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Kendall's Brasserie, Los Angeles, CA

Kendall's Brasserie

4.0
4
570 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Located in DTLA on Grand Avenue at The Music Center, Kendall’s is a modern take on a classic French Brasserie. Guests are invited to dine al fresco on the patio, with an inventive cocktail at a modern bar, or over a meal in a light, expressive interior. With a focus on local ingredients, the menu reenergizes classic French dishes like house-cured Cote de Boeuf and Provencal Mussels and Prawns with a touch of “je ne sais quoi”.

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and visitors/volunteers at the Music Center remains a top priority. As such, Kendall’s has adopted protocols from the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. All guests entering indoor portions of the restaurant will be required to show proof of full vaccination. Physical vaccination cards or digital copies will be accepted.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 4:30 pm–7:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 972-7322

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Kendall's is on Grand Avenue at The Music Center.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    For a restaurant that’s geared towards the pre-show crowd, they seem completely baffled that people need to have dinner in less than 2 hours. Not sure if they’re understaffed or poorly trained but they seemed completely overwhelmed and incapable of moving the ball forward, whether it was actually taking your order, getting your food out in a reasonable amount of time, or even processing your check. Don’t come unless you’re ready for a stressful pre-show experience.
  2. SP

    ShelbyP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    They were out of key dinner selections on the menu (chicken), and the cheese plate had some really surprise cheese choices that did not meet the quality expected. The environment and customer service was great.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoWe appreciate the review, ShelbyP. Thanks for taking the time. We will send these notes to our kitchen management and try to improve for our future services.

  3. C

    Cassie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Outside seating was good, service was fine but the food was not good. The best point of the restaurant is the proximity to the theaters.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoCassie, thank you for taking the time to leave a review, even if your experience wasn’t great. We’re sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. Your comments will be shared with the rest of the team.

  4. K

    Komodo69

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was our first time returning since their temporary closure. Our family was attending an event at the Disney Concert Hall. Upon our arrival, the male host was busy on the telephone. Several minutes later, the female hostess walked over to the computer prior to greeting us. I advised her of our reservation and she proceeded to seat my wife, son, and his friend, in a rather dark area of the south dining area opposed to the middle area with windows facing Grand Avenue. I asked her to seat us by the windows which she graciously did. I was perturbed as to why she sat us in the dark corner…lol….

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoWe appreciate the review, Komodo69. Thanks for taking the time. I'm glad our hostess was able to seat at your preferred table!

  5. e

    emilyh

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I'm sorry to say this place has gone downhill. The food was mediocre and not appropriate for the price level.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThank you for the feedback. We are always taking steps to be a better venue for our guests and we will take this critique to our management team.

  6. n

    nctatty

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Prices are high. We went there for a pre-theater dinner!

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoSo glad you had a great experience, nctatty. Hope to see you again for a pre-show dinner!

  7. BR

    BarbaraR

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theatre outing

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThanks for reviewing us. Hope to see you again soon.

  8. L

    Linda

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This is not the Kendall's of old. And, really what would you put together for an appetizer and a main course? The people at the desk are a waste. There were two people and yet only two wait staff. So what did they do they spread all the guests over the entire restaurant. No wait staff could be attentive enough. People who delivered the food did not bother to take away the dirty dishes. Once a front desk person asked how the food was ... and he also did not bother to take away the dirty dishes. People need to work as a team!!!!

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoLinda, thank you for the feedback. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We went for a pick dinner before a show. We got little gems salads, French Onion Soup & the bread basket. The salad was really fresh and the presentation was really beautiful. The soup was great, too. The best thing is the service! Our waitress was quickly, helpful, and very friendly. We were there during the pre-show rush, and she was very busy but made a point to get us our food fast and check in with us. Also, she sent over a round of drinks (excellent white wine) to make up for how busy they were when we got there which was a very gratuitous and warm gesture. We’ll be back!

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoWe’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Hope you have an amazing day!

  10. DD

    DeborahD

    Memphis/West TN

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The renovated Kendall’s is now open and inviting, bright and spacious. We had a great pre opera meal. We were seated quickly and served quickly. The food was very tasty. We ordered the ratatouille to share and it did not disappoint. Such great flavors. Everything was delicious. We will definitely be back.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoWe appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again for the next opera!

  11. S

    Stanley

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to eat at the Music Center. All staff are very friendly and capable. Steaks were perfectly done, chicken succulent and pasta with mussels delicious. I didn’t see anything left on anybody’s plates at our table of 5!

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThanks for the awesome review. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  12. MD

    MariaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was out first time visit. We will come again.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThanks for taking time out of your day to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  13. CO

    CaroleO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Disappointed in the service last night. The waiter forgot about half of our order. We had to remind him twice. We had to request THREE times for ice tea refill. Paying extra for a bread basket is really too much! Also, my husband's onion soup was watery. Otherwise, my husband's hamburger and my beet salad were quite good as was the brussel sprouts. In fact, it's the brussel sprouts that brought me back to Kendals. It would be nice to have a waiter who knew how to serve. Just slapping down the glasses isn't service.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThanks for your feedback. We’re sorry to hear we disappointed you. We will connect with management on this matter.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    This was my first visit to Kendall’s since its reopening, and unfortunately I was disappointed. The French onion soup was served hot but had little flavor. I ordered the beet salad and it was overdressed. I must admit the service was satisfactory, but given the preparation of the food, I don’t plan to return to this restaurant again.
  15. MD

    MichaelD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The French onion soup was good but I was a little disappointed by the gratinéed surface of the soup. I prefer a richer and fuller Gruyère topping lapping the edge of the cup. I remember when it was so at Kendall's. I also desire anchovies in my Caesar salad but alas there were none. Despite these two short comings, the food was still delicious, especially the Salmon Beurre Blanc. I would definitely return again and again and recommend this wonderful establishment to my friends and acquaintances.
  16. 1

    1foodie

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Early dinner. Food was okay, could be better portions and quality considering prices. Drinks were good. I think kitchen is understaffed as mains came out before soup or salad. Not sure if people order food ahead of arrival.
  17. m

    mcclun

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    This is the third time I've eaten at Kendall's since the renovation and have been disappointed in both food and ambiance.
  18. SF

    SFaphile

    Los Angeles

    130 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    This new iteration of Kendall's is a major disappointment on various levels. We had been fans of Hugo's and the former Kendall's, both of which had interesting menus, a reasonably priced and interesting wine list, and a nice ambiance. In particular, the former Kendall's harbored a brasserie atmosphere and was a fun, enjoyable place to go pre- or post-concert or theatre. Staff were attentive and took pride in working there. The service was professional. All of that, plus the delicious in-house baguettes, are now gone. This new place feels right out of a generic mall food court, which in itself says something. The space no longer has a sense of place or style. It's all rather mundane. The menu is pared now drastically. There are no longer any specials. Nothing we had stood out: it was edible but not enjoyable. Although prices are ok, the wine list is very small (and not up to date). Food pairings are bland and unimaginative. The cheese and charcuterie board seemed straight out of Ralph's (or any supermarket prepackaged cheeses and meats). So, an era has passed, sadly. This place could have a drive-thru, but then there'd be no reason to stop.
  19. B

    Belle

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went on Saturday afternoon at about 3:30 for the early and opening night of Lucia. It was very quiet when we came but did fill up so in the evening it might be noisier. The service was excellent as was the food. We will be returning.
  20. PG

    PaulG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sad to say, this was a horrible meal. Sat for 15 minutes in an empty restaurant on a Friday nite, before a waiter could be found to take our drink order. We had theater tickets. Ordered a bread basket (there’s a five dollar charge for bread… but that’s ok!) and it arrived with crackers and no bread.. ordered entrees…. Salmon and please do it medium rare… arrived dry and overcooked… vegetables charred but hard and undercooked. Sad… thus place is nothing like it was in years past… new management, horrible chef. Wait staff very apologetic and I appreciated that… but we won’t be going back.
  21. DE

    DavidE

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was excellent! My wife and I each ordered the hamburgers and shared an order of fries. The burgers were served on an ordinary bun (not as good as you would get at a fast food restaurant) and came with a piece of lettuce, a small tomato slice, a tiny portion of caramelized onions, and a very small amount of cheese spread. The cost for this relatively unadorned burger with no side was $24. For the two of us, with just the two burgers and one fries (which were $10) and no beverages, was $75 (with tip). This would have been an unreasonable charge had the burgers been exceptional — unfortunately, they were quite ordinary (and, to add insult to injury), they would only cook them medium or more. Overall quite disappointing.
  22. S

    Sandyjk

    Los Angeles

    324 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    324 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    This upscale restaurant at sidewalk level of the Music Center has a new menu. It has less choices at higher prices. The ever-popular roasted Brussels sprouts with sprinkles of apricots and goat cheese was delicious and enough for two+. The salmon salad with multi colored roasted cauliflower & asparagus was tasty but short on the salmon. A bit disappointing this visit.
  23. T

    Touristsuz

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I were there for pre-theatre dining. We left early enough, but the traffic was much heavier than usual, so we were very late for our reservation. I called to let them know we would be late, and they saved a table for us. They also served us quickly and got us out in time to get to the Ahmanson on time. The food was also delicious.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded 1 day agoThank you Touristsuz for taking the time to leave a review. Thank you for choosing Kendall's for your pre-theatre dinner. We hope to see you again soon.

  24. LZ

    LauraZ

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Kendall’s has gone way downhill. The menu’s limited, everything’s expensive and nothing we had was good. The salad had brown limp lettuce, and the short ribs were dried out and the mashed potatoes were cold. The atmosphere is more cafeteria than bistro. Dry disappointing. Not planning to return— there’s got to be a better option near the Music Center.
  25. MM

    MarkyMark

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Kendall's is no longer the vibrant, exciting place it used to be. During Covid, they decided to change the French bistro feel, with its dark woods, etched glass, crowded table spaces and low lighting that generated an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. Now, the place is brightly lit, with pastel colored non-descript walls, spaced out booths that are essentially without patrons, and very low jazz music that fails to generate a cohesive ambiance. The menu has also been greatly reduced to just a few options, and there is a distinct lack for diversity or inspiration in the selections. It used to be nearly impossible to get a seat in the old Kendall's, but I counted only 3 other tables with patrons the other night before going to a show. Considering its location (directly under the Dorothy Chandler) and the very limited number of eateries proximate to the Music Center, Kendall's should be doing tremendous business with patrons to all of the shows. I'm amazed and greatly saddened at how they have managed to lose on a sure bet like this.
  26. DF

    DeesFriends

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Kendall's is conveniently located for dining before the theater. The quality of the food is hit and miss and overpriced.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always eat at Kendall’s before the show. It rarely disappoints.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022That’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a nice review. Hope you have an amazing day!

  28. VO

    VickiO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 3rd time at Kendall's and the service and food were fabulous.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you for the review and thank you for returning to us for a third time! We really do appreciate your patronage. Hope to see you for lucky visit number 4! =)

  29. PW

    PixieW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food choices are limited, the prices are high and the services was fine, but not great.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022Thanks for reviewing us. Your feedback is appreciated and we take it to heart. Your comments will be passed along to the management team.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I am updating my review. I dined last night at Kendall’s before a music center performance. Allie, our server, was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and congenial. She and the rest of the staff work very hard, ensuring our meal was pleasant and we made it to the theater on time. I have had many excellent meals at Kendall’s. Last night’s was great. We will go again.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022So glad you had a great experience. Agreed, we do need more new hires. We are working on hiring new staff. We're getting there. Hope to see you again soon.

  31. m

    marti

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The menu choices were not as good as it was before the pandemic. I ordered the beet salad. It was bland more lettuce than necessary, few beets , and less nuts than what I would have expected. No bread on the side. I left hungry. My guess ordered the breakfast sandwich and it looked very greasy. I dont plan to go back.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022So sorry we did not meet your expectations. Our chef and manager will look into this for you.

  32. N

    Nieneke

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre Ahmanson performance lunch is always delicious at Kendall’s Brasserie with quick and efficient service.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022Nieneke, we’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  33. T

    Therese

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Love the location. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive. Food came out quickly. The menu is limited in my opinion. The food was good but nothing distinctive.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022Thanks for the review Therese. We will take your critiques to the Chef. Hope you have an amazing day!

  34. MJ

    MJON

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It’s convenient if you’re going to the Music Center, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go otherwise. Brussels Sprouts were undercooked and then not hot. I ordered the beet salad with steak. The salad was way over salted and the steak unevenly cooked.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 15, 2022MJON, thank you for the feedback. We are sorry your visit didn't meet your expectations. Your comments will be passed along to the management team.

  35. JR

    JosephR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Nice atmosphere. Our server Anita was wonderful.
  36. HO

    HankO

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always good for a pre-theater dinner. Our server, Eden, was outstanding - very professional and attentive.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 8, 2022Hi HankO, we appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Eden is an excellent server and bartender and we are happy that she was able to take care of you! Hope to see you again soon!

  37. BW

    BonnieW

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Works for Pre-Theater dining!
  38. SS

    SusanneS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-theater dinner - very nice

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 8, 2022Thank you so much SusanneS! We hope to see you again soon.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 8, 2022This is music to my ears! We are so glad to hear you like the food and service. Thanks for reviewing. Hope to see you again soon!

  40. IK

    InvinK

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre theatre.

    Kendall's BrasserieResponded on September 8, 2022Thanks for the review, InvinK. Hope to see you again before your next show.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Kendall's Brasserie is rated 4 stars by 570 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Kendall's Brasserie

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kendall's is on Grand Avenue at The Music Center.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 4:30 pm–7:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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