20 Awesome Meals and Deals to Hit During dineLA Restaurant Week

From Peruvian tacos to modern Indian cuisine, Argentinian BBQ, and more.

Photo courtesy of Redbird

What better way to celebrate the newly arrived fall season (and the fact that we’re actually allowed to go outside and enjoy it) than with the return of dineLA Restaurant Week? From October 1 to October 15, hundreds of eateries across the greater LA area are participating by offering their best dishes in prix-fixe, multi-course meals that start as low as $15. It’s a great way to reacquaint yourself with our local restaurant scene, which has been subject to countless pivots over the last year and a half and still needs our support as we head into the holiday season. It’s also an opportunity to introduce yourself to some of the most exciting new restaurants in the city, like social enterprise Flavors from Afar with its rotating slate of chefs, and spacious coffee shop and market Sightglass with its extensive cafe menu—all for a fraction of what you would normally pay.

Consider this roundup a starting point for your two-week culinary journey, and be sure to check COVID policies before you go—the city of West Hollywood is requiring proof of vaccination at all restaurants and bars beginning October 11, and many restaurants have adopted similar policies. Hospitality and service industries are just beginning to recover from the COVID crisis, so be kind to your servers and tip generously. Whether you’re looking for a fancy Wagyu steak dinner or a more casual Taco Tuesday, here are 20 of the best Restaurant Week meals and deals, spanning from San Fernando Valley to Downtown LA.

Alk
Photo courtesy of Alk at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Alk

Hollywood

Housed in the lobby of the new Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, ALK is helmed by chef Steven Blackburn and features a New American menu with plenty of plant-based options that center the best in local produce. ALK’s DineLA menu is a great way to sample the offerings at Hollywood’s newest hotspot via a three-course tasting menu with highlights that include Nduja ravioli with fluffy ricotta cheese, heart of zucchini, fried kale, and parmigiano reggiano, lobster risotto with truffle powder, and banana cream custard for dessert.
The deal: $45 for a three-course dinner
What to order: Nduja ravioli, chicken vesuvio, and banana cream custard.
How to book: via OpenTable.


 

Billing itself as a modern Indian restaurant, chef Sagar Ghosh reinterprets classic dishes and ingredients for an expansive take on the cuisine that includes menu standouts like pistachio lamb chops and sexy fries that are topped with green chutney, tomato gravy, and mayo. For Restaurant Week, Arth is offering three-course lunch and dinner menus that include a welcome beverage, plus popular appetizers like fish fingers and rum-infused Old Monk Drunken Wings, mains like fish tikka masala and nutty eggplant, and a mango ice cream with Chambord liqueur for dessert.
The deal: $25 for a three-course lunch; $45 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: For lunch: zero-proof Tamarind Blast as a welcome beverage, Old Monk Drunken Wings, butter chicken, and mango chambord kulfi. For dinner: Bangalore to Jalisco welcome cocktail, Old Monk Drunken wings, lobster moilee, and mango chambord kulfi.
How to book: via OpenTable.


 

Bodega Malbec
Photo courtesy of Bodega Malbec

Bodega Malbec

Toluca Lake

This Argentinian restaurant underwent a rebranding and a name change earlier this year, and the newly revamped concept from owner Javier Pardini puts a greater emphasis on traditional Argentinian asado (barbecue), with high-quality ingredients in an atmosphere that evokes the romance and style of the European-flecked South American country. For Restaurant Week, they’re offering two dinner options priced at $45 and $55, with choices like classic yellowtail ceviche to start, wood-fired Canadian salmon with a housemade basil cream sauce and roasted veggies as one of the mains, and crepes stuffed with dulce de leche and fresh fruits served alongside French vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.
The deal: Three-course dinner for $45 or $55.
What to order: For the $45 dinner: cebiche clasico de yellowtail to start, ragu de cordero for the main course, and panqueque con dulce de leche for dessert. For the $55 dinner: pinxto de pulpo y camarones to start, lomo a la pimienta for the main course, and espuma citrica de naranja y limon for dessert.
How to book: via OpenTable.


 

Bourbon Steak
Photo courtesy of Bourbon Steak LA

Cap off your Americana shopping trip with a stellar three-course dinner at this Michael Mina steakhouse, which features premier cuts of beef like Westholme Australian Wagyu at a fraction of the usual price on their Restaurant Week menu. Choose from appetizers like fig and radicchio salad with wild arugula, candied walnuts, and aged saba; mains like the aforementioned Yemenite-spiced ten-ounce Australian Wagyu sirloin cap (or supplement a 12-ounce barrel-cut filet mignon for $24 more); and desserts that include a baklava sundae with walnut, lavender honey ice cream, and maraschino cherry. Accompaniments like roasted cauliflower and grilled harissa prawns are available and diners may also request a wine pairing with red, white, and rose bottles from the restaurant cellar for an additional cost.
The deal: $79 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Fattoush salad, ten-ounce Australian Wagyu sirloin cap, and baklava sundae.
How to book: via OpenTable.


 

One of LA’s oldest and most celebrated Thai restaurants underwent a remodel a few years ago that transformed it from laidback eatery to an intimate dining hotspot that holds up against the bevvy of options found in the larger Fairfax district. Stop by for lunch and choose from options like Tom Yum Gai and green papaya salad to start and mains like chili holy basil beef over rice and Pad Thai chicken, with sticky rice served with coconut custard for your dessert. Dinner comes with a complimentary glass of red or white wine or Thai iced tea, followed by starters like sour sausage and laab, and green curry chicken and pad Thai crispy pork for mains, with your choice of mango sticky rice or coconut custard sticky rice for dessert.
The deal: $25 for a three-course lunch or $45 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: For lunch: Tom Yum Gai, panang chicken, and sticky rice with coconut custard. For dinner: Tom Kha shrimp cup, pad Thai crispy pork, and mango sticky rice.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Citrin

Santa Monica

Treat yourself to an extravagant dinner at celebrated chef Josiah Citrin’s namesake restaurant, but make sure you go with a group so you can taste all of their Restaurant Week offerings, which is technically four courses since it starts with a French-inspired Amuse course featuring corn custard, coconut, lime, and Dungeness crab that’s meant to stimulate your appetite—not that you’ll need help in that regard. Other courses include some of the restaurant’s most popular items like egg caviar with soft-poached egg, whipped cashew, sweet onion, and lemon cream (though you’ll have to fork over a $25 supplement for this famed dish) and lobster bolognese with capellini pasta and brown butter truffle froth.
The deal: $99 four a four-course dinner.
What to order: The Amuse course with corn custard and Dungeness crab, yellowtail hamachi, lobster bolognese, loins of lamb, and dessert pairs chocolate and passionfruit.
How to book: via OpenTable.

 

Cosa Buona

Echo Park

Following the success of his Silver Lake restaurant Alimento, James Beard-nominated chef Zach Pollack opened Cosa Buona in neighboring Echo Park as an ode to wood-fired pies and craveable antipastos. Start with a savory sott'olio with pickled veggies and mozzarella, followed by your choice of smoky mozzarella sticks and chicken wings with gorgonzola dip and crudite, a main course of mushroom or sausage pizza, and a cheesecake dessert with semolina streusel and topped with luxardo cherries.
The deal: $35 for a four-course dinner.
What to order: Sott’olio, smoky mozzarella sticks, sausage pizza, and cheesecake.
How to book: via Resy.

 

Dear John's

Culver City

When it comes to a delicious and filling steak dinner, it doesn’t get more classic than Dear John’s, which once served as a popular hangout for the Rat Pack and other Hollywood elite and was reopened in 2019 by local chefs Hans Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin, who maintained the steakhouse’s retro roots with brick interiors, plush leather booths, and red tablecloths. The restaurant was closed to in-person dining for most of this year and last, and their Restaurant Week menu offers an opportunity to try their Sinatra-approved dinners at a lower price point, including famous entrees like their prime sirloin and chicken parmesan.
The deal: $65 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Traditional Caesar salad, prime sirloin “Steak Diane” with a side of mashed potatoes, and mascarpone cheesecake for dessert.
How to book: via Resy.

Flavors From Afar

Little Ethiopia

Take a global food tour at Flavors from Afar, a social enterprise started by former refugee and Tiyya Foundation founder Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, who uses her foundation to locate refugees and asylum seekers who are interested in popping up in Flavors from Afar’s rotating kitchen to showcase their traditional, home cooked dishes. Their Restaurant Week menu is similarly inspired, offering not one but two entrees, including Somali chicken fried rice with halal chicken leg quarters and deep fried potato, and Afghani Burani Banjan with pan-fried eggplant and mint yogurt sauce, plus a side and two beverages.
The deal: $65 for two entrees, one side, and two drinks.
What to order: Somali chicken fried rice and Guatemalan adovato goat plate, sambusas, and passionfruit jamaica slush.
How to book: Call the restaurant at 323-879-9778 for reservations.

This homestyle Cajun and soul food restaurant has been a family-run institution for three generations and is offering one of the best Restaurant Week deals with identical lunch and dinner menus offered at $35, available for takeout and delivery as well as dine in. The hardest part will be choosing between two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: flavorful file gumbo with ground sassafras, sausage, ham, blue crab, chicken, and shrimp served with white rice (vegetarian gumbo is also available), plus an order of beignets and a complimentary hurricane or margarita cocktail, or your choice of fried catfish, fried chicken, or hot links served with red beans and jambalaya, plus choice of margarita or hurricane. Pro-tip: the portions are huge, so stopping by for lunch may very well have you covered for dinner too.
The deal: $35 for two courses with beignets and a complimentary drink.
What to order: Filé gumbo, order of beignets, and margarita cocktail.
How to book: Call 323-735-9023 for reservations and pickup orders.

Imari
Photo courtesy of Imari

Imari

Brentwood

Restaurant Week is an ideal time to try one of our favorite new sushi restaurants, and marvel at the gorgeous Japan-to-California coastal-inspired interior with bleached wood, gold accents, private booth seating, and an intimate sushi bar and patio area overlooking San Vicente Boulevard. Helmed by ​​celebrated chefs Derek Wilcox and David Schlosser, Imari serves washoku-style small plates that celebrate Japanese culture through traditional dishes and preparations, with seasonal fish that’s imported fresh directly from Japan.
The deal: $75 for a four-course dinner.
What to order: Hiyayakko tofu, sashimi of the moment, shrimp and mentaiko hand roll, and milk ice cream.
How to book: via their website.

Spoil yourself with a three-course taco party at Smorgasburg favorite Little Llama, available for dine in and takeout. The main course is two tacos, with one vegetarian papa a la huancaina that comes with each order, plus your choice of a pollo a la brasa taco with beer- and pepper-marinated chicken, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, huancaina sauce, and pickled red onions; or a lomo saltado taco with ginger- and garlic-marinated angus steak, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, huacatay aioli, and tomato escabeche—but don’t worry, you can always come back to try all three. All tacos are wrapped in a fresh-pressed organic yellow corn tortilla, and cilantro rice is served on the side, with huancaina sauce and pickled red onions.
The deal: $15 for a three-course lunch or dinner.
What to order: Mango salsa and housemade blue corn chips to start, a papa a la huancaina taco and lomo saltado taco, and cilantro rice.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Matū

Beverly Hills

Matū is a Māori word that means “essence, the gist of the matter, and richness,” and this new Beverly Hills fine dining spot is centered around celebrating the matū of Wagyu beef with an omakase-inspired menu that pays homage to Wagyus Japanese lineage and showcases a variety of cuts and preparations. So put on your fanciest threads and stop by during Restaurant Week to try one of their signature Wagyu dinners with a five-course set menu that requires a minimum of two guests.
The deal: $90 for a five-course dinner.
What to order: The set menu includes 24-hour beef broth simmered with Wagyu bones, hand cut steak tartare, steak cooked on the plancha and served with salad, steak cooked over an open wood fire and served with roasted vegetables, and a glass of reserve cabernet.
How to book: via their website.

MDK Noodles

Koreatown

Sweater weather has arrived in Los Angeles and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by slurping down some from-scratch noodles that are made in-house daily. MDK is offering identical lunch and dinner menus, with your choice of one appetizer and one main course, including hot options like knife-cut noodles in chicken broth and rice cake soup, and cold noodle dishes like spicy cold kimchi noodle soup and cold soybean noodle soup. The hardest part will be choosing between pork dumplings or pan-fried dumplings as your appetizer—better to go with a friend so you can avoid difficult decisions and order both.
The deal: One main and one appetizer for $25.
What to order: Pan-fried dumplings and rice cake and dumpling soup.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Nic’s On Beverly

West Hollywood

One of the most romantic restaurants in the city is participating in Restaurant Week with lunch and dinner menus that highlight their most popular plant-based dishes. Nic’s is also one of the few restaurants that’s offering completely different lunch and dinner menus, making it tempting to stop by (at least) twice while they’re on offer. For lunch, you’ll start with their famous avocado crispy rice, followed by your choice of a Detroit-style wood-fired pie or a farro bowl with grilled tofu, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, heirloom tomatoes, and napa cabbage, and your choice of a single scoop of vanilla iced cream with a chocolate chip cookie hot fudge, peanuts, and whipped cream or butterscotch pudding for dessert. Dinner takes it up a notch with tempura maitake mushrooms, gratin fries dressed in a secret harissa sauce, or butter lettuce cups with Beyond pork sausage to start; pesto strozzapreti pasta, a falafel burger, or a Detroit-style pepperoni pizza with field-roasted pepperoni as your main course options; and dark chocolate mousse or butterscotch pudding for dessert.
The deal: Three-course lunch for $35 and three-course dinner for $45.
What to order: For lunch: avocado crispy rice, farro bowl, and vanilla iced cream. For dinner: gratin fries, Detroit-style pepperoni pizza, and dark chocolate mousse.
How to book: via OpenTable.

 

One of the most unique Restaurant Week lunch offerings comes courtesy of the Original Farmers Market, with both on-site restaurants and vendors participating so you can stop by and grab something quick like a cheeseburger and fries from Charlie’s Coffee Shop, or sit down and savor fish and chips at the new Market Tavern sports bar. Other compelling deals include a large jambalaya with collard greens, cornbread, and iced tea from The Gumbo Pot; your choice of two tacos served with rice, beans, guacamole, and a drink at El Granjero Cantina (don’t sleep on the crispy avocado taco); and Indo-style Mee Goreng with chicken, noodles, and a drink from Singapore’s Banana Leaf.
The deal: $15 lunch at participating restaurants.
How to book: Walk-ins are welcome at most restaurants, but check with the specific restaurant before you go.

Pasta | Bar
Photo by Liam Bar, courtesy of Pasta | Bar

High-quality, from-scratch cooking is the focus at this intimate eight-seat restaurant helmed by chef Philip Frankland Lee and that just earned its first Michelin star. Yes, handmade pasta is on offer in the form of a decadent black truffle agnolotti, but the 11-course menu spans far outside of those bounds with canapes, granita oysters, trout, duck foie gras, Wagyu with kimchi, and more. This is one of those bespoke dining experiences that can’t adequately be summarized in words: trust us when we say the hefty price tag is worth it and that Michelin doesn’t make mistakes.
The deal: $195 for a 11-course set dinner.
How to book: via Tock.

Redbird

Downtown LA

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll’s flagship restaurant features seasonal New American dishes in a stunning cathedral-like setting, and their Restaurant Week menu offers some of the eatery’s most renowned dishes, like fresh prawns served over grits and drizzled with chipotle mole and cilantro oil to start; California sea bass with gnocchi, foraged mushrooms, and leeks as a main course option; and their fluffy olive oil cake served with mascarpone sherbet, grapes, and saba for dessert. Redbird is renowned for its inventive cocktail program, so you’ll want to veer slightly off-course to try elixirs like their Cardinal Punch with Woodinville bourbon, Hennessy Vsop, roasted orange, clove, lemon, and amaro.
The deal: $55 for a three-course dinner.
What to order: Ricotta cavatelli to start, filet of beef as the main course, and olive oil cake for dessert.
How to book: via Tock.

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

Various locations

Several fine dining chains are participating in this edition of Restaurant Week, including beloved sushi spot Sugarfish’s 11 locations across the greater LA area. As to be expected, their set menu favors simplicity, with an edamame starter, salmon sashimi, two pieces of albacore, salmon, yellowtail, and kampachi sushi each, plus a toro and crab hand roll. The Restaurant Week menu is available all day for dine-in only.
The deal: $35 for a set menu.
How to book: Walk-ins only.

U Street Pizza
Photo by Sydney Yorkshire, courtesy of U Street Pizza

Sibling restaurant to one of the best Italian spots in the city, U Street Pizza comes courtesy of restaurateur Marie Petulla and executive chef Chris Keyser, offering a California-inspired pizzeria with locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes. Joining Restaurant Week for the first time, stop by to see why we’ve deemed it one of our favorite new restaurants in LA. They’ve got some of their most popular pies on offer, including a vegetarian Petaluma-style pizza with organic Petaluma mozzarella, passata sauce, pecorino romano, basil, and California olive oil, and a vodka pepperoni with vodka sauce, Ezzo pepperoni, Fresno peppers, mozzarella, and provolone. For dessert, their flor di latte soft serve is on offer with your choice of sprinkles, candied hazelnuts, and Fresno hot honey.
The deal: $45 for a four-course dinner.
What to order: Caesar salad, Italian street corn, vodka pepperoni pizza, and flor di latte soft serve.
How to book: via Resy.

Danielle Dorsey is the Los Angeles Editor at Thrillist.