A Toast to Five Years of dineLA Restaurant Week

Now in its fifth year, dineLA Restaurant Week is a citywide celebration of the vibrant Los Angeles dining scene, with over 300 restaurants offering specially priced three-course meals for lunch and dinner. The January-February 2012 edition of the foodie fortnight includes newcomers such as Mercato di Vetro and Ray’s & Stark Bar, as well as charter participants like Chinois on Main, Lawry’s the Prime Rib and Valentino. Diners can choose from a dizzying array of restaurants from Manhattan Beach to Pasadena, spanning a wide range of cuisines and price points.

For the first time, dozens of restaurants are also offering selected cocktails along with their Restaurant Week menus. Although they aren’t included in the prix fixe menus, many of these drinks will be discounted from their regular prices throughout Restaurant Week. After the jump, check out a few of the cocktails that will be featured at participating restaurants.

To help you navigate the Restaurant Week list, Caroline on Crack has a great roundup of restaurants with top notch cocktail menus. For a full list of restaurants, menus, and to make reservations, visit the dineLA Restaurant Week website.

dineLA Restaurant Week
January 22-27 and January 29-February 3, 2012


Bar | Kitchen is already one of downtown LA’s best dining and drinking bargains. And its dineLA menu is hard to beat: at the Premier Dining ($34) level, Executive Chef Vahan Tokmadjian is featuring dinner options such as roasted veal sweetbread, rabbit and butterscotch pot de crème. To pair with dinner, B|K has a flight of three mini-cocktails:

  • New Escobar: reposado tequila, Amaro Zucca, lime, grenadine, dash of ginger ale.
  • Dead Meridian Punch: rye, arrack, lime, grapefruit, celery bitters, seltzer.
  • Property Tax: bonded apple brandy, Amaro Nonino, lemon, maple, Angostura Bitters.

Bar | Kitchen
O Hotel
819 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 623-9904

Mezcal Paloma

Mezcal Paloma

Border Grill has been a Restaurant Week participant since the program’s inception, and both of its Los Angeles locations are offering a specially-priced signature cocktail for $9. Border Grill Downtown LA is featuring the Mezcal Paloma: reposado mezcal, freshly squeezed grapefruit, spiced salt rim. Border Grill Santa Monica is featuring its Cucumber Margarita: 1800 silver, cucumber, jalapeño, fresh lime.

Border Grill Downtown
445 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 486-5171

Border Grill Santa Monica
1445 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1655

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

With five restaurant bar programs under his watch, the odds were favorable that Julian Cox would have a cocktail or two featured during Restaurant Week.

  • Picca will be offering a cocktail created especially for Restaurant Week, the Viceroy Old Fashioned: Pisco Acholado, Dolin Blanc, Bittermens Hiver Amer Liqueur, Peruvian Bitters. The Viceroy Old Fashioned will be specially priced at $10 (cocktails are regularly priced at $12).
  • Playa is offering three drink specials that are “meant to complete your Playa experience.”
  • Short Order is offering an optional “dessert” course, the Charlie Brown: vanilla custard, roasted Spanish peanut infused bourbon, chocolate ganache ($8, regular price $12).

9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133

7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

Short Order
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St. Stall #110
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7970

El Guerro

El Guerro | Photo by Gabriella Mlynarczyk

Eva Restaurant mixologist Gabriella Mlynarczyk is showcasing several cocktails for Restaurant Week:

  • Mlynarczyk’s take on the classic French 75, the Spirit of 75: house made orange blossom gin, Lillet Blanc, sugar, lemon, bubbles ($12).
  • El Guerro: Mezcal, blended Scotch, agave, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, lime, cucumber, grey salt ($14).
  • Mlynarczyk pays tribute to chef Mark Gold’s family with her Manhattan variation, the Sheepshead Bay: bourbon, house made kummel, benedictine, Cocchi Americano ($14).
  • Flintlock: Blended scotch, Laphroiag single malt scotch, housemade lapsang tea liqueur, chocolate bitters, flamed orange, applewood smoked glass ($12).

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-0700

Fleur de Lis

Fleur de Lis | Photo by David Guilburt

In Venice, Joe’s Beverage Director Jennifer Zerboni is featuring the Fleur de Lis: Luksusowa Vodka, lemon, grapefruit, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, muddled basil ($12).

Joe’s Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA  90291
(310) 399-5811

Oak Knoll Manhattan

Oak Knoll Manhattan | Photo by Luis Nava

The Raymond offers a selection from the 1886 Bar’s Winter Menu, a Manhattan variation by Danny Cymbal that gives a nod to Pasadena. His Oak Knoll Manhattan uses housemade mulled wine vermouth crafted with locally-grown spices and botanicals, bonded bourbon, dry vermouth, and dried sugar garnish ($12).

The Raymond
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave. (at Columbia)
Pasadena, CA  91105
(626) 441-3136

Garden Collins

Garden Collins

In what may be a first, Sadie is opening during Restaurant Week, on Tuesday, January 24th. Giovanni Martinez, who oversaw the bar program at Sadie in its previous incarnation as Les Deux Estate, is featuring a cocktail made especially for Restaurant Week, the Garden Collins: Old Tom Gin, cucumber, celery, simple syrup, fresh lime ($6).

1638 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-0200

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  1. Food GPS on January 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Great round-up, Daniel. I like that Bar + Kitchen is offering a cocktail flight, and that Short Order’s got the alcoholic shake.

  2. 222 mints in one on January 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I have eaten at a dine LA restaurant evey day the event has been happening. It has been a great way to patronize regular haunts and try new ones. It is also a good way to get my non-foodie friends to try a top notch restaurant. ALl ogf my experiences have been exceptional except one; Mr. C.

    I have never had such a bad experience as I had at Mr. C. After my experience I read the reviews and many had a similiar if not exact experience. The staff were hostile and most unprofessional to sy the least. The manager that was running the hotel and restaurant that evening stated that Mr. C staff would manipulate the reviews by have bad reviews removed and inserting good reviews. THus the reviews are either horrible or absolutely fantastic…..wonder why? They obviously are not quick enough to removed all the negative reviews. I highly sugest Dine LA remove Mr. C from its list.