The Bellwether

4.6
879 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.
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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Catering
Send us an email, and we can design a custom menu for your catering needs! info@thebellwetherLA.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Longridge Ave
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Parking details
Our Parking Lot is located behind the restaurant on Longridge Ave. See you soon!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, 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 879 People Are Saying
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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and creative cuisine. Variety and innovation combined with comfort foods that can easily be shared. Outdoor dining creates some quiet space.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. We had a lovely time!!

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JH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I'd never had a lamb sausage dish served at room temperature before. I don't think I'd want to try it again. The french fries that they're known for were very good and the wine list had some good choices.

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EM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good an innovative. The pasta was delicious! Prime rib too big with all the other items we choose. Dessert was a huge disappointment. Do not use crunchy peaches in a cobbler. Fruit should be ripe for best flavor. But if you going to add unripe fruit, cook it until it is tender. Peaches should never be served crunchy

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great HH FROM 5-6!

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AK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday here and had an incredible time! The steak tartare and the burrata with grapes were incredible! We also had the handmade cavatelli with wild boar—delicious! everything was perfect, highly recommend!

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food.

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SG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is creative and the food delicious. Fun to share different plates and have the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes.
Only problem we ran into both times we have been there is the noise level. Otherwise we enjoyed it immensely!

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoy going to a restaurant that changes their menu frequently enough that I want to go back to see what is new. Lots of plates to share, the chicken was delicious!

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L
Los Angeles
150 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food even better. We had started with the Burrata and Grapes which was fantastic and then had the Tempura Cauliflower which was really tasty. The Patty Melt and French fries were absolutely awesome and the bread pudding for dessert was the perfect way to top off the meal.

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is in our neighborhood so we decided to give it a try. We sat outside and it was moderately loud but we were able to hear our conversation. The staff was friendly and laidback, there was no rush to get us out of the restaurant-which was nice. The food was delicious and the cranberry mules were great. We also liked that you can order small plates and share them. I would go back.

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AJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was as delicious as I remembered from previous visits.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere but food did not wow. Loved that everything was shareable so great for a girls night out!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal

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TL
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good - most dishes works, especially the octopus and and vegetarian dishes. However, service was kind of rushed, which doesn't work for a tapas place.

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N
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great meal at Bellweather. Ordered a couple too many dishes, but everything was top notch. Service was great and the vibe is right. Bravo!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It’s surprising that this restaurant isn’t more popular, given most of the other gastropubs in the area are continually stuffed to the rafters, but it was oddly empty when we visited (a Sunday night). The menu sounds like it was written by a “foodologist” rather than a chef, but it tastes fantastic so we forgave them that.

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L
Los Angeles
150 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are excellent. Lots of fun, great service and especially recommend the french fries

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The only thing we weren’t blown away by was the thing that we had originally went there for! After seeing there patty melt on Jonathan Gold’s 101 list, we were determined to try it, and we tried everything we could. Charred octopus? Phenomenal. I wasn’t in love with the sides but my boyfriend loved them, the actual tentacle itself was cooked perfectly. The duck was great, with a ju that wasn’t too overwhelming, as well as the meatballs (very flavorful and very filling). We ended up going to the Patty melt last and the bread was drier than cardboard, and a little too toasted in some spots. It was a dim way to end, but the blackberry cocktail was great, the service was attentive, and I imagine that the rest of there menu is decadent. If you’re looking for a new place to go and don’t mind dropping a couple hundred on a casual meal, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.

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KR
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! Sitting at the Chefs counter is also great, watching them prepare all of the amazing dishes!

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SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I really loved everythig we ordered. I will be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, loved the share portions, very tasty and resonable

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WF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the new dishes, and the BEST patty melt.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drink, staff, and service. You will not be disappointed.

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MC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, and I highly recommend this restaurant. Of the dishes our group tried (cauliflower, octopus, beef tartar, patty melt, french fries, meatballs, fried chicken) my favorites were the cauliflower and the french fries. Our server made me a spicy margarita with jalapeños (not on the menu), and it was fabulous. The meatballs were a tad too salty, and the octopus would have been better if it had been charred a bit more and with perhaps a less heavy sauce. All in all, a really great restaurant, and I will definitely be back. Particular thanks to our server, who was so accommodating and charming.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here a lot. One of my favorites. We always look forward to the R&D menu. The food is always amazing. It’s all about the charred octopus, the hanger steak and the crudo. We’ll be back again and again.

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful and efficient wait service made it special. I would go back for that alone. Food was good, not exceptional but some interesting choices. Altogether a good experience.

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TG
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a worthwhile visit and exceptionally fun to bring new people.

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AS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was very tasty but it was seriously noisy. it was crazy loud music outside and not much variety on the menu at all

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EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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i
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

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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a
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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NO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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w
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Consistently great

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BJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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D
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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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d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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