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Joyce Main Dining Room - Joyce, Los Angeles, CA

Joyce

4.6
4.6
345 Reviews
$31 to $50
Regional American (Southern)
With a kitchen led by Michelin-award-winning Chef and co-owner Sammy Monsour (formerly of LA’s Preux & Proper), the menu centers around soulful Southern fare with an emphasis on sustainable seafood, offering an extensive raw bar program and selection of fine American caviars.

Complementing the bright flavors, Monsour adds rich, comforting depth with dishes like the Cornmeal Crusted Nashville Hot Catfish and Hickory Smoked Tomahawk Pork Chop. Beverage Director and co-owner, Kassady Wiggins designs a zero-landfill cocktail program that is well balanced and climate conscious. The drinks are the perfect blend of new and familiar, while bringing Southern flavors to each glass with cocktails like the Hootie Hoo and Mother of Pearl Martini.

Teaming up with Founders and Operators, Prince and Athena Riley, Joyce is named after their daughter and her grandmother. The restaurant embodies family, connection, and seeks to bring joy to guests through shared dining experiences.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 40 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Southern), Seafood, Soul food
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30–14:30 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00 Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 395-0202
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Monsour
  • Catering
    For all catering inquires please visit the link below and fill out the form. <br />https://www.joycela.com/events
  • Private party facilities
    For all private event inquires please visit the link below and fill out the form. https://www.joycela.com/events
  • Private party contact
    Prince Riley: (630) 313-0361
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    Cross streets of 8th &amp; Grand in between Whole Foods &amp; Bottega Louie
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 345 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

345 Reviews
  1. Quincy

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything here is delicious! I'd highly recommend the lamb ribs, harissa roasted baby carrots, the crawfish hushpuppies, and mary's game hen!!

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  2. Vhvhvh

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful place with really yummy yummy food and amazing customer service! I couldn’t be more pleased I can’t wait to go back for brunch! Me and my friend had such a awesome dinner. You all are killing at Joyce restaurant so happy I’ve found this gem 🫶🏽

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  3. DeannaH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My dining experience at Joyce was amazing! From the time we walked in the staff was so kind and made our night enjoyable!! The food was beyond delicious, our drinks were perfectly made, the ambiance was set for a enjoyable time. I definitely plan on going back!!

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  4. Ellen

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really wonderful meal. The cocktails were so delicious and inventive, the oysters fresh and melt your mouth. The cornbread was a smallish portion but rich and buttery. For mains the kale in curry, the whole sea bass and the 40 hr short rib were fantastic. We didn’t love the cold cauliflower romesco starter - kind of a mush - and our dessert was disappointing- an overly cakey blueberry cobbler with icy ice cream. Our server was lovely but remiss in checking in on us for a second round of drinks or wine, which we finally ended up getting but only at the end of our meal. In fairness it was super busy, and I’m glad of that. Bill was over $125pp so plan to spend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience from the food to service was fantastic!! I was excited to support the business after reading other reviews and seeing images of the food and restaurant, but I was so impressed. I sat at the bar and ordered small plates only and every single dish was not only delicious but complimented each other. My bartender Sasha was beyond amazing and will definitely be at the next cookout. You really can’t go wrong.

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  6. Thomas

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service staff was very friendly and location was central with parking structures nearby. Food was very tasty, a little overpriced but understandable as the kitchen staff is exceptional. There are three menus (Weekday Lunch, Brunch and Dinner-we had the Brunch) that offer unique items that the other menus don't. I'm a bit of a caviar snob so I wasn't a fan of that particular item. Overall, very enjoyable meal and atmosphere. Wish the portions were bigger as I will have to save up for a bit before I can afford to come back:(

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  7. JFlores

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for a night out with friends! Loved the color palette of the interior and the seating area right by the bar. We sat on the patio & had plenty of warmth from the heaters. Our service was fantastic; the perfect balance of check-ins and being left alone. The cocktails were so tasty & refreshing. In addition, our servers went above and beyond as they helped us celebrate our special occasions. Our servers ensured we knew what food items to order and even treated us to dessert! Will absolutely be going back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable and the food was unreal. Please do yourself a favor and order the cornbread, the short rib, fried hen, and Mac and cheese!!!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Undercooked corn bread, bland Mac and cheese, and the cobbler is a cake. Catfish was good tho.

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  10. DanielleO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La’Nae (forgive me if I misspelled) was an Absolute DREAM! She gave the perfect drink (the peach spritzer 🤌🏾) and food recommendations. MUST TRY: - cornbread 10/10 - catfish 12/10 - warm crab dip 10/10

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  11. DanaA

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time around wasn’t as enjoyable as the first. Tiger Prawn and Oyster perloo didn’t include the oysters (kitchen didn’t receive oysters today). Striped Sea-bass was visually stunning but lacked seasoning. Pork belly was delicious, as was the cornbread and kale. Was underwhelmed with the Blueberry Cobbler. I so wanted this to be a repeat of the delicious dining experience I had in February, but it was not. Will try again in the future because I want this place to succeed. In reviewing my bill, I see a 3.5% surcharge was applied to my bill for using a credit card. 😡

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  12. Janet

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It would’ve been nice if they had posted on their website, Google, OpenTable or yelp that there is a 3.5% service charge for credit cards. I would’ve gladly brought cash. Why don’t they just add that 3.5% to the food cost and drink cost instead of charging us 3.5%. I don’t think that is fair. And they know that everyone brings cards these days and we are already paying so much for the food and drinks

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Server Rob, was amazing, super helpful with the menu and the food is phenomenal! Like everyone should try this place once if you’re in LA!

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  14. habibiting

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am so happy I finally tried Joyce! Everything was so incredibly delicious. 100% get the Caesar salad, the fried hen, the cornbread!! The Mac is great and the carrots can be skipped. The drinks are great, and the environment is awesome. Great place for a nice date or hangout with friends!

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  15. AyoRome

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Ambiance was amazing and the prices was worth it.

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  16. Driver415

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was not great. I ordered a Matcha Latte that never came out. One server asked if we were ready to order. We were not and he gave a weird look. The vibe was far from friendly and welcoming from the staff. The food was ok.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was disappointing, no flavor very bland. Mimosas were not good either, they used flavored cubes took forever to melt and tasted like brut champagne no flavor.
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    Hi , we are so sorry to hear about this experience. We would love to hear feedback on the food and what specific items you ordered. We appreciate you taking the time to communicate this to us, we will train and talk to our staff as we strive to continuously improve.

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  18. SteakLover

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great! Our server Crystal was amazing and was so knowledgeable about all their offerings. I have a gluten allergy and there were lots of modifications that accommodated my dietary needs.
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    We love Crystal! Thank you for taking the time out to leave this review. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience the staff and the atmosphere was excellent!
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your feedback and support! We hope to see you soon.

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  20. TameraS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding and our food was very delicious!!! Overall we had a great time, just a little loud.
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    Thank you for your feedback and your support. We hope to see you soon!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I believe the young man who helped me name is ROBERT I may have his name incorrect, but I do remember he from Detroit Robert if that’s his name was absolutely phenomenal
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    We love Rob! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Absolutely exquisite!!! Service and attentiveness was suburb
    JoyceResponded on 9 April 2024
    Thank you for your feedback and your support. We hope to see you soon!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was expecting a large crowd for a late lunch and was pleasantly surprised that it was not crowded at all.

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  24. jazling

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! This was an amazing experience. 10s across the board. The service, the food, the aesthetic, just amazing. And to top it off… ITS BLACK-OWNED. Run don’t walk. Definitely going back soon to try more. Thank you
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback Jazling! We hope to see you soon.

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  25. JefferyG

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I thought the food was good. More green vegetable dishes would be appreciated to offset the richness of the friend dishes. Blue cobbler desert is excellent.
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback Jeffery! We hope to see you soon.

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  26. Catalyst

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Splendid creative cuisine and extremely lovely service.
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback Catalyst! We hope to see you soon.

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  27. Ashley

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, delicious food, fun decor, fairly priced. Will return in the future.
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback Ashley! We hope to see you soon.

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  28. foodieatheart

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    So thrilled we finally had the opportunity to dine in. We were welcomed in, seated ahead of our reservation and provided excellent recommendations. We started with oysters and a shared plate of Mac n cheese and lamb ribs. The topper was the blueberry cobbler - yum!
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback Foodieatheart! We hope to see you soon.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic meal. Food was amazing and accommodated gluten free. That being said, the service was awful. It took a long time to be greeted. The server originally said ‘we aren’t a gluten free restaurant’ but then they had a lot of gluten free options. She never returned to check on us, was rude, didn’t develop any rapport (which you expect when dining in a more expensive restaurant) and we ended up ordering dessert from another server. This other server (Marvin) improved the experience. He was super welcoming, had us laughing and ended our evening on a high note. Thanks Marvin, you made our night. We loved the pork belly, sea bass, lamb ribs and the brown toffee ice cream and as a Celiac, I didn’t get sick. Yay!

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  30. foodlover

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant came highly recommended. The service was exceptional. Tony was lovely. The food was delicious. The only thing that we didn’t realize was there are items not on the brunch list that we really was going to try. It was only for available for dinner. So we’ll have to return for that! 😊

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    To be honest I just wasn’t impressed with this restaurant. I love to read menus prior and was looking forward to this as it was my anniversary dinner. Nothing was amazing, nothing stood out, all the food came before I got my drink, my drink wasn’t even good. I left disappointed and still hungry. Whatever they are trying to achieve with flavors is not happening. I got ceviche, duck confit, and short rib.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time dining at Joyce and I absolutely loved it! The atmosphere was great and food was amazing!! Everything we ate was so seasoned and delicious! We didn’t wait long for our food. Everything came out as it was ready and the staff were so friendly and gave us great recommendations for our first time! Our waiter was Rob and he was amazing!! Definitely will be going back!

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  33. SedricB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An unexpected great dining surprise! Loved everything.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely outstanding! Our server was patient, helpful and suggested great apps!
    JoyceResponded on 2 April 2024
    Thank you so much for your support and feedback! We hope to see you soon.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in LA. One of the best in the country for Michelin quality southern cuisine.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always great but it took us a least 20-minutes for a server to come to the table.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg! Top Tier. Our server was as amazing as the food is delicious

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was out of several cocktail and food items. The food we purchased was not good and we had to send it back. Maybe a better dinner experience than Brunch

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  39. BrandieJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Well we received our food before our nonalcoholic beverages…. The food was not good at all. I was highly disappointed in the Mac and cheese, which was more like Mac and grease. There was no cheese. The Pork belly we received was a very bad cut. The actual meat was very dry and the rest was a hunk of fat… Terrible. Hush puppies were also not good. Best item was the catfish, which was mediocre at best. It’s a cute little restaurant in Downtown, but the food could definitely use some work.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious!! The staff is very attentive & made wonderful suggestions. Nice, relaxed atmosphere with friends. Beautiful decor! We will return soon!

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FAQs

Joyce does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Joyce also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 395-0202.

Joyce is rated 4.6 stars by 345 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Joyce

770 S Grand Ave a, Los Angeles, CA 90017-3927

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Cross streets of 8th &amp; Grand in between Whole Foods &amp; Bottega Louie
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30–14:30 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00 Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Southern), Seafood, Soul food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Monsour
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 395-0202
  • Catering
    For all catering inquires please visit the link below and fill out the form. <br />https://www.joycela.com/events
  • Private party facilities
    For all private event inquires please visit the link below and fill out the form. https://www.joycela.com/events
  • Private party contact
    Prince Riley: (630) 313-0361
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