The Bellwether

4.6
915 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.

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 915 People Are Saying
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LK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great scallops, best french fries and the lamb sausage was very tasty

Servers were very accommodating in letting us try the wine!

So many more items I want to try on the menu!

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d
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was perfect. Good very original. And service awesome

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BT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and a great dineL.A. experience which by the way included loads of food and every dish was so unique and tasted great. This staff was so cool and so was the ambiance.

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R
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but it’s a “sharing” place so good comes out as it’s ready. Fine at night but not great for brunch....we didn’t plan to share our entrees and as they didn’t come out together that left one person waiting for their brunch. All 3 mains were similar in cooking so could have come together. Brunch isn’t a shared experience it turns out for me! Only coffee...no lattes, etc. fine but not great

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. We love sitting at the counter to watch the chefs in action.

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MA
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to restaurant for LA dine week with hubby.
Choose 6 plates. Burrata with grapes was fresh and tasty. The charred octopus-outstanding.The sun-chocked curry - was good, the naan not so much. The pasta with ragu- decent.
The other choices- meatballs, burger- nothing special.
Great beer selection and very nice service.
Would have liked to have a desert option in the plate choices for the Dine LA week menu.

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JJ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of things to try with friends and expand your horizon of comfort food.

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M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food—get the fries!! One of our fave places

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PW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bellwether might be the best restaurant in the Valley, and, let's be honest Sherman Oaks and Studio City have a lot of great competition. We sat at the bar and enjoyed course after course, each as amazing as the one before, but, the best part was watching the chefs taste, adjust, taste adjust, only sending plates out when they meet the mark. You can sense the joy in the kitchen and that makes a world of difference.

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our go-to nearby restaurant. Chef Ted Hopson and his cooks and wait-staff, in addition to being very good at their work, are wonderfully attentive and friendly.

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L
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bellwether is our first choice for date night and we go here often. It never disappoints. The service, food and ambiance are wonderful. We love to sit at the chef's counter and watch the kitchen staff work their magic. Ted is an amazing chef, and Sandra fills in and does a great job on the nights that Ted isn't there. Love this place. Highly recommend!

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G
Los Angeles
266 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When they first opened we went and were very disappointed. With all the good reviews since then we decided to give them another try and felt it had improved since our first visit

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CK
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lively environment and flavorful dishes make for a fun culinary experience. Always appreciate the Asian influence in the dishes,, the sweet, salty sourness of some dishes, the unmistakable Asian provenance. Never disappoints!

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the quality of the food here is truly impressive, comfortable atmosphere, amazing good

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j
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is absolutely my favorite Restaurant! Always something new on the menu to look forward to and they will always try to accommodate you if they can. Friendly people and top notch chef and kitchen. You can't find a better place to dine in all of Los Angeles.

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy food and a relaxed environment. The brunch menu had unique twists on familiar favorites.

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ET
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little loud and pricey but we love it.

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We heard it was just so-so, but thought we would try it for ourselves. Fried cauliflower, brussel sprouts, the steak tartare everything we had was absolutely perfect

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CB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to for a great dinner! Love sitting and the bar and watching the BOH team work their magic! Food is always great and the drinks are unique and original. Hospitality is spot on...we always feel well taken care of and happy when we we leave!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Dishes were creative and delicious. The French fries are incredible as are the Brussel sprouts, meatballs, octopus and roasted carrots - yum! We will be back.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very friendly, courteous and real. Nothing felt stuffy. The food is proportioned nicely and meant to be savored. Pasta was cooked perfectly...so good. Unfortunately the Pan Roasted Halibut this evening was overly salty, but things happens. Would I return, absolutely!

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ML
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been in a a long time. Wow! The food was amazing! Some of the best blending of flavors I have had in a long time. Noise level is distracting but worth the decimal levels just to taste these creations. GO!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The brunch menu is just awful. After spending 50 between two people (no alcohol, just two teas), we left hungry and unsatisfied.

We were told everything was meant to be shared but the portions were tiny compared to other brunch places, flavor was lacking but prices were up there with other great brunch spots.

The service is not accommodating. So much so, that a party that sat down next to us left cause the restaurant refused to cut the wedge salad. The place was empty, I'd think they would want to do everything to keep patrons happy.

When I expressed how I felt about our meal, our waiter simply walked off...

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Tasty cocktails. Service very friendly. We had a great time.

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WF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bellwether for the inspired menu, nice wine choices and friendly service.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

very disappointing. Food was over-seasoned - with too much Indian influence. The cauliflower was decent and the burrata with grapes was good, but that was due to the buratta, not the cooking. The lamb sausage and halibut were below average -- the halibut was overcooked and, again, over-seasoned.

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CB
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is with giddy satisfaction that I submit this glowing review of The Bellwether. My only regret is that the ladies I was with did not share the same interest in octopus that I do so I didn't get to try it. Sharing is ideal. Cocktails (Manhattan and Old Fashioned) were both well made. Can't wait to return.

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fun! John is a great waiter.

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L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic dinner was had by all! Creative and delicious dishes! Love this place!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Very good food, very good service. All small plates though and I would have preferred a few larger plate options. Not everyone likes the whole sharing trend and it can be tricky when in a larger group and there are various competing dietary restrictions to work around. The cocktails were particularly good. Would return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best French fries!

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

small plates meant to be shared. Delicious food. On the expensive side. We also ordered too much food not realizing that items on the bottom of the menu list were dinner sized. But the flavors were wonderful.

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RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, creative, and delicious food. Never disappoints. Great for sharing plates. Attentive service. A find.

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RA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. A little pricey. Would go back for sure

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CW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful evening. The fish dishes were excellent. We were disappointed with the drip coffee.

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy, thanks. No problem with cost, but wasn't looking for value so unsure how to rate.

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
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 on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JH
San Francisco
11 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
15 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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