It appears the seating at Red Hill has drawn as much attention as the cuisine at the Echo Park restaurant. The front legs of the black metal dining room chairs rise from a triangular base and bend backward to form part of the cantilevered seat and a short seat-back that slopes gently upward. The novel chairs may look chic but they are not without their shortcomings. In his recent review of Red Hill, L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold ended the piece not by writing about the food but about the risk of sitting in those chairs:
Have you ever been to a restaurant furnished with three-legged chairs? Because at Red Hill the other afternoon, seconds after I noted the handsome ironwork of the brand-new chairs, the woman sitting next to me tipped alarmingly, the boy across from me slammed straight into the floor and I probably would have followed if I hadn’t maintained a deathgrip on the sturdy wooden table. The giggling woman high-fived the kid. The waterglass she knocked over cascaded into all of our laps. I can only imagine how the chairs might tumble late at night when the patrons are into their third Brouwerij Saison or their second bottle of Washington state Semillon.
On Yelp!, praise for Red Hill’s cuisine is mixed in with criticism for the restaurant’s seating, which includes high and low versions of the same design. “One irk to note – those high bar chairs are impossible to get into. I mean really impossible,” said one review. “I had to use two chairs and a significant amount of arm strength to hoist myself up like a gymnast and jump up and into the seat.” Said another diner: “Those chairs hurt my butt. Perhaps the owners should consider some tastefully upholstered memory foam seat cushions.”
For those not fond of the metal chairs, Red Hill also has plenty of traditional, four-legged, high-back wood chairs.