This place isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a show, an experience, an everlasting memory that shoots itself up into one’s shortlist of iconic meals they have had over the course of their lifetime. Describing Barton G in a nutshell is difficult, because there is literally nothing about this place that can be described without abstract comparisons and anecdotes that make your eyes close with nostalgia.
Put as simply as possible, Barton G turns childhood favorites into upscale delicacies, presented in such an extravagant way that the meal is as much a feast for the other four senses as it is for the palate.
Literally every dish comes out with its own jaw-dropping style. Liquid nitrogen popcorn is hand-mixed in a giant metal martini ‘glass’ with Parmesan and bacon. If that wasn’t enough popcorn, the popcorn shrimp is fried shrimp and popcorn served in an old-school popcorn machine. Deviled eggs are dyed red and served in a chicken coup that looks like it came out of a Tim Burton movie. Oyster shooters are encased in a champagne-gelatin bubble that defines molecular gastronomy. Steaks come with three-foot forks stabbed in a wood cutting board.
For some serious elegance, start with the lobster pop tarts that come in an oversized retro toaster. Move onto Lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, which sits under an oversized mousetrap. Then go with the roasted lobster apicius with squid ink orzo is served under a Trojan helmet. Wash it all down with a liquid nitrogen cotton candy cocktail.
Desserts are a mandatory group effort—six people might get through one dish. Take the chocolate treasure for example: literally a treasure chest filled with brownies, gold rice crispy nuggets and creme fraiche ice cream, complete with graham cracker sand, chocolate coins and a shovel just in case the spoon isn't enough to capture the excitement.
What seals the deal is that this food is seriously good. Chef de Cuisine Attila Bollok pays as much attention to detail to each dish as Founder Barton G. Weiss has paid to the restaurant’s immaculate decor. The portions here are real, designed for real people with real appetites. Leftovers-worthy, in fact…anyone who can finish the Marie Antoinette deserves to take home a serving prop of their choice. And the price point is unexpectedly fair, making you wander how they even do it.
Barton G is a foodie’s bliss and an Instagrammer’s dream. When it comes to fine dining in one of LA’s hottest areas, Barton G has one of the ‘hauttest’ approaches, hands-down.
Barton G LA is located at 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Open 6 – 10 p.m. Mon – Thurs, 6 – 11 p.m. Fri, 5:30 – 11 p.m. Sat/Sun. Average out-the-door price for shared appetizer, entrée, shared dessert and 1 – 2 drinks is ~$118/person. Barton G can be reached at (310) 388-1888 as well as online.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.