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The Edison

4.0
4
44 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
The Edison - A Return To The Old World Glamour of Downtown Los Angeles The Edison presents a brilliant marriage of refined industrial architecture and art deco chic. The grand staircase of cantilevered concrete and steel spectacularly descends into the depths of the 11,000 square feet of space, culminating in a moody mélange of ambers and reds set against furnishings reflecting the turn of the century. The Edison speaks to the nostalgia of the time with restored artifacts and silent video montage that revisit the early work of film legends. The Edison revives the classic hand crafted cocktail with live music & floor show entertainment, an intimate menu of upscale cocktail cuisine, and various DJs.

Note: Our dress code is "Old World Style", attire that exudes a sense of elegance and fashion is required for entry.
Please refrain from wearing flip flops, tennis shoes, baseball caps, t- shirts or athletic gear of any type.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 7:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (213) 613-0000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    The restaurant has a wide variety of room rentals to match your needs. For parties of 11-125 please contact Reservations and events at (213)613-0000.
  • Private party contact
    Rachel House / Barbara Jacobs: (213) 613-0000
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    Main St.
  • Parking Details
    There are two public lots located in the alley that leads to The Edison.
  • Entertainment
    Thursdays, live music, no cover. Please see our calendar section at edisondowntown.com for upcoming artists, events and promotions.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 44 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 0.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

44 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, definitely coming back, food could be a little tastier.

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  2. Phatduck

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, great music and service but a bit over priced. $16/drink....not necessary to gouge like that. It’s a place where people go to drink, don’t have to charge such steep prices.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Bad management. Cancelled reservation last min, 2 hours before because of: „a sudden private event that booked out the whole venue“. Ruined my birthday celebration that so had planned there. Never again!

    1 person found this helpful

  4. happycouple

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked our reservation through Open Table to bring out of town guests too. We went all the way into downtown LA had to pay $20 for parking showed up and were told the entire place was closed for a private event that night. The bouncer was very nice and apologized. What a disappointment.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had An Awesome Time Celebrating My Birthday With Friends And Family.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The most pretentious, rude, obnoxious staff I have ever experienced in my life. The place smells like a dirty alley.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. JennC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We showed up on time for our reservation....the hostess downstairs had gone home for the evening. They took about 30 min to find someone to seat us. We finally got a table and it took about another 20 mins just to get a menu dropped in front of us. The waitress passed by at least 5 times before she even said a word.....That's just the first half....now the food......The Truffle Mac and Cheese looked like it sat in the window for to long, the cheese topping was cold and hard....it lacked any essence of truffle and the pasta was undercooked....the Kobe sliders were tough to eat through and lacked any seasoning..at least offer salt at the table of the chef lacks any interest in tasting the food before it even reaches the pass...the fries were the only decent item. Dessert was a bust and lacked any effort.....if your going to put a twist on a classic Elvis delight at least to it some justice....Lacked flavor, execution and over all presentation....The cocktails were executed great....Now Dress Code.....This place used to bring some elegance and style to DTLA...More than half the guys in the building were wearing ripped jeans, sneakers and no collar shirts...it matched the music the dj was playing...there used to be a good blend of genres and yet it lacked anything remotely to what was played in the past.....overall Anniversary Dinner/Date night was a bust!

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  8. LindsayC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful night. Definitely coming back for the next special event!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. Speakeasy22

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I seriously had at least 6 people check to be sure I had a reservation. I felt like I was doing something wrong. That was in addition to having to confirm twice by phone. Also, you have to bring cash for their cover charge, even if you plan to dine there and meet their $50 min per person. You'll also need cash if you want a shot. Overall great place and I liked the show and food/drinks, but the service was... Strange.

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  10. JamieC

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2010

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    HORRIBLE SERVICE!! The waitress and manager were awful!

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  11. lindaO

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2009

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    went there for my son's 30th Bday he and his friends had a great time thx

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  12. JamieC

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite spots. I always highly recommend the Edison.

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  13. LosDawg

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been a fan of the Edison for a few months and decided to begin my 40th birthday celebration at there. All of my guests loved the vibe, an excellent combination of the 1920s and present times. It was the first visit for many of them and I am already getting requests to go back. Our server, Drew, was very attentative. I especially like Soup Kitchen Fridays. If you make it to the Edison, make sure you get there in time for happy hour. 40% off drinks is a deal. I would also recommend the shanghai wings.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited the Edison for Happy Hour last Friday to celebrate my birthday and we had a great time. Since we made reservations and went early before the crowds we did not have to wait to get in. We had a great table and our waiter provided excellent service. I was very impressed by the entire place and will definitely come back again.

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  15. NurseAnnieP

    Pinehurst

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went out for a girls night and had such a great time. The place is beautiful and I love how you feel like you are in the 20's. I absolutely love Edison, I will go there a lot more!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Friday soup kitchen that runs from 5-7pm is a great deal. Free small tomato soup and bite sized grilled cheese sandwich. A 35 cent drink per person and 40% off drinks during happy hour. We didn't order any appetizers, but the drinks were good as well as strong. The ambiance is amazing in this historical building. Definitely worth checking out. A great spot to hit in downtown LA.

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  17. RetroChic1

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to meet with friends for a special occasion. Highly recommend. Service is great. Food is great. Drinks are great. If you are looking for a unique experience, this is your place.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2009

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The establishment is an architectural gem in itself and I have been there for several occasions and the wait staff and hostesses are friendly and accommodating. I recently had a reservation for two, and I was seated in a very small coffee table. Given that there is $25 minimum per person we ordered 3 drinks and 2 appetizers and asked for 2 glasses of water to wash down the really yummy drinks. The down side, as soon as the appetizers arrived there was only room for one appetizer and two drinks – the other appetizer I had to place on the coach where another patron without a reservation almost knocked it off. So what was the point of having a reservation with a minimum requirement if I could not even fit my order on the table and was seate

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance. Beat the line, arrive early or make reservations. I will definitel be returning.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I decided to go to the Edison to celebrate my birthday with friends and family and had a wonderful experience. A few guest arrived early and were able to be seated at my reserved table a little early. The wait staff was very attentive with food and drinks. The ambiance and old world style of the Edison is one of a kind, right out of the 1920s era. The 'Southside Fizz' cocktail is to die for, excellent. Now I am not a woman who drinks hard liquor on the rocks, but the 'Scotch' on the rocks the waiter recommended was smooth; watch out Joan Crawford. The sliders and sweet potato fries hit the spot for me. Everyone enjoyed themselves and want to go again soon.

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  21. RJNY

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Edison is such a classy bar, a real gem in downtown LA, so close yet so far from all the hollywood drama. My favorite day to go is Thursdays because there is no cover charge & it never gets too crowded, the drinks are great, the live jazz is always poppin & the dancers get everybody going. Cheers to the edison.

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  22. DumaK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Edison was very vibrant for a Weekday Night. Great ambiance and definitely a bar I would be attending again.

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  23. JuleenW

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2009

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A number of my friends had food that they enjoyed. Drinks were so/so. But Ambiance, design, coolness of the place was tops. Hard to hear, but fun to people watch and watch movies, listen to GREAT music. My new favorite place.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the decore and style. Im going back soon!

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  25. JessieA

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2008

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Really unique, neat place. A gem in the heart of downtown LA. Good food, great ambiance, cool crowd. Drinks were so-so, but could have been the bartender or the night. What they lacked, everything else there made up for! Will definitely be going back!

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  26. BuffyBH

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2008

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The show that evening was great. However, we wanted to see more singing and dancing rather than just acrobats. The performance troup deems themsleves as a cabaret burlesque show. But I have been to those types of shows and this was nothing like it. I would say they are more on the street performer side. The actual lounge itself was very nice. The food was ok. Nothing really pops out for me to comment on. The drinks need a little more help. Their specialty cocktails were not as good as advertised. So most of our party just stuck with more traditional cocktails.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic architecture and decor - beautiful and chic surroundings. Enjoyed everything but the food. I have never seen such small portions on a platter at such a high cost. I would go there again later in the evening (we arrived at opening time - mistake) but would not order food again. Waste of money. We had a great time and I would definitely recommend it as a vibrant bar scene to friends

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2008

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good place to take out of towners to show them that LA has class.

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  29. Charbie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance is a 10, but this is not a great place for groups after about 9pm. It went from pleasant speakeasy to super loud club. I couldn't hear my friend across the table.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2008

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Its not a restaurant so why is it opentable

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu (food and beverage)quality can be and should be improved for the food offering does not fit the overall place/ service. We were lucky that our waitress was an absolute delight (friendly, witty, attentive, quick and accurate with the orders). However, the receptionist was exceptionally unfriendly, unaccomodating, and lazy.

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  32. LisaC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2008

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Drew, was prompt, sociable, and patient with our party. He made great drink recommendations as well. The appetizer platter for two and the Kobe beef sliders were delicious.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2008

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were so nice, helpful and friendly. The place is really cool and I'd go back anytime!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2008

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Located off of an alley in Downtown LA, the Edison Bar is buried underground in a restored power plant. It is hip, trendy and great for after work drinks or social get-togethers. It's a bar that serves food on the side; not a place to go for dinner. As a bar, however, it's one of the best in LA.

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  35. Corvette

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This place was nice but seemed more for a younger crowd (20's) and was a place to drink - not really to eat. We did not eat here since they had mainly bar food. It took a long time for a waiter to take our order. Once he arrived he was nice. We did like seeing the power plant equipment - boilers, generators, turbines and air tanks. The decor was cool with all of the industry stuff mixed with nice furnishings.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2008

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun

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  37. SheriH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2008

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food on the menu sound excellent but when it arrived it was mostly bland. We order are food and drinks from our waitress and never saw her again. We wanted to order another drink but could night find her. Finally someone in our party had to get up and track her down just to get the bill.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It seemed the there was only one server in the area in which we were seated. Our drinks, food and even bill took what seemed like forever to be brought to us. The salad and calamari we ordered were good but the time we had to wait took away from the food. The air conditioning seemed to not be working properly. By the time we left it had got pretty hot!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2008

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The presentation of the Edison is spectacular for mood and the feeling of days gone by. We did experience however some difficulty getting seated even with our reservation. Then our waitress abandoned us at one point and we changed our minds on the dessert. The music was great and plenty to see just walking around in the space. It was a special occasion and unforgettable. We will definitely go back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2008

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The table service was some of the worst I have ever had

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The Edison is rated 4 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Edison

108 W. 2nd Street, #101, (In the Harlem Place alley), Los Angeles, CA 90014

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Main St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 7:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There are two public lots located in the alley that leads to The Edison.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Thursdays, live music, no cover. Please see our calendar section at edisondowntown.com for upcoming artists, events and promotions.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 613-0000
  • Private party facilities
    The restaurant has a wide variety of room rentals to match your needs. For parties of 11-125 please contact Reservations and events at (213)613-0000.
  • Private party contact
    Rachel House / Barbara Jacobs: (213) 613-0000
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