A prix fixe menu is one of the most exciting experiences you can have at a restaurant - and also one of the most expensive. You’re never going to order prix fixe every single day, but when a meal starts costing upwards of $200 per person, even doing it once a year can seem a bit reckless.
That’s where this guide comes in. Just because a menu has the words “prix fixe” printed at the top doesn’t always mean you have to light your wallet on fire to enjoy it. Here are eight excellent restaurants with prix fixes that all fall under $100.
Base Price: $18
Little Dom’s is a solid neighborhood spot in Los Feliz with a great, one-night-per-week prix fixe. Their Monday Night Supper features three courses for $18, and may very well be the best-priced three-course meal in town. The menu changes often, but usually features red-sauce pasta dishes with homemade sausages, harissa meatballs, or arancini. Throw in a few $3 Peronis, and your Monday is going to start feeling a lot less Monday-ish.
Base price: $35
Osteria Mozza is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles, but one look at the menu and you’ll quickly realize things can add up in a hurry here. And that makes their Amaro Bar Special even more appealing. Every Sunday - Thursday at the bar, you can get three courses of your choosing (one from the Mozzarella Bar, one main course, and a daily gelato) for $35. It’s one of the best secret deals in Los Angeles, and a great way to experience an iconic LA restaurant without also experiencing the panic of an empty bank account.
Base Price: $39
Papilles has been open since 2011, but unless you live in or around Franklin Village, chances are you’ve never heard of it. But make no mistake, this casual French bistro can stand toe-to-toe with the best French restaurants in LA. Papilles’ magic doesn’t come from biochemical extracts or a Cali-Med twist on steak frites - it comes from simple, high-quality ingredients that make a duck a l’orange taste like something they invented last week. And at $39 for three courses, it almost feels like stealing.
Base Price: $56-75 (depending on which supper you choose)
Tar & Roses has long been one of the most popular restaurants on the Westside, for good reason - the food is fantastic. But as much as we love their oxtail dumplings and strawberry crostata, their family-style suppers are even better. Whether it’s shellfish paella for $56 per person or an entire wood-fired goat with Moroccan side dishes for $63, this is one of our favorite group dining experiences in town, and depending on the size of your party, you might get the whole back patio to yourself. Just be sure to plan ahead, orders are required seven days in advance.
Base Price: $79
Costa Mesa’s Taco Maria doesn’t even include tacos on their $79 tasting menu, but the food is so good you probably won’t notice. The four-course menu changes with what’s in-season, and can include things like a giant scallop on the half-shell with squid ink croutons and cheese, a simple rice salad with incredibly fresh vegetables, and a corn tamal so light and fluffy you’ll want to stuff your pillow with it. The wine list also has some really interesting options by the glass, or you can go all-in and get the $39 wine pairing with your prix fixe. When you’re starting to get sick of the same old thing, a meal at Taco Maria is the remedy.
Base Price: $82
Located on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower, 71Above has the best views of any restaurant in the city... and there really isn’t a close second. But this place is much more than just an incredible space and 360-degree scenery - the food is good, too. While we fully endorse coming up after work, parking it at the bar, and ordering off the a la carte menu, the move at dinnertime is their three-course, build-your-own prix fixe for $82. Whether it’s hamachi crudo, steak tartare, or grilled ribeye with onion jus, know that you can’t really choose wrong here. Also, there’s a two-course prix fixe at lunchtime for $35.
Base Price: $85
Drago Centro might not be the most exciting Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, but they still serve a very good bowl of pasta - and that means a lot in our books. Plus, its financial district location makes it a great dinner spot before seeing a show at The Ahmanson or Walt Disney Concert Hall. While $85 isn’t exactly affordable dining, this five-course prix fixe is a good amount of food and also a great way to have a special occasion dinner without having to Craigslist temp work on your way home.
Base Price: $85
$85 per person is by no means an affordable night out. But for the quality of food you get at Orsa & Winston, it’s a great price for one of the most interesting meals in the city. This five-course menu is sort of Italian (and mostly Japanese), which means a lot of combinations you wouldn’t expect to work, but do, like rice porridge with uni cream and parmesan, and seared abalone with tomato. The next time you want something special without wanting to drop a car payment on a meal for two, Orsa & Winston is a great choice. Heads up, though: Their prix fixe menu must be reserved in advance.