Le Comptoir

4.9
41 reviews
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Le Comptoir is Chef Gary Menes' culinary perspective, served counter-side.
We feature an 8 course vegetable inspired tasting menu showcasing seasonal ingredients sourced from our own organic urban garden in Long Beach and local farmer friends. Thank you for considering us for your special evening. We book parties of up to 4 people four weeks in advance. We require a credit card deposit of $45 per guest to hold your reservation. We will refund the amount held when you and your guest(s) arrive for your reservation or if cancelled with in 48 hours of your reservation. Due to our small 10 seat counter we limit the number of persons on the reservation to 4ppl. You have up to 48 hours to cancel your reservation or to change the amount of guests. If we do not receive your cancellation with in 48 hours of your reservation a $135 per person plus 3% service charge, tax and 18% gratuity will be billed to your credit card. We look forward to cooking for you and your guest(s).
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PE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two hours of total deliciousness! Eight courses and each were sumptuous. The chef, and staff were extremely attentive and professional. An evening to remember.

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was an experience. We had such an amazing meal and cannot wait to do it again!

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MS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's too hard to pick a favorite restaurant, but Chef Gary Memes is our favorite chef in LA. Everything about the restaurant is not just unique and perfect, but his personality and philosophy toward cooking shine through with every plate.

The "fruit and vegetable" plate is just an arrangement of fruits and veggies on a dish, but it's possibly the best single plate you'll be served in Los Angeles.

And whether or not you opt for the meat supplements (we've tried both ways), don't be turned off by the veggie focus if you're a meat lover. These plates have all the savory taste and substance that you typically expect from meat, Chef Gary just knows what he's doing and he and his always-awesome team just execute everything so well it's almost frustrating. All the technique of the fanciest restaurants but none of the pretention.

This is the perfect chef and restaurant for the dining experience of getting to sit at the counter as they cook in front of you. Stay a little after you're done to chat with the staff. Always get the coffee.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just AMAZING.
Food and whole vibe & cheif & staff , all was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a fantastic meal and experience. Go and you won’t be sorry. :)

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Gary Menes is wonderful! Food is prepared in front of your counter seats and food is served and discussed throughout. It can make for a magical evening. Take an Uber and enjoy the wonderful wine tasting menu that is personally matched to each course by the chef himself. Much of the food is from his personal farm space in Long Beach and all ingredients are carefully and locally sourced. The food is imaginative and tasty. Worth visiting many times a year for sure. Love it!

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TS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Comptoir is a very special destination restaurant in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. The cuisine is fresh, unique, and delicious. It is lovingly cooked for all of us in ballet like perfection in a small kitchen. To watch the cooking process is great fun as well. This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. I highly recommend Le Comptoir to all those who enjoy beautifully cooked, delicious cuisine with wonderfully paired wines. You all will have great fun along with a great meal!

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal with Chef Gary Menez was amazing. The courses and each one of them very unique and delicious. Will definitely be back

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Excellent preparation, however, there was not enough of a differential between the courses. For me to consider a return visit I would like to see a greater degree of complexity between the courses
Outstanding service

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Primarily vegetarian fare, with optional meat and seafood supplements to the pre fixe menu. Excellent for all the various dietary restrictions and preferences in LA. The counter arrangement made it difficult for a group of 3 to interact. We also had quite a bit to confusion about finding the door to the restaurant, and not being seated until ALL parties arrive for the seating. Because the meal is cooked and served in a single seating, all guests must be ready to go, or just your own party. Now that we know that, it will be easier to navigate for next time.

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EA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! A truly memorable experience. Watching Gary do his craft is magical!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience! Fantastic vegetarian cuisine with on point wine pairing. Nice to see the chef cook in front of us and see the plates assembly throughout the diner. Overall I will definitely come back, I would just not re order the Australian truffle which didn’t have much taste.

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MM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A tasting menu that one can return to again and again. Everything was delicious and made with expertise, care and love.

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Y
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a great experience! I would love to go back there soon for another round of nice dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was terrific! Food, service, quality and ambience. Would definitely recommend.

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NJ
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and experience. This is definitely a splurge, so be prepared for the bill and just enjoy the experience. Hats off the Alex, the sous chef who was just a fantastic host.

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JJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Diners beware! Their cancellation policy is strict and they make no exceptions. I tried calling and emailing the restaurant to see if they would show me empathy as my child had a medical emergency. I tried to cancel my resie 36 hours ahead of tine but they would not return my calls or emails.

I understand why they have a strict policy but life happens and a little empathy or at least a returned email or phone call would have been the right thing to do. The restaurant can keep my $350 but I will never return!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say I wanted to surprise my wife this past Saturday night and chef Gary did just that! The food was amazing, the ambiance was amazing the intimate setting was great. Thank you to Gary and his team for making such a night so memorable with amazing dishes and great service. Oh yeah and great music selection by the chef!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious. thank you.....

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RB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding! We loved every dish. We had wonderful evening of delicious organic food. Our favorites were the soup, the pasta with truffles and the sourdough donut. The donut was one of the best we’ve ever had

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate seating with fresh veggies and fantastic flavors.

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JD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Comptoire was an experience and I would recommend to anyone looking for a special night out. They only seat 10 people at a time and no more than 4 per group, but it’s worth every hurdle. The food is outstanding, and the experience of meeting the chef, being seated right up by the kitchen, and having the menu explained to you course by course, only adds to the incredibly personal experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top site in Los Angeles for an intimate and special dinner.

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EE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for vegan foodies and others!
Try the wine pairings.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love le comptoir. Wonderful food, wonderful service, wonderful experience. Chef Gary Menes is an incredible chef and gracious host. The small personal setting makes for a great experience. The wine pairing is always on point. Great for special occasions.

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LJ
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Gary orchestrates an incredible dining experience. My husband and I have been dining at Le Comptoir for years and feel it's truly the most unique dining experience in LA. There's simply nothing else like it.

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K
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting culinary experience. If you are curious about how to have a great meal experience without needing meat, try this place. If you are compelled to have meat, then they can entertain meat substitutes. Not sure the wine pairing is worth it. Heck, if you're going here for the great vegetarian bounty that mother nature offers us, why not stick to plain or sparkling water alongside?

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Chef very friendly, funky place, the food was quiet good but oddly watery, the wine pairing was really off--they need someone who knows wine to do it--and for three people $600.00 too expensive for what you get.

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JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best soup and biscuit I’ve ever had in my life.
A night of eating pure art.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Quite a unique experience...something for a special occasion.

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LN
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

the restaurant is very small - counter seating only but what a experience. So intimate and the chef greets you before the meal begins then explains the meal. So interesting to see how the food is prepared and the rest of the staff (3 people) makes you feel like you're home. The food was outstanding and we really enjoyed the experience.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 5 year anniversary here and had one of the best nights of my life. It's hard to describe the experience other than to say it is a dining EXPERIENCE. Not a bunch of culinary pyrotechnics or acrobats or anything like that, just a passionate kitchen team that manages to whisk you away into a dream world, and by the end of it you wake up and have no idea how it's possible that you just spent 3 hours being totally engrossed by broccoli and turnips.

It is expensive, but if you have the means, it's worth it.

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j
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an unusual and wonderful experience! It's not just that it is exclusively counter seating, or that the entirety kitchen, including dishwashing, is right in front of you, or that each dish is so carefully and beautifully prepared and presented, it's all of those things and more. It all comes together to create an intimacy between the staff and the diners that is unique. And, Carlos is a doll!

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NO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wholly unique experience, with creative and delicious courses. Inspired format for dining and we appreciated the care and love behind every choice and ingredient!

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SG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We checked in at the door of the restaraunt and were escorted to wait in the lobby of the Hotel Normandie until the other diners arrived. We were then led inside the restaurant, which is a very narrow kitchen and bar seating, and the chef gave us a brief welcoming introduction before the cooking commenced.

We were served 8 courses, plus an amuse bouche. I ordered the standard menu while my companion opted for the supplemental menu items. The courses themselves were small, but filling. I personally enjoyed the starter of soup with bread crumbs and goat cheese, the pork belly (sooo good), and the donut hole for dessert. We also did the wine pairing and while the wine pairings were enjoyable, no particular pairing stood out.

The meal was pricy but the service was excellent. While the menu is vegetarian, there are protein-based supplements available for an additional charge. My one complaint, which is minor, is that some of the vegetarian entrees tasted more "complete" with a bite of the supplemental protein added. This could just be my personal bias, so feel free to disregard. Altogether, the meal was a fun and memorable experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in trying something new.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked a last minute spot and I was amazed by the quality of the experience. The courses offered a variety that allowed the chef to showcase so many ingredients.

I didn’t do any of the add ons but my fellow dinners were very happy with them.

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S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not for the carnivore, but what an amazing plant based 8 course tasting menu. so much care and attention to detail and skill on display here. we did the wine pairing with add ons which included scallops, truffle, and a dry aged NY. We pre-ordered a loaf of chef's sour dough bread from a 20 year old starter....amazing. it is not a cheap night out, but a memorable one to be sure.

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NY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal and experience. Pricey but worth it. Yummmmmmm

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the memorable multi course dining experiences of my life...and I'm not young!

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