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Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage and experiences of Timothy Hollingsworth. It is designed to be a social restaurant with an 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. Otium strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience, paralleling the true essence of its name. The restaurant draws inspiration from the 100-year-old olive trees planted in The Broad's adjacent plaza by utilizing rustic cooking with wood fire and sustainable
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The old Otium does not exist. Lunch - order -pay- take a number - find a seat - get your own water . It is a basic uninteresting lunch menu with dessert choice …. Cookies ! Service poor . The Tim I knew does not...exist here and the decor is looking tired. There are some amazing restaurants nearby don’t waste your time or spend money here .More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we go to the opera in Los Angeles, we usually prefer to dine at Otium a few blocks away. For many years Otium has been a pretty hot ticket, with very inventive and creative food and a reputation for refined style. Those days are...done. New management took over six months ago. The cuisine is now more conventional. The presentation was sloppy. And the service, hopelessly confused. Worst of all, they have a man circling endlessly through the restaurant with an electronic notepad, marking down how long he thinks it will take for each table to finish eating and clear out. I cannot think of a better way of telling your customers, we don't want you here, go away. We took the hint and will not return.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 19, 2024 via mobile

New American, airy spot with shareable plates. Made a reservation online in advance and came here for an early dinner prior to watching a show at the Ahmanson. Credit cards accepted. Indoor and outdoor dining available. We had the pig tail croquettes to start, and...it was on the saltier side, but fun. I really liked the pasta we ordered. Our waiter prepped the chicken for us, which was dry flavorful and had a lot of brightness. The pork chop was rich and melted in our mouths. My main complaint was that we told three different people (the hostess and two different waiters) that we had a hard stop as we had a show to catch (they all had inquired). However, the food came out delayed and we had to cancel one of the dishes that we were supposed to get as well as miss dessert (a travesty).More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed May 1, 2024

Unfortunately, this is not a review of the food, but rather of the abysmal service we experienced at Otium this evening. After booking weeks in advance and looking forward to a “nice” date-night dinner without the kids, we arrived at 5:40 pm and were told...that the only available tables for us were outside or at the bar. The outdoor patio was cold and breezy and we declined to pay the top dollar charged for Otium’s food only to be seated at an uncomfortable high top bar table. Despite several empty tables in the main dining room, and the aforementioned longstanding reservation, we were informed there were no tables in the regular dining room available for us and that it was “probably” because we were “late”. I have never previously been treated with such disregard at a restaurant, particularly where we had planned far ahead to ensure a pleasant experience. So immensely disappointing.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 4, 2024

Otium is a WOW for culinary creativity, flavor and palette pleasure. The menu has selections that you have seen before, but here they've been tweaked in a way that has you thinking about your next visit. I selected the Rigatoni, Grandma's Bread, and ended with...the Apple Crostata. The crowd was buzzing at lunch. My highest compliments and looking forward to my future visit.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 8, 2024

I had to be in LA for a conference and my brother agreed to treat me at the restaurant of my choice. I didn't want to waste my chance to try a noteworthy place in the downtown area so I narrowed it down to four,...one of them being Otium. I was hesitant, however, given the negative reviews. I'll address the issue of service, first. It was fairly crowded when we arrived for our 7:30 pm reservation. However, we were seated promptly and the waiters were gracious, attentive, and helpful when it came to answering our questions about the menu and they briefly explained how the family-style meal would commence. The wait was a little lengthy for our drinks and appetizers but not offensively so. For our appetizers, we ordered the Naan with Vermont Cultured Butter, which for me, was outstanding, if a bit pricey at $9 for one portion. Our friends ordered the Ora King Salmon Tartare, which was more of a miss than a hit in my opinion. For my cocktail, I had the Gonzo Daiquiri, which was one of the less expensive drinks ($17.00). I thoroughly enjoyed it as I’m a big fan of basil in beverages for some reason. My brother and his friends also voiced appreciation for their cocktails. For my entrée, I selected the Russet Potato Gnocchi ($32.00) with Parmesan, Guanciale (had to Google this; it's pork cheek—rich, fatty, and delicious!), and Truffle. My oh my, was I sorry that I had to share! I just wanted everyone to stop talking and go away so I could enjoy my dish in the silence and solitude that it merited. I’m not a chef or even someone who knows handmade, homemade pasta from Mueller’s but that gnocchi was heavenly—pillowy, light, orgasmic! It overshadowed any ills, faults, and missteps I had encountered prior to ingesting it. As for the other main dishes, they were pretty uninspired. For one thing, I get that this is a “family-style” place but the homey vibe was overdone, particularly as it relates to presentation. For example, I feel that the $40 Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Spring Onions, Shishito, Cherry Tomatoes, and Aji Verde (a spicy Peruvian green sauce, made with cilantro, jalapeños, and a little mayonnaise and Parmesan) would have been better as a simpler dish. As served, it appeared to be a mound of chicken parts, each piece indistinguishable from the other. It was messy and unappetizing to view though it tasted fine. For sides, we ordered two. The Otium Potatoes ($11.00) with Aleppo Pepper and Crème Fraîche. They were tasty and had a nice texture but I think they might have gone well with the roasted chicken but what do I know… We also ordered the Cauliflower ($26.00) with Sultana (currents?), Grape, Caper, Almond, and Cilantro. This was easily the most distasteful, throwaway dish of the night. It was too firm for my taste and it lacked seasoning. We ended up eating a LOT of food and were too full for dessert. Overall, my brother said he’d be unlikely to return since there are so many other places in LA to eat. However, his friends said that they had tried Otium a few months ago and it hadn’t been as good as it was this time. For me, I’d return just for the gnocchi dish and also to try the other pasta dishes.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 28, 2024

I dined here last December on a warmish LA night. Lovely setting adjacent to The Broad sharing a courtyard in DTLA. The restaurant itself is beautifully built with natural woods in a modern setting. I've dined here once before and decided to give it another...chance as it fit well prior to my attendance at the LA Phil which is just one block away. Overall the experience was great. Service was very good however was a bit bummed that with all the pomp & circumstance welcome lecture about how to order (all at once, so we know how to portion it out for you) kinda goes out the window when your server/food runner messes that order up. In my case, I pretty much sat and watched my friend eat most if his entree which was delivered too early (and fully admitted by our server as a mistake) but then there was zero correction or adjustment on the experience. At least toss in a free drink for having the dinner flow impacted so much. Not the end of the world, however then again, don't open up the dining experience with a 'we need to tell you how to order.' Prices lean on the more expensive side but at least most of the portions justify. I had the Rockfish which was excellent - the taste, texture, quality, freshness and flavors all A+ and something I'd order again for sure and highly recommend. The $9 Naan bread was tasty as expected (and as compared to $3.50 at your favorite Indian restaurant - and those guys give you double the amount). The $20 Escarole starter salad was way overpriced as the leafy greens are spread thin across a plate - a small to medium sized portion. The $85 filet mignon was well overpriced as it was served drowned/sauced in a medium bowl which amounted to ~7 oz of meat at the end of the day. Service was attentive-ish. I requested regular seating but was placed at high tops which was annoying and unexplained. No idea about parking options as I just parked at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion lot which proved best for easy in/out vs the Disney Hall lot. I'm sure Otium offers parking somewhere but did not see anything in the area. They offer indoor and outdoor dining - suggest to push for the low standard tables unless you are more a high top kind of person but the tables are close to one another.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

OTIUM was the perfect pre-concert dinner experience! We relied on the waiter's recommendations, and although I had some doubts as items were not what I would usually order, we could not have done better. We started with the bread and pate that it was so...good I could have just made dinner of that and the perfect Old Fashion (that was the best cocktail I have ever had!) The bread was crispy and the balance was perfect. We shared all dishes and everything was beyond great. It was just a short walk to Disney Concert Hall, but next time we'll go earlier so we have time for dessert. This is the second time I've been there and it was even better than before!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 1, 2023

Had a great meal there. The host and hostess were nice enough to seat us in a large table by the window since we were leaving early. And the food was incredible. We started with the naan bread and bone marrow broth were innovation and...delicious. The cucumber salad was fresh and delicious and creative. The cauliflower was also spectacular. But the tri tip topped offer the entire meal. Cooked rare and perfectly with a special rub and sauce. We were delighted with the entire meal and our server Ava was attentive and helpful.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed May 28, 2023 via mobile

Fabulous restaurant. If your in LA you must go here. It's delicious. Especially the home potatoes. Every thing we tried tasted great. Cooked from the heart

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 17, 2023 via mobile

We came for a surprise dinner for my husband. The food here is fantastic. Perfect for sharing. There were three of us and we ordered an entree from each course. The naan with mousse, beef tartare, gnocchi, beet salad, rib eye with bone marrow reduction,...and potatoes. It was perfect! The ambiance is wonderful as well. I highly recommend it here! They even wrote my husband the sweetest card for his birthday!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 23, 2023

I would like to start off by saying that Otium is a fine restaurant that serve wonderful, creative dishes which are absolutely fresh and delicious. The setting is beautiful and modern, tucked away in a very artistic, upscale area. The vibe is young and fresh...with a fantastic bar setting. The staff is all very friendly and sincere, where the hostesses never appear to be condescending as they do in many upscale restaurants. The servers are well versed in the menu and offer great opinions on some of their favorite dishes. As for the food, the Naan bread is not to be missed as it come out piping hot and absolutely delicious. The potatoes are unrivaled and perhaps the best to be found in any restaurant. A new addition (at least since my last visit) is the Duck Confit Pot Pie which comes out piping hot on a skillet packed full of shredded duck, onions, carrots, etc. The crust is flaky, puffy and the size is gracious! This dish is incredibly flavorful and stands its ground against any traditional pot pie. Overall, a standing ovation to all the chef and his staff who prepare all the delicious plates. My one complaint is the troubling trend that has been developing in many places where restaurants are pushing people to share small plates and dine in a “Tapas” type atmosphere. There is nothing wrong with this style of dining and may be a nice novelty to do so but patrons shouldn’t be pressured into doing so with wait staff getting offended when diners don’t choose to go this route. That just illustrates the pressure that the servers must receive from the restaurant to push this style of dining. As a regular diner, I am familiar with this trend and do not need to be badgered or need to justify why it’s not my preferred choice of dining. It is also not an issue to be debated nor a threat of having plates come out at separate times. I understand ordering a plethora of plates to be shared among the table would be more profitable to the establishment but to aggressively ask patrons to do so is insulting and ruined the entire dining experience. In conclusion, Otium is a wonderful restaurant with fantastic food, a warm but fun environment and a pleasant staff. My one complaint may be a personal one that may not bother others so I DO highly recommend dining here.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023

Not real impressed. You place order at counter and are told to take own silverware and get own water. Despite all this, there is a 5% "service charge" that does not go to food runners but is because "our rent went up". Portions were generous...but prices were high for this type of restaurant. A single serving of coke was $8. Food did not come out of kitchen at same time for both members of our party and I observed this at other tables too. Location is convenient to museums, but I think you can find a better value elsewhere.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 6, 2023 via mobile

We took some friends to Otium for a special birthday. We’d seen the Netflix show The Final Table and though it would be fun to visit Chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s restaurant. We were not disappointed as the food was a feast of flavors! Love how they...serve the food in one dish to be shared and then time the courses seamlessly. The price tag is high for us but we will definitely go back for special occasions. It was such a culinary event that we keep talking about it. All the staff was friendly and our waiter so helpful. A throughly enjoyable evening!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 18, 2023

Otium's menu is very diverse, combining lots of different ingredients and cuisines but ultimately tying it all back to LA dining. The dishes were truly fine dining quality but the atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. Strongly recommend any of the pastas as they are...outstanding. Super flavourful yet light at the same time. Service was attentive, very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. Will definitely dine again next time I'm in LA.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
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