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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Echo Park restaurant chairs don’t sit well with some diners

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.

13 comments

  1. Angeleno Heightster

    Last week I ended up sitting on my folded up napkin. It protected me well enough from the shard of metal half detached from one of the metal slats of the seat. Eventually, I swapped high style for my napkin and a comfortable wooden chair – be sure to ask for one on arrival!

  2. OPINIONATED OLD LADY SEZ

    COMING SOON!

    TUESDAY NITE SPECIAL “ALL YOU CAN EAT” WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT AND BALANCING A RUBBER BALL ON YOUR FOREHEAD?

    It could happen.

  3. Eat it and beat it. Longing for the days of big tables and a little privacy as well.

    • And quiet. Eating at Red Hill is like eating in an echo chamber. It’s easier to communicate with dinner partners via text in this place.

  4. The chairs are dumb, but have you ever seen Jonathan Gold? He’d need two of these chairs. So six legs should be plenty safe.

  5. Maybe instead of trick chairs they could offer prompt service.

  6. i’d rather complain about senor fish just down the road. red hill is awesome just the way it is. senor fish looked better when it was an empty store front.

  7. the biggest problem for me is they are freezing cold! it takes about 45 min for the chair to feel room temp from your body heat. they were def a topic of conversation at dinner – as in “next time we come, lets sit at the bar”

  8. Yeah, there’s a reason why the vast majority of chairs have 4 legs.

  9. I hate those chairs. In addition to everything else mentioned, you can’t hang your purse or jacket off the back without it dragging on the floor. And yes, Señor Fish did look better as an empty storefront.

  10. This is why the terrorist hate us. Complaining about chairs. HAHA! What I would call a rich man’s problem…

  11. You’ll all stop complaining about Senor Fish once you try their scallop burrito.

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