A night on the town in Los Angeles can often cost a small fortune. Luckily, for two weeks only, dineLA offers Angelenos the chance to live a Champagne lifestyle with a beer budget. From meals that include pork confit "Pop Tarts" in the Beach Cities to upscale vegan cuisine paired with plenty of margaritas, here are some of the best dineLA restaurants to kick off a night on the town, in alphabetical order.Read More
The 12 Best dineLA Restaurants to Kick off a Night on the Town
Dinner is just the beginning.
Hermosa Beach’s Abigaile offers one of the most generous dineLA menus. The four course dinner includes highlights of okonomiyaki, an exclusive dineLA dish of octopus, cabbage, and bonito; P.I.G. “Pop Tarts,” smoked pork confit with bacon wrapped in a golden pastry crust, and Jidori Fried Chicken. After dinner, head upstairs to sister venue Ocean Bar for a memorable night in the Beach Cities.
Chef Kevin Luzande’s global menu featuring kanpachi crudo with shaved pears and olive dust, seared scallops with celery root and roasted chestunuts, and coconut coulant with mango compote shines in Acabar’s stunning space. The evening continues in the bar, with an open atrium surrounded by Corinthian columns, and in the intimate lounge.
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Bagatelle is the consummate nightlife venue. Start with a dinner of pork belly rillette dumplings and lobster risotto, and end dancing on tables to the tunes of the restaurant’s in-house DJs.
Westsiders looking for a deliciously boozy night out need look no farther than Brilliantshine. Not only does a Peruvian-influenced menu include such dishes like halibut ceviche with cancha and crispy plantains, and lomo saltado, but it can be paired with cocktail kings Julian Cox and Josh Goldman’s libations while a DJ spins (Thurs-Sat) late into the night.
Butchers & Barbers
DineLA is the perfect excuse to sample the innovative New American dishes at one of the hottest restaurants in town. A steal at $40 for four courses, guests can order the likes of butternut squash with persimmon, burrata, and smoked trout roe; and crispy duck breast with vadouvan, cippolini onion, and romanesco. Head around the corner to No Vacancy after dinner or any number of bars on Hollywood Boulevard for what is sure to be a boozy night out.
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Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower’s stunning décor and menu that pays homage to the history of Los Angeles have made it one of the best restaurants in the city to enjoy a meal before hitting the town or heading to the Staples Center for a game. The dineLA menu includes two first courses, like tempura boquerones with celery root and kohlrabi salad, an entrée, such as the seared steelhead trout with citrus butter sauce, and dessert. Not only is there the famous English Milk Punch to enjoy, but special $10 dineLA cocktails like the Chandelier, with bourbon and chai masala-infused Sweet Vermouth, come by way of Faith & Flower’s Chief of Booze Michael Lay.
Gracias Madre has become one of the biggest celeb haunts on a ritzy stretch of Melrose in West Hollywood. For only $30, enjoy options like Repollitos Fritos with Brussels sprouts and cilantro almond pesto, Flautas de Camote with sweet potatoes and cashew nacho cheese, and a fudge brownie with salted mezcal caramel and coconut bacon for a relatively light meal that will keep you going all night. A refreshing margarita (or two) by beverage director Jason Eisner doesn't hurt either.
Hakkasan’s sexy surrounds typical come with a steep price. However, its dineLA menu offers some of the modern Cantonese restaurant’s most popular dishes, like the Hakka steamed dim sum platter and the roasted Chilean seabass with Chinese honey at a much more reasonable cost. The dinner can end with a few Smoky Negronis at the bar or kick off a glamorous evening in Beverly Hills.
Night + Market
NIGHT + MARKET is as much a place to drink with friends as it is to eat. As is to be expected by Kris Yenbamroong, special dineLA dishes are extremely obscured with spices hand-carried back from Thailand. Dishes include Yum Som Oh Boran, a pomelo salad with wok-roasted coconut shards and dried shrimp, and Gaeng Jin Noong, a loosely formed pork meatball curry. Throw back a few Singhas and call it a glorious night. [Photo: NIGHT + MARKET]
For those looking for something a little more glamorous, RivaBella will be offering dishes like Heriloom Tomato Terrine and Short Rib Agnolotti in one of the most beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces in the city. Pop a bottle of champagne or hit one of the numerous West Hollywood clubs on the street.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
The Bazaar takes the most liberty with the dineLA menu format. True to the tapas style of the restaurant, guests can chose one starter, three small plates, and one dessert. Highlights include the iconic “Philly Cheesesteak,” Papas Canarias, and Jamón Serrano Fermin. The best part? Add on some cotton candy foie gras for a truly special celebration.
The Church Key
The Church Key’s eclectic New American menu also has their version of dim sum carts roaming from table to table. Its playful three-course menu features dishes like Chicken Liver Parfait with huckleberry “Jell-O,” Jidori Chicken “Tikka Masala,” and Tapioca Crusted Thai Snapper.