When dineLA announces its 12-day dining stretch, that means it’s time to start perusing which of the nearly 430 restaurants to visit. Starting today until July 26, dineLA’s summertime prix-fixe dinner options are abundant and always for a substantially lighter price tag. These restaurants span throughout the city limits, with places like the Westside’s Pikoh, Redondo’s Little Sister, and even a 17-course stunner Sushi Bar in Encino. With that, here are 12 dineLA dinners worthy of time, travel, and dollars.Read More
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Los Angeles Times critic Patricia Escarcega reviewed Encino’s Sushi Bar in May, which she described as “17 courses with a side of showmanship.” This menu usually runs for $125, but for dineLA it is only $99. Seating is very limited, as are the hours, so plan accordingly.
For $39, Pikoh begins dineLA with an amuse bouche with oyster, ponzu, and avocado mousse. But then there’s the fresh and vegetable-filled first course, and entrees like the corn agnolotti with aji, lime and shallots.
Chef/owner Anne Conness’s Israeli restaurant has a $39 dineLA dinner with options for vegetarians and omnivores. She opened a second location in The Palms a month ago, and both locations are participating in dineLA. And while Jaffa’s roasted chicken and carrot cavatelli are worth ordering, so is the spaghetti with Moroccan saffron butter, swiss chard, and pine nuts.
Tin Vuong’s Little Sister dominates the South Bay with a location in Manhattan Beach and Redondo. For $39, try the shrimp, pork, and crab-stuffed dumplings to start, then the shaky shaky beef at both locations until dineLA ends.
Noree Thai established a presence on Beverly Boulevard a few years after chef/owners Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip debuted their Eater LA essential 38 restaurant Luv2eat. Start with the lettuce cup, move on to massaman curry chicken, then sticky rice for dessert, and all for $29.
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Osteria Mamma is one of LA’s hidden gems that impresses. The restaurant’s matriarch Loredana “Mamma” Cecchinato passed away in 2015, but her memory lives on. Osteria Mamma’s dineLA dinner menu lists a fresh first course, including tiger shrimp, arugla, carrots, and fennel. Choose from six pastas, plus a glass of wine which is included in the $49 price.
Here's Looking At You
The biggest challenge with a dineLA dinner at Here’s Looking At You, is figuring out which dish to explore. The beef tartare toast is a marvelous start with grilled sirloin, beet barbecue, brown butter, and honey onion. All selections fall in line with Jonathan Gold’s description of Jonathan Whitener and Lien Ta’s restaurant, “Spicy, nimble and adept at crossing cultural boundaries” and all for $49.
Atrium’s $49 dineLA menu is a solid choice for the bright Los Feliz restaurant. Chef Hunter Pritchett emphasizes selections from local farmers markets including Brentwood corn, and a hamachi crudo with market cucumbers and radishes to start. When choosing the second course, opt for curry rubbed hanger steak before tasting dessert.
Same Same Thai
Silver Lake’s three-year-old Thai staple only has a dinner option for dineLA, which includes fresh spring rolls, Panang shimp curry, and a smooth coconut flan for $29.
The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
DTLA’s NoMad is an elegant choice in LA dining, and well worth the $49 to try the fantastic fava bean hummus, hangar steak with baby broccoli, and chocolate ganache all in the NoMad’s impressive dining room.
This subterranean restaurant’s $49 dineLA menu is a steal, with kanpachi, a delicate chilled eggplant appetizer, a nigiri platter, and miso-glazed black cod. Since the price tag is so low, a pro move is to spend the saved dollars on Mrs Fish’s fantastic whiskey collection.
Maccheroni Republic’s three-course dineLA menu is only $29, and of course pasta is the star. Maccheroni also maintains a solid wine list to go with the choice of vermicelli, ravioli, a gluten-free penne, and gnocchi bolognese. Reservations are not required.