Now Open: City Tavern Brings Nightlife to FIGat7th in Downtown LA

The new flagship City Tavern, originally from Culver City, is now open (first for dinner then lunch coming soon) at FIGat7th in Downtown LA

The new flagship City Tavern, originally from Culver City, is now open (first for dinner then lunch coming soon) at FIGat7th in Downtown LA

It was last January 2013 that City Tavern announced they would be joining the FIGat7th food roster. Now a year later, the restaurant and pub tavern from Culver City opened their second location this week with not only a new downtown space twice as large at 4,000 square feet (making it their new flagship with capacity up to 190), but also an expanded menu and bar with 28 California craft beers on tap. The contemporary American menu City Tavern is known for now offers a new “Chilled” section featuring dishes like Fresh Shucked Oysters, Crudo, and House Smoked Salmon Belly. There’s also a cocktail lounge and an outdoor patio with a capacity of up to 40.

City Tavern will work¬†synergistically with Taste (the food court section of FIGat7th) across the way to attract more people during the evening dinner hours. Now with most eateries open inside Taste, the lunch time rush is busier than ever, but also more people are discovering Taste as a casual dinner destination as well with a wide variety of food genres to choose from: from build-your-own pizzas to Paul Shoemaker’s chef-driven burgers, Chinese to Korean, Mexican to grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Beginning soon, all restaurants at Taste will be open until 9 pm.

City Tavern will begin with dinner hours only starting at 5pm (kitchen will close at 10 pm) with the bar open later based on demand. The lunch hours will begin early March.

For more info, check out City Tavern’s Facebook page online.

City Tavern now open in Downtown LA

City Tavern now open in Downtown LA

City Tavern has outdoor patio seating for up to 40 facing the FIGat7th courtyard

City Tavern has outdoor patio seating for up to 40 facing the FIGat7th courtyard

City Tavern DTLA is 4,000 square feet large with capacity up to 190

City Tavern DTLA is 4,000 square feet large with capacity up to 190

Warm wood panels and distressed brick give City Tavern a modern rustic ambiance

Warm wood panels and distressed brick give City Tavern a modern rustic ambiance

Another interior view of the restaurant with large windows

Another interior view of the restaurant with large windows

The bar includes 28 California craft beers on tap

The bar includes 28 California craft beers on tap

A yummy spicy margarita being made

A yummy spicy margarita being made

Close up shot of that yummy spicy margarita

Close up shot of that yummy spicy margarita

City Tavern beer barrel

City Tavern beer barrel

Cocktail lounge with plenty of comfortable cushy seating

Cocktail lounge with plenty of comfortable cushy seating

City Tavern faces the FIGat7th courtyard across from Taste

City Tavern faces the FIGat7th courtyard across from Taste

15 Responses to Now Open: City Tavern Brings Nightlife to FIGat7th in Downtown LA

  1. No doubt they will do very well with the lunch crowd and after work happy hour. The question is how busy they will be at night and weekends. Personally I don’t see Fig@7th as a nighttime destination.

    • i was there last night and it was packed. Had to wait about 15 min for a table. There was the Kings game crowd, the business crowd and the residential crowd. No doubt they will do good business, as the prices are reasonable and the food / drink is delicious.

  2. I think regardless of its mall setting the location is prime and not far from many other night time establishments. I could see if it were in some isolated location. This will do fine imo.

  3. Fig@7th needs more weekend hours. I’m talking to you Mendocino.

  4. I can only get to Fig@7th on weekends to shop at Target. The Food Court’s door is open but not the food (x occasionally the grilled cheese place). Tavern good luck if you can change that.

    Three times made a special weekend trip to eat at Mendocino. Nope. CLOSED on weekends, even with a Target traffic. Unbelievable.

  5. Yeah, the mendocino situation sucks. They were open a little later before, but I haven’t seen them open later at all lately. Same for the 5th and flower location. I wish they’d do dinner, I think the one on fairfax does.

    • they definitely do dinner. im there all the time. Also, they will be getting their liquor license in the next couple of weeks so im pretty sure they will be open on weekends from then on

  6. Ugh. Looks like a bar in a mall bought the “Hipster Package circa 2009″ from a interior designer.

  7. This place will only get better with time, especially when the nearby Wilshire Grand Tower gets done in a couple of years. Definitely agree the weekends need more open places to eat, and Im sure these food establishments don’t see the economic feasibility to open more hours on weekends, otherwise they would be just losing money. But when WGT opens, with 900 hotel rooms you can bet visitors will be walking around on the weekends. Then there will really be no excuse to not open more often. For now, its a wait and see approach since pedestrian density levels in this area may still fluctuate fairly large during business and non-business hours. With all these developments in DTLA going on right now, we are on the right track with exciting times ahead of us!

  8. *ahem* “chef-driven culinary destination” :P

  9. We are listening to the needs of downtown residents and working on expanding TASTE hours VERY SOON! Expanded hours, bar/drink/happy hour offerings, live entertainment, FLAT RATE evening and weekend parking and MORE to come shortly. Expect an announcement soon!

    Thank you so much for your support, candor, and especially… YOUR PATIENCE! We truly appreciate you!

  10. To the management of Figat7th, I hope (and assume) you’re also aware of the many complaints about the parking situation as it involves Target in particular. Problems with confusing signage or a lack of such and unexpected parking fees, all compounded by shoppers being unable to steer their carts straight to the car. While I don’t expect a place in downtown to have the ease of malls or stores in Glendale or Northridge, I also don’t expect the opposite extreme.

    Such inconveniences may be turning off more than a handful of customers, enough so that they’ll be hesitant about visiting Figat7th again in the future, not just Target but all the other stores around it.

    The sterile look of the public walkways, largely devoid of greenery and benches, particularly above the lower lever where TASTE is located, isn’t helping things too, and makes Figat7th less friendly and welcoming.

  11. Jenny – thank you for your feedback. We have recently adjusted signage to ease these issues, so hopefully the issues with unexpected fees have been resolved (as long as customers follow posted instructions to park on the dedicated retail levels, 1-3).

    As for the level above TASTE being sterile – that will go away immediately when the retail begins opening on that level in March. We thank you so much for bearing with us – everything is coming together as quickly as we can get it built out.

    • @ FIGat7thMarketing, while you’re at it, please improve on wayfinders for 7th street exit. I have a better chance at solving the rubics cube than exiting on 7th Street.
      Thanks ahead!

  12. DTLA Resident/Employee (7-years)

    City Taverns food was tasty, but the quantity/price ratio is way off. The happy hour does not offer a pint, but only a milk jug. Despite pleasant service and tasty food I will not be coming back until the value proposition is aligned properly. There are far too many alternatives for residence/employees of downtown. I put this restaurant in the “gouge” category.

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