Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 652-4444
Fax: (213) 652-4444
The Redwood Bar
Redwood Bar And Grill
The Redwood Bar & Grill
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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02/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Mostly I just like this place because of the pirate theme. Drink and crowd wise, there’s nothing stand out about this spot, but the pirate thing makes it worth the trip. I’ve been here a bunch of times for friend’s birthdays, and it’s a good choice for a large group. There’s enough space for everyone to spread out, and it’s not too loud that you can’t hold a conversation. I’ve never had the food here nor been to their live music nights, but if you’re looking for a casual bar, it’s a good one. Also, I think that they serve Dark and Stormies which I love, but no one serves them.
I put $5 into the jukebox to play some music, only to find out that the bartender was playing the radio or some other music. There was no sign on the jukebox explaining that this was the case, nor was there any way of me knowing. When I asked for a refund, the bartender ridiculed me for caring so much about $5. It was so shocking to my friends and I that we thought that he had to be joking. He wasn't. I've been around d-bag, cokeheads before, and I can definitely lump him into the same category. Instead of returning there, probably going to spend my time in any of the other 100s of amazing bars that downtown has to offer.
10/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had wanted to check out the Redwood for a long time, so one day I went in for lunch on a Saturday. I ended up staying four hours! I had such a great time hanging out with the staff that I'm going there every Saturday now.
The food is very fresh, and it isn't that run-of-the-mill frozen and reheated bar food. Very delicious. I think today I'll try their breakfasts. They're not on the menu yet, but you can still order them. Even the cooks are friendly!
Try the grilled chicken. mmmmm.
But, yeah, this place is definitely more a bar than a restaurant. Come here to drink and eat, not eat and drink if you know what I mean. And to hang out with all the awesome, chill, unpretentious people.
08/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I used to like the Redwood bar, especially for the fish and chips. Until this past saturday, the fish and chips stayed good but the atmosphere and the music was shocking!! I dont know who in their right mind put the entertainment together but the MC a mister ""Old White Man"" was offensive to say the least. Along with the other ""entertainers"" as well the only word you heard out of their mouths was either X-rated, or blasphemous or both. From sexually perverted ABCs to describing sexuall fantasies on stage, it was just waaay out of hand. The fact that there were children present did not seem to phase neither the performers or the staff either. What a shame!I will not recommend this place again nor stop by for any reason at all.
05/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate at Redwood Bar & Grill while visiting in town this past Saturday night. I'm formerly an LA resident and moved away several years ago. I had heard downtown was built up but had no idea what to expect. Several friends took me out and we started our night at Redwood. I was super impressed. We wound up staying the whole night despite our big plans, the place just drew us in. Dinner was perfect, that burger was incredible - my friends talked it up and they were right on. Gotta say, I've done all the fancy LA joints and it didn't turn me off one bit in that way, it gave the sweet comfy cool vibe of being a local bar. It was packed but the service was excellent which is seriously a rare find in this town. We loved our server and our eventual bartender was wonderful and much too charming. Sigh. Thank you, Redwood, you have renewed my faith in LA bars!!!
05/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was lured downtown to visit the Edison but was turned away when the bouncer said my $300 tennis shoes didnt fit the dress code. Hmm.. not having any moccasins on hand I strolled down the street to my car and saw a load of action up ahead. The Redwood didnt look like much from the outside but once I stepped inside I was glad that the Edison had rejected me. The place was lively and hopping and packed with a young and attractive crowd of predominantly females. A dream come true!
I was a bit famished from a long day and ordered myself a burger. A decadent journey into culinary snackery that really satisfied. The perfect blend of meat and bun and a nice cold brew to wash it down. I ordered the sweet potato fries and loved every minute.
Then the music started up.. a local artist named the Gray Kid got everyone moving and the bar suddenly transformed into one of the best intimate venues I had ever been too. The nautical decor and wood panelling made it feel like you were at someones very cool uncles house party. So all in all.. check out the Redwood. Its a great place to catch a show and a bite and maybe reel in one of the many fish in the sea.
02/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I gave this place a few goes. At first I was charmed by it's quirky props and ""new downtown LA"" location. Slowly but surely, like a series of progressively worse dates, the charm soured into a sincere distaste.
I've lived in London and Australia, places where the word ""Pub"" is more than a cute marketing hook and the term ""Gastro Pub"" a brave statement, best backed up with very good food. So General Manager Jennifer Frizzell's brags about her ""Gastro Pub"" should be ignored wholesale.
It's better to describe this place as a Pirate Fantasy Camp - complete with worn-out furnishings, food not even fit to throw overboard and staff that would slit your throat for the two gold coins in your pocket, the second you turn your back. You'll be begging to walk the plank.
02/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Seriously one of the worst dining experiences ever. If stale buns, burned patties (ordered medium) and cold fries = a gastro pub, im never going to one of them again. The only thing colder than the fries was the service when these problems were pointed out to the staff. And this is not a cheap place, a Grey Goose martini costs $12.50 and an Absolute vodka is $8.50. And just as a final (somewhat technical) point, over 6 people they include the tip (ill let you guess why), and while on the menu it says 18% they really charge you 20%. If you question that, they'll point you to a sign at the bar. I think you know what im talking about here.
09/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Me and two other friends went to the Redwood bar on Friday around 6pm. It's very fun to walk into the place, the decor is great. We ordered a couple drinks and sat down for awhile. I know it's silly, but we poured a little hot wax in our hand and watched it dry. The waitress apparently told the bartended who came over and started scolding us. He was so condescending. I realiz we were acting a little childish, but we really had the situation under control. There is totally a nice way to say ""quit playing with the wax!"". He was so concerned about the wax getting on the black carpet in a dark bar (by the way, there was only a tiny bit of wax in my hand and that was it). I would be more worried about the grease from the food getting on the carpet, rather than the wax. He totally ruined my feelings about the bar.
06/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went here the other night with my honey. The outside looks kind of random, but once you come in its dark and homey... just like all those pubs I used to go to when I lived in London. The bar top is sticky, but the drinks are good and the bartenders are nice. They have a very good selection of beer (on tap and in bottles), as well as wine, and cocktails. My boyfriend had the burger (which was huge and very good, make sure to order the sweet potato fries!) and I had the wedge salad (great dressing) and the crispy barbecue wings (soooo good, and definitely had leftovers for the next day.) Overall, it was a great experience, very chill and unpretentious, and a crowd that was friendly and relaxed.
06/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After thinking long and hard about where to go for my birthday I decided on The Redwood Bar and Grill for the Downtown location and Pirate theme. When I arrived, the place wasn't very busy but like others said, there are very few seats which seems especially strange since on this website their video raves about what good food they have which makes the place sound like more of a restaurant than a bar. There were 7 of us and we did end up getting a table pretty fast but our waiter disappeared right after he sat us and came back about an hour later. When he got to our table, he literally threw a tantrum because we had gotten up and ordered drinks from the bar. He then proceeded to place a little sign on our table to let others know it wasn't occupied. It was actually laugh out loud funny because I couldn't figure out how he was planning on removing us from the table and why the owners would want us removed considering the amount of drinks we were purchasing. If he had only just slowed down a bit and been friendly about it we would have ordered more drinks from him and compensated him for his trouble but after that I don't know what kind of tip he was expecting. I have to say that the managers were so nice about the whole thing and apologized but I can't figure out why that guy was working there? Also in the video they go on about the nautical themed drinks but when I asked for the menu the bar tender didn't even seem to know one existed (although when he found it he made the drinks like he had done it before, they were great!)
06/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I loved Redwood Bar and Grill's atmosphere. It is funky and fun with sailing and pirate paraphernalia all over the place. My friends and I got a kick out of it. This place is great for large groups of people because it is the kind of place where people are milling around mixing and mingling. However, if you do go with a large group, you probably won?t end up sitting at the same table. There aren't many tables and it gets really cramped around the bar with everyone vying to put in their drink orders. Everyone ends up standing around in groups talking. I didn't get to try the food but it looked really good.
05/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Being in Downtown LA on a Thursday evening after a long day of meetings can be gruelling. How refreshing that I was able to find such a place as the Redwood in order to avoid the traffic. I was immediately greeted by a young lady behind the bar with a warm smile. I usually sit at tables but opted for the bar this time no doubt due to this 'original' greeting (it's hard to find smiles in LA these days). Famished, I asked for a menu and an opinion. Without hesitation she recommended the Fish&Chips. I myself am a connoisseur of this dish. I've had it in London, Scotland, New England (all over the East Coast), as well as many other places and I must say that these are, indeed the best you'll ever have. As excited as I am to find a place with such great food, I am equally impressed with the service. It is so nice to be greeted so warmly and taken care of as if I walked into the bartender's own home. That is the way she made me feel! Thank you and I will definitely be back.
05/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After wasting 40 minutes of my time waiting to pay for a parking ticket, I wind up walking into this huge (from the outside you can't tell how big it is), cozy and cool bar, wich made me feel like I was on a Hollywood movie set, keeping my expectations to see captain Sparrow at any given moment. I sat at the bar when the bartender asked me...""Do you want to have lunch or just a drink?"". ""So you guys serve food too?"", I replied while he was giving me the menu. I've got to tell you, I was quiet surprised with the variety of the menu, from short ribs to garlic tiger prawns. I ended up ordering the lunch special, which was a ""pizza margarita"". It was maybe the best pizza dough I've ever had. The crunchiness was unbelievable and the tomato sauce had a garlic kick that was off the wall.
I can't really speak for the rest of the food since I haven't try it but if everything else taste like the pizza I'm down on it.
Pros: food, staff, atmosphere
cons:restrooms extremly dark, is hard to tell is also a restaurant
05/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It's not really a lunch place, even if they do serve lunch.
It's a bar. With bar food. Wit bar decor. With bar service.
The wait staff has attitude, yes, but they are hardly rude. If you want great restaurant service, go to Patina, or the Water Grill.
If you want pirate decor, good food, good drinks and great people watching, the Redwood is a great bet.
03/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Had a res. Still waited 15minutes after res time for a lunchtime table. They tried to seat our group of 9 at a table for 6. Waited some more. After ordering, waited over 40 minutes for our burgers.....at lunch!!! (Although the 6-top adjacent to us ordered after we did, they got their food a whole lot sooner). Empty glasses all around. Food was grossly overcooked, cold and generally just plain poor. Service was very poor. Seemed to be loads of staff wandering about, just not near our table. Would definitely not return. Under the new ownership, this place is seriously overrated. Where's Alice when you need her?
Having been a concierge downtown for several years, I regret to say, I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND the Redwood to any of our residents. I'm very disappointed with the treatment I received from the waiting staff including the restaurant manager. I was doing a self-guided tour of 5 new hot spots with 3 friends, when arriving at the ?Redwood?, it smelled a little fishy, but after a cold Guinness I wanted a taste of the fish & chips. I approached a man standing at the bar who appeared to be a waiter, I asked about ordering food and he pointed to an empty table, so we sat. The waitress arrived at the table stating that it was ?her? table, and that she told someone else to sit there. She insisted that we vacate the table. There?s no need to go on. This restaurant?s staff needs training.
I love to eat fish.
I also have a highly acute olfactory sense.
I am the guy who drives to Baja more than a few times a year just to eat fresh fish.
I am talking about driving over the mountains to the remote fishing villages on the coast. I will spend all morning out on the panga boats catching snapper, bass, and lingcod. If we are lucky enough to land a yellowtail, it is sushi before we get back to the ramp.
By 3 in the afternoon it's cooking on the grill. I thought there was nothing that could match the taste. Until I had the fish at Redwood. I also like the fact that I can save a great deal of money on gas, freeway tolls, and fishing gear.
When Some places have lines and attitued that look like the US border, Redwood is the best place to anchor and ""make-port"".
If anything stunk the night that last writer was there, it had to have been attitude.