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Where to Dine Solo in Los Angeles

Full entrees, comfortable bar seating, and quiet dining rooms to eat a meal by yourself in LA

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While going out to eat is often a social affair, a place to meet friends or loved ones to break bread, restaurants are also a place to find nourishment alone. Food writer M.F.K. Fisher popularized the notion of eating with yourself, but the whole thing really doesn’t have to be a big deal. There’s something pleasant and wonderful about not having to engage in conversation with a dining partner and just relax. Often, staff will find the right balance of bantering with customers and leaving them to enjoy the solitude. At these restaurants, there are usually handy bar seats that serve full meals and drinks, or dining rooms that feel conducive to dining by yourself. Here now, a guide to dining solo in Los Angeles.

ADDED: Clark Street Diner, Terroni, Tsujita, Covell, Kodo

REMOVED: Bludso’s BBQ, Craft Los Angeles, Pampas Grill, Du-Pars, Pho 87

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Kobee Factory

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The quiet dining room of Kobee Factory, with its smattering of rickety tables, is a great place to enjoy a generously portioned plate of kebabs and other Syrian dishes in a Van Nuys strip mall.

Kobee Factory dining room with green walls.
Kobee Factory
Joshua Lurie

Pasadena’s expansive Agnes restaurant is a bit of a Swiss army knife, with a full dinner menu and handy lunch bill of fare that can be enjoyed at the bar. Try the tremendous braised brisket melt or a platter of cheese with charcuterie alongside a well-shaken cocktail.

A corner shot of a wide open restaurant kitchen, with wooden details at top, an open ceiling, and lots of floor space.
Agnes front counter and open kitchen area.
Wonho Frank Lee

Hail Mary Pizza

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The bar-height seats looking out to Atwater Village’s Glendale Boulevard are a great way to have one of Los Angeles’s best pizzas. Hail Mary has a focused, simple menu of seasonal salads and New York-style pies served in personal sizes.

A chef with tattooed hands moves a pizza from a plate into a takeaway box.
Hail Mary Pizza
Hail Mary

Clark Street Diner

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Sometimes it’s nice to be alone with one’s thoughts — and a giant stack of buttermilk pancakes. Or a plate of corned beef hash. Or a tuna melt on really good bread. Sidle up to a counter seat at this beloved retro-styled Hollywood diner, taken over by the Clark Street Bread group last year, and take a minute to read the paper (or catch up on your scrolling) as the diner buzzes in the background.

A tan view down the middle of a diner with a stone wall at one end and couples enjoying breakfast.
Clark Street Diner.
101 Coffee Shop

When decision fatigue steps in, Covell is always a solid choice. Incredibly knowledgeable bartenders are always up for recommending the perfect glass of wine (and pouring a few tastes to make sure it’s the right one), and a compact menu of cheese and charcuterie plates and no-fuss dishes like Croque Monsieurs and Spanish tortillas make a solo evening at the bar a no-brainer.

Petit Trois

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One of the original tiny restaurants in LA, the bar seating-only dining room of Petit Trois has all the energy and bustle of a full bistro, but with direct interaction with cooks, servers, and bartenders. Start with a piece of fresh baguette and soft butter, then bite into the saucy cheeseburger or trout almondine paired with a glass of wine.

Petit Trois’ messy burger with bordelaise sauce and lots of cheese shown on a white plate in the restaurant.
Burger from Petit Trois.
Matthew Kang

Crossroads Kitchen

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Vegan destination Crossroads has a wide bar where dining solo feels like the norm. Step up, order up a great cocktail, and check out some of the best plant-based food in the city, like homemade pastas, pizza, and scallopini milanese.

Pasta from Crossroads.
Handmade pasta from Crossroads.
Crossroads

101 Noodle Express

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Quiet SGV eatery 101 Noodle Express has a huge menu of crowd-pleasing favorites, though the dan dan noodles with beef roll are must-orders for anyone that hasn’t tried them. The portions are big enough that a solo diner will be able to take home leftovers too.

Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express in a bowl.
Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express.
Matthew Kang

Terroni

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There’s no better respite from an afternoon spent fighting throngs of shoppers at The Grove than snagging a bar seat at Terroni for a cocktail and a plate of fresh housemade pasta. The bartenders are chatty, the drinks are well-mixed, and pastas like homemade tagliatelli with a classic Bolognese or guanciale-studded bucatini all’amatricana replenish weary Grove-goers.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

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The counter or the small booths at Langer’s are a great place to have a solo lunch in Los Angeles, with hefty pastrami sandwiches, comforting matzo ball soups, or loaded chili fries. Sit down and people-watch at one of LA’s most energetic lunch crowds.

Counter at Langer’s deli with patrons sitting.
Langer’s Deli counter.
Elizabeth Daniels

The Apple Pan

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Counter-only seating always works for people eating solo, especially at the longtime burger destination Apple Pan. Order a hickory burger, fries, a soda, and a slice of fresh pie for a complete meal served in less than half an hour, though be prepared to wait during prime hours.

Apple Pan’s counter with open kitchen.
Apple Pan
Apple Pan

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

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A big bowl of steaming ramen equals superior comfort, and few do it better than Tsujita on Sawtelle. There may be a wait for a table, but once inside, simply allow the aromas of one of the restaurant’s signature ramen — ranging from charsiu to negi to vegan versions — take the edge off whatever ails.

For an incredibly serene evening spent eating sushi and the like, head to Kodō in the Arts District. The restaurant’s warmly lit steel-and-marble bar is ideal for experiencing chef Yoya Takahashi’s creations, which range from sashimi to robata-grilled short ribs or live scallops.

An angled look at an L-shaped bar with golden underlighting.
The bar at Kodō.
Wonho Frank Lee

Hotville Chicken

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The convivial family-like environment at Hotville Chicken makes it a great place to order up a quarter bird of Nashville fried chicken or a chicken sandwich. Find a quiet booth and enjoy one of LA’s best Southern specialties in solitude.

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotville chicken.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Sugarfish

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Dine at the bar at Sugarfish and taste a full omakase with swift, attentive service and a parade of fresh fish with warm rice. Doing away with the formality of interacting with a sushi chef, nigiri or sashimi comes on clean white plates that are taken away immediately. Sugarfish remains one of the best quick solo dining experiences in town at its multiple locations.

Sushi at Sugarfish Marina del Rey.
Sushi from Sugarfish.
Matthew Kang

Otafuku Restaurant

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Izakayas are always solo diner-friendly because of smaller portions and easy-to-customize meals. Otafuku, with its semi-hidden space and counter seats, is a great place to have an amazing Japanese feast by yourself. Try the grilled eel, soba noodles, and grilled chicken skewers, washing it down with cold beer.

Otafuku Restaurant.
Otafuku Restaurant.

Kobee Factory

Kobee Factory dining room with green walls.
Kobee Factory
Joshua Lurie

The quiet dining room of Kobee Factory, with its smattering of rickety tables, is a great place to enjoy a generously portioned plate of kebabs and other Syrian dishes in a Van Nuys strip mall.

Kobee Factory dining room with green walls.
Kobee Factory
Joshua Lurie

Agnes

A corner shot of a wide open restaurant kitchen, with wooden details at top, an open ceiling, and lots of floor space.
Agnes front counter and open kitchen area.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pasadena’s expansive Agnes restaurant is a bit of a Swiss army knife, with a full dinner menu and handy lunch bill of fare that can be enjoyed at the bar. Try the tremendous braised brisket melt or a platter of cheese with charcuterie alongside a well-shaken cocktail.

A corner shot of a wide open restaurant kitchen, with wooden details at top, an open ceiling, and lots of floor space.
Agnes front counter and open kitchen area.
Wonho Frank Lee

Hail Mary Pizza

A chef with tattooed hands moves a pizza from a plate into a takeaway box.
Hail Mary Pizza
Hail Mary

The bar-height seats looking out to Atwater Village’s Glendale Boulevard are a great way to have one of Los Angeles’s best pizzas. Hail Mary has a focused, simple menu of seasonal salads and New York-style pies served in personal sizes.

A chef with tattooed hands moves a pizza from a plate into a takeaway box.
Hail Mary Pizza
Hail Mary

Clark Street Diner

A tan view down the middle of a diner with a stone wall at one end and couples enjoying breakfast.
Clark Street Diner.
101 Coffee Shop

Sometimes it’s nice to be alone with one’s thoughts — and a giant stack of buttermilk pancakes. Or a plate of corned beef hash. Or a tuna melt on really good bread. Sidle up to a counter seat at this beloved retro-styled Hollywood diner, taken over by the Clark Street Bread group last year, and take a minute to read the paper (or catch up on your scrolling) as the diner buzzes in the background.

A tan view down the middle of a diner with a stone wall at one end and couples enjoying breakfast.
Clark Street Diner.
101 Coffee Shop

Covell

When decision fatigue steps in, Covell is always a solid choice. Incredibly knowledgeable bartenders are always up for recommending the perfect glass of wine (and pouring a few tastes to make sure it’s the right one), and a compact menu of cheese and charcuterie plates and no-fuss dishes like Croque Monsieurs and Spanish tortillas make a solo evening at the bar a no-brainer.

Petit Trois

Petit Trois’ messy burger with bordelaise sauce and lots of cheese shown on a white plate in the restaurant.
Burger from Petit Trois.
Matthew Kang

One of the original tiny restaurants in LA, the bar seating-only dining room of Petit Trois has all the energy and bustle of a full bistro, but with direct interaction with cooks, servers, and bartenders. Start with a piece of fresh baguette and soft butter, then bite into the saucy cheeseburger or trout almondine paired with a glass of wine.

Petit Trois’ messy burger with bordelaise sauce and lots of cheese shown on a white plate in the restaurant.
Burger from Petit Trois.
Matthew Kang

Crossroads Kitchen

Pasta from Crossroads.
Handmade pasta from Crossroads.
Crossroads

Vegan destination Crossroads has a wide bar where dining solo feels like the norm. Step up, order up a great cocktail, and check out some of the best plant-based food in the city, like homemade pastas, pizza, and scallopini milanese.

Pasta from Crossroads.
Handmade pasta from Crossroads.
Crossroads

101 Noodle Express

Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express in a bowl.
Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express.
Matthew Kang

Quiet SGV eatery 101 Noodle Express has a huge menu of crowd-pleasing favorites, though the dan dan noodles with beef roll are must-orders for anyone that hasn’t tried them. The portions are big enough that a solo diner will be able to take home leftovers too.

Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express in a bowl.
Dan dan noodles from 101 Noodle Express.
Matthew Kang

Terroni

There’s no better respite from an afternoon spent fighting throngs of shoppers at The Grove than snagging a bar seat at Terroni for a cocktail and a plate of fresh housemade pasta. The bartenders are chatty, the drinks are well-mixed, and pastas like homemade tagliatelli with a classic Bolognese or guanciale-studded bucatini all’amatricana replenish weary Grove-goers.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

Counter at Langer’s deli with patrons sitting.
Langer’s Deli counter.
Elizabeth Daniels

The counter or the small booths at Langer’s are a great place to have a solo lunch in Los Angeles, with hefty pastrami sandwiches, comforting matzo ball soups, or loaded chili fries. Sit down and people-watch at one of LA’s most energetic lunch crowds.

Counter at Langer’s deli with patrons sitting.
Langer’s Deli counter.
Elizabeth Daniels

The Apple Pan

Apple Pan’s counter with open kitchen.
Apple Pan
Apple Pan

Counter-only seating always works for people eating solo, especially at the longtime burger destination Apple Pan. Order a hickory burger, fries, a soda, and a slice of fresh pie for a complete meal served in less than half an hour, though be prepared to wait during prime hours.

Apple Pan’s counter with open kitchen.
Apple Pan
Apple Pan

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

A big bowl of steaming ramen equals superior comfort, and few do it better than Tsujita on Sawtelle. There may be a wait for a table, but once inside, simply allow the aromas of one of the restaurant’s signature ramen — ranging from charsiu to negi to vegan versions — take the edge off whatever ails.

Kodō

An angled look at an L-shaped bar with golden underlighting.
The bar at Kodō.
Wonho Frank Lee

For an incredibly serene evening spent eating sushi and the like, head to Kodō in the Arts District. The restaurant’s warmly lit steel-and-marble bar is ideal for experiencing chef Yoya Takahashi’s creations, which range from sashimi to robata-grilled short ribs or live scallops.

An angled look at an L-shaped bar with golden underlighting.
The bar at Kodō.
Wonho Frank Lee

Hotville Chicken

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotville chicken.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

The convivial family-like environment at Hotville Chicken makes it a great place to order up a quarter bird of Nashville fried chicken or a chicken sandwich. Find a quiet booth and enjoy one of LA’s best Southern specialties in solitude.

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotville chicken.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Sugarfish

Sushi at Sugarfish Marina del Rey.
Sushi from Sugarfish.
Matthew Kang

Dine at the bar at Sugarfish and taste a full omakase with swift, attentive service and a parade of fresh fish with warm rice. Doing away with the formality of interacting with a sushi chef, nigiri or sashimi comes on clean white plates that are taken away immediately. Sugarfish remains one of the best quick solo dining experiences in town at its multiple locations.