633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9007134.051291 -118.254261
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, New Downtown
Very disappointed. – My friends and I were there for dinner on Sat, May 29. We got the calamari and the PEI mussels, in what was supposed to be spicy Thai curry sauce, for appetizers. Calamari was just OK, but the mussels were bad. They were NOT fresh, and the sauce was neither spicy nor Thai. In fact, it was not much of anything. If I wasn't a guest that night those mussels would've gone back. For entree, I had the sea bass. I thought the fish was dry, the sauce too sweet, and the presentation was not there at all. I also tried my friend's wild halibut in some kind of light sauce with mussels. Once again, those mussels should have been thrown out and not sold to anyone. That dish lacked flavor. It was a very quiet Saturday night, but the server did not come around much to check on us at all. We got a desert that we all liked. I don't remember what it was called but it was passion fruit flavor with fresh berries. My friend got a coffee that was served with bad cream. At this point, a new server turned up, and when she brought him a new cup of coffee she explained that the previous server got her cream from the bar, but she brought him cream from the kitchen so it should be fine.
It was my first time dining there, and I would not be going back. You know it's bad food when best part of the meal was a decent desert.
Great Happy Hour Food Prices – Last Thursday, some teachers and I went downtown for a rally. We knew it was going to be a long day so that little lightbulb goes on in my head. Let's do happy hour first. We already planned on going to happy hour after but why not go before, too? I mean, we are off at 2:30! So we jump off the Metro subway and head to McCormick's. We went there since there Happy Hour starts at 3pm (We arrived at 3:15) AND they have a $1.95 happy hour. NICE!
Off the $1.95 menu, we ordered:
-hummus and chips (I didn't care for it)
-fried zucchini (it was good, but there were only 4 pieces.)
-Quesidilla (Nice and big. Thumbs up!)
-Bruscetta (Very tasty, but only had three pieces of small bread)
The best part of the menu was probably the Cheeseburger and fries. ***ONLY $1.95*** Wowza! AND it was really big. Unfortunately, we just had lunch 3 hours before so it was a bit too much for $3 so I'll try that next time.
The only complaint was that the drinks weren't on special. :( My wine was $10. And make sure you order the wine by name. When I asked for a chardonnay, the waitress said "The Sonoma?" I reached for the wine menu and looked. I replied, "$17?? Yeah, no. I'll take the St. Michelle."
So, when the bill came I put in $17. I had one glass of wine and a little bit of food. This happy hour didn't make me extremely happy. I wanted another glass but that would have made my tab almost $30. Since we were going out after the rally, I passed.
So three stars would be fair, but I'll give 'em an extra star for the 2 buck burger! But I will arrive a bit later next time. We went to early... no cute suits to look at. ;(
Clubby corporate restaurant draws seafood lovers with fresh daily catches and posh atmosphere. – In Short
Upscale and sophisticated, this chain features art deco-inspired trappings such as dark wood, shiny brass and beveled glass. Servers clad in black and white weave through cocktailing couples and businessmen at the bar. The classic American, seasonally inspired seafood menu changes daily; specialties include starters of Dungeness crab cakes and oysters on the half shell, plus entrees like cedar plank-roasted salmon, sauteed lobster with scallops and rock shrimp, and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi, soy and ginger.
Good seafood, nice atmosphere – I've been to both the Downtown and Beverly Hills locations. Most of the time, the food has been delicious. I enjoy the sourdough bread they serve to start, and their fried calamari is great. They have a wide variety of seafood dishes and the menu changes from time to time. Their lunch specials are reasonably-priced as well. I'd say about 80% of the meals I've had here have been delicious (the rest were just OK), and I've probably been there at least 10 times.
Reliable HH joint – If you work downtown, it's a convenient location to have happy hour with friends who also work in the area. If you go for dinner, the artichoke dip is a yummy appetizer.
VERY SAD... – ..that this passes for fine dining and people believe it! Nice atmosphere, good service, great for large groups, etc. But underlying it all truly mediocre food! I can make better food in my non-pro kitchen (and so can you!) and i've never had a cooking lesson! Beware of any restaurant of this calibre that doesn't serve warm bread. Even the deserts fall flat. From start to finsih a poor food experience! The same type of food you'd get at a "rubber chicken" hotel banquet!
Business Meetings and Grandparents – Maybe because it is a safe chain where the menu is classic and there is much to choose from, but I am quite certain my party was the youngest in the room! For my friends, this is a good spot because of the location near their offices, and for me, it was just something new. The decor is heavy and dark. The portions are large (the Ahi Tuna appetizer is large enough for an entree) and the menu lists over a dozen fish for preparation as well as options from the lunch menu (Seafood Cobb). All-in-all, the meal was satisfying, but it is not my number one choice for a night out with friends..
Happy Hour BARGAIN – I've been 21 for about 6 months now, and this is the best happy hour I've come across in LA, especially if you're on a budget. ITs a somewhat sophisticated vibe, although the clientele can be rambunctious college kids, that provided $1 burgers and cheap beers. Don't get scammed and start ordering martinis or "menu items," stick to the happy hour menu and tap beer to fully capitalize the bargain.
Great carry out meal – My boyfriend and I just ate a very romantic dinner with a carry out meal. We had crab cakes and fish and chips. The crab cakes were the best we have ever eaten, the sauce on the side was so good. Order an extra one. The fish and chips were excellent, the portion of fish was 3 large filets, the fries were very good. The tartar sauce was fresh and very tasty. The meal came complete with sourdough bread and everything was included to have a great meal outside in a downtown courtyard. We both said to each other, "we would definetly eat at this location again."
excellent all around experience – We were staying at the downtown Marriott and wanted to go to a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. We had excellent food, a knowledgeable waiter and were seated promptly, even though it was dinnertime. Would definitely recommend.
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