The sometimes-forgotten Ca’ Brea on La Brea has managed to provide quality Italian food in a medium-scale environment for decades, catering in large part to a Hancock Park crowd of regulars. Now that’s no longer the case, as the aging eatery has ambled over to Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, leaving its namesake Avenue (and, apparently, its outmoded interior) behind. The news first came to light back in August, but only recently has the current location come online.
The new space sits just blocks from the Wiltern on busy Wilshire Boulevard, but is a far cry from the quieter Italian grotto feel of the original. Instead it’s now at the base of a Ramada, in what was formerly an Asian fusion restaurant called Harang.
Ca’ Brea ownership seems to be using the move to help propel the restaurant into the 21st Century, by going more casual and offering a hipper vibe to the younger community that live nearby. As of this week, the old Yelp page for the previous iteration redirects to the new address on Wilshire, and the Ca’ Brea website is currently under construction, though it is promising a ‘brand new look’ soon. The above shot is just about the only interior you'll find of the new place, and it certainly shows a move towards the more modern dining aesthetic.
You can still get a look at the menu and make a reservation over on OpenTable, with hours running from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch daily, and dinner service running from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights, 11 p.m on weekends.
Ca’ Brea Wilshire
3900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA