For $35 today’s Groupon gets you $70 worth of food and drink at The Foundry on Melrose, arguably one of Los Angeles’s sexiest restaurants with an electric bar scene, sultry live music, art-deco décor, and a roof.
Foundry's executive chef Eric Greenspan’s boast-worthy background (he’s honed his culinary skills alongside Michelin-acclaimed chefs such as David Bouley and Ferran Adria of El Bulli) is undoubtedly responsible for the Foundry’s inventive, rotating menu. The refreshing salad of crisp snap peas and long beans, dressed with green goddess vinaigrette and peaches, is perfect for a first course or as a companion on a long road trip to Denver. Move on to a lemon béarnaise–drizzled Alaskan halibut or try the chef’s tasting menu. Recent menu items include roasted black cod with garbanzo beans and scallop ceviche kicked up with jalapenos.
Former Patina sommelier Chris Meeske put together the Foundry’s well-edited wine list with very sensible prices that make lots of sense. Expect to find yummy selections from less prestigious regions that won’t blow the budget.
Call ahead for reservations to secure a table in the lovely garden. Service is unpretentious and relaxed, providing you and your dining companion ample time to enjoy the Foundry’s sophisticated setting, fine music, and lively scene.
Yelpers give the restaurant 3.5 stars:
Oxymoron Orthodoxy Opposed!
One Yelper says that although The Foundry on Melrose might seem like an oxymoron, The Foundry’s ambiance is “…nice, yet casual.” Here are other combinations that might seem oxymoronic at first but are actually quite compatible:
- Gentle giants
- Irate studio musicians
- Mice who understand hope
- Laugh-a-minute samurai
- Reality-show judges festooned with jewels
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The Foundry on Melrose
Executive Chef Eric Greenspan—who cut his teeth at restaurants such as Patina and Meson G—instills traditional American cuisine with a modern flair at The Foundry on Melrose, so named for its use of industrial designs to accent its art-deco décor. Featured in publications such as LA Weekly, the constantly evolving menu melds upscale dishes such as shellfish chowder with whimsical renditions of diner classics, including the signature burger stuffed between Hawaiian bread and onion-ring hula skirts. Often echoing with live music, the lavish dining room culls elements from the Machine Age to warm its space with antique light fixtures, sconces crafted from vintage heat registers, and colorful artwork. Outdoors, heat lamps protect diners from obnoxiously loud snowmen, and wicker chairs juxtapose the classic look of candles and white linens.
7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, California 90036Get Directions