DineLA is back for its second edition of 2021, running from October 1st-15th. There are over 250 restaurants participating this fall serving both lunch and dinner specials, so to help you narrow things down, we made a list of 15 spots participating that we love. Whether you’re looking for a great deal from a fine dining restaurant or just want to support a local spot in your neighborhood, these are some of our go-tos.
For the full list, head over to DineLA.
The massively popular all-day spot in Silver Lake is offering a special $55 family-style prix fixe menu. Dishes include everything from cured albacore and pineapple sorbet to smoked sirloin with barbecue fennel. Everyone in your party must do the tasting menu in order to qualify.
Located in Studio City, Burosu is one of our favorite new ramen shops in the city, and for DineLA, they’re offering two special menus. Come at lunchtime for a hand roll, bowl of ramen, and tea for $25, while at dinner, expect all of those things plus a starter for $35. You can’t go wrong with any of their ramen options, but our favorite bowl is the spicy Reddo.
If you’re in the mood for a Beverly Hills power lunch, snag a table at Crustacean. The classic Vietnamese spot is offering a $55 three-course, build-your-own prix-fixe menu. Options include dishes like truffle hamachi and lobster dumplings for appetizers and broiled red snapper as a main. The famous garlic noodles are also available for a $15 supplement.
Just in time for the (hopefully) permanent fall cold snap, Harold & Belle’s is back with two separate $35 menus for DineLA. The first one includes either filé or vegetarian gumbo, plus white rice, beignets, and your choice of a margarita or hurricane. The other menu features a choice of either catfish, fried chicken, or hotlinks, plus jambalaya and one of the two cocktails.
You won’t find much better pasta on the Westside than Jame Enoteca, which is why heading to this El Segundo Italian restaurant is a very smart idea this week. They’re offering special lunch and dinner menus ($35 and $45, respectively), and each one includes your choice of appetizer and entree (the capellini and ragu are standouts), plus a complimentary glass of wine.
We’ll eat at Lawry’s literally any day of the year, but there’s just something extra special about this Beverly Hills original when things start to get chilly again. For DineLA, they’re offering a special $65 menu that comes with their famous spinning salad, an entree of your choice (you’re obviously ordering the prime rib), and a side (the creamed spinach is non-negotiable), plus a dessert of your choice.
Though LA’s barbecue scene has hit stratospheric levels as of late, this Culver City standby is still one of the most consistent spots in town. They’re offering a $15 lunch menu that includes a sandwich, side, and drink of your choice, and a $25 version at dinner with your choice of smoked meat (we always order the brisket), two sides, and a smoked chocolate chip cookie.
Mayura is one of the best Indian restaurants in LA, so you really don’t need an excuse to visit this Culver City institution. That said, their special $65-for-two-people menu is one of the better DineLA deals this year. It comes with your choice of bread, beverage, appetizer, dessert, and two entrees of your choice. Main course options range from aloo palak to savory fish curry.
This noodle soup specialist in Ktown is one of our favorite midweek lunch or dinner spots in the neighborhood. For DineLA, they’re offering an all-day menu for $25 that comes with a dumpling appetizer and your choice of soup. We love both their cold and hot noodle options equally, so just get a read on your current body temperature and follow your heart.
The upscale Mexican restaurant in Beverly Hills is offering a three-course lunch menu for $35 and a four-course dinner menu for $65. There are multiple dish options for each course, but expect lots of fresh vegetables and salads, rabbit tamals, and sweet corn cake with tomatillo jam.
The Original Farmers Market
The historic market at 3rd and Fairfax is keeping things very streamlined for DineLA with 17 of the vendors inside the market all offering $15 lunch menus. There’s quite a bit to choose from, but favorites of ours include the mee goreng from Singapore’s Banana Leaf, Fritzi Coop’s hot chicken sandwich and curly fries, and the gyro plate with two sides from Moishe’s.
Home to our favorite Thai food in Silver Lake not named Night + Market, Same Same is a low-key natural wine bar on Sunset Blvd. and a fantastic spot for a casual midweek date. Right now, they’re offering a three-course dinner menu for $35 with your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. Options include everything from fried tofu and jungle curry to coconut flan for dessert.
Located on the ground floor of the Roosevelt Hotel, The Barish is full of Old Hollywood energy (even though it only opened this year) and is a great spot for a pre-show meal before heading over to The Pantages. Their special three-course menu includes a house-made farm roll, plus your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert for $65. The steak tartare is an extra $4, but we recommend splurging because it’s one of the best versions in town. For your main entree, go for the goat cheese-stuffed rigatoni.
There is no shortage of excellent big group dinner options in Ktown, but Tokyo Hamburg remains a favorite. The casual Japanese tavern is offering a $25 lunch menu and a $35 dinner option, which includes a welcome drink such as sake or a Sapporo, plus your choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert. We’ve never tried anything at Tokyo Hamburg that we didn’t like, but the Hamburg steak with demi-glace is a must.
This new Pasadena pizzeria is one of our favorite in LA, and their four-course DineLA menu gives you a chance to explore their other offerings outside of their pies. For $45, you get your choice of salad, a starter, pizza (we recommend the vodka pepperoni), and their excellent soft serve for dessert.