Mar 18, 2024

Where to Dine Solo in Los Angeles (pat two)

Found Oyster - Easy Hollywood

Found Oyster is nestled in the heart of East Hollywood. Inspired by the blue-collar oyster bars in New England, Found Oyster intersects classic east coast seafood shacks with west coast flavors. This place is perfect for a glass of wine and oysters after work, where you can find other solo-diners waiting for a meal.

Cosa Buona - Echo Park

Pull up a stool at chef Zach Pollack’s welcoming Italian-American eatery and treat yourself to his renowned mozzarella sticks paired with a glass of wine as you soak in the lively atmosphere along Sunset Boulevard. While all the wood-fired pizzas and classic comfort dishes here are noteworthy, our top picks include the eggplant parmigiana, chopped salad, and the tantalizing Hawaiian pizza topped with jalapeños and fresh cilantro.

Gjelina - Venice

The atmosphere at Gjelina is effortlessly hip, offering unparalleled people-watching opportunities alongside a stellar menu focused on pizza and fresh vegetables. For the ultimate experience, snag a seat at the bar to witness the tantalizing sight of charred, pizzas emerging from the wood-fired oven. 

Lasita - Chinatown

This bustling spot in Chinatown is renowned for its irresistible Filipino rotisserie chicken, flavorful lechon infused with lemongrass, ginger, and garlic, and an extensive selection of natural wines. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, featuring a dedicated counter for solo diners and a relaxed ambiance where patrons often linger as they please.

Tre Mani - Santa Monica

Tre Mani, a joint venture by Jyan Isaac and Ghisallo in Santa Monica, offers delectable Roman-style flatbread sandwiches that are sure to leave a lasting impression. After placing your order at the front counter, head to the patio to enjoy your meal. It's not just the delicious food that makes this place perfect for solo dining—it's the opportunity to people-watch or strike up a conversation with fellow diners who are also relishing the California weather.

Tail O’ The Pup - West Hollywood

Tail O The Pup's revamped space boasts a sprawling two-story patio, a charming retro interior, and the iconic hot dog-shaped stand that draws attention from passersby. While the quick and efficient ordering system is perfect for those on a tight schedule, we encourage guests to unwind and savor the experience. Grabbing a quick bite here not only appeals to solo visitors seeking a convenient meal but also serves as a magnet for others looking to connect over a shared appreciation for nostalgia.

Holbox - Historic South Central

If you're craving the unique combination of kanpachi and uni atop a freshly fried tostada, Holbox is the place to be. Nestled within the vibrant Mercado La Paloma in South LA, this counter-service Mexican eatery offers upscale and innovative mariscos without the formalities of fine dining. The laid-back atmosphere and seating at the raw bar make it an ideal spot to not only enjoy exquisite seafood but also to meet other solo diners who share your appreciation for culinary adventures.

Clark Street Dinner - Hollywood

Indulging in a towering stack of buttermilk pancakes while lost in one's own thoughts can be a delightful experience. At this cherished retro-style Hollywood diner, now under the management of the Clark Street Bread group since 2021, solo diners can embrace solitude while enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. This spot is the perfect place to read a book while you eat - creating the perfect opportunity for another solo diner to ask you what you’re reading.

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