As the years have led to urban expansion, only one Los Angeles winery has stood the test of time. The San Antonio Winery and Restaurant in Lincoln Heights is so beloved as a local drinking institution, it was given cultural monument status in 1966. Since then, the hidden-away winery, down a few side streets in an industrial part of the downtown area, has been quietly serving up glasses of fine wine from their Italian-style villa. Terracotta roofs and tall greenery line the exterior of this operational winery, which has been bottling since 1917. Free wine tastings and tours are available daily, and the attached Maddalena restaurant serves homey Italian food.
Casual American fare can be found at Engine Co. No. 28. Healthy, fresh fare — including low-fat options — is readily available on Engine Co. No. 28's menu. Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Engine Co. No. 28 — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. The private room at Engine Co. No. 28 is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration. Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Engine Co. No. 28, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio. Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Engine Co. No. 28's free wifi hotspot.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Engine Co. No. 28, known for its laid-back ambience. Through their catering service, Engine Co. No. 28 can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Engine Co. No. 28. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Dine at California Canteen for a lovely French meal. California Canteen is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. California Canteen guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at California Canteen. California Canteen is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on California Canteen's complimentary wifi. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back California Canteen is ultra casual. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. You can also grab your food to go.
Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on California Canteen's moderately priced fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
When you walk into Bacaro, you're literally surrounded by wine. Look up and you'll see countless bottles encased in a glass display in the ceiling; look ahead and you'll see dozens more standing in neat rows behind the bar. A list of international, small-production wines fills one wall, scrawled on a chalkboard like a PTA's happy-hour menu. Rounding out the constantly changing selection is house-made sangria and an equally impressive lineup of international craft beers.
Executive chef Lior Hillel, who honed his skills at New York's illustrious Jean-Georges, prepares a menu that vibes with the focus on wine. Italian-style cicchetti?small-plate servings similar to tapas?are served in hot and cold varieties, ranging from poached shrimp in a citrus-chili sauce to a lamb-stuffed eggplant topped with lemon-garlic emulsion. These inventive sauces are some of the best parts of each dish, as the restaurant bottles and sells them both onsite and at Whole Foods and other local retailers.
Los Angeles Oktoberfest invites visitors to celebrate the changing seasons with two days of traditional Bavarian revelry. Hosted by Bob Guiney from ABC's The Bachelor, the festival invites attendees to fill their glass steins with any of the 19 available German beers and purchase hearty platefuls of bratwurst, giant pretzels, and strudel. Live bands lead traditional, sing-along drinking tunes, a Bavarian dance group performs for joyous audiences, and a strolling accordionist weaves through the crowds while playing familiar German melodies. In addition to bidding on sports memorabilia at the silent-auction table, patrons can also test their arm strength by competing in the stein-holding competition, which rewards the winners with lifetime admission to the Los Angeles Oktoberfest and a brand new pair of steel biceps to replace the old, used-up ones.
Enjoy a classy night out on the town with a glass of wine from City Sip. Vegans can also enjoy the food at City Sip since they offer a number of animal product-free items. City Sip also offers a full wine bar that will delight any oenophile. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at City Sip — the bar has tons of space for big parties.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded. No need to put on airs for a trip to City Sip — the dress code and ambience at this bar are totally laid-back.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at City Sip. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.