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Bottega Louie

Dapuma Jul 10, 2013 09:43 PM

How is this place for a Sunday Brunch? We usually hit up Bouchon, however we want to branch out and give something else a shot (visiting from out of town)

Is there anything that is amazing or something to pass on

The Lobster Hash sounded interesting, but can Lobster stand up to potato

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    Thor123 Dec 27, 2013 03:36 PM

    If it s this weekend and the weather is nice, Barney Greengrass on the patio is a great Sunday brunch spot with nice views.

    1. JeMange Jul 13, 2013 12:04 PM

      You'll like the place if you have a tolerance for - or even enjoy - noise and bustle as I do. Food is solid. Not spectacular but we've never had a bad meal there.

      Great space. Yes, it's boomy but the scope of the place is impressive as is the pace, especially when they're cranking out what look like hundreds of covers.

      The service manages to be friendly while also being almost hyper efficient. The managers really know hot to keep things moving and the expediting in the kitchen can be looked on as a spectator sport.

      Not for everyone but I'm a fan.

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      1. re: JeMange
        ilysla Jul 13, 2013 02:37 PM

        Well, while most of the criticism in this thread has been about the noise, some of us actually also didn't like the food. I only ate their once, but I thought the pasta there was pretty amateurish and tasted a lot like the pasta at Souplantation. I actually like Souplantation overall, but the pasta there is relatively weak, IMHO....

      2. J.L. Jul 13, 2013 12:23 AM

        Could you speak up a bit? I'm still deaf from my last visit there...

        Go to Bouchon's neighbor Scarpetta instead

        1. Dapuma Jul 12, 2013 06:50 PM

          How are the macaroon's? The Mrs heard about this place from her friend that said they were some of the best in the city

          Perhaps we pick up macaroon's here and do breakfast elsewhere (if we want to do something different than Bouchon)? If so what is a good brunch spot, loud and energetic vibe is fine in the morning for us

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          1. re: Dapuma
            ilysla Jul 12, 2013 08:47 PM

            I enjoyed the macaroons, although I don't know enough about how they are at other bakeries to say if they're the best in the city....

            Went to BLD recently for the first time and thought it was pretty tasty. The eggs benedict + pork was only good; my spanish fritatta was excellent. My friends who go on Sunday morning say there's not usually a long line earlier in the morning (say around 9AM), but there was quite a line when I went there ~2 wks ago (maybe around 9:30-10AM). It was energetic, but not exceptionally loud. ;)

            I also always love Square One in Los Feliz. Would say that the vibe there is a bit more sedate (but not boring.... more relaxing), though....

            1. re: Dapuma
              PommeDeGuerre Dec 27, 2013 03:37 AM

              To my knowledge they do not make macaroons (at least I have never seen them there). However, they do make decent macarons in several flavors.

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              jgilbert1000 Jul 12, 2013 10:56 AM

              I've gone several times for Sunday bruch and really enjoyed it. It is a large space with hard surfaces, so it is loud, which some people object to. I don't. It is in a beautiful older building in Downtown which has been renovated. I think the whole experience is alot of fun.

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                aventinus Jul 11, 2013 05:35 PM

                I work two blocks away and never go. The food is decent at best. It is outrageously loud.

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                  Robert Thornton Jul 11, 2013 04:37 PM

                  I really like the place. Have only been for brunch once, but it was very good. As alluded to by other posters, many people hate it because it's loud and busy, but I find that to be part of the fun.

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                    piglet3000 Jul 11, 2013 03:58 PM

                    I have not been for brunch, only for dinner, but it will live on forever in my memory as the most chaotic, nightmarish dining experience. The staff is remarkable, it's beautiful, but I don't remember a single thing about the food because the atmosphere is so LOONY!

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                      ns1 Jul 11, 2013 02:12 PM

                      IF you like loud happening places you will like bottega louie. if you like quiet peaceful serenity you will hate it.

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                      1. re: ns1
                        westsidegal Jul 12, 2013 11:33 AM

                        my dislike of the restaurant has nothing to do with the din.
                        my dislike of the restaurant has everything to do with:
                        1) the food
                        2) the service

                        1. re: westsidegal
                          lapizzamaven Jul 12, 2013 02:48 PM

                          Im with ya on this one westsidegal! very loud but beautiful, maybe overwhelmingly so, but bottom line is the food was not good enough to get me back there. the pizza oven is impressive and really got my hopes up but it was very disappointing...

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                        KBiggie Jul 11, 2013 01:58 PM

                        It's probably the best brunch in the city. It does get very busy and they don't take reservations so be prepared to wait or go at 10:30am and you will have no problems. Much cheaper than Bouchon (where I eat a lot) and I dare say better quality. Eggs Benedict and Lobster Hash are great but also check out their French Toast and definitely have to get the Salmon Milufie for a starter.

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                          ilysla Jul 11, 2013 03:13 PM

                          Is the quality of the food for brunch similar to what it is for dinner? I only went to Bottega Louie once many years ago, but I found the dinner items (I was there in a large group, so we ordered many items) pretty unimpressive, aside from the mushroom fries (which were delicious). The quality of the food, while hardly horrible, didn't inspire me to want to come back to try breakfast there....

                          Also agree that it was horrific noisy.... Although some people like that (I don't).

                          1. re: ilysla
                            ns1 Jul 11, 2013 03:20 PM

                            I've most certainly have had better, but it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

                        2. westsidegal Jul 11, 2013 09:55 AM

                          imho, i would avoid this restaurant if at all possible.

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                          1. re: westsidegal
                            VenusCafe Jul 13, 2013 09:03 AM

                            My dislike has everything to do with the horrible 90 decibel
                            LOUD. The loudest place in LA.
                            Do they know how many despise that loudness when dining?
                            The food? When we got our pizza after a long wait, it was not
                            that good; however, the part we brought home and reheated
                            was much better. It was also much more enjoyable than other
                            pizzas we have reheated.
                            Perhaps if we had gotten it fully baked and right to the table, it would have been fine.

                            1. re: VenusCafe
                              westsidegal Jul 13, 2013 11:34 AM

                              our pizza came to the table cold.
                              of course, i expected it to be cold because i could see the runner taking two laps of the "great circle route" around the entire restaurant trying to figure out which table had ordered the pie.
                              not only was the pizza cold, it was not good enough to be worth the calories. my date and i both chose to leave it there uneaten.

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