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“Long wait and a lot of bread”
Review of Harold and Belle's

Harold and Belle's
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Ranked #1,087 of 10,244 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $30 - $35
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 10th Avenue
Description: Harold & Belle"s is Los Angeles's premiere Creole dining experience. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, the restaurant has received numerous awards for its southern style cooking. Specialties include File Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, and Fried Seafood. Come hungry because Harold & Belle's is known for serving up generous portions. A full bar is also available as well as mouthwatering desserts such as Louisiana Bread Pudding and Peach Cobbler.
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Three of us went there for lunch on a Tuesday. They have valet parking service which was nice. However, it took more than 15 minutes for a waiter to come and take our order and another 30 for the food to arrive. The portion looked huge but then we discovered that the size of the portion was due to the 4 pieces of warm buttered bread under the actually ordered item on each plate. Each one of us must have had on the plate at least a whole loaf of french bread cut into pieces. It was a tremendous waste of food as even one piece would be enough for all of us to share. We liked the food but we left a bit disappointed because of the slow service, huge amount of bread and quite limited bar selections. In fact, they ran out of the beer and wine we ordered. They gave us each a complimentary desert to make up for the lack of the specific beer and wine (on their list the way). The clam chowder was very delicious and the fried fish and shrimp were good. But we expected better. One thing is sure, it is not a place to go for a quick lunch break. Our impression is that the place seems to live off the reputation is has gained in previous years. It will be a while before I go back.

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Thank dasmarek
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

After an absence of several years, we visited here with our daughter and her British boyfriend. My husband and I each had the Shrimp Suzette (This item is no longer on the menu. They do list the Fish Suzette and for a small up charge they will substitute shrimp.) It was very good. Almost as good as I remembered.

The other couple each ordered the Seafood Platter which they raved about. They each selected the catfish (your other choices are red snapper or cod) and we're not disappointed. They said it was awesome!

Thank SrGrammyLinda
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Harold and Belle's is located near USC. The directions are easy, it is 3 miles west on Jefferson. (USC's north border is Jefferson). The catfish poboy is my favorite there. Portions are generous, although prices are a little bit on the high side. The neighborhood is very urban, they also have valet parking.

Thank axsrp
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went with an associate for a business lunch. The food was awesome, great different flavors, and menu items. Service was perfect. Portions are, as previously stated by others, HUGE. Loved it, and will definitely go back next time in LA!

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Thank Adam B
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

H&B is great grub. The food is reliably delicious. The portions are quite huge, you will need a take home bag.

I recommend the gumbo as a starter. There is an up-charge, but well worth it. Coupled with the french bread, it's absolutely delicious.

The combo plate is heaven, especially with the filet catfish. The shrimp and oysters is a delightful complement to the fish selection. You will get more french bread to indulge yourself.

The clientele is mostly fun-loving folks, but you'll see dudes on the prowl. They are harmless, but chicken hawking is hilarious.

Thank IamPC
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