The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-run businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.

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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.

 

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Photo: Coolhaus

Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.

 

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Photo: Vinovore

Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

 

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Photo: Genever

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

 

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Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

 

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Photo: Lucques

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

 

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Photo: Bar Franca

 

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The 7 Best Vegan Restaurants in New York City

For many, being vegan requires a bit of planning when it comes time to explore a new city. Luckily, the recent rise in people adopting a vegan lifestyle means there are more and more restaurants opening across the country that cater to a meatless menu. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the Big Apple, stop by one of these spots to enjoy some of the best vegan food in the city.

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Ladybird

This eatery in the East Village offers up comfort food options that make for a great meal after a buzzed night out. With things like deep-fried mac and cheese balls, fried avocado croquettes, and an artichoke-chardonnay fondue platter, Ladybird takes “drunk food” to a new level making it a must try on your night out.

 

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The Cinnamon Snail

This food truck owned and operated by Adam Sobel is locally known for continually dishing out delicious vegan food options. Menu items like Korean barbeque seitan and crème brulee doughnuts are a huge hit at this Midtown West destination.

 

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Avant Garden

Avant Garden’s locations in the East Village and Brooklyn boast menus of dishes that are both sophisticated and delicate. The atmosphere says chic tiki bar while the East Village location gives the feel of a rustic wine bar. Stop in to enjoy an elegant menu of plant-based dishes for a dinner to remember.

 

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Blossom

Blossom in Chelsea is known for its impressive faux-meat dishes, along with egg-free pasta and desserts. The health-conscious brand has also expanded to include two Manhattan locations to satisfy even more plant-based cravings in NYC.

 

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Candle Cafe

The menu at Candle Cafe in Lenox Hill is like a training manual for newly-converted vegans. Sandwiches with faux meat and grilled seitan skewers will make you think you’re eating the real thing. Stop into Candle Cafe for the perfect place to ease the transition into a vegan diet.

 

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Peacefood Cafe

This Upper West Side gem is one of the few vegan restaurants in the area that truly rises above the competition. Great tasting and healthy dishes like fresh salads and cashew-based ‘goat-cheese’ are exceptional bites to try when you’re in the neighborhood.

 

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Le Botaniste

Parent restaurant Le Pain Quotidien decided to open a vegan, gluten-free restaurant in New York after finding success in Belgium. At Le Botaniste in Lenox Hill, you can try their signature dishes or customize your own to satisfy your tastes. The dark, rustic atmosphere pairs perfectly with the menu that includes many raw recipes and low-temperature cooking techniques.

 

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The Top 10 Most Photo-Worthy Lunch Spots in Los Angeles

How many times have you taken a photo of a dish that looks more like a work of art than a meal? It’s easy to be drawn to an item on the menu just because of a creative visual presentation that will add an extra touch to your outing. If you’re a foodie grabbing a midday bite in Los Angeles, you may want to stop into one of these photo-worthy lunch spots to get that perfect shot.

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Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog in Downtown LA is truly unique in that they make some of the craziest and best-looking hot dogs in the city. Topped with everything from chili cheese fries to elote, there’s something for everybody at this mouth-watering hot dog joint.

 

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The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe

This seemingly insignificant neighborhood coffee shop is hiding a delicious and beautiful secret. The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe in West Hollywood boasts some of the most intricate steamed milk art you’ll ever see. Their tasty creations are sure to impress both your eyes and your tastebuds.

 

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Corner Joint

Take a trip to the nearby city of Lawndale to try out one of their crazy Micheladas. Along with your tasty drink, you’ll also get a few unique garnishes like hamburger sliders, bacon-wrapped shrimp and sometimes even pizza. The Corner Joint offers a truly Instagrammable experience that you’re sure to enjoy.

 

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Sweet Rolled Tacos

If you have an unrelenting sweet tooth, take a trip to nearby Garden Grove and give Sweet Rolled Tacos a try. They take dessert to the max with a variety of odd flavors such as “Monsters Ink” and “Honey Avocado.” They flatten and roll up your choice of ice cream flavor and drop it into a colorful waffle cone taco shell, sprinkled with a variety of delicious toppings.

 

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Coolhaus

There really is something for everyone when you grab an ice cream sandwich dessert at Coolhaus. Every guest has the opportunity to create their own delectable, ice cream concoction by choosing from a huge selection of flavors and an equally as large choice of cookies to put your ice cream between. There’s no doubt you’ll leave with a cool photo and smile on your face.

 

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Birdies

Fried chicken and donuts may seem like an strange combination for a restaurant, but it works just fine for Birdies. If you’re looking for an extravagant treat, try their 24K gold donuts that come with a hefty price tag. The fried chicken sandwiches also make for a mouth-watering Kodak moment.

 

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Rays and Stark Bar

Located on the grounds of the world famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ray’s and Stark Bar creates their own works of edible art every day. They offer a gold-covered pizza made with quality ingredients that create a great visual and an unbelievable eating experience.

 

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Chomp Eatery

A lot of people may recognize Santa Monica’s Chomp Eatery by name for their Instagram-famous rainbow grilled cheese. If you ever need some comfort food, Chomp Eatery is the place to go for a crazy, colorful and savory grilled cheese that will have your followers chomping at the bit to try it out themselves.

 

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Howlin Rays

Perfectly golden fried chicken atop firm honey-colored buns and a variety of delectable sides is exactly what you can expect from Holwin’ Ray’s. Make sure you come with enough time to wait in line as their menu attracts guests from all over the city looking for a spicy sandwich. Their homemade photo-worthy items will make it all worth the wait.

 

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Shrimp Daddy

If you’re a seafood lover, Shrimp Daddy is an essential addition to your rotation of frequented restaurants. With huge, fresh shrimp cooked or fried to perfection and served in the most Instagrammable arrangements, Shrimp Daddy offers creative seafood options you’re sure to enjoy.

 

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The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2019

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. This year’s trends will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of 2019’s front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Tropical Fruits

Add something sweet to your meal with island fruits like guava, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and monk fruit that hail from the Pacific Rim region. You’ll also start to see jackfruit embraced as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian meals.

 

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Hemp & CBD

CBD made a splash onto the scene in the past few years making its way into a number of food, drinks and skin care products. That trend will continue to boom in the upcoming year by way of items like sparkling water, infusions, and coffee.

 

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Oat Milk

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Orange Wine

While the name might suggest it would be made from oranges, orange wine is actually made from the same grapes used to make white wine. Keeping the skin on during fermentation gives the wine an attractive, orange coloring. The refreshing drink is expected to show up on drink menus soon.

 

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Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

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African Spices

Cuisine from a variety of African countries will be more popular in the upcoming year. From harissa, a spicy red pepper paste, to spice-filled dishes like the Tunisian shakshouka, African tastes will be integrated into menus bringing a burst of flavor to your diet.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2019. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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Catch the Game at Los Angeles’ Best Sports Bars

There’s no better place to watch the big game than in a room full of fans cheering on your team. Los Angeles may not be known as a sports town, but fans from all over know just where to go for beer, bites, and an entertaining game. While some might enjoy more divey options, head to any of these spots for a refined sports bar experience during your stay in LA.

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40 Love

The newest player in West Hollywood’s selection of sports bars is h.wood group’s 40 Love. The country club-inspired lounge is filled with TVs for you to catch a game while enjoying a more upscale experience. The outdoor greenery mixed with elevated bar food creates the perfect environment for entertainment.

 

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The Parlor

A staple on Melrose, the indoor/outdoor space at The Parlor helps to redefine the sports bar experience through mixing comfort food with a classic design. With more than 50 TVs for you to tune into, your team is sure to be playing in the chic West Hollywood spot.

 

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Beelmans

This unique Downtown eatery is a great place to catch the game, especially if you’re a fan of a plant-based meal. Their meatless menu will have you doing a double take as dishes provide a delicious alternative to classic bar food. There are also plenty of beers on tap to keep you buzzing as the big game plays on their mounted screens.

 

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The Nickel Mine

Duck into this spacious spot if you’re in the mood for beer, sports, and delicious pizza. This neighborhood spot has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself, including a private event space if you want to invite some friends. Whether it’s for happy hour or a late-night outing, you can’t go wrong at this Santa Monica destination.

 

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Thunderbird

Head over to Thunderbird to experience the Southwest right in the middle of West LA. The deserts of Tucson inspired the décor while Tex-Mex bites fill the menu at this Santa Monica destination. Watch the big game while sipping a beer or choose from one of their innovative signature cocktails to quench your thirst.

 

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Mohawk Bend

You won’t be able to resist a pizza from this Silver Lake locale that serves up tasty dishes that are sure to complement your night out. A projection screen shows sporting events while plenty of beers on tap give you all the options you need to stay buzzing throughout the night.

 

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Caseys Irish Pub

This classic Downtown watering hole is perfect for both watching games and playing them. Show off your amateur ski ball, ping pong and foosball skills while watching the professionals on one their many screens. Whiskey is always a good choice in the Irish-inspired pub, or grab a beer to toast to your favorite team.

 

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Imperial Western

If you’re ever killing time at Union Station, head into the newly revamped Imperial Western brewery to catch a game while enjoying some of their craft beers freshly brewed onsite. Grab a spot at the bar for a front row seat to the TV while snacking from a menu of burgers, tacos, and seafood.

 

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Brunch Like a Champion in New York City

New York City is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies looking to dig into the scene of delicious, multi-cultural options. Brunch is a staple as the social element of catching up with friends encourages patrons to get out and about for a midday feast. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, these brunch spots are sure to impress during your next visit to the Big Apple.

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Cookshop

This simplistic American eatery in Chelsea serves up delicious plates you can count on to satisfy your brunch cravings. The busy space will be worth the wait as you dine from their seasonal menu of eggs, sandwiches and other mouth-watering bites.

 

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Atla

This contemporary Mexican destination mixes a simple aesthetic with flavorful favorites. You can chow down on enchiladas and chilaquiles or try something new with duck wings and cauliflower tacos to round out your meal.

 

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Red Rooster

Travel to the heart of Harlem to experience this American-inspired neighborhood hot spot. The rich culture of the community inspires the food with weekend brunch offering up biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and apple pie that will make you feel right at home.

 

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Dimes

This Lower East Side hot spot is well known for its brand that extends further than being just a restaurant. Outside of grabbing a bite at the Dimes Market or deli nearby, the Dimes restaurant dishes up tasty brunch dishes that are both savory and sweet.

 

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Fairfax

You’ll have no problem relaxing with Fairfax’s welcoming, neighborhood vibe of homey décor and all-day café hours. The Mediterranean brunch menu of small plates pairs well with the quality wine list, giving the West Village space its wine bar label.

 

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Jacobs Pickles

A touch of Southern comfort is brought to your plate at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. The charming environment of rustic wooden accents gives a nostalgic feel while the “beer, biscuits and pickles” will take your tastebuds on an American journey.

 

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Upland

With attention to seasonal ingredients, your brunch experience is sure to be fresh with Upland’s philosophy of global dining. The California-inspired cuisine of eggs, sandwiches and pastas take rural elements of the great outdoors to combine with NYC’s urban landscape.

 

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Jacks Wife Freda

This NYC staple has two locations that both deliver flavor-filled cuisine influenced from the multi-cultural beginnings of the restaurants’ owners. The bustling crowds of stylish brunch-lovers keep things busy as hungry patrons feast on the one-of-a-kind culinary mix of South African and Israeli cuisine.

 

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Café Mogador

Head to one of Café Mogador’s locations to eat, drink and be merry thanks to their mouth-watering menu of Moroccan-inspired cuisine. This award-winning brunch destination will add some spice to your life along with house-made breads and savory roasted tomatoes and potatoes.

 

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abcV

If you’re in the market for a meat-free brunch, abcV serves up dishes that are sure to surpass expectations. Whether you’re in the mood for fruits, grains or pancakes, their unassumingly plant-based menu will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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Agave

If you’re in the mood for a margarita brunch, head to Agave for an Arizona-inspired space with whimsical Mexican dishes. This West Village hot spot also provides you with an extensive tequila selection that makes for a boozy way to start your day.

 

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The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat in Los Angeles.

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Pizzeria Mozza

You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.

 

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

 

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Odys + Penelope

It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

 

Odys + Penelope Rye Pie

Republique

There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

 

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The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

 

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The Rose Café

Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

 

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Bottega Louie

While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

 

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

 

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Catch

This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

 

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Bestia

Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

 

Photo: Bestia Chocolate Budino Tart

Black Market Liquor Bar

You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

 

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Jones Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

 

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

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Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

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Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

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Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

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Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

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Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

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Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

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Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

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Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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15 of the Best Brunch Spots in LA

The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch hot spots are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.

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Pearls Liquor Bar

Climb the stairs to Pearl’s for a seat overlooking the busy Sunset Boulevard below as you create your own sparkling concoction with their DIY mimosa kit.

 

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar Mimosa Kit

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Rossoblu

This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.

 

Photo: Rossoblu

Photo: Rossoblu

State Social House

State Social House’s prime West Hollywood location will give you the best American eats along with bottomless mimosas and build-your-own Blood Marys.

 

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Photo: State Social House

Gjusta

This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

 

Photo: Gjusta Venice

Photo: Gjusta Venice

Cliff’s Edge

This nature-inspired destination has plenty of greenery to surround your day with good vibes. The intimate seating puts the cherry on top of a delicious menu and makes for a great brunch date spot.

 

Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Eveleigh

This rustic West Hollywood location has a bright outdoor space to make sure you take in Los Angeles’ envious weather. Their seasonally-shifting menu ensures that only the best ingredients are a part of their dishes, and mimosa pitchers promise a buzz with your meal.

 

Photo: Eveleigh

Photo: Eveleigh

Republique

This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

 

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Photo: Republique

E.P. & L.P.

Dine from EP’s unique Asian-fusion Sunday brunch menu and enjoy their bottomless mimosas before heading to the LP rooftop patio to take in the Los Angeles sun.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: EP & LP

Little Doms

Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

 

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Photo: Little Dom’s

Kismet

For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

 

Photo: Sqirl – Brunchographers

Photo: Sqirl

Neighbor

This hidden Abbott Kinney newcomer boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

 

Photo: Neighbor Venice

Photo: Neighbor Venice

Salts Cure

The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Salt’s Cure

Photo: Salt’s Cure

Sunny Spot

Make a reservation at Venice’s Sunny Spot for a lively Caribbean-inspired brunch in their indoor/outdoor space. Choose from bottomless mimosas or rum punch to give a kick to your daytime outing.

 

Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Huckleberry

Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

 

Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

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