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Crustacean Beverly Hills.
Wonho Frank Lee

15 Worthwhile Lunch Deals for dineLA Restaurant Week, Fall 2021

Where to check out discounted lunch meals across Los Angeles

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Crustacean Beverly Hills.
| Wonho Frank Lee

DineLA restaurant week has commenced, and with it comes a slew of dining deals around Los Angeles. Last week, Eater covered the compelling places to get a prix fixe or discounted dinner in the city, from reasonably priced taco meals to fine dining tasting menus. Lunch is another part of the dineLA equation, where fancy restaurants try to draw new clientele by serving daytime meals with big value.

When places like Draycott in Pacific Palisades or Crustacean in Beverly Hills offer lunch menus, it’s often an entry point to introduce diners to nicer meals in ritzier parts of town, particularly for those who may not otherwise venture in. DineLA lunch is also a solid way to try local favorites like the pizza at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights, or the solid Mexican fare at Yxta in Downtown LA. Here now, where 15 places to get lunch for dineLA restaurant week.

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Coin & Candor

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Westlake Village’s Four Seasons has a seasonal American restaurant with a $55 lunch deal with three full courses. Choose from endive autumn salad, yellowtail sashimi, or heirloom beets as appetizer; octopus and beans, spinach cavatelli, or Jidori chicken; then fig gateau or 10-layer chocolate cake for dessert.

Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor in Westlake Village.
Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor.
Cathy Chaplin

The Draycott

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Upscale Pacific Palisades plays host to the Mediterranean-inspired Draycott, a stylish place to get lunch on the Westside. A $45 lunch prix fixe offers just a few choices, but does stand as an easier entry point to the restaurant. Options include heirloom tomato Greek salad and grilled branzino.

Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Wonho Frank Lee

Venice’s newer Italian spot from Jame Enoteca chef Jackson Kalb has a really flexible lunch menu for $25 with a choice of appetizer (think meatballs, Japanese eggplant, cauliflower with Calabrian chile), and sandwich, pizza, or pasta like chicken pesto sandwich, margherita pizza, or spicy rigatoni pasta.

Lunetta

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Raphael Lunetta’s sleeper hit Lunetta in Santa Monica’s inland area along Pico has an easy California lunch menu of heirloom tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, wood-grilled barbecue sandwich, crispy chicken chopped salad, or braised beef short ribs followed by a chocolate fudge brownie for dessert. Price is $35 per person.

Lunetta dining room with wood tables and dark walls.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bacari PDR

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Bacari locations around the city always have really fun dineLA menus, with a selection of two cicchetti plus a dessert for $25 at lunchtime. The Playa Del Rey outlet comes with the added bonus of being right next to the beach.

Bacari PDR.
Bacari PDR.
Elizabeth Daniels

Crustacean Beverly Hills

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Upscale Beverly Hills Vietnamese restaurant Crustacean has a $55 dine-in menu ($45 as a takeout option) with luxe Asian-inflected dishes, including broiled red snapper, and steamed lobster and shrimp dumplings. The classic garlic noodles are a $15 surcharge, but they’re so delicious they’re worth it.

Crustacean
Crustacean Beverly Hills.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mayura Indian Restaurant

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Culver City’s fantastic Indian restaurant Mayura was a longtime Jonathan Gold favorite, offering a $65 lunch menu for two people that has a slew of South Asian favorites, from lamb korma and daal masala to sweet mango lassi to drink.

Mayura Interior
Mayura Culver City.

Nic's On Beverly

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Chic vegan restaurant Nic’s On Beverly offers a handy $35 dineLA lunch deal of avocado crispy rice, Detroit-style pizza or farro bowl, and then iced creme or butterscotch pudding for dessert. Remember, all of this is plant-based.

 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
Mona Holmes

Sightglass Coffee

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Busy Hollywood daytime spot Sightglass has stellar coffee, but also has a helpful dineLA daytime menu of breakfast biscuit sandwich, fruit, and coffee in the mornings, turkey sandwich and potato salad; or an eggplant parmesan sandwich with quinoa salad. Both the sandwiches come with a beer or wine on tap. Each meal costs $25.

Two hands making latte art inside of a cup.
Latte art at Sightglass.
Wonho Frank Lee

Oh My Crab

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Taking a page from the very popular Boiling Crab formula, Oh My Crab on Melrose serves spicy Cajun seafood, with a $65 lunch meal that comes with snow crab, shrimp, and choice of clam or mussel.

Delicious at The Dunbar

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South LA restaurant Delicious at the Dunbar serves homey soul food to an historic neighborhood. Lunch specials here for dineLA mean $15 meals of fried fish po’ boy, fried chicken, creole beef spaghetti, or chicken/brisket quesadilla, plus dessert options of peach cobbler, lemon cake, or banana pudding.

Fried fish with waffles fries under checkered paper basket on a white table.
Fried fish with waffles fries at Delicious at the Dunbar.
Matthew Kang

Maccheroni Republic

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Downtown LA’s enduring Italian restaurant has a handy $25 lunch with choice of burratina or vegetable crostini to start, then black and white vermicelli pasta, trofogli pasta with spicy tomato sauce and ham, or rigatoni melazane, a vegan pasta with eggplant and roasted garlic in a tomato sauce.

Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Darin Dines/Eater LA Flickr Pool

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

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This longtime Mexican restaurant in Arts District has a reasonable $25 lunch menu during dineLA that offers chicken enchiladas, pollo en cuatro salsas, and Michoacan-style carnitas, plus Mexican bread pudding with churro ice cream for dessert.

Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

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This reasonably priced lunch menu offers a 12 inch pizza and fried potatoes for just $15.

For fantastic pizza on an iconic street corner in Boyle Heights: Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.
Mole pizza at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.
Matthew Kang

Pasadena’s gorgeous lunch and dinner spot has a $35 daytime offering with a rhubarb shrub, winter panzanella salad, a choice of half sandwich (brisket or eggplant cutlet), and snickerdoodle cookie for dessert.

An Italian style cold cut sandwich shown cut in half with a plaid backgrounhd.
Italian sandwich at Agnes.
Wonho Frank Lee

Coin & Candor

Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor in Westlake Village.
Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor.
Cathy Chaplin

Westlake Village’s Four Seasons has a seasonal American restaurant with a $55 lunch deal with three full courses. Choose from endive autumn salad, yellowtail sashimi, or heirloom beets as appetizer; octopus and beans, spinach cavatelli, or Jidori chicken; then fig gateau or 10-layer chocolate cake for dessert.

Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor in Westlake Village.
Shrimp ceviche at Coin and Candor.
Cathy Chaplin

The Draycott

Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Wonho Frank Lee

Upscale Pacific Palisades plays host to the Mediterranean-inspired Draycott, a stylish place to get lunch on the Westside. A $45 lunch prix fixe offers just a few choices, but does stand as an easier entry point to the restaurant. Options include heirloom tomato Greek salad and grilled branzino.

Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Draycott Pacific Palisades.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ospi

Venice’s newer Italian spot from Jame Enoteca chef Jackson Kalb has a really flexible lunch menu for $25 with a choice of appetizer (think meatballs, Japanese eggplant, cauliflower with Calabrian chile), and sandwich, pizza, or pasta like chicken pesto sandwich, margherita pizza, or spicy rigatoni pasta.

Lunetta

Lunetta dining room with wood tables and dark walls.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Raphael Lunetta’s sleeper hit Lunetta in Santa Monica’s inland area along Pico has an easy California lunch menu of heirloom tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, wood-grilled barbecue sandwich, crispy chicken chopped salad, or braised beef short ribs followed by a chocolate fudge brownie for dessert. Price is $35 per person.

Lunetta dining room with wood tables and dark walls.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bacari PDR

Bacari PDR.
Bacari PDR.
Elizabeth Daniels

Bacari locations around the city always have really fun dineLA menus, with a selection of two cicchetti plus a dessert for $25 at lunchtime. The Playa Del Rey outlet comes with the added bonus of being right next to the beach.

Bacari PDR.
Bacari PDR.
Elizabeth Daniels

Crustacean Beverly Hills

Crustacean
Crustacean Beverly Hills.
Wonho Frank Lee

Upscale Beverly Hills Vietnamese restaurant Crustacean has a $55 dine-in menu ($45 as a takeout option) with luxe Asian-inflected dishes, including broiled red snapper, and steamed lobster and shrimp dumplings. The classic garlic noodles are a $15 surcharge, but they’re so delicious they’re worth it.

Crustacean
Crustacean Beverly Hills.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mayura Indian Restaurant

Mayura Interior
Mayura Culver City.

Culver City’s fantastic Indian restaurant Mayura was a longtime Jonathan Gold favorite, offering a $65 lunch menu for two people that has a slew of South Asian favorites, from lamb korma and daal masala to sweet mango lassi to drink.

Mayura Interior
Mayura Culver City.

Nic's On Beverly

 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
Mona Holmes

Chic vegan restaurant Nic’s On Beverly offers a handy $35 dineLA lunch deal of avocado crispy rice, Detroit-style pizza or farro bowl, and then iced creme or butterscotch pudding for dessert. Remember, all of this is plant-based.

 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
 Madame at Nic’s On Beverly in West Hollywood.
Mona Holmes

Sightglass Coffee

Two hands making latte art inside of a cup.
Latte art at Sightglass.
Wonho Frank Lee

Busy Hollywood daytime spot Sightglass has stellar coffee, but also has a helpful dineLA daytime menu of breakfast biscuit sandwich, fruit, and coffee in the mornings, turkey sandwich and potato salad; or an eggplant parmesan sandwich with quinoa salad. Both the sandwiches come with a beer or wine on tap. Each meal costs $25.

Two hands making latte art inside of a cup.
Latte art at Sightglass.
Wonho Frank Lee

Oh My Crab

Taking a page from the very popular Boiling Crab formula, Oh My Crab on Melrose serves spicy Cajun seafood, with a $65 lunch meal that comes with snow crab, shrimp, and choice of clam or mussel.

Delicious at The Dunbar

Fried fish with waffles fries under checkered paper basket on a white table.
Fried fish with waffles fries at Delicious at the Dunbar.
Matthew Kang

South LA restaurant Delicious at the Dunbar serves homey soul food to an historic neighborhood. Lunch specials here for dineLA mean $15 meals of fried fish po’ boy, fried chicken, creole beef spaghetti, or chicken/brisket quesadilla, plus dessert options of peach cobbler, lemon cake, or banana pudding.

Fried fish with waffles fries under checkered paper basket on a white table.
Fried fish with waffles fries at Delicious at the Dunbar.
Matthew Kang

Maccheroni Republic

Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Darin Dines/Eater LA Flickr Pool

Downtown LA’s enduring Italian restaurant has a handy $25 lunch with choice of burratina or vegetable crostini to start, then black and white vermicelli pasta, trofogli pasta with spicy tomato sauce and ham, or rigatoni melazane, a vegan pasta with eggplant and roasted garlic in a tomato sauce.

Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Maccheroni Republic, Downtown.
Darin Dines/Eater LA Flickr Pool

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

This longtime Mexican restaurant in Arts District has a reasonable $25 lunch menu during dineLA that offers chicken enchiladas, pollo en cuatro salsas, and Michoacan-style carnitas, plus Mexican bread pudding with churro ice cream for dessert.

Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

For fantastic pizza on an iconic street corner in Boyle Heights: Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.
Mole pizza at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.
Matthew Kang

This reasonably priced lunch menu offers a 12 inch pizza and fried potatoes for just $15.

For fantastic pizza on an iconic street corner in Boyle Heights: Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.
Mole pizza at Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co.
Matthew Kang

Agnes

An Italian style cold cut sandwich shown cut in half with a plaid backgrounhd.
Italian sandwich at Agnes.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pasadena’s gorgeous lunch and dinner spot has a $35 daytime offering with a rhubarb shrub, winter panzanella salad, a choice of half sandwich (brisket or eggplant cutlet), and snickerdoodle cookie for dessert.