13 Awesome Meals and Deals to Hit During Dine LA Restaurant Week
From high-end steakhouses to casual Mexican and sushi spots, book your table now.
You don’t need an extra reason to dine out in what’s become one of our country’s most exciting food cities, but we’ll give you one anyway: Dine LA Restaurant Week. From Friday, April 1 to Friday, April 15, hundreds of restaurants across Los Angeles County—from Santa Monica to Downtown LA, and all the way out to Long Beach—will offer prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus that start at $15, with most falling in the $25-$45 range. Pandemic closures may feel like they’re well in the rearview mirror, but the industry is still hurting, so the two-week program is a great way to get out and support an old favorite or a new find, plus have a delicious meal (that often comes out to a decent discount when you add it all up). Here are 13 ideas to get you started, but you can explore hundreds more on Dine LA’s handy website, where you can filter by location, cuisine, and price and take it from there.
This farmers’ market-driven Cal-Mexican eatery within the Gateway Hotel comes courtesy of Two Hot Tamales duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, who previously helmed SaMo’s long-running Border Grill. (You can still find outposts of BG in Vegas, at LAX, and Downtown via a food truck). Stop by for lunch or dinner during LARW to dig into three courses that offer a variety of options. Choose from starters of Chicken Tortilla Soup, a Citrus-Chicories Salad, or a fish-and-shrimp Ceviche Tostada on both menus. At lunch, you can order one of three types of tacos plated with farmers’ market veggies, and organic rice and red beans, or a customizable burrito that comes with a salad, followed by Churro Bites for dessert. Dinner entree options include Beef Brisket Enchiladas and a Slow-Cooked Baja Sea Bass with mojo de ajo, while dessert could be a Duo of Sorbets, Vanilla Flan, or a Warm Guava Empanada.
The deal: $25 for a three-course lunch, $45 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Jackfruit Tinga Tacos, Baja Sea Bass, and a Guava Empanada.
Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery
Set within a century-old spot in Old Town Pasadena, chefs and partners Vanessa and Thomas Tilaka (head cheese and head chef, respectively) have created a satisfying Midwestern-meets-Cali menu that you’re invited to explore during restaurant week. The three-course lunch menu kicks off with a Grapefruit or Rhubarb Cordial Spritzer, followed by a salad of Red Oak Lettuces in a tahini green goddess dressing and a half sandwich (choose between Eggplant Cutlet or Crispy Porchetta on a house brioche bun), plus dessert of either a Meyer Lemon Tart or Soft Serve with topping options you’ll find out when you get there.
The deal: $35 for a three-course lunch and drink.
What to order: Red Oak Lettuce Salad, Crispy Porchetta Sandwich, and Soft Serve Ice Cream.
How to book: Walk-ins only at lunch.
If you’re going to carb-load during Dine LA, do it at one of this pasta-centric restaurant group’s four locations (including the newly opened Studio City location at the glitzy new Sportsmen Lodge complex). The specialty pastas here have traveled a long way to make it to your bowl. Made in a kitchen in Bologna (using eggs only available in Italy that give the noodles a deep yellow hue), the uncooked pastas are overnighted via jet, with the travel time serving as the pasta’s resting time. Both the lunch and dinner menus include the signature beef-and-pork Ragu Bolognese and the Ricotta Ravioli in a bright pomodoro sauce, and dinner capping off with a delish Roman-inspired Tiramisu in a glass.
The deal: $25 for a two-course lunch, $35 for a three-course dinner .
What to order: Ragu Bolognese, Ravioli di Ricotta, and Tiramisu.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
Shopping is always better when topped off with steak, which you can easily do after a day at The Americana at Brand, thanks to this Michael Mina steakhouse. LA Restaurant Week gives guests the option to get a 10-ounce Prime Flat Iron (normally you can only get an 18-ouncer for $74 on its own), the Oxtail Cappellacci Pasta with mushrooms, or Pan-Seared Halibut as entrees. Pair them with starters like the Fennel and Apple Salad or a Ham-Spiked English Pea Velouté topped with a seven-minute egg, and end your meal with a Marshmallow-and-Chocolate Brownie with coffee drizzle. There are plenty of add-on accompaniments—from Wagyu Bone Marrow to Black Truffle Butter—and upgrades (including a 24-ounce filet) are available for an extra charge as well.
The deal: $79 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: English Pea Velouté, 10-ounce Prime Flat Iron Steak; and a Marshmallow-and-Chocolate Brownie.
Fixins Soul Kitchen
Get your fried chicken fix at this soul-food spot at LA Live (an offshoot of the Sacramento original, owned by former NBA player and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife Michelle) that’s always going off before game time. The three-course lunch option offers either a Chicken Sandwich or a Chicken and Waffles plate (a salad entrée is available too) that you can pair with classic Southern-inspired starters, like Fried Green Tomatoes or a Pimento Cheese Dip. And don’t miss the Banana Pudding for dessert.
The deal: $25 for a three-course lunch.
What to order: Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Waffles, and Banana Pudding.
Stop into chef Masaharu Morimoto’s sushi bar-meets-pan-Asian eatery within the Doheny Room for a low-key dinner experience or a scene-y nightcap. Either way, the multi-course menu is an excellent way to sample a mix of Morimoto’s bites. You’ll start with three pieces each of a Spicy Tuna and a California Roll, plus two Sticky Ribs, move on to Angry Chicken (a saucy jidori chicken with jingle bell peppers), and wrap things up with some classic Mochi. A four-ounce pour of Junami sake is available for $7, too.
The deal: $45 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Sushi, Sticky Ribs, Angry Chicken, and Mochi.
Maple Block Meat Company
Dine LA’s only barbeque spot this go-round is offering a pretty solid deal for lunch and dinner, all centered around Texas-style meats and sides. The daytime offering includes a choice of Smokehouse Sandwiches, like chopped pork with slaw on a challahroll, orhouse-made pimento cheese with house-smoked peppers on white bread, plus sides ranging from Vinegar Slaw to Mac and Cheese, and a non-alcoholic drink.The dinner menu replaces sandwiches with wood-smoked meats. Opt for a duo of Chopped Pork Shoulder and sliced, Free-Range Turkey Breast, or a Wood-Smoked Half Chicken for a $2 upcharge. You’ll also get two sides and a (smoked!) Chocolate Chip Cookie.
The deal: $15 for a sandwich, side, and drink at lunch; $25 for a dinner entrée, two sides, and dessert.
What to order: Wood-Smoked Half Chicken, sides of Braised Greens and Mac and Cheese, and a Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookie.
If you haven’t checked out the Ace Hotel’s new all-day, veggie-heavy eatery on the ground floor, Dine LA is your opportunity, with a sandwich-and-side lunch offering and a three-course dinner menu with highlights including a Scallop Crudo, Spring Pea and Radish Salad, and a Risotto chock full of fleeting, springtime market gems like nettles, ramps, and chanterelles, plus an Upside-Down Cake with rhubarb for dessert.
The deal: $25 for a one-course lunch with side; $55 for three-course dinner.
What to order: Scallop Crudo, Market Risotto, and Upside-Down Cake.
Eat your way through the staples at this Silver Lake Thai restaurant and wine bar that’s offering a three-course menu with starter options, including a shredded Green Papaya Salad with dried shrimp and Barbeque Pork Skewers alongside chili jam and cabbage salad. For entrees, go for the Eggplant and Bamboo Shoot Green Curry served with rice and choice of protein, or the Crab Noodles (tossed with both lump and snow crab). Desserts are both coconut-themed, with choices of Mango Sticky Rice with coconut cream or Tapioca Pudding with young coconut. The DineLA deal also includes either a sangria, any beer you want (as long as it’s on the menu), or a non-alcoholic beverage.
The deal: $35 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Green Papaya Salad, Crab Noodles, and Mango Sticky Rice.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
Carnivores can go crazy at this swanky steakhouse that serves only 100% grass-fed Wagyu from a farm in New Zealand. The special three-course dinner menu starts with Beef Broth (simmered in Wagyu bones for 24 hours), moves on to Braised Beef Croquetas over celeriac puree, and culminates with Steak cooked on the plancha, served alongside a salad.
The deal: $68 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Beef Broth, Braised Beef Croquetas, and Plancha-Cooked Steak.
How to book: via Sevenrooms.
This Eastern Med eatery in the LBC centers around cuisine from Syria, Cypress, Turkey, and Lebanon, and is offering the same three-courser whether you come in for lunch or dinner. Start light with a choice of three soups or go more decadent with Fried Cauliflower with olive oil dressing and tahini or Mediterranean Fries doused with parm, feta, lemon, garlic, and cilantro. Entrée options include a duo of Kebabs (chicken, kafta, ribeye, lamb, or shrimp are all available) served with rice and salad; Freekeh with rotisserie chicken; or a massive Mezza Platter. For dessert, go for either the house-baked Baklawa with ice cream or the signature Knafeh—shredded phyllo dough baked with sweet cheese and topped with orange blossom syrup.
The deal: $45 for a three-course lunch or dinner.
What to order: Green Lentil Soup, Lamb Skewers, and Knafeh for dessert.
Chefs Hans Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin brought back old-school steakhouse Dear John’s—which catered heavily to the Old Hollywood set during its 1960s—in 2019, and while the lease was only supposed to last a year before the place was razed to make way for new construction, it’s still hanging on. (As of now, it’ll stay alive at least until early 2023.) Slide into a leather booth, admire the impressive art, and order up a martini before digging into classics like Shrimp Cocktail, Steak Diane, and Sand Dabs with lemon-caper butter, plus sides of Mashed Potatoes or Broccolini, and Mascarpone Cheesecake to close out the meal.
The deal: $65 for a three-course dinner plus a side.
What to order: Shrimp Cocktail, Steak Diane, a side of Mashed Potatoes, and Mascarpone Cheesecake.
This chain of seven LA-area Japanese fast casual spots is doing an all-day (and night) special that goes until 10:30 pm on weeknights on 11 or 11:30 pm on weekends at most locations for your pre- or post-boozing pleasure. For $15 you’ll get a combo platter that comes with Miso Soup, Edamame, Deep-Fried Gyoza, a Chicken Teriyaki Plate, and a beer or soda. How can you refuse?
The deal: $15 for a combo plate.
What to order: Everything it comes with.
How to book: Walk-ins only.