Where to Eat When You’re Traveling Solo in West Hollywood
Dining alone? You have plenty of delicious options.
Solo travel can be the most rewarding. Decisions can remain spur-of-the-moment. A whim can lead to a new adventure. And, you get to spread out in that great hotel bed with no one stealing the covers.
Yet, dining occasionally presents an issue. Loud restaurants can seem overwhelming. Likewise, you don’t want to dine solo in a space that’s not even half-full. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots for a solo meal in West Hollywood. You’ll feel right at home—and maybe even make some new friends.
The service is quick and the atmosphere is casual in this quiet, but very respected sushi bar. They source the best fish money can buy, and if you’re opting to splash out (pun intended), they offer an omakase option. Or, you can select from the menu’s beautiful raw selections like yellowtail carpaccio and spicy tuna. The crispy rice here is nearly addictive.
Pro Tip: The team behind Jinpachi also runs another great spot for sushi. Head east on Melrose to Fish Eight, where you’ll find slightly lower prices but the same impeccable devotion to sushi and sashimi.
8711 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
One of the great things about this all-day restaurant: there are so many different nooks and crannies for drinking and dining spanning a multi-level space, no one will notice you are solo. And with the variety of fun fare from truffle croquettes to tuna tacos, you can slip behind the exotic foliage and plantation-style shutters to people watch in the heart of WeHo.
8289 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046
Rock & Reilly’s
The festive convivial vibe at this Irish pub on the strip will draw you in to the point where you won’t even notice you don’t have a dining companion. At Rock & Reilly’s, the loaded fries and strong whiskey cocktails are the stuff of legend. Come for happy hour where everything is 50% off and enjoy live music or catch a game on one of their screens.
8911 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
E.P. & L.P.
If you’re dining alone, but still want a bit of action, E.P.’s chef’s counter is essentially a meal and a show––with front-row seats for the creation of exotic fare. Dining at the counter is usually first-come, first-serve, but if you’ve only got one night in the neighborhood, it’s wise to make a reservation.
603 LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
Many feel Cecconi’s has the best burger in the city—yes, we’re talking about their black truffle burger. We can’t argue with that, as it’s a solid choice for lunch or dinner. This lively institution is home to delicious Italian fare, and Tuesday-Saturday, they do a 3pm to 6pm special menu with $3, $6, and $9 specials, like avocado and chickpea dip, calamari fritti, and the black truffle burger. Grab a seat at one of the comfy, leather barstools and enjoy a meal while people-watching.
8764 MELROSE AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
Inspired by authentic, from-scratch Mexican cuisine, Chef Alan Sanz has made Gracias Madre a must-try on the L.A. map. There’s 5,000 square feet of dining space, both indoors and out, and it’s a wonderful place to bring a book, grab a glass of wine, and take in the warm night air. The vegetarian menu marries California cuisine and that of old Oaxaca in dishes like the Pozole hominy stew, the stewed cactus Nopales and the tacos with barbecued jackfruit with cashew crema.
8905 MELROSE AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
Cavatina at Sunset Marquis
Cavatina’s location at the Sunset Marquis makes it ideal for those dining solo, with a warmth and hospitality you’d expect in any ultra-luxe, renowned hotel. However, this venue is also popular with a large contingent of locals, thanks to a menu that’s varied and exciting. Popular dishes include Chef Michael Schlow’s Tuna Poke, Roast Chicken, Rib Eye and the Famous Marquis Cheeseburger.
1200 ALTA LOMA ROAD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
Article updated by Carole Dixon