The Bellwether

4.6
970 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Bellwether is the debut restaurant and bar from Executive Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/ Owner Ann-Marie Verdi. The market-inspired menu aims to capitalize on the abundance of California produce and relationships with local purveyors in order to showcase a one-of-a-kind menu that features family-style shareable dishes. Cocktails continue the seasonally-focused theme with an emphasis on unique infusions that provide an unexpected twist on familiar flavors. Or choose from the hand-selected list of beer and wine that showcases Verdi’s intimate knowledge of the beverage space. The Bellwether is open for dinner nightly and for brunch on the weekends. For more information visit thebellwetherla.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @TheBellwether_la.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

A solid, non-tavern restaurant has finally made its way to Ventura Blvd.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had heard about the owner being from Chicago (I think?) and how cool this place is. The decor and ambience are wonderful. The food was great, simple but delicious. Our server seemed a little frustrated or maybe low morale? But the barman, chef and other servers were lovely. Will return soon!

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R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Having eaten at 27 of Jonathan Gold’s 101 best restaurants in Los Angeles, this restaurant is unequivocally the worse, so far. The flavor combinations—while interesting if not overly original—didn’t quite work. While charting an avocado may add new texture, it ultimately distracts from the flavor and conhension of the dish. The tempered cauliflower with sauce was uninspired and unappetizing.
In addition, the cooking technique was highly suspect. The rice dish with cilantro had an overabudenace of poorly chopped, if chopped at all, cilantro. It resulted in full bites of almost anything but cilantro. The sunchoke with coconut curry dish also suffered from inadequate knife skills, resulting in an awkward eating experience of slightly undercooked food. The only constant was the under seasoning of the food. I would not return regardless of the price, but the high price left an (additional) bitter taste in my mouth.

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MT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great night out at The Bellwether!

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P
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in the valley!

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PE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wish they would update their menu!

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RG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great value, nice place to hang out anytime!

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and tasty. Professionally casual dining. Dig the Quadrophenia theme loo

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O
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place for a business dinner. The wait staff is attentive and kind. The food was delicious. There is amble metered street parking.

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and experience was exceptional, each item had a unique flavor profile and service was very prompt.

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DK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

We went for brunch on Sunday at 2;00.
They close at 3;00. We felt rush and in attended to.
The food was great but next time we will go earlier .

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q
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and location. A must for a casual brunch Saturday or Sunday!

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v
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and wine. Vibe was casual, but cool and we closed the place down enjoying their wine list. Only thing off about the evening was the octopus which was overcooked and chewy. Otherwise all dishes were a delight! Special shout out to the Patty Melt, Sunchoke Curry and Steak Tartar. Delicious!

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r
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, but very pricey. Next time I'd probably go for lunch, which is cheaper (but not cheap). Definitely a special event place, unless you're loaded.

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B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bellwether never ceases to deliver a great experience. The menu is always exciting, unique and fresh and the staff is always professional, courteous and delightful. The open kitchen in the middle of the modern classical architecture really centers the experience and creates a warm and inviting ambiance.

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SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have gone to the Bellwether many times and have loved it! We love going with friends or introducing new people to the restaurant. Last Friday I felt the staff was overwhelmed. It was jammed. The service was pretty sloppy. I had to get up and pour my own wine and water. The food did not look as well presented as it has in the past. We ordered the whole fish and were told that it had no bones...but I swallowed three and our friends had bones in the fish as well. It was also just kind of dropped on the table. Not our experience in the past. I think it was an out of sync night. We will be back. We hope this was just an off night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the Bellwether! Took advantage of all-day happy hour on Mondays, and the quality and value were great. Really loved the meatballs and tempura cauliflower. Will definitely go back!

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UR
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A spare minimalist space with friendly staff and basic furniture makes the fabulous food even more surprising. If all you want in a dining experience is a "joint" around the corner, this is it. No wonder some report it as a "gastropub". It kinda is, in an odd Studio City way.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

our server was terrible, uninterested from the start, dropped a bowl of salt on our table and left it, never cleaned it up. overall bad attitude. maybe he shouldnt be in hospitality. the food was mostly good.

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SJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter and so happy we did. It was awesome seeing the cooks (and chef) prep the meals and they were super friendly to us sitting there. When we ordered the apple crisp dessert (unreal!!) the guy making it was doing so right in front of us and put a little extra caramel on top for us, so cool! They were all willing to answer any questions we had, what spices they used, how they prepped, etc. Overall this was an amazing experience and the service was first class. I would recommend The Bellwether to all my friends and to anyone looking for a great option on Ventura Blvd. I can't believe I haven't been there before.

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PA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Food and service are always phenomenal!

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f
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was that there was a change in their french fries, which were barely inedible. They were mushy and had no resemblance whatsoever from my previous several times at Bellwether. I even showed them to our waiter and he shook his head and agreed. Don't know if this was a one time occurence or not, but I was disappointed.

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FC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The entrees are quite good. In particular, I recommend the meatballs. But skip the bread. This is one of those rare places where the bread is sold to you separately. That would be forgivable if the bread was outstanding, but the bread is mostly hard crust (you could probably scratch glass with it) and otherwise indifferent.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, the waitress was very attentive and nice and the food was served timely. Not happy with the food, we had a hamburger a Patty Melt, and the fries and they we're ok. Not a good value in my opinion.

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SH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We ordered most of the menu. The short ribs were the only good thing. The Mac and cheese was good. The whole fried fish was gross. The roast chicken was gross. It came with green beans and we couldn’t chew them. All gross. The hostess had no idea what she was doing. And our waiter was rude.

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F
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service.

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k
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined @ Bellwether yesterday with two of my girlfriends who had never eaten there. I have only dined @ Bellwether for dinner. It was a very pleasant experience since it was quiet and the food was very good. We shared the egg white frittata, chilaquiles and a plate of pastries. We all enjoyed our food and the ambiance was very nice and peaceful. I would like to go back and try more of the dishes @ Bellwether.

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing brunch at The Bellwether and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. The service was warm and professional, and we were particularly impressed with the Brunch Manager, Emily, who did a great job ensuring that every table was receiving good service, the wait staff were “on target,” and even that the kitchen kept things moving properly. The food was excellent and our party of five enjoyed sharing many different dishes. Weather permitting, I suggest a table outside on the patio, or if indoors ask for a booth.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous every time! You have to get the burrata and grapes, the lamb sausage and of course the french fries!

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellwether is an instant conversation starter - from "what should we share?" to "ooh, you should try this!"
From sterling standbys like the Best French Fries Ever to the OMG-ness of the bread pudding and salted caramel ice cream, life with friends is good here. Try the bar seating for a master class on good cooking and presentation.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

really enjoyed our dinner there, sharing three different dishes. . . . will definitely recommend to friends

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M
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

While the food was delicious, the chairs were horribly uncomfortable. I wouldn’t come back unless I could sit in a booth

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FO
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food at The Bellwether were great! Good opportunity to try many options and share with dining partner. I am visiting family in Studio city, and based on our pleasant experience we decided we would plan a return trip to The Bellwether before I leave the area.

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JP
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was great. Old fashion cocktail, cauliflower, patty melt, and fries were the best! Highly recommend.

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RD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am a local and I've been there a few times prior to this visit and those visits were fine. Not special, just fine. This visit was a little disappointing. The service, atmosphere, and food was just 'okay' at best. I am sorry for this review. Maybe it was just an off night.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wine. Fabulous food (oh those French fries!). Marvelous martinis!

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DN
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my neighborhood restaurant. I've been going an average of once a week since late in January 2016 and the many has changed often enough to keep me thoroughly interested, It was the first place I used my walker to get to after a knee replacement operation in November for an item on the brunch menu I had been thinking about during my recuperation. Tuesday is a free-corkage night, so I brought a sparkling wine to go with the scallop crudo in a tangerine-cilantro liquid with watermelon radishes and the tempura cauliflower - the scallops are a new dish, the cauliflower is one of the perennials on the menu. Service was excellent. It's great to live near a restaurant like this.

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JJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I need to eat here more often. It’s a true foodie spot but without the “”we’re so precious “ attitude. The menu is creative and they have some cool drinks. My only comment that may seem negative, and it’s not the restaurants fault, is that everyone comes and goes at the same time - in by 6:30 out by 9:30. But it is the valley ha!

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small plates for sharing. Small but well priced and comprehensive wine list. Nice beer selection as well. Killer martini!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Burger was bland and different from before.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We didn't have the greatest experience at this restaurant. My wife chose it as a place to go for her birthday dinner. We showed up about 10 minutes past our reservation time but had to wait almost an extra 30 minutes (no big deal because sometimes we understand guests don't leave exactly when they are done). The hostess was very friendly and nice. Once we got seated our waiter wasn't that friendly and the food wasn't that great... much of it felt too greasy. Two folks in the group had burgers and said they were good but the rest of us weren't too pleased with our food. Maybe we just showed up on a bad day??

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