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Tallula’s, Santa Monica
Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
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20 Best dineLA Restaurant Week Dinners to Try, Fall 2021

From casual Santa Monica modern Mexican dishes to fancy Downtown Italian feasts, where to eat dinner for dineLA this October

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Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
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DineLA restaurant week returns to Los Angeles after a relatively quiet summer where a lot of establishments were still staffing up and trying to get their operations back in order after a long pandemic hiatus. There usually isn’t a dineLA restaurant week in this part of the year, as January and the middle of summer tend to be the slower months. Here now, 20 recommendations on where to eat a discounted, often prix fixe dinner in Los Angeles during dineLA restaurant week, which takes place beginning tonight, October 1 until October 15.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Tallula's

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Casual Santa Monica modern Mexican restaurant Tallula’s has a $35 prix fixe with snacks, ceviche or salad appetizer, a choice of two tacos like chicken or carne asada, and a dessert like orange olive oil cake or flan.

Tallula’s bar and high top tables with teal color and hanging orange votives.
Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
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The Anchor

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Beach-adjacent seafood spot Anchor has a $55 per person dineLA prix fixe with shrimp ceviche, lobster roll sliders, grilled Spanish octopus, and ribeye steak with veggies. Key lime pie is the sole dessert, but it’s definitely no slouch.

Anchor Venice
Lobster roll at Anchor Venice.
The Anchor Venice

Casa Vega

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Beloved Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant has reopened its dining room with classic dishes like albondigas and a house combo plate of beef, chicken, or cheese enchiladas with tacos. Flan or churros are the proper desserts. The whole dineLA prix fixe is just $35 per person, but doesn’t include margaritas.

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.
Casa Vega.
Wonho Frank Lee

Caravan Swim Club

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For $45 a person, this restaurant at Hotel June in Westchester has a choice of yellowtail crudo and ceviche appetizer, followed by tempura shrimp tacos or carne asada tacos. Finish with either an horchata or passionfruit panna cotta. Available for dine-in or takeout.

An open dining area overlooking a pool with blue seats and lots of wood.
Outdoor patio at Caravan Swim Club in Westchester.
The Ingalls

Jame Enoteca

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Neighborhood Italian favorite Jame Enoteca has a night dinner deal for dineLA with kale salad, crispy brussels sprouts or meatballs to start, followed by a choice of housemade pasta or chicken parm for an entree. Dessert is a meyer lemon pie or nutella cake, dine-in only.

Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Jame Enoteca

Dear John's

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Classy Culver City haunt Dear John’s has extended its lease and plans to serve even more midcentury favorites like shrimp cocktail or Caesar salad. Steak diane, chicken parm, or sand dabs follow those up with a mascarpone cheesecake or chocolate crunch cake for dessert. Wear your best Mad Men attire for the full effect.

Dear John’s Culver City dining room with artwork, booths, and dim lights.
Dear John’s Culver City.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mírame

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With a $65 prix fixe at dinner, this adventurous modern Mexican resaturant has everything from jicama and fejoa aguachile to albacore al pastor and chito de borrego. Finish with a tonka bean and watermelon bionico or sweet corn cake for dessert.

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Patio at Mírame.
Rich Marchewka

Simonette Restaurant

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Classy Culver City French bistro Simonette has a $45 dinner with a choice of chicken chasseur with tomato veloute or a house burger with fried egg. Dessert ends with a profiterole with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache.

Simonette bar with red underskirt, stools, and blue lights in the distance.
Simonette Culver City.
Palihotel

Yardbird Table and Bar

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Southern restaurant Yardbird has reopened at the Beverly Center with choices like fried green tomato BLT, truffle agnolotti, or grilled artichoke salad to start. Lemon basil pasta, shrimp and grits, or roasted chicken are entree options (though you’d be remiss not to try the fried chicken and waffles). Key lime pie is the appropriate dessert.

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird.
Crystal Coser

E.P. & L.P.

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West Hollywood’s see-and-be-seen restaurant E.P. has a fun $55 prix fixe with fresh oysters or roasted beet salad followed by dry-aged steak frites or rigatoni alla vodka. Desserts alone are reason to come, such as the coconut and feijoa pavlova.

New dining room at E.P.
Dining room at E.P.
David Higgs

A solid five-course menu at this upscale Sunset Strip French restaurant has highlights like little gem salad, hamachi crudo, bucatini with bone marrow, and an aged prime NY strip steak. Don’t skip the sticky toffee pudding for desserts. There’s a handy $45 wine pairing to along with the $55 per person dinners.

Tesse, West Hollywood dining room with chairs and pattered walls.
Tesse, West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Combining elements of a classic Greek seafood spot and an LA party scene, Theia has a three course feast with chicken skewers, mezze, and truffle potato croquettes followed by eggplant caponata, scallops, or braised lamb shank, with a choice of chocolate cake, pistachio baklava, or lavender panna cotta for dessert. Cost is $55 per person.

Theia West Third interior with glowing neon sign
Theia
Theia

Beauty & Essex

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With the kind of decor that looks like a date night destination, Beauty and Essex has a modern American prix fixe with tuna poke wonton tacos, roasted chicken or Thai barbecue mushroom, or seared scallop. These are all dishes that would impress on a special occasion, and the stunning ambience is just icing on the cake.

Beauty and Essex Hollywood with drapes and stunning red-lit decor.
Beauty and Essex Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Harold & Belle's

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Classic New Orleans restaurant Harold and Belle’s has an easy-going $35 dinner menu filé or vegetarian gumbo followed by a choice of catfish, fried chicken, or hot links, and a margarita aor hurricane to wash it down. Available for takeout as well.

Dimly lit room of Harold and Belle’s with a table and wooden chairs.
Harold and Belle’s dining room.

MDK Noodles

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Another very reasonably priced dineLA option is MDK Noodles in Koreatown, which has a choice of dumpling appetizer, hot or cold soup, and a selection of super reasonable soju or beer bottles. The namesake knife-cut noodles are the reason come through, especially as chilly LA fall evenings descend these next few weeks.

Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles in a white tray.
Pork dumplings from MDK Noodles.
Matthew Kang

All Day Baby

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Silver Lake’s popular all-day restaurant has a $55 dinner featuring seven courses, which kicks off with starters like chicory salad with smoked pecans and cured albacore with green tomato and sumac. It progresses to smoked beef sirloin, littleneck clams, and pee wee potatoes with cheddar sour cream gravy. Pineapple sorbet provides the sweet finish.

Exterior All Day Baby on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, California.
Outside All Day Baby in Silver Lake.
Wonho Frank Lee

Rossoblu

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Steve and Dine Samson’s Fashion District restaurant has a well-optioned $55 prix fixe with swordfish spiedini or beef carpaccio to start. Egg-battered flounder, dry-aged duck breast, and kabocha squash crespelle are options for the second course, and it’s certainly nice to see a departure from predictable entrees here. Dessert is an apple brown butter crostata.

Dishes from Rossoblu restaurant’s Rosh Hashana menu
Rossoblu
Rossoblu

Little Llama Peruvian Tacos

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One of the most affordable dinner options for dineLA, Little Llama Peruvian Tacos has a $15 deal with a starter of mango salsa and chips, plus choice of two tacos and cilantro rice on the side. The special is available all day and includes choices like pollo a la brasas or lomo saltado taco.

Pikunico

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Chef Kuniko Yagi’s enduring Downtown LA fried chicken spot has a family basket of fried chicken that will feed two adults with one pound of tenders, cole slaw, two onigiri, fingerling fries, pickles, and three dipper sauces, plus dark chocolate chip cookies. It’s hard to think of a better chicken dinner in LA.

Fried chicken at Pikuniko with design paper and fried potatoes.
Fried chicken at Pikuniko.
Jakob Layman

Michael's on Naples Ristorante

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Long Beach Italian restaurant Michael’s on Naples is consistently one of the best places in Long Beach, offering mozzarella, tortellini, milk-braised pork shoulder, and chestnut fritters as lengthy options for the $65 per person dineLA dinners.

Rooftop at Michael’s on Naples.
Michael’s on Naples rooftop
Michaels on Naples

Tallula's

Tallula’s bar and high top tables with teal color and hanging orange votives.
Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Casual Santa Monica modern Mexican restaurant Tallula’s has a $35 prix fixe with snacks, ceviche or salad appetizer, a choice of two tacos like chicken or carne asada, and a dessert like orange olive oil cake or flan.

Tallula’s bar and high top tables with teal color and hanging orange votives.
Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

The Anchor

Anchor Venice
Lobster roll at Anchor Venice.
The Anchor Venice

Beach-adjacent seafood spot Anchor has a $55 per person dineLA prix fixe with shrimp ceviche, lobster roll sliders, grilled Spanish octopus, and ribeye steak with veggies. Key lime pie is the sole dessert, but it’s definitely no slouch.

Anchor Venice
Lobster roll at Anchor Venice.
The Anchor Venice

Casa Vega

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.
Casa Vega.
Wonho Frank Lee

Beloved Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant has reopened its dining room with classic dishes like albondigas and a house combo plate of beef, chicken, or cheese enchiladas with tacos. Flan or churros are the proper desserts. The whole dineLA prix fixe is just $35 per person, but doesn’t include margaritas.

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.
Casa Vega.
Wonho Frank Lee

Caravan Swim Club

An open dining area overlooking a pool with blue seats and lots of wood.
Outdoor patio at Caravan Swim Club in Westchester.
The Ingalls

For $45 a person, this restaurant at Hotel June in Westchester has a choice of yellowtail crudo and ceviche appetizer, followed by tempura shrimp tacos or carne asada tacos. Finish with either an horchata or passionfruit panna cotta. Available for dine-in or takeout.

An open dining area overlooking a pool with blue seats and lots of wood.
Outdoor patio at Caravan Swim Club in Westchester.
The Ingalls

Jame Enoteca

Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Jame Enoteca

Neighborhood Italian favorite Jame Enoteca has a night dinner deal for dineLA with kale salad, crispy brussels sprouts or meatballs to start, followed by a choice of housemade pasta or chicken parm for an entree. Dessert is a meyer lemon pie or nutella cake, dine-in only.

Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Kale salad at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
Jame Enoteca

Dear John's

Dear John’s Culver City dining room with artwork, booths, and dim lights.
Dear John’s Culver City.
Wonho Frank Lee

Classy Culver City haunt Dear John’s has extended its lease and plans to serve even more midcentury favorites like shrimp cocktail or Caesar salad. Steak diane, chicken parm, or sand dabs follow those up with a mascarpone cheesecake or chocolate crunch cake for dessert. Wear your best Mad Men attire for the full effect.

Dear John’s Culver City dining room with artwork, booths, and dim lights.
Dear John’s Culver City.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mírame

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Patio at Mírame.
Rich Marchewka

With a $65 prix fixe at dinner, this adventurous modern Mexican resaturant has everything from jicama and fejoa aguachile to albacore al pastor and chito de borrego. Finish with a tonka bean and watermelon bionico or sweet corn cake for dessert.

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Patio at Mírame.
Rich Marchewka

Simonette Restaurant

Simonette bar with red underskirt, stools, and blue lights in the distance.
Simonette Culver City.
Palihotel

Classy Culver City French bistro Simonette has a $45 dinner with a choice of chicken chasseur with tomato veloute or a house burger with fried egg. Dessert ends with a profiterole with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache.

Simonette bar with red underskirt, stools, and blue lights in the distance.
Simonette Culver City.
Palihotel

Yardbird Table and Bar

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird.
Crystal Coser

Southern restaurant Yardbird has reopened at the Beverly Center with choices like fried green tomato BLT, truffle agnolotti, or grilled artichoke salad to start. Lemon basil pasta, shrimp and grits, or roasted chicken are entree options (though you’d be remiss not to try the fried chicken and waffles). Key lime pie is the appropriate dessert.

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird.
Crystal Coser

E.P. & L.P.