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14 Stellar Lunch Spots in Los Angeles, Spring 2019

Where to sit down and have a great daytime meal in LA

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In Los Angeles, lunch is a verb. People lunch with their friends, lunch with their business partners, and take midday meetings over arctic char salads near the beach. That’s why there are endless options for dining well in the middle of the day, from high-end business spots to-low key options with speedy service and a reduced price point—LA’s got it all. Here now are 14 stellar lunch spots in Los Angeles.

Removed: The Gables, Uovo, Pizzana, Mizlala, Jon & Vinny’s, Badmaash, Republique, Cosa Buona, Rice Box, Kismet, Lasa

Added: Tartine Bianco, Audrey, Pikoh, Roberta’s, Highly Likely, Spartina, Baroo Canteen, Friends & Family, Lodge Bread Co.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lodge Bread Company

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20929 Ventura Blvd #22
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(747) 888-3398
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Though the Woodland Hills outlet is slightly smaller than the original one in Culver City, the menu of coffee, toasts, sandwiches, and flatbreads at this Valley Country Market location is still excellent. The avocado toast is beyond basic but also beyond perfect.  

Avocado toast with radishes at Lodge Bread Valley
Lodge Bread Co.
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2. Pikoh

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11940 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 928-9344
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Ricardo Zarate’s relaxed all-day restaurant aims to be the next great neighborhood eatery for West LA denizens. Fight through the relative lack of parking and be rewarded with a lovely dining room and reasonably priced daytime fare that plays all the hits.

3. Audrey at the Hammer

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10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7037
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One doesn’t have to be a museum-goer to diner at Audrey, which is settling in nicely at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Look for seasonable and approachable cooking chef Lisa Giffen, like the citrus salad and grain bowl.

Audrey Hammer Museum Westwood
Audrey at the Hammer

4. Roberta's

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8810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(718) 417-1118
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Brooklyn’s premier pizza purveyors are slinging lunchtime pies at this airy Culver City outlet. The Bee Sting with sopressata, chili, and honey is the one to get, along with an heirloom tomato salad with raw cream and basil.

Roberta’s blistered pizza, drizzled with honey and pepperonis.
Roberta’s
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5. Hasiba

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8532 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 302-0225
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Right in the heart of Pico-Robertson’s predominantly Jewish neighborhood, the Lodge Bread team has opened up Hasiba, an Israeli cafe with hummus, pita sandwiches, and more, in a casual, reasonably priced storefront. Everything’s vegetarian too, with a few vegan options as well, which makes it a great pick for those avoiding meat.

PIta sandwich from Hasiba
Eggplant pita sandwich from Hasiba
Matthew Kang

6. Spartina

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7505 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-1023
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Here in West Hollywood at chef Stephen Kalt’s Cal-Italian eatery, lunch means plenty of pastas, pizzas, and a few veggies for good measure. It’s hard to go wrong with an order of the carbonara and a side of broccolini with lemon.

7. Highly Likely Café

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4310 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(310) 622-4550
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Look for an easygoing menu from Kat Turner during lunchtime at Highly LIkely that includes a grass-fed burger, seasonal soups and salads, burritos, and sandwiches. The cafe also churns out espresso drinks and horchata chai lattes.

Highly Likely
Highly Likely Café
Jeff Mindell

8. Friends & Family

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5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 668-2000
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The lunchtime offerings at chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat’s East Hollywood spot comforts from top to bottom. Classic sandwiches and salads are on offer, as well as memorable desserts to finish.

Friends & Family
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9. Baroo Canteen at Union Swapmeet

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4632 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-4095
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They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that is certainly the case at Baroo. The dearly departed East Hollywood darling is serving its quirky fermented fare to happy diners once more from the Union Swap Meet.

10. Porridge & Puffs

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2801 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 908-5313
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Minh Phan’s excellent congee pop-up has found a permanent home in Historic Filipinotown and it’s possibly the most ambitious daytime dining happening on the Eastside right now. Imaginative rice bowls topped with house fermented items and more will taste even better throughout the colder months.

Porridge & Puffs
Porridge & Puffs
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11. Tartine Bianco

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787 S Alameda St Unit 120
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 375-3315
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Lunchtime at the Manufactory is a fabulous affair with plenty of sandwiches prepared every which way—open-faced, smørrebrød, and gooey-melted. Get the patty melt with Russian dressing on a country pullman loaf, and make sure to grab some soft-serve on the way out.

Inside Manufactory at the Row, with tall open windows and wooden tables and chairs and a bar in the background.
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12. Guerrilla Tacos

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2000 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 375-3300
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Wes Avila’s celebrated taco truck, which uses high-end ingredients and chef techniques on LA’s favorite dish, has landed a brick & mortar location in Arts District. The parking’s a bit of a challenge depending on the time of day, but the tacos are worth the effort. Sip on a cocktail too, if it’s that kind of a lunch.

Guerrilla Tacos
Guerrilla Tacos
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13. Joy

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5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

After growing a loyal following at its Silver Lake flagship, the Pine & Crane team has finally debuted its sophomore effort Joy. The Highland Park eatery is already no less beloved than the original restaurant, with a tight menu of Taiwanese comfort food far that is sure to please all.

14. Sichuan Impression

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11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-7171
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This second floor space looks unassuming from the street but inside there’s possibly the best Sichuan food outside of San Gabriel Valley and it’s deep in the Westside. Sure, there’s Din Tai Fung and Meizhou Dongpo at nearby Century City, but the real Sichuan spice lovers will come to this Santa Monica Boulevard strip mall for one of LA’s top Chinese restaurants. Try the special noodles, cold chicken, and toothpick lamb.

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1. Lodge Bread Company

20929 Ventura Blvd #22, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Avocado toast with radishes at Lodge Bread Valley
Lodge Bread Co.
Wonho Frank Lee

Though the Woodland Hills outlet is slightly smaller than the original one in Culver City, the menu of coffee, toasts, sandwiches, and flatbreads at this Valley Country Market location is still excellent. The avocado toast is beyond basic but also beyond perfect.  

20929 Ventura Blvd #22
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

2. Pikoh

11940 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Ricardo Zarate’s relaxed all-day restaurant aims to be the next great neighborhood eatery for West LA denizens. Fight through the relative lack of parking and be rewarded with a lovely dining room and reasonably priced daytime fare that plays all the hits.

11940 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

3. Audrey at the Hammer

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Audrey Hammer Museum Westwood
Audrey at the Hammer

One doesn’t have to be a museum-goer to diner at Audrey, which is settling in nicely at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Look for seasonable and approachable cooking chef Lisa Giffen, like the citrus salad and grain bowl.

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

4. Roberta's

8810 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Read Review |
Roberta’s blistered pizza, drizzled with honey and pepperonis.
Roberta’s
Matthew Kang

Brooklyn’s premier pizza purveyors are slinging lunchtime pies at this airy Culver City outlet. The Bee Sting with sopressata, chili, and honey is the one to get, along with an heirloom tomato salad with raw cream and basil.

8810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

5. Hasiba

8532 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
PIta sandwich from Hasiba
Eggplant pita sandwich from Hasiba
Matthew Kang

Right in the heart of Pico-Robertson’s predominantly Jewish neighborhood, the Lodge Bread team has opened up Hasiba, an Israeli cafe with hummus, pita sandwiches, and more, in a casual, reasonably priced storefront. Everything’s vegetarian too, with a few vegan options as well, which makes it a great pick for those avoiding meat.

8532 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

6. Spartina

7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Here in West Hollywood at chef Stephen Kalt’s Cal-Italian eatery, lunch means plenty of pastas, pizzas, and a few veggies for good measure. It’s hard to go wrong with an order of the carbonara and a side of broccolini with lemon.

7505 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

7. Highly Likely Café

4310 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Highly Likely
Highly Likely Café
Jeff Mindell

Look for an easygoing menu from Kat Turner during lunchtime at Highly LIkely that includes a grass-fed burger, seasonal soups and salads, burritos, and sandwiches. The cafe also churns out espresso drinks and horchata chai lattes.

4310 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

8. Friends & Family

5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Friends & Family
Friends & Family
Wonho Frank Lee

The lunchtime offerings at chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat’s East Hollywood spot comforts from top to bottom. Classic sandwiches and salads are on offer, as well as memorable desserts to finish.

5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. Baroo Canteen at Union Swapmeet

4632 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that is certainly the case at Baroo. The dearly departed East Hollywood darling is serving its quirky fermented fare to happy diners once more from the Union Swap Meet.

4632 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

10. Porridge & Puffs

2801 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Porridge & Puffs
Porridge & Puffs
Farley Elliott

Minh Phan’s excellent congee pop-up has found a permanent home in Historic Filipinotown and it’s possibly the most ambitious daytime dining happening on the Eastside right now. Imaginative rice bowls topped with house fermented items and more will taste even better throughout the colder months.

2801 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

11. Tartine Bianco

787 S Alameda St Unit 120, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Inside Manufactory at the Row, with tall open windows and wooden tables and chairs and a bar in the background.
Tartine Bianco
Wonho Frank Lee

Lunchtime at the Manufactory is a fabulous affair with plenty of sandwiches prepared every which way—open-faced, smørrebrød, and gooey-melted. Get the patty melt with Russian dressing on a country pullman loaf, and make sure to grab some soft-serve on the way out.

787 S Alameda St Unit 120
Los Angeles, CA 90021

12. Guerrilla Tacos

2000 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Guerrilla Tacos
Guerrilla Tacos
Wonho Frank Lee

Wes Avila’s celebrated taco truck, which uses high-end ingredients and chef techniques on LA’s favorite dish, has landed a brick & mortar location in Arts District. The parking’s a bit of a challenge depending on the time of day, but the tacos are worth the effort. Sip on a cocktail too, if it’s that kind of a lunch.

2000 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

After growing a loyal following at its Silver Lake flagship, the Pine & Crane team has finally debuted its sophomore effort Joy. The Highland Park eatery is already no less beloved than the original restaurant, with a tight menu of Taiwanese comfort food far that is sure to please all.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

14. Sichuan Impression

11057 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

This second floor space looks unassuming from the street but inside there’s possibly the best Sichuan food outside of San Gabriel Valley and it’s deep in the Westside. Sure, there’s Din Tai Fung and Meizhou Dongpo at nearby Century City, but the real Sichuan spice lovers will come to this Santa Monica Boulevard strip mall for one of LA’s top Chinese restaurants. Try the special noodles, cold chicken, and toothpick lamb.

11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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