Neal Fraser


Neal Fraser’s modern American restaurant, Redbird, resides in one of downtown LA’s architectural gems. The cathedral-and-rectory-turned-hotspot is also home to Neal and his business partner/wife Amy Knoll Fraser’s event space, Vibiana. Redbird’s been awarded several times over, appearing on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurant List, Time Out’s Best Restaurant Bar Program and “Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the United States” by Wine Enthusiast, to name a few. Neal’s also appeared on Top Chef Masters, Hell’s Kitchen and won Iron Chef AmericaKnife Fight and Beat Bobby Flay.

Starting his culinary career at age 20, Neal earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and honed his chops at famed restaurants like Wolfgang Puck’s Eureka and Spago, Checkers Hotel under Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Bistro, Hans Rockenwagner’s Rox, and Boxer. He continues to be heavily involved with the community, catering fundraisers and private dinners, starting the annual Beefsteak benefit and riding in Chef’s Cycle.

We want to create a space where people can come and have a fantastic time. We’re really in the business of making people feel good.

LA’s gotten a bad rap from a long time, but I’ve been here to defend it. But people are coming here to open restaurants, flying here to eat in them, and I don’t have to defend it anymore.