Where to eat during Winter dineL.A.
Dinner at Adam Perry Lang’s Hollywood steakhouse can normally be a bit of splurge, which is why the restaurant’s first dineL.A. menu—at $115 per person, as part of the Exclusive Series—is an excellent deal. The five-course meal includes starters like hand-cut steak tartare with Calabrian chili and egg yolk, while everyone receives the restaurant’s take on a wedge salad (topped with insanely decadent grilled bacon). Next comes the spaghetti in Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes, after which you’ll pick your entrée—choose between the dry-aged rib eye or the whole branzino—served with sides like crispy Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. The dessert? The chocolate cake, of course.
Looking for a vegan-friendly option? Artisanal Brewers Collective’s Belgian-inspired brewpub offers meat, seafood and plant-based dishes on its four-course dineL.A. dinner menu. Begin with curried beer nuts or marinated olives before moving toward appetizers of little gem salad or meatballs (of either beef or Impossible Foods variety). Mains include your choice of traditional moules frites or some pasta in a vegan bolognese, and you can finish with vegan pots de crème topped with whipped coconut cream. What’s more, each dinner is only $29, which means you can save your money for Bluebird’s house-brewed beers or the absinthe that trickles from fountains.
Michael Mina’s Beverly Center restaurant is all about coastal Italian cuisine, and the dinner-only dineL.A. menu is fittingly full of fresh seafood: Sardinian-style octopus in spicy tomato broth; Arctic char with caramelized fennel; and amberjack crudo with ’nduja. What’s more, it comes at a huge discount: $59 for a five-course meal, plus it includes a glass of red, white or sparkling wine. There’s also pizza, rigatoni carbonara and a trio of cannoli—not to mention savory doughnuts topped with prosciutto.
If you haven’t checked out the fully renovated and revamped Castaway, now’s your chance. The view is worth the price alone, but considering how the food at this Burbank institution and pseudo-steakhouse can add up, well, the $59 prix-fixe dinner menu is a pretty good deal in and of itself. Appetizers include Hokkaido scallops with a hazelnut and brown-butter vinaigrette, not to mention some hand-cut steak tartare. For entrées, choose between the 28-day dry-aged rib eye or a plate of wild-mushroom pappardelle, among others, then close out the night with marsala-tinged tiramisu or a spiked banana bread “brûlée.”
When one of L.A.’s Thai stalwarts wants to give everyone free wine to sip with their spicy meals, who are we to say no? Head to Chao Krung for a $29 three-course feast that includes a glass of wine or Thai beer on tap; starters like Tod Mun Pla fish cakes or Kaeng Liang spicy shrimp and basil soup; mains such as Khao Soi curry noodles and Kaeng Hung-ley pork belly; and desserts of either egg custard or Thai pancake with condensed milk. If you happen to be around Fairfax during the day, snag the $15 lunch, which includes one starter, one main and either a Thai iced tea or some egg custard.
This LAFC stadium-adjacent food hall is offering an outrageously fun dineL.A. deal, creating combos at each food stand. If you’re looking for a $15 lunch deal, head to Tim Hollingsworth’s C.J. Boyd’s for a fried chicken sandwich with banana pudding and a drink; Shirley Chung’s Ms CHI for dumplings, any fried rice or chow mein, a dessert and a drink; Burritos La Palma for some so-good-they’re-unbelievable burritos, plus churros and agua fresca; Akko Port for laffa rolls, and more. At dinner, the $29 menu includes a cocktail or draft beer.
Little Sister’s soulful Vietnamese-leaning cuisine is hardly a secret in the South Bay, which means you should make your reservations at both the Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach locations. In Manhattan Beach, there’s a $25 lunch menu that includes coffee or tea, plus appetizers like pork, shrimp and crab dumplings, and green papaya salad with Vietnamese jerky—plus mains like lemongrass beef or pan-fried noodles. During the four-course $49 dinner, look for salt-and-pepper prawns with cashew curry; egg noodles with crispy pork; lamb satay with mustard greens; and pumpkin butter cake with caramel. At the Redondo Beach location, find a $20 pared-down lunch special that includes a bánh mì, larb gai and pho, and at dinner, a $39 three-course menu that includes Malaysian prawns, lemongrass fried chicken with garlic, and snapper with bok choy.
Please welcome Ma’am Sir to the dineL.A. family, and be sure to take full advantage of its three-course menu—because it’s one of the best deals this season. Every diner who takes part in Charles Olalia’s fun, modern Filipino $39 prix fixe receives one complimentary glass of red or white wine to start the meal, before picking two appetizers (and yes, options include the great uni-topped lumpia). Mains involve Pampanga-style mushroom tamales; crispy pork lechon; BBQ milkfish; and fried chicken with gravy, while desserts mean banana bibingka or the house halo-halo.
Chef Josef Centeno’s offering a solid deal for Downtown’s lunch crowd, and the $25 two-course meal even includes iced tea or one of the chef’s delicious house-made bottled sodas. Enjoy a Japanese sando on milk bread, or if something heartier is on your mind, opt for the grain bowl (in either curried chicken or tuna crudo variety). Want something lighter? We suggest the smoked-fish plate—and after, head back to the office full of matcha rice pudding. At dinner, the special really ramps up, because for only $29, you can enjoy a three-course meal à la one of Centeno’s tasting menus: The description is limited (“crudo, protein, dessert”), but we know it’ll be worth your while.
Chef Steve Samson wants to serve you a free blood orange mimosa, and we think you should let him: Rossoblu isn’t launching a dineL.A. lunch menu, but on Saturday and Sunday, catch a $25 brunch prix fixe that includes a mimosa or a basil Arnold Palmer, not to mention options like the Bolo Burger (one of our best bites of 2018), frittatas and apricot gelato. During the $49 dinner, enjoy a three-course meal that includes appetizers such as grilled swordfish skewers, and a cured beef tenderloin with truffles. There’s also lobster risotto with coral butter (excuse us?!); grilled lamb chop with braised escarole; and slow-roated beef short rib—which will be perfect on a cold night.
Need an escape from the city? Head up, up, up into the hills to the rustic Saddle Peak Lodge, which is offering a four-course $59 dinner menu that includes rugged fare in a romantic, cabin-like setting. Choose from starters like butternut squash bisque with crab cake and a charred-onion crema; burrata and roasted beets with a spiced sour-cherry mustard; and desserts like Saddle Peak’s classic banana bread pudding with huckleberry. Entrées include grilled Duroc pork, bison short ribs or the Mediterranean sea bass—though for a $20 supplement, you can always go big with the wild-game trio of meats.
Want to sample chef Casey Lane’s Italian gem most affordably? At lunch, you can find a four-course, $35 steal that includes dishes like grilled squid in salsa piccante; flat-iron steak with sunchokes; grilled branzino with pea tendrils; and a creamy panna cotta. Those looking for dinner should turn their attention to the $59 menu, which offers the same number of courses but the ingredients and dishes include options such as deep-water clams with ’nduja, and roasted squash served two ways.