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Harold & Belle"s is Los Angeles's premiere Creole dining experience. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, the restaurant has received numerous awards for its southern style cooking. Specialties include File Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, and Fried Seafood. Come hungry because Harold & Belle's is known for serving up generous portions. A full bar is also available as well as mouthwatering desserts such as Louisiana Bread Pudding and Peach Cobbler.
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Phone: (323) 735-8770

Fax: (323) 735-8770

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South LA, Jefferson Park, UNNC

Harold & Belle's

Harold & Belle's Restaurant

Harold & Bell's Restaurant

Harold And Belle's Creole Restaurant

Pizza, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, On Site

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
its good

wanting some cajun food this evening we stumbled on Harold and Bell's i must say it surprised us totally. The area didn't seem so good and was a bit aprehensive but as soon as we walked in the layout of the place was welcoming....we tried the fried chicken and hot louisiana sausage and they were delicious!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Food, Ok Service

I have been to Harold &Belles 3 times and on this last trip left with a bad taste in my mouth and not from the food. While waiting in the lobby for the rest of our party I noticed the popcorn ceiling that looked like it had not been cleaned in years along with the carpet. The staff is friendly, but very slow. After our orders were placed we had been sitting there for about 20 minutes when the waiter came over and realized we didn't have our salads. No big deal, but then one of our orders came out wrong. I can let this all go, because their food is the best Creole I have found so far in California, that is almost close to what I get in Baton Rouge/New Orleans. What bothered me so much was we have to wait because of slow service, but as soon as they had our money (after the check had to be updated because the waiter had printed it before we ordered dessert), the hostess asked our party to move to the lounge or bar. Basically they did not want us taking a table and maybe this is normal, but it's the first time it happened to me. Definitely rushed us out after the bill was paid. I don't know if this means they pay their wait staff minimum so they have to turn over tables fast for tips, but it's a bit on the rude side.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Love This Place

This has been a family favorite for a long time. This place has THEE BEST seafood for the Leimert park area.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This has to be the best NOLA food that comes closest to the real deal. I am from NOLA and I havent experienced this type of food since I lived there! The food was spectacular, the server was extremely helpful and kept my water and drink glass full the entire time I was there. Be careful with the breadsticks and soup, it will get you FULL!! The portions sizes are HUGE, so although it is pretty pricy, at least you are getting your bang for the buck (LOL) The food is delish AND you MUST try a dessert, although you may be STUFFED you have to try a dessert even if you take it to-go. I had the peach cobbler ""to die for"" awesome!!! The partking situation is not exactly a pro because there is a cost and the parking lot is very small. I had a great time and the overall experience was awesome!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
best in town




New customer and fan.

This is one of LA's best kept secrets. A tastefully fine, luxurious in dress, style, design restaurant that you will only find out about by word on mouth. The location leaves you to believe there is nothing so nice on this street. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The food is great. I live in the South Bay Hawthorne area but this was well worth the drive. African American restraurant in a African American neighborhood with class in an unexpected location.




Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't Pass the Salt

Maybe my hopes were too high for this place. My wife and I stopped in for lunch and she had the jambalaya, served with red beans and sausage, which consisted of a scoop of jambalaya over a big plate of red beans and two large sausages - twenty-two dollars. Although it was certainly authentic cajun/creole food, it was very salty, which maybe goes with the territory, I'm not exactly sure. But for that price I'm thinking it could have been more on the jambalaya/shrimp/cajun spices,etc, and less on the salt. All I know is my wife was not thrilled with it and I ended up eating most of it myself. I had the meatloaf sandwich -- also quite salty, but still decadent and tasty, which came with some very good fries; I devoured it. Obviously cajun/creole food is not meant to be healthy, I get that. But it is meant to have a medley of distinct flavors other than salt. There's probably other stuff on the menu I would enjoy more, maybe the chicken, ribs, or fish; not so sure I'll be back to find out (I know my wife won't). On the upside, our waiter was friendly and fast even though it was busy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, great service

I LOVE this restaurant!! Just returned on Sunday afternoon. I had no complaints about the service, our waitress was friendly and attentive and refilled our soft drinks when empty. The Southern fried chicken is the very best I've ever had--a half bird with thick, flavorful breading and juicy meat. YUM. Meals are served with a green salad (or clam chowder), cole slaw, french fries (or another choice), corn on the cob, and warm buttery garlic bread. You won't go hungry! It's the friendliest place around. It's just about the best restaurant around!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food, Very Authentic, but VERY SLOW SERVICE

The food was very authentic but our server was slower than molasses. We were visiting Las Vegas for the weekend and decided to drive to LA just to try this restaurant. I was satisfied until I saw that the server maybe came by one time without having us flag her down. Every time we needed a water refill or requested another soda we had to flag her down. You would think that when it came time to pay the bill, she would have been ""Johnny on the spot"", nope. My husband had to get the bill and take it to her and stand there to ensure that she ran the credit card. I think this establishment needs to hire another type of staff; I noticed that other diners experienced the same type of service. I understand hiring individuals from the neighborhood to ensure jobs in the community but please make sure you hire the right individual.

I will definitely return when I go back to Vegas this year but hopefully some staff changes have been made and I don't experience the same type of slow service that I have in the past. Once again, GREAT AUTHENTIC FOOD, VERY SLOW SERVICE.

Food Recommendations: Gumbo, Spicy Sausage, Catfish (2 can dine off of one plate with this entree), PEACH COBBLER WAS AWESOME.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor Service, Food Quality has definitely changed

I took my mom to Harold & Belle's for her birthday. I have been here several times and usually love the food. This day the clam chowder tasted like cream of mushroom soup with a few clams dropped in. The jambalaya was horrible but the catfish was good. I pretty much could have fried fish at home though and opened up a box of Zatarin's for more flavorful Jambalaya. We all agreed that the quality of the food seems to have decreased. There was only one server in the restaurant along w/people cleaning tables and bringing water so of course everything took forever. The parking though is what sealed the deal for me. I pulled into the valet paking lot and the guy told me to pull forward into an available space. The lot was practically empty. Now he did not park my car or take my keys after I parked so when I left I went to my car and was about to leave. He ran up to me demanding the $3.50 valet fee. I wanted to know what I was paying him for when he neither parked my car nor brought it to me. He said that I should have parked on the street which I very well should have had I known they were so rude. Anyway, I responded again that he did not valet park my car. He took my license plate number and got on the phone to call the police on me. Now, I just want you all to know I did not cuss him out, threaten him or anything. My bill was well over $100, which was to be expected so the money was not at all an issue. I am a professional and am college educated so please dont' picture me as a trouble making chick causing drama over $3.50 because I definitely maintained a respectful demeanor the whole time. It is just that I have never supposedly, valet parked my car and still had my keys in my possession to go and get my car to leave at my leisure, so I did not see the sense in paying him a valet fee for a service I did not receive. This experience along with the fact that the food was not so great this time has made me decide never to patronize this restaurant again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Harold & Belle's

I went there on Tuesday 5/13/08. The food was good and plentiful. Not my first time. A bit pricey for where it is located. The parking or shall i say no parking is less than desired. Three of us visited the restaurant. We took a visitor from another state. He like the chicken wing dinner but not the corn on the cob or the mashed potatoes, The other party found nothing special about the cajun spices. I liked my chicken and red & rice.



Provided by Citysearch - 
H&B is cool............

Okay I love the shrimp and I am from NOLA and it is okay. The bread pudding is not like my grandma's but, if you don't know what good pudding is then it is okay. The service is the worst especially if you get Terri's table. Pure g***to, slow and not one apology.....the asst manager is my buddy and if you are a female you get better drinks from the bar than the guys lol....



Provided by Citysearch - 
BEST Louisiana Food outside of New Orleans in Los Angeles area

Crawfish Ettufee appetizers and dinner are to die for. The chewiest crawfish..not dry. Bread pudding was good. But crawfish, bread, etc..WHEW!! Good...BUT..and there is a but...Pricey. Big plates, but -pricey. Appetizers range in the high teens. Great personalities at the restaurant. Very community atmosphere. Two people cost $120- and that's with 2 $10 drinks a piece. Pricey. But good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Okay, but not worth the high price

I haven't been here in awhile but I do remember the food being really good. The problem with this place is that it is so small, you feel like you are eating with the whole restuarant and not just the people you came with. And the prices are really too high for the amount of food you receive. I love to eat and I have no problem with spending good money on good food. However, I do have a problem with not getting enough of what I order but plenty of stuff I can make at home (i.e. white rice). And the parking is absolutely the WORST. Now the parking and the size of the place can't be helped because as far as I can tell, there isn't any surrounding land to purchase so unless they are planning to move, at the very least, they could give you more of what you paid for.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Red Beans and Rice.

There is no other restaurant in Los Angeles that has Red Beans and Rice like Harold and Bell's. Always order them, with anything you'll never be disappointed. I'd love to know how they make them. I would eat every night at this wonderful restaurant if I didn't care about my weight. The crab cake sandwich is to die for. The fish is unbelievably fresh and the the warm, cozy and inviting ambience makes coming to this establishment all worth the trouble of driving through the traffic to get there. I love the service and the servers (all of whom have been there forever) and the light and friendly attitude is contagious. I love the bar with locals hanging out and having a drink, watching a college or professional game of some sort and everyone cheering...very cool. This excellent 'comfort' food is just plain fabulous and consistent....I love this place because it never changes. I can count on it being the same every single time I go in. The portions are huge.
Every time I go with friends or family I feel like I've stepped into a New Orleans restaurant with the best food in town. An absolute gem of a restaurant in the middle of Los Angeles. What, seriously, could be better than that?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food, but pricey

I'm from down south, so maybe that's why I'm surprised at the prices of this place. I was told that it was an upscale soul food haunt, but I've never had to pay so much for a soul food dinner. Aside from the price though, the food was tasty and the portions are large. It's a nice place to go, but it might not be a great value.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I've tried better Cajun for half the price they charge at Harrold's and Belles

I love food. And for $30 a plate I expected Harrold's and Belles msut be amazing. The food was ok but it was not worth the price. I went with a group of 6 people and no one was happy with their food. I felt so bad I payed for everyones dinner since I chose the place. We had gone to the House of Blues to have dinner a few weeks earlier and we absolutely loved the food and the prices there were half what they charge at H & B and the plates are bigger. At H & B I ordered the jambalaya and got a small litte bowl with rice hardly any meat in sight. My friend ordered the Shrimp creole and she got 6 shrinps on top of a bunch of white rice same goes for the shrimp scampi. Not even the cajuned seasoned rice just plain white rice. My cousin ordered fried frog legs and they were just fried in plain batter there was nothing worth $30 for that plate. What happened to the Cajun Spices. I would not recommend this place at these prices. If you want Great Cajun, Huge servings without breaking your wallet I suggest the House of Blues in Sunset. The restaurant atmosphere at House of Blues add on to the Cajun theme. Enjoy



Provided by Citysearch - 
They spoiled our 10 year celebration!

Let me start by staying that I like the food at Harold and Belle's. Because I like the food, we made reservations for my book club which consisted of 20 women to go there and celebrate. Reservations were made way in advance. When we called to confirm the reservation and to discuss details for our 10 year celebration, they told us they gave our reservation away to a party of 8 people. When asked why, they told us that it was due to the fact that there was no deposit made so that the room technically was not ours. Trying not to go off, we informed the business that when the reservations were made, it was never mentioned that a deposit was needed and if so, that would have been taken care of.

Remember this is a celebration for 20 folks.

Well we tried to support black owned establishments and it is with this type of foolishness that you wonder why bother.

Exceptional customer service is what determines where I will spend my money.

Let me close by saying we took our celebration to El Chollo's. The bill was about $600.00. The waiter received a tip over 20% and everyone in the group was very happy with service, food and the fact they they were able to accomodate a large party at the last minute.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food - Fun Dining Experience

Harold & Belles is one of my family's favorite restaurants. We especially enjoy the seafood combo. But be warned, the portions are huge. The seafood is never overcooked, is seasoned perfectly and is always fresh. We joke that they must have live fish swimming in tanks in the kitchen because that's just how fresh the seafood tastes. Yummy! I typically shy away from potato salad, but make an exception here. They do a pretty decent job on their potato salad. Their chowder is excellent! Not too thick, not to runny. Not overwhelmed with too many potatoes, and just the right amount of clams. You taste the delicate blend of celery and other spices used in the chowder.

The ambievance is always upbeat and fun. Lots of good energy. The service can be slow sometimes, but is consistently friendly. We've been going there for years, and have noticed they do not have high turnover with their servers.

The drinks are never watered down. As a matter of fact, they're pretty potent, but delicious. I'm not a big bread pudding fan, but have made an exception here. They actually do a really decent job on bread pudding!

Only drawback would be the parking. They do have valet parking, but it can get a little packed in at times. But the valet employees are always courteous and nice. Highly recommended, especially for big eaters and/or for large groups. Reservations are a must!