Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
I worked down the street from Square One. When it first opened I went there a couple of times a week, and the service was fast because it wasn't known yet.
The french toast is awesome and the sandwiches with alioli are great too.
Then it started to get busy, and the service was slow and sometimes the food was cold. The food is very good - just make sure you plan for a wait to get it. I think with better planning on their part the service could be a lot quicker.
There's frequently a wait for a table her during weekend brunch hours, but it's a nice spot with good outdoor patio. Very family friendly; good egg-centric "skillets" on the menu.
Went for the first time this morning for brunch. Had the banana French toast, the Benedict with salmon, chorizo and egg skillet. All delicious! Would totally come back to try some other stuff! The orange juice is really fresh! Small cup tho :)
Came here for brunch once. Seemed like a pretty cool place but the food was a major disappointment. My coffee had fat floating all over it. Super dry and tough sausage.
Well, Jake Gyllenhal was sitting next to us but he couldn't save the morning :)
12/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
At first glance the people are very welcoming and the food is good. Priced fairly well. However after ordering breakfast with (garlic sausage which I don't recommend) MY WIFE, 2 KIDS and I got HORRIBLY SICK. Several hours later we all contracted a STOMACH VIRUS and when I called to inform them they quickly brushed me off and did not even have the consideration to at least find out what we ate so it could be checked on. That REALLY SCARES ME. Primarily because they just quickly swept my complaint under the rug and my only goal was to make sure no one else gets sick.
07/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Working at one of the nearby hospitals, Square One has long been a favorite to order out from, for breakfast and lunch. The brioche french toast is a favorite, as is the beet salad, and anything with the delicious Nueske bacon. Today, with some time to spare, i brought an out of town visitor to lunch. In reading past reviews, I'm happy to say there is no longer a plague of flies. I was less happy with the friendly wait staff. We sat for 20+ minutes, finally flagging someone to ask if we could order. Another 25 minutes passed, watching food arrive at tables seated long after us, asked if where ours might be? When it arrived, it had clearly been ready long before the bus boy was tapped to bring it. It was an interesting to contrast the difference between eating in and taking out- the food was fresher and nearer the correct temperature range with take out. After bringing my check in the cute little bucket up myself, i left with the resolution to forgo the misery, and simply phone in future orders. For those of you who found the food less than stellar, try the take out option. Our staff seems to be happy, and I must say there was a significant difference to recommend it- on many levels.
04/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I consider a ""good"" breakfast restaurant one that gets the basic beginner fare right. Namely, French toast, pancakes, waffles. If you can't do that right, much less charge 9$ for 3 pancakes without toppings, you need help. The pancakes I had APR 25 were made from a cheap mix. I could have gotten better pancakes at IHop.
Try Marston's in Pasadena. Way better.
11/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Having spent years in hipster dining in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I am delighted to see such a star in L.A. Everytime I visit L.A. this place is a must. Where do I begin? Cake-Of-The-Day - let's start there. Whoever is the pastry chef here has got their thing down, specifically variance, freshness, chocolate, and some actual spice on certain days (ie. cayenne, or the like).
Start with the home-made pickles, choose a bacon dish or just take the bacon as a side (bacon being from a local farm), consider the baked eggs - they are excellent. And finish with the Cake-Of-The-Day obviously - you will not find yourself disappointed.
The only thing missing are Bloody Marys. No matter - for breakfast, this place is pretty close to perfection on a budget.
08/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Bring a fly swatter....
After reading about it for a while, I dragged a friend there--twice. The comment about the flies is correct: both inside and outside the place is SWARMING. That's an easy problem to fix, however, compared to the bland menu. I felt like I had a cold both times. Dull... flavorless... unimaginative.... dull.... And the trendy crowd with their squalling trendy kids was still shoveling it in...
Try Alcove instead...
08/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
After coming to this place for a year now, and telling a million people about it, I went for breakfast a couple times about week ago and was extremely disappointed. Both times.
There were all these flies that they tried to control by one tiny Venus Fly Trap on the windowsill. But really, they were a total nuisance and after seeing them land on silverware on empty tables, I felt disgusted.
Both times, my dishes came out cold - not timed well with my dining companions which came out warm. I ordered a pressed egg sandwich one day and it was not only cool but runny on the inside - not a good combination and it didn't feel safe to eat. It seemed that they were pretty busy so maybe they have a new crew working? I heard that the original owner left and it's new owners...could this be the issue? Because all the times I came previously were exceptional experiences. I hope these were isolated events and at some point, I will try them again, but I've had to be honest to other people about my recent experiences.
The coffee is good though....
05/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food is alright here, it wasn't anything special. I ordered a breakfast skillet, which was okay. The food also took forever to get to our table. I looked at other people's food and it looked better than mine, I don't know, maybe it depends on what you order?
05/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What a perfect sunday breakfast, both food and service were impeccable. My husband and I sat outside on the patio, started with a delicious soy latte with thick and creamy foam, fresh squeezed OJ. We were tempted to get the french toast as we kept seeing big gooey syrupy plates go by but we opted for eggs instead. I had the egg sandwich with arugula, tomatoes and aioli between 5 grain seeded bread. The quality of ingredients is very high and vibe at Square One sweet. We will definitely be back.
03/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I know clean is a weird way to explain food, but somehow it seems like the right word for Square One. They don't overdo it with unnecessary flavors, everything is simply done... and oh so tasty. I've had the beet salad which was great (although I'd prefer goat to blue cheese), the breakfast sandwich is also super tasty. Glad to have Square One in the neighborhood. Service is super fast, but as this place grows in popularity the wait becomes longer! I just wish they were open for dinner too.
12/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was a delightful treasure located in the midst of a somewhat dodgy area right behind the Church of Scientology - but once you step into the cute little space and then into the enclosed back patio, you are transported into a calming haven where you can while away the morning or afternoon with your friends and family. The food is pretty straightforward, fresh and good - nothing complicated. My friends had a yummy looking omelette and a breakfast sandwich with potato salad (quite yummy). I had a puree of celery root soup with apples (very appropos for the holidays - sweet, light and homey) and a grilled cheese sandwich (with gruyere and cheddar)(good). I also had a refreshing morrocan ice tea (yum!). The entire experience was great - from the good food, the friendly competent service, the relaxing atmosphere. I would definitely return here to try their other offerings.
11/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten at my fair share of restaurants known for their breakfasts but Square One Dining truly has made their breakfast dishes works of culinary art. Everything is extremely fresh and you can taste the freshness with each bite. My wife and I have gone here many times trying different items on the menu and we have never been disappointed. If I were to pick a favorite, the lox bennedict over a potato pancake paired with a side salad is just amazing. But I like the pancakes and skillets as well. For all you breakfast fans, this is the place to dine.