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Joyce Main Dining Room - Joyce, Los Angeles, CA

Joyce

4.7
4.7
257 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

19:00


Booked 41 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, 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 257 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

257 Reviews
  1. Joyce

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the name (my mama’s) and that it was a seafood/soul food combo. Started with cornbread, Mac n cheese, Cesar salad (real anchovies) and a Cornish hen that three of us shared because this place is very expensive. Most dishes are tapas style and the 4 or 5 dinner plates were each over $40. The food was amazing. The flavors and seasoning combinations were so delicious. I woke up wanting more of the cornbread this morning. They even had drink specials for Black History Month with proceeds going to the Brotherhood Crusade. You will not leave with a to go box or any money but your taste buds will be completely satisfied.

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  2. Gemma76

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such a lovely evening. Great soul food, perfect service. Everyone was so welcoming and homely.

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  3. Redya

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is quite noisy, possibly because when I was there every table was full. It a fun place and the food is great.

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  4. JaniceW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here was amazing - the service was excellent. In addition, I enjoyed the pomegranate mimosas. This hidden gem located in Downtown Los Angeles is a keeper..

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rob and the hostess, forgive me as I forgot her name, are a true asset to the restaurant. My Mom, Aunt, and I are already planning to go back for dinner since we were blown away from the brunch menu. I’ll never this restaurant without order an extra slice of Banana Pie to go. I’m still dreaming about it.

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  6. SariR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I got the Truffled eggs on toast, and it was delicious! My friend got the shrimp and grits, and he said it was amazing. The service was excellent!

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  7. CNB1980

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend and I were thoroughly dissatisfied with the poor service we received last night. Our waiter ignored us for most of our meal and had to be summoned by other servers when we needed something. We spoke with the manager, who apologized and comped our dessert. The waiter never addressed his absence nor improved his service after our chat with the manager. I was also annoyed by the wait time to be seated despite our reservation. I checked in prior to the end of the 15 minute grace period, but our names were moved to the “wait list” because my friend arrived about 5 minutes past 6:15pm. We were told the move was automatically done by the computer, but I think we were told that to cover up the fact that no tables were available for our reservation. The food was okay, but nowhere near good enough to offset the other issues. In short, my first experience at Joyce will probably be my last experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My absolutely favorite place! The food and service is amazing!

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  9. CarolinaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently celebrated my husband's birthday at Joyce restaurant and it was truly exceptional! The food was incredibly delicious and the service provided by our server Nick was outstanding. I even joked about wanting their cornbread recipe - it was that good! The overall experience was fantastic and definitely worth the drive. Thank you for a memorable dining experience!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love to support black owned The flavor is there The menu def needs fried chicken and a better vegetable option like okra or collards The portion size for the price is honestly offensive, and to frame it as shared plates when you're C L E A R L Y getting barely more than 1 person serving is wild. I'll return of others I know want to go and I always encourage others to find out for themselves, but I will not return on my own.

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  11. JamesB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Soul food is not easy. It's not easy to prepare and not easy at restaurant scale, and soul food eaters are picky as hell. The prices here are a bit head snapping but the food is exquisite. Congratulations to Joyce. I will definitely be back.

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  12. RoozbehK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The kitchen executes traditionally-rooted, yet creative and globally influenced food at a very high level. The house cocktails are inventive, thoughtful and balanced. Service is personal and attentive without being overbearing. The space is beautiful. Everything comes together to tell a very coherent and evocative story. Can't wait to go back.

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  13. Yvie

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great service, nice vibe...will definitely go back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was so amazing. It’s Black owned and the food was amazing. Elevated vibes!

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  15. MarvinL

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m a foodie and these went from top 100 to top 4 in the city! This is a must go!! Food was so amazing from beginning to end. Drinks were fire! Catfish rivals most hood fish spots! Great place to network.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented! There wasn’t one thing on the menu that we tried that I didn’t love. Excellent service, met one of the owners who shared the “back story “ of the restaurant! Enjoyable evening!

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  17. Natacha

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation for myself for my 44th Birthday because I heard of this new Black Owned Spot 7 minutes from home! They knew it was my birthday. But they put a server training on his very first night and all the trainers to help him with me. Not cool. But the food was top tier, as were the drinks, and the Manager was excellent. I think they just need to get their footing and I'll be back to support.

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  18. Osanga

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was fantastic. We loved our dishes except for few minor things, found a hair in the catfish, lamb was extremely fatty to a point it wasn’t edible, kale and the sea bass was lacking a bit flavor. This maybe just me but I would love to have received the food coursed out; crudo coming last after I stuffed my entire face with hen, catfish and lamb was a shocker to my palette and wasn’t deserving feeling to truly enjoy the progression of flavors. Cocktails also came after the second dish hit the table so miss opportunity for server to make more money out of us because the cocktails were an absolute delight. Table maintenance was a bit off, the dirty plates, no refresh of silverwear and napkins did take away from the experience. I think these are all progression of an establishment and needs of it’s guests. The staff is absolutely delightful, with a bit more training it would be near perfect. Bathrooms were a bit dirty and please put a light above the big mirror 🫶🏾 Now I have reason to come to DT and that is to eat at Joyce. Thank you for having us.

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  19. shawnb

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks! Always my go to when hosting friends and family in DTLA.

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  20. LynPeterS

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was exceptional. If back in LA, we will return for another meal.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Jaquia was the worst server I have ever had. Everything else was great but she is enough to make someone not want to come back

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The greens are interesting. Not traditional at all. The shrimp and grits is overpriced for portion size. Ambiance, service and music was great.

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  23. TyiJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my new fave restaurant in LA. The food was excellent. The vibe was unmatched. It was chilly that night so I thought sitting outside would be cold, but the heaters were turned on so I didn’t have to worry about that. The other patrons that we sat next to were also great! Overall it was just a great experience.

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  24. MichelleF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of my best experiences in LA at a black owned restaurant. I experienced nothing but joy, good vibes, and amazing food the entire night. They happened to be short staffed but there’s no way I would have known it. Prince was our waiter but he is actually the owner!! He served with grace and kindness. He didn’t act as though he was better than any one of the staff and he gave us genuine recommendations made every one was a hit!! I’m definitely coming back to try the brunch and lunch

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  25. Jengiiiii

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The tinned salmon was insanely salty. The Panko crusted French toast was rich but too much food. One piece of bread is shareable for two people. Great mimosas!

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  26. Flaco

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Seated right away. Our server broke down the menu wonderfully. Food was great taste wasn’t overbearing or to salty. Would make this a weekly thing. Joyce is magnificent!

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  27. CandiceV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is so flavorful! We enjoyed the service at the beginning, but our server was a bit distracted.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was INCREDIBLY tasty and our server was also great at suggesting options. We enjoyed the cornbread, fried catfish and that bubbling Mac n cheese! Our first time there and we will be back!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Sammy and team have completely outdone themselves with an incredible southern menu with fresh seafood paired with excellent service in a beautifully decorated space. The raw seafood is incredible; do not miss the delicious scallop on the half shell; it is to die for. The food is so inventive and delicious, I can’t wait to come back to see what else Chef Sammy is cooking. Don’t sleep on the cocktail menu; it may be one of the best in town. Joyce may be my new favorite spot in town.

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  30. Mochadot

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed my time and service. The food was tasty, however, my lamb ribs didn't come to the table until we were almost done eating. The server was attentive to this matter. I will definitely visit again.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I was extremely excited to visit the restaurant but the food honestly wasn’t great. The ambiance and service was amazing but for the price and the hype I was expecting better flavors and options. I will give it a try again for brunch or lunch and am hoping it will change my mind.

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  32. GasolGirl16

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There's a lot to like about Joyce. I wish the food was one of them. I like that Joyce is minority owned. It has a lovely interior with colorful art and a beautiful bar. The waiting area seating and the chairs at the table were a bit low for older patrons or anyone with bad knees. The service was good, although I do not understand the service charge and I had to ask for an itemized bill when I was only presented a total. However, I was more than underwhelmed by the lunch menu - salad and sandwiches and tinned fish with crackers. That is it. As I recall everything was at least $25 and the portions were quite small. We had some cornbread to start. It was a little larger than a piece of toast, but just as thick (or not thick). It was good, but not for $11, and hardly shareable. We all ordered sandwiches: a crab roll, a hipster (chicken, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato) a side salad was the accompaniment. It was a bowl of large hunks of lettuce with dressing, no tomatoes, carrot strips, or even purple onion. The sandwich was served on a hamburger bun; all of our sandwiches were. Including the crab salad roll - no roll. I also didn't taste any lemon or chive. I was told the catfish roll was bland and unseasoned. The accompanying fries were overcooked, dry and cold. All in all we spent a whopping $182! $142 with tip and $40 to park (after spending $32 at WF just to get a validation. We wanted to try Joyce for the pork chop and fried chicken, but I don't know, probably not. Will not be bringing my out of town guests.

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  33. HansC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, amazing food, supurb service. This restaurant must be on your multiple visit list

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  34. WilliamS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Food was great, service was as well.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    So I’ll start with the positive. The duck was so good, I had to order another one! The ambience, was really nice and clean. Now the negative, I ordered an appetizer that never came to my table. They offered, to bring it but my food was already out. My fiancé ordered a meal that was given to the table next to us. The manager came out, to offer us accommodation which was wonder but it was only free drinks. My fiancé doesn’t drink, so that wasn’t something he wanted. So she offered to, give him the cat fish on the house. I’m assuming the waitress wasn’t aware but once I told her, her whole demeanor changed toward us as if we’re the kind of ppl that just wanted something for free. The tables are so close you can hear every bit of your neighbors conversation. When the waitress, was picking up our neighbors bill she was so jolly and apologetic about the mix up but when she got to us, she just seemed annoyed that the fish was on the house, as if it was even our idea. I’m a great tipper but because she was what I would call rude, I didn’t see fit to leave my hard earned money with her. We weren’t rude at all even tho our whole order got mixed up, we still had smiles and was kind. With tables being so close, you should teach them to treat all customers with the same respect.

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  36. MikkelG

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Stepping into the Joyce we were immediately congratulated on anniversary (reason for our dining experience) and seated even though we were 15 minutes early. Staff was all very attentive and welcoming. Food was delicious and our only issue was that we weren’t able to taste everything. We will be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a perfect experience. On Valentine's Day traffic was horrible. I called while en route to see if I could move my reservation and they were incredibly accommodating. Not only were we able to shift our time the service was amazing. Recommendations and attention were excellent.

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  38. wiseall

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food in general lacked any flavor. The corn bread and the dessert were good.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day brunch . Intimate and servers were amazing . My partner and I regularly share all our meals and eat light so we just had a few things and one round of drinks . Was PLEASANTLY surprised that they had a few nonalcoholic options . Not many vegan options so prob don’t bring vegans here . Our photos were eatinggggg art is amazing and furnishings are to die for . Def going to check out dinner soon

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  40. alexandraG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I've had in a long time! Unique menu, knowledgable and attentive staff, beautiful ambiance, great cocktails.

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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 4.7 stars by 257 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

19:00


Booked 41 times today

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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, 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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