Red Herring

4.7
340 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Red Herring is a cozy and chic, American comfort food dining experience created by husband and wife duo Chef Dave Woodall and Alexis Martin Woodall. The restaurant and bar is a neighborhood gem located along Eagle Rock’s historic Colorado Boulevard. Vintage charm décor frames the setting for an elegant, yet casual dinner or weekend brunch. Chef Dave’s menu features locally sourced produce, prime meats and seafood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
MON: CLOSED
TUE ~ FRI: 5PM–10PM
SAT: Brunch 10am-2pm Dinner 5pm-10p,
SUN: Brunch 10am-2pm Dinner 5PM–9PM
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Phone number
(323) 739-0004
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dave Woodall
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vincent
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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TM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of LA. The mussel linguine is to die for. Better than pasta I’ve eaten in Italy.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot. Cozy and charming. Food was good. Recommended and would go back again. Nice spot to share with friends.

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JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th anniversary at Red Herring with friends. The food was outstanding,;the service prompt and attentive. We had a great evening there.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

Heard great things about this place. I travel all over LA and the world visiting great restaurants. My fried chicken did not look like it was cooked through as there was blood running from the chicken. The waitress showed the chef and he said it was the way it is supposed to be. I’ve never seen running blood in chicken. Didn’t say anything. Would have at least expected it to be removed from the bill or at least half of it. On top of that both my friend and I had upset stomachs throughout the next day. Clearly something was not right. Very disappointing.

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O
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had high hopes for this restaurant. Unfortunately, it was pretty mediocre. We ordered crab cakes, matzo ball soup, brussel sprouts and a kale salad. Crab cakes were very good - a bit on the expensive side at $16 for two, but worth it. Matzo ball soup would have been good if there was a bit more broth, but the focus was on the matzo balls, I guess, which were obviously heated in the microwave since they were extremely hot compared to the lukewarm broth. The other two veggies were slathered in so much sauce that all I could taste was sugar/salt not the veggies.

I really wanted to support the husband and wife chefs, but the food was pretentious and not commensurate with the pricing.

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V
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really charming little restaurant and incredibly friendly. Great service and the food was excellent. Had the special fish which was delicious. Butternut squash risotto also very good. Shared the beet salad which was particularly well done and tasty

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, love their happy hour and the extremely kind service!

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g
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good local dinner spot. I strongly recommend it.

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Apple Pie was amazing.
Apple Pie was amazing.
Apple Pie was amazing.
Apple Pie was amazing.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. We didn’t realize that they only serve beer and wine. We like to sit at the bar and have a cocktail before dinner. This is the only drawback.

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PD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great starters especially crab cakes, pate, and beet salad. Very nice skirt steak. Apple pie a la mode was exceptional. Very nice service. We will be back

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Understated but elegant food. Excellent brunch. Staff is always gracious and attentive.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a good time dining at the Red Herring. The food is creative and tastes great. It has a neighborhood feel that I enjoy.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved Red Herring! One of the prettiest places to dine in Los Angeles.

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a little solo happy hour and couldn’t have been more pleasant! Great service and a fun happy hour menu with a good variety. I got the corn dogs, kale salad, and a olive oil cake I will be dreaming about for years.
The space is so gorgeous, I felt relaxed and taken care of.

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D
Los Angeles
171 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Red Herring is such a wonderful place to dine. It has a very interesting menu, tasty food, great service, and half priced bottled wine on Tuesday nights.... The draw is the food and the service, what more could you ask for... We keep coming back to taste everything on the menu, over and over again.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. Do yourself a favor and order several apiztizers to share. And share the entre as well. This will allow you to try as many of their amazing dishes as possible.

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MF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely date night meal at Red Herring. We shared the yam fritters and beet and freekeh salad—both were excellent. I had an amazing raviolo filled with egg yolk and topped with a pesto sauce, a hearty and comforting main course. My husband had the local catch, a rock fish over smoked potatoes, very rich and flavorful. The staff are always delightful and the ambiance is perfect for a casual date or special occasion.

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D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun and non pretentious place with a cool and hip interior. Good food and great service. Will go back for sure.

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KI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about Red Herring is wonderful; the service, the food, and the oh so friendly owner who was so gracious and fun when she greeted us upon our arrival and chatted with us as we left. A real gem of a place in Eagle Rock!

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DS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really like food, ambience and especially the corner booth.
Will be back

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SE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed our visit. The service was considerate and well done . We shared the crab cakes fr appetizer and that was adequate, my wife liked it more than I. We had the pork chop, nice size well cooked on a bed of creamy horseradish and baked apple slices in a sauce, very tasty and filling. I had a side of Kale which had a vinaigrette that was quite tasty. My wife had the fried chicken and waffles which she enjoyed quite a bit and a side of fries that were some of the best I've had in a long time. We would definitely go back but it is a very limited menu with no specials. No whiskey but a good selection of beer and wine and some creative wine cocktails.

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AB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nina was our food server and she was great!! From the start we were greeted w smiles. Six of us and we enjoyed four starters- cant say i had a favorite as they all tasted wonderful and each had its own unique delicious flavors. We moved onto entrees and drinks- and did not hesitate to order all the desserts we good. Elvis was wonderful- the pots de creme creamy like silk down your throat, the peach pie didn’t even need the ice cream but sure complimented it, the lemon olive cake w strawberries soaked on Marsala wine...need i say more? Amazing evening, lovely location a local gem.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, hospitable customer service. American food with unique stylistic twists. Beautiful interior details. My family enjoyed our dinner there thoroughly

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J
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Red Herring. It is not inexpensive. My sea bass was EXCELLENT. My husband who is not a complainer just told me this morning that his pork chop had too much fat. Because we were taking guests he did not complain, he is also not one to make a fuss. He believes he received a fluke, bad cut. We will be back.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite brunch in Eagle Rock! Good drinks too.

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UH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch at bargain prices. Creative menu and unusual cocktails.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty and enjoyable... the service was attentive and friendly and the food unexpectedly delicious

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We had breakfast, and it was nothing out of the ordinary. For the price, there are many better options. The service was forced and sparse. We won't be back most likely.

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BS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Check it out! Nice menu. Delicious food. Wine and beer only. Very clean bathroom. Street parking.

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G
Los Angeles
151 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first brunch experience. As always, excellent quality, great selection (although limited), and friendly service.

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J
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for brunch. Delicious eggs Benedict! Eggs perfectly cooked and very nice crab cakes. Friend had and was thrilled with biscuits and gravy. Also took home a rosemary and apricot scone that I didn’t even reheat when I ate it late at night. I’d intended to eat only half of it but .... too yummy. Service was exceptional — knowledgeable, kind, professional and seamless. We went with recommendations and were not sorry. Will go again...and again. Thank you Red Herring.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both wonderful. Our family felt like we were part of theirs. From the moment we walked in, till we closed the front door behind us heading back to our car, we were treated with fantastic hospitality and fed delicious food. The true beautiful meaning behind having a restaurant in the first place. Well done. Keep up the great effort, because it surely shows. See you all soon!

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D
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was good. Menu choices were limited. Pork chop was good but had a lot of fat on it. Linguini with mussels had some mussels that were undercooked. Dessert choice that was recommended, tasted a little strange. Will return for brunch.

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MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live in the area and this restaurant is one of the best choices around for quality dining. The food is always good and their brunch, in particular, is outstanding. Ambience is also nice, especially the upstairs dining room which features large open windows that bring in fresh air (especially welcome on mornings or evenings). It's not cheap but the quality of the food more than justifies the price. You can tell they really care about serving delicious food. Worth a try if you live in the area or are just visiting the Eagle Rock/Highland Park area.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hospitality hostess was so wonderful, the food was amazing, and the decor was so cute, inside and out.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Red Herring was the perfect location for our Saturday brunch. The upstairs ambiance is cute with vibrant wallpaper and an eclectic design. The food was a nice balance of California style and comfort. The prices were moderate. We didn't try the cocktails, but they looked great. Would highly recommend for a nicer casual-style get-together.

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u
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

a pleasant find in the Eagle Rock vicinity. Not on a pretty street etc but food was surprisingly good, well executed, and the team very accommodating. The simplest dessert of sorbet... all such are made in house, was positively wonderful: a strawberry orange mint concoction.
Also started with a creative well executed cocktail.

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SB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Biggest disappointment was lack of full bar and sad attempt to have "cocktails".

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h
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful & comfortable building remodel and inside decor. Excellent, friendly staff and outstanding food

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