The Bellwether

4.6
850 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly; 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm;
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Phone number
(818) 285-8184
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ted Hopson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Longridge Ave
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for dinner in the lot behind the restaurant on Longridge.
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

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.
What 850 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The tapas style food was amazing, fresh, flavorful and tasty. Seems as if they have a rotating menu but I highly recommend the peaches and barata if it’s still available. Great and authentic cocktails as well.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was good. Service was really good. I had limited menu, as I’m Celiac, but they accommodated me well. Wine was fabulous.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our group was very disappointed in the food. And some of us were also troubled by the attitude of management in handling our complaints. We were expecting finer dining and what we ended up getting was barbecue quality small plates. When the women in our group complained about under cooked vegetables, the owner had the audacity to suggest that next time when we order the dish we asked for it to be cooked well done meeting cooked. That did not sit well and things got worse from there. Maybe we caught them on an off night but honestly we were expecting a much better food experience than this.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My husband and I went for an early dinner and by the time we left, the place was packed. The tempura cauliflower was a bit soggy/heavy but everything else was very good. The shrimp and soba noodle salad was a standout. Service was fantastic; very attentive without being overbearing. The prices were about what you’d expect for small plates, which is to say a little high but comparable to everywhere else. We’ll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Nice feel, very interesting and tasty food and great friendly service.
Would definitely recommend and return

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Consistently great

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

This was a perfect for our "friends catch up" evening. The food was absolutely delicious and wonderfully presented, as were the drinks. Great for the 4 of us as we were able to get a variety of dishes with no left overs. Inside the noise level was way too loud for conversation but we ate outside and it was a perfect evening.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Delicious food, so flavorful. Attentive, but not invasive service. It was a little loud. I'm sure that's due to the small dining area and popularity of the place. It was packed on a Tuesday. Really worth visiting.

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2018

If you make a reservation through Open Table they told us our table choice wasore limited than calling directly. Overall very average

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Went for birthday dinner with the lacto-pescaterian wife. (dairy & fish only) Menu was somewhat limited for her. We shared a fabulous peaches and burrata salad and shrimp with soba noodles. I also had the patty melt which was quite good. They tend to go spicy with the sauces but were happy to do them "on the side".

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Having never been here I did not know what to expect and I was only moderately hungry as was my friend. All dishes are meant to share and the portion sizes were great for 2 - the butter lettuce salad with avocado and grapefruit pieces was terrific with a light drizzle of a lemon vinaigrette. For our second and final dish we chose soba noodles with shrimp and a sesame dressing . Fabulous! Despite tempting desserts we were full . There is a full bar available as well . Loved the service and loved the food! A local hit!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Fantastic food. The expediter was super kind and let us know what was what when we reserved counter seats so we could get a view of the chef (and staff) cooking. Great food, not a pretentious place at all. I am lame, cause I ate so fast I didn't take any photos.

Burrata and Peaches: Perfect combo of flavours, peaches were perfectly ripe, the puffed farro was a very nice touch. Really great combination and the puffed farro was an different take on this dish. Rating: Super Yummm.

Tempura Cauliflower: Incredibly tasty and loved that this was not ANOTHER buffalo cauliflower dish. The Thai twist on the dipping couldn't have been more perfect, and the tempura batter was nice and light. Loved it. Super Yummm.

Charred Eggplant: This was a bit odd - it was just glorified babaganoush with vinaigrette tossed into the freekeh. Regardless, dill was also involved, and the balance on the smokey taste of eggplant with the freekeh was quite beautifully balanced if you're a savory person. Yum.

Hanger Steak: PERFECTLY cooked medium rare, and beautifully plated on top of a divine romesco. Ok y'all. Call me stupid, but i've never had hanger steak with romesco and it was absolutely amazing. The sliced almonds gave it a unique and scrumptious texture. Really loved this dish.Super, Super Yummmm.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food and drunks were amazing and each dish had very unique flavors. We got the whole fish, sea bass, and there was hardly any meat inside the fish. Quite disappointing by the taste was mouth watering. Our waiter was not extremely personable and just went through the motions. Overall a great place and loved the global food choices!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The noise level cost them one star
Otherwise great

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

My friend and I dined at The Bellwether and enjoyed the DineLA special. Everything was delicious, the service was friendly, prompt and attentive and the noise level was low. All in all, lovely experience. Looking forward to going back and trying other dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The Dine LA menu was AMAZING! The food and ambiance was great. I am so glad we got to try a lot of different items. Can't wait to come back

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

This was my 2nd time there and it was just as good as the first time! Had the octopus, steak tartar and they were prepared just right!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Excellent experience. Innovative food, excellent service and generous portions.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

This was my first time dining at Bellwether and it was outstanding. Since it was DineLA week I decided to try their house offering. Between my husband and I, we tried the Burrata and Peaches with a hint hibiscus syrup, eggplant puree with grains, cucumber and dill, followed by the Pork and Beef Meatballs with Pecorino and ending with fresh made Cavatelli pasta touched with fennel pollen and a ground pork white sauce. Not only were the portions very generous in size but the overall flavor profile was heavenly. Wow, wow, wow. I am ready to come back and try everything on their menu.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Waiter seemed disinterested in serving our group. Not one smile. A few of the dishes were good, but the most were mediocre.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Awful portions, extremely rude staff especially the manager and horrible experience overall. Will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Loved the DineLA menu. Last Friday was a girls night out with my two best friends. We ordered each item on the DineLA menu between the three of us, so we were able to sample a nice variety of the menu. Our server, Michael, was great - attentive and knowledgeable.
The ambiance is very nice, a casual yet upscale bistro type of feel. The Bellwether is my favorite restaurant in the valley!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We always end up ordering the same things because they are so good!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Had great time!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine there!
Great ingredients!

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1.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The server, Josh could not engage and verged on being absolutely terrible... Each time we asked about the menu or the available beverage choices, he seemed to rush off. When we couldn't find him, we asked to see the manager. We tried to be understanding... since we noticed how often there were no servers on the entire floor, we asked if they might be understaffed. She was defensive, uncaring and rude. We figured she might be the reason Josh was so unhappy. Their attitude was upsetting to us. The drinks were weak, and the selection of alcohol was limited. Had one of us not already ordered a drink, would have left and gone to Casa Vega. We will never go back.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Our go-to spot in the Valley for a nice dinner out. Never disappoints. And they have the world's best French fries!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We had dinner on the outside patio. Except for the traffic noise, it's quieter than inside the restaurant. The food was delicious -- the butter lettuce salad is great, the patty melt and french fries were excellent. We also had the cauliflower and meatballs -- enjoyed them all. The least successful dish was the cheese platter. ALL the servings were very large and can easily be shared -- esp. the French fries. We'll definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It was a lovely evening - the service was well paced and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Fantastic cocktails, food and service. The peaches & burrata was a perfect dessert. I recommend asking for no extra seasoning the fries. They are so delicious and perfectly crisp and tender but too salty this last visit.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Always have great food when I go here. I definitely recommend

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was mediocre and expensive

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Outstanding and inventive cuisine from a seasonally-inspired and changing menu, makes The Bellwether a gem of a restaurant. The fact that it's 10 minutes from the house makes it all the more worth celebrating!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The salads were delicious, the crispy fish was good, except for the massive amount of paprika coating it. I thought that was overkill with the piperade. I didn’t like the first wine and our server had an attitude about it but gave something else.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

It was quite hot. Didn’t seem as though their air conditioning was running at full blast with all the people and cooking going in there it should’ve been

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We Normally love this place....but on the date in question it had been a hot day in LA. When we arrived, it was even warmer inside the restaurant...at least 90*. In fact, thru the experience we used our drinks menu to fan one another. Speaking of drinks, when you serve your wine by the glass at room temperature...and the room is 90*...no bueno.

As I said, we love this place. The staff and the food are fabulous. This is why I still gave it 3 stars for this visit instead of 1. Eating in a sauna in unacceptable. We took desert to go.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

New valley favorite. Waiter gave excellent advice on food choices and amount of dishes for 4 of us. All 7 dishes were outstanding, without exception.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

It was a very nice meal. I recommend the cauliflower dish (the sauce is spicy) and salad. The fish tapa was small and a bit pricey.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The new seating, Wood chairs and tables leaves a lot to be desired. Please bring back the booths!! Tables are so close to each other you are involved with every ones conversation. Against the wall is no better. They have crammed more tables there also.
Food is still not delivered to ones table at the same time. It still comes in dribbles. Best thing about Sunday Brunch is the champagne with fruit purée.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was fantastic. We had the Heirloom Tomatoes and the Peach and Burrata for starters, the Duck Confit,and the Hanger Steak for our entrees. All were really good. The taste combinations were amazing and original. Then we topped it off with the with the Jameson Bread Pudding that had candied pecans, salted caramel ice cream, and Jameson butterscotch topping it off. I can't say what was my favorite because all were so good.

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