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R.O.C. Team Brings Casual Chinese to Classy New Digs Along West Third

Xiao long bao in the heart of it all.

ROC West Third Street
ROC West Third Street
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

After plenty of speculation last year that the group behind Sawtelle’s R.O.C. would be expanding across Los Angeles, not much was heard for months. That is until now, with the unveiling of the second stop for the casual Chinese operation, tucked in just around the corner from the Beverly Center on West Third Street.

Held in the same strip mall (complete with parking lot!) that houses the German döner shop Berlins, this latest location aims to bring SGV flavors to the West Third masses. Anyone familiar with the group's original Sawtelle location knows that means everything from dumplings and beef rolls to buns, beef noodle soup, and more.

This second address sits in the former Takamaru space, and looks to be a sleek improvement over its predecessor. A run of tall-backed booth wraps underneath an open kitchen, and overall there’s seating for around 60 people. Those other locations rumored to be coming along are still in the works as well, including The Runway in Playa Vista and in Culver City. No timetable on those, but they’re currently under construction.

The West Third spot just turned its first service last night and remains soft-open only for dinner at the moment. Expect hours from 5 p.m. until about 9 p.m. through the middle of next week, when they’ll expand into regular lunch and dinner service.

8474 West Third
Los Angeles, CA