McKay's

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Pre-game, post-game, no game, McKay's is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner to enjoy some of L.A.'s finest food and good cheer with friends. Created in the winning tradition of a warm and friendly destination to celebrate a victory or prepare for the big game, McKay's lives and breathes the heritage and championship atmosphere of one of the game's greatest personalities.

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3.8
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LH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

It was ok. A hotel restaurant with over cooked food. Too much like an old hotel from the 70s. The service was really nice.

CA
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

We had dinner at McKay’s on Friday night and it was great! We thought the breakfast buffet would be just as good if not better!! For $20/person it was more like an over priced continental breakfast at a hotel. Cold food, rock hard cinnamon roles, and a disappointing selection. Nothing about it was even warm and I would have rather had the option for more pastries or pancakes/waffles versus a chicken broth soup for the chef’s special on the buffet. The staff were very friendly and the restaurant is clean and well decorated but I would not recommend this buffet to anyone!

EF
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

First time to McKay’s. We chose it because it was in between for a friend from Westchester and me from Pasadena. I decided to take the train because the website said the station was on the corner of Figueroa and Expo. Not. Really pretty underwhelming. The signage is poor so it’s really easy to pass it (and not so easy to turn around). Parking is nonexistent except in hotel garage. Food was OK to inedible. My fish and chips were OK but missing something green like coleslaw that usually accompanies it in most restaurants. Tons of fries though. My friend had rigatoni that looked dry and she didn’t eat. To their credit they removed her dish from the bill and did offer to bring her something else (which she declined). On the plus side it was quiet (very few people in there) and clean. If average is what you’re after it’ll be OK for you. Otherwise, drive a little further into downtown where there are better choices.

WW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time trying out McKay's for lunch. The food and service were good. The decor is a little underwhelming, but clean.

WC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food just isn't that good!! Our server was sweet and attentive and the prices are more then fair

GM
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I initially chose McKay's for a business lunch because I needed to meet someone who was staying downtown and I was coming in from Orange County. It was a great choice as he was able to get there easily using Uber and it was right off the Harbor Freeway and I could miss the downtown crush. Besides being a great place for a business lunch, the food was exceptional. I had an Asian-style Ahi salad which had some interesting spins and tasted great. The waitress was very attentive. Thanks!

US
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We shared a crab/mango salad. It had minimum dressing so we found the salad with minimal flavor.
We were not happy about the salad and gave our feedback to the waiter. I thought my order of Fish & Chips was ok. The potatoes were excellent but I felt the fish was somewhat limited. Maybe there should have been more fish or a vegetable added to plate. My friend was not thrilled about her rib meal maybe because not enough meat. I thought rib meat was delicious with too much potatoes. This dish also needed a vegetable. I'm sure McKay's does better with burgers and sandwiches.

D
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Even though there were regular seating tables available, they sat us in lounge seating. This made it somewhat difficult to eat. Waiter was slow to arrive, and even slower to take our full order. Waited over 30 minutes after placing order for any food to arrive, and appetizer arrived with regular entrees rather than beforehand. Food was average, and most items were very salty. About the only good thing about this place was the parking, which we should have just stayed in, as parking near the Shrine Auditorium was extremely expensive and traffic was horrid.

SC
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent choice when attending events at USC. Convenient to Galen Center. Good food, fair prices, and great service.

L
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the grilled chicken sandwich.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food is okay, nothing to rave about. Great choice if staying at the Radisson.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Good service, but food was just so-so. My grilled chicken sandwich was devoid of chicken.

t
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a few friends in town and decided to give McKay's a try. We grew up in the area in the 70's and are big USC fans. The memorabilia, artwork adorned the restaurant and added to the vibe. The food was excellent; short rib hash, Burger was fresh, served on brioche bun. We will be back again.

WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went there because it was close to the hotel. Not sure why the bad reviews. Food was good. Service was quick and friendly. No wait, and not many people there at 8pm on a Sat night.

t
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great place, especially if you're a football fan. Lots of USC memorabilia from John McKay era. Food is very good, menu features a good variety of items. Bar area is hopping in the evenings when sports are televised on big screen TVs in bar. It's not easy to get a table for dinner during football game days so plan ahead.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Family night out to concert at shrine

S
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Make a reservation - especially if you are planning to dine before or after an event at the Galen Center. People are very nice there and food is good. Service is slow (including bringing the check) on game days as they try to juggle everyone trying to eat and get out at the same time. As long as you understand this going in, you will have a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience and be on your way in time to take the 2 minute walk to the Galen Center entrance and get to your seats.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Very convenient location if you are at USC for any event. Wait staff were very attentive and accurate. Sadly, though, we had both dinner and breakfast there and both were not good. Dinner was literally terrible, other than the asparagus, breakfast was not as bad, but still not good. Bright side? Full bar.

s
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I remember McKay's as having a better menu with more steakhouse entrees, as opposed to sandwiches. There was a filet on the menu as well as a pesto fettuccine, but otherwise the menu seems more like The Lab (a few doors down). The wine "list" makes you feel like you are in the Midwest. This is California, and a nice restaurant needs to have more than one selection of each varietal and also needs to have some mid to upper level wines. This looked like wines that someone picked up from the local grocery store. The historical photos on the walls and the nice ambiance still make this a nice place to visit - but plan to bring your own wine and pay whatever the corkage is - because that's the only way you will be satisfied with your wine selection.

A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Steak salad had thinnest filet on the salad. It looked like a minute steak. No taste. No one in Restaurant.

SC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great location and atmosphere to go and catch up with friends, have dinner with family, or just have a nice meal. I loved the service and food. I will definitely come back.

LH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Usually we go here for happy hour and would still highly recommend that, dinner...not so much. They were out of the daily soup special (clam chowder) at 7:45, not good planning. The dining room menu is over priced when you compare to what you can get in the bar. Also, the dining room was freezing. Go for happy hour, but save you money for another choice if you’re going for a nice dinner .

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food would have been five stars except I requested bacon extremely well done, (it was not) I had to send it back.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I liked your restaurant, but the cook failed to follow the instructions of my waiter "Scott", I imfasized that the bacon needed to be extremely well done or I would not be able to eat it, unfortunately it was not therefore I was unable to fully enjoy an otherwise delicious turkey sandwich. Once again "scott" my waiter was excellent!

V
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2017
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I have not dined here in a couple years and now I remember why. There were only 5 tables of people and we all waited forever for our food. The staff stayed hidden until the food was brought out. Really disappointing.
We had a successful Happy Hour there and the food did not take forever then.
Not sure what the problem is but it is a shame. Beautiful restaurant.

L
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner before the usc basketball game. We chose their hamburgers and sweet potato fries. Excellent choice. We loved the hamburgers.

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food listed on the menu on OpenTable was not listed on the menu at the restaurant. There was only two vegetarian options, a salad and a fried portobello burger. We were seated in the second half of the dining room--very bland, unexciting room--not what we were in the mood for when the other side was cozier and more lively. The food was meh. We couldn't figure out what was off until the bill came, and we realized the restaurant was part of the Radisson hotel. Not mentioned on OpenTable, so we felt pretty duped. Other hotel restaurants mention they are in the hotel, so this one should too. 5/10 do not recommend.

t
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoy dining here. It's fun to see all the USC Trojan memorabilia and the food is very good. Not a lot of menu choices but enough. Nice bar area which is very busy on game days.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2016
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good (pricey) and server was great, but it took forever for the food to come out from the kitchen. Our 1hr. lunch break took 2.5 hours.

Acoustics are quite loud when there's a crowd.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! This was my first time eating breakfast at the restaurant. Typically, I always have lunch, but the breakfast burrito was delicious.

r
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2016
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It is one of the few restaurants where you can actually hear yourself. Being an older person I especially appreciated that feature of McKay's. The food was mixed. My son and I split two sandwitches: a chicken, which was very good, and a lobster roll, which neither of us have ever had, and were disappointed at how it was mostly "roll" with not much lobster. The sweet potato fries were excellent.

B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Awful. They refused to serve us breakfast, since the breakfast service had allegedly just ended when we arrived at 11. There were only 4 people in the restaurant so they surely could have accommodated us. I ordered a BLT, the most breakfast-like thing I could find on the menu. My cousin ordered a salad, and it took about a half hour for us to get our food. It was the worst BLT I have ever had, barely any lettuce, and the "toast" was actually grilled bread slathered in butter. The waiter said the dish came with French fries, but they were actually waffle fries covered in cheese and some weird orange powder. I have never had worse food. Also, the restaurant's website said there was free validated parking in the adjacent Radisson garage, so I parked there. However, I had to pay $12...the garage attendant said there was no free parking on "game day," even though the Rams football game was at night and this was still morning. When I asked the restaurant about this, they said they had no control over the parking, as it was provided by a third party. All in all a terrible experience (though I got to see my young cousin who just started at USC and that part was great!)

JH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

They were worried about a concert at the shrine Auditorium nearby so they offered a limited menu which is kind of ridiculous cause the place was empty all night

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Restaurant was empty Air conditioning was on so high that it was like an icebox. Since we were the only customers we asked if they could possibly dial back on the a/c and we were told that it can only be done by Radisson hotel engineering staff.

Food took forever for two burgers and a piece of fish. They feature a 1 lb burger. I asked how rare they would make the burgers and waiter said medium rare. I said as rare as possible and it came well done. Waiter had disappeared. At the end of the meal he brought a new server by and said that she would take over. Never saw her again until we paid check. On the way out the kitchen manager asked how everything was and we told her of our disappointment, she apologized but by this time it was too late and she didn't even give me a card or anything.

Nice USC John Mckay memorabilia, but a real disappointment for a huge burger lover like me.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good food, well prepared and presented. Attentive waitstaff, helpful in providing neighborhood attractions to this out-of-towner. I would definitely recommend McKay's to anyone visiting the USC campus.

y
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The restaurant had a funny smell

MB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2016
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We were there before a concert told them so and they did a wonderful job getting us in and out. Exactly what we were looking for.

L
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely go here again. We enjoyed our business lunch.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2016
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The staff at McKay's are always wonderful, attentive but not in an in-your-face way. The food is exactly what you expect, not great but big portions. The bar is excellent for happy hour drinks, with comfortable seating and excellent staff. The dining room is one of the better places for a work lunch - it's usually pretty quiet and the staff, seriously - the staff are fantastic about handling working lunches!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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