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About The Bellwether

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.

13251 Ventura Blvd
Suite A
Studio City, CA 91604
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly; 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm;

Cross Street:
Longridge Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 285-8184

Website:
http://www.thebellwetherla.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for dinner in the lot behind the restaurant on Longridge.

Executive Chef:
Ted Hopson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Bellwether Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (35)
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Casual (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Special Occasion (24)
Bar Seating (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Tapas (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Fun (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Seasonal (11)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Romantic (8)
Organic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Spicy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Best eggs Benedict ever. Best hollandaise sauce anywhere. Try a Pimms cup. Delish.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing, however the duck confit was very salty. We left this feedback with the kitchen too.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first visit though we've been looking forward to visiting for a while. We enjoyed it very much. I found the chairs uncomfortable (a cushion might help) and appreciated the clean, organized kitchen I was able to observe while waiting for the restroom.

We'll be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Myself and two dear friends were getting together for an evening out. I have been to the restaurant several other times and suggested it. The food was yummy. The service was less than desirable. The waiter dropped a spoon which in turn fell into a bowl of oily sauce that then splattered every where including on both of my friends white blouses. The waiter got one napkin with seltzer water. We had to ask for another. When something far less severe has happened in other restaurants, the waiter has minimally subtracted something from the bill to apologize. That did not happen here and it was disappointing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

All the food was very heavy. They need to concentrate on food rather than so many spices. Never got our drinks; had to ask for them. No consistency. The table next to us ordered the same dessert and there's was twice the size of ours.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Our party of four basically ordered everything off the 10 item dineLA 2018 dinner menu (choice of 3 items for $29.) Since the dishes are meant to be shared, it was a great way to try many of The Bellwether's "greatest hits"!

While everything was tasty our party's favorites were the ragu and polenta, the skirt steak, and the brussel sprouts, which is evidently a new item.

The waiter was helpful with suggestions of which items to double up on and attentive without hovering.

Although we all ordered beer and whiskey (from a small but nicely curated list), the cocktails looked delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

The service was fantastic but the food was just only ok. Nothing that would wow me or make me wanting to go back. Sorry but worth trying.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We really enjoyed our experience here! We went for DineLA and it was definitely a steal. We are both definitely carnivores but our favorite dishes were the tempura cauliflower and spicy brussel sprouts.

The one dish we found disappointing was the lamb. There was a ridiculous amount of mint on top of the dish, very few chunks of meat, and what we did get wasn't nice and tender the way we expected lamb to be. The couscous was also drowned at the bottom of the stew-like dish. We loved everything else and were surprised at the quality of this dish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Loved the califlower! And the whole 'shared plates' thing. Food was really really good and the service matched. Great experience. Would definitely go back again!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Hip and happening and delicious

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have eaten here a few times now. Always, always really good food and very pleasant waitstaff.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Place was busy, only saw the server once after we ordered, be sure to tell them of anything you don’t like because they don’t list all the ingredients on the menu!! Overall ok but not sure we will be back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Deeply disappointing. As a professional private chef, I had been very much looking forward to trying this place. The food was mediocre at best; the portions, even for "small plates", were unacceptably sparse; it was way overpriced for what you got; and the service was lackluster and perfunctory. The only plus was a decently-priced wine list. I will definitely not be going back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was spot on—-Loved the fish. Well presented . We tried several menu items and ALL OF THEM, wonderful flavors, innovative....delicious.

Our waiter added NOTHING to the dining experience: Didn’t really know menu or come to table when food was presented....not attentive ; seemed removed

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We arrived early and were seated at our reserved table on the patio, which was great! They have their heaters cranking. My boyfriend and I were catching up with a friend, and the waiter was definitely attentive but gave us enough space for all our chatting! All plates are sharable, and we ordered five for three people, and ended up ordering two more plates as we were still hungry! Their in-house blended cocktails are refreshing takes on classic drinks. Food was all together great, loved the skirt steak the most! Would definitely return again.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful food & drink. The televisions subtracted from the atmosphere and the server was friendly but professionalism not at the level of food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This place is in my neighborhood, so I've been several times. The food is always good, and this time we sat at the bar. It's a bit bustling, which doesn't bother me, just know to expect it! Sitting at the bar was a fun experience for someone like me, who loves to cook, as it has a view of the open kitchen and you get to see all of the kitchen team at work. This was my first time visiting since a Celiac disease diagnosis, and I was nervous about finding items that worked without horribly inconveniencing the chef.
We actually got to meet Chef Ted, and his co-owner Ann-Marie. For me seeing the Chef work was like a celebrity sighting, so getting to chat with them both was really awesome. He seemed to treat his kitchen staff well, which I always appreciate and doesn't go unnoticed. They also went out of their way to suggest gluten-free options and make substitutions, which was above and beyond on such a busy night.
The menu here is always evolving and I don't think I've ever had anything sub-par, even with the annoying diet stuff I have. I'd definitely recommend the duck confit; My husband and I both love it. If you don't have the restrictions I have, get the cauliflower starter as well. It's awesome! Every cocktail I've had there has also been worth having again.
Thank you to the restaurant for always being a lovely experience (we've been when it's busy, and quiet, and for both brunch and dinner and have never had bad service) and to the team for going above and beyond to be accommodating, which should never be expected but is always appreciated! The Bellwether is such a welcome addition to the valley and I'm glad it's doing so well!

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is the second time I have dined there. The food overall is very good. The whole vibe of the restaurant is not as cordial or warm as my wife and I like a restaurant to be. Our waiter was adequate but certainly not exceptional. He recommended the pasta dish. Though the homemade pasta itself was excellent… That’s where the excellence ended. The filling was very bland and under-seasoned, the butter sage sauce was way too sage heavy. We sat on the outdoor patio as we had our little dog with us. I don’t think you could find less comfortable chairs. There were certainly excellent food items. The Brussel sprouts, tempura cauliflower, meatballs, and the patty melt I had my first visit was wonderful. Their Negroni, made with grapefruit infused gin, was wonderful. There are many things to enjoy at this restaurant, but the overall dining experience was lacking those extra little touches that make a restaurant truly memorable.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

For the price, the ambience and noise level is poor. We went there to celebrate a birthday and the best thing was the bread pudding. We ordered five dishes and they all laughed something We won’t be going back!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We've been before because its convenient. All three couples agreed we weren't coming back. Limited menu. Nothing special although I do like the fact tables aren't on top of each other. It's a nice space just ordinary food.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice ambiance and laid back feel. Nice cocktails. I was looking forward to being impressed with the food because it looked good in the photos but I found the flavors ok. Not bad but nothing to rave about.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were disappointed in some of the dishes: cold guacamole paired with a hot egg(not room temp but cold), asked for a poached egg cooked hard and it was runny, asked for light to no dressing but it came drenched and again it was cold hot mix (grains were cold but egg was warm) , and no mention of breakfast sandwich having fried eggs cooked very loose and runny.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went for brunch. The restaurant was charming, a little austere, but that's the new look in so many restaurants. However, It still felt comfortable. The waiter made the experience. He was charming, attentive and was knowledgeable about the food. We can't wait to come for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food. Ok drinks. Nice service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, service was impeccable , helpful and personable. We will be back

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Loved every bite, will come back with friends again and again....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food! A little pricey

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were so looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately it did not live up to the expectations. The hostess was not the most friendly but our waiter did make it up for it. An interesting menu for sure. Be prepared for lots and lots of salt. In fact, I would urge you in advance to make mention of it. Also be prepared that it is extremely noisy so unless you are with a large group it is not a good dining experience for just two of you. But if you don't mind yelling at each other, this is the place for you! We tried it and had a diverse number of plates but this will be a time visit for us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our server was amazing.
The food was interesting, the breakfast sandwich was different from what I expected,
and delicious.
I had a cocktail with cranberry vodka, I would order it again and recommend it to
others.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a fantastic meal at The Bellwether last night.

We made our reservation on Open Table, which gave us the option of sitting at the counter or on the patio. We opted for the counter since it was a cold night out. The counter came with a view of the kitchen, which kept us entertained throughout our meal. The kitchen staff was kind, asked us how we liked our meal, and gave us some ordering tips too.

Our waiter suggested about 3-5 dishes for 2 people, which helped guide us in deciding to order 4 dishes. We liked them all. We had the Fuyu Persimmon, the French Fries, the Mushroom Ragu, and the Duck Confit. My partner's favorite was the Mushroom Ragu and mine was the Duck Confit. The Mushroom Ragu was so good, you wouldn't have known there was no meat in it and the Duck Confit paired excellently with the plums that were also on the plate. Oh and the cornbread that came with it...stellar!

We loved our meal and will most certainly be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Hands down the best fries! Not to mention all the other fabulous dishes! A must for foodies. Love this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was just okay. nice butter lettuce salad. Different take on steak tartare but pretty good. problem was the long wait to be seated (30 minutes after reservation) combined with manager's attitude. Having come with high expectations (and reservations for two nights in a row), she was more than delighted to cancel our second reservation. Apparently the restaurant is riding high on Jonathan Gold's praise. Unfortunately that has led to arrogance. A simple offer of a glass of wine to ease the discomfort of waiting (which we would have declined) could have helped.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fantastic food and drinks. We were on the patio and loved it.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

2nd time there within two weeks and the menu had many new dishes, which was terrific. The taste of each dish have layers of flavor.
I love Bellwether. Can’t wait to eat through the entire menu.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Why have we not gone here before?? What a great place. Amazing happy hour and delicious food. The patty melt is out of this world, along with the best french fries that I have ever had. The owners are completely down to earth and made us feel like we have been coming for ever. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were looking for a restaurant on the way to the Pantages to see Hamilton. We came from Calabasas and chose Bellwether because of location, price and reviews.

Bellwether did not disappoint. It was early (5:45 reservations - but traffic got us there at 6:10) so we couldn't tell if it would have been noisy had it been busier. But, we did comment, that upobeat music was hearable yet not in your face, making conversation possible. A plus for one in our group who wears hearing aids.

The server was helpful in chosing foods fitting our taste and dietary needs. His recommendatino on wine was spot on.

We neglected to tell him we needed to leave by 7:15 at first, but after we did, he expidited our order. We did not feel rushed.

Food quality kept getting better and better. We had the Butter lettuce salad with grapefruit. The dressing was perfect, although it could have used a little more grapefruit sprinkled throughout the salad. As the food is designed to share, the first person to take got most of the grapefruit from the top. The meatballs were good, although were a bit dense. Their larger plate chicken was excellent. Juicy, crispy skin and a nice touch of bok choy and long beans. The gem of the night was the mixed meat angliotti (sp?) with housemade pasta.

No time for dessert, but the bread pudding sounded like a winner.

We had recently been to a similar style restaurant Girasol. Their meatballs were better, but Bellwether wins hands down, based on value and service. Both had good to great food and a good wine list, but I would return to Bellwether sooner than Girasol considering the overall experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Been there before and will be back again. Great food, drinks, and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Seasonal, Spicy, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

An delicious selection of small and large plates to share for a family birthday celebration.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place. Totally ideal for kids, the acoustics somehow drown the noise

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

2nd time at Bellwether and enjoyed the food again. Service was good. Rushed us a little but then we asked that they slow down bringing the dishes and they did. I suggest you tell them up front to bring one at a time not two or three.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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