great gourmet food, great prompt service, wonderful place, cozy unpretentious atmosphere, polite server, delectable desserts, very knowledgeable waiter
A lot of LA chefs talk the seasonal / local game, and why shouldn't they? California is a food paradise. But few have the art, originality, and sophisticaton of Quinn Hatfield, the brilliant chef behind Hatfield's.
I finally went to Hatfield's and was blown away by the food and service. Definitely one of the more "fine-dining" restaurants in Los Angeles. Everything was prepared with interesting ingredients, new-to-me techniques and perfectly executed.
The braised beef was perfectly cooked. And the Croque Madame is a must get!
Seasonal food presented so beautifully that you almost don't want to consume it (but you'll have a taste-orgasm when you do!).
Definitely one of the best restaurants in town. This is my go to special occasion place. Quinn and Karen Hatfield really know what they are doing, I haven't ordered anything I didn't love. Great wine selection as well.
Love, love and love Hatfield's! Delicious! My favorite by far!
This is the best restaurant I've tried in the last year. You can tell the difference when you have a chef-driven restaurant. And at Hatfield's you can watch them cook through through open kitchen.
The restaurant is a bit formal, so it's more of an adult atmosphere. When you sit down they give a crab amuse-bouche, extremely tasty. They have a great halibut and a nice rack of lamb. The desserts are also special, with beignets the highlight. The beignets come with a root beer shake which is fantastic.
I'd highly recommend giving Hatfield's a try.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Having moved to bigger and better digs on the corner of Melrose and Citrus in February 2010, this L.A. mainstay hasn't missed a beat. With nary a resemblance to the space formerly known as Red Pearl Kitchen, the soft, sophisticated palette keeps a soothing visual tempo: hexagonal light sculptures add a soft glow to the sparse space--the gorgeous exhibition kitchen is all the show you need. More of an anti-scene, the crowd is a mix of faithful foodies and well-heeled couples who have come to rely on solid, friendly service and chefs/co-owners Quinn and Karen Hatfield's consistent take on California-French cuisine. Like the space, the menu also has more to offer. The a la carte, seasonal prix fixe and chef’s tasting menus are complemented with more vegetarian options like hand-cut papardelle carbonara with smoked parsnip “bacon," roasted sunchoke salad and the must-try ricotta agnolotti served with mustard greens and cinnamon banyuls. Favorites like the Croque Madame (yellowtail sashimi, prosciutto and quail egg on grilled brioche) remain, while desserts like the soft and chewy beignets and "secret" off-menu chocolate and peanut butter souffle are worth the indulgence.
Good tasting menu. Their tasting menu has more substance than Providence's. But Providence is better.
small but great. small touch cramped . Great food from lamb chops to Branzino.
Best deal in town. I have been a fan of Hatfields for a while especially since my husband and I live right around the corner. We were in last night to celebrate our anniversary and to our suprise they had just started some kind of special spring pre fixed menu. Any appetizer, entree and dessert for $49. Are you kidding me? When you consider the amazing bread , Amuse Bouche and cupcakes with your check this has got to be the best deal in town.
Amazing food, great service. After hearing all of the rumors about Hatfields and missing my previous opportunity to go, my boyfriend and I finally made it in. I thought the food was nothing short of amazing. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and happy to explain the elements of the dishes without making me feel stupid (as some often do!) We started out with the mackerel and the chef's take on the "croque madame". Both were superb and my only complaint is that there wasn't more. My boyfriend had the lamb and I had the market menu skirt steak and we were practically licking our plates clean. I didn't care too much for the bread, but the desserts were really yummy!! I'm planning to bring my parents when they come into town, but I would definitely recommend sitting on the patio as the inside gets pretty loud. All in all, we had a wonderful time.
Less is More in a Bad Way.
Hatfield's in West Hollywood a few blocks from the Grove on Beverly is another in a long line of California cuisine at its skimpiest, priciest and most self-conscious.
The gimmick of this converted closet is that most of the ingredients - particularly the veggies - come from the Farmer's Market down the street. A terrific idea, if those ingredients were put to use in a simple way that allowed the flavors to stand on their own free-range merit.
Instead the chef over-indulges all ingredients with such a flurry of butters, creams and seasonings that you're merely left gasping for more ice waterto scrape the salt lick that has become your tongue.
Leslie and I sampled two appetizers. The supposedly "charred" Japanese mackerel was spongy and more gamey that mackerel you'd order off a sushi menu. The pineapple and avacado slices could barely mask the muskiness of the fish.
We also ordered the Kabocha squash agnolloti with fresh purple eyed peas, sherry brown butter and armentizia cheese. Thank god we split the already tiny portion, as the brown butter soup was over-whelimingly rich and the peas too al dente; so the textures missed the mark.
Of the half dozen entree selections, we decided to split one, opting for the sauteed wild striped bass,
with wild mushroom, leek and cauliflower fricassee, creamy spaetzle and some things call "champagne grapes." The fish was nicely prepared with its crispy seared skin concealing the buttery flesh. With a fish already so delicately rich, the unctuous spaetzle and cauliflower fricasse which was basically buttery mashed califlower were gratituous and overwhelming. The chef simply doesn't know when to say when with his flavor combinations.
With tiny appetizers scraping $20 and paltry entrees in the mid to high $30s, I suppose the restaurant feels that less really should be more.
The service is friendly and polite. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. But there are far better ways to spend $100 on dinner for two.
Skip it, go to A.O.C instead.
Since my review seems to have disappeared..... here we go again.
Went there on a Saturday with six friends to celebrate a Birthday. The waitress was extremely curt and seemed annoyed at our presence. She made the one vegetarian person at the table feel extremely uncomfortable by suggesting that it was a faux pas for him to be there.
The food was blah.. totally forgettable.
Waiter never came by the table to check on us, even though the restaurant was half empty at this time of night.. and to make it worst she forgot the birthday dessert......
Felt cheated out of my money.
Great date spot. Since I am one to try things first before knocking it, I decided to take my date here even after reading negative reviews about the quality of the food and service. It was superb! A little treasure in this big city. We were seated at an intimate table and never felt rushed the entire meal. The food was fresh and unpretentious. This is a must see!!!
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