Kendall’s Brasserie

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$31 to $50
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A modern, artistic and vibrant take on the traditional French brasserie, the all-new Kendall's Brasserie dishes out a revamped menu by Chef Jean-Pierre Bosc who has playfully enhanced his take on contemporary, regional French cuisine, inspired by his most recent culinary pilgrimage to his hometown in Lyon, France. Bosc indulges guests with the modern comforts of regional French fare and dishes out a variety of house-made charcuterie along with an array of small plates, seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrees.

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year at Kendall's Brasserie in Downtown Los Angeles. Choose from a celebratory $78 three-course or $92 four-course prix-fixe menu featuring Wild Mushroom Risotto, Braised Veal Cheek and more.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our servers weren’t friendly. Felt like we were burdening them. The food was good. Place is so cute.

DD
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal before the show! All food choices, brunch, lunch and cheese platter and apple tart were excellent as was the service. Will be back.

MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My friend had a delicious looking club sandwich with fries that towered over the plate ($20). She couldn't finish it. I had a steak salad for $24 that had a reasonable amount of meat, but the remainder of the salad ingredients did not come anywhere close to filling the plate, and I was left hungry and a bit perplexed. This was supposed to be an entree salad, and did not size up to that. The deviled egg entree ($15 for two eggs) was very good, but two eggs for $15, really...? Service was excellent. It was noisy! I had not been in in a while and forgot how loud the place can be, even midday evidently.

MH
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdated, menu limited and service average. Next time I’ll eat somewhere further away as location was the only plus.

S
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An old standby for pre-theater dining. The service is geared toward making sure you get to your seats on time, which means that it gets very busy (and noisy) as 8 PM approaches. There are enough food and drink choices to satisfy most diners.

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food as always! Outstanding service.

L
Los Angeles
238 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I come after every concert so we are regulars. My last meal was the beef bourguignol and it was the best I have ever eaten. The beef was so tender I didn't need a knife! The carrots, turnips, potatoes, brussel sprouts and sauce were just delicious. My friend had crab cakes and thought they were exceptionally tasty. We can't wait to return!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Service was wonderful. Thank you Carlos.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great martinis, crab cakes and beef Bourgogne along with friendly and attentive service. We will be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect and quick lunch pre-theatre. Recommend.

t
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken in the club sandwich was a little dry, but was otherwise good. Croque Madame could’ve used more ham. The Angus burger and duck fat fries were good as usual. Our server Ivan was excellent. Mgr Gabriel stopped by our table to check to see if everything was ok which was a nice gesture. This is our go to place before seeing a performance at the Music Center.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is not a review but thoughts that should be passed on to the restaurant and the Patina Group office. My theater group has dined at Kendall's for years. Thankfully the menu was revised recently as we really were tired of the same options year after year.
Only one theater was operational on this day so the service was good but when two or all three theaters are operational service can be extremely slow. They really do need more wait staff.
On this day the baguettes were hard and dried out, finally got a good one on the third try but our lunches were perfect.

CF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again for a delicious pre-concert meal. We both enjoyed our choices from the Passport to France special.

A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

this is our favorite place to eat before a show at the Music Center. Get a reservation around 6-6:15 and you won't have to stress or rush to your seats. If you get there earlier and sit at the bar you might be sitting next to some of the musicians or actors cause it's good for them, too. It's warm and cozy. Just beware that if you made the reservation and turned up before the rest of your table, they will cancel your name on the reservation list when they seat you. My girlfriend ended up seated at another table and we had to text to discover we were both there.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Kendall's. I have been mostly for lunch which is great. I hadn't been for dinner in years. It was fantastic. It was hard to choose an entree, they all sounded so good. The pork was incredible and the lentils and root vegetables were so flavorful. Everyone's dinner looked delicious.

MS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have tried Kendall's on a few occasions, always hoping things will improve. Our last visit started off hopefully. We were greeted by the host, busboy, and server in a lovely manner. We ordered soup to be followed by an endive and watercress salad and crab cakes. The soup arrived hot and very tasty. The complimentary bread was warm and fresh. Then things went downhill. The endive was brown at the tips and the watercress looked dead on arrival. The cheese was also brown at the edges. The crabcakes were overloaded with breading. We would have brought this to our server's attention if he had checked back with us. We didn't proactively track him down, so our fault for paying for this meal. The topper was that we DID track him down for our check, which he literally THREW at my husband. That's it we're finished.

EB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the service was excellent too. A little noisey but that depends on the people that are there.Overl a very nice experience.

H
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love Kendall’s! It is our go to restaurant whenever we attend a performance at the Music Center or Disney Hall. The service varies considerably and there are differences in the menu which sometimes don’t live up to the otherwise high quality of the restaurant. But not this time!
We both tried something new. My wife a beef cheeks pasta and I a cassoulet. There was a mixup in my wife’s order, and the waiter was busy elsewhere so it was a long wait before the problem was rectified. The cassoulet came out hot and good. And the Floating Islands dessert is my wife’s favorite.
The room we were in was too noisy. The last few times we were seated in the inner room which is relatively quiet. I’ll ask specifically for that room next time.

SF
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent. Food is good quality and service is always attentive.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was well prepared and tasty. My only issue was that the courses were served too fast for my liking. In all fairness, Kendall caters to a theater crowd who often have to rush their meal to make a curtain, so that may be why the food came so fast. Other than that, it was a pleasant meal, and I look forward to returning soon.

P
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant way to start our evening out. We went to eat before the LA Phil concert. The waiters were polite and reasonably efficient. My husband's baramundi was well prepared and cooked to perfection. My steak frites was tender and the frites were crispy. The apple tart, made to order, was delicious.

s
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I like the French brasserie food a great deal. Last time I had the liver pate and salad, and this time the burger. The salad was not great with too much frisbee and nothing else. The pate was fabulous but too large a serving. The burger was terrific. I would have liked to have been seated in a nicer room and felt shuttled to the room I always sit in on the right. Perhaps the hostess can offer more options. Otherwise, Kendalls has been reliable and good for a long time as a stop before theater.

SS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

This place is a FINE. But it doesn’t ever seem like I’m in LA. It seems like I’m in a fancy restaurant in the suburbs. I always want this place to be better, but it’s really the only reasonable pre-theatre option within walking distance. The pre theatre dinner rush is always hectic. The servers always seem overwhelmed and don’t seem to have your back. The food is usually too salty (I had the pork and lentils and the salad I got was pretty looking but pretty boring.) the lighting is too bright. There is nothing sexy about this place. And I think it could be there with only a few minor tweaks.

D
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The night was not good. My martini glass was sticky all over. I found dirt on the lettuce in my salad. The beets were mushy. The curry over powered the pork. I found shells in my lobster pasta. The vodka soda glass wasn’t clean. Never going again.

D
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Too expensive. Good food. Nice service. Quick. Pretty. Noisy on the street.

RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have added to their menu, expanding the choices in all categories. The oysters were especially good - and have never had an entree I didn't like. Great cocktails and a wonderful bar.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The portions are very small. The prices expensive for what you get. My friends asked for bread because they were still hungry after their meals. Never happened before in all the years that I have known them. The wine was good. Next time I go to theater I will eat elsewhere

GL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jesus

My sever was extremely knowledgeable of your menu and made great suggestions

Wine list good use and update
More French, higher end CA, a few nice Sancerre’s
Much more variety by the glass

Excellent food and experience overall

B
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is adept at service for pre and post theatre and is conveniently located just below the Music Center Performance venues. Service is friendly, prompt and efficient.
The menu contains staples as well as a rotation of innovative items. An example of the former is the Beef Bourguignon and of the latter, the Beef Cheeks. The wine list is respectable and pairs well with the menu offerings.
Reservations are a must, especially on days when all 3 theatres are lights on.

JT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night at the Music Center always includes Kendall's! Our server, Carlos, was fantastic even though it was extremely busy. The food came out in a timely fashion, and the martinis were spot on. We started with the calamari appetizer--AMAZING! The entrees were also delish. No time, or room, for dessert, but looking forward to trying one day.

JB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place and it's our "go to" whenever we attend a Music Center event. Great food, drinks and ambience. Learned a lesson this weekend -- when your show begins at 7:30 get there extra early (we had a 6 o'clock res.) as it was a bit hectic. No reflection on the staff or restaurant, just felt like the patrons were in a rush which made it less relaxed then it normally is.

CZ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy dining here before the play we see at The Ahmanson Theater. Best of all is sitting in the "Wine Room" as it's a bit quieter than the rest of the restaurant.

j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It took 45 minutes to deliver the entree. We were told the kitchen was backed up. We had to run to the Disney hall to make the opening of the concert . The two entrees of fish were cold.

I believe you should credit back the bill to my credit card.

Judi hochman
310 467 3282

DG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Had not been to Kendall's in awhile and was looking forward to a return visit. Obviously crowded prior to the theatre performances. Although wait staff was very friendly, food service was very slow. Entree (Steak Frites) was inedible. Management made an accommodation on the bill. However, we were hungry and there was no time to order another option prior to the show.

T
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new fall menu!!! The staff is one of the most welcoming and attentive in Los Angeles!! Keep up the great work!!! THANK YOU!!!

DP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I want to come to Kendall's because it is so close and convenient for Music Center performances, but the food nor the service was very good.

JA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The location is excellent which is the only reason this restaurant is still in business. We have been there multiple times and each time, promise not to go again. The noise level was loud, the food incredibly mediocre. I had the salmon benedict and the eggs were overcooked, the salmon stone cold and placed on lukewarm toast and a coldish egg. It was disappointing because the location and proximity to the Music Center makes this ideal and it could be so much better.

PS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Someone mentioned that sitting outside was much quieter than inside and they were correct. It was a beautiful day on Saturday so we had lunch outside since it was packed inside and very noisy. The food (club sandwich and nicoise salad) were delicious. Our server was very nice with great suggestions. He suggested the apple tart for dessert and it was devine. We always enjoy a meal at Kendall's.

WC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The perfect place for a light meal before the opera

LR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

As always, Kendall's was amazing. The only distraction was the crab cakes. Dry and, I hate to say it, but they seemed old, maybe even re-fried. Very unsettling because of Kendall's high standards.

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