The Edison

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Contemporary American
The Edison - A Return To The Old World Glamour of Downtown Los Angeles The Edison presents a brilliant marriage of refined industrial architecture and art deco chic. The grand staircase of cantilevered concrete and steel spectacularly descends into the depths of the 11,000 square feet of space, culminating in a moody mélange of ambers and reds set against furnishings reflecting the turn of the century. The Edison speaks to the nostalgia of the time with restored artifacts and silent video montage that revisit the early work of film legends. The Edison revives the classic hand crafted cocktail with live music & floor show entertainment, an intimate menu of upscale cocktail cuisine, and house DJs. Note: Our dress code is "Old World Style", attire that exudes a sense of elegance and fashion is required for entry. Please refrain from wearing flip flops, tennis shoes, baseball caps, t- shirts or athletic gear of any type.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2014
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I seriously had at least 6 people check to be sure I had a reservation. I felt like I was doing something wrong. That was in addition to having to confirm twice by phone. Also, you have to bring cash for their cover charge, even if you plan to dine there and meet their $50 min per person. You'll also need cash if you want a shot. Overall great place and I liked the show and food/drinks, but the service was... Strange.

JC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2010
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

HORRIBLE SERVICE!!

The waitress and manager were awful!

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2009
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

went there for my son's 30th Bday he and his friends had a great time

thx

JC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2009
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. I always highly recommend the Edison.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2009
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The Edison is a great experience regardless of what you and your company are there for (happy hour, sweet potato fries, absinthe, birthday, small intimate gathering, etc.) It has 1920's imbibed in its heart which will make it timeless for at least the next couple of years. The only gripe I have about the place is that I expect with that kind of spirit and atmosphere of time-honored and American tradition is that the service reflect the same sentiment. Hosts and waiters were not accomodating and expressed little to no knowledge of customer service. The Edison is suppose to be a neighborhood lounge with no pretentious attitude. Some of its gears need to be switched or retweeked but other than that it was a good experience overall.

LD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been a fan of the Edison for a few months and decided to begin my 40th birthday celebration at there. All of my guests loved the vibe, an excellent combination of the 1920s and present times. It was the first visit for many of them and I am already getting requests to go back. Our server, Drew, was very attentative. I especially like Soup Kitchen Fridays. If you make it to the Edison, make sure you get there in time for happy hour. 40% off drinks is a deal. I would also recommend the shanghai wings.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2009
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

We visited the Edison for Happy Hour last Friday to celebrate my birthday and we had a great time. Since we made reservations and went early before the crowds we did not have to wait to get in. We had a great table and our waiter provided excellent service. I was very impressed by the entire place and will definitely come back again.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2009
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Edison had a great atmosphere and vibe. It's not a place for a main course meal, but a perfect place for drinks and good appetizers. It's also great to have a group outing and to enjoy the cool environment that it has to offer. It was filled with a good mixture of people, from the downtown business people, to the sleek, casual group to the eclectic. I'd definitely go there again.

NA
Pinehurst
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went out for a girls night and had such a great time. The place is beautiful and I love how you feel like you are in the 20's. I absolutely love Edison, I will go there a lot more!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2009
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Friday soup kitchen that runs from 5-7pm is a great deal. Free small tomato soup and bite sized grilled cheese sandwich. A 35 cent drink per person and 40% off drinks during happy hour. We didn't order any appetizers, but the drinks were good as well as strong. The ambiance is amazing in this historical building. Definitely worth checking out. A great spot to hit in downtown LA.

RC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet with friends for a special occasion. Highly recommend.
Service is great. Food is great. Drinks are great.
If you are looking for a unique experience, this is your place.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a party of 10. Twelve showed up and it was not an issue. Extra friendly service. Amazing ambiance! We had a BLAST!!!!!!!!! Will frequent this spot.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. Beat the line, arrive early or make reservations. I will definitel be returning.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2009
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The establishment is an architectural gem in itself and I have been there for several occasions and the wait staff and hostesses are friendly and accommodating. I recently had a reservation for two, and I was seated in a very small coffee table. Given that there is $25 minimum per person we ordered 3 drinks and 2 appetizers and asked for 2 glasses of water to wash down the really yummy drinks. The down side, as soon as the appetizers arrived there was only room for one appetizer and two drinks – the other appetizer I had to place on the coach where another patron without a reservation almost knocked it off.
So what was the point of having a reservation with a minimum requirement if I could not even fit my order on the table and was seate

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2009
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Feels very grown up. Elegant, drinks are a little expensive and the waiter wasn't that attentive but worth it. Make sure to follow dress code or you won't get in. Good show!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2009
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I decided to go to the Edison to celebrate my birthday with friends and family and had a wonderful experience. A few guest arrived early and were able to be seated at my reserved table a little early. The wait staff was very attentive with food and drinks. The ambiance and old world style of the Edison is one of a kind, right out of the 1920s era. The 'Southside Fizz' cocktail is to die for, excellent. Now I am not a woman who drinks hard liquor on the rocks, but the 'Scotch' on the rocks the waiter recommended was smooth; watch out Joan Crawford. The sliders and sweet potato fries hit the spot for me. Everyone enjoyed themselves and want to go again soon.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Edison is such a classy bar, a real gem in downtown LA, so close yet so far from all the hollywood drama. My favorite day to go is Thursdays because there is no cover charge & it never gets too crowded, the drinks are great, the live jazz is always poppin & the dancers get everybody going. Cheers to the edison.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2009
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

I was looking forward to this experience, going back to the depression era. The martinis were $16 and the appetizers were highly priced and nothing to write home about. The entertainment was okay loved the costumes and the dancers. Very strange experience. I would go again but when they have the lower price specials and with a group of friends just for an evening out.

DK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2009
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Edison was very vibrant for a Weekday Night. Great ambiance and definitely a bar I would be attending again.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had my 24th birthday here. Not only is this the most elegant and classy place in LA, but the staff is not only accommodating but friendly. They were able to get me out of a bind when more people showed up for my party then expected and their drinks are incredible. A MUST visit!

JW
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2009
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

A number of my friends had food that they enjoyed. Drinks were so/so. But Ambiance, design, coolness of the place was tops. Hard to hear, but fun to people watch and watch movies, listen to GREAT music. My new favorite place.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the decore and style. Im going back soon!

JA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2008
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

Really unique, neat place. A gem in the heart of downtown LA. Good food, great ambiance, cool crowd. Drinks were so-so, but could have been the bartender or the night. What they lacked, everything else there made up for! Will definitely be going back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2008
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!!! That was the word for the night - from the time we walked into the restaurant until we left. Came with a group of people with different music tastes and ages and everyone had an equally wonderful time. Had never been to a club/restaurant of this caliber and was amazed at all the special lighting, techniques and overall show that was given. Absolutely marvelous and will be talked about for some time!

LB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2008
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The show that evening was great. However, we wanted to see more singing and dancing rather than just acrobats. The performance troup deems themsleves as a cabaret burlesque show. But I have been to those types of shows and this was nothing like it. I would say they are more on the street performer side. The actual lounge itself was very nice. The food was ok. Nothing really pops out for me to comment on. The drinks need a little more help. Their specialty cocktails were not as good as advertised. So most of our party just stuck with more traditional cocktails.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2008
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Fantastic architecture and decor - beautiful and chic surroundings.

Enjoyed everything but the food. I have never seen such small portions on a platter at such a high cost. I would go there again later in the evening (we arrived at opening time - mistake) but would not order food again. Waste of money.

We had a great time and I would definitely recommend it as a vibrant bar scene to friends

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2008
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Good place to take out of towners to show them that LA has class.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2008
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, Outstanding spot for after hours drinks for professionals.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2008
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Ambiance is a 10, but this is not a great place for groups after about 9pm. It went from pleasant speakeasy to super loud club. I couldn't hear my friend across the table.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2008
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Its not a restaurant so why is it opentable

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2008
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Menu (food and beverage)quality can be and should be improved for the food offering does not fit the overall place/ service. We were lucky that our waitress was an absolute delight (friendly, witty, attentive, quick and accurate with the orders). However, the receptionist was exceptionally unfriendly, unaccomodating, and lazy.

LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2008
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Drew, was prompt, sociable, and patient with our party. He made great drink recommendations as well. The appetizer platter for two and the Kobe beef sliders were delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2008
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The staff were so nice, helpful and friendly. The place is really cool and I'd go back anytime!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2008
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Located off of an alley in Downtown LA, the Edison Bar is buried underground in a restored power plant. It is hip, trendy and great for after work drinks or social get-togethers. It's a bar that serves food on the side; not a place to go for dinner. As a bar, however, it's one of the best in LA.

C
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2008
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This place was nice but seemed more for a younger crowd (20's) and was a place to drink - not really to eat. We did not eat here since they had mainly bar food. It took a long time for a waiter to take our order. Once he arrived he was nice. We did like seeing the power plant equipment - boilers, generators, turbines and air tanks. The decor was cool with all of the industry stuff mixed with nice furnishings.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2008
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for groups of 10 guests or less. Must book several weeks in advance. Great 20's theme decor, design and space layout. I celebrated my b-day on July 5th with 4 girlfriends. The service was very friendly and I was presented with mini-b-day cupcakes for my group at my table. In addition to the regular tip, I gave my server a special extra tip for her kindness and attentiveness to our small group. Dress nice and sexy. Arrive before 9:00 p.m. if you can. Make sure you have reservations ahead of time to guaranty entrance. The format has changed and there is no longer dance music, just lovely background music so you can have conversations. Nice place to spend a few evening hours. Hope you enjoy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2008
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very fun

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2008
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool bar, the retro feel and decor is truly unique.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2008
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My fiancee and I love the Edison! We had been there several times before this time; this was our first time making a reservation. We were informed on the website to arrive within 15 minutes of our reservation and we arrived, by our time, 17 minutes after our reservation, so only 2 minutes late. Our table had already been given away! They said we were 23 minutes late by their time. They were kind enough to give us a table of someone who was over 30 minutes late, but why wasn't that table given away before ours? That was a little discouraging. Then while we were being served they tried to move us as the group that originally reserved that table arrived. Why didn't they accomodate us in the same manner? Again, discouraging.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2008
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The food on the menu sound excellent but when it arrived it was mostly bland.

We order are food and drinks from our waitress and never saw her again. We wanted to order another drink but could night find her. Finally someone in our party had to get up and track her down just to get the bill.

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