316 W Second St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.052799 -118.247242
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, Historic Core
Great food, great fun – I went here the other night with my honey. The outside looks kind of random, but once you come in its dark and homey... just like all those pubs I used to go to when I lived in London. The bar top is sticky, but the drinks are good and the bartenders are nice. They have a very good selection of beer (on tap and in bottles), as well as wine, and cocktails. My boyfriend had the burger (which was huge and very good, make sure to order the sweet potato fries!) and I had the wedge salad (great dressing) and the crispy barbecue wings (soooo good, and definitely had leftovers for the next day.) Overall, it was a great experience, very chill and unpretentious, and a crowd that was friendly and relaxed.
Service so bad that it was actually funny – After thinking long and hard about where to go for my birthday I decided on The Redwood Bar and Grill for the Downtown location and Pirate theme. When I arrived, the place wasn't very busy but like others said, there are very few seats which seems especially strange since on this website their video raves about what good food they have which makes the place sound like more of a restaurant than a bar. There were 7 of us and we did end up getting a table pretty fast but our waiter disappeared right after he sat us and came back about an hour later. When he got to our table, he literally threw a tantrum because we had gotten up and ordered drinks from the bar. He then proceeded to place a little sign on our table to let others know it wasn't occupied. It was actually laugh out loud funny because I couldn't figure out how he was planning on removing us from the table and why the owners would want us removed considering the amount of drinks we were purchasing. If he had only just slowed down a bit and been friendly about it we would have ordered more drinks from him and compensated him for his trouble but after that I don't know what kind of tip he was expecting. I have to say that the managers were so nice about the whole thing and apologized but I can't figure out why that guy was working there? Also in the video they go on about the nautical themed drinks but when I asked for the menu the bar tender didn't even seem to know one existed (although when he found it he made the drinks like he had done it before, they were great!)
Fun, casual place to hang out with good friends – I loved Redwood Bar and Grill's atmosphere. It is funky and fun with sailing and pirate paraphernalia all over the place. My friends and I got a kick out of it. This place is great for large groups of people because it is the kind of place where people are milling around mixing and mingling. However, if you do go with a large group, you probably won?t end up sitting at the same table. There aren't many tables and it gets really cramped around the bar with everyone vying to put in their drink orders. Everyone ends up standing around in groups talking. I didn't get to try the food but it looked really good.
Best Fish&Chips you'll ever have!!! – Being in Downtown LA on a Thursday evening after a long day of meetings can be gruelling. How refreshing that I was able to find such a place as the Redwood in order to avoid the traffic. I was immediately greeted by a young lady behind the bar with a warm smile. I usually sit at tables but opted for the bar this time no doubt due to this 'original' greeting (it's hard to find smiles in LA these days). Famished, I asked for a menu and an opinion. Without hesitation she recommended the Fish&Chips. I myself am a connoisseur of this dish. I've had it in London, Scotland, New England (all over the East Coast), as well as many other places and I must say that these are, indeed the best you'll ever have. As excited as I am to find a place with such great food, I am equally impressed with the service. It is so nice to be greeted so warmly and taken care of as if I walked into the bartender's own home. That is the way she made me feel! Thank you and I will definitely be back.
Downtown's only pirate-themed hipster lounge offers grub, grog and good times. – In Short
A Miami salvage yard provides the inspiration for this nautical watering hole, with a decor scheme that includes old alcohol barrels doubling as tables, rope ladders, fishnet-lined walls and steering wheel chandeliers. Downtown workers start to file in after 5pm, followed by nearby loft dwellers and their friends from Silver Lake and Echo Park. The kitchen serves up both a lunch and dinner menu, including veggie Ruebens, fried catfish burgers, crab cakes and grilled meats.
Greatly surprised – After wasting 40 minutes of my time waiting to pay for a parking ticket, I wind up walking into this huge (from the outside you can't tell how big it is), cozy and cool bar, wich made me feel like I was on a Hollywood movie set, keeping my expectations to see captain Sparrow at any given moment. I sat at the bar when the bartender asked me..."Do you want to have lunch or just a drink?". "So you guys serve food too?", I replied while he was giving me the menu. I've got to tell you, I was quiet surprised with the variety of the menu, from short ribs to garlic tiger prawns. I ended up ordering the lunch special, which was a "pizza margarita". It was maybe the best pizza dough I've ever had. The crunchiness was unbelievable and the tomato sauce had a garlic kick that was off the wall.
I can't really speak for the rest of the food since I haven't try it but if everything else taste like the pizza I'm down on it.
Pros: food, staff, atmosphere
cons:restrooms extremly dark, is hard to tell is also a restaurant
Seems the bad reviews share a theme... – It's not really a lunch place, even if they do serve lunch.
It's a bar. With bar food. Wit bar decor. With bar service.
The wait staff has attitude, yes, but they are hardly rude. If you want great restaurant service, go to Patina, or the Water Grill.
If you want pirate decor, good food, good drinks and great people watching, the Redwood is a great bet.
Vastly overrated – Had a res. Still waited 15minutes after res time for a lunchtime table. They tried to seat our group of 9 at a table for 6. Waited some more. After ordering, waited over 40 minutes for our burgers.....at lunch!!! (Although the 6-top adjacent to us ordered after we did, they got their food a whole lot sooner). Empty glasses all around. Food was grossly overcooked, cold and generally just plain poor. Service was very poor. Seemed to be loads of staff wandering about, just not near our table. Would definitely not return. Under the new ownership, this place is seriously overrated. Where's Alice when you need her?
A Taste for Great Fish – I love to eat fish.
I also have a highly acute olfactory sense.
I am the guy who drives to Baja more than a few times a year just to eat fresh fish.
I am talking about driving over the mountains to the remote fishing villages on the coast. I will spend all morning out on the panga boats catching snapper, bass, and lingcod. If we are lucky enough to land a yellowtail, it is sushi before we get back to the ramp.
By 3 in the afternoon it's cooking on the grill. I thought there was nothing that could match the taste. Until I had the fish at Redwood. I also like the fact that I can save a great deal of money on gas, freeway tolls, and fishing gear.
When Some places have lines and attitued that look like the US border, Redwood is the best place to anchor and "make-port".
If anything stunk the night that last writer was there, it had to have been attitude.
Terrible Staff – Having been a concierge downtown for several years, I regret to say, I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND the Redwood to any of our residents. I'm very disappointed with the treatment I received from the waiting staff including the restaurant manager. I was doing a self-guided tour of 5 new hot spots with 3 friends, when arriving at the ?Redwood?, it smelled a little fishy, but after a cold Guinness I wanted a taste of the fish & chips. I approached a man standing at the bar who appeared to be a waiter, I asked about ordering food and he pointed to an empty table, so we sat. The waitress arrived at the table stating that it was ?her? table, and that she told someone else to sit there. She insisted that we vacate the table. There?s no need to go on. This restaurant?s staff needs training.
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