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Permanently Closed - The Briks

4.2
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Briks was forged from Chef Mario’s multi-cultural identities and his life story; a mash-up of Chicano, North African, Spanish, and French technique. The Briks is a culmination of all my experiences and our ultimate goal is to trigger the one part of the brain that makes people happy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
* Lunch: Monday thru Friday 11am to 2:30 pm
* Dinner: Monday thru Thursday 5pm to 10 pm
* Dinner : Friday and Saturday 5 pm to 11pm
* Brunch : Sunday 10am to 3pm
* Dinner :Sunday 5 pm to 10pm

* Happy hour: Monday thru Saturday 5-7
* Happy hour: Sunday 5- 10pm
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Phone number
(213) 746-7766
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mario Christerna
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th and Hope St in Downtown Los Angeles
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Parking details
Public parking structure located above the restaurant, along with street parking and Valet for your convenience.
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Public transit
Walking distance from the Red, Purple and all Metro bus lines.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 17, 2017

This review is of Opentable website which took reservation of this restaurant and it was CLOSED!!!

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2017

I had the cucumber heirl salad and lamb shank. It was very good, seasoned very nicely and the lamb was tender.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2017

went for my Birthday

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Interesting concept. However, the food was extremely salty.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

I liked this place and would go back.Clean, modern, friendly. Good service. Didn't try the African turnovers -- forget what they called them -- but did try the "discada fries." Very good. Lots of interesting cocktails, although my date tasted one and sent it back, but I don't think that was the drink's fault.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

We decided to meet friends here based on the rave reviews from another friend. We were not disappointed! The briks, the lamb, the Brussels sprouts and the bread pudding were all amazing!

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2017

We had dinner at The Briks the weekend before Valentine's Day. The restaurant was very roomy, with outdoor patio seating as well. We enjoyed the carnation and candle decorations on the tables- not sure if that was just for Valentine's Day, but it created a nice ambience. The customer service was excellent too. However, the food was certainly overpriced for the portions and just didn't blow us away. We tried the Tony Montana and Bougie briks. Both were just fine, but rather small and the flavor combination was a little odd. The menu looks very innovative and interesting, but it didn't work out for us when actually trying the food. Maybe we'll try again sometime in the future!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

the evening at the briks was great, the server was very good at explaining the menu to my wife and I, we had the best hummus around with the pita bread and the lamb was fantastic, the entrée was enough for the two of us to enjoy, I recommend the lamb highly, tender and flavorful, an all around good night out.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Top tier service! Super yummy food! A new favorite restaurant😋

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

We had a great time! Eclectic cuisine so it was fun to try something new. We had a knowledgeable and friendly server, received great recommendations and received great service- thanks Danny!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Love this place! I wish some of the night menu items were on the lunch menu. I live the Brussel sprouts

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2017

The ramb menu was not good to me. But all the other menus were good. I like service too.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Just really bad on so many levels. Cheap ingredients, horrible ambience and flavorless food. It was really a cut above dormitory food

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2017

Food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Our first time at the Briks -definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Love it! Try the brussel sprouts and mac n chz with pork belly. Yummy!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Food was great, service was on point. Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

We ate at the Brix after a Kings game and before watching Lewis Black perform. I had the North African Roasted Chicken and couscous, which was some of the best chicken that I've had. The skin with crispy and had amazing flavor. I also very much enjoyed my cocktail, "The Side Chick", which came with an enthusiastic endorsement from our server.

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1.0Dined on December 4, 2016

I am sure The Briks would have been awesome, but Open Table reservation made a boo boo.
Open Table let us make a reservation for 2:45PM, but the kitchen closed at 3PM, so we never got to order anything. Bad move on Open Table's part with no fault to The Briks

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2016

Amazing, tasty and trendy. Friendly staff adds a personal touch to the dining experience.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2016

The decor in this restaurant is the only reason it isn't good for dinner. The food is excellent, the cocktails and beer are great, but it's decorated and lit like a fast food lunch stop. Too bright, rectangular tables piled in like a sandwich shop, "booth" seat is plastic. I hope they redecorate, the food was fantastic and creative.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2016

I reserved a table at The Briks for a business meal. We were seated immediately and were given the best service. My ice tea was never empty. The food was delicious and prepared exactly as ordered. We ordered the California Burrito, Hanger Steak and Shrimp Tacos. The serving portions were a good size and everything arrived quickly. The location was within perfect walking distance from the LA Convention Center. I would definitely recommend The Briks to a friend and I'll be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Great dinner menu, African and Spanish fusion cuisine, different from the norm, very tasty, would go again. Drinks were weak though.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Food was absolutely delicious and the waitstaff was so happy!! Anytime I'm through downtown, you can be sure I'll be eating here!!!

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2016

Great salad. Was expecting more at lunch, but the dinner menu looks better. Chicken salad was great.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

The food and service was impeccable! We started with the Guru, tasty, flavourful and enough for 2 people to have as an appetizer. As an entrée shared The Shank and the Fennel Sumac salad with a side of Brussel sprouts minus the bacon. It was more than enough for 2 people to share. The lamb was succulent, moist and tender, lightly charred on the outside....absolutely delicious washed down with a lovely Red, properly ended with the Cajeta brulee which was perfect. At the end were greeted personally by Chef Mario and gave him accolades for a superb dinner for my husband's bday.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2016

This dining experience was phenomenal from start to finish. Unique and delicious cocktails, starters, and main courses. I went on a weekday around 6 and it wasn't too busy and had great service from our waiter. Would go here again if I'm in the area!

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2016

Not a bad place, just that nice. Service was great, restaurant was empty.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2016

The Briks is a great place. Located in the mostly new South Park district of DTLA, it's a bright, light-filled, open floor plan eatery with sidewalk dining as well. It offers creative and delicious North African cuisine, mostly via small plates, but mixed with other influences, including Latin flavors. We had tender and tasty Braised Lamb Shanks, perfectly-prepared Cast Iron Skillet Vegetables, and an amazing Chorizo con Papas Flatbread (like a rectangular pizza). Very friendly and attentive service also make for a completely satisfying experience.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Creative menu that was well executed. Typically with such a diverse offering, the chef can fail, but not here! Attentive service and nice outdoor dining.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Ask for menu reco, it was mist helpful. We loved our The Briks/ Tony Montana, Warm White Bean & Kale, and North African Roasted Half Chicken with Spanish style couscous. So delicious!!!

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Food selection was just ok, but the food itself was quite nice.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Food was really tasty and interesting. Some of the better food I have had out recently.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

My second visit to The Briks and still enjoyed the food! It wasn't busy at all on a Saturday night - kindda weird since the food here is awesome! Will def go back again.

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2016

I expected a different experience. Friendly-enough service but not particularly engaging. Thin menu consisting primarily of sandwiches. Fairly noisy at lunch with TV's and loudish music. Tried the lamb dip and was neither excited nor disappointed. Better for a casual happy hour than for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The day I finally made it to lunch at The Briks was the first day of a new lunch menu, according to our server. Unfortunately, the new lunch menu does not feature any briks. I was looking forward to trying a brik and/or other North African inspired dishes, so found the new lunch menu to be disappointing. I settled for an open faced tuna sandwich that was fine but not special. Pleasant atmosphere and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

North African chicken was delish & full of flavor! I also enjoyed the special kale salad with honey dijon dressing which was not on the menu.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Excellent fusion of flavors. Knowledgeable wait staff made us smile..

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Another fantastic meal. Chef has a new chicken dish that is magical! Never bad meal!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

We came here on 8/26/16. This was our first visit. For this experience, our main server was Darrell.

We started with the Cajeta Brulee (I always start dessert first.) I must admit, the cajeta is hardly noticeable, but overall it is a delicious Brulee, one of the best I've had. Sweet, but not overwhelming, creamy, and the sugar topping was caramelized to perfection.

Second, we ordered two Briks, my partner ordered the Tony Montana & I ordered The Bougie. We sampled each other’s Briks. He liked the fusion of flavors, per his personal opinion; the poached egg married everything together. I, personally LOVED the Bougie. The meat was tender, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned. Although the poached egg was good, personally, I could do without the egg. In my opinion, the dressing on the side salad was too overwhelming. In the end, we preferred our respective item.

Lastly, we ordered two entrees, my partner ordered “The Shank” and I ordered the Chermoulazino (European Sea Bass.) Again, we sampled each other’s entrees. My partner stated that he liked the Chermoulazino a lot more, for the complexity of flavors. For me, the Chermoulazino was overwhelming and not all the ingredients fuse together. I favored the Shank more, the meat was tender and the overall dish was flavorful; however, it was a bit too gamey. I’ve had plenty of lamb dishes, but this by far was the one that tasted the most gamey.

The food is good and the service is excellent. Why excellent? Because the staff are very attentive and friendly, there is always more than one server checking in on patrons, refreshing drinks, taking orders, and clearing tables.

To be honest, we did order way too much food, which made it a bit more difficult to fully enjoy everything completely. I recommend to try this place, at least once, but pace yourself and do expect to pay significantly for the experience.

In summary, we would return & do recommend it.

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