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4500 Los Feliz Blvd. (Hillhurst Ave.) Send to Phone
323-660-6377 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Popular Los Feliz spot offers regional American comfort food and a long bourbon trail.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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MessHall, Los Angeles, CA

MessHall Restaurant Review

: This rockin’ Los Feliz hot-spot is housed in a building that Cecil B. DeMille turned into a branch of the legendary Brown Derby back in 1940. The current design is a chic industrial riff on a summer camp or army mess hall, and a sweeping patio with fire pits provides a quieter space for conversation. The prominent, crowded bar focuses on brown liquor, and the bourbon collection is impressive. Former Rivera mixologist Erik Lund offers provocative handcrafted cocktails ranging from simple concoctions like a Mint Julep to more creative seasonal concepts. A short wine list features interesting boutique selections, and California craft beers are poured. The kitchen whips up modern takes on American comfort food incorporating organic, seasonal ingredients. Smoked corn fritters, steak tartare tacos and black beer-battered calamari provide good starters; oysters are ultra-fresh. Maine lobster mac ‘n’ cheese is rather insipid, but a kale Caesar bathed in a creamy, rich avocado dressing is perky. The “hog chop” is fairly flavorful and comes with winning white cheddar grits, and grilled wild salmon over braised lentils is a solid dish. Our favorite entrée is a trio of beautifully caramelized day boat scallops with gnocchi, oyster mushrooms and squash. Desserts feature a sophisticated translation of s’mores and a Mason jar version of banana cream pie.
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