LA Westside Dining Guide
Wondering where to dine on the West Side of Los Angeles? Waiting out traffic before driving back to the East Side? We have you covered with the best spots in the Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Brentwood and Sawtelle neighborhoods. Read on for the Foxxtales guide to dining on the West Side.
by stephanie mace
While Gjusta gets crazy at lunchtime and on weekends, mornings and evenings are more relaxed. Build your own deli sandwich or try one of the flavorful breakfast grain bowls. Looking for something lighter? Sample one of the fresh salads. We love the pesto butternut squash and the kale. And be sure to leave with a baklava croissant!
Located on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, Flowerboy is an adorable coffee and gift shop. We recommend the lavendar boy latte but all the drinks are amazing. With free wifi and a cozy vibe, Flowerboy is an ideal spot to post up and get some work done. And the menu includes an assortment of toasts and bowls if you get hungry!
Phorage is a counter-serve spot with great Pho and other Vietnamese specialties. There’s something for everyone here, as the menu includes vegan and gluten-free options. Order take-out or hang in the cool space!
The Rose Cafe is the perfect spot to meet friends or a cute date. The delicious salads and vegetable plates make it easy to eat healthy here, but we think you still must order one of the decadent pastas. The spaghetti cacio e pepe is our favorite--the combination of miso, black pepper, and pecorino makes the dish truly unique!
Sometimes finding good bread in Los Angeles feels unnecessarily difficult. We recommend Culver City’s Lodge Bread Co for all your bread needs. Order one of the seasonal toasts or the margherita pizza. The hummus with pine nuts is also worth trying. And take home a fresh loaf with you!
For a casual dinner in Santa Monica, head to Sadtha Plant-Based Thai Kitchen. Although the menu is entirely vegan, dishes are hearty and creative. The brussels sprouts with shittake bacon are a must-order and the beet dyed noodles are a burst of fresh flavor.
This Abbot Kinney spot is almost always crowded, but the wait is worth it--we promise! Known for treating fruits and vegetables “the way a butcher would meet,” the Butcher’s Daughter creates amazing vegetarian dishes. Stop in for brunch and order the Instagrammable avocado toast or try one of the delicious larger plates for dinner. You’ll want to stay a while-- the light-filled interior is gorgeous!
Looking for something more indulgent close to the 405? Head to Pizzana in Brentwood. Founded by Candace and Charles Nelson, the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes, Pizzana is known for its inventive Neapolitan pizzas. The menu also includes an assortment of salads, antipasti and dessert!