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Mona Holmes

Where to Eat Nearby LA’s Best Music Venues and Concert Halls, Summer 2019

Consider "dinner and a concert" the new "dinner and a movie"

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| Mona Holmes

There is simply no rival to LA’s food scene: the quality of produce, the breadth of cuisines, the freedom of chefs to experiment, and even the relatively low bar of entry for new players are unmatched in New York, San Francisco or anywhere else in the country. It’s the golden age of dining in LA. But it's not just LA’s culinary scene — LA is also at the center of the music world. Stop by any of the myriad music venues (or garages, or rehearsal spaces, or living rooms) across the city, and one will hear artists from a full range of genres and styles honing their craft.

So, is there any way to marry the two and enjoy the best of the city? Below is a list of some of LA's favorite music venues (big and small) and Eater-recommended restaurants within a short walking distance. Consider "dinner and a concert" the new "dinner and a movie."

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Resident — Manuela

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907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 849-0480
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Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Manuela dishes out the homestyle American food that’s ideal before a show at The Resident. It’s gorgeous Southern fare, which utilizes herbs and vegetables from a small farm on site, and a chicken coop supplies the eggs.

2. The Wiltern — Jun Won Restaurant

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414 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 807-0841
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With Jun Won's 2016 relocation, the Koreatown staple is a short walk from another Koreatown institution: The Wiltern. Jung Ye Jun has been serving up cuisine from her native Chungcheongnam-do province in South Korea for some 22 years, and a trip to Jun Won will find you surrounded by families who have been eating here for decades, as well as those having Korean food for the first time. The restaurant's banchan, or shareable side dishes served with the main meal, are as famous as anything on the menu, but seafood is Jun Won's specialty. The steamed black cod is not to be missed, nor is seafood pancake.

Jun Won Pancake

3. Hotel Cafe — Jane Q

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1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(213) 279-3534
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Hollywood is undergoing something of a renaissance. A slew of new hotels and restaurants are opening (and continue to open) catering to a range of tastes and sensibilities, which all serves as a benefit to the hordes of us who flock to the neighborhood for its legendary nightlife. One of the welcomed newcomers already making a name for itself is Jane Q. The sun-filled, mid-century modern space inside the new Kimpton Everly Hotel keeps things casual and easy. Grab a drink from the Ever Bar at the other side of the lobby, and then order the artichoke in tahini-yogurt for starters, followed by shrimp and polenta (chef Jason Hall's play on shrimp and grits), or even the seared skirt steak. Afterwards, it’s a short trek to The Hotel Cafe, where one can listen to the next generation of star musicians.

4. Royce Hall — Northern Cafe

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1064 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-8830

Stepping into Westwood Village for anyone over the age of 24 can feel a bit jarring, at times. Even though the neighborhood is centered in the middle of a bustling global metropolis, it's still, after all, a college town. So, when choosing a dinner option before seeing a show at UCLA's Royce Hall, it was pretty understandable, until now, to pick something outside of Westwood. But the village has a new player on the scene: Northern Cafe. The Chinese dumpling house serves some of the best xiao long bao, or pork potstickers, this side of the San Gabriel Valley, and the crispy chicken is a delicious mouthful of spice. The cumin lamb is another favorite, one that adds some depth along with its crunch. Just be sure to factor in enough time for dinner, and a walk up campus to Royce Hall. 

5. The Shrine — Holbox

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3655 South Grand Avenue #C9
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 986-9972
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The Shrine auditorium has played host to everything from the glamor of the Oscars to the raw energy of a Fugazi concert, but if it's the skilled presentation of Yucatan-style seafood you're looking for then chef Gilberto Cetina Jr.'s Holbox, a stone's throw across the 110 freeway from the Shrine, is the right stop. Named for the small barrier island in Mexico, Holbox presents a deceptively small menu as each dish is bursting with fresh, bright flavors. Cetina dresses east coast scallops with chiles and morita for the scallops al carbon. The shrimp cocktail is cut with the butteriness of avocado. And the yellowtail and uni tostada, a true stand-out on the menu, pairs chewy and crispy textures, sharp flavors with richer ones, and a full display of beautiful colors with an otherwise simple presentation on the dish.

6. Troubadour — Dan Tana's

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9071 California State Route 2
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
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For over 50 years, The Troubadour and Dan Tana's have shared the same stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. One, an intimate music venue that has seen everyone from The Eagles and Bob Dylan to Lana Del Rey and Haim pass through. The other is a wonderland of red-checkered tablecloths and old-school Italian charm.

7. Saban Theater — Tagine Beverly Hills

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132 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 360-7535
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Beverly Hills might be known more for its high-end shopping and private-palace-lined streets than for its nightlife, but the Saban Theater doesn't disappoint. Tagine Beverly Hills serves a refined Moroccan cuisine that matches its surroundings, but still dazzles with classics like bastilla, a sweetened phyllo dough traditionally stuffed with quail or pigeon, quefta, or spiced meat balls, and the namesake tagines (the lamb is recommended). The intimate, richly-appointed space is great for a date night regardless of post-theater plans.

8. The Mint — Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

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1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 935-1775
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The Mint is not only a great place to see new up-and-coming musicians and comedians perform, it is also a short distance from a stretch of Fairfax known as Little Ethiopia. Head to Merkato for deliciously spiced beef in dishes like the Yetibbs Fir-Fir, stuffed puff pastries like the Yesega Sambusa, and plenty of injera bread. Merkato also serves sweet Ethiopian honey wine — a nice treat for those who are unfamiliar with it. And the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a fun spectacle with the beans roasted in front of you, and the resulting coffee served with frankincense. Can't decide on what to get? The veggie combo is a popular choice with a side of a meat (we recommend the beef kifto.

Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
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9. The Greek — Little Dom's

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2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-0055
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Few places on the east side or anywhere has such die-hard fans as Little Dom's. And for good reason: the quaint Italian bistro is exactly the neighborhood restaurant Los Feliz deserves. Its warm atmosphere and service, al fresco dining, and menu stacked with classics is the reason you're sure to see a friend or neighbor next time you have dinner here. This being said, it's also a short walk to the Greek Theater up in Griffith Park. Swing by before the show and grab a plate of pasta with red sauce or chicken parmesan.

10. El Rey — Eleven City Deli

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5400 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-1211
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It’s a rare moment when a deli opens in Los Angeles, and Eleven City Deli splashed into Mid-Wilshire with a 6,000 square foot space that’s only a three-minute walk to the El Rey. Behind the scenes, Eleven City roasts their own meats, serves brisket daily after 4 p.m., and sources bagels from LA favorite, the Bagel Broker.

11. The Forum — Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-3345
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LA-native Gregory Dulan opened Dulan’s on Crenshaw over 25 years ago. This family-owned operation makes some of LA’s most respected soul food, which is well-known for its shockingly large portion sizes of smothered pork chops, fried fish, smothered chicken, or oxtails, served with mac and cheese, greens, stuffing, and gravy. And all within a short walk to the Fabulous Forum.

12. The Greek Theater — Atrium

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1816 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 607-6944
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Open since last October, Atrium is a Los Feliz favorite by the Silver Lake’s Kettle Black and Sawyer team, Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken. They recruited notable chef Hunter Pritchett and pastry master Gregory Baumgartner to make the Vermont Avenue restaurant shine. Even better, a short drive or rideshare to the Greek takes little time, if event traffic cooperates.

13. Los Globos — Osen Izakaya

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2903 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 928-2220
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Chef Damon Min’s Osen Izakaya is a Silver Lake staple. It’s in the center of a busy strip, which means many neighboring spots can be packed. But Min’s casual spot is a safer gamble before seeing a show at Los Globos with quick and easy dishes including sushi, kushiyaki, or a miso Chilean sea bass.

14. Walt Disney Concert Hall — Otium

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222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8500
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In 2016, the late Jonathan Gold declared Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium as LA’s “most ambitious new restaurant in years.” Situated next to The Broad and blocks away from Disney Hall and The Music Center, it’s pretty filled before a show. If dinner doesn’t suit the mood, Otium’s cocktails deliver.

Otium, a large, glassy and steel restaurant, sits next to the Broad Museum.
Otium, Downtown LA
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Rose Bowl — Union Restaurant

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37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5841
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Although veteran chef Bruce Kalman left Union last year, the kitchen is now under the care of Christopher Keyser. His intimate knowledge of pastas is a perfect fit for the Pasadena restaurant, where those dishes are the standout. After dinner, the Rose Bowl shuttle service picks up and drop off service at designated spots throughout Old Town.

16. Hollywood Bowl — Antica Pizzeria

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1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 366-2408
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Owner Francesco Zimone’s opened this Hollywood hotspot only a few months ago, but the buzz keeps the seats full. Not only is Antica the place for Neapolitan pies, but its breezy coastal Italian menu by veteran chef, Michele Rubini. Once the meal is complete, getting to the Hollywood Bowl is walkable, but probably better served by a Lyft/Uber to arrive to the beloved concert venue.

17. Staples Center — Veranda

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939 S Figueroa St #500
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 660-3032
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The Veranda’s young chef Adrian Garcia brings a fresh vibe at the Hotel Figueroa. The restaurant sits poolside with a style that reads Mexico City. Master cocktail creator Dushan Zaric keeps it simple with colorful cocktails and a unique tequila and mezcal list. And while it’s a two-block walk to Staples Center, this location can work for a number of Downtown venues, including The Novo, or the Ace Hotel.

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1. The Resident — Manuela

907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Manuela dishes out the homestyle American food that’s ideal before a show at The Resident. It’s gorgeous Southern fare, which utilizes herbs and vegetables from a small farm on site, and a chicken coop supplies the eggs.

907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2. The Wiltern — Jun Won Restaurant

414 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Jun Won Pancake

With Jun Won's 2016 relocation, the Koreatown staple is a short walk from another Koreatown institution: The Wiltern. Jung Ye Jun has been serving up cuisine from her native Chungcheongnam-do province in South Korea for some 22 years, and a trip to Jun Won will find you surrounded by families who have been eating here for decades, as well as those having Korean food for the first time. The restaurant's banchan, or shareable side dishes served with the main meal, are as famous as anything on the menu, but seafood is Jun Won's specialty. The steamed black cod is not to be missed, nor is seafood pancake.

414 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

3. Hotel Cafe — Jane Q

1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood is undergoing something of a renaissance. A slew of new hotels and restaurants are opening (and continue to open) catering to a range of tastes and sensibilities, which all serves as a benefit to the hordes of us who flock to the neighborhood for its legendary nightlife. One of the welcomed newcomers already making a name for itself is Jane Q. The sun-filled, mid-century modern space inside the new Kimpton Everly Hotel keeps things casual and easy. Grab a drink from the Ever Bar at the other side of the lobby, and then order the artichoke in tahini-yogurt for starters, followed by shrimp and polenta (chef Jason Hall's play on shrimp and grits), or even the seared skirt steak. Afterwards, it’s a short trek to The Hotel Cafe, where one can listen to the next generation of star musicians.

1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Royce Hall — Northern Cafe

1064 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Stepping into Westwood Village for anyone over the age of 24 can feel a bit jarring, at times. Even though the neighborhood is centered in the middle of a bustling global metropolis, it's still, after all, a college town. So, when choosing a dinner option before seeing a show at UCLA's Royce Hall, it was pretty understandable, until now, to pick something outside of Westwood. But the village has a new player on the scene: Northern Cafe. The Chinese dumpling house serves some of the best xiao long bao, or pork potstickers, this side of the San Gabriel Valley, and the crispy chicken is a delicious mouthful of spice. The cumin lamb is another favorite, one that adds some depth along with its crunch. Just be sure to factor in enough time for dinner, and a walk up campus to Royce Hall. 

1064 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

5. The Shrine — Holbox

3655 South Grand Avenue #C9, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Shrine auditorium has played host to everything from the glamor of the Oscars to the raw energy of a Fugazi concert, but if it's the skilled presentation of Yucatan-style seafood you're looking for then chef Gilberto Cetina Jr.'s Holbox, a stone's throw across the 110 freeway from the Shrine, is the right stop. Named for the small barrier island in Mexico, Holbox presents a deceptively small menu as each dish is bursting with fresh, bright flavors. Cetina dresses east coast scallops with chiles and morita for the scallops al carbon. The shrimp cocktail is cut with the butteriness of avocado. And the yellowtail and uni tostada, a true stand-out on the menu, pairs chewy and crispy textures, sharp flavors with richer ones, and a full display of beautiful colors with an otherwise simple presentation on the dish.

3655 South Grand Avenue #C9
Los Angeles, CA 90007

6. Troubadour — Dan Tana's

9071 California State Route 2, West Hollywood, CA 90069

For over 50 years, The Troubadour and Dan Tana's have shared the same stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. One, an intimate music venue that has seen everyone from The Eagles and Bob Dylan to Lana Del Rey and Haim pass through. The other is a wonderland of red-checkered tablecloths and old-school Italian charm.

9071 California State Route 2
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Saban Theater — Tagine Beverly Hills

132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Beverly Hills might be known more for its high-end shopping and private-palace-lined streets than for its nightlife, but the Saban Theater doesn't disappoint. Tagine Beverly Hills serves a refined Moroccan cuisine that matches its surroundings, but still dazzles with classics like bastilla, a sweetened phyllo dough traditionally stuffed with quail or pigeon, quefta, or spiced meat balls, and the namesake tagines (the lamb is recommended). The intimate, richly-appointed space is great for a date night regardless of post-theater plans.

132 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

8. The Mint — Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
Courtesy of Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

The Mint is not only a great place to see new up-and-coming musicians and comedians perform, it is also a short distance from a stretch of Fairfax known as Little Ethiopia. Head to Merkato for deliciously spiced beef in dishes like the Yetibbs Fir-Fir, stuffed puff pastries like the Yesega Sambusa, and plenty of injera bread. Merkato also serves sweet Ethiopian honey wine — a nice treat for those who are unfamiliar with it. And the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a fun spectacle with the beans roasted in front of you, and the resulting coffee served with frankincense. Can't decide on what to get? The veggie combo is a popular choice with a side of a meat (we recommend the beef kifto.

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019

9. The Greek — Little Dom's

2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Few places on the east side or anywhere has such die-hard fans as Little Dom's. And for good reason: the quaint Italian bistro is exactly the neighborhood restaurant Los Feliz deserves. Its warm atmosphere and service, al fresco dining, and menu stacked with classics is the reason you're sure to see a friend or neighbor next time you have dinner here. This being said, it's also a short walk to the Greek Theater up in Griffith Park. Swing by before the show and grab a plate of pasta with red sauce or chicken parmesan.

2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. El Rey — Eleven City Deli

5400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It’s a rare moment when a deli opens in Los Angeles, and Eleven City Deli splashed into Mid-Wilshire with a 6,000 square foot space that’s only a three-minute walk to the El Rey. Behind the scenes, Eleven City roasts their own meats, serves brisket daily after 4 p.m., and sources bagels from LA favorite, the Bagel Broker.

5400 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. The Forum — Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

LA-native Gregory Dulan opened Dulan’s on Crenshaw over 25 years ago. This family-owned operation makes some of LA’s most respected soul food, which is well-known for its shockingly large portion sizes of smothered pork chops, fried fish, smothered chicken, or oxtails, served with mac and cheese, greens, stuffing, and gravy. And all within a short walk to the Fabulous Forum.

202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

12. The Greek Theater — Atrium

1816 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Open since last October, Atrium is a Los Feliz favorite by the Silver Lake’s Kettle Black and Sawyer team, Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken. They recruited notable chef Hunter Pritchett and pastry master Gregory Baumgartner to make the Vermont Avenue restaurant shine. Even better, a short drive or rideshare to the Greek takes little time, if event traffic cooperates.

1816 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

13. Los Globos — Osen Izakaya

2903 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Chef Damon Min’s Osen Izakaya is a Silver Lake staple. It’s in the center of a busy strip, which means many neighboring spots can be packed. But Min’s casual spot is a safer gamble before seeing a show at Los Globos with quick and easy dishes including sushi, kushiyaki, or a miso Chilean sea bass.

2903 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

14. Walt Disney Concert Hall — Otium

222 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Otium, a large, glassy and steel restaurant, sits next to the Broad Museum.
Otium, Downtown LA
Wonho Frank Lee

In 2016, the late Jonathan Gold declared Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium as LA’s “most ambitious new restaurant in years.” Situated next to The Broad and blocks away from Disney Hall and The Music Center, it’s pretty filled before a show. If dinner doesn’t suit the mood, Otium’s cocktails deliver.

222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Rose Bowl — Union Restaurant

37 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Although veteran chef Bruce Kalman left Union last year, the kitchen is now under the care of Christopher Keyser. His intimate knowledge of pastas is a perfect fit for the Pasadena restaurant, where those dishes are the standout. After dinner, the Rose Bowl shuttle service picks up and drop off service at designated spots throughout Old Town.

37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

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16. Hollywood Bowl — Antica Pizzeria

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Owner Francesco Zimone’s opened this Hollywood hotspot only a few months ago, but the buzz keeps the seats full. Not only is Antica the place for Neapolitan pies, but its breezy coastal Italian menu by veteran chef, Michele Rubini. Once the meal is complete, getting to the Hollywood Bowl is walkable, but probably better served by a Lyft/Uber to arrive to the beloved concert venue.

1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

17. Staples Center — Veranda

939 S Figueroa St #500, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Veranda’s young chef Adrian Garcia brings a fresh vibe at the Hotel Figueroa. The restaurant sits poolside with a style that reads Mexico City. Master cocktail creator Dushan Zaric keeps it simple with colorful cocktails and a unique tequila and mezcal list. And while it’s a two-block walk to Staples Center, this location can work for a number of Downtown venues, including The Novo, or the Ace Hotel.

939 S Figueroa St #500
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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