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The Foundry On Melrose

1168 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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The Foundry On Melrose is a restaurant serving American and international cuisine in the heart of Los Angeles, California. The Foundry is an impeccably decorated and furnished restaurant, as one might expect for a place in the middle of Los Angeles. The soft lighting, rich wood tables and velvet curtains all come together beautifully to create a wonderful atmosphere. The food is creative, delicious, and affordable, that last one being particularly surprising given this a restaurant run by Chef Eric Greenspan of Food Network fame. Usually, guests pay a premium for name recognition, but The Foundry keeps its prices reasonable, encouraging diners to go for the extra drink or dessert.

First timers should start with the potato gnocchi gratin, and then move to the branzino, which is served with parsnip, radicchio and apple curry. On the weekends, stick around after dinner to enjoy live jazz music after 7 PM.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
For Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6 - 11 pm. Sunday: 5:30 - 10pm Lounge Menu available until 1 am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Bar and Lounge open until 2am Thursday through Saturday
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Phone number
(323) 651-0915
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Greenspan
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Private party facilities
The restaurant is available for all of your private party needs, whether it be a private function for up to 80 in our Garden Dining Room, smaller parties of 20 in our Main Dining Room, or cocktail and birthday parties in our lounge.
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Private party contact
Samantha Bressack: (877) 624-2049
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The Foundry on Melrose offers catering and special event production for all occasions including:
Media Shoots
Corporate Catering
Wrap Parties
Private Parties
Gala Fundraisers
Event Lunches
Holiday Parties
Office Happy Hours
Press Junkets
Art Gallery Openings
Intimate Dinner Parties
Hollywood Bowl Picnic
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Cross street
Vista and Gardner
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Parking details
Valet and limited street parking.
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The Foundry on Melrose is honored to have The Foundry 3, a jazz trio with a rotating line up featuring the likes of Matt Cory, Zach Harmon, Tigran Hamasayan, Josh Nelson, Marcel Camargo, amongst other great performers. Sunday through Wednesday sets begin at 8:30pm. Friday and Saturday sets begin at 9:30pm and 11:30pm.
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Special events & promotions
The Foundry on Melrose features many special events from musical performances to wine maker dinners. Please inquire within for details.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJayy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

Forced to sit outside even though we had a reservation. Heat lamp didn't work so was cold during our meal. Service slow. Out of wines due to the fact they were going to be closed for renovations. Sat so close to another couple who spoke too loudly and smelled funny.

vipUKrain (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

A great restaurant for foodies. The small plates were great and had exceptional flavors. The buttermilk panacotta was surprisingly light and yummy.

DeejayofSouthBay (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2013

I hadn't been to the Foundry in a while, but decided to make a visit since we were in the area and because I could hear their wonderful Potato soup calling my name.
After 40 minutes, we had only gotten 1 of the 4 SMALL plates and some bread, and remembered why we hadn't eaten there in years. We had to catch a show and had to tell the waitress to have the kitchen cancel the other plates if they hadn't already started. The poor guys next to us had been seated BEFORE us, and got there food as we were finally getting our last plate.
Unfortunately, even the lure of the awesome Potato soup will not be enough for me to return to the Foundry. Sadly, it's not because of the food, but the horrible service and disorganizion of the kitchen.

YESJRS (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2013

It's changing up and remodeling so hopefully it improves. The best part is the live music. Drinks and food are pricey for what you get. The food is good, but comparable restaurants in LA deliver better. The food takes forever to plate and serve. I am not one to rush a meal or nice evening, but 20 minutes for drinks, 40 for appetizers and 70 minutes for entrees was quite a wait.

There are better spots in the neighborhood to go. Looking forward to seeing if the change in decor brings a change in overall approach.

Happy dining!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2013

The beet salad had old beets that had grown root fibers and tasted bitter. The pasta was delicious with a nice light cauliflower sauce. The asparagus appetizer was by far the best. The flavor was a nice combination of sweet and savory with a richness from the egg.
We were originally sat outside and it was cold. They moved a heat lamp close to us which was nice, but then they moved a table from inside right next to ours and crowded us. We then moved inside.
We heard the chef yelling and cursing at the staff, and they allowed people outside to smoke right in front of the door. We were in the middle of the restaurant and could smell it.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2013

Surprisingly warm and friendly folks from management to servers. We really enjoyed dining here. They will be remodelling and we can't wait to return. A real gem. Loving it. Thumbs up!

papercranegal (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2013

We had a discount voucher to come here and I was glad for it, as the plates were small. The entrees were the same size as their "small plates", which was disappointing, but the food was fantastic. They brought out bite sized bread rolls which were delicious. The noise there is pretty loud and the service was very slow.

Adam (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 15, 2013

Took awhile for someone to help us. Didn't feel welcome until the chef or owner came by. Nice guy.

Food was very tasty, but portion sizes were laughably small. We ended up having to order two more appitizers. So in the end, we ordered three appitizers and two entrees. Menu was unique. I would go agian, but not on an empty stomach

vipElkanRealtor (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2013

The Foundry on Melrose is a true find! The food was amazingly good! Sophisticated, absolutely delicious and supremely gourmet. Interesting menu of delectable choices. Would please the most discriminating palette. Friendly, warm, professional servers. Loved it!

Marshall (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

Ordered the 5 course meal, which was very good but service was very slow. Waiter brought extra food due to the slow service. Wine choices are very limited.

Kelsi (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2013

We tried a lot of things (Latke balls, pork belly, turkey, peanut butter creme brûlée) that were all just amazing. The grilled cheese, however, was off the charts good. I'm moving to Irvine in the fall and will DEFINITELY make the trek to the Foundry for one of these.

vipclareb (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2013

have already recommended to friends who happened to be there for a return visit when we arrived. will continue to come!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2013

I had the 5-course pairing with wine...what a great experience. Love the relaxed feel of this place and the service was fantastic. The pork belly was amazing... just the right amount of spice; the water cress salad was also a memorable dish... fresh and light with fennel and pomegranate. If you're a fan of peanut butter, make sure you taste the peanut butter creme brulee... unbelievable! Wines were fun and different and paired well. I will definitely go back when I'm back in the area!

sarahm (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 5, 2013

Signature grilled cheese was not fantastic, Everything was so, so salty. Desert was banana cake and was horrible.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on May 2, 2013

Was really looking forward to eating at Foundry, but found my experience lacking. Service was very good our hostess and server were great. There were only a few tables occupied on a Thursday 8 pm, but delivery of our order was VERY slow. When the food finally arrived it was OK, but a little on the bland side except for the capers in the sole dish which were overwhelming. At the restaurant price point I would expect a lot better.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2013

Wife and I went twice in one week though we'd never been before. Very creative and tasty dishes. Our two waitresses - and I feel bad I don't recall their names - were professional and great. Manager came over and spoke with us about wine, which was nice. The chef also made an appearance. I preferred sitting inside. I think the patio could be aesthetically enhanced a little (take a page from Dominik's). Altogether, very good food and a welcoming place. Oh, and NO CORKAGE fee if you bring your own bottle. We've found a new place to be regulars at.

vipCati (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 27, 2013

Excellent and unique cocktail menu

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2013

This was my first time here at the Foundry on Melrose. The living social deal [Spend $20, and receive $40 to spend], caught my attention. Without a doubt, I will definitely come back. Make sure to order the Grilled Cheese as an appetizer. Good for sharing for two. As the main entree, we ordered the Prime rib and the turkey breast. Both dish was prepped to a T! Presentation and taste was off the chart! Love Love It! Parking however is a bit of a challenge, since it is all curb side parking in a neighborhood. My dinner reservation was at 6 so parking was easier. But for those who enjoys a later dinner, plan accordingly! Thank you Foundry on Melrose!

Mazakas (Miami)
3.0  Dined on April 25, 2013

It's a nice restaurant, evidently there were a few servers that were out the night we went so service was lacking... Drink orders were lost twice, the owner, however, did attend to us and turned the evening around... We will return...

Benno (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on April 23, 2013

Ate at the Bar. Ginger was great but the Bar was not stocked with what I needed for the Drinks we ordered. ( No bitters, cointreau)The one male that was working complain about the lousy Tip he just recieved to Ginger while we were there.

Short Rib Sandwhich was very tasty.

Scallop Shashimi smelled fishy and flavors were boring. was just not good. I looked at the menu again because I thought there was something missing. Then I see a tiny piece of Mint off to the side.

The Gratin was the WORST! I think there were only 3 gnocchi in the Dish. Boo!

I think the Kitchen Staff need to be re trained.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on April 21, 2013

feels like you're speed dating when dining here. Food was not good, especially for the prices.

MFeldman (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2013

Really enjoyed our experience at The Foundry. Great small plates, interesting - but accessible. Will definitely go back and recommend to others.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 19, 2013

Appetizers came out quickly, main entree took about 20-25 minutes to come out after that. I had the grilled cheese and the chicken, both were outstanding. Perfectly cooked, tender chicken and a beer made my night. Iron Chef Greenspan even came out and greeted his patrons.

coco (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2013

Great place to eat and excellent service

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2013

love the food there, Eric the chef/owner personally served us and asked how we are doing. luv the personal attention we received. staff overall was very professional and great.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

Great for a night out with your lady !

willyumeatsnyc (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

Was expecting a lot more from an iron chef winner, but overall did not disappoint. Dishes ordered included the lobster salad, pork belly, potato soup, and ribeye. Everything was good, but nothing was spectacular.

bradtm (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

Food was awesome!! Wait staff knew the dishes and explained each one as they were presented. I would go back again and again. I wish I had more than one stomach and enough money to try everything on their menu

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

The food was creative and delicious. Our waitress was a doll. The overall experience was fantastic. I would recommend The Foundry to one and all.

Rick (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

The food was fairly good, the environment OK, but this place certainly wasn't exceptional. Our primary complaint or concern was simply overpriced food served in modest proportions. There also weren't very many entrees offered, probably about seven.
Our bill, without a tip, was nearly $80 for a small appetizer that we split, two entrees and one soft-drink beverage. So, judge for yourself.