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“You don't have to be a hipster to love this place”

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
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Ranked #25 of 9,981 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Cross street: San Vicente Blvd.
Description: Deemed "Four Stars" from the Los Angeles Time, finalist for the James Beard Awards' "Best New Restaurant," named Esquire Magazine's "Restaurant of the Year" and Zagat's "Top Newcomer," The Bazaar by Jose Andres is a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and playful lounge spaces where dining transcends into fete extraordinaire. Experience a collection of magical dining experiences, entwined in a modern-day, European-inspired "indoor piazza" -- savor pioneering culinary creations, delicacies from roving carts and delicious libations by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Jose Andres. **From October to November join Jose Andres in celebration of the opulence of white truffle season with the third annual White Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM . The multi-course dinner unearths the flavors of the truffle through the playful imagination and inventive gastronomic vision.
Pasadena, California
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“You don't have to be a hipster to love this place”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a great evening at Bazaar during DineLA week. It was just a terrific experience on all levels. The small plates were uniformly delicious and imaginative, with impeccable preparation-- both the traditional plates and the molecular gastronomy plates. We tried 10 different items and they were all hits: I don't think I could pick out a favorite. The two delicious, but less blissful, items were the guacamole and the chicken croquettes: both were perfect, but less unusual in flavor than the other items we chose. We thought the portions were generous and left quite full. I looked at the regular menu and did not find it overpriced.
As others have mentioned, the ambiance is unique and wonderful. The lighting-- the space--there is something very special in the design that creates a relaxed, lively and celebratory ambiance, very festive. It isn't overly loud, or overlit, and the tables aren't crowded together. Despite it's very modern vibe, it has an atmosphere that recalls...maybe a Parisian brasserie from the turn of the (last) century. Like in a painting of a lively restaurant scene by Renoir or Manet, when you wish you could be there. Bazaar is a great place for a celebration, or for a dinner for two. I can't wait to come back.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank pasca
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Orinda, California
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529 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Molecular gastronomy--a totally stellar experience”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

If you're a foodie, or would like to be--this place is a dream. The food is all traditionally unique and yet totally new. The liquid nitrogen infused martini is a grown-ups slushie delight. The olives are olives injected with vodka. The tapas have the most specific, organic, and unique layers of flavors prepared in ways you'd never think of. Our dessert had olive oil but was sweet. Such a fun experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Kesslane
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Rolling Hills Estates
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tapas Galore”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Nice little plates; some better than others. You have to try the Philly Cheesesteak and the Caviar Cone; not to mention the Magic Mojito drink. Expect to pay a lot especially if you like to eat till you're full.....for details with pictures, see blog:

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank stollyboy
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Newport Beach, California
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366 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,198 helpful votes
“Spectacular meal and amazing service from Laura”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

My husband and I joined 2 friends at the Bazaar to celebrate my birthday this past Saturday night. To say we really loved our meal and experience there is a serious understatement. We absolutely loved the Bazaar--the food, the service (our server, Laura, especially), and the ambience. This may be the best and most enjoyable meal we've had in Los Angeles in quite some time, if not ever.

First, our food was incredible. While there was one or two tapas dishes that we found bland and unenjoyable (the shrimp for example), every other dish was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Laura, our incredible server, took away the shrimp dishes we so disdained, agreed with our assessment, and then returned with replacement dishes that were extraordinary.

Second, Laura's service was extraordinary. She didn't charge us for the shrimp dishes we had ordered but hated, and she replaced them almost immediately with a sincere apology and agreement that she should have suggested otherwise to us from the start. She was energetic, charming, fun, and very eager to please to ensure we were enjoying ourselves. She handled what could have been a difficult situation very well, and left us completely satisfied and eager for more. I can only hope that the restaurant recognizes the talent they have in Laura, and that other servers are comparably as talented and wonderful.

Finally, the dessert room move was unexpected and interesting. We enjoyed the change of scenery, but the service there was definitely a lot slower and less enthusiastic. We enjoyed the desserts and small bites, and overall found it to be a fun way to conclude dinner. But we hope they improve their timing, service efficiency, and enthusiasm in this dessert section.

Overall, we loved the Bazaar and will definitely plan to return. And we will definitely be requesting Laura to be sure!

  • Visited January 2013
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5 Thank Bill R
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New York
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113 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“It's an Experience”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Small plates, great vibe, really good desserts - you have to "transfer" to another part of the restaurant for dessert.
Trendy and hard to get a reservation.

Visited January 2013
Thank constablegal
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