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Tostada at Petite Taqueria
Aliza J. Sokolow

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Petite Taqueria Plays to the Party Crowds in West Hollywood

Dim lighting and cheesy nachos rule at this new h.wood Group spot

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.

For anyone finding it hard to land a table at The Nice Guy, there is now Petite Taqueria. While both properties are backed by the popular h.wood Group, a hospitality team responsible for everything from Blind Dragon to Delilah to Bootsy Bellows, the aim is slightly different between some of the more marquee celebrity hotspots like Nice Guy and this new upscale taqueria. Mostly, Petite Taqueria just wants to feed you well.

This is the former STK and Bagatelle space on La Cienega, reimagined by the Built, Inc. team as an inviting, casual home for kitschy artwork, leafy plants, and all things Mexican food. Expect candles at every table, a long marble bar, and deep velvet booths.

On the food side, expect dishes from new overall culinary director Maynard Llera along with h.wood’s food and drink specialist Adam Koral, with help by chefs Jeffrey Arrieta and John-Carlos Kuramoto. The menus will actually be some what subdivided, with the straightforward Petite Taqueria running alongside Ainoko, an omakase-style chef’s tasting menu filled with tacos and tostadas. Matt Seigel is starting the cocktail program off, with a full lineup of tequilas and mezcals. The opening menu for Petite Taqueria is below.

Nachos at Petite Taqueria
Aliza J. Sokolow

After a few nights of friends and family last weekend, Petite Taqueria officially opens tonight. Expect evening only hours to start, beginning at 5 p.m., with two seatings for the Ainoko tasting menu per night.

Petite Taqueria / Ainoko
755 N. La Cienega
West Hollywood, CA

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A dim, yellow-hued look at plush booths inside of a restaurant. Wonho Frank Lee
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