LA is deep into the summer season and that can only mean one thing: dineLA restaurant week is back! From July 15-26, the twice-annual event is serving up prix-fixe lunch and dinner deals for diners from Michelin-starred restaurants on the Westside to quaint cafes on the Eastside. With a little more than a week left, Haute Living has compiled a guide to the best dining options, why you should eat there and what to order.
The Restaurant at Mr. C
1224 Beverwil Dr.
From its rich mahogany interiors to its deeply rooted menus inspired by the classic Italian restaurants that founding owner Giuseppe Cipriani has established throughout the world, there is little doubt The Restaurant at Mr. C is a local gem. Order the homemade lightly baked green taglionlini with veal ragu during its lunch service along with a classic Bellini. After all, the coveted brunch cocktail was invented by Mr. Cipriani himself.
The Little Door
8164 W 3rd St.
The Little Door is but a gateway into a Parisian paradise that can make you feel like a cobblestone step away from the city of light. Whether it’s “date night” or “girl’s night,” book a table for dinner inside their romantic candlelit courtyard and order the peach, blueberry and lemon verbena cobbler for dessert.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
465 S La Cienega Blvd.
On any given night, dinner at this James Beard Award-winning restaurant can set you back a couple hundred dollars for its gastronomical style of cuisine that’s highly sought after in the city. But during dineLA, it will only cost you $45 per person. Unlike most dineLA menus, you’ll have more than 30 choices from its shared plates offerings. The philly cheesesteak, Japanese taco and Ottoman carrot fritters are must-order items.
8155 Melrose Ave.
While there are a handful of “Top Chef” winners throughout LA, there are few that have made their game-winning dishes available to its fans. Chef Rick Bayless’ now-famous black mole sauce won him the honor of “Top Chef,” and during dineLA week, diners can be a part of that glory with the pollo en mole poblano served at dinner.
141 S Grand Ave.
Set inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina restaurant is just as beautiful as it is on the outside. Each French dish is finished as if a work of art, no detail is overlooked and each bite oozing with perfection. Order the Melon Composition for dessert, a delicate blend of crème fraiche, cilantro and chamomile meringue.