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The arancini and caesar salad at Sestina in Culver City against a black and white marble backdrop.
Photograph: Courtesy Michelle Min

The top 11 prix fixe dineL.A. menu deals to try this October

A new steakhouse from Nancy Silverton and an iconic, family-run Mexican spot in the Valley are just two of our 11 favorite dineL.A. deals this fall.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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With a slight delay from its usual early September slot, the second 2021 edition of dineL.A. is back. Well over 200 restaurants are set to participate in this fall’s restaurant week, which runs from October 1 through 15. Scattered among the prix fixe tradition’s dizzying full list of menus are some of L.A.’s best restaurants offering their signature fare at a more budget-friendly price point.

With fixed-price, multi-course meals starting at $15 during lunch and dinner, even the most cost-conscious diner is bound to find a suitable nearby dineL.A. deal on their site. Not in the mood to hunt? We scoured the lineup for the best and most exciting deals, from plant-based local favorites to a splurge-worthy tasting menu from Citrin, the more casual counterpart to the newly two Michelin-starred Mélisse

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Sherman Oaks
  • price 2 of 4

As seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this Mexican food institution in Sherman Oaks is serving both lunch and dinner dineL.A. menus this fall. If you haven’t tried their homestyle Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, which this family-run restaurant has served since the ‘50s, you’re honestly missing out. At lunch, a $25 two-course meal includes a combination plate, vegetarian burrito or a trio of chicken or carne asada tacos, as well as churros or flan for dessert. Their $35 dinner menu ups the ante with a soup or tostada starter and added house margarita.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

Located on a quieter stretch of Culver City’s West Washington Boulevard, FIN has been serving the Westside some of the best Asian fusion tapas since 2013. For just $25, their three-course dinner menu features a sashimi or crispy rice appetizer, gyoza or baked crab roll second course, and grilled salmon or fried rice as a main (with a sesame glazed ribeye for an extra $9). A supplemental $7 drink token grants you entry to the Alley, their intimate speakeasy located in the parking lot behind the street-facing restaurant.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Culver City
  • price 3 of 4

A beautifully revamped steakhouse from the Rat Pack era, Dear John’s is here for a good time, not a long time, after the property’s owner indicated plans to raze the building. For now, the new version of this longtime Frank Sinatra haunt is offering a $65 dineL.A. dinner menu with a choice of sirloin steak Diane, chicken parmesan or sand dabs in lemon caper  butter. Cheesecake or chocolate cake for dessert, a starter and sides of both broccolini and mashed potatoes upgrade this deal from good to great.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

Although it may look like another downtown Culver City weeknight date spot, the entirely plant-based Italian eatery by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney will surprise you with just how effortlessly delicious everything is. Their $35 dinner menu, which features three courses and a glass of wine, includes a mushroom ragout pappardelle that will hardly make you miss the meat. Choose between pizza or pasta dishes for a main, and make sure to order the arancini for the first course.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Studio City
  • price 2 of 4

This small Studio City ramenya, one of the best in the city, is offering a $25 menu at lunch and a $35 menu at dinner for dineL.A., with iced tea included. For lunch, choose between a spicy tuna and salmon cucumber hand roll before a main course of one of their signature bowls of shio or tonkotsu, with a salmon oyakodon bowl for the less noodle-inclined. Burosu’s dineL.A. dinner menu expands to include a chicken wonton or gyoza starter, swapping out their shio ramen for both their mouthwatering spicy Reddo and Burraku, their take on shoyu.

 

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Michelin award-winning local chef Nancy Silverton’s contribution to dineL.A. this year is a $65 dinner menu at the Barish, her new Italian steakhouse located in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt. Starting off with dinner rolls served with imported French butter, this three-course dinner includes options like a steak tartare (for a $4 supplement) and the restaurant’s whimsically-served rigatoni, which come filled with goat cheese and corn. The set menu finishes with either Silverton’s famous gelato or sorbetto for dessert.  

 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

The affirmation-style menu listings may be fodder for L.A. satire, but any Angeleno in the know can’t deny that the plant-based mini-chain has some of the best health- and environmentally-conscious food in the city. Available at their Venice, Arts District and Larchmont locations, Cafe Gratitude’s $35 dineL.A. dinner menu includes a glass of wine or “I Am Genuine” cold-pressed juice. With a starter, main and vegan key lime cheesecake for dessert, this elegant, plant-based dinner deal rises well above the stereotypical L.A green juice joke.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • West Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

With a stunning, Instagram-worthy patio, solid food and well-made drinks, Cafe Gratitude’s plant-based sister Mexican restaurant is also worth its own dineL.A. visit this October. Gracias Madre’s $25 lunch menu includes a drink, starter and main, while their $45 dinner menu adds in dessert and guacamole with chips for good measure. Time Out tip: For the main course, order the restaurant’s potato pimiento flautas, available at both lunch and dinner, and spring for the $5 margarita supplement—though their non-alcoholic drinks are just as refreshing if you’re not in a drinking mood.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Indulge in a little fine dining this October with Citrin in Santa Monica, the more casual but still high-end version of Josiah Citrin’s newly two Michelin-starred Mélisse. The restaurant’s $99 dineL.A. menu includes five courses, with optional supplements for a $25 egg caviar and $95 white truffle risotto. Citrin’s other highlights include a corn custard and Dungeness crab amuse bouche and a lobster bolognese finished with brown butter truffle froth.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • El Segundo
  • price 2 of 4

Neighborhood El Segundo Italian eatery Jame Enoteca has multi-course menus for both lunch and dinner, but their $25 lunch menu in particular is a steal: go with crispy Brussels sprouts and an avocado-topped kale salad for something on the healthier side, or indulge in a combo of meatballs and a chicken parm sandwich, all served with a glass of pinot grigio, rosé or Montepulciano. Jame’s sister restaurant, Venice’s Ospi, is also running a $25 lunch deal with a larger menu, including a Japanese eggplant starter and a pizza topped with sopressata, honey and chili as a main.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Silver Lake
  • price 2 of 4

The home of Thessa Diadem, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2021, All Day Baby is an upscale Silver Lake diner from the same team that started the award-winning, sadly closed Here's Looking at You. Their three-course $55 dinner menu, served family style, includes littleneck clams and andouille sausage on slabs of Texas toast, with a cured albacore topped with delicately sliced green tomato–among other unique New American comfort food takes. For dessert, Diadem’s Dole whip-style pineapple sorbet flavored with eucalyptus and sweet herbs gives a refined spin on a theme park classic. 

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