When Atrium first appeared on the block of Vermont in Los Feliz in 2018, almost hidden from sight through an alley next to Skylight Books, it was an instant hit. This place is like a millennial trap: it checks off all the boxes. There’s the plush velvet booths in “millennial green,” the ever-so-mid-century chairs and lighting fixtures, and a row of plants perfectly perched above a curved bar that sits at the center of the tree-house like space. Oh yeah, and if the exposed beam ceilings and skylights aren’t enough, there’s a tree in middle of the space (much like its neighbor), to bring a little outdoor in. For those who prefer sitting outdoors, they have seating along the brick alleyway leading from the main street into the restaurant entrance.
In terms of food, Atrium serves modern Californian fare in a somewhat chaotic way. Think: caramelized kimchi burritos, green pozole, lavender granola and smoked whitefish tostada all living in the same curated brunch menu. Farmers market crudites, octopus al pastor, uni cacio e pepe and grilled cauliflower shawarma rounding out an even more on-brand dinner menu. And then of course a generous wine menu and creative cocktail menu for some breezy social drinking. In short, come for the atmosphere, stay for the goods. Atrium is an LA summer captured in the form of a restaurant.
December 2020 update: As of July 2020, Atrium is temporarily closed due to COVID.
Go here for: a weekend brunch or weeknight drinks worth getting dressed for (in your LA east side best, ofc)
Order this: grilled focaccia, heirloom cornmeal waffle for brunch, pork chop katsu, and don’t forget a cocktail
Amount of time to spend: most people probably spend an hour or two here before moving on to the next venue of the night
When to come: daytime to truly appreciate the sunlit space, dinner can be a bit of a scene
Parking: isn’t the best, considering it’s in the most popular part of town, but if you can’t find a meter on Vermont, try the residential blocks (but watch out for parking signs, parking enforcement is vigilant here), or there is a reasonably priced hourly lot behind the buildings.
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Last visited: March 2019
Last updated: December 2020