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The top 10 Dine LA restaurant deals to try this April

Here's how to get the most bang for your buck from this year's spring Dine LA, which runs from April 1 to 15.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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After debuting in 2021, the spring edition of Dine LA is back with a vengeance. Running from April 1 to 15, over 300 restaurants will provide special prix fixe lunch annd dinner menus running from $15 to $65-plus, with plenty of great meal deals involved. This spring, you’ll find scattered among the biannual restaurant week’s dizzying full list of menus more than a handful of L.A.’s best restaurants, as well as our plenty of fresh new faces, offering their signature dishes at a more budget-friendly price point.

Not interested in hunting through the list? We’ve scoured the lineup and found our 10 favorite Dine LA lunch and dinner deals, from the brand-new Korean American deli Yangban Society to old favorites like tried-and-true date spot the Misfit, plus cozy family-style feasts from Mayura and Flavors From Afar. Read on for the top 10 spring Dine LA deals.

The must-try meal deals of Dine LA, Spring 2022

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

Currently one of the hottest new restaurants in town, this Korean American deli is offering family-style Dine LA feasts at both lunch and dinner. Bring a friend or three to eat well at the Arts District restaurant, where $35 a head gets you smoked trout schmear, a griddled potato bread apiece, two kinds of pickles, pea shoot salad, chilled acorn noodles and a plate of biscuits and meaty curry gravy from 11:30am to 4pm. At dinner, $45 nets you everything on the lunch menu, plus roasted cabbage and fish stew and soy-braised chicken thighs. (Note: Everyone at the table must order the Dine LA deal.) Since a meal at Yangban is best experienced family-style anyway, these prix-fixe menus are perfect for anyone curious about this buzzy new Arts District spot. Outdoor dining available.

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

A quick price-specific search of this spring’s Dine LA restaurants might accidentally filter out Mayura, a quiet Culver City strip mall gem and one of the best Indian restaurants in the city. The Kerala-inspired eatery’s $65 family-style feast actually is meant for two, bringing the true cost of the substantial three course meal with drinks and dessert included to $32.50 per head. Available at both lunch and dinner, Mayura’s Dine LA menu allows you to pick two vegetarian and two non-vegetarian dishes, including their delicious Kerala-style fish curry. Combined with choice of appetizer and bread, it’s a veritable feast for two.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Downtown Fashion District
  • price 3 of 4

This recently opened Downtown hotel rooftop restaurant comes courtesy of Girl & the Goat’s Stephanie Izard, whose sharp, playful takes on Peruvian cuisine have already snagged it a spot on our monthly Best New Restaurants list. At $55 a head, Cabra’s Dine LA dinner offering might not exactly be cheap, but the six-course menu is certainly a steal compared to a usual night out at this upscale small plates eatery. Newcomers might want to supplement Dine LA’s already substantial offerings with Izard’s goat empanadas for $14, but the menu itself already encompasses several must-order dishes, including the citrus and tomato salad, wood-fired skirt steak and dulce de leche picarones for dessert. Outdoor dining available.

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

Run by the same pair of sisters behind Fairfax’s Chao Krung and Sawtelle’s Tuk Tuk Thai, this excellent Echo Park Thai spot is offering an excellent bang-for-your-buck Dine LA dinner menu with your choice of seasonal sangria, beer or other non-alcoholic drinks. For $35, diners can choose from BBQ pork skewers, fresh spring rolls or green papaya salad to start, plus three solid entrée options: green curry, vermicelli noodles with crab or your choice of protein with crispy garlic and black pepper. There’s also mango sticky rice or a delightful pandan tapioca pudding for dessert.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Beverly Hills

This modern Mexican restaurant on Beverly Hills’s Canon Drive might have great food and ambience any time of the year, but Mírame’s Dine LA offerings at lunch and dinner provide reason enough to visit this early April. From 11:30am to 3pm, $35 nets you a three course meal of cauliflower ceviche, choice of tacos and strawberry tarte tatin or apple pumpkin doughnuts for dessert. Tack on $30 more at dinner for a $65 four-course meal that includes chef Joshua Gil’s seafood-packed campechana, grilled local yellowtail and a boozy rum-soaked flan topped with candied kumquats. Outdoor dining available.

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

This Black-owned eatery on Fairfax specializes in rotating cuisine from asylum-seekers and refugees, with a menu that changes on a monthly basis. It’s also worth noting that the restaurant’s unique mission and excellent food offerings have also landed it a place on our list of L.A.’s hidden gem eateries. For Dine LA, Flavors from Afar will feature Guatemalan chef Sonia Ortiz’s $85 family-style spread that easily feeds two, or even three. Each Dine LA platter includes ceviche tostadas, beef taquitos, chicken tacos, tamales, chile relleno, plus refried beans, Spanish rice, buñuelos and hibiscus passion fruit slushies for two. Outdoor dining available.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Larchmont Village
  • price 2 of 4

The affirmation-style menu listings might be fodder for serious L.A. satire, but any local diner in the know can’t deny that the plant-based mini-chain has some of the most delicious vegan food in the city. Available at their Venice, Arts District and Larchmont locations, Cafe Gratitude’s Dine LA menus run $35 at lunch and $45 at dinner, respectively. Both prix-fixe menus include a glass of wine or “I Am Radiant” cranberry orange spritzer, though the evening menu adds a choice of key lime cheesecake or choco-flan for dessert. Outdoor dining available.

  • Restaurants
  • Culver City

While this lowkey Culver City izakaya requires reservations for dinner and strongly recommends them for lunch, their bang-for-your-buck $25 lunch and $35 dinner deals for Dine LA more than justify the need for advance planning. Each set menu includes a glass of sake or a half pint of beer, edamame, miso soup and a doughnut bite for dessert. Lunch options run snackier, including sliders, pizza and hand rolls, while Harajuki’s dinner options skew slightly fancier, including a five-ounce yakiniku rib-eye steak served with a side of ceviche and house potato salad. Outdoor dining available.

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  • Restaurants
  • Organic
  • Beverly

Though we wouldn’t necessarily recommend Granville unless you live in the area, this decent New American spot with locations in West Hollywood, Burbank and Pasadena is offering a well-priced Dine LA dinner menu that would satisfy anyone’s taste buds. For $45, choose from five different appetizer options (we like the mac and cheese), five entrées and a bruleed banana brownie or berry-topped shortcake for dessert.

  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

It’s rare that a restaurant-slash-bar succeeds in nailing atmosphere, food and drinks, but this extremely solid Santa Monica date spot gets top marks across the board even when it isn’t Dine LA. This spring, they’re offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner deals, both of which are a steal, particularly compared to other Third Street Promenade food options. The Misfit’s $25 weekday-only lunch special starts with your choice of crudo or appetizer and a selection from four different entrées, including their signature crispy chicken sandwich, plus gelato for dessert. At dinner, score The Misfit’s well-executed take on steak frites, crispy brussel sprouts and yellowtail crudo for just $45. Outdoor dining available.

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