Otium

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.
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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance as usual.

s
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I highly recommend the Otium. Food is always good. I go there multiple times per year. I did have the grilled duck special this time. It was good, but not outstanding. I have had better. I had the octopus as well and it was excellent. It was prepared this time with a sauce. I had expected the other way it had been prepared in the past and was pleasantly surprised how it was changed, but still excellent. I have never had a bad meal there. The only thing that bothered me this visit, was that service staff took away the plates while I was still eating making me feel rushed. It has not happened before. It might be a new staff at the Optium. Everything else was good. I will still go back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, the agnolotti and bucatini could be up there as some of the all time best pastas I’ve had. The naan bread as simple as it sounds was mouth watering, we had to order two.

JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food - always! Friendly and helpful service. Can be a little noisy.

ED
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good. Expensive. But good. Not quite "worth it" expensive. And the "4 percent optional surcharge" that's automatically added to your bill but not given to the servers is BS. Wouldn't hurry back.

AA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable table service, friendly chef and kitchen staff, outstanding meal.

MJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We visited the restaurant for Sunday brunch, arriving at 1pm. Two dishes we ordered were no longer available. We re-ordered only to be told later that another dish was unavailable. Really? The service was excellent , our server Aaron was attentive and apologetic. He informed us that the chef was embarrassed and comped one our items. A general disappointment.

BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! The food was outstanding and the server was attentive and gave some great recommendations. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a great food experience downtown.

KS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Otium on a Saturday afternoon! With family abroad in town, we wanted to share a delicious meal.

After enjoying a visit to the Broad museum, we walked a stone’s throw to the Otium. We had made reservations and were warmly welcomed and quickly seated. No waiting!

Our server, Aaron, was amazing! He left us with the menu and answered our questions and helped steer us to offerings that were truly unique and very tasty! It really makes such a difference having staff that care about one’s dining experience and Aaron and the others who helped us—-were just that! Everything was exceptional and we got a kick out of walking through the kitchen (on the way to the w.c.) and seeing such healthful, fresh ingredients being made into wonderful culinary delights!
We ordered about five dishes for the four of us—and we were hungry to start. Everything was yummy—from the farro salad and signature smashed potatoes—to the fried chicken and hoecake—to the hangar steak. The meal left us sated and the desserts we chose were completely finished. Bowls scraped all around.
Overall, very tasty and I’ll be back! Thanks, Otium!

j
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful and creative food. The salmon was incredible. Excellent service. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch after visiting The Broad. Our wait staff was attentive and friendly and the open kitchen was fun to watch. We shared a little gems salad with salmon that was light and very flavorful, and wood-fired oven cooked chicken and potatoes with shisito peppers and a scrumptious spicy pepper sauce on the side. It was a terrific overall dining experience!

EJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch with a perfect Thai influence. Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable and food was delicious. The proximity to the Bowl was another bonus. We enjoyed our meal thoroughly and will go back when in the neighborhood.

T
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite was the lettuce wraps, oysters and gnocchi. This is a great restaurant with spectacular food and service. We went for lunch but will be back to try dinner.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overrated...hype because he won a cooking competition. Our server was great...food, not so much. Salad far too acidic and they had something they had the nerve to call naan. It was like a buttery pancake. Entrees ok at best. Happy I tried it but won’t be back.

GG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love all veggies. So interesting the way they put flavors together. A lesson in creative cooking.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Location was great. Good was good. Overall 4 stars

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We joyfully celebrated our anniversary in Otium thanks to all awesome Otium people. Appreciate about the food and service again! It was an exceptional and perfect day to us :)

RM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best all around meals I've had in awhile. From start to finish it was an amazing experience. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Recommend bringing more people so you can try more items. The menu is pretty extensive. Three of us made it through 8 dishes including dessert and were completely satisfied. Stand out dishes were the naan bread with truffle butter and the new New York strip (amazing!). Enjoy!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

súper cool delicious food

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantistic staff and service. Great food. Highly recommend

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent all around. imaginative menu, impeccably executed

c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to Otium before the theater or when in DTLA. It never disappoints! This time our server who I wish I remembered her name was superb. Her recommendations were spot on and tried each suggestion. Bravo!

RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was expecting higher food standards from this restaurant. It’s average-good, not great

SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional. Lovely gal who explained plates and drinks and made us feel very welcome.

Unfortunately, our pasta with pesto and pistachios was overly salty and we were unable to finish it because it was and we did let Otium know. Offered to bring us another plate, but we declined. I was very surprised to see that we still were charged for it.

B
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We love Otium but the restaurant was getting ready for an emmey event and they were definite problems during the course of the meal. That being said the staff was attentive and "fixed" what they could and we will absolutely go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. We forgot our leftover chicken. We came back a few minutes later for it; and we were told it was already been thrown away. 😩

JH
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter.. Great food!

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have had to date, from amazing food to fantastic service it was the perfect anniversary night.

JL
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Otium is my go-to for business lunches when I'm in LA--it's always been a taste sensation!--but something has slipped there. The food was over-salted and lacking invention and subtlety. In a word, it was ordinary. Maybe preparation for the Emmies, which happened a couple of days later outside the restaurant, caused the problems we encountered, but this was a pretty mediocre food experience at a restaurant from which I've come to expect much better!

A
Mexico City
28 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, great service, great FOOD!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience at Otium I have ever had.

f
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Otium is a great dining experience. Located very close to Broad Museum and within easy walking distance of the Disney Concert Hall and the Ahmanson/Mark Taper Forum. It's an attractive setting and has an outdoor patio so you can sit outside when the weather is pleasant. The food is definitely an eating experience. Very interesting menu. While they offer some "big" plates, they have many smaller plates that are good for sharing -- a good idea since it's hard to decide when they have so many interesting things on the menu. We've been there for brunch and for lunch. Plan on going back in the future to try their dinner menu.

RK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Main draw is the Broad Museum, which provides a lot of traffic. Bar and restaurant have upscale and hip vibe considering the number of tourists. Some dishes reflect the creativity of the star chef like the Asian inspired shrimp salad on Romaine lettuce leaves, but others are for the mainstream like grilled cheese sandwich. Extensive wine list. Good bar scene with artisan cocktails. Desserts made in house. Conversation possible if you talk loud.

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. It never disappoints!

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server only came by our table just couple of times throughout the dinner - when taking orders, serving food and handing over the check. Every time we needed something, there were random people work there came and talked to us. Food was just fair nothing wowing. Overall their food was generally on salty side and pretty small in portion. Also Hamachi (appetizer) we ordered tasted pretty fishy.

FL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb sandwich was a tad on the salty side. All else was fantastic.

N
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent high end cuisine, small portions and extremely expensive. A very light pour of average Chardonnay $21.00, that would be close to $100/btl for a wine you can buy retail for $12.00 and they probably pay $8.00. License to steal.

SG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A go back for dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The dishes were delicious. We got mostly fish. The stuffed turbot was a bit too salty. Same with the black cod. We really enjoyed the beet salad and hamachi and liver pate and naan. Also the best part was the green pasta.

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