Redbird, Los Angeles

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Redbird

114 E 2nd St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213 788 1191

Redbird Website

Redbird Los Angeles exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Redbird is a trendy restaurant in downtown Los Angeles that was on our short list to try. This is Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraserโ€™s flagship restaurant is a follow up to popular Grace and BLD. Historic
former rectory building of Vibiana โ€“ the cathedral-turned-event-venue.

Redbird Los Angeles interior decor

Insider Tip – Do not sit in the lounge!

Cuisine – New American
Location – Downtown LA
Opened – 2014

Service – Redbird started with decent service, which unfortunately faded as the night went on. Perhaps it is partly due to being situated at the lounge room.

Verdict – Redbird brings us mixed feelings. This restaurant is expensive. Most of the dishes were right on, but the service pulled things down. It is worth trying if you like this type of food.

Good, but we loved Bestia far more.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Redbird Signature Dishes – Chicken Pot Pie, Avocado Salad, Sea Bass

Redbird’s Menu changes from time to time and includes small, medium, and large plates. Several dishes for vegetarians or gluten free diners.

Website Redbird Menu

Redbird Food Picks:
Mojito ($16) was strong and balanced. Their cocktail list looks pretty hard core.

Redbird Los Angeles Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad ($20) smoked bacon, country little gems, buttermilk blue cheese vinaigrette looks beautiful, like an elevated caesar salad with bacon. Very well done.

Redbird Los Angeles Foie Gras

Foie Gras ($30) forbidden rice, green thai curry, gooseberries is now banned. This one was very savory, had a liberal portion size, and lacked much starch.

Redbird Los Angeles roasted beets

Roasted Beets ($18) chรจvre, pistachio, citrus was a beautiful salad. Reminded us of the dish we had at Protege in Palo Alto. Good stuff.

Redbird Los Angeles Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup ($16) lemongrass, kaffir lime, pepitas was great, with several flavor elements and some Thai elements.

Redbird Los Angeles Sea bass

California Sea Bass ($25) artichoke barigoule, pistou, heirloom tomato was also very good. Perfectly cooked and a pretty large portion. Great value at this price.

Redbird Los Angeles Cavatelli

Cavatelli ($36) rabbit, burgundy truffles, foraged mushrooms, pecorino was spot on, with lots of truffle essence. Nice house made egg based pasta and tender rabbit.

Broccoli ($13) chili, breadcrumbs was expensive but satisfying.

Redbird Los Angeles Broccoli Yams Side dishes

Yams ($13) delicata squash, pomegranate, dukkah was also expensive as a side dish, but even better than the broccoli.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Lamb Belly ($22) socca, charred eggplant, pickled walnut, mint was recommended by our server but proved to be a really weird dish.

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Redbird Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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