Smeraldi's Restaurant

3.9
199 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Named after the Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi's, who masterminded the Spanish and Italian Renaissance frescoes throughout the opulent hotel, Smeraldi’s trattoria is one of the best places to eat in L.A, offering fresh handmade pizza and pasta, savory Italian appetizers and mouth-watering main courses ideal for family-style dining.

Kick off your morning with a delicious breakfast, featuring a variety of tempting à la carte menu items. Refuel your mid-day with a variety of delectable a la carte options that are served daily, including family-friendly traditional salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts proudly commits to the following at this venue as part of our sustainability efforts:

-We have eliminated the use of plastic straws and replaced with alternative options upon request.
-We do not offer shark’s fin soup.

We thank you for your support in helping to protect the environment.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
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4.1
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3.8
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3.7
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vippasadenadiner
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely, casual restaurant in a beautiful, historic hotel. We had the lunch buffet; the choices were many and delicious. Our waiter was attentive, helpful, and personable. Valet parking was easy and reasonable. Always fun to visit DTLA iconic locations and have them as wonderful as remembered.

Smeraldi's Restaurant
Responded on February 25, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and giving a perfect rating! I’m sure our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your Tea Experience. We look forward hosting you again for another great experience. Yours Sincerely, Liana PR and Marketing Manager

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GLORIA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful ambience. Great service!! Food so so.

Smeraldi's Restaurant
Responded on February 25, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and giving a perfect rating! We look forward hosting you again for another great experience. Yours Sincerely, Liana PR and Marketing Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Millenium Biltmore is the only place we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have been coming in this hotel since my Children were little, so we made it a tradition to celebrate in this iconic historical hotel. Food are sumptuous with lots of choices, ambiance was great.
Crystal ballroom the best place to be in celebrating any occasion.
Will be back on Mother's Day.

Smeraldi's Restaurant
Responded on February 25, 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for the awesome review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers! Liana PR and Marketing Manager

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MelanieH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I took my two employees for a team lunch and we all had the buffet. Overall the space was nice and the atmosphere was pleasant. The food was generally good but the standout for me was the pumpkin ravioli. It was excellent. My team liked the prime rib, crab legs and the orange chicken and fried rice.
I liked the pasta bar where you could have the pasta made to your liking with several delicious options.
The only negatives I had is that for me the fresh horseradish, crab legs and the shrimp were essentially tasteless. So weird because I have never had horseradish that had no flavor or kick to it.
However, I think overall it was a good value for the money and the servers were extremely attentive which is a huge plus.

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Jovi
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the place are great! More value for your money. Ambiance is 5 stars!

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Lynell
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Biltmore interior looking a little dated these days but lunch was above average and service was good.

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vipNotDuringCovid
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have many business meetings here. Location is in DTLA and central for people coming from various directions. Service is always consistent--love Miguel, Tei, etc. They added prime rib to the lunch buffet which was very good. It was a louder than usual lunch time with a large group (Amtrak) having their team lunch. Otherwise, all was great!

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Kr8tiv1
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hotel is gorgeous, buffet had made to omelette s where the chef was a showman. Service was impeccable.
Perfect place to entertain my guests.

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DONNAJ
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I was disappointed at first as when we arrived, they gave us the wrong menu (breakfast menu) at 11:30 am. Secondly, the bread served was very hard and appeared to have been warmed up too much in a microwave. But the food was good.

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vipSonia
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everything about this place is average as a restaurant but below average for an upscale hotel.

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vipDowntownExplorer
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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vipTILLIEB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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DomR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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StevenA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipNotDuringCovid
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tremendously friendly with great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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nedym
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BeckyR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SueC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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LindaF
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very beautiful and quiet and great service.

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vipbobr
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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RLfoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place

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vipRobertO
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience

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LOVINLA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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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eileenr
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Business meeting

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jimsie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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SomethingForEveryone
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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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Jdgeer99
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Nancy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipWevos
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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...

FAQs

Smeraldi's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 612-1562.

Smeraldi's Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.