Le Comptoir

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Le Comptoir is an intimate counter-top style showcase by Michelin Star Chef, Gary Menes. We feature an 8 course, vegetable inspired tasting menu, comprised of seasonal ingredients from our urban garden in Long Beach, as well as purvails from our local farmer friends.

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Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and farm to table food. Totally beyond what I expected.

CH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are semi-regulars at Le Comptoir and we return every few months, not because the menu changes a lot, but because the food is consistently outstanding and prepared to perfection! Not to mention we are humbled by how Gary & company have always been so generous during our visits. We love Le Comptoir!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

맛있는 음식. Full vegetarian menu with meat substitutions possible. Go for the all veggie menu! Quite delicious and the restaurant has good ambiance. Chef Gary Menes is a legume magician and a master of vegetarian menus. Definitely a good date spot!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food prepared with so much intention and passion. Great and affordable wine pairing.

LB
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This star restaurant is absolutely wonderful! The food is excellent - innovative, perfectly cooked, seasoned and beautifully arranged. The focus is on vegetables and you feel very healthy and still comfortably full when you leave the restaurant. We love the wooden counter, where up to ten people can be seated. From here you can experience the amazing cooking directly in front of you. The chef Gary Menes and his staff are all very friendly, and the atmosphere is positive and intimate. Le Comptoir is definitely worth a visit!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience taking direction from the chef! I ordered the pork belly as the special! It was to die for! A little pricey but you need to spoil yourself once in a while :)

MC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Comptoir was a great evening for a special occasion. Chef Gary and the team were so warm and helpful - they really do it all! The veggie-forward menu invokes an intimacy of flavors that remind you of the most excellent produce prepared with the utmost care. The wine pairing was a nice touch that was both playful but not overbearing. Sitting at the nine seat bar was a joy as we watched them prepare each course. We hope to come back soon!

RO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Gary Menes is phenomenal. He gives a brief chat about the menu at the beginning of the meal and then it is down to business. It is evident to anyone who cares to look that every part of the meal is prepared with the utmost care and even the smallest decision is carefully considered.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great for vegetarian. Good vegetable dish, great texture.

DR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy.

MB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal compared very well with dinners we have had in Michelin starred restaurants in Paris & London. Complex flavors perfectly prepared. We had the wine pairings which were also lovely. Chef was personable and friendly while also focused. The only slight miss were the truffles which were $65 additional per plate market price and not as aromatic and wonderful as other truffle dishes we have had in the past. Overall, still 5 stars

MH
Edinburgh
76 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner service at a counter for ten. Vegetable forward but extremely well done. Enjoyed the wine pairings. Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a person I randomly met while abroad in Barcelona. Would highly recommend!

HG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great experience, wonderful time. Great for vegetarians as well. The evening was awesome!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Chef Menes creates a truly amazing meal and experience.

JS
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu with some upgrades available. Fascinating to watch the chef and assistants who seamlessly make this meal happen. Welcoming atmosphere.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was wonderful, but we had to wait a long time beyond our reservation in the hotel lobby w no food or drink. An amuse bouche and drink would have gone a long way. Also for the price point and small number of people I expect precise service. I have celiac (cant have gluten, which they knew) and they almost served me soup w bread crumbs. The couple next to us had ordered the wine pairing and it was into the second course and they had not gotten any wine and they had to ask for the wine they had already ordered. The vegetables were truly lovely and the flavors excellent. Still recommend for a special event but hope they continue to work to improve their timing and service.

L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! There are only 10 seats at a counter and you get a first row view of the cooking and plating of each dish. So fresh and delicious. The chef and his assistants are there to answer any questions that you have about the food, his background and his vision of the future of the restaurant. It is like sitting in an incredible chef's home and having him cook an amazing dinner for you. It is a prix fixe menu that has several "add on" choices. The dishes without the add ons are vegetarian so if you are a vegetarian, you will love this restaurant. Even if you aren't a vegetarian, you will love this place too. So intimate and unique. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I’ve ever had!

MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! We definitely will come back and recommend it to foodies...;-)

DL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Comptoir was such a special dining experience from the food to the chef and his team. I highly recommend going to Le Comptoir. The restaurant is a hidden gem in L.A.!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my second time going to Le Comptoir, and let me tell you Chef Gary does not disappoint. From his description of each course, to the presentation of the meals, everything was spot on. I will definitely come back in the near future

JY
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful chef to table experience!

TV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Too much olive oil on the vegetable plate. Scallop was slightly bland.

TS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Comptoir is a truly special restaurant. I always make an effort to dine here when I am in Los Angeles. Small and intimate--you really feel that you are dining in your kitchen with family and friends. It is also great to see an unique culinary choreographic ballet. The menu is an unique tasting menu that is vegetable oriented but with meat options and a wine pairing element to each course. There is wine by the glass. Chef Gary also has created a special yeast starter so he bakes his own wonderful sourdough bread which can be purchased to go, if given advance notice. An outstanding dish is the organic farm egg with greens and herbed lemon topping and the wonderful sourdough bread to sop up the egg yolk. The vegetable and fruit plate is another winning dish. You always leave wonderfully and satisfyingly full. Chef Gary, his assistant Alex, and the other staffers are like friends and family! An absolutely unique and delicious culinary venture well worth the trip!

KB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely exquisite meal. It felt as if I was invited into Chef Gary's home kitchen for a family dinner: he introduced himself and spoke of the upcoming meal in a very friendly, open manner. Not to mention, the seven wine pairings were all very fitting, but also some of the chef's personal favorites, which shows Chef Gary's passion and connection with his garden and food. Amazing atmosphere, elegant plating, wonderful transition of music, beautiful window space for outside bystanders to gaze in, devoted staff backing him up - a one of a kind experience.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

There was no sense of high quality food. Everything either tasted like vinegar or canned version of clam chowder. Food was terrible and no accommodations made accordingly.

i
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly service. Slight wait to be seated but terrible. Really good sourdough bread.

r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took 8 friends for my birthday. they were sceptical when we arrived not understanding how we could be treated to an outstanding experience in an old hotel in Koreatown. By the time we left they were all converts to chef Gary. One of the best experiences in fine dining that any of them had experienced.. The food was unique, delicious and satisfying .His crew were wonderful explaining the dishes as they were presented. They way the restaurant is laid out creates an intimacy where we are part of the kitchen

n
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There were a few interesting discoveries in the meal, but not enough execution to justify the M Star or the price. The chef owner wasn't cooking that evening- might also be a case where this place is only magic with his touch-- but if that's the case, don't open without him.

CS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a unique and incredible fine dining experience. With only 8 people per sitting, it is extremely intimate. You also get a chance to watch food prep and plating which is very fun! As a vegetarian, this is probably the best food I've ever eaten. Would recommend this place to everybody!!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner place. Very much attention to detail .

S
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Part of the pleasure of eating at Le Comptoir is observing the creation of each course, first by the chef, then the plating of the course, ingredient by ingredient, by the staff. Professional, with incredible attention to detail, all done with minimum fuss. Another part of the pleasure is the way chef Menes welcomes the eight customers, introduces the staff then makes it clear that he is going into food preparation mode and all is serious. After the courses, the affable chef is back and takes several minutes with each party, discussing what we have just eaten. The final pleasure is how he creates an outstanding series of courses using mostly fruits and vegetables (there are meat options for an extra charge for some courses). At the end of the meal, which lasts about two hours, you feel that you have participated in something very special.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Le Comptoir never disappoints. Chef Gary is amazing and the staff are wonderful. The FOOD is truly truly something unforgettably delectable!

GO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn't know what to expect when I made reservations and was pleasantly surprised with the intimacy of the entire experience. My friend and I were seated at a counter with 8 other people and it felt like we were given a private show by chef Gary and his staff. I enjoyed how Gary introduced himself and his staff and spoke how the dishes were conceptualized and why it was the type of food he wanted to share. The 8 course menu was vegetable forward, which I wasn't aware of until the day before. I chose a couple of supplements, the truffle pasta and the beef, which were options provided for an additional cost. All the dishes were well thought out and executed perfectly, but 2 dishes really stood out to me: the corn veloute and the beef dish. I believe the beef was a shortrib that was prepared and smoked like a pastrami. Absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend this place to others.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It started off a little bumpy as they had not received my email instructions about gluten, dairy and sugar restrictions. But Keven was exemplary in trying his best to make it work. I ended up having no issues whatsoever even though there were hints of gluten and dairy in their fantastic offerings. The beef was exceptional. I enjoyed the wines which made it work seamlessly, since they were extremely well matched to the food. Delicious and light--a true ensemble of unusual tastes and textures in the ambiance of entrepreneurs with idiosyncratic artisanal flair!

O
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Comptoir is a VERY special experience. From the moment you sit down, it's obvious how much care and preparation has gone into the meal you are about to enjoy. The chef does a brief intro describing the dishes on the menu for the night, highlighting certain ingredients and why they are special, and then does his thing. The staff is busy but friendly the whole time whether they are plating the next dish, serving the next course or answering questions. We watched in awe as our 'fruit and veggie' plate was meticulously built by the apprentice using tweezers, one piece at a time. Literally every single course was an A+, we wouldn't have changed a thing. The base price is $120 for the tasting and $54 for wine pairing. There were four courses with a supplemental option, all of which we got, this does add about $100 to the bill, but it's sooooo worth it! Le Comptoir is definitely a special occasion kind of dinner, hope to be back soon! Oh, and make sure you special order a loaf of their sourdough bread when you make your rez. They bake it in the back while you dine, and hand you a hot loaf when you leave. It's the best sourdough you will ever have!

JT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Gary Menes and his fabulous team created a very special evening for my husband and I, and our two dear friends. The fresh garden to counter vegetables were fresh, beautifully and delicately cooked. The scallops, beef and truffle pasta were the perfect supplement to our menu. The 24-yr old starter donut and the cheese platter were the memorable ending to our amazing evening. Thank you to Gary and his great team!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very Amazing