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825 W. 9th St. (S. Figueroa St.) Send to Phone
The downtown sister of Hollywood’s Magnolia brings charm, style and American bistro fare to the L.A. LIVE neighborhood.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Magnolia Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Magnolia Downtown Restaurant Review

: The classic menu of Magnolia in Hollywood is happily replicated in its downtown sister location, offering a casually elegant alternative to the corporate chaos of L.A. LIVE dining. Like the original, this spot features subway tile and dark wood, sleek leather banquettes, and a long marble bar that serves up attractive cocktails. A well-chosen rock soundtrack washes over a younger downtown crowd, and an airy sidewalk patio provides a good spot for people-watching. The menu is deceptively simple and unpretentious, but hits California bistro classics right on the mark. A gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese melts smoky and savory, and the tower of tuna tartare and avocado is quite pretty. For mains, the marinated skirt steak delivers top flavor with roasted Brussels sprouts, as does the house-made butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage. Don’t miss the decadently molten Bing cherry brownie with ice cream for dessert. The global wine list is short but selective and moderately priced; winning cocktails include the grape Collins with muddled red grapes and a classic Pimm’s Cup.
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