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.

Reservations are available for parties of up to 4 guests, and may be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. Preparation for your dine begins several days ahead of your reservation, therefore, cancellations or changes to your party must be made, via OpenTable, no less than 48 hours prior to the time of your reservation.

Once the 48 hour cancelation period has passed, Le Comptoir will authorize a non-refundable charge of $172 per guest, plus a 3% service charge, 9.5% sales tax and an 18% gratuity to the credit card used to secure your reservation. By completing your reservation, you are agreeing to and acknowledge understanding of our reservation terms and conditions.

We look forward to cooking for you and your guest(s).
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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner place. Very much attention to detail .

S
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very Amazing

LA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Comptoir smashed my expectations with its vegetable-inspired cuisine. Truly a farm to table experience with a strong emphasis of sustainability and no hint of pretentiousness - 80% of the produce served comes from the chef’s own garden and tap water is served upon seating. I don’t know how they whipped up all the dishes for 12 people on 4 induction stoves but they worked magic in such a small space. Highly recommend this place!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals that I’ve ever eaten! Truly amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a amazing night and delicious foods. Will definitely come back again.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Comptoir was an amazing experience. Chef Gary did an extraordinary job and definitely deserves a 2nd star next year for his thoughtfully curated dishes.

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tasting menus can be intimidating. Chef Gary Menes takes care of that. His vibe is anti-Ramsey, like he'd be comfortable chilling with you and taking down some chips and guac after a surf sesh.

While the tasting menu experience can often be a beautiful ballet, Le Comptoir is like watching your friend make an elegant meal at her house on your birthday.

Go. Just go.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. The way they showcased different vegetables was pretty incredible and eye opening. Such simple ingredients went a long way. The beef was also fantastic. At first, I thought it was too rare but it was seared to perfection.

CK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Foods are too salty with too many fried and oily courses. Overpriced for the quality of the food.

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely, intimate dining experience. Fantastic food and a must visit for any foodie. Chef Gary and his team truly deliver a phenomenal meal from start to finish.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treat! Michelin starred Long Beach Chef Gary Menes is rocking a 10 seat 40s lunch counter in a beautiful 1920s Spanish Revival style hotel. Definitely upscale dining, be prepared to be thrilled with the versatility of fresh organic urban grown vegetables. My husband, Mr. Meat, conceded that the veggie-centric meal scared him, but ended up being one of the best meals he's ever had (And we've eaten at three Michelin starred restaurants). The evening was wonderful, his sous chefs and assistant were attentive, and it was amazing to watch professionals assemble the meal with surgical precision. Love! Love! Love!

OT
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2019 Michelin guide restaurant

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m not a vegetarian whatsoever- I’m a carnivore!!! However, I will certainly be back soon!!! Delicious 😋

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true experience! We loved every minute of our time at Le Comptoir. The space is tiny and everything from meal prep to dish washing happens right before your eyes. The chef was personable and informative, dishes were creative and delicious, wine was perfectly paired. An amazing way to spend an evening. We'll be back!

NM
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu ; all the food was perfectly cook ; Head chef does all the cooking ; and wine pairing my favorite of all were the soup ; donut; and the 35yrs yeast bread made in the house ; thank you for a great experience.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Michelin Star

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night spot.

ER
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent, and the food was the star of the show. This is a unique dining experience that shouldn't be missed.

ER
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in LA. And by a long shot the best vegetarian/vegan menus in the city. Wonderful wine selection, incredibly thoughtfully prepared courses. Overall an outstanding experience from beginning to end. Do make sure to visit - it won't disappoint.

JY
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW - that is all that I can say. What a wonderful experience we had on Friday night. Going into it, I wasn't sure about having a veggie forward meal, but everything was delicious. Plan for it to be a little pricey, but well work the experience.

The food, the ambiance, etc. was great, but I have to tell you that the relationship between the chef and his son who happened to be helping that night just added such a personal touch to a wonderful evening. Also, having the Chef available afterwards to talk was such a delight.

We were a party of four and two of the party added the supplements (proteins) to their meal so that we could all try everything and one person got the wine paring and we each took a sip of that as well.

8 Courses - the two favorite courses were the Corn Veloute and the Scallops - both truly heaven. Though not bad, the two least favorite items were the egg brown butter dish (even though the bread is to die for) and the donut. I will tell you, you have the option to order a loaf of the bread for each guest if you want - do it. At least do one loaf for a party of four and have them cut in half.

Thank you for a wonderful evening!

MT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegetarian tasting menu from a former French Laundry chef. This probably isn't eveyone's jam but if you like food and attention to detail, you will love this. A great date or special occasion restaurant.

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food and service. We will be back soon! The space and ambiance are great.

J
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful night for us. We had a good time and the food was delicious. It was a pricy meal, but you know that walking in. They did an excellent job on accommodating our needs and the other guests as well. The service was well done. Our one recommendation is to not order the truffle dish as an add on. We tried all the add ons and did not feel this one was worth it. We’re glad we added it because we’d never had such big pieces of truffle before, but we wouldn’t order it again. Definitely order a bread to go, if it’s in your budget, because the bread was very good. Also include a coffee at the end, it was so scrumptious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most fantastic dinners I’ve ever had. Well worth the cost. We will be coming back for sure.

-nick van gordon

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun experience. Chef Gary and his apprentice Alex are a great team!

v
London
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

We were left waiting for 1/2 hour in the hotel lobby before being taken into the restaurant. No apology or acknowledgement of the delay. The carpet in the lobby was full of holes & held together with gaffer tape. Not a great start.
We were brought through by the lovely Alex - very charming.
They don’t have a wine list and prefer that you have the wine pairing. Im not a fan of pairings so we were left with choosing from the limited pairing offering.
Music is playing very loudly.
The first couple of dishes were superb. Soup followed by complex vegetable & fruit dish.
Kind of went downhill from there.
Scallop completely overpowered by lemon
Roast squash had an unpleasant texture
Dish with grits followed by dish with mashed potato were very similar texturally.
Did I mention the awful loud music?
Chef was completely disinterested in those dining there.
Vast contrast to a similar set up at Dialogue in Santa Monica- there the chef holds court, exudes charisma and delivered kickass food.

N
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding, wine was good, but really small pour for wine pairing I thought, while we didn't have to get all the extras, we did and they were all great, but our tap was over $500 for two, which was a bit expensive....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good dining experience. Fun atmosphere and service was on point. Will give it another shot in the future to see what else chef Gary can innovate. Overall enjoyed myself at this restaurant.

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So my husband and I have been here three times, if I could, I would literally eat here every night for the rest of my life. Chef Gary is incredibly talented and provides thoughtful beautiful food. Every bite leaves you wanting more. His apprentice Alex is wonderful and Flor is sweet :) Can’t wait to come back again and again.

K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about Chef Gary and his team was so admirable. We enjoyed this experience from start to finish. The food was INCREDIBLE--truly one of a kind with an incredible story. Thank you Chef!!

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