this place has great deals for lunch, its $4.95 for about 6 different items; however you do have to order a drink to get that special price which basically raises the price back to its original amount... either way, its $7+ for lunch which is a good bang for your buck.
the quality of the food is okay, you get what you pay for.. again, its not fine dining so if you dont care and just wanna fill your stomach, this place works!
waitresses are attentive and constantly walking around to make sure glasses are full but it is a small place so it shouldnt be too hard to notice when customers are in need of a refill.
overall, great for a cheap fix (eats or drinks), prices are reasonable.. would go back mainly because of this
Went to this place for Lunch this afternoon.
I remember that someone mentioned that the L.A. Grill and Bistro had good food at reasonable prices.
We (4 adults and 4 kids) decided to give this place a try.
We were greeted immediately on entering and seated promptly.
The waitress was very nice and attentive the whole time we were there. She took the order for drinks first and then came back to a couple of times to see if we were ready to order.
We started off with the Nachos, they were served piping hot and crispy, with lots and lots of cheese on them. The serving of sour creme and Salsa was plentiful.
I ordered the LA burger, it was great - served on a toasted kaiser with roasted potatoes which were excellent. Also a side salad came with it. I like that they serve the burger with a healthy side, instead of oily french fries that usually comes with a burger. Other adults ordered the Salmon Burger, Cajun Burger and the Chicken Salsa - their experiences were great also. The kids had the Cheese Garlic Bread and the Chicken Strip and the Prawn Fettuccini Alfredo, all were done to perfection.
The portions were amazing, none of us felt hungry afterwards
We finished it off with the Mud Pie, Chocolate Cheese Cake and another chocolate dessert. Servings were large and plentiful.
The w/c were big and clean and the restaurant was clean and located in a mall location, so had lots of parking.
I wil definitely recommend this to my friends because of the ambience, value and staff attentiveness.
Will try for dinner next time, they have dinner specials for $7.95 - NY Steak on Monday and Grilled Salmon on Thursdays ... they have other specials also.
The food specials here I thoroughly enjoy...not because they are grade A quality (they are probably just above average in taste) but their dinner specials are fairly healthy, high in protein, and if you don't eat all the potatoes, low in carbs (their potatoes are good though).
Service is hit or miss at times, I've had steller service from here, and just mediocre at times.
My favorites are Monday steaks and tuesday chicken...
I've visited LA Bistro a couple times with about the same experience each time. The food was good and fresh and at a great price, but the service was pretty slow. The place is fairly small but it was packed! And it looked like there was only one server, so we were okay with waiting. The food was quick but our drinks seemed to always be empty. It's a great value for the dollar though! Most entres come with rice, potatos AND salad and it's only around $10-12. The ambiance is dark and fairly private, like a lounge atmosphere. but where we were sitting was almost too dark. If you come when it's not so busy, you'll have a good experience. Again, GREAT VALUE! And it's always nice to support the little guys! I will return again.
I was veryinquisitive about the idea of an Asian owned HK-style cafe geared towards a broader clientele (if you live in Richmond you get what I mean) and being remarkably blown away by how POOR the service was.
For me I feel the attitudes of the management and waitstaff have a lot to do with my overall impression and satisfaction with a restaurant and our waitress was just so unprofessional. We were just about the only ones in the restaurant on a Friday night so I guess she thought she could downplay her professionalism because she was talking on the phone half the time and literally rolling her eyes at us when we asked to order. I can't even remember what I ate but I was not impressed
I decided to take a night on the town with a group of friends to L.A Grill & Bistro. We stood at the front counter waiting for someone to escort us to a table. There goes 2 minutes. Finally we were seated at a table in the back room where it was semi-packed. We sat, and the "nice" blonde lady gave us our menus. We sat looking through the menus, quite a good price for a serving of a large burger, potatoes, and salad. I decided to get the "Classic Burger", $5.95 and a cool Ice Tea. We waited for the waitress to take our orders. Then we waited, and waited, just until 25 minutes passed by and she showed up. She took our orders, getting everything mixed up. As we had told her we wanted seperate bills and she ended up putting it all in one bill. After waiting around 45mins-1hour we got our food. PEOPLE, 45mins-1hour!! Do you know how slow the service is?? You're sitting there waiting looking out in the sky and the next thing you know it's pitch black outside, and you're STILL waiting for your food. There we go done eating. What now, we have to wait another 20minutes for the damn bill? OH guess what, WE DO! That's what I say about the service at L.A Grill & Bistro. And not to mention what rude waitresses/waitors they have.
had dinner with a friend on a monday nite. the "special"that night was the NY steak for $5.95. Hey, for 5.95 what do u expect. I got a small piece of steak, medium rare was what I wanted.... it was perfect. came with salad and potatoes and I think rice too. My plate was full.
What do u expect for 5.95 , a decent dinner meal, NOT totally stuffed by any means (for a guy) but my lady friend was full. We each washed down the meal with a beer/Caesar drink.
Atmosphere was good. Service was just ok, not overly friendly,but not unfriendly. She did ask how everything was, once.
I'd go back. Lotsa parking as by the Safeway lot.
My husband & I went for a bit toeat Sat. nite.My husband wanted to order the onion soup w/garlic bread. (on the heading it states)Soups&Salads served w/garlic bread. The first item is the onion soup but it says w/cheese bread. My husband was told it was $1.00 more. When asked why was told in a very snotty tone:that is the way it is!" We asked her to check w/her manager and she left and came back and said it is $1.00 more. I then asked to speak to her manager and she claimed he wasn't in. When asked who she asked she told us :just somebody who works here! Well I then asked for the managers name and was told she couldn't give out personal information. I asked for his name not his address. We then walked out. Next day we tried to reach him on the phone and dealt w/a very angry man who wasNOT the manager. We will not recommend this resturant!
A friend recommended that we check out their dinner specials. We're glad we went.
Food: We both had the dinner special. On Tuesdays it's garlic prawns. The food was piping hot - reasonably good overall although some parts were better than others. The prawns were slightly more salty than I'd like. They come with perfectly-steamed (or roasted) potatoes, reasonable rice, tasty garlic bread, and side salad. There was a bit too much balsamic dressing on the salad, as it seeped into the rice and made it sour. Another minor quibble is that bread + rice + potatoes means carb overload!
Service: Solid, no complaints. Checked on our food.
Value: Amazing if you order the special. It's a huge plateful of food. It's $6.95 as long as you order a drink. Our non-alcoholic drinks were only $2, so two can dine for $18 plus tax/tip! Even the regular priced dishes aren't that expensive - NY steak is only 9.95 on the regular menu.
Ambiance: Nice and clean. Slightly darker than I'd like.
We'll be back - maybe for the NY steak special on Monday.
We've eaten here several times in the last few months and have enjoyed it for the most part. I agree with all of the tips offered below by theworks (as well as the comment about the manager guy with the staring problem). I would emphasize getting there early, especially for dinner. Any time past 5:45 and you are in for an uncomfortable wait as there is no "holding" area to speak of - you will pretty much have to stand in the doorway. I've noticed that it is quite popular with elderly people and wish there was at least a chair or two for them to sit on while they wait for a table.
They don't offer free refills for soft drinks and their water glasses are very small. Beer (usually three on tap) is good and cold and cheap. Wine selection is so-so.
The food is quite good quality for the price and good value (i.e.: large portions). I recommend the calamari, although the tzatziki is pretty skimpy and to get another thimble-full costs an extra fifty cents. Pastas are quite good although sometimes are cooked far beyond al dente. Steaks are small but sufficient enough for the average appetite and accompanied by generous portions of carbs (potatoes, rice and garlic bread) to fill the gap, as well as a not-bad salad (no choice of dressing). Salad is served on the plate with the meal - no side plates allowed, no dressing on the side - so if you don't want dressing all over the rest of your food (especially if you don't like soggy hamburger buns) ask them to skip the salad.
Three things that are kind of annoying:
- there are no blinds on the west-facing windows, so if it is the least bit sunny and later in the day (like dinner time), bring a welder's mask.
- there is no sound-absorption in the east-side seating area, especially at the back.
- for some reason, they sometimes lie about table availability. They don't take reservations, but when we (a party of 3) asked to be seated at a certain "empty" table for four (in order to avoid the sun) the waitress told us the owner's family was coming in, so we were seated at a table for three. The table for four remained unoccupied during our entire time there. On another occasion (again, 3 of us) I was told there were no tables available in the back room, but but after being seated at the same table for 3 as before, could clearly see at least one. A family of four was seated there about 10 minutes later.
Clearly they have everything figured out to the last penny and will do all they can (including lying) to keep their costs low and to maximize their seating to increase profitability. I guess that's what it takes to keep the menu prices this reasonable.
They have a $4.95 lunch special (with the purchase of a beverage $2.50 ) for chicken souvaki or curry chicken wrap or 1/2 sandwich and soup and three other items (sorry I cant remember off hand).. my lunch buds and I usually order an appy plate of calamari to share - nicely battered, not too chewy. All in all a decent place for lunch. I dont know about some of the other comments about the this being an HK style cafe.. I dont see any of that on the menu.. its more of a White Spot knockoff..
This little restaurant is great for a night out.
The portion size for your money is terrific. They have nightly specials for food and drink and you can walk away having eaten a huge meal for $8.95! The service is great. They have take-out as well. I would recommend the zucchini sticks as an appetizer and their beer on tap or glasses of wine are good deals!
Go Here! (although it is very busy on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday and they don't take resos)
Mondays and Tuesdays are a little quieter and the Steak is on special!
I ordered Grilled Salmon today and asked if there was any sauce for the salmon because it was a bit dry. The man came back and handed me the sauce. Unknowingly, they charge for sauce, and I think it was completely inappropriate to do that without letting my table know. Altogether we were charged a couple bucks for sauce because the waiter didn't say anything. We called back letting them know this was unfair, and we got an apology but no compensation. Ridiculous.
We come back to this place consistently, for lunch and dinner. The staff is always friendly, the food is always fast and tasty, and so reasonably priced, we can afford to eat out!
Their lunch special, from Monday-Thursday, is an amazing deal. To get the cheap price you're required to buy a beverage as well, but it's worth it. Usually 2 of us can have lunch or dinner for around $20 for 2. Some of the specials are smaller than others (like the BLT or the soup)- the souvlaki is huge, and so are the pastas.
Usually we order the souvlaki lunch special, comes with salad, rice, potato and pita. For dinner, either the salmon dinner (not a huge piece of salmon, but enough to fill you up) or the curry penne are both great. I've also ordered just the green salad, and it's huge. We've never left feeling hungry.
The highballs are plenty potent- trust me!
I was surprised this place doesn't do take out. You can order your meal and get the leftovers wrapped up, so why you can't call and get take-out is beyond me. I think they would increase their business quite a bit if they offered this.
I have been to this place a few times, not bad for the money, but can't figure out why a place that pretty much always has a line up doesn't do take out? It seems pretty silly with the amount of business they could generate. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them...if I was the owner I would definately do take out.
I don’t get it. Every time I pass by L.A. Grill, the restaurant’s always at least reasonably busy. Obviously, they’re doing something right in order to bring in customers. But whatever that is, it’s lost on me. Certainly, their prices (at first glance, anyway) are reasonable. Still… I’ve been to L.A. Grill twice now. The first time wasn’t great. In fact, it probably wouldn’t qualify as anything more than so-so. And as for the second visit, well, it was downright abysmal.
It started immediately, with our greeting at the door. The girl who met us couldn’t have been more disinterested or rude if she’d tried. After seeing there was two of us, she took one step towards a table, threw the menus down, motioned to the seats and strode away. She didn’t even wait for us to budge from the door. Seriously, what the …? While I wasn’t anticipating fine dining service, I was at least hoping for more than to be waved in my table’s general direction. I don’t expect that kind of treatment from a diner in the middle of nowhere, much less a place that calls itself a bistro. Fortunately, the girl who actually did wait on us was much more pleasant and helpful. She salvaged what would otherwise have been my first ever 1 star rating for service.
As for the food, that too was a problem. Both the girlfriend and I ordered the shrimp and avocado sandwich. The sandwich itself was alright (I liked it more than did the girlfriend), but the sides were – and I hate to get this nasty – truly pathetic. The salad, as it was, consisted of one lonely leaf of romaine lettuce which had been chopped up and drowned in an oil so thin and flavourless I thought it was, at first, water. A few drops of balsamic were drizzled on top for good measure. Also on the plate was a potato which I’m sure had been well boiled before being baked to death and sprinkled with a pinch of seasoning. The same ubiquitous, bland oil drenched it, and ran onto the bottom of the plate, which in turn made the bottom half of the sandwich soggy. While some may argue for the L.A. Grill based on price (the sandwich platters only cost $7.95, if memory serves), I’d counter that a low price is meaningless if the quality is the pits. Would it really decimate the restaurant’s bottom line to include more than one measly rib of lettuce in their salad, or to use a decent quality (preferably olive) oil in their dressing?
When it comes to restaurants, as far as I’m concerned, there are at least two things to expect. The first is decent service – not necessarily five star, but at least polite enough that you don’t feel like an unwanted guest. The second is, of course, food – the quality should be such that you don’t think to yourself afterward, ‘I can make the same thing, way better, with stuff I already have in my kitchen.’ I can’t remember the last restaurant I went to that was as totally lacking in executing these two basic elements as the L.A. Grill. Needless to say, we don’t plan to ever go back.
After hearing positive things from my sister and her boyfriend, I decided to grab one of their menus in passing. I was shocked by the low prices, in particular the lunch and dinner specials. I was told that the food was not of the greatest quality, but the quantity was quite plentiful.
I finally tried this place for lunch yesterday and I was more than satisfied by the chicken strips, caesar salad, and garlic bread for $4.95. I am certainly interested in returning to try more of the menu items, and at such low prices, it won't be a costly venture. They also have daily drink specials at rock bottom prices as well. This place is definately worth a look if you are not into paying fifty bucks for a steak.
Been here for a couple of times, and the service just keeps getting worse and worse.
Took servers 15 minutes before returning back to our tables after seating us. Once the server's here, you better be ready to order or you'll probably end up waiting for another good 10-15 mins before they come back. A friend of mine actually had to walk up and asked the server to take our orders.
I understand that there's only 2-3 servers working but honestly the restaurant isn't that big and we weren't rude to them or anything. Possibly because these servers have created a horrible image so it's a given that they don't receive a good tip.
The food is decent for the price you're paying for. $10 meal, you're basically full. Their 5.95 dinner specials keeps the customer volume, but they're not going to gain any regular customers.
I have to admit, there's nothing really striking about the place when you walk in. Once you get a menu, I kind of had to do a double take when I looked at the prices.
I wasn't super hungry when I got there and I all wanted was a burger, nothing else. I happened to be in luck as the $7 burger came with salad and roast potatoes. Perfect.
It was a 7 oz patty, pretty hefty. The salad that accompanied the burger did have fresh looking ingredients, while I could almost count the number of lettuce leaves. Obviously, this factored into the price of the meal.
When I was done the burger and salad I thought I'd sample the potatoes. These were probably most bland potatoes I've had ever. They were simply boiled and have rosemary on them. They presented well enough and i expected them to have some flavour only find none. I thought I'd only heard about a restaurant serving boiled potatoes in a Kids in the Hall skit, but I have now seen it in real life. :-)
The drink prices were very low as well. Considering how corners were cut for meals, I doubt a highball would have been very potent.....
Return visit- unlikely.
I've been to this restaurant MANY of times and felt the need to share some tips after reading some reviews.
- This place does NOT take interact. Only cash and credit cards, but NOT AMEX. It's an annoyance but there is a bank two doors down. When I asked the gentlemen behind the bar what the reason was for this he just shrugged and said "That's just the way it is..." - a bit unpleasant, but I'm sure he gets asked that a lot.
- The best times to go here are from 2pm - 7pm. Their lunch hours can be very busy and if you have a limited break then you may want to stick with the drive through. Dinner specials start at 5pm. It's best to go early so it's not too noisy because they do on occasion play the music a tad too loud for my liking.
- They don't have a set closing time. Which sucks if you're really craving those world famous chicken strips @ 11pm!! [If you've tried them, then you know what I'm talking about. MMM!] I usually call them up if I plan to go in anytime after 9pm. Never have they been open past 12am.
- Patience is key to this place. It seems like they hire and fire ALOT of girls or always have someone training... But they have about 4 regular servers who I see working ALL the time and know what's what. The newer girls or part-timers are slow and like to stand around and gossip. NOT THE KIND OF SERVERS I LIKE. It's best to stick with the server you like best, I find the service is MUCH better that way.
- They say they don't have a manager, but he's the guy who opens up in the morning and sits on his bar stool next to the kitchen. This guy has a staring problem, so beware. He gives me the creeps.
- No fail menu items: Chicken Strips; Chips and Salsa; Cajun Chicken Burger; Chicken Cali Burger; Garlic Prawns; Chicken Souvlaki; Veggie Club; Shrimp and Avocado Sandwich; Clam Chowder [DON'T GET THE ONION SOUP!!]; And the Peppercorn Steak are a few of my favorites.
- Ask for your salad dressing on the side. Especially if you're ordering a sandwich or burger. It gets all over the plate. And don't bother asking for your salad first or on a side plate, they don't do that thing here.
- NOT geared towards kids AT ALL!! No high chairs, no crayons, no apple juice, no kids menu, no grilled cheese sandwiches. Not even a step-stool in the bathrooms or a changing table for the little ones.
- Many of the menu items are served AS-IS. So little to no substitutions or special requests. Servers say this is because the kitchen space is EXTREMELY small. And it is...REALLY!! For the amount of seats this restaurant has, the kitchen really needs to be twice the size that it is now. This could be another reason for why your food could take up to 20min at the busiest times and you don't like that or have a real patience issue, then this isn't the place for you.
Well, I really hope this helps anyone who plans on eating here in the future. It truely is a nice little place to have a quick appy and drinks and watch some sports. It's a HIP little spot in town more geared towards "20 somethings."
I still REALLY enjoy L.A. Grill at least once a week. :D