Smeraldi's Restaurant

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189 reviews
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Enjoy our Biltmore classics, including Famous Weekday Lunch Buffet, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, drilled seafood and pastas. Now open for reservation: Treat your Dad a feast highlighting BBQ Ribs, Pulled Pork, Fresh Shrimp and Crab, Bottomless Mimosa & Michelada! Lunch Buffet at the Smeraldi's on June 16, 2019 (Sunday) from 11am to 2pm.
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DE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not the same buffet as days gone by. Service did not make it any better.

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TI
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Father's Day Brunch...Beautiful decor, staff very polite and attentive to all refills and questions. Food very good with an appealing presentation.
Would definitely go again.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The selection and quality of food was very good for the price.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Hotel was beautiful. Only thing that would have made it better was to have a buffet on Sunday.
Definitely will return

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H
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going here for the lunch buffets. They modified the offerings about a year ago and then upgraded again recently, adding prime rib daily and bringing back the more robust seafood options in the salad bar. Overall, the quality and value are great, and we appreciate the friendly servers who recognize us and treat us like old friends!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming service.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tremendously friendly with great service!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the 100 ppl office party being held there, it was still a nice Christmas lunch with my Boo😘😘

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though I made a reservation, I didn’t need it. Everyone was very attentive.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service provided. Very accommodating. They also have a weekday buffet that is so extensive. Better not eat your breakfast. ;)

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here about a year ago. Upon my return in August, 2018, I was pleasantly surprised how the buffet had returned to being wonderful again! There was a much better selection with more to choose from. New choices were added to the buffet. Excellent food, exceptional service, quiet and wonderful ambience. Smeraldi's gives its patrons the "special treatment." Perfect for special occasions and for regular lunches/dinners. With the new management and chef, the food is SO much better than a year ago! It is also rare to find that old-fashioned hospitable service that Smeraldi's waiters are known for. I will definitely return.

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed every bite. Fabulous buffet. Seafood, pasta and desserts were fresh and delicious.

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LF
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Caesar had a very uncaesarlike dressing. You could smell the fishy salmon when it first came out of the kitchen and the waiter was unable to bring a Diet Coke no matter how many times we asked (3 separate trips for 3 ice teas - not ordered).

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very beautiful and quiet and great service.

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b
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hope this fine restaurant continues. It was not busy but all were relaxed and seems to be enjoining the ambiance whether young or old. Fine restaurant in elegant historic hotel.

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RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place

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RO
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Located on the first floor of the Biltmore in Los Angeles, Smeraldi's offers a great place to dine if headed out to Pershing Square are in DTLA afterwards, or if gathering anywhere downtown. The food is all authentically Italian with a "Los ANgeleno twist". I highly recommend the BUratta to start and I ordered the Filet Mignon, which was presented on a bed of Fingerling potatoes. The flavor was very good and the meat was extremely tender. I give this establishment my best of recommendations for anything ordered off the menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience

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LO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was underprepared for as many customers as they had. Pumpkin ravioli was very good, other dishes mediocre, ambiance is zero, noisy, surprised this restaurant is in the Biltmore.

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e
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Business meeting

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were in town for Christmas and had a lovely Christmas breakfast. The staff were attentive and fantastic.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, ambiance, service, and pricing - had buffet.

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j
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They changed the menu. Not as good as before. Prawn sandwich only had a handful of prawns. Ceasar salad with grilled chicken good. Generous pieces of chicken and dressing tasty. It was only 3/4 full of people yet was very noisy. All hardscape; nothing to absorb the noise.
This is in the Biltmore Hotel. It is always decorated beautifully for Christmas. We come every year at Christmas to enjoy the decor.

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SF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome seafood lunch buffet with a live pasta bar! Delicious and a terrific deal - including an opulent dessert bar.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent overall experience for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Turkey a little too salty but food overall was very good

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The worst Thanksgiving lunch we have e we had. No Thanksgiving menu, and NO OTHER customer for lunch Except the 3 of us.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Worked very hard to get waited on. Asked to taste a red wine they had. They brought a full glass of white wine. I told them it is not what I asked for, server insisted I try. I tried and said thank you but I would still prefer to try the red. He comes back and says bartender will not allow me to have anymore tastings. WTH? I didn't have any tastings I asked for to begin with. Food was okay. Not a restaurant I will go to again.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For such a high-end Hotel I was quite disappointed at the only available restaurant that night. At first I thought everything was going to be taught Notch but I must say our waiter was professional however when I order the cheese platter he did not know the names of the cheese is right off the bat and was very attentive but he should know what types of cheeses is on the variety platter.. while we were waiting for our food a couple set two tables near us upon sitting down all I know is the restaurant manager, the chef, another manager all showed up and were very chit-chatting for about 40 minutes they were awfully loud and I became very agitated I could not hear myself speak nor could I and joy my company that was with me. Even the guy across another table turned and rolled his eyes at how unprofessional the management and Chef were towards the rest of the guests. So my husband went up to the host and asked to have us be seated at another table instead she went over and asked the management to break it up which eventually they did and were very apologetic but I was already upset that I even had to complain about it. So then when my chicken pizza arrived I was looking forward to eating my food since I was so hungry the chicken was awfully dry as they over-cooked it on the pizza. So after one small slice I decided to take it to go. Had I known this I probably would have went elsewhere to eat breakfast the next day was better but it wasn't all that they made it sound like it was I've had better. And for $40 per person, the pastries were not fresh they were awfully dry as if they had served them the day prior. Sorry I wish I had a better review to ride but I don't

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation and went here before The Labyrinth Masquerade which was at the Millenium Biltmore where the restaurant is located. Shared a pizza, a bowl of excellent mushroom soup and a salad between two of us. Everything was very tasty, the service was fast, and the atmosphere nice. A perfect dinner before our event.

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W
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Had the unfortunate experience of dining here again on Monday 7/24. Came here quite a bit years ago when the food was high quality and they had respect for what they served their customers. Out of options on where to eat downtown we decided to give this place another try. They had the Mediterranean buffet for lunch. The food was literally disgusting. Old, smelly seafood. Everything looked like it was weeks old and tasted like it as well. I know all the waiters here from years ago and the service is acceptable. The food on the other hand was absolutely awful. The 4 of us all agreed to never step foot in this place EVER again. When we were leaving we let the manager know in no uncertain terms how awful our lunch was. He asked us to expand and give him some examples of what we didn't like. I went through the laundry list point by point. His answer was I'll let the chef know, we are planning a complete overhaul in a few months anyway. Some advice here, don't let the chef know, FIRE THE CHEF. We actually had to pay for this dog food. What a terrible experience, today we are all feeling sick...

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SB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for DineLA lunch. And it was great! My companion had the salmon which was nice and tender. I had the short rib which was so tasty.

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j
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our department chooses one restaurant during dineLA to have a group lunch. This time it was Smeraldi's.
Not only was the dineLA menu excellent - all raves no issues - but we found out that they have a great lunch buffet with a freshly prepared pasta bar.
Now this is not something for everyday lunch but is definitely for the splurge or a group lunch. We will surely be returning to try the lunch buffet.

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HH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing - the Open Table description needs to be changed immediately - totally misleading. Not offered a seat in main dining room, not offered a wine list, antipasti platter served with missing ingredients. Spoke to the manager who offered us a complementary dessert after we had paid and were leaving. No way is this an authentic Italian dining establishment.

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t
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great ambience . Would eat there again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all are very satisfied with the service and food. Great for guests if you are in downtown. A very decent place, not noisy and the food is great too! Love the panini with prosciutto! Will try their tapas soon.

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LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Especially enjoyed the appetizer of fresh vegetables and the homemade pasta! Excellent wine choices, too

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Valentine's Day 6 course dinner at Smeraldi's! Stunning lighting, exquisite menu, professional waitstaff, and romantic atmosphere. I could not have asked for a better way to spend Valentine's Day. The preselected menu offered favor filled options that impressed us at each course. Perfect evening.

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b
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely lunch with a very attentive and friendly staff. The buffet lunch at $20 is a real bargain and is lovely. It includes a lovely salad bar (with shrimp, calamari and crab), soup selections, and a pasta bar where you can choose a wide variety of ingredients. There is also a dessert bar. As if this isn't enough (and not that you need it), for a mere $5 more yo can add an entree of fish, chicken or beef with side dishes as well. Quite a bargain and delicious but come hungry. And a special shout out to the Biltmore hotel for their hospitality in allowing women at the women's march to use their rest rooms. You are our hero.

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SL
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So this was during dine LA and even though they participate in the dining experience, i still believe the lunch buffet which is open from 10am to 2pm, is better than the dine LA menu. They validate the parking at $8 for coming and eating at the restaurant. I have to say that the food is really good and not bad for the price if it weren't for the parking. Then it becomes a little more. The buffet comes with a salad bar and a seafood sald bar that comes with crab claws, shrimp cocktails, clams, mussels, and squid and a few more items. They have a nice dessert bar and a pasta station that you can design your own pasta and choose your own ingredients. There is also soup and bread available as well. Very nice lunch experience. Would come again.

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J
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were very disappointed. We stayed overnight in the hotel and had a reservation for breakfast and showed up on time only to find a line with only one person handling the line. In fairness there was a WOMEN'S MARCH and they must not have heard about it because they did not have appropriate staffing. When I went to head of line to say we had reservations I was told to get in the line. When 15 min went by and we finally got to the front of the line the man said we should have said we had reservations. It was not a good experience. I was surprised that they did NOT have any non-dairy coffee creamer so I could not have coffee. We did not want the buffet brunch much to the disappointment of the server who was busy and let us know this. I thought their hospitality was lacking in every way. No thanks.

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