Shaquille's

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$30 and under
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Southern
Shaquille’s is an upscale casual restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine and service with personality. The menu focuses on farm fresh produce and features his signature fried chicken. Shaquille’s curated beverage program includes a wine vault, local draft beers, and hand-crafted cocktails with an emphasis on bourbons and whiskeys. Situated in the heart of LA Live, the space features an enclosed private patio surrounding the main entrance with a modern, upbeat vibe that transforms guests’ experiences from day to night. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
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LK
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, the service was right on time. But the music was a little loud for conversation. The ladies room did not have a changing table. The manager was very attentive .

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I was very disappointed. The food was not very good. The appetizers we had were good but not the main dishes. The shrimp and grits were in a tomato based sauce that had no flavor and the flank steak was tender but no flavor. The Mac-m-cheese tastes like it was made with velveeta cheese and had crumbled Cheezeits on top. Not work to the money. I was not impressed. It’s overpriced and not good southern style food. Unfortunately, they missed the mark on this place.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the ambience was great.

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S
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and a great Team took care of our family. Spoke with Michael the GM. Could not have been better. Their fried chicken and sides were outstanding!

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DC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Great service great fried chicken

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved it! The food was soooo good. Their renowned chicken was maybe the best I've ever tasted......very most, flavorful, yet with a nice moderately crunchy outer skin. Biscuits were uniquely special and the whole vibe of the place was great. Maybe not enough servers, so service started off a little slow. Maitre d' or Manager was very helpful and friendly, full of character. The waitress that we ended up with after the slow start was very good and very sweet too. Thanks! We fully intend recommending this to anyone interested.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great food, reasonably priced. Manager is great but the music volume is extremely high and server was too distracted and kept forgetting to come back to us

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W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The general ambience and decor was very inviting and up beat.
Music was so loud that the server could not hear us to take our order.
Appetizer arrived after our main course, with no apology.
Drinks were never refilled.

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R
New England
185 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

NOISY! Very. Beautiful service but expensive for what it is. You have to try the fried chicken. It’s a must because it’s Shaquille’s chicken. Not a large menu, but a good selection.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and grits were amazing!

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. It was rather tasty.

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M
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent and food was good, but over price.

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FB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The place wants to be a 5-star dining place without delivering a 5 star experience. The only 5 star this place delivered is the price. The food is so-so. The server had the audacity to say they pride themselves with big portions? LOL. Order yourself one of their $18, plus $11 fries that's $29 + the cost of drinks. For a so so, tiny burger. The salmon and and shrimp and grits were very good. The two burgers our husbands ordered is, well just a $29 burger & fries. Cocktails were so poorly made I had a margarita and tasted nothing but alcohol and rancid limes. Same for the "punch" it only tastes like alcohol! Not enjoyable at all. The worst part, our server had ZERO personality who made us feel like we're a bother. After over $200 on a very simple meal, all he said to our friends celebrating their 11th year anniversary was happy anniversary. No effort whatsoever to make the night memorable. So do WE recommend Shaquille's? That's a shaq-size NO.

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CD
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, semi-upscale Southern. The best fried chicken I’ve had in LA, and a killer Sazerac to boot.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation (6 ppl - business lunch) but it took over an hour from the time we placed our order to when we received food. The staff was very pleasant and tried to accommodate as best as possible, but they were horribly understaffed for lunch service. We were attending one of the 4 conventions happening at the JW Marriott next door, so not quite sure why they (literally) only had one cook and two wait staff for the entire restaurant for lunch. We wound up getting our food so late, we actually missed our next meeting and the only "mea culpa" offered by the manager was comping our appetizer. The food quality was okay but way over priced for the flavor and portion size. (Warning: You can only order the fried chicken as a half or whole chicken...$28 and $52 respectively.)

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived for my birthday lunch. Was immediately seated in a perfect location. Service was acknowledged immediately. Nice menu - great selections. Food presentation came out in a timely matter and looked and tasted perfect.

My favorite part was the chartreuse pillows on the patio. Also the DJ booth! Presentation for the food looked amazing was perfect!

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j
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was not bad, but when the price is factored in, it just doesnt seem worth it. Doubt I will go back. 5 of us went and did the sharing thing. WE ordered the fried chicken, greens, shrimp and grits, ribs, mac n cheese, fries and stuffing. Chicken, greens and ribs were really good, but not that good when factor in the cost, we all agreed that we can get better food for way less. The mac n cheese, no!, stuffing was cool, fries are like chips. Shrimp and grits was disappointing grits, Shrimp were good, but the rest was not. This is an a la cart restaurant and it should not be.

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PT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place was lackluster. They aren’t a sports bar, but they should consider slightly adjusting their concept to lean that way. Especially if they’re planning to last through summer.

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E
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing most importantly flavorful from the apps to the dessert. The portions are a great size some options for sharing. I have been three times already no disappointment.

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

Service was great! Made you feel like family. Food was really good too! Highly recommend the Fried chicken.

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e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Where do I start. The sliders/appetizers came out cold. The main entry fried chicken I was not pleased with redness inside the chicken. The chicken was very bland. The sides I ordered with it with mac n cheese and stuffing. MISTAKE. The Mac n cheese was Kraft and the stuffing was box. Shaq what kind of business are you running. Totally dissatisfied from start to finish. Oh Wait the chocolate cake and Hummingbird cake was the BOMB.

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CL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience there. We ordered the fried chicken. It was very tasty and juicy. The half chicken is quite a good amount for one person. The shrimp and grit was tasty also. I just wished I had more 😀. We ordered fries and It was yummy. It wasn’t thick and starchy. We enjoyed it. We also had the hamburger which was also good. The only bad was that Shaq wasn’t there.😕. Overall we would come back again. We enjoyed being at La Live. Great restaurant Shaq!

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NR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink . Fried chicken s champs

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t tasty at all. My fried chicken was over cooked and burnt . The shrimp ceviche was over saturated with lime juice . The salmon taste bland it had no season added to it . The Mac n cheese Tasted like a box of kraft. I was very disappointed in the every dish I tried . The service was excellent and the ambiance was nice, but the food is overpriced and wasn’t worth it . I won’t be returning

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party had the ribs and bake chicken with Mac n cheese and baked carrots.. with cake for desert .. it was all including regular drinks was excellent.. Really enjoyed the whole experience of the restaurant..service included .. Highly recommend

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GG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Let me begin by saying I wish Shaq all the success in the world as a Restauranteur in Los Angeles
I looked forward to visiting his establishment along with 2 of my friends. We were greeted warmly by his staff they were very courteous and accommodating.
After viewing the menu my 1st thought was That being everything was al a cart the side orders were a bit pricey at $11 each. I ordered fried chicken Along with sides of macaroni and potato salad. I liked the seasoning of the chicken and I thought that it was tasty. However the macaroni was totally unacceptable rubbery in texture and the seasoning and cheeses were not Up to snuff. The potato salad was interesting given the fact that he used potatoes that were dark in color I'm not quite sure what type they were but I didnt care for the taste.

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l
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I've ever had! Great service and atmosphere! The fried chicken is incredible and the corn pudding is out of this world (almost a dessert)! We went twice in the four days we were in LA because it was so good! Can't beat bacon jam!

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OH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to take my husband someplace new to celebrate his birthday. So glad I did! The food was delicious, the servers responsive, and the management dialed in. I look forward to returning.

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a quick visit to LA overnight.. my husband is a huge Shaq fan.
It only made sense that we stopped and showed our love!

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MJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

We found about the food lacked seasoning. They had great texture and appearance but it was Flavor less. Regarding the Fried Chicken it's basic you have to add one of the sauces in order to really call it something. The deviled eggs were excellent. The banana pudding was just okay it was too dense it should have been a bit sweeter and it needed more texture.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from James was outstanding. Food was awesome. We ordered fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, collard greens and fries. Highly recommend the food. The price however was steep for the small portion size but it’s expected dining at LA Live.

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It did take forever to get the bill but the food was good.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. The music was a bit too loud for normal conversations, but that won't stop me from returning.

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thought this was going to be another athlete owned sports bar - we were surprised to find a eloquent southern style home cooking kitchen.

The fried chicken is out of this world! Great hand crafted cocktails too. Tried the fried green tomatoes and loved them, sliders as an appetizer, they were sumptuous.

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RL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fried chicken was really good, as was the hummingbird cake. Items as presented on the menu weren't what we were expecting. Take the corn pudding for example, it's actually creamed corn, and not a corn pudding. The server wasn't much help in making suggestions, because she had never tasted the food she served. I think that the personnel of any dining establishment should be required to taste the food in order to help w/understanding what they are being served.

The fried green tomatoes were good, and brought back great "taste memories" for me and my dining companion.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Upon entering with a reservation, we still were not immediately seated. Once seated we did get drinks. However, once we ordered our food we waited for almost an hour with no indication or reason as to why. As we were almost getting ready to leave our food finally came out. The food was decent but it definitely wasn't the best. There were cheese itz on the mac & cheese and I'm not sure if that was supposed to be a joke but that was disturbing. The waiter never came back to check on us and never got us the manager. Also never got a check for us we had to flag down the manager ourselves. Service was terrible and I never plan on returning again.

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LC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The sides are way too expensive! $11 for fries!?

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My salmon was cooked just a tad too long, could have been a little more tender, but overall the flavor of the meal was very fulfilling. I would suggest added a green vegetable to complete this dish, but overall I had a great experience and a great cocktail. Highly recommend.

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FQ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu.

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