Here's Looking At You

4.7
434 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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RD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food was incredible. What was a fantastic surprise this time was the new pastry menu by Chef Thessa. Everything was so insanely creative and unexpected. Honestly just get all of them.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here close to 10 times by this point, and I’m happy to say it hasn’t disappointed yet! This was a birthday dinner for my mom while she was visiting from NJ, and she was also blown away by the quality of the food. This is not only our favorite neighborhood spot, but honestly just our favorite place to eat in LA.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is awesome - service the exact opposite. So unorganized- waited at the table for 10 min at Sunday brunch before we were acknowledged.

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LC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken liver was off the charts, and I don't generally love chicken liver. Every dish was so unique and tasty. I loved the shisito peppers and the dip that came with was stunning.
Truly one of the best meals I've had a long time

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VF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Menu is very odd and not particularly good for a pregnant woman I realized. Service was good though.

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GA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. All the flavors and textures are always interesting even if it’s a dish most people would be squeamish in trying at first. (Never a problem for me as I will try any food at least once) They do hospitality right here. The service is always on point. Lien, one of the owners always remembers your name if you’re a repeat customer. This is my go to dinner spot whenever I’m around the area to go see a show at The Wiltern.

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LD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite meal in Los Angeles. The bone marrow and steak tartare are unreal!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT! Great food and service! Thank you HERES LOOKING AT YOU!!

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M
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This chef is doing extraordinary work in a casual fun restaurant. Each dish is carefully thought out and elevated beyond what is expected. Each bite brings pleasure and happiness. And all of this takes place in a small casual restaurant in the middle of Koreatown. LA at its' finest. Service is lovely and approachable. The bar makes great cocktails and has an interesting list of liquors. And the price seems very fair for the really top level food and experience you will have.

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JG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Had high expectations for this place but was unfortunately disappointed. The food was good but we never received our last few plates of food. After waiting for 30 minutes hoping it would come out and not being able to find our server, we had to leave. Great food and space though.

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JT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and unique dishes in an unpretentious setting with friendly and efficient service.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time one of the best meals in the city. Impeccable, warm service and passionate cooking.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Wait staff not knowledgeable about cocktail menu. Guessing on questions. Kept trying to remove plates too fast. Waiter not able to advise us on menu items or how much to order.

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TW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic evening. If you've enjoyed places like Bestia, Gwen, Animal, Odys & Penelope, and other similar caliber restaurants you will not be disappointed at Here's Looking at You. The restaurant had a great ambiance, and wasn't too noisy. We had about a two and a half hour meal and I didn't feel like I needed to yell to the others at the table to be heard. The food was tremendous, with particular emphasis on the beef tongue, blood cake, and the mussels. As for dessert, save yourself some trouble and just order one of each.

Thr staff was very friendly and welcoming, and they were very accommodating when we goofed our math on splitting the check and asked them to run it again after we realized our error. Definitely will be going back in the future!

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overaall great meal. There are only a few restaurants in LA that can nail both creative AND good cuisine. That said, everything wowed us except the river prawns which were off in flavor, and too much for too little. We especially enjoyed the chicory salad, may be the best salad in LA. Hamachi and corn ribs also not to be missed, and fantastic drink program.

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DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

You can tell the kitchen can cook and the ingredients were good but the flavors were heavy handed. Too much acid, not balanced. I expect more at these prices. The server was friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great small sharing plates! Unique options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite - always.

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KU
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was much better than expected
Sat at the bar, great drinks and service

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EC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously, I have nothing bad to say about this place. Every piece of food I ate was Amazing, the service was so attentive, the place is small and hip but not pretentious. It was just an awesome evening and I can’t wait to go back!

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SP
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one is exciting...will challenge your taste buds and thoughts about traditional flavors. Menu has something for everyone though. Let go of your food inhibitions and enjoy!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish here is so clever and well put together. The flavors and textures worked perfectly and each of the dishes we had were so delicious. We had a reservation and he table was ready exactly on time. The drinks are wonderful too. Really great experience and I highly recommend!

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

Masterpiece the food is art.. service is amazing

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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and drinks. Especially the corn ribs (so creative!) and the frogs legs (like super delicious chicken wings!). And the crazy pumpkin pie drink. Def something for everyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Servers always kept out waters filled, changed out our plates, and for dishes that requires us to use out fingers, they brought wet towels.


Food was expensive and portions were small. Flavors were familiar because of the Asian influence. Everything was very well seasoned though.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic, inventive but not trying too hard. Cocktails are excellent. Can’t wait for my next meal.

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fascinating restaurant in K-town; menu is super interesting and has enough for everyone's taste. Good wine list, cocktails, very cute interior. Definitely one to return to.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a little gem of a restaurant in Korea town. Great background music but you could still converse with your tablemates. Wait staff is very knowledgeable about the drinks, wine and food and after asking about what type of flavor our group of 3 like, steered us to excellent suggestions. Cocktails were excellent. All dishes were flavorful and creatively plated, but the corn ribs and frogs legs were to die for! and then desert...Frozen pear soda espuma, fermented honey, avocado leaf, sorrel and the roasted chestnut mochi, coconut, muscovado, halvah were amazing. Service is excellent. We spent 2 1/2 hours there and didn't feel rushed. My 3rd visit since HLAY opened. Complete consistency each time. Will go back.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall the experience was good, but we had a vegan in the group and they wouldn’t allow us to modify some of the items to accommodate his dietary restrictions. We just asked for sauce or cheese on the side, but we were told that the chef does not allow any type of modification to any of the items period. They should specify this on their website or menu so people can plan in advance and some do not leave hungry.

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j
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was fantastic!!! Can't wait o go back!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat brunch is! I was blown away by how incredible dish after dish was. Drinks were insanely good, service was warm and lovely. I can't wait to go back. Best brunch in town!!

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EB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's Looking At You is pretending to be a friendly little neighborhood restaurant, when in truth, it is a food mecca. Jonathan Whitener's menu is innovative, unique and just insanely delicious. Pastry Chef Thessa Diadem's desserts set new standards for uncontrollable crave-ability while also being completely unusual, carefully thought out, and masterfully crafted. Lien Ta and her team make you feel welcome, embraced, invited to the best party in town. Don't miss out on this place. It's a gem.

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j
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best in Los Angeles
Creative menu
Every dish is outstanding
I cannot go here often enough
Great service to boot

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, the best were the tomatoes, we ordered two plates of them, pork belly and radicchio salad spectacular.
Do not miss this restaurant!

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the food ad are eager to return. The service was great! It was, admittedly, quite loud. Hard to hear each other. But overall, just stellar!

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chef in Los Angeles. HLAY is turning out amazing dishes, with excellent service and a top notch bar to go with the amazing food.

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CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There were four of us for dinner. Food was mostly creative and enjoyable. But honestly the beef rib chop at $120 was way overrated and overpriced. We wish we didn’t order that.

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b
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu. Great place

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WS
Detroit
135 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service combined with great food. We enjoyed it! Really everything was different and delicious!

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KG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a late lunch reservation and felt rushed a bit by the staff to eat fast and leave so they could prep for dinner service. Honestly, everyone is super nice. The issue was more time management and transparency. Tell people that if they make a late reservation - the kitchen is going to close at X time and the dining room closes at Y time. Lessens anxiety for all involved. Thanks.

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