Spitz

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Spitz Spitz in Downtown LA's Little Tokyo is all about affordable kebobs and cocktails. Grab yourself some Turkish delight in Los Angeles with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.048216 -118.239893
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Party Earth Review Kebobs and cocktails are on the menu at Spitz, a distinctly non-Japanese joint that juts onto a hip strip of Second Street in Little Tokyo. During the day, the sidewalk patio fills with cute artsy couples sipping sangria... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Gold Line: Little Tokyo / Arts District

  • Phone:

    213-613-0101

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 11am–11pm, Th–Sa 11am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Spitz Review

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Spitz in Downtown LA's Little Tokyo is all about affordable kebobs and cocktails. Grab yourself some Turkish delight in Los Angeles with Party Earth.

Kebobs and cocktails are on the menu at Spitz, a distinctly non-Japanese joint that juts onto a hip strip of Second Street in Little Tokyo.

During the day, the sidewalk patio fills with cute artsy couples sipping sangria and shoppers rewarding themselves with aioli-drenched Street Cart Fries, as the aromas of lamb and beef waft onto the street.

Daily Happy Hour – which by the grace of the kebob gods lasts nearly all day on weekends – draws boys on their bicycles looking for Schlitz and whiskey specials, while lone diners check out the bizarre stainless steel art installations on the ceiling between draft pitchers and plates of Dönoquitos, a sort of Mexican taquito meets döner kebob.

The vibe stays relaxed and the cozy space un-crowded most nights, even when Spitz makes the smooth transition from restaurant to bar and DJs set up to spin obscure bass-driven mixes to go with the mojitos, Manhattans, and spicy mango chiladas.

Groups of friends filter in throughout the night, some to tank up before heading to a Downtown club and others to hang around over some gourmet gelato.

Either as a stop on the way out or a destination for the evening, Spitz dribbles cheap eats and a chill vibe.

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Tip from Emma:

Follow Spitz on twitter @eatatspitz for up-to-date info on drink and food specials and one-off events! You can also get a 10% discount on your order if you check-in on Facebook beforehand.

  • Crowd

    Artsy loft dwellers, students from nearby USC, Little Tokyo shoppers, Little Tokyo pub-crawlers, kebob cravers, pre-clubbers, and anyone in need of a budget-friendly meal or a couple rounds, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mostly obscure mixes on Friday and Saturday nights. Handful of flat-screens likely tuned to a local game or TV movie.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but large-portioned menu of Mediterranean fare featuring beef, lamb, and chicken döner kebabs, vegetarian dishes, hummus, and desserts like gelato and cinnamon pita strips. Limited metered parking out front. Happy Hour M–F 3–7pm, Sa–Su 11am–7pm.

  • Prices

    Sides $3–$5, döner combos (sandwich or wrap, side, and fountain drink) $10.50, salads $9.50, dessert $3.50–$4.50. Beer $5–$15/pint, mug, or bottle and $25/pitcher, cocktails $9, shot and beer combos $8–$10, sangria $6/glass or $25/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hip casual: wide-brimmed fedoras, plaid shirts, a few business suits and trench coats, denim shorts with high heels, denim shirts with miniskirts, maxi skirts, imported denim.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturdays for the long Happy Hour and to stick around for the eclectic DJ, or any sunny day during the week to chill on the patio with a few Turkish delights.

  • Close By

    Cosmos (333 East First Street) is a tiny dive a block away that offers great – both truly great and greatly awful – karaoke from its secluded stage.

Spitz User Reviews

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STREET FRIES AND SANGRIA TO SHARE
Ted C. Jun 25, 2013
Looking for a place to chill, have a conversation with your group of friends, and eat really, really good food? This is it. Spitz has that contemporary laid back feel that you always see in some travel magazine, but it doesn't carry any sense of pretentiousness that you get at some of the more trendy places. If your going by yourself, or with a small group, Spitz has the food and drink to fill you up and leave you satisfied. The menu is pretty simple and everything on there looks great. Make sure to try their Donner fries if you go as a group though , and of course a (or 3) pitcher of Sangria to share. Overall a great place and reasonable price for you and your friends to chill and be merry at.
Shwarma and Sangria for Days
Tanya H. May 15, 2013
My boyfriend and I discovered this little gem while spending a relaxed day in Little Tokyo. We just polished off some fantastic ramen at a nearby spot, but still had a craving for something sweet. We considered the Yogurtland spot nearby, when all of a sudden I detected these wonderful, delectable smells wafting towards me. At first glance, it appeared to resemble an industrial-looking winebar. Spitz turned out to be a Mediterranean Kebab/Shawarma -sangria bar! Didn't expect this in Little Tokyo...In front of the place we saw a sign that claimed they had some of the best gelato in Los Angeles. Well!! Talk is cheap... Upon entering I suddenly wished I hadn't eaten lunch yet. The fresh, hot-off-the-grill aromas were absolutely inviting... Back to the gelato. They let us try every gelato they had! I finally settled on a creamy pumpkin spice scoop and an espresso bean. My boyfriend got the raspberry-cabernet sorbet. He also ended up wolfing down mine! A few days later we decided to head back and try out the real goods. The menu is simple, but everything we tried super delicious and filling. If you're a sangria lover, this is the place for you. They offered at least seven different kinds of unique flavors--- not just the usual red and white. The rose sangria was great, but my fave was the cardamom-cinnaspiced sangria. YUMMMM!!! The wine selection is mimimal, but the girl at the bar let me have a few different pours and had some helpful recommendations. I got the classic doner (a mediterranean wrap with a thinly sliced lamb/beef mix). Shockingly good. Oh wait... Fries on the menu... They better watch out, cause being a fry addict, I judge restaurants based on how well the fries are prepared and cooked... Survey says--- OUTSTANDING!!! Crisp, golden, and well seasoned! I'm coming back soon for the sweet potato fries. This is a place to consider if you want great food at reasonable prices.
Move Over Tacos...
Ricardo B. May 6, 2013
Spitz is a product of travel, a trendy restaurant and bar in the middle of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles that was established not long after founders Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund came home from studying abroad in Europe. The eatery specializes specifically on the döner kebab, a traditional Turkish street food found commonly throughout Europe. Any Angelino who has ever trekked through Germany knows the feeling of anguish when coming home and being unable to find a decent döner shop. Luckily for us, Rademan and Wicklund decided to do something about the absence when they founded Spitz in Eagle Rock in 2007. The tiny shop later expanded to include the Little Tokyo location – adding a bar and much livelier scenery including weekend DJ sets – and the newest Los Feliz location. Considering that the döner kebab is a popular street food that isn’t particularly light on calories, Spitz offers a slightly healthier twist to make the dish California beach-bod friendly. The kebab comes with a choice of falafel, shaved beef and lamb mix, or chicken cooked on a rotating spit (hence the name). Each kebab comes with a variety of fresh vegetables all fit into an option of foccacia bread (traditionally pita bread) or lavash wrap. The Little Tokyo location is prime real estate for Spitz. Sitting in the midst of trendy bars, sushi restaurants and art galleries, Spitz adds a unique layer to the neighborhood while simultaneously embracing the scene, the décor adding a feel of art gallery itself. Weekend evenings are typically filled with young hipsters preparing for a night out, drinking house-made sangria while grooving to a low-key DJ set or watching the game.
A Must Try Donor Wrap
Wajih D. Feb 10, 2013
I accidently came across Spitz Bar as I was walking around in Tokyo town. The place is so cozy and comfortable with a very fresh, delicious food menu. I had the (chicken + lamb) doner wrap mediterranean style with sweet potato fries and it was the best I have ever had in LA so far. They have a live DJ on weekends, yet not loud so it's a perfect place to go in a group and have some beer and talk. I highly recommend it if you are in a mood for a mediteranean food.
delicious!
Eva L. Dec 5, 2012
Spitz is a random gem located in Little Tokyo among numerous sushi and frozen yogurt shops. It has amazing Greek/Mediterranean food for a low price so you can truly enjoy it. One of their most popular items on the menu is the Doner Kebab which you can choose from a number of different styles. Of course, the most popular is lamb but I would definitely recommend the chicken doner Mediterranean style with tzatziki sauce. There is also live music here one of the nights of the week and the crowd is always trendy, young people. Make sure to check it out!
loveee
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
This place was sooooooo awesome! Me and my cousin walked around sunset all day ascwe complained about how hungry we were. As we approached this spot we kind of just looked at it, made an unnecessary judgment of how it looked too expensive, but still decided to look at the menu; we were surprisewe when we did. The happy hour menu had some really awesome specials on it which we of course induldged in. I give this place four stars because of all I mentioned above, the outdoor/ indoor seating, the outdoor heater, and the pet friendly outdoor environment ( a dog came up to me and wanted tobr pet so I pet him for a good 10 minutes and he chilled with me and my cuz).
delish
Alli H. Dec 3, 2012
Spitz is an awesome find in Little Tokyo, near downtown. They have AMAZING gyro's and kebabs with awesome sauces, and I can be a gyro snob. It's nice for groups because you order and pay before sitting down so you don't have to worry about splitting a big bill at the end and you get your food pretty quickly. It's a funky little restaurant with good music and amazing sangria and pretty good prices, with a meal and drink probably costing around $17. It's in a nice area with a good amount of street parking so it's not as big of a hassle as going somewhere downtown.
Yummy Food
caroline h. Nov 30, 2012
Spitz is great bar in Downtown Los Angeles because it is very hip and modern. This bar is not the usual boring traditional bar that you have been to. This bar has trendy music and very outgoing waiters. I love Spitz because it is a great place to go to after work when you are feeling stressed out from the day. This bar has great service and the people are always very friendly. My friends always recommend this bar because it has such good Japanese food! I love Japenese food, and if you do too, you would love this bar! The bathroom are also clean and that is a big factor for me.
Yummy!
Lindsey S. Nov 20, 2012
This place is located right in the heart of LIttle Tokyo and is a great place to come, especially for dinner. While in a great location, it also has amazing food. There is often times not a long line and you get the food pretty quick. It is a great greek restaurant, which is weird since it is in Little Tokyo. This place is also known for its beer and appetizers- definitely get both when you go here ! The parking is hard to find in Little Tokyo, so you may have to pay $4 to park for dinner but it is definitely worth it!
Cool vibe and delicious
Maddy L. Nov 14, 2012
Spitz is amazing-a hidden spot to grab Sangria tucked in the middle of little Tokyo next to some Sushi restaurants. The Sangria is absolutely AMAZING, and their pita appetizer is amazing. This is one of the few places to get a great-tasting kebab in Los Angeles, and a good happy hour spot. It is a bit pricey for a drink and a meal, but it's so tasty that it is definitely worth it.
Good Food, Good Drink, Good Fun
Bryan R. Nov 7, 2012
Ten years ago, finding a good spot to grab a beer & some grub in Downtown LA would have proved difficult. That problem has diminished & Spitz is my favorite answer to it. The restaurant is commonly seen as fast food, & if that is so, it is a bit expensive at roughly $10-$15 a person for my favorite combo of a Done Kabob & beer. I find the food & alcoholic drinks stand against this label. Parking can prove problematic, but it is LA & parking a block or 2 away can be expected. If you're there on a weekend night, you can catch a DJ with a nice collection of music. The clientele should be noted as this place attracts the young & single urban life lovers.
Food, Beer, DJ, Little Tokyo
Victor H. Sep 25, 2012
My favorite here is the classic zesty doner wrap with pita strips and hummus paired with a mug of beer. You can get a combo like this for $10 and it will fill you up. Just make sure you come when its not busy so you can score free street parking and wont have to wait in line to order your food. Unless of course you're looking for a bit of action then you want to come on Friday when they have a DJ spinning and the place is fool of young people from around the neighborhood. The place also sports a very cool industrial look with metal and bronze pipes and large mirrors. You'll also find patio seating for those nice days where you want to catch a little sun and fresh air.
Great Food, Great Drinks, Great Prices!
Saya T. Sep 25, 2012
Spitz is one of my go-to spots for happy hour. I always get the chicken doner combo wrap with fried pita strips or street cart fries, but everything on their menu is delicious. I’m normally not a huge fan of wine or sangria, but I absolutely LOVE the peach sangria at Spitz. Besides the delicious food and drinks, I love Spitz because almost every hour is happy hour! On weekdays they have Happy Hour from 3pm-7pm and a late night Happy Hour from 10pm-Midnight. On weekends, they have Happy Hour all day! They also have outside seating which is great for a sunny LA day!
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