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Anatra Carves Out an Upscale Niche in Rapidly Changing Fashion District Soon

The cornerstone spot will be a home for white tablecloths and wine

Anatra, Downtown
Farley Elliott
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 nice new dinnertime dining option coming to Downtown’s Fashion District soon, as Anatra looks to get into the game by sometime in June, if possible. The name, which means ‘duck’ in Italian, will be a semi-formal evening affair that plays to the burgeoning crowds descending soon on South Park and beyond.

The Anatra’s location puts them right at the corner of 8th Street and Santee, in the current Garment Lofts building. They’re well within eyesight of lunchtime taco hit Sonoratown and across the alley from local favorite Coffee Colab, but will look to provide a much more comparatively upscale experience. That means a wide bar, loads of glass for evening light, a wine room, and white tablecloths.

Chef/co-owner Peyman Rasi tells Eater that the restaurant will offer a coastal Italian and French experience, with a focus on seafood, seasonality, and the use of more luxurious ingredients like truffles and foie gras. That makes prices a tick or two more expensive than what you’d naturally find in that neck of the woods, but with the emergence of tens of thousands of higher-end residential units across the southern swath of Downtown, there’s likely to be a crowd looking for that type of meal.

No firm opening date for Anatra just yet, but Rasi says they’re hoping to open by June if possible. Once up and running, expect a full bar inside, an open kitchen that flows towards the back glassed-in wine room, and a dining room full of two- and four-tops along the windowed walls. Soon enough there will be sidewalk seating, though for now there are no plans to expand into lunch.

217 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA