Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave (at N Sweetzer Ave), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90046

Est. 2013 by celebrated vegan chef Tal Ronnen. Offers a finer, vegan culinary experience in a stylish and more upscale kind of setting. Full bar. Focus is on Mediterranean-themed small plates. Extensive farm-to-glass cocktails and wine list. Reservations accepted. Valet parking available. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-2:00pm, Mon-Thu 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine

55 Reviews

First Review by Sonja and Dirk

I just love the food and the ambience. Great crowd too. - Edit

Definitely one of the best vegan places in Los Angeles

Pros: Beautiful place, Amazing food, Great people watching

Cons: Expensive

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No words, just go - Edit

This place seems a bit more formal, I've been on a week day for lunch, no reservation needed. The food is out of this world, plant based on an above average level. Serve the impossible burger. The cookie for dessert was not so beautiful, but it surprised me so yummy. It's worth the visit!

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Disappointed - Edit

I had heard so much about this place and finally ventured out there yesterday.
I ordered the charred ricotta which was very bland and barely had enough glaze on it. The impossible cigars were good but very plain. The crab cakes were on the dry side and the fetuccine Alfredo was extremely on the salty side . Id say the best thing we had there was the spicy meatball pizza . It was not great but it was good.

Pros: Great job at imitating taste of meat

Cons: Overpriced for the quality of food that is being o

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Fancy vegan dinner - Edit

This place is far from a typical vegan restaurant. It’s impossible to tell from the outside or inside that you are in a 100% plant base place. It feels very luxurious.
The food was really amazing but I was also a little disappointed by the complexity of the flavour.
To me it’s really good at replicating omnivorous type of food but it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The portion are really tiny and it’s very expensive too.
But overall definitely worth going.

Pros: really tasty food, doesn’t feel like eating vegan food

Cons: a little expensive

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Disappointing - Edit

I had been looking forward to visiting Crossroads for a couple of years. During a vacation to southern California, my wife and I stopped by fairly late into dinner service but well before closing time. Our server speed-talked his way through everything. He didn't seem the least bit concerned about us, apart from the quickness with which he could get us out of there. We shared a few dishes. The meatball pizza was good, but I make better crust at home with a regular electric oven. The meatballs themselves were good, as was the parmesan. We also got Impossible cigars, roasted sun chokes, and crab cakes. Some flavors were better than others. Nothing blew me away. And for that cost, I want to be blown away. I was heartbroken by the experience, considering how long I'd been leafing through their cookbook and dreaming about eating there.

Cons: Nothing all that tasty, Server was rushing through everything

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Tasteful and Wonderful - Edit

We came here to try a new place for our anniversary dinner. This restaurant serves tapas-style plates. We got the kale caesar salad, oyster mushroom plate, lasagna, risotto, crab cakes, and roasted ricotta plates. All were great, but the lasagna is probably the best I've ever had!

Staff was attentive, courteous and, most importantly, non-intrusive with their service. The atmosphere was pleasant and the music performed elsewhere was at a subtle volume.

Highly recommended for an "event restaurant."

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excellent - Edit

The food was excellent! Wonderful and unique options. Best lasagna I have ever had.

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too hyped up - Edit

I was expecting more based on all the positive reviews all over the place. VERY corporate feeling, greeted by two hostesses like you're at some suburban steakhouse, standing there like they're doing you a favor. Our waitress couldn't have been less welcoming or warm. The food came out way too quickly and servers and staff (there are A LOT) whizzed past tables constantly, checking the progress of everyone's eating so they could grab plates asap - really got the feeling they were watching over us and trying to turn tables over. I asked about something in a dish when it came, out of general interest - it was what looked like the egg yolk in the carbonara - and our server explained it was the sauce and had to be mixed in - but had I not asked about it, it wouldn't have come together in that final stage that I had to do for myself. When I asked about an option for something, I was curtly told "if it's not given as an option it's like that for a reason." OK! The food was pretty good (not incredible) but the total negative vibe made it all taste worse.

Pros: pretty good food

Cons: attitude, vibe, dishes came out at a fast food pace

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Great food - Edit

I went here with my family for my birthday dinner
I was amazed at the taste
My mom and I had the scallopini
My brother had the kale Caesar salad
The cake was #1!
The only complaint was that the scallopini was too thin
The menu is seasonal
It’s a great vegan dining place

Pros: Good quality food, Good drink selection , Attentive staff

Cons: Scallopini very thin, Parking can be difficult

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excellent food and service ! - Edit

So much flavour in every bite.
We can’t wait to return again and again.
Staff was excellent. !!

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The Best - Edit

Hands down the best vegan spot ever. The artichoke oysters and crab cakes were two favorites. This place is a must if you are in LA!

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Small plates - Edit

Enjoyed oyster mushroom shooters and lentil tempeh. The plates are small for the price but it's meant to be a finer dining experience.

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One of my fav vegan places in the whole world! - Edit

One of my fav vegan places in the whole world! The lasagna is amazing!

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Cool hip ambiance, great food, more casual than I’d expected - Edit

I loved it here! We have the cookbook and I was expecting something a little more formal, but was still pleasantly surprised. The food (at least lunch) was more low-brow (burgers & fries) than I’d expected but still remarkably tasty! Salad was great, it was my first time trying the impossible burger... all around a very cool very LA vibe. Trendy but still comfortable and welcoming.

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Overpriced and Pretentious - Edit

We were on holiday from the UK and had been recommended to go here and try the impossible burger. We noticed that it was not on their dinner menu but was on both their lunch and late night bar menu. I emailed ahead to the contact on the website and via the open table booking regarding trying the burger at dinner time but got not reply. We were told at the door they could not offer it. I think it is a shame as we, as vegans, expect other restaurants to accommodate our diets and make special arrangements, but this vegan and very expensive restaurant were unable to bend the rules even a small amount and offer something that they would happily offer 90 mins later anyway!

We were told we should order a snack, starter and main as portions were small but we could definitely not afford all of that so we ordered three mains between two of us. Needless to say the portions were small and we left hungry.

I think if the food was of a high standard this would have been understandable as it was LA and, let's face it, vegan is 'trendy' now. However, the food was very average. We've had lasagnes, pizzas and pastas so much better elsewhere for half the price. The lasagne was obviously re-heated, the pasta bolognese contained about a tablespoon of mince in it in total and was not even garnished.

It seems that they are aiming for upper-market, perhaps celebrity clientele but the food really wasn't up to scratch for it.

I think it is great to have all vegan restaurants, having been a vegan for my whole 31 years and these only being a figment of my imagination as a child. But sadly I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

Cons: Very over priced , Pretentious

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Excellent food, meh service - Edit

The food was fantastic but it looked like the portions were smaller than the last time we dined here last year. I love the kombocha squash ravioli with pepitas, although six ravioli doesn't fill you up. I also like the butternut squash pizza, truffle potatoes, and scallopini.
They are cooked perfectly and plated beautifully. Unfortunately, our server was all thumbs. First, she spilled water on the table while pouring our glasses, and then knocked over the entire glass spilling it all over the floor. She came back to get our drink order, forgetting that she already took it. She had to return to our table again because she forgot if we also wanted sparkling water. She also brought out my main entree after my husband had finished his main entree, instead of at the same time.
Still, the food was fabulous.

Pros: food , ambiance

Cons: service

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Amazing food...so so service. - Edit

Came for brunch and was surprised by the ambiance of the space. Not what I expected but definitely liked what we saw. Looks a bit more upscale than I'm used to with my fave vegan spots. Not an issue.

The food was incredible. Per usual we ordered heavily because everything sounded great and we wanted to try it all. Food was A

Service could use some work. Our waiter failed to bring us spoons with our yogurt parfait and we had to ask. Not a huge deal. Also my partner had to ask for sugar twice for his tea, again, not a huge deal but it seemed a bit amateur for a place of this look and feel. Finally our waiter dropped off our check before even asking if we wanted anything else, which we did, coffee and dessert. I'd go back for sure, just hope they can fix the service kinks.

Pros: food was A+

Cons: service was meh

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OUTSTANDING - Edit

My entire family and my meat-eating friend loved this place. We plan on coming back very soon! This place is a MUST for anyone in the area.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience

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best place in the world - Edit

I would tell any vegan in la to go right to cross roads. They have the best food ever. It is very nice light and small portions. I meet the most amazing people there.

Pros: food is very good , very nice people , great place

Cons: pricy

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THE BEST vegan restaurant in LA! - Edit

Hands down my favourite vegan restaurant of all time. The food is exceptional, and the restaurant itself is sexy as hell. X

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Fine dining experience! - Edit

I have to say if you're looking for vegan fine dining then look no further BUT if you're looking for a nice meal at a good price this is not the place to go. The food is very expensive with small portions! But that's the point! It's fine dining, you're not suppose to get a huge meal here. You come here for some yummy small dishes and drinks. If you're not looking for that don't go here. In my opinion it's over priced! But the atmosphere and drinks are great!

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0 Stars - Edit

Sad to say, this once-praised restaurant has gone way down hill. It's so sad to say this because vegans and vegetarians deserve fine dining options too but this place is not it. The problem comes from the fact that man behind it all is a passable cook who was over-praised into thinking he's a visionary chef or something. This all came to a head with his woefully handling of the revolutionary Impossible Burger, which until a couple of weeks ago, So Cal residents could only find at Crossroads. This 300 million dollar burger patty was cooked into a dull dry grey hockey puck, losing all its potential flavor in the process, then the "chef" refused to remove the "special sauce" and in fact slathered all over the bun and the patty. I couldn't eat the sorry thing, neither could my date, neither could the diners at tables on either side of us. With cattle farming a significant factor in global warming and the terrible cruelty inflicted on the cows themselves, this is no time for "chefs" to turn off potential vegans and vegetarians, simply because the short order cook who owns the place dreams of being an artist. Shameful. Will never go back. Oh, and the fake American cheese was disgusting too.

Pros: Polished, if slightly dated decor, Nice part of town

Cons: Horrible food preparation, Ignores basic diner concerns, Sabotaged the Impossible burger launch in So Cal

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DO NOT EAT HERE! - Edit

DO NOT EAT HERE!!! If I could give it negative stars I would! I ended up paying $250 for 2 meals!!! First off they charged me $75 for an appetizer plate of pasta with alfredo sauce and a couple shavings of chocolate on top! Price was not listed on menu as it was a today's special and waitress did not tell me price. Everything is medoicre. Nothing tasty or special about any of it! We had 4 small plates(these plates are tiny people!) And 2 cocktails each for a whopping price of $250 with tip. The waitress was lousy! Other servers giving you the food. This place is all hype. I attempted 3 times to contact the manager, who by the way is never in, and only got a return message from a hostess saying he would contact me. Never did! The most expensive meal of our lives!!!!! I will post negative comments wherever I can on the internet about this place!

Cons: Pririce price price!, Food, Service

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Casual-upscale bold flavors - Edit

Since it first opened I've eaten here just twice, most recently this week. Here's my Crossroads Kitchen review.

Chef Tal Ronnen is well-known in the vegan/vegetarian world, and his investors/partners have put created a posh space for dining. The place is gorgeous, rich colors with hints of wood. Seating is divided into vinyl booths, tables, and bar stools in front of a wide full bar. Everything glistens, and large windows let in natural light. The high ceiling added to a feeling of spaciousness even though guests seat closely together.

On both visits staff were attentive, and our food arrived quickly as we knew to eat our dinner early. Portions are on the smaller side. Prices are moderate for being in this fancy part of town.

I've tasted so far the: cheese platter, caviar and fried oyster mushroom over artichoke leaves, crab cakes, day's special house made pasta, lasagna, spinach salad, kid's pizza, panna cotta with berry spread, and cannoli. All pretty good.

If you come during mealtime, expect to pay. Or eat early or just make a reservation.

Updated from previous review on 2013-05-20

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Sold my soul, down at them Crossroads. - Edit

Praise Legba, (Haitian God of Crossroads) this place can have whatever immortal spirit I may have left to promise in exchange for a couple more impossible burgers. Their take on the ImBo is by far the most unintentionally funny. You walk into this upscale, dress-up, restaurant with two hosts and half a million in dining room furnishings in a 10 million dollar location and sit down at the bar and order a motherfucking plate of In-n'-Out.

Amazing how perfectly this captures all of the pleasure and hedonic indulgence of a fast food burger, without the horrifying reality of how murder-corps come by the same product. The impossible burger for me, can be a little too lifelike and gives me flashbacks to yucky meat mouth feelings when I eat it because it is so similar in texture to a meat-burger, however this prep at Crossroads analogs a well-done burger which was markedly appreciated by me and maybe anyone else who has long forgotten any pleasant associations with the texture of dead animals in their mouth.


The impossible meat taquitos were similarly fresh and delicious as was the service friendly, polite and cute.



Updated from previous review on 2017-03-26

Pros: Impossible Burger , West Hollywood Location, Fine dining

Cons: Sometimes crowded, Too fancy for some of my friends, Spendy

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Wonderful restaurant - Edit

We went there to celebrate my 10 year veganniversary. I love the way they are revolutionizing vegan food. We loved everything we ordered and the cocktails were awesome. It's pricey, though.

Pros: Really great food, Innovative food , Great for celebrating

Cons: Pricey

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Fantastic night out - Edit

I really enjoyed Crossroads! It's definitely a fancy special occasion place, but the food doesn't disappoint. Really tasty - loved the bolognese pasta the most. We were full with 5 dishes btw the 2 of us.

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