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 Fish8, where you’ll find slightly lower prices but the same impeccable devotion to sushi and sashimi.
8711 SANTA MONICA 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. The menu at Chef Louis Tikaram’s Asian Eating House is always impressive.
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
If an elegant dinner alone is what you’re after, this dark and dreamy establishment has been wowing customers since 1983. While the neighborhood outside has changed, Cafe D’Etoile remains a stalwart for fine-dining in a cozy atmosphere. The offerings are rich and classic, from the duck paté with crackers and glazed pearl onions to the massive lamb shank, braised and served over wild mushroom risotto.
8491 1/2 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
Inspired by Mexico and a love of healthy, organic, sustainable cuisine, Chef Chandra Gilbert 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
Obicá Mozzarella Bar
Sunset Plaza can fill up an afternoon. Make sure there’s time for a cut and blowout at Industriecutz and a bit of live music at Le Petit Four. Obicá is the ultimate stop for aperitif hour—as plates arrive piled with delicate cured meats, thick slices of homemade mozzarella di bufala, and, of course, a classic Negroni or Bellini on the side.
Home page featured image: Katana on the The Sunset Strip (another awesome place to fly solo and watch great sushi being made!)