Otium

4.6
1788 reviews
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Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Otium! We'll be featuring a special Chef's Tasting Menu by Timothy Hollingsworth as well as wine pairings, a photographer, live music, and more. Our Chef's Tasting Menu is priced at $125 per guest, with an optional $55 wine pairing.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food continues to be outstanding. Wait staff is a little snobby

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PF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary there and Otium was kind enough to help us with our service dog. Favorite restaurant in Downtown LA!

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L
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great kitchen. Gnocchis and scallops was outstanding. Bar was on the clumsy side and pricy. Overall we liked it. Recommended

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding in every way!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner while we were in town. Everything was perfect!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin star quality food and service. LOVED coming here and will definitely be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite brunches in the city

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Best restaurant experience.

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R
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant. From walking in the front door we were met with friendliness from all the staff. Not a dish we didn't like.

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OT
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A peak experience night for us is dinner at Otium followed by a concert at Disney Hall. It seriously does not get better. Okay, Otium…..amazing. We've been there many times and each time it's an incredible dining experience. The service, the ambiance and most importantly, the food is sublime, transformational. We've been slowly working through yet another "L.A.'s 20 best new restaurants" and seriously, none of them surpass Otium. We usually have two small dishes to start and then two larger dishes and almost always don't save room for dessert, but we have it anyway. The menu changes constantly, but there are always some of their old reliables that stay. The funnel cake is one that's almost always there and awesome. My wife is a wine drinker and their wine selection is excellent. I can not recommend Otium highly enough. It's a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny. Go!

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A
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We'd been here for post theater drinks before but not dinner.
Surprised to find the food is amazing! The cod, naan bread and gnocchi were particular standouts. We'll be coming back for pre-theater dinners in the future.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been coming to Otium since April of 2016! Tonight solidified this restaurant’s place in my heart, My server was Steven and he was impeccable. He took the time to get to know me and was able to understand my pace and preferences during a meal of this caliber.

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RP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to dine in LA, period! The space is amazing, the cocktails are inventive and delicious and the menu is always changing and always great!

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess at the door was particularly lovely and the staff was wonderful and friendly.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we had was incredible. Especially the New Zealand snapper

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G
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Delicious food, with multiple choices on the menu. Great service and ambience. Fantastic restaurant

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S
Los Angeles
152 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great. I was annoyed as I called the restaurant to ask what their corkage fee was. I was told $25 and was charged $35. They would not change it.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and our waiter’s service were absolutely fantastic!! The snapper sashimi and urchin pasta are must tries please! Do also take a walk into the open kitchen and appreciate the top chefs preparing our food.

On another note, we were taken aback when the reception first sat us at the walk-in bar tables (even though we had our reservation weeks in advance); luckily the restaurant quickly rectified that... another comment would that the front door had a horrible squeaky sound and is in need of a good grease!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken dish I have ever had!!!

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Over-hyped and over-priced. Hamachi ($18) was a very uneven piece of fish: muscly at one end. Indifferently prepared. Nan bread was mushy though the truffle butter was good. (Still, you have just paid $10 for bread and butter.) Pasta was way over sauced and gloppy. Fish with tamarind ok--but you can do better if you go straight down the hill to Kasih (Indonesian restaurant) for half the price. Hey--I don't mind paying for ambiance. And this place has it. But it also clearly doesn't have much competition in the neighborhood, so it gets away with food that is just OK.

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AK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant downtown!!!!

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Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I first want to say that my expectations were extremely high because the chef won the Final Table show on Netflix. My ratings reflect those higher expectations. It is a nice restaurant, popular, lively, and energetic. The server, Steven, was terrific. Friendly, attentive, helpful with the menu items. We ordered many items to make sure we had a representative sampling of what the restaurant offered.

The Ora King Salmon was good. The foie gras was good, but it was like a pate that you spread on toast as opposed to a melt in your mouth seared piece of liver. I understand this may be banned in California. The pumpkin squash did not have much flavor and seems a little under cooked. There was a pastry tart with a cheese that I think was goat cheese. I did not care for it. The rigatoni was probably the best dish, but was not so amazing you would have to order it again.

The dish that was the most anticipated was the black cod, which was judged as the winning dish by a panel of world class chefs. It was just okay. In the restaurant's defense, the chef was in the kitchen, but was not cooking.

The fruit cobler was fine, but not memorable. The banana cake was a little bland.

I really wanted to love this place and support the chef, but do not think it is at the same level as n/naka, Nobu, and Providence. I know there are a lot of 5 star reviews so maybe it was just an off night or I did not order the right things.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were speculator. Absolutely loved it. What we didn't like was that it was a rainy night and there was no thought to where to put all the customers who were waiting for their table. Our wait was approx. 25 minutes past our reservation time. No worries. We're happy to wait. But... We were all crammed into a very small area located near the front door as well as other tables. We were constantly in the servers way, always having to move, and I'm sure the diners didn't appreciate all these people being so close to their table as well. Maybe have the outside area enclosed, and heated. If that were the case, our dining experience would have been an home run.

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S
Los Angeles
192 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Otium. It is in a great location for pre-Music Center or Broad dining. However their valet is very slow at bringing back cars after the show and seems under staffed. The fish and gnocchi we ordered were excellent but the dessert cobbler arrived almost cold and would have been much better had it been hot. The espresso maker turned out to be out of order, and for some reason they do not offer decaf espresso drinks, which I need after 4pm Otium's wine prices have been raised far higher than twice retail, and are out of line with other similar restaurants. both the sommeliers and servers are very pushy and try to get you to order far more than you want. I was made to feel like a profit center not a customer. Even though we have eaten here a number of times the server went into great detail about the menu including many dishes we are already familiar with. He ignored the dietary preferences submitted at the time of reservation in the items he was "promoting". While I want attentive service, I do not need pushy service and being upsold. The restaurant and bar area are very crowded and there are insufficient restroom facilities for the number of patrons, and the trash bins were overflowing with paper towels.

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S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

beautiful ambiance and space. food delicious - one dish took a long time to arrive - after we all ate it arrived (and wasnt worth the wait). server was nice but they should have taken it off the bill
love the heath vases!

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CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and even better service.
I took my family to this restaurant as a Christmas present, and we ordered 8 dishes to share. Every single dish was spot on and delicious, and our server was very kind, attentive, and even went above and beyond to bring us additional food complements of the chef. An amazing experience, and considering the quality of food, the prices were not outrageous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent salad. Very pedestrian, mediocre turkey sandwich.

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j
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always tasty, delicious and yummy, one should not miss an opportunity to eat at Otium. Whether it's after visiting The Broad, or prior to a concert at Disney Hall, the always seasonal menu at Otium has something for everyone!

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e
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Otium hits every dining note perfectly - excellent preparation of every course, complemented by a thoughtful wine list and unusual craft cocktails (to start things off). Sophistication and originally is found throughout the menu - really without compare in Southern California - particularly in terms of execution. Although not inexpensive, Otium delivers on its mission and therefore is worth the expense - a real gem.

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K
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice spot next to the Broad. Good quick lunch with efficient service and nice menu. The roasted potatoes are CRACK! Pesto pasta was lovely and creamy. My Trevisso salad was a little heavy on the red endives and kind of drowned the rest of the salad. Chicken added on top was a bit undercooked so not the best choice but not the end of the world. Would come again!

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the BEST meal I think I’ve ever had. Small portions (wish there was a bit more to the entrees!) but incredible flavor and technique!!!

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

bad service, forgot us.
food was awful.
They completely forgot us and was incredibly overpriced.

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DM
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went here on New Year’s Eve, early dinner before a show. The price range is listed on OpenTable as $30-$50. When we arrived, they only had a prix fixe menu for $175 per person. We were not told of the special menu at the time of our reservation. The worst part was how the restaurant handled it. I asked if they had an a la carte menu. At first they said no, that was the menu associated with my reservation. After pressing them, they finally admitted that we could have an a la carte menu at the bar. One of the dishes for $30 was a small appetizer, the size of a garnish. The steak was excellent, but the portion was very small for $50. The management was very slimy in their lack of transparency and handling of the situation.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous drinks, excellent food but larger portions than we expected. 10 dishes for 5 people was too much for us, so I'd believe that 8 would be plenty. Everything was excellent. The Naan was so delicious that we ordered a second round, which may not have been a smart idea, but it was so scrumptious... Ambience is modern but warm, beautifully designed and stylish. Service was excellent. Obviously reserve ahead.

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EJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Cool place and interesting menu, but a ways to go in operations.

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AJ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The noise level was more than energetic. It was downright loud and noisy. The loud contemporary music did not really match the 55+ clientele. Many menu items needed much deciphering. The drinks were watered down and ladened with ice cubes. An expensive place for brunch. The window seats had a view of major underground construction and porte-potties. The best thing about the place was the friendly, attentative staff.

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Service, Good Food
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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Every dish was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so knowledgeable about the food and the open kitchen atmosphere was spectacular. From the bartender to the waitress, everyone knew the menu and was able to assist us in picking a great 4 course dinner. The spaced timing of the plates was excellent! And our favorite course was definitely the dessert! Cinnamon ice cream and carrot cake to die for! Thank you for making this date night enjoyable Otium :)

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