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Kendall's Brasserie & Bar

135 N. Grand Ave. (First St.) Send to Phone
213-972-7322 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A good place to dine before a concert at the Music Center, this handsome restaurant offers classic French dishes.
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Lunch daily, Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Kendall's Brasserie & Bar, Los Angeles, CA

Kendall's Brasserie & Bar Restaurant Review

: Another downtown outpost of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group, Kendall's Brasserie & Bar at the Music Center is a convenient place to dine before a performance at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lunchtime, on the other hand, attracts business from the nearby courthouse. After the crowds have left, the scene is transformed from bustling brasserie to quiet bistro. With its terra cotta tile floors, generous use of wood, white linen-topped tables and oversize Toulouse-Lautrec-inspired murals, it's a warm, cozy environment for classic French dishes. A private room is also available. Dog owners will appreciate the Fido-friendly patio along the sidewalk. The wine list leans towards producers from France and California. There is also a roster of cocktails, plus a selection of absinthe and pastis. Bringing talent and experience to the kitchen is executive chef Jean-Pierre Bosc, a native of Le Puy (home of the famous French lentils). Start with house-made charcuterie, escargots, steamed mussels, a tangy calamari casserole, a delightful Alsatian tarte flambée, or opt for the traditional soupe à l’oignon gratinée. Follow with rotisserie chicken or steak frites, and finish with a cheese plate or an apple tart. Periodically, Kendall's offers regionally inspired prix-fixe menus that are a great value. More deals can be found during happy hour (Tues.-Fri. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.). Consider a nightcap at The BoardRoom, a lounge with vintage French flair and live performances.

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Kendall's - Now a Food and Great Service Destination!
by judylerne on Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:33 am
Kendall's in the past was mediocre; not any more. With a new French chef and new Parisian general manager, Laura, Kendall's has hit the big time. I've been a regular dining at Kendall's before season ticket performances at all Music Center venues. Now I go for the food, theater or not.

Kendall's has added new and creative entrees to the dinner menu. The signature cocktails are very good. Also try the Floating Island dessert (it sounds strange but is "to die for," as friends of ours have also learned.

And now for weekend patrons, there's a fabulous brunch menu, with lemon ricotta pancakes, short rib hash, numerous egg dishes, fresh made beignets, and more. Many of us have asked for years for a Sunday brunch; now Kendall's has responded.

We recently had a small family graduate school dinner party in a cozy private room, and guests ordered off the menu. At first, no one was excited to go to Kendalls. By the end, every single person (each ordering different items) raved!
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