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The 20 Best Deals for dineLA 2015

From must-eat lunches to decadent dinners, here are this year's best deals.

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The success of dineLA is in its participation — more great chefs, more great restaurants, more great diners flock to the program with every cycle, meaning the access to previously untried restaurants is better than ever.

But who has time to try the dozens and dozens of participating restaurants on this year's dineLA list? For ease of use, Eater has distilled the list down into 20 must-try spots, making it easy to move from one cheap-as-hell Valley dim sum lunch to a high-quality $45 dinner option, complete with $18 wine flight pairing. And since dineLA starts next week from January 19 and ends on February 1, now's the time to get acquainted with all of the best deals going.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abigaile

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1301 Manhattan Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 798-8227
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Tin Vuong’s Abigaile in Hermosa Beach is ostensibly offering a light five-course dinner for $50, if you count the pao de quaijo to start and housemade Snickers bar to finish. In the middle, everything from grilled octopus to fresh burrata to Thai red curry shortribs are available.

2. Acabar

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1510 N Stanley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 876-1400
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This new age Moroccan lounge is going vintage dineLA — nothing too fancy, just a solid $40 three course dinner deal, with light starters like crudo or housemade beef carpaccio giving way to gnocchi, scallops or braised shortribs and a trio of possible desserts. This is the simple, straightforward kind of deal that gets newcomers through the door and makes dineLA worthwhile for everyone.

8700 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-6359
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This perennial favorite is keeping things tidy for dinaLA — they only offer a $25 weekday lunch option, but it’s still one of the best ways to enjoy the menu from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Maneuver between cheese and charcuterie plates or Spanish fried chicken to start, with market-driven mains like torchio with baby broccoli. Add a dessert (always add the dessert at a.o.c.) $6 more.

4. Bagatelle LA

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755 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 659-3900
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La Cienega’s Bagatelle is upscaling the typical dineLA dinner deal. Here, $50 nets a three-course meal that could hypothetically be as rich and fulfilling as a pork belly rillette dumpling appetizer, lobster risotto or NY strip steak main and Valrhona chocolate cake finisher.

5. Blue Plate Taco

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1515 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-1515
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It’s not the flashiest pick, but you’d be hard-pressed to beat a $30 dinner option that includes seared ahi tuna to start, moves through entrees like grilled skirt steak or seafood enchiladas and finishes with churros.

6. Casa Vega

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13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-4868
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This Sherman Oaks Mexican staple does a $30 dinner deal that glides from the hand-chopped guacamole into lobster enchiladas or carne chile colorado, complete with a side of soup. Tack on the third-course dessert like churros, flan or fried ice cream, and it’s a hard deal to pass up.

7. Connie and Ted's Seafood

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8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-2722
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Much more than just a seafood shack, Connie & Ted’s is LA’s great seafood equalizer. Anyone can come and enjoy a meal here, especially when the $25 lunch deal includes a half-dozen oysters to start, followed by sandwiches like a clam strip roll or battered cod sandwich. Don’t sleep on the Hook Burger, either, which is one of the city’s underrated burger gems.

8. Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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This elegant Century City space is usually off-limits for folks without an expense account, which means a $50 three course dinner is quite the bargain. There’s also an abundance of choice here, with mains as rangy as salmon, quail, braised beef or torchio pasta.

9. Dal Rae Restaurant

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9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 949-2444
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There’s no better time to try this Pico Rivera classic than dineLA, when $50 nets you a starter salad, soup or grilled artichoke, followed by their famous pepper filet mignon and a triptych of possible desserts. The throwback space and awesome service is worth the price alone.

10. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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$45 is a small price to pay to experience one of L.A.’s hottest restaurants, especially when the food from executive chef Michael Hung can be paired at dinner with a somm’s choice wine flight for $18.

11. Firefly Studio City

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11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-1833
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Studio City longtimer Firefly has one of the city’s most underrated patio spaces (it’s practically the entire restaurant). Dine under the stars with a $40 dinner, including options like ricotta gnocchi or big eye tuna tartare to start, followed by unagi risotto, Scottish King salmon or prime hangar steak. Don’t forget dessert, either.

12. Jar Restaurant

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8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
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This Beverly Blvd. mainstay opens its doors to all for dinner, where $50 gets three courses, anchored by the impeccable house pot roast.

13. MessHall Kitchen

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4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
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MessHall already made our best lunch deal map, and it’s no different here: this is one of the best dineLA deals you can get. $15 for a three course lunch, with some seriously sturdy starters, is tough to beat. Even if you aren’t dining at the next hot place in town, saving bucks on a neighborhood restaurant is always a great plan.

14. Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
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For pure feel-like-a-celebrity-ness, there’s Polo Lounge’s languid patio and $25 lunch deal, which includes a veal vitello tonnato, lobster club sandwich and timeless flourless chocolate cake as a finisher.

15. Rao's

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1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-7267

While not as exclusive as the New York location, Rao’s may still be a hard seat to get this dineLA, thanks to a four course $50 dinner that swings through signature dishes like their meatballs, eggplant parmesan and cannoli.

16. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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Perennial dineLA favorite Scarpetta returns with a strong $50 dinner menu that includes their signature spaghetti with tomato and basil, plus entrees like striped bass, organic chicken or dry-aged sirloin (with a paid supplement, of course).

17. Shanghai Rose Dim Sum

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12229 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

This Studio City dim sum parlor is killing dineLA with a $15 lunch that includes a choice of soup, egg roll and plate of dim sum — before you even get to the main course.

18. STK LA

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755 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 659-3535
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This dinner deal is pretty great for anyone who’s otherwise put off by the high tabs at STK: a $50 three course dinner with options like the petite filet or heftier kurobuta pork chop as main entrees.

19. The Gadarene Swine

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11266 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 508-5500
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You won’t find another six course chef’s choice dineLA menu anywhere, which makes the vegan-leaning Gadarene Swine menu all the more enticing. At $50 for dinner, this is a great way to check out the inventive stuff happening here.

20. The Water Grill

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544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 891-0900
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Is there a more longstanding, high quality seafood restaurant in L.A. than Water Grill? Probably not, which makes dineLA the perfect time to experience, or re-experience, its glory. There’s everything swordfish to striped bass on the menu, with crudos and clam chowders to start.

1. Abigaile

1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Tin Vuong’s Abigaile in Hermosa Beach is ostensibly offering a light five-course dinner for $50, if you count the pao de quaijo to start and housemade Snickers bar to finish. In the middle, everything from grilled octopus to fresh burrata to Thai red curry shortribs are available.

1301 Manhattan Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

2. Acabar

1510 N Stanley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This new age Moroccan lounge is going vintage dineLA — nothing too fancy, just a solid $40 three course dinner deal, with light starters like crudo or housemade beef carpaccio giving way to gnocchi, scallops or braised shortribs and a trio of possible desserts. This is the simple, straightforward kind of deal that gets newcomers through the door and makes dineLA worthwhile for everyone.

1510 N Stanley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. AOC

8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

This perennial favorite is keeping things tidy for dinaLA — they only offer a $25 weekday lunch option, but it’s still one of the best ways to enjoy the menu from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Maneuver between cheese and charcuterie plates or Spanish fried chicken to start, with market-driven mains like torchio with baby broccoli. Add a dessert (always add the dessert at a.o.c.) $6 more.

8700 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Bagatelle LA

755 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

La Cienega’s Bagatelle is upscaling the typical dineLA dinner deal. Here, $50 nets a three-course meal that could hypothetically be as rich and fulfilling as a pork belly rillette dumpling appetizer, lobster risotto or NY strip steak main and Valrhona chocolate cake finisher.

755 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Blue Plate Taco

1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

It’s not the flashiest pick, but you’d be hard-pressed to beat a $30 dinner option that includes seared ahi tuna to start, moves through entrees like grilled skirt steak or seafood enchiladas and finishes with churros.

1515 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

6. Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

This Sherman Oaks Mexican staple does a $30 dinner deal that glides from the hand-chopped guacamole into lobster enchiladas or carne chile colorado, complete with a side of soup. Tack on the third-course dessert like churros, flan or fried ice cream, and it’s a hard deal to pass up.

13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

7. Connie and Ted's Seafood

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Much more than just a seafood shack, Connie & Ted’s is LA’s great seafood equalizer. Anyone can come and enjoy a meal here, especially when the $25 lunch deal includes a half-dozen oysters to start, followed by sandwiches like a clam strip roll or battered cod sandwich. Don’t sleep on the Hook Burger, either, which is one of the city’s underrated burger gems.

8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

8. Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

This elegant Century City space is usually off-limits for folks without an expense account, which means a $50 three course dinner is quite the bargain. There’s also an abundance of choice here, with mains as rangy as salmon, quail, braised beef or torchio pasta.

10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

9. Dal Rae Restaurant

9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

There’s no better time to try this Pico Rivera classic than dineLA, when $50 nets you a starter salad, soup or grilled artichoke, followed by their famous pepper filet mignon and a triptych of possible desserts. The throwback space and awesome service is worth the price alone.

9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

10. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

$45 is a small price to pay to experience one of L.A.’s hottest restaurants, especially when the food from executive chef Michael Hung can be paired at dinner with a somm’s choice wine flight for $18.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. Firefly Studio City

11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Studio City longtimer Firefly has one of the city’s most underrated patio spaces (it’s practically the entire restaurant). Dine under the stars with a $40 dinner, including options like ricotta gnocchi or big eye tuna tartare to start, followed by unagi risotto, Scottish King salmon or prime hangar steak. Don’t forget dessert, either.

11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

12. Jar Restaurant

8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This Beverly Blvd. mainstay opens its doors to all for dinner, where $50 gets three courses, anchored by the impeccable house pot roast.

8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

13. MessHall Kitchen

4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

MessHall already made our best lunch deal map, and it’s no different here: this is one of the best dineLA deals you can get. $15 for a three course lunch, with some seriously sturdy starters, is tough to beat. Even if you aren’t dining at the next hot place in town, saving bucks on a neighborhood restaurant is always a great plan.

4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

14. Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For pure feel-like-a-celebrity-ness, there’s Polo Lounge’s languid patio and $25 lunch deal, which includes a veal vitello tonnato, lobster club sandwich and timeless flourless chocolate cake as a finisher.

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Rao's

1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

While not as exclusive as the New York location, Rao’s may still be a hard seat to get this dineLA, thanks to a four course $50 dinner that swings through signature dishes like their meatballs, eggplant parmesan and cannoli.

1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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16. Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Perennial dineLA favorite Scarpetta returns with a strong $50 dinner menu that includes their signature spaghetti with tomato and basil, plus entrees like striped bass, organic chicken or dry-aged sirloin (with a paid supplement, of course).

225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

17. Shanghai Rose Dim Sum

12229 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604

This Studio City dim sum parlor is killing dineLA with a $15 lunch that includes a choice of soup, egg roll and plate of dim sum — before you even get to the main course.

12229 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

18. STK LA

755 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This dinner deal is pretty great for anyone who’s otherwise put off by the high tabs at STK: a $50 three course dinner with options like the petite filet or heftier kurobuta pork chop as main entrees.

755 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

19. The Gadarene Swine

11266 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

You won’t find another six course chef’s choice dineLA menu anywhere, which makes the vegan-leaning Gadarene Swine menu all the more enticing. At $50 for dinner, this is a great way to check out the inventive stuff happening here.

11266 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

20. The Water Grill

544 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Is there a more longstanding, high quality seafood restaurant in L.A. than Water Grill? Probably not, which makes dineLA the perfect time to experience, or re-experience, its glory. There’s everything swordfish to striped bass on the menu, with crudos and clam chowders to start.

544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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