The menu has been tweeked but still too pricey for what you get. Food is generally good but expensive. Its major advantage is location and convenience to the Music Center and Disney Hall, but now there are more eating options and the competition will heat up even more when the complex across Grand is finished. It needs to up its game or find itself left behind!
Pre theatre meal. Menu is very limited.
This was a solid choice for Brunch before a show. The decor is awesome and really is the biggest star of the place. It looks so cool and felt like a European eatery. That European vibe, however, bled into the service which was super friendly and accommodating but was awfully slow with pacing of food being a major issue. While we gave ourselves plenty of time and had no issues with the wait, I noticed a number of other diners desperately looking for servers to take orders, deliver food and then to try to pay. Something to consider if you're in a hurry.
The food was very good, although I don't feel the portions completely matched the price. Additionally, my wife ordered the Croque Madam which was good, but had the thinnest slice of ham that it was undetectable. Mentioned it to the waiter who in turn mentioned to the chef and we were told they'd made a mistake. Hopefully that's the case because it would have been a really good dish with that element enhanced. To their credit, they offered dessert which was delicious and appreciated.
Drinks were quite good.
We'd go back and probably will try a dinner menu next time to compare. Again, it's a solid choice for dining before or after a show.
Valentines Day prefixe dinner was wonderful! Excellent price for a large amount of high quality delicious food .
Pre-opera dinner. I had Sylvane as the waitress and she was efficient and good as always. We managed to eat dinner and still have 10 minutes to get upstairs for curtain call on time.
We dined at Kendall's with friends prior to attending the show at the Ahmanson theater. We were seated promptly (we had a 6:15 pm reservation through Open Table) and immediately asked what we would like to drink. As soon as our guests arrived, the waiter took our order and the food was served - everything was delicious. I had the butternut squash soup and beef bourguignon - superb. We finished our meals in plenty of time to get to the theater for the 8 pm show. The service was attentive and the setting comfortable. The location is very convenient - walking distance to the theater, and parking very easy in the underground lot, for both dining and the show. We will always dine at Kendall's when we are going to an event at the Music Center.
A busy place with delicious drinks and good food. It’s very convenient for going to a play at the Music Center. A lot of diners were having the charcuterie platter which looked delicious. We’ll try that next time.
Disappointing at best
Telling us to keep our dirty silverware after our salad and appetizer courses is beyond tacky. This is the second time of dining at this establishment that this has happened. Clearly this is their policy.And management really has to examine their policies and decide what type of restaurant they want to be, roadside diner or fine dining establishment.
Great location very convenient to the Music Center. This restaurant had come highly recommended as expensive but serving very good food and as a Patina Group location I had high expectations.
As it turned out the food was mediocre at best, the service, not much better. The French Onion soup I ordered had the look, taste and feel as if it had been prepped the day before. The Steak Frites was nothing memorable. My wife's salad was OK, the beef bourguignon was marginal at best, like the soup it lacked any hint of freshness.
While I would agree the meal was expensive the food was disappointing and did not meet the standards of past meals I have had with Patina
A bad night this time. Asked for a quieter section of the restaurant, was put right bes
The food and service were excellent. Unfortunately, we were seated in the room to the right when you enter, so the ambiance was not great, and the door was open so it was quite cold. I would suggest asking to be seated in the regular restaurant area, which is what I will do next time. Overall good, just something to keep in mind.
We always have dinner here before going to the Ahmanson. The food was delicious. They have a great wine list. The service was efficient and we made it to our show with time to spare.
Cassoulet was mediocre at best...mushy, overcooked beans and other ingredients, one-note taste.
Mussel dish - mussels were much smaller than we remembered.
Calamari dish was not so good...rubbery calamari, flavors in sauce congealed into a weird taste that wasn't very pleasant.
Server was very attentive, considering the pre-theater rush.
Great food and service
We’ll be back for sure
Going to the theatre.
Our party of four had a very good time. My only real criticism was with the waiter. The actual service was well executed, but he was in a rush to get the order and turn the table over. He definitely hurried our event. As the noise level increased with arrivals it became very hard to converse. We sat at table 81, I think
It had been years we had not been at this establishment which we used to frequent often. We were seated in the room to the right of the main door, going up a few steps. This room has concrete floors with some carpets thrown around. It looks unfinished and unwelcoming. There is a draft coming from the steps which are directly next to the door. People seated near the steps were complaining it was cold and moving to other tables. The shrimp cocktail is no longer offered which was excellent. The quality of the food was just OK, not extraordinary. Of course, if you are going to a performance you can't beat the convenience of being there but I fear it is no longer what it used to be.
Never had a bad meal here. Miss the great dinner special they had few years ago but at least there are a few more vegetarian friendly options now. And it’s a tasty, convenient place to go before enjoying the theatre.
My daughter and I love to go here before we go to the theatre next door.
Food is good but the service slow. Wine selection - they had no French white wines. At a brasserie? The room they seated us in was warm and too bright. Bar service was good.
We eat at Kendall's Brasserie for every performance we attend at the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theater. Fabulous Cocktails and Small Plates. Great Service. We enjoy our light meal. Then walk upstairs to the venue. Easy. See you next month.
Excellent country French food served in a pleasant atmosphere. But ambiance varies in the facility so don't expect much in the Boardroom.
Nice food, but the bar has been slow and "backed up" both of the last two times I have dined at this restaurant. Whatever you do, DO NOT order your drinks and meal at the same time. You should defer ordering your meal until after your drinks have been sighted.
Time to vary the menu. How about specials or standard fare, like normal eggs benedict or other items new to the menu. Those of us who regularly frequent the restaurant for music center presentations find the menu old and without variations.
Good food and ambience for pre- or post- theater dining.
Another delicious pre-theatre brunch at Kendall's!
This was a terrible dining experience. We were there for Sunday brunch before a matinee at the Ahmsnson. The hostess looked disinterested in her job and the restaurant was fairly empty. We were shown to a table on a shared row of near empty tables in the back side room. When we asked for another table, one a little larger and not so gloomy, we were told that we could seat ourselves in the bar area at an empty shared table. We walked around and found another table they finally let us have although they insisted all the tables were reserved. We left an hour and a half later, 12:30 pm. The restaurant was perhaps less than half full. Service was painfully slow. The food was warm, not hot, and my frittata looked like it was cut from a large block. It tasted overly salty and reheated. I had asked for no toast. They brought toast, took away the potatoes, and added salad soaked in dressing. Ok, i can go on... but.... either not a good day for the restaurant or something else...
This is my second visit to Kendall’s. The first was a couple years ago food was good but service was ok. Last night my three friends and I had dinner before a show at the music center. Our reservation was at 6pm, we were seated quickly but then the service went downhill from there. It took 15 minutes to get our drinks then dinner came about 30 min later, three of us had the beef bourguignon which was amazing. I tried several times to get the attention of our waiter to order desert. He delivered the bill without asking if we wanted desert. I ordered the chocolate Fondant cake which took about 20 min to arrive. We still had time to get to our show but the service could have been much better. If I decide to go again I would definitely have to reserve earlier to allow more time for dinner to compensate for the slow service, though I do not feel I should have to do this. Again to wrap up the food was great but service was lacking.
Inedible! I don’t say that often and it pains me to say that now. My husband and I both ordered the steak frites and both of us left it after 2bites. Really a shame because they have a captive audience with the Music Center right there. We promised ourselves we would never go back. Too bad because we have season tickets to 2 venues.
We went on a Saturday afternoon prior to the theater. We were seated outside in the hot sun. There was limited shade. The menu was more like breakfast than lunch. Even the selection of salads was few. The chicken sandwich was burnt and the chicken was not the best.
Try elsewhere for a decent lunch. Not worth the money.
I've had lunch here prior to plays at the Music Center dozens and dozens of times, and mostly without complaints. But this last Sat the noise level was so high that I couldn't get out of there fast enough after I ate my lunch (which was an excellent egg and corned beef hash). I opted to skip dessert in my haste, and instead ordered dessert at Abernathy's on the Plaza.
Good place before the theater. Food good. Had steak tar tar. That was great. Everything we ordered was great. Service needs some help. We had 90 minutes to eat and had to rush a very good creme Carmel.
We arrived late , due to traffic, and they accommodated us quickly and our server made sure we were able to get dinner and a drink and still have time to make the theater without rushing.
Convenient for anyone going to a performance at the Music Center or Disney Hall, and the ataff makes sure that you get out on time. Food is good, but nothing extra special. A bit pricey. We go there often.
Love the onion soup, and have our favorite bartenders, but the place is choking on its success. We like to go before a show, and the two hours ahead of curtain time are becoming almost impossible to get into. We had hoped the opening of other venues on the plaza might ease the crush, but haven't noticed much change. We'll keep coming, but suggest anyone trying it for the first time find a non-pre-curtain period.
Noisy, crowded; had to sit outside even though made reservation long time ago. Way over rated, disappointing for the Patina brand. Over priced. Really: $38 for way-undercooked, cold-inside char with, basically, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and three soggy chips.
Convenient to Music center performances. Enjoyed patio dining with ample heaters. The mushroom soup delicious with warm bead. My husband enjoyed his french onion soup, Waiters attentive, efficient service and had time to relax 15 minutes before the show began.
The menu never changes, same old thing. Nothing very healthy, salads not appealing.
Serves a purpose in pre-theater dining but they could really pay more attention to details.