After two blissful days of living like you have no responsibilities, your alarm went off at 6am to remind you that you’re an adult with a job. Then you got to work and discovered your department is suddenly pivoting to video. You don’t even have The Bachelor to look forward to, now that it’s become objectively (even more) bad.
You’re going to need a great dinner that you don’t have to cook. The only problem is, half the restaurants in this town are closed on Mondays. Because this day doesn’t need to be any harder, use this guide to some of our favorite spots that are actually open on Mondays.
Silver Lake is an especially desolate place to eat on a Monday. But just because almost every restaurant in this part of town is closed, doesn’t mean you should have to see if your oven actually works. Just go to Night + Market Song. While you’ll probably be waiting out front for a little bit before you eat, one spoonful of the crispy rice salad makes that worth it.
Maybe you had a terrible day in the office, and need apple pie served in a skillet, or maybe it’s your best friend’s birthday and all she wants is somewhere with a “vibe.” You need Jones. It’s dimly-lit with a members-only feel, and you can feel just as free to cry in a corner as you can to annoy the whole restaurant by singing “Happy Birthday” too loudly. The food is great, and it’s easy to hang here for hours while you try to forget that tomorrow is only Tuesday.
Providence is a very fancy restaurant for a Monday night. But sometimes you have an important work dinner on a Monday, or your birthday is on a Monday, or you quit your job and walked out on a Monday. It might be a tasting-menu-only seafood restaurant, complete with multiple pre-appetizers and a cheese cart, but Providence manages to feel not at all stuffy, and very fun.
Casual weeknight dinner spots can be hard to find in DTLA, the land of grab-and-go lunches and overpriced places to eat pasta. Badmaash is an outlier. It’s a casual modern Indian restaurant that’s ideal for a last-minute, fun dinner that you barely need to think about. Walk in, order a round of Kingfishers, then some samosas, the Goan pork curry, and the chicken tikka poutine, and proceed accordingly. Maybe with another round of Kingfishers.
The easy option for a sushi dinner on a Monday would be Sugarfish. Except that waiting an hour for dinner on a Monday isn’t exactly easy. At Sushi Fumi they’ll actually let you make a reservation, which you should do if you want to avoid a similar wait. Home to the yellowtail belly we tell strangers at parties about, Fumi is a sushi place that works for everyone, with plenty of rolls alongside nigiri. A warning though - they don’t do omakase for dinner anymore, so if that’s what you’re looking for, Sugarfish might still be the answer.
Superba is a neighborhood spot in Venice that’s a great Monday night option, especially if you’re cool with children running around, crowding the pastry counter, and shouting about what they’re going to have for dessert. Having said that, nights here are a little calmer than the morning brunch rush, with locals popping in for a plate of roast chicken or a kale salad. And letting their kids choose dessert.
Pacific Dining Car isn’t your casual Monday night dinner. This DTLA steakhouse that looks like an old train dining car is open all day, every day and is the perfect place to bring more conservative clients you have to entertain. Or to go to solo if you get out of the office at 11pm, and need a steak and a glass of red wine to recover. Those steaks are also less than half-price on the late-night menu that runs from 10pm until 6am, and you can pretend you’re in a 1920s murder mystery set on a train.
This Beverly Grove Mexican spot feels very neighborhoody and works for almost any casual situation. More things working in Escuela’s favor: the affordable food (get the tinga tostada and a couple rounds of tacos), and the fact that you’ll almost always get a table right away. And the very generous BYOB policy.
Standing on Sunset Blvd., staring into the windows and willing people to slurp faster is, at this point, a fact of life when it comes to eating at Silverlake Ramen. The lines here almost never let up, partly because it’s one of the only places to eat ramen in Silver Lake, but also because the ramen is really good. Monday nights are your best chance to get in at least semi-quickly for the tonkatsu spicy ramen. We go next door to Thirsty Crow while we wait. Or just do what the lazy (or smart) people do: order take out.