189 by Dominique Ansel

3.9
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176 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Chef Dominique Ansel’s first full-service restaurant comes with a serendipitous story. The number 189 references our original bakery address in New York (189 Spring Street), which coincidentally was the same street address in LA as well (189 The Grove Drive). “It was meant to be,” says Chef.

Situated on the second floor above our Bakery, the menu is driven by the food we love – casual, honest, and with a bit of surprise. Our food is rooted in traditional French techniques, but the flavors range from different cultures and uses the best California produce we can get our hands on. The restaurant seats up to 150, including indoor and outdoor terrace and bar seating.
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3.9
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4.1
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3.5
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MonikinT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I enjoy the uniqueness of European food and dim sum style service. Every item I tried is so delicious.

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vipHEEH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Really attentive staffs, good quality of scrambles and pastries. Chicken and bacon .... i am not sure

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vipLINDAB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fun brunch- exceptionally good food and super nice staff. So many fun foods to try. Can’t wait to come back and try something new.

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vipStevenT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Brunch format just doesn't work, especially for the price. The items aren't unique enough to be served "dim sum/Brazilian" style. Skip the brunch and come for dinner instead.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1Food5Service3Ambience2

The concept is interesting but we went on a slow Saturday for brunch, service was slow and the setup did not work. The food itself (when it came out) was good. I will not be back if they keep the same serving style or it’s another slow day.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

This is the second time we came here and it reaffirms our verdict of “it’s fine”. If you want to impress a very first date or bring out of town parents for a “fancy LA” experience at The Grove, come here. Otherwise just stick to the pastries downstairs.

Our waiter was so scared and sheepish, you could see the stress aura around him despite it being a fairly low key Valentines Day night. He didn’t even validate our parking correctly. The themed food was mediocre, with only the winners being the pasta and the cake. The dumplings were super fishy, I could still taste it a day later, and the beef, although tender, was super over salted.

I will continue to come back specifically for the cronuts and the frozen s’mores.

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vipmetoo
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

It was Valentine’s Day and me and my girlfriend had the set menu (all that was being served so am interested what other people’s experience was). We spent the next day sick to our stomachs with the exact same symptoms, including fever. We both think it was the beef. Horrendous
Otherwise it was a cold night and only one outside heater work.ed, which is lame.

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vipBo18
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Very poor service, waiting forever to get the food cart to all tables for brunch

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vipMike
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Someone needs to take this 2nd floor restaurant out of its misery. Saturday night, 8 pm, 5 tables out of probably 30 have guests. 189 had no bartender, only one chef *used to be 3 in the kitchen*, no busboy, one waitress. The pasta I had was like 6 pasta pillows on a plate for $30 and you would need a butcher knife to slice the pasta. Horrible. Close'er it up boys! (1st floor bakery does very well)

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viplinda
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We went for dinner on a Saturday evening during DineLA. The DineLA menu included a complimentary wine in addition to 3 courses. We choose the Brut only to be told at 6:45PM they had run out of the Brut and did not have any sparkling wine to offer in its place. We were offered a Spanish rose and given "larger " pours, amazing since the restaurant was not full and never was full while we were there.

When the meals came, the "Cowboy Ribeye" steaks while cooked to the desired doneness were dry and had considerable amounts of gristle (could not be cut with a knife). One steak was about a third gristle. When this was brought to the manager's attention, he advised us that the chef said the meat was fine and that we should expect a bit of fat in the meat. There's a big difference between fat and gristle. This was all gristle! The chicken was clearly the best choice, although the herb salad side dish was only a garnish not a salad.

Service was friendly but not particularly efficient. The interaction with the manager and his attitude were baffling. I thought that DineLA was a chance for a restaurant to showcase itself and gain new followers. This was the most dismal dining experience we have had in LA in years. How did this restaurant make the LA Times Top 101?

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vipFaithfulFoodie
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never a bad experience at 189.
Went for that DineLA menu.
Food was amazing, service right on spot & atmosphere was perfect

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Dennis
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service. Give it a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love it but this doesn’t work for a small group

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ChelseaB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

An insulting combination of overpriced food and bad cooking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

The food was a bit disappointing for the prices, although the sourdough bread was great. I can’t believe the restaurant didn’t have a better dessert selection, given that the famous bakery sits downstairs (cronuts are offered downstairs in the cafe and not in the restaurant). The service was especially disappointing: there were two tables in our section and we had to actively flag down our waiter anytime we wanted something. It took about 45 mins for someone to take our food order. Management would also openly scold waiters within earshot of the guests. I am not returning to this restaurant

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Wufo
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I was surprised that this restaurant made the top 100 restaurant list from LA Times. Seems they are still working out the kinks. The service was spotty (though very friendly and pleasant). The food was inconsistent. My table-mates loved the pasta dishes (pappardelle, and duo pasta), but the chicken dish was not that exciting--not crispy enough. The sauce for the chicken was exactly the same as the sauce for the french fries--it was a good sauce, but kind of disappointing to have the same thing twice. The salads (Bibb salad and the herb salad that came with the chicken) were annoying to eat--large pieces of lettuce not cut up at all. And just not all that delicious.

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matthew
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Atrocious service. 20 min for the first cocktail, waited 45 for the second one. Inquired three times about it and it never showed up. Pork belly served cold and undercooked. Finally just gave the manager my card to pay and leave at which point the server graciously let us know she had taken off the negroni I never got and the raw pork belly. She was very sweet and apologetic, perhaps just understaffed. Regardless will never return.

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vipWestinDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

So grateful for the team at Dominique Ansel. Food is always simply amazing!!! We appreciate the service we received!

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vipElizabethM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience2

Friends were visiting from New York and we decided to stop at 189 for dinner while shopping. The food was incredible, but one of the worst dining experiences of my life. First, the dishes took ages (we were there for 2.5 hours) and the courses came out at all different times so people weren’t eating together. When I asked the waiter about everything arriving at different times (some eating appetizers, then served entrees while others were served appetiZers) the waiter said “it’s because everything is made to order” ummmm, ok. Second, the dishes we received did not match the menu, when addressed with the waiter we were told “well, you don’t have the right menu” in an accusatory tone and he just walked away. As if we chose the menu that was placed in front of us by him.... Third, the waiter was almost entirely unavailable and may have been one of only two waitstaff for the entire restaurant, maybe someone called out sick (or several people, including cooks) but then communicate that. Apologize for the issues, let us know the kitchen is backed up. So disappointing given that the food we did receive that did match the menu was quite good. That being said, I will never eat here again...

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SimonW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

We need to wait for an hour and half to have our food ready . This is ridiculous ! The cooking was too slow and they need to add more people in the kitchen

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vipYogi21
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our Server, Chris was terrific and couldn't be more accommodating. We had a fabulous
dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. The dim sum style brunch is delicious. Make sure to order the Dutch baby pancake and the bacon!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

No flexibility on menu so only one vegetarian entree.
Otherwise food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was very good but did not like “table brunch” method .. felt a bit awkward and service was slow.. some of the wait staff seemed confused .. you don’t have a dedicated waiter so communication was poor .. menu stated fresh oj and waitress told us it was not fresh. Had to ask 2x for clean plates . I would rather just pick a dish and be served once .. had to ask for coffee refill ( which was average) .. place was pretty empty so maybe idea is not a so good . Many good menu items that were delicious but we did not like the method used

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vipJKo1
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything tasted really good except for the burger, which was nothing special and kind of dry.

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vipMike
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dominique is a hidden gem. The food is excellent, great ambiance, quiet, service very attentive. I would recommend you visit this restaurant soon.

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Kitty
Houston
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

Booked a reservation on OpenTable for 4:45 with no idea that the event ended at 5. Received a remark from two employees when checking in about how it was ending in 5 minutes, in a way which made me feel very unwelcome. I offered to leave but they said I could stay and seated me. After that, the service was good and the food was great...next time, however the reservation system works, they should not offer reservations so close to closing or at least not make it sound like they are trying to turn you away...

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vipLuxValueSeeker
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Reservations were made for 4:30 PM, kitchen was closing at 5 PM. Most items on the menu were scarce at this point, staff was probably exhausted & ready to go home. Note to y'all, don't take last seating half an hour before your kitchen closes ---- it's in poor taste.

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vipAnlu
Orange County
92 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great. I didn’t know what to expect. Even the salads were inventive. The portions are generous. Having avoided The Grove for so long because of the crazy parking, I will be coming back to dine here. The desserts speak for themselves.
A wonderful dining experience!

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AliceL
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

We waited so long almost 1/2 hour for the appetizer and the restaurant wasn’t even busy.
The host was not helpful saying he is only the host not manager. I asked where is the manager but no answer.
Kitchen was so quiet and finally the pork belly came. It was so salty I needed to eat with bread.
Main course was Rib Rye. Once again sooooo salty I can’t take second bite. Finally the Manager show up didn’t introduce himself but took my dish recook the steak.
Overall was so bad. There were 7 of us. We all unhappy except the lady server was very nice and sweet. We gave her good tips.
I knew why the restaurant was so slow even on Saturday.
Bad host. I saw at least 3 sets of customers left waiting around and host wasn’t there to help them.
Sad the owner didn’t hires more professional host and manager for this place.
For sure we all won’t go back.
Even The Travelzoo deals not worth our time.

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MariaC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, location and friendly staff. Unfortunately, they were short staffed which hurt their service. Otherwise, the staff did their best and apologized often.

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TaraK
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

We came here for the happy hour and some dessert. Drinks were solid and since we were at the bar we could order them in a timely manner. However, we ordered about 5 drinks total and only got our fries refilled once. I don’t know why food service was so slow especially since the restaurant was barely full.

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PatriciaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service sitting on the patio overlooking the Groove lights magical

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vipArthur
London
49 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was relatively empty. I was wondered why. The atmosphere/ decor is nice. Easy to park and find ( just outside of the parking structure) . Reasonable price for creative flavors. I loved the appetizer of the crispy pork belly. It fulfilled my triple tongue texture requirements as well as flavors. The rib eye was excellent especially with the baked chicken aioli mayonnaise. The grilled cheese dessert was so tasty and even more fun due to play on expectations. It was a wonderful experience..

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vipLOVEBIRDS
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were very delighted with the complimentary pastries we were given for our Anniversary! The food and pastries were delicious! Management also gave us extra pastries and deducted a glass of Rose wine from our bill due to the delay/mistake in our Anniversary complimentary dessert. This was a great move on the part of management which made our Anniversary experience very memorable! We will definitely be going back!

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VIRG777
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The pastries were good but the food in the cafe was horrible including being served raw chicken. Way overpriced for what you get. The bakery downstairs is definitely worth a look (and a bite!)

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LeoW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Awful experience. Overpriced food, minuscule portions, and terrible service. Would not recommend.

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vipDebbieV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

I don’t even know how to describe this place. They called it a “dim sum” type set up for brunch but in my opinion it was small quantities of average overpriced food. At least half of the dishes they walked around with didn’t even look good. I was excited when they came by with mini cronuts and then after they put them down on our table, THEN they told us they were filled with peanut butter filling. A truly terrible combination, and the cronut was actually tough and hard to chew. I am shocked by the good reviews unless they are for meals other than brunch ... we will definitely NOT be back.

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vipSKM89
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The desserts were outstanding of course. Some of the entree descriptions were not as clear. Brick chicken was very juicy. The lavender almonds were not worth it. Overall we enjoyed the meal.

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vipsteve
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was barely possible. The steak was horrible. The kids and brought food out at different times. And the desert, which you think would be amazing, as a frozen apple pie cake that tasted like cardboard

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189 by Dominique Ansel offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 602-0096.

189 by Dominique Ansel is rated 3.9 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

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