Opened just ahead of the pandemic in January 2020, Westwood hasn’t seen a neighborhood hot spot quite like this one in a while. The always busy Violet is a breath of fresh (French) air in the college neighborhood that typically features more casual options. The historic 1930s brick building features a plant-filled patio with string lights and a retractable roof, though there’s plenty of seating on the interior as well. Snag a table before feasting on what they describe as “Cali-French” bistro fare, including a sumac-aleppo-rubbed Provencal Chicken and a daily-rotating quiche dish. A selection of California and French-produced wines are available by the bottle and glass, and a short but worthwhile cocktail menu is also available. The restaurant also has a cooking school to teach you how to make these delectable plates at home.
How to book: Walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are recommended.