Silver Lake Restaurants
1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
LA local Zach Pollack split his culinary education between Italy—he fell in love with Italian food while studying (architecture) abroad—and the west coast, eventually teaming up with Chef Steve Samson to open the Italian restaurant Sotto in LA. And then in 2014, Pollack opened his own: Alimento in Silver Lake, which serves outstanding pastas (including a most notable tortellini), good wine, and a chopped salad that GP loves. It is small—and busy—so make a reservation or go early/late to avoid a long wait.
2901 Rowena Ave, Silverlake
Blair’s is that quintessential neighborhood eatery where the chef’s wife takes your order and all the tables are packed with locals.
Blossom Silver Lake
4019 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Owner Duc Pham, who was born in Vietnam but raised in Anaheim, obsesses over the quality of every detail in his restaurants, from the Scandinavian-inspired furniture to wine list to the bread on his banh mi, which is baked fresh daily. While the classic dishes are excellent at all three locations—anything on the menu with pork belly is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—we love the Silver Lake location, which has a secret wine bar downstairs. They also have locations in Downtown and Chinatown.
1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Silver Lake
Botanica sits on a stretch of Silver Lake that feels like a real neighborhood (a rarity in LA). It’s both a restaurant and a market—pop in to re-up on local eggs, fruit, vegetables, and house-made specials like their Aleppo-Urfa butter and thick labneh. There are few prettier spots for a healthy breakfast of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, the freshest orange juice, and really good espresso. We go for the soft scramble (soft-scrambled, creamy eggs with a side of lemony greens), the crunchy, garlicky bread, and the entire pastry case. (Bear in mind that portions are on the light side, so order with abandon.) Whether you're alone, with a friend, or coming with kids, the space is comfortable and inviting, with high-ceilings and airy décor. Sit on the terrace out back and work your way through the biodynamic-wine list (we’ve moved on to lunch now), and snack on one of their epic seasonal vegetable boards. The selection of wine and cookbooks are a godsend for last-minute gifts.
3932 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Cafe Stella is a great choice for those nights when you want to be in the company of a lot of other people: It's always bustling, you'll always have to wait for a table, and you'll always be elbowing your way up to the bar for a cocktail while you bide your time. That said, it's fun and low-key, and just the ticket when you want some cozy French bistro food and a glass of good wine.
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
This quirky little spot near Sunset junction opened in 2004 meaning that the owners were early East Side dining adopters. The menu is classically good Californian cuisine, but locals really come here for the ambience, which is epitomized by the magical back patio. It's lush, open-air, and definitely a good for a romantic date-night in Silver Lake.
3823 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this rustic-meets-modern spot, so much so that if you bring your own home-grown produce, they'll exchange it for credit. And the credit is worth it: The roasted salmon bowl is particularly excellent, though there are very few misses on Forage's constantly changing chalkboard menu.
2870 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
At the end of 2015, Moby opened an organic vegan restaurant in Silver Lake that features Mediterranean inspired and California-esque cuisine. They serve lunch and dinner daily; wine, beer, smoothies, and kombucha; and do a weekend brunch. To make it even better, a few months after Little Pine's opening, Moby announced that all of the restaurant's profits will be going to animal welfare organizations.
3536 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Despite being the most unannounced restaurant in LA, with no sign, no website and menus written on strips on brown paper, Mh Zh (pronounced Mah Zeh) on Sunset is packed seven nights a week.
2141 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Though it calls a former Vaudeville theater home, we like to sit outside, near the giant, wood-burning fire. Here, you’ll find locally sourced ingredients, and a host of craft beers and wines from small California producers. Though vegans can rejoice in their dairy-free pizzas (they do lactose-dependent iterations as well), the real pull here is the beer.
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