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15 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

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Dining room at Olivetta in West Hollywood
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Elephante

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1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 320-2384
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Sporting unbelievable ocean views and a rooftop perch in Santa Monica, this always-popular restaurant has a wide menu of salads, pastas, pizza, and Mediterranean-inspired plates that should please everyone. The pastas are a real highlight, such as the lobster pasta with tomato marsala passato and mascarpone. Elephante works as a Monday business dinner that doesn’t feel fussy, or an early week date night, with a reservation that’s not too difficult to nab.

Elephante
Elephante
Elephante [Official photo]

2. Pasjoli

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2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(424) 330-0020
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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.

Pasjoli, Santa Monica, dining room.
Pasjoli, Santa Monica.
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3. The Arthur J

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903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 878-9620
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There’s not a lot of pretension at the Arthur J in Manhattan Beach, it’s just that the small-ish dining room and high-quality food make it hard to score a weekend table. On Monday nights the steakhouse is a different place almost entirely, a beachside option for locals to celebrate with grilled steaks and wine.

Tomahawk steak from the Arthur J.
Tomahawk steak from the Arthur J.
Mary Costa

4. Bicyclette

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 500-9575
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This long-awaited Republique follow-up restaurant has proven to be an early sensation with diners, so much so that Saturday night reservations can be very hard to come by. Swing through on quiet Monday night for French bistro staples, tarte tatin, Old World wines, and a whole lot more.

Bicyclette Bistro dining room
Dining room at Bicyclette
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5. Talesai

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11744 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 753-1001
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For more than two decades Talesai has stood as a Thai restaurant for the San Fernando Valley and beyond. The Yenbamroong family has long excelled at creating great menus, but at this location, it’s the retro-cool decor, white tablecloths, and upscale presentation that make it ideal for a Monday date night.

Talesai dining room in Studio City.
Talesai dining room in Studio City.
Talesai

6. Olivetta

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9010 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 307-3932
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West Hollywood’s party scene is an ever-shifting beast, beset by impossible-to-score dinner reservations and lots of social media-inspired FOMO. Try getting into the white-hot Olivetta for some Monday night moodiness, complete with fine cooking (including pastas, chops, and caviar snacks) from none other than Michael Fiorelli. 

Big, comfortable booths and long tables in a large dining room.
Dining room at Olivetta, West Hollywood.
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7. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
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The venerable Angelini Osteria is 20 years young, a legacy Italian restaurant that has given rise to countless chefs and cooks across the city. Monday nights are perfect for a more laid-back night of housemade pasta like sea urchin linguine and lasagne verde.

Lasagna at Angelini Osteria
Lasagna at Angelini Osteria.
Ryan Tanaka

8. Soban

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4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-9106
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Koreatown’s Soban restaurant continues to prepare some of the finest Korean cuisine in the country, which makes it no surprise that Parasite director Bong Joon Ho seems to visit every time he’s in town. The three highlights are right in the center of the menu and are worth ordering for any table: braised short rib, spicy braised black cod, and the signature marinated and fermented flower crab. The banchan is spectacular too.

Ganjang gejang at Soban in Koreatown.
Ganjang gejang at Soban.
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9. Kismet

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4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 409-0404
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Sidewalk dining has rarely felt (or looked) as good as it does at Kismet in Los Feliz. The thoughtful, vegetable-forward restaurant known for its malawach, crispy rice, and confit rabbit is a kaleidoscope of cool people on Friday and Saturday nights, and a much more mellow and endearing place to dine on Mondays.

Dining room at Kismet.
Dining room at Kismet.
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10. Bar Restaurant

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4326 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 347-5557
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Bar Restaurant opened not long before the start of the ongoing global pandemic and has become an anchor option in Silver Lake through it all. Chef Doug Rankin is adept at making the difficult seem approachable, from Arctic cod in nettle butter to lamb belly mains and the signature mussels and curly fries that hit just about every table in the effortlessly hip restaurant.

Octopus at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake.
Octopus at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

11. Tsubaki

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1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 900-4900
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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.

Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Pascal Shirley

12. Bavel

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500 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 232-4966
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Bavel is among LA’s hardest-to-score reservations, and there’s good reason for that. The perennially hip Arts District destination has some of LA’s best food and makes for great people-watching on weekend nights. Realistically the Middle Eastern-leaning spot is still hard to get into even on Monday nights, but at least there’s a chance to check it out without waiting months.

Bavel, Arts District
Bavel, Arts District.
Jakob Layman

13. Union Restaurant

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37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5841
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Pasadena can’t get enough of Union, the Italian spot known for its locavore approach to vegetables and its comforting menu of basics. The restaurant survived the pandemic thanks to the strength of its local clientele and now is back to pushing out plate after plate of pasta both inside and out on the long streetside patio built turning the pandemic. Because this place is so hard to get into on weekends, Monday night may be your best bet.

Spaghetti chitarra at Union.
Spaghetti chitarra at Union.
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14. Michael's on Naples Ristorante

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5620 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 439-7080
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With its vibrant rooftop and award-winning Italian food, Michael’s on Naples is perhaps the best spot to take a Monday night date in all of Long Beach. There’s an air of class to the place, but without the pretension, that makes this water-adjacent option worth the trip from anywhere in LA.

Rooftop at Michael’s on Naples.
Rooftop at Michael’s on Naples.
Michaels on Naples

15. Bistro Na's

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9055 Las Tunas Dr #105
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 286-1999
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There are hundreds of amazing Chinese restaurants in the SGV, but perhaps none has the upscale decor and presentation to match Bistro Na’s in Temple City, which serves imperial court cuisine from the Qing dynasty like crispy shrimp and dry-based black cod laced with chiles. A proper place for a fancy destination or celebratory meal in the SGV.

1. Elephante

1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Elephante
Elephante
Elephante [Official photo]

Sporting unbelievable ocean views and a rooftop perch in Santa Monica, this always-popular restaurant has a wide menu of salads, pastas, pizza, and Mediterranean-inspired plates that should please everyone. The pastas are a real highlight, such as the lobster pasta with tomato marsala passato and mascarpone. Elephante works as a Monday business dinner that doesn’t feel fussy, or an early week date night, with a reservation that’s not too difficult to nab.

1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Pasjoli

2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pasjoli, Santa Monica, dining room.
Pasjoli, Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

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.

2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

3. The Arthur J

903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tomahawk steak from the Arthur J.
Tomahawk steak from the Arthur J.
Mary Costa

There’s not a lot of pretension at the Arthur J in Manhattan Beach, it’s just that the small-ish dining room and high-quality food make it hard to score a weekend table. On Monday nights the steakhouse is a different place almost entirely, a beachside option for locals to celebrate with grilled steaks and wine.

903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

4. Bicyclette

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Bicyclette Bistro dining room
Dining room at Bicyclette
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

This long-awaited Republique follow-up restaurant has proven to be an early sensation with diners, so much so that Saturday night reservations can be very hard to come by. Swing through on quiet Monday night for French bistro staples, tarte tatin, Old World wines, and a whole lot more.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

5. Talesai

11744 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Talesai dining room in Studio City.
Talesai dining room in Studio City.
Talesai

For more than two decades Talesai has stood as a Thai restaurant for the San Fernando Valley and beyond. The Yenbamroong family has long excelled at creating great menus, but at this location, it’s the retro-cool decor, white tablecloths, and upscale presentation that make it ideal for a Monday date night.

11744 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

6. Olivetta

9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Big, comfortable booths and long tables in a large dining room.
Dining room at Olivetta, West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

West Hollywood’s party scene is an ever-shifting beast, beset by impossible-to-score dinner reservations and lots of social media-inspired FOMO. Try getting into the white-hot Olivetta for some Monday night moodiness, complete with fine cooking (including pastas, chops, and caviar snacks) from none other than Michael Fiorelli. 

9010 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Lasagna at Angelini Osteria
Lasagna at Angelini Osteria.
Ryan Tanaka

The venerable Angelini Osteria is 20 years young, a legacy Italian restaurant that has given rise to countless chefs and cooks across the city. Monday nights are perfect for a more laid-back night of housemade pasta like sea urchin linguine and lasagne verde.

7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Soban

4001 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Ganjang gejang at Soban in Koreatown.
Ganjang gejang at Soban.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Koreatown’s Soban restaurant continues to prepare some of the finest Korean cuisine in the country, which makes it no surprise that Parasite director Bong Joon Ho seems to visit every time he’s in town. The three highlights are right in the center of the menu and are worth ordering for any table: braised short rib, spicy braised black cod, and the signature marinated and fermented flower crab. The banchan is spectacular too.

4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

9. Kismet

4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dining room at Kismet.
Dining room at Kismet.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Sidewalk dining has rarely felt (or looked) as good as it does at Kismet in Los Feliz. The thoughtful, vegetable-forward restaurant known for its malawach, crispy rice, and confit rabbit is a kaleidoscope of cool people on Friday and Saturday nights, and a much more mellow and endearing place to dine on Mondays.

4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Bar Restaurant

4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Octopus at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake.
Octopus at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Bar Restaurant opened not long before the start of the ongoing global pandemic and has become an anchor option in Silver Lake through it all. Chef Doug Rankin is adept at making the difficult seem approachable, from Arctic cod in nettle butter to lamb belly mains and the signature mussels and curly fries that hit just about every table in the effortlessly hip restaurant.

4326 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

11. Tsubaki

1356 Allison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Pascal Shirley

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.

1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. Bavel

500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Bavel, Arts District
Bavel, Arts District.
Jakob Layman

Bavel is among LA’s hardest-to-score reservations, and there’s good reason for that. The perennially hip Arts District destination has some of LA’s best food and makes for great people-watching on weekend nights. Realistically the Middle Eastern-leaning spot is still hard to get into even on Monday nights, but at least there’s a chance to check it out without waiting months.

500 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

13. Union Restaurant

37 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Spaghetti chitarra at Union.
Spaghetti chitarra at Union.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Pasadena can’t get enough of Union, the Italian spot known for its locavore approach to vegetables and its comforting menu of basics. The restaurant survived the pandemic thanks to the strength of its local clientele and now is back to pushing out plate after plate of pasta both inside and out on the long streetside patio built turning the pandemic. Because this place is so hard to get into on weekends, Monday night may be your best bet.

37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

14. Michael's on Naples Ristorante

5620 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Rooftop at Michael’s on Naples.
Rooftop at Michael’s on Naples.
Michaels on Naples

With its vibrant rooftop and award-winning Italian food, Michael’s on Naples is perhaps the best spot to take a Monday night date in all of Long Beach. There’s an air of class to the place, but without the pretension, that makes this water-adjacent option worth the trip from anywhere in LA.

5620 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

15. Bistro Na's

9055 Las Tunas Dr #105, Temple City, CA 91780

There are hundreds of amazing Chinese restaurants in the SGV, but perhaps none has the upscale decor and presentation to match Bistro Na’s in Temple City, which serves imperial court cuisine from the Qing dynasty like crispy shrimp and dry-based black cod laced with chiles. A proper place for a fancy destination or celebratory meal in the SGV.

9055 Las Tunas Dr #105
Temple City, CA 91780

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