J Restaurant & Lounge

★★★★☆
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213-746-7746

1119 S Olive St

Los Angeles, CA

90015

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About J Restaurant & Lounge

Hours
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am-3pm Dinner Monday - Thursday 5pm - 9pm Friday - Saturday 5pm-11pm Brunch Sunday 11am-3pm

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This place felt so cozy. Nice relaxing atmosphere outside. Had dimmed lights and music playing. The restaurant inside is also nice, very romantic, good for a date. The club is atmosphere is great, just didn't like the music they were playing towards the end of the night.

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This place felt so cozy. Nice relaxing atmosphere outside. Had dimmed lights and music playing. The restaurant inside is also nice, very romantic, good for a date. The club is atmosphere is great, just didn't like the music they were playing towards the end of the night.

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Fantastic place if you want to go with wife or husband. It has a nice atmosphere. The waitress extremely attentive and nice. We enjoyed our dinner in this place.

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Fantastic place if you want to go with wife or husband. It has a nice atmosphere. The waitress extremely attentive and nice. We enjoyed our dinner in this place.

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food is nice. service is ok, we liked are time there.

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I was very impressive with the location, it was not hard to find and the place is huge! I went to a gathering in the patio, it was on the coldest night possible but the staffs did a terrific job with the heat lamps. The bartenders were

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Entering this restaurant you definitely feel welcome with the staff and to my surprise the place is enormous. Downstairs is a large dining area with lounge to the right and an enormous 10000 sq foot out door patio to the back that get very busy.
My date and I ordered the prawn and salmon dishes and both were amazing. The staff was very attentive and made you feel welcome especially when the owner Sergio and executive chef , Ong (hope my memory serves me right on his name) came out to see how our food was and recommend his coffee desert which was just the right finish to our meal. On our way out we passed through the upstairs nightclub that was packed and if you're going for dinner as long as you order an entree they waive the cover charge to the club.
I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu or their Sunday brunch on the patio.

5
★★★★★

Entering this restaurant you definitely feel welcome with the staff and to my surprise the place is enormous. Downstairs is a large dining area with lounge to the right and an enormous 10000 sq foot out door patio to the back that get very busy.
My date and I ordered the prawn and salmon dishes and both were amazing. The staff was very attentive and made you feel welcome especially when the owner Sergio and executive chef , Ong (hope my memory serves me right on his name) came out to see how our food was and recommend his coffee desert which was just the right finish to our meal. On our way out we passed through the upstairs nightclub that was packed and if you're going for dinner as long as you order an entree they waive the cover charge to the club.
I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu or their Sunday brunch on the patio.

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Great staff members always very helpful and pleasant. Enjoy the atmosphere and the venue. Will return again, I recommend it for anyone!

5
★★★★★

Great staff members always very helpful and pleasant. Enjoy the atmosphere and the venue. Will return again, I recommend it for anyone!

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My daughter's wedding was recently celebrated at J's, and we had a wonderful experience. The staff was exceptionally hospitable, and went out of their way to ensure all the guests had a wonderful time. The chef even went out of his way to fix a bruised cake using coffee grinds! Very creative!

5
★★★★★

My daughter's wedding was recently celebrated at J's, and we had a wonderful experience. The staff was exceptionally hospitable, and went out of their way to ensure all the guests had a wonderful time. The chef even went out of his way to fix a bruised cake using coffee grinds! Very creative!

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very nice place to share with a special person

5
★★★★★

very nice place to share with a special person

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My friend was having her birthday in J lounge this past weekend. She had put on the guest list. When we arrived we waited in line outside of the lounge. We kind of noticed how everyone in line was either Asian or with an Asian. At the time my boyfriend and I didn??t think much of it, besides we were there to celebrate my friends 27th birthday and to have a good time. When we got to the bouncer he refused to let my boyfriend in, who by the way is Mexican, because of his shoes.

Please note that he was wearing Dr. Martin??s. That??s total BULLSHIT! I saw a guy walk in there with converse. DON??T GO THIS PICE OF S**T PLACE. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME BECAUSE IT??S NOT WORTH IT.

I even went online before going to this place to read for a dress code. There is no dress code on their website! WILL NEVER GO THERE EVER AGAIN!!! If you don??t look Asian or are with an Asian beware!

I text my friend that night that they wouldn??t let us in and she will never have her birthday there ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friend was having her birthday in J lounge this past weekend. She had put on the guest list. When we arrived we waited in line outside of the lounge. We kind of noticed how everyone in line was either Asian or with an Asian. At the time my boyfriend and I didn??t think much of it, besides we were there to celebrate my friends 27th birthday and to have a good time. When we got to the bouncer he refused to let my boyfriend in, who by the way is Mexican, because of his shoes.

Please note that he was wearing Dr. Martin??s. That??s total BULLSHIT! I saw a guy walk in there with converse. DON??T GO THIS PICE OF S**T PLACE. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME BECAUSE IT??S NOT WORTH IT.

I even went online before going to this place to read for a dress code. There is no dress code on their website! WILL NEVER GO THERE EVER AGAIN!!! If you don??t look Asian or are with an Asian beware!

I text my friend that night that they wouldn??t let us in and she will never have her birthday there ever again.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Wouldn't let us in cause of the non-existant dress code!

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As an adventurous USC student, I started venturing into downtown back in the day when nobody thought it was safe or cool. It has been getting even cooler by the nanosecond for the last decade. J Lounge is just one more thing to love about LA!

5
★★★★★

As an adventurous USC student, I started venturing into downtown back in the day when nobody thought it was safe or cool. It has been getting even cooler by the nanosecond for the last decade. J Lounge is just one more thing to love about LA!

Pros: Huge space good for parties

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An organization i am part of have a party there last Fri. Most of the people around the dance area were people I knew, so when a friend encouraged me to put my purse down near where we were dancing, I did.

Not long after my purse was gone. I was frantic to try to find it quickly in hopes the thief hadn't left the bar yet. The bouncers and staff were unhelpful and seemed really annoyed by me when i told them what happened.

Not long after my purse was found in the parking lot sans brand new Blackberry and credit card.

The manager was completely unapologetic and was accusatory to me. He said, "YOU left it in the parking lot" to which I replied "I (emphasis) did not leave it in the parking lot" (btw, i parked on the street). Then he proceeded to scold me for bringing my purse into the club instead of leaving it my car! Yeah, that sounds like normal, practical behavior and sounds safe (sarcasm)!

Blaming the victim for theft in your club is NOT a good way to spread positive word of mouth and to encourage repeat patronage.

FAIL!

2
★★☆☆☆

An organization i am part of have a party there last Fri. Most of the people around the dance area were people I knew, so when a friend encouraged me to put my purse down near where we were dancing, I did.

Not long after my purse was gone. I was frantic to try to find it quickly in hopes the thief hadn't left the bar yet. The bouncers and staff were unhelpful and seemed really annoyed by me when i told them what happened.

Not long after my purse was found in the parking lot sans brand new Blackberry and credit card.

The manager was completely unapologetic and was accusatory to me. He said, "YOU left it in the parking lot" to which I replied "I (emphasis) did not leave it in the parking lot" (btw, i parked on the street). Then he proceeded to scold me for bringing my purse into the club instead of leaving it my car! Yeah, that sounds like normal, practical behavior and sounds safe (sarcasm)!

Blaming the victim for theft in your club is NOT a good way to spread positive word of mouth and to encourage repeat patronage.

FAIL!

Pros: friendly and competent bar staff and great music to dance to

Cons: thieves and asshole manager

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J Restaurant and Lounge is a great place to go for drinks, good food, plus they have a nice patio. Probably not the best place for a laid-back experience, but something to check out when you're looking for more of a fun night out.

5
★★★★★

J Restaurant and Lounge is a great place to go for drinks, good food, plus they have a nice patio. Probably not the best place for a laid-back experience, but something to check out when you're looking for more of a fun night out.

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Not a bad place, but they did screw up our reservation. We had a party of 30 for drinks, and they completely screwed it up, suddenly charging people.

They ended up fixing it by refunding our money, giving us a larger reserved section, and comping us a bottle of champagne.

Fun place, worth going to and trying it out.

3
★★★☆☆

Not a bad place, but they did screw up our reservation. We had a party of 30 for drinks, and they completely screwed it up, suddenly charging people.

They ended up fixing it by refunding our money, giving us a larger reserved section, and comping us a bottle of champagne.

Fun place, worth going to and trying it out.

Pros: HUGE area, good music

Cons: Management

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Good place to unwind

5
★★★★★

Good place to unwind

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Nice lounge/patio club indoors modern and well serviced.

It felt like more of an Asian atmosphere (did not mind it) for those who are looking for that type of community and spot.

overall i think it was nice and i had a great time.

4
★★★★☆

Nice lounge/patio club indoors modern and well serviced.

It felt like more of an Asian atmosphere (did not mind it) for those who are looking for that type of community and spot.

overall i think it was nice and i had a great time.

Pros: Great music

Cons: Admission fee/ Drinks are high

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great family atmosphere. nice setting.... the ambiance really captures the experience. order, eat, enjoy...

3
★★★☆☆

great family atmosphere. nice setting.... the ambiance really captures the experience. order, eat, enjoy...

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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The food was honestly terrible. It felt like fine dining (setting-wise) with cafeteria style food being served. We started the night with the Fritto Misto platter... how hard is it to screw up tempura? They managed. The dinners in general were average at best. The saddest part of the night was the fact that there was not one other table on a Friday night around 9:00pm. Our server was excellent, the hostess friendly and the rest of the staff were both attractive and highly diligent. Too bad they don't have their own food working for them...

1
★☆☆☆☆

The food was honestly terrible. It felt like fine dining (setting-wise) with cafeteria style food being served. We started the night with the Fritto Misto platter... how hard is it to screw up tempura? They managed. The dinners in general were average at best. The saddest part of the night was the fact that there was not one other table on a Friday night around 9:00pm. Our server was excellent, the hostess friendly and the rest of the staff were both attractive and highly diligent. Too bad they don't have their own food working for them...

Pros: Open Availability, Courteous and Diligent Servers

Cons: the FOOD

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This is the best place for a Bachelorette Party--hands down! The bar is swanky and subdued--great lighting, great design features--a great place if you're not into the gaudy and annoying "Hollywood" bars that pepper the Sunset Strip. We opted for bottle service which was, in my opinion, the only way to go if you're with a large group. The music was great all night--a good mix with a little for everyone. The drinks were awesome (the Mango Mojito's were absolutely delicious). Our server, the bartenders, and the management helped make this one of the most enjoyable nights I've had out in L.A. Glad we made the trip downtown--it was well worth it!

5
★★★★★

This is the best place for a Bachelorette Party--hands down! The bar is swanky and subdued--great lighting, great design features--a great place if you're not into the gaudy and annoying "Hollywood" bars that pepper the Sunset Strip. We opted for bottle service which was, in my opinion, the only way to go if you're with a large group. The music was great all night--a good mix with a little for everyone. The drinks were awesome (the Mango Mojito's were absolutely delicious). Our server, the bartenders, and the management helped make this one of the most enjoyable nights I've had out in L.A. Glad we made the trip downtown--it was well worth it!

Pros: Valet, Ambience, Service, Drinks/Food, Music

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They have $3 martinis at lunch! What can I say? Well, Ahi Tare Tare was very good. Risotto was OK. Not crowded at lunch on Friday so nice and private. The back patio is really nice. Have to try next time

5
★★★★★

They have $3 martinis at lunch! What can I say? Well, Ahi Tare Tare was very good. Risotto was OK. Not crowded at lunch on Friday so nice and private. The back patio is really nice. Have to try next time

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Parking. Plenty of parking (across the street, etc.) but no valet

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My friend wanted to go to brunch at a place I'd never been too... and now, will never forget. J's was out of the blue....I never saw it coming. Great, great, great! Okay, so we had some freakishly amazing omelettes and tried to find the bottom of our "bottomless mimosas". Safe to say..never happened. :) Our server Melissa never stopped pouring, how often does that happen... that you actually get ALL you can drink? Never.. except here at J's.
But that's not the best part. So we had a Superbowl party to go to and kick back, relax, hang with or friends.....Never happened. We Never left. We called our friends and told them to get down here! It was twenty bucks! All you can eat and drink. One more time... twenty buck.
Beer garden upstairs, Buffet of snack perfection, Beer pong tournament outside on the hugest patio ever! They were building projection screens through out the place so everyone could have a sweet view of the game. (even though I counted at least 5 plasmas) Go big or go home!
The whole scene started to freak us out in a good way, why.. it was like we walked into J's personal Superbowl party and they couldn't be happier we stayed! Getting a drink from the bar was a breeze too. It was Superbowl sunday and the bar staff never looked away from the bar! How wierd is that! ( okay, well no one in the world was doing anything the last 10 minutes of the game, but if I wanted a drink I'm sure it would have happened.)
Safe to say, Never expected this kind of fun at a bar.
We'll be going this weekend to check things out "club wise" and let you know.
As for Sundays' at J Lounge.
We'll be there!

5
★★★★★

My friend wanted to go to brunch at a place I'd never been too... and now, will never forget. J's was out of the blue....I never saw it coming. Great, great, great! Okay, so we had some freakishly amazing omelettes and tried to find the bottom of our "bottomless mimosas". Safe to say..never happened. :) Our server Melissa never stopped pouring, how often does that happen... that you actually get ALL you can drink? Never.. except here at J's.
But that's not the best part. So we had a Superbowl party to go to and kick back, relax, hang with or friends.....Never happened. We Never left. We called our friends and told them to get down here! It was twenty bucks! All you can eat and drink. One more time... twenty buck.
Beer garden upstairs, Buffet of snack perfection, Beer pong tournament outside on the hugest patio ever! They were building projection screens through out the place so everyone could have a sweet view of the game. (even though I counted at least 5 plasmas) Go big or go home!
The whole scene started to freak us out in a good way, why.. it was like we walked into J's personal Superbowl party and they couldn't be happier we stayed! Getting a drink from the bar was a breeze too. It was Superbowl sunday and the bar staff never looked away from the bar! How wierd is that! ( okay, well no one in the world was doing anything the last 10 minutes of the game, but if I wanted a drink I'm sure it would have happened.)
Safe to say, Never expected this kind of fun at a bar.
We'll be going this weekend to check things out "club wise" and let you know.
As for Sundays' at J Lounge.
We'll be there!

Pros: Great people, great food, great price, Great place.

Cons: Never knew!

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The biggest lounge I have been to. They have an outdoor patio and an indoor area with seating and a full bar. There was an event going on when I went, so it was a little different, but interesting. Great place to just lounge and kick back and people watch.

4
★★★★☆

The biggest lounge I have been to. They have an outdoor patio and an indoor area with seating and a full bar. There was an event going on when I went, so it was a little different, but interesting. Great place to just lounge and kick back and people watch.

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J Lounge is hosting the official Los Angeles 2009 Inauguration Gala on January 20th. Great concept called The People's Party - in celebration of Obama and local philanthropists. Red Carpet Entry * Live Performances * Slide Show tribute to Barack Obama and the advancement of change in our society * Award Ceremony honoring individuals that have dedicated their lives to community service and philanthropy * There will also be televisions throughout the venue broadcasting the telecast of the Washington DC inauguration and galas. All proceeds go to three charities in the city...

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5
★★★★★

J Lounge is hosting the official Los Angeles 2009 Inauguration Gala on January 20th. Great concept called The People's Party - in celebration of Obama and local philanthropists. Red Carpet Entry * Live Performances * Slide Show tribute to Barack Obama and the advancement of change in our society * Award Ceremony honoring individuals that have dedicated their lives to community service and philanthropy * There will also be televisions throughout the venue broadcasting the telecast of the Washington DC inauguration and galas. All proceeds go to three charities in the city...

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it's 7:00 am on new years day and i am up just to post a bad review about this dumpster called j lounge. that's how bad it is.
on of my friends came across this club/resturant and was fooled by few fake good reviews and convinced a group of us to spend new years eve there.
even though tickets were purchased a month ago and were in hand we still had to wait in linnnnnnnnnne for no apparent reasons other than the management trying to create a fake vibe for the place.
once inside we were met with 3 portable plastic toilets to the right serving the whole first floor crowd, imagine having to wait in line in a new years party for half and hour to take a leak in a pitch black dark nasty portable toilet.
so the party program was:
an hour in line out side to get in...WITH TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE IN HAND.
1/2 hour in line to take a leak.
45 minutes in line to get a stupid drink.
and while at it listing to some lame a** music from a lame a** sound system, in a completely fake atmosphere and a fake not know any better crowd.
unless you are one of those losers who would shed out $3000+ for a VIP table, you'll be ignored, disrespected and not get you 1/5 of your money worth of service, drinks or food.

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it's 7:00 am on new years day and i am up just to post a bad review about this dumpster called j lounge. that's how bad it is.
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once inside we were met with 3 portable plastic toilets to the right serving the whole first floor crowd, imagine having to wait in line in a new years party for half and hour to take a leak in a pitch black dark nasty portable toilet.
so the party program was:
an hour in line out side to get in...WITH TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE IN HAND.
1/2 hour in line to take a leak.
45 minutes in line to get a stupid drink.
and while at it listing to some lame a** music from a lame a** sound system, in a completely fake atmosphere and a fake not know any better crowd.
unless you are one of those losers who would shed out $3000+ for a VIP table, you'll be ignored, disrespected and not get you 1/5 of your money worth of service, drinks or food.

Pros: new years party was soo bad i left sober before midnite and had a chance to call friends and family and wish em a happy new year.

Cons: J lounge

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I discovered J lounge early this year, and have been meaning to write something on here for a while!! I have a tendency to be critical of restaurants as I was in the hospitality industry for almost 10 years. And like most people, I don't have a tolerence for haughty attitudes, neglect, or bad management. That being said....
I have to say, on my numerous visits everyone was extremely friendly, from the smiling hostesses, who seemed classy, to the unique bartenders, to the professional servers. I have run into a couple of the managers as well and even the owner on occasion and they seem to recognize me too. How nice! Or, could it be the "good to see you again....(like everybody else)" face?? haha...no, actually they knew my name. Maybe I go to often!!? Well it is close by, and easy parking, so who can blame me?
My favorite night is Wednesdays when they do salsa. For those of us who aren't pros, its an intimate atmosphere with lots of guys willing to show you the steps!! They also have a group lesson, though I usually get there too late to really enjoy it!! I would suggest calling before you come in, as I noticed lately they close for a lot of private events on that night.
Hmmm....what else can I say? They have fun djs on the weekend, and their french toast and bottomless mimosas rock too!!

5
★★★★★

I discovered J lounge early this year, and have been meaning to write something on here for a while!! I have a tendency to be critical of restaurants as I was in the hospitality industry for almost 10 years. And like most people, I don't have a tolerence for haughty attitudes, neglect, or bad management. That being said....
I have to say, on my numerous visits everyone was extremely friendly, from the smiling hostesses, who seemed classy, to the unique bartenders, to the professional servers. I have run into a couple of the managers as well and even the owner on occasion and they seem to recognize me too. How nice! Or, could it be the "good to see you again....(like everybody else)" face?? haha...no, actually they knew my name. Maybe I go to often!!? Well it is close by, and easy parking, so who can blame me?
My favorite night is Wednesdays when they do salsa. For those of us who aren't pros, its an intimate atmosphere with lots of guys willing to show you the steps!! They also have a group lesson, though I usually get there too late to really enjoy it!! I would suggest calling before you come in, as I noticed lately they close for a lot of private events on that night.
Hmmm....what else can I say? They have fun djs on the weekend, and their french toast and bottomless mimosas rock too!!

Pros: Easy parking, good service, and atmosphere

Cons: A bit cold, wear a sweater with your mini dress for dinner!!

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J-Lounge has a great brunch! I'd love to see more people there. It's a great view from the patio, as you sip the BOTTOMLESS mimosas (and they're not in the slightest bit stingy with the Champaign or overly watered down with too much OJ)!

This is definetly an awesome place to stop in for a classy brunch without breaking the bank. Two of us left for under $40!

If you live downtown, you must support this place.

5
★★★★★

J-Lounge has a great brunch! I'd love to see more people there. It's a great view from the patio, as you sip the BOTTOMLESS mimosas (and they're not in the slightest bit stingy with the Champaign or overly watered down with too much OJ)!

This is definetly an awesome place to stop in for a classy brunch without breaking the bank. Two of us left for under $40!

If you live downtown, you must support this place.

Pros: Good menu with great prices!

Cons: Buffet a little limited, but still good. No salt & pepper on tables?

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Well i did not mind it ,but once you go to the lounge area it's just a nice look really relaxed with a big asian crowed. went to the club area and it was the same. but hey it depends who you roll and how you roll had a good time with my peeps.**WARNING** Very expensive for drinks lets say to coronas about 14$ no go

3
★★★☆☆

Well i did not mind it ,but once you go to the lounge area it's just a nice look really relaxed with a big asian crowed. went to the club area and it was the same. but hey it depends who you roll and how you roll had a good time with my peeps.**WARNING** Very expensive for drinks lets say to coronas about 14$ no go

Pros: Nice area location

Cons: DRINK PRICES

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I have eaten here many times. When this place first opened, the staff was pretty awesome and the original chef was on spot. But now, I feel it is best if you just have a salads, burger and/or pizza instead of trying to go big. The food is good but just isn't worth the top dollar. The beer selection is nice and have some nice cocktails too, though a bit pricey. The wine list has a good selection of old world and new world at decent prices. Depending on who is your server, service is a gamble and the knowledgeable staff is absent. The French manager dude has some real skills and the bartenders are cool. The dessert menu can be forgetable as they need to improve. J Restaurant and Lounge is cool during the weekdays when you just want to chill, drink, eat, smoke and watch some sports and girls. But, the weekends are to be avoided unless you wanna be hanging with amatuers and wanna be's all crowded together smelling like garlic.

3
★★★☆☆

I have eaten here many times. When this place first opened, the staff was pretty awesome and the original chef was on spot. But now, I feel it is best if you just have a salads, burger and/or pizza instead of trying to go big. The food is good but just isn't worth the top dollar. The beer selection is nice and have some nice cocktails too, though a bit pricey. The wine list has a good selection of old world and new world at decent prices. Depending on who is your server, service is a gamble and the knowledgeable staff is absent. The French manager dude has some real skills and the bartenders are cool. The dessert menu can be forgetable as they need to improve. J Restaurant and Lounge is cool during the weekdays when you just want to chill, drink, eat, smoke and watch some sports and girls. But, the weekends are to be avoided unless you wanna be hanging with amatuers and wanna be's all crowded together smelling like garlic.

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The food is mediocre at best. You can't put teriyaki sauce on everything and call it fusion. But the patio is great for apres work cocktails!

3
★★★☆☆

The food is mediocre at best. You can't put teriyaki sauce on everything and call it fusion. But the patio is great for apres work cocktails!

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I visited J Lounge on a Friday night late October, I was impressed with the place. One thing I wasn't impressed with was the drink prices, there seems to be a difference in how much you pay for a drink depending where and who you order it from. My friend and I ordered 2 apple martini's in the downstairs outside patio and paid $25.

We went upstairs and wanted to order food but we were told that all the seating sections were going to be bottle service only in a few minutes, so we didn't order. We went over to the upstairs bar near the smoking patio and the 2 male bartenders were rude, unattentive and more interested in carrying long winded conversations with friends than in providing service to the paying customers. I had the unforunate luck to end up with some guy named "AL" with bushy hair, this guy ignored me, despite me standing there directly in front of him. He proceeded to point over me and ask some of his buddies what did they want a drink, like I was invisible. When his I asked him if he didn't see me, he again asked his friends what did they want. His friend saw how this dude "Al" was ignoring me and told him to go ahead and take my drink order. I ordered and he charged me $15 dollars and said there was a 15% gratuity added. I couldn't believe this guy, aren't places supposed to let you know ahead of time they are adding gratuity?

Other than that the place was cool, the manager took care of it and the security staff was nice too. The music was so, so a little too retro sometimes and the all bottle service areas are a bit overboard. The crowd was mixed, mostly Asian. The patio area is beautiful but I would hesitate to go back.

2
★★☆☆☆

I visited J Lounge on a Friday night late October, I was impressed with the place. One thing I wasn't impressed with was the drink prices, there seems to be a difference in how much you pay for a drink depending where and who you order it from. My friend and I ordered 2 apple martini's in the downstairs outside patio and paid $25.

We went upstairs and wanted to order food but we were told that all the seating sections were going to be bottle service only in a few minutes, so we didn't order. We went over to the upstairs bar near the smoking patio and the 2 male bartenders were rude, unattentive and more interested in carrying long winded conversations with friends than in providing service to the paying customers. I had the unforunate luck to end up with some guy named "AL" with bushy hair, this guy ignored me, despite me standing there directly in front of him. He proceeded to point over me and ask some of his buddies what did they want a drink, like I was invisible. When his I asked him if he didn't see me, he again asked his friends what did they want. His friend saw how this dude "Al" was ignoring me and told him to go ahead and take my drink order. I ordered and he charged me $15 dollars and said there was a 15% gratuity added. I couldn't believe this guy, aren't places supposed to let you know ahead of time they are adding gratuity?

Other than that the place was cool, the manager took care of it and the security staff was nice too. The music was so, so a little too retro sometimes and the all bottle service areas are a bit overboard. The crowd was mixed, mostly Asian. The patio area is beautiful but I would hesitate to go back.

Pros: Nice place, huge patio

Cons: Expensive drinks, difference in prices, wannabe rockstar bartenders

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The first time i walked in here i thought "chicago." It didn't look like an LA restaurant to me. I like the space, even though it is quite large. The downstairs is nice for casual dinner. The food is good, not spectacular but good. Frederic, the manager/sommelier is a treat. I wish the wine list were more reflective of his scope and talent, but they are growing it. The patio is really pretty too, very nicely layed out with good views of parts of the skyline. I like the upstairs cigar patio as well, but I'm not as wild about the dance area. It's a little cheesy, and can attract big USC frat crowds.

4
★★★★☆

The first time i walked in here i thought "chicago." It didn't look like an LA restaurant to me. I like the space, even though it is quite large. The downstairs is nice for casual dinner. The food is good, not spectacular but good. Frederic, the manager/sommelier is a treat. I wish the wine list were more reflective of his scope and talent, but they are growing it. The patio is really pretty too, very nicely layed out with good views of parts of the skyline. I like the upstairs cigar patio as well, but I'm not as wild about the dance area. It's a little cheesy, and can attract big USC frat crowds.

Pros: good food, full bar, cool patio

Cons: dance club part cheesy, sometimes frat crowd

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I am on the verge of breaking up with my girlfriend for making me attend her sister's birthday party at J's Lounge. The dump charged $225 for each bottle of Absolute and automatically applied 18% gratuity; in addition to charging our party for 4 bottles; instead of the 2 we ordered. On top of that, the waitress pocketed $160-$180 cash. The credit for the cash did not appear on any of the inflated bills. We are going to file a police report for running up our cards and overcharging. The short teen-age Pilipino manager dismissed our concerns. He feigned surprise and maintained innocence. I am surprised that the place is still in business. The place is largely unappealing. It smelled and there were only 2 bathrooms, with one stall each, serving a couple hundred low-class people. I recommend going to Chili's or TGI Friday's for 1/50 the cost for a similar experience. The best thing about the joint is the army of JC Penny suite-wearing half-witted bouncers/security guards whom walked around trying to appear important.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I am on the verge of breaking up with my girlfriend for making me attend her sister's birthday party at J's Lounge. The dump charged $225 for each bottle of Absolute and automatically applied 18% gratuity; in addition to charging our party for 4 bottles; instead of the 2 we ordered. On top of that, the waitress pocketed $160-$180 cash. The credit for the cash did not appear on any of the inflated bills. We are going to file a police report for running up our cards and overcharging. The short teen-age Pilipino manager dismissed our concerns. He feigned surprise and maintained innocence. I am surprised that the place is still in business. The place is largely unappealing. It smelled and there were only 2 bathrooms, with one stall each, serving a couple hundred low-class people. I recommend going to Chili's or TGI Friday's for 1/50 the cost for a similar experience. The best thing about the joint is the army of JC Penny suite-wearing half-witted bouncers/security guards whom walked around trying to appear important.

Pros: the EXIT sign, when we all left

Cons: Dumpy area (Its in Skid Row/Downtown LA for pete's sake) SHADY waitresses...A Pathetic attempt at a Hollywood scene

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I went there based on the good reviews and was I surprised. I ordered fetuccine which arrived as a plate of mushy slop. I checked on the menu recently and it's no longer offered, maybe that's why, too many people complained?? Then there's the service. I have always received good service at every place and have a good attitude towards service personnel, and this was the first time in my life where a server's behavior was outright rude. Maybe it was something in the water that night, I paid an expensive price for awful food and rude service. Another friend of mine several days ago despite my warning and also did not enjoy her experience.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went there based on the good reviews and was I surprised. I ordered fetuccine which arrived as a plate of mushy slop. I checked on the menu recently and it's no longer offered, maybe that's why, too many people complained?? Then there's the service. I have always received good service at every place and have a good attitude towards service personnel, and this was the first time in my life where a server's behavior was outright rude. Maybe it was something in the water that night, I paid an expensive price for awful food and rude service. Another friend of mine several days ago despite my warning and also did not enjoy her experience.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Expensive, sub-par food quality

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if you're asian, your probably not getting in.. the bouncer at the door on saturday nights is a bit selective on what kind of people get in.

1
★☆☆☆☆

if you're asian, your probably not getting in.. the bouncer at the door on saturday nights is a bit selective on what kind of people get in.

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Great place for after work drinks or a fun night out with friends! They have multiple rooms with a different vibe. A place to dance and lounge upstairs. A small outdoor space for smokers to look up at the skylight. A HUGE outdoor area with cabanas and a fire pit to mingle and cozy up with someone. :)

4
★★★★☆

Great place for after work drinks or a fun night out with friends! They have multiple rooms with a different vibe. A place to dance and lounge upstairs. A small outdoor space for smokers to look up at the skylight. A HUGE outdoor area with cabanas and a fire pit to mingle and cozy up with someone. :)

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loved it went last thursday for dinner,. food was great, portions where good!!! upstairs is super cool and the biggest patio I have ever seen, can't wait to go again. DJ starts at 10pm! if you are not too full after. Oh try the bed or roses cocktail!

4
★★★★☆

loved it went last thursday for dinner,. food was great, portions where good!!! upstairs is super cool and the biggest patio I have ever seen, can't wait to go again. DJ starts at 10pm! if you are not too full after. Oh try the bed or roses cocktail!

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The food was great, the service was great. I really dugg this place and I think that everyone should try it out!

5
★★★★★

The food was great, the service was great. I really dugg this place and I think that everyone should try it out!

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This place is definitely a joke. It wants SO badly to be hip, trendy and Hollywood, but it instead comes off as a frat house with good lighting. Cavernous and empty describes both the space and it's soul. Just depressing to be there. The management appears VERY young and inexperienced - just a lot of guys in cheap looking suits trying to do their best Sopranos impression. The staff in the bars, however, were competent and engaging (granted, it was a slow night). The food and the drinks are WAY OVERPRICED! I can tell that they're trying to acheive something more than simple bar food (it is tolerable in that respect), but this is not a restaurant! It's a GIANT bar! You can't be all things to all people - choose one or the other or be mediocre at both. That's what this place is - mediocre. At least there's actually people at Busby's.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is definitely a joke. It wants SO badly to be hip, trendy and Hollywood, but it instead comes off as a frat house with good lighting. Cavernous and empty describes both the space and it's soul. Just depressing to be there. The management appears VERY young and inexperienced - just a lot of guys in cheap looking suits trying to do their best Sopranos impression. The staff in the bars, however, were competent and engaging (granted, it was a slow night). The food and the drinks are WAY OVERPRICED! I can tell that they're trying to acheive something more than simple bar food (it is tolerable in that respect), but this is not a restaurant! It's a GIANT bar! You can't be all things to all people - choose one or the other or be mediocre at both. That's what this place is - mediocre. At least there's actually people at Busby's.

Pros: Giant patio

Cons: Food, price, atmosphere, decor . . .

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PROMPT SEATING, IMPECABLE SERVICE, AWESOME AMBIANCE, AND A FASCINATING MENU. The food prepared was absolutely exquisite, the service unmatched!!! My wife and I had an absolutely amazing time, we let the chef surprise us with our entire meal, and we couldn't be happier. Excellent service, PERFECT DATE ATMOSPHERE!!!!!

5
★★★★★

PROMPT SEATING, IMPECABLE SERVICE, AWESOME AMBIANCE, AND A FASCINATING MENU. The food prepared was absolutely exquisite, the service unmatched!!! My wife and I had an absolutely amazing time, we let the chef surprise us with our entire meal, and we couldn't be happier. Excellent service, PERFECT DATE ATMOSPHERE!!!!!

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I was one of the audience members who were at the J Lounge & Restaurant to see the Tina Kim comedy show on July 26, 2007 but the show was canceled about one hour before it was supposed to open. As we were standing on the sidewalk before going inside, Tina came out and told us the owner Sergio Dovarro had just canceled the show on her after being rude and disrespectful to her. J Lounge & Restaurant overbooked the space (letting other people sit in the space that was supposed to be reserved for the paying show audience -- who would have otherwise spent a lot on the drinks and food from which the restaurant would have profited.) That was very disappointing since I know Tina would never cancel her own show no matter what. I was so offended by the way the restaurant owner treated her and also because of the fact that he didn't have any respect for the audience members (who planned on seeing the show for weeks in advance and drove hours to get there) either. I would never go to the J Lounge & Restaurant again. They don't deserve my business as well as the business of about 200 other people who were there to see the Tina Kim show.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I was one of the audience members who were at the J Lounge & Restaurant to see the Tina Kim comedy show on July 26, 2007 but the show was canceled about one hour before it was supposed to open. As we were standing on the sidewalk before going inside, Tina came out and told us the owner Sergio Dovarro had just canceled the show on her after being rude and disrespectful to her. J Lounge & Restaurant overbooked the space (letting other people sit in the space that was supposed to be reserved for the paying show audience -- who would have otherwise spent a lot on the drinks and food from which the restaurant would have profited.) That was very disappointing since I know Tina would never cancel her own show no matter what. I was so offended by the way the restaurant owner treated her and also because of the fact that he didn't have any respect for the audience members (who planned on seeing the show for weeks in advance and drove hours to get there) either. I would never go to the J Lounge & Restaurant again. They don't deserve my business as well as the business of about 200 other people who were there to see the Tina Kim show.

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For someone that spends so much time in the South of France I am so pleased that there is a restaurant that pays attention to detail and is definetly using only the best ingredients. I do not usually write reviews but this time I just had to. For anyone who wants great food check this spot out and make sure to ask for the chef. He comes out to the tables. He took care of us so I am sure he will do the same for everyone. I definitely will be back.

5
★★★★★

For someone that spends so much time in the South of France I am so pleased that there is a restaurant that pays attention to detail and is definetly using only the best ingredients. I do not usually write reviews but this time I just had to. For anyone who wants great food check this spot out and make sure to ask for the chef. He comes out to the tables. He took care of us so I am sure he will do the same for everyone. I definitely will be back.

Pros: cuisine

Cons: no shops near

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The drinks are overpriced and not very strong. The patio is nice and large. If you are asian you'll love it-because basically thats all there is. Music is ok...

3
★★★☆☆

The drinks are overpriced and not very strong. The patio is nice and large. If you are asian you'll love it-because basically thats all there is. Music is ok...

Pros: close parking

Cons: NO diversity. Weak spendy drinks

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Everyone in the club was of Asian decent, there was not mixed crowd! I ordered 3 specialty drinks that they have on their drink menu which was Mango Mojitos...the bartender was idiot and made 3 regular mojitos and it dawned on him later that he made a mistake and then later went to go make the mango mojitos and tells me that they are all out. What a weirdo! The music was ok, the place has a huge outdoor patio in case you're looking for freash air. The music was average. The guys were not cute except for one! There were places to sit .....I guess you can gather that since it's a Lounge! I would not recommend this place if you are looking for diversity.

2
★★☆☆☆

Everyone in the club was of Asian decent, there was not mixed crowd! I ordered 3 specialty drinks that they have on their drink menu which was Mango Mojitos...the bartender was idiot and made 3 regular mojitos and it dawned on him later that he made a mistake and then later went to go make the mango mojitos and tells me that they are all out. What a weirdo! The music was ok, the place has a huge outdoor patio in case you're looking for freash air. The music was average. The guys were not cute except for one! There were places to sit .....I guess you can gather that since it's a Lounge! I would not recommend this place if you are looking for diversity.

Pros: Large patio area

Cons: One type of crowd & overpriced drinks

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I had a fantstic dinner with my wife and friends. This place really knows what's important in a restaurant. They truly demonstrated that they understand food. Highly recommend to all that appreciate great food.

5
★★★★★

I had a fantstic dinner with my wife and friends. This place really knows what's important in a restaurant. They truly demonstrated that they understand food. Highly recommend to all that appreciate great food.

Pros: food

Cons: not close to my house

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The sommelier(who also happens to be the manager) is fantastic (Frederic Hemon)...he knows his s it about wine and food...avoid the "club" space at all costs...have dinner, relax order a wine that comes from Lebonon(yes!!)

The $18 drink prices(yes $18) and the crowds are to be avoided in the "club" area...would go again just for dinner...

3
★★★☆☆

The sommelier(who also happens to be the manager) is fantastic (Frederic Hemon)...he knows his s it about wine and food...avoid the "club" space at all costs...have dinner, relax order a wine that comes from Lebonon(yes!!)

The $18 drink prices(yes $18) and the crowds are to be avoided in the "club" area...would go again just for dinner...

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How about waiting an hour for appetizers and 30 minutes for drinks that had been sitting at the bar waiting for the waitress to bring them to us. Then getting attitude from the managment that it was our fault because we ordered the food from the waitress rather than the bartender. even the busboy got into the act and defended the fact that our food didnt come out on time because there was an error and our food was given to someone else. when we pointed out that others were getting their food, we were told it was because they preordered their food! The least they could have done was tell us of the faux paus. instead we had to track them down!

WORST SERVICE AND OUTRIGHT RUDE!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

How about waiting an hour for appetizers and 30 minutes for drinks that had been sitting at the bar waiting for the waitress to bring them to us. Then getting attitude from the managment that it was our fault because we ordered the food from the waitress rather than the bartender. even the busboy got into the act and defended the fact that our food didnt come out on time because there was an error and our food was given to someone else. when we pointed out that others were getting their food, we were told it was because they preordered their food! The least they could have done was tell us of the faux paus. instead we had to track them down!

WORST SERVICE AND OUTRIGHT RUDE!!

Pros: nice ambiance

Cons: rude service

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