114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213 788 1191
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 Fraser’s flagship restaurant is a follow up to popular Grace and BLD. Historic
former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue.
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.
Redbird Food Picks:
Mojito ($16) was strong and balanced. Their cocktail list looks pretty hard core.
Avocado Salad ($20) smoked bacon, country little gems, buttermilk blue cheese vinaigrette looks beautiful, like an elevated caesar salad with bacon. Very well done.
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.
Roasted Beets ($18) chèvre, pistachio, citrus was a beautiful salad. Reminded us of the dish we had at Protege in Palo Alto. Good stuff.
Kabocha Squash Soup ($16) lemongrass, kaffir lime, pepitas was great, with several flavor elements and some Thai elements.
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.
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.
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)
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?