Paying slightly less for dining out is always welcome in Los Angeles. Lucky for us, dineLA comes around twice a year with a reduced prix fixe menu, where locals can take advantage of deals that can knock off a significant amount from the final bill. The selections aren’t just a repeat from last year. The menus rotate as do the participating restaurants, with longtime staples like Lawry’s offering dinner for $59, a $39 meal at Los Balcones in Studio City, or a serious deal at Bon Temps in the Arts District. With that, Eater compiled 12 fantastic dineLA dinners, which run from January 17 until the 31.Read More
The 12 Best Dine LA Dinner Deals, Winter 2020
LA’s semi-annual restaurant week returns with excellent meals for a fraction of the price
1. Los Balcones
A year ago, Los Angeles Times critic Patricia Escárcega raved about Los Balcones. This modern Peruvian restaurant’s dineLA deal is only $39. This price is incredible, especially when entrees usually run anywhere between $23 and $28.
Tesse’s dineLA deal is a fantastic opportunity to try chef Raphael Francois’s food. Each guest receives a glass of champagne, plus a dish between two guests which includes bucatini with bone marrow, or jidori chicken for $49.
3. Saddle Peak Lodge
Three courses for $59 makes up Saddle Peak Lodge’s dineLA menu. Try the bison short ribs, or add an extra $20 for a killer wild game trio, right in the heart of Calabasas.
4. Lawry's The Prime Rib
At Lawry’s, a California cut usually runs $45 per person. But during dineLA, that same prime rib accompanies a broiled lobster tail with Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes for $59. Lawry’s famous salad prepared table side is also included, as is dessert.
5. Maccheroni Republic
At $29, three courses at Maccheroni Republic is one of dineLA’s best priced with a crispy pan fried shrimp cake to start, stone ground white farro pasta with truffle mushroom sauce, dessert, and other options right in Downtown.
6. Red Herring
Chef Dave Woodall and partner Alexis Martin Woodall moved Red Herring from Eagle Rock to Downtown in December. Their dineLA menu includes, fittingly, a whole grilled fish for the second course, and a butterscotch pot de crème for $49.
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7. Bon Temps
Even though Bon Temps has an incredible pastry-filled daytime menu, the mood shifts significantly for dinner. Chef Lincoln Carson’s dineLA dinner begins with an amuse bouche, and entrees for all types of diners including seared Maine scallops, vegetable tart, or the Creekstone flatiron steak for $59.
8. Harajuku Taproom
For $39, Culver City’s craft beer izakaya joint will immediately build a beer, shochu, or sake flight. Pair it with your choice of gyoza, karaage fried chicken, miso-glazed pork belly on skewers, and Impossible meat fried rice during dineLA week. The dining area is downright pleasant, and a great spot to finish the meal with mochi brownies.
9. Plant Food + Wine
dineLA’s sole plant-based options are a bit scarce, but includes Matthew Kenney’s vegan spot in Venice. His menu typically boasts a high price tag because of the high-level of prep required for dishes like the spaghetti squash with young papaya and spicy cashew dressing, the handmade gnocchi, or the coconut cream pie. All of these options and more are available during dineLA for $49.
10. Yours Truly Venice
Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s Westside restaurant turns one year this March. For dineLA, Abgaryan will go full-on comfort food with a fingerling potato cacio e pepe, roasted delicata squash, and roast chicken with brioche stuffing for $39 per person.
11. Little Sister
Tin Vuong’s second Manhattan Beach location eatery is a staple for locals. Vuong’s menu draws from his Vietnamese family’s recipes, plus influence from his upbringing in the San Gabriel Valley. And for $39, the dineLA options include salt and pepper prawns, lamb satay, and tres leches cake.
12. Michael's on Naples Ristorante
One of Southern California’s best kept surprises is the gorgeous rooftop patio at Michael’s in Long Beach. The Naples location is a stunner, and its dineLA options impresses with four courses. Options include octopus carpaccio to start, or choose from house made pasta for secondi, the local black cod, and vanilla rum gelato to finish for $49.