Checkers Downtown

3.9 based on 1014 reviews
Cuisine Type American
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Downtown

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About Checkers Downtown

The menu at Checkers Downtown can best be described as an epicurean adventure from classic to contemporary. Under the creative direction of Executive Chef Walter Rowin, the menu features California cuisine rooted in fresh, market-driven ingredients and seasonal cooking.

Checkers Downtown is located in the historic Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel. In the restaurant you’ll find photos of Los Angeles through the decades. Located off the lounge, the outdoor patio offers a relaxed dining experience, perfect for grabbing cocktails and small plates with a group or for a more intimate dinner for two, all while enjoying the beauty of Los Angeles’ wonderful weather.
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  1. Breakfast Menu
  2. Lunch Menu
  3. Dinner Menu
  4. Dessert

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3.9
Good
Based on 1,014 reviews
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3.9
Food
3.9
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3.9
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1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought my brother for his 40th birthday. How embarrassing! What was described as a cool, classic downtown restaurant was nothing more than a sad, old, hotel restaurant. The food was executed fine, but even with an empty restaurant we barely saw the server, had to ask for drink menus, etc. the furniture was beat up and ugly, the ambience was like a basement with windows. Wish I had chosen a better spot for such a special occasion since they didn't bother to read my request about it being his birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a wonderful brunch in a beautiful dining room before going to Disney Hall. Sure beats the restaurants closer to the Music Center for ambience and menu selections.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Checkers is a very reliable venue. Wonderful service, nicely appointed dining room and quiet enough to have a discussion without the all-too-common hustle/bustle 'din' noise that makes so many restaurants difficult to have a business meeting in for lunch.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food wasn't horrible, but thank you Open Table for allowing me to to select a highly rated restaurant on your app only to find out when I got there that the ambiance is like eating dinner at the morgue. I literally felt that I was the caretaker at the Timberline Lodge from the movie the Shining. Again the food wasn't bad it was just a disjointed menu and not very memorable. A dinner for two cost us $220 and I couldn't even order a Johnny Walker Blue. WTF!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is not special or spectacular in any way. It is just okay. The service was a little slow and did not come around often enough. I wanted more water and had to wait a long time before anyone showed up to refill it. Also, the wine list is mediocre.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Two friends and I had tickets for a concert at Disney Hall. We decided to have dinner first at Checkers Hotel. It was delightful. The room is elegant with friendly but professional service and fine food and drink. We told the server that we needed to leave about 7:30 for the 8:00 performance. Checkers even provided a town car to take us to Disney Hall at no charge. We were told to just text the driver when the concert was over and he would be there in 5 minutes or so. That was when the great evening came to an end. After the concert we texted an got no reply. We tried again 5 minutes later. Nothing. We phoned, but only got voice mail, left a message, but still no reply. We didn't have Checkers' number, so we called Hilton who runs it. After several different transfers, they said they would try to find someone to pick us up. At that point, we decided to walk. As we finally approached the hotel, we got a call that they would be sending someone to Disney to pick us up. Too late!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My breakfast was fine, the ambience was fine, the service was sub-standard.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were 8 people for breakfast - the food was great as was the service. We were there for a meeting - the room was very quiet and easy to hear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We stayed at Checkers and had breakfast before leaving. My daughter and I shared two items so we could have protein and a sweet item- the 2 eggs any style and the Belgium Waffle. \nThe eggs came with potatoes which were small rose potatoes grilled or sautéed with wonderful shallots that add great flavor. The Waffle comes with strawberries and very generous side of fruit. That day it was pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and pieces of melon. All of this fruit was ripe and delicious. Also on the side was a small pitcher of maple syrup- my only disappointment was that the syrup did not seem to be pure maple but seemed to be part corn syrup and was not warm enough... But a great breakfast and the organic coffee that was refilled at the right time was a perfect beverage.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

The wait was very minimal, there menu selections are good the wine is priced excellent.\nI was bummed that there was no outside seating.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

A good place to go for a pre-theatre or pre-sporting event dinner. Good service. Reliable food quality. Quiet. Comfortable. Easy parking.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was slow, the food choices were not compelling and they did not have our reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Undiscovered Gem!! Chef Walter very personable, knowledgeable and creative! Patio dining was quiet and comfortable! All in all, a truly enjoyable dining experience and my wife and I hope to return in the near future!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and ambiance. Service out of turn with a later couple finishing ahead, and we were late for the opera despite asking initially to be finished on time an hour ahead, when we were seated. The wAitress was covering too many tables. This was on a holiday so an enigma.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a wonderful meal with great service here. The lobby bar at the Checkers Hilton is a treat as well. The only sad thing is that the restaurant was so empty on a Tuesday evening that it felt a little lonesome. Too bad, too! It's in a great location, not a bad walk from the Music Center, except for the climb back up Grand to get back.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant closed without notifying us and we did not find out until our large party arrived.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is always first rate. Restaurant is very classy and well maintained. Service and food always top notch. Validated parking. Quiet.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous meal, our server was attentive and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We had fabulous cocktails in the bar before dinner, and would certainly choose Checkers again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The wild arugula burger and fries is among the best burger and fries you will ever eat. I've had it once before and it was exceptional both times. Only difference this time was the service was very slow despite being nearly empty inside. But I still recommend this restaurant. The food is very good. And the ambiance is quiet and classy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was good, the menu is a bit limited. Met a very important business contact for lunch, it was quiet and service was the best part.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Despite an OpenTable reservation and confirmation and THREE phone calls , when we arrived for our brunch for 12 people, no table was set and they were surprised to see us. It took 25 minutes to set the table, literally. Service was equally slow, which MIGHT be why the poached eggs were hard. About 60% of the orders were close to accurate, at best, 2 did not arrive at all and one had to be re-ordered three times. On the other hand, the bill was staggeringly high. I chose the restaurant because it was good years ago and conveniently located for a Sunday matinee at the Music Center. The best thing can say is that maybe it was not the worst dining experience I have had in LA in decades. Maybe.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

That was the worst meal I've had in a long time. Took 3 bites if the French dip and couldn't eat anymore. It was bad. I was hungry but couldn't do anymore. To bad the waiter couldn't get my hint that it was not pleasant. I would not recommend this for our puppy let alone someone else. This btw is the first time I've ever written a review in this app.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ate at the hotel because we were staying there and too tired to look for another restaurant. If it weren't for that we probably wouldn't have eaten there because LA has so many great eateries. That said, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the food was really good. The restaurant was quiet with understated elegance, ambiance and soft music in the background. Our server was very attentive. We both had a dinner salad with chicken that was delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to eat there again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot for breakfast. Have dined here several time while traveling on business. Friendly wait staff. Lobby bar is nice

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my go-to place for business lunches or when I want to have an atmosphere that allows conversation without competing with a noisy environment. The service is very competent and efficient and you can get served in an hour.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very easy in andand out, free valet and excellent service and food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Mother's Day brunch was phenomenal. When we got there they were still setting up but once done, it was really beautiful. Highly recommend it for future festive brunches.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We reserved a table not realizing checkers is a hotel restaurant. There was no one to greet us, the food took nearly an hour, and was hit or miss. The favorite was the fish part of the fish and chips. Fortunately, there wasgood wine to be had, although I had to ask for the wine list.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day before we saw the Magic Flute at the Dorthy Chandler. The service was above par. The wait staff were really attentive and were considerate with of our time constraint. We were able to have all three courses in a reasonable amount of time without feeling rushed. My girlfriend did confess that the potato pancake that was served with the filet was a little too salty. And I will admit that the lobster served with the filet was underwhelming. The desserts were definitely the stars. Overall, the night was great and I would come back if I was in downtown again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

When you guys search thru Google or other else for see how they're looks like, don't believe it. They don't have a balcony and view. They're located on ground floor.\nThe food wise, so bad. Tasted was very salty and I ate steaks and lobster grill plate, it was very horriable. I requested medium rare, however the meat lost juicy taste and it was very dry

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Was very excited from the pictures we found on Yelp and other sources. Little did I know most of the pictures were taken at the bar. I guess the bar was cool but dinner was not happening. Took 15 minutes to get our drinks, didn't even get offered water. Good had no flavor. I was actually really disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our food and service was outstanding. Between us we had rack of lamb, salmon, sea bass, and butternut squash ravioli, all of which was amazing. The flavors exceeded expectations and the presentation was phenomenal! Great place to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best of all it has FREE parking in downtown LA! Food is great, service is excellent and you can hear all of your guests. Its a great place for a business lunch meeting.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had excellent choices and service for our group dinner. Our steak dinners were great and the price for the evening reasonable. Check it out!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The main reason to dine here is the staff--including the valet parking crew. It is very quiet, outstanding for a small get together or business meeting. Heidi was our waitress, and what a friendly, competent and attentive person she is - also, her French is excellent. \n\nPerhaps the regular chef is off on Monday - at least I hope that explains the mediocre food which, except for the steak, was edible but little more.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The buffet was well presented. Enjoyed the seafood -- shrimp, crab, ahi tuna -- the selection of hot items, and the carvery. My mimosa glass was always refilled without asking our server.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Looks like a restaurant. Beautiful space. Most boring, hotel coffeshop like menu I've ever seen.. What a shame. Service was terrific. It wasn't his fault the menu was hotel routine. Find a chef that doesn't work for Hilton corporate. Unremarkable

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

Just bad. Not a well run dining room and the kitchen feels uninspired. Ordered a underwhelming flatbread on what felt like a premade and bland crust.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

We were shocked this restaurant was rated so highly.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We enjoyed our dinner at the Checkers Restaurant although wished there were more items in the menu to choose from

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Went for Valentine's Day dinner. Wanted to avoid the prix fixe approach so many restaurants take on holidays. Unfortunately, Checkers didn't provide any information on their website or to Open Table regarding their plans. I'd hoped a hotel restaurant would offer their full menu, but they didn't. It was a good meal, not great, but good. It was obvious some of the items were made well in advance. And very few vegetables to accompany the meal. Steak was perfectly cooked and the Bernaise sauce was superior.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Grilled romaine salad was outstanding. Salmon was good but farm-raised.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We always try to go here if we are going somewhere downtown, like the music center, great food, outstanding service, peaceful, quiet, you can even talk normally and be heard......and we always use the limo service to the music center.

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