fundamental DTLA

4.4
111 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Brunch

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About

Fundamental DTLA is a seasonal American restaurant with craft cocktails and natural wine in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
8:30a - 11a | Mon - Fri

Lunch
11a - 3p | Mon - Fri

Brunch
8:30a - 4p | Sat - Sun

Dinner
4p - 10p | Tues - Thurs
4p - 11p | Fri - Sat
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Phone number
(213) 935-8180
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Woogene Lee
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Private Party Facilities
Whether celebrating with family and friends, or hosting a larger holiday party, we are capable of crafting custom menus across a wide range of budgets to create occasions that you’ll remember. Our experienced events team will coordinate everything so you can relax and enjoy your event.
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Catering
Bring fundamental DTLA's delicious, market-inspired, lovingly made sandwiches to your office or event. We have a variety of sandwich, salad, side, and beverage packages to fulfill any needs you have, whether for a small gathering of 8, or a large event for 400 or more. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll deliver straight to your meeting or event!
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking Details
$4 parking after 6pm Monday - Friday at 801 S. Grand Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 111 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love coming here for brunch, great food. Best to make a reservation online to get a seat inside.

ML
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, friendly and attentive. We had a 10am revs but still had to wait in line to check in, seemed odd to wait with people that just walked in. Food came out on time and at the right temp. I had the cornbread eggs Benedict which had a hint of sweetness but was balance out by the kale that kept it savory. My wife had the waffles and although delicious, it was a bit dry. The macerated berries were there but it was not a compote. Overall it was a good vibe Sunday morning sidewalk brunch.

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

Great ambiance for a date. Customer service - Hostess to waitress was excellent.

NO
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Food was great. That said, I had reserved a table outside and was told it wasn’t available on arrival. Service was just ok.

Y
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Me and my partner went for DineLa for lunch. The ambiance was very good. Have about 3 options for seating. Our server was attentive. The price for the plates are priced around $10. We will be coming back again.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Dine la 2019 great lunch deal - fairly pricey regular menu. A beer will run $10 at lunch as an example.

A
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fundamental is an excellent lunch spot in Downtown. It has lots of menu choices at a reasonable price plus indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, they by far have the best Dine LA lunch menu.

b
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

fundamental is a cute little restaurant that is perfect for lunch! I went for their dineLA menu and it's totally worth it! You get a sandwich or salad with a side and chocolate chip cookie for dessert. The ambiance of the restaurant is super cute with the plants hanging on the wall and they have an outside patio. The service was good. The food was delicious. I ordered their fried chicken sandwich with the golden beets and it a very satisfying meal. The fried chicken sandwich had a little kick to it from the aioli but the crunchy slaw complimented it perfectly. The golden beets had a little creamy tanginess to it with the goat cheese. My friend really enjoyed her Chinese Chicken Salad and brussel sprouts too. The cookie for dessert was perfect - still a little warm and soft and chewy on the side but with a crunchy exterior.

AM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

We sat down to eat and after looking at the menu there was only two items that I wanted to eat on there. The waitress came and took our order for appetizers. Then came back and I told her the first thing that I wanted as an entree, she said we’re out of it. Then I told her the second thing that I wanted, and she told me they were out of that as well. If they knew they were out of items on the menu they could have let me know before ordering anything.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderfully diverse menu, excellent service, delicious food (beef tallow fries, yum!).

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I loved the chilaquiles!

b
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We requested an indoor table on the reservation to be inside the pretty restaurant but they stuck us on a cold uninviting patio.We were dressed up for an event and had homeless people bothering us several times outside. We never got to experience the restaurant. We had a sever that could not even remember to bring us sugar or milk with tea even though requested several times.. Food was ok to fair. Nothing great. Service very lacking although friendly. Just an overall bad experience and we are very upset our request for an indoor table was not met. Won't be back.

BR
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Apart from the wonderful service this restaurant was disappointing at best. It’s not a cheap eats place ... the food came out cold and when sent back it again came out cold. The menu was interesting and the plates presented well but .. cold !
Wine list is interesting and very well explained. Maybe it should be a wine bar ...

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food is good but service is hit/miss. Staff seem confused most of the time and bartenders seem annoyed or like they cannot be bothered when you’re dining at the bar. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and I do enjoy having this within walking distance from home but service could be better esp with all of the other neighboring options.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Asked for one of the two booths that were open and told they were already requested. We had our whole meal and paid and neither were taken. Requested salt and pepper and needed to remind them again.

N
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We live right next door ... above Bottega ... and this place is always last on our list because of the snobby attitude at the hostess desk ... your food does not support that kind of attitude. It’s as if walk-ins are never welcomed, therefore you completely disregard the entire traffic that walks by your restaurant. If someone has a reservation they will certainly let you know as they approach you. But your greeting sucks!!!! You make every they attempts to eat at your place feel unwelcome. I will not be returning... it was not worth me making reservations. I was treated the same as if I hadn’t.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

Sat on the patio and had constant homeless people leaning over our table asking for money or food.

Bought bottomless mimosas and they weren’t very fast refilling them and felt like they hurried us out of there.

All around poor experience for ~$140 brunch for 3 people

KC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Stood at the hostess stand for 10 minutes with literally 10 people in other groups waiting...for a host. Quite literally 5 servers nervously pushed past "us all" repeatedly but not one could be bothered to greet any of us. By the time the host made his way over to me, I had already turned to leave. Too crowded, mismanaged, overbooked.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The cornbread egg Benedict is too sweet for my liking

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

Good food, good service and a great brunch place downtown.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great experience with just a couple minor flaws. Service was excelent! Our servers and the owner/manager were great people. Food was good but a little cold and I was really bummed that their most famous plate was not available (Fried Chicken). Their wine flights were delicious and the Mexican beer great as well. Price was a bit steep for the amount of food you get, but not too bad.

SM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food tasted great and was reasonably priced for a downtown brunch spot. The waitress was very attentive and gave great food recommendations. We did not have drinks, but normally I would be interested in bottomless mimosas (however, I do feel 22 is a bit steep). I would come back.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food. It was so tasty. Price ? Unbeatable. Our server was very kind and friendly. Loved her vibe. I loved the place so much that I went the next day.

CG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every dish was phenomenal. Taste, presentation, creativity were all perfect. The salmon was cooked to perfection. I want to eat at fundamental every day!!

EC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Loved my mediterean salad, but it needed more dressing and the chicken was dry. It was good with more dressing.
The ambiance was nice, but also nothing special.

TM
Portland
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Love this place! Wonderful food and not overpriced. Portions are HUGE, so easy to split, plus a side to share (that free range chicken sandwich - yum!). Can get a loud with a peak noon crowd, but you can still talk.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

I normally don’t give negative reviews but the service was horrible that really prompt this. Although the food was delicious, I would not recommend coming back until they have better servers. We came here to celebrate a friends birthday and could only meet for brunch at 10am in downtown LA. Just shortly after all of our food arrived, (11am) our server told us that the table was reserved for another party at 12pm...and we would only be able to stay till then. Honestly the restaurant wasn’t even 1/2 filled yet. After that we were constantly rush to clear our bill and have our food packed for Togo! I’d definitely ask management in the future to let customers know when at the time of seating they have time limitations. I’ve been to more popular restaurants where the staff mentions that immediately so that you are aware. Thus making the dinning experience a bad vibe! Honestly we weren’t planning to stay too long but the server was just rude for rushing us.

CC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If only they had outlets I would stay all day, every day!

NR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Came in for brunch on Easter Sunday - The service was great, food was good, nice location.

AM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place. Both food and service were impeccable. My reservation was for 5 people but needed to add 2 more to the table. They accommodated us without any questions. Table service was on point with the server constantly checking on us, and making sure all of our drinks are never out.

Food was simply delicious. Everyone raved about their dish. Thank you for the amazing brunch. Glad I got to share it with my family!

DP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love this restaurant. I have had lunch here twice and dinner once. I love the decor. The servers are always friendly and the food is amazing. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the serving size of the delicious cornbread. I wish it was a little bigger for sharing. I cannot wait to try brunch and the oysters with wine.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for the weekend brunch and it was all great. Service and food were on point. Price was good for the quality and value of the food.

V
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. They were able to seat us immediately with the reservation. The table/space was cramped for a party of 6. Would like to have some hooks under the table for our bags since space was tight.

j
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal! The aji sauce was delicious, even on the side of the breakfast burrito; the eggs plate was humongous; the French toast was the perfect portion; and the fried chicken sandwich was on point. Solid service, too. We especially enjoyed the 90s R&B playlist, lol. Don’t skip on the bloody marys - they were fantastically spicy!

d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant and would likely return. Unfortunately we hoped for one more bottomless mimosas, but they would not allow it because brunch was over. It would have been best if we were aware of an end time. Otherwise, everyone was wonderful.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Said they were closed when we arrived even though we had made a reservation on open table.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Went for breakfast. Our server was fantastic, very attentive and went above and beyond. Food was ok, we had breakfast burrito and granola. Milk in our coffees was burnt.

3/5

JW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I really had high expectations for Fundamentals because it was suggested by hotel concierge at the Intercontinental. However, both the food and service was poor during brunch. I ordered bottomless mimosas & due to the slow service was only able to enjoy 1 refill before my party was done eating. We received only a single check-in from our server Jasmine during brunch, who seemed nonchalant to do anything other than take our payment.

AL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, tasty food, and a beautiful atmosphere. The sweet potato hash was insanely good as was the breakfast burrito! We sat at the bar and both the bartender and barista were so lovely. We will definitely be coming back!

LR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Relaxed DTLA restaurant. Food is excellent. Loved the egg sandwich. Would highly recommend for a casual bite!

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