Here's Looking At You

4.7
416 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite - always.

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

Food was much better than expected
Sat at the bar, great drinks and service

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EC
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously, I have nothing bad to say about this place. Every piece of food I ate was Amazing, the service was so attentive, the place is small and hip but not pretentious. It was just an awesome evening and I can’t wait to go back!

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SP
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one is exciting...will challenge your taste buds and thoughts about traditional flavors. Menu has something for everyone though. Let go of your food inhibitions and enjoy!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish here is so clever and well put together. The flavors and textures worked perfectly and each of the dishes we had were so delicious. We had a reservation and he table was ready exactly on time. The drinks are wonderful too. Really great experience and I highly recommend!

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

Masterpiece the food is art.. service is amazing

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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and drinks. Especially the corn ribs (so creative!) and the frogs legs (like super delicious chicken wings!). And the crazy pumpkin pie drink. Def something for everyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Servers always kept out waters filled, changed out our plates, and for dishes that requires us to use out fingers, they brought wet towels.


Food was expensive and portions were small. Flavors were familiar because of the Asian influence. Everything was very well seasoned though.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic, inventive but not trying too hard. Cocktails are excellent. Can’t wait for my next meal.

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fascinating restaurant in K-town; menu is super interesting and has enough for everyone's taste. Good wine list, cocktails, very cute interior. Definitely one to return to.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a little gem of a restaurant in Korea town. Great background music but you could still converse with your tablemates. Wait staff is very knowledgeable about the drinks, wine and food and after asking about what type of flavor our group of 3 like, steered us to excellent suggestions. Cocktails were excellent. All dishes were flavorful and creatively plated, but the corn ribs and frogs legs were to die for! and then desert...Frozen pear soda espuma, fermented honey, avocado leaf, sorrel and the roasted chestnut mochi, coconut, muscovado, halvah were amazing. Service is excellent. We spent 2 1/2 hours there and didn't feel rushed. My 3rd visit since HLAY opened. Complete consistency each time. Will go back.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall the experience was good, but we had a vegan in the group and they wouldn’t allow us to modify some of the items to accommodate his dietary restrictions. We just asked for sauce or cheese on the side, but we were told that the chef does not allow any type of modification to any of the items period. They should specify this on their website or menu so people can plan in advance and some do not leave hungry.

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j
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was fantastic!!! Can't wait o go back!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat brunch is! I was blown away by how incredible dish after dish was. Drinks were insanely good, service was warm and lovely. I can't wait to go back. Best brunch in town!!

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EB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's Looking At You is pretending to be a friendly little neighborhood restaurant, when in truth, it is a food mecca. Jonathan Whitener's menu is innovative, unique and just insanely delicious. Pastry Chef Thessa Diadem's desserts set new standards for uncontrollable crave-ability while also being completely unusual, carefully thought out, and masterfully crafted. Lien Ta and her team make you feel welcome, embraced, invited to the best party in town. Don't miss out on this place. It's a gem.

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j
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best in Los Angeles
Creative menu
Every dish is outstanding
I cannot go here often enough
Great service to boot

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, the best were the tomatoes, we ordered two plates of them, pork belly and radicchio salad spectacular.
Do not miss this restaurant!

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the food ad are eager to return. The service was great! It was, admittedly, quite loud. Hard to hear each other. But overall, just stellar!

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chef in Los Angeles. HLAY is turning out amazing dishes, with excellent service and a top notch bar to go with the amazing food.

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CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There were four of us for dinner. Food was mostly creative and enjoyable. But honestly the beef rib chop at $120 was way overrated and overpriced. We wish we didn’t order that.

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b
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu. Great place

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WS
Detroit
132 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service combined with great food. We enjoyed it! Really everything was different and delicious!

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KG
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a late lunch reservation and felt rushed a bit by the staff to eat fast and leave so they could prep for dinner service. Honestly, everyone is super nice. The issue was more time management and transparency. Tell people that if they make a late reservation - the kitchen is going to close at X time and the dining room closes at Y time. Lessens anxiety for all involved. Thanks.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Best brunch in LA if you like interesting delicious food and drinks.

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AG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, such that some may consider it instagram-worthy. The hostess could've been more enthusiastic.

The servings are generous, and definitely meant to be shared. Here's the play by play of brunch on a Saturday:

The liver toast was tasty, although the toast itself was a little over-toasted. The basque peppers were a perfect complement (but be warned- more peppers are not complimentary).

The Jerusalem bagel was baked just right and probably one of the highlights - the spread and salmon roe was just the right amount of salty and deliciousness.

The coconut taste of the waffle was not overpowering; the berries/sauce were a little imbalanced, tart at some points, more sour at others.

The eggs in the Shakshuka basically cooked were buried inside and were basically hardboiled as opposed to poached; the green sauce was only not memorable.

The katsu was probably the only other highlight; the panko breading was just right; the curry sauce was a winner; the only downside was we were lead to believe that hash browns or curly fries were an included side. Had we known they were just a recommendation- we would've skipped the curly fries and gone to Jack-in-the-box.

The donuts came in two different flavors, neither of which were particularly unique or tasty. Even if the staff had taken note of the "Birthday" indicated on the OpenTable reservation, I don't think a candle or any acknowledgment whatsoever could have made up for the lesser parts of the meal. Maybe I'll stop by for drinks at the bar at some point, but as of now, I'm unlikely to recommend the place for brunch.

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P
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Terrific food in Koreatown. Service was good if a bit slow. cocktails were ok. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Wiltern.

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JP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had some amazing food at Here's Looking at You. Everything is shared. They are most accommodating, one in our party of four is gluten sensitive, so the chef marked the menu items they could safely share. Drinks were excellent - though a little on expensive side. As well, be sure to ask what the MP market price is before ordering. Our prime rib was amazing and delicious but pricey at $150 -- There was enough for everyone to share --- but pricey. The flavors of all the items as distinct and blended well. This was our first time and now, having had the initial dining experience, are better prepared for our return visit. Bon appetit!

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

Above my expectations for sure! Went before a concert at the Wiltern and it was just perfect. Service was quick. WILL DEF BE BACK!

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p
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch and it was excellent, great cocktails and yummy food. Service at the bar was terrific, super friendly. Dishes were larger than described though, and two of us could not fully finish 4 plates ... the last one was a carb heavy everything breakfast. The other 3 dishes were superb ... chicory salad amazing!

Ambiance isn’t special but hip and cool, and mellow in the early afternoon, at 1pm, fairly low key quiet ... no idea what dinner is like in that regard.

The food is truly inventive and spiritual.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! So many flavors. Cocktail menu was super creative although kinda pricy at $16 for one drink. Our server was friendly and made great suggestions. Loved it!!

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LE
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read the reviews and had very high expectations and the restaurant delivered. The food is so good - off beat ingredients, creative, excellently prepared. All of it. There were 5 of us and we had much of the menu (about 10 items). All were great. But there were favorites: the liver pate, the pork belly, the fish with curry and nan, the steak. Cocktails were equally creative and fun and tasty. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. A little pricey, but worth it.

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best biscuits and gravy I've had in years, and the bagel was awesome. My fiance and I usually split our dishes with each-other, but we both refused after taking the first bit. We cannot wait to go back, and I've been raving about that gravy since.

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, interesting flavors with unexpected and delicious combinations.

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SR
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HLAY is always phenomenal: the vibe, the menu which is always changing never disappoints, the service is excellent, and it’s just so much fun. But the food is definitely the focus and is absolutely fresh, creative, beautiful, and most importantly consistently scrumptious.

Cocktails are next level and the brunch is not to be missed either. One of our all time favorites in a city with tons of restaurants. Love this spot!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantástico!! Realmente una experiencia muy buena. Buenos vinos, comida deliciosa, creatividad y ejecución.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Never disappoints. The staff is superb. The food is always delicious and unique. It’s the perfect balance of high end fancy food, but still a casual warm environment.

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MT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really interesting and yummy food. Surprisingly, we preferred the vegetarian dishes to the meat entrees. The desserts and cocktails were STANDOUT. Our waitress was amazing and helpful with accommodating dietary restrictions. The only complaint would be one that I've read in other reviews: they overbook. We waited around 40 min with a reservation. Kind of ridiculous to make a reservation for such a long wait.
Also a little annoying that after the long wait, we requested a table near the window that had cleared up, but were told it was reserved to combine with another table to seat a party of six. A group of 2 were seated there about 10 min after we were seated.

Delicious dinner, but prepare to wait a while.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May not be the best brunch option if you're gluten sensitive (like my wife); but if you aren't... so much goodness! The signature cocktails were amazing and the food was delicious.

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shishito w/Tonno was the best dish and surprising, given how many restaurants do shishito peppers. Bagna Cauda, beets and river prawns were all on point. Mackerel was just ok, didn't love the pickled treatment and the proportionality of the dish. Pork Belly shouldve been awesome, but wasn't because they cubes of belly couldve/shouldve been rendered better to be more tender inside. THat said, still was a strong dish. Drinks all great.

Love HLAY

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DH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and unique

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