Le Comptoir

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92 reviews
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$50 and over
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Good Vegetarian Options
Le Comptoir is an intimate counter-top style showcase by Michelin Star Chef, Gary Menes. We feature an 8 course, vegetable inspired tasting menu, comprised of seasonal ingredients from our urban garden in Long Beach, as well as purvails from our local farmer friends.

Reservations are available for parties of up to 4 guests, and may be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. Preparation for your dine begins several days ahead of your reservation, therefore, cancellations or changes to your party must be made, via OpenTable, no less than 48 hours prior to the time of your reservation.

Once the 48 hour cancelation period has passed, Le Comptoir will authorize a non-refundable charge of $172 per guest, plus a 3% service charge, 9.5% sales tax and an 18% gratuity to the credit card used to secure your reservation. By completing your reservation, you are agreeing to and acknowledge understanding of our reservation terms and conditions.

We look forward to cooking for you and your guest(s).
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has been my second time going to Le Comptoir, and let me tell you Chef Gary does not disappoint. From his description of each course, to the presentation of the meals, everything was spot on. I will definitely come back in the near future

JY
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful chef to table experience!

TV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Too much olive oil on the vegetable plate. Scallop was slightly bland.

TS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Le Comptoir is a truly special restaurant. I always make an effort to dine here when I am in Los Angeles. Small and intimate--you really feel that you are dining in your kitchen with family and friends. It is also great to see an unique culinary choreographic ballet. The menu is an unique tasting menu that is vegetable oriented but with meat options and a wine pairing element to each course. There is wine by the glass. Chef Gary also has created a special yeast starter so he bakes his own wonderful sourdough bread which can be purchased to go, if given advance notice. An outstanding dish is the organic farm egg with greens and herbed lemon topping and the wonderful sourdough bread to sop up the egg yolk. The vegetable and fruit plate is another winning dish. You always leave wonderfully and satisfyingly full. Chef Gary, his assistant Alex, and the other staffers are like friends and family! An absolutely unique and delicious culinary venture well worth the trip!

KB
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolutely exquisite meal. It felt as if I was invited into Chef Gary's home kitchen for a family dinner: he introduced himself and spoke of the upcoming meal in a very friendly, open manner. Not to mention, the seven wine pairings were all very fitting, but also some of the chef's personal favorites, which shows Chef Gary's passion and connection with his garden and food. Amazing atmosphere, elegant plating, wonderful transition of music, beautiful window space for outside bystanders to gaze in, devoted staff backing him up - a one of a kind experience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

There was no sense of high quality food. Everything either tasted like vinegar or canned version of clam chowder. Food was terrible and no accommodations made accordingly.

i
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Friendly service. Slight wait to be seated but terrible. Really good sourdough bread.

r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took 8 friends for my birthday. they were sceptical when we arrived not understanding how we could be treated to an outstanding experience in an old hotel in Koreatown. By the time we left they were all converts to chef Gary. One of the best experiences in fine dining that any of them had experienced.. The food was unique, delicious and satisfying .His crew were wonderful explaining the dishes as they were presented. They way the restaurant is laid out creates an intimacy where we are part of the kitchen

n
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

There were a few interesting discoveries in the meal, but not enough execution to justify the M Star or the price. The chef owner wasn't cooking that evening- might also be a case where this place is only magic with his touch-- but if that's the case, don't open without him.

CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a unique and incredible fine dining experience. With only 8 people per sitting, it is extremely intimate. You also get a chance to watch food prep and plating which is very fun! As a vegetarian, this is probably the best food I've ever eaten. Would recommend this place to everybody!!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dinner place. Very much attention to detail .

S
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Part of the pleasure of eating at Le Comptoir is observing the creation of each course, first by the chef, then the plating of the course, ingredient by ingredient, by the staff. Professional, with incredible attention to detail, all done with minimum fuss. Another part of the pleasure is the way chef Menes welcomes the eight customers, introduces the staff then makes it clear that he is going into food preparation mode and all is serious. After the courses, the affable chef is back and takes several minutes with each party, discussing what we have just eaten. The final pleasure is how he creates an outstanding series of courses using mostly fruits and vegetables (there are meat options for an extra charge for some courses). At the end of the meal, which lasts about two hours, you feel that you have participated in something very special.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, Le Comptoir never disappoints. Chef Gary is amazing and the staff are wonderful. The FOOD is truly truly something unforgettably delectable!

GO
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I didn't know what to expect when I made reservations and was pleasantly surprised with the intimacy of the entire experience. My friend and I were seated at a counter with 8 other people and it felt like we were given a private show by chef Gary and his staff. I enjoyed how Gary introduced himself and his staff and spoke how the dishes were conceptualized and why it was the type of food he wanted to share. The 8 course menu was vegetable forward, which I wasn't aware of until the day before. I chose a couple of supplements, the truffle pasta and the beef, which were options provided for an additional cost. All the dishes were well thought out and executed perfectly, but 2 dishes really stood out to me: the corn veloute and the beef dish. I believe the beef was a shortrib that was prepared and smoked like a pastrami. Absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend this place to others.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It started off a little bumpy as they had not received my email instructions about gluten, dairy and sugar restrictions. But Keven was exemplary in trying his best to make it work. I ended up having no issues whatsoever even though there were hints of gluten and dairy in their fantastic offerings. The beef was exceptional. I enjoyed the wines which made it work seamlessly, since they were extremely well matched to the food. Delicious and light--a true ensemble of unusual tastes and textures in the ambiance of entrepreneurs with idiosyncratic artisanal flair!

O
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le Comptoir is a VERY special experience. From the moment you sit down, it's obvious how much care and preparation has gone into the meal you are about to enjoy. The chef does a brief intro describing the dishes on the menu for the night, highlighting certain ingredients and why they are special, and then does his thing. The staff is busy but friendly the whole time whether they are plating the next dish, serving the next course or answering questions. We watched in awe as our 'fruit and veggie' plate was meticulously built by the apprentice using tweezers, one piece at a time. Literally every single course was an A+, we wouldn't have changed a thing. The base price is $120 for the tasting and $54 for wine pairing. There were four courses with a supplemental option, all of which we got, this does add about $100 to the bill, but it's sooooo worth it! Le Comptoir is definitely a special occasion kind of dinner, hope to be back soon! Oh, and make sure you special order a loaf of their sourdough bread when you make your rez. They bake it in the back while you dine, and hand you a hot loaf when you leave. It's the best sourdough you will ever have!

JT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Gary Menes and his fabulous team created a very special evening for my husband and I, and our two dear friends. The fresh garden to counter vegetables were fresh, beautifully and delicately cooked. The scallops, beef and truffle pasta were the perfect supplement to our menu. The 24-yr old starter donut and the cheese platter were the memorable ending to our amazing evening. Thank you to Gary and his great team!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is very Amazing

LA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le Comptoir smashed my expectations with its vegetable-inspired cuisine. Truly a farm to table experience with a strong emphasis of sustainability and no hint of pretentiousness - 80% of the produce served comes from the chef’s own garden and tap water is served upon seating. I don’t know how they whipped up all the dishes for 12 people on 4 induction stoves but they worked magic in such a small space. Highly recommend this place!

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

One of the best meals that I’ve ever eaten! Truly amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a amazing night and delicious foods. Will definitely come back again.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le Comptoir was an amazing experience. Chef Gary did an extraordinary job and definitely deserves a 2nd star next year for his thoughtfully curated dishes.

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Tasting menus can be intimidating. Chef Gary Menes takes care of that. His vibe is anti-Ramsey, like he'd be comfortable chilling with you and taking down some chips and guac after a surf sesh.

While the tasting menu experience can often be a beautiful ballet, Le Comptoir is like watching your friend make an elegant meal at her house on your birthday.

Go. Just go.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal. The way they showcased different vegetables was pretty incredible and eye opening. Such simple ingredients went a long way. The beef was also fantastic. At first, I thought it was too rare but it was seared to perfection.

CK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Foods are too salty with too many fried and oily courses. Overpriced for the quality of the food.

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely, intimate dining experience. Fantastic food and a must visit for any foodie. Chef Gary and his team truly deliver a phenomenal meal from start to finish.

EO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a treat! Michelin starred Long Beach Chef Gary Menes is rocking a 10 seat 40s lunch counter in a beautiful 1920s Spanish Revival style hotel. Definitely upscale dining, be prepared to be thrilled with the versatility of fresh organic urban grown vegetables. My husband, Mr. Meat, conceded that the veggie-centric meal scared him, but ended up being one of the best meals he's ever had (And we've eaten at three Michelin starred restaurants). The evening was wonderful, his sous chefs and assistant were attentive, and it was amazing to watch professionals assemble the meal with surgical precision. Love! Love! Love!

OT
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

2019 Michelin guide restaurant

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m not a vegetarian whatsoever- I’m a carnivore!!! However, I will certainly be back soon!!! Delicious 😋

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A true experience! We loved every minute of our time at Le Comptoir. The space is tiny and everything from meal prep to dish washing happens right before your eyes. The chef was personable and informative, dishes were creative and delicious, wine was perfectly paired. An amazing way to spend an evening. We'll be back!

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Michelin Star

NM
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting menu ; all the food was perfectly cook ; Head chef does all the cooking ; and wine pairing my favorite of all were the soup ; donut; and the 35yrs yeast bread made in the house ; thank you for a great experience.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great date night spot.

ER
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was excellent, and the food was the star of the show. This is a unique dining experience that shouldn't be missed.

ER
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in LA. And by a long shot the best vegetarian/vegan menus in the city. Wonderful wine selection, incredibly thoughtfully prepared courses. Overall an outstanding experience from beginning to end. Do make sure to visit - it won't disappoint.

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

WOW - that is all that I can say. What a wonderful experience we had on Friday night. Going into it, I wasn't sure about having a veggie forward meal, but everything was delicious. Plan for it to be a little pricey, but well work the experience.

The food, the ambiance, etc. was great, but I have to tell you that the relationship between the chef and his son who happened to be helping that night just added such a personal touch to a wonderful evening. Also, having the Chef available afterwards to talk was such a delight.

We were a party of four and two of the party added the supplements (proteins) to their meal so that we could all try everything and one person got the wine paring and we each took a sip of that as well.

8 Courses - the two favorite courses were the Corn Veloute and the Scallops - both truly heaven. Though not bad, the two least favorite items were the egg brown butter dish (even though the bread is to die for) and the donut. I will tell you, you have the option to order a loaf of the bread for each guest if you want - do it. At least do one loaf for a party of four and have them cut in half.

Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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

Amazing vegetarian tasting menu from a former French Laundry chef. This probably isn't eveyone's jam but if you like food and attention to detail, you will love this. A great date or special occasion restaurant.

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stellar food and service. We will be back soon! The space and ambiance are great.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a wonderful night for us. We had a good time and the food was delicious. It was a pricy meal, but you know that walking in. They did an excellent job on accommodating our needs and the other guests as well. The service was well done. Our one recommendation is to not order the truffle dish as an add on. We tried all the add ons and did not feel this one was worth it. We’re glad we added it because we’d never had such big pieces of truffle before, but we wouldn’t order it again. Definitely order a bread to go, if it’s in your budget, because the bread was very good. Also include a coffee at the end, it was so scrumptious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the most fantastic dinners I’ve ever had. Well worth the cost. We will be coming back for sure.

-nick van gordon

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