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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