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The pastrami reuben at Wise Sons in Culver City.
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10 Stellar Lunch Deals to Check Out During DineLA, Fall 2022

Affordable daytime meals during LA’s twice-a-year restaurant week

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The pastrami reuben at Wise Sons in Culver City.
| Dylan + Jeni

With Los Angeles weather finally cooling down from a scorcher of a summer, and the arrival of DineLA’s biannual restaurant week, it’s safe to say that the fall season is now in full swing. Happening now through October 28, the two-week event has nearly 350 participants, offering LA diners a plethora of options to get solid dining deals at restaurants that run the gamut from casual to fancy. From taco samplers to upscale Indian cuisine, here are 10 restaurants with destination-worthy DineLA lunch specials. For DineLA dinnertime deals, head right here.

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A.O.C. Brentwood

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James Beard award-winners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne opened a second outpost of their iconic A.O.C. in Brentwood last summer. This space, which also has an outdoor patio, is home to a wonderful DineLA lunch special running Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For $35, guests can enjoy two courses, such as an appetizer of bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Parmesan, and a main of wood-roasted mussels and clams, or a burger with Gruyere and crispy onions. Desserts like a butterscotch pot de creme can be added on for an additional $10.

A.O.C. restaurant interior in Brentwood, California
Inside A.O.C. Brentwood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Wise Sons Jewish Deli

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This Culver City Jewish deli that has roots in the Bay Area will feature an all-day $25 special for both dine-in and take-out. Here, diners can grab a sandwich — a tuna melt, pastrami Reuben, or schnitzel — with a side, plus a half-dozen bagels with plain schmear for later. It’s the meal that keeps on giving.

KazuNori

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This O.G. hand rolls chain hails from the creators of Sugarfish, and now has locations dotted throughout the Southland. Its all-day, $25 DineLA offering includes a bevy of sushi: salmon sashimi, as well as toro, yellowtail, bay scallop, crab, and lobster hand rolls. 

Mother Tongue Restaurant

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It’s apropos that the stunning Michael Mina restaurant, which opened over the summer, offers healthy food, seeing as it sits atop of the massive fitness club Heimat. For its DineLA lunch deal (available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), diners can get a two-course meal for $35. Appetizer options range from lumpiang with a caramelized coconut sauce to roasted sunchoke soup with maitake mushrooms. Second-course choices include jidori chicken tikka masala over rice and a grass-fed beef burger with caramelized onions.

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Inside the dining room of Mother Tongue.
Wonho Frank Lee

Gogo’s Tacos

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The fast-casual Gogo’s Tacos, with its vibrant interior, is offering an all-day DineLA lunch and dinner deal Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For $15, get a sampler of five mini-tacos — with fillings ranging from carnitas to shrimp and mushroom — with rice and beans, and flour tortilla chips dotted with cinnamon. 

Grand Central Market

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The iconic Downtown food hall is a fresh addition to this year’s DineLA. There’s a bevy of $15 lunch and dinner deals starting daily at 11 a.m. from more than a dozen vendors. Some highlights include Moon Rabbit’s Wagyu katsu sando with a side and Thai tea, Sari Sari Store’s chicken adobo fried rice bowl, and Wexler’s Deli’s pastrami sandwich on a Kaiser roll. 

Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

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For those who love dining in historic buildings, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. sits below one of LA’s oldest music venues, the Paramount LA. The pizza at this Boyle Heights spot is the brainchild of chef Jorge Sandoval, who whips up mole and carnitas pizzas in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. During DineLA on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the shop will be offering a 12-inch pizza and three-piece wings (coated in sauces like mole or chipotle lime honey) for $25.

Motto Tea Cafe - Pasadena

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Motto Tea Cafe in Pasadena is known for its fluffy and very Instagrammable Japanese soufflé pancakes and tea drinks. For its DineLA lunch deal, get the best of both worlds with a pancake-and-drink combo for $15 Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. There are several pancakes to choose from, including okonomiyaki, nutellamisu mousse, mango, and pork sung. Beverages like peach milk tea and mango with matcha mousse round out the treat-yourself meal.

Cali Chilli

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Long Beach’s new upscale Indian restaurant helmed by Manjunath Mural, an international chef who’s garnered Michelin stars, features an amalgam of flavors from India, Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. A newcomer to DineLA, the restaurant is offering a three-course lunch for $35. Diners can start the meal with pesto paneer, move into dishes like Korean-inspired ribs or butter chicken meatballs, and finish it off with purple carrot halwa with vanilla ice cream. The best part? The meal comes with saffron rice and naan. The special is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A row of glazed ribs in a bowl next to a corn cob.
Glazed ribs at Cali Chilli.
Brian Addison

Dal Rae Restaurant

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This iconic steakhouse that has been around since the 1950s is a throwback to the golden days of classic American dining; white tablecloths, moody lighting, and live music set its ambiance. Dal Rae’s DineLA lunch special is equally great. The restaurant is offering a two-course meal for $25, with appetizer selections running the gamut from mushrooms stuffed with crab to fried calamari, and mains ranging from pepper steak to broiled salmon in a caper-butter sauce. A dessert can be added on for $8.75, with choices like creme brulee and New York cheesecake. The deal is available Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A.O.C. Brentwood

James Beard award-winners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne opened a second outpost of their iconic A.O.C. in Brentwood last summer. This space, which also has an outdoor patio, is home to a wonderful DineLA lunch special running Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For $35, guests can enjoy two courses, such as an appetizer of bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Parmesan, and a main of wood-roasted mussels and clams, or a burger with Gruyere and crispy onions. Desserts like a butterscotch pot de creme can be added on for an additional $10.

A.O.C. restaurant interior in Brentwood, California
Inside A.O.C. Brentwood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Wise Sons Jewish Deli

This Culver City Jewish deli that has roots in the Bay Area will feature an all-day $25 special for both dine-in and take-out. Here, diners can grab a sandwich — a tuna melt, pastrami Reuben, or schnitzel — with a side, plus a half-dozen bagels with plain schmear for later. It’s the meal that keeps on giving.

KazuNori

This O.G. hand rolls chain hails from the creators of Sugarfish, and now has locations dotted throughout the Southland. Its all-day, $25 DineLA offering includes a bevy of sushi: salmon sashimi, as well as toro, yellowtail, bay scallop, crab, and lobster hand rolls. 

Mother Tongue Restaurant

It’s apropos that the stunning Michael Mina restaurant, which opened over the summer, offers healthy food, seeing as it sits atop of the massive fitness club Heimat. For its DineLA lunch deal (available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), diners can get a two-course meal for $35. Appetizer options range from lumpiang with a caramelized coconut sauce to roasted sunchoke soup with maitake mushrooms. Second-course choices include jidori chicken tikka masala over rice and a grass-fed beef burger with caramelized onions.

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Inside the dining room of Mother Tongue.
Wonho Frank Lee

Gogo’s Tacos

The fast-casual Gogo’s Tacos, with its vibrant interior, is offering an all-day DineLA lunch and dinner deal Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For $15, get a sampler of five mini-tacos — with fillings ranging from carnitas to shrimp and mushroom — with rice and beans, and flour tortilla chips dotted with cinnamon. 

Grand Central Market

The iconic Downtown food hall is a fresh addition to this year’s DineLA. There’s a bevy of $15 lunch and dinner deals starting daily at 11 a.m. from more than a dozen vendors. Some highlights include Moon Rabbit’s Wagyu katsu sando with a side and Thai tea, Sari Sari Store’s chicken adobo fried rice bowl, and Wexler’s Deli’s pastrami sandwich on a Kaiser roll. 

Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

For those who love dining in historic buildings, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. sits below one of LA’s oldest music venues, the Paramount LA. The pizza at this Boyle Heights spot is the brainchild of chef Jorge Sandoval, who whips up mole and carnitas pizzas in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. During DineLA on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the shop will be offering a 12-inch pizza and three-piece wings (coated in sauces like mole or chipotle lime honey) for $25.

Motto Tea Cafe - Pasadena

Motto Tea Cafe in Pasadena is known for its fluffy and very Instagrammable Japanese soufflé pancakes and tea drinks. For its DineLA lunch deal, get the best of both worlds with a pancake-and-drink combo for $15 Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. There are several pancakes to choose from, including okonomiyaki, nutellamisu mousse, mango, and pork sung. Beverages like peach milk tea and mango with matcha mousse round out the treat-yourself meal.

Cali Chilli

Long Beach’s new upscale Indian restaurant helmed by Manjunath Mural, an international chef who’s garnered Michelin stars, features an amalgam of flavors from India, Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. A newcomer to DineLA, the restaurant is offering a three-course lunch for $35. Diners can start the meal with pesto paneer, move into dishes like Korean-inspired ribs or butter chicken meatballs, and finish it off with purple carrot halwa with vanilla ice cream. The best part? The meal comes with saffron rice and naan. The special is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A row of glazed ribs in a bowl next to a corn cob.
Glazed ribs at Cali Chilli.
Brian Addison

Dal Rae Restaurant

This iconic steakhouse that has been around since the 1950s is a throwback to the golden days of classic American dining; white tablecloths, moody lighting, and live music set its ambiance. Dal Rae’s DineLA lunch special is equally great. The restaurant is offering a two-course meal for $25, with appetizer selections running the gamut from mushrooms stuffed with crab to fried calamari, and mains ranging from pepper steak to broiled salmon in a caper-butter sauce. A dessert can be added on for $8.75, with choices like creme brulee and New York cheesecake. The deal is available Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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