I found Ortolan to be a very beautiful and dramatic restaurant, especially with the contrasts of the different rooms. The only thing was - at what level does atmosphere outweigh function - it is so dark that the restaurant offers flashlights so you can read the menu.
Some of the dishes were very good, the signature squab dish was the most memorable. Others were not so memorable.
The service was very nice but rather un-polished, amateurish and not that familiar with the menu. Not the level of service I had expected at these prices.
I found the wine list by the glass very uninteresting and the sommelier had quite an attitude. When I asked him if he had any other wines by the glass he told me "all the wines we have by the glass are good because I picked them". OK, couldn't think of a quick response at that moment.
In all fairness, Ortolan has not even been open a month and I am sure they are still smoothing out the kinks.
I believe they are trying to bring a very cosmopolitan dining experience to LA and I hope they will be very successful. I would wait awhile before going back. I felt like I was a paying "guinea pig".
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