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We had been to Kendall's previously and had a very nice meal. This time things went wrong.
We had a reservation for 5:00 and arrived at 4:30. No problem. We were seated right away. Our server came promptly to ask about which water we preferred. So good so far.
To cut to the complaint, the service for most of our dinner was horrible. We actually used the table next to us to store our finished plates and used a napkin at the other table to wipe off our table. I have to give them credit though. Once they saw what was happening they picked up the service.
The food was ok. We chose the pre fixe for $48. Too much food for 2 people. If you do go that way don't eat the bread or ordered any appetizers.
My husband had escargot which he liked. I had the onion tart which was large, greasy and salty.
For the mains we had the short rib (good) and pork tenderloin (good) but nothing out of the park.
For the amount of money we spent, well over.....I would not recommend this restaurant.
PS I was going to bring it to the manager's attention but even he seemed disengaged and disinterested and dragging his feet at 6:00 pm when we left.
Absolutely delicious dinner! Perfect dining experience.
Good convenient spot for pre opera dining. Decent food, good service, moderate noise level allowing for conversation.
The food was good and arrived with surprising speed. After this, we were somewhat ignored, except for the desert offer. Granted the place had become packed, but given the location beneath the opera house one would think the staff would be a bit more adept at managing the situation. Had to flag down the waiter for the check - glad I could pay with cash or we likely would have missed more than just a few minutes of the pre-performance talk.
Kendall’s is one of those places that does exactly what you want it to do. It has terrific pro waiters. It has bartenders that can make nice cold martinis. It serves high end bistro food. The food is better than you think it will be - always. And yes it’s not cheap, but given that it is smack dab below the music center and perfect for pre and post show snacks and meals—- how could it be any cheaper? I always am happy we go. The deviled eggs with a hint of lemon are perfection. The charcuterie is always a solid yummy choice. Love the salads. Raw bar is solid. It’s jist exactly what you want with a big enough menu that you happily return. And really the waiters there are old fashioned pros. Make the whole thing work.
Pre-performance functionality. Just good enough. Friendly staff. Efficient and accommodating
Great “before the opera” place. They know how to get you in and out and not feel rushed!
It was our first trip to Kendall's. We liked the variety of the menu. The food was very good and a reasonable value. You must have the french fries done in duck fat. Awesome! They have a nice wine selection and prices are reasonable. The waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. We will definitely return.
Excellent restaurant offering a bar and seafood bar. The service is attentive, professional, speedy.
Our food was well prepared and served. Staff were informative and explained some of the offerings.
A perfect stop ater the opera or a show.
Kendall's is always a perfect spot for anyone going to the theaters there. It's like a stop at a New York bistro.
Good service but the only crummy room in the place good for drinks tiny round bar tables not great for lunch but this was Sunday matinee day and happy to get a reservation.
Eggs Benedict stone cold as were the potatoes. Waiter graciously took it back and brought me another even colder version ugh cold hollandaise sauce on cold eggs with cold potatoes??? Really???
Pre Opera lunch. Poached salmon was delicious. Server was efficient, but we did have to wait a while for food. Understand that restaurant fills up before all performances, but kitchen may need more staffing. Server apologized for delay, but food prep seemed to be out of his hands.
But did use Birthday Coupon. Thank you for that.
Perfect pre-theatre spot. We enjoyed a well paced dinner and drinks before seeing a play at the Mark Taper. The service was friendly and professional and accommodating of our needs. The food was well prepared and delicious.
The food was the best we've had in ages.... that roast chicken was so tender and perfect.
Bartender made the best Old Fashioned I've had ever...
dudamel and LA Phil concert afterward
We usually dine here before the show. Had reservations but got stuck in a make shift area right next to the drafty back exit door. Not ideal especially with the prices of the meal.
This was the worst food we have had here in many dozens of visits. The squash risotto was barely warm and served in room-temperature iron skillet that, I guess, someone forgot to heat up. We also tried the chicken -- WAY over cooked then cooled down to far before served and mediocre flavor. Roast chicken can be great if prepared and cooked well but this was less than mediocre. Dessert was pretty good and coffee ok. I'm thinking this restaurant would probably not survive if we not located so conveniently for theater goers. The $20 corkage wouldn't be so problematical if they had a better wine list.
Great food and service. Our server, Jimmy, knew how to pace our meal just right for our theater plans.
The service by Waiter Ralph was more than excellent. He is one of the most engaging servers at Kendall's and should be the trainer for the wait staff. The menu at Kendall's doesn't seem to change often and if you're like us, going there often for theater night makes it difficult to make choices. Kendall's needs to go back to Special's of the Day as previously done there.
We were seated in the private dining room so of course the sound level was low. The service was amiable, efficient, and very competent. Everyone was very good at what they did and had a smile. The wine list was also well thought out. We had the Sauvignon Blanc blend and it was delicious. Oh, and they got us to the theater on time. Real pros.
Very nice service and the steak tartare was excellent.
The pork tenderloin has to be the best item on the menu. It is perfectly cooked and seasoned and the accompanying lentils and other vegetables add the perfect touch. My friend and I always order this dish and floating island for dessert. My pear martini was powerful and tasty. A major bonus is for those of us who sit at the bar and meet interesting people sitting right next to us. This is a great place, perfect after the LA Phil performance. Can't wait until the next date.
Great spot for dinner before a show at the Music Center. The food is really quite good and the portions are generous. We split an appetizer, a entree and a desert and had more than enough to eat. The service can be slow at times, but there were no significant lapses. The restaurant does have the challenge of finding the correct balance when most all diners are on the same schedule for the same show. The room is very nice and reminds of France, but the noise level is a bit high.
The service was terrific and the food was great.
The couch seating along the wall is not level with the seats across from whom you are sitting with. They are a wee bit lower. I realize it was a busy night, however our server checked in only once, bread came late and mostly had to pour our own wine. Food was excellent as was the ambiance. I'll still be back.
Dessert menu is uninspired - we dine there frequently and it NEVER changes.
We were going to theatre. Service was great. I had the onion tart and burrata salad. My friend had the short ribs. Everything was delicious.
It’s pre theater food and it felt like it. The lava cake was cooked all the way through and the meat tough.
Today I had a very nice waiter and it was a pleasant lunch because of that mainly. The food is decent brasserie style, I had the scallop on shell, nice but I should have taken the oysters. followed by the tartar de boeuf with fries, it was very good and the fries were Belgian not French, that is, the correct way to cook them (twice at different temperature with a rest in between). The cocktails are nice, it takes a bit of time to come to the table, but the resto was busy, I had the chocolate cake to finish, I am not sure it is made at the place as it looked and tasted like anywhere else, that is quiet good indeed. I left my table to wash my hand for a couple minutes at the end of the meal and my bottle of water, almost full and my concert program were immediately removed and put to trash... They clean quicker than they deliver the food at the table.
I wrote a review already! The only thing I don't like is all the reviews necessary for Open Table!!!!!!!
Love Kendall’s. One of my all-time favorites.
Great place to eat before going to a play or musical at the Ahmanson Theater. You park once and are done with that part of the evening. Although we had dinner there, the extensive bar looked inviting as well.
Everything was wonderful. Prompt service, beverage glasses filled and refilled as needed. Courses spaced nicely and the food as always wonderful
Food and service was mediocre. The menu felt limited and the items definitely didn't warrant the price tag. Very disappointing.
The roasted calamari was excellent. My steak (with frittes) was not a particularly tender or flavorful piece of meat. I wish they would bring back the daily specials. The menu doesn’t vary much.
Restaurant empty but WAITED to be seated
Surrounding tables were left unattended and not bussed
Waiter wanted to be elsewhere!
It's such a nice experience to dine at Kendall's. The food is good, the service is good and it's pretty. They are also amazing about getting you out of there so you can make it to the theatre on time.
Except for the noise level, everything was great.
I would recommend Kendall's because it is a nice restaurant in a good location - part ft he music center. The food and service were OK, but nothing extraordinarily special