6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (310) 935-2977
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Caterers, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Price Range : Average
Takes Reservations: Yes
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We went here and had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. Absolutely amazing. The food was great, the pairings were perfect and the service was impeccable.
09/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best restaurant I've tried in the last year. You can tell the difference when you have a chef-driven restaurant. And at Hatfield's you can watch them cook through through open kitchen.
The restaurant is a bit formal, so it's more of an adult atmosphere. When you sit down they give a crab amuse-bouche, extremely tasty. They have a great halibut and a nice rack of lamb. The desserts are also special, with beignets the highlight. The beignets come with a root beer shake which is fantastic.
I'd highly recommend giving Hatfield's a try.
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been a fan of Hatfields for a while especially since my husband and I live right around the corner. We were in last night to celebrate our anniversary and to our suprise they had just started some kind of special spring pre fixed menu. Any appetizer, entree and dessert for $49. Are you kidding me? When you consider the amazing bread , Amuse Bouche and cupcakes with your check this has got to be the best deal in town.
11/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
After hearing all of the rumors about Hatfields and missing my previous opportunity to go, my boyfriend and I finally made it in. I thought the food was nothing short of amazing. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and happy to explain the elements of the dishes without making me feel stupid (as some often do!) We started out with the mackerel and the chef's take on the ""croque madame"". Both were superb and my only complaint is that there wasn't more. My boyfriend had the lamb and I had the market menu skirt steak and we were practically licking our plates clean. I didn't care too much for the bread, but the desserts were really yummy!! I'm planning to bring my parents when they come into town, but I would definitely recommend sitting on the patio as the inside gets pretty loud. All in all, we had a wonderful time.
11/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Hatfield's in West Hollywood a few blocks from the Grove on Beverly is another in a long line of California cuisine at its skimpiest, priciest and most self-conscious.
The gimmick of this converted closet is that most of the ingredients - particularly the veggies - come from the Farmer's Market down the street. A terrific idea, if those ingredients were put to use in a simple way that allowed the flavors to stand on their own free-range merit.
Instead the chef over-indulges all ingredients with such a flurry of butters, creams and seasonings that you're merely left gasping for more ice waterto scrape the salt lick that has become your tongue.
Leslie and I sampled two appetizers. The supposedly ""charred"" Japanese mackerel was spongy and more gamey that mackerel you'd order off a sushi menu. The pineapple and avacado slices could barely mask the muskiness of the fish.
We also ordered the Kabocha squash agnolloti with fresh purple eyed peas, sherry brown butter and armentizia cheese. Thank god we split the already tiny portion, as the brown butter soup was over-whelimingly rich and the peas too al dente; so the textures missed the mark.
Of the half dozen entree selections, we decided to split one, opting for the sauteed wild striped bass,
with wild mushroom, leek and cauliflower fricassee, creamy spaetzle and some things call ""champagne grapes."" The fish was nicely prepared with its crispy seared skin concealing the buttery flesh. With a fish already so delicately rich, the unctuous spaetzle and cauliflower fricasse which was basically buttery mashed califlower were gratituous and overwhelming. The chef simply doesn't know when to say when with his flavor combinations.
With tiny appetizers scraping $20 and paltry entrees in the mid to high $30s, I suppose the restaurant feels that less really should be more.
The service is friendly and polite. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. But there are far better ways to spend $100 on dinner for two.
10/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Since my review seems to have disappeared..... here we go again.
Went there on a Saturday with six friends to celebrate a Birthday. The waitress was extremely curt and seemed annoyed at our presence. She made the one vegetarian person at the table feel extremely uncomfortable by suggesting that it was a faux pas for him to be there.
The food was blah.. totally forgettable.
Waiter never came by the table to check on us, even though the restaurant was half empty at this time of night.. and to make it worst she forgot the birthday dessert......
Felt cheated out of my money.
10/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Since I am one to try things first before knocking it, I decided to take my date here even after reading negative reviews about the quality of the food and service. It was superb! A little treasure in this big city. We were seated at an intimate table and never felt rushed the entire meal. The food was fresh and unpretentious. This is a must see!!!
08/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We met friends here for an early Saturday night dinner, and I was apprehensive after reading some negative reviews here about the quality of the food and service - one reviewer lamented being brought their check with their dessert. But I was very pleasantly surprised by both the service and food - we were given a great table and were not rushed in the least and we found the menu to be bold, unpretentious, and not overwhelming. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant, the food was excellent (especially the Croque Madame appetizer) and the ambience was understated and very comfortable and attractive. It did seem to be getting crowded as we were leaving (at around 9pm) so I would recommend coming early if you want an exceptionally peaceful dining experience. Don't skip dessert.
08/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Well - for all the hype - winner of Best new restaurant in Los Angeles Magazine etc. - we must say , yes the food really is that great . But - we did not like the ambiance at all . I understand - when you open your first restaurant you can go all the way out .... but cozy is not on a budget .
Just dont get the lay out - the lightning - the feel of this place . But with that said - man the food is delicious !.
07/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first restaurant review that I have ever posted on any website. I am not a foodie and I am definitely not a nit-picker, so please read this review with those two points in mind.
My wife and I went to Hatfield's last night to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. The food was good -- not at all memorable, but good -- which, at this price point, is the bare minimum. However, the thing that I feel compelled to speak out about is not the food, it is the aggression with which Hatfield's pushes its tables. We arrived on time for a 7:00 reservation. We ordered over $150 worth of food and drinks (an aside -- the drink portions are comically skimpy, basically a ripoff), including desert and coffee. Amazingly, when our desert and coffee arrived, it was accompanied by the check. We had been at our table for just over an hour and twenty minutes. The check tactic was obviously not subtle and, in my opinion, it was COMPLETELY inappropriate for an expensive ""fine dining"" establishment. Our only solace was that we watched the tables around us get pushed even harder.
I feel bad writing this, because Hatfield's is obviously trying hard and does a lot of things right, but we will never, ever return. There are scores of restaurants in LA that are just as good, or better, and that don't rush you out the door.
03/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am a die hard foodie and fervent fan of the ubiquitous tasting menu, and have tried numerous establishment's attempts throughout the city. So when I saw Hatfield's on Daniel After Hours, I had to go. We started with the Cucumber Gimlet...nice twist on the ever popular Mojito, though just a tad too sweet for my tastes (which grant you, I have a low tolerance for sweet). However, as a result of the evening, we now have a bottle of cucumber vodka infusing in our fridge. Can't wait to play with that! After cocktails started we were served a complimentary starter of velvety squash soup and a creamy deviled quail egg - both very tasty and rich. The tasting menu followed and each course was very good and well executed; however, nothing truly amazed. Service was attentive though scattered, wasn't really sure who our waiter was, since at least 4 people brought our food, and the same 4 cleared plates. The owners/chef were readily available and visible, and we did pop in the kitchen for a bit to express our appreciation, but it was a very busy place so we did not chat long. Their approachability was a refreshing change to the typical LA scene. All in all a very nice evening, but not sure it was worth the $300 bill. I had a little less regret when spending $500 at Sona...THAT was MEMORABLE - One of the few LA places I hope to return. Hatfield's was an experience I am glad to have had, but am looking forward to my next new culinary adventure.
02/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Hatfields is one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. The prompt service, the cozy and romantic atmosphere and the food were all amazing.
We were early for our reservation so they led us to a waiting area on the patio and sent the bartender right over. The dim lights and sort of beige/gold coloring of the restaurant makes it inviting and warm. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, polite and professional- didn't feel like he hated us for eating there like most LA waiters. The food was unique and simple. We had the scallops, which were delicious. They brought out deviled quail eggs as and a shot of squash soup, fun to eat and complimentary-
I had fish- i believe it was trout...it wasn't the most amazing thing I have ever had, but the fish was cooked well with interesting accents- sort of a celery puree- and the presentation was beautiful. My boyfriend had the duck and loved it, it was delicious.
For desert we had a molten flourless chocolate cake with a melted peanut butter center and salted caramel ice cream- i don't even like peanut butter, but this was amazing. This place was expensive but worth every penny. A great place for a celebration, intimate get together or any romantic occasion.
11/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We have now eaten at Hatfield's three times. The first time was over a year ago. It was a party of 5. We loved some things, and didn't love others. One of the dishes we were turned off by was among their most popular items ... the lamb. The meat itself was wonderful, but as a main course the sweet crust got to be too much. In fact, it was on my second visit (where we did the 7 course tasting menu) that I realized how good the lamb is. That is because it was served in a much smaller portion ... so my wife and I were able to take a couple bites each, and then on to the next course. Everything about the tasting menu was perfect. We loved the fact that each of us received different items in tiny bite size amounts. So it was really a tasting of 14 dishes for 2. And we chose to share one wine pairing that night. They served unusual varietals, and had something to tell us about each wine ... whether you are an aficionado or just wanna get DRUNK (kidding!) you will be missing out if you don't give their wines a shot. And this is speaking from the point of view of someone who normally brings their own fancy wine to fancy restaurants. Ok so we went for a third time last night. Didn't have room to do a tasting menu, but still had an incredible meal. The croque madame made for an amazing middle course. Truly one of the best things I have ever tasted! And my olive oil poached trout was to die for! Anyhow, we really love it here. By far the best combination of romantic atmosphere, gourmet food, and good service in LA. Oh and to the reviewer who did not like the bread I say ... SHAME ON YOU! Hehehe, ok maybe you were there on an off night. Seriously I don't even like bread that much, and I crave those cheese rolls. Must be eaten right out of the oven, which is how they serve them. And in the spirit of poorly organized scattershot reviews, I would like to also commend this place on how accommodating they are about changes to reservations. Really truly nice peeps. Go Hatfield's go!
10/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was my wife's and I best food experience in a very, very long time! The restaurant is hardly visible from the outside, very modest on the inside and the service, very attentative, friendly, knowledgeable, shows some sort of restraint warmth - a perfect setting where nothing distracts you from your dining experience. And an experience it truly was. It starts with a well rounded although condensed menu; there is no similarity but diversification of items instead. One doesn't have to ""study"" the menu, one can ""see"" it - how wonderful! And then there is this very interesting wine list, excellent choices with wines off the beaten path, for example exquisite Austrian wines. The dessert menu suggests the most perfect dessert /wine pairings one can think of. The presentation of the food is just beautiful, elegant and colorful but not overdone and the main item is still recognizable as such. Everything is prepared to perfection, the balance and tension between textures and tasts is just sublime! And I mean it. The same goes for the desserts - all of them within a class by itself. Even the twist in my Martini had the perfect size! As you can see from my description I'm still floored and astonished. And for the money - slightly higher priced for LA, but believe me, in Londion you would pay for an equivalent twice the price. And one more thing: aren't you sick and tired to go to a restaurant where the tableware looks like as if somebody dumped a container of ""Mix 'n Match"" porcellan on your table. At Hatfield's there is none of that. We are finally back to where food reigns supreme and not the plates. Simple and elegant, round, flat white plates. What a joy! Congratulations to the Hatfields!
07/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The title says it all. From the moment I walked in, the expereince was amazing. Service, setting, wine, food. It does not get any better than Hatfields. The corn soup, deviled quail egg, the bread, bean salad with baby squid, poached halibut.... every bit was spectacular. Cant wait to go back again, and again.
06/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The service was really cordial and the ambiance was pleasant. The setting is modern and minimal but inviting. The wine I ordered was great ($62 Pinot Noir bottle), but the wine listed was limited.
The soft shelled crab appetizer was disappointing, very crunching, not soft and flavors were average.
The entree I had was average, Tai Snapper. My friends was much better, halibut.
The dessert and dessert wine were yummy.
I'd give it a mixed review. I was a bit disappointed, as it was inconsistent.
05/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A small, simple space but extremely comfortable. Very pleasant service and the owner/hostess checks in to make sure all is going smoothly. Very interesting ""off the run"" wine list. Great food. We had the tasting menu and so the two of us were able to try 14 dishes (7 courses each). A very nice night.