Abernethy’s

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89 reviews
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$30 and under
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In L.A, it’s the dishes that define our neighborhoods. Flavors inform us on culture and community, and chefs convey their story of our city with every meal. Abernethy’s is a showcase of emerging chefs who have a unique narrative to share. It’s a forum for food that’s inspired by the diverse people and places that fill the heart of Los Angeles. This is the new story of L.A. Related and plated by the chefs who tell it best.

Abernethy’s features emerging chefs from throughout L.A. Chosen for their culinary talent and entrepreneurship, these chefs reflect the cultural diversity of Los Angeles County’s residents, cuisine, neighborhoods and businesses. Chef Shirley Chung of Ms Chi Cafe is the first emerging chef and will launch the restaurant; a new chef will transform the restaurant every quarter.
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was tasty, enjoyed that they had gluten-free and vegan options. Service was chaotic and uneven. Got our order wrong then the two dishes were brought out and the third came out 30 minutes later after we were finished eating. Server never came back to check up on us and we couldn’t even flag anyone down to ask about our food. Though we enjoyed the flavors the service or lack of ruined the experience. It was a celebration dinner and we spent so much energy trying to get the meal fixed we didn’t get to make it a nice birthday dinner.

JG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu was short, but we managed to find things we thought we might like. We ordered the pork and shrimp wantons. The noodle was light and thin, just the way I’d like it but even when dipped in chili oil, the seasoning was off for me. I wanted a bigger taste than I got. The radish and orange salad was tasty, seasoned right for me but not my companion. We then had tea ribs . I couldn’t envision how that dish was made since my expectation was that a rib has bark and big taste. This did not have and bark, and I could see why, but it was a boiled rib which looked unappealing. I liked it, but my companion didn’t. I do think the idea of the restaurant is innovating and our server was extremely respectful and attendant to our needs. Others at the table ordered rice and chicken which looked delicious and they said it was.

JE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, I love the concept of Abernethy's. The menu changes every few months, so I am excited to come back. The current food and drink options were all very good. Our server was amazing as well. I made a reservation the day before and was able to make our show with plenty of time since the service and food was quick.

JC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was imaginative and well prepared. Staff was attentive but did not overstep. Site is glorious on a Sunny evening. Bravo!

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

Second time there. Food was great.

RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service awful waiter didn’t get order right. Table left unattended far too long. Chicken not very good.

N
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely patio dining. Enjoyed Asian fusion dishes more when hot chili sauce was provided on request.

k
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good but noisy and took awhile for server to come.

g
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very poor value for the money. We had al dente heirloom carrots, I like my vegetables al dente but not close to raw. The pot stickler were good. The lamb belly was ok, nothing to write home about. But the noise level was totally unacceptable. We had raise our voices to just below shouting level to be heard.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was great, service was decent. Except server seemed annoyed when i sent a bland noodle dish back and the hostess refused to give us a different table because it was 'reserved' even though we ordered and ate our food and the "reserved" table was never used.

H
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We were looking forward to trying this as the concept is great and the menu looked very interesting. The new updated Plaza is really beautiful and the restaurant looks great with a pretty bar area and outdoor seating by the fountains. They do not have their service worked out. From the start, at seating, there was confusion of what tables were occupied vs. open. When we sat, the table next to us was eating but asking for their bar order which had still not arrived. When we ordered, we gave the order for everything as they were having delays, so we put in for cocktails, wine for the main course, and an appetizer and two entrees to share. One entree came first and was completely consumed when our cocktails and wine arrived at the same time. We then received the next entree and finally the appetizer. Food was tasty. The Cacio and Pepe was delicous. The lamb belly was tasty, but the portion was small for the money. We had the pot stickers which are different. They tasted as if they had cinnamon in them. Different, but good. The servers were all very polite, but the team is just not humming yet with the challenge of pre-theater dining where everyone come in at virtually the same time. All in all, the prices are for a fine dining service establishment.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Absolutely not. The food was dreadful and the choices far too limited. One of my party couldn't eat anything. I ate only out of hunger, not because anything tasted good. The sable fish was decent but the portion miniscule and it was too spicy to eat with the soup/sauce.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Interesting Asian Fusion flare - not sure we would return. Understand they just opened so they maybe working out all the kinks.

GD
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were going to a play at the Ahmanson (Latin History for Morons-great!) and had lunch there. It is on the main patio, near the fountains, which provide a nice diversion. We were promptly seated.
The restaurant has a policy of rotating chefs every few months. We were fortunate and had an Asian chef. We ordered chicken potstickers with a pomegranate glaze, which were very good; “Shanghai” noodles served with a tofu and pecorino cream sauce, reminiscent of Alfredo sauce, which were good, not great; and “dancing” eggplant with bonito flakes, which bob up and down from the heat, and were a bit spicy, but quite tasty.
These three dishes were definitely enough for the two of us. Service was very good and gracious. This is a terrific place when going to the Music Center.

RW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Good mediocre. Setting lovely. Potstickers are soggy not crisp. Lamb belly very fatty though flavorful. Left my credit card w the signed check. No one saw that. On the Ray app was my phone number no one called me. I did recover it at lost and found the next day after an hour of punishing traffic.

b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Probably the most delicious and also healthiest restaurant I've been to. I've gone twice and plan to go every time I'm at the theatre or symphony but only regret the chef creating these incredible dishes will be leaving the end of November, I only hope their next chef will equal or perhaps surmount the one they have now, Bravo!

RR
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After reading previous reviews, I was somewhat hesitant in booking a reservation at Abernethy’s. It’s location ( on the Music Center Plaza) and the reputation of it’s current Chef were the deciding factors in my choice. Speaking only from my experience, the decision was a good one. The table —outside near the fountain and next to a tree—was excellent; the food—including the grilled carrots, pot stickers, and a very good Vodka Martini and glass of Soave wine—was great; and the service—from the. Hostess to Francois (my server) to the bus staff was attentive, informative, and professional. In a word, perfect. I will return soon and look forward to the next chefs in the rotation.

S
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very surprised to find Abernathy's on the grounds of The Music Center. We were having dinner before the theater and booked this "pop-up" restaurant. The traffic was horrific, we were an hour late. We were surprised that the restaurant was in the plaza, how lucky could we have been! The food was excellent! My wife is a pescatarian and very picky. She was well taken care of. We ordered many of the items on the menu and shared. I can't say that we had any regrets on any plate. I strongly recommend ordering the radish salad. I would imagine that most people won't order it, however, it's quite refreshing and surprising, you won't be disappointed. Food came fast and the service was superior. Our only problem was our drink order, but the Manager took care of that without us having to say anything. One last thing, order the rice pudding! Whether you are full or not, order it!

JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE WERE ATTENDING A CONCERT AT THE DISNEY HALL AND HAD DRIVEN IN FROM PALM DESERT. WE WANTED TO RELAX AND HAVE A NICE DINNER. WE CHOSE A TABLE OUTSIDE. FROM THE RECEPTIONIST TO OUR SERVER TO THE FOOD, WE COULDN'T HAVE ENJOYED IT MORE. THE IDEA OF ROTATING CHEFS AND MENUS EVERY THREE MONTHS WILL BRING US BACK.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the first offering at Abernethy's. We were a little skeptical about the offerings but did find several that were good choices for us. We also heard that the lamb belly is outstanding from other dinners. The prices are reasonable and I like the idea of having a completely new theme and menu every 3 months. We should be able to sample a lot of interesting things over the coming year!

F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine was interesting and tasty. I love the concept of switching up chefs and menus no-monthly to allow regular Music Center patrons variety. Dining on the new Plaza is really lovely. Who knew that al fresco dining could still be noisy?

AL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I would recommend Abernethy's if you want a quick bite before the theater. Very convenient, being on the Music Center Plaza.
My only complain is that the waiter made a mistake with the bill and was most unpleasant about fixing it!

JD
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great addition to music center complex...however a
Lot of work needs to be done to get the kinks out. Had a long standing resy for 6:30..arrived on time and was told they had no tables left. We had parked and were left with no alternatives. They did find us a
Communal table seat out in the plaza after quite awhile and it was pretty chilly. Manager apologized and said she
Was buying us appetizers but when bill came there was a
Charge. We let it go as server was
Very nice and we
Had to make the theatre.

AA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was slow in appearing, one dish at a time.
Pot stickers were very good.
Eggplant was strangely metallic tasting.
Chicken was bland, not special.
Very expensive for what was served.
Wait staff courteous and apologetic for slowness.

DW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great new restaurant for Music Center patrons. Great menu with a new chef every 3 months.

d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We went to Abernathy for dinner before the opera show. The wine we ordered was brought to our table after 4 dishes have been served. And this was with the constant reminder from ALL the staff that we still did not have our wine.

One of our order did not come and the eggplant dish that was served to us was undercooked.

Abernethy double billed us for the meal. The first bill had the appetizer which we did not receive and the eggplant dish which we sent back). My husband left a message because he was not able to get in touch with anyone at the restaurant this afternoon. We are still waiting for a response and a refund.

DS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but our server was awful. Very inattentive and kept forgetting to come back with water, plates, desert and the check. Terrible service for what they charge.

C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

A couple of great dishes, a few that missed the mark barely. Good value. Waitress, not too attentive.

M
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pre-theatre dinner. Very convenient location. Interesting and tasty shareable plates. Reasonable prices.

TA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food by Top Chef's Shirley Chung. Each dish was better than the next. Tried the caci e pepe with Szechuan peppercorns, the lacquer whole chicken, hot and sour fish, and spicy carrots. Husband had rice pudding for dessert. Fabulous meal overall.

RL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Well, very pretentious overall, and the food, well... the two dishes we ordered were rather unsatisfying, to say the least. One was some kind of noodles in a cream sauce -- the menu said it had tofu but there was none to be found. The sezchuan pepper, most likely added in too abundant an amount, left an unpleasant aftertaste. For fourteen dollars, a wad of creamed noodles--without a vegetable in sight--was a raw deal. The other dish was "better"--kung pao tofu--but not by much. Too salty, and too insufficient--plenty of tofu, but with just a few small bits of carrot and some hazelnuts. This is a dish that cried out for a carbohydrate--maybe a bit of rice or quinoa--but no, we didn't even get any bread. I would not recommend this place. With tip, it cost two of us $40 and we were starving by the time our opera was over.

F
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Toooo spicey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like the chef, Shirley Chung and glad she got to do the first rotation. It is so convenient to have this new restaurant on the Plaza. I like the idea of the 3 month rotation of chefs to keep the menu fresh. I have theater subscriptions for both the Ahmanson and Taper and have grown tired of the food places here until this new restaurant became availabl.

TB
Los Angeles
134 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were looking forward to checking out the recently opened Plaza at the Music Center and trying out dinner at a new place. Abernethy’s had only recently opened, but service was very good and food was excellent. We were told that chefs will change every three months, as will the menu. This quarter’s menu was described as “Progressive Chinese.” The menu was limited, but everything we tried, which included 1/2 lacquered chicken, pot stickers, egg rolls, and two flavors of “doughnuts” (similar to beignets) for desert. Decor of the restaurant is pleasantly modern with views of the newly revamped plaza from both inside the restaurant and from the outdoor seating area.

D
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Pre-opera. Seated immediately at outside table of choice with view of new plaza fountain. Menu of different Chinese recipes and combinations . Very helpful waiter recommended getting 3 or 4 items to share, which we did. All of it delicious. Even items that sounded spicy were tolerable for my senior palette. Reasonably priced. 6:30 rezzie. Opera at 7:30. Out with 10 minutes to spare (including 5 minute grace period start). Chef rotation in 3 mos. Might be my new “go to” restaurant!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service; mediocre food!

JA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the new restaurant, surrounding courtyard at The Music Center and the rotating chef concept. What a wonderful opportunity to sample some of the amazing Los Angeles based chefs.

LG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but a bit salty. Service was outstanding. We like supporting new chefs.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, best Kung Pao tofu ever (don’t judge!) Small plates meant to be shared, although a little pricey. A great addition to the Music Center complex!

AB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I love the concept of pop ups in this location.
The current selection of food and drinks is reasonable and tasty. I've been to the restaurant twice this month. However, service is uneven. My servers and runners were very good, but busy. What disappointed me was the large amount waitstaff wandering about with empty hands who would not accommodate guests a a table other than their own.

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