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Where to Grab Dinner Before Catching a Film in Hollywood

Tag: Dining

Planning to catch the latest flick or an art house favorite in Hollywood? If you’re after something more substantial than theater nachos and popcorn, you may want to grab a bite before or after the movie at one of these theater-close dining spots.

Arclight Theaters/Cinerama Dome Adjacent

From veggie delights to Italian treats, you won’t go hungry before you see a film at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. And this theater also has its own in-house café for a light meal, dessert, or cocktails.

Stella Barra Pizzeria

6372 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

It’s all about the pizza of course: inventive, fresh, and delicious in red, white, and “thin sin” varieties. The setting is open and cheerful; the craft cocktail selection is wide. Stella Barra is located right in the Dome complex, too.

Veggie Grill, 6374-A Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

Also located in the Dome complex, the Hollywood outpost of this tasty fast casual vegan outpost is ready to serve you quickly with salads, tacos, bowls, sandwiches – even a carne asada burrito – all plant-based.

Above, located near the Hollywood Arclight, Tocaya Organica serves up inventive, healthy Mexican fare.

Toycaya Organica, 6550 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Featuring modern Mexican cuisine with a healthy twist, Tocaya offers a selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well as antibiotic-free meat and fish. While technically a fast-casual spot, the Hollywood outpost is relaxing and airy, and offers a strong craft cocktail program, too.

El Capitan Theatre

Disney films on the big screen and a beautifully preserved theater interior make this plush spot a top family destination. Before or after the film, catch a bite at one of the classic spots below.

Snow White Café, 6769 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

What could be more perfect than leaving a Disney film to take in a mural by Disney animators in this circa-1946 tavern, serving up beer, wine, and classic fare such as sandwiches, pizza, and burgers?

Above, burgers are the thing - in an elegant setting - at 25 Degrees, located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel and close to the El Capitan.

25 Degrees, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt, this plush burger spot offers indulgences such as a Guinness milk shake along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. When it comes to burgers, you may want to try the tasty vegan option of an Impossible burger.

Public Kitchen & Bar, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Also located in the Roosevelt, Public Kitchen offers upscale American cuisine as well as handcrafted cocktails served up in a stylish retro setting. The brasserie offers signature dishes such as king salmon and a tasty caramelized Brussel Sprouts among others on its menu.


Egyptian Theater

Whether you’re taking in a classic repertory double bill or a cutting edge new wave art film, you’ll want some sustenance to go with that tasty flick, and there are plenty of dining choices just a few steps away from the theater.

Miceli's, near the Egyptian Theatre, offers old-school Italian favorites and a great atmosphere.

Miceli’s, 1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you’re going to see a classic, you should dine at one, too. And it doesn’t get much better than this old-school Italian restaurant with wine bottles suspended from the ceiling and dark cozy booths. Pizza or pasta, you can’t go wrong.

Pig n’ Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Open as late as 2 a.m. and serving up a traditional chicken pot pie, burgers, nachos, and salads, this pub was dishing out meals as early as 1927, long before the term gastropub was coined.

Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Serving Hollywood royalty – and now you – Musso & Frank is another classic dining spot, and also famous for their martinis. Daily specials include braised short ribs, chicken pot pie, and duck confit. Featured in the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

TCL Chinese

If you’re catching a splashy new feature in IMAX or checking out the films at the multiplex – including many film festival offerings over the course of the year – you’re in luck: the Hollywood and Highland complex is packed with dining options from fast casual to full service.

Freshness is key at the Hollywood and Highland outpost of Pokinometry, above.

PokiNometry, 6801 Hollywood Blvd #316, Hollywood, CA 90028

Looking for healthy fast casual, poke-centric dining that’s tasty and reasonably priced? Just around the corner from the 3rd floor TCL multiplex, you’ll find fresh salmon and scallops, a choice of sauces, and even the California Bowl for a veggie option. Patio food court dining includes comfy booths.

Hard Rock Cafe, 6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Located on the ground level of the Hollywood and Highland complex adjacent to the IMAX screen, Hard Rock serves up wildly inventive cocktails, burgers, and sides with a rockin’ soundtrack.

California Pizza Kitchen, 6801 Hollywood Blvd 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028

A relaxing stop in the bustle of Hollywood, this outpost of CPK serves up pizza, salads, drinks, and entrees such as cedar plank salmon and hearth-roasted halibut.

Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own