Autumn in Los Angeles might not immediately conjure up visions of falling leaves and nights spent by the fire — but that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go searching for a charming hearth. Come November, temperatures get chilly enough at night to justify pulling on your wooliest of wool sweaters. And so, with that cozy thought in mind, we present six restaurants to curl up at when the barometer dips below 60.
The glittering lights of Hollywood have a perennial appeal, making Sunset Strip restaurant Eveleigh a must in warm weather or cold. The view here is beautiful, but, as the saying goes, it’s what’s inside that counts. The structure, a house built in 1923, has a barn-like appeal, with farm tables, strung lights, and fiddle leaf figs in abundance. The clientele is beautiful, and the room is as cute as can be.
8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
With exposed wooden beams and a brick fireplace, Wolfdown feels worlds away from its Silver Lake surrounds. The restaurant comes courtesy of the team behind Forage, a kind of East Side take on Joan’s on Third that focuses on local California ingredients. Wolfdown is a more sit-down affair with a Korean-inspired menu featuring dishes like crispy pork belly ddukbokki and uni pajeon.
2764 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Maybe it’s the terraced seating, the plants spilling from pots, the Jungle Book-like tree trunks stretched overhead. Whatever it is, Cliff’s Edge has a bit of a fairy tale thing going for it. Most definitely. The restaurant, also in Silver Lake, keeps its outdoor patio heated during the colder months, meaning you can dine alfresco on plates of their signature pork belly hash.
3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
If you want a little piece of New York in Los Angeles (that feels like a piece of Rome), head to Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. The white tablecloth Italian joint is a spinoff of the beloved and long-shuttered Dominick’s in West Hollywood. Here, they offer the eastside crowd classics like arugula salad with shaved parmesan, pizza margherita, and spaghetti and meatballs.
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Little Door
Oh, how The Little Door endures. This magical oasis on West 3rd, just a short drive from SIXTY Beverly Hills, has been beloved by locals for decades now. It’s so pretty you’re compelled to declare anything that comes out of its kitchen the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten. Bewitching by every measure, romantic as all get out.
8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
When it comes to the cozy quotient, you’ll do no better than Pace. The Italian spot — an institution, really — is nestled in the center of Laurel Canyon. Inside feels perhaps less like a restaurant than it does a cave. It’s a charming mishmash of pillows on long benches and eclectic art on the walls. Pro tip: absolutely do not leave here without ordering the chocolate cake. It is the stuff Los Angeles dreams are made of.
2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Photo courtesy of Olena Sergienko