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The best bang-for-your-buck restaurant deals in L.A.

Enjoy reasonably priced, top-notch restaurant meals with our favorite lunch and dinner deals across the city.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Outside of a certain global fast food chain, the term “value meal” generally doesn’t carry much weight among Angelenos. At the same time, it’s probably the best way to describe these excellent bang-for-your-buck L.A. restaurant deals, which conscientious diners might call reasonably priced once you factor in the quality of the ingredients, level of service and general ambience. (At a broader level, “cheap” food carries plenty of hidden costs.) 

Other diners in search of inexpensive eats and under $20 happy hour deals might not consider these prices “cheap,” but they’re still cost-effective ways to dine out in the city without the typical big-ticket restaurant bill. In practice, this often means eating on weekdays, the days L.A.’s locally owned restaurants and bars struggle the most to draw crowds, but that’s not always the case—so read on for our favorite meal deals around the city that make every dollar in your dining budget count. 

Dine well with these high-quality bargain meals

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Los Feliz
  • price 2 of 4

Every Monday, dine out without digging too deep into your wallet at Little Dom's, where a three-course meal goes for an affordable $25 per head. Each week the menu changes—some weeks it might feature a light pasta, others might highlight a seasonal squash farro risotto—but the lineup always includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Drinks are discounted, too: Snag a bottle of house blend red or white for $20, or canned Peroni for $4. Check Little Dom's website for the most updated Monday night menu.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Brentwood
  • price 2 of 4

After 15 years in business, Jerry Greenberg and Kazunori Nozawa’s fast-casual empire is still one of the best lunch and dinner deals in L.A. (It’s worth noting Sugarfish’s lunchtime prix fixe is slightly cheaper at $30, but contains two fewer pieces of nigiri.) Edamame and tuna sashimi in a light ponzu sauce kick off a sushi meal packed with buttery, crowd-pleasing cuts, including albacore, salmon and yellowtail. In our eyes, however, the handrolls are the best part and apparently, most Angelenos agree—since you can find them at the similarly reasonably priced spinoff concept Kazunori, which has locations in Koreatown, Santa Monica, Westwood, Mid-City and Downtown L.A.

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  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Echo Park
  • price 2 of 4

Like the name says: This midweek smorgasbord meal is only available on Wednesdays from the Park’s Finest, a Historic Filipinotown restaurant serving up Southern barbecue with plenty of Filipino flavor. Each plate includes portions of coconut beef, a medley of hot links, pulled pork, candy-coated chicken, vegetables and rice, plus a hefty piece of the restaurant’s must-order cornbread bibingka. It’s a hearty meal for the tired and hungry masses, in the best way possible.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Little Tokyo
  • price 2 of 4

Despite inflation and supply chain-related price increases, this longtime Little Tokyo lunch deal, available Tuesday to Friday, is still one of the best in town. Each plate comes with nine or ten different types of high-quality raw and cooked fish, plus miso soup, tofu and a small bowl of pickled vegetables. You might find other similarly priced sushi lunches around town, but few come with as much soul or history as Sushi Gen, which first opened over 40 years ago in Downtown L.A.

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Koreatown
  • price 2 of 4

 (Dinner: $20.49–$27.49)

While just shy of $28 might not seem like all that much of a deal at dinner, the lunchtime soondubu combos at BCD’s two Koreatown locations remain a daytime-only steal when it comes to maximizing on flavor and variety. Each combo comes with an assorted soondubu and your choice of main entrée, which includes bibimbap (the cheapest), galbi ribs (the priciest), yellow corvina and our favorite: spicy raw crab. Plus, there’s also the restaurant’s delightful array of banchan, including kimchi and radish and typically at least one kind of spicy salted seafood.

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 2 of 4

Available from Tuesday to Thursday, De La Nonna’s package deal for two is the perfect not-too-expensive weeknight dinner date. Each Nonna Pack comes with two of the restaurant’s signature personal-sized focaccia pizzas ( which are craggy, crunchy and packed with gourmet toppings), Caesar salad and an entire bottle of wine. Since most of the restaurant’s bottles are priced above $40, this midweek package is a steal if you and your dining partner are the type of folks who usually polish off a bottle of wine anyway.

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  • Restaurants
  • Caribbean
  • Mid City
  • price 2 of 4

Available 11am–3pm Monday to Friday, the weekday chicken lunch specials at this Mid-City Caribbean restaurant are reasonably priced and full of flavor. Depending on the day, the style of poultry prep varies, but you’ll find that even the heavily spiced $14 jerk chicken is worth the extra few dollars after the first forkful of food. Each budget-friendly plate also comes with plantains and a choice of two heaping sides. Pick from salad, steamed cabbage, rice and peas (beans), callaloo (amaranth greens) and patties—flaky pastries stuffed with meat or vegetables.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4

With its rotating five-course array of grass-fed New Zealand Wagyu cuts, Matū’s nightly prix-fixe menu isn’t exactly priced anywhere close to cheap. That being said, the main affair at this relatively new Beverly Hills steakhouse borders on “how do they make any money off this?” when you factor in the quality  and variety of said beef, the skillfulness of the restaurant’s kitchen team and the fact a single steak on the restaurant’s regular menu goes for about $70. Red meat connoisseurs in search of a great value dinner will love Matū’s preparations, which might include bone broth, tartare and a braised cheek stew.

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