Los Angeles’ popular “restaurant week” (technically, two weeks), dineL.A., returns January 12 to 26, 2018. It’s the tenth anniversary of the program, and with hundreds of participating restaurants, it’s set to be the biggest dineL.A. ever.
That’s a lot of lunch ($15 to $25) and dinner ($29 to $130) menus to comb through, so we’ve picked some of the best meals for you. Make your reservations in advance, because the top dining rooms often book up with crowds of diners out to score a deal.
Charming Highland Park bistro Cafe Birdie is taking a seasonal approach to its dineL.A. menu, with dishes including a black pepper cavatelli with kabocha squash, kale, and pecorino, and mushroom toasts with créme fraiche and garlic. Your $39 go pretty far at this dinner, which includes two savory courses, a choice of desserts, and a complimentary glass of wine. (5631 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park)
As the O.G. celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck has been a household name so long at this point that you might take him for granted. Then dineL.A. comes along, and you have a perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with what he’s up to these days. For a reasonable $49, enjoy dinner atop the sky-scraping Ritz Carlton hotel, nibbling bites like roasted beef bone marrow with sesame scallion bao, Korean bean paste-glazed Kurobuta pork shanks with delicata squash, kimchi, and kochujang, or day boat scallops with Swiss chard, black beans, chilies, ginger, and garlic. (900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown)
Seafood lovers will be happy as clams (sorry) with Blue Plate Oysterette’s beachside menu. Available as two course at lunch or four at dinner, the options include classics like New England clam chowder, lobster (in roll or taco form), and, of course, oysters. Did you resolve to get more Omega-3s in your diet this year? Well, then start here. (1355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica)
Don’t let lunch and dinner get all the dineL.A. love. Beauty & Essex, part of the elaborate Dream Hollywood complex which launched a few months back, is doing a special dineL.A. brunch. Grab a friend and settle into the ridiculously plush dining room for a decadent Sunday afternoon meal. Choose from first and second course dishes like sticky buns with bourbon vanilla caramel sauce, cinnamon raisin French toast with mascarpone cream, short rib huevos rancheros, or Oreo cookie pancakes. (1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood)
Not every dineL.A. menu is ideal for vegetarians, but A.O.C. offers a veg-friendly (though not necessarily vegan) option for every course. That doesn’t mean you won’t be indulging—expect options like polenta with wild mushroom, mascarpone, and personal versions of those famous A.O.C. cheese plates. For omnivores, there are lamb skewers with braised baby artichokes and almond salsa verde and Spanish fried chicken with romesco aioli and chili-cumin butter among the options. (8700 W. Third St., Beverly Grove)
At $95 for dinner, BOA Steakhouse’s menu is one of the more expensive dineL.A. offerings, but they justify the price with luxe-on-luxe dishes, from a foie gras torchon with funnel cake and blood orange marmalade to a dineL.A.-exclusive black truffle cannelloni with ricotta, brown butter, and Parmesan. If you’re here for steak, opt for a New York Strip, dry aged for 40 days, or go all out for four ounces of A5 Japanese Wagyu (a $45 upgrade). (9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica)
Looking for a casual take on dineL.A. with crowd-pleasing choices that can accommodate any diet, from vegan to meat-lover? The $29 dinner at The Federal Bar covers all the bases. Think mushroom-barley soup, street corn avocado toast, the bar’s signature burger, topped with cheese, bacon, fried egg, avocado, and garlic aioli, and even a vegan brownie sundae with caramelized bananas and dairy-free peanut butter ice cream. In addition to starter, main, and dessert, they throw in a glass of house wine, beer, or soda. (5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood)
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