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Smeraldi's Restaurant

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506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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(213) 612-1562
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Smeraldi's Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Smeraldi's Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA

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I have been to numerous teas in the LA area, and all of them have been wonderful, but I am sad to say this was a great disappointment. I was taking a friend for her birthday & fir...

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The hotel is beautiful but don't have high tea there. I have had high tea at many other locations that have been wonderful but the Biltmore has a long way to go. The bread on al...

Disappointment 4/16/2012

I have been to numerous teas in the LA area, and all of them have been wonderful, but I am sad to say this was a great disappointment. I was taking a friend for her birthday & first tea. more

Pretty but not much else 12/10/2009

The hotel is beautiful but don't have high tea there. I have had high tea at many other locations that have been wonderful but the Biltmore has a long way to go. The bread on all of the sandwiches was stale as were the ""famous maple scones."" Most of the desserts were no better than what you get at a Vegas buffet. We also did not receive one pot of tea per person, and the tea was never strained as it was poured. I guess the reviewer below went on a good day. We went during their holiday tea and were hoping for maybe some Christmas music but all we got was noise from the club room next to the lobby and every time the door was opened (about a dozen times) we were blasted with music from the 80s. When I pay that much for high tea I expect the whole experience. What a disappointment. For the price they charge it is highway robbery. I would never go back. Save your money. Pros: Beautiful hotel Cons: Stale bread more

Afternoon Tea A Unique Experience You Will Love the Elegance, The Food and Tea 2/14/2009

The Biltmore Hotel is on many ""must see landmark"" lists and it deserves it even more than other famous hotels such as the Beverly Hills Hotel. The impressive architecture and interior design of this building are a timeless classic full of extraordinary elegant details like the beautifully done ceilings and the rare rose marble fountains and marble trims and columns. You have to see it several times to fully absorb everything, including gorgeous metalwork everywhere. The center of the court is a gorgeous rose marble fountain surrounded by gilded tables, chairs and little sofas even. The Royal Albert tea sets are not standard restraurant china either. You honestly forget that you are in busy Downtown Los Angeles not in Rome or Paris somewhere. I think the hotel remains a hidden gem despite its rich history, and it's quiet and peaceful. The Court is sort of an extension of the attached restaurant and there is lunch and dinner service as well. The interior of the restaurant itself is a bit strange, so the Court is definitely the place to be. There are 3 price categories of tea, we chose the $30 service which gives you the most tea sandwiches, tarts, and tea cookies, (3 of each) and a kettle of tea per person. Each item is about 2 1/2 bites. Everything was delicious, unique, and the ingrediants are high quality like caviar, smoked salmon, etc. The tea was the most delicious tea I have tasted and I drink a lot of tea. It seems like not so much food, but you barely finish everything if you do at all. Everything is labor intensive from making the little food to the waiter refilling your tea cup with a tea strainer everytime it's half full. This is a unique experience that you must try at least once, and a great place to go to impress someone. It's so close to Downtown LA concert venues, just perfect if you don't want a full meal before a concert. We were also 30min. late for our reservation and they had the table waiting for us with no attitude. Pros: Tea Food Service Elegance Ambience Wow Factor Cons: You may not want to leave. more

Like a teleporter to the 30's... 9/22/2008

What a surprise this hotel was to me. Old school class, fantastic ground level building and bar. The building was so beautiful and I could completely imagine the academy awards having taken place here back in the days when they called the Biltmore home. Very clean rooms, and Great Service for a very reasonable price. The restaurant was underground and I feel like it was an afterthought decor wise.. it could have been cared for to a much higher standard, and joxtaposed with the rest of this building it left me disappointed. The food however was not bad. Overall I will definitely recommend this hotel to any friends and family coming to town. Pros: Stylish, Private, Beautiful, Clean, Great Service. more

very nice, very good, reasonable prices 5/21/2006

my gfriend and i came here after a downtown walk tour and enjoyed their lunch menu. I had a steak sandwich which was very delicious. my gfriend had a half sandwich and soup, very tasty as well. prices were reasonable and the service was excellent. i'd come here again if i'm in the neighborhood. Pros: service, ambience, location more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    A destination all its own, this architecturally stunning space is reminiscent of a Spanish cathedral with Moorish engraved wood ceilings, classical paintings and sparkling gold...

  • 9/8/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sun: 6:30am-10:30am, 10am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central LA, New Downtown, Downtown

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