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When you’re making the guest list for a party, whose name do you think of first? Certainly you invite your best friend, and the friend you grew up with, and the friend who unloads deep secrets onto you after a few glasses of wine and muscle relaxers. But after the obvious ones, the next person you think about is the all-purpose friend. The one who, no matter whether you’re planning a big get-together or a small little soiree, always rounds out the group. The friend who, while not being a party animal, has that special ability to make everybody else more comfortable.

Rosaliné isn’t the best restaurant in Los Angeles. But given its central location, bright and citrusy Peruvian food, beautiful space, and solid cocktails, it’s a spot you could lean on for just about everything.

Located right at Melrose and La Cienega, the first thing you notice walking into this place is the breezy, open space. There’s a front bar full of people boozing after work, a raw bar full of noncommittal first dates, and a bunch of scattered tables with friends who just walked in and sat at the first table they could find. Walk towards the back and you’ll find a glass-ceilinged, plant-filled space that feels more like a greenhouse than a dining room. Here you’ll find every type of industry meeting, birthday dinner, and girls’ night out that happens in West Hollywood.

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Rosaliné’s menu leaning heavily on traditional dishes like ceviche and arroz con pollo, but elevated with vegetables and other ingredients we can get because we live in Southern California. The menu itself is broken up into several different sections and, at first glance, can be a bit overwhelming. So, here’s how to order. From the ceviche section, get the crocante. It’s a good-sized portion of halibut and crispy calamari marinated in yuzu kosho with a solid kick. It’s easily the most interesting of the ceviches. From the “land” section, go all-in on the lomo saltado—a sautéed filet mignon with roasted tomatoes, fried egg. And no matter if you’re with one person or ten, the “family-style” paella is a must. Sure, this giant dish of Peruvian fried rice, sausage, and shrimp isn’t light, but it’s also delicious and there’s a reason why to-go boxes exist.

That said, not everything on Rosaliné’s menu is going to blow your mind. And the whole place can certainly get a bit sceney at times. But, across the board, it’s the reliable, fun, and upscale-ish West Hollywood option that won’t let you down.

Food Rundown

Ceviche Crocante

At first glance, this raw halibut and fried calamari ceviche appears to have too much going on. But that’s not the case. The two different seafoods work perfectly together and the yuzu kosho spice gives it a nice acidic kick. This is the ceviche you want.

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Ensalada de Beterraga

This is one of the newer dishes on Rosaliné’s menu and it’s also one of our favorites. It’s essentially beets three ways, which sounds like a dish you can find on many LA menus, but the addition of ricotta spread, candied pecans, and blood orange vinaigrette take it to a whole new level of flavor and acidity.

Aceitunas

The eggplant puree is pretty good, but the turmeric flatbread lacks the flavor to elevate the dish any further. There are better appetizers to focus on.

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Causita Crocante

These crispy potatoes will actually be one of the better things you try all night. However, four little bites for $12 is a bit ridiculous and certainly not ideal for large groups.

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Chaufa Paella

This is an ideal dish to have on the table if you're with three or more people. The arroz chaufa is nicely moist on the surface with a beautiful crust on the bottom for some added texture, and includes a diverse combo of Chinese sausage, pancetta, prawns, and a fishy Filipino condiment called bagoong.

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Lomo Saltado

If you’re in the mood for a steak, this filet mignon will certainly get the job done. The meat itself is well-cooked, and the longer all the other components sit in the salty soy sauce dressing at the bottom, the more delicious it gets.

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