Otium

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Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.
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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have had to date, from amazing food to fantastic service it was the perfect anniversary night.

A
Mexico City
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, great service, great FOOD!

f
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Otium is a great dining experience. Located very close to Broad Museum and within easy walking distance of the Disney Concert Hall and the Ahmanson/Mark Taper Forum. It's an attractive setting and has an outdoor patio so you can sit outside when the weather is pleasant. The food is definitely an eating experience. Very interesting menu. While they offer some "big" plates, they have many smaller plates that are good for sharing -- a good idea since it's hard to decide when they have so many interesting things on the menu. We've been there for brunch and for lunch. Plan on going back in the future to try their dinner menu.

RK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Main draw is the Broad Museum, which provides a lot of traffic. Bar and restaurant have upscale and hip vibe considering the number of tourists. Some dishes reflect the creativity of the star chef like the Asian inspired shrimp salad on Romaine lettuce leaves, but others are for the mainstream like grilled cheese sandwich. Extensive wine list. Good bar scene with artisan cocktails. Desserts made in house. Conversation possible if you talk loud.

AR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. It never disappoints!

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server only came by our table just couple of times throughout the dinner - when taking orders, serving food and handing over the check. Every time we needed something, there were random people work there came and talked to us. Food was just fair nothing wowing. Overall their food was generally on salty side and pretty small in portion. Also Hamachi (appetizer) we ordered tasted pretty fishy.

FL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb sandwich was a tad on the salty side. All else was fantastic.

N
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent high end cuisine, small portions and extremely expensive. A very light pour of average Chardonnay $21.00, that would be close to $100/btl for a wine you can buy retail for $12.00 and they probably pay $8.00. License to steal.

SG
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A go back for dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The dishes were delicious. We got mostly fish. The stuffed turbot was a bit too salty. Same with the black cod. We really enjoyed the beet salad and hamachi and liver pate and naan. Also the best part was the green pasta.

MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding as usual. One of the best restaurants in LA by far.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

RS
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! It is a little noisy but not too bad. I would definately go back

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good!

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food taste great. Flavors are quality.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. The food and service was amazing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

So this would have been a five star review if it were not for two hiccups. Let’s start with the amazing qualities of this restaurant. Drinks were perfect. Delicious concoctions that weren’t too sweet or too boozey. I had the Chai Dolla Sign which tasted exactly how you might think it would in terms of flavor profile. Spicy perfection.
here is where we had hiccup number one. We had a dinner reservation for 8:30 because we We’re celebrating a 40th birthday and had planned to go to a show after dinner. After having several confirmations with the restaurant about the timing of our dinner we showed up and they told us that they were delayed so we had to wait around for another 30 minutes before we could be seated. Once we were finally seated we enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal. Every appetizer main course and dessert was divine. Next came the second hiccup. We had already decided to pass on the show we Intended to attend so I let the server know that we were celebrating a 40th birthday in hopes that they might bring out a little dessert or ice cream or something with a candle. After spending more than a few hundred dollars on dinner you would think they wouldn’t mind. Well the server decided to bring the candle out on one of the personal desserts that an individual ordered for themselves. Was the birthday girl supposed to breath all over this persons dessert? Barring those two issues, we had a great time.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Food was great !! waiters were super nice and overall everything was great

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for a special birthday dinner. Only downside, and it was minor, is that it was a bit noisy. Next time I’ll request an outside table. Food and service was outstanding.

W
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scrumptious meal with outstanding flavor profiles. Seated promptly. Great service.

AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was a little disappointed that the waiter was not aware of my food allergy beforehand.

T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The room is beautiful and the staff excellent. We found the food lacking. Our gem salad was fresh and plentiful but the dressing was too astringent for us. It seemed to have little oil in the dressing. The steak tartare featured several elements that we like but the dish was combined and looked like a thick tomato sauce on lavash. We didn’t care for it. The pork chop was cooked rare. They said it was brined and meant to be served rare but at rare it was too rubbery to chew. The pasta puttanesca was too spicy with hot chili oil for us to eat. Puttanesca, one of my favorite dishes, is rarely expected to be spicy. We left it. The cauliflower was good. But by then we were turned off by the other dishes and left half of that too.

The bus boy didn’t ask us if we wanted anything wrapped and we had left some of each item. I found that telling. The drinks, staff and room were great. But at $240 for dinner for two, I expected more appeal in the food.

h
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

It was my birthday and I expected some decent foods. First of all, the service was ok but we waited for our food like 30 minutes, which was insane. Secondly, the food was so salty! We ordered the pasta our waitress recommended and it tasted like salt was made into the pasta shape. They remade this one which was nice but we were just tired of pointing out the rest were salty as well. It was unpleasant experience even though our waitress gave me a small ice cream with a kindle on it.

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant. Always delicious

D
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there! Food and wine pairing always the best in life! Sat on the outdoor patio this time which was lovely. My very favorite spot in Los Angeles!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around experience!!

E
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It was quite underwhelming. Also didn't like the seating because we were right next to the bar. It was distracting as we were close to the door too.

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roger, the waitperson was attentive, informative and upbeat. My wife's birthday lunch coupled with experiencing Soul of A Nation at the adjacent Broad Museum made for a memorable day...

R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and presentation. All the dishes had extremely subtle, but great, flavors. A little noisy, but bearable. Service was prompt and very helpful regarding portion sizing and composition. Highly recommend! Be aware it’s pricey (especially for the mains and most wines) but well worth it!

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, service and food, we will be back!

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Food was wonderful. Perfect farm-to-table flavors.

WW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall food was good, great ambiance. The initial service was slow. Reservation was late, sat at the bar and it took 10 minutes to get a drink even though four bar tenders were sitting behind the bar near the register drinking orange juice. Even with eye contact it took forever for someone to come get us a drink, which didn’t arrive until we finally got our table. The rest of the service was good once we sat down. Our server in particular was very knowledgeable of the menu and offered good recommendations.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here for Saturday brunch before visiting the Broad. (We had previously dropped in after a show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and discovered that there was no availability without a reservation, so this time we made reservations far in advance!)

Because it is one of the few brunch options in the Arts District, and because it is pricey and trendy, I was prepared to be disappointed. However, my husband, friend, and I all agreed that it was excellent and we were glad we had tried it!

It's best to approach this as an expensive but fun tasting experience. We followed the recommendation to share plates. We started with the crispy potatoes, which were piping hot and easily some of the most delicious I'd ever had in my life. Next we chose the rainbow trout, which was a bit salty for my taste but extremely succulent and flavorful. Then we had the Donabe, which I thought had a slightly burned flavor (like you'd get with a s'more) but was especially good with the topping. It was small but so rich I don't think we would have wanted more. Finally, we closed out the meal with a funnel cake, which was VERY small but packed a yummy punch with the ice cream and jam. For drinks, my husband and friend both chose the "Roger That" and said it was fantastic; by contrast my matcha cold brew seemed uninspired and watery. It was exactly as they described - matcha over ice - but for $7 I don't think I'd bother again.

Finally, the service was professional, attentive, and competent without being intrusive or pushy. We took almost two hours to order, savor each item as it came out of the kitchen, and then pay. We had plenty of time to catch up and to comment on the meal, and we could hear each other talk, all which was much appreciated.

On the whole, we were very impressed and really enjoyed our time here. It's not a bargain, but if you're looking for something special and memorable before or after a show/museum, this can be a good option!

JR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for our first time at Otium and we will definitely be back. Price point was a little more than my partner and I typically spend on a night out but great for a special occasion. The service was great, I loved the open kitchen and being able to see the food prep happening in the background. You can taste the intentionality in every dish and cocktail and each has its own unique flavor profile. We especially enjoyed the agnolotti, naan with truffle butter and green tea oreos, and I will have dreams about the chai dollar sign cocktail (I promise it’s really that good).

SM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time, always amazing food! I really appreciate the care with which the kitchen prepares food, given my severe allergies. 10/10 would go always!

P
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb. I’d eat that ceviche and gnocchi every night!!! I’m a total foodie and it was one of my all time best meals ever!!!

j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Otium more than a dozen times. And every time it’s amazing. From presentation to complementary favors, it’s always a fantastic culinary experience! Thank you Otium!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, drinks, food and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

AS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing. Loved everything we tried from the naan with chicken liver mousse to the grilled shrimp, the octopus and the pasta. Had very good wine suggestions from super-friendly sommelier Tiffany. Great staff, great experience.

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