Otium

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.
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AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved Otium! We started with cocktails- Post Melon and Lil' Sebastian, both were excellent. We ordered: naan with chicken liver mouse (mousse was so good), the rigatoni (waitress said it's her favorite on the menu, I now agree- has a good citrus kick to it), the chicken and potatoes (generous portion, potatoes were good but we couldn't finish), and the black cod (chef's winning/famous entree, cod melts in your mouth). Overall food was great and staff helpful and attentive. We got there 20mins late for our res and were still seated right away.

CD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was amazing! Portions were rather small for the price though. Additionally, need to keep eyes on drinks as I ordered a Kettle One specialty drink and I saw the Bartender put in Svedka instead. Definitely going back...

SD
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and our server was amazing!!!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belated birthday for friend. Server was extremely knowledgeable about the gluten free menu options. Food was sublime.

Z
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service, Augustin was fantastic!!

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had some friends in town for some golf and football game. I have been here before and it was great. This visit was even better. Tried 6 items to share. The shrimp was incredible. And was the duck and well...everything.

Go to Otium if you haven’t. It’s exceptional.

AL
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place is amazing

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All excellent.

RN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Jessica, was an absolute delight - very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Food is interesting and delicious. We loved the architecture of the building. Cocktail reasonably priced, wines were expensive. Hope to return soon.

WW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our drinks and order took too long to happen but the service picked up and the food was wonderful. Will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Amazing interior design and great food quality. Small portions however, nice but sporadic service and a check about twice the amount you’d get at another nice restaurant.
Worth trying once for a special occasion, definitely won’t be my weekly nice outing spot.

AB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Gourmet food, excellent service, great ambiance. Highly recommended

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Otium is probably my current favorite date night restaurant. It's got good food, drinks and service. My cocktail (Rumble in the Jungle) was awesome. If I wasn't driving, I would've ordered another round or two. For starters, we ordered the naan bread with caviar. This is a little bit different from the naan that I am accustomed to, but I quickly forgot about that after the first bite. The butter on the side was a great addition. And paired with the caviar, forgetaboutit. I'm not a caviar fan, and I thought it was weird to pair the caviar with the naan, but this pairing was insane. It's just delicious. And this was just our appetizer. Next up was the Hamachi. The fish was fresh and buttery soft. I like how it didn't taste too fishy. If they served this fish by itself, I'd still be happy. Next came the Spinach Bucatini. Our server cracked the egg yolk for us and mixed the pasta. It was so creamy and tasty I didn't want to share it. Next up, the duck breast. I've had my fair share of duck, but this one is tops. Though the meat was moist and tasty, the skin was my favorite part. I'm still raving about it! It was perfectly crisp and savory. I can't tell you exactly what it tasted like, but it was something very familiar. Not duck, but something I've had before. With the risk of sounding overly dramatic, that taste of that duck skin transported me back to a happy time in my childhood. And lastly, the Turbot. Perhaps not the best dish we had that night, but it was still very good. It was cooked perfectly and the leeks on the bottom was so creamy, but for some reason this dish didn't wow us like the others. Maybe because we were getting full, or perhaps because it took forever for it to get to our table. Whatever. All I can say is that this restaurant is a great place and I highly recommend it.

G
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the rainbow trout and it was delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I was extremely excited to try this restaurant after watching The Final Table on Netflix. We came to celebrate our anniversary and thought this be a great restaurant to celebrate at. Our server was great and had great recommendations for us from the beginning. However, as we were looking through the menu she came by to inform
us not one but FIVE items on the menu were no longer available. It was a disappointment to hear this since one of the items that we wanted to try was the black cod. We ordered the octopus as a starter. This dish was good but yet disappointing because it tasted like Tom Ka the soup with octopus in it. We weren’t quite impress as it tasted very familiar to dishes we’ve had. The next dish we had was the rigotoni. A very delicious plate that satisfied our taste buds. Next was the scallops. The scallops itself was very soft and tender. The sweet potato sauce complimented it very well. Lastly we ordered the steak. The steak was okay and didn’t impress us much. Hopefully we can give this restaurant another shot when they don’t have items unavailable.

D
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

Otium has a fetish for being ordinary. Maybe I could wear my slippers and a bathrobe, to enhance the ordinary vibe. The fake stains on the wine lists are not so amusing anymore.

Table cloths would improve the dining experience.

Why no Open Table points for dining at Otium?

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the food ambience and location setting. The service outstanding.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Really noisy but great food and service.

V
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance as usual.

s
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I highly recommend the Otium. Food is always good. I go there multiple times per year. I did have the grilled duck special this time. It was good, but not outstanding. I have had better. I had the octopus as well and it was excellent. It was prepared this time with a sauce. I had expected the other way it had been prepared in the past and was pleasantly surprised how it was changed, but still excellent. I have never had a bad meal there. The only thing that bothered me this visit, was that service staff took away the plates while I was still eating making me feel rushed. It has not happened before. It might be a new staff at the Optium. Everything else was good. I will still go back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food, the agnolotti and bucatini could be up there as some of the all time best pastas I’ve had. The naan bread as simple as it sounds was mouth watering, we had to order two.

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic food - always! Friendly and helpful service. Can be a little noisy.

ED
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good. Expensive. But good. Not quite "worth it" expensive. And the "4 percent optional surcharge" that's automatically added to your bill but not given to the servers is BS. Wouldn't hurry back.

AA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Memorable table service, friendly chef and kitchen staff, outstanding meal.

MJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We visited the restaurant for Sunday brunch, arriving at 1pm. Two dishes we ordered were no longer available. We re-ordered only to be told later that another dish was unavailable. Really? The service was excellent , our server Aaron was attentive and apologetic. He informed us that the chef was embarrassed and comped one our items. A general disappointment.

BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The food was outstanding and the server was attentive and gave some great recommendations. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a great food experience downtown.

KS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Otium on a Saturday afternoon! With family abroad in town, we wanted to share a delicious meal.

After enjoying a visit to the Broad museum, we walked a stone’s throw to the Otium. We had made reservations and were warmly welcomed and quickly seated. No waiting!

Our server, Aaron, was amazing! He left us with the menu and answered our questions and helped steer us to offerings that were truly unique and very tasty! It really makes such a difference having staff that care about one’s dining experience and Aaron and the others who helped us—-were just that! Everything was exceptional and we got a kick out of walking through the kitchen (on the way to the w.c.) and seeing such healthful, fresh ingredients being made into wonderful culinary delights!
We ordered about five dishes for the four of us—and we were hungry to start. Everything was yummy—from the farro salad and signature smashed potatoes—to the fried chicken and hoecake—to the hangar steak. The meal left us sated and the desserts we chose were completely finished. Bowls scraped all around.
Overall, very tasty and I’ll be back! Thanks, Otium!

j
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful and creative food. The salmon was incredible. Excellent service. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch after visiting The Broad. Our wait staff was attentive and friendly and the open kitchen was fun to watch. We shared a little gems salad with salmon that was light and very flavorful, and wood-fired oven cooked chicken and potatoes with shisito peppers and a scrumptious spicy pepper sauce on the side. It was a terrific overall dining experience!

EJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great lunch with a perfect Thai influence. Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable and food was delicious. The proximity to the Bowl was another bonus. We enjoyed our meal thoroughly and will go back when in the neighborhood.

T
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite was the lettuce wraps, oysters and gnocchi. This is a great restaurant with spectacular food and service. We went for lunch but will be back to try dinner.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Overrated...hype because he won a cooking competition. Our server was great...food, not so much. Salad far too acidic and they had something they had the nerve to call naan. It was like a buttery pancake. Entrees ok at best. Happy I tried it but won’t be back.

GG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love all veggies. So interesting the way they put flavors together. A lesson in creative cooking.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Location was great. Good was good. Overall 4 stars

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We joyfully celebrated our anniversary in Otium thanks to all awesome Otium people. Appreciate about the food and service again! It was an exceptional and perfect day to us :)

RM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best all around meals I've had in awhile. From start to finish it was an amazing experience. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Recommend bringing more people so you can try more items. The menu is pretty extensive. Three of us made it through 8 dishes including dessert and were completely satisfied. Stand out dishes were the naan bread with truffle butter and the new New York strip (amazing!). Enjoy!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

súper cool delicious food

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantistic staff and service. Great food. Highly recommend

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a gem.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent all around. imaginative menu, impeccably executed

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