In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, it can be downright therapeutic to enjoy a good meal all by yourself from time to time. Whether you want to de-stress in the middle of the workday with a solo lunch or want to treat yourself to an indulgent dinner, here’s five LA restaurants that are friendly to those who want to dine unaccompanied.
This bustling gourmet café makes solo diners feel really comfortable thanks to communal tables and sidewalk patio seating that’s perfect for people watching and possible celebrity sightings. Leave your work stress behind for an hour and come here for a quick lunch. Order a sandwich, salad, or soup, plus a freshly baked good for dessert, and just enjoy the quiet alone time before heading back to work. 8350 W. Third St., Los Angeles, 323-655-2285
While Gracias Madre’s interiors are gorgeous and dreamy throughout, the bar space especially beckons with its chic black-and-white patterned design, dazzling light fixtures, and lush greenery. Drop by for lunch or after-work happy hour, grab a stool to get comfortable, and enjoy some vegan Mexican fare as you sip a delicious cocktail or two. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-978-2170
Boasting an architecturally stunning design and Instagram-worthy floors, Republique oozes with a French bistro-style energy that’s warm and welcoming even if you show up without a date. For breakfast or lunch, order something from the bakery and don’t be afraid to take a seat at a casual communal table—you might just make a new friend. For dinner, make a reservation or get cozy at the bar and treat yourself to oysters, fish, pasta, or steak and fries while relishing the blissful solitude. 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 310-362-6115
Whether you drop by for a weekday lunch or a weekend dinner, you won’t feel strange dining independently at this new Melrose Avenue restaurant. The minimalist bar space is a great place to unwind. But if you want some entertainment, a seat at the chef’s counter is a must. It offers a nice full view of the all the action happening in the kitchen and you’ll even have the chance to chat with chef Kevin Meehan himself in between bites of charred avocado salad, house-made cavatelli pasta, or wheat berry risotto. 5722 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-871-4160
This Italian restaurant offers solo diners the option of taking a seat at the communal table, grabbing a stool at the bar, or enjoying a table all to themselves. If you’re shy about going alone for the first time, the restaurant’s dimly lit ambiance will make you feel at ease and all of your worries will vanish as soon as you order glass of Italian wine and start digging into a glorious Neapolitan pizza or a big bowl of house-made pasta. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-277-0210