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Commerson has steak, poke, oysters, and octopus on La Brea

Commerson on La Brea
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.

There’s new life just below Wilshire on La Brea, as a quiet restaurant with a wine focus called Commerson opened at the base of that massive mixed user on the corner. Situated looking out over La Brea at 8th, the new option works a safe-as-can-be menu that includes everything from steak to oysters to octopus and polenta, which might just work for the neighborhood.

According to UrbanDaddy the unnamed chef of the project is a Balthazar vet of some sort, though Eater reached out to confirm details and so far hasn’t heard back from the restaurant. What is known is the menu overall, a kind of lightly upscaled bar experience that might include chili con queso or some $17 poke. The full bill of fare is below.

The space seems to be the real draw here, though its bleach-blonde aesthetic and long run of open counter seating that looks into the kitchen similarly keeps things predictable. This being a modern build, you can even expect high exposed ceilings and hanging pendant lights.

Commerson’s listed hours on their website offer 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, though that doesn’t quite seem right as this Facebook post offers hours from 5 p.m. on for tonight, timing that’s backed up on the place’s OpenTable page. That puts them right in the same evening arena as a few other dining options nearby, from the popular neighborhood favorite The Rascal across the street to newcomer Pata Salada and the formidable dining favorite Republique just up the street.

788 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA