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The 20 Best Picks for dineLA Restaurant Week, Winter '14

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgA twice-annual event, it's once again January in Los Angeles, and that means dineLA restaurant week is back with deals for diners. Nearly two weeks long, this is a prime time to try out new restaurants in far-flung parts of the city. Perhaps it's that chic restaurant in Venice or that charming date spot in the Eastside that's put together a reasonable prix fixe menu. There are a multitude of choices, from high to low, though many places just seem to dial it in because they know the average diner just wants chicken or salmon. To counter that, Eater has rummaged through the list and put together the 20 Best Picks for this Winter's dineLA, which runs from January 20-31. Lunch menus are priced at $15, $20, and $25, and dinner ranges from $25 to $85.

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1. Cliff's Edge

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3626 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-6116

Chef Vartan Abgaryan's refined, seasonal cooking at this Silver Lake classic makes it easy to tailor a three course meal with enough variety to give a two or four top a nice overview of the menu. Abgaryan's strength is subtly incorporating spices and flavors from a range of cuisines with strong technique.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-8500
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This modern steakhouse in Beverly Hills has a pretty hefty $85 menu that has everything from apps, seafood, and of course, perfectly cooked steak.

3. Patina

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
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This fine dining stalwart in Downtown still has some of the most approach high-end cooking in the city, and the five course, $85 menu is a great way to get reacquainted with this level of cuisine.

4. Bouchon

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9910
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Thomas Keller's upscale bistro in the heart of Beverly Hills is doing a very nice $45 dinner menu offering slight twists on French classics like mushroom risotto, coq au vin, and more.

5. Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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A perennial favorite during restaurant week, Craft melds comfort cooking with fantastic seasonal ingredients in a space that's one of the most impressive in the city. Throw in fantastic service, and it's hard not to laud the likes of pork with polenta and brussels leaves or duck sausage with lentils.

6. Hamasaku

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11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7636
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The lunch special here is a nice way to abscond to a corner of a rather nondescript strip mall near Century City. The 8 piece nigiri lunch comes with a hand roll, appetizer, and mochi ice cream.

7. Picca Peruvian Cantina

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
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This five course dinner special at Ricardo Zarate's modern Peruvian restaurant includes ceviche, arroz con pollo, pig trotter stew, and short rib with quinoa salad. Wash it down with Julian Cox's excellent cocktails.

8. The Bazaar by José Andrés

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465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5555
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One of the best interiors in the city, The Bazaar still makes solid interpretations of Spanish tapas. The flexible dineLA menu starts with a choice of bagel and lox cone or the famous "Philly" cheesesteak, plus three more dishes from the expansive bill of fare.

9. The Wallace

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3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-6400
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This new Culver City restaurant features a nice selection of seasonal small plates like grilled hangar steak, braised pork cheeks, gruyere popovers and more for $45. Dessert included as well.

10. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 472-1211
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The menu doesn't have as much selection, but the impressive space and terrific service more than make up. Plus a roasted kohlrabi soup, baked diver scallops or slow braised short ribs is likely to make it memorable evening dining in Bel Air.

11. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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This fine dining restaurant is often one of the most expensive places to dine in the city, but for $85, a five course bonanza awaits. Think wagyu beef tartare, tea smoked short ribs, and a chocolate peanut butter dessert in one of the most elegant dining rooms anywhere.

12. Black Hogg

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2852 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-2820
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This inventive Silver Lake restaurant pairs flavors from around the world in approach small plates like pork belly taco, garlic scallion string beans, jerk chicken with coconut rice, and lechon asado fries, all for a reasonable $35 a head.

13. Sotto

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
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This Southern Italian restaurant still makes some of the best pasta in the city, in a fantastic underground space. The $35 menu includes a warm octopus salad, rigatoni with chicken liver ragu, and either a glass of wine, or choice of dessert.

14. Warren's Blackboard

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4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 255-7290
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This new comfort food entrant in the Valley by chef Warren Schwartz is a temporary affair until the more permanent concept comes along. Until then, try the hankerchief pasta with lamb neck ragu or diver scallops with kabocha squash risotto.

15. Waterloo & City

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12517 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-4222
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This true gastropub in Culver City has a $35 menu boasting pork wellington, hand-rolled rigatoni, and asparagus frisee salad in an expansive dining room that lets you stretch out and enjoy a comfortable dinner.

16. Mud Hen Tavern

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742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 203-0500

Susan Feniger retooled restaurant on Highland has a very inexpensive $25 dinner boasting green eggs & ham, lamb meatballs, and a cheeseburger featuring a Lindy & Grundy blend of grass-fed beef.

17. TLT Food

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1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-4433
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This inexpensive eatery in Westwood offers a salad, two tacos, an entree like blue crab grilled cheese or ahi tuna tostada, a choice of side, drinks and dessert. It's honestly enough for two people to share.

18. The Larder at Burton Way

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8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA

For just $25, enjoy a nice weeknight-friendly dinner of mac & cheese, market salad, lamb meatballs with bucatini, and a seasonal fruit buckle for dessert.

19. Hostaria Del Piccolo

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606 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-6633
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A very reasonably priced $25 dinner can be had at this Santa Monica Italian restaurant, which includes fresh ricotta with seasonal mushrooms, a choice of pizza or pasta (think squid ink tagliolini) and a traditional dessert.

20. Taberna Arros y Vi

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1403 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-3663
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This Spanish tapas spot has a $25 dinner with the likes of green lip mussels, bone-in rib eye chop steak, pork belly potatas bravas, and a cinnamon brioche bread pudding.

1. Cliff's Edge

3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Chef Vartan Abgaryan's refined, seasonal cooking at this Silver Lake classic makes it easy to tailor a three course meal with enough variety to give a two or four top a nice overview of the menu. Abgaryan's strength is subtly incorporating spices and flavors from a range of cuisines with strong technique.

3626 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

2. CUT

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

This modern steakhouse in Beverly Hills has a pretty hefty $85 menu that has everything from apps, seafood, and of course, perfectly cooked steak.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

3. Patina

141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This fine dining stalwart in Downtown still has some of the most approach high-end cooking in the city, and the five course, $85 menu is a great way to get reacquainted with this level of cuisine.

141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. Bouchon

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Thomas Keller's upscale bistro in the heart of Beverly Hills is doing a very nice $45 dinner menu offering slight twists on French classics like mushroom risotto, coq au vin, and more.

235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

A perennial favorite during restaurant week, Craft melds comfort cooking with fantastic seasonal ingredients in a space that's one of the most impressive in the city. Throw in fantastic service, and it's hard not to laud the likes of pork with polenta and brussels leaves or duck sausage with lentils.

10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

6. Hamasaku

11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The lunch special here is a nice way to abscond to a corner of a rather nondescript strip mall near Century City. The 8 piece nigiri lunch comes with a hand roll, appetizer, and mochi ice cream.

11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

7. Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

This five course dinner special at Ricardo Zarate's modern Peruvian restaurant includes ceviche, arroz con pollo, pig trotter stew, and short rib with quinoa salad. Wash it down with Julian Cox's excellent cocktails.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

8. The Bazaar by José Andrés

465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

One of the best interiors in the city, The Bazaar still makes solid interpretations of Spanish tapas. The flexible dineLA menu starts with a choice of bagel and lox cone or the famous "Philly" cheesesteak, plus three more dishes from the expansive bill of fare.

465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. The Wallace

3833 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

This new Culver City restaurant features a nice selection of seasonal small plates like grilled hangar steak, braised pork cheeks, gruyere popovers and more for $45. Dessert included as well.

3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232

10. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077

The menu doesn't have as much selection, but the impressive space and terrific service more than make up. Plus a roasted kohlrabi soup, baked diver scallops or slow braised short ribs is likely to make it memorable evening dining in Bel Air.

701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

11. Melisse Restaurant

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This fine dining restaurant is often one of the most expensive places to dine in the city, but for $85, a five course bonanza awaits. Think wagyu beef tartare, tea smoked short ribs, and a chocolate peanut butter dessert in one of the most elegant dining rooms anywhere.

1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

12. Black Hogg

2852 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This inventive Silver Lake restaurant pairs flavors from around the world in approach small plates like pork belly taco, garlic scallion string beans, jerk chicken with coconut rice, and lechon asado fries, all for a reasonable $35 a head.

2852 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

13. Sotto

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

This Southern Italian restaurant still makes some of the best pasta in the city, in a fantastic underground space. The $35 menu includes a warm octopus salad, rigatoni with chicken liver ragu, and either a glass of wine, or choice of dessert.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

14. Warren's Blackboard

4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

This new comfort food entrant in the Valley by chef Warren Schwartz is a temporary affair until the more permanent concept comes along. Until then, try the hankerchief pasta with lamb neck ragu or diver scallops with kabocha squash risotto.

4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602

15. Waterloo & City

12517 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

This true gastropub in Culver City has a $35 menu boasting pork wellington, hand-rolled rigatoni, and asparagus frisee salad in an expansive dining room that lets you stretch out and enjoy a comfortable dinner.

12517 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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16. Mud Hen Tavern

742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Susan Feniger retooled restaurant on Highland has a very inexpensive $25 dinner boasting green eggs & ham, lamb meatballs, and a cheeseburger featuring a Lindy & Grundy blend of grass-fed beef.

742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

17. TLT Food

1116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

This inexpensive eatery in Westwood offers a salad, two tacos, an entree like blue crab grilled cheese or ahi tuna tostada, a choice of side, drinks and dessert. It's honestly enough for two people to share.

1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

18. The Larder at Burton Way

8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA

For just $25, enjoy a nice weeknight-friendly dinner of mac & cheese, market salad, lamb meatballs with bucatini, and a seasonal fruit buckle for dessert.

8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA

19. Hostaria Del Piccolo

606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

A very reasonably priced $25 dinner can be had at this Santa Monica Italian restaurant, which includes fresh ricotta with seasonal mushrooms, a choice of pizza or pasta (think squid ink tagliolini) and a traditional dessert.

606 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

20. Taberna Arros y Vi

1403 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This Spanish tapas spot has a $25 dinner with the likes of green lip mussels, bone-in rib eye chop steak, pork belly potatas bravas, and a cinnamon brioche bread pudding.

1403 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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