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American Restaurant, Sandwich Place, and New American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
188 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • egg yolk gnocchi
  • charcoal potatoes
  • famous chefs
  • octopus
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  • gerry b.
    Horrible ! And excessively expensive with no reason ! I am totally puzzled by the good reviews. Trying to be original with food just didn't work ! Left that place starving for good food.
  • Clarissa H.
    Clarissa HoMarch 15
    Brussel sprouts, octopus, egg yolk gnocchi 👍
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.December 28, 2016
    Pro tip: just ask the staff for recommendations because you'll have a hard time deciding. But really, everything here is so good I would eat it off the floor
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuOctober 30, 2016
    Highlights: foie gras waffle, lamb belly (MUST GET), egg yolk gnocchi, salt charcoal potato (surprisingly good), apple dessert. Skip the watermelon pretending to be a tomato.
  • George Y.
    George YiuJuly 5, 2016
    the charcoal potatoes are not worth the hype. oversalted and just not all that special
  • Amy N.
    Amy NovakJuly 2, 2016
    Corn porridge
  • Katie E.
    Katie ExtonJune 28, 2016
    Amazing food, interesting ingredients that worked so well. Loved the scallops, corn and watermelon pretending to be a tomato
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMay 27, 2016
    Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio serves up delicious modern American cuisine. The scallops, octopus, and avocado toast with albacore are amazing! The staff is friendly and accommodating. Incredible!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 9, 2016
    Michael Voltaggio's avant garde restaurant on Melrose is one of the spots that will truly impress a diner that's been through the classics and wants more. Read more
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChupkaApril 25, 2016
    Everything here was amazing. The Cacio e Pepe will go down as a top 10 dish for me. The charcoal potatoes were rocking and the octopus with squid ink pasta shells rivaled the Cacio e Pepe.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BaratzApril 19, 2016
    Eat everything.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SmithApril 1, 2016
    The oysters and beef tartar were amazing. But most of the menu is an acquired taste. Always good to try it at least once!
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanFebruary 13, 2016
    Really interesting foods. Bit too salty.
  • Henry C.
    Henry ChristensenJanuary 31, 2016
    Egg yolk gnocchi is very good!
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 19, 2016
    Try everything.
  • Wendy E.
    Wendy E.D.January 10, 2016
    Ink was an unforgettable experience: the service was a perfectly coordinated dance, the plates were a piece of art and the taste was beyond what my tastebuds have ever experienced! Must in LA.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 12, 2015
    There are cocktails made from carrots, wines from regions you’ve never heard of and a general feeling that you’re here to experience newness and whimsy, so why not just go all in? Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 12, 2015
    That the food might make you giggle becomes beside the point when you taste it — despite appearances, it’s engineered for taste above all else. Read more
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerSeptember 21, 2015
    Great food overall, usually easy to find street parking, worth a visit
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangSeptember 16, 2015
    Michael Voltaggio's cooks up some awesome dishes at this sleek restaurant.
  • Loris S.
    Loris SainSeptember 8, 2015
    Crab best dish ever...
  • Jen A.
    Jen AuSeptember 7, 2015
    The corn was the best thing!
  • Artem K.
    Artem KuznetsovSeptember 5, 2015
    Chocolate dessert is amazing.
  • Abby F.
    Abby FinkelSeptember 1, 2015
    Amazing and fun. Try the paella and the corn.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenAugust 30, 2015
    Small plates good for sharing. Attentive staff. Creative cocktails. The corn and potato polenta were amazing. Beer list needs improvement.
  • Dallas L.
    Dallas LehmanAugust 4, 2015
    Wonderful evening with friends and family.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PharesJuly 16, 2015
    Mixed, super innovative/creative cooking. I remember a really good squid ink pasta with octopus. (from a friend)
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJuly 11, 2015
    This place is a great introduction to molecular gastronomy without all of the pretension that usually comes with it. Just make sure your parents are footing the bill...
  • Chris K.
    Chris KMay 10, 2015
    Place to go for exotic dessert.
  • Dru B.
    Dru BramlettMay 8, 2015
    Potato ice cream? Why not?!
  • Kelly
    KellyApril 14, 2015
    Amazing presentations, but some of the flavors were surprisingly lacking. Not the beets tho - fantastic.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VinciApril 12, 2015
    Start with the gnocchi and then deconstructed desert is a must.
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur SabintsevApril 4, 2015
    The chocolate dessert, the scallops and the salmon are amazing!
  • Myc A.
    Myc AgnewMarch 30, 2015
    Have the best but don't freak out about it.
  • Nicholas A.
    Nicholas AbouzeidMarch 24, 2015
    They served vinaigrette for the potatoes in a perfume sprayer. Love it.
  • Charlie G.
    Charlie GirlFebruary 18, 2015
    Best of LA, for sure!
  • Aybuke C.
    Aybuke CelebiFebruary 7, 2015
    fish dishes were delicious and creative
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RahmanianJanuary 31, 2015
    Get a bunch of small plates and share. Beef tartar, little gems, oysters, scallops and apple desert are all a must!
  • Stacy O.
    Stacy OngJanuary 31, 2015
    Order the small dishes and skip the big dishes so that you have more variety. I've discovered straw mushroom and it taste like meat. BTW service is excellent.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJanuary 17, 2015
    Loud & trendy atmosphere. Come if you're looking to try new flavors. Winners: lollipop kale & pig ears, wagyu beef cheek, bone marrow polenta, gnocchi. Loser: beef taretare. I'd def return.
  • Lana D.
    Lana DJanuary 15, 2015
    Sandwiches. They dont have anything else. But they are delicious!!
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamDecember 13, 2014
    First 2 times, it was great. The 3rd time though, everything was too salty. And this was the only time that I didn't see Voltaggio in the kitchen. Coincidence? My favorites: octopus & gnocchi.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.December 13, 2014
    Get everything on the menu and share!
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderNovember 24, 2014
    The egg yolk gnocchi was great, as was the lollipop kale. They use comically small beer glasses. This is a good restaurant with quite a unique menu.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EOctober 30, 2014
    Get the black snapper and the lamb belly.
  • Talia
    TaliaOctober 16, 2014
    Interesting, experimental kitchen. The charcoal potatoes were fun to eat. Loved the fish dishes. My dining companions thought the beef cheeks were weird, and too rich
  • Monica D.
    Monica DesaiOctober 15, 2014
    The dishes are inventive and delicious, the vibe cool yet understated. Make sure to try the corn and the apple/burnt wood ice cream dessert!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissOctober 14, 2014
    The apple desert was the winner, with the wood-smoke ice cream. The rest of the top chef winner's dishes were inventive and tasty, especially the "corn" with nori Doritos. Fancy cocktails, too.
  • Wael H.
    Wael HazzaziSeptember 5, 2014
    Menu changes constantly, from this menu my favorite orders were wild salmon, egg yolk gnocchi, corn & wagyu beef cheek. Skip the desserts, didn't like any of them. Rhubarb cream soda is very good.
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LeeAugust 31, 2014
    Corn and lamb belly
  • Rory W.
    Rory WAugust 23, 2014
    Order as much as possible and share!
  • Veronica B.
    Veronica BelmontAugust 11, 2014
    So many great small plates to try! The corn (corn, housemade doritos, nori, green onion) was a table favorite for sure!
  • Nathaniel R.
    Nathaniel RomanAugust 10, 2014
    Egg yolk gnocchi and wild salmon
  • Carsten S.
    Carsten SchmidtAugust 7, 2014
    The corn Doritos and the tartar are out if this world
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Chef Michael Voltaggio is famously an advocate of modernist cuisine, as driven by technique as by ingredients, and overall by the imperative of originality. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Michael Voltaggio is as obsessed with that potato polenta with bone marrow in front of you as you have ever been with anything in your life. Read more
  • Amelie B.
    Amelie BJuly 1, 2014
    Wonderful food and cocktails. Could not get enough of the egg yolk gnocchi, oysters and beef / hamachi tartares. U can t go wrong. Just go and start with the mezcal cocktail
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJune 29, 2014
    Must order the Oysters, Salmon, salt and charcoal potatoes, Polenta,hamachi, pork shoulder, beef cheeks and the corn dishes. Absolutely beyond amazing!!!
  • Marleine P.
    Marleine PacilioJune 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the best of: 1) salt & charcoal potatoes with housemade sour cream & black vinegar. one of the best things i've ever eaten. 2) wild salmon with tomato jam, dashi aioli & yucca. indescribably perfect.
  • frank s.
    frank strieflerJune 10, 2014
    Tuna tartar is life changing!
  • James L.
    James LeeMay 30, 2014
    order everything seriously... notable items little gem salad, hamachi, branzino, lamb belly, and beef cheeks.
  • Arina K.
    Arina KMay 13, 2014
    Charcoal potatoes is the best!!!
  • Agathe B.
    Agathe BarbierApril 4, 2014
    My favourite restaurant ever in LA ! Pricey but worth every penny !
  • Eater
    EaterApril 3, 2014
    Chef Michael Voltaggio tries to stretch the boundaries at his Melrose restaurant, and this octopus dish made with ink shells, young fennel and pimenton is a standout dish. Read more
  • Sandro B.
    Sandro BohnMarch 22, 2014
    Very goooooood
  • Mary L.
    Mary LeahyMarch 16, 2014
    Apple shortbread dessert. You absolutely must. #ink #veronicamarslaweekend #veronicamarsmovie
  • Samina R.
    Samina RindJanuary 25, 2014
    Egg yolk filled gnocchi is sublime.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJanuary 8, 2014
    Definitely try the egg yolk gnocchi. The gnocchi’s creaminess is contrasted by the crispness of the Hen of the Woods mushrooms with its savoriness punctuated by the mushroom brown butter.
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliDecember 28, 2013
    Unbelievably fabulous ,I really liked the egg yolk gnocchi , octopus and the apple sweet is a killer
  • Frank N.
    Frank NDecember 28, 2013
    Michael Voltaggio Season 6
  • Ara C.
    Ara ChoDecember 23, 2013
    Kale lollipops are amazing!!
  • Eddy D.
    Eddy Del CastilloDecember 7, 2013
    Try the sandwiches and the cold fried chicken
  • Josh G.
    Josh GuesmanNovember 16, 2013
    Great food. Great service. Beef Tartar is a MUST have. Can't wait to go back.
  • lostinpillows
    lostinpillowsNovember 6, 2013
    extra points for playing gangstarr during dinner.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 25, 2013
    Very creative, innovative, thoughtful and tasty tapas w molecule gastronomy. It reminds of Japanese cuisine. Great drinks, foods and desserts. I love this place! Best tapas in LA!
  • Craig H.
    Craig HamaOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave room for dessert...... the Hay Ice Cream with Lemon Verbena, Baked Meringue, Katafi...... It is ridiculously great! I think even Chef Jordan Kahn would like it!
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YahrSeptember 8, 2013
    Try as many things as you can. All amazing. The cauliflower chips that come with the branzino will make a veggie lover out of anyone!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BuenaventuraAugust 25, 2013
    One of the best meals I've had in LA. The menu is an endless collection of clever dishes with creations like buratta ice cream, puffed tendon and mountain yam ice cream.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 13, 2013
    ink.sack is an ultra-casual sandwich take-out joint.
  • Bror A.
    Bror AndringaAugust 11, 2013
    The duck = to kill for
  • Mat
    MatAugust 6, 2013
    Wow what a great food exp. Corn was the best dish of the night.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXAugust 2, 2013
    Bring your own ink.
  • vicki s.
    vicki shapiroJuly 29, 2013
    The corn and doritios is a must!
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaJuly 24, 2013
    Lamb belly!
  • Maxwell M.
    Maxwell MojoJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The new egg Sammies are legit
  • Steve H.
    Steve HassJuly 14, 2013
    We had the Rueben, Cold Fried Chicken, and the Spanish Godfather. All delicious and high quality.
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    The mountain yam with caramelized white chocolate popcorn and coconut dessert is one of the best things I've ever had. Silky sweet creamy mouthful of heaven with layers of flavor
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    The beef short ribs with radish noodles puffed tendon and pho broth is absolutely to die for!! Perfectly cooked melt in your mouth savory!!!
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    The hamachi with citrus kosho smoked buttermilk tree tomato and Oaxacan cheese is a delicate balance between savory and tart. Beautiful
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    Egg gnocchi is pillowy soft with a melty surprise. Like clouds!!
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    Lollipop kale with pig ears and lardo. Crispy textures of delicious
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NguyenJune 28, 2013
    The duck rillette is like pillowy melt in your mouth heaven with the charred leeks and charcoal waffle. Amazing
  • Roseanne B.
    Roseanne BrownJune 24, 2013
    Must must try the rhubarb cream soda!!!
  • Khalid I.
    Khalid ItumJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love Ink. I moved here and my first night in LA -- I live a block away -- walked in and their wait for a table was 14... days!!! When they found out I was new to town, they sat me right away.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WoolridgeJune 19, 2013
    Great food and great atmosphere., lamb neck and short ribs were out of this world and so was the apple desert. Also got to meet Michael Voltaggio after dinner guy was super chill.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackJune 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fernet soda cocktail! Inspired by this Argentinian staple.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackJune 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't overlook the cocktail program. Gaby has created kickass cocktails and it would be a shame if you defaulted to vodka.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    Michael Voltaggio agonizes over every gram of sea-bean chimichurri on the beef tartare, every plate of potato charcoal with crème fraîche and every scoop of wood-smoke ice cream that leaves the line. Read more
  • Danielle R.
    You must try the buckwheat noodles. So yummy!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DavidsonMay 28, 2013
    Has to be one of my favorite meals of my life. I have been to Daniel, I have been to State Bird Provisions and this is the perfect combination of the two. Get the gnocchi, lambs neck, octopus. BOOM!
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