Is your waistband, wallet, and mind even prepared for the epic fun you’re about to have next week in the name of eating fine LA foods? Doesn’t matter either way, there’s no shame and no regrets in taking part in one of LA’s most highly anticipated events of the year we all love and adore: dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week. From January 19 – February 1, more than THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY of LA’s best and most favorite restaurants will offer pre-fix lunches from $15 – $25 and dinners from $30 – $50. dineL.A. provides the perfect time and place in ones life to finally try those “bougie” restaurants you don’t trust your spending powers with, those spots across town you’ve always wanted to try but never had a good enough excuse to make the drive, and the wonderful opportunity to sample the best and most quintessential dishes each participating restaurant has to offer. Clearly with over 350 choices it’s damn near impossible to narrow down decisions, and I can’t have you get over-whelemed and give up all together. So because I do a lot of dineL.A.-ing, I’m going to let you in on my top 10 restaurants/meal picks for this Restaurant Week go-around.
In no specific order…. because they’re all winners…
1. Blue Plate Oysterette
$25 Lunch, $50 Dinner | Damn Good Seafood
I can’t seem to stay away from BP Oysterette lately. With the lobster roll being on both the lunch and the dinner menu… you can’t go wrong either way. Screw it do both! It’s Restaurant Week!
Locations | Fairfax: 8048 W. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 | Santa Monica: 1355 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401
$25 Lunch, $50 Dinner | So You Can Finally Say You’ve Eaten Here.
It’s widely accepted amongst dineL.A.-ers like myself that if you’re going to do a splurge meal, Craft should be at the top of your list. Get dressed up, go be fancy, and enjoy a 5 star meal within your (kinda sorta) budget.
Location (Century City) | 10100 Constellation Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067
3. Mud Hen Tavern
$25 Lunch, $30 Dinner | Calories? What calories?
If there were a place out of all 350 dineL.A. restaurants to indulge and live a little, Mud Hen Tavern would be the place to do that at. Chicken/bacon and waffle croquettes?! Warm apple pie?! Yes.
Location (Hollywood) | 742 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038
4. Cliff’s Edge
$50 Dinner | Romantic Dinner
If you’re thinking “tree-house chic, candle lit patio, romantic date night” spot… Cliff’s Edge has got your back.
Location (Silverlake) | 3626 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026-1059
(photo by Alyse Gilbert)
5. East Borough
$15 Lunch, $30 Dinner | Feelin’ Somethin’ Different
Lunch means Bahn Mi, Dinner means all my other favorite East Borough French-Vietnamese inspired dishes. Decisions decisions.
Location (Culver City) | 9810 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
$30 Dinner | Midweek Italian Treat
$30 for a delicious Italian dinner at one of LA’s most favorite restaurants? Stop everything and make this reservation STAT. This might be the best dinner deal this year!
Location (Silverlake) | 1710 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
$40 Dinner | The Exotic Mediterranean Meal
Enjoy a truly unique and “globally” inspired meal inside one of the most gorgeous dining spaces LA has to offer.
Location (Hollywood) | 1510 Stanley Ave. Hollywood, CA 90046
$50 Dinner | Show Stopping Dinner
Did someone say dim sum platter? Hakkasan’s dineL.A. menu is another one of those meals that is the perfect introduction to one of LA’s high class Chinese eateries, and one you can have for just $50 per person.
Location (Beverly Hills) | 233 N. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
9. Pono Burger
$15 Lunch, $30 Dinner | Burger.
I just had their INCREDIBLE signature “Fig” burger last week and with it being on both the lunch AND the dinner dineL.A. menu, I foresee many more Pono burgers and shakes in my future. As well as yours.
Location (Santa Monica) | 829 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90401
10. SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa
$20 Lunch, $40 Dinner | Best-Sushi-Ever Sushi
This place speaks for itself, and I am so thrilled they participate in Restaurant Week because everyone should experience sushi the way you only can at Sugarfish. Plus, $20 for a sushi lunch? Is this real life?
Locations: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Calabasas, DTLA, La Brea, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, & Studio City
Get the FULL list of restaurants and more info HERE on Discover LA’s site!