Here's Looking At You

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Chef/Owner Jonathan Whitener's progressive SoCal food in the heart of Los Angeles: Koreatown.
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GG
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is cutting edge! If you don’t like sharing, you’ll be in trouble, because when others see what you got, they dive in. The staff is knowledgeable & friendly. We were told we had to be out 1 & 3/4 hrs after our res if we wanted to combine with another duo, but when we hadn’t received all our dishes- they come out randomly- they were most accommodating. THis place is hot!!!

AS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were going to a concert at The Wiltern a little later and decided to grab a bite. I read in an article that HLAY was chill and had great food/drinks. Everything lived up to the hype - the service, the drinks, the food and the ambience. Definitely get the Grandma’s Bread & Pork Belly. If you’re up for something new, slightly indescribable that happens to be a night starter, definitely also get the Another Dimension. Can’t wait to come back here and try more of the items on the menu!

KM
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food! Drinks were a bit pricey so I didn’t try as many as I would have liked. Great selection for food and drinks. We got the zucchini bread with ricotta, the beef tartare, and the okonomiyaki. We loved it all!

KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Super cute spot. Lovely hostess. Decent food. Great cocktails and wine selection. Absolutely horrendous service which seemed to be directed at my table specifically. I was embarrassed to have changed our dinner reservations to this spot. Will not be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Really unique options with great drinks to go with it. However, very cramped and loud - table are like 6 inches apart so can be difficult to have a conversation without feeling like you're sharing with everybody.

AR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice staff and lovely interior. Food though was very hit or miss. Highlights were the peppers and the lamb. The cauliflower dish was nearly inedible; my partner nor I even bothered to finish it. Tasted as if someone dumped half a bottle of cumin on it and called it a day.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant of all timd

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MM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place lives up to the hype. Everything from the service to the ambiance is warm and welcoming. The food delights and inspires with unexpected combinations that are truly unique. Our favorite things were the tonnato sauce that comes with the shishito peppers and the whole sea bream dish. Exquisite!

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food, interesting choices, friendly staff. Definitely worth trying out in LA.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Out of towners visiting

W
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious innovative food. Comprehensive wine list.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent food, exceptional cocktail

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I eat pretty salty, but food in general was very salty and every dish had strong flavor. And it was delicious at first then was too much to eat all at the end
Pretty creative dishes.

w
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SOOOO GREAT! Food and service are top notch here. Always pushing themselves to be better and it shows. The staff is a well oiled machine and you can tell that whomever is running the kitchen on any day is "touching every plate" to ensure perfection. Kudos to these owners for killing it here!

T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this restaurant was delicious and unique, I would highly recommend dinning here.

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance like always!

M
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great evening HLAY. Cocktails were very good, with some unexpected twists. We ordered the shishito peppers, beef tartare, frog's legs, and fingerling potatoes. Everything was great but we ordered too much. Love the ambiance and the diverse crowd that was visiting on Saturday night. Service was great too. We'll be back to try other tasty dishes in the future.

m
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for brunch with my boyfriend and the food was outstanding! They were kind enough to seat us immediately even though we had arrived unexpectedly early, despite our later reservation. Our favorites were the zucchini bread and the waffle. Waiters were attentive, service was quick, and the sangrias were wonderful. Highly recommend for a creative twist on brunch foods you won't find anywhere else!

DO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Not for brunch. $17 cocktails a bit much. You will look for a place to eat as soon as you leave.

O
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oh man this place far exceeded my expectations. Gabriel, Daniel & Gary took amazing care of us. We basically ordered everything on the menu + dessert and the execution on all levels did not disappoint. In fact I am making another reservation to come back as I write this review. Thank you HLAY, keep up the good work!!!

GG
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the minute we got there, our server made us feel warm & welcomed. Wish I could remember his name! Each dish of the shared plates was better than the next. He suggested 2-3 per person, but 2 would have been enough. Don’t come here if you’re on a diet! Many courses came with bread. I highly recommend the Little Gem Salad, the Chicken Livers, the Soft Shell Crab & the bread with Shiitake butter. It gets noisier the later it gets. DEE-licious!!!

LP
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

From the decor to the service and most importantly, to the actual food, I was quite impressed.
We ordered the bread with shiitake butter, the beef tartare, the yellowtail dish and the bone marrow, all of wish were delicious with my favorite dish probably being the beef tartare.
The only thing I wasn't super impressed with and hence the reason why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is the cocktails. I had a fighting chicana and a doctor Jones. Both were good-though the dr. Jones was better-but they weren't amazing. Or at least not good enough to match the food.
Either way I was super pleased with my experience there and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who's looking to indulge in a little fine dining.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute exquisite experience. Great service, fun cocktails, cool environment, and excellent food. Would recommend to any and all!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Here's Looking At You is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is so distinct, so original and so delicious. The desserts are innovative and unusual, but so insanely good. And I the service from top to bottom is perfect. With this restaurant less than five minutes from my home, it is hard to stay away!

v
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Incredibly creative and quality food. Will definitely be coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazingly delicious and decadent dishes. Was blown away.

c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this place. High end dining experience in a low key place. Food was great, service just outstanding.

J
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and different
Very good wait service

KM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific vibe in this Koreatown hot spot. Service was really outstanding; our server was patient and explained, in detail, all of the items that we inquired about on the menu with detail and charm. Kitchen executes really well; food is quite tasty. Wine list is eclectic and modern. Great vibe inside. Look forward to returning again, soon.

NK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I made reservations and I got there before my friend. I had to wait for my friend to arrive before we were seated. The service was not the friendliest but okay. They provided recommendations when asked. We ordered the waffles and steak/eggs from the brunch menu. I also had the blueberry pineapple lemonade which was very refreshing and good. The steak came before the waffles which was weird. We were almost done with eating the steak before the waffles arrived. They didn’t ask how cooked we wanted the steak and we realized that when the steak arrived. Fortunately, the steak came cooked medium and tasted good. The waffles came with whipped cream and blueberries. There was a salty kick to it which made it different and I liked that touch though not everyone’s taste. Overall, it was a pleasant brunch. Not on my must-have list but would probably visit again if in the area.

RI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious brunch! Will definitely go again.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

They do not allow substitutions or modifications to the menu items, including with the temperature or style of your egg. As a picky vegetarian who occasionally eats eggs, this was not the place for me.

JM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service from Bell. Food was incentive and delicious.

Y
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great eats at a cute location, and parking was manageable. Loved the summery cocktails too!

RR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed everything about HLAY! From the ambiance, to the attentive staff and our wonderful server who was so knowledgeable about the dishes, and of course our meal—which felt like the best type of progression from start to finish. We had the best date night!

TB
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Delicious food and awesome atmosphere. Super fun!

JS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The corn ribs, shishito peppers and bread with shiitake butter have me drooling and ready to go back tomorrow

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing meal

AK
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Portions good for sharing for two but not more than two. Some things were too salty for me. I'm glad we tried Here's Looking At You but I wouldn't go back. It wasn't special.

FD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Besides the great food (and plates to share), their cocktails are outstanding! Just for them- go!

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