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Best Restaurants To Eat At For Winter dineL.A. 2017

January 10, 2017 12:48 PM

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(Credit: DYLAN+JENI)


It’s time to put all those New Year’s Diet Resolutions on hold, because dineL.A. is back! For two delicious weeks, over 300 restaurants around the city are participating in the winter edition of this foodie favorite. Specially-priced lunch and dinner menus create the perfect time to try something new, or enjoy an old favorite.
 
This winter’s dineL.A.kicks off January 13th, and goes through January 27, making it the longest run yet. With so many amazing choices, we’ve rounded up some not-to-miss spots to dine these next two weeks.
 


 
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(credit: Wonho Frank Lee)


Erven
514-516 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-2255
www.ervenrestaurant.com

Erven, a plant-based new-American cuisine restaurant located in Santa Monica, comes to Angelenos from Chef Nick Erven and Midcourse Hospitality Group. During dineL.A., they’ll be offering a $15 lunch menu from 11am to 3pm daily with items like a broccoli chopped salad, sandwiches like a crispy cauliflower, falafel, a sautéed mushroom hoagie and a beer battered tofu sandwich. For dessert, bite into a rye chocolate chip cookie or an oatmeal raising cookie.
 


 
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(Credit: DYLAN+JENI)


Georgie
Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
www.georgierestaurant.com

Among the newcomers this season is acclaimed chef restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV personality Geoffrey Zakarian’s Georgie. Located inside the luxurious Montage Beverly Hills resort, the restaurant borrows from the urban oasis feel of the hotel and makes diners feel like they are on a getaway. Highlights of the approachable Modern American cuisine include a sophisticated Smoked Salmon Tartine found on their lunch menu, and warm Kabocha Squash Soup starter. The lunch menu is offered at $25, and dinner is $49.
 


 
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(Credit: DYLAN+JENI)


Charcoal Venice
425 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 751-6794
www.charcoalvenice.com

You’re in for backyard barbecue taste with a slightly swanky feel at Charcoal Venice. Michelin-starred Chef and Owner Josiah Citrin has taken his own weekend grilling experience and channeled it into an inviting neighborhood restaurant that cooks everything indoors over a live fire. Seasonal comfort foods feature locally-sourced proteins and veggies, like the Prime Hanger Steak and Coal Roasted Carrots found on their $49 dineL.A. dinner menu (the restaurant only holds weekly dinner hours, so no lunch option here).
 


 
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(Credit: Paley)


Paley
6115 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 544-9430
www.paleyhollywood.com

Located in the heart of one of Hollywood’s most legendary locations, Columbia Square, Paley. offers plenty of that Golden Age charm. Named after CBS CEO and visionary William S. Paley, the restaurant is headed by noted chef Greg Bernhardt who is serving up California-influenced cuisine. Sophisticated comfort food classics like spaghetti, steak, and pork shops are featured on the dineL.A. dinner menu, followed by a popcorn ice cream that is not to be missed. Lunch is a deal at $20, and dinner, which includes a glass of wine, is $39.
 


 
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(Credit: Danielle Adams)


Craft
1011 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
www.craftlosangeles.com

Peak-of-season produce is on chef Andrew Gavalla’s dineL.A. menu this winter. That means starters like Squash Soup (lunch) or Toast (dinner), and main course offerings like Mugifuji Pork and Diver Scallops with green garlic and cara cara orange (dinner only). The $25 lunch menu features just a starter and main course, while the $49 dinner includes a decadent dessert of Chocolate Chess Pie and Monkey Bread for the table.
 


 
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(Credit: byemirose.com)


Spring
257 South Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 372-5189
www.springlosangeles.com

Open less than a year, but already gaining foodie notoriety, Spring is Michelin Starred Executive Chef Tony Esnault’s latest masterpiece. Spring is located in the historic Douglas Building in heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and dishes out meals made with fresh, local ingredients. Grab a seat in the stunning glass atrium, and enjoy lunch or dinner with a show, as the open kitchen runs the length the dining room. Both lunch ($25) and dinner ($49) offer menus of Southern French inspired dishes with a “Premiere”, “Plat Principal”, and Dessert.
 


 
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(Credit: Rob Stark)


Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 655-6277
www.lucques.com

James Beard award winning Chef Suzanne Goin and nominated Sommelier Caroline Style head up this favorite California Mediterranean eatery that consistently turns out fresh fare using only the very best seasonal ingredients. The $25 lunch menu, offered during their regular lunch hours of 12pm – 2:30pm, Tuesday – Saturday, features a choice of cauliflower soup or shaved beet salad, and Spanish grilled cheese and grilled market fish. The $49 dinner menu is offered seven days a week, and includes your choice of salads, a protein entree of grilled market fish or Portuguese stuffed chicken with linguica, and dessert of chocolate cremeux tart or apple crostada.
 


 
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(Credit: Anne Fishbein)


Jar
8225 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
www.thejar.com

Celebrity Chef Suzanne Tracht’s modern chophouse, Jar, is offering a simple yet elegant dineL.A. menu this winter. Start with a soup du jour or radicchio salad, and follow it with a seasonal fish or Jar’s Signature Pot Roast. Family style sides of Jar Fries and pea tendrils accompany the meal, finished by a dessert of banana cream pie or ice cream sundae. Dinner at the critically acclaimed restaurant will be $49.
 


 
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(Credit: Noah Fecks)


SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa
Various Locations
www.sugarfishsushi.com

Sushi restaurant SUGARFISH is all about bringing diners the freshest, highest quality sushi possible. Well-known for Chef Nozawa’s “Trust-Me” style sushi experience, and his concentration on the purity of basic ingredients, the eatery has consistently been a top L.A. destination for sushi lovers. All ten locations are offering dineL.A. specials, which include a $20 lunch of edamame, tuna sashimi, two pieces of albacore and salmon sushi, and one crab hand roll. The $39 dinner includes edamame, salmon sashimi, two pieces of five different sushis, and one toro and crab hand roll. Note that like their normal menu, a service charge and sales tax are automatically added to the bill, so no additional tip is necessary.
 


 
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(Credit: Genevieve Adams)


E.P. & L.P.
603 N La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-9955
www.eplosangeles.com

If Thai is what you’re craving, EP. & L.P. is your dineL.A. go-to. The E.P. half of the restaurant, E.P. Asian Eating House, is offering the perfect spice-forward modern Asian cuisine. The $29 dinner menu is a three-course meal, starting with sticky spare ribs or kushi oysters. Choose between Lou Dogg’s Crispy Skin Chicken or curry vegetables for your main dish, and finish it with either an assortment of sorbet, or Chengdu Churros. Note that all reservations must be made for the E.P. Restaurant, not the L.P. Rooftop bar; however, the bar is a great place to pre and post party with a drink.
 


 
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(Credit: Cafe Gratitude)


Cafe Gratitude
300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 929-5580
www.cafegratitude.com

For those looking to stick to a New Year’s resolution of eating better, Cafe Gratitude’s totally vegan dineL.A. menu might be for you. The lunch menu gives you the choice of two items ranging from maple miso brussels sprouts to a bbq portabello panini to pad thai kelp noodles. Dinner includes a starter, entree, and dessert, with highlights like an autumn bruschetta, vegan mole enchiladas, and a key lime pie that is a must. All three Cafe Gratitude locations (Venice, Larchmont, and Downtown) are 100% organic plant-based, and are serving up a $20 lunch and $29 dinner menu.

 


 
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(Credit: Petrossian Restaurant)


Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique
321 North Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 271-6300
www.petrossian.com

While many flock to the decades old restaurant for their popular breakfast items, Petrossian is only serving up a $49 dinner option for dineL.A. As one of the oldest caviar purveyors in France, it’s no surprise they’re featuring caviar in four of the nine entree dishes on the menu. A foie gras torchon, braised octopus risotto, and bone marrow are also on the decadent savory menu. Dessert is your choice between dark chocolate mousse, citrus tart, or the chef’s selection of cheeses. Add a glass of bubbly, white, or red wine for an extra $40 and create the total dineL.A. experience.
 


 
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(Credit: Plan Check Kitchen + Bar)


Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Various Locations
www.plancheck.com

With four different locations (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown, and Santa Monica), there’s bound to be a Plan Check nearby to satisfy your dineL.A. craving. For winter’s dineL.A., the neighborhood eatery is adding a little chili and umami for a $15 three-course lunch menu and $29 four-course dinner. Mexican and American comfort classics with a dash of Asian flavor take center stage in the restaurant’s offerings. Each meal starts with an amuse bouche of spicy crab and crispy shallot deviled eggs, and is followed by your choice of kalbi beef salad, chicken and waffles, or short rib patty melt. Lunch gives you a choice between a starter or dessert, and dinner includes both, which is great because who wants to choose between carnitas fries and a banana split cruller?
 


 
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(credit: Hinoki & The Bird)


Hinoki & The Bird
10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
www.hinokiandthebird.com

Led by Executive Chef Brandon Kida, Hinoki & the Bird infuses Japanese dining with French techniques to bring Angelenos delicious options in the heart of Century City. Situated at the bottom of a luxury condo, Hinoki & The Bird is participating in dineL.A.’s winter event, and is bringing delicious options with healthy and tasty items. Start by choosing between fluke sashimi, satsuma mandarin, black radish roasted heirloom carrots, lebneh, or gochujang, and then choose between roast duck ramen, a steamed local halibut with scallion. For dessert, you will get a choice of buckwheat chocolate cake, and other delicious sweets. Cost per person is $49 per person as well.

 


 
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(credit: Shutterstock)


The Grill on the Alley
9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-0615
www.thegrill.com

Long known as one of the best steakhouses in the city where A-listers meet with their agents, The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills serves up classic American dishes. For dineL.A. this winter, they will be offering a great dinner menu available after 4pm with items like a lobster bisque, a baby kale salad with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, candied walnuts, bleu cheese, as well as your choice of several entrees like filet medallions, a pan fried John Dory, and braised short ribs. Executive Chef Phil Kastel will also be offering signature desserts like a New York cheesecake and a fudge brownie pie topped with vanilla ice cream.

 


 
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(credit: Ben I./yelp)


Public School 310
9411 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-0414
www.psontap.com

Located in the center of downtown Culver City, Public School 310 is a gastropub offering the freshest quality ingredients, including many sourced from local Farmer’s Markets from the weekly Culver City market. For dineL.A. from January 13th to January 27th, take part in their lunch menu available from 11:30am to 4pm with items like edamame hummus with tahini, furikake, sesame seeds and grilled flat bread, as well as entree’s like a roasted poblano with quinoa, the P.S. burger, as well as bangers and mash (two grilled chicken and herb sausages, bacon brussels mash, caramelized onion au jus). It is $15 per person.
 


 
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(Credit: Marie Buck Photography)


Ivory on Sunset
The Mondrian Hotel
8440 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6000
www.ivoryonsunset.com

Situated within the famed Mondrian hotel on Sunset Boulevard, Ivory On Sunset is a great restaurant participating in dineL.A. this winter. Enjoy some of the best views in Los Angeles as you dine on items like steak frites and grilled octopus or try their albacore crudo and diver scallops! $20 lunch/ $39 dinner
 


 
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(Credit: Ocean Prime)


Ocean Prime
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 859-4818
www.ocean-prime.com

Often times, people save a visit to the steakhouse for a special occasion, but with a $49 three course dinner menu that features items like an 8oz filet mignon, a tasty lobster bisque and Ocean Prime’s signature carrot cake for dineL.A., you can enjoy a surf and turf dinner just because!

 


 
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(credit: Wonho Frank Lee)


Mare
502 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 917-6671
www.marerestaurants.com

Maré, with locations on Melrose Avenue and in Santa Monica, offers a menu inspired by a European city by the coast. For dineL.A., they’ll be offering a delicious 3 course menu for just $29. Menu items include first course options like an arugula salad with red onions, crudite of vegetables (market vegetables with almond remesco and house ranch), as well as fried smelt. For your second course, choose between a skirt steak, shellfish (black mussels, shrimp or clams), as well as a whole branzino. Then, for dessert, they’ll be offering a blood orange trifolo and a chocolate chili crepe.

 


 
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(credit: The Wallace)


Other Top Participating Restaurants
With over 300 participating restaurants, there are plenty of options to choose from for the two week span. Aside from the featured restaurants listed above, these others will also be offering delicious special menus:

  • The Wallace
  • The Strand House
  • Tortilla Republic – West Hollywood
  • The Bazaar by Jose Andres
  • The Bellwether
  • The Arthur J
  • Simbal
  • Redbird
  • Faith & Flower
  • AR Cocina
  • Bacaro LA
  • Birch
  • Blue Plate Taco
  • Bouchon Bistro
  • Cleo – Hollywood
  • Church & State
  • Estrella
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Article by Kellie Fell.

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