Balancing the pressures of work and maintaining a social life can be a tall task. Often there just isn’t a reliable place to go and enjoy a meal on your break, or during a meeting. Even finding a quick grab-and-go meal and coffee when you’re running late can prove to be difficult. Thankfully, since opening in June, Harbor House in Downtown LA is a go-to place to fulfill all your work and social duties. Harbor House Downtown LA
Located in the Wedbush Building in the heart of the financial district, Harbor House has reimagined the typical, mundane office lobby. Owner Beau Laughlin and partner Steve Edwards of Assembly Group came together to draw up the concept of what the 15,000 square-foot space could become.
“Our aim with Harbor House is to merge the energy of a buzzy hotel lobby with the collaborative spirit of a co-working space all to the tune of easy, delicious food and drink around-the-clock,” said Laughlin in a press release earlier this year. “It’s a social hub, day and night, for building tenants and our downtown neighbors alike.”
The huge space comes together through the combination of three components. There’s a cafe, bar and full-service restaurant with seating inside and on an expansive patio space as well.
During morning hours, the cafe area in the lobby offers grab-and-go options, leaning more towards the healthy side.
Here you can choose from acai bowls, fresh quiches and breakfast sandwiches. Pastries from the Larder Bakery Co. are available for those with more of a sweet tooth. If you’re looking for an extra boost of energy, Stumptown provides the coffee at Harbor House, available all day. Fresh, cold-pressed juices from Clover, and loose leaf teas by Art of Tea are also available if coffee isn’t really your thing.
The bar and restaurant areas perfectly blend the line between work and play. Sleek, modern furnishings throughout the interior and exterior of the space bring the once drab design to life.
A uniquely built double-sided bar allows for patrons to walk up from either the patio or lobby space. Offering a solid mix of wine, beer and cocktails for all taste palates, the selection at Harbor House is truly one of the most complete in Downtown LA.
The newest addition to the wide varieties of wine in stock come from Nocking Point in Washington. Up until recently, only quarterly shipments from the winery were available. Harbor House was chosen as one of four Los Angeles restaurants that will exclusively carry the wines.
A mostly West Coast oriented beer list serves up draughts from across the spectrum of brews. Boomtown Brewery, Smog City, and Golden Road Brewery are among the local selections they offer.
The cocktail menu, developed by Jordan Young, is comprised of classic recipes with a twist. Complex flavors are paired seamlessly, offering a well balanced, yet rich drinking experience. Favorites include the Gin, which is served with tonic, house-made kiwi shrub, lime, and thai basil. Others are the Mezcal, served with house gooseberry shrub, lime and a kefir infusion, and the Scotch, which has hoojicha tea, lemon olea sacchrum, honey and lemon over ice.
Lunch and dinner time at Harbor House calls for a difficult choice. The comprehensive food menu makes deciding what to order the best problem you could imagine.
For starters, you can keep it simple with the avocado toast or brussel sprouts. Or jazz it up with the charcuterie mac and cheese, ceviche or fresh oysters. The spanish chorizo and cotija cheese flatbread is an underrated choice that you shouldn’t let slip you by. If a sandwich is what your heart desires, the turkey club or Nashville hot fried chicken on a brioche bun are excellent choices.
Hearty entrees at Harbor House are your best bet to fill up after a long day at work. The shrimp tacos, fried in tempura batter and drizzled with a spicy aoli, give the perfect amount of kick to complement the fresh shrimp. Other go-to options are the herb roasted chicken leg, and the 1000 burger, named after the address of the building the restaurant is housed in.
Harbor House is located at 1000 Wilshire Blvd in Downtown LA. They’re open from 7:30am – 10:00 pm everyday, except weekends.