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15 Great dineLA Lunch Deals for $20 or Less

The city's best dineLA lunch deals.

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Now that dineLA Restaurant Week (January 19 - February 1) is well on its way, it's time to shake out the best of the best. Often times its the dinner deals that get the most attention, but plenty of great lunch options abound in the near-endless list of participating restaurants. From multiple-course dim sum lunch deals in the San Fernando Valley to a $15 hand roll steal at one of downtown's classiest new spots, these are dineLA's best cheap lunch deals.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Aqui Es Texcoco

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5850 South Eastern Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 725-1429
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Yes, it’s in Commerce, but as one of the city’s best lamb barbacoa specialists, Aqui es Texcoco’s $15 lunch deal is hard to beat. Choose between a half pound of barbacoa, grilled quail or other mains, plus a crispy cheese appetizer and specialty drink (hint: horchata).

2. Fundamental L.A.

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1303 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581
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Fundamental L.A. isn’t doing much in the way of creating a new, dineLA-specific menu. Instead, they’re offering one of their awesome sandwiches (like the heralded chicken torta) with a side, cookie and drink.

3. MessHall Kitchen

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4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
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The popular Los Feliz neighborhood spot opens its doors for dineLA with a three-course $15 lunch menu, offering sturdy openers like corn fritters, with entrees as varied as tacos, a burger and fried chicken & waffles — plus dessert.

4. RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-9988
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The looming RockSugar at the Westfield Century City offers a three-course blend of Asian flavors. There are lots of options to choose from, like chicken satay or samosas for starters, curries, rice bowls and Vietnamese snapper, with dessert to follow.

5. L'Assiette Steak Frites

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7166 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 274-2319
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For lunch, earn the demi-sized portion of L’Assiette’s steak frites (or salmon frites, or portobello frites), and if you want to get wild you can add an egg somewhere (fries? in a drink? who cares) for just $1.

6. KazuNori | The Original Handroll Bar

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421 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 493-6956
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While not a super-steep discount over their regular menu, it’s nice to see KazuNori get into the $15 lunch game with a set hand roll menu comprised of five rolls, from a daily rotating selection through salmon, scallop, crab and cucumber.

7. Shanghai Rose Dim Sum

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12229 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

Valley (that’s San Fernando Valley) dim sum, represent! Shanghai Rose in Studio City is doing a stellar $15 lunch, with a starter soup, egg roll, plate of dim sum (dumplings, pork siu mai, pork buns) and a main course, like Szechuan chili chicken.

8. Brunello Trattoria

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6001 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 280-3856
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If you want a full pizza to yourself, plus a starter salad or minestrone soup, get to Brunello Trattoria in Culver City.

9. Border Grill

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1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1655
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You can’t go wrong with Border Grill, which is offering a $20 lunch that moves from starter salads or mussels in beer, then moves through enchiladas, octopus tacos or a Spanish torta with serrano ham before finishing with a cinnamon apple tres leches.

10. Duke's

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Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

Malibuians shouldn’t feel left out by all the dineLA lunch deals. At Duke’s, they can enjoy a three-course $20 menu with poke, chowder, garlic mahi mani and McConnell’s ice cream for dessert.

11. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Vegans, rejoice! For $20, it’s possible to slurp on pumpkin soup or down gorditas, followed by flautas, a chopped salad or empanadas, and finishing with Mexican wedding cookies or a fudge brownie.

12. Katsuya

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702 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 244-5900
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No need to drive west of the 5 for this deal — a $20 lunch with crispy rice and spicy tuna as a possible starter, then on to an assorted sushi platter, salmon cedar or grilled chicken. Add dessert for $5 more.

13. Pez Cantina

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401 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Recently opened and already bustling, downtown’s Pez Cantina gets in on the $20 lunch deals with chips and salsa to start, followed by a simple first course and mains like seafood tacos or grilled Mexican sandwiches.

14. SUGARFISH

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4799 Commons Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 223-9966
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Albacore, salmon, yellowtail and scallop sushi comes with a toro hand roll, salmon sashimi and edamame starter here, all for $20.

15. RivaBella

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9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

West Hollywood’s RivaBella is going for the full three courses at lunch, offering an appetizer, simple entree (margherita pizza, anyone?) and dessert for just $20.

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1. Aqui Es Texcoco

5850 South Eastern Avenue, Commerce, CA 90040

Yes, it’s in Commerce, but as one of the city’s best lamb barbacoa specialists, Aqui es Texcoco’s $15 lunch deal is hard to beat. Choose between a half pound of barbacoa, grilled quail or other mains, plus a crispy cheese appetizer and specialty drink (hint: horchata).

5850 South Eastern Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040

2. Fundamental L.A.

1303 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Fundamental L.A. isn’t doing much in the way of creating a new, dineLA-specific menu. Instead, they’re offering one of their awesome sandwiches (like the heralded chicken torta) with a side, cookie and drink.

1303 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

3. MessHall Kitchen

4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The popular Los Feliz neighborhood spot opens its doors for dineLA with a three-course $15 lunch menu, offering sturdy openers like corn fritters, with entrees as varied as tacos, a burger and fried chicken & waffles — plus dessert.

4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen

10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

The looming RockSugar at the Westfield Century City offers a three-course blend of Asian flavors. There are lots of options to choose from, like chicken satay or samosas for starters, curries, rice bowls and Vietnamese snapper, with dessert to follow.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

5. L'Assiette Steak Frites

7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

For lunch, earn the demi-sized portion of L’Assiette’s steak frites (or salmon frites, or portobello frites), and if you want to get wild you can add an egg somewhere (fries? in a drink? who cares) for just $1.

7166 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6. KazuNori | The Original Handroll Bar

421 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

While not a super-steep discount over their regular menu, it’s nice to see KazuNori get into the $15 lunch game with a set hand roll menu comprised of five rolls, from a daily rotating selection through salmon, scallop, crab and cucumber.

421 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Shanghai Rose Dim Sum

12229 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604

Valley (that’s San Fernando Valley) dim sum, represent! Shanghai Rose in Studio City is doing a stellar $15 lunch, with a starter soup, egg roll, plate of dim sum (dumplings, pork siu mai, pork buns) and a main course, like Szechuan chili chicken.

12229 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

8. Brunello Trattoria

6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

If you want a full pizza to yourself, plus a starter salad or minestrone soup, get to Brunello Trattoria in Culver City.

6001 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

9. Border Grill

1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

You can’t go wrong with Border Grill, which is offering a $20 lunch that moves from starter salads or mussels in beer, then moves through enchiladas, octopus tacos or a Spanish torta with serrano ham before finishing with a cinnamon apple tres leches.

1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

10. Duke's

Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Malibuians shouldn’t feel left out by all the dineLA lunch deals. At Duke’s, they can enjoy a three-course $20 menu with poke, chowder, garlic mahi mani and McConnell’s ice cream for dessert.

Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

11. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Vegans, rejoice! For $20, it’s possible to slurp on pumpkin soup or down gorditas, followed by flautas, a chopped salad or empanadas, and finishing with Mexican wedding cookies or a fudge brownie.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

12. Katsuya

702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

No need to drive west of the 5 for this deal — a $20 lunch with crispy rice and spicy tuna as a possible starter, then on to an assorted sushi platter, salmon cedar or grilled chicken. Add dessert for $5 more.

702 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

13. Pez Cantina

401 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Recently opened and already bustling, downtown’s Pez Cantina gets in on the $20 lunch deals with chips and salsa to start, followed by a simple first course and mains like seafood tacos or grilled Mexican sandwiches.

401 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

14. SUGARFISH

4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

Albacore, salmon, yellowtail and scallop sushi comes with a toro hand roll, salmon sashimi and edamame starter here, all for $20.

4799 Commons Way
Calabasas, CA 91302

15. RivaBella

9201 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

West Hollywood’s RivaBella is going for the full three courses at lunch, offering an appetizer, simple entree (margherita pizza, anyone?) and dessert for just $20.

9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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