Enjoy dineL.A. Restaurant Week with a Side of Sunshine & Stars

dineL.A. Restaurant Week (July 12-26, 2019)


With LA's beautiful year-round weather, it's no surprise that many of the city's top restaurants feature gorgeous patios. During dineL.A. Restaurant Week (now through July 26), you can enjoy special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus under the sun and stars. Read on for ten restaurants where you can enjoy dineL.A. Restaurant Week alfresco.

Spanish Fried Chicken at a.o.c. | Photo: @suzannegoin, Instagram

a.o.c.



a.o.c., the pioneering wine bar opened by the James Beard Award-winning duo of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, features a patio with ivy-covered walls and a brick fireplace - it's one of the loveliest restaurant courtyards in LA. The $25 Lunch Menu starts with a two cheese & charcuterie plate or a.o.c.'s famed Spanish fried chicken with romesco aioli and chili-cumin butter. Entrees include the Farmer's Lunch (roasted vegetables, muhammara, chickpea puree, burrata, grilled toast), roast turkey focaccia sandwich, or Moroccan chicken salad. Add a dessert for $6.

Start your evening with a.o.c.'s $10 dineL.A. cocktail special, the Green Goddess (green tea-infused vodka with cucumber, arugula, jalapeno, absinthe tincture rinse). First course of the $59 Dinner Menu is a choice of two cheese & charcuterie plate or focaccia (blistered tomato, mozzarella, oil-cured olives, Meyer lemon). Next, choose from a refreshing plate of peaches, watermelon, crumbled feta, mint, lime; summer salad, or Spanish fried chicken. Main courses include soft polenta with wild mushrooms, wood-roasted hake, Alaskan halibut, and grilled hanger steak. For dessert, choose from butterscotch pot de creme or chocolate torta. Optional wine pairing is available for $20.

Atrium Los Feliz



Opened in October 2018, Atrium Los Feliz is a hidden gem adjacent to the Skylight Theatre on Vermont Avenue. The coveted outdoor tables lining the brick-lined alley entry lead into a stunning bow truss ceiling dining room. Featuring peak of season local farmers market produce, the four-course $49 Dinner Menu starts with grilled focaccia or crispy Brentwood corn. Next, choose from hamachi crudo or trofie pasta. The main course features grilled cauliflower shawarma or curry rubbed hanger steak. Finish with strawberry-tomato paleta or avocado mousse with Meyer lemon marmalade and bay leaf ice cream.

Blackship



Featuring a lush outdoor patio and interior design by Sean Knibb (LINE Hotel, Openaire), Blackship is named for the Black Ships (kurofune) of the U.S. Navy trade expedition to Japan in the 1850s led by Commodore Matthew Perry. The three-course $49 Dinner Menu starts with hamachi crudo or heirloom tomato with whipped tofu, cucumber and country loaf. For the entree, choose from hamachi bolognese or summer squash farrotto with pickled wasabi and slow-cooked egg. Finish with miso butterscotch budino or castella with stone fruit and whipped mascarpone.

Photo by Wonho Frank Lee, courtesy of Chateau Hanare

Chateau Hanare



In July 2018, Reika Alexander of New York City’s acclaimed EN Japanese Brasserie collaborated with the Chateau Marmont to open Chateau Hanare in a vacant bungalow at the landmark hotel. The $59 Dinner Menu begins with complimentary iced green tea and fresh warm tofu - made by the hour and served with wari joyu. First course salads include tuna, seaweed, or temomi. Next, choose from seared salmon, kanpachi zuke, yuba ikura, or assorted obanzai. Served with miso soup and rice, entrees include saikyo miso black cod, yasai tempura, assorted sashimi, jidori grilled chicken, or washugyu ($15 supplement). For dessert, choose from seasonal ice cream or sorbet.

Photo: E.P., Facebook

E.P. & L.P.



Located at the corner of La Cienega and Melrose, E.P. & L.P. serves up pan-Asian cuisine and spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills from its multi-level space. To start the $20 Lunch Menu, enjoy a drip coffee, OJ or mimosa before tucking into an entree of chicken & waffles, steak & eggs, mushroom rice bowl, or nasi goreng - Indonesian-style shrimp fried rice with pickles, cucumber, rice crackers and fried egg. Finish with coconut sorbet or tropical fruit selection. Available on Sunday, July 21 from 11am - 3pm.

The $29 Dinner Menu offers first course options like sticky spare ribs, grilled mushrooms, or lemongrass & black pepper wings. For the main course, choose from wood-grilled hiramasa kingfish, green vegetable curry, or dan dan noodle. Dessert is a choice of palm sugar ice cream or Ghost Ride the Pineapple "Whip" (pineapple sorbet, pineapple whip, coconut jelly, sour berries).

Photo: Firefly

Firefly



A stalwart of the Studio City dining scene since 2002, Firefly boasts one of LA's best patios - set against a green hillside, complete with romantic cabanas and a retractable roof. Flickering fireplaces, iron light fixtures, and a back bar add to the alluring ambiance. After an amuse of sparkling prosecco and tuna skewer, the three-course $59 Dinner Menu offers a choice of corn soup, lardo toast salad or little gem salad. Entree selections include braised beef osso buco, rainbow trout, radiatori pasta, and steak frites. Dessert is a choice of molten chocolate cake or anise hyssop panna cotta.

Gracias Madre



Opened in January 2014, Gracias Madre is a popular dining destination for WeHo locals and visitors alike, who enjoy organic, plant-based Mexican cuisine indoors or on the expansive patio, where 100-year-old olive trees, couch/beds, and a fireplace create a warm and relaxing vibe. The table shares guacamole and housemade corn tortilla chips to start the $25 Lunch Menu. Guests then choose two items from a selection that includes gorditas, Caesar salad, BBQ jackfruit carnitas taco, flautas de camote, Mexican wedding cookies, and fudge brownie.

The three-course $39 Dinner Menu starts with crab cakes, coliflor frito, or Madre's chopped salad. Main course selections include sopes con mango, jackfruit carnitas tacos, and flautas de camote.

Hinoki & the Bird | Photo: Hinoki & the Bird

Hinoki & The Bird



Tucked into the ground floor of a luxury condominium complex in Century City, Hinoki & the Bird boasts a stunning dining room that smoothly flows into a 120-seat patio with sleek woods mixed with denim and greenery. The $35 Lunch Menu and $49 Dinner Menu both start with a first course of salmon crudo, fried chicken, or green tomato tempura. For entree, choose from steamed hamachi collar with garlic chive and Szechuan peppercorn; summer corn rice with miso glazed eggplant and pickled radish; or duck bao bun with miso mole and duck pozole. Finish with miso donuts or sorbet.

Il Cielo Restaurant



Named LA's most romantic restaurant by The New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine, Il Cielo ("The Sky") opened in 1986 and welcomes guests to enjoy high end Northern Italian fare on the charming patio or in the cozy cottage that evokes the Tuscan countryside. The $25 Lunch Menu starts with cauliflower soup, Caprese salad, or Tuscan salad. For the main course, choose from fettuccine alla Bolognese, grilled salmon, or roasted lemon chicken

First course of the $49 Dinner Menu is a choice of broccoli & potato soup, grilled calamari, or filet mignon meatballs. Entree selections include tagliolini pesto, grilled filet of Lake Superior white fish, jidori chicken, or slow-roasted lamb shank. Dessert options include tiramisu, apple cake with cinnamon gelato; or Sorbet of the Day with Il Cielo's homemade anise biscotti.

Patio at Spago Beverly Hills | Photo: OpenTable

Spago Beverly Hills



At Wolfgang Puck's flagship Spago in Beverly Hills, the star power is off the charts and the action is centered on the airy courtyard. The iconic restaurant is serving an eight-course dineL.A. Restaurant Week Tasting Menu that starts with a five-part amuse bouche, which includes spicy tuna tartare in a sesame miso tuille cone; heirloom tomato Bloody Mary bonbon, and a nouveau breakfast sandwich of maple syrup macaron, confit bacon, coffee, and egg yolk jam.

Highlights include warm "chawanmushi" in an eggshell with kaluga caviar; kampachi crudo, charred octopus aguachile, halibut cheek "charcoal," bincho grilled ikejime black cod, handmade agnolotti with summer truffles, and Snake River Farms wagyu New York steak with baked bone marrow in a kumquat miso glaze and red wine reduction. Dessert is roasted suncrest peaches with lemongrass semifreddo and candied ginger.

The Tasting Menu is available only for the entire table (six guests maximum). Pricing is $125 per person, $225 with wine pairing.