Rejoice, deal-seekers, because Dine LA is back starting January 17 and running through the end of the month. From Japanese fare in West Hollywood to carefully made pastas in Santa Monica and old-school French in Echo Park, there’s truly something for every appetite, mood, and destination. Here now are 16 dining deals worthy of consideration for those with an hour to spare midday.Read More
The 16 Best Dine LA Lunch Deals, Winter 2020
The most enticing daytime menus during the semi-annual restaurant week
1. Colapasta Restaurant
Santa Monica newcomer Colapasta is serving three Italian courses for $20. Everyone starts with the roasted Jerusalem artichoke soup before moving onto pasta (lasagna, squid ink bavette, agnolotti). Enjoy gelato and an espresso before heading back to the office.
2. Eataly L.A.
La Pizza & La Pasta tucked inside Century City’s Eataly is serving two courses for $15. On the antipasti menu are roasted brussel sprouts, fresh mozzarella, and arugula salad with Parmesan cheese. Main courses include quite a few fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas.
3. Maple Block Meat Co.
For those in the mood for ‘cue, look no further than the simple two-meat menu for $20 at Maple Block. The centerpiece is a quarter pound of brisket and a half pound of pork spare ribs, rounded out by a choice of two sides. Wash everything down with a cold beer that’s included in the price too.
4. Fishing With Dynamite
Make it a point to swing by this Manhattan Beach seafood shack for chef David LeFevre’s three-course menu. Priced at $35, the menu includes plenty of seafood including a raw bar platter, crab cakes, and clam chowder. For dessert is a Key lime parfait.
5. Mosa Coastal
Take Redondo Beach newcomer Mosa for a spin for $20 and three courses. The Simms Restaurant Group alums are serving up seafood-leaning Italian favorites like lasagna, cacio e pepe, and chocolate hazelnut truffles.
Don’t hesitate to go carb wild when it comes to Wildcraft’s three-course menu for $25. Start with arancini or garlic knots, then move onto cavatelli or ravioli, before finishing with a slice of passion fruit cheesecake.
Swing into to chef Josef Centeno’s latest Amácita in Culver City for a two-course taste of Tex-Mex. The ranchero chicken rice bowl makes for a solid main, while the bunuelos offer a sweet finish for $20.
8. Aburiya Raku
Las Vegas transplant Aburiya Raku is serving up a simple and satisfying $15 menu where diners choose a spicy tuna roll, blue crab roll, or grilled salmon. Salad, miso soup, dessert, and green tea are all included.
9. Gray Tavern
Chef Josh Kennedy’s the Gray Tavern in Studio City focuses on pure comfort with two-courses for $20. The mac and cheese with cavatappi makes for a hearty starter, while the cheeseburger brings it all home.
10. Chao Krung Thai Restaurant
It’s hard to beat Chao Krung’s $15 three-course menu that starts with tom kha soup, moves into pad thai with tofu, and finishes with sticky rice with coconut ice cream.
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11. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Grab a seat on the splendid outdoor patio at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and dig into three-courses for $25. Start with the tuna carpaccio before settling into the diavola pizza. Creme brulee makes for a solid finish.
12. APL Restaurant
The hearty $20 lunch at APL includes a choice of barbecued meat (brisket, pulled-pork, pork ribs), choice of side (baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw), a cookie for dessert, and a non-alcoholic drink.
13. Cosa Buona
For an Italian-American lunch, head to Cosa Buona for the $15 two-course menu. To start are olives and garlic bread, along with a market salad with shaved Parmesan. Choices for mains include an Italian hoagie and two kinds of pizza.
14. Taix French Restaurant
Echo Park institution Taix is sticking to French classics with a $20 two-course menu. The moules maison are a must to start while the beef Bourguignon is another solid pick.
15. The Factory Kitchen
Two-courses and a glass of wine for $35 makes Factory Kitchen a solid pick for Downtowners. The restaurant’s porchetta is the dish to get, slow-roasted pork belly with herbs and aromatics.
16. Bone Kettle
Two savory courses are on deck for $20 at Erwin Tjahyad’s Indonesian-influenced spot. Start with an order of the fried chicken wings or spicy papaya salad, then move on to a noodle soup with bone broth served with a protein of choice.