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Where to Eat During dineLA Restaurant Week 2013

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Once again it's dineLA Restaurant Week, a time when restaurants decide to roll out the deals for diners. This year's event is once again nearly two weeks long, great for those looking to try out new restaurants in far-flung parts of the city. Perhaps its that high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown or West Hollywood that's put together a reasonable lunch or dinner prix fixe. There are a multitude of restaurants this year, from high to low, that are trying to impress diners around town. Like last year, Eater has compiled a Handy Guide to Dining Out during dineLA, but remember that there are plenty of other choices listed. DineLA runs from January 21 to February 1, with lunch menus priced at $15, $20, and $25, and dinner at $25, $35, and $45.


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Perennially one of the best dineLA menus, this classy Century City restaurant is a great choice if making a single restaurant week meal. Choose between apps like winter greens with citrus and fennel, pork croquette, and calamari, then move onto tasty mains like lemon sole, gulf shrimp with saffron risotto, flatiron steak and ricotta cavatelli. A "surprise" or assorted vegetables comes as a side, and then a choice of dessert like white chocolate bread pudding and huckleberries with buddha's hand citron.

Night + Market

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This swanky, minimalist-cool spot on Sunset Blvd makes some of the best modern Thai food in the city. There's a custom three-course menu that includes crispy rice salad with spicy sour pork, chiang-rai style pork larb, isan beef ceviche, and wild ginger curry for $35. There's also a $10 supplement for nam prik that's highly recommended as a starter for the meal.

Public Kitchen And Bar

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Chef Ben Bailly steps into Public's Kitchen at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, offers a choice of three courses with such selection as seared scallop, duck confit croquette, black cod with honey glaze, roasted chicken, farro risotto and roasted carrots. Desserts include tarte tatin and cereal milk panna cotta.

Rivera Restaurant

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Some of the courses at this sleek, downtown pan-Latin restaurant in Downtown will feature chef John Sedlar's upcoming Freida Kahlo and Diego Rivera-themed Valentine's Day dinner. Think blood orange salad with cactus pear, maize essence with seabass, and ancho chile chocolate cake. Other course selections include shrimp mojito salad, the classic flower tortillas with "indian" butter, and duck "enfrijolada." Brazilian baba cachaca and curry blackberry flan round out desserts.

Caulfield's

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Lunch might be the time to check out this re-designed and remade restaurant the Thompson Beverly Hills, the menu constructed by industry vet Stephen Kalt. Latke with salmon caviar, rabbit terrine, mountain trout brandade, and charcoal grilled steak, along with an excellent dessert like frozen milk chocolate souffle and doughnuts with pastry cream and jam. Dinner has a few varied courses, such as seared scallops, mackerel crudo, and chicken liver toast with marsala. $25 for lunch, $45 or dinner.

Lawry's The Prime Rib

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The spinning salad is a mandatory starter for restaurant week, along with a special 8 oz cut of roasted prime rib and a broiled Nova Scotia lobster tail (!). Non-beef eaters can also have a dish of Scottish Salmon. Dessert includes cheesecake with brandied, English trifle, and Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding.

Cliff's Edge

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With former Public Kitchen + Bar chef Vartan Abgaryan has revamped Cliff's Edge's menu with a comfort-pub slant with market-fresh ingredients. Think Chicken liver terrine with candied kumquat, black kale salad, oxtail galette with spicy pickled squash to start. Mains include gnudi with parsnip, roasted chicken with za'atar, and lamb sausage with ancient grains. Dessert features chocolate terrine, shelly's caramel custard, and lemon tart, some familiar finishes.

Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

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Truffles. Available here for dineLA restaurant week. Start off the meal with slow cooked beef tongue or seared scallops with parmesan-truffle fondue. Lobster gnocchi, oxtail spaghetti, braised rabbit rabu with garganelli. The third course is fontina-filled ravioli with truffle butter and fresh truffle shavings. Main course has a selection of veal skirt, Australian wagyu New York steak, and monkfish. Also a swell pick of desserts like hawaiian pineapple carpaccio and banana-mascarpone parfait.

Hostaria Del Piccolo Venice

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Two course-lunch for $15. Not a bad deal in Venice or Santa Monica. Starters include fried calamari, thinly sliced beef tongue or arugula salad. There are pastas like ricotta gnocchi and sausage rigatoni, along with pizzas like olive and bean pesto or an Italian take on Hawaiian pizza.

Industriel Restaurant

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There are some compelling choices at this Downtown restaurant, such as veal belly pastrami, butternut squash risotto and a burger with Roquefort fondue and housemade bacon. Dinner serves crispy chicken with buttermilk biscuits and a wild game meatloaf made with boar, venison and bacon in a lingonberry demi-glace.

Blue Plate Taco

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Another bargain Westside lunch with a great ocean view at this sort-of Mexican spot in SaMo. Tortilla soup or Mexican chopped salad to start, and a two-taco plate, burrito of the day, or chicken (or steak) quesadilla. Pretty good for $15.

Sonagi BBQ

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This Koreatown newcomer is a fresh take on traditional cuisine, with abalone on a hot stone plate, a savory pancake sampler, sizzling stone pot bibimbap, and short rib & abalone soup.

Crustacean

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This pricey spot popular with celebrities is moderate for restaurant week, with a two-course menu for $20 featuring grilled beef satay, yuzu chopped salad, kung pao chicken or prawn angel hair pasta at one of the most desirable tables in Beverly Hills.

Little Next Door

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This cute French-Moroccan bistro on West 3rd St is serving up simple dishes like walnut endive salad, truffle roasted cauliflower soup, Moroccan merguez sandwich, and grilled organic salmon on warm focaccia.

Fogo de Chão

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Almost always the best time to visit this popular Brazilian barbecue on La Cienega's Restaurant Row, the quality of the meats is hard to beat, especially for the discounted dineLA price. Featured is the picanha, the prime part of the sirloin that's seasoned with garlic. Lunch at $25 is a steal.

Lucques

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This classy mainstay by chef Suzanne Goin on Melrose is mixing things up with a market-driven menu featuring roasted root vegetable "fattoush", clams with bacon, escarole and white beans, with a finish of seasonal sorbets. Dinner is a bit more interesting with fried polenta with kabocha squash, pancetta-wrapped fish, and duck confit with sweet potato puree.

Oliverio

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This mid-century inspired dining room with a cool-blue motif in Beverly Hills serves up chef Mirko Paderno's take on Milanese classics, such as a business lunch with an octopus barley salad, ricotta ravioli with beef ragu, and branzino al forno. Dinner dishes up some more choices with burrata with caviar and bottarga to start, lagoustine spaghetti, the chef's signature risotto with radicchio, gorgonzola and amarone reduction, and finally bone-in filet mignon with sunchoke and roasted garlic sauce.

Lukshon

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Lunch is one-and-one, with a dish like Chiang Mai curry noodles or Dan Dan noodles paired with a beer or wine. Like always, dessert comes on the house. Dinner is more varied, with a choice of three dishes among a list of ten (one of them, the beef & broccoli, serves two and has a $10 supplement), but at $25, might be one the best bang-for-the-buck deals at dineLA. Dishes include garlic pork belly, chinese eggplant, crab fritters, and grilled squid salad.

Chef John Sedlar's Beverly Blvd restaurant is trying to introduce Angelenos to Alta Baja cuisine (with a slant of Chinese) and dineLA might be the best time to try out this concept. Think potstickers with puerco pibil, kung pao camarones (shrimp), dim sum tamales, and almond gelatin fruit salad. Slightly bizarre, definitely adventurous, and always refined, in typical Sedlar style.

Father's Office

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Another food and beer pairing built into dineLA, Father's Office is pitting one of their small apps like pork rinds or salt cod brandade fritters with a big dish like lamb pot pie or pork porterhouse and then pairing with a great craft beer like Eagle Rock Brewery's Revolution Extra Pale Ale or Firestone Walker's Reserve Robust Porter.

JiRaffe

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This classic Santa Monica restaurant is doing a Bistro-inspired menu with such dishes as grilled paillard of swordfish, pan-roasted stuffed quail, crispy European daurade or filet mignon. Dessert includes a luscious chocolate hazelnut mousse bomb.

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Perennially one of the best dineLA menus, this classy Century City restaurant is a great choice if making a single restaurant week meal. Choose between apps like winter greens with citrus and fennel, pork croquette, and calamari, then move onto tasty mains like lemon sole, gulf shrimp with saffron risotto, flatiron steak and ricotta cavatelli. A "surprise" or assorted vegetables comes as a side, and then a choice of dessert like white chocolate bread pudding and huckleberries with buddha's hand citron.

Night + Market

This swanky, minimalist-cool spot on Sunset Blvd makes some of the best modern Thai food in the city. There's a custom three-course menu that includes crispy rice salad with spicy sour pork, chiang-rai style pork larb, isan beef ceviche, and wild ginger curry for $35. There's also a $10 supplement for nam prik that's highly recommended as a starter for the meal.

Public Kitchen And Bar

Chef Ben Bailly steps into Public's Kitchen at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, offers a choice of three courses with such selection as seared scallop, duck confit croquette, black cod with honey glaze, roasted chicken, farro risotto and roasted carrots. Desserts include tarte tatin and cereal milk panna cotta.

Rivera Restaurant

Some of the courses at this sleek, downtown pan-Latin restaurant in Downtown will feature chef John Sedlar's upcoming Freida Kahlo and Diego Rivera-themed Valentine's Day dinner. Think blood orange salad with cactus pear, maize essence with seabass, and ancho chile chocolate cake. Other course selections include shrimp mojito salad, the classic flower tortillas with "indian" butter, and duck "enfrijolada." Brazilian baba cachaca and curry blackberry flan round out desserts.

Caulfield's

Lunch might be the time to check out this re-designed and remade restaurant the Thompson Beverly Hills, the menu constructed by industry vet Stephen Kalt. Latke with salmon caviar, rabbit terrine, mountain trout brandade, and charcoal grilled steak, along with an excellent dessert like frozen milk chocolate souffle and doughnuts with pastry cream and jam. Dinner has a few varied courses, such as seared scallops, mackerel crudo, and chicken liver toast with marsala. $25 for lunch, $45 or dinner.

Lawry's The Prime Rib

The spinning salad is a mandatory starter for restaurant week, along with a special 8 oz cut of roasted prime rib and a broiled Nova Scotia lobster tail (!). Non-beef eaters can also have a dish of Scottish Salmon. Dessert includes cheesecake with brandied, English trifle, and Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding.

Cliff's Edge

With former Public Kitchen + Bar chef Vartan Abgaryan has revamped Cliff's Edge's menu with a comfort-pub slant with market-fresh ingredients. Think Chicken liver terrine with candied kumquat, black kale salad, oxtail galette with spicy pickled squash to start. Mains include gnudi with parsnip, roasted chicken with za'atar, and lamb sausage with ancient grains. Dessert features chocolate terrine, shelly's caramel custard, and lemon tart, some familiar finishes.

Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

Truffles. Available here for dineLA restaurant week. Start off the meal with slow cooked beef tongue or seared scallops with parmesan-truffle fondue. Lobster gnocchi, oxtail spaghetti, braised rabbit rabu with garganelli. The third course is fontina-filled ravioli with truffle butter and fresh truffle shavings. Main course has a selection of veal skirt, Australian wagyu New York steak, and monkfish. Also a swell pick of desserts like hawaiian pineapple carpaccio and banana-mascarpone parfait.

Hostaria Del Piccolo Venice

Two course-lunch for $15. Not a bad deal in Venice or Santa Monica. Starters include fried calamari, thinly sliced beef tongue or arugula salad. There are pastas like ricotta gnocchi and sausage rigatoni, along with pizzas like olive and bean pesto or an Italian take on Hawaiian pizza.

Industriel Restaurant