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Issa and Molly from HBO’s show Insecure
Issa and Molly from HBO’s Insecure
Raymond Liu

HBO’s Season 4 ‘Insecure’ Restaurant and Bar Locations in LA, Mapped

Insecure’s final season starts this Sunday, once again featuring unique locations throughout Los Angeles

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Issa and Molly from HBO’s Insecure
| Raymond Liu

It’s a sad time for those following the HBO show Insecure. Episode 1 of the final season begins Sunday, October 24, and it is the last time viewers will get to watch new misadventures of Issa and Molly, or any one of the compelling supporting characters, including Lawrence, Kelly, Tiffany, or Andrew. (Fortunately, the show can still be re-streamed when the series finale is all said and done.)

Season 4 aired in mid-2020, while Los Angeles was largely in lockdown. Insecure’s clear shots of the city were a welcome sight for those socially distancing at home, while the characters worked out the complexities of relationships, careers, and friendships throughout the corners of Los Angeles. Insecure’s locations scouts thoughtfully scour the Southland to include restaurants and bars that help the audience connect to the characters’ lives with ample emphasis on South LA.

Here is the restaurant and bar guide from Season 4 of HBO’s ‘lowkey’ hit series, Insecure, presented geographically from north to south.

Warning: There are some hefty spoilers ahead.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Highland Park Bowl

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5621 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 257-2695
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At Highland Park Bowl, Molly and Andrew share a first kiss while bowling in this restored and historic landmark bowling alley, which features a full bar, pizzas, burgers, and small plates.

Bowling lanes at Highland Park Bowl in Highland Park, California.
Highland Park Bowl
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2. Gracias Madre West Hollywood

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Issa and her new friend Condola have lunch in West Hollywood to go over details for the block party during Episode 1. Gracias Madre is one of Los Angeles’s oldest plant-based Mexican restaurants, with one of the best patios.

Gracias Madre in West Hollywood
Gracias Madre
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3. Commerson

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788 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 813-3000
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In Episode 2, Lawrence and Condola met at Mid-City’s Commerson for dinner, only for things to get considerably awkward while newly navigating their new relationship. (Commerson is temporarily closed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19).

Commerson’s yellow-tinted dining room filled with dining customers and staff.
Commerson
Commerson

4. 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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After the block party, Issa and Molly almost run into each other at Little Ethiopia’s Merkato. This longstanding Fairfax restaurant also makes a second appearance in the final episode of Season 4.

Insecure character Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
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5. Guisados

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541 S Spring St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 627-7656
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On a search for best friend Tiffany, Kelly, Molly, Issa, and Derek secure security footage while stopping at Guisado’s in the Spring Arcade in Downtown LA.

6. Dama

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612 E 11th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-0612
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Issa places an order for at least 10 people at DTLA’s Latin-themed Dama. The former couple initiates a conversation that changes the nature of their relationship before heading to the weekly Art Walk.

Insecure characters Issa and Lawrence at dine at Dama in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles
Issa and Lawrence at Dama
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7. Alta

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5359 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 571-4999
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Episode 8 heats up the season as Issa and Lawrence have an epic night out on the town. They start by having drinks in West Adams at a crowded Alta. Issa secures a free drink after a free fall in front of a crowd.

8. Margarita's Mexican Cafe

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5026 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-8970

On the Thanksgiving episode, Issa and brother Ahmal dine out after a mishap at their mother’s house. The characters stay put at this Crenshaw spot that opened in 1964 while ordering margaritas while serenaded by mariachis.

9. Charcoal Venice

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425 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 751-6794
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Episode 4 starts at Charcoal Venice, During dinner, Molly suggests to Andrew they head to DTLA’s Seven Grand before she’s rebuffed by Andrew over her lack of availability.

10. Pann's Restaurant

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6710 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(323) 776-3770
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In Episode 9, this 63-year-old restaurant makes its second appearance in the Insecure series. These meetups seem to have a pattern: whenever Molly returns from vacation, the two characters meet at Pann’s. First, in season three after Molly returns from her vacation, and in season four, Molly returns from Mexico with Andrew where they share a carafe of “light-skinned mimosas.”

Issa and Molly at Pann’s in Inglewood, California
Issa and Molly at Pann’s
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11. Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen - Inglewood

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170 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301
(323) 743-8100
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Condola and Issa meet for a work lunch, but tension arises when Molly shows up. They talk about Hilltop’s signature dishes, including the drop-top open-faced sandwiches. Note: Issa Rae is an investor in this Inglewood cafe, which has locations in Windsor Hills and Eagle Rock.

Issa, Condola, and Molly at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Inglewood
Issa, Condola, and Molly at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Inglewood
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12. South Market Street in Inglewood

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S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

Issa’s Block Party takes place on the historic Market Street in Inglewood, right next to businesses like Stuff I Eat, Wood Urban Kitchen, and Sip & Sonder. A few food trucks make an appearance in this episode, including Taco Mell, Our Kitchen, A Beautiful Life, and Randy’s Donuts (just a sign though). In a peace offering, Molly secures wings for Issa from Orleans & York.

A crowd in HBO’s Insecure in Inglewood, California
The block party in Insecure’s episode five
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

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1. Highland Park Bowl

5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Bowling lanes at Highland Park Bowl in Highland Park, California.
Highland Park Bowl
Wonho Frank Lee

At Highland Park Bowl, Molly and Andrew share a first kiss while bowling in this restored and historic landmark bowling alley, which features a full bar, pizzas, burgers, and small plates.

5621 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

2. Gracias Madre West Hollywood

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gracias Madre in West Hollywood
Gracias Madre
[Official Photo]

Issa and her new friend Condola have lunch in West Hollywood to go over details for the block party during Episode 1. Gracias Madre is one of Los Angeles’s oldest plant-based Mexican restaurants, with one of the best patios.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Commerson

788 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Commerson’s yellow-tinted dining room filled with dining customers and staff.
Commerson
Commerson

In Episode 2, Lawrence and Condola met at Mid-City’s Commerson for dinner, only for things to get considerably awkward while newly navigating their new relationship. (Commerson is temporarily closed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19).

788 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Insecure character Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

After the block party, Issa and Molly almost run into each other at Little Ethiopia’s Merkato. This longstanding Fairfax restaurant also makes a second appearance in the final episode of Season 4.

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

5. Guisados

541 S Spring St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90013

On a search for best friend Tiffany, Kelly, Molly, Issa, and Derek secure security footage while stopping at Guisado’s in the Spring Arcade in Downtown LA.

541 S Spring St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. Dama

612 E 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Insecure characters Issa and Lawrence at dine at Dama in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles
Issa and Lawrence at Dama
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

Issa places an order for at least 10 people at DTLA’s Latin-themed Dama. The former couple initiates a conversation that changes the nature of their relationship before heading to the weekly Art Walk.

612 E 11th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7. Alta

5359 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Episode 8 heats up the season as Issa and Lawrence have an epic night out on the town. They start by having drinks in West Adams at a crowded Alta. Issa secures a free drink after a free fall in front of a crowd.

5359 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

8. Margarita's Mexican Cafe

5026 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043

On the Thanksgiving episode, Issa and brother Ahmal dine out after a mishap at their mother’s house. The characters stay put at this Crenshaw spot that opened in 1964 while ordering margaritas while serenaded by mariachis.

5026 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90043

9. Charcoal Venice

425 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Episode 4 starts at Charcoal Venice, During dinner, Molly suggests to Andrew they head to DTLA’s Seven Grand before she’s rebuffed by Andrew over her lack of availability.

425 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

10. Pann's Restaurant

6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Issa and Molly at Pann’s in Inglewood, California
Issa and Molly at Pann’s
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

In Episode 9, this 63-year-old restaurant makes its second appearance in the Insecure series. These meetups seem to have a pattern: whenever Molly returns from vacation, the two characters meet at Pann’s. First, in season three after Molly returns from her vacation, and in season four, Molly returns from Mexico with Andrew where they share a carafe of “light-skinned mimosas.”

6710 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

11. Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen - Inglewood

170 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
Issa, Condola, and Molly at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Inglewood
Issa, Condola, and Molly at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Inglewood
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

Condola and Issa meet for a work lunch, but tension arises when Molly shows up. They talk about Hilltop’s signature dishes, including the drop-top open-faced sandwiches. Note: Issa Rae is an investor in this Inglewood cafe, which has locations in Windsor Hills and Eagle Rock.

170 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

12. South Market Street in Inglewood

S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301
A crowd in HBO’s Insecure in Inglewood, California
The block party in Insecure’s episode five
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

Issa’s Block Party takes place on the historic Market Street in Inglewood, right next to businesses like Stuff I Eat, Wood Urban Kitchen, and Sip & Sonder. A few food trucks make an appearance in this episode, including Taco Mell, Our Kitchen, A Beautiful Life, and Randy’s Donuts (just a sign though). In a peace offering, Molly secures wings for Issa from Orleans & York.

S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

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