With Perch LA and BLD being one of my favorite places to get brunch/breakfast, Bottega Louie also has made my list of favorites. A nice and quite elegant restaurant located in the middle of a busy DTLA intersection we get this fine bakery that also doubles as a restaurant. Bottega Louie is very well known for it’s fresh baked pastries and cakes as well as chocolate sweets and bread goods. They’re also very busy on weekends from my own personal experience and unfortunately does not take reservations so I always recommend people with large groups to come early to be able to be seated faster. If you come early, there’s no real wait. The last trip we came around 9:50am on a Sunday and we were seated immediately when our entire party arrived.
They do not have free parking since they’re in DTLA, but they do have parking structures for $8.00 on weekends for flat rates across the street as well as metered street parking. I usually prefer the structure since there’s a system to parking and it’s not crowded by walking pedestrians in addition to security (although not many of them) still better than the streets.
As said before they’re quite busy so there’s usually a plethora of patrons waiting for tables and/or buying pastries during brunch hours. I make my way to the hostess and have my name placed in their waiting list and they will come get you when your table is ready. Once they seat you they will provide you with their brunch menus which is usually saved for the weekends only.
I also solemnly swear I only come here for brunch. LOL.
I’ve never been here for dinner before so just a reminder that this is for their brunch menu items. With that being said I REALLY love this place. Their restaurant is built with large wide windows and so gorgeous natural lighting pours in during the day. I love the friendly (and impeccably dressed as stated by another diner) staff and hosts that work here. They also have an open kitchen concept which is amazing since you can watch the chefs create all sorts of different dishes.
We’ve had their Farmer’s Market Breakfast (definitely recommended dish) made with perfectly poached eggs, baby potatoes, candy cane beets, beech mushrooms, scallions, asparagus and opted with no cheese. The ingredients tasted so fresh and well put together I’d ordered again and again. The Egg White Omelette I found very light on the palate, it’s vegetarian cooked with egg whites on the outside and filled with spinach, baby bell peppers, cipollini onions. The lightly salted spinach gave the omelette such an amazing flavor with the bell peppers and onions! Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the side salad, it tasted strange and prickly. Boyfriend enjoys their smoked salmon Benedict here because he loves how perfect the poached eggs are cooked with the layer of smoked salmon, crème fraîche, red onions, sautéed spinach and light dash of hollandaise sauce on a potato pancake. Which leads me to one of their more delicious small plates: PROSCIUTTO & BURRATA. It’s made with thinly sliced prosciutto then a dollop of burrata, garnished with basil & extra virgin olive oil on a potato pancake. IT IS SO GOOD. Everyone needs to try it ASAP. Like NOW. LOL.
The staff and service is always impeccable as well, they’re always all smiles when we go and they would get us anything we need in a heartbeat. They also always make sure that they know what you need before you even know it yourself. 🙂 Although they do have this strange health care fee (we’re paying for the wait staff’s health insurance) that’s attached to every bill (which is fine printed on all menus when you’re ordering) which I think is sort of ridiculous. It’s really the only thing I don’t like about Bottega though, other than that definitely adore this place! 🙂
Address: 700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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