What: Bottega Louie
Where: Downtown Los Angeles
For: All Ages
I used to work in Downtown Los Angeles, and this was my favorite place to go to bring some beautiful looking pastries home for my family. I used to stop in weekly to either eat lunch or grab some desserts. Although this is a higher-end and higher-priced restaurant and patisserie, the pure aesthetic beauty of everything makes it a spot everyone should visit at least once.
Bottega Louie is known for its macarons that they have in a rainbow of colors and flavors under a glass display panel for everyone walking in through the ornate glass and gold doors. You can order the macarons individually or in sets of five, which the workers put in a beautiful gift box and tie off with ribbon. Every time I get a box of macarons (5 for $12.50), I don’t want to open it because the packaging is so pretty. The kids and I love the vanilla and birthday cake macarons.
On the back wall of the patisserie, there is a wall of products (candies, cookies, jams, coffee, chocolates, etc.) in gift boxes for different occasions. They also have seasonal cakes and pastries on display. Ethan’s favorite was the chocolate éclair ($4.50). Pastries served range from individual servings to large cakes for parties. You can also customize cakes for any occasion.
I was able to try a variety of pastries over the 20-odd times that I’ve been to Bottega Louie, but I haven’t really been in love with anything they offered. The beauty of the presentation is what kept me going back, not the taste.
Bottega Louie’s restaurant has different hours than its café and patisserie. Ethan and I stopped by for brunch one time and the wait was over ninety minutes. I usually came here for lunch with coworkers with a short wait time if we came during the earlier part of the lunch hour. Full bar service is offered in the restaurant, which seats 255 patrons. The black, white, and gold scheme makes the restaurant very impressive to patrons.
I’ve only ever ordered a pizza here ($25) for lunch, which was delivered to our table extremely fast. The pizzas have very thin crusts and fresh ingredients. One pizza and large salad ($15) can feed two people. I usually ordered two pizzas so we had some to take home afterwards. There is a variety of wine options that range from $12 to $20 a glass.
Breakfast will average you about $20-$25 per person, and brunch is served on weekends. Cocktails average $14 a pop.
You will find a ‘typical’ LA crowd here at all times. Most people are dressed up or coming in for work breaks in business attire. Kids love looking at the different pastries and picking out their macarons. Because of the price point, many people spend a long time at the restaurant.
I have spent SO much money here. I don’t think I’ve ever left paying less than $30 for some macarons and a pastry or two for the kids. Lunch averages about $60 to $80 for two each time, and breakfast for two was $50 (not including pastries/dessert).
Bottega Louie Information
700 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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