A Resource guide to DINING DEALS (special nights, prix-fixes)
Below is a list of dining deals that I've gathered from Chowhound and my own knowledge. Is there any place I'm leaving out that I should know about? thanks hounds!
CAMPANILE (usually ~$50 pp) offers the 3-course Monday Night dinner ($35pp) (more casual stuff, but much cheaper than their usual fare.) www.campanilerestaurant.com
JIRAFFE Monday Night Bistro Menu. 3 courses for $33. Very delightful! http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news/index.html Bistro Night - JiRaffe turns into a casual French bistro, with brown paper tablecloths replacing the linen, and a $29 three-course menu of classic French dishes (plus wines available by the carafe) supplementing the usual fare. 502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA â€¨(310) 917-6671
THE STAND $1 Hot Dog Night - $1 hot dogs, $2.50 for "loaded" dogs, and special prices on beer. Really, can it get any better? 5pm-close.â€¨â€¨The Standâ€¨17000 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CAâ€¨(818) 788-2700
TASTE Pizetta Night - Monday pizzetta night features entrÃ©e-size versions of its crisp-crust pizzetta appetizers for $12.75; a wine flight of three 2-ounce pours is $10. Tasteâ€¨8454 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069â€¨(323) 852-6888
CUIDAD Paella on the Patio - 3-course Menu featuring different Paella every Tuesday for $29 per person.â€¨â€¨Cuidadâ€¨445 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071â€¨(213) 486-5171
LA TERZA Tavola Italiana - An informal antipasto with a wonderful array of tapas-sized dishes, none priced over $5.â€¨â€¨La Terzaâ€¨8384 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(323) 782-8384
MARIX Taco Tuesdays at Marixâ€¨Every Tuesday, it's all you can eat tacos for $7.95â€¨1108 N Flores St. West Hollywood 323-656-8800
STERLING STEAKHOUSE Three Course Menu - The bargain prix-fixe menu will feature both regular menu items and new exclusive options from executive chef Andrew Pastore and pastry chef Mario Ortiz and all for $35.â€¨â€¨Sterling Steakhouseâ€¨1429 Ivar Ave., Hollywood, CAâ€¨(323) 463-0008
VIOLET "7 before 7" - Tuesdays through Thursdays, Violet chef Jared Simons is offering â€œ7 Before 7,â€ seven dishes before 7 p.m. for $7 a piece.â€¨â€¨Violetâ€¨3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 453-9113
IL GRANO Bollito Misto at Il Grano - Cold-weather comfort food at its most authentic, this five-course classic Italian feast includes salami, a tortellini broth and a stew of up to seven meats boiled all day and served with a variety of dipping sauces for $49.â€¨â€¨Il Granoâ€¨11359 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(310) 477-7886
JOSIE Josie's has their Wednesday Prix Fixe for $32 - 3 courses while they last; so go there on the early side. The 3-course prix menu features items from the Farmer's Market purchased that morning. 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405â€¨(310) 581-9888
ANGELI CAFÃ‰ Family Night - It's all about sharing family-style portions of an entire meal (often with more than five different dishes) with total strangers! Although chef Evan Kleinman is an ace with rustic Italian fare, the theme travels all over the world from India to France to Morocco. $28 per person.â€¨â€¨Angeli Cafeâ€¨7274 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CAâ€¨(323) 936-9086
CAMPANILE (usually ~$50 pp) offers the Grilled Cheese Thursday nights (more casual stuff, but much cheaper than their usual fare.) www.campanilerestaurant.com 624 S La Brea Ave, 323-938-1447
CEZANNE, LE MERIGOT Bistro Night - A pre-fixed menu ($25) includes a house salad, broiled New York steak with mushroom bordelaise sauce and fresh pomme frites.â€¨â€¨Cezanne, Le Merigotâ€¨1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 395-9700
PAPA CRISTOâ€™S Big Fat Greek Dinner - Seven courses of bliss and belly dancing for $18.95â€¨â€¨Papa Cristo'sâ€¨2771 W Pico Blvd (Normandie Ave), Los Angelesâ€¨323-737-2970
CHAYA Chaya in Beverly Hills has a Sunday 3-course (I think it's around $30.) They have live Jazz on Sunday nights, though, and the place is packed. The food available in the bar is very reasonable, although they have no min, so we sometimes just get a bottle of wine and a sushi roll and enjoy the music.
LUCQUES the ultimate prix fixe is the sunday supper at lucques, which is always a winner. you can always call ahead for the menu. it used to be 35 for 3 courses but now its 40 i believe.â€¨http://www.lucques.com/ 8474 Melrose Ave., 323-655-6277
MINI BAR Sundays at Mini barâ€¨A prix fix selection of small plates for two comes with a bottle of wine for $40. â€¨3413 Cahuenga blvd. W.â€¨323-882-6965
GRACE Burger Night - Each burger is made with 8 ounces of Australian Kobe Beef and is served with French fries, pickles, aioli, ketchup, and a fleur de sel bun, all made in house. Burgers are $16, with cheese $18, and with truffle cheese $21.â€¨â€¨Graceâ€¨7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(323) 934-4400
VIOLET Pre-Fixed Menu - Sunday nights, substituting for the regular menu, look for a three-course menu for $25, plus a bottomless glass of wine for $10 extra. Simons is also serving complimentary cookies and milk to end each meal.â€¨â€¨Violetâ€¨3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 453-9113
OPUS Opus next to the Wiltern. They have a new chef and new menu. A lot of people were ordering the spontaneous menu. I think the 3 course is $30.00, which includes a muse. Very eclectic cuisine. They offer 3,6 and 9 course. So I met a friend of mine tonight since I was so impressed by the food last week. We ended up doing a 3 course for $30.00 each. Definitely a deal. I had the hamachi with lardon, some kind of seaweed and lemon oil. Vrey fresh and quite different from the usual hamachi. Also got the pan seared john dory on charred romaine and sweet and sour cherries. Then got the infamous short ribs on cream of wheat and a red wine sauce. Ended up with dessert which was a chocolate molten cake with homemade ice cream and hazelnuts. Quite the deal for $30. I think the chef might have thrown in an extra course. Portions are extremely generous for tasting portions.
PATINA The business lunch at Patina is two courses for $25. Available Monday-Friday only, but an amazing sample of their cuisine.
JOEâ€™S Joe's in Venice has a 3 course prix-fixe menu for under 20 bucks. i love lunch at joe's if you happen to be in venice. three courses for under 20 and damned good food. The 3 course lunch menu at Joe's is something like 18 bucks. Best bargain this side of the 405. 2 or 3 choices per course. which is nice! still a great deal.
Sterling isn't Sterling anymore; it's Sideways Lounge, and I'm not sure if they're still doing the special. The whole menu's been changed, although Andy is still the chef.
At Il Grano, bollito misto is only seasonal, as is the tomato menu (usually summers)
And, wow, Minibar is still open? Loved it, just kind of shocked it still has business.
Campanile upped their monday prix-fixes now to $45/pp - but I guess for what you're getting it's still cheaper than a la carte.
And I'm not necessarily sure if Chowhound is the best place to keep track of a running list of deals & specials (many of which gets rotated in and out pretty frequently) - I'd rather stick with checking la.com, gayot or others.