Despite the proliferation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence in restaurant kitchens across Los Angeles over the past half decade, there is still a surprising lack of straight up Greek food to count on — though the brand new Theía at 8048 W. Third Street is aiming to change all that with its opening this week.
Theía is a welcome addition to one of the city’s busiest dining hubs, and comes from entrepreneur Max Simon, who has brought on chef Moises Placencia (formerly of the Tasting Kitchen) to oversee the menu. Together the pair has turned over the former short-lived Jaffa space, turning the glassy storefront into a patio seating and takeaway option for anyone looking to dine in the the greater Mid-City West area.
The menu is a collection of Greek staples, from housemade pita with tzatziki, hummus, htipiti (roasted red pepper and feta dip) to spanikopita and charred octopus and on to whole fish and a large-format ribeye. The restaurant is planning a more scaled-down lunch with a mezze plate, lamb burger and grain bowl, plus weekend brunch. Cocktails come by way of Sean Leopold; the opening menus are below.
The new Theía opens on Saturday, August 15, with a 77-seat space designed by Joshua Wymyczak and Tracy Hutson Design. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.