Restaurants in Sherman Oaks

$19 for $30 Worth of Middle Eastern Food, Plus 20% Off Catering Services, at The Hummus Bar & Grill

The Hummus Bar & Grill

Tarzana

Fresh hummus, skewers of lamb, beef, and chicken, grilled salmon, and kosher specialties in a casual spot that welcomes families

$30 $19

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$24 for $40 or $48 for $80 Worth of Food and Drink at Prohibition Burgers & Beer (40% Off)

Prohibition Burgers & Beer

Encino

Chefs top burgers with apples, bacon, and cheese; beer-batter and season fries; and arrange cheese platters paired with flights of beer

$40 $24

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$12 for $20 Worth of Indian Food at Asha Indian Restaurant

Asha Indian Restaurant

Tarzana/Encino

Variety of biyranis, plus lamb, chicken masala, seafood, vegan, and vegetarian meals adjusted to your preferred spice level

$20 $12

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

Ireland's 32

Van Nuys

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

$42.50 $25

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Café Food at Patio Cafe at Sportsman's Lodge Hotel (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Patio Cafe at Sportsman's Lodge Hotel

Studio City

1950s-style diner offers cuisine such as belgian waffles, omelets, steak salads, turkey BLT wraps, and eggplant-tofu lasagna TV dinner

$30 $17

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Vegan and Vegetarian Indian Fare and Drinks at Streets of India Café (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Streets Of India Cafe

Encino

South Indian dosas, idlis, and vadas tickle tongues, while chicken and lamb or vegan substitutes swim in savory masala and vindaloo dishes

$25 $15

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Wings and Boneless Chicken Strips at Wing Stop (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Wing Stop

Tarzana

Wings and chicken strips arrive glazed with one of 11 sauces, including everything from mild Teriyaki to habanero-spiced Atomic

$20 $12

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In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.

14846 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

Itzik Hagadol Grill has two locations, one in Encino, California, and the original in Jaffa, Israel. Despite being separated from its sister restaurant by an ocean and three in-flight movies, the American eatery still embraces the characteristic flavors and ingredients of Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine, earning a rating of "good to very good" from Zagat. The kitchen's taboon oven bakes fresh laffa bread as the cooks carefully arrange more than 20 kinds of Middle Eastern salads, which garnered praise from the Los Angeles Times in 2009 for their vibrancy and variety. Grills further heat up the kitchen by searing kebabs of house-ground veal and lamb as well as skewers of less common meats, including foie gras, chicken liver, and veal sweetbreads. The warmth forged in the culinary crucible that is the kitchen emanates outward to the dining area, where padded booths stimulate comfort and conviviality.

17201 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US

At age 14, Moroccan-born Simon Elmaleh already had a job, and it was no paper route—he was already earning his chops in the kitchen of a Mediterranean restaurant. Just two years later, he launched his 17-year career as an assistant chef on a five-star passenger cruise liner, and in 1986, he opened the first Moroccan restaurant in Japan. In 2001, he brought his decades-long passion for Mediterranean cuisine to California, where he founded Simon's Restaurant.

A Los Angeles Times writer praised the "warm atmosphere," which is decked out in rich cream-colored tones and vintage French cabaret posters. At cloth-draped tables, guests feast on traditional Moroccan tagines, spicy homemade lamb sausages, and baba ghanouj, described as "vivid—roasty and pure, whipped into a fluffy cloud of eggplant."

4515 Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.

17237 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
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.

17000 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US

Red isn't the only color on Reds Restaurant's wine list, which presents bottles that speak multiple languages and come and go as they please. While sipping vinos from California, South America, and Italy, guests can peer past the black-hole-black bar straight into the open kitchen. There, the chefs will summon smoked-salmon farfalle, spam-fried rice, and duck confit into existence, and bring life to desserts such as The Brownie and pineapple upside-down cake. Dinner is the main feature at this wine-and-tapas shop, but a lunch menu attracts a midday crowd to the Encino Place Shopping Center's second floor from Tuesday to Friday every week.

Encino Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US

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