Otium

4.7
2121 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Roger, the waitperson was attentive, informative and upbeat. My wife's birthday lunch coupled with experiencing Soul of A Nation at the adjacent Broad Museum made for a memorable day...

R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding food and presentation. All the dishes had extremely subtle, but great, flavors. A little noisy, but bearable. Service was prompt and very helpful regarding portion sizing and composition. Highly recommend! Be aware it’s pricey (especially for the mains and most wines) but well worth it!

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, service and food, we will be back!

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Food was wonderful. Perfect farm-to-table flavors.

WW
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Overall food was good, great ambiance. The initial service was slow. Reservation was late, sat at the bar and it took 10 minutes to get a drink even though four bar tenders were sitting behind the bar near the register drinking orange juice. Even with eye contact it took forever for someone to come get us a drink, which didn’t arrive until we finally got our table. The rest of the service was good once we sat down. Our server in particular was very knowledgeable of the menu and offered good recommendations.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We came here for Saturday brunch before visiting the Broad. (We had previously dropped in after a show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and discovered that there was no availability without a reservation, so this time we made reservations far in advance!)

Because it is one of the few brunch options in the Arts District, and because it is pricey and trendy, I was prepared to be disappointed. However, my husband, friend, and I all agreed that it was excellent and we were glad we had tried it!

It's best to approach this as an expensive but fun tasting experience. We followed the recommendation to share plates. We started with the crispy potatoes, which were piping hot and easily some of the most delicious I'd ever had in my life. Next we chose the rainbow trout, which was a bit salty for my taste but extremely succulent and flavorful. Then we had the Donabe, which I thought had a slightly burned flavor (like you'd get with a s'more) but was especially good with the topping. It was small but so rich I don't think we would have wanted more. Finally, we closed out the meal with a funnel cake, which was VERY small but packed a yummy punch with the ice cream and jam. For drinks, my husband and friend both chose the "Roger That" and said it was fantastic; by contrast my matcha cold brew seemed uninspired and watery. It was exactly as they described - matcha over ice - but for $7 I don't think I'd bother again.

Finally, the service was professional, attentive, and competent without being intrusive or pushy. We took almost two hours to order, savor each item as it came out of the kitchen, and then pay. We had plenty of time to catch up and to comment on the meal, and we could hear each other talk, all which was much appreciated.

On the whole, we were very impressed and really enjoyed our time here. It's not a bargain, but if you're looking for something special and memorable before or after a show/museum, this can be a good option!

JR
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience for our first time at Otium and we will definitely be back. Price point was a little more than my partner and I typically spend on a night out but great for a special occasion. The service was great, I loved the open kitchen and being able to see the food prep happening in the background. You can taste the intentionality in every dish and cocktail and each has its own unique flavor profile. We especially enjoyed the agnolotti, naan with truffle butter and green tea oreos, and I will have dreams about the chai dollar sign cocktail (I promise it’s really that good).

SM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing time, always amazing food! I really appreciate the care with which the kitchen prepares food, given my severe allergies. 10/10 would go always!

P
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was superb. I’d eat that ceviche and gnocchi every night!!! I’m a total foodie and it was one of my all time best meals ever!!!

j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to Otium more than a dozen times. And every time it’s amazing. From presentation to complementary favors, it’s always a fantastic culinary experience! Thank you Otium!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, drinks, food and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

AS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really amazing. Loved everything we tried from the naan with chicken liver mousse to the grilled shrimp, the octopus and the pasta. Had very good wine suggestions from super-friendly sommelier Tiffany. Great staff, great experience.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside for my son’s Birthday. Perfection!

MO
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was amazing but the service was okay, I waited almost 10-15 minutes just to get my check until I got up and asked the hostess myself for the check.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredibly beautiful space, and the food is outstanding, but their cocktails are out of this world!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! Steven new about all the dishes and great great recommendations for what to have!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff
And the food was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The experience was great overall. My partner and I really enjoyed their service and food. However, we noticed that we were seated in the section along with other minority groups. I’m hoping it was a coincidence but didn’t feel too good about the separation.

E
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything about Otium is top level, from the cocktails to the food and especially the service. Unfortunately we were placed next to the window in the back overlooking the construction on the Metro which wasn't ideal but all in all it was a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. From service to the food. Made our special night perfect!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat at the chef’s table for our one year wedding anniversary with our parents. We absolutely loved our experience! Delicious, fresh ingredients with a reimagined take on seemingly typical dishes. Will definitely be coming back!

J
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Matthew was an excellent server! We enjoyed everything. We did feel the prices were quite high- especially the wine by the glass.
But all in all, it was an excellent experience.
We went prior to the theater- perhaps consider an early bird pricing for the theater.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, drinks, and service were fantastic!

l
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite spot downtown. A 10.

JH
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food!.. I love the “ sharing” idea.. I live next door at the Emerson during the week and usually sit at the bar to eat. The bartenders are really good and the waiters and waitresses in the dinning rooms “get it” when I bring clients and my family!... They make it special!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was AH-mazing and the staff was so nice and accommodating. Drink menu was a little overwhelming with no substitutes so my girls and I had some wonderful wine. Everything was delicious!

TC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! We will be back soon!! Best dinner we have ever had! The Elote Agnolotti is to die for!

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated a late birthday with phenomenal food & cocktails. Elevated LA cuisine at its finest.

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. The sommelier is particularly amazing. The only criticism I have is that the desert is pretty average. We'll definitely return.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! We felt taking care of and catered to in a genuinely hospitable way. The service and food were beyond expectation.

BW
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Otium several times and love it more each time. Wonderful dining experience

H
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Not what expected underwhelming will not be back anytime soon

HF
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative yummy menu, very nice ambiance, excellent service. Pasta portion could have been a little large, but I would go back for sure!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was hard to find the place because there wasn’t a sign on the building. However, the truffle fires made everything better! The kale salad with salmon was also delicious.

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We made a reservation for 1pm. It was communicated to us that there was an event that afternoon. The service was extremely rushed. It would have been better to have been notified so we may have had the option to come earlier or reschedule to a later date.

MJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding. He answered all of our questions and helped us make great food and beverage selections.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just wow. The food was awesome but what was even more awesome is the wonderful diverse staff. Every single person was awesome. The food was so amazing we cannot wait to come back.

ME
Memphis
51 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Each course on the extensive menu was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Started with Naan bread with truffle butter and Wagu beef tartare, both unique and delicious. Grilled prawns served on an actual charcoal brazier-amazing! Rigatoni with basil sauce and pistachios was delicious and the pork chop with horseradish spaetzle and beet reduction was outstanding! Excellent service and a helpful sommelier made it a wonderful anniversary dinner. Just enough for the two of us.

A
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Otium always delivers above and beyond the expectations. It’s on the pricey side but worth every dollar. The food is amazing and so are the cocktails. We definitely return very soon..

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