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Inihaw - BBQ Pork Skewers - Abernethy's, Los Angeles, CA

Abernethy's

4.3
4.3
657 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Current Chef: Brad Willits serving Contemporary Italian

Located in Downtown Los Angeles on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center, Abernethy’s is a destination restaurant offering a unique, ever-changing dining experience from LA, for LA. Featuring up-and-coming chefs and new menus for special limited engagements, Abernethy’s highlights the diverse flavors and people that make up Los Angeles. Abernethy’s is the story of the LA, related and plated by the Chefs who tell it best.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 35 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 11:30–14:00 Sun 11:30–13:30 Dinner Wed–Fri 17:00–20:00 Sat 16:30–20:00 Sun 15:30–19:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 972-8088
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 657 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Innovative

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    American

657 Reviews
  1. GeralynF

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was great. The food didn’t feel very special.

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  2. LAJim

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Our party of 4 was seated in the outdoor "indoor" portion of the restaurant and the noise level was almost unbearable. The menu is interesting and all the dishes we selected were very good. The service was attentive and competent.

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  3. GregS

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely place, with great ideas and intentions, but food was hit and miss. Squash was eh. Branzino was beautifully cooked, but we all thought the carrot topping overwhelmed it. We don’t regret going there at all, but won’t go back. Too many other places that hit the mark more consistently, we think.

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  4. Foodeater

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We regularly visit to try the changing menus, and this one was as fantastic as the previous menus. I loved the Korean flavors, and the staff was fantastic. The only disappointment was the rice balls dessert. It did not live up to the level of the other dishes.

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  5. LauraS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The Food looked interesting but did not live up to its description or taste. I was under impressed.

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  6. JillL

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

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    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely sitting outside, great food and service. Nice cocktails too! Definitely recommend. Interested in the next chef!

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  7. AllisonJ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish! We enjoyed the cheese corn, branzino, and bossam. The sideshow was deeelish!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent spiced chicken, skimpy garnish. Limited choice of deserts; nothing dairy-free but for indigestible rice balls. Why can restaurants not offer fresh fruit, sorbet and cookies to their lactose-intolerant customers? Wines way overpriced. Dragon Field PN priced at $17 a glass, even though a bottle probably wholesales for $15. A craft beer at $7 is a far better value. On the plus side, the service is friendly and the outdoor tables on the Music Center plaza are a delight. Best of all, Abernethy is QUIET, with no amplified music

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  9. CarlA

    Yosemite

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was creative and enjoyable. Service was great.

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  10. Roxy

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We have dined at Abernethy's several times before, pre-theater at The Music Center. It's a pop-up restaurant with rotating chefs and previously we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Unfortunately, yesterday's meal was a disappointment and expensive to boot. We shall return to Abernethy's but not while the current chef is in the kitchen.

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  11. DebbieN

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The four of us dined at Abernathy‘s before walking over to Disney Hall. It was a Saturday night, and even though not all the tables were filled they were certainly short on help. It took us at least half an hour to get our drinks. We did not order appetizers and when, the main course arrived they were tinier than an appetizer would have been. My husband was so enraged with a portion of his Bronzino that he sent it back and refused to eat it at all. Overall, I cannot recommend Abernathy‘s.

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  12. Stuart

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and convenient pre show venue Have enjoyed eating here multiple times

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  13. drdon

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mindy Oh’s cuisine is fabulous. So many choices and you can select only vegetarian dishes and be totally satisfied.

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  14. LynN

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    So thankful for our waiter Akil H. who was very accommodating and helpful in moving us from a wobbly table and with his suggestions and prompt service getting us out on time for the symphony. Thank you Akil.

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  15. Azania

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our party of six was there for dinner before the opening night of LA Opera's El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego. Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated promptly in the outdoor patio (most of the seating is outdoor and we had requested outdoor seating). It was a chilly evening, but the heat lamps made it feel nice and warm. The setting is lovely and the atmosphere was lively. As for the food? Delectable!! Three of us shared the vegetarian dishes on featured chef Mindy Oh's small but thoughtful menu. We were happy to see a number of vegetarian options (it would be good to mark the vegetarian items on the menu). All the food we tasted was incredible. The cocktail, Running Man, was excellent too. We would go back again and again. The service was fine. It was a busy night. Our water wasn't refilled even once and our server started clearing the dishes before we were done eating--because the food was so delicious we were sorry we didn't get to eat the last bites!

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  16. KristyA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The pork belly was not seared enough to render the fat.

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  17. ThomF

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service from a friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable waiter. The food was delicious! And the pre-theater ambiance was perfect. We sat outside under heaters and it made the evening even more enjoyable, eating great food and enjoying the view.

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  18. ABQLA

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The wait staff was friendly but seemed very inexperienced. The portions were large, but the food was just so-so. The outdoor patio was pleasant and heated.

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  19. Gkak

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived for an early dinner due to the current traffic issues and the rain. We enjoyed a quiet corner table inside. We've only enjoyed dining at Abernathy's outside on their patio. The atmosphere inside is definitely more intimate but calming and quite nice. We totally enjoyed Mendy Oh's creative use of her Korean heritage and contemporary LA vibe. The main noodle dish was quite addicting. Could have ordered it again! We hope to have another opportunity to try some of her other dishes hopefully at our next time at the Music Center.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    This new chef is super heavy on the salt. The branzino was a small filet and disappointing. The ribs were salty as was everything else, to the detriment of any flavor. Just a mush in that regard. The squash was undercooked and dry. The last few times here have been excellent - loved the Italian and the American southern, but this is a miss sadly. Hopefully they can tweak or the next chef will be good.

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  21. JulieS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I love the chef take-over. Four things that stood out to me. The food was delicious. With that said, the portion of fish was on the small side and came completely unaccompanied so it was just a piece of fish. That made it expensive for what I got. It took a little more time than I expected for someone to come to our table. We were going to the theatre and only had an hour. And finally, our table wobbled (small thing) and the apparent soluution was for me to put my foot on the bottom to hold it steady rather than for someone to come and provide a wobble wedge or alternative to hold it in place. Otherwise, our server was attentive. He did keep an eye on the clock and keep us posted. Also, we were warm enough (sitting outside) and we made it to the theatre on time

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  22. TravisW

    Los Angeles

    142 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Currently Korean Fusion is the theme for this restaurant’s seasonal menu. I dined alone after an afternoon at the Opera next door. My cucumber salad was good: fresh, traditional, small portion. I enjoyed the short ribs and side of roasted acorn squash. Squash was rather dry, but tasty. The broth for the short ribs was sweet with mirin. Rib meat was tender. Small portion. Dessert was underwhelming (3 choices). The server recommended the doughnut. I went for the rice gratin, which was essentially a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, surrounded by crushed ice, with a wisp of rice and a few cheerio-like nubs sprinkled over. I should have ordered the doughnut.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Was not a fan of the fusion concept. The dishes looked pretty and was plated nicely but was missing the essence of Korean flavor. The cocktails were delicious and I would go back just for the bar.

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  24. PeterE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Aside from the location, there was absolutely nothing remarkable about this restaurant. This was our first-time dining here with the understanding that the idea behind this restaurant is a rotating chef, therefore a changing menu every three months. So, the menu for our meal on 11/9/2023 was supposed to be Korean influenced. Starting with the Cheese Corn - there was nothing Korean about this dish and tasted like a cheese dip made with canned corn. At best this would pass for an appetizer at TGI Fridays. On to the Dalkdoritang, which is a braised jidori chicken. This wasn't bad, but it was not great for a $30+ dish. It lacked any distinctive flavor and really, the chicken we make in the air fryer at home comes out better than this. Finally, the Bossam, which is the braised pork belly. Never had we tried a more disappointing dish anywhere! The pork belly was absolutely flavorless, and tasted like it was just poached in water. There was a small dish on the plate which we weren't sure if it was the shrimp aguachili or the radish kinchi, but in any case, it was just a salty mess. On the plate was also some raw napa cabbage which was just cut up in these large 3-4 inch chunks. Were we supposed to wrap these huge pieces of cabbage in the pickled radish, as one would typically do at a Korean restaurant??? And unfortunately, the service was also on par with a TGI Fridays type of restaurant. Overall, we don't know how this place managed to get a 4.5 star rating on YELP. The location might be the only reason this place remains in business. Do yourself a favor, skip this place and walk a block or two to Asterid, or even better to Otium. Both are pricier, but at least the food is far superior than this particular menu at Abernethy's.

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  25. Nan55

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu by chef Mindy Oh was interesting and the food was delicious! Our server was helpful with selections and timed it impeccably as we were on our way to the opera. Sitting outside on plaza was comfortable and pleasant.

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  26. allegra

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    New chef - food not hot enough, taste confusing, appetizer of raw cabbage with broth impossible to cut, short ribs greasy, nothing was tasty and interesting- will not go back with this particular chef

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  27. MaryleE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Have tried almost every chef they have had here and really enjoyed meals. Service is always good. This meal was a big disappointment. Donut dessert was excellent, but don’t order the branzino, which is an entree. 4 bites of lukewarm fish with room temperature purée spread on top…$32 .

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  28. MikeG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to sample Chef Mindy's new Korean inspired menu. Boy oh boy, was that good! Great to see her finally get a chance to show her stuff. We had the Hamachi dish (chef's kiss), the pancake (The dipping sauce was sensational... If you don't like spicy, you can't be our friend). And then on to the short ribs... which were sublime. Finished up with the granita which was refreshing and fun. Yes, there were many nods to Korean cuisine but in keeping with the spirit of Abernethy's this is Chef Mindy's food. Forward looking and with a global understanding. Abernethy's continues to be L.A."s best kept secret.

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  29. CharlotteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I was so pleasantly surprised by everything with this restaurant! The menu style was Korean fusion style I believe?? And it was amazing! We ordered cheese corn which was a skillet of different cheeses, flavors and corn as a dip for the best tortilla chips. Also ordered bbq duroc pork ribs absolutely delicious although just a bit salty. Still didn’t stop me from polishing them off! My husband ordered japchae which was another delectable dish! Ok service- outstanding!! We mentioned we were running late for the opera and would we be able to eat. They took our orders immediately and had it all out to us in record time. I want to go to the show again just to eat here again!! Fully recommend!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    I did not like the cuisine, despite the fact I love Korean food. The “Braised” short rib was literally three FATTY pieces of meat over a 1/4 inch broth, with three tiny slices of carrots. It was truly disappointing!

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  31. CalvinS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was not as delicious as I expected, but I was not disappointed because it was very good. I decided to eat there as an adventure and I got that because the food involved flavor combinations that I have not had before. I approached the server in a casual manner and asked for his preferences on the menu. He responded in a like manner and suggested things that he personally liked. He treated me with an intimacy that I had hoped he would, and I appreciated it.

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  32. Weekenders

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Abernethy's provided a perfect combination of unique and delicious food (the sea bass with a tofu/carrot puree was outstanding) and some of the best service we have had from any restaurant. Our server was friendly, helpful, and went out of her way to make our experience exceptional. She even gave us a sample of the puree which I loved.

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  33. David

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Ordered Mool Hwae. Mool Hwae, by definition, includes fish, and the menu describes it as "Korean ceviche." So we were surprised when the Mool Hwae arrived and it had NO FISH AT ALL. We asked our server about it. Maybe a mistake was made in the kitchen, and someone just forgot to add the fish to the pile of vegetables in the bowl? Nope--our server explained that the dish doesn't include fish, and he allowed that the menu is misleading and should probably be changed. But when a dish with no fish at all is called "Mool Hwae" and described as "Korean ceviche," "misleading" is too kind a word; the menu is simply lying about what you're ordering.

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  34. MrSparkles

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Very delicious menu! I really enjoyed my experience here!

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  35. DavesWife

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My opera going buddies would prefer to have all of our pre opera lunches at Abernethy’s because it is so convenient. However, we have found inconsistencies in the quality and value over the past couple of years has led us to look elsewhere. We decided to try again on Sunday and decided that we will try a different restaurant next time.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food was mediocre. Branzino had bones or cartilage bits . Sauce overpowered fish. Green onion Pancake was doughy. Doughnuts dessert was good. Service was VEry good. They ran out of Rose wine.

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  37. SabraC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Foid was great but the servers were hard to find. The food took a long time to come. We were there in plenty of time for our show but had to rush our goif snd chase the server for our check. . Never got drinjs refilled. Nit happy about all that but the food was good

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  38. Penelope

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Sorry cannot recommend this current iteration. Spices had a "raw" taste as if not blended. Didn't like the flavors in any of the dishes we ordered. Nothing to redeem it. I do like the idea that you bring in different chefs. Will await the next one before coming back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going there before the show!! It’s always great and always different!

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  40. mitch

    Los Angeles

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique menu, pleasant and efficient staff and wonderful setting

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Abernethy's is rated 4.3 stars by 657 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Abernethy's

220 N Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 11:30–14:00 Sun 11:30–13:30 Dinner Wed–Fri 17:00–20:00 Sat 16:30–20:00 Sun 15:30–19:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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