dineLA Dishes: Seven Restaurants Share Summer 2015 Favorites

dineL.A. Restaurant Week, running from July 13-26, is the perfect opportunity to get out, explore new nabes, and try some of the best in dining that Los Angeles has to offer – all at a delicious discount. You can save with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $30, $40 + $50 dinners. After perusing the menus and checking in with a few participating chefs, we asked several restaurants to share their summer 2015 dineLA favorites. Read on and start planning your culinary adventures in the coming weeks.

Blue Plate Oysterette, Santa Monica
B.P. Oysterette is known for offering one of the best happy hours in the city, but, with a plentiful menu of small and large plates (not to mention their amazing raw bar), we suggest sticking around for a full course meal featuring the freshest bounty summer has to offer from the sea. Chef Jorge Rivas points diners to the roasted branzino — as well as the luscious lobster roll.

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“The warm toasty brioche and parsley butter combined with chilled fresh Maine lobster and a hint of mayo create the perfect summertime indulgence,” he states.

Fundamental LA, Westwood
Drawing inspiration from the seasons and including it in every dish that is lovingly crafted at this neighborhood eatery, the Fundamental LA team works hard — and succeeds — in creating an atmosphere where “we’d want to dine with good friends.” The bar seating offers a front-row view of the open kitchen in this airy, light-filled space. Chef Philip Pretty suggests the pork belly and sword squid with shell beans, apple, and caper-raisin purée.

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“I wanted to do my California take on the Spanish preparation of chorizo and squid, hence pairing pork belly with sword squid. I then incorporate seasonal ingredients of shell beans and apples and finish the dish with the tartness of a caper raisin purée,” he says.

Hamasaku, West Los Angeles
Take a break from the grind with a relaxing, Zen-like stop at a Japanese-inspired oasis. If you’re looking for a new go-to date-night sushi spot where the rolls are as impeccable as the service, you’ll want to give this serene and elevated experience a try. General manager Jesse Duron suggests the albacore with crispy onion.

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Made with albacore sashimi, fried onions, wasabi-marinated watercress, and ginger soy dressing, Duron notes, “Our albacore crispy onion dish is a crowd favorite — a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and crunch.”

The Little Door, West Hollywood
Does it get any cozier and romantic than The Little Door? We’re not sure. French Moroccan-inspired fare is served in an intimate setting perfect for special occasions or any night of the week. As comforting as it is fresh and exotic, this WeHo gem offers a satisfying break from more run-of-the-mill dining experiences. Chef T. Nicolas Peter highlights the trio of roasted beets with a fresh goat cheese and lavender tart.

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On Our Plate: Valentine’s Day Reservations; #ShareMyPlate No Kid Hungry Giveaway; dineLA; Chicago Restaurant Week + More

DOVFHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Valentine’s Day reservations are open. Make a reservation for romance on February 14th.

* Restaurant operators: It’s not too late to share your Valentine’s Day specials with diners. Visit Restaurant Center today!

* Snap an Instagram of your plate + share it to help end childhood hunger. Enter the No Kid Hungry #ShareMyPlate giveaway for a chance to win cash prizes and to help feed hungry children throughout the U.S.

* Save 10% on tickets to Wine and Wishes in San Francisco on February 1. Help support Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area today.

* Attend the 16th annual St. Jude’s Gourmet Gala in Washington, D.C. on February 25. Purchase your ticket today.

* Berkeley Restaurant Week rocks on. Dive into $15 + $20 lunches and $20 + $30 three-course dinners through January 31.

* The new year is here — and Center City District Philadelphia is, too. Book for three-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners through January 31.

* dineLA has steals on meals in Tinsel Town. Book a table for $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners through January 31.

* Don’t forget to Dine About Town in San Francisco. Make a booking for two- or three-course lunches for $18.95 and $36.95 three-course dinners through January 31.

* Dine Out Vancouver continues. Feast on $18, $28, or $38 dinners through February 2. 

* Chicago Restaurant Week has blown into the Windy City. Order up $22 lunches and $33 or $44 dinners through February 5.

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On Our Plate: Most Romantic Restaurants; 9 More Days to Claim Free Mobile Sites; Avocado; dineLA; Toronto Winterlicious; Dine Out Vancouver + More

Toronto Winterlicious kicks off tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to dine for less.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. Find out where to take your favorite date.

* There are just 9 more days to for restaurants to claim their FREE mobile site. Get yours today!

* What are OpenTable diners raving about in recent restaurant reviews? Avocado.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week: $20.13 or $30.13 dinners and $15.13 lunches, January 25-February 3Book a table.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week: $10.13-$30.15 lunches and $15.13 – $35.13 dinners, January 11-27Book a table.

* dineLA: $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, January 21-February 1Book a table.

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Winter 2013 Restaurant Weeks Have Arrived: Savor the Savings in the New Year!

Don’t miss delicious meals for less during your city’s restaurant week!

Having a holiday letdown? Looking for a way to banish the January blues? We’ve got the cure! Dig into delicious meals for less during a winter restaurant week near you.

* Alexandria Restaurant Week: $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Asheville Restaurant Week: $15 to-course lunches and $30 three-course dinners, February 1-7. Book a table.

* Atlantic City Restaurant Week$15.13 lunches and $33.13 dinners, March 3-9. Book a table.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week$20.13 or $30.13 dinners and $15.13 lunches, January 25-February 3. Book a table.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week: $10.13-$30.15 lunches and $15.13 – $35.13 dinners, January 11-27Book a table.

* Berkeley Restaurant Week: Gourmet $30 three-course dinners, January 13-20. Book a table.

* Charlotte Restaurant Week/Queen’s Feast: $30 three-course dinners, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Chicago Restaurant Week: $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, February 1-10. Book a table.

* dineLA$15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, January 21-February 1. Book a table.

Howard County Restaurant Weeks: Prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, January 14-28Book a table.

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