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Review: Bottega Louie

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radman123 May 14, 2010 01:38 PM

Bottega Louie has been reviewed to death so I will quickly tell you my opinion

Food: B-
Value: B-
Service: B
Atmosphere: A-/B+
Would I go back?: probably not for dinner / maybe to pick up the macaroons at their dessert counter.
Full Menu: http://www.bottegalouie.com/menus/BOT...

What we ate:

Margherita - Mozzarella, tomato sauce & basil - added half Meatball / half pepperoni ($16) C+
Pizza was average at best - nothing to write home about, including the meatballs which were dissapointing on top

Burrata & Grape Tomatoes ($9) B
Fiancee insisted we get this - though I think it's a waste of money as I can easily buy more and prepare at home.

Chicken Milanese
Breaded chicken breast, arugula & checca ($16) B+
The chciken was cooked how I like -- very thin and fried. My only complaint - and I have made this complaint on the board before - is they served the Checca accompanying it had uncooked garlic cut into it and just overpowered the tomatoes

I think we got something else, but I guess it was pretty unremarkable that I can't remember for the life of me

Dessert
Macaroons (Carmel & Rosewater) A-

Drinks:
Sidecar Louie Swing (A-) $12 Their signature drink was very good
Mojito $12 (B+

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Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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    estone888 RE: radman123 May 14, 2010 02:05 PM

    I like the food better than that, and I think the prices are fair, but I find the place so deafeningly loud that I probably won't ever go back unless I want to avoid talking with my dinner companions, or I learn sign language. I've been three times. I have a loud, generally easy to hear voice, but even I have ended up hoarse all three times.

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      samtron608 RE: estone888 May 14, 2010 02:24 PM

      i remember reading an article about a week or two ago about loud restaurants...for the life of me i cant remember where the article was from.......but anyways, it said restaurants now do this on purpose to make the place seem lively, cool, the place to be, etc. it keeps people coming back, etc...so a lot of new places build with the mindset of making it loud. not sure if the logic is sound but interesting though.

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        estone888 RE: samtron608 May 14, 2010 02:54 PM

        That seems to have been going on for quite some time. And I don't mind loud restaurants to a point, but Bottega Louie has gone well beyond that point. Church & State, for instance, is loud and festive but trying to have a conversation there isn't quite like trying to converse standing in front of a heavy metal band's bank of Marshall Amps - which is about what Bottega Louie is like.

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        Church & State
        1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        Bottega Louie
        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          mc michael RE: samtron608 May 14, 2010 04:24 PM

          Think that was a recent Yahoo piece.

      2. westsidegal RE: radman123 May 14, 2010 05:23 PM

        your experience at bottega louis was better than mine.
        (i didn't get the sidecar louie swing, just the food, and based on the food alone, i'd never go back)

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          cls RE: westsidegal May 14, 2010 07:22 PM

          I too had average to below average food on my last visit, but the service was a D or worse.

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            westsidegal RE: cls May 16, 2010 09:57 PM

            ya mean that watching a server wander around that huge restaurant for 15 minutes with your pizza in his hand looking lost and being unable to figure out for the life of him what table the pizza should be going to is D service?
            ya mean that when the service is so awful that ALL the food that is supposed to arrive hot actually arrives at room temperature, that is D service?
            ya mean that when nobody notices or says a word when two bites of a dish are consumed and the entire dish is left uneaten, that is D service?
            ok
            i thought it was F service.
            i'll correct my rating scale now.

        2. dlew308 RE: radman123 May 14, 2010 08:25 PM

          yup their macarons are awesome as well as their berry tarts

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            carter RE: radman123 May 14, 2010 08:29 PM

            Interesting you rated Bottega as high as you did, given that you really only liked the dessert and drinks - hardly a basis for all the ratings.
            Any way, I went last week, and while my rating might be no higher than yours, meaning Bs or thereabouts, the deafening noise probably precludes me from ever returning.
            As to why people get pizza here escapes me, as there is so much on the menu that pizza just seems like one too many greatest hits. Would you order pizza at Cheesecake Factory if offered? That was my reaction to seeing it on the menu here.
            The mussels and veggie side dishes I had were fine enough, not great, yet would warrant a second try in all cases, noise notwithstanding.
            The wine list sucks, yet the service is good enough, given the frenetic pace of the place.

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              radman123 RE: carter May 18, 2010 10:09 AM

              While some people really dislike like the noise -- I actually wasn't bothered by that and enjoyed the vibe and service...hence the atmosphere, the bar, the dessert, the overall look resulted in the overall grade to of a B- (and trust me given that I am an "A-" type of guy, B- is below average in my book)

              The food was OK - chicken was tasty, the burrata was burrata, but the pizza was on the dissapointing side.

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                lapizzamaven RE: carter May 18, 2010 01:07 PM

                I ordered pizza there twice because someone raved about it, i love pizza and they have a WFO. Unfortunately, the pizza was absolutely unremarkable...i liked the fried eggplant/zucchini spears whatever they were i dont remember..it was the noisiest restaurant ive ever been in, too...think i will stop by for the macaroons,though.

              2. J.L. RE: radman123 May 15, 2010 12:06 AM

                Much, MUCH better Italian food to be had, just a few blocks away at Colori Kitchen...

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                Colori Kitchen
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                  granadafan RE: radman123 May 15, 2010 11:14 PM

                  Place is waaay too loud. Whatever amateur psychologists thought that louder = cool is blowing smoke. This isn't a club or rave where loud music is the norm. This is a meal fer chrissakes.

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                    schrutefarms RE: radman123 May 15, 2010 11:32 PM

                    Went to eat there tonight-but left right away. CRAZY loud. And packed. Would like to give it another go-maybe on a Monday at 3:30 in the afternoon?

                    1. OmChef RE: radman123 May 16, 2010 03:45 PM

                      I loved Bottega Louie when they first opened, and after more than a dozen visits I will admit it has gotten very noisy in the evening, service can be a little off, and the ready made dishes and gourmet pantry items are not as abundant as the were at the beginning..
                      I continue to enjoy Bottega Louie for the following:
                      beautiful and spacious interior,
                      ez walk to for those of us in the DTLA historic core,
                      good to exceptional bread and great pastries,
                      nice selection of ready made dishes,
                      good pizza with a great crust,
                      great ambiance for a leisurely mid day coffee,
                      reasonably good Italian dishes at a reasonable price
                      ... which seems reasonable-you get what you pay for

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                      Bottega Louie
                      700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                       
                       
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                        toonoble RE: radman123 May 16, 2010 11:48 PM

                        Has anyone tried brunch at Bottega Louie? I'm wondering if its just as loud as dinner? The menu looks appealing...

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                        Bottega Louie
                        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                          OmChef RE: toonoble May 17, 2010 10:01 PM

                          Bottega Louie is much more subdued during the day, the dining area during the day on weekends is pretty mellow. I have not tried their brunch, but I have had several weekend breakfasts, all very relaxed, good to great food, always great coffee, and the dining area during the day consistently has great service in....one of Bottega Louie's big claims to fame at breakfast is their bacon.... Pastries and breads are always very good

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                          Bottega Louie
                          700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                           
                           
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                            priscilla2 RE: OmChef Aug 16, 2010 01:38 PM

                            I mean not disrespect OmChef but I think you and I went to two different restaurants. Had brunch at Bottega Louie this weekend. It was beyond packed and the noise level was unreasonable....there was nothing "pretty melllow" about it. I think it's impossible to fix the sound without affecting the integrity of the space...I get it. The space is wonderful. Next is the hostess who quoted every guest the same wait time regardless of the flow, 15-20 mins. We were told 15 mins and waited 35 mins. By the time we were seated there were considerable more people waiting and she was still quoting 15-20 mins. During our wait many tables remained empty. They either do not have enough staff to cover the tables or the kitchen cannot get enough food out to cover all the tables...I think its both and its obvious. The service was less than average. Had the burratta rapini pizza for an ap, which was wonderful except they forgot to bring plates. Our food was brought before we could get someone's attention for plates. Then all our food was brought at once. So here we are with pizza, no plates our salads and our entrees. Oh yeah, forgot to mention we could we could not get iced tea because the waitress said "Jose the busboy was slammed". All our food was good...BLT, club sandwich, burgers, arugula salad. The best part was my SO club sandwich...the bottom piece of bread was not toasted. It was the strangest...funniest thing. If you can handle the noise and erratic service the food is good.

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                            Bottega Louie
                            700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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