Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Where to Eat: 10 Must-Visit dineLA Restaurant Week restaurants, Los Angeles


dineL.A. Restaurant Week has officially taken over the city! 

During this two-week period from now until next Friday, Jan. 26, hundreds upon hundreds of places — whether big or small, high-end or extremely affordable — will offer up special two- to three-course prix fixe lunches (starting at $15) and/or dinners (starting at $29).

Participating places are literally all throughout the greater Los Angeles area, with some choosing to show off brand new options and yet others deciding to stick to their signature, best-selling dishes.

The entire list of 300+ restaurants can be rather overwhelming to skim, so I've taken the liberty to craft The #WilsonsGuide to dineL.A. — a curated compilation of 10 dining establishments that I've personally tested out and enjoyed throughout the years, and truly think are worth your time, too.

So please, read the list below and don’t forget to share any dineL.A. restaurants you plan to frequent in the comments section below!


In alphabetical order:


A-Frame | Culver City


Housed in a former IHOP, A-Frame kept the space and even the signature slanted IHOP roof the same and transformed the interior into an organic, earthy space with modern fixtures. Food here is a fusion of Asian and American cultures, with names that are as fun as the ingredients in the dishes they describe. dineL.A. menu recommendation: The Cracklin Beer Can Chicken, which has been on the menu since A-Frame initially opened in 2010.

For more info | dineL.A. $29 dinner menu 


Emporium Thai Cuisine | Westwood


Emporium’s proud claim is that it's been the only place in the Westwood area serving traditional and street Southern Thai food, since opening its doors in 2000. The one-room eatery has a warm, inviting atmosphere filled with earthy, muted colors and an array of eye-catching artwork, including a creative display of partitions from Cost Plus World Market along with a Buddha statue that owner John Sungkamee acquired during his time residing in a temple as a monk. dineL.A. menu recommendation: The Pad Prik King Crispy Pork, comprising crispy pork belly and pork rind, all stir fried in a dry red curry with vegetables carrots, green beans and red chili.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus 


Hanjip Korean BBQ | Culver City


Located right off of the main Culver Blvd. thoroughfare in downtown Culver City, Hanjip is my go-to destination when I’m craving all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ on the Westside. It has a wide selection of 20 well-seasoned meats and seafood that you cook on a grill right at your table. dineL.A. menu recommendation: The beef bulgogi is fantastic; it’s tender and lathered in a flavorful marinade.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus 


One Pico @ Shutters on the Beach | Santa Monica


One Pico is a restaurant located within a subtly high-end hotel, Shutters on the Beach, which sits on prime real estate in Santa Monica, slightly south of the pier. The restaurant has wall-to-wall windows that offer a view of the Pacific Ocean that would take anyone’s breath away and features a seasonal market menu. dineL.A. menu recommendation: Go for the Jidori Farm Chicken, pictured above.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus


Rose Cafe & Restaurant | Venice


Separated into several sections — a restaurant with two patios, a deli / coffee stand and a bar area — Rose Cafe boasts a vibrant space that’s absolutely enchanting. Coffee here is bold and delicious, always served with a nice presentation. On any given day, stop by for a quick bite to eat or stay for a longer meal. A few dineL.A. menu options: short rib, salmon and Carolina gold rice.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus 


The District by Hannah An | Beverly Hills


This swanky restaurant on Third Street near the Beverly Center was launched by Hannah An, who hails from the same matriarchal family of restaurateurs who opened nearby Crustacean and who currently run a multi-million dollar restaurant business. Hannah has created a dining experience that highlights the varied intricacies of Vietnamese cuisine while simultaneously adding a California flair. dineL.A. menu recommendation: Hannah’s Noodles, pictured above, are everything.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus


The Federal | The Valley (North Hollywood)


The Federal Bar often features live performances in its upstairs space, but also has an intriguing menu in its downstairs gastropub. Here you'll find twists on American fare standards, like the Crispy Chicken & Biscuit Sliders, a Buffalo Chicken pizza and the oh-so-tasty Vegan Weena, pictured above. Some of the dineL.A. menu options: the MCOA Burger, the Smoked Brisket Sammie and a Vegan Burger.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus 


The Raymond 1866 | Pasadena


Set amongst the sleepy foothills of South Pasadena, The Raymond 1886 occupies the former caretaker’s cottage of the old Raymond Hotel, originally opened in 1886 and once the popular hangout destination for elite celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. I’ve typically ventured here for the libations from Bar 1886, but often observe the restaurant packed as well. dineL.A. options include the Roasted Hanger Steak, Columbia River Salmon, Short Rib, Hawaiian Pacific Swordfish and 10 signature lunch sandwiches. 

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus 


Tortilla Republic | West Hollywood


Tortilla Republic has the perfect balance of hospitable customer service, stellar Mexican food, a refined but welcoming ambiance and delicious margaritas. The tastes, the seasonings, the presentation…this isn’t greasy Mexican food that will leave you in a food coma; it’s as fresh as it is vibrantly colorful and beautiful to look at. dineL.A. selections include Seared Albacore Tuna Tostaditas and Crispy Tofu Tlacoyos.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus


Viviane | Beverly Hills


Way, way back in the day, the Avalon Hotel, where Viviane is located, was the stomping grounds for megastars including Mae West, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. Now, this unassumingly glitzy boutique hotel offers both old Hollywood charm and subdued relaxation, all in a California chic, mid-century modern setting. Viviane artfully combines American, European and California influences with lots of colorful, vibrant produce, like avocados and kale. dineL.A. menu recommendation: the Pan Seared Salmon.

For more info | dineL.A. lunch & dinner menus

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For a full list of all 300+ participating restaurants, visit here!