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Can’t make it to the big family Passover Seder? You’re in luck. Some Los Angeles restaurants are making the Jewish holiday a tradition in their dining rooms. Reservations are a must.
 
AKASHA
9543 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310-845-1700
akasharestaurant.com
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Marking the first night of Passover, Chef Akasha Richmond will be putting her spin on a traditional Seder at her restaurant this Monday, March 29th. Guests will arrive at 5 p.m. followed by a four-course dinner and a short service at 6 p.m. led by Rabbi Albert Spevak. All the musts are covered. Matzo ball soup, traditional seder plates, gefilte fish—it’s all here. The price: $75 for adults and $45 for children under 12. Wine included.

And for those wanting to celebrate Passover at home but don’t have time to cook, Akasha has taken that into consideration too. The restaurant will be offering Passover-to-go, baked goods, and full-service catering.
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ANGELI CAFFÉ
7274 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-936-9086
angelicaffe.com
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Chef Evan Kleiman calls her menu a mash-up of Ashkenzai and Sefardi. We believe her. The $45 Passover dinner on Thursday, April 1st, will include dishes like leek croquettes, tortino di azzime (a “mazzagna” of vegetables and fresh tomato-basil sauce) and almond berry cream cake. The meal begins at 7p.m. No Seder.
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THE GORBALS
501 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-488-3408
thegorbalsla.com
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Top Chef Illan Hall is celebrating Passover downtown with a Seder tasting dinner at The Gorbals. Ten plates for $65. Knowing his reputation for some off-kilter combos, we expect some surprises. Especially since no one’s seen the menu yet.
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JAR
8225 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-655-6566
thejar.com
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Suzanne Tracht gives a nod to the Hebrew calendar with “Passover Seder 5770” at her Jar supper club on Monday, March 29th at 5:30 p.m. It will be a four-course extravaganza ($120 for adults and $50 for children under 12) featuring matzo ball soup, Jar’s signature pot roast, and assorted macaroons. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Racelle Rosett and will feature Contrella Patrick-Henry as soloist. Wine included.
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OAKFIRE PIZZERIA AND PUB
829 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
310-659-8848
oakfirepizza.com
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Looking for a more casual approach to the holiday? The folks at OakfirePizzeria and Pub are taking an old family recipe for matzoh crust and putting it to good use in their wood-fired pizzas. Throughout Passover, March 29thto April 5th, patrons will be able to order any of the restaurant’s 27 pizzas with the new Jewish twist. Just be on the lookout for the pies with sausage, bacon, pepperoni and prosciutto. L’chaim!
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ROSA MEXICANO
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-746-0001
rosamexicano.com
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Rosa Mexicano is making its contribution to the Jewish holiday by offering tips on how to put some Latin flair on your Seder table. Olé! At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27th, the restaurant will be holding a free cooking demonstration covering kosher options such as tropical haroset (blend offruits, nuts, and sweet wine), beef brisket in banana leaf, and creamy chicken soup. But if you don’t have the time to make these creations at home, enjoy them as part of Rosa Mexicano’s special Passover menu that’s available from March 29th to April 5th at its L.A. Live location.
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SPAGO
176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-385-0880
wolfgangpuck.com
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This year marks the twelfth Seder to take place at Spago Beverly Hills. And unlike most restaurants on the list, it’s celebrating on a Tuesday (March 30th). Seating is at 6 p.m. and the price is set at $175 per person. As per tradition, a percentage of the proceeds will go to Mazon, a Jewish hunger-response organization. This year’s menu isn’t up yet, but will most likely include Spago’s famous shallot and thyme matzo, braised beef short rib “flanken,” and the Passover puffs with chocolate sauce.

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