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“Special Evening”
Review of Hatfield's - CLOSED

Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Cross street: Citrus
Description: Quinn Hatfield's deft touch in the kitchen shines through on his short but dead-on, market-fresh menu. Appetizers are playful: Fabulously fleshy charred octopus is offset by a citrus-candied orange rind, and an updated croque madame features fresh hamachi, along with proscuitto, quail egg and out-of-this-world brioche. Main courses are uniformly excellent, be it juicy pan-roasted seabass, meaty duck breast that eats like a steak, and luscious, mint-crusted rack of lamb. For desserts, Karen Hatfield outdoes herself with the molten-centered house specialty chocolate peanut butter truffle cake, which is worth every decadent calorie its name promises.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We recently dined at Hatfield's with our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate our anniversaries. The restaurant is definitely special - voted LA's best in 2010- and is very pretty and comfortable to dine in. The staff is professional but the kitchen was very slow the night we were there. The food is extremely creative as is the drinks from the mixologist (whatever happened to bartenders?).
We decided to order a la carte as they do have a limited price fixed menu. Two of had a really delicious Japanese octopus appetizer while the tow others went with salads. Our main courses were baramundi (delicious) for me, quail for two others, and a short rib/rib combo for the 4th. All of us loved our food and really appreciated the "construction/plating" of the dishes. Each was done over a very creative blend of vegetable which truly enhanced the flavors. They did bring out a nice "Happy Anniversary" dessert for us, which capped off a very nice dinner. While the service was good "out front", the kitchen took forever to get our food to us. I appreciate the effort it takes to prepare each dish, but 2 hours and 45 minutes is a bit long for dinner- with 30 minutes or more between every course. We didn't get our appetizers until 1 hour after we were seated. I would definitely return to Hatfield's as the food is exceptional and maybe we caught them on a bad night at the pass.

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1  Thank Jeffrey N
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

By all the reviews and accolades, we really expected better from this restaurant. Our meals were good, but not nearly as good as other restaurants in the same price range. It's worth a visit, but definitely should not be on the top of your list when it comes to LA-area restaurants.

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1  Thank dsmajy
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Dined here on a Saturday night and enjoyed the covered patio space - very light and airy. Three of us had the arugula salad and grilled octopus. One person did the meat and potatoes. Everyone very happy with the food quality and portion sizes (not too big/not too small). Service was very good.

Thank Ann06
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were referred to Hatfield's by the concierge at our hotel after finding that all of our preferred restaurants were unavailable on late notice for a Friday night reservation. The décor and style of the restaurant was wonderful with a complete view of the kitchen and the many chiefs working behind a large window. The service was very good and the presentation of each course was beautifully done. The only problem was that the food lacked in flavor and taste. We both found our meals to be somewhat bland. The meal started off great with a complimentary flavorful potato salad appetizer that was very good along with a cucumber infused mojito. It was down hill from there with the Arugula salad, cuttlefish, & and wild mushroom crepe all being very bland and my Quail being way too salty. The price tag for all this was pretty steep as well. Although we really wanted to like this restaurant it would be tough for us to go back.

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1  Thank Rick C
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Every detail is considered and every flavor is wonderful. Also try their bakery/cafe Sycamore Kitchen.

Thank MadameChocolate
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