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City Tavern promises California comfort food for new DTLA location

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, February 01, 2013, at 10:05AM
City Tavern

The interior of City Tavern's Culver City location. The new DTLA restaurant is expected to have a similar look; wood, brick and long booths.

The food offerings at Downtown's developing Figat7th shopping complex continue to grow with the announcement that Culver City-based restaurant, City Tavern, will join the ranks this fall.

Founders describe the eatery as a "new American tavern" that will be serving a "California-centric menu of refined comfort foods." The restaurant seems to be on point with many other new locations opening up in DTLA by also promising "hand-crafted cocktails, boutique wines and a revolving selection of the finest local craft beers on draft."

“During our lengthy search for a second City Tavern location, we looked for a place where we could build the same sense of community we established in Culver City,” said one of the restaurant's founders, Ken Kaufman, in a statement. “We believe FIGat7th —an urban crossroads where people live, work and shop — is the ideal spot.”

The new Downtown restaurant will be decorated similar to its Culver City counterpart with long booths, brick and wood, but it will also have a new added lounge space. Menu items at the existing location are divided into categories such as "Held" (for the burgers and sandwiches) and "Share" (for the appetizers and small plates).

Although fairly heavy on the meat and fish dishes with items such as roasted bone marrow, pork belly tacos and vodka-battered fish and chips, there's also a significant number of veggie options including the mushroom veggie burger, bite-size fried grits and a roasted beet salad.

Dinner appetizers and main course range from about $7 to $19, with the lunch price points typically a few dollars less. Many of the menu items for both meals are similar, but lunch offerings include more sandwiches and burgers.

At the City Tavern's Westside location, patrons can pour their own beers at select Table Tap booths. According to the tavern's website,, these tables offer three craft beers that aren't poured at the main bar and it is encouraged to make reservations for them. No word yet on if this do-it-yourself feature is coming to the Downtown location.

Figat7th currently includes an expansive food court dubbed Taste that features everything from burgers to Indian and Greek food.

City Tavern is expected to open in the fall of this year in a 4,000-square-foot space on the same lower courtyard level as Taste and Gold's Gym.

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