Otium

4.6
1861 reviews
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Contemporary American
Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with a dramatic open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has its roots in Latin. A word that is meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities, both eating and drinking; adjacent to one of Los Angeles" most important cultural streets—Grand Avenue—and next to its newest, most vibrant addition, the contemporary art museum, The Broad. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in Broad Plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with live fire and sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant’s mezzanine. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.
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j
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful and creative food. Great options of small, medium and large plates. New and innovative craft cocktails. Excellent meal.

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for their prix fixe Valentines after seeing the Final Table series winner chef Hollingsworth dazzle on the Netflix show. There was a conscientious effort to make us feel special including a menu with our names and a cookie with our initials. Service was professional yet not stuffy and the food was as well executed and delicious as anything I've had in LA. Catch this rising star before the bloom is off the rose!

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TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Reservations at 9pm. The server rush the entire party and he was rude. It was extremely frustrating. The food was delicious. The hostess were great!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location. We really enjoyed our experience at Otium for lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the ambiance was awesome! I came here for my anniversary, and I got a free desert so I cannot complain lol

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PB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very inventive food with delightful flavor profiles. Cocktails are excellent and well balanced. Attentive service and a upscale casual decor. We will be back.

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TG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Had high expectation for this visit. Had previously visited for brunch and was excited to try dinner. Our first couple of dishes arrived warm and well timed, however we ordered the Black Cod and it took about 45 minutes to make it to our table and it was barely warm. Our waiter was really nice and helpful prior. He had apologized about it running a little late the first time, then followed up again saying it's coming soon, then checked back again and said "oh, you still didn't get it?" and then on the fourth time "I'm going to go see what's going on." Usually, if there's an issue with a delay, a restaurant manager comes by and apologizes, a complimentary item comes in the meantime, or an item gets comped on the bill. None of which happened. The waiter acted equally surprised that our meal wasn't arriving. This really was upsetting and killed the joy of our experience.

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Would not recommend

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a
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. We were in once before just after you opened in 2015 and you have smoothed out the rough edges. We were very impressed with the food and service.

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DN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a special ocassion and pastry chef made the most memorable custom dessert board. It sure left a lasting impression. Big thanks to the reservation desk for getting it done!

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EM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience.
But the noise level was really off the charts. I know you like it lively, but we should be able to speak with each other without shouting

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No words to describe the experience. Just go. The entire experience was perfect and exquisite and we wish we could curl up and live inside the restaurant and forever bask in the realm of otium

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KS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service in hip environment with noise level increasing steadily as the evening progressed.

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SF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience overall was a delightful and delicious adventure. Everything we ate was both delicious and generous. It's also just fun when the route to the restroom involves brushing shoulders with the chefs in the kitchen.

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BH
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always consistently perfect. The food, service, variety, ambience is always spot on.

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VH
Los Angeles
152 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

OMG! This place was amazing. Tucked behind the Broad Museum, lunch at Otium was delicious. My guest and I both had salads (Kale and Caesar) with grilled salmon which were good. The ideas that were over the top amazing were the appetizer (roasted potatoes) and dessert. The roasted small potatoes were smashed and I suspect fried some how as they came out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The seasoning was just salty enough. I ordered the "ice cream sundae" which on Friday was a Rocky Road concoction. I don't love marshmallow and opted not to have that topping. The ice cream and nuts arrived and we were initially disappointed. "Is this it?" BUT...OMG, the chocolate ice cream was the best I have ever tasted... It was so creamy! I would definitely recommend Otium for a lunch.

Make sure to use the Valet on Grand in front of the Broad. If not, you can park on 2nd Street in the self-park but you will need to get a validation from the Broad or you will pay $25 for parking!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious!

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JH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, passionate people working there!.. Loved it!

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V
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful building and setting. Ambiance on crisp winter day was lovely, with subtle smells of food and glowing hardwood embers. Food was creative, shareable, and with generous portions. Waitstaff was courteous, informative and attentive. Great views of kitchen and prep.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is modern with good ambience, but it’s on the louder side. Our server Jonathan was great, he was friendly, patient, and very knowledgeable. The food was good and tasted fresh. The only negative thing from my dining experience is that it was a cold night so every time the main door opened our table was hit by the cold breeze.

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JV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling from Peru and it was my 12 year old son, Santiago, who is Timothee’s fan from the “Final Table”, who wanted to stop by and try his food. We had a wonderful experience and very pleased with Timothee’s kindness in accepting to do a photo with Santiago.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This place is too precious for its own good. Wait people feel the need to exert their freakiness with piercings and theatrical posing — do they think that impresses the tourists? Pasta was almost inedibly spicy. Please just be real.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The first time here was amazing but the second time was less than desirable! My tuna melt tasted like I was eating tuna raw, very fishy!

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o
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

if i could rate the service here a 100/100 i would. absolutely felt welcomed, humbled and worried for. the food was astonishing. we ordered small to try things and it didn’t disappoint. i had really high expectations for this place and it reached every single one of them.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was clean and cozy. Food is perfect!

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was beautifully displayed. We had the radicchio salad, octopus in mole, fish in tamarind sauce, scallops - for the four of us and we shared the plates. Quite full. Each dish tasted magnificently. I highly recommend the octopus in the mole -- perfectly prepared grilled octopus in a excellent mole.

The service was great. We were seated quickly. Drinks took a little long to get to us.

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NA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we had a wonderful brunch. Will go again in a heartbeat!

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EM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here for delicious, innovative food and great cocktails. Location is great, too, for a pre-play meal.

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DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Should not book reservations in the corner bar table however...it was incredibly loud, so much so that we had to move tables

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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Loved this place and will definitely be coming back - but this time for brunch!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with beautiful food -- however, the service was just 'ok' and the food was a bit bland, particularly for the price. Would go back for a special occasion or if I was visiting the Broad, since it's location is perfect to downtown museums/theatres. Overall was happy with the experience, but wasn't overwhelmed by the food.

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AS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant itself and staff was really good. The food was good too. I just had an issue with reservation staff. They were very rude. I booked a table for 5 but had 2 more friends joining so wanted to increase the party size but the reservation lady was like they cannot accommodate that. However when I went on open table there were many tables available. So I am disappointed in the reservation process. But overall we had a good time

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MW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeds the hype. Just go. Beautiful room, superb staff at every level, imaginative and superbly executed food.

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KW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, but the service was even more divine. Just a lovely experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. The staff was very inviting. Love their food and drinks

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Down a click deck
When I went about a year ago. Highlight was the desert macaron. Some great tastes in there but nothing life changing. But still, very good. Just think it’s getting worse not better.

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Cheshire
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A perfect LA experience . One of the best dishes I’ve had anywhere , the Black Cod .

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was really very good, felt it was a little over priced. Our Branzino took about 30 min after our first courses were delivered. Got tucked in a table at the bar, not in dining room. It’s definitely a hot spot. It was packed!

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M
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Slightly pretensive service at the bar, but not terrible. Food was really good. The Octopus was some of the best I have ever had, the chicken and Potatoes were also stellar. The faro salad, trying to do too much and fell slightly short of expectations but again not bad by any means. All in the food was excellent as was the table service if the bar service was better, I would have rated 5 stars.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Two of our guests recently lost over 100 lbs combined and had a few requests from the kitchen that could easily have been accommodated. A salad instead of fries for example, with their entree.with such a beautiful kitchen full of vegetables, I was sad that they were not accommodated and that there were not more vegetable choices on the lunch menu.

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