J Restaurant & Lounge

★★★★☆
  • 1119 S Olive St

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

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  • 213-746-7746

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I was born and raised in LA and have traveled all over the world and visited many restaurants. I know the difference between good service and bad service...and this was BAD. Restauranteurs should know that what keeps people coming back is the food and the service. First, the hostess wasn't very friendly and this is your first reflection of the restaurant - very unwelcoming. Then we went upstairs to the lounge to have a cocktail before dinner and it took about 15 minutes before the waitress came over and then stood there while we looked at the menu that she just handed us instead of saying, "i'll give you a couple minutes to decide." Then when we asked for the bill, it took another 15-20 before we decided to just leave and go downstairs to have dinner. Service at dinner was better than the lounge, but still leaves a lot to be desired. Don't pour the new wine into the old glass!!! Where have these servers been trained??? Spend a little time educating your staff on the proper service protocol and maybe you won't have bad reviews! I will leave you with the one positive...The food was excellent. The mac and cheese was to die for as was the chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, blue cheese on top of spinach and polenta. DELICIOUS! Before you open a new restaurant, spend a little time making sure your staff is well-trained.

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★★★☆☆

I was born and raised in LA and have traveled all over the world and visited many restaurants. I know the difference between good service and bad service...and this was BAD. Restauranteurs should know that what keeps people coming back is the food and the service. First, the hostess wasn't very friendly and this is your first reflection of the restaurant - very unwelcoming. Then we went upstairs to the lounge to have a cocktail before dinner and it took about 15 minutes before the waitress came over and then stood there while we looked at the menu that she just handed us instead of saying, "i'll give you a couple minutes to decide." Then when we asked for the bill, it took another 15-20 before we decided to just leave and go downstairs to have dinner. Service at dinner was better than the lounge, but still leaves a lot to be desired. Don't pour the new wine into the old glass!!! Where have these servers been trained??? Spend a little time educating your staff on the proper service protocol and maybe you won't have bad reviews! I will leave you with the one positive...The food was excellent. The mac and cheese was to die for as was the chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, blue cheese on top of spinach and polenta. DELICIOUS! Before you open a new restaurant, spend a little time making sure your staff is well-trained.

Pros: Excellent Food

Cons: Horrible Service

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Went there for a friend's birthday on a Tuesday night. We were a group of nine. My only complaint was the lack of greeting when we walked in. Otherwise, the service was great, the food was great, the ambience was great. We especially liked the the outdoor smoking area. The place is a bit too lit but overall everyone liked it and left satisfied.

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★★★★☆

Went there for a friend's birthday on a Tuesday night. We were a group of nine. My only complaint was the lack of greeting when we walked in. Otherwise, the service was great, the food was great, the ambience was great. We especially liked the the outdoor smoking area. The place is a bit too lit but overall everyone liked it and left satisfied.

Pros: food, ambiance

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I've been to many fabulous restaurants in LA and I'm not sure if my standards are too high or if this place is just below expectation...My friends and I went there on a Sat. night and without a doubt we all concurred this was absolutely the worst dining experience we've ever had in LA. For the price you pay I would not recommend this place to anyone. To start off, we were greeted or not by the inexperienced hostess who stood there and gave us the cold stare as we arrive. Although we had dinner reservation, our table was not ready when we arrive. We then tried to proceed to the bar to grab a drink but were interrupted as the hostess yelled at us and told us that we need to wait in the front as our table get ready. After we got seated, it took 20 minutes before the waiter showed up. Instead of offering us some bread or taking the drink order, he asked us for the main course order immediately. I thought it was rather odd. Most professional and trained staff would have been more organized. We waited for another 30 minutes before our water-down drinks arrived. After we had our bland and tasteless appetizers ( i wanted to ask for ketsup), we waited for at least 45 minutes before the main courses were served. We had chicken, short ribs, lamb, and salmon....All tasteless and unimpressive. The bill came out to over $300 for 3 people and it was a waste of money for such below standard service. The lounge and the crowd were equally unimpressive as the food and the service. To sum up for those who are considering visiting this place. If your idea of a fun time consists of terrible service, tasteless food, uninteresting crowd. And if you want to put up with the attitude and rude remarks from the hostess, this is definitely the place to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to many fabulous restaurants in LA and I'm not sure if my standards are too high or if this place is just below expectation...My friends and I went there on a Sat. night and without a doubt we all concurred this was absolutely the worst dining experience we've ever had in LA. For the price you pay I would not recommend this place to anyone. To start off, we were greeted or not by the inexperienced hostess who stood there and gave us the cold stare as we arrive. Although we had dinner reservation, our table was not ready when we arrive. We then tried to proceed to the bar to grab a drink but were interrupted as the hostess yelled at us and told us that we need to wait in the front as our table get ready. After we got seated, it took 20 minutes before the waiter showed up. Instead of offering us some bread or taking the drink order, he asked us for the main course order immediately. I thought it was rather odd. Most professional and trained staff would have been more organized. We waited for another 30 minutes before our water-down drinks arrived. After we had our bland and tasteless appetizers ( i wanted to ask for ketsup), we waited for at least 45 minutes before the main courses were served. We had chicken, short ribs, lamb, and salmon....All tasteless and unimpressive. The bill came out to over $300 for 3 people and it was a waste of money for such below standard service. The lounge and the crowd were equally unimpressive as the food and the service. To sum up for those who are considering visiting this place. If your idea of a fun time consists of terrible service, tasteless food, uninteresting crowd. And if you want to put up with the attitude and rude remarks from the hostess, this is definitely the place to go.

Pros: nice lounge

Cons: service, food, crowd, food, service.

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Girlfriend took me for my birthday and here's how it went down:

1. They made it very clear that we would be able to get a 7:30 res at best. OOOOH, VERY exclusive. When we got there, half full would be generous. When we left at 9. same. On a Saturday.

2. Place was cold as hell, which is fine with me, but not for most ladies.

3. Our waiter..nice guy. NO clue what he was doing, but nice guy. On two occasions another guy had to come by and take drinks orders after noticing us sitting for ages. And then the drinks were wrong. How do you turn a Manhattan into a Lemon Drop? Did I mention the place was almost empty?

4. Her fish, overcooked/flavorless. But she is picky. My short ribs? Sucked. tough and fatty. And it is a sad day when I have ten times better ribs at an Emeril's in freaking ORLANDO a week before.

5. Overall, not absolutely horrible, but don't give me attitude about reservations at an empty restaurant, then charge me $200 for a meal that is not even as good as what I scarfed down at the Red Lion the night before. If you MUST drag your butt to a desolate downtown and to drop a couple bills, just save us all the trouble and go to Houston's.

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★★★☆☆

Girlfriend took me for my birthday and here's how it went down:

1. They made it very clear that we would be able to get a 7:30 res at best. OOOOH, VERY exclusive. When we got there, half full would be generous. When we left at 9. same. On a Saturday.

2. Place was cold as hell, which is fine with me, but not for most ladies.

3. Our waiter..nice guy. NO clue what he was doing, but nice guy. On two occasions another guy had to come by and take drinks orders after noticing us sitting for ages. And then the drinks were wrong. How do you turn a Manhattan into a Lemon Drop? Did I mention the place was almost empty?

4. Her fish, overcooked/flavorless. But she is picky. My short ribs? Sucked. tough and fatty. And it is a sad day when I have ten times better ribs at an Emeril's in freaking ORLANDO a week before.

5. Overall, not absolutely horrible, but don't give me attitude about reservations at an empty restaurant, then charge me $200 for a meal that is not even as good as what I scarfed down at the Red Lion the night before. If you MUST drag your butt to a desolate downtown and to drop a couple bills, just save us all the trouble and go to Houston's.

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Went to Js last evening. Easy access and ample parking. Decor is great. Good ambience. We had a range of drinks from Martinis to Mojitos. Martinis are fine - Mojitos just okay. The lounge area is crowded between the small tables and the bar. We ordered a bite - standard fare a burger and a salad. It was nice. The service was lacking. - only one person for a large area. We had to get our own silverware. The open smoking area is good. Bottle service seemed to be good. The cigar selection is not good. I would return for cocktails but if Js is going to charge these prices it needs to step up its service game.

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★★★☆☆

Went to Js last evening. Easy access and ample parking. Decor is great. Good ambience. We had a range of drinks from Martinis to Mojitos. Martinis are fine - Mojitos just okay. The lounge area is crowded between the small tables and the bar. We ordered a bite - standard fare a burger and a salad. It was nice. The service was lacking. - only one person for a large area. We had to get our own silverware. The open smoking area is good. Bottle service seemed to be good. The cigar selection is not good. I would return for cocktails but if Js is going to charge these prices it needs to step up its service game.

Pros: Location, ambience

Cons: inadequate service, poor cigar selection

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My buddy and i went here last night and from the looks of things, this place will DEFINITELY be the next hot spot in downtown if not all of L.A. The decor is what caught my eye first. It had a NY feel to it whether it be the brick interior, candle lit lounge areas, surrounding lofts, and the skyline view from the outside patio. The space is incredible as well. Enough to occupy thousands. From the outside, i almost missed this spot if it weren't for the huge lit J's in red. Parking was easy as well. A great place for lounging......

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★★★★★

My buddy and i went here last night and from the looks of things, this place will DEFINITELY be the next hot spot in downtown if not all of L.A. The decor is what caught my eye first. It had a NY feel to it whether it be the brick interior, candle lit lounge areas, surrounding lofts, and the skyline view from the outside patio. The space is incredible as well. Enough to occupy thousands. From the outside, i almost missed this spot if it weren't for the huge lit J's in red. Parking was easy as well. A great place for lounging......

Pros: decor, plenty of lounge areas, views of skyline

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Wow! That's the word that comes to mind when the back patio, fire pit and delicious food is presented. The upstairs dance area is huge and includes an outdoor cigar patio for all of seasoned smokers. The drawbacks are the poor service (most likely due to J's infancy), and the ssshh talk in the rear patio due to nearby loft dwellers. All in all, a great place. We give it 7 out of 10 and in a few months, that number will most likely climb to an 8 out of 10. -

Cheers -

Red Butler
Concierge Services
RedButler dotcom

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★★★☆☆

Wow! That's the word that comes to mind when the back patio, fire pit and delicious food is presented. The upstairs dance area is huge and includes an outdoor cigar patio for all of seasoned smokers. The drawbacks are the poor service (most likely due to J's infancy), and the ssshh talk in the rear patio due to nearby loft dwellers. All in all, a great place. We give it 7 out of 10 and in a few months, that number will most likely climb to an 8 out of 10. -

Cheers -

Red Butler
Concierge Services
RedButler dotcom

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Went to their opening last friday and it was amazing. I have been there other days prior and there was not a lot of people but I think once the word is out, it will get packed. Has the hollywood feel with out all the wanabe losers.

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★★★★★

Went to their opening last friday and it was amazing. I have been there other days prior and there was not a lot of people but I think once the word is out, it will get packed. Has the hollywood feel with out all the wanabe losers.

Pros: Parking across the street, service was nice

Cons: Slow service, pricey

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Checked this place out last Friday and loved the decor. The outside patio is huge and a great place to mingle and meet new people. The upstair bar and dance floor was also really nice. Bartenders were really friendly. Drink prices were about $10 which is typical Hollywood club prices. The dance floor upstairs is pretty roomy but the DJ was not that good at all. The place was pretty empty but the bartender told me that they havent started promoting yet. All in all, I had a good time and would recommend this place.
Definitely an asset to the Downtown area and potential to be a downtown hotspot. Let's hope they dont start charging cover and become all pretentious like the Hollywood bars/clubs...

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★★★★☆

Checked this place out last Friday and loved the decor. The outside patio is huge and a great place to mingle and meet new people. The upstair bar and dance floor was also really nice. Bartenders were really friendly. Drink prices were about $10 which is typical Hollywood club prices. The dance floor upstairs is pretty roomy but the DJ was not that good at all. The place was pretty empty but the bartender told me that they havent started promoting yet. All in all, I had a good time and would recommend this place.
Definitely an asset to the Downtown area and potential to be a downtown hotspot. Let's hope they dont start charging cover and become all pretentious like the Hollywood bars/clubs...

Pros: Great decor, great service

Cons: pricey drinks

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I enjoyed the new resturant and lounge in Downtown L.A. where I can just enjoy the good food and party all night long. I've never felt so great in my life once I went there and enjoyed all the good food at reasonable prices, the dancing to the music and enjoying the nighlife at city lights. This is a place to say, " I would go every night with my girls for a girls' night out." I highly recommend this place to anybody. I love L.A.

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★★★★★

I enjoyed the new resturant and lounge in Downtown L.A. where I can just enjoy the good food and party all night long. I've never felt so great in my life once I went there and enjoyed all the good food at reasonable prices, the dancing to the music and enjoying the nighlife at city lights. This is a place to say, " I would go every night with my girls for a girls' night out." I highly recommend this place to anybody. I love L.A.

Pros: great food, dancing, reasonable prices

Cons: will get a little crowded when word gets out to everyone out there in L.A. and visitors who came on vacation.

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I have had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at this brand new, up and coming restaurant and lounge and I can honestly say that I am waiting with baited breath for the anticipated opening. The decor is classy and stylish. The food and drinks are imaginative, delicious and reasonably priced. This place is just what downtown needs to get the area back on the map. I highly recommend the bartender's tasty concoctions including the specialty mojitos, margaritas and martinis. From the moment you enter J, you'll be amazed not only at the style of this sure-to-be hot spot, but by the spaciousness and warm atmosphere. Large plasma TV's adorn the walls of the VIP room, comfortable suede couches and retro-style ottoman's provide more than enough seating and an outdoor patio, complete with cabanas and a fire pit, allow for extra space, a casual atmosphere and the opportunity for inviting conversation. Although J has an air of classiness and style, it is anything but pretentious...welcoming young professionals and giving them a place to meet, enjoy great company as well as fantastic cuisine. J is surely to become the place to be in downtown!

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★★★★★

I have had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at this brand new, up and coming restaurant and lounge and I can honestly say that I am waiting with baited breath for the anticipated opening. The decor is classy and stylish. The food and drinks are imaginative, delicious and reasonably priced. This place is just what downtown needs to get the area back on the map. I highly recommend the bartender's tasty concoctions including the specialty mojitos, margaritas and martinis. From the moment you enter J, you'll be amazed not only at the style of this sure-to-be hot spot, but by the spaciousness and warm atmosphere. Large plasma TV's adorn the walls of the VIP room, comfortable suede couches and retro-style ottoman's provide more than enough seating and an outdoor patio, complete with cabanas and a fire pit, allow for extra space, a casual atmosphere and the opportunity for inviting conversation. Although J has an air of classiness and style, it is anything but pretentious...welcoming young professionals and giving them a place to meet, enjoy great company as well as fantastic cuisine. J is surely to become the place to be in downtown!

Pros: Great Tastes...Great Prices...Great Atmosphere!

Cons: It may get very crowded as soon as the word spreads.

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I got to check the place out as a friend of a friend who had a pre-opening invite. If this place keeps this up they will quickly become a hot spot! I don't know if I want that to happen or not though! It's so hard to find a place that has great food and a hip and inviting atmosphere that doesn't have everyone flocking to it yet. The outdoor patio with firepit is just cool! Also once you see the VIP Cabana seats outside you'll make it a goal to get your butt in one! What I liked most is the fact taht I would check this place out whether it was just for the restaurant or just the lounge - they're both kicking in their own right.

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★★★★★

I got to check the place out as a friend of a friend who had a pre-opening invite. If this place keeps this up they will quickly become a hot spot! I don't know if I want that to happen or not though! It's so hard to find a place that has great food and a hip and inviting atmosphere that doesn't have everyone flocking to it yet. The outdoor patio with firepit is just cool! Also once you see the VIP Cabana seats outside you'll make it a goal to get your butt in one! What I liked most is the fact taht I would check this place out whether it was just for the restaurant or just the lounge - they're both kicking in their own right.

Pros: Really Good Food, Reasonable Prices, Great Ambiance

Cons: How do you keep a good thing a secret?

 

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