avoid.) Additionally, the prices seemed very steep, even for LA. Overall, we were pretty sad about it — we don’t get out often for brunch, so this was a real shame.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I saw this was a great restaurant on several lists, which I now know they bought their way on. I love weird combinations, and I’ve had way better for the same price in LA with a similar concept. The food was really just mediocre at best.

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LC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most interesting and delicious food I can remember eating Brilliant chef

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Q
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Always amazing.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Every single thing we ordered was delicious and looked beautiful. The menu had so many great options that we really had a hard time deciding. The only thing that I think can be improved is that the interior feels a little uncomfortable since it's a bit cluttered and the seating arrangements are a bit awkward.

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MC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were on point. Food, too. A new fave!

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and menu. The cocktails are fun and delicious. While the venue is a little loud for my tastes, I suppose that’s how people in Los Angeles like to eat. Everywhere is like this. The quality makes up for it. Maybe everyone is shouting their joy?

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c
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Favorites included:
Zucchini bread, ricotta, burnt honey
Tomatoes, bagna cauda, lap xuong
Biscuit and gravy
Shakshuka verde
All the breads

Blew a gift cert for six people else it would have been a very expensive brunch for 14 items and drinks

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LG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, creative and unique. Highly recommend going and trying at least one thing out of your comfort zone, you won't regret it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Drinks were incredible. Food was divine. Loved it

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