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Le Comptoir Chef Gary Menes. - Le Comptoir, Los Angeles, CA
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Le Comptoir

4.7
4.7
162 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Michelin-starred chef Gary Menes shares his unique culinary philosophy at Le Comptoir, featuring an 8-course vegetable-inspired tasting menu showcasing seasonal ingredients sourced from our very own organic kitchen garden and local farmer friends. Enjoy an intimate, sensory dining experience at our 10-seat counter and see each dish unfold up-close before your eyes.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Vegetarian, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 7:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 290-0750

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Gary T. Menes

  • Catering

    We are available for onsite and offsite private events. Please text us a brief description of your event, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Private party facilities

    To book private events, please send a text message to (213) 290-0750.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    6th Street and Normandie Avenue

  • Parking details

    Valet parking at The Hotel Normandie available.Offsite parking available one block away ( On Ardmore Av. between 6th and Wilshire blvd. )

  • Public transit

    Metro Purple Line ( Wilshire/Normandie station) one block away.

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Experiences

  • An Evening at Le Comptoir

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Experience Le Comptoir's 8-course, vegetable-inspired tasting menu comprised of seasonal ingredients from our kitchen garden and local farmer friends. Special culinary additions, curated wine pairings and auction lot coffees are also available to accompany your experience; these supplements are optional and available for an additional cost. Please be sure to include any information related to allergies in the Notes section when booking your reservation. We are unable to accommodate changes to the menu without advance notice. Should you have any questions or concerns, please text us at (213) 290-0750.

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Healthy

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    American

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  1. MC

    MichaelC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most remarkable dinners we’ve ever had. This was for my wife’s birthday and there were supposed to be others coming that night. However, possibly because it was right after New Year’s, it was just us! The chef was charming nevertheless, as were his two assistants and didn’t act any differently. So here we were with one of the best chefs in town preparing our dinner as if he was doing so in our own home. The food was exceptional and all three were attentive, very focused on food preparation and presentation and a thrill to watch. You have to go—the setting is unique (looks like the counter in an old style drug store) and the food is spectacular.
  2. l

    lsarts631

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Artful dining experience not to be missed.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been trying to get a reservation for awhile — was well worth the wait. Fantastic experience overall; both my wife and I were very impressed and had a terrific night.
  4. JB

    JeffB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I appreciate the effort in making a menu from so many ingredients, but it simply isn't substantive. Disappointed, and at a $1000+ total for two, could have had 3 outstanding meals at area fine dining restaurants, without feeling ripped off with a 500% markup for a modest glass of wine.
  5. K

    Kara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly unique and delicious experience, Le Comptoir is our new favorite restaurant.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You have to try Le Comptoir! An absolutely incredible experience with very friendly staff and chefs
  7. P

    Pushpendra

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking for the best vegetarian experience in California, this is the place. Chef Gary Menes with his 28 years of experience and 2 Michelin stars (1 in each 2019 and 2021) needs no approval. The wine pairing from Jonathan was exquisite and it felt like the notes of the wine were playing music in my mouth. I couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate my 1st wedding anniversary. Thank you so much the team of Le Comptoir!!
  8. J

    Jack91711

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb in every way! Such a treat to come here.
  9. PS

    PeterS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing tour de force with veggies. He also has protein add on for those of us who are not vegetarian!
  10. JJ

    JackJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best vegetarian tasting menu in los angeles. Fantastic service, charismatic chef and small team of personable cooks and staff. Intimate dining experience in cozy 10 room bar style dining room with entertaining view of the kitchen.
  11. JM

    JayM

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2nd visit to this very special gastronomic experience this year. The courses were paired perfectly with the wines. My first Alba truffle of the season. Intimate dining experience, the sense is that the Chef and his staff are cooking for you exclusively. Much deserved Michelin Star. Very enjoyable dining experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always! Service is outstanding, especially the charming young apprentice who put it over the top!!!
  13. SJ

    StevenJ

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience!!! This is one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles. If food & wine is your thing than this is your place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my birthday and ou
  15. FH

    FerH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Really and absolutely overpriced!. 4 out of 8 courses have an additional cost. And the menu "basic" cost is already too high. Absolutely everything you may ask or need has an additional charge, and the final bill is crazy high. The food is ok, but not amazing, except for the wagyu that, of course, has a $ 65 dollars extra charge. I do not recommend the experience at all.
  16. B

    aliB

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    No service and not worth the money
  17. BB

    BousehB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great night celebrating our anniversary at Le Comptoir. We were seated about 20 min later than scheduled time. There were only 6 people in the restaurant so it was intimate. Service was top notch and the food outstanding. The chef, and his assistants put on a show and watching everything right in front of us was fascinating. It is very pricey for what you get but for a special occasion and for the experience it was worth it. The only thing that was not great was the charge for a glass wine which cost $35 for one glass. Imagine our shock to see $70 fee for 2 glasses. Overall, it’s the type of place you go only once but I would highly recommend.
  18. AB

    AnnaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A one-of-a-kind experience. Everyone sits at the counter here (so if you are not comfortable or able to sit on a higher chair for a couple hours, I would recommend calling before booking). Dishes are prepared with intention and innovation. Everything was delicious and special.
  19. u

    underwhelmed

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Way over priced in all aspects. Seated us half an hour later than reserved time to start. Except for the exacting technique that was used for cooking, the dishes were uninspiring. The dining experience was missed opportunity for intimate interaction with the chef and the staff. The chef's demeanor did not invite friendly atmosphere. If you want an evening having fun critiquing at the absurdity go ahead.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third or fourth time eating at Le Comptoir, and every time has been magical. I love that the base menu is completely vegetarian (except for egg and the occasional dairy). Even as a meat-eater, myself, I know I can take almost anyone to this restaurant and they'll enjoy the experience. The food is amazing--every detail is intentional. I am someone who generally steers away from things like black truffle, even at high-end places, because so few chefs actually do it well (and when it's bad, it's real bad). Not only did I feel 100% confident ordering the truffle pasta "upgrade" here, it ended up being my favorite dish of the night. Chef Gary Menes, as always, knocks it out of the park. I will say the restaurant has become significantly more expensive since the Michelin Star ranking, with the initial reservation fee doubling. That didn't stop me from ordering some of the upgrades, though, as I knew it'd be well worth it. Definitely not in my budget to do often, but it was a special occasion, and ended up being well worth it. A few words of advice-- 1.) The wine pairings are fantastic, but no matter what the sommelier says, it ends up being a decent amount of wine by the end. If you're a lightweight like me, you may want to opt for just a single glass of a mellow white. 2. Order the coffee! It's a really nice way to cap off the meal, especially if you don't want to pass out in a food coma afterward. This is a very unique and intimate dining experience that everyone should try at least once if you live in Los Angeles.
  21. N

    Nate

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. The coffee was the only thing that wasn’t stellar imho
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in LA. The staff and chef were engaging, the food was incredible, and the experience felt very personal. Will definitely return.
  23. G

    Graham

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An awesome culinary adventure. Congratulations to Chef Gary and team! Absolutely loved getting to watch the entire team up close in action. Very knowledgable and friendly staff. Loved getting to talk to the team and ask questions both during and after the meal. There isn't a bad dish on the menu. Everything is delicious, beautiful, and prepared with incredible care and technical skill. If an all vegetable meal isn't your thing (although I'd be shocked if anyone had an issue with these awesome dishes after trying them), there is plenty of opportunity to add meat. Looking forward to coming back again soon!
  24. CD

    ChristineD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Probably the best steak I have ever eaten. Bar none. Vegetable plate was a revelation. The creamy asparagus soup was comforting and rich. This kind of ambiance, however, is not for me. The chairs were uncomfortable after 3 hours and the music was too loud for a conversation. That’s personal preference. I’m sure lots of people would love it … so for them I highly recommend!
  25. B

    Bernhard

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great meal and experience! Highly recommend 🍾
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best experience ever
  27. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m not a food expert other than enjoying food and flavor as any human might. But this was the finest meal I have ever had. The chef was amazing as were his apprentices. He was kind and gentle. He cared about his customers. The atmosphere was upbeat and the music fit the mood. I would recommend this restaurant over all others.
  28. EC

    EvyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Each dish was aromatic, visually appealing and the taste blended perfectly. Chef Gary and his staff worked together so well it was as if I was watching a performance art rather than a restaurant prep. The wine parings were perfect! Wonderful experience. I look forward to my next visit to taste what Chef prepares as each dinner is different. I only wish I can give more than 5 stars!
  29. PB

    PaulB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anyone lucky enough to get a seat at that table will have a wonderful set of taste memories for a lifetime. Gary and his team were outstanding and the meal was stellar!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  31. l

    leahnyc

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A magical experience- will be back.
  32. JY

    JennY

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Gary Menes is spectacular!!!
  33. CT

    CoachTrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience. Food was unbelievable. Staff was incredible. Chef Menes is a true master!
  34. JO

    JohnO

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I enjoyed my visit to Le Comptoir. In particular I thought the food was great, and the intimate, in-the-kitchen experience with Chef Menes and his team was memorable, interesting, and fun. Stand-out dishes included the salade composée with 25 or so individually prepared vegetables and fruits and the superb egg dish. I also really enjoyed the wine pairings, which were thoughtfully chosen and — as with the food — pulled off a delicate between Old World and 21st century. My main gripe is that dinner wound up being about $350 or 400 a person after tax, included tip, and various supplements, which is very high for everything about the experience aside from the food and wine. For instance: there were a variety of minor snafus with the service (e.g. we were told that the $18 per coffee would be on the house, but then we’re charged for it anyway). The welcome experience is awkward and would have been enhanced by a chance to order champagne or something. Even allowing for the fact that the restaurant is a kitchen, the space feels crammed in and is rather loud with refrigerators, air vents, and such. At a lower price point this all would have been fine, but I walked away with the impression that LC charges almost French Laundry prices for a less charming experience.
  35. r

    rene

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun experience with delicious veggie-inspired dishes. Add on options bump up the price but the meal is delicious without them as well.
  36. L

    Lovestotalk

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Astonishing and remarkable vegetarian food, that sparkles in its inventiveness, and delights in its flavors. The most difficult thing about the entire experience is getting the reservation. For two people at the counter, it's a great evening.
  37. r

    radman

    Los Angeles

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Loved the intimate setting. But it is very expensive.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us had an amazing time. It was a really great experience from start to finish. Intimate setting, good music, fun to watch the chefs in action, minimalist kitchen. You could taste the love in all the dishes. Wish my pocketbook could afford to eat there once a week!
  39. F

    Foodislife

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant worthy of the price and the Star. Chef was there all evening with all the guest making magic happen!
  40. OC

    OCAnn

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG…Love the food, but I think I love Chef Gary Menes more! He is absolutely $10 for the first two hours + $6 for each additional hour. If you arrive early, they will escort you to the Hotel Normandie lobby and offer you a self-serve, complimentary wine. Then, when ready, they will escort you back in order of arrival. If you dine with a date/sig other, we’d strongly recommend that one of the two order the supplement to vary the tasting experience. Granted, you’ll pay more, but it’s worth the experience. Also, the tasting menu is pre-paid at the time of reservation, which will include tax & 20% service charge, which seems to be occurring more frequently with tasting menu restaurants. Of course, the supplements, wine pairings and other additions will be paid at the end of dinner service. If given the opportunity, we’d definitely come back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Le Comptoir is rated 4.7 stars by 162 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 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Le Comptoir

3606 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Street and Normandie Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 7:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Vegetarian, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking at The Hotel Normandie available.Offsite parking available one block away ( On Ardmore Av. between 6th and Wilshire blvd. )

  • Public transit

    Metro Purple Line ( Wilshire/Normandie station) one block away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Gary T. Menes

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 290-0750

  • Catering

    We are available for onsite and offsite private events. Please text us a brief description of your event, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Private party facilities

    To book private events, please send a text message to (213) 290-0750.

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