an aesthetic choice in an aesthetic place

Manuela is the perfect LA establishment. A great all-day restaurant that transitions beautifully from brunch to afternoon drinks to dinner. Catering both to foodies and artsy folk in the heart of the Arts District. A wonderful menu that evolves with the seasons and a killer cocktail menu. A little industrial, a little farmhouse. Indoor/outdoor ambiguous seating. Spacious dining area and bar. Open kitchen. Elegant but unpretentious atmosphere. Take that, New York.

If you’re still not sold by now, listen closely: Manuela might be one of my favorite brunch spots in all of Los Angeles (right up there with Republique). Not that it’s a huge secret, over the years it’s cultivated a consistent weekend crowd. But seriously, it’s impossible to have a bad Sunday if you haul yourself out here and spend the day eating and drinking and popping into the galleries. Manuela is tucked in the middle of LA’s Hauser & Wirth, which is an international art collective that has gallery spaces in cities around the world. It is in a reclaimed milling plant (I mean, would you assume anything less?) and usually has a couple galleries open, as well as the ARTBOOK store, which is always worth peeking in. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, they also have a chicken coop and garden so you can really be in touch with the farm to table thing.

the details

Address907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
  • 11:30a-2:30p, 5:30-10p Tuesday – Friday
  • 10a-2:30p, 5:30-10p Saturday and Sunday
  • Closed Mondays
Price$$-$$$, pretty standard for the trendy popular restaurant that it is
Aesthetichipster farm to table, airy, restored warehouse industrial, eclectic decor

good to know

Go here for: a nice brunch with your art-inclined friends, or drinks, or both

Order this: their menu is seasonal, but do yourself a favor and get an order of biscuits for the table; also pretty much anything from their cocktail menu

Amount of time to spend: at least a couple hours so you can check out the galleries and book shop on your way out

When to come: come on the early side if you’re looking to get brunch, or in the afternoon before dinner rush. Or on a weekday, people don’t really venture out here on weekdays. 

Parking: can be a hassle. There’s a bunch of metered and free street parking on the blocks nearby, but on weekends you can expect to circle around a few times before you find a spot. They also have valet right out front. 

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations (which would be highly recommended if you have a bigger group or want to come at peak weekend brunch or dinner time)

Last visited: September 2021

Last updated: September 2021

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