J Restaurant & Lounge

★★★★☆
  • 1119 S Olive St

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

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  • 213-746-7746

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I remember the days when a lounge was a place you could go to have a few drinks in a relaxed atmoshphere. That's just what J Lounge USED to be. When the place first opened I was able get there before 10 pm and walk in and have a drink without being hassled. The patio in the back is beautiful with a fire pit and tables for those who got there early enough to snag one. Nowadays, however, no one is allowed at the bars until 10 pm and a line forms out the door and everyone is charged an entrance fee...both men and women. The dress code is ridiculously strict. I had to argue with the bouncer, who was actually pretty friendly, for five minutes to let me in because I had some white on my shoes. I was told I would have to ask a guy who I assume was either the manager or the owner, who was standing just inside the doorway glaring at patrons as they entered to make sure the dress code was being enforced. When I attempted to speak with him he ignored me and walked up to the bouncer...I assume to reprimand him for letting me in. After getting in I walked out to the patio to grab a table, but noticed that all the tables are now reserved for bottle service only. Drinks are grossly overpriced, and management is arrogant and exude an attitude of superiority toward their patrons. My friends and I were all surprised and disappointed at the sudden turn for the worse J Lounge has taken. If they continue down this path, J Lounge is going to fizzle out fast. I assure you, any good reviews posted were either posted by J Lounge management/staff or were posted months ago when this place was actually enjoyable. Never again!

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★☆☆☆☆

I remember the days when a lounge was a place you could go to have a few drinks in a relaxed atmoshphere. That's just what J Lounge USED to be. When the place first opened I was able get there before 10 pm and walk in and have a drink without being hassled. The patio in the back is beautiful with a fire pit and tables for those who got there early enough to snag one. Nowadays, however, no one is allowed at the bars until 10 pm and a line forms out the door and everyone is charged an entrance fee...both men and women. The dress code is ridiculously strict. I had to argue with the bouncer, who was actually pretty friendly, for five minutes to let me in because I had some white on my shoes. I was told I would have to ask a guy who I assume was either the manager or the owner, who was standing just inside the doorway glaring at patrons as they entered to make sure the dress code was being enforced. When I attempted to speak with him he ignored me and walked up to the bouncer...I assume to reprimand him for letting me in. After getting in I walked out to the patio to grab a table, but noticed that all the tables are now reserved for bottle service only. Drinks are grossly overpriced, and management is arrogant and exude an attitude of superiority toward their patrons. My friends and I were all surprised and disappointed at the sudden turn for the worse J Lounge has taken. If they continue down this path, J Lounge is going to fizzle out fast. I assure you, any good reviews posted were either posted by J Lounge management/staff or were posted months ago when this place was actually enjoyable. Never again!

Pros: Ambience and decor

Cons: Overpriced, arrogant staff/management, terrible service

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Our party of 6 arrived at J Restaurant & Lounge on a Saturday at 5:00 P.M. The restaurant did not open until 6:00 P.M. but we were escorted to the back patio area and before we knew it, they opened the bar and bar food was brought to us. It was calamari and pita bread slices. They were both excellent. We all ordered mojitos and I can tell you they are one of the best in town! Promptly at 6:00 they came outside to let us know that the table was ready. The food was absolutely wonderful. The service was impecable. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. We all had a great time and would definitely recommend it very highly

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★★★★★

Our party of 6 arrived at J Restaurant & Lounge on a Saturday at 5:00 P.M. The restaurant did not open until 6:00 P.M. but we were escorted to the back patio area and before we knew it, they opened the bar and bar food was brought to us. It was calamari and pita bread slices. They were both excellent. We all ordered mojitos and I can tell you they are one of the best in town! Promptly at 6:00 they came outside to let us know that the table was ready. The food was absolutely wonderful. The service was impecable. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. We all had a great time and would definitely recommend it very highly

Pros: Great food, great service and a terrific atmosphere

Cons: None

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Wonder what the "J" stands for in J Lounge??? It stands for JOKE. This place is just that. A JOKE. While the facade it puts on reminds its patrons of a place that once had class and character, this newly renovated and "revamped" lounge is by far the worst experience I have had in LA in a long time. Stemming from a chef who's bases his cooking on the notion that "spices were invented to cover the rancidity of meat" J Restaurant and Lounge takes its terrible attention to quality of food and carries it over into their service and drinks. Overpriced drinks, which I'm immune to these days in LA and don't mind paying for when service is friendly, are coupled with attitudinal bartenders and unknowledgable waitresses. If you like waiting half an hour to get a drink, then when you order have the bar tender scoff at you and swear under his breath because he doesn't want to make the signature drink they advertise, then this place is for you. Oh and if you like an overly cocky owner who is just as unfriendly and scummy as the place he operates, then by all means, check it out for yourself. STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS. If I was able to, I'd score this negative stars. FYI too, I have been to this place more than once, always with the hopes of it changing because I like the decor, and each time I had a worse experience and been more disappointed always leaving upset.
Just so you know, after speaking with an ex J Lounge employee, the only positive reviews about this place are from the owner under false city search names. Joke Lounge is not worth your time, energy, headache, or money!

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★☆☆☆☆

Wonder what the "J" stands for in J Lounge??? It stands for JOKE. This place is just that. A JOKE. While the facade it puts on reminds its patrons of a place that once had class and character, this newly renovated and "revamped" lounge is by far the worst experience I have had in LA in a long time. Stemming from a chef who's bases his cooking on the notion that "spices were invented to cover the rancidity of meat" J Restaurant and Lounge takes its terrible attention to quality of food and carries it over into their service and drinks. Overpriced drinks, which I'm immune to these days in LA and don't mind paying for when service is friendly, are coupled with attitudinal bartenders and unknowledgable waitresses. If you like waiting half an hour to get a drink, then when you order have the bar tender scoff at you and swear under his breath because he doesn't want to make the signature drink they advertise, then this place is for you. Oh and if you like an overly cocky owner who is just as unfriendly and scummy as the place he operates, then by all means, check it out for yourself. STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS. If I was able to, I'd score this negative stars. FYI too, I have been to this place more than once, always with the hopes of it changing because I like the decor, and each time I had a worse experience and been more disappointed always leaving upset.
Just so you know, after speaking with an ex J Lounge employee, the only positive reviews about this place are from the owner under false city search names. Joke Lounge is not worth your time, energy, headache, or money!

Pros: physical space had potential

Cons: everything else

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Rude management. Descent food. OK bar. Nice view.

It was my girlfriend's birthday and she was forced to make dinner reservations at 7:15 because the restaurant was booked with "reservations" for 8 o'clock. However, as 8:00 rolls around the place is COMPLETELY EMPTY with us and a small family of four sitting at the WORST tables in the house.

The management seemed to be very comfortable with treating diners like dirt, just because it was a saturday night and they had a line of like 3 people standing outside. Also, it seemed rather odd that a restaurant has a "No Birthdays" policy. Lucky for us though, our waiter was gracious enough to fixed us up a small dessert with a candle in it.

My advise, don't go for dinner. But i guess the bar is OK. Even though there are dozens of better bars to chose from in LA with better locations and friendlier service.

And, I forgot to mention that the drinks at the bar were overpriced, yet they were still weak.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Rude management. Descent food. OK bar. Nice view.

It was my girlfriend's birthday and she was forced to make dinner reservations at 7:15 because the restaurant was booked with "reservations" for 8 o'clock. However, as 8:00 rolls around the place is COMPLETELY EMPTY with us and a small family of four sitting at the WORST tables in the house.

The management seemed to be very comfortable with treating diners like dirt, just because it was a saturday night and they had a line of like 3 people standing outside. Also, it seemed rather odd that a restaurant has a "No Birthdays" policy. Lucky for us though, our waiter was gracious enough to fixed us up a small dessert with a candle in it.

My advise, don't go for dinner. But i guess the bar is OK. Even though there are dozens of better bars to chose from in LA with better locations and friendlier service.

And, I forgot to mention that the drinks at the bar were overpriced, yet they were still weak.

Pros: The food was OK. But I could get way better for the same price.

Cons: Reservations were a nightmare. Management made no effort to accomodate our group of 7.

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OK so you aren't going there for the food if you do go there for dinner like I did....oops. I ordered pasta with mussles and the shells were there but no mussells. My best gues is that they did me a favor...lesson learned its a bar - order bar food.

Anyway
The drinks are legit from standard mixed drinks to the more exotic cocktails- service is standard and friendly. But the bar has a phenomenal view of downtown, a great patio you almost feel like you are in someone's backyard, maybe in NYC. They draw a fun, very good looking & well styled crowd - definetely a good spot to meet people dancing or outside chatting. In my opinion the bar offers something for everyone, just not dinner. (fyi the bar food is solid)

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★★★★☆

OK so you aren't going there for the food if you do go there for dinner like I did....oops. I ordered pasta with mussles and the shells were there but no mussells. My best gues is that they did me a favor...lesson learned its a bar - order bar food.

Anyway
The drinks are legit from standard mixed drinks to the more exotic cocktails- service is standard and friendly. But the bar has a phenomenal view of downtown, a great patio you almost feel like you are in someone's backyard, maybe in NYC. They draw a fun, very good looking & well styled crowd - definetely a good spot to meet people dancing or outside chatting. In my opinion the bar offers something for everyone, just not dinner. (fyi the bar food is solid)

Pros: view, drinks, people

Cons: i think ive made myself clear

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WORST service! IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR CHAIR IN THE PATIO AREA MAKE SURE YOU GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE. THE SHORT HAIR WAITRESS TOOK TWO OF OUR CHAIRS AWAY AND WANT TO KICK US OUT, ALSO TOLD US THEY ARE NOT IN CITY SEARCH. GUESS WHAT I HOPE YOU ARE READING THIS BECAUSE I FOUND YOU! Drinks are good they will add 18% tip on your tab no need to park valet, there is a $5 parking near by

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★☆☆☆☆

WORST service! IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR CHAIR IN THE PATIO AREA MAKE SURE YOU GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE. THE SHORT HAIR WAITRESS TOOK TWO OF OUR CHAIRS AWAY AND WANT TO KICK US OUT, ALSO TOLD US THEY ARE NOT IN CITY SEARCH. GUESS WHAT I HOPE YOU ARE READING THIS BECAUSE I FOUND YOU! Drinks are good they will add 18% tip on your tab no need to park valet, there is a $5 parking near by

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worst place I have EVER been to.... the service was bad, the food was worse, and the drinks were so overprices it was a joke.
do not listen to the fake reviews posted by the staff - this place is BAD!

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★☆☆☆☆

worst place I have EVER been to.... the service was bad, the food was worse, and the drinks were so overprices it was a joke.
do not listen to the fake reviews posted by the staff - this place is BAD!

Pros: none

Cons: food, service, menu, drink prices

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This place is great. The bouncers were actually REALLY nice when we went. In LA, that is SUPER rare. The decor is great, the dance floor was large and well air conditioned. There are TONS of places to sit down, which I love. THere are plasma TV's strategically positioned throughout this space. The space is really well designed. There is a patio (which isnt that smokey at all) that is awesome. There are 6 cabanas, its own bar, and a superb view of the downtown skyline and a really cool fire pit. You even get the view of the Eastern. All in all, the club was very balanced between lounge and dance club. I will definitely go back again. If the crowd continues to be chill, and the bouncers continue to be cool, this will be on my regular rotation.

In the end. My opinion is to go check it out for yourself. In the downtown renassaince, places are up and down and everyone has their own opinions. It is best to check places out once a month and see whats going down. Stop being afraid of downtown, and come check it out and form your own opinions

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★★★☆☆

This place is great. The bouncers were actually REALLY nice when we went. In LA, that is SUPER rare. The decor is great, the dance floor was large and well air conditioned. There are TONS of places to sit down, which I love. THere are plasma TV's strategically positioned throughout this space. The space is really well designed. There is a patio (which isnt that smokey at all) that is awesome. There are 6 cabanas, its own bar, and a superb view of the downtown skyline and a really cool fire pit. You even get the view of the Eastern. All in all, the club was very balanced between lounge and dance club. I will definitely go back again. If the crowd continues to be chill, and the bouncers continue to be cool, this will be on my regular rotation.

In the end. My opinion is to go check it out for yourself. In the downtown renassaince, places are up and down and everyone has their own opinions. It is best to check places out once a month and see whats going down. Stop being afraid of downtown, and come check it out and form your own opinions

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Taking advantage of living downtown, my wife and I decided to celebrate a special occasion (a birthday) by "walking" to J restaurant for dinner on a Friday night. We had reservations for 8 p.m. After a nice stroll from our loft, we arrived to find this great place. We were greated very warmly and shown to our booth. The atmosphere is great, nice furnishings and very romantic. I will say that this it is a very large restaurant according to LA standards. The service was great, attentive but not bothersome. The wine and drink choices were abundant. The wine list is sufficeint, but as I say in all my review of restaurants, ease up on the corkage fee, allow patrons to at least bring their own bottle of wine. The food was outstanding and portions large (important to me since I am a big guy (athletic build) and like to eat), since sharing is our thing. We had the calamari and ceasar salad which were both very good. The hot bread and butter is a nice touch. We had the roasted pork and mashed potatoes which could have only been improved upon if they would have served it on a warmed plate. But for the quantity and quality, it was delicious and more than enough for the two of us. We were there for about an hour and half, very leisurely dinner and then took a tour of the place. The lounge upstairs is nice, the outside atrium/patio area (similar to that of the Golden Gopher) was nice, especially with the window and the plasma screen TV nicely aligned was cool. This would be a nice place for an after dinner drink. I know that there are some unhappy folks with the lounge staff, but for a nice dinner, close to home for us, it was a great evening and would definetly return. We are looking forward to this summer and hopefuly some happy hours on the back patio.

2
★★★★★

Taking advantage of living downtown, my wife and I decided to celebrate a special occasion (a birthday) by "walking" to J restaurant for dinner on a Friday night. We had reservations for 8 p.m. After a nice stroll from our loft, we arrived to find this great place. We were greated very warmly and shown to our booth. The atmosphere is great, nice furnishings and very romantic. I will say that this it is a very large restaurant according to LA standards. The service was great, attentive but not bothersome. The wine and drink choices were abundant. The wine list is sufficeint, but as I say in all my review of restaurants, ease up on the corkage fee, allow patrons to at least bring their own bottle of wine. The food was outstanding and portions large (important to me since I am a big guy (athletic build) and like to eat), since sharing is our thing. We had the calamari and ceasar salad which were both very good. The hot bread and butter is a nice touch. We had the roasted pork and mashed potatoes which could have only been improved upon if they would have served it on a warmed plate. But for the quantity and quality, it was delicious and more than enough for the two of us. We were there for about an hour and half, very leisurely dinner and then took a tour of the place. The lounge upstairs is nice, the outside atrium/patio area (similar to that of the Golden Gopher) was nice, especially with the window and the plasma screen TV nicely aligned was cool. This would be a nice place for an after dinner drink. I know that there are some unhappy folks with the lounge staff, but for a nice dinner, close to home for us, it was a great evening and would definetly return. We are looking forward to this summer and hopefuly some happy hours on the back patio.

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Wow, this place is great! It is romantic and the atmosphere is amazing. I dont recommend you come in your sneakers, baggy jeans and Sean Paul t-shirt. This place is classy and if you want to go to a place with kids and teens this is not the place for you! Plus the place is HUGE! There are areas for everyone. I'd say the younger crowd is up stairs on the dance floor! Plus all the Plasma add a lil something different. The paintings are amazing! The one near the restroom on the third floor of the Beetles is unbelieveable! Its a beautiful place and I highly recommend it! Best mojitos i've ever had!

2
★★★★★

Wow, this place is great! It is romantic and the atmosphere is amazing. I dont recommend you come in your sneakers, baggy jeans and Sean Paul t-shirt. This place is classy and if you want to go to a place with kids and teens this is not the place for you! Plus the place is HUGE! There are areas for everyone. I'd say the younger crowd is up stairs on the dance floor! Plus all the Plasma add a lil something different. The paintings are amazing! The one near the restroom on the third floor of the Beetles is unbelieveable! Its a beautiful place and I highly recommend it! Best mojitos i've ever had!

Pros: Valet, drinks, atmosphere

Cons: none!!!!

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I remember when this place was unpretentious, friendly. What a difference a few months makes, eh J Lounge? The doormen (in particular the chubby guy with short hair that looks like a ninja turtle) have no sense of humbleness or hospitality. They present themselves with classless arrogance and take their paltry hourly wage job way too seriously. They're unaccommodating, when they don't even need to be. Trust me, with staff like this it won't be long until the novelty fades and this place dies out. There are far nicer places than this one, The Edison for one, that will be better worth your time. If you want Hollywood, go there. No need to put up with the mini-me Hollywood attitude here. My friends and I will NOT be returning again. Good job J Lounge, you just lost about 40 patrons in one night. ______

Here's a tip: J Lounge flagrance knows no boundaries. Check your receipts when you pay by credit card. They'll add an 18% "service" fee on drinks. J Lounge will then conveniently add a tip line even after they charge you the 18% fee. Sometimes you'll get the extra receipt with the service charge shown. Sometimes you won't. Be wary.

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★☆☆☆☆

I remember when this place was unpretentious, friendly. What a difference a few months makes, eh J Lounge? The doormen (in particular the chubby guy with short hair that looks like a ninja turtle) have no sense of humbleness or hospitality. They present themselves with classless arrogance and take their paltry hourly wage job way too seriously. They're unaccommodating, when they don't even need to be. Trust me, with staff like this it won't be long until the novelty fades and this place dies out. There are far nicer places than this one, The Edison for one, that will be better worth your time. If you want Hollywood, go there. No need to put up with the mini-me Hollywood attitude here. My friends and I will NOT be returning again. Good job J Lounge, you just lost about 40 patrons in one night. ______

Here's a tip: J Lounge flagrance knows no boundaries. Check your receipts when you pay by credit card. They'll add an 18% "service" fee on drinks. J Lounge will then conveniently add a tip line even after they charge you the 18% fee. Sometimes you'll get the extra receipt with the service charge shown. Sometimes you won't. Be wary.

Pros: Large outdoor area, loungey decor

Cons: Service, pathetic doormen, music (unless you like top 40 hip hop from 6 months back)

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My father booked two tables for our family party last thursday night at J Lounge. What can I say ? This place might be paradise, but then paradise doesn't close at 11pm. Still, this is a great place to roll the end of the afternoon into the evening, especially after a day's work.

2
★★★★★

My father booked two tables for our family party last thursday night at J Lounge. What can I say ? This place might be paradise, but then paradise doesn't close at 11pm. Still, this is a great place to roll the end of the afternoon into the evening, especially after a day's work.

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While the J Lounge's strength is in its large open venue, this place leaves a lot to be desired. For one, its management is clearly untrained and has no sense of hospitality (with the exception of the servers, bartenders, and the guy who hands you paper towels in the bathroom). As for the Managers and the bouncers, beware. They are obnoxious, rude, and for some reason forget they are not on Hollywood Blvd catering to the likes of young JT or Paris Hilton, but overseeing an establishment that is blocks away from Skid Row. A bouncer told my friend he didn't like the collar on his shirt and almost refused him entry! But what is truly laughable is the J Lounge's third reich enforcement of their shoe policy. They will pretend to sweat you on your trendy pair of sneakers (the same ones you can wear into Area and Hyde), but will with painstaking reluctance let you in after some bodyguard huddling and play calling. But the real joke is once you get inside, and find yourselves surrounded by a crowd that could mislead you into thinking you just stepped into the throes of another downtown venue, the LA City Jail. Don't drop the soap!

In short, if you must party in downtown, go to Edison. Otherwise take yourself up the 101 to Hollywood.

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★★★☆☆

While the J Lounge's strength is in its large open venue, this place leaves a lot to be desired. For one, its management is clearly untrained and has no sense of hospitality (with the exception of the servers, bartenders, and the guy who hands you paper towels in the bathroom). As for the Managers and the bouncers, beware. They are obnoxious, rude, and for some reason forget they are not on Hollywood Blvd catering to the likes of young JT or Paris Hilton, but overseeing an establishment that is blocks away from Skid Row. A bouncer told my friend he didn't like the collar on his shirt and almost refused him entry! But what is truly laughable is the J Lounge's third reich enforcement of their shoe policy. They will pretend to sweat you on your trendy pair of sneakers (the same ones you can wear into Area and Hyde), but will with painstaking reluctance let you in after some bodyguard huddling and play calling. But the real joke is once you get inside, and find yourselves surrounded by a crowd that could mislead you into thinking you just stepped into the throes of another downtown venue, the LA City Jail. Don't drop the soap!

In short, if you must party in downtown, go to Edison. Otherwise take yourself up the 101 to Hollywood.

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I have been to J Lounge on 4 occasions, each one progressively worse than the last. I will NEVER go back there. The rudeness and arrogance of the staff completely negate any small positives J's has to offer. While J lounge claims that there is no cover before 10 pm, what the sneaky management does is prevent people from going in, claiming that it actually doesnt "open" until 10 pm. We had had a guestlist sent in specifically so as to not have to deal with this hassle and had agreed to reserve an area upstairs for $600. The bouncers walk away from you when you are trying to talk to them, even when we told them that we had arranged for a reservation space. After 30 minutes of this BS, we left - J Lounge can thank its bouncers for losing out on a fair chunk of revenue (we had 60+ people in or group). On another occasion, after having my ID checked, I started going inside only to have the bouncer grab my arm and say extremely rudely, "you have to wait here, i didn't say you could go in yet." because he had to check the rest of my friends' IDs? Um, it's cold out and you should neither be speaking to people like that nor should you touch your patrons. Finally, the last time I went, I had friends dining inside and had planned to meet them for dessert so that we could all go upstairs together. When I got to the door, the bouncer told me that I could not go in to see my friends, because I did not have "dinner reservations." And the fact that a group of my friends were already inside eating made no difference, I could not go in to look for them. Overall customer service standards are nonexistent at this place, and the general disdain that everyone working here shows towards patrons is disgusting. I've never experienced this level of rudeness anywere - completely unwarranted, as the music is spotty to poor, drinks are ridiculously overpriced and let's face it - it's downtown LA, a few blocks from skid row, not Hollywood. Beware - J lounge is TERRIBLE.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to J Lounge on 4 occasions, each one progressively worse than the last. I will NEVER go back there. The rudeness and arrogance of the staff completely negate any small positives J's has to offer. While J lounge claims that there is no cover before 10 pm, what the sneaky management does is prevent people from going in, claiming that it actually doesnt "open" until 10 pm. We had had a guestlist sent in specifically so as to not have to deal with this hassle and had agreed to reserve an area upstairs for $600. The bouncers walk away from you when you are trying to talk to them, even when we told them that we had arranged for a reservation space. After 30 minutes of this BS, we left - J Lounge can thank its bouncers for losing out on a fair chunk of revenue (we had 60+ people in or group). On another occasion, after having my ID checked, I started going inside only to have the bouncer grab my arm and say extremely rudely, "you have to wait here, i didn't say you could go in yet." because he had to check the rest of my friends' IDs? Um, it's cold out and you should neither be speaking to people like that nor should you touch your patrons. Finally, the last time I went, I had friends dining inside and had planned to meet them for dessert so that we could all go upstairs together. When I got to the door, the bouncer told me that I could not go in to see my friends, because I did not have "dinner reservations." And the fact that a group of my friends were already inside eating made no difference, I could not go in to look for them. Overall customer service standards are nonexistent at this place, and the general disdain that everyone working here shows towards patrons is disgusting. I've never experienced this level of rudeness anywere - completely unwarranted, as the music is spotty to poor, drinks are ridiculously overpriced and let's face it - it's downtown LA, a few blocks from skid row, not Hollywood. Beware - J lounge is TERRIBLE.

Pros: Large space

Cons: RUDE staff, expensive, music is all over the place

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I went to J Lounge last saturday night to celebrate my wife's birthday. The dining room was pretty crowded and noisy. But thought it is a great adress for both fans of Mediterraneen food and anyone counting their dollars. The voluminous menu here offers generally excellent food tour of Europe with dishes from South of France and Italia.

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★★★★★

I went to J Lounge last saturday night to celebrate my wife's birthday. The dining room was pretty crowded and noisy. But thought it is a great adress for both fans of Mediterraneen food and anyone counting their dollars. The voluminous menu here offers generally excellent food tour of Europe with dishes from South of France and Italia.

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My friends and I went there on a Friday couple weeks ago, and had the most horrible experience. The management at the lounge was rude and frustrating. We were there for about an hour ordering drinks after drinks and ended up leaving after an argument with the management. They moved a chair (cushion) that my sister was using, and when we told them we were using it, he manager said in the most pretentious tone, "we're doing you a favor by letting you sit here" and then started to walk away. I would never return to this place ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends and I went there on a Friday couple weeks ago, and had the most horrible experience. The management at the lounge was rude and frustrating. We were there for about an hour ordering drinks after drinks and ended up leaving after an argument with the management. They moved a chair (cushion) that my sister was using, and when we told them we were using it, he manager said in the most pretentious tone, "we're doing you a favor by letting you sit here" and then started to walk away. I would never return to this place ever again.

Pros: NONE

Cons: service/ management

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Last night a friend and I celebrated our b-days at J Lounge. We had reserved a couple of tables in the upper lounge area. We wanted the night to go smoothly so that we could enjoy ourselves, but the J Lounge management made it difficult for us to do so:
*When I made my reservation I wasn?t told about the ?business/casual? dress code. The management wouldn?t let my bf & the other b-day girl?s bf in bc they weren?t in the dress code. We are all bus. students. Our closets are full of bus./casual attire. If we had been told that there was a dress code, our bf?s would have come in the dress code. My bf drove home to change, but the other girl?s bf could not do so. Management let him in after he pointed out that other patrons w/ sneakers on were being admitted.

*The doormen told me that my guests arriving after 11 pm would have to pay a cover charge. I told them that I had called twice to confirm that no one on my guest list would have to pay a cover charge the entire night. They said they would ?take care of it? & not charge my guests. Unfortunately, about 30 min. later 4 of my friends arrived & had to pay the cover. I talked to management about this and they returned the money, but it was frustrating having to deal w/this matter.

*When I had to pay for the 3 bottles, the other b-day girl & I told the waitress to split the difference btwn. our credit cards. As we were paying, we were harassed 3 to 4 times to leave the club because they were closed . Our waitress came back w/ receipts that were overcharging us by more than $300. We told her & management that this was incorrect. They went back a 2nd time to fix this and came back again w/ receipts that were overcharging us. I don?t know if they thought we were dumb/drunk USC girls & that they could hustle us out of money, or if they were dumb themselves & did not know how to do basic math. Finally , the 3rd time around the receipts were correct.

Go to the Standard or Edison if you want to party in downtown.

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★★★☆☆

Last night a friend and I celebrated our b-days at J Lounge. We had reserved a couple of tables in the upper lounge area. We wanted the night to go smoothly so that we could enjoy ourselves, but the J Lounge management made it difficult for us to do so:
*When I made my reservation I wasn?t told about the ?business/casual? dress code. The management wouldn?t let my bf & the other b-day girl?s bf in bc they weren?t in the dress code. We are all bus. students. Our closets are full of bus./casual attire. If we had been told that there was a dress code, our bf?s would have come in the dress code. My bf drove home to change, but the other girl?s bf could not do so. Management let him in after he pointed out that other patrons w/ sneakers on were being admitted.

*The doormen told me that my guests arriving after 11 pm would have to pay a cover charge. I told them that I had called twice to confirm that no one on my guest list would have to pay a cover charge the entire night. They said they would ?take care of it? & not charge my guests. Unfortunately, about 30 min. later 4 of my friends arrived & had to pay the cover. I talked to management about this and they returned the money, but it was frustrating having to deal w/this matter.

*When I had to pay for the 3 bottles, the other b-day girl & I told the waitress to split the difference btwn. our credit cards. As we were paying, we were harassed 3 to 4 times to leave the club because they were closed . Our waitress came back w/ receipts that were overcharging us by more than $300. We told her & management that this was incorrect. They went back a 2nd time to fix this and came back again w/ receipts that were overcharging us. I don?t know if they thought we were dumb/drunk USC girls & that they could hustle us out of money, or if they were dumb themselves & did not know how to do basic math. Finally , the 3rd time around the receipts were correct.

Go to the Standard or Edison if you want to party in downtown.

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I went to J Lounge because one of my friends was celebrating her birthday there. We arrived a bit early and decided to grab a quick bite prior to our long night of drinking. Our server Crystal was very knowledgeable about the food and made a few recommendations. The service there was excellent and comfortable, something extremely rare in more trendy restaurants nowadays. Being am ex-server myself, I am extremely particular to the close attention I received by our waitress. The lounge is small but very happening as the DJ played the regular hits. The smoking patio is adequate I guess since I never ventured out there. We had table service and the pricing was excellent compared to the premium you would usually pay at a Hollywood club. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a lounge or a smaller club on a Friday night.

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★★★★★

I went to J Lounge because one of my friends was celebrating her birthday there. We arrived a bit early and decided to grab a quick bite prior to our long night of drinking. Our server Crystal was very knowledgeable about the food and made a few recommendations. The service there was excellent and comfortable, something extremely rare in more trendy restaurants nowadays. Being am ex-server myself, I am extremely particular to the close attention I received by our waitress. The lounge is small but very happening as the DJ played the regular hits. The smoking patio is adequate I guess since I never ventured out there. We had table service and the pricing was excellent compared to the premium you would usually pay at a Hollywood club. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a lounge or a smaller club on a Friday night.

Pros: Great service, food and bottle pricing was very low

Cons: Rounds of drinks will add up quickly, long lines for bar service upstairs, Tip: Get a table and bottle.

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visited the restaurant per a recommendation by a friend who raved about the service and quality of the ingredients. i was a little hesitant at first as this area was located in a unique neighborhood. however, our server, crystal, made us feel right at home. she was very patient with our group (there were 8 of us) and not once did we have to look up or try to establish eye contact for a refill on our drinks or to request something. refreshing to finally have great service at a l.a. restaurant! on to the food. crystal recommended the salmon and it was a great choice. it was not dry and the sauteed carrots were cooked/seasoned perfectly as well. truly a great dish. worth trying is the tuna tartare and the crab cakes (tasty but a little greasy for me). oh yeah, don't forget to check out their full-service bar. had a couple drinks with michael. very cool guy that knows his drinks, was very accomodating and took care of all of us. will def be back again. great food, great service, great drinks.

2
★★★★★

visited the restaurant per a recommendation by a friend who raved about the service and quality of the ingredients. i was a little hesitant at first as this area was located in a unique neighborhood. however, our server, crystal, made us feel right at home. she was very patient with our group (there were 8 of us) and not once did we have to look up or try to establish eye contact for a refill on our drinks or to request something. refreshing to finally have great service at a l.a. restaurant! on to the food. crystal recommended the salmon and it was a great choice. it was not dry and the sauteed carrots were cooked/seasoned perfectly as well. truly a great dish. worth trying is the tuna tartare and the crab cakes (tasty but a little greasy for me). oh yeah, don't forget to check out their full-service bar. had a couple drinks with michael. very cool guy that knows his drinks, was very accomodating and took care of all of us. will def be back again. great food, great service, great drinks.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Food

Cons: Unique Location

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I've heard so much about this restaurant, so I had to go for myself and was not disappointed. Try the soup of the day. They are always tasty. Very romantic place. Would highly recommend to anyone.

2
★★★★★

I've heard so much about this restaurant, so I had to go for myself and was not disappointed. Try the soup of the day. They are always tasty. Very romantic place. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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I visited the Restaurant last wednesday and I was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was at midday. I think this is a good sign as long as the service is equally good which it was. The tuna tartare was nice and fresh. I enjoyed the Pizza Siciliana. yummmmmy! My friend had the J burger which was throughly enjoyed. Great Lunch and I would definetly recommend the restaurant to others.

2
★★★★★

I visited the Restaurant last wednesday and I was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was at midday. I think this is a good sign as long as the service is equally good which it was. The tuna tartare was nice and fresh. I enjoyed the Pizza Siciliana. yummmmmy! My friend had the J burger which was throughly enjoyed. Great Lunch and I would definetly recommend the restaurant to others.

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A couple of buddies & I came into J last Friday night & had a blast. We kicked back on the cigar lounge, smoked cigars, had a few cocktails & ate some amazing pizza!! We even made friends with one of the cocktail waitressess who made our evening even more fun!! Andrea was so friendly & all smiles, in fact we're going back tonight!! This just might be the regular Friday night hang out we've been looking for since moving downtown. Haven't had dinner there yet but I highly reccomend the lounge!!

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★★★☆☆

A couple of buddies & I came into J last Friday night & had a blast. We kicked back on the cigar lounge, smoked cigars, had a few cocktails & ate some amazing pizza!! We even made friends with one of the cocktail waitressess who made our evening even more fun!! Andrea was so friendly & all smiles, in fact we're going back tonight!! This just might be the regular Friday night hang out we've been looking for since moving downtown. Haven't had dinner there yet but I highly reccomend the lounge!!

Pros: Cigar Lounge, Music, Service

Cons: Not sure yet

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Wow! The one word which repeadly tripped from my tongue and onto the gilded dinner plate as I relaxed in the Heaven is... J Lounge Restaurant.
J Restaurant has that magical quality that really marks an amazing dowtown restaurant out from a crowd of merely remarkable ones. Some people call it the X-Factor, I call it the J factor.
I could, without difficulty, go on and write an essay celebrating J Lounge's triumph in reaching out to my heart in such a savage fashion... but I won't because I have a hot date with one of those latina supermodels in ten minutes. Guess where I'm taking her.

PS. Extended thanks to Sergio for the Mango Mojito cocktail. Wow!

2
★★★★★

Wow! The one word which repeadly tripped from my tongue and onto the gilded dinner plate as I relaxed in the Heaven is... J Lounge Restaurant.
J Restaurant has that magical quality that really marks an amazing dowtown restaurant out from a crowd of merely remarkable ones. Some people call it the X-Factor, I call it the J factor.
I could, without difficulty, go on and write an essay celebrating J Lounge's triumph in reaching out to my heart in such a savage fashion... but I won't because I have a hot date with one of those latina supermodels in ten minutes. Guess where I'm taking her.

PS. Extended thanks to Sergio for the Mango Mojito cocktail. Wow!

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A two floor ( and one Lounge ) club where Saturday night seeps into Sunday and the party people just keep going. The party's started in the first Lounge with resident DJ Carlos showing the dance floor how it's done. But if it gets too much, kick back in the Lounge or patio with a pit fire and romantic private cabanas.

2
★★★★★

A two floor ( and one Lounge ) club where Saturday night seeps into Sunday and the party people just keep going. The party's started in the first Lounge with resident DJ Carlos showing the dance floor how it's done. But if it gets too much, kick back in the Lounge or patio with a pit fire and romantic private cabanas.

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J Restaurant presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list. All designed to reflect an ethos of innovation and creativity.

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★★★★★

J Restaurant presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list. All designed to reflect an ethos of innovation and creativity.

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Definitly one of the best Mediterrean restaurant outside France. The J Lounge Restaurant has atmosphere, fantastic food and is an escape from Los Angeles. They also have the friendliest bartenders ever. Thank you for this great experience Sebastien.

2
★★★★★

Definitly one of the best Mediterrean restaurant outside France. The J Lounge Restaurant has atmosphere, fantastic food and is an escape from Los Angeles. They also have the friendliest bartenders ever. Thank you for this great experience Sebastien.

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Had a great time there last night. Lauren is an absolutely fantastic server. I look forward to going back and sampling their wine menu.

2
★★★★☆

Had a great time there last night. Lauren is an absolutely fantastic server. I look forward to going back and sampling their wine menu.

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Came with my husband before a night at the Disney concert hall. We live in the west side and were pleased to find this restaurant. We took Olive North to the concert hall and found the Valet convenient. Great food, ambiance and a nice time. Highly recommend.

2
★★★★★

Came with my husband before a night at the Disney concert hall. We live in the west side and were pleased to find this restaurant. We took Olive North to the concert hall and found the Valet convenient. Great food, ambiance and a nice time. Highly recommend.

Pros: Cuisine

Cons: More dessert selections

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I recently had a bad experience at J Lounge so I decided to read its reviews to see if it was just me...and my gosh, I echo the reviews about bad service. The first 2 times we went on a Friday night, I thought it was such a great hang out spot and told everyone about it. The third time ruined it all. A cocktail server dropped a glass in the smoking patio, which my friends and I all saw, and I guess she never came back to clean it up, because later on that evening, a friend stepped in it unknowingly while standing around the heat lamp, and the glass cut her foot. After cleaning up in the bathroom, she notified the owner and Sommelier and the best they could do was offer a questionably genuine apology and 2 free drinks. That was unfortunate because anyone less forgiving than my friend might have taken legal action because a patron getting injured due to staff negligence is unacceptable. Knowing that, I would think the management staff would be more doting or apologize profusely or offer a free dinner or something. Not a chance. It was as if they didn't care if we ever came back. The Sommelier asked us to email him the incident for documentation purposes, and once that email was sent, there was no response or acknowledgement. I agree with the other reviewers that professionalism and customer service is highly lacking and if the business really wants to be successful, management needs to seriously consider dropping their arrogant attitudes and respect all paying customers. Might I also add that I overheard one of the management staff tell a patron who was waiting outside the business, on the sidewalk for the valet, to leave because he was standing there "a little too long". I don't know what kind of clientele they are trying to target, but if attorneys and highly successful downtowners are asked to leave, I question how long this place will last as a "hotspot". I thought I found a great place, but too bad, I will never go back there again.

1
★★★☆☆

I recently had a bad experience at J Lounge so I decided to read its reviews to see if it was just me...and my gosh, I echo the reviews about bad service. The first 2 times we went on a Friday night, I thought it was such a great hang out spot and told everyone about it. The third time ruined it all. A cocktail server dropped a glass in the smoking patio, which my friends and I all saw, and I guess she never came back to clean it up, because later on that evening, a friend stepped in it unknowingly while standing around the heat lamp, and the glass cut her foot. After cleaning up in the bathroom, she notified the owner and Sommelier and the best they could do was offer a questionably genuine apology and 2 free drinks. That was unfortunate because anyone less forgiving than my friend might have taken legal action because a patron getting injured due to staff negligence is unacceptable. Knowing that, I would think the management staff would be more doting or apologize profusely or offer a free dinner or something. Not a chance. It was as if they didn't care if we ever came back. The Sommelier asked us to email him the incident for documentation purposes, and once that email was sent, there was no response or acknowledgement. I agree with the other reviewers that professionalism and customer service is highly lacking and if the business really wants to be successful, management needs to seriously consider dropping their arrogant attitudes and respect all paying customers. Might I also add that I overheard one of the management staff tell a patron who was waiting outside the business, on the sidewalk for the valet, to leave because he was standing there "a little too long". I don't know what kind of clientele they are trying to target, but if attorneys and highly successful downtowners are asked to leave, I question how long this place will last as a "hotspot". I thought I found a great place, but too bad, I will never go back there again.

Pros: Valet, Ambience, Nice Bartenders

Cons: Service, Music

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To be honest, before I went to the J Lounge I read the reviews both negative and positive and was really skeptical about checking this place out, but as faith would have it I ended up at The J Lounge for a friends birthday party and was blown away. I have ran some of the most upscale Lounges, Nightclubs, and Restaurants for the past 10 years and was raised in a family who was in the service industry. So I have a very High Standard to satisfy, when it comes to Lounges and Restaurants. Happy to say J Lounge met them with flying colors, The Place to start of is wonderful. and classy. and for those who miss that New York loft mystique this is the place for you. The Food was fairly priced and delicious, the ambiance was very warm and comfortable, you could tell from the start that the staff and management took time to make sure everyone was comfortable.

I was so happy with the place that I decided to celebrate my birthday here, and that in itself was an experience. Me being the one who is always running things at events. I expected to have a few mishaps threw out the night cause unfortunately those things happen. Folks! the night was perfect, all my guest who happen to be in the entertainment or service industry were very impressed with the place, the drinks were great and my waitress Carlisle was outstanding, she made sure everyone was taken care of with there drinks, but at the same time she made sure everyone was having a good time not to mention was very knowledgeable when it came to the different drinks and liquors.

So it is clear to see that this is this New York natives new favorite spot... but I Highly Recommend that you see for yourself what classy service this place is all about.

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★★★★★

To be honest, before I went to the J Lounge I read the reviews both negative and positive and was really skeptical about checking this place out, but as faith would have it I ended up at The J Lounge for a friends birthday party and was blown away. I have ran some of the most upscale Lounges, Nightclubs, and Restaurants for the past 10 years and was raised in a family who was in the service industry. So I have a very High Standard to satisfy, when it comes to Lounges and Restaurants. Happy to say J Lounge met them with flying colors, The Place to start of is wonderful. and classy. and for those who miss that New York loft mystique this is the place for you. The Food was fairly priced and delicious, the ambiance was very warm and comfortable, you could tell from the start that the staff and management took time to make sure everyone was comfortable.

I was so happy with the place that I decided to celebrate my birthday here, and that in itself was an experience. Me being the one who is always running things at events. I expected to have a few mishaps threw out the night cause unfortunately those things happen. Folks! the night was perfect, all my guest who happen to be in the entertainment or service industry were very impressed with the place, the drinks were great and my waitress Carlisle was outstanding, she made sure everyone was taken care of with there drinks, but at the same time she made sure everyone was having a good time not to mention was very knowledgeable when it came to the different drinks and liquors.

So it is clear to see that this is this New York natives new favorite spot... but I Highly Recommend that you see for yourself what classy service this place is all about.

Pros: Great Service ,Ambiance and Food

Cons: More people don't know about this place

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Went out for a Sturday night I can finally say that downtown has a venue that you can eat and enjoy an after dinner drink at the same location. This place is exclusive and inclusive at the same time. They let you know your special and at the same time there is no pretentious "Hollywood Types - Standard Types" walking the floor. Hey great job and KUDOS to bartender Johnny for making my wife and I the mango mojitos...Delicious

2
★★★★★

Went out for a Sturday night I can finally say that downtown has a venue that you can eat and enjoy an after dinner drink at the same location. This place is exclusive and inclusive at the same time. They let you know your special and at the same time there is no pretentious "Hollywood Types - Standard Types" walking the floor. Hey great job and KUDOS to bartender Johnny for making my wife and I the mango mojitos...Delicious

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If you're looking for a hip yet classy spot the J Lounge is it! I have visited this restaurant several times but my favorite time is at night. You can see the downtown city lights from the upstairs lounge and from the awesome patio with private cabanas. It's a great place to hold an event. The staff is courteous and professional. The menu has a variety to choose from to please everyone. I have referred many people and received positive feedback. Spread the word!!!

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for a hip yet classy spot the J Lounge is it! I have visited this restaurant several times but my favorite time is at night. You can see the downtown city lights from the upstairs lounge and from the awesome patio with private cabanas. It's a great place to hold an event. The staff is courteous and professional. The menu has a variety to choose from to please everyone. I have referred many people and received positive feedback. Spread the word!!!

Pros: Decor, Valet parking, Private cabanas, Ambiance

Cons: Absolutely nothing!!

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I was just looking at some reviews from resturants in the area and i came arcoss J lounge and i was very surprised about the reactions from people about J lounge. I went there about a week ago for dinner and for some drinks upstairs at the lounge. Dinner was pretty good, it was something different compared to other resturants in the the area and it gives off a totally different vibe, a good one. I tried the calamari and its was by far the best i've had in awhile, It wasn't to dry and it wasn't to salty. For dinner i had the roast pork and it was very good.. it was very soft and tender. The service was decent plus you have to keep in mind that they're only been open for awhile so they have to get all the kinks out but overall i think it was pretty good. Then after we had dinner we went upstairs for some drinks in the lounge. I love the setting and the decor, It reminds me of a Miami meets New York kind of scene. The dj played good music and everyone was dancing. I liked how he changed it up and he played different kinds of music. Overall i had a pretty good time with all my friends. At the end of the night i found out that after 10 o'clock the have a 10 dollar cover charge which isn't that bad compared to other lounge and some people were complaining but I was like com'on if you cant pay 10 bucks to get in then you're not goin to spend anything at the bar.. if you go out you're there to go out and spend money If not then just stay home and watch a movie..

2
★★★★★

I was just looking at some reviews from resturants in the area and i came arcoss J lounge and i was very surprised about the reactions from people about J lounge. I went there about a week ago for dinner and for some drinks upstairs at the lounge. Dinner was pretty good, it was something different compared to other resturants in the the area and it gives off a totally different vibe, a good one. I tried the calamari and its was by far the best i've had in awhile, It wasn't to dry and it wasn't to salty. For dinner i had the roast pork and it was very good.. it was very soft and tender. The service was decent plus you have to keep in mind that they're only been open for awhile so they have to get all the kinks out but overall i think it was pretty good. Then after we had dinner we went upstairs for some drinks in the lounge. I love the setting and the decor, It reminds me of a Miami meets New York kind of scene. The dj played good music and everyone was dancing. I liked how he changed it up and he played different kinds of music. Overall i had a pretty good time with all my friends. At the end of the night i found out that after 10 o'clock the have a 10 dollar cover charge which isn't that bad compared to other lounge and some people were complaining but I was like com'on if you cant pay 10 bucks to get in then you're not goin to spend anything at the bar.. if you go out you're there to go out and spend money If not then just stay home and watch a movie..

Pros: Decor, Music, Good Service, Very roomie, Outside Patio, Valet parking

Cons: Long waiting line

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I just came on here to see what other people thought of J Lounge because I?ve been and wasn?t happy. I wasn?t going to write a review but the review from ?frenchyfred? grabbed my attention. At 1st I found it a bit odd that the review was so over the top endorsing the place?how many times did ?frenchy? visit? He seems ready to sound off on every night of the week, lots of items and even lunch...wow he must have visited a lot. Here?s another explanation, the sommelier?WHO IS FRENCH?also happens to be named FREDERIC. FRENCH+FREDERIC=FRENCHYFRED. Hmmm it all makes sense now. No wonder frenchyfred likes the place so much. There?s also the 100% positive review from garie?who?s never reviewed anything else and seems to think J Lounge is the best place ever!! (yes, he likes to use lots of exclamation points). Come on. Does this sound real:?I really love the attention to detail, my girlfriend was so happy!...Everyone from the server, to our very own cocktail server gave us the attention we were looking for! If only more people knew about J Lounge, they would apprecitaie [sic, um is that French?] the gorgeous decor, delicious gourmet food, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline.? Hmm and it?s funny both of these reviews (frenchyfred + garie) came on THE SAME DAY. But really, this desperate effort by management is reflective of how the place is run. 1st they can?t speak English even when they?re trying to post fake positive reviews. This is how the server was when I went there for dinner two weeks ago. Not really sure if he spoke English because we didn?t get much attention. 2nd, they think that positive reviews can outweigh slow, inefficient, arrogant service. The place is superficially beautiful (we agree on that) but underneath..not so much. Other reviewers sum up the dinner section nicely-it is OVER PRICED. Third, they really do think they?re special. What they don?t understand is a special reputation has to be earned. Good luck management-keep the fake reviews coming

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★☆☆☆☆

I just came on here to see what other people thought of J Lounge because I?ve been and wasn?t happy. I wasn?t going to write a review but the review from ?frenchyfred? grabbed my attention. At 1st I found it a bit odd that the review was so over the top endorsing the place?how many times did ?frenchy? visit? He seems ready to sound off on every night of the week, lots of items and even lunch...wow he must have visited a lot. Here?s another explanation, the sommelier?WHO IS FRENCH?also happens to be named FREDERIC. FRENCH+FREDERIC=FRENCHYFRED. Hmmm it all makes sense now. No wonder frenchyfred likes the place so much. There?s also the 100% positive review from garie?who?s never reviewed anything else and seems to think J Lounge is the best place ever!! (yes, he likes to use lots of exclamation points). Come on. Does this sound real:?I really love the attention to detail, my girlfriend was so happy!...Everyone from the server, to our very own cocktail server gave us the attention we were looking for! If only more people knew about J Lounge, they would apprecitaie [sic, um is that French?] the gorgeous decor, delicious gourmet food, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline.? Hmm and it?s funny both of these reviews (frenchyfred + garie) came on THE SAME DAY. But really, this desperate effort by management is reflective of how the place is run. 1st they can?t speak English even when they?re trying to post fake positive reviews. This is how the server was when I went there for dinner two weeks ago. Not really sure if he spoke English because we didn?t get much attention. 2nd, they think that positive reviews can outweigh slow, inefficient, arrogant service. The place is superficially beautiful (we agree on that) but underneath..not so much. Other reviewers sum up the dinner section nicely-it is OVER PRICED. Third, they really do think they?re special. What they don?t understand is a special reputation has to be earned. Good luck management-keep the fake reviews coming

Pros: parking, beautiful inside, nice outdoor area

Cons: arrogant managers, slow inattentive service, food was boring & overpriced

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I went few diffrent times as i always do to rate a place. Happy hours during the week to enjoy the delicious pizzas, bar menu after a basket ball game(the J burger is fantastic), wenesday/thursday USC party, fridays and saturdays clubbing...I got to have dinner with my friends and a large party for a birthday. I never got dissappointed. The summer looks good with enormous outdoor patio. All the friends i took to J got impressed with the set up. The view of downtown is incredible. I highly recommend J for any time...Got to try lunch...

2
★★★★★

I went few diffrent times as i always do to rate a place. Happy hours during the week to enjoy the delicious pizzas, bar menu after a basket ball game(the J burger is fantastic), wenesday/thursday USC party, fridays and saturdays clubbing...I got to have dinner with my friends and a large party for a birthday. I never got dissappointed. The summer looks good with enormous outdoor patio. All the friends i took to J got impressed with the set up. The view of downtown is incredible. I highly recommend J for any time...Got to try lunch...

Pros: Space/decor, drinks selection, outdoor patio, fire pit...

Cons: crowed on weekends

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The best place to celebrate!!
I recently put together a birthday party at J lounge for my girlfriend's 30th this past weekend... turned out to be the best celebration we have spent together in 5 years! All it took was making reservations with the hostess for bottle service in the lounge, which was very affordable considering I was able to have a 40 person guestlist at the door.
We started out with dinner around 8pm. Everyting from the tuna tartar to the fork tender filet was superb!! Everyone was highly impressed with thier meal, as well as the vast and unique wine selection. Kudos on the presentation of the wine as well, it really makes this restaurant stand out. The delivery of the cake was also exceptional, with a special decoration designed on every plate! We loved the attention to detail, my girlfriend was so happy!
We continued up to the second floor lounge where we had a great vip spot reserved on the dance floor, and we danced the night away. Everyone from the server, to our very own cocktail server gave us the attention we were looking for! If more people knew about J lounge, they would apprectaie the gorgoeus decor, delicious gourmet food, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline...BY FAR THE BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE A SPECIAL NIGHT!! We will definately be regulars at this hot new spot!

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★★★★★

The best place to celebrate!!
I recently put together a birthday party at J lounge for my girlfriend's 30th this past weekend... turned out to be the best celebration we have spent together in 5 years! All it took was making reservations with the hostess for bottle service in the lounge, which was very affordable considering I was able to have a 40 person guestlist at the door.
We started out with dinner around 8pm. Everyting from the tuna tartar to the fork tender filet was superb!! Everyone was highly impressed with thier meal, as well as the vast and unique wine selection. Kudos on the presentation of the wine as well, it really makes this restaurant stand out. The delivery of the cake was also exceptional, with a special decoration designed on every plate! We loved the attention to detail, my girlfriend was so happy!
We continued up to the second floor lounge where we had a great vip spot reserved on the dance floor, and we danced the night away. Everyone from the server, to our very own cocktail server gave us the attention we were looking for! If more people knew about J lounge, they would apprectaie the gorgoeus decor, delicious gourmet food, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline...BY FAR THE BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE A SPECIAL NIGHT!! We will definately be regulars at this hot new spot!

Pros: Decor,patio space, service, food&wine!

Cons: Not good for young kids

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BANNED!!!! I went there on Friday night with my boyfriend to have a nice dinner. 1. hostess would not seat us at first because we didn't have a reservation and the place was half empty. 2. service sucked: did not refill my water and server was not friendly and barely spoke english 3. food arrived very slow 4. my boyfriend had the chicken entree which was was completely dry and worse than fast food chicken. 5. i had a salmon plate in which the salmon was cold and the middle was still pink. overall, this place was a rip off for the quality or should i say lack of quality on the food and service.

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★☆☆☆☆

BANNED!!!! I went there on Friday night with my boyfriend to have a nice dinner. 1. hostess would not seat us at first because we didn't have a reservation and the place was half empty. 2. service sucked: did not refill my water and server was not friendly and barely spoke english 3. food arrived very slow 4. my boyfriend had the chicken entree which was was completely dry and worse than fast food chicken. 5. i had a salmon plate in which the salmon was cold and the middle was still pink. overall, this place was a rip off for the quality or should i say lack of quality on the food and service.

Pros: DECOR

Cons: BAD SERVICE, BAD FOOD, OVERPRICED

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This place is such a waste. One of my friends had a bunch of us go for her bday party on Friday night. Lots of USC girls/guys there ready to have a good time. I think lots of people are hoping the place will be the new spot. But NO. We had dinner--overpriced. Would have rather stayed and had USC food on campus. Waiter wasn't friendly even though we were spending lots. Slow service. Rude bouncer. OH then lots more people came and we were looking to party. But it took FOREVER to get a drink. Ummm, excuse me---do you want my money??? It was unreal.
THe music was all over the place too. Everyone I was with tried to make the best of it but after about an hour we were all ready to head back to campus and up some parties instead. We were all wishing the 90 was open. Only problem...we couldn't get taxis. There were about 25 of us and it took forever to get them. We asked some people at the place to call us some taxis and they refused. One guy said, "don't you have a cell phone?"
Just a terrible experience. Will not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is such a waste. One of my friends had a bunch of us go for her bday party on Friday night. Lots of USC girls/guys there ready to have a good time. I think lots of people are hoping the place will be the new spot. But NO. We had dinner--overpriced. Would have rather stayed and had USC food on campus. Waiter wasn't friendly even though we were spending lots. Slow service. Rude bouncer. OH then lots more people came and we were looking to party. But it took FOREVER to get a drink. Ummm, excuse me---do you want my money??? It was unreal.
THe music was all over the place too. Everyone I was with tried to make the best of it but after about an hour we were all ready to head back to campus and up some parties instead. We were all wishing the 90 was open. Only problem...we couldn't get taxis. There were about 25 of us and it took forever to get them. We asked some people at the place to call us some taxis and they refused. One guy said, "don't you have a cell phone?"
Just a terrible experience. Will not go back.

Pros: close to campus

Cons: terrible service, terrible prices, bad food, rude staff....the list goes on

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A friend & I went for dinner as we were meeting a large group (about 100 people) for a friends birthday party. The ambiance was great- but the food- HORRIBLE. Ceaser salad tasted like it was made with mustard only, calamari tasted like friend chicken, & the ahi- a mess. To top it off- out waitress was slow as could be & didn't know anything about any item on the menu or any drink at the bar. PLUS, at the end of our meal, we were told that they "did not split checks"!!!!!!! Be warned! Bring cash! Even for 2 people like us- the manager finally ok'd it but they made a big deal out of it. Later we went to the outdoor space for the party- but the patrons overall were snoody, unattractive, & unfriendly. The only pros were the design of the place & the fact that the bartenders made strong drinks- probably because the place was mostly empty & they were trying to get rid of the liquor. If you have to go- DO NOT EAT THERE- i had other friend who ate there that night also & their food was horrible as well. For the money it was a waste. SKIP THIS PLACE!

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★★☆☆☆

A friend & I went for dinner as we were meeting a large group (about 100 people) for a friends birthday party. The ambiance was great- but the food- HORRIBLE. Ceaser salad tasted like it was made with mustard only, calamari tasted like friend chicken, & the ahi- a mess. To top it off- out waitress was slow as could be & didn't know anything about any item on the menu or any drink at the bar. PLUS, at the end of our meal, we were told that they "did not split checks"!!!!!!! Be warned! Bring cash! Even for 2 people like us- the manager finally ok'd it but they made a big deal out of it. Later we went to the outdoor space for the party- but the patrons overall were snoody, unattractive, & unfriendly. The only pros were the design of the place & the fact that the bartenders made strong drinks- probably because the place was mostly empty & they were trying to get rid of the liquor. If you have to go- DO NOT EAT THERE- i had other friend who ate there that night also & their food was horrible as well. For the money it was a waste. SKIP THIS PLACE!

Pros: strong drinks, nice design

Cons: food, serivice, people, overpriced, cannot slipt the check on credit cards, unintelligent & slow service, & did I mention the FOOD

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I visited J Lounge last Saturday for what was supposed to be a fun night out dancing with the girls. First off, parking was good, was only $5, lots of it. But had I known how much this place sucked then I wouldn't have paid it, but instead tried to get street parking somewhere. We weren't on the guestlist so cover was $10. Again, would have been fine... but not for this place, someone should pay me more than $10 to go there again. At the door, the "bouncer" was extremely rude. I was the first in line to show I.D., and he told me not to go anyhwere, but I tried to step to the side to make room for my friends to show him their I.D. and he touched my shoulder and said to me, i already told you to stay. I cant believe this place allows them to talk to their patrons like that! But whatever, i wasnt gonna let him ruin my night... No, because that was taken care of by the pathetic DJ. It was the most infuriating thing to want to dance, but then to have the worlds worst music be played. for example, he would play Beyonce, but he would play her slowest song, and he wouldnt even try to up the tempo, then next he would play a latino rap, then next some song i never heard before. when we asked him to play something else, he rudely replied that he saw people dancing so he could not be doing that bad. he didnt even understand that the people that were dancing were like us and just wanted to dance, despite his effed up music selections. The drinks were not very good either and for being such a big bar, it took like 5 minutes to get our drinks. By the end of the night, some drunk girl had passed out, and again, as security went by me to get her to the bathroom he pushed me to the side, so apparently its okay if i fall down but not for the drunk girl. The only reason why I got a citysearch account was just to let everyone know this place was terrible and to not waste their money. Perhaps the night i went to was bad, but i still dont think I will ever go again. :(

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★★★☆☆

I visited J Lounge last Saturday for what was supposed to be a fun night out dancing with the girls. First off, parking was good, was only $5, lots of it. But had I known how much this place sucked then I wouldn't have paid it, but instead tried to get street parking somewhere. We weren't on the guestlist so cover was $10. Again, would have been fine... but not for this place, someone should pay me more than $10 to go there again. At the door, the "bouncer" was extremely rude. I was the first in line to show I.D., and he told me not to go anyhwere, but I tried to step to the side to make room for my friends to show him their I.D. and he touched my shoulder and said to me, i already told you to stay. I cant believe this place allows them to talk to their patrons like that! But whatever, i wasnt gonna let him ruin my night... No, because that was taken care of by the pathetic DJ. It was the most infuriating thing to want to dance, but then to have the worlds worst music be played. for example, he would play Beyonce, but he would play her slowest song, and he wouldnt even try to up the tempo, then next he would play a latino rap, then next some song i never heard before. when we asked him to play something else, he rudely replied that he saw people dancing so he could not be doing that bad. he didnt even understand that the people that were dancing were like us and just wanted to dance, despite his effed up music selections. The drinks were not very good either and for being such a big bar, it took like 5 minutes to get our drinks. By the end of the night, some drunk girl had passed out, and again, as security went by me to get her to the bathroom he pushed me to the side, so apparently its okay if i fall down but not for the drunk girl. The only reason why I got a citysearch account was just to let everyone know this place was terrible and to not waste their money. Perhaps the night i went to was bad, but i still dont think I will ever go again. :(

Pros: Cute Decor?

Cons: Terribly rude staff, worlds worst music played here

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We were VERY disappointed by J. We arrived early and sat at the bar upstairs (also no valet in sight so we had to park in a lot nearby). The bartender was not there but his "assistant " was there. We had to wait for the glass of champagne as it wasn't at the bar upstairs (had to run downstairs). Shouldn't the restaurant be prepared if they are open for business????!!! The glass of champagne and martini were $30 (give me a break). The food was SO uninteresting and mediocre that I can't even relay what it was....I can tell you that my partner had the salad with the poached egg on top which was in fact "hard boiled." When we told the waiter he basically shrugged his shoulders. My short ribs were ok but nothing outstanding or interesting. We dine out OFTEN and spend a lot of money at great restaurants....like an earlier review....this is the first time I've been compelled to write a bad review. My advise is to choose a Patina restaurant or Roys nearby....skip J.....

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★☆☆☆☆

We were VERY disappointed by J. We arrived early and sat at the bar upstairs (also no valet in sight so we had to park in a lot nearby). The bartender was not there but his "assistant " was there. We had to wait for the glass of champagne as it wasn't at the bar upstairs (had to run downstairs). Shouldn't the restaurant be prepared if they are open for business????!!! The glass of champagne and martini were $30 (give me a break). The food was SO uninteresting and mediocre that I can't even relay what it was....I can tell you that my partner had the salad with the poached egg on top which was in fact "hard boiled." When we told the waiter he basically shrugged his shoulders. My short ribs were ok but nothing outstanding or interesting. We dine out OFTEN and spend a lot of money at great restaurants....like an earlier review....this is the first time I've been compelled to write a bad review. My advise is to choose a Patina restaurant or Roys nearby....skip J.....

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: food, service, price

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What a great place to have a birthday. I recently held my 30th birthday at J Lounge with 30 of my friends. We had appetizers and bottle service on the dance floor and had such a great time. It was a Saturday so it got pretty packed but we danced the night away and couldn't believe we were downtown. The ambiance was nothing short of class and style. The waitress was very knowledgable and prompt (and not to mention very cute) She catered to our every need treating us like real VIP and even referred to me by name all night! My only complaint is the rude manager that I originally booked my table with...not very customer friendly. Overall my friends and I had a super time and would all highly reccomend this place for any party or celebration.

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★★★★★

What a great place to have a birthday. I recently held my 30th birthday at J Lounge with 30 of my friends. We had appetizers and bottle service on the dance floor and had such a great time. It was a Saturday so it got pretty packed but we danced the night away and couldn't believe we were downtown. The ambiance was nothing short of class and style. The waitress was very knowledgable and prompt (and not to mention very cute) She catered to our every need treating us like real VIP and even referred to me by name all night! My only complaint is the rude manager that I originally booked my table with...not very customer friendly. Overall my friends and I had a super time and would all highly reccomend this place for any party or celebration.

Pros: Bottle Service, Ambience, staff

Cons: Unfriendly Manager

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I am a frequent reader of City Search restaurant reviews, however this is the first tine I have experienced a meal that was so terrible that I felt compelled to write a review of my own. I ate at J last night (2/3/07) with my hubby and two friends. We all appreciate good food, service, and wine, and we were totally willing to spend some $$$ for it. Unfortunatly we all found J to be major disappointment. The food sucked and the service was amatuerish and fair at the very best.

Firstly the food: the calamari appetizer was very salty and overfried with way more fried bits than actual squid, the shortribs were coated in a thick white film of lard which made threm look and taste terrible (we sent them back), and my salmon was decent for the first 3 bights until I got to the wet and raw center. The flatiron steak was well, "flat" - no flavor and a terribly rough texture, the filet was plain tasting as well. We ordered bread pudding for dessert which was sold out, so we opted for the apple strudel and chocolate dome instead, both desserts were fine but they couldn't redeem such a lousy meal.

The service was not great, nobody ever refilled my hubby's iced tea glass even once, and the waiter was a bit of a smart alec who could have cared less if we were happy or not. The somallier was actually quite kind and professional and provided the only example of the quality of service that one expects when paying about $80 per person for dinner. Overall, this place was a complete waste of money.

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★★☆☆☆

I am a frequent reader of City Search restaurant reviews, however this is the first tine I have experienced a meal that was so terrible that I felt compelled to write a review of my own. I ate at J last night (2/3/07) with my hubby and two friends. We all appreciate good food, service, and wine, and we were totally willing to spend some $$$ for it. Unfortunatly we all found J to be major disappointment. The food sucked and the service was amatuerish and fair at the very best.

Firstly the food: the calamari appetizer was very salty and overfried with way more fried bits than actual squid, the shortribs were coated in a thick white film of lard which made threm look and taste terrible (we sent them back), and my salmon was decent for the first 3 bights until I got to the wet and raw center. The flatiron steak was well, "flat" - no flavor and a terribly rough texture, the filet was plain tasting as well. We ordered bread pudding for dessert which was sold out, so we opted for the apple strudel and chocolate dome instead, both desserts were fine but they couldn't redeem such a lousy meal.

The service was not great, nobody ever refilled my hubby's iced tea glass even once, and the waiter was a bit of a smart alec who could have cared less if we were happy or not. The somallier was actually quite kind and professional and provided the only example of the quality of service that one expects when paying about $80 per person for dinner. Overall, this place was a complete waste of money.

Pros: good wine

Cons: terrible service for the $$$, uninspired menu, horrible food preparation

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had a great time for second night in a row. should go and hang out after work! they love me and they have cigars!

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★★★☆☆

had a great time for second night in a row. should go and hang out after work! they love me and they have cigars!

Pros: good customer service

Cons: have a wife at home!

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my best friend and i planned on having our 30th bday party at J's a week ago. we went to J's for drinks one night and loved it so much that we wanted our party there. we talked to the hostess who was very nice and accomadating and she took down our info and said see you then! a week later we received an email confirming our party. we thought wow this is great-laid back and chill that's what we wanted. well it was too good to be true. to our dismay the week of the party we were told that we would need to reserve a table-especially if we wanted our party to be accomadated without paying $10! what $10?! and that reserving a table means having bottle service...what's interesting is that we were asked to send in a guest list so that there would be no problems...whatever J's! when i spoke to one of the managers he wasn't even trying to rectify their mistake for not giving us the right information. he even lied saying that he called me a week prior a left a message about this. J's get it together, read your reviews everyone says how great the place is but the overall theme is that your service is bad!

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★★☆☆☆

my best friend and i planned on having our 30th bday party at J's a week ago. we went to J's for drinks one night and loved it so much that we wanted our party there. we talked to the hostess who was very nice and accomadating and she took down our info and said see you then! a week later we received an email confirming our party. we thought wow this is great-laid back and chill that's what we wanted. well it was too good to be true. to our dismay the week of the party we were told that we would need to reserve a table-especially if we wanted our party to be accomadated without paying $10! what $10?! and that reserving a table means having bottle service...what's interesting is that we were asked to send in a guest list so that there would be no problems...whatever J's! when i spoke to one of the managers he wasn't even trying to rectify their mistake for not giving us the right information. he even lied saying that he called me a week prior a left a message about this. J's get it together, read your reviews everyone says how great the place is but the overall theme is that your service is bad!

Pros: ambience

Cons: service

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This place as it all......
Once you try this place you?re hooked. My friend and I went there and had an early dinner before going to a basketball game at staple center. ( It is very close )
The service was outstanding and the food was fabulous. I can still remember the butter squash soup was soooo delicious. They did a great job there from the mood lighting to background music. I like it when you can carry a conversation at your table and still enjoy the background music playing.
Before leaving we walked around and scoped out the place to find a cigar lovers' paradise on the second floor.
After the game we went back to J lounge were we took advantage of there fine cigars and Louis XIII.
This is the place when going to downtown....

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★★★★★

This place as it all......
Once you try this place you?re hooked. My friend and I went there and had an early dinner before going to a basketball game at staple center. ( It is very close )
The service was outstanding and the food was fabulous. I can still remember the butter squash soup was soooo delicious. They did a great job there from the mood lighting to background music. I like it when you can carry a conversation at your table and still enjoy the background music playing.
Before leaving we walked around and scoped out the place to find a cigar lovers' paradise on the second floor.
After the game we went back to J lounge were we took advantage of there fine cigars and Louis XIII.
This is the place when going to downtown....

Pros: Vallet Parking, Service, Food, Cigar Lounge, Top Shelf Liquor, Music,

Cons: none

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i just had drinks and dinner there. first, the drinks. i thought it was a good place to meet people from downtown. can't beat the free pizza during happy hour. the happy hour space was also large and can fit a large group of friends. during warmer months, i am sure the outside patio is great; they do have heat lamps but i was just too wimpy to go outside. second, the dining experience. i was really excited to come here as an after-work dinner place. i was sorely disappointed though. the mac and cheese came in cold and we had to ask to get it re-heated -- which they happily did. (i have no problem with the service, which was pretty good). when it finally came in re-heated, it was just too bland. my friend liked the burger. i thought the crab cakes were average. i also had a side of spinach, which was also average. overall, i would probably go back for happy hour but not for dinner.

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★★★☆☆

i just had drinks and dinner there. first, the drinks. i thought it was a good place to meet people from downtown. can't beat the free pizza during happy hour. the happy hour space was also large and can fit a large group of friends. during warmer months, i am sure the outside patio is great; they do have heat lamps but i was just too wimpy to go outside. second, the dining experience. i was really excited to come here as an after-work dinner place. i was sorely disappointed though. the mac and cheese came in cold and we had to ask to get it re-heated -- which they happily did. (i have no problem with the service, which was pretty good). when it finally came in re-heated, it was just too bland. my friend liked the burger. i thought the crab cakes were average. i also had a side of spinach, which was also average. overall, i would probably go back for happy hour but not for dinner.

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The restaurant has nice atomsphere. The service was good. Most of the dishes we ordered were delicious especially the crab cake. The only glitch was the drink. I felt the drink was overpriced and the flavor was sub-par. The dance floor is rather narrow but the lounge area was very cozy. Otherwise, it was a really nice experience.

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★★★★★

The restaurant has nice atomsphere. The service was good. Most of the dishes we ordered were delicious especially the crab cake. The only glitch was the drink. I felt the drink was overpriced and the flavor was sub-par. The dance floor is rather narrow but the lounge area was very cozy. Otherwise, it was a really nice experience.

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This place has something to suit every going-outer's fancy. A big dancefloor, intimate lounge areas, a sports bar, a huge outdoor area with cabanas...whatever you're looking for in your nightspot you'll find it here. I haven't dined here, but this is a great place to grab drinks. Very chic, urban and upscale.

2
★★★★★

This place has something to suit every going-outer's fancy. A big dancefloor, intimate lounge areas, a sports bar, a huge outdoor area with cabanas...whatever you're looking for in your nightspot you'll find it here. I haven't dined here, but this is a great place to grab drinks. Very chic, urban and upscale.

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Some of the best food in LA!! It knocked me off my feet, and the service was fantastic. Must try the rib eye, it melts in your mouth. I highly recommend J's!! If anyone is in or near the downtown area than this is the perfect place to come for dinner and stay around to drink. I went with a group a friends for my brithday and everything was to the 9s. Everyone in my group was extremely impressed. It so nice to see downtown finally on the uprise, and a restaurant/lounge like this is the perfect addition.

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★★★★★

Some of the best food in LA!! It knocked me off my feet, and the service was fantastic. Must try the rib eye, it melts in your mouth. I highly recommend J's!! If anyone is in or near the downtown area than this is the perfect place to come for dinner and stay around to drink. I went with a group a friends for my brithday and everything was to the 9s. Everyone in my group was extremely impressed. It so nice to see downtown finally on the uprise, and a restaurant/lounge like this is the perfect addition.

Pros: Great food, Great Fun

 

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