La Brea has quickly become a bit of a foodie paradise with more casual fare like Top Round, Trejo’s Tacos and neighborhood hang Rascal. But we were excited to try Commerson hidden at the Southern end of the complex on the Southeast corner of La Brea and Wilshire. While it took us awhile (nearly a year!) to check it out, we were happy to find a finer dining restaurant that isn’t pretentious. It just has good, solid food and drinks.
The atmosphere is welcoming, and there’s plenty of room at the bar, the seated tables, or outside on the patio. The wait staff was awesome, offering recommendations on the best dishes as well as which rosé we should try – again without the pretention. The menu offered good solid classics with a few surprises mixed in.
We started dinner off with the Caesar salad, something our waiter said we had to try, even though it sounds like such a boring staple. He was right. It was one of the best Caesars we’ve ever had, and you can never go wrong with a little Niman Ranch all-natural bacon peppered in. Next we tried the charred wild caught Spanish octopus, which was tender and flavorful. No rubbery texture here.
For our main course, we were surprised by the combination of the white shrimp and chorizo burger, but it’s definitely a burger we’ll be back for. We rounded out our meal with the Amish chicken, the rib eye with duck fat potatoes and a side of fries. All the food was delicious.
While Commerson has a new chef in Winston Wingfield, a longtime vet of Bouchon in Beverly Hills as well as Red Medicine and Animal, we hope he’ll keep the same overall feel of the place. He’s said to be bringing more meat to the menu.
Overall, Commerson is a place we’d visit again. It’s always nice to have a more upscale option without having to trek too far. Definitely check it out. Cheers to great, local food.
Commerson. www.commersonrestaurant.com 788 S. La Brea Ave. LA, CA 90036.
Open for dinner Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5-11pm and Thursday through Saturday 5pm-1am. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. Phone: 323.813.3000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @commersonrestaurant Instagram: @commersonla