great food, impeccable better service, mediocre service, great special dateoccasion place, pricey meal, warm red wine, just fabulous everything
Exquisite Experience. We walked in without reservations and had the best meal we've had in LA. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. We ordered a wide variety of dishes--several appetizers plus the ribeye and lamb saddle, and a cheese plate for dessert. Our server brought the chef to our table so we could compliment him in person. We're not celebs or VIPS, just ordinary folks. And we were treated with real class. We really were impressed since we've been to so many over-rated places in LA. Our server recommended some other places to try and even offered to make reservations for us. When we left, our server, the chef and the manager stood at the door to bid us farewell. Nice touch. We will definitely return.
Patina serves as a great upscale restaurant. The food is great, and the desserts are to die for. I would have to say that this was the best dessert I have had in awhile. My husband and I requested to meet the pastry chef because we wanted to see who made these wonderful desserts. Ian Gresik, the pastry chef, was very polite, graceful, and welcoming to us. If anything I would say come here for the desserts!!! One tip, do not go before 8pm, the pre-theatre crowd makes it so you get no attention.
OVERALL GREAT RESTAURANT!!!
great lunch. We experienced an al fresco lunch in the patio and had a teo and a half hours. We enjoyed the market lunch menu and shared a wine pairing (we had to drive, and it seemed no problem at all by the friendly and helpful sommelier). Everything but the main course (pork, which was extremly fatty) was great and service reacted promtly on the two of us leaving the two plated almost full, they returned with an appolgy from the kitchen, which turned out to be a heavenly dish of scallops and polenta. We would definately return, although we found it strange that so few people actually seemed to enjoy themselves, they would read a newspaper at the table, or barely talk to each other, but that´s probably more the crowd than anything else
Old fashioned elegance....
Be prepared for what Patina has to offer...
They give you plenty of time to enjoy your meal as well as to enjoy your company. The wine list is the primary focus; the food is secondary -- in other words, choose wine carefully because it will bring out the complexity of the food prepared for you.
Patina is not for people who need a quick meal before a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I suggest you go after 8P to miss the concert crowd. Take your time and enjoy the ambience, and the subtle flavors of the wine and food. And be prepared to pay for "old school" service and charm; it doesn't come cheap!
Disappointing experience. The old Patina on Melrose was used to be my favorite restaurant with the best tasting menu and best service. I have to say I'm totally disappointed with this new Patina at disney concert hall. My boyfriend and I were sitting there for 10 minutes before anybody would bring us a drink. The service was slow. We ordered the $85 tasting menu. The taste was fair and was completely overprice. I miss the old Patina.
Food without a soul.
Our friendly yet professional waitress asked for my temperature preference for the venison I had just ordered. Even though I understood what she meant, I couldnt help but laugh at this affected question. Its not her fault; its the formulaic approach of the restaurant. Yes, my venison was exquisitely cooked to the temperature I requested and most of our other dishes in the tasting menu tasted as they should at an expensive restaurant like this. But, they all lacked a soul, seemingly cooked by formulas!
Ironically, our favorite dish turned out to be a replacement dish for the inedible John Dory we turned down. It was replaced cheerfully and promptly by a sea bass with toasted salt crusts. Presented in a pool of fresh and fragrant cucumber consomme on an island of sauteed mixture of diced olive and vegetables, it barely made up for the shortcomings of this overrated restaurant.
Love this place!. This is a perfect special date/occasion place. Be prepared for an exquisite dining experience. The staff is well trained, the food is AMAZING, the wine list extensive... and the cheese!! the cheese selections and sommelier is one of the best in the city. It isn't the most romantic of settings, but it has clean, crisp lines and the unique Disney Hall ambiance which makes it stand out. Anyone can do 'romantic', but only the best can pull off what Patina does.
Joachim Splichal's flagship Cal-French restaurant anchors the downtown renaissance..
Following the design of the adjacent Disney Concert Hall, this dining room blends dramatic flair with simple lines. Waves flow through wood-paneled walls, soft yellow lights twinkle along the ceiling and earth tones punctuate everything from leather banquettes to servers' tailored suits. The traditional American cuisine ascends with French accents on everything from the daily chef's choice and a la carte menu (pan roasted black cod, bone-in turbot and leeks) to the cheese and caviar carts. Coffee and tiramisu-ice cream parfait layered with peanut crumble and mascarpone offers a sweet end.
Lives up to it's reputation. I went to Patina last weekend and was very impressed. The orange and yellow hues and the retro decor were trendy but elegant. The service was outstanding and not stuffy. We decided to go last minute and were in blue jeans and shorts but we were not made to feel uncomfortable at all. The wine list was great but could be better. The sommelier was very helpful though. The dining room is beautiful but it is a bit cramped.
Prepare yourself for disappointment!. What a waste of $200+! My wife and I went for our 2nd Anniversary in early July. Overall, the dining experience in a word was underwhelming. Space, nice but noisy and a little cramped, drinks and wine were good, food: average to below average, especially when you're paying $15-25 for an app. and $35+ on the low side for an entree, I mean, you want to have your socks blown off for those kinds of prices. Pedestrian flavors, nothing exciting, average presentation. The only, and I mean the only bright spot, was the service. Our waiter, whose name escapes me, good looking young gentleman of asian descent was pitch perfect: very helpful, always attentive, knowledgeable, and even came outside the restaurant to thank us while we were waiting for our taxi. If you must go to this overpriced letdown of a restaurant, ask for this 22 yr. old star.
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