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The 12 Best DineLA Lunch Deals, Summer 2018

The best affordable lunch deals during the semi-annual restaurant week

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DineLA is back again folks. That’s right, from Friday, July 13 to Friday, July 27, 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 outstanding Filipino steals to seafood feasts down in Manhattan Beach. Whether looking for Downtown power lunching hot spots or Persian fare on the Westside, here are twelve of the best dineLA lunch deals, presented from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. HiHo Cheeseburger

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1320 2nd Street B
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 469-7250
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There’s no better excuse to dive into one of the city’s favorite new burger than dineLA, where HiHo serves a triple cheeseburger as a complete meal. The restaurant throws in hand-cut fries and pie or a shake in the $15 special.

Matthew Kang

2. Farsi Cafe

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1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-4500
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Westwood’s Farsi Cafe is sending out all the Persian hits for its especially affordable $15 lunch special that could look like a shirazi salad followed by a choice of kabob and saffron rice. Add on baklava for $4.

3. Fishing With Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 893-6299
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Manhattan Beach seafood staple Fishing with Dynamite has an expansive three-course, $25 lunch menu with all the hits. Yup, even a mini raw bar platter and a play on the restaurant’s legendary key lime pie are involved.

4. A.O.C.

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8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
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Suzanne Goin’s $25 two-course lunch begins with a selection of cheese and charcuterie or her iconic Spanish fried chicken. The main entrees here include a vegetarian spread of roasted vegetables and spreads, slow-roasted salmon with beet tartare and cucumber yogurt, or roasted turkey focaccia. Be sure to tack on the $6 dessert.

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5. The Larder at Burton Way

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8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 278-8060
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Offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s always a good time to stop into The Larder at Burton Way, where a full three-course meal is available for only $15. Think a super seasonal menu of heirloom cherry tomato toast followed by a roasted chicken salad and summer fruit crumble.

6. 189 by Dominique Ansel

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 602-0096
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There are few better ways to refuel from an afternoon at The Grove than with Dominique Ansel’s reasonably priced three-course lunch that could look like honeydew and fennel gazpacho, crispy salmon with creamed fava beans, and pavlova with passionfruit curd. Be sure to save room for dessert, which will likely be the highlight of the meal.

7. Pirolo's Panino

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7461 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7550
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There’s no reason not to check out new Fairfax deli Pirolo’s Panino when all of the best hits are offered for only $15. Yes, that means lemon pepper wings, the signature Godfather sandwich, and even a sweet finish of a classic Italian cannoli.

8. Cosa Buona

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2100 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5211
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Twenty bucks buys a fully satisfying lunch at Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona during dineLA. That translates to a starter of spicy potatoes diavola or broccolini and an entree of pizza or chicken milanese with peperoncini slaw.

9. The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

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649 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 358-0000
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Downtown power lunch hot spot The NoMad is much more affordable during dineLA. Catch snow pea chiffonade with mint and pancetta before enjoying the restaurant’s tasty smoked eggplant lasagnette or chicken milanese with black truffle.

Photography: © 2012 Francesco T

10. Lao Tao

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727 N Broadway #207
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 372-5318
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With four complete $15 set menus at Taiwanese specialist Lao Tao, there’s a little something for everyone. Lunch could read something like the double hitting popcorn chicken and beef noodles with spicy bone marrow broth. Or go for the braised pork belly with rice, Taiwanese sausage, and ginger limeade.

Inside Chinatown’s New Taiwanese Street Food Specialist Wonho Frank Lee

11. LASA

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727 N Broadway #120
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 443-6163
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It’s a full-blown lunch steal at LASA. Nibble on a Cesar salad with pan de sal croutons before selecting a bowl of drunken pancit, coconut chicken adobo, or lechon kawali with yu choy. The meal even includes tropical iced tea to wash it all down.

Wyatt Conlon

12. Bone Kettle

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67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5702
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Modern Indonesian specialist Bone Kettle is offering its signature bone broth with noodles alongside a choice of starter that could include fried citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad all for only twenty bucks.

Erica Allen

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1. HiHo Cheeseburger

1320 2nd Street B, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Matthew Kang

There’s no better excuse to dive into one of the city’s favorite new burger than dineLA, where HiHo serves a triple cheeseburger as a complete meal. The restaurant throws in hand-cut fries and pie or a shake in the $15 special.

1320 2nd Street B
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Farsi Cafe

1916 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Westwood’s Farsi Cafe is sending out all the Persian hits for its especially affordable $15 lunch special that could look like a shirazi salad followed by a choice of kabob and saffron rice. Add on baklava for $4.

1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

3. Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Manhattan Beach seafood staple Fishing with Dynamite has an expansive three-course, $25 lunch menu with all the hits. Yup, even a mini raw bar platter and a play on the restaurant’s legendary key lime pie are involved.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

4. A.O.C.

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Yelp

Suzanne Goin’s $25 two-course lunch begins with a selection of cheese and charcuterie or her iconic Spanish fried chicken. The main entrees here include a vegetarian spread of roasted vegetables and spreads, slow-roasted salmon with beet tartare and cucumber yogurt, or roasted turkey focaccia. Be sure to tack on the $6 dessert.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. The Larder at Burton Way

8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s always a good time to stop into The Larder at Burton Way, where a full three-course meal is available for only $15. Think a super seasonal menu of heirloom cherry tomato toast followed by a roasted chicken salad and summer fruit crumble.

8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. 189 by Dominique Ansel

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

There are few better ways to refuel from an afternoon at The Grove than with Dominique Ansel’s reasonably priced three-course lunch that could look like honeydew and fennel gazpacho, crispy salmon with creamed fava beans, and pavlova with passionfruit curd. Be sure to save room for dessert, which will likely be the highlight of the meal.

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Pirolo's Panino

7461 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

There’s no reason not to check out new Fairfax deli Pirolo’s Panino when all of the best hits are offered for only $15. Yes, that means lemon pepper wings, the signature Godfather sandwich, and even a sweet finish of a classic Italian cannoli.

7461 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8. Cosa Buona

2100 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Twenty bucks buys a fully satisfying lunch at Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona during dineLA. That translates to a starter of spicy potatoes diavola or broccolini and an entree of pizza or chicken milanese with peperoncini slaw.

2100 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Photography: © 2012 Francesco T

Downtown power lunch hot spot The NoMad is much more affordable during dineLA. Catch snow pea chiffonade with mint and pancetta before enjoying the restaurant’s tasty smoked eggplant lasagnette or chicken milanese with black truffle.

649 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

10. Lao Tao

727 N Broadway #207, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Inside Chinatown’s New Taiwanese Street Food Specialist Wonho Frank Lee

With four complete $15 set menus at Taiwanese specialist Lao Tao, there’s a little something for everyone. Lunch could read something like the double hitting popcorn chicken and beef noodles with spicy bone marrow broth. Or go for the braised pork belly with rice, Taiwanese sausage, and ginger limeade.

727 N Broadway #207
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. LASA

727 N Broadway #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wyatt Conlon

It’s a full-blown lunch steal at LASA. Nibble on a Cesar salad with pan de sal croutons before selecting a bowl of drunken pancit, coconut chicken adobo, or lechon kawali with yu choy. The meal even includes tropical iced tea to wash it all down.

727 N Broadway #120
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12. Bone Kettle

67 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Erica Allen

Modern Indonesian specialist Bone Kettle is offering its signature bone broth with noodles alongside a choice of starter that could include fried citrus-brined chicken wings or spicy papaya salad all for only twenty bucks.

67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

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