The Bellwether

4.5
807 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 807 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my third time there, but my wife and our friends' first time. I was pleased the first two times, but this time was a different experience. We ordered about 9 items between the four of us. When my wife asked about bread for the olive and cheese spread, the waiter said "we aren't a bread house". Really? When they brought the shareable dessert, we had no utensils. Even though our dinner was early and it wasn't that busy, It just didn't seem like they were on top of it. Just not what you expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Needless to say, we were not impressed and aren't going to go back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

If taking a child or young adult, they should have something for them to eat like a hamburger, etc.. We had a party of 5 and all the dishes came out prior to anything for the 12 year old. I fault the waiter for this.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The Bellwether has become one of our go-to places -- delicious food, friendly service, interesting menu.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We enjoying the idea of small plates for sharing. The sauce on the cauliflower. Delicious meal!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent food and service. Everything felt special, and the plates were perfect to share and the menu was very well rounded. Only complaint is the gin list was a little small.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service and met the owners too. The woman Anne Marie was into Mod culture and so the bathrooms are decked out with great artwork of scooters and targets. Totally my jam! The food was unique. My favorite dish was the peaches and burrata so good. Will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Go there specifically for soft shell crabs . Three seasons. It just started at the beginning of June. Jumbo so they meaty and juicy. Best soft he’ll crabs in LA.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always love the Bellwether. Never disappoints. Love Pop Champagne Sundays.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food very salty,
I had duck, my husband had octopus ,and fish,
i Like the sad,
the waiter had such a bad attitude,
we went Saturday with couple of friends,
like the ambience , I do not like the TV,

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I like this place enough. It was my third time back. I went because it was my date's birthday and he was curious about this restaurant. I thought I indicated when booking it that it was his birthday, so I expected a round of drinks or something for them to recognize. Maybe I could have made this clear with the hostess when we arrived, but again I thought I had noted this in the reservation. Other than that, we had an ok time. I wish the menu had more vegetable options. We didn't want a salad, and the only other options appeared to be friend cauliflower, which we got, or an asparagus/burrata dish. The cauliflower was alright, but I wish it wasn't fried.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food is delicious. Cleanest kitchen in Los Angeles. Congrats on that. Work on the dessert menu. Nothing is crave-able.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Bellwether is a cute place with a few adventuresome, sharable menu items. We enjoyed the Hamachi appetizer as well as the Octopus. The Tzataki-like Greek yogurt sauce was delicious and the octopus tentacle was tender and tasty. My friend had a patty melt (!) which he reported was tasty, if a tad underdone on the meat temp. I would definitely return and branch out to
try more items. Be sure to make a reservation!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Creative menu using interesting combinations of vegetables and grains. Excellent service.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The ambience was good, the waiter was very attentive, but the food totally fell short. We had the cheese board, meatballs, hanger steak, and the pasta. The cheese board was good with a great bread and jam, the meatballs a nice little starter but a little bland....... but unfortunately the pasta was under cooked, and the steak way over-seasoned. Salty fu**ing disaster. If your looking for last minute reservations and everywhere else is full, I would stop by for a quick bite. But it's very disappointing because the presentation, the modern flair on traditional dishes unfortunately was spoiled by minor details which could have made these dishes stand out.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great as always!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful, inventive menu. Our first time and so surprised. If there are no tables inside for your reservation, the site will give you bar or outside options. This was confusing when we walked in and a lot of tables seemed available. But all were spoken for and no wonder! Try the green beans and homemade cavatelli pasta with boar ragu. YUM! Had a great waiter and great service. We were happy to be sitting on the patio since counter and floor seating filling up made it really noisy inside.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Overall a decent meal. We sat outside.... I felt the indoor and outdoor decor was disjointed and had poor flow.
We had five tapas, the butter lettuce was below average and the skirt steak was too salty but perfectly grilled.
The charred octopus was excellent and the other two(cauliflower tempura & ) were good as well. The service was excellent, they communicated change over shifts.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Awesome as always. Tried multiple new things, all of which were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Fun ambience, very reasonably priced food and drinks/wine. Great place to go with several people so you can try more of the dishes. We were a party of six which was the perfect number of people. Lots of variety!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was very good but way too noisy

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Love Love Love this restaurant! We went for Brunch, but the dinner menu is fabulous as well. One of our very favorite places to dine. With a constantly evolving menu's it is always one of the best places to go!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Delicious food!

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Bad night? or something has changed at Bellwether... from the hard rock, head-banging loud music on the patio (“we can’t turn it down”) to the chewy octopus (previously one of my favorite starters), to the $40 baked fish that should have been served but instead was dumped on the table with a serve-yourself spoon (which we did with difficulty as it fell apart), to the manager who never materialized in spite of my request ... the evening could not have been more disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Folks in the SFV must be asleep. This restaurant is a GEM! Best french fries in Los Angeles. Great patty melt. Every dish was a treat. Just surprised that it wasn't packed. Good morning folks in the SFV. In other words, wake up to what you have.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Parking was a problem, even on a Sunday. Food was very good and the waiter was very helpful in making recommendations.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Sat at the bar. Tried a variety of menu items, some were very good like the curry sun chokes, others were merely okay like the duck confit and bread pudding. Didn't appreciate that the staff let our tempura cauliflower sit out for 5+ minutes before bringing to us, nor that our manager/runner didn't appreciate our concern.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

it's always good at the bellwether:

good food
good drinks
good service

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

One of my favorite places in the Valley to meet friends. Love their small plates so you get to experience many different taste sensations. The tempura cauliflower is a "must," and the sashimi couldn't be prepared in a more delicious way. Love the polenta ragu too.
If you're a bread puddling lover, don't miss it here, accompanied by some scrumptious ice cream.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Sat at the counter and had amazing dinner here while out in LA on business. Went right back the next night for a second round. Our bartender/server was really fun and had a bunch of spot on recommendations. Great house drinks--they were dispensing best Manhattans ever from a spigot, featuring the de rigeur big ice cube and the maraschino cherries that will redefine the concept of those things for you. Every small plate we had was solid and delicious. Stand outs included the lemony chicory salad (far more exciting than it sounds), the crisp fried and ultra addictive cauliflower with Thai chili and the burrata asparagus with green goddess dressing and puffed quinoa. Yum.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very mediocre food. Hamachi tasted fishy. Highlight was citrus salad but you can basically make that at home. Disappointing overall.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was good, but the hostess was very unpleasant. Major attitude!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Outstanding food, both dinner and brunch. Amazing cocktails. Great service. One of my favorite restaurants in Valley.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great space. Great food. Great service. What more could you want????

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

First time at Bellwether, went mainly because it is on Jonathan Gold’s 101 list. We only had small plates and might have missed out by not trying the large plates.

We enjoyed the burrata & asparagus as well as the cauliflower. The Cavatelli Pasta with Ragu Bianco divided the table one for one against. That left the patty melt which everyone seems to rave about. We found it good but can’t rate it a rave (though the crisper rye bread was special. That left dessert; we split the Jameson Bread Pudding but were disappointed. It seemed undercooked and dense.

There were just two of us and with four the experience might have been more interesting and rewarding.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went for brunch and was excited by the menu - but the food was somewhat underwhelming. The baked goods and sides were nice (Pretzel Nutella Croissant and Cauliflower especially) but the Wedge Salad came w/ brown lettuce and very little tomatoes etc. and the Turkey Sausage Egg Frittata sandwich needed a sauce or some kind of kick.
Overall the ambiance and service was good.
Would like to try it for dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Loved Bellwether and wish I loved the food more but it was a bit too salty for my palette.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food is good, but it’s not the best brunch in LA. Our server was a little curt, however my Dutch baby made it a pleasant experience. Would return if I was stuck in the valley.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went there for Brunch...the food was absolutely wonderful! We all absolutely loved our dishes! And the Bloody Mary's are super tasty!!!

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