Otium

4.7
2000 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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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Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered the wellington and it was exceptionally delicious. Thank you to Leah who recommended it.
Your appetizer were very small in proportion but huge in taste. Will return!

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E
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food here is excellent. The service can be inconsistent and inattentive. (For reasons that I do not understand, the servers seem incapable of distinguishing who at a table has still or sparkling water. In addition, it is not unusual to see a dish served to the wrong table.). I would also note that I have had varying experiences with being seated. At times I have been seated at exactly the reserved time. Other times, I have waited more than forty five minutes after the reserved time to be seated, with no explanation for the delay.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a spectacular meal with incredible service!

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were terrific. It is a pretty noisy restaurant and it isn't cheap. However, we will definitely put it onto our regular list.

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N
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Good is excellent, executed well, thoughtful, modern, without bring contrived. The service, in particular, the wine service is a joke. Waitstaff's wonder knowledge is embarrassing. Need to change the operations and have manager to handle wine ordering. Mistakes in taking the order, wine list not updated, it's going to really limit how far the restaurant can go. Major reflection on operations needed

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing they did a fantastic job from food to wine casual but elegant made our 10 year Anniversary a memorable one

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FC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Most amazing food I have had in a year! Loved it!

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RM
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took 5 customers there for a business lunch. We ordered several items for the table and shared them. Everyone said they really enjoyed the food. Our service was very good and we were able to discuss business with such a large group with no problem due to the low noise level.

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KK
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We headed here after touring the Broad and we were so glad we did. The ambiance and the food were excellent. Loved the shared plate concept which gave us lots of good tastes. The pesto rigatoni was some of the best pesto I’ve ever tried. This is a gem of a place.

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V
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very enjoyable lunch! Wonderful server, delicious crispy potatoes and shrimp salad. A bit noisy.

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L
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service & food were both outstanding. The whole snapper is a must!!! We shared a lot dishes & each were fabulous. All 7 people in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Perfect ending to a day at The Broad museum.

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S
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went pre-theater, and can’t wait to return for a more leisurely meal. Everything was really good!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steven was so fun and gave awesome recommendations! He made our Mother’s Day dinner memorable!

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RV
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The restaurant offers great food, the space is fantastic. The price is in the higher end i.e. $200 for brunch for two people (includes two cocktails and two glasses of wine). The service should be much better, both waiters and hostess needs polish. The restaurant itself should be much cleaner. The impression we got is that there's lack of leadership on the restaurant floor.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, good!

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GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

TLDR: Easiest 5/5 I've ever given. One of the, if not the best restaurant experience I've had thus far. Food is incredible - can't go wrong selecting a random option off the menu. Service is top-notch - friendly, helpful, and really wrapped up the entire experience. Noise level was perfect - loud enough to where you aren't listening to other people's conversations, yet are still able to easily and comfortably chat with your table.

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One of the big issues with going to a hyped-up restaurant for the first time is that there are some pretty high expectations to meet. Unfortunately, more often than not, the raving reviews amount to an underwhelming experience. After Chef Tim Hollingsworth ended up winning 'Final Table', I felt like this place was worth a look and just visited to celebrate a birthday in the family.

Can I just start by saying...Wow. It's the first thing I said when I stepped through the door and what we were all saying as we left. A really open kitchen that you literally walk through to get to the restroom. I felt like there were a couple close calls between staff and individuals walking through, but well-worth the risk to see everything happening up close. A really beautiful restaurant that is well spaced out, plenty of lighting, and a moderate noise level to where we could hear each other talking for once when going to one of these 'fancy' restaurants, and incredible food. While it has portion sizes that you're used to for an upscale restaurant such as this, this was the first time I've left truly satisfied. For 4 of us we ordered 5 appetizers and 3 entrees (one which 'counts' as two). If you're into dessert, try that cinnamon ice-cream and their chocolate butter bar thing.

I'll 100% be back.

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DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

“ Over the Moon “ delicious food!!! I’m sure Otium will be our best dinner for 2019......creative food FLAIR Thank you to the entire service personnel and excellent Chefs!

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n
Orange County
146 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here at this restaurant on numerous occasions and have enjoyed each and every time. The Black Cod is absolutely delicious and well worth the price. The hamachi is also quite good. This restaurant has something for everyone due to its diversified menu. I would recommend this place to anyone who appreciates really good food.

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B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food. Great drinks. Amazing service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My son and I celebrated the fact that he is cancer free 12 years after his initial diagnosis. He was 17 when he was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. It was a beautiful day and everything was delicious. The oysters were sublime, the Danobe was outstanding, and the pop tart and desserts were amazing. Our waiter, Matthew, was so attentive and gracious.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Difficult to find but great food

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j
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Otium was on its game tonight. The food was fabulous. The salmon was amazing and very fresh. The BBQ squab was fantastic. The service was outstanding. The waiter was helpful, quick service, and very nice.

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A
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for lunch and sat outside which was really lovely.
People all around us ordered the roasted potatoes , but seemed like too much food for us.
Had the hamachi and the little gem salad. Both excellent. The chicken breast we got with the salad was cooked beautifully.

Next time will come back with more people so we can try more things!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food, good variety, and a lot of wines from france. Excellent location.

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DW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came here to celebrate my birthday. Had watched The FinalTable on TV and wanted to try some of winner Timothy Hollingsworth’s creations. We ordered the nan, kampachi and uni for starters. The nan was doughy and soft. Loved it. The kampachi was in a tamarind sauce which complemented the fish. The uni was a disappointment. We couldn’t taste the uni and the crunchy rice was greasy. My 11 year old had the pork chop which was juicy and flavorful. My hubby had the sea bass; the skin was crispy but very salty. I had the black cod, which was the winning dish on The Final Table. The cod was delicious but the accompaniments were just so-so. The pavlova with strawberry ice cream had a nice crackle to it and the ice cream was delicious. Refills on drinks other than water were slow. Overall a fair restaurant but was expecting more of a wow factor. It says something when my favorite dish of the dinner was the nan.

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LS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Original and high quality. Great service, mindful of concert timing. A little bit on the too noisy side.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here keeps getting better and better! We had the kale salad (who knew it could be so delicious?!), incredible gnocchi with truffle and pancetta, and short ribs, and everything was fantastic.

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a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Good food.

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SQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance for our pre-theatre dinner. Jason was very well informed, from bourbon to beignets. Highly recommend.

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ZY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

The food started out ok but got worse as the courses went on... our server seemed overwhelmed and made several mistakes. The server at next table was very informative and engaged so we heard about the menu by eves dropping. I really should not have to wait over 30 minutes for my one glass of wine while the sommeliers are wasting space walking around and behaving superior in their non-superior and unprofessional attire. After cancelling the nocchi that the server or kitchen forgot- we asked for dessert. Unfortunately, dessert took a dive and my guest and I both decided to send it back and end our disappointing journey at Otium. I’ve waited too long to try this restaurant- it let me down in such a way that I will no longer follow the chefs on tv- epic failure ... once again at a celebrity chef owned restaurant.

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D
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful after concert supper. Very convenient next to Disney Hall. Good energy and delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Noise level was off putting. Service was a bit slow but understandable for a Friday night. Nicely balanced plates but a bit lacking in presentation. Wonderful mixture of flavors overall. Very refreshing salads. The rice pudding with rhubarb was outstanding

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FP
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been really loving the sandwiches. It’s quick service for such a high quality restaurant. I always feel comfortable eating here with clients knowing it’s efficient and the food is amazing! :)

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GP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A can't miss here.. everything is fantastic. Just sit back and enjoy . This is what you want in a dining experience. Epic birthday dinner! Everything we had was fantastic.. Hands down the best thing was the customer service we had from our waiter Jason.. he made our dining experience magical. The food is the star, but Jason is the ringmaster.. thank you for making my birthday dinner excellent. The bucatini was life changing.. that egg yolk.! Wow. The black cod was beautiful. The fresh naan pairs perfect with the truffle butter. The A 5 wagyu was a flavor explosion. Scallops were cooked perfectly. The spotted shrimp prawns with a perfect grilled lemon took me back to my childhood having beach bbq's in Baja California, Mexico. Cant wait to come back to see what's new ... see you soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice ending to visit to the Broad

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RL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waitstaff here is the best ever -- knowledgeable about the food, engaging, welcoming.

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t
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was incredible, the food was absolutely delicious, and the ambiance was so lovely. Everything was wonderful from start to finish. Cannot wait to return!

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E
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

All good, but somewhat noisy. Expensive, in my opinion, but not others'.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Amazing food and service

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LF
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New menu is great, the gnocchi was the highlight. Great service, great ambience, great food.

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