Guide to the Best of DineLA for LA Parents
DineLA is a chance to get out and try some of those fabulous Los Angeles restaurants that you’ve heard about, but haven’t had a chance yet to try, at a 20 percent discount. DineLA starts January 11th and ends January 25th so you have two weeks to enjoy lunch or dinner at some of the more than 400 participating restaurants. We know that having a date night in Los Angeles can be a luxury and going out for a family dinner can be a challenge so we’ve compiled a list of restaurants to go for a date, with the family or for a moms night out in Los Angeles.
Terra at Eataly in Century City.
One of the many reasons dineLA is a great time to go out to eat is that chefs create a special 2-course menu for lunch that runs from $15 to $35 and a 3-course menu for dinner that starts at $29 and goes up from there (dineLA’s Exclusive Series restaurants start at $99).
For example, a dineLA dinner at Officine Brera in Downtown LA includes a first course of chicken liver mousse or greens with celery, carrot, radish and celery, a second course of carnaroli risotto or bread dumplings, a third course of beef cheeks or halibut and a also a dessert of chocolate mousse or honey nut semifreddo. All of that for $59 (tax and tip not included). Officine Brera is on the top of my list of places I’d like to try and it sounds amazing.
Here are more ideas for a dineLA Date Night in Los Angeles. These are places I’ve been to and loved or really want to try. Reservations are recommended.
dineLA Date Night For LA Parents
Native in Santa Monica
620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Native is a cozy spot to get a good drink and great food on a date night with your significant other. Native’s $49 dineLA menu includes weiser potato chestnut soup, chicken schnitzel and banana pudding cake.
1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
I’ve always wanted to try Josiah Citrin’s Michelin Star restaurant Mélisse in Santa Monica, but never had the chance. Now is the time considering that it will close on March 3rd and reopen in the summer with a new menu and concept, according to a note on its website. The dineLA menu is $115 and sounds fabulous.
It’s part of dineLA’s exclusive series that includes Maude in Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air and Providence on Melrose.
3626 W, Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
They had me at “complimentary glass of sparkling wine.” Burrata with persimmon and pepitas, short ribs with chanterelles and sprouted cauliflower and sticky toffee pudding are some of the items on the menu at this popular Silver Lake restaurant.
Omni Los Angeles
251 South Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
In the Omni in Downtown LA’s California Plaza, this romantic restaurant features a view of the Los Angeles skyline (request an outdoor table). The $49 dineLa menu includes tuna tartare, filet mignon and lemon olive oil cake.
Moms Night Out In Los Angeles
225-227 S. Garey St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 – Arts District
8338 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 – Beverly Grove
My friend who introduces me to fabulous restaurants, recommended Inko Nito with locations in the Downtown Arts District and Beverly Grove. The restaurant is “Japanese Robatayaki with Korean influences” in lively spaces with communal and small group tables. The $49 dineLA menu looks amazing and would be great to go with friends, order everything, and share.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
The plant-based food at Gracias Madre is delicious and the restaurant is a fun place to meet up with friends. They have a $25 lunch and $49 dinner menu with items like jackfruit carnitas tacos, cauliflower with cashew nacho cheese and Mexican wedding cookies. If you have vegetarian kids, Gracias Madre is also a great choice for a kid-friendly dinner.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles
La Grande Orange Cafe
260 S. Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91105
Located in Pasadena’s historic 1934 Del Mar Station, La Grande Orange is a a family-friendly favorite. Go for dinner or lunch and everyone will find something good to eat. It’s a great place to go with kids because there’s a lot on the menu and plenty of other families. The $39 dineLA menu is great for parents – deviled eggs, prime rib – and you can still order off the regular menu for kids.
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. #7, Hollywood, CA 90028 plus multiple other locations in Los Angeles
Our family has been to many Umami Burger many times and it never disappoints. The dineLA menu is a great deal for lunch – $15 for a burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink. Dinner is $29 and adds an appetizer and a dessert.
Westfield Century City Mall
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
There are many choices for families to dine at Eataly in the Westfield Century City Mall. Families can dine on the outdoor, rooftop patio at Terra for an upscale meal ($59 dineLA) or have a $20 lunch at La Pizza and La Pasta inside Eataly. Or just grab a focaccia as a snack.
For more kid-friendly dining options, see our post with The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles and The Best Places for Healthy Kid-Friendly Dinners in LA.