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Los Angeles Restaurant Week is coming to a close, but you still have one last weekend to get out there are try some amazing food from some of the best chefs in LA.

Restaurant week runs for 14 days from Monday July 13th through Sunday July 26th offering diners specially selected prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus sure to delight your palette. This is the perfect time to try that expensive steakhouse you’ve been eyeing. Or fill up on comfort food at that quaint french bistro you love. Restaurant week gives you the opportunity to experience new places while tasting what the chef likes best. I love prix-fixe menus for that reason. The chef prepares what they love to cook while it’s in peak season.

You can see a complete list of all the restaurants participating in dineLA, conveniently categorized by cuisine or neighborhood.
Here are some of my top picks to try across Los Angeles.

DOWNTOWN

  • Cafe Pinot: I’ve yet to meet a Patina Group Restaurant I didn’t enjoy. The California-French cuisine is simple, elegant and satisfying. The expansive floor to ceiling windows allow you to take in the views of both the city and the gardens. Take a stroll through the historic 1920’s public library adjacent to the restaurant when you’re finished.
  • Plan Check Kitchen + Bar: American comfort food and hand crafted cocktails. This place is the neighborhood bar and restaurant of your dreams. No pretense just good food and great service. Don’t leave without trying the Old Bay fries and their signature Old Fashioned.

WEST LA

  • Terrine: I fell in love with Terrine earlier this year over brunch. The sunlit back patio becomes a twinkling romantic square at night. You’d swear you were transported from LA to Paris for just a moment. The rustic twists on french classics are delicious.
  • Lucques: This has long been a favorite among foodies. The constantly changing California-Mediterranean seasonal menu is consistently high quality. Known for their prix-fixe Sunday suppers, dineLA should feel like business as usual.
  • Tortilla Republic Weho: This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The menu is fresh, surprising and full of bold flavors. Where else but in LA can you try Gluten Free Duck Confit Tacos?

THE VALLEY

  • Vino Wine & Tapas Room: Traditional Spanish Tapas in the Valley? I know it may sound far fetched but this place truly delivers on taste. The wine list is vast with more than 100 options to pair with cheese and small plates.
  • Firefly: A valley hot spot staple. I can never decide if I enjoy lounging in the library bar room or dining on the back patio better. I usually do both every time I come here. The food is good and the people watching is even better.
  • Sun Cafe Organic: Unsure where to dine with your Vegan friends? This place offers such a delicious menu, carnivores will hardly notice the missing proteins.

PASADENA

  • Green Street Tavern: In the heart of Old Town Pasadena is one of my favorite places to cozy up with my man, or gather an intimate group of friends. The European inspired menu features locally grown ingredients. I love the variety of choices like, Wild Boar Meatloaf and Bison Short Ribs. The Market Greens Salad is always a must.
  • POP Champagne & Dessert Bar: Who needs dinner? This is my go to place when I’m craving something sweet. Sure the entrees are great, but this is the place to save room for dessert. Plus during dineLA, they are offering a special champagne pairing with each course!

THE BEACHES

  • Enterprise Fish Company: If you’re craving oysters and nightlife. This is the place to be. The lively display kitchen is always fun to watch. Come for the fresh seafood and stay for the late night dee-jays.
  • The Sky Room: Romance, live jazz and jaw dropping views of the waterfront. This place offers all of that plus some decadent food. Kobe filet mignon and views of the Queen Mary, sign me up!

There are so many great restaurants offering up dineLA menus, I couldn’t possibly list all my favorites. Scrolling through the website makes me realize there are tons of places I’ve yet to try. It also makes me really, really hungry. Have you tried any fun places during dineLA? Maybe your favorite place isn’t even on the list? Feel free to add it in the comments below and let me know what item is a must try on your favorite menu.

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