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The 15 Best DineLA Lunch Deals, Summer 2017

The most bang for the buck

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| Wonho Frank Lee

DineLA is back again, folks. That's right, from July 14 to 28, restaurants around town are putting together prix-fixe lunch menus for either $15, $20, or $25.

These spectacular meal deals targeted towards the leisurely lunching set include everything from affordable lobster rolls from an Encino hot spot to build-a-own barbecue meals. Whether looking for a downtown power lunch or Middle Eastern standby, here are fifteen of the best dineLA lunch deals, presented from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Frankland's Crab & Co.

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16101 Ventura Blvd #250
Encino, CA

Phillip Frankland Lee has been on an unstoppable expansion over the past few months. One of his most recent openings, seafood shack Frandland’s Crab & Co, is dropping its already affordable prices by offering diners any shrimp, king crab, or lobster roll with chips, an ice cream sandwich, and lemonade or iced tea for a steal at $15.

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2. CHEZ TEX

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218 Main St
Venice, CA

Under-the-radar Venice gem Chez Tex is far more than an average wine bar. Stop in during DineLA to take advantage of its two-course deal that can start with a toasted quinoa and little gem lettuce salad and conclude with house-made ricotta gnocchi with Normandy butter and English peas.

3. Local Kitchen and Wine Bar

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1736 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 396-9007
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This friendly neighborhood restaurant on the southern stretch of Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Blvd offers a $25 lunch deal with starters like burrata, arancini, or kale salad, then offers a lamb meatball sandwich, NY strip steak salad, or pappardelle bolognese. Dessert options include gelato or budino.

4. Farsi Cafe

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1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 475-4500
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This approachable Persian restaurant just south of the heart of Tehrangeles in West LA has a two-course lunch for $15 during dineLA with choices like hummus or shirazi salad coupled with chicken drumsticks kabob, ground beef kabob, or shish kabob, with a supplemental $4 dessert of either Persian ice cream or baklava.

5. Little Fatty

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3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

This Mar Vista restaurant with a heavy lean toward Taiwanese and Chinese flavors, is preparing a super-affordable $15 lunch special during dineLA with starters like chili wontons and cucumber gazpacho, with entree choices of orange chicken, walnut shrimp, or XO fatty noodles. The price includes a side of rice and runs 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Little Fatty Matthew Kang

6. Sausal

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219 Main St
El Segundo, CA
(310) 322-2721
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Want to experience “Nuevo Ranchero” cuisine? Sausal is putting its best foot forward with a little taste of everything in its sample platter that includes guacamole, corn elote, salsa, pepita-chili hummus, crudité, and chips. Finish it off with a main course like the beef barbacoa enchiladas, and walk away for just $20.

Sausal Matthew Kang

7. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 893-6299
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Seafood haven Fishing with Dynamite only offers a lunch deal, and with the sunny Manhattan Beach vibes and a three-course feast that includes options like a raw bar platter, softshell crab po boy, and that signature key lime pie, it’s a must on the list.

Key Lime Pie Na’ama Landau

8. Ocean Prime

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9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 859-4818
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A handy Beverly Hills restaurant that certainly doesn’t feel like a chain (even though it is), the $25 lunch menu is a great thing to take office mates that stick to boring salads for lunch. Instead, try Ocean Prime’s French onion soup or lobster bisque, then try a teriyaki salmon or Maryland crab melt. A $6 supplement dessert could be the chocolate peanut butter pie or a five layer carrot cake, ideal for sharing before heading back to work.

9. Barrel & Ashes

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11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
(818) 623-8883
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It’s a down home barbecue feast at Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes, where 20 bucks buys a choice of two smoked meats, two sides, pickles, cornbread, and ice tea/lemonade.

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10. A.O.C.

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8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 653-6359
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Suzanne Goin's two course lunch begins with a selection of cheese and charcuterie or her popular Spanish fried chicken. The main entrees here include a vegetarian smorgasbord of roasted vegetables and spreads, albacore salad, or a roasted turkey sandwich with green harissa. Dessert is a supplemental $6, but the bittersweet chocolate torta is a must.

11. Miro

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888 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 988-8880
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Downtown power lunch hotspot Miro is hawking a menu of crowd pleasers like Caesar salad, steak sandwich with fontina, and chicken Milanese in its $20 two-course meal.

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12. Border Grill Downtown LA

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445 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 486-5171
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This enduring Mexican restaurant from the Too Hot Tamales Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken has a handy $20 lunch special starting with farmer's market tostada or seafood ceviche. Entree choices include pollo adobado, tacos flacos, beef enchilada or shrimp chopped salad.

13. K Ramen. Burger. Beer

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702 Americana Wy, 2nd Fl
Glendale, CA
(818) 741-2701
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This hidden Glendale ramen bar at the Americana at Brand has a nice three-course lunch for just $20 during dineLA. Start with calamari with wasabi cocktail sauce or chicken wings, then have either poke, chicken karaage sandwich, or a bowl of ramen. There’s just one thing for dessert: fried buns with caramelized cinnamon apples.

14. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 680-0330
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This chic Downtown steakhouse is great for a quick one-hour lunch with cubicle mates. The two-course $25 lunch offers caesar or kale salad, then a steakhouse burger, oak-grilled salmon, or grilled hangar steak. It’s served Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 3 p.m.

15. The Terrace

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1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 585-6218
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The Terrace at the Langham is always a safe bet for a leisurely afternoon meal when in Pasadena. Now that meal is discounted to twenty bucks, with a selection that includes spicy Ahi tuna tostada and braised pork belly bowl.

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1. Frankland's Crab & Co.

16101 Ventura Blvd #250, Encino, CA
Frankland’s Crab & Co. Farley Elliot

Phillip Frankland Lee has been on an unstoppable expansion over the past few months. One of his most recent openings, seafood shack Frandland’s Crab & Co, is dropping its already affordable prices by offering diners any shrimp, king crab, or lobster roll with chips, an ice cream sandwich, and lemonade or iced tea for a steal at $15.

16101 Ventura Blvd #250
Encino, CA

2. CHEZ TEX

218 Main St, Venice, CA

Under-the-radar Venice gem Chez Tex is far more than an average wine bar. Stop in during DineLA to take advantage of its two-course deal that can start with a toasted quinoa and little gem lettuce salad and conclude with house-made ricotta gnocchi with Normandy butter and English peas.

218 Main St
Venice, CA

3. Local Kitchen and Wine Bar

1736 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

This friendly neighborhood restaurant on the southern stretch of Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Blvd offers a $25 lunch deal with starters like burrata, arancini, or kale salad, then offers a lamb meatball sandwich, NY strip steak salad, or pappardelle bolognese. Dessert options include gelato or budino.

1736 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA

4. Farsi Cafe

1916 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This approachable Persian restaurant just south of the heart of Tehrangeles in West LA has a two-course lunch for $15 during dineLA with choices like hummus or shirazi salad coupled with chicken drumsticks kabob, ground beef kabob, or shish kabob, with a supplemental $4 dessert of either Persian ice cream or baklava.

1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

5. Little Fatty

3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Little Fatty Matthew Kang

This Mar Vista restaurant with a heavy lean toward Taiwanese and Chinese flavors, is preparing a super-affordable $15 lunch special during dineLA with starters like chili wontons and cucumber gazpacho, with entree choices of orange chicken, walnut shrimp, or XO fatty noodles. The price includes a side of rice and runs 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

6. Sausal

219 Main St, El Segundo, CA
Sausal Matthew Kang

Want to experience “Nuevo Ranchero” cuisine? Sausal is putting its best foot forward with a little taste of everything in its sample platter that includes guacamole, corn elote, salsa, pepita-chili hummus, crudité, and chips. Finish it off with a main course like the beef barbacoa enchiladas, and walk away for just $20.

219 Main St
El Segundo, CA

7. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA
Key Lime Pie Na’ama Landau

Seafood haven Fishing with Dynamite only offers a lunch deal, and with the sunny Manhattan Beach vibes and a three-course feast that includes options like a raw bar platter, softshell crab po boy, and that signature key lime pie, it’s a must on the list.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

8. Ocean Prime

9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA

A handy Beverly Hills restaurant that certainly doesn’t feel like a chain (even though it is), the $25 lunch menu is a great thing to take office mates that stick to boring salads for lunch. Instead, try Ocean Prime’s French onion soup or lobster bisque, then try a teriyaki salmon or Maryland crab melt. A $6 supplement dessert could be the chocolate peanut butter pie or a five layer carrot cake, ideal for sharing before heading back to work.

9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CA

9. Barrel & Ashes

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
Barrel & Ashes Wonho Frank Lee

It’s a down home barbecue feast at Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes, where 20 bucks buys a choice of two smoked meats, two sides, pickles, cornbread, and ice tea/lemonade.

11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA

10. A.O.C.

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA

Suzanne Goin's two course lunch begins with a selection of cheese and charcuterie or her popular Spanish fried chicken. The main entrees here include a vegetarian smorgasbord of roasted vegetables and spreads, albacore salad, or a roasted turkey sandwich with green harissa. Dessert is a supplemental $6, but the bittersweet chocolate torta is a must.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA

11. Miro

888 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Miro Farley Elliot

Downtown power lunch hotspot Miro is hawking a menu of crowd pleasers like Caesar salad, steak sandwich with fontina, and chicken Milanese in its $20 two-course meal.

888 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

12. Border Grill Downtown LA

445 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

This enduring Mexican restaurant from the Too Hot Tamales Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken has a handy $20 lunch special starting with farmer's market tostada or seafood ceviche. Entree choices include pollo adobado, tacos flacos, beef enchilada or shrimp chopped salad.

445 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA

13. K Ramen. Burger. Beer

702 Americana Wy, 2nd Fl, Glendale, CA

This hidden Glendale ramen bar at the Americana at Brand has a nice three-course lunch for just $20 during dineLA. Start with calamari with wasabi cocktail sauce or chicken wings, then have either poke, chicken karaage sandwich, or a bowl of ramen. There’s just one thing for dessert: fried buns with caramelized cinnamon apples.

702 Americana Wy, 2nd Fl
Glendale, CA

14. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA

This chic Downtown steakhouse is great for a quick one-hour lunch with cubicle mates. The two-course $25 lunch offers caesar or kale salad, then a steakhouse burger, oak-grilled salmon, or grilled hangar steak. It’s served Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 3 p.m.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA

15. The Terrace

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA
Farley Elliot

The Terrace at the Langham is always a safe bet for a leisurely afternoon meal when in Pasadena. Now that meal is discounted to twenty bucks, with a selection that includes spicy Ahi tuna tostada and braised pork belly bowl.

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA

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