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“Good for pre-theater”

Kendall’s Brasserie
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Ranked #309 of 10,254 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: First St.
Description: Kendall's Brasserie and Bar at The Los Angeles Music Center is a fine dining French restaurant featuring fine wines, cocktails & oyster bar in downtown LA.
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Kendall's Brasserie is one of the handful of restaurants tucked under the Los Angeles Music Center and is not a bad choice for a pre-theater dinner. The dining room is large and boistrous but not to the point where you can't converse. We arrived at about 6:00 on an evening when we had an 8:00 PM curtain time to make upstairs at the Ahmanson.

The one principal complaint that I have and it is a minor one, was that in spite of being told of this including that we needed enough time to get tickets from will-call, our waiter did not have the entrees on the table until about 10 minutes before I had to leave.

Aside from that though this was a pleasant experience. The menu is large and varied and while I don't usually expect haute cuisine from places like Kendall's we were pleasantly surprised. The menu is kind of a mix of bistro and full dinner house items and at a table of four friends a lot of dishes ended up being tried. In general meals were good. The people who had pomme frites were a bit disappointed since they were a little on the soggy side, but aside from that most of the dishes were surprisingly good.

Service was polite and attentive. . .just a little slow and that might have been the fault of the kitchen rather than the servers.

There are a large number of choices around the Music Center and most are pretty mediocre. Kendall's, while not one of the great restaurants of Los Angeles, is a very good choice for an evening of theater or concert where you want to grab a real meal before sitting down and being entertained. By the way, valet parking is only $8 if you have the restaurant validate (vs $20 if you don't) which makes it a very cheap way to park for the evening. Not only that, when your theater or concert lets out you are not in a long line trying to get out of the garage.

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Thank pyrprshr
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We had a concert on a New Year's Eve at the Music Center, Down Town LA, and dinner to celebrate after.
The reservations and planning was made as easy as possible by the Manager, he called to confirm, verified all the count. We had a private room, since our party was large.
We had a choice of prefixed dinners to choose from and the most difficult part was the choosing. It was put together as a real feast.
The quality was impeccable, great presentation served timely. Restaurant did not have corkage fee that night and we brought our own champagne, wine.
I would recommend anyone who is looking for a dinner after the show or a celebration, to plan it at Kendall's!!!!

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Thank Rtraveller45
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Food is overpriced and quality is below average. The server tried but was insolent and pushy. Not at all what we expected.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Great selection of oysters, and fresh. Enjoyed my bouillabaisse. Good service.

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Thank TheRealDesertFox
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We recently went to this restaurant for a pre-concert dinner for what we hoped to be a nice dinning experience. It was more than disappointing in food quality, service and ambience. Charging an Osso Bucco for $39 for pork instead of veal was outragious. We ordered a calamari casserole, which in French meant something else. What came was a great big cast iron pot, Inside it was something of a joke: a few pieces of calamari, a couple of mushroom and a few burnt cherry tomatoes. Dried and sauceless. All of these wouldn't even cover the bottom of the pot. But what it was offending was that the server just plopped it on the table. Not only should the server help to serve it out and take the pot away, there also was not even a serving spoon. All night long, the servers would bang the glasses or the plates or silverware when they served or removed something from the table. So annoying. We were seated in a small room with only 3 tables. However, the noises from other tables were drowning our conversations.

We could hardly wait to pay the bill and leave.

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Thank twinkle1818
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