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La Prime

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404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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(213) 612-4743
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La Prime - Los Angeles, CA
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Best

Our Food Server was Mark and we went the first weekend in December 09 on a Saturday evening. He was extremely attentive and the ambiance of this place is what does it for most. We...

Worst

The little roatating bar below this restaurant is where we started the night. WAY OVERPRICED!! We had appatizers that were $11 a pop. They weren't even very good. The view and...

WORST STEAK IN TOWN 2/16/2010

First, there are only two entree's you can order the filet or the fish. Went with my Fiance' and his parents to this restaurant on Valentine's since they were visiting from out of town... we had to send our steak back because they were all sent to us WELL DONE. We all ordered - Medium, Medium rare, Medium well- ALL well done- burned...could barely cut mine with my knife- they were $48 each! The second time around- AGAIN well done! It took them over 40 minutes to serve us the first time and another 40 minutes to receive our second over-cooked steaks. We were so hungry we ate what we could anyway and vowed to tell everyone how horrible this place was... We were also told after we had to reorder that the our bill was on house which lifted our spirits, but we received our bill and they had only comp'ed us a bottle of wine (one person at our table was drinking) and deserts (his mother is a diabetic) These are things we didn't order and really didn't make up for the fact that their MAIN dish they don't know how to cook. The manager was dismissive and passive about the problem. We had to ask for water and silverware repeatedly... The pop music blearing made this place almost unbearable. The only redeeming thing was the view which you could go to the roof of any place downtown to see. A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY. DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT; there are a million fabulous places in LA and in Downtown LA this is NOT one of them. Cons: Steak Came back Well Done TWICE more

Come for the View and the Ambiance 1/15/2010

Our Food Server was Mark and we went the first weekend in December 09 on a Saturday evening. He was extremely attentive and the ambiance of this place is what does it for most. We actually just had a light dinner that evening Thomas Jefferson had the Butternut Squash soup with Creme Fraiche and I had the Pistachio Salad topped with an Airline Chicken Breast (i had them modify my selection) we were both pleased with our entrees but then again we didn't order anything to complicated. Also keep in mind this is FINE DINING... meaning your meal will not be rushed in service or in the meal itself. The bread was good and so was the tapenade they served it with. We didn't have reservations but they treated us kindly still :) So if you want to impress a date call ahead make reservations ask for a booth (they are not near the windows though) come with the idea of spending at least $100.00 per person but KNOW your menu do some research on line see what some of the entrees are. Respectfully Reviewed Pros: View, Ambiance, Attentive Service Cons: Parking is expensive more

Don't know how to cook a steak 10/26/2009

I ordered a $50 Filet Mignon, medium rare...and it came back burnt. TWICE! After the 2nd time, I asked for the manager AND Chef to come out, so I can explain to them how to cook a steak. When you order a medium rare Filet Mignon, it should be PINK on the inside, and NOT BURNT all around. I've NEVER done that before, but if I'm paying THAT much for a steak, I better be getting what I ordered. What a HORRIBLE restaurant! Pros: Classy environment Cons: Its a steak house that can't cook a steak more

Great View! 9/28/2009

A friend and I went to the Vodka bar it was fabulous! Our Bartender ""Allen"" was attentive, creative and was playing very good vibing music. They have a HUGE selection of Vodkas and serve complimentary amuse-bouche which for this evening was Salmon topped with Cavier on Toast Points on a bed of herbed cream cheese DELISH!! We ordered the Seafood Trio for 2 and enjoyed the delicate Lobster, Oysters, Crab Claws and Lump Crab YUMMY!! Can not recommend this place enough the staff is wonderful and the view is spectacular perfect place for a intimate date with someone special or an evening for you and your friends to just hang out at a nice bar... which is what I was doing! Respectfully Reviewed Pros: Vodka Selection, Chill Music more

Great View! 9/27/2009

A friend and I went to the Vodka bar it was fabulous! Our Bartender "Allen" was attentive, creative and was playing very good vibing music. They have a HUGE selection of Vodkas and serve complimentary amuse-bouche which for this evening was Salmon topped with Cavier on Toast Points on a bed of herbed cream cheese DELISH!! We ordered the Seafood Trio for 2 and enjoyed the delicate Lobster, Oysters, Crab Claws and Lump Crab YUMMY!! Can not recommend this place enough the staff is wonderful and the view is spectacular perfect place for a intimate date with someone special or an evening for you and your friends to just hang out at a nice bar... which is what I was doing! Respectfully Reviewed Pros: Vodka Selection, Chill Music more

Inconsistent Quality 1/10/2009

The first time I dined here was for DineLA. The food was so good! I wanted to take a tub of the lobster bisque to go! The service was good and if there's a chance, try to get a table on the revolving floor, it's pretty neat. The second time I dined here was for my birthday, the steak I got was over cooked and smelled/tasted like the meat had gone bad. They remade my steak, but the same thing happened. My friend had gotten the fish and she turned white as a sheet and had to empty the contents of her stomach (which was just the fish, lobster bisque and beer), after which, she was fine. It was a little scary to witness that and it's a little pricey to be making a gamble on whether the food is good or not that day, so, I am most likely not returning. Pros: Wonderful lobster bisque Cons: Inconsistent quality more

Wonderful View 9/24/2008

I am a LA native and this is a great place to see the city scape, especially at night. What most people do not know is that you can order the drink without the suveniour glass and the price will be dropped down, pretty significantly on most. ;) I found this out quite by surprise because I didn't want some glass when I live here anyway but still wanted the drink. Hope that helps a lot of you!! Pros: Beautiful views, revolvs Cons: a bit pricy more

Wonderful View 9/23/2008

I am a LA native and this is a great place to see the city scape, especially at night. What most people do not know is that you can order the drink without the suveniour glass and the price will be dropped down, pretty significantly on most. ;) I found this out quite by surprise because I didn't want some glass when I live here anyway but still wanted the drink. Hope that helps a lot of you!! Pros: Beautiful views, revolvs Cons: a bit pricy more

meh... 6/29/2008

So after hearing quite a bit about LA prime, we thought we would give it a try...and I can't say I'd go back. Now in terms of ambiance and the view, the place is really romantic and cozy, but I found the food less than impressive. I had the filet with sauteed shrimp....and was served a golf ball sized piece of fillet with 3 shrimp on the side...for $49.00. Mind you, that's with nothing else. All sides are extra. The flavor of the meat was good but a bit overcooked and the shrimp were tough and bland. My husbands steak was chewy and also overcooked. If you can live wthout the view, you're better off at Ruth's Chris. Pros: view, ambience Cons: everything else more

Please re-decorate! 2/10/2008

So we decided to try out L.A. Prime for the first time last week since we've heard rave reviews about the food. The food, yes, was exceptionally incredible. The lobster bisque was fantastic. Their take on caprese was to-die-for. I usually don't go for caprese, but the yellow beefsteak tomatoes were fabulous and the balsamic reduction they create is incredible. So I was happily surprised. The food was great. The atmosphere, however, was quite horrible. They placed us in a small booth for couples, which seemed romantic at first, but ended up driving us crazy. The decor is like a 1980s flashback and the whole booth is covered in diamond print that was making us dizzy the whole time we were there. Atmosphere is really important in a restaurant, and the fact that they haven't put in the time or effort to redecorate the place since the 80s is a little disturbing. Eat there, just don't sit in a booth. Pros: Food, Wine Cons: Atmosphere, Decor, Service more

Why this isn't on Best of Citysearch top 10 Steak places confuses me? 12/18/2007

I usually don't do review but seeing some of the people complain about cost of the place, I decided I would help outt Pros: Food and Ambience Cons: Service could be better sometime, but it is not bad. more

Great views, Amazing Filet, Shotty Management 7/17/2007

We went to LA Prime on the evening of the 4th of July to watch the fireworks. We were promptly seated and ordered drinks. Then we noticed a piece of meat on the ground...just hanging out! We told our server and she removed it - gross. The silverware was spotty...not really upscale if you ask me. However, the food was delicious! The soup, salad, steaks and sides were great. I took one bite of my steak and I melted into my chair and I loooooooooooove filets! The steaks were $40-50 and came with no sides...that was sort of annoying, but expected. The sides were enough for two people...the server did not tell us this. The drinks were strong and worth the $10-15 a pop. We watched the fireworks throughout our entire dinner and went down to the rotating bar afterwards to enjoy the evening even more. It was a bit of an annoyance that we made reservations and they couldn't accommodate us at the bar at the time we anticipated being there and the management tried to affix the blame on US (ummm...you don't do that), but we quickly got over that when we watched the finale of fireworks at Dodger's Stadium from the comfort of our seats. Pros: Amazing steak, strong drinks, great view Cons: Expensive, Management shotty more

Nice view, decent drinks, sub-standard service 1/4/2006

The one big argument for going to this bar is the view of downtown LA (certainly less spectacular than the view from the top in some other big cities, but still very nice). Anything else is average at best: the drinks are OK, the design is rather dull. The service oscillated between being slow (waiting long for a hostess to show up) and the kind of speed that makes you feel like you are the 100th boring guest this evening. In terms of social scene, we may have picked the wrong night: it was after the USC-Texas Rose Bowl game, so the place filled up with ""Longhorns"" dressed in orange ... My advice: If you have visitors from out of town, go there for a round of pre-dinner or after-dinner drinks and pick up one of the souvenir glasses. If you are looking for a nice bar, go somewhere else. Pros: View Cons: Service, Atmosphere more

Nice view, decent drinks, sub-standard service 1/4/2006

The one big argument for going to this bar is the view of downtown LA (certainly less spectacular than the view from the top in some other big cities, but still very nice). Anything else is average at best: the drinks are OK, the design is rather dull. The service oscillated between being slow (waiting long for a hostess to show up) and the kind of speed that makes you feel like you are the 100th boring guest this evening. In terms of social scene, we may have picked the wrong night: it was after the USC-Texas Rose Bowl game, so the place filled up with "Longhorns" dressed in orange ... My advice: If you have visitors from out of town, go there for a round of pre-dinner or after-dinner drinks and pick up one of the souvenir glasses. If you are looking for a nice bar, go somewhere else. Pros: View Cons: Service, Atmosphere more

a must 9/2/2005

visited the city recently - memorable meal at the top of the Westin Bonaventure-also, have a drink before or after at the revovling bar-everything was first class-our waiter Rafael was friendly and gave great advice Pros: steak, service, view of LA more

Beautiful panoramic view 2/20/2005

I went here on a Saturday nite for my birthday. It was raining but there was still a fantastic view. Getting seated was quick, the server we had was super busy and rushing through everything, but we did get our order which was somewhat pricey but still really good. The drinks were yummy and you get to take home the glass. I highly recommend. more

Beautiful panoramic view 2/20/2005

I went here on a Saturday nite for my birthday. It was raining but there was still a fantastic view. Getting seated was quick, the server we had was super busy and rushing through everything, but we did get our order which was somewhat pricey but still really good. The drinks were yummy and you get to take home the glass. I highly recommend. more

A Meal = 2 The Mood 7/19/2004

An elegant and classy restaurant situated in the heart of downtown that allows you to unwind and enjoy the breathtaking view of downtown LA. The food is high quality with no frills. Perfect for dates and special occasions. (Love the Lobster Bisque.) Pros: Intimate and Quiet, Great View, Superb Food more

$200 scraps anyone? 6/17/2004

If you want a nice dinner; take a limo 30 miles to elephant bar, claim jumper, or olive garden. Spend the same amount of money as you would for a piece of scrap at Prime, but get a huge a banquet and a cheuffer as well! Pros: view Cons: , smog, tip for valet more

Bare minimum food for HIGH price! 6/15/2004

I dined at this restaurant multiple times when it was top of five, and I USED to think it was worth it. However, I took my wife, mother in-law & sister in-law to LA Prime this weekend and have changed my view. We ordered the pricey Filet (2*$33) & Lamb Chops (2*$35) and got NOTHING more than the main dish. No greens, no potato's, nothing more. What a rip-off. When I spend $250+ for 4 people, I expect to be FED! I'll never eat there again. Pros: Great View, Rotating Bar Cons: , High Price, Small portions more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    With sweeping views of the city, Downtown L.A.'s classic hotel dining and drinking destination is where you're head is sure to spin before your first drink. Old-school chic...

  • 10/8/2008 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11pm, Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    New Downtown, Downtown, Central LA

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