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Downtown LA’s Classy Spring Restaurant Unveils a New Streetside Bistro

The new, approachable dining room is called Springside

Springside, Downtown LA
Interior at Springside
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Spring, the restaurant from Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, is adjusting its operation starting today, bifurcating its current space into two separate venues. The main change will be a new street-adjacent bistro named Springside, which gives the restaurant an intimate feel for week day dinners.

Meanwhile, the Atrium, which used to comprise the bulk of Spring, will continue to serve lunch during the weekdays and only open up on Saturday evenings. So, to summarize: Spring will continue to serve in the Atrium for lunch and Saturday evenings, while Springside will serve weekday dinners in a bistro-style space.

The change is a bit confusing, but makes the best use of the unorthodox restaurant space. The Springside menu takes most of the same French approach with a heavy emphasis on seasonal vegetables, mainly through two tasting menu courses at five or three courses, priced at $85 and $49 respectively. They’ll still serve a twenty-item a la carte menu at Springside for anyone not looking to have a lengthy coursed out supper.

Corn risotto and beef entree at Springside

In order to help fill the new dining room, Springside has a friendly new Tuesday to Friday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., with affordable bites like dollar oysters, marinated olives, goat cheese crostini, and beef tartare to go alongside cocktails like a Hemingway daiquiri or glass of Le Paradou, a French rose.

While Springside, with its deep turquise color palette and bunched up tables, gives Spring a much needed level of approachability, the rather glorious atrium will continue to serve Spring’s casual daytime menu that caters to the local business and civic worker crowd likely to venture into the restaurant. That menu still has plates like little gem chicken salad and strozzapretti pasta with pesto mostly priced under $20.