Eating + Drinking

What Not to Miss During DineL.A.

Throw your New Year’s resolution out the window, grab a date or some friends, and feast at these best bets.

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One way to rid yourself of post-holiday malaise, or at least completely skirt any resolution plans, is DineL.A. Restaurant Week. The 15-day run from January 11 to 25 is the ideal time to find lunch and dinner deals, exclusive dishes, and new menus at more than 400 restaurants throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With prices for multiple-course tasting menus ranging from $15-$35 for lunch and $29-$59 for dinner, consider trying red-hot, new restaurants or revisiting places you haven’t been to in a while. And with blowout offerings for the Exclusive Dinner Series, you can splurge on a once-in-
a-lifetime meal without breaking the bank. Here are our picks of newcomers, mainstays, and award winners not to miss.

 

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Rossoblu
After a fire had this downtown hot spot closed for most of the summer, it’s time to find out why everyone has been raving about chef Steve Samson’s soulful Italian food served in a chic industrial space. The dinner menu is a steal, but the fact that there’s a brunch menu—mimosas included—makes weekends even better. Hidden in the Fashion District, it’s the kind of place that makes you wonder why you aren’t exploring the area on a regular basis.
1124 San Julian Street, Los Angeles
213-749-1099

LA Eat Restaurant
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Melisse
In case you haven’t heard: After 20 years, Josiah Citrin will be closing his seminal, award-winning (including two Michelin stars) restaurant. The food, atmosphere, and service have made Melisse one of the preeminent dining experiences in town, and this may be the last time you can get there. Might as well take advantage of the French-leaning, California-centric menu, which features everything from diver scallops to truffle risotto. If splurging is a goal for 2019, this is a great place to start.
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
310-395-0881

Ma’am Sir
When everything on the menu sounds amazing, one way to tackle DineL.A. is to bring a few friends, have everyone order something different, and share. That way you can all sample the best bites offered—and then plan on returning. Such is the case for Ma’am Sir, the Filipino-leaning pub in Silverlake helmed by chef Charles Olalia. Longganisa burgers, sea urchin lumpia, crispy pork lechon, barbecued milkfish—every dish sounds more enticing than the last. Three courses also come with a glass of red or white wine. Bonus!
4330 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
323-741-8371

Eataly
If you haven’t had the patience to tackle the food mecca at the Westfield Century City mall, this might get you there. There are lunch and dinner menus at Michael Cimarusti’s crudo bar, Il Pesche Cantina, and at La Pizza & La Pasta, where you’ll find some of the best Neapolitan-style pies in town, but also at Terra, the rooftop restaurant that still feels a little bit like a secret. Why leave: Do all three in a day.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
213-310-8008

LA Eat Restaurant

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Gwen
The exclusive dinner menu at Curtis Stone’s drop-dead gorgeous Hollywood restaurant is like a greatest hits album: house-made charcuterie, diver scallops with persimmons, agnolotti, a 30-day dry-aged rib eye, and molten chocolate cake for dessert. Keep things simple on the plate, but let your mind run wild with the wine list—it’s a stunner. Make sure to mention you’re reserving for the DineL.A. menu.
6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
323-946-7500

189 by Dominique Ansel
If you thought Dominique Ansel was all Cronuts and Cookie Shots, think again. His signature restaurant at the Grove—above the bakeries where there’s always a line—is an entirely different world for the award-winning pastry chef. A steal at only $25, the lunch menu features everything from hen of the woods mushrooms with a cacio e pepe egg to a double-stacked burger; for dinner ($49), don’t miss the pull-apart sweet corn bread and one of the best rotisserie chickens in town. Desserts are, of course, out of this world.
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
323-602-0096

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Fishing With Dynamite
When a menu comes with raw bar options, especially from David LeFevre’s tiny but powerful Manhattan Beach chic seafood “shack,” just go. Lunch and dinner have a seafood platter with fresh oysters on the half shell, plump chilled shrimp, and silky scallops, and that’s just the beginning. Crab cakes, sashimi, steamed clams, and one diabolically good Key lime parfait are just a few other options.
1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach
310-893-6299

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A.O.C.
Dining on the patio at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s famed restaurant is almost a rite of passage by now. A.O.C. feels quintessentially California, from the olive trees and herbs surrounding it to the roaring fireplaces both inside and out—and, of course, with the Mediterranean-inspired menu. The Dine L.A. lunch deal is a steal at $25, especially when it means the Spanish fried chicken and farmer’s lunch plate. You really should get the dessert (read: butterscotch budino) for an extra $6.
8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
310-859-9859