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- 60%Local Culture
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Member Reviews (54)
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersFamily TravelersFoodies+ 5Dec 31, 2013
A great place for brunch in Downtown LA! My menu picks: eggs benedict, pancakes, ceviche, pizza, portobello mushroom fries, roast beef sandwich. Bottega Louie has a bakery boasting tons of great pastries...take your pick!Recommended for:Trendsters
- Bottega LouieAmbassadorMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 9Jan 22, 2014
There was so much hype about Bottega Louie and I was a little disappointed.
i don't know if I chose the wrong dishes.
The one thing I was looking forward to the most were their macaroons. I happen to be a die hard macaroon fiend! When someone asks what is your favorite dessert, in less than a blink my answer would be macaroons!
I was disappointed in these macaroons.
The food was ok too, nothing special.
I did however like the open space design of the restaurant.
I will however give Bottega Louie another shot!
- Bottega LouieMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 28, 2013
There are good reasons why Bottega Louie is such a popular restaurant. If you have ever walked or drove by this part of LA downtown, you will understand how extremely difficultly it is to look away from their gorgeously decorated display windows. Do not attempt to just walk in and take a look. Once you step into their patisserie, it would be impossible to leave without a hand or stomach full of macarons and pastries.
Their bakery is popular and so is the sit down restaurant. Come here during regular lunch or dinner hours and you are guaranteed a good long wait. Keep in mind they do not take reservations and would only sit you when your entire party is present. The good news is that they do not close between lunch and dinner. To skip the long wait, simply come here for an earlier dinner or late lunch.
Food was decent but definitely not as amazing as the look and style of the restaurant. Portabello fries is their signature item and is truly a must try. There were some good dishes like Clam Linguini and Lamb Porterhouse and a lot of average ones that are not worth mentioning. Their pizza was a slight disappointment. Margherita has good fresh toppings but the dough was too soggy in the center and partially burnt at the edge.
Are you ready for dessert yet? Please say yes to the Butterscotch Budino. If you like salted caramel you will love this creation. How were the macarons, you asked? I really shouldn't review them because I just had Laduree's that very same day. Of course, everything was pale in comparison. If you must know, I think they were good but not great. Earl Grey and Matcha were the ones that stood out from the lot.
I love the bright open ambiance with the grand high ceiling. It was a bit annoying how noisy the restaurant gets though. Not the best place for an intimate dinner but a fun place for a group of friends.
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureFoodies+ 1Feb 20, 2014
Great food and service and the food is aplenty. really enjoyed it all. they have a great brunch menu and feeds you well especially providing bread. you can ask for jam and add onto it for free if you ask. they also have sparkling water provided if you want. it is complimentary.
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 12Jan 22, 2014
Bottega Louie has the NYC-feel to it. Everything in here is beautiful - the interior, the pastries + dessert, the servers, the decor - everything! It's the perfect brunch spot with girlfriends as well as an impressive date spot!
My favorites here are the portobello fries and caramel pudding/budino. Just delicious!
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 01, 2014
This airy, always-crowded downtown favorite serves amazing pizza biano, Portobello fries, and chocolate soufflés. The high ceilings mean challenging acoustics, which could be a good thing if you don’t really care what your male-model date has to say.
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 10Mar 28, 2013
am so long overdue for this review..
When you walk in to Bottega, you are mesmerized by the front bakery section of the restaurant. Colorful, bright, vibrant with their macaroons, desserts and gift items, it's just breathtaking! (Remembering being dropped off so I can get a table first before the crowd comes in. Instead of doing that, I was oohing and ahh-ing at the bakery section and totally forgot to get a table for dinner.) The restaurant's vibe and ambiance is simple yet beautiful and elegant. Beautiful ambiance, beautiful decor, and uh-mm, oh yes, beautiful waiters with their mesmerizing smiles that can make you forget about the food and your date for a few minutes or so. :-P The only uncomfortable part of it is that its high ceiling results in getting VERY noisy inside. The wait for a table can be long if you come during lunch/dinner rush hour. So prepare to do a little bit of a shopping or sitting by the bar area and do some people watching.
The service from these oh so handsome waiters are impeccable! They are consistently with their service. Every time I'm here I feel like I'm being treated like a queen.
Now the food...
Like the restaurant, the food and desserts are so beautiful to look at, although most dishes are tasty, some items can be overrated.
-MUSSELS- this dish of their Mediterranean mussels is delicious! They give you plenty of it, a big bowl of plenty with the sauce so good we dip our bread in it!
- PIZZA can be ordered 1/2 and 1/2 at your request. We had 1/2 Burrata & 1/2 pepperoni
-BURRATA pizza- Burrata, parmesan, garlic, olive oil & prosciutto di Parma. The Prosciutto gave the pizza a big kick!
-PEPPERONI- mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce, oregano & pepperoni. Good ole Pepperoni always can't go wrong with that!
-TRENNE PASTA- Pan sauteed trenne pasta with braised prime rib eye, Tuscan black kale & shaved parmesan cheese. The braised rib eye meat is tender and juicy. The trenne pasta is pan sauteed with a little bit of char grilled taste. Consume when it's hot, once it gets cold, the pasta becomes a little hard to chew.
- SHORT RIBS- Omg tender!! The sauce has a little bit of an Asian Chinese dish flavor to it. Served with Ricotta. A delicious dish but it's heavy.
-LAMB CHOP- 2 pieces of lamb chops that are just mouth watering flavors bursting out of it. Tender meat that falls off the bone. It was so good, I even wanted to chew the bone off. Lol!
-CEVICHE- small tapas size of delicious shrimp ceviche marinated into the tangy juice.
-PORTOBELLO FRIES- The "Hype" here but I thought it was Over hyped. The battered was very oily leaving my stomach not feeling well. The taste is a bit bland, but dip it in the Aioli sauce and it's definitely tastes better.
-FRIED CALAMARI -Yummy and addicting. Can't stop picking at it!
-ARGULU SALAD: Fresh and crispy greens!
-CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE- takes about 20 minutes to bake, so always order this during your meal order is put in.
-MACAROONS- My favorites are the Salted Caramel, Earl Grey and the coffee!
-TIRAMISU- love the taste. Bittersweet and bitter. YUM! Goes great with a cup of cappuccino
-HAZELNUT (DONUT): sugar coated donut with hazelnut chocolate inside.
-FRUIT TART: glazed with sugar syrup and delicious. The tart is flaky and fresh.
-HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE BAR: No bueno. Not worth the $.
Overall, the restaurant is over hyped and over priced but definitely worth it. Am I contradicting myself? Haha. If you're a foodie, you should at least try out this place once. At over 4000 reviews, I'm sure this place doesn't need any more introductions. Make sure you got a few hours to spend here from the wait of your table to the end of dessert!
Parking can be a big hassle. Street metered parking is very hard to look for because it's always full. Your best bet is to valet park or in the parking structure behind the restaurant for $5.
Love their late night hours. Every night is opened until 11pm and Friday and Saturday until midnight!
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jan 30, 2013
Great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! But be ready to wait there always seems to be at least a 20 min wait for thr dining room. Bar area is first come first serve. Favorite dishes for breakfast smoked salmon eggs benedict. Favorite dish for dinner Portobello Fries and Burrata Pizza. Oh don't forget to save room for their famous macaroons!
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 3Sep 24, 2012
A leisurely stroll on downtown 7th St. will show you everything from swanky hotels to roach motels, and swanky bars to divey bars. Along the way many are usually surprised by a break in rhythm when they see a clean white, floor to ceiling windows corner slot, fancy even by Parisian standards. That place, my friends, is Bottega Louie.
This place always has patrons. From the outside, I always wondered where most of these patrons parked their Ferraris and Masarati's. Walking in one day, it really wasn't that snooty, kinda. I couldn't get over how WHITE this place was (the decor, not clientele!, kinda) I've only come in for desserts, so my review is of the dessert counter.
It was the largest flavor selection of macarons on this side of the Mississippi. You first initiate by telling a guy behind the counter how many you want, and they'll grab you the appropriate box. From there it's point, point, point. I also grabbed a San Pellegrino Aranciata (my fave!) which was painfully overpriced ($4!). Fancy place, fancy prices.
-=- Macarons -=- These clock in at 2 bucks each. No bulk discounts here, even if you are buying 2 dozen (and I've tried once). When these go down though, they are like soft, sticky cookies with a gooey layer. I really enjoyed trying the variety of flavors here. Sometimes when I am wandering downtown, I'll just stop by here and grab any 2 new flavors that I haven't tried yet. So far, my favorites have been the Pistachio (lime green colored) and the Grand Cru (dark red). If there's a better macaron place in LA, I haven't found it yet.
- Bottega LouieMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jul 04, 2012
I had heard about Bottega Louie from numerous people and had to check it out. The food is reasonably priced and quite tasty. The Portobello fries are a must try. The fries are fried with a light and crisp batter while the Portobello mushroom inside stays tender and juicy. The dipping sauce that comes with the fries is a great complement in terms of flavor and is not heavy at all. Be careful not to eat too many fries first though because they can be quite filling. Save room for the 9 different flavors of macaroons that you can pick up at the dessert counter in the front. They are not too sweet and very delicious. My personal favorites are the red one (chocolate filling) and the brown one (caramel filling). I can’t wait to go back to try more here. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the restaurant is located downtown in what used to be a warehouse, so there is not much sound absorption. It can get very loud and difficult to hold a conversation.