The Bellwether

4.7
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1115 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diversity with menu choices, the flavors on each dish are excellent. The staff is extremely attentive, but not obtrusive, and will help with suggestions in pairIng a wine or drink to enhance the flavors of the dish. The atmosphere and ambiance of the dining room feels comfortable, it’s easy to have a quiet conversation and it’s not hard to hear dining companions. The decor is soothing, with clean lines, and the lighting is just right to read menus, but not overwhelming. The Bellwether is an excellent restaurant with a great menu and has a terrific staff.

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vipSallyp
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We come to the Bellwether regularly but after Friday night I got a terrible headache and all I had to drink was soda water and lime. I am not sure if maybe they use MSG.

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shannonb
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us had a lovely dinner, cocktails and too many delicious shared plates. For quality excellent, as was service, didn't rush us. Not too loud for conversation. Bonus, they actually have a parking lot.

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NeysaS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails. Go with a group so you can enjoy more of the tapas style/shareable dishes. Dessert menu is pretty limited but the bread pudding was scrumptious.

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AlexR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good vibe, great service. Will be going back.

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mattw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered 6 or 7 dishes and had them family style between 4 of us. Every dish was great so we had to order a couple of extras to account for the greedy people (me). Would definitely go again if only for the Korean short ribs.

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vipOmeed
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fries and bread pudding are to die for! Service is always excellent. My go to spot in the area.

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vipPattiD
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love Bellwether. Absolute favorite neighborhood restaurant! .

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JenniferM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing food at this place! Service is excellent! It feels warm, friendly and not a single bad dish at all! Fantastic cocktails too exclamation

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SoozGO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my teenage goddaughter to Brunch and had a wonderful experience. I ordered an English Breakfast- I don’t eat eggs, so asked them to be left off, but it was no loss. The portion of English Bacon, beans, tomato and a large Banger with toast was so plentiful I took a lot of it home. My goddaughter ordered Avocado Toast and was presented with a thick Brioche smothered in a generous portion of fresh smashed avocado. Like me, she’s not an egg person, so left it off. We shared an order of French Fries that were epic. Thick, British/Poutine style, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. I also decided to go extra British and had a yummy Pimm’s Cup.

The place is great for a leisurely Sunday Brunch. Busy, but not annoyingly crowded. The staff was professional, fantastic and tended to everything beautifully. I plan to return for dinner with my husband and also for drinks some evening with friends. What a terrific neighborhood find!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was good

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MarionK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Value for money is excellent. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service is very good, and the food was even better than expected. We had the octopus, pasta with meat, beef tartar, Fish tartar, and the raw scallops, Not to forget the dessert. Even my mocktail was very good. We will come back for sure.

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JimLb
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Friday night cocktail and dinner. One of our favorites!!

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AlV27
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! The concept is just awesome. I've been here a few times, so there are some things i have to have, but i can always find something new to try, without having to forego my favorites.

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PeterM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The fries were good. The service was very inattentive and not very cheerful. The eggs were dry. I was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to serve good food and staff’s always nice and accommodating!

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vipExplorer
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The truffle pasta special was fabulous as was tempura cauliflower and bread pudding
Restaurant in this price range and quality should serve cappuccino not just ordinary coffee,

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was unbelievable. Every dish felt like a symphony of flavors. The octopus is the best I have ever had. Wait staff was fabulous and on point. I can not recommend it enough.

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PhilippeS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our complements to the Chef. We came in for Valentine's Day and had the Turbot. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner is always great when possible but The Bellwether or should I say Ted and Ann-Marie, made this special Valentine dinner with the family a night to remember. Everything from service, drinks, appetizer, main course, and finally dessert was well prepared, delicious and visually stunning. Thanks Bellwether and staff for a memorable Valentine 2020.

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vipARvwer
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bellwether is a great brunch spot with a bright energetic feel. Couples and families will all feel at home. The menu is curated and the fries are sensational. Perfect Sunday comfort food. The cocktail list includes a pretty great mimosa selection too. Definitely recommend

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StacyS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and delicious shareables. Great service. staff really cares about your needs an is attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Bread and butter!!!!

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orlyks
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was great. The place nice. Not enough vegetarian options and although we were led to believe that the portions are "family" size and shareable they are pretty small. What happened to the old days when bread and butter were free??? $ 5 for 2 slices of bread cut in the middle seems a bit steep. In general the prices are very high for what you get. My daughter had a complete different experience when she went for Brunch. It could be that the dinner menu isn't the best. Definitely disappointing.

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AdrienneD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Love the small plates, wanted to try everything!
Our waiter was engaging and helped with our selections.

TJ
vipTJLA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ted is one of the best chefs in the city! Runs a great operation and I’m grateful to have a restaurant of this caliber in the Valley!

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WalterM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The food was weary good, as usual. However I did not appreciate the attitude of the host & hostess at the front of the restaurant.
Not sure if I want to spend money there again .... lots of other choices in Studio City.

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CecL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious small plates with a wide variety of choices. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly but not at all pushy. Brussels sprouts and tempura cauliflower with a great dipping sauce were big hits. Ribs were yummy.

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vipMadyS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food, outstanding Service, great experience.

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CandiK
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The menu changes But the food is consistently good. Sometimes it’s excellent depending on the dish. We have never been disappointed in anything we’ve ordered.

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restaurantweekJan2020
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal for Restaurant Week - 3 plates per person for $39. I went with a friend, and the six dishes we ended up with were both excellent and filling. We're planning to go back for the regular service at some point.

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SHEShops
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience2

I wish the large screen TV’s and the bar area were more in keeping with the rest of the place.

Service was good although server never followed up to see if we wanted more drinks and then it took a while to be served the second round.

Food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat in the patio with our basset beagle very comfortable with the outdoor heaters. We ordered our dinner from the Dine LA menu & were pleasantly surprised that all of the choices came from the regular menu.

Most restaurants don’t do this they generally give you a fixed menu which may or may not include regular menu items.

We will come back.

KB
vipKerryB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant in local area. Smaller plates were really enjoyable, with varied menu. I liked the open kitchen area and the seating at the bar was good. Would go again! Heard brunch is very good.

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RonK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was good but too salty on meatballs and short rib pasta

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ShannynM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! Great service! Lively atmosphere but not too loud!

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BernardS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting eclectic menu designed primarily for sharing. Food expertly prepared and every dish was excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

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mjn737
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dine LA menu is a great deal and a nice way to try the menu. Our server was great, very personable and gave excellent recommendations.

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CathyL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I used to love the Bellwether. Not sure if the owner changed or if it was just a bad day. Staff were un interested in whether or not we were happy. Food came out cold. Had to pay for a side salad instead of a substitution. Which for some reason was allowed last time. Won’t be going back anytime soon.

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vipwacandleman
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went for brunch. Food took longer then normal to come out. Our friend had ordered semi scrambled eggs (not overcooked, but also not runny) and crispy bacon. When the eggs finally came out, they were alittle under cooked, so she asked for them to be cooked alittle while longer. Bacon was not brought out, so she had to ask about it. When the bacon and eggs finally came out, the bacon was not made crispy, so they were sent back. Overall, it took over 30 minutes to receive scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. By the end of our meal, our server, Armean, was not very friendly and seemed like our friend was a bother to him. If this SIMPLE meal was prepared as it was originally ordered, then we would have prepared a better review because the Smoked Salmon Toast and Nashville Hot Chicken Sando was amazing.

FAQs

The Bellwether offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 285-8184.

The Bellwether is rated 4.7 stars by 1115 OpenTable diners.