Here's Looking At You
Oh man this place far exceeded my expectations. Gabriel, Daniel & Gary took amazing care of us. We basically ordered everything on the menu + dessert and the execution on all levels did not disappoint. In fact I am making another reservation to come back as I write this review. Thank you HLAY, keep up the good work!!!
From the minute we got there, our server made us feel warm & welcomed. Wish I could remember his name! Each dish of the shared plates was better than the next. He suggested 2-3 per person, but 2 would have been enough. Don’t come here if you’re on a diet! Many courses came with bread. I highly recommend the Little Gem Salad, the Chicken Livers, the Soft Shell Crab & the bread with Shiitake butter. It gets noisier the later it gets. DEE-licious!!!
From the decor to the service and most importantly, to the actual food, I was quite impressed.
We ordered the bread with shiitake butter, the beef tartare, the yellowtail dish and the bone marrow, all of wish were delicious with my favorite dish probably being the beef tartare.
The only thing I wasn't super impressed with and hence the reason why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is the cocktails. I had a fighting chicana and a doctor Jones. Both were good-though the dr. Jones was better-but they weren't amazing. Or at least not good enough to match the food.
Either way I was super pleased with my experience there and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who's looking to indulge in a little fine dining.
An absolute exquisite experience. Great service, fun cocktails, cool environment, and excellent food. Would recommend to any and all!
Here's Looking At You is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is so distinct, so original and so delicious. The desserts are innovative and unusual, but so insanely good. And I the service from top to bottom is perfect. With this restaurant less than five minutes from my home, it is hard to stay away!
Incredibly creative and quality food. Will definitely be coming back!
Amazingly delicious and decadent dishes. Was blown away.
I loved this place. High end dining experience in a low key place. Food was great, service just outstanding.
Delicious and different
Very good wait service
Terrific vibe in this Koreatown hot spot. Service was really outstanding; our server was patient and explained, in detail, all of the items that we inquired about on the menu with detail and charm. Kitchen executes really well; food is quite tasty. Wine list is eclectic and modern. Great vibe inside. Look forward to returning again, soon.
I made reservations and I got there before my friend. I had to wait for my friend to arrive before we were seated. The service was not the friendliest but okay. They provided recommendations when asked. We ordered the waffles and steak/eggs from the brunch menu. I also had the blueberry pineapple lemonade which was very refreshing and good. The steak came before the waffles which was weird. We were almost done with eating the steak before the waffles arrived. They didn’t ask how cooked we wanted the steak and we realized that when the steak arrived. Fortunately, the steak came cooked medium and tasted good. The waffles came with whipped cream and blueberries. There was a salty kick to it which made it different and I liked that touch though not everyone’s taste. Overall, it was a pleasant brunch. Not on my must-have list but would probably visit again if in the area.
Delicious brunch! Will definitely go again.
They do not allow substitutions or modifications to the menu items, including with the temperature or style of your egg. As a picky vegetarian who occasionally eats eggs, this was not the place for me.
Great service from Bell. Food was incentive and delicious.
Great eats at a cute location, and parking was manageable. Loved the summery cocktails too!
We absolutely enjoyed everything about HLAY! From the ambiance, to the attentive staff and our wonderful server who was so knowledgeable about the dishes, and of course our meal—which felt like the best type of progression from start to finish. We had the best date night!
Fantastic restaurant! Delicious food and awesome atmosphere. Super fun!
The corn ribs, shishito peppers and bread with shiitake butter have me drooling and ready to go back tomorrow
Nice atmosphere. Portions good for sharing for two but not more than two. Some things were too salty for me. I'm glad we tried Here's Looking At You but I wouldn't go back. It wasn't special.
Besides the great food (and plates to share), their cocktails are outstanding! Just for them- go!
I am going to crave the frog legs and the blood cake!!!
Food is Always amazing. I’ve been there three times and it’s always been fantastic. Our server was amazing she guided us through the menu with ease.
We got the highlights - the frog legs and crispy fish which were both good but overall it was fine. Live close by and finally caved into the hype and maybe that’s why I was disappointed - it's not bad but not as good as I was expecting.
My husband and I brought my parents to "HLAY" to celebrate my mom's birthday. I requested booth seating & mentioned the occasion in advance on my open table reservation. The hostess had already prepared the booth & was aware of the occassion when we arrived. All the staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We told our server it was our first time dining at HLAY and diet restrictions/allergies when she asked & she was happy to explain the menu, coursing, & mark the dishes containing meat for my pescatarian dad on his menu. We ordered Grandma & Bub's bread, the scallops, yellowtail, fingerling potatoes, lamb, & the beam--all to share. Every dish was amazing. My mom really enjoyed the drink special: the current mood spritzer. She did a little shoulder shimmy with each course & that is universal social proof that this place did not disappoint. We received outstanding service from everyone with whom we had an interaction. Most pleasant surprise of the night? The dining room playlist! Every song was my jam & it was feel good music anyone could appreciate but not played too loud. My mom called it a night to remember & no doubt the food, service, & the vibes warranted such high praise. Enjoy. We certainly did!
Great food and service. So pleased I finally made it here!
Excellent food and service. Definitely coming back!
Both food and desserts tasted really good. Tasty cocktails. Service was great, too. Would definitely love to come back
Would definitely come back even though it’s a bit pricey, food and service were great!
Wonderful brunch. Have been a few times before and am always happy with the food. Wonderful flavors. Wonderful execution.
they run a tip-top joint, modern, innovative but with a graciousness to all customers.
Well trained, oiled staff, nicely schooled in service and attitude
Always excellent. Food is delicious and surprising. Small plates with fresh, flavorful, unexpected combinations. Great bar serves clever drinks that amuse and are also just flat out good! Attentive service, lively room but a place you can have a conversation. My go-to for guests visiting LA. Somehow with all this excellence still feels like a welcoming neighborhood spot. Worth the cost, have never been disappointed.
The service here is topknotch - we came for DineLA and thanks to the alert server realized allergies would be an issue and ended up with a very delicious selection from the regular menu.
I am slightly old-school on service and wish the table bussers would count to 30 before whisking away my plates, but I know most people now expect speed, especially at a small plate restaurant.
The food was amazingly delicious. Honestly, at first it seemed as though there were one or two too many exotic ingredients on the menu for just about everything, including the drinks, but the chef/bartender/creator folks are BRILLIANT and everything works.
I had a gin beverage with who knows what in it that was perfectly flavored. And the mussels were a revelation. The portions for these could have been just a tad more generous....
On the other hand, the Tomahawk porkchop was a complete smash! Huge, exquisitely flavored and cooked just right. Worth every penny.
It's a beautiful place and I look forward to returning.
I only had two dishes here, the Gem lettuce salad and the Hamachi collar. Both were spectacular. The salad was served Thai spring roll style, with whole Gem lettuce leaves served on top of the mix of other ingredients. You spoon the mix into a lettuce leaf and then eat it with your hands (you can use a fork and knife if you're a priss). Best salad I have had in a long time.
The second course, the Hamachi collar was so incredibly good. I can't even begin to explain. I didn't know what the "collar" was. Its the part just below the head, and includes a fin. So you have to pick the fish off the bone. I think I picked every little tiny bit.
The bar service was also excellent. I like a good negroni (100th anniversary this year) and they made an excellent one. The two glasses of wine that followed were both highly rated bottles (>90 point ratings). The selection of wines by the glass were limited but quite excellent and paired well with the dishes.
At first glance, the menu has some very unusual items and may be off-putting to some people (beef tongue, chicken liver, collar!). I had to research some terms on the menu. I will definitely be going back to this place when I have the chance.
I’d love a bit less noise, but truly enjoyed everything else about our visit!!
Excellent. Chef was such a great guide for our dining experience. Our server was a great conductor of the food orchestration. Happen to catch it during DineLA. So good. So delicious. Looking forward to checking out their next new spot in Silverlake...ALL DAY BABY!
A great experience and one we are waiting to go back to soon...
Loved the cocktails even though they’re very pricey. Would’ve ordered more had they been $5 cheaper.
Flavors were on point, but we were disappointed with the al pastor - tough, chewy and just some pineapple on top, wanted it to be fatty but crispy and melty
Staff were all excellent
Inventive, fresh, seasonal dining with a touch of eclecticism. Loved it.