The Best Deals at dineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week

dineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week is back! And it’s actually two weeks, July 14-28 to be exact. dineL.A. Restaurant Weeks offer fix-priced lunch and dinner menus at discount prices to newcomers, fans, and foodies. But not all of the restaurants participating offer, well, quite as great deals as we’re led to believe. So collected here are truly the restaurants with the best deals. I did the math so you don’t have to. Happy eating!

A-Frame, Culver City
Hawaiian soul food with an LA outlook, A-Frame is by now a Culver City mainstay. Their $29 dinner deal includes three courses. Choose from pupus, grindz, and pau (starters, entrees, and desserts!) Dishes include street corn, beef lenguna sliders, pork fried rice, and ahi poke. Try to get a table at their Luau Hour from 5 to 7pm to save on drinks!

A.O.C., Beverly Grove
A.O.C. is offering dine.L.A. deals only during the work week and only at brunch, which is a bit disappointing. Get it together, a.o.c.! But when the food is this good we’ll take what we can get. Three courses for $25 include Spanish fried chicken with romesco aioli and chili-cumin butter and a farmer’s lunch consisting of roasted vegetables, muhammara, chickpea puree, burrata, and grilled toast. Perfect for vegetarians!

AKASHA, Culver City
One of Culver City’s hottest after work hangouts, Akasha is offering $39 dinner specials. Highlights include California Avocado Bombay Chaat, fried chicken sliders, a delicious stone fruit salad with wild arugula, goat cheese, toasted hazenuts, and golden balsamic vinaigrette. Desserts at Akasha are amazing. During the dineL.A. restaurant week choose between a berry crumble with with creme fraiche ice cream, a dark chocolate pound cake that’s gluten free, or a vanilla bean cheesecake.

Alimento, Silver Lake
Benvenuto! Alimento in Silver Lake is doing a three course tasting menu for $39 per person. First up are marinated olives and cauliflower zeppole. Next choose between a cracked farro salad with raw vegetables, braised lettuce bruschetta with snap peas, parm broth, burrata, and beef tonnato with wagyu eye of round, caperberries, and bonito. Sadly, and perhaps inexplicably, their most famous dish, the Chicken Liver Crostine, is not on the DineL.A. menu, but at $11 you’ll want to throw that in. “Main Events” to choose from are corn & ricotta raviolini, potato gnocchi, and pork chop tagliata.

Avec Nous, Beverly Hills
One of Beverly Hills’s signature restaurants, Avec Nous will be serving a no frills $25 two course meal. Options include a market salad or a chef’s choice soup and grilled salmon or certified angus steak frites. Their happy hour is 5-7pm daily and includes oyster martinis!

Bar Angeles, Silver Lake
Silver Lake’s newest restaurant and bar often has live music, a major plus. And their pizza is crunchy and great! For $29 they’ll be serving a three course dinner including an excellent summer salad, a cheeseburger, fried chicken sandwich, and their salsa verde pizza! For dessert, choose between beignets with salted caramel, cinnamon sugar, & fudge dip and a panna cotta with seasonal berries & aged balsamic.

Barrel and Ashes, Studio City
Barrel and Ashes have an amazing lunch deal for just $20! Choose two smoked meats – beef brisket, pulled pork, Santa Maria tri-tip, BBQ chicken, or Louisiana hot links and two side kicks – cole slaw, brussel sprouts, mac & cheese, potato salad, kettle beans, collard greens, and corn on the cob. And, don’t worry, pickles, cornbread and iced tea are all included in the meal!

Cafe Birdie, Highland Park
Cafe Birdie’s dineL.A. special menu includes a complimentary glass of red, white, or rosé. Thanks Cafe Birdie! For $39 per person, their best dishes will be on offer including a burrata and broccolini salad, steak tartare with caper aioli and their neighborhood favorite Maorcccon-spiced fried chicken with harissa aioli.

Catch, Santa Monica
When Catch is offering a three course dinner for $49 a person, you go. It’s one of LA’s best seafood restaurants with the best oceanfront views. First course get the Yellow Fin Tuna Poke, then follow that up with the Black Squid Ink Linguini and finish with their great tiramisu and a cup of coffee.


Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood
Connie and Ted’s dineL.A. menus are packed with grilled calamari, raw oysters, fish and chips, smoked yellowtail. On the $29 lunch menu, appetizers include clam chowder, salad or oysters, then an entrée like a tuna melt, burger or fish and chips before moving onto a whoopie pie or cookie. At dinner, hen the $39 menu nets you an appetizer, plus an entrée such as the lobster roll (regularly priced at $29) or grilled wild fish of the day.

Esterel, Beverly
Choose from Le Burger with pancetta chip, smoked cheddar, and roasted garlic aioli or the Provencale Flatbread with tomato, burrata, and carmelized restaurants. Perfect for brunch! Available aevery day from 12pm to 2pm. Complimentary iced teas.

Odys + Penelope, La Brea
Three courses for $39 per person. Go with a friend or a date and share everything. First courses included a Grilled Argentinian White Prawns or a Sugar Snap Pea Caesar. Mains are either a Grilled Wild Coho Salmon or a House-made Pappardelle. Desserts are Chocolate Budino or a Coconut-Cashew Lime pie.

Redbird, Downtown
Redbird is one of downtown’s busiest restaurants. Book your reservation soon! They’ll be offering three courses at both lunch and dinner for $25 and $49 respectably. You’ll love their biscuits and gravy and the Ora King salmon. Plus they do an amazing cocktail.

Salt’s Cure, Hollywood
It’s the dead of summer so get the chilled tomato soup and crab salad to begin. Refreshing! For your entree I’d recommend the sweet potato dumplings with maple cream and basil or the curried salmon.

Same Same, Silver Lake
Three thai courses and a glass of wine for $29 Yes, please! Start with house-made beef jerky, an apple salad with cashew and cilantro, or a pork and crispy rice salad, then proceed to beef drunken noodles, green curry with chicken, or sausage fried rice. For dessert, there’s sticky rice with mango or sticky rice with coconut custard.

Wolf, Hollywood
The rustic, seasonally inspired menu brings you three courses for $49 and includes your choice of snacks includingwild rocket salad with peaches, pickled corn and ricotta, or hamachi crudo with pineapple, avocado and yuzu. Entrées on the menu include artichoke risotto, short ribs with horseradish gremolata, and Alaskan salmon with asparagus and fava beans. For dessert, choose between three artful options.

Be sure to let me know how everything is!



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