4880 Fountain Ave., East Hollywood
This place is all about its platters of oysters, crudo, and peel-and eat prawns. Go for one of those, plus an order of white anchovies and Bub & Grandma’s bread. Ask your server about pairings from their curated wine list.
4845 Fountain Ave., East Hollywood
From the people who created Bestia and Bavel, Saffy’s is a Mediterranean spot with killer hummus and wood-fired skewers. In the mornings, they function as a coffee and tea shop; on weekends, they serve a full breakfast of shakshuka, minty cucumber salad, harissa-y olives, challah, and clotted cream with honey.
Lolo Wine Bar
5140 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Go here for good wine and house-made pasta in a dim, leafy space. They’re walk-in only and great for intimate dinners and small groups.
1730 N. Western Ave., East Hollywood
When it comes to the east side of LA (DTLA aside), hotel options are pretty thin. Cara Hotel is everything a low-key East Hollywood hotel should be—elegantly earthy, minimalist yet warm, functional (the restaurant is fantastic), and comfortable. Located just below Griffith Park, Cara Hotel feels like a friend’s airy home, which is on point given “cara” is Gaelic for friend and the owners are Irish. Rooms come with elevated amenities like Harry Josh hairdryers, silky Frette sheets and robes, plus minibars filled with locally made snacks. The hotel bar is by the small courtyard (reflective) pool, shaded by pretty olive trees with a wine list heavy on French bottles from Chateau La Coste. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant is a hit. Tuck into charcoal smoked roast chicken, heirloom carrots, and buttery colcannon (a mix of mashed potato, kale, and cabbage every Irish kid grew up eating).
4626 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
Hotel Covell, which is named for author George Covell, is more like nine cool apartments—SMEG refrigerators, Chemex coffee makers, vintage record players, and hardwood floors. And the whole places oozes coolness. The coffee is fantastic and the crowd appreciates ironic eyewear. All the rooms are comfortable and inviting, but we have it on good authority that the Parisian atelier, with its views of the Griffith Observatory, will not disappoint.