The Plan: Burn Energy Reserves at Silver Lake Park, Then Refuel at Reservoir Brunch — CLOSED

by Jessica on December 17, 2010

Kid Hit Menu Items: I can only vouch for the Sunday brunch menu, but Reservoir in Silver Lake does an excellent job of taking everyone’s needs into account. The special kids’ brunch includes a pancake, scrambled egg, and bacon ($9). Doesn’t hurt to add a side of crunch fried potatoes.

Adult Perks: This cozy neighborhood nook of a restaurant offers standard brunch bubbly cocktails. As for coffee, it’s tempting to pop into Lamill on the other side of Effie to caffeinate beforehand. We devoured the gooey creamy rich breakfast pizza with arugula, prosciutto, caramelized onions, Manchego, fried egg and balsamic reduction ($10) and super hearty eggs three way. This selection includes baked soft-boiled eggs with Gruyere, a scrambled version with balsamic cipolline, and a fried egg in olive oil. Protein central!

Comfortable neighborhood spot with a welcoming vibe and small scale. Outdoor seating makes for excellent people watching of folks making their way down from the Silver Lake Reservoir, and the sidewalk scene is lively enough yet generally mellow thanks to other nearby businesses on this small commercial strip.

Tight quarters if the room is crowded. Not much wiggle or wiggling room.

Changing Station:

High Chairs:

Parking and Access:
Parking lot and street parking.

Other Tidbits:
I was kind of bummed when Netty’s, a longtime neighborhood-restaurant-in-a-tiny-corner-bungalow institution, closed, but the food never quite warranted the prices. And for the all the charm of its funky covered patio seating situation, it was uncomfortable. So it made sense when chef/owner Gloria Felix’s Reservoir took some cues from Lamill and saw the area was safe and ripe for some relatively upscale, upgrading of the space at Silver Lake Blvd. and Effie. So she brought in warm woods, soft leather seats, and a menu heavily influenced by the Suzanne Goin/Lucques school (being an alumna herself). Like I said, I don’t know about dinner, but during the day the space is lovely and warm. Happy hour might be a good early dinner option if you’re in the neighborhood. Either sit outside, or take a seat on the bench that runs along the length of the back wall. The ceilings is low but the walls are essentially mostly window openings, allowing natural light to fill the compact room. Details are simple but classy, and casual enough to bring kids to weekend daytime meal. Seeing the very friendly Ryan, who also co-owns The York and we remembered from our pre-kid days of hanging at Edendale, made for an even friendlier experience, too.

Here’s an extra tip: work up those little appetites with a walk around the rezzie and/or play at the park on a sunny day, then head over to Reservoir. This formula makes for a much more compliant small diner.


1700 Silver Lake Boulevard, Silver Lake
(323) 662-8655
Cuisine: Seaonal/Market-Driven
Price: $$-$$$
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Yana December 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Yeah, Reservoir wasn’t so great when they “accidentally” gave away our reservation for 6. And then made us wait in the cold for over an hour. And gave us absolutely nothing for our trouble.


Pat December 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Also good in the play and eat category: Malibu’s Cross Creek Center and lunch from John’s Garden — actually they can play while you eat, even better. The best combo I ever saw was in Vancouver where there’s a nice restaurant that serves beer on the patio adjacent to a free, public water park — heaven!


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