LA loves its Middle Eastern food. I mean, between the Jewish, Armenian and Persian populations in this city, we’re pretty well-covered when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisines. But what happens when you shine some California sun and a dash of east side hipster design to a modern Middle Eastern, Mediterraneanish restaurant? You get Kismet. The neighborhood restaurant we all deserve.
Kismet gets a lot of love, both from Angelenos and from the foodie community at large. And for good reason. It’s the kind of place you can pop in for a casual cute weekday solo lunch full of fresh seasonal produce that makes you feel extra cute, and a place where you can gather with friends for a family-style dinner paired with their ever-changing natural wine list. It’s good food that’s beautiful, but accessible. And most importantly, sharable. You know you’ve had a good meal when you’re sleepy full, staring at empty glasses, plates with sauces wiped down with bread, crumbs littering the table surface.
|Hours||opens at 11am on weekdays 10am on weekends, closes at 10pm on school nights or 11pm on Friday and Saturday|
|Price||$$-$$$ – most things are in the $10-20 range, but I mean, if you order the whole menu, it does add up|
|Aesthetic||California chic, simple Scandi-esque furnishings in a natural, bright space|
Go here for: a pretty brunch, a family dinner
Order this: order as many things as possible if you’re in a group, otherwise for brunch, the Turkishish Breakfast gives you a little of everything (maybe order extra bread), and for dinner be sure to get the jeweled rice for the table, some spreads and whatever seasonal veggie-forward bites
Amount of time to spend: an hourish for daytime, maybe two for dinner time
When to come: during the day is usually easier to snag a table (especially on the early side), otherwise for dinner (especially on the weekends), it’s best to make a reservation
Parking: is a hit or miss, if you’re lucky, there are meters on Hollywood Blvd. Otherwise, try your luck on the strange little block of residential streets between Hollywood and Sunset.
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Last visited: January 2020
Last updated: June 2020