Here's Looking At You

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461 reviews
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Contemporary American
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Chef/Owner Jonathan Whitener's progressive SoCal food in the heart of Los Angeles: Koreatown.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Small dining tables set too closed each other.

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

Been eating here since the week they opened and its always one of the best meals in the city. Creative and passionate people in every aspect of the process. By the way after years of eating here we just figured out that there's parking in the back so heads up.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING as always. The corn ribs, the frogs legs, the yellowtail crudo, the lambchop, the strawberry parfait! You guys always leave me stuffed to the gills in the best damn way. Thank you thank you.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Adore this place for dinner. Was much less impressed by the brunch food. Toast was burnt, my husband’s English Breakfast was just okay, and the waffle was an epic miss (I love waffles and salted sweets, but this was somehow overly salty AND overly sweet... Plus the ratio of topping to waffle was WAY off. Avoid.) Additionally, the prices seemed very steep, even for LA. Overall, we were pretty sad about it — we don’t get out often for brunch, so this was a real shame.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I saw this was a great restaurant on several lists, which I now know they bought their way on. I love weird combinations, and I’ve had way better for the same price in LA with a similar concept. The food was really just mediocre at best.

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LC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the most interesting and delicious food I can remember eating Brilliant chef

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Q
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Always amazing.

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T
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Every single thing we ordered was delicious and looked beautiful. The menu had so many great options that we really had a hard time deciding. The only thing that I think can be improved is that the interior feels a little uncomfortable since it's a bit cluttered and the seating arrangements are a bit awkward.

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

Cocktails were on point. Food, too. A new fave!

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CK
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and menu. The cocktails are fun and delicious. While the venue is a little loud for my tastes, I suppose that’s how people in Los Angeles like to eat. Everywhere is like this. The quality makes up for it. Maybe everyone is shouting their joy?

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c
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Favorites included:
Zucchini bread, ricotta, burnt honey
Tomatoes, bagna cauda, lap xuong
Biscuit and gravy
Shakshuka verde
All the breads

Blew a gift cert for six people else it would have been a very expensive brunch for 14 items and drinks

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LG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is delicious, creative and unique. Highly recommend going and trying at least one thing out of your comfort zone, you won't regret it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Drinks were incredible. Food was divine. Loved it

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O
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service and the food was great.

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y
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved every dish we ordered and we ordered everything on the menu. We’ll recommend this restaurant to all our friends.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

SO GOOOOOOOOOD

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ND
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall, a fun evening with friends, a debate over the true meaning of the word 'tapas' and who would be a better plumber, The Flash or Batman - you decide. Along with the standard fare found on a nouveau menu (shishito peppers, mussels, & bone marrow), the blood cake and beef tongue are delicious, although, the highlight of the evening was the chicken liver w/basque peppers. The cocktails are good, be it a bit on the sweet side for my delicate palette, but on the whole, if you're looking for a fun evening with a relaxing meal and leisurely conversation, this is an excellent choice for dinner.

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a really amazing time, thank you so much! The service and the menu is amazing.

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T
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite on our last two trips to LA, amazing, creative food and great service. I wish it was closer to us!! We will be back as soon as we can, keep up the good work, we love you!

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OT
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We loved the meal, and made a reservation to return. This remarkable restaurant serves out of the ordinary dishes excellently prepared.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible!!! Best restaurant in la. I don’t know how it’s not on every list.

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was not the usual food found on most "trendy" restaurants
The Desserts were amazing. The main Entrees we had were perfect.

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R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

THIS PLACE IS SUPERB! We celebrated birthdays here. Everything was great! Our group of four ordered about 10 different dishes to share for dinner, then we tried all 3 desserts that were on the menu. Absolutely every dish was delicious and interesting - there wasn’t a single item I wouldn’t enthusiastically order again. Service was excellent and personable, and plates arrived at our table right on time, like it had been carefully choreographed in the kitchen. I will definitely go here again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED THIS PLACE. Fav new La restaurant

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TL
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. Drinks were also very delicious. Service was prompt. Ambiance was very nice for either a date night or just to hang out. Will definitely be back.

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RD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual the food was incredible. What was a fantastic surprise this time was the new pastry menu by Chef Thessa. Everything was so insanely creative and unexpected. Honestly just get all of them.

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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went to HLAY for brunch, we read about it in EatLA. Even though there is taxidermy on the wall, the place was really bright and had a very 'LA Brunch' atmosphere. Our server and host were extremely helpful, and we never waited long to get what we needed.

We tried 4 dishes, and the bagel was by far our favorite.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been here close to 10 times by this point, and I’m happy to say it hasn’t disappointed yet! This was a birthday dinner for my mom while she was visiting from NJ, and she was also blown away by the quality of the food. This is not only our favorite neighborhood spot, but honestly just our favorite place to eat in LA.

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d
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Food is awesome - service the exact opposite. So unorganized- waited at the table for 10 min at Sunday brunch before we were acknowledged.

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LC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chicken liver was off the charts, and I don't generally love chicken liver. Every dish was so unique and tasty. I loved the shisito peppers and the dip that came with was stunning.
Truly one of the best meals I've had a long time

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VF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Menu is very odd and not particularly good for a pregnant woman I realized. Service was good though.

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GA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. All the flavors and textures are always interesting even if it’s a dish most people would be squeamish in trying at first. (Never a problem for me as I will try any food at least once) They do hospitality right here. The service is always on point. Lien, one of the owners always remembers your name if you’re a repeat customer. This is my go to dinner spot whenever I’m around the area to go see a show at The Wiltern.

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LD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite meal in Los Angeles. The bone marrow and steak tartare are unreal!

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

LOVED IT! Great food and service! Thank you HERES LOOKING AT YOU!!

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M
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This chef is doing extraordinary work in a casual fun restaurant. Each dish is carefully thought out and elevated beyond what is expected. Each bite brings pleasure and happiness. And all of this takes place in a small casual restaurant in the middle of Koreatown. LA at its' finest. Service is lovely and approachable. The bar makes great cocktails and has an interesting list of liquors. And the price seems very fair for the really top level food and experience you will have.

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JG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Had high expectations for this place but was unfortunately disappointed. The food was good but we never received our last few plates of food. After waiting for 30 minutes hoping it would come out and not being able to find our server, we had to leave. Great food and space though.

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JT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious and unique dishes in an unpretentious setting with friendly and efficient service.

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MC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time one of the best meals in the city. Impeccable, warm service and passionate cooking.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Wait staff not knowledgeable about cocktail menu. Guessing on questions. Kept trying to remove plates too fast. Waiter not able to advise us on menu items or how much to order.

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TW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a fantastic evening. If you've enjoyed places like Bestia, Gwen, Animal, Odys & Penelope, and other similar caliber restaurants you will not be disappointed at Here's Looking at You. The restaurant had a great ambiance, and wasn't too noisy. We had about a two and a half hour meal and I didn't feel like I needed to yell to the others at the table to be heard. The food was tremendous, with particular emphasis on the beef tongue, blood cake, and the mussels. As for dessert, save yourself some trouble and just order one of each.

Thr staff was very friendly and welcoming, and they were very accommodating when we goofed our math on splitting the check and asked them to run it again after we realized our error. Definitely will be going back in the future!

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