Most of the time, Monday night dinner is made for comfort food in simple surroundings, or even (gasp) having dinner at home. For many, it’s a recharge day after a long weekend at hip bars and hot spots across the city, but for those really in-the-know diners, Monday night represents a chance to beat the crowds while still eating well at some of greater LA’s top restaurants. These are places that work for date night or off-weekend anniversaries, restaurants where the service, drinks, and decor help to pull the whole meal together — and where it’s possible to actually get in, without waiting for months on a reservation list. Here’s where to score a table on Monday nights around Los Angeles.Read More
17 Date-Worthy LA Restaurants That Are Actually Open on Monday Nights
Find a great, celebratory place to eat on Monday, because not everyone can eat out on prime weekend evenings
There may be no finer Santa Monica restaurant than Pasjoli, with its upscale French cooking from celebrated fine-dining chef Dave Beran and impeccable service standards. Monday nights are a great opportunity to relax and watch one of Los Angeles’s best restaurants turn out plate after plate of unrivaled French fare.
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Classic French fare always tastes better on a whim, like a Monday night dinner in the Valley. Ludo Lefebvre’s enduring bistro has both the look and the charm of a Parisian restaurant, with hefty fare like steak frites, escargots, and trout almondine paired with the excellent cocktails and wine list.
The Valley's low-key wine and sushi spot is a secret find on Monday evenings, where locals can take in quality omakase and nigiri paired with a thoughtful wine list. The modest interior and somewhat hushed vibe with jazz tunes make it a solid date night.
Manhattan Beach’s restaurant Nando comes by way of Illinois, a Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant run by actual Sicilians. The vibe is sleek, modern, and almost late 2000s without feeling the last bit aged. As for the food, expect terrific, unfussy pastas, seafood, and more that cater to the sometimes unadventurous palates of the South Bay, with the fancy service to make even a Monday feel like a Saturday night.
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Dante Beverly Hills
Looking for a lovely, lazy evening to lounge around with stellar cocktails, easy Italian American food, and a perfect breezy view? That’s Dante, a New York City offshoot nestled into the luxury Maybourne hotel in Beverly Hills. The service is awesome, the seating is comfortable, and the vibes are nice enough for celebrities without being pretentious. It’s a solid Monday date night option.
Placed almost underground, this crowded bistro from Walter and Margarita Manzke always works as an early week date option, mixing strong cocktails and suave wine with excellent, classical French food with a California attitude. Think tomato and melon salad when the days are warm to boeuf bourguignon when it starts to feel cold.
Want to dress up and not feel out of place on a Monday night in LA? Juliet is the kind of place to wear a suit and fancy dress without feeling overdressed. It’s stylish and modern, almost Midtown Manhattan more than Culver City, but here it is, serving sleek French bistro fare in modest portions (order a few more dishes than you think you’ll need). From wine to cocktails to the shareable plates, Juliet is a surprising Monday night date spot.
Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse
Deep red wines and robust steak cuts (or around-the-world sampler platters) make for an invigorating night at Carlitos Gardel, the Argentinian spot hiding in plain sight along Melrose. While there are other steakhouses to enjoy for opulence and people-watching, the dim and cozy corners of Carlitos Gardel make for an ideal evening of red meat, wine, and possible canoodling.
Stephen Kalt's enduring Melrose Avenue Italian restaurant has morphed into one of the city's most underrated date gems. A wide menu of California-Italian salads, appetizers, pizzas, and pastas makes it approachable while the nicely appointed indoor and outdoor dining rooms give it versatility for dates or larger groups.
Being open on a Monday night is purposeful for Stir Crazy, the Melrose wine cafe upstart that kept the name and some of the touches from the coffee shop that preceded it. Looking to craft a work-life balance and build, slowly, a local audience, this newcomer doesn’t sell its romano beans and poached big eye tuna plates or Spanish ham and cheese plates on Saturdays or Sundays at all, meaning Monday meals are really for the restaurant’s fans and customers who just happen to swing by early.
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Harold & Belle's
One of LA’s enduring Creole restaurants, Harold & Belle’s is a lovely family-run place for bowls of file gumbo, jambalaya, and other New Orleans favorites in the heart of South LA. Third-generation owners Ryan and Jessica Legaux make sure the restaurant features more than enough Southern hospitality to make any night of the week feel special.
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Koreatown’s most ambitious restaurant is back after a near closure that was saved when owners Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener crowdsourced funds to pay for a reopening. The seasonal food is an example of LA’s global dining lens at its finest, with stellar cocktails to boot. Try the frog legs with salsa negra or the uni panna cotta starter.
Longtime neighborhood favorite Alimento is and has always been the kind of place where Silver Lake has gathered for excellent pasta and terrific wine. It’s a bonus that they choose to open on Monday, a night for locals to pop in and have great food from chef Zach Pollack, like chicken liver mousse or handmade tortellini.
The Lonely Oyster
Echo Park’s Lonely Oyster prides itself on a handful of things. First, this feels very much like a Northeast seafood joint. It’s also got an incredible wine list that pairs well with chef Dom Crisp’s salmon crudo, ceviche, a uni caviar service, oysters, or a fantastic lobster roll trio. And finally, it’s open every day of the week from noon until midnight or 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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For refined Japanese cooking, it’s hard to think of a better place than Tsubaki. The diminutive Echo Park restaurant (and attached sake bar and snacks spot Ototo) is perfect for a Monday night celebration, dining over dry-aged sashimi, silken tofu, and grill-kissed meats.
Somewhat hidden in Elysian Valley, Loreto is swanky enough for a special night but approachable enough for a Monday date. The cocktails, certainly heavy on agave, are far better than the standard combo-plate Mexican spot. And the seafood, pristine and seasoned with just the right amount of lime and chile, wouldn’t feel out of place on a Mexican beach. Make sure to share the zarandeado fish.
Weekends are absolutely jam-packed at Pasadena’s Bar Chelou, a truly unprecedented mix of European and Californian flavors from talented chef Doug Rankin (ask a French person what chelou means, and it means ‘f**king weird’). Dive into the anchovies, the sprouting peas, or the merguez with toum, and it’s all just great on the plate. The fare is thought-provoking and fun without feeling too strange, and the service makes everyone feel special.