Otium

4.7
2031 reviews
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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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BD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cod is a must. It deserved to be a winning dish.

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GF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most inventive and tasty food. One of the best restaurants in LA. Must visit for every foodie.

The duck confit with truffle pot pie is absolutely divine comfort food.

Skip the desserts, those are just average.

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k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant! We went to The Broad and then to Otium. Sat outside. Service was excellent and very friendly and accommodating. Let us taste a couple of wines until we decided. Best dishes: beets, octopus, tartar, duck confit and truffle pot pie! Yum! Cant wait to go back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible experience. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and everyone was so warm and kind. The food was so delicious. Thanks so much!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Salad swimming in oil. Literally half an inch of standing oil at the bottom of the bowl. Inconsistent service.

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TB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

A great place. Unfortunately, on this night it took 3.5 hours because the kitchen was incredibly backed up.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our special destination restaurant in L.A. whenever we visit!

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DH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was everything we expected. Highly recommended for a date, business, or just a group of great friends.

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M
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding food and table service; however, the hostess arrogantly informed me that my party would be limited to 90 minutes for dinner...for a reservation made weeks ago.
Made a bad impression. I didn’t acquiesce and told them I’d leave when I’m done.

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SP
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an outstanding foodie experience. It's 3 days later and I'm still thinking about our fantastic lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!

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l
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Either the portions need to increase or the prices need to decrease. Seldom have those two things been less related than they are on Otium's menu.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, and the food and ambiance were perfect!

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B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I dined at Otium was back in 2016 for a Yelp Elite event. I was not impressed at that time and took me another 1 1/2 years to finally try it again and started to see changes in the menu and gave it a few more try and increasingly started to love the food.

Tonight’s dinner though was awesome, loved everything we ordered but the Gnocchi- wow melt in your mouth and full of flavor. The Albacore Tom Kha i a must and refreshing starter.

Definitely my go to dinner place before a show at the Ahmanson.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Otium was amazing. The beet salad was to die for. You have to have the short ribs they melt in your mouth. All the crew looked amazing in Hedley & Bennett. Can't wait to go back and drink Manhattans.

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T
Los Angeles
120 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch meeting at this venue. The seating was perfect for a party of 8, and the food never dissapoints! Service is always impecable.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First date

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

We were a group of 8 for a birthday dinner. Love it here, great location, easy valet parking nice patio, amazing food and cocktails.

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p
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Client lunch, great all the way around.

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

Had a business lunch/meeting here, wonderful experience and great food!

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m
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have been dreaming about the whole yellowtail since that night. It was nothing short of perfection. Speaking of perfect, the sommelier - oh how I wish I remembered her name. She made perfect recommendations that surprised us at times and exceeded our expectations always. Cheers!

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall food was excellent. I enjoyed the chicken, tartare, naan, and a couple other items. It was a little loud but a fun atmosphere. Our waiter was good but I ordered the rigatoni but never received it. There was also a birthday in our party, which I had selected on the reservation, but had no effect on the dinner. Why even ask about the occasion then?

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MB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful, vibrant space with a great, vegan-accommodating menu. However, we should have been told that if we excluded pork from the gnocchi that we would still be charged full price ($34!).

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ML
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Much improved over when they first opened. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was amazing. They definently lived up to my expectations. I have never experienced hospitality like this. I'd definitely come back. Thank you to the Otium staff, you are all amazing.

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v
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I went to Otium on 5/26, before Memorial Day. I had a reservation at 7:45 PM, but they didn't seat us for 30 minutes. I was there for my mother's birthday, and the receptionist wearing mustard color cardigan was simply rude and unprofessional. When I asked her approx. wait time, she just rolled her eyes and acted like she was doing a huge favor. It wasn't just me who felt that way, my parents said the same thing about her attitude. She ruined our mood that night, but our server was friendly enough to calm us down. Although it wasn't his fault, he apologized for the inconvenience. I would go back if this restaurant gets a new receptionist. There were two, and I am talking about the one wearing the mustard cardigan with boots.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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D
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were given a generous gift certificate to Otium. We had never been and were excited to try. We finally nabbed a Saturday night table after months of trying. This place is hot! It's definitely a striking presesence from the street. And you can smell the grilling meat from about 20 yards. That scent hits you in the face upon entering, but in a primally good way. While a large space, it is broken up by cut-out partitions. We were seated towards the back at a 4 top so my husband and I sat together facing into the restaurant with fabulous views through the large plate glass windows. I think its one of the most interesting and exciting spots, design wise, in LA. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful going through the entire menu for us first timers. We felt off to a great start. Unfortunately, it was a bit downhill from there. They got my drink wrong, Grey Goose and Soda with lime, not so complicated except they gave me tonic and no lime. When they brought another, the ice was quite melted and there was very little fizz and no lime. Should be a bettter prepared drink for $16. Though it was strong, so I'll give them that. We had a hard time deciding on food, as everything sounded amazing. We chose raw albacore and grilled octopus to start. Both fresh, high quality ingredients well prepared but both oversauced with a cloyingly sweet dressing. For dinner, my husband had the pork chop and I chose the NY Strip. His was unsauced and very good, though a fatty cut. My steak was unctuous, again very fatty but unfortunately swimming in the bordelaise which detracted from the $60 cut of meat. If I had known I would have asked for the sauce on the side, as it was very rich and intensely flavored with tarragon, not my favorite herb. We both took home leftovers, as the food is very rich. Too full for dessert. The table next to us ordered the grilled fish and it looked amazing. Next time. We do want to try again as we love the ambiance and excitement of the space.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Totally underwhelming. We were visiting from
Chicago and had planned a special dinner out with our LA friends. We were excited to taste Chef Hollingsworth’s food, and were so disappointed. We had 7 dishes. The avocado beet salad is a Tuesday night throw-it-together dish for the competent home cook. The waiter raved about the Naan with truffle butter. It was OK. Both the albacore and kanpachi were preposterously overpriced for minimal portions of standard quality raw fish. Go to a good sushi restaurant for a much more satisfying bite. We liked the octopus. The scallops were good, but $12 a scallop? Come on! The fried whole snapper with mussels was good, but just “good”. I don’t want to come off as fixating on the price, but there was nothing at all special about the food.
Service was fine, although there were a couple of glitches: the sommelier agreed to put the wine charge on a separate check, but he didn’t. And we were given glazed ceramic bowls with big chips in them.
The wine list is extensive and expensive. The average bottle is around $250. It’s hard to find a bottle for under $100.
I don’t get it, unless it’s just riding a buzz that will soon be silent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. I had the chicken for the main course and that was perfect. Everything literally was perfect. The service was slow to begin but they made up for it after we ordered. The food came out like bang bang bang. The ambience was great. The wait staff were very friendly and attentive.

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OT
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant in downtown LA - great pre-theater place.

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f
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the wellington and it was exceptionally delicious. Thank you to Leah who recommended it.
Your appetizer were very small in proportion but huge in taste. Will return!

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E
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food here is excellent. The service can be inconsistent and inattentive. (For reasons that I do not understand, the servers seem incapable of distinguishing who at a table has still or sparkling water. In addition, it is not unusual to see a dish served to the wrong table.). I would also note that I have had varying experiences with being seated. At times I have been seated at exactly the reserved time. Other times, I have waited more than forty five minutes after the reserved time to be seated, with no explanation for the delay.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a spectacular meal with incredible service!

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a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were terrific. It is a pretty noisy restaurant and it isn't cheap. However, we will definitely put it onto our regular list.

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N
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good is excellent, executed well, thoughtful, modern, without bring contrived. The service, in particular, the wine service is a joke. Waitstaff's wonder knowledge is embarrassing. Need to change the operations and have manager to handle wine ordering. Mistakes in taking the order, wine list not updated, it's going to really limit how far the restaurant can go. Major reflection on operations needed

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing they did a fantastic job from food to wine casual but elegant made our 10 year Anniversary a memorable one

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FC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Most amazing food I have had in a year! Loved it!

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RM
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took 5 customers there for a business lunch. We ordered several items for the table and shared them. Everyone said they really enjoyed the food. Our service was very good and we were able to discuss business with such a large group with no problem due to the low noise level.

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KK
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We headed here after touring the Broad and we were so glad we did. The ambiance and the food were excellent. Loved the shared plate concept which gave us lots of good tastes. The pesto rigatoni was some of the best pesto I’ve ever tried. This is a gem of a place.

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