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The Gorbals

The Gorbals

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
Los Angeles
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  • Allegra T.
    Allegra TepperJune 16, 2014
    This pairs well with the L.A. Art Walk (first Thursday of every month). Make sure to make a reservation if you do that though! Live music some nights. Bacon wrapped matzo balls!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesNovember 5, 2013
    Get the Nueske's bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, a delightfully tasty paradox in food tradition. Happy hours yield half-off all bar items, which will prove useful at The Gorbals' full bar.
    USA TODAYJune 4, 2013
    If you're willing to risk eternal perdition for a menu item, try the bacon matzo ball soup - the soft matzo infused with chicken soup contrast perfectly with the bacon. Read more
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SandovalMay 12, 2011
    Sticky toffee pudding is a great way to end your meal! Loved that they add just the right amount of salt to counteract the sweet. The super creamy banana-cinammon ice cream hides a surprise.
    DowntownLA.comAugust 31, 2012
    "You can find exactly what you’re looking for just within a few blocks – AND have the train take you home" – Check out Tatevik Simonian's bar crawl @
  • Aaron N.
    Aaron NNovember 30, 2014
    Had a great dinner and phenomenal cocktails. Would def come back. Heard it's moving to grand central.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Ilan Hall is one of two LA-based Top Chef champions, and his restaurant The Gorbals is just one place reality TV fans can see throughout Los Angeles.
  • Brett W.heart icon on user image
    Brett WHNovember 23, 2014
    Tomato spice fries are the absolute best fries. Lamb meatballs also awesome. Drinks are strong. Super fun place.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChailleJanuary 28, 2011
    GLT is a perfect starter. Beef marrow chaser. Let Ilan guide you through the menu. You will love everything! Stylish room, fun atmosphere. A great new secret spot.
  • Jeri M.
    Jeri MMarch 4, 2012
    My friends enjoyed the tongue, marrow and bacon cheesecake. As a vegetarian, I loved the latkes and broccoli. TRY THE TOFFEE PUDDING!
  • Yvonne K.
    Yvonne KwanSeptember 10, 2014
    Everything is nomworthy, but the grilled "cheese course" and duck confit latke are the winners.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsSeptember 8, 2011
    Menu musts: Bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, Banh mi poutine, Burger with onion six ways, Broccoli with soy, chiles, and vinegar, Sticky toffee pudding
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out The Gorbals as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Meat And Potatoes , Top Chef , Unique Eats Read more
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AzadiAugust 7, 2014
    Great eclectic selection of food on the menu. And crazy wide variety of scotch.
  • viv w.
    viv wangNovember 17, 2009
    The menu is small, but changes frequently. Try the Beef Bone Marrow, Cucumber Salad with Garbonzo, and Potato Latkes. Chef Ilan Hall dreams up the dishes has a young and well-trained staff. Read more
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CarmonaApril 14, 2012
    A must for the single diner. Two options for seating: bar + chefs station. It's a 'this isn't awkward spot' for the Table for 1 crowd
  • Karlsson's Vodka
    Karlsson's VodkaFebruary 28, 2013
    Try the Moscow Mule cocktail - Karlsson's Gold Vodka, ginger beer, lime, and sweet vermouth!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DugganAugust 19, 2012
    Bahn Mi Everything was great and the wine descriptions were epic.
  • Doris N.heart icon on user image
    Doris NeubauerAugust 31, 2012
    Squid ink is a must but everything else is over seasoned and most things are overpowered by an ingredient.
  • Serena E.
    Serena E.November 11, 2011
    Bacon wrapped matzoh balls, Banh mí poutine, the Broccoli & Corn dishes are MUST as well
  • P.S. S.
    P.S. SerratoOctober 15, 2011
    Don't snap at the majordomo if the reservation for 12 is seated with a party of 8 at a table made for 18. I did & I was served last of the party of 12, which is either karma or wait staff vengeance.
  • Meghan P.
    Becomes a pop-up restaurant "Kitchen DTLA" on Saturdays for Brunch!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 12, 2010
    The chef is best known as the kid who won the second season of "Top Chef." He builds dishes from the flavor up. These are not intellectual exercises. Read more
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaAugust 25, 2012
    The brocoli oh my god the brocoli! Do not miss it!
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParsellJuly 16, 2010
    Their rotating menu of dishes are tapas style and meant to be shared mostly. Everything I've had here is fantastic.
  • sophia t.
    sophia tMarch 28, 2011
    one of my favorite places to go to in DTLA. the crispy broccoli is amazing.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorenoSeptember 1, 2013
    Great corn and broccoli. Burger was solid too
  • Bubsyheart icon on user image
    BubsyFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Onion burger,broccoli, bone marrow, squid inky fish so yum. :-)
  • Rosanna H.
    Rosanna HuangMarch 21, 2010
    Grilled gizzards and squid with lemon! And if they have Anchor Steam porter -- it's my fav dark beer esp being a San Franciscan!
  • Jared P.
    Jared PomeranceMay 5, 2013
    Try the Bacon Wrapped Matzoh Balls - Sacrilegious. Unreal.
  • Paige F.
    Paige FinnSeptember 18, 2010
    You can't lose with the cucumber and chick pea salad and the bacon wrapped matzo balls. Cer-azy amazing.
  • Chad R.
    Chad RogersMarch 6, 2013
    Lamb and creamy oats, best item on the menu.
  • Michele W.
    Michele WellsJune 8, 2013
    Best brunch EVER; bizarre bathroom situation.
  • Bridget G.
    Bridget GreeneMay 30, 2014
    Swing dancing on Thursdays to great jazz!
  • Alissa
    AlissaDecember 28, 2011
    1st place I ate when I moved into the building. Love it!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 31, 2011
    Come to sample The Gorbals and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! Read more
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StavrosFebruary 24, 2013
    Brie grits with berry compost!
    DTELS LAMarch 8, 2012
    Serving dinner Monday-Wednesday until 12am, Thursday-Saturday until 2am.
  • Gina K.
    Gina KzlianFebruary 10, 2012
    It's obvious the red head working the line HATES her job. Baaahumbug!
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchraderFebruary 20, 2013
    Fish and chips are yummy
  • Marquita T.
    Marquita ThomasMarch 21, 2013
    Quirky and yummy
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsApril 5, 2011
    Bánh mì poutine – talk about a delicious fusion of cultures. Read more
  • Danilo D.
    Danilo DelfinoMarch 7, 2010
    Best food experience I ever had. Amazing broccoli and steak.
  • Mr S.
    Mr SNovember 1, 2010
    wow they have poutine! ...great atmosphere, food and drinks!
  • Frank N.
    Frank NDecember 28, 2013
    Ilan Hall Season 2
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 30, 2010
    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SJune 6, 2015
    Now closed at this address. Rumored to be re-opening elsewhere downtown.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GarciaJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice place to have wedding dinner for weeding party
  • Christina D.
    Christina DiepMarch 6, 2011
    The GLT is a must.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AshleyApril 26, 2011
    Grass fed cow Tongue is amazing!
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