203 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000434.074858 -118.323623
M-F 10-10, Sa 8:30-10, Su 8:30-9
Neighborhoods: Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park, Central LA
Avoid lunch and weekends. – La Bottega Marino was an excellent choice for a quick bite to eat before the spring of this year. At that time busboy service was removed from the dinner schedule and the once timely service screeched to a halt. The familiar service staff gone and replaced with rude servers had many of us looking for an alternative for our lunchtime and evening meals.
Seeing a recent reinstatement of busboy service, my friends and I ventured to Bottega again. The busboy service returned, it still has not remedied the underlying problems from in the spring. The service has remained slow and the food that was once a favorite is now deemed at best inconsistent. The exception of one or two servers and a weekday evening manager/host has not elevated this establishment to the level that it was before this spring.
I would not recommend Bottega for lunch or a Friday or Saturday night meal. The service is measurably slower than during the week and you would be fortunate to get back to work or to an evening event on time.
If you want good customer service introduce yourself to the manager/host Bryan. I ordered takeout from Bottega twice a week for many months and he distinguished my voice when I called in and greeted me by name when I came to pick it up. As a party of four that still dine at Bottega every Sunday night we know that Bryan will make sure that we are well taken care of.
If you want delivery ask about the delivery charges. Take out is more affordable with some areas now being $7.
Slow unless you're a B-list star – Once we went and it was fine - good food, good service, etc. Then once we went and it was not so fine. It took almost an hour to get our food, and we watched as an actor from "Sex and the City" arrived 20 minutes after we were seated, ordered, ate his food, paid, and left, before we finally got ours. And that was about 10 minutes after he had left already. They weren't even apologetic about it. They had a bit of an attitude. Dude - this place ain't Mr. Chow's and this guy ain't A-list. Not that that should be acceptable under those circumstances, but this was just ridiculous.
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