Whether you prefer dry-aged meats or barrel-aged cocktails, this Silverlake French eatery is armed with rotating menus of both. With dark-wooded tables, red walls dressed in vintage French signage, and a fully-stocked brick-lined bar, the modern-rustic spot is a local favorite for brunch and dinner, alike. Morning plates like clarified butter-topped lemon-ricotta pancakes are served alongside steaming cups of fresh coffee, while the evening crowd typically starts with one of the seasonal house cocktails. Dinner guests enjoy hefty platters of things like red wine braised short ribs, or opt instead for lighter (but equally elegant) charcuterie plates garnished with fresh fruit spreads and herbed crackers. But above all else, every one must taste one of the famous aged cocktails -- after all, they take 35 days to make.
Hidden behind a wall at the heart of Sunset Junction, Cafe Stella offers a bustling Parisian-style bistro complete with eclectic wall hangings, wicker furniture, and excellent French eats. Kick the night off with Steak Tartare or cured French Ham with house butter and baguette, and consider moving on to the Moules Frites or the red wine-braised Short Ribs. The Stella Burger with lettuce, shallot marmalade, Gruyere, and tomato confit is a crowd favorite, especially when served alongside a classic cocktail or one of the wines from their French-leaning list.
How to book: Walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are recommended.