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10 takeout and alfresco deals for the spring edition of dineL.A.

Lobsters rolls, vegan burritos, dumplings and more.

Michael Juliano

Biannual restaurant week dineL.A. usually rolls out its winter edition in January, but with L.A. restaurant patios still shuttered at the time, the prix fixe tradition decided to delay things a bit. That’s worked out the best for hungry diners, because now you have a choice of either takeout or outdoor dining.

DineL.A. is back from March 1 through 14 for its first-ever spring edition. You can find the full list of over 250 restaurants offering fixed-price, multi-course meals over on the dineL.A. website, but we’ve picked out a couple of our favorite deals below.

The Courtyard at 1 Pico

Watch the sunset over the water and then relax in this leafy courtyard literally steps from the beach. You’ll find a three-course dine-in dinner menu with choices like hamachi crudo, burrata and seared scallops. $55; available for outdoor dining

All Day Baby

Silver Lake diner All Day Baby is pushing up the ante with a Motörhead-inspired lunchtime meal: the Lemmy Special, a smoked beef and cheese sandwich with fries and a choice between three Jack-and-soda cocktails. $25; available for takeout starting Mar 3

Broad Street Oyster Co. lobster roll
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Broad Street Oyster Co.

Available for both lunch and dinner and with a buy-up option that tacks on shrimp cocktail or ceviche, Broad Street Oyster Co.’s dineL.A. menu will basically just save you a buck on a can of Bud—but we’ll never turn down an excuse to encourage you to grab Malibu’s—and possibly SoCal’s—best lobster roll. $25–$45; available for outdoor dining and takeout

Chao Krung

Compared to the typical a la carte menu, the Fairfax Thai restaurant’s dineL.A. lunch offering pretty much throws in a free sticky rice with coconut custard depending on what you order for your starter and main. Dinner ups the choices and throws in a glass of wine or Thai iced tea. Lunch $20, dinner $45; available for outdoor dining and takeout


Beverly Hills’ Vietnamese seafood eatery typically requires a decent investment, but its lunch menu offers a lower-priced taste of items like yellowtail sashimi, filet mignon XO fried rice and banana à la mode. $35; available for outdoor dining and takeout


In search of the closest thing to a romantic meal right now? This Studio City secret garden’s three-course dinner menu, with options like mussels, crispy duck confit and crème brûlée, kicks off with sparkling rosé and salmon tartare under the twinkle-lit patio. $65; available for outdoor dining

Gracias Madre

Everyone’s favorite patio for vegan Mexican bites and margs is back just in time for dineL.A. The West Hollywood spot’s multi-course menu features options like cauliflower with chipotle cashew cheese, a jackfruit carnitas wet burrito and watermelon agua fresco; upgrade to a margarita during lunch for an extra $5, or get it included during dinner along with chips and guac and a gluten-free brownie. Lunch $25, dinner $55; available for outdoor dining

Jame Enoteca

El Segundo’s seasonal Italian spot has multi-course menus for both lunch and dinner, but lunchtime is a particular steal: go with crispy Brussels sprouts and an avocado-topped kale salad for something on the healthier side, or a more decadent combo of meatballs and a chicken parm sandwich, all served with a glass of pinot grigio, rosé or Montepulciano. $20; available for outdoor dining

La Grande Orange Café

Pasadena’s historic train station patio is shaving about five dollars off burger pairings, with a trio of draught beers (including locally-brewed fave Craftsman 1903) available for lunch and a selection of cocktails (including the signature white sangria) for dinner. $25; available for outdoor dining

Ms Chi

For its steal-of-a-lunch menu, Shirley Chung’s Culver City restaurant pairs the typically weekend brunch-only scallion pancake with a slightly pared down order of a half-dozen dumplings, available either vegan or with chicken. Dinner, meanwhile, shifts to a family-style menu with chicken dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp, soy sauce Cornish hens and mochi doughnuts, among other items. Lunch $15, dinner $45 per person (minimum two people); available for outdoor dining and takeout

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