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Connie & Ted's, West Hollywood
Connie & Ted's, West Hollywood
Elizabeth Daniels

The 25 Best dineLA Deals for Summer 2015

White-hot lunch and dinner options below.

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Connie & Ted's, West Hollywood
| Elizabeth Daniels

Next week marks the return of dineLA, the seasonal event that sees restaurants across the city crafting massive deals meant to entice newcomers and say thank you to the longtime regulars. From high-end Beverly Hills restaurants you've been meaning to try, to everyday sandwich options offering some killer cheap eats, there's never a better time to enjoy the city's restaurant scene than during dineLA.

Here, then, are some of the best deals for this summer’s Restaurant Week, which kicks off Monday, July 13.

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Santa Monica newcomer Aestus goes big with a $50 three-course dinner option that lets guest put together their own meals, from a beef tartare or hamachi crudo starter through mains like flat iron steak or striped bass, with dessert to follow.

Bouchon

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A $25 lunch at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills is always an absolute steal, especially when it comes with chicken liver mousse to start and could finish with some coq au vin.

The Water Grill

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Though $50 is on the high end for dinner, Water Grill’s stellar three-course option lets customers navigate an array of fresh seafood options, from clam chowder starters to pan-seared ahi ahi mains. Finish, of course, with key lime pie.

The Gadarene Swine

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Phillip Frankland Lee’s vegan eatery The Gadarene Swine, already an addition to Eater’s 38 essential restaurants list, dons a six-course chef’s tasting menu for dinner. At $50, it’s at the high end for a night out, but you won’t find a more well-executed dinner full of vegetables anywhere.

The Corner Door

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A longtime Culver City neighborhood staple, The Corner Door entices newcomers with a stellar $30 dinner option, featuring exclusive dineLA dishes like Pork Delmonico and pan-roasted salmon. Don’t forget to add a cocktail.

The Churchill

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West Third’s The Churchill keeps things surprisingly cheap for lunch, with a two-course option that lets customers choose between a cubano sandwich or burger as a main. Bonus: recommended wine pairings are $10 or less.

Always a great option for a mid-range dinner, Sotto is upping the ante for dineLA with a three-course $40 dinner (plus some marinated olives to start). Move between beet and ricotta crespelle, big-eyed tuna crudo, and olive oil cake with ease.

Saddle Peak Lodge

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You likely won’t be fed better anywhere else than at Saddle Peak Lodge, which is doing a six-course evening chef’s menu for $50, a steal that includes elk tenderloin, pea toast and venison carpaccio.

Redbird

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Running lunch only, Downtown’s Redbird is going big for just $25, letting guests choose between shishitos or a full chicken pot pie to start, with trout, a spit-roasted chicken, or gnochetti with shrimp as a main. Add on cookies or a stone fruit crisp for just $5 more.

Nest at WP24

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Consider this your chance to drop into the high-flying Nest at WP24 Downtown, where a $40 dinner check gets customers an array of bao buns, tiny dumplings, crispy pork belly, roasted shrimp, and Vietnamese coffee tarts to choose between.

Lawry's The Prime Rib

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Check this iconic restaurant off your list (that is, if you haven’t been before) with a $50 dinner deal that hits everything you want — the tableside salad, the prime rib, and even a sweet finisher.

Jar Restaurant

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Rediscover a classic at Jar, with a $50 dinner that moves between simple salad to start and into their infamous coq au vin with fries. And don’t be afraid of the butterscotch pudding for dessert — or the dineLA exclusive $9 cocktails.

Hakkasan

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Head in to Hakkasan for a shot at most of the best parts of the menu, thanks to a $50 dinner option meandering amongst dim sum platters and crispy duck salads, plus stir-fry rib eye as a main. [Editor's note: Hakkasan is closing up for good on Sunday, July 19]

fundamental LA

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Fundamental plays to their strengths here, with a $15 option puts a sandwich, side, cookie and drink in front of you for lunch. For anyone within a mile of this Westwood destination during lunchtime, this could be a deal to enjoy all week long.

Locale 90 Neopolitan Pizza Market

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Redondo Beach Neapolitan pizza spot Locale 90 is doing a $15 lunch option that gets customers two starts and a whole pizza, with cheap beer and wine pairings to boot. Add on dessert for $5, if you can stand it.

Bar Pintxo

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The $15 lunch is a pretty great deal at this near-sea side Santa Monica tapas bar. Bites include gazpacho, croquetas de bacalao, and a Spanish grilled cheese sandwich. Dinner time runs $30, which offers some more substantial dishes like head-on shrimp and filet mignon skewers with roasted pepper sauce.

M Grill

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Instead of dineLA favorite Fogo de Chao, opt for Koreatown's excellent M Grill, which has a super reasonable $25 lunch and $50 dinner (which has a dineLA exclusive of grilled shrimp). Just go hungry, because it's all you can eat. [Photo: Yelp]

Morton's the Steakhouse

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In need of a good steak, or just a classy-looking spot without the wallet-busting price tag? Morton's has a $50 dinner special with three courses, including a 6 oz filet, prime pork chop, or baked stuffed jumbo shrimp as the entree. The range of courses extends beyond that, making this one of the more flexible dineLA menus in town.

With an always reliable set of Italian dishes, Gusto is offering both a $25 lunch and $50 dinner, with bites like the meatballs al forno, free range chicken with royal trumpet mushrooms, or super-rich bucatini all'amatriciana for lunch. Dinner highlights the same courses, but includes dessert, including a decadent chocolate budino.

Craving more Italian-American fare? Check out the $50 dinner menu for this hidden Hollywood gem, which includes the massive beef, pork, and veal meatballs; choice of pasta, and entrees like the chicken parm, eggplant parm, and pork chop served with hot and cherry peppers.

The Hungry Cat

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This Hollywood seafood spot has a swell $50 special that offers three courses per night during dineLA. Start with 6 oysters on the half shell or braised mussels with Thai sausage. Then have a Maine lobster with house-made pappardelle or soft shell "chili crab" atop black rice. For dessert, a chocolate pot de creme or stone fruit crisp.

Connie and Ted's Seafood

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Michael Cimarusti's bustling seafood restaurant in WeHo has a nice three courser running just $40 at night, including grilled calamari or half a dozen oysters to start. Entrees include fish & chips, Portuguese stew or even a lobster roll. Desserts include a fruit cobbler or the amazing blondie, which is a must order if you haven't already tried it.

Arroyo Chop House

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If you haven't been to this classy steakhouse in Pasadena, you're missing out on one of the more reliable steak restaurants in L.A. The $50 dinner includes three courses, so start off with the soup of the day or chilled oysters, then pick between a petit filet mignon, Australian lobster tail, or marinaded chicken breast (if you're not in the mood for deliciousness). You get a choice of two side orders with the entree, then finish with a fudge brownie sundae or New York cheesecake for dessert.

Ray's & Stark Bar

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With a very reasonably priced $30 dinner, start with a butter lettuce salad or chilled corn soup. Then move onto a lobster roll, skirt steak, or chicken pot pie. For dessert, the classy establishment ends with a chocolate semifreddo or lady finger confection topped with Harry's berries.

MessHall Kitchen

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This Los Feliz comfort food spot has a nice dinner special running $40 per person, with a spinach and pickled strawberry salad or mac & cheese to start. Mains run with a charred tuna and peach salad, hog chop with Anson Mills grits, and grilled maitake and farro risotto. For dessert, a banana cream pie jar or chocolate hazelnut cheesecake.

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aestus

Santa Monica newcomer Aestus goes big with a $50 three-course dinner option that lets guest put together their own meals, from a beef tartare or hamachi crudo starter through mains like flat iron steak or striped bass, with dessert to follow.

Bouchon

A $25 lunch at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills is always an absolute steal, especially when it comes with chicken liver mousse to start and could finish with some coq au vin.

The Water Grill

Though $50 is on the high end for dinner, Water Grill’s stellar three-course option lets customers navigate an array of fresh seafood options, from clam chowder starters to pan-seared ahi ahi mains. Finish, of course, with key lime pie.

The Gadarene Swine

Phillip Frankland Lee’s vegan eatery The Gadarene Swine, already an addition to Eater’s 38 essential restaurants list, dons a six-course chef’s tasting menu for dinner. At $50, it’s at the high end for a night out, but you won’t find a more well-executed dinner full of vegetables anywhere.

The Corner Door

A longtime Culver City neighborhood staple, The Corner Door entices newcomers with a stellar $30 dinner option, featuring exclusive dineLA dishes like Pork Delmonico and pan-roasted salmon. Don’t forget to add a cocktail.

The Churchill

West Third’s The Churchill keeps things surprisingly cheap for lunch, with a two-course option that lets customers choose between a cubano sandwich or burger as a main. Bonus: recommended wine pairings are $10 or less.