A new seafood spot riffs on oyster towers, caviar service (with fish sticks) and old-school opulence

A hand holding out a plate of four caviar-topped fish sticks at Dear Jane's
Dear Jane’s, from a trio of seasoned L.A. restaurateurs, sits atop Marina del Rey and offers seafood towers, gourmet fish sticks, crab cakes and other coastal fare.
(Art Gray / Dear Jane’s)

Dear Jane’s

Dear John’s, the Culver City throwback steakhouse that extended its run earlier this year, now has a sibling seafood spot in Marina del Rey. The trio of Hans and Patti Röckenwagner (of Röckenwagner Bakery Group) and Josiah Citrin (chef-owner of Mélisse, Charcoal and Citrin) have opened Dear Jane’s on the water, with seafood towers, caviar-topped fish sticks, tableside shrimp Louie salad, crab cakes, linguine with clams and other classics that harken back to the 1960s through the 1980s. Dear Jane’s is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 301-6442,

Per L’Ora

Downtown’s Hotel Per La opened with rooftop cocktail spot Bar Clara in July but this month debuted its rooms along with its ground-floor restaurant, Per L’Ora, which serves coastal Italian cuisine featuring international and L.A. flavors. Executive chef Courtney Van Dyke oversees the kitchen, which is serving dishes such as bone-in veal Milanese with yuzu dust; orecchiette in birria oxtail ragù with manchego; and bucatini with Spam, egg yolk and nori. The lobby bar and lounge, also housed within the ornate Bank of Italy Building — formerly home to the NoMad Hotel — serves a globally inspired cocktail menu with options such as the Owl’s Castle, made with Japanese gin and vodka, sakura vermouth, sake and rose orange bitters. Per L’Ora is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., with bar service beginning at 4 p.m.

649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, (213) 358-0000,


An overhead photo of an array of dishes atop marble. At the center is a spatchcocked chicken.
Downtown’s former Bank of Italy building is now open as Hotel Per La, which features a ground-floor restaurant serving locally inspired takes on Italian cuisine.
(Wonho Frank Lee / Hotel Per La)

Delhi Belly

A new Alhambra restaurant offers classic Indian dishes alongside modern spins such as paneer tikka tacos, chutney fries and a butter-chicken sandwich. Chef Sagar Ghosh (of Tulsi Indian Eatery, Arth Bar & Kitchen) and restaurateur Sridhar Sambangi have opened Delhi Belly with tandoor-cooked dishes including lamb chops, salmon, pineapple steak and mascarpone chicken kabobs, plus curries such as vindaloo, saag, tikka masala and korma and street-food-inspired plates such as an Amritsari fish fry, samosas and shrimp fritters. Delhi Belly is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 W. Main St., Alhambra, (626) 703-4710,

Monty’s Santa Monica

Some of the most popular plant-based burgers in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire are now available in Santa Monica. The fundraising, entirely plant-based Monty’s Good Burger has opened one block from the beach, serving the local chain’s signature meatless burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fries, tots, house-made sauces, salads, shakes and floats. Monty’s is known for its pet-adoption initiatives and animal-rights fundraising, as well as collaborations with celebrities such as Travis Barker and Brockhampton. Monty’s is now open in Santa Monica Sunday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

123 Broadway, Santa Monica, (213) 915-0257,

A hand holds out a plastic cup of cold brew that's topped with purple ube cream at Smorgasburg.
Pop-up coffee shop and roastery Be Bright is set to open a Melrose cafe next month, offering specialty drinks such as its ube-cream-topped cold brew.
(San Lee / Be Bright)

Be Bright

Smorgasburg coffee stall, roastery and subscription service Be Bright has landed its first bricks-and-mortar location. The husband-and-wife team of Frank and Michelle La plan to launch Be Bright as a full cafe in Melrose in mid-October, offering specialty coffee drinks, a tea program and food such as sandwiches and fresh pastries.


7311 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles,

Oktoberfest at SteelCraft

Shipping-container alfresco food court SteelCraft is celebrating Oktoberfest at all three of its locations, hosting all-ages parties that will include beer releases and themed food menus across three weekends in October. SteelCraft Long Beach leads the festivities with a yodeling competition, stein-holding competition, costume contest and live band Oct. 1 from noon to 10 p.m., while the Bellflower outpost follows suit on Oct. 8 and Garden Grove hosts its own Oktoberfest party on Oct. 29. Admission is free.

3768 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach; 16500 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower; 12900 Euclid St., Garden Grove,