114 E. Second St.
downtown, CA 90012
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Redbird +

Anne Fishbein Vegetable crudo


  • Sun.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; happy hour, Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m.
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Coat Check, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Valet Parking
When Redbird opened in December 2014, it felt like a necessary addition; downtown needed a major shiny new restaurant to anchor its burgeoning dining scene. It needed a place where the well-heeled would be happy to flock pre-theater, a restaurant for business or pleasure, a one-stop-pleases-all kind of place that nonetheless feels special. A few years later, Redbird is still a restaurant for when the mood strikes to live high on the hog, a place for eating in a decadent but sturdy fashion. Chef Neal Fraser excels at big hunks of protein, be it an extravagant slab of foie gras served with green curry, forbidden rice and gooseberries, or a rack of red wattle pork — the fat crisped just so at the edges, the interior juicy and piggy — accompanied by hazelnuts, fruit mostarda and Tehachapi farro. The $128, 32-ounce Colorado porterhouse says it's for two but could feed a table of four, and it provides some deeply gratifying bites of beef, tangy and charred and bloody. Built in the former rectory and courtyard of the now-deconsecrated cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles known as Vibiana, the space is a glorious ode to the past and present of downtown L.A. —Besha Rodell
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