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Date
Thu, 4/19
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7:00 PM
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The Bellwether

4.5
768 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 768 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.1
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Extremely fresh and delicious food. Service was just right. Sat at the counter which I initially wasn’t thrilled about but it was actually pretty nice. Didn’t feel confined or that others were too close. Some of the dishes were a little on the pricey side ($41 for sausage and peppers) but still delicious and satisfying. Fries and butter lettuce salad are fantastic. Good sized portions. Restaurant was packed on a Saturday evening. Have been several times (brunch and dinner) and would definitely come back.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

If you are looking to have an active conversation with the people in your party, opt for a table on the patio. Inside is ridiculously noisy. Do yourself a favor, and make a reservation, no matter where you want to be seated. This place is popular, for good reason.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service always fabulous! Whole fish incredible! Wine by the glass extremely limited. Vodka and tonic - tonic no fizz.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food, great service!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food. Was. Delicious.

Spring Beans - so totally unexpected. Crunchy, cold, marinated and FULL OF FLAVOR. Pickled tomatoes had an unexpected but refreshing flavor.

French Fries - maybe the best I've ever had. Just the right amount of crisp on the outside, not too salty (but just salty enough), perfectly uniformly thick cut. Didn't LOVE the dipping sauces--thought it should have been served with chipotle ketchup, but these are delicious just as they are without sauce at all.

Tempura cauliflower - OMG. I never knew cauliflower could be so delicious and it's mostly because of the Thai sauce. GREAT SAUCE!!! And I don't normally like that kind of thing.

Duck confit - Amazing. Four of us were able to tear apart this leg/thigh piece and it was SO amazingly rich, definitely melted in the mouth. The cornbread was grilled to perfection, almost caramelized on top.

Flank steak - perfectly medium rare and flavorful. Thicker cut than I thought it would be. Perfect.

Pasta dish - very mild flavor but the fresh pasta was great. One of my least favorite dishes, but it was by no means bad, just not the burst of WOW that everything else was.

R&D Artichoke - Needs to be removed from the menu. This was NOT good. Not worth the price. There was hardly any "meat" on the artichoke, it was tough, the garlic breadcrumb stuffing fell out. Just not good at all. Please, please remove. Don't order this.

Scallops - Perfect sear. Delicious. End of story.

Dessert - bread stuffing: amazeballs. A bit more condensed than I expected, but the flavor with the ice cream was buttery and awesome and perfect. Great size to share with 3 or 4.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A wonderful meal. Third-time there-food is consistently interesting and excellent.
Sat at the counter, fun to watch the staff at work.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I’ve dined at The Bellwether twice and really enjoyed dinner on both occasions. The interior has a clean, sophisticated look and there’s a long bar which helps maximize seating in the small space. I like sharing plates, so this is my kind of place. A few of my favorites: mushroom ragu on fontina polenta, spring bean salad, lamb and pork meatballs. Great wines by the glass as well.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Must try’s:

octopus, cauliflower and the bread pudding!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The bartender took forever. There was no one at the bar besides maybe 8 people. They were already served. He was talking to other workers. Young guy that was well intentioned but did not bring us our waters after being asked three times. Had one drink and left.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Second time here and still blew me away. Drinks were excellent, many house infused liquors that just made them extra special. Food was amazing. Part of our party ordered the loup de mar, which was absolutely photo-worthy in its presentation. I do not like fish, but tried a bite and could not stop. It is a bit pricey at $40, but could serve as entree for 2 or a shared plate for 4, and absolutely worth it. The Vietnamese pork ribs were pricey as well at $48, but also a very large portion, plenty to share for even 6 people. Every component had its purpose. I tasted the dish without the mint sauce at first and it was just a bit off, but with everything together, it was a dream. Service was good. As soon as we arrived we were seated. Just as we were wondering where our drinks were, they magically appeared. No complaints and will be back again!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food was inventive, fresh and flavorful. Our server was exceptional. Her knowledge of the menu, timing and friendliness was top notch. They have lovely cocktails, but can feel a bit limited to a sweeter palate. The atmosphere is comfortable and a bit intimate, which was nice for a small birthday celebration. The music level was perfect so we could enjoy it as well as hear each other talk across the table. Overall, we will return to The Bellwether happily.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Met a friend for dinner. We loved it and will definitely be back. The service was great and the food was delicious. We loved the extensive and varied menu. We had the cauliflower, fries, a salad and the chicken to share. Everything was good. The cauliflower is a must have! Next time I’d skip the fries, just because we had too much food and they were good, but not our favorite. I’ll definitel be back.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

although the waiter was a bit snotty, we had a nice time and the food was adventurous and good, especially for the valley. the star of the night was the patty melt - go and get that, a delicious butter lettuce salad and a drink, DONE. that is what we will do next time, and hope for a nice waiter without an attitude.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The dishes are meant to be shared so it's best when you have a big group and you can order a large variety of dishes to try. We were a party of 7 and ordered around 10 dishes. Some were amazing and others were very good. I think we were disappointed in only two dishes and they were good; just not as good as the rest.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent waitstaff. Tempura cauliflower was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We originally booked an outdoor table but when we arrived it was too cold. They have middle seats so even though they turn down the overhead heater the seats were still too cold. We asked to move inside and were told there was a long wait. We were ready to leave and the hostess was able to find a table for us.
It was a really enjoyable dinner. I had friends in from out of town who are foodies and they thought the place was really great. I had read about the Restaurant in Jonathan golds 101 best restaurants 2017 when I was looking for something in the neighborhood. He recommended the skirt steak and french fries which were really delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

great all around! we had a nice dinner here and all of the food was very fresh and tasty!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food choices and chefs who deliver on the promise. The patio is nice as there's something Je ne sais Quoi about eating outside in Southern Cal but in reality it's a little bit noisy with traffic going by on Ventura and the winter time plastic curtains had the unfortunate effect of amplifying the voices of our neighbors. So..... I'm thinking it's best to eat inside in winter and possibly outside in summertime if the plastic is mostly rolled up.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

from ambience to service to food, the bellwether never disappoints

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our second trip to The Bellwether and it will not be our last. The menu is the perfect size and so far everything we have tried has been amazing. This is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Our waiter was very nice and attentive . The wines by the glass were well .... we sent two back and ordered a bottle of wine we were familiar with. The scallops and the whole fish smelled and tasted like the bottom of the sea. We were a group of 5 who were all in agreement. We sent those back. We didn’t ask to talk to the manager , we asked if the chef would come out. He did not. The meat balls , polenta and salad were good. I’m over paying $300 for a dinner and having to go home and eat.
It’s was a real disappointment , especially since the valley has so few good restaurants I had high hopes for this one

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

was great all around and look forward to going babk

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This place gets it right on every level...not to mention those fries!!!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We all Love The Bellwether, one of our 'go-to' spots for a relaxing dinner meet up. The food here is excellent, always ordering their great small bite choices, making for a eclectic fabulous meal, something for everyone. They always seem to have some staples on the menu, but others rotate in, so you get to sample new stuff all the time.

With all the times we have frequented The Bellwether, we have always had an excellent time and meal & the service, even at really busy times, is always fast!!

If you haven't been, you need too!! Highly Recommended

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Fine but forgettable

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Our server was outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was delicious. Atmosphere is laid back but classy. Definitely order the Brussels and the meatball! And be sure to try one of their signature cocktails. Service is impeccable, food is top notch and it’s a perfect spot for a date night.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

When I heard about them having good french fries, I was skeptical, but they. were. delicious! The skirt steak was nice and juicy and great sauce, and the meatballs were also good. Really really good food. Ah yes, and the cheesecake was good too. A little small for $9, but still good! I will come back again, and do recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

All the staff are super friendly and very professional. The food is super good and the atmosphere is really nice.
Had a blast.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love the Bellwether .....food was amazing!!!
Small bites are all wonderful and the Korean short ribs are to "die for"....

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful and very attentive. The food was underwhelming. Plating of the dishes was very lazy for what the price point is. I wouldn’t be excited to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent ambiance, interesting flavor combinations, some veggie/ vegan options, professional, efficient service though at times difficult to flag down. And very accomodating and confortable for a party of 7

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We happened to be there on Fried Chicken Monday. Fantastic! We started with the butter lettuce salad and added French Fries. The entire meal was delicious from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is a real neighborhood restaurant for me (8 minute walk) and I'm so happy THIS is a place I can walk to. Excellent food, a menu that is updated regularly, a wonderful group of bartenders and servers - what could be better?

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food is ever changing, the chef and his crew energetic while still engaging. Treat yourself to a bar seat overseeing the kitchen at work. Make sure to ask questions! Format is small and large plates. Fusion with Asian, Italian and continental influences is on point. The happy hour (1 hour) is perfect with “the best bang for buck” drinks in the valley. Skip your low carb fetish and make sure and try the crispiest fries ever with a side carrot hot sauce and chive crème fraiche.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent place for friends get together. Fun to share interesting food, there are plenty of wine choices that are reasonable and the desserts are incredible.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We did Sunday brunch at The Bellwether for my moms birthday. It was great! Good food, nice atmosphere, and friendly service. $15 mimosa special was perfect! Special standouts were definitely the guava croissant, the egg sandwich, and the eggs in purgatory! Looking forward to our next visit!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was my first brunch here, the food was cold ,service was slow and overpriced. The menu was sparse.
Dinner is great! The small plates are perfect and has become one of my favorites for dinner.

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