Here's Looking At You

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Chef/Owner Jonathan Whitener's progressive SoCal food in the heart of Los Angeles: Koreatown.
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KM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific vibe in this Koreatown hot spot. Service was really outstanding; our server was patient and explained, in detail, all of the items that we inquired about on the menu with detail and charm. Kitchen executes really well; food is quite tasty. Wine list is eclectic and modern. Great vibe inside. Look forward to returning again, soon.

NK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I made reservations and I got there before my friend. I had to wait for my friend to arrive before we were seated. The service was not the friendliest but okay. They provided recommendations when asked. We ordered the waffles and steak/eggs from the brunch menu. I also had the blueberry pineapple lemonade which was very refreshing and good. The steak came before the waffles which was weird. We were almost done with eating the steak before the waffles arrived. They didn’t ask how cooked we wanted the steak and we realized that when the steak arrived. Fortunately, the steak came cooked medium and tasted good. The waffles came with whipped cream and blueberries. There was a salty kick to it which made it different and I liked that touch though not everyone’s taste. Overall, it was a pleasant brunch. Not on my must-have list but would probably visit again if in the area.

RI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch! Will definitely go again.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They do not allow substitutions or modifications to the menu items, including with the temperature or style of your egg. As a picky vegetarian who occasionally eats eggs, this was not the place for me.

JM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from Bell. Food was incentive and delicious.

Y
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eats at a cute location, and parking was manageable. Loved the summery cocktails too!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoyed everything about HLAY! From the ambiance, to the attentive staff and our wonderful server who was so knowledgeable about the dishes, and of course our meal—which felt like the best type of progression from start to finish. We had the best date night!

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Delicious food and awesome atmosphere. Super fun!

JS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The corn ribs, shishito peppers and bread with shiitake butter have me drooling and ready to go back tomorrow

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing meal

AK
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Portions good for sharing for two but not more than two. Some things were too salty for me. I'm glad we tried Here's Looking At You but I wouldn't go back. It wasn't special.

FD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Besides the great food (and plates to share), their cocktails are outstanding! Just for them- go!

EW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am going to crave the frog legs and the blood cake!!!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Always amazing. I’ve been there three times and it’s always been fantastic. Our server was amazing she guided us through the menu with ease.

FF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We got the highlights - the frog legs and crispy fish which were both good but overall it was fine. Live close by and finally caved into the hype and maybe that’s why I was disappointed - it's not bad but not as good as I was expecting.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought my parents to "HLAY" to celebrate my mom's birthday. I requested booth seating & mentioned the occasion in advance on my open table reservation. The hostess had already prepared the booth & was aware of the occassion when we arrived. All the staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We told our server it was our first time dining at HLAY and diet restrictions/allergies when she asked & she was happy to explain the menu, coursing, & mark the dishes containing meat for my pescatarian dad on his menu. We ordered Grandma & Bub's bread, the scallops, yellowtail, fingerling potatoes, lamb, & the beam--all to share. Every dish was amazing. My mom really enjoyed the drink special: the current mood spritzer. She did a little shoulder shimmy with each course & that is universal social proof that this place did not disappoint. We received outstanding service from everyone with whom we had an interaction. Most pleasant surprise of the night? The dining room playlist! Every song was my jam & it was feel good music anyone could appreciate but not played too loud. My mom called it a night to remember & no doubt the food, service, & the vibes warranted such high praise. Enjoy. We certainly did!

k
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. So pleased I finally made it here!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Definitely coming back!

K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and desserts tasted really good. Tasty cocktails. Service was great, too. Would definitely love to come back

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would definitely come back even though it’s a bit pricey, food and service were great!

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch. Have been a few times before and am always happy with the food. Wonderful flavors. Wonderful execution.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

they run a tip-top joint, modern, innovative but with a graciousness to all customers.
Well trained, oiled staff, nicely schooled in service and attitude

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Food is delicious and surprising. Small plates with fresh, flavorful, unexpected combinations. Great bar serves clever drinks that amuse and are also just flat out good! Attentive service, lively room but a place you can have a conversation. My go-to for guests visiting LA. Somehow with all this excellence still feels like a welcoming neighborhood spot. Worth the cost, have never been disappointed.

F
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is topknotch - we came for DineLA and thanks to the alert server realized allergies would be an issue and ended up with a very delicious selection from the regular menu.

I am slightly old-school on service and wish the table bussers would count to 30 before whisking away my plates, but I know most people now expect speed, especially at a small plate restaurant.

The food was amazingly delicious. Honestly, at first it seemed as though there were one or two too many exotic ingredients on the menu for just about everything, including the drinks, but the chef/bartender/creator folks are BRILLIANT and everything works.

I had a gin beverage with who knows what in it that was perfectly flavored. And the mussels were a revelation. The portions for these could have been just a tad more generous....

On the other hand, the Tomahawk porkchop was a complete smash! Huge, exquisitely flavored and cooked just right. Worth every penny.

It's a beautiful place and I look forward to returning.

GT
Hawaii
49 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I only had two dishes here, the Gem lettuce salad and the Hamachi collar. Both were spectacular. The salad was served Thai spring roll style, with whole Gem lettuce leaves served on top of the mix of other ingredients. You spoon the mix into a lettuce leaf and then eat it with your hands (you can use a fork and knife if you're a priss). Best salad I have had in a long time.

The second course, the Hamachi collar was so incredibly good. I can't even begin to explain. I didn't know what the "collar" was. Its the part just below the head, and includes a fin. So you have to pick the fish off the bone. I think I picked every little tiny bit.

The bar service was also excellent. I like a good negroni (100th anniversary this year) and they made an excellent one. The two glasses of wine that followed were both highly rated bottles (>90 point ratings). The selection of wines by the glass were limited but quite excellent and paired well with the dishes.

At first glance, the menu has some very unusual items and may be off-putting to some people (beef tongue, chicken liver, collar!). I had to research some terms on the menu. I will definitely be going back to this place when I have the chance.

AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d love a bit less noise, but truly enjoyed everything else about our visit!!

d
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Chef was such a great guide for our dining experience. Our server was a great conductor of the food orchestration. Happen to catch it during DineLA. So good. So delicious. Looking forward to checking out their next new spot in Silverlake...ALL DAY BABY!

FF
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great experience and one we are waiting to go back to soon...

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Loved the cocktails even though they’re very pricey. Would’ve ordered more had they been $5 cheaper.

Flavors were on point, but we were disappointed with the al pastor - tough, chewy and just some pineapple on top, wanted it to be fatty but crispy and melty

Staff were all excellent

r
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, fresh, seasonal dining with a touch of eclecticism. Loved it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC spot!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, ambiance could of been a little better for the price, but overall the food was amazing! I’d go again.

OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unusual cuisine expertly prepared. This I a very special restaurant that never disappoints. Great food and excellent drinks.

FG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's Looking At You is legitimately the most underrated restaurant in Los Angeles. Fine dining with a party atmosphere. The service is impeccable and the cocktail program is the best in the city. Michelin doesn't know what they're missing out on.

ZI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed in the Dine LA menu outcome. Some dishes were a hit, but many others were not. The presentation of the food was sorely lacking, too sloppy. Was excited to come and check it out based on the great reviews out there. But the food experience did not live up to the reviews. On the other hand, the cocktails were great.

KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch. The food is out of the world, Charolette and George were wonderful. Will definitely be back soon!

JR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My experience was not bad. I wanted to try out a new brunch spot. The only place to sit was at the bar, which was okay. I'm not one to be shy to spend for a great meal, but for what you got here, I thought it was a bit overpriced.

CV
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to have an early-ish dinner with a long time friend who I haven’t seen one-on-one in ages. We were able to score bar reservations (both service industry vets- we always prefer to sit bar side) and though we didn’t do too much research on the menu, we were not disappointed. Our bartender (and the hostess and food runner) were helpful but not pushy with our selections, everything was delicious and we walked out of there without feeling overstuffed. Cocktails were well worth the prices, I went out of my comfort zone at the recommendation of the bartender and I think I found a new favorite cocktail with the Copyright Rickey.
We ended our night with that 7.1 earthquake, but the experience would have still been unforgettable without it. Thanks for a great night out.

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

Love this place, excellent food and service, and amazing drinks!

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

Loved the food and this place is so cute! Definitely going back!

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