The “nook” in question at this West L.A. bistro is the actual location, nearly invisible from the street, hidden in the back corner of a strip mall. The rewards for discovering Nook Bistro’s front door, though, range from comfort food staples like mac ‘n’ cheese to the more exotic tastes of a Sake-braised short rib, all served at affordable prices, considering the quality. Nook also offers several different specials throughout the week, with its most popular possibly being the Sunday Dinner, a $20 prix fixe menu that changes on a weekly basis. Local oenophiles appreciate the free corkage on Monday and Tuesday nights, and anyone with a modern aesthetic will find the clean, simple interior to be a breath of fresh air.
Mirrored walls, black leather booths and dim lighting give Brentwood ‰ÛÒ a neighborhood American comfort food spot from Westside restaurateur Bruce Marder ‰ÛÒ a sophisticated, clubby feel. The emphasis is on classic grill fare like steaks and chops, among which the veal chop, flat-iron steak and New Zealand rack of lamb stand out. Fresh fish specials, top-notch burgers and pastas (macaroni & cheese is ever popular) are also safe bets, but more adventurous eaters might gravitate toward dishes with a little more flair like the maple leaf duck tacos with pomegranate salsa. The restaurant‰Ûªs owners are enthusiastic wine connoisseurs who strive to share their passion; you‰Ûªll find rare labels like Peter Michael and Kosta Browne on the extensive wine list. Down-home desserts like strawberry shortcake and chocolate bread pudding offer the ultimate in sweet comfort.
NOTE Groupon name is ‰ÛÏBrentwood‰Û� but we believe it should be ‰ÛÏBrentwood Restaurant & Lounge‰Û�.
In Gaucho Grill's kitchen, juicy steaks and marinated poultry sizzle on grills, sending the rich aroma of Argentine cuisine drifting through the restaurant's rustic interior. Savory mushrooms and veggies garnish meats on intimate lamp-lit tables surrounded by knotty timber walls, rough slate arches, and lariat-hurling ranchers. Dulcet treats of flan, mousse, and crepes cap South American feasts with notes of sweetness, and glasses of fruit-packed Argentine wines tastefully complement choice selections from the grill.
Everything about Layla's Cafe & Catering is designed to create a sense of communal enjoyment. The menu features plenty of tapas and appetizers for sharing, including fresh caprese salad with burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and basil pesto, and grilled kebabs that can easily be divided among friends. Within the quasi-outdoor seating area—which is kept warm by cozy heating lamps—the bottom of one wall is lined with green plants and tiny orbs of strung lights float overhead. A gently murmuring water fountain invites guests to toss in pennies and make wishes, or toss in silver dollars and watch their friends jump in after them. The restaurant also caters for special occasions and hosts private parties.
Owner Susan Disney Lord (a niece of Walt Disney) has transformed what was once a ho-hum tavern into the stunning Bel Air Bar and Grill. A two-story glass entryway adorned with a mural of bougainvillea leads into a modern, minimalist dining room with brick walls, dark furnishings and a working fireplace. Young professionals and Getty Center museum-goers (it‰Ûªs a three-minute drive away) gather for twists on classic American fare. Appetizer highlights include truffled mac ‰Û÷n‰Ûª cheese, fried calamari and a grilled shrimp cocktail. EntrÌ©es are simple yet hearty and flavorful, especially the moist pan-roasted branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) served with crunchy carrot farro and roast chicken accompanied by sautÌ©ed potatoes, pearl onions and corn. California labels dominate the concise wine list, which also includes a few international selections. Diners with sweet tooths won‰Ûªt want to miss the pastry chef‰Ûªs signature red velvet ding dong for dessert.
NOTE: Groupon name is ‰ÛÏBel Air Bar and Grill‰Û� but we believe it should be ‰ÛÏBel Air Bar & Grill‰Û�.
Ricardo's El Ranchito welcomes its guests into a festive atmosphere full of frosty margaritas and colorful Mexican cuisine. To set the tone, murals detailing Mexican history and paintings of lush tropical plants cover the walls, forming a thematic backdrop during mealtimes. South-of-the-border specialties include red snapper, burritos the size of small pillows, and piping hot pozole soup. In the kitchen, chefs also forge toasty corn tortillas by hand, marinate pork carnitas in lemon, and whip up savory grilled beef fajitas.