Ysabel

4.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Ysabel restaurant and lounge is a hidden architectural treasure nestled on Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood. Enter through the tunnel to the paved patio where the dining area opens up to a spacious and beautifully crafted environment, where every sense is catered to.

The restaurant radiates a romantic and luxurious ambiance, from the marble staircase overlooking the patio below, the intimate private dining tent, to the inviting fireplace lounge. Revel in the open air courtyard and let the night elevate as you dine alfresco style and relax in this truly stunning Los Angeles oasis.

The menu offers bold yet bright flavor profiles with an emphasis on organic produce and the highest quality ingredients. The beautiful outdoor setting at Ysabel is conducive to the philosophy behind the food. Serving delicious, eclectic cuisine while enjoying the amazing weather and sustainable ingredients that southern California has to offer.
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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Would recommend to a friend as a LA hotspot, however definitely not worth $200 dollars for a two person date. Res for 8pm seated at 8:30? haha yea right? Ive lived in LA for 10 years so i understand the "Your table isnt ready so have a drink at the bar" move which adds $40 to overall bill is the status quo, but not 30 mins later? Had a good time due to great service and a smoking hot date, but will be going somewhere else for next outing.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and an atmosphere that left us awestruck. We enjoyed every moment and every bite.. I can not recommend any higher - 100% ...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!!!!!

DP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing, and the music and crowd made it cleary the place to be. The food was unprecedented and service was outstanding. I would highly recommend Ysabel for an intimate and yet fun upbeat date. My boyfriend and I did this for date night and it was one of our best ever, we had so much fun with the music playing and the scene, and he left saying that was the best meal he had had in a long time. We look forward to going back soon!

V
Los Angeles
302 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I wouldn’t write home raving about Ysabel but there are a few positives. The hostess was very attentive and friendly and we were seated right away. Jack our server was awesome and very attentive too. The ambiance was pretty nice but due to the flooring the restaurant was quite loud which made it arduous to carry on a conversation. For the main topic herein, we felt the food was underwhelming and bland. All in all I give it 3 stars but I don’t think I’d return to Ysabel.

DY
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with client/friend. He had the scallops (gave me one - it was amazing!)
I had the catch of the day, Striped Sea Bass - also Amazing!
We shared the Hamachi starter - Amazing!
For desert - Creme Brûlée- fantastic!

Excellent wait staff was always nearby when we looked up to ask for anything.
Super friendly atmosphere.

excellent place for friends to catch up as there is seating around where you can simply have a drink, talk, and people watch.

HM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Let me preface this review with the fact I have dined at all the “hot spot” places in H-wood and Bev hills . So I am aware these places are more for tagging photos at vs. actually eating...: that said...:

I think this place has a problem with thinking they are something they are not. We had a reservation for two at 6:30, my guest arrived at 6:25 to an empty place(asked if we could be seated at 7 because it was empty and bar has a few people at it)..: the rude and entitled hostess, then seated us at a table in the corner away from anything, we requested to move inside the main area because it was cold #1 and #2 it was empty and dead.

We were told we could not move into the the main seating area because they were “booked” ..: well, there was NO ONE SITTING AT say, 10 or 20 TWO TOPS! ... eventually, after asking the server, we were moved to a two top inside (it was raining and cold in LA on this date)... never once did any of the tables the were “booked” fill before 8pm... we left after a bottle of horrid wine ($70) and organic chicken (was good).

The busboy, appeared nervous around us, as when clearing the table he dropped the utensils not once, but 6 times onto floor and got oil from chicken all over my shoes. No apology, his supervisor had to step in to simply pick up a plate!!! One plate! .

We wasted 150$, + $50 on 2 drinks At bar ($22 Tito’s soda)... places like this won’t be around long if they think catering to Instagram losers is the only way to sustain business.

KD
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Ysabel. The ambiance is amazing, great dim light, beautiful aesthetic and artwork. We were a big group and they were very accommodating but looked cute for a date spot or girl’s night out as well. The tequila mezcal drink was a fave, as well as the chicken bao buns. Most everything was tasty, a few items were cold that they immediately replaced. The staff was very on point.

JB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant
Great service
Food needs work
But cocktails are on point

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not sure if I would recommend the restaurant, overall. It depends upon what the diner is looking for.

EK
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, romantic and delicious birthday dinner, I had a party of 7 and it was wonderful!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The ambiance was perfect. The drinks were great.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Ysabel! Beautiful atmosphere, great food, amazing service

SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

Prompt
Delicious food
Great drinks
Excellent service

AZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my birthday! They took care of me with a nice table! they're amazing! 5*

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and ambience was great. Service was okay.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It was absolutely awful. Took 1 hr to sit on a table that was reserved for 8 people - reservations were for 9:30 and first meal was served near 11pm - that’s NOT ok! I hate eating late. Absolutely terrible experience - we felt like the least important people in the room.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

This was my 3 dinner in last three weeks at Ysabel. I’m a huge fan of this place but this time I feel the service fell too short. The lady waiting on us wasn’t nearly as friendly or engaging as Annabel. That’s our fav person there. She’s so fun, makes great recommendations and always makes the entire experience fabulous.

I requested her for this night however, she wasn’t given our table so most likely I won’t be going back to them.

This was a birthday dinner and I wanted it to be just great. Oh well..

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing cuisine. Had a great time at ysabel.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress is the best :) thank you soooo much

OT
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was great, except we were near the speakers and it was too loud to communicate.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very mediocre food, nothing special and super pricy. We got two different drinks nothing in them but ice. You take two sips of your drink and it's gone yet so pricy. The only good thing going for the place is the ambitious and the place being super cute.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food and Ambiance are fine, classic LA crowed, everybody is more concerned to take selfies rather than care about the food.
Service was not good, again pretty much normal in LA, but guest don't care when you see the reviews. Why you should care when you are too busy to look for the perfect selfie.
Server was talking to us with his hands in his pocket, did not asked for a second round of drinks, could not buss the table even he should have seen that our empty plates were standing for quite awhile. Attitude of: "I have a busser, I am better than him. So I should not buss the table."
Hostess was busy talking to his co host and checking her instagram feed, so no Hello in the beginning or Thank you for coming, when leaving the restaurant.

Will not go back.....

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Bummer experience - wanted to like it! Cool design, but food didn’t have a ton of taste, and our waiter essentially ignored us - he even acknowledged that he hoped the “food had been ok” when he brought check since hadn’t been around to ask earlier. Felt very overrated for the price.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the BEST time at Ysabel this afternoon celebrating my birthday. From start to finish the service was spectacular and the food was bursting with flavor. Before arriving, however, I searched reviews and didn’t realize there was a “no balloon” policy here. Thankfully though, after bringing balloons and being informed, I removed my bday balloons for photos outside the restaurant afterwards instead. Easy peasy. I’m excited to visit again soon!

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Ysabel on our last night in La as it was recommended to us. We really enjoyed the meal, we shared the mezze plate then had lamb chops and lobster ravioli for mains and the coconut sorbet for desert was amazing! the atmosphere and our server was excellent too! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the city!

SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Our server was great and very welcoming/nice but the hostess was so snooty that it left a bad taste in my mouth.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend to dinner. I had been once before, but it was his first time. He absolutely loved it, like I knew he would. We had a great time. We had the filet, Brussels sprouts, truffle fries and crab cake. The only thing that wasn’t 100% was my appetizer. It was the spicy tuna tartare on crispy rice. The rice was more than crispy. It was a bit burnt. I love the place and was so hungry, I didn’t send it back.

But other than that, we love Ysabel!!

KA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We waited 1 hour to be seated for our 9:30 reservation. We were sat at a small table in the cocktail section that did not accommodate our party properly. When we had a reservation for 4. The entire evening was mishandled

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and quality please

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time here, but i can’t brag on how well Annabel took care of me and my date.
It was just fantastic. She made great recommendations for wine, appetizers and dinner. Omg we ordered a lot for two people but she was right, we LOVED it.

Jack, Alex and Annabel are amazing here, making Annabel my fav server. Please make sure to ask for Annabel if you’re there. She’s Australian and super adorable. I absolutely love her. Her service, recommendations and hospitality was wonderful and made the entire experience a perfect 5 star ⭐️!!!!

a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with outstanding dishes

KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible. We got the special and the fish was dry, vegetable soggy. We didn't touch our food after tasting, spoke to the manager and he still charged us. I don't leave reviews but this was exceptionally bad.

a
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really good not to loud good food very nice bar staff and host

OT
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very busy for a Monday eve. Amazing vibe and food was great 👌.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and beautiful ambiance. Had a great birthday

L
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as was the ambiance.

CT
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a birthday celebration for a dear friend
Jason our waiter was amazing,on top of everything from the service to answering all our questions
His charming personality added to our evening
Thank you Ysabel, it was a special evening

F
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, amazing service & the food was incredible. Highly recommend!

LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and food was to die for!