10 DineLA Deals You Need to Experience

From lobster rolls to dinner with Sandra Tsing Loh

The summer session of DineLA Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks, is back, running now through July 26. Hundreds of restaurants around town have special multi-course menus for lunch and dinner, priced at $15, $20 and $30, $40, or $50 per person, respectively. Here are our picks for some of the best deals, including those at super new restaurants, perennial favorites, and even some with free show tickets.

Longitude Bar + Restaurant: This might not be a place at the top of every trendster’s list, but the Le Méridien Delfina restaurant in Santa Monica has a sweet deal, particularly for Sandra Tsing Loh fans. The dinner-only prix fixe menu is $40, but the first 20 people that reserve for Thursday and Friday, July 16-17 and July 23-24, will get complimentary tickets to her one-woman performance based on her new memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, at The Broad Stage. For those more into the menu than the show, dishes include watermelon gazpacho, seven-hour braised short ribs with truffled bread pudding; and s’mores crème brulee. Performances start at 8 p.m., so it’s best to reserve a table between 5:30-7 p.m. Do so by emailing
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Connie & Ted’s: A $25 lunch at Michael Cimarusti’s West Hollywood seafood “shack” is a bargain no matter how you slice it. A chowder sampler, which includes New England, Manhattan, and Rhode Island versions; a fried oyster sandwich with coleslaw or fries, and a whoopee pie is totally on point. Swap in a half dozen oysters for an appetizer for only $5 and, um, yeah. Dinner is $40 with options like that most excellent lobster roll, fish stew or fish and chips for entrees.

Redbird: Take a tour around chef Neal Fraser’s new lunch offerings at the stunning space at the Vibiana downtown. Choices include hits like shishitos wth crispy quinoa; mini chicken pot pie; Wyoming trout with raisins, hazelnuts and brown butter; gnochetti sardi with rock shrimp, nettles and tomato confit; and a delicious cookie platter. Three courses for $25. Plus, that patio.

Ray’s & Stark Bar: What better way to end a day at LACMA than with a $30 dinner. Chef Viet Pham’s three-course menu includes choices like corn soup with lime crème frache and espelette-tortilla crumble (to which you can add lobster for an extra $10); a lobster roll with green Tabasco aioli and frites; an al pastor-style wood-grilled skirt steak with black garlic and charred lime; and lady finger cookies with Harry’s Berries strawberry sauce and Chantilly cream.

Faith & Flower: Chef Michael Hung never disappoints, especially with some of the new dishes he’s serving for the lunch ($25) and dinner ($50) menus at the beautiful downtown spot. Things like calamari seared on the plancha with house-baked sourdough toast, pepperonata and chermoula, and Jidori hen breast with creamy polenta and squash blossom vinaigrette are on both menus, along with seared sole with smoke potato fondue, Philly beefcake pizza, and that amazing hazelnut and chocolate cremeux from pastry chef Josh Graves.

B.S. Taqueria: Restaurant Week is a great way to check out one of the newer restaurants on the scene without breaking the bank, and chef Ray Garcia will stuff you for only $30 per person at his downtown taqueria. The dinner-only menu includes a choice of chorizo and papas, chicken or calabacitas tacos; his version of rice and beans with toasted rice, garbanzos, butter beans, cotija cheese and Fresno chilies or a nopales salad; and then whatever the main course of the day is. On Tuesdays, it’s guajillo chicken; Wednesdays, shrimp fideo; Thursdays, snapper Veracruz; or birria on Saturdays. Plus dessert, a super sweet tres leches cake, perhaps, or the paleta of the day.

Sambar: Akasha Richmond takes us through India via Culver City with her new restaurant. Not only is dinner only $30 per person for three courses, there are some special DineLA exclusive dishes like Kashmiri lamb curry and channa masala, a chickpea curry, along with banana pudding with cardamom wafers and whipped cream for dessert. Extras like dal, turmeric rice and raita come with the curries.

A.O.C.: The lunch-only deal ($25) lets you get out of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s Beverly Hills-adjacent restaurant for under $40 a person. When does that happen? The first-course choices include a cheese and coppa plate; the amazing Spanish fried chicken with romeso aioli and chili-cumin butter; and fattoush salad with cherry tomatoes, feta and sumac. For a second course, decide between the farmer’s lunch plate with summer vegetables, tomato-eggplant jam, chickpea puree, burrata and grilled toast; torchio with baby broccoli, roasted tomato and breadcrumbs; and a roast turkey focaccia sandwich with mozzarella, green harissa, avocado and olives with a salad or fries. For something sweet, add something like the butterscotch pot de crème for $6 more dollars.

Soppressata at Black Hogg: You can get two sandwiches for $15 on the lunch menu at Erik Park’s Silver Lake spot. TWO. Or chose any sandwich and a salad. But why fuss with vegetables when you can get the new meatball sub, which sells out daily, and that really, really good tuna sandwich, which is probably the best in town? Black Hogg also has a DineLA dinner deal for $40.

Butchers & Barbers: Many deals stop at two or three courses, but you’ll get four for $40 at this Hollywood spot (great for pre-Hollywood Dining, by the way). Start with herb popped corn and parker house rolls with trout roe butter; then choose from roasted cauliflower with miso brown butter and feta; heirloom tomatoes and burrata; or grilled local Brentwood corn with chili butter and sourdough breadcrumbs. For a third course, there’s Niman Ranch pork belly with slow-cooked cranberry beans; local yellowfin tuna with roasted beets; and spicy fried Mary’s chicken with Brussels sprout slaw and buttermilk biscuit. Save room for grilled olive oil cake with strawberries or chocolate custard for dessert.