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I've realized that as much as I'd love to try a ton of restaurants in LA, I simply can't afford it. But I have been hearing of many places having a special menu one day a week at a discount. We went to Osteria Mozza and had the Amaro Bar Menu 3-course meal ($35 including wine!) which was great. And Lucques has the $45 Sunday suppers. What other great restaurants offer these types of specials, where you can get a great meal at a more reasonable price?

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  1. STK is offering special pricing on Fridays, entrees starting at $12, reservation required.
    Sushi Roku has a fantastic happy hour with special prices on drinks and appetizers.
    I'm blanking out because I've heard of many more restaurant specials than this.
    I'll post again when I think of them.

    1. Hatfield's is doing a spring special with any app, entree, and dessert off the menu for $49. You'll have to go soon, their last night before they move is 8/8 and then they reopen in September (according to other in the board).

      1. CAFE DEL REY offers a $44 three course menu every night.
        since their al la carte entrees normally run from the high 20's to the low 30's, this is a very good deal.
        they also offer a two course lunch special at around $22/pp

        delicious food
        beautiful environment
        good service
        solid wine list
        AND
        you could start your dinner in the bar area, order your wine off the happy hour list ($6 glasses of respectable-quality wine) and take your glasses with you to the dining room to finish your meal.

        if you want to spend even less money, stay in the bar and order both drinks and food off the happy hour menu (shrimp coctail, 5 shrimp, cost $7, i believe the calimari costs about the same amount) the food served for happy hour at cafe del rey is honest-to-god good food turned out by a high-end kitchen, not the deep fried institutional happy hour slop so many restaurants feel is adequate.

        1. Dominick's in West L.A. and Little Dom's in Los Feliz have Sunday and Monday night dinners, respectively. Three courses for $15 and they list them on the website. They also offer $10 bottles of "Dago Red & White" and reduced prices on Moretti beer....I think it's $2 a bottle.

          1. I just got a "post" card in the snail mail saying that the Chart House is running a 3 course special for $29.95 through (IIRC) September.

            ADD: Roy's has their $35 for 3 course special. The menu changes during the year depending on the season. 2117 on Sawtelle also has a 3 course special for $38 (I think).

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            1. re: Servorg

              This seems to be a trend, using snail mail to try and get some business in LA restaurants. Yesterday I got a one page "letter" from Porterhouse Bistro in Beverly Hills advertising a 30% off deal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (less of a discount on the other days).

              What that means is, for their regular prix fixe of 4 course AND 2 cocktails per person, you will now pay $30.24 for the same deal. This is good through Thursday, Sept. 10th.

              They don't say anything about having to have the letter in your possession.

              I gotta say, 4 courses AND 2 drinks for $30. That's some deal.

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              Porterhouse Bistro
              8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

              1. re: Servorg

                Servorg, You're a valued contributor to CH but I gotta respectfully and emphatically disagree. In my opinion, neither Chart H or Roy's comes close to meeting OP's requirement for great food. Chart House has never impressed me w/ their food and last time -and I do mean last time (Marina Del Rey) both dishes were bad. My crab stuffed sole was mushy with no flavor let alone crab flavor. Tried Roy's $35 special. Like Chart House, it lived down to chain resto reputation for corporate cookie cutter boring.

                1. re: ilikefood

                  I agree with Chart House but I read good things about Roy's, especially their chocolate lava cake.

                  I mean, for $35, isn't it a better deal than most chains?

              2. Campanile has Monday Supper, 3 courses for $45. Going tonight for Clambake!
                Jiraffe also has a 3 course Monday special for $38. and a Ravioli Special on Wednesdays for $29 that includes 3 courses and 2 3-oz wine pours

                1. Great info; keep it coming!

                  Josie - $45 prix fixe menu

                  Foundry on Melrose - $39 prix fixe menu

                  1. Pinot Bistro (12969 Ventura Bv., Studio City) -- Sunday "locals' night" -- app, main and dessert, $32. Despite the "locals' night" tag, you do not have to be a "local" or even show ID. http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant...

                    1. If you like a restaurant, sign up for their email newsletter. I've gotten many tips for short-term specials and specials that occur weekly.

                      1. Thanks for the great tip! Just wondering - is the 'Amaro Bar' the mozzarella bar or the regular bar?

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                        1. re: cinzia

                          It's only at the regular bar. They've extended it to include Thursdays as well.

                          1. re: supergeek

                            thanks - went a couple of weeks ago and it was really fantastic and well worth the $

                        2. I think campanile also regularly has 3 course menus on wed for 20 something
                          Shiro wed 3 course $35
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/629401

                          1. Le Petit Restaurant in Studio City/Sherman Oaks does a Monday night lobster special - $25 for lobster plus soup or salad to start.

                            1. Not quite what you're looking for but check out the "power hours" bar menu at Morton's. Most locations go til 6:30pm only, but start up again at 9pm until closing. Menu and pricing for each location on mortons.com

                              1. Kagaya in little tokyo is a shabu shabu restaurant but each meal offers three starter courses PRIOR to the shabu shabu AND dessert! The dishes are all amazingly composed and beautiful and delicious. $43 or so for the USDA prime option! for a total of FIVE courses (dessert included)!

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                                1. re: ocha

                                  Kagaya is one of my all time favorites. I've been going there for over 10 years and they never disappoint. Was there a couple of nights ago and it's still $43 for the prime beef. Six courses if you count the noodle or rice soup they make with the post-shabu broth.

                                2. The Park in Echo Park has a 3-course special on Tuesdays for $15.
                                  And Wednesdays they have $5 burger night, and you get fries with it.
                                  Fridays you can pick any 3 courses from the menu for $20.

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                                  The Park
                                  1400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                                  1. re: lil mikey

                                    Not sure if these qualify as "great" food - but I'll list em anyway.

                                    Bella - 50% off food on Tuesdays; $10 pizzas on Mondays
                                    Tinto - $5 tapas M, T, W
                                    Rocksugar - 4 course dinner for $25 from 5-6:30 on weeknights
                                    Palate Food & Wine - 3 course dinner for $35 on Sundays
                                    West - 3 course dinner for $30 from 6-7:30 on weeknights
                                    Opus - 3 course meal for $30
                                    Bond Street - 5 course tasting - $44
                                    Citizen Smith - 50% off food on Mondays
                                    Ford's Filling Station - Sundays - 4-10 - 2 meats and 2 sides for $18

                                    1. re: heatherlambirth

                                      I'll try the Rocksugar, I've never been and that sounds like a great deal.

                                      But DO NOT go to Opus at any cost, the food is horrible and service is bad. I drove by last week and it looked like they closed. It was dark and completely empty.

                                  2. Dominick's in WeHo offers $15 pre-fixe menus on Sundays, with $10 bottles (bottles!!) of wine and $2 tap beer. Its Los Feliz counterpart, Little Dom's, offers the same deal on Monday nights. It can be hit or miss, but really, for $15, it cannot be beat. I went to Little Dom's on Monday and had a nice salad, grilled skirt steak, and a chocolate cream puff (the puff was the least successful part of the dinner, but it was all still more than worth it).

                                    You can check out the pre-fixe menus in advance on their respective websites:
                                    Dominick's: http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/
                                    Little Dom's: http://www.littledoms.com/

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                                    Dominick's
                                    8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

                                    Little Dom's
                                    2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                                    1. re: Queequeg

                                      A problem I've noticed with Little Dom's is their keeping that week's special updated on their site.

                                      1. re: Queequeg

                                        I've been wanting to try Little Dom's. Drove by the other day, it's such a cute place. Thanks for reminding me.

                                      2. Will be trying this on Wednesday...seafood buffet at the Langham in Pasadena on Wednesdays in Sept & Oct.

                                        "During the months of September and October, The Terrace will be offering a seafood extravaganza buffet, including a variety of fresh seafood delicacies and action stations featuring chefs preparing specialty small plates. Cost is $55 for adults; $22 children 13 and under (plus tax and gratuity) Wednesday nights in September and October from 6 to 9 pm"

                                        1. Beckham Grill in Pasadena offers half off all their steaks and prime rib on Thursday's.
                                          77 W Walnut St
                                          Pasadena, CA 91103-3682
                                          (626) 796-3399
                                          www.beckhamgrill.com

                                          1. Is Ruth's Chris still offering their 40 dollar special? If so, it's a good deal with salad, side, choice of entree and dessert...

                                            1. Pizzeria Mozza also has a special at their bar. Mon-Friday, from 2 to 5pm, you can get any pizza and any antipasto for $19. And then, 9:30-midnight (also at the bar), you get any pizza, any antipasto, and any dessert + a glass of wine for $30. They're both great deals, if you're having a late lunch or a late dinner.

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                                              1. re: fluxmaster

                                                Oh man, this is too good and far too dangerous!!!! Thanks for sharing fluxmaster!

                                                1. re: fluxmaster

                                                  Fyi - recently confirmed w/ the Pizzeria that it is only M-W 9:30 - midnite at the bar so you might want to double check re lunch.