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A Charming New French Bistro Takes Up Residence in Highland Park

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Côté Est gives York Boulevard an exciting new dinner alternative

A tall-ceilinged French restaurant at night.
Côté Est, Highland Park
Lisa Franchot
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 basically no stopping Highland Park right now, at least when it comes to the dining scene. The newest entrant is Côté Est, a casual French bistro from some very familiar Eastside names.

Côté Est takes over where 51 Tavern barely left off, having only been in the space on York for a few months. The new tenants are Claudio and Adria Blotta, who already operate popular places like Barbrix in Silver Lake and All’Acqua in Atwater Village.

With Côté Est, the plan is to move into the easygoing French realm, with a full cocktail bar, a large patio, and room for dessert. The main courses weave from a half chicken or $21 plate of duck confit to a loup de mer and steak frites, with nothing over $27 and a slew of starters (steamed mussels, steak tartare) on offer as well. Diners can also expect a wide collection of wine, not dissimilar to what can be found at the Blotta’s other restaurant, Market Provisions on Beverly. The opening dinner menu is below.

York Boulevard’s new Côté Est officially opened for dinner last night, beating to market incoming neighborhood names like Barcade, Otoño, and the large ERB/Silverlake Wine project over on Figueroa. Expect dinner hours only to start, with hours from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. most nights, and midnight on weekends. Brunch will kick off soon, while Sunday through Thursday a happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Côté Est
5022 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Côté Est Bistro and Bar Lisa Franchot
Lisa Franchot
An escargot and agnolotti starter
Apple galette
Foie gras
Le Chocolat dessert