Food & Drink in Westwood

$11 for $18 Worth of Asian Cuisine at Tasty Wok Cuisine

Tasty Wok Cuisine

West Los Angeles

$9 $5.50

Chefs fire up the woks to cook chicken chow mein, shrimp fried rice, kung pao beef, and sesame tofu

Wine Tasting for Two or Four or Private Tasting for Up to 12 at Harry's Wine & Spirits (Up to 59% Off)

Harry's Wine & Spirits

West Los Angeles

$40 $18

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Shelves house bottles of California and international wine varietals, caviar, and specialty spirits

Three-Hour Unlimited Wine Tasting for One or Two from Sip of Vino (Up to 57% Off)

Sip of Vino

Los Angeles

$64.29 $29

During the wine tasting, guests sip unlimited pours of reds, whites, and sparkling wines from around the world while playing board games

Sushi and Japanese Food at Yen Sushi ($36 Off). Two Options Available.

Yen Sushi

West Los Angeles

$40 $22

Sushi tacos and Alaskan king crab legs precede orders of sashimi and sushi rolls such as shrimp tempura and spicy tuna

Argentine Cuisine at Gaucho Grill (Up to Half Off). Six Options Available.

Gaucho Grill

Brentwood

$120 $60

Chimichurri-marinated steaks and Argentine wines served alongside appetizers, veggies, and traditional desserts

Mediterranean Food and Drinks at Layla's Cafe & Catering (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Layla's Cafe & Catering

West Los Angeles

$50 $28

Italian- and Greek-style tapas, market-fresh salads, chicken and beef kebabs, and pastas, with many wine options

Mexican Food at Ricardo's El Ranchito (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Ricardo's El Ranchito

Los Angeles

$20 $11

Mexican specialties such as sautéed shrimp, enchiladas in mole sauce, and huevos rancheros served all day

Dinner for Two or Four at On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge

Beverly Hills

$70 $40

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Chef who worked under Gordon Ramsay creates California-inspired dishes, such as lobster club sandwich, drunken shrimp & spicy tuna tartare

$149 for 5-Course Italian Dinner for Two with Dessert and Wine at Michelin Starred Valentino ($250 Value)

Valentino

Pico

$250 $149

Prosecco or wine complements dishes such as shrimp-stuffed calamari, gnocchi with prosciutto, and lobster risotto in a fine-dining setting

$75 for $100 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Vito Restaurant. Groupon Reservation Required.

Vito Restaurant

Mid-City

$100 $75

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Trio of Italian immigrants runs 34-year-old restaurant, which serves classic, Old-World recipes in space with vintage charm

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Deli Sandwiches at Cheviot Farms ($20 Value)

Cheviot Farms

Palms

$10 $6

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Made-to-order sandwiches are stacked high with premium deli meat, crisp veggies, and fresh-baked bread

Afternoon Tea and Tasting for Two or Four at Chado Tea Room (Up to 52% Off)

Chado Tea Room

Multiple Locations

$62 $31

Afternoon tea tasting includes scones and sandwiches

Lunch or Dinner for Two for Dine-In or Carryout or $100 Toward Catering from Label's Table Deli (Up to 50% Off)

Label's Table Deli

Beverlywood

$20 $12

(98)

This traditional Jewish deli serves specialties like hot pastrami or white fish salad sandwiches, along with matzo ball soup and bagels

$12 for $20 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at California Roll Factory

California Roll Factory

West Los Angeles

$20 $12

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Kosher-friendly rolls with imitation crab, tempura combos accompanied by miso soup, salad, and rice, and more than 100 sushi rolls

Lunch or Dinner at Got Kosher? (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Got Kosher?

Beverlywood

$20 $12

Neshama gourmet kosher chicken and turkey sausages, signature Tunisian tuna sandwiches, and Parisian-style steaks in newly renovated café

All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pizza for Dine-In or Pizza for Carry-Out at Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza (Up to 43% Off)

Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza

Washington Culver

$29.98 $17

(499)

Ham, cinnamon, green peas, Brazilian-style cream cheese, condensed milk, fresh fruit, and beef stroganoff crown 30 types of gourmet pizzas

Three-Course Thai Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at Tuk Tuk (Up to 46% Off)

Tuk Tuk

West Los Angeles

$55.50 $32

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Wok stir-fries join classic noodle dishes and house specialties such as lemongrass chicken and roasted-duck curry

Two-Hour Gourmet Olive-Oil Tasting for Up to Four or Eight at Oliana (Up to 73% Off)

Oliana

West Hollywood

$90 $29

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Two-hour tasting of flavored olive oils and vinegars; take home a 60-mL bottle of your choice

Upscale Chinese Cuisine at Philippe Beverly Hills (Up to 41% Off). Two Options Available.

Philippe Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

$50 $30

Upscale Chinese cuisine such as lobster spring rolls, chicken satay in cream sauce, prawns bathed in spicy black beans, and 7 lb peking duck

Mediterranean Dinner for Two or Four at Pi on Sunset (Up to 50% Off)

Pi on Sunset

West Hollywood

$55 $29

Lebanese and Italian fusion cuisine featuring a choice of appetizers, mixed grill entrees, and dessert

Six-Course Lunch Tasting Menu with Drinks for Two or $29 for $59 Worth of Lunch at Scratch Bar

Scratch Bar

Beverly Hills

$116 $59

Chef Lee prepares special multi-course tasting menus, which may include everything from bone marrow and sourdough to Squid in a Box

Dinner at Blue Daisy (Up to 38% Off)

Blue Daisy

Downtown Santa Monica

$40 $25

(25)

Crepes are king at this restaurant where dinner service takes cues from breakfast: poached eggs and crepes meet pasta, salmon, and burgers

Classic French Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Le Petit Bistro (40% Off)

Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Bistro

$60 $36

(317)

Classic French dishes such as mussels poulette in an atmosphere akin to an intimate Parisian bistro

Four-Course Mediterranean Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at FIG & OLIVE

FIG & OLIVE

Melrose

$178 $95

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In a garden-like dining room with an indoor olive tree, guests sip wine or cocktails with dishes such as seafood paella and lobster bisque

Pub Food for Lunch, Dinner, or Catering from Brewdog Pub (50% Off)

Brewdog Pub

Beverly Hills

$30 $15

The pub menu includes specialty pizzas, tacos, and ahi tuna burgers that complement a lineup of craft beers

Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Four at Industry Cafe & Jazz (Up to 45% Off)

Industry Cafe & Jazz

McManus

$21.98 $12

(155)

Breakfast and lunch featuring an eclectic mix of Ethiopian and Southern dishes in an intimate cafe that becomes a jazz lounge at night

Standup Comedy at The Comedy Store (Up to 78% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

$45 $10

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin hosts showcases of nationally known comics and surprise guests

$25 for Shabu-Shabu for Two at Wharo Korean BBQ ($38 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Wharo Korean BBQ

Marina Del Ray

$38 $25

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Pairs cook their own meats and vegetables inside pots of bubbling broth during Japanese shabu-shabu meal

Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Primitivo Wine Bistro (Half Off)

Primitivo Wine Bistro

Venice

$32 $16

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Mediterranean tapas such as bacon-wrapped dates and rack of lamb in a mint sauce, paired with sommelier-selected wines from around the globe

One Dozen Cupcakes or Half Dozen Cheesecake Cupcakes Topped with Strawberries at Regal Cake Gallery (Up to 55% Off)

Regal Cake Gallery

Mid-Wilshire

$42 $19

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Bakery featured on The Tonight Show creates cupcakes decorated with frosting and New York–style cheesecake cupcakes with strawberries

Lunch or Dinner at Little Ethiopia Restaurant (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Little Ethiopia Restaurant

Little Ethiopia

$20 $12

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Spicy plates of gored gored's raw beef cubes tossed with jalapeños and doro wot's marinated chicken legs pair with rice and injera bread

Ethiopian Cuisine and Drinks at Rosalind's Ethiopian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Rosalind's Ethiopian cuisine

Mid-Wilshire

$20 $10

Ethiopian, Ghanaian, and Nigerian cuisines served inside colorful eatery with traditional mesob sittings and live Ethiopian music

Mini, Petite, or Large Nuage Cake Packages at Bo Nuage (Up to 42% Off)

Bo Nuage

Melrose

$27.40 $16

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Paris-trained pastry chefs create light, decadent treats from fresh, organic ingredients within patisserie, itself a work of modern art

Thai Cuisine at Chao Krung (33% Off). Two Options Available.

Chao Krung

Mid-Wilshire

$40 $27

One of the city's oldest Thai restaurants serves up tom yum, crying tiger steak, and curry noodles in an elaborately decorated dining room

Cajun-Style Cuisine for Two or Four at The Gumbo Pot (40% Off)

The Gumbo Pot

Mid-Wilshire

$20 $12

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Eatery dishes out New Orleans favorites such as crab cake po' boys, fresh catfish, chocolate beignets, gator gumbo, jambalaya, and frog legs

Two $15 Groupons for Bagels, Breakfast, and Coffee or Catered Breakfast for 10 from Bagel Broker (Up to 51% Off)

Bagel Broker

Mid-Wilshire

$15 $8

18 kinds of house-baked bagels & variety of creamy spreads; catered breakfasts include granola or pastries & drinks

Mexican Food or Party Catering Package at Plancha Tacos Venice Beach (Up to 61% Off)

Plancha Tacos Venice Beach

Venice Beach

$10 $6

Steak, chicken, seafood, and veggie tacos served in tortillas or lettuce cups; 40-taco catering package adds flavor to parties

$79 for a Mediterranean Dinner for Two at Sam's by the Beach ($130 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Sam's by the Beach

Santa Monica

$130 $79

Owner Sam Elias takes a hands-on approach at his eatery, where he hand selects all the ingredients for his upscale Mediterranean dishes

Blue Bell Ice Cream, Dole Whip and Frozen Treats at Whipp'd LA (Up to 52% Off)

Whipp'd LA

West Hollywood

$11 $5.50

Blue Bell ice cream and cool low-fat, lactose-free Dole Whip are served in a variety of flavors at exclusive locations

$12 for Five Vouchers, Each Good for a Regular Shave Ice or Regular Boba Tea at Brian's Shave Ice - Sherman Oaks ($22.50 Value)

Brian's Shave Ice - Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks

$4.50 $2.40

More than 30 flavors such as watermelon, mocha frappe, and strawberries-and-cream filled with ice cream, kochi, or dole whip

$8 for $13 Worth of Deli-Counter Food — Pico Deli

Pico Deli

Los Angeles

$13 $8

Stop in for lunch and enjoy an array of premium deli meats and cheeses by Boar's Head.

$11 for $22 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch Fare for Two or More at Vees Café

Vees Cafe

Los Angeles

$22 $11

Omelets, French toast, deluxe salads & ribeye quesadillas served with espresso, tea & smoothies indoors & outdoor cafe tables; dog friendly

Two Brunch Items With Two Drinks or Four Brunch Items With Four Drinks at Casa Ado (Up to 43% Off)

Casa Ado

Marina Del Ray

$50 $29

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Stop in for brunch for grilled hangar steak or bagels with fresh lox

Persian Dinner for Two, Four, or Six at Reyhan Persian Grill (Up to 60% Off)

Reyhan Persian Grill

Culver City

$83.44 $39

(151)

Shaded by parasols on the patio, plates of saffron rice with cherries stand by kebabs of meat prepared fresh daily

Italian Dinner and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six or More at Polentoni Italian Restaurant (Up to 53% Off)

Polentoni Italian Restaurant

Culver City

$70 $34

Traditional Italian dishes served in an eatery with rustic brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters, and rich wooden floors

Wine Flights for Two or Four with Cheese and Crackers at Flask Fine Wines (40% Off)

Flask Fine Wines

Studio City

$48 $29

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At a twice-weekly tasting bar, groups sample numerous varietals in wine flights paired with gourmet cheese and crackers

French Cuisine at Crème de la Crêpe Bistro (Up to 50% Off)

Crème de la Crêpe Bistro

Fox Hills

$30 $18

(175)

Authentic French café serves sweet and savory crepes, specialty sandwiches, and meat and seafood dinners

6 Mini Cupcakes, or Kids' Party or Truck Rental at Sugar Babies Cupcakery (Up to 43% Off). 4 Options Available.

Sugar Babies Cupcakery

Sherman Oaks

$12 $7

(77)

Six miniature cupcakes come in flavors that rotate daily; party guests battle to craft the favorite cupcake; truck treats guests to sweets

Up to 50% Off Drinks — Oil Can Harry's; Valid Tuesday 7:30 PM - Midnight

Oil Can Harry's

Studio City

$20 $10

Bartenders pour well drinks & domestic brews in the bar's LGBT-friendly digs

$50 Worth of Drinks and New-American Fare or $100 For Four or More at Luna Park (Up to 42% Off)

Luna Park

Mid-Wilshire

$50 $29

Bar & restaurant sparkles beneath playful chandeliers as cocktails, mojitos & internationally inspired fare coax enjoyable dining respites

Indian Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at East India Grill (Half Off)

East India Grill

Mid-Wilshire

$24 $12

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Colorful curries, grilled chicken and lamb, and exotic Punjabi spices awaken taste buds

Specialty Cocktails and Drinks at The Woods (Up to 47% Off).

The Woods

Hollywood

$30 $16

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Specialty cocktails served amidst woodland-inspired décor, such as elk antler chandeliers, pecky cedar walls, and teak tables

Seafood Takeout for Two or Four at Mel’s Fish Shack (41% Off)

Mel’s Fish Shack

Crenshaw

$22 $13

(140)

Neighborhood fixture serves fried and grilled catfish, red snapper, and oysters with a cornmeal seasoning passed down through generations

Pub Dinner with Draft Beer for Two or Four at Ireland's 32 (Up to 42% Off)

Ireland's 32

Van Nuys

$42.50 $25

(116)

Chefs prepare traditional Irish fare, including bangers 'n' mash, corned-beef sandwiches, and fish and chips, along with hearty pub food

Grace Fraga Presents "Badass Girls of Comedy Show" at Inside Jokes Comedy Club & Lounge (Up to 63% Off)

Grace Fraga presents "Badass Girls of Comedy Show"

Inside Jokes Comedy Club & Lounge

$27 $10

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Female comedians seen on television and at clubs across the country star in a standup series hosted by performer Grace Fraga

The Extravaganza: A Comedy Show with Soul Singing and Poetry at Inside Jokes Comedy Club on September 6 (Up to 44% Off)

The Extravaganza: A Comedy Show with Soul Singing and Poetry

Inside Jokes Comedy Club - Level 3 inside Hollywood and Highland Mall

$26.87 $15

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Comedian Clayton Thomas hosts an evening of jokes, music, and spoken-word performances

$25 for a Chef's Choice Assortment of Two Dozen Wee Cupcakes from SugarJones (Up to $35 Value)

SugarJones

Valley Village

$35 $25

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Two-year winners of the L.A. Cupcake Challenge, these bakers make cupcakes in a rainbow of flavors and colors that make any occasion special

Improv Comedy at ComedySportz Los Angeles (Up to 48% Off)

ComedySportz Los Angeles

The ComedySportz Theatre

$19.26 $10

Improv teams face off against each other in ComedySportz shows; the theater also sends up Miami Vice, Shakespeare, and action movies

$16 for $30 Worth of Cocktails

El Bar

Los Angeles

$30 $16

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In a candle-lit scene decorated with Spanish and Mexican art, visitors socialize while sipping on specialty tequilas, cocktails, and sangria

Cuban Food for Parties of Two or Four at El Rincon Cubano Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

El Rincon Cubano Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Authentic Cuban food from a Cuban-born chef is paired with local DJs, live bands, and other entertainment on the weekends

$11 for $18 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at 161 Street Pizzeria

161 Street Pizzeria

Hollywood Hills

$18 $11

(18)

More than 20 toppings such as barbecue chicken rest atop crust and house-made sauce alongside pasta, subs, and chicken parmesan

All You Can Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse (Up to 46% Off). Four Options Available.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

Universal City

$84 $45

Mesquite-grilled meats and colorful salads complement live entertainment at this Brazilian eatery

$18 for $30 Worth of Israeli and Middle Eastern Food at Itzik Hagadol Grill

Itzik Hagadol Grill

Encino

$30 $18

(163)

Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine includes variety of kebabs and house salad dips such as Moroccan-spiced carrots and roasted eggplant

Pub Food at District 13 (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

District 13

Hollywood

$20 $12

Burgers, wings, wraps, and build-your-own-sausages paired with 20+ draft beers

Hookah and Mediterranean Food at Passion Cafe & Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Passion Cafe & Lounge

Encino

$20 $11

Nosh on hand-rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice and bites of feta cheese while enjoying puffs of an array of hookah flavors

Specialty Mixed Drinks and Beer at The Parlour Room of Hollywood (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

The Parlour Room Of Hollywood

Hollywood

$30 $16

(102)

At a swanky yet affable lounge decked in green and gold, bartenders craft signature cocktails and pour draft beer

Standup Show and Appetizer Platter for Four, Plus 4 Tickets to a Future Show at Ha Ha Café Comedy Club (Up to 87% Off)

Ha Ha Café Comedy Club

Valley Village

$191.90 $25

(149)
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Showcases held seven days a week feature headlining comics from around the world, high-energy hosts, and surprise celebrity visits

Caribbean Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four or More at Prado Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Prado Restaurant

Mid-Wilshire

$30 $16

Executive chef Javier Prado cooks up Latin-Caribbean fusion cuisine presented to diners seated under 18th-century-style murals

Latin Cuisine at Beso Hollywood (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Beso Hollywood

Hollywood

$60 $30

(609)

Upscale Latin dishes, such as shrimp & lobster risotto, chili-rubbed skirt steak, served in an elegant space with chandeliers, plush booths

Small, Medium, or Large Tray of Baklava at Baklava Factory (Up to 43%)

Baklava Factory

Multiple Locations

$12 $7

Trays filled with baklava in flavors such as almond caramel, traditional walnut, finger cashew, or chocolava with walnut and cinnamon

$20 for Upscale Bar Food and Drinks at The Well ($35 Value)

The Well

Hollywood

$35 $20

Craft beers, California and international wines, and inventive cocktails join inventive tacos and short rib sliders in a sleek bar

$10 for $20 Worth of Russian Cuisine at Talisman Restaurant

Talisman Restaurant

North Hollywood

$20 $10

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Dishes from various Slavic regions include Russian pork Zharkoe, Ukrainian chicken kiev, and Nalistnik crepes stuffed with chicken

$16 for $30 Worth of Thai Cuisine for Dine-In Service at Nariya Thai

Nariya Thai Cuisine

Hollywood

$30 $16

Thai favorites such as colorful curries, Thai-style buffalo wings, and pra ram, available for dine-in

Wine Tour of Los Olivos and Solvang for One or Two from Zuri Wine Tasting (Up to 51% Off)

Zuri Wine Tasting

Westchester Shopping Center

$89 $44

(17)

Luxury motorcoaches ferry tour-goers to historical wineries, opulent restaurants, and hip shopping destinations with views of the Pacific

Mediterranean Dinner with Hookah for Two or Four at Shisha Cafe Lounge (Up to 46% Off)

Shisha Cafe Lounge

Encino

$53.96 $29

Guests relax on throw pillows in lantern-lit lounge while enjoying Mediterranean dinner complemented by an array of hookah flavors

$16 for $30 Worth of Specialty Drinks and Cocktails at NoBar

NoBar

NoHo

$30 $16

Patrons enjoy craft beers on tap and specialty cocktails as a jukebox plays rock, old-school hip-hop, and soul music

Wine, Coffee, and Appetizers for Two or Four at Purple Wine & Coffee (Up to 48% Off)

Purple Wine & Coffee

Los Angeles

$30 $16

Wine bar serves hazelnut iced coffee, green tea latte, shrimp tempura, cheese, sandwiches, and, of course, plenty of wine

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch Cuisine at Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino

Burbank

$20 $12

Café creates breakfast and lunch food such as ham and cheese croissants, french toast, cobb salads, white pizzas, and chicken avocado wraps

One Dozen Assorted Mini Pastries or 2 Pounds of Assorted Cookies at Unique Pastry Bakery (Up to 56% Off)

Unique Bakery and Cafe

Encino

$27 $12

(23)

Kosher and pareve treats include mexican wedding cookies, chocolate rugelach and pastry options of mini éclairs and cream puffs

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Grilled or chilled, layered or wrapped, the chefs at The Original Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches uphold the age-old art of bread bundling as they craft a mélange of classic sandwiches alongside a complement of classic soups, sides, and desserts. Staffers load up the shop’s fluffy rolls or toasty bread slices with spiced cuts of turkey, saucy meatballs, and veggies before pairing each creation with a homemade chocolate-chip cookie, imbuing senses with nostalgia for days at mom’s house or late-night shindigs at Cookie Monster's mansion. Diners can take their bounty to go or linger at the restaurant, which features a lineup of indoor seating and a collection of patio tables soaking in the warm rays of the noonday sun.

900 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
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Housed in a graceful Italian Renaissance-style building originally designed as a music store in 1929 by famed L.A. architect Paul Williams, Tanino serves up authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch in the heart of Westwood Village. Travertine walls and an ornately painted ceiling impart an elegant and intimate feel amidst the bustle of the busy UCLA neighborhood. Chef-owner Tanino Drago, who cut his teeth at older brother Celestino‰Ûªs restaurant, Drago, has crafted a classic menu to match the Old World feel of his establishment, offering favorites like osso buco with saffron risotto and homemade fettuccine with lamb ragÌ_. A grand fireplace casts a warm and inviting glow on cool L.A. evenings, as does the largely Italian waitstaff, who are sure to come in handy when trying to order those tough-to-pronounce regional dishes.

1043 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly. This year, Halloween Club is ready with popular Breaking Bad, Despicable Me, and Iron Man costumes. Of course, there are also the classic staples. Creepy masks and props, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. That selection also includes outlandish items such as skeletons in mariachi outfits and zombie girl scout costumes.

1090 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The Stand’s menu of chili dogs, burgers, and tuna melts evokes classic Americana images of diners and ball games. The eats may be casual, but the staff strives to give them modern style, earning a spot on Gayot's 2012 list of Top 10 LA Hot Dog Restaurants. Upon request, the staff will wrap burgers in whole-wheat buns or lettuce wraps instead of classic buns, and diners also have their choice of beef, turkey, or housemade veggie patties. Gourmet hot-dog and sausage toppings such as garlic mushrooms and corn salsa join traditional fixings such as mustard, sweet pickle relish, and tears from a recently defeated baseball team. To wash it all down, servers blend up 20-ounce chocolate and vanilla milkshakes and tap a rotating menu of draft beers, as well as root beer.

1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

“[It’s] the best pizza I’ve found in Los Angeles,” says comedian and recognized Italian Ray Romano about D’Amore’s Pizza. He’s not the only star to fall for the authentic slices: owner Joe D’Amore has shipped his cracker-thin crusts to destinations across Hollywood, including the set of Two and a Half Men and Jennifer Garner’s house. Whether he’s serving an A-lister or the average hungry citizen, Joe bakes all of his cheesy treats to-order inside a stationary brick oven or an innovative oven on wheels.

D’Amore’s traditional methods and tempting taste are a family legacy. Born and raised in an Italian family in Boston, Joe D’Amore grew up savoring his grandmother Mommanonna's handmade pizzas—a meal he would miss upon moving to California. Joe asked his grandmother to join him out west and show him the secrets to her trade, but when she pulled the pie out of the oven, something wasn't quiet right. Mommanonna immediately knew that the California water was sabotaging her famous cracker-thin crust, and urged Joe to bring water from Boston. Today, he takes the practice a step further, importing water from Italy along with olive oil, flour, and pizza wheels carved by Michelangelo.

1136 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Sixty seconds. That's as long as it takes for the fresh mozzarella to melt and the hand-made dough to cook to a soft and chewy crust. By the time the cashier hands you a receipt, your pizza arrives piping-hot and ready to eat. The secret to 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria's quick turnaround is a carefully designed assembly line. First, chefs flatten dough—prepped beforehand with flour, salt, water and wild yeast. Next comes fresh basil, splashes of extra virgin olive oil, and whole balls of fresh mozzarella, made exclusively for the pizzeria by DiStefano Cheese. The pizza moves down to the next station, where customers can choose from fresh toppings such as bacon, ricotta, and local arugula, or opt for pre-designed pizzas such as the carni—which is made with salsiccia, pepperoni, meatballs, and rosemary ham. Finally, the chef slides the custom-made pizza into the oven, where almond wood maintains temperatures of at least 800 degrees.

To complement the Neapolitan pizzas, staffers pour wine on tap and scoop organic gelato from LA creamery. Diners can also use a touch-screen machine to dispense bubbly beverages in 150 customizable flavors—perfect for those who dislike sipping the same thing twice.

10889 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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