535 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9007134.049417 -118.25464
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, New Downtown
Hilton checkers make a mistake on the price on the website and my booking was cancelled without my consent. After some email correspondence, Hilton never bother to get back to me since 6 Nov12. What is going on? .. KHLim
Great hotel BUT.. – It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at goo.gl/FPxYD They have some of the best hotel deals on the web!
A hotel restaurant that is greater than the hotel – I was expecting to hate it. Expecting it to be like many of the other hotel restaurants I've encountered -- a last resort dining destination for trapped hotel guests. As it is, one would be lucky to be a guest trapped inside Checkers restaurant at the Hilton in Downtown LA. Chef Todd Allison has crafted a precise Cal-French influenced menu that is easy to love -- whether it's seared ahi tuna, sea scallops with blood oranges, short ribs and risotto, or filet with macerated tomatoes and grilled romaine. As an added perk, the restaurant hosts a special happy hour event every Thursday night that features four speciality drinks paired with four dishes. It's more than worth checking out. Even if it requires rubbing elbows with some out-of-towners.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Discreetly located in the back of the boutique-style Hilton Checkers Los Angeles hotel, this clubby, candlelit room hosts solo diners, area residents and business executives. Completely revamped in late 2009, the quiet space seems to have embraced its "secret find" sensibility with mellow tones, comfortable leather chairs and framed black-and-white photographs of the historic property, which dates back to the 1920s. Chef Todd Allison, who was classically trained by celebrated Chef James Boyce for over 10 years and also worked directly with Michael Mina, has crafted an impressive market-inspired menu of American cuisine with French and local touches. Spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner, dishes range from Kings Hawaiian French toast to pear with fig salad topped with Rogue River blue cheese, endive, golden raisins and cranberries to locally-sourced halibut with braised cipiollini, fennel, smoked tomato and saffron broth. Well-groomed sports fans take seats at the adjacent bar inside the Checkers Lounge to watch the game while groups entertaining clients or just meeting friends relax in the comfortable sitting areas to have a small bite or indulge in a glass of wine or draft beer or one of the many specialty cocktails.
Fantastic at all levels – What a discovery. Terrific food, creatively presented, service beyond expectation. We each had the 3-course menu. Some of our choices: Saffran risotto of rock shrimp and chorizo (beautiful textures, creamy but not overly rich). Mixed greens with pears, figs, blue cheese, pecans (separated on a wide plate, a fun way to eat salad). Roasted duck breast with chanterelles. And a fantastic creme brulée and flourless chocolate cake to finish. Amazingly, $35 per person. Service: We had only an hour before a concert, and they not only took care of us quickly but also took us to the concert hall with the hotel shuttle and picked us up! Also, valet parking is only $6.
Great Dining Experience – Our dinner was the prix fixe dineLa dinner. Three courses for $34. My Caesar Salad was good and my wild salmon with a butter sauce on the side was excellent. The beef tenderloin had a fantastic wine reduction sauce. The third course was a flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream in the middle. It was very good. In all fairness the martinis were a little weak. Service was good and the restaurant was quiet. It was a Monday night however.
great food, puzzling service – We arrived at Checkers at 6 pm and expected to get out for 8 pm at the Music Center, and we were assured that would be no problem. Well there was a problem. After drinks we waited 45 minutes for someone to take our order! Not impressive. The food however was impressive, the salads crunchy and full of delicious surprises. The ahi tuna with avocado and tomatoes was perfect with just enough pepper to wake up the tastebuds. The monkfish was also perfect, even though the accompanying risotto contained some rice grains that were just a little too much al dente. I would have loved to try the desserts, but by the time we finally got our coffees, it was time to leave for the Music Center. I will definitely return for the food, but beware of timing for the Music Center.
Hotel did not honor "guaranteed" reservations – I recommended this Hotel to an out-of-town friend who was treating her Mother to a trip to LA for her 80th birthday. When my friend made her reservation, she advised the Hotel she would be arriving late on Friday night. The Hotel told her she could "guarantee" a late arrival by use of her credit card which my friend did do. When she arrived there, she was told the Hotel was "oversold" and they could not accomodate she and her mother. My friend felt horrible because she wanted this to be really special for her Mother. I felt horrible because I recommended the Hotel. I would not do so again and I encourage you to advise your readers accordingly.
Great food, great bar all at a reasonable price. – This was a great place to have dinner with friends. Low lights with a full bar and the staff is totally friendly. I went here for a girls night out and due to one of our party being late we missed our reservation to be seated but the nice maitre d allowed us to order from the full menu from the lounge.
I'm not sure why this place has 4 dollar signs because it wasn't that expensive. For three people we spent $115 and that included the tip. That didn't include alcohol because we paid for drinks at the bar but I still consider that ok for dinner for 3 people. We had the swordfish pasta, seared ahi tuna, and the mahi mahi. We also ordered a huge salad. Since it was girls night out we all shared food so I got to sample all of the food and let me say all of the fish was fresh and flavorful. The portions were so large that we weren't able to finish.
There was also a ton of people there from out of town for a conference- I guess it is inside the Hilton Hotel so that makes sense - and I met some great people and had a lot of fun. It was a positive experience and I would go again.
Quiet, Intimate Dining Experience – The atmosphere at Checkers Restaurant is classy and refined. It's an ideal place for a quiet, romantic meal. Try reserving an early dinner to avoid the "dinner-and-show" crowd, and to get the most attentive service.
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