Here's Looking At You
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!
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.
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.
My favorite - always.
Food was much better than expected
Sat at the bar, great drinks and service
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!
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!
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!
Masterpiece the food is art.. service is amazing
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.
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.
Food is fantastic, inventive but not trying too hard. Cocktails are excellent. Can’t wait for my next meal.
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.
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.
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.
Everything about this place was fantastic!!! Can't wait o go back!
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!!
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.
One of the very best in Los Angeles
Every dish is outstanding
I cannot go here often enough
Great service to boot
Delicious food, the best were the tomatoes, we ordered two plates of them, pork belly and radicchio salad spectacular.
Do not miss this restaurant!
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!
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.
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.
Creative menu. Great place
Great service combined with great food. We enjoyed it! Really everything was different and delicious!
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.
Everything was fantastic. Best brunch in LA if you like interesting delicious food and drinks.
The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, such that some may consider it instagram-worthy. The hostess could've been more enthusiastic.
The servings are generous, and definitely meant to be shared. Here's the play by play of brunch on a Saturday:
The liver toast was tasty, although the toast itself was a little over-toasted. The basque peppers were a perfect complement (but be warned- more peppers are not complimentary).
The Jerusalem bagel was baked just right and probably one of the highlights - the spread and salmon roe was just the right amount of salty and deliciousness.
The coconut taste of the waffle was not overpowering; the berries/sauce were a little imbalanced, tart at some points, more sour at others.
The eggs in the Shakshuka basically cooked were buried inside and were basically hardboiled as opposed to poached; the green sauce was only not memorable.
The katsu was probably the only other highlight; the panko breading was just right; the curry sauce was a winner; the only downside was we were lead to believe that hash browns or curly fries were an included side. Had we known they were just a recommendation- we would've skipped the curly fries and gone to Jack-in-the-box.
The donuts came in two different flavors, neither of which were particularly unique or tasty. Even if the staff had taken note of the "Birthday" indicated on the OpenTable reservation, I don't think a candle or any acknowledgment whatsoever could have made up for the lesser parts of the meal. Maybe I'll stop by for drinks at the bar at some point, but as of now, I'm unlikely to recommend the place for brunch.
Terrific food in Koreatown. Service was good if a bit slow. cocktails were ok. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Wiltern.
Had some amazing food at Here's Looking at You. Everything is shared. They are most accommodating, one in our party of four is gluten sensitive, so the chef marked the menu items they could safely share. Drinks were excellent - though a little on expensive side. As well, be sure to ask what the MP market price is before ordering. Our prime rib was amazing and delicious but pricey at $150 -- There was enough for everyone to share --- but pricey. The flavors of all the items as distinct and blended well. This was our first time and now, having had the initial dining experience, are better prepared for our return visit. Bon appetit!
Above my expectations for sure! Went before a concert at the Wiltern and it was just perfect. Service was quick. WILL DEF BE BACK!
We went for brunch and it was excellent, great cocktails and yummy food. Service at the bar was terrific, super friendly. Dishes were larger than described though, and two of us could not fully finish 4 plates ... the last one was a carb heavy everything breakfast. The other 3 dishes were superb ... chicory salad amazing!
Ambiance isn’t special but hip and cool, and mellow in the early afternoon, at 1pm, fairly low key quiet ... no idea what dinner is like in that regard.
The food is truly inventive and spiritual.
The food was amazing! So many flavors. Cocktail menu was super creative although kinda pricy at $16 for one drink. Our server was friendly and made great suggestions. Loved it!!
We read the reviews and had very high expectations and the restaurant delivered. The food is so good - off beat ingredients, creative, excellently prepared. All of it. There were 5 of us and we had much of the menu (about 10 items). All were great. But there were favorites: the liver pate, the pork belly, the fish with curry and nan, the steak. Cocktails were equally creative and fun and tasty. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. A little pricey, but worth it.
Best biscuits and gravy I've had in years, and the bagel was awesome. My fiance and I usually split our dishes with each-other, but we both refused after taking the first bit. We cannot wait to go back, and I've been raving about that gravy since.
Great, interesting flavors with unexpected and delicious combinations.
HLAY is always phenomenal: the vibe, the menu which is always changing never disappoints, the service is excellent, and it’s just so much fun. But the food is definitely the focus and is absolutely fresh, creative, beautiful, and most importantly consistently scrumptious.
Cocktails are next level and the brunch is not to be missed either. One of our all time favorites in a city with tons of restaurants. Love this spot!
Fantástico!! Realmente una experiencia muy buena. Buenos vinos, comida deliciosa, creatividad y ejecución.
I love this place. Never disappoints. The staff is superb. The food is always delicious and unique. It’s the perfect balance of high end fancy food, but still a casual warm environment.
Really interesting and yummy food. Surprisingly, we preferred the vegetarian dishes to the meat entrees. The desserts and cocktails were STANDOUT. Our waitress was amazing and helpful with accommodating dietary restrictions. The only complaint would be one that I've read in other reviews: they overbook. We waited around 40 min with a reservation. Kind of ridiculous to make a reservation for such a long wait.
Also a little annoying that after the long wait, we requested a table near the window that had cleared up, but were told it was reserved to combine with another table to seat a party of six. A group of 2 were seated there about 10 min after we were seated.
Delicious dinner, but prepare to wait a while.