Time Out says
This Echo Park haunt is a date night go-to for Eastside vegetarians and omnivores alike who fall for the Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean menu that changes with the season. Call ahead to claim a spot at the counter or table, rubbing elbows with your date (or neighbor) inside the cozy, dimly-lit dining room. Choose from the well-curated wine and cocktail menu (you can also BYOB for a $20 corkage fee) and toast over vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options like Moroccan vegetable tagine and walnut-pesto pappardelle. The kitchen at Elf also makes a rich, wild exotic mushroom risotto and a housemade labneh topped with date-olive tapenade—tangy, cool and ready to be scooped up with pieces of warm pita.
Users say (1)
This intimate vegetarian restaurant in Echo Park plates the most inventive, rich dishes, replacing meat with earthy mushrooms and melted cheese. It existed forever as a tiny, cash-only, BYOB joint, but recently expanded into the space nextdoor, added a wine list, started accepting credit cards and began serving brunch. As happy as I am for the venue's success, I do miss running across the street for a bottle of wine before wedging into a table for two amidst cramped, happy customers. They're still happy—because the food is amazing and the service is always warm, flirtatious and gracious—but they expect space and booze and a credit card machine, chop chop, and the camaraderie, the neighborhood feel has changed.