Otium

4.7
2114 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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Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for my son’s Birthday. Perfection!

MO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing but the service was okay, I waited almost 10-15 minutes just to get my check until I got up and asked the hostess myself for the check.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly beautiful space, and the food is outstanding, but their cocktails are out of this world!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Steven new about all the dishes and great great recommendations for what to have!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff
And the food was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The experience was great overall. My partner and I really enjoyed their service and food. However, we noticed that we were seated in the section along with other minority groups. I’m hoping it was a coincidence but didn’t feel too good about the separation.

E
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about Otium is top level, from the cocktails to the food and especially the service. Unfortunately we were placed next to the window in the back overlooking the construction on the Metro which wasn't ideal but all in all it was a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. From service to the food. Made our special night perfect!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the chef’s table for our one year wedding anniversary with our parents. We absolutely loved our experience! Delicious, fresh ingredients with a reimagined take on seemingly typical dishes. Will definitely be coming back!

J
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was an excellent server! We enjoyed everything. We did feel the prices were quite high- especially the wine by the glass.
But all in all, it was an excellent experience.
We went prior to the theater- perhaps consider an early bird pricing for the theater.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, and service were fantastic!

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot downtown. A 10.

JH
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!.. I love the “ sharing” idea.. I live next door at the Emerson during the week and usually sit at the bar to eat. The bartenders are really good and the waiters and waitresses in the dinning rooms “get it” when I bring clients and my family!... They make it special!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was AH-mazing and the staff was so nice and accommodating. Drink menu was a little overwhelming with no substitutes so my girls and I had some wonderful wine. Everything was delicious!

TC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! We will be back soon!! Best dinner we have ever had! The Elote Agnolotti is to die for!

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a late birthday with phenomenal food & cocktails. Elevated LA cuisine at its finest.

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. The sommelier is particularly amazing. The only criticism I have is that the desert is pretty average. We'll definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! We felt taking care of and catered to in a genuinely hospitable way. The service and food were beyond expectation.

BW
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Otium several times and love it more each time. Wonderful dining experience

H
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not what expected underwhelming will not be back anytime soon

HF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative yummy menu, very nice ambiance, excellent service. Pasta portion could have been a little large, but I would go back for sure!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was hard to find the place because there wasn’t a sign on the building. However, the truffle fires made everything better! The kale salad with salmon was also delicious.

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation for 1pm. It was communicated to us that there was an event that afternoon. The service was extremely rushed. It would have been better to have been notified so we may have had the option to come earlier or reschedule to a later date.

MJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding. He answered all of our questions and helped us make great food and beverage selections.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wow. The food was awesome but what was even more awesome is the wonderful diverse staff. Every single person was awesome. The food was so amazing we cannot wait to come back.

ME
Memphis
51 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course on the extensive menu was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Started with Naan bread with truffle butter and Wagu beef tartare, both unique and delicious. Grilled prawns served on an actual charcoal brazier-amazing! Rigatoni with basil sauce and pistachios was delicious and the pork chop with horseradish spaetzle and beet reduction was outstanding! Excellent service and a helpful sommelier made it a wonderful anniversary dinner. Just enough for the two of us.

A
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Otium always delivers above and beyond the expectations. It’s on the pricey side but worth every dollar. The food is amazing and so are the cocktails. We definitely return very soon..

D
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Food was outstanding. Basil pasta amazing!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awsome experience. Restaurant lives to its hype.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers and staff were amazing and the food even better. Loved every part of it!!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This review is simple... The food and beverages, outstanding. We came, fully expecting to be impressed, and the food fully lived up to our lofty expectations! Chicken Liver Mousse with Housemade Naan... terrific! Bucatini was great, and the Scallops were perfectly prepared!
However, our service was... lackluster, to be kind. We were seated out in the corner of the patio, and it was quite breezy that evening. I asked our server if the heater could be turned on slightly, but that request fell upon deaf ears, or more accurately, busy ears. The gentleman serving us seemed rushed and spread thin. His menu recommendations came across are robotic. I even tried to interact with him during one description, and his facial expression and body language made me feel as though I was being rude for interrupting his "spiel".
We chose Otium because it is the favorite of a fellow Executive Chef, who is friends with your Chef there, and it was my Wife's choice for her Birthday. As I stated previously, bravo to the Chef and his brigade. STELLAR flavors and presentations.
Do not be mistaken, my wife and I will be back. Probably for lunch, probably for brunch, and perhaps just to sit at the bar for a nosh...

But I will NOT spend my resources on a dinner, that only fulfills one portion of the experience that should be fulfilled, in an operation as beautiful as yours.

Thank you for your time. Your courtesies are greatly appreciated.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible experience from the FOH to the BOH.

L
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful, the food was fabulous & the cocktails were amazing.
We had a great time here for dinner before going to see a play.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Trying too hard.
Did not like food.
Should be more simple.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Hollingsworth delivers!

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