From 40 Love to Elephante: Where to Dine in L.A. Way After Dark

6:30 AM 11/10/2018

by Gary Baum and Ramona Saviss

It's a weekday and miserably past dinnertime, and you're finally leaving the office. Here's where the kitchens close near or at midnight in the famously early-to-bed city.

An outdoor bar at Elephante.
An outdoor bar at Elephante.
Jakob Layman

Yes, there are places to eat in L.A. after dark. From a rebooted 70-year-old dive to a slimmed-down late menu at the NoMad's maximalist-chic downtown hotel lobby dining room, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at 9 options for dining after work hours.

  • 40 Love

    829 N. La Cienega Blvd.

    The group behind Delilah, Poppy, The Nice Guy and The Peppermint Club have opened a country club-inspired sports hall with vegan options (squash hummus, fried green tomatoes) and cheatworthy finger foods like buttermilk chicken tenders.

  • The Double Barrel

    8689 Wilshire Blvd.

    This new Beverly Hills whiskey destination — a cousin of a same-named operation that opened in 2017 at Malibu’s Saddle Peak Lodge — has all sorts of things to accompany high-end lantern fuel: duck rillettes, portabella mushroom fries and crispy pork belly toasts.

  • Elephante

    1332 2nd St.

    Owner Nick Mathers (Eveleigh, Goldie’s) has bowed this sleek rooftop Santa Monica space with a Southern Italian-inspired menu, which runs from branzino and veal chop Milanese to grilled artichoke agnolotti. But the downside of late night: You can’t see the ocean view.

  • Everson Royce Bar

    1936 E. 7th  St.

    Order a shrimp roll or chorizo burger — paired with barrel-aged cocktails — at wooden picnic tables out back in downtown L.A.’s Arts District. This indoor-outdoor spot is open until 2 a.m.

  • Golden Bull

    170 W. Channel Road

    This 70-year-old Santa Monica dive a few yards up the road from PCH has been rebooted under new ownership. Chef Greg A. Daniels (a Jean-Georges vet) has upgraded the chophouse fare but kept it straightforward, from shrimp cocktails to prime rib.

  • Otono

    5715 N. Figueroa St.

    Highland Park meets modern Catalonia at chef-owner Teresa Montano’s new concept. The tapas are inventive takes on classics (pan con tomate, a tuna conserva). Don’t miss her interpretations of paella’s noodle-based analogue, fideua.

  • The Restaurant at the NoMad

    649  S.  Olive St.

    There’s a slimmed-down late menu at the NoMad’s maximalist-chic downtown L.A. hotel lobby dining room run by celebrated chef Daniel Humm and his partner Will Guidara. (They co-own Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park.) Expect ceviche, crudites and a dry-aged burger.

  • Viale dei Romani

    623 N. La Peer Drive

    The dining room at Viale dei Romani in West Hollywood.
    The dining room at Viale dei Romani in West Hollywood.
    Courtesy of Viale del Romani

    Around the corner from Craig’s and Dan Tana’s is this far more easy­going and youthful West Hollywood charmer from chef Casey Lane (Venice’s The Tasting Kitchen) doling out crudos, pastas and wood-grilled entrees

  • Wally’s Santa Monica

    214 Wilshire Blvd.

    Chef David Feau has replicated his end-of-the-evening Beverly Hills selections at a new Santa Monica outpost. This means extensive cheese and charcuterie offerings, plus the luxe comfort fare he’s become known for, including a meaty hero and truffle grilled cheese.

    This story first appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.