What happens when dinner takes place at 9:30 p.m. rather than the customary 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. time slot? Late night dining! In Los Angeles, there are plenty of fast food joints that cater to the hungry customer with a jones for a warm savory meal when most folks are ready to call it a night. Yet if fast food is not to your liking, there are more refined sit-down venues open in Los Angeles. Where should you go?
Palm Restaurant features high-end late night dining until 10 p.m.
1100 South Flower Street in Los Angeles, 90015
Open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. and Sunday until 9:30 p.m.
When lobster and prime beef are what you want for dinner, the Palm Restaurant is your destination. This is not the place to bring the kids to. Rather, this is a relaxed upscale dining experience that includes Nova Scotia lobster, bone-in filet Mignon and surf ‘n’ turf. Depending on your menu selections, it is easy to spend around $75 a plate. Even though the Palm has a proud history that dates back to 1926, the atmosphere is fun and not at all stuffy.
The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge delivers upscale dining until 10 p.m.
189 The Grove Drive in Los Angeles, 90036
Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday until midnight
If grilled whole sea bass, lobster fettuccine or lamb porterhouse with side orders of charred asparagus, roasted mushrooms in sake or twice cooked new potatoes sound good, then the Whisper Restaurant and Lounge delivers. This is an upscale venue where time has stood still and old Hollywood still reigns supreme. Dark wood and crisp white tablecloths set the mood while Frank Sinatra’s tunes create the backdrop for a great dining experience. Be prepared to spend between $30 and $60 a plate. Reservations are always a good idea.
Pink Taco serves up the Mexican vibe until 10 p.m.
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90067
Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday until 11 p.m.
Seafood ceviche, sweet corn tamales, chicken tortilla soup and carne asada tacos are the main attractions for diners at the Pink Taco. While late dining at this location is a fun and low-key experience, it pays to make it to the happy hour that ends at 7 p.m. This is the place you can take your teens to and – at a cost of $15 to $35 a plate – still afford to feed them. If the cantina style look is your favorite, the Pink Taco is the place to visit.
Rainbow Bar & Grill offers a huge dinner menu until 2 a.m.
9015 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, 90069
Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
If you like the idea of dining where music history took place, then choose the Rainbow Bar and Grill. During its tenure as the Villa Nova, this place served Marilyn Monroe. As the Rainbow, it attracted rock stars and the groupies that loved them. This place is a lot of fun. The menu offers everything from escargot to pepperoni pizza, Philly cheese steak, lobster tail, fettuccine Alfredo and burritos. If you cannot decide on what to eat, why not pick a little of each? Depending on your choice, plates can cost from $15 to $55.