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Eagle Rock's Glamorous New Dinner Destination Has a Second Story Surprise

Let's talk about Red Herring, an exciting new Eastside arrival

Red Herring, Eagle Rock
Red Herring, Eagle Rock
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 a strong new concept coming to Eagle Rock later this summer called Red Herring, and as the name suggest it may not be what you first expect.

The concept, from husband and wife team Dave and Alexis Martin Woodall, is a mix of glamorous but comfortable decor, a strong menu of shareable plates and larger format dishes, and a surprising second floor dining area that lets in more than just light. Dave Woodall is a longtime journeyman chef, having spent time at places like Blair’s in Silver Lake and Melisse in Santa Monica, but has been focusing solely on bringing Red Herring to life for a while now.

The intimate restaurant will offer a wide bar and comfortable sitting area downstairs for guests looking to lounge (or just waiting for a table), while a long dark blue banquette runs the length of the far wall. Gold touches, from some metalwork that lights up the back of the room to the light switch plates, accent against the colorful wallpaper and dark wood.

The real star of the show may be upstairs

The real star of the show may be upstairs, where a separate dining room opens with strong views of Colorado Boulevard and beyond. The coolest part are the windows themselves, which open in one long run to create a seamless indoor-outdoor feel that’s perfect for a cool night with a light breeze.

The menu is still being finalized, but expect a hearty balance of American comfort food done as small, shareable plates and larger-format dishes alike. There are typical nods to rich dinner fare like braised short ribs and gnocchi, plus lighter dishes to start, and lots of alcohol.

Red Herring is nearing the end of its inspection cycle and should come online soon enough, with a late July or early August unveiling likely. Look for dinner hours to start, with brunch kicking off soon after and, perhaps, some level of grab and go breakfast service down the line.

Red Herring
1661 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA