Small Town

4.8
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67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
From the owners of Forage restaurant in Silver Lake this neighborhood restaurant serves market driven, thoughtful, family-friendly cuisine in a unique, cozy and inviting setting.
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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

ME
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and ambiance. The perfect trilogy!!

LP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Very cool spot, and the service was impeccable.

LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall I thought the food was well-prepared, the service was excellent and the ambiance was quite nice. I thought it was a bit overpriced as the food wasn't particularly interesting and portions were quite small. Really appreciated the corkage fee for wine so we could bring our own.

My major gripe is that there was not a single vegetarian or vegan entree on the menu. Every single entre revolved around meat/fish. In 2019 seems shortsighted not to offer a vegetable-centered dish and there are just loads of great options even for non-meat meats. Probably won't be back since many friends these days are passing on meat. I know this restaurant is likely a bit like "forage" and paleo-friendly, but no reason not to throw a veg dish or two in there :/

EW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided to dine inside rather than outside, and we were really happy with the ambiance/vibe and it was the perfect place to have a relaxing team dinner after a long day of business. Every single dish was perfectly prepared. I was really blown away by the spiced lamb ribs. I wish they had their liquor license to serve pre-dinner cocktails and they should expand their wine list offerings. But, from the standpoint of service and quality of dining in a very chill, unpretentious environment this place is top-notch.

CG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was delicious! The beef tartar was amazing! The outdoor seating has a quaint, backyard California feel and the inside was super chill and fun as well. 10/10

CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is so beautiful both inside and on the patio! The food quality is also really high.

RH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This was my first visit to Small Town. I chose outdoor seating because it's known for a really cute patio area, but if I return I would definitely choose to sit indoors. While the food was delicious and the service fantastic, I spent most of dinner shooing away flies from my meal. Also, the tables are set pretty close to one another so be aware of that.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect neighborhood restaurant with great service, fantastic food and not too pricey!

JM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! Beautiful setting tucked away so that you would never guess the place was on such a busy street. Fantastic food, great service.

SS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cozy environment. It felt like an escape from the city. The food was delicious. I had the coconut black rice which was a vegetarian dream.

k
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Incredible food. Loved the outdoor seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very attentive wait staff who are friendly and knowledgeable. The food is outstanding. Great comfortable but stylish ambiance. Music could be a little better (more subdued). Otherwise love this place

v
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I came here after an event. The food was great, we had the rolls that are as good as they look in the photos! The fried cabbage with blue cheese cream and buffalo sauce, I think it was our favorite, fresh crunchy spicy and creamy. I had the pork collar, yummy with the spinach spatzel (?) pea side a great combination. And my daughter had the shrimp pasta, medium size shrimp cut bit size, flavorful sauce. Great ambiance, lots of warm wood and feel very secluded. A great patio.

My only issue is the accessibility. It is essentially on the second floor, with either stairs or a ramp to get there. My arthritis protested and ramps are even worse than stairs. However, I would still go again the food was that good.

A
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely charming, delicious, magical little secret spot; don’t know how this wasn’t on my radar earlier! Can’t wait for cooler weather to warrant an excuse to sit by the big fireplace. Adorable and chic new go-to for any occasion. Would compare it to Ostrich Farm, Botanica, All-Time. Superb seasonal ingredients surprised and nourished. A little slice of gustatory and ambiance heaven!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely evening out w my wife and two children. We got early reservations and the service and food were impeccable.

v
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I've been dying to try Small Town for awhile. Happy I did finally. The food was good, a bit overpriced but decent quality. We sat outside in the garden, which is very charming.
The reason I give it 3 stars is this:
-They have a spider situation in the garden and don't take patron's discomfort seriously. Look, I get it. You're outside In LA, there are going to be spiders. I also get not wanting to kill them since they kill other bugs. I don't push my arachnophobia on others. However, when a larger than a nickel sized red/orange furry friend is consistently working his way from the ceiling to the floor on his web directly in the path of people walking, and at the shoulder of patrons at 2 different tables, I would hope we could relocate him to another location. Not only did I ask, but 4 other people did as well. Our waitress was very dismissive each time someone expressed concern or discomfort. And while she refused or brushed off the requests each time with a smile, it felt quite patronizing. The hostess, the busser, and the other waitress all did nothing either. Each dismissing the requests individually. Finally, someone at another table took it upon themselves to capture and move the friend after it essentially landed on his shoulder and the waitress actually got huffy with him about it.
I worked in restaurants for years. The comfort of the patrons is the priority. Period. End of story.
-We ordered a starter salad of cherry tomatoes and eggplant. We got a cucumber and heirloom tomato salad with eggplant sauce on the bottom. It was ok. But honestly, I could have made it in my kitchen in about 5 minutes and not spent $13. It was underwhelming and not true to the menu description.

Overall, underwhelmed. The space is super cute, the food was fine, the service was nice but patronizing. With so many amazing places on the east side, I doubt I'll be back.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice treehouse like restaurant nestled on the side of the hill - a bit of a northern california vibe..food is excellent, service was lovely - we were there on a Tuesday night - so not sure how it is on weekends. the only thing I might recommend is a little more lighting at the table to read the menu.. a bit dark.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Ambience is what makes this place. The food is yummy, wine list great, and service is good, but the feel of the place brings it up a notch. From the entrance to the back bar, it was a great vibe, and furnishings added to the feel. As far as the food, bread was delicious, fries well done, stone salad good, and our T-bone was just okay. The wine list was good, we had two bottles of red and didn’t disappoint. We also had the chocolate cake on account that it was friends birthday, and it was nothing to talk about. Parking sucks so we needed to valet, but that was expected, but overall, a nice dinner. Will have to comeback for their brunch.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful space with large patio. Food was delicious though the rib eye sides were extremely salty (carrot and kale). Everything else was perfect.

NV
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our meals were delicious. The stone fruit salad was great, just a little salty, but went perfectly with the peaches. The homemade ricotta was divine. I had the rib eye steak for dinner. Very well prepared and seasoned. Our server wasn’t great. Very attentive, but two of our party were dairy and gluten free (which we told her multiple times) and she didn’t stop one of them from ordering something that was covered in butter. It was a great atmosphere and we had a great meal, but... it could have been better.

TA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Next level GREAT! We had a fantastic meal here and felt like part of the Small Town family. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and all the other guests were in a great mood and so friendly and wonderful. We will definitely go back.

LK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Patio and great food. Start with the rolls which are fresh and hot and out of this world. The butter is divine. We enjoyed sipping some Cava with our appetizers; spiced lamb ribs which we shared around the table. They had a mid eastern flair and we found amazing. We also had the prawn cavatelli with small bites of fresh prawns and a pasta that was cooked al dente, perfectly. The chicken dish with mushrooms and buttermilk was another huge hit with our group. Even the salad with market lettuce and cashews was an experience. This hidden gem is really spectacular!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in LA. HANDS DOWN!

JA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is fantastic. Food was mostly good. Shishito peppers would have been better without the fish shavings on top. Mussels were good, not great. Fried cabbage was fantastic. Dinner rolls with honey and butter were yummy. Caviatelli (sp?) was also very good. Dessert (some campfire thing) was good but way too small.

OD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, really great outdoor dining.

MT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very light and tasty, and the menu not overwhelming. My friend has CIBO and was on a strict diet, and they were very gracious in accommodating her.
The ambiance was perfect, not too noisy, and we loved the design and layout of the place.

HB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Small Town a handful of times since it opened. I really like the atmosphere and outdoor area and the food has been really good.

This last time I went however I took three new people there one of who is vegetarian... there weren't a lot of options for her and when she asked if she could get one of the sides from one of the main dishes since there weren't many options for her.

They were unable or unwilling to accommodate, and didn't really offer any other options and from a service aspect I feel not trying a bit harder to accommodate their guests especially being a somewhat new addition to the neighborhood.

H
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly staff, and chill vibes. Favorite dish was the hanger steak.

M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. What a great neighborhood gem.

D
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside on the patio in the evening was lovely. I really appreciated the waiter’s guidance on choosing a sake. It was delicious and not the most expensive. The dinner rolls are a must. We enjoyed dinner, stone fruit salad and the deconstructed ‘S’mores sundae and sake

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small Town is one of my favorite spots in Silver Lake. Great food. Fabulous spot.

HB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love their patio area as well as the indoor space. Atmosphere was charming and lovely, service was great and the food was delicious.

Really happy to have this as a new option in the neighborhood!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant, especially loved the dinner rolls. The ambiance in the garden was delightful.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here! Such great ambiance. Inside is cozy and romantic, outside is perfect for those cooler summer nights - lots of foliage and great lighting. There aren’t enough nice patios like this one in LA! But most importantly the food was spectacular. Had the dinner rolls, WOW, hot out of the oven. Also the coconut black rice and prawn cavatelli - an explosion of flavors and everything is super fresh and cooked perfectly. Great selection of beer and wine and definitely try one of their house made “shrubs” - I had the strawberry and it’s basically like a spritzy kombucha drink. Service was friendly, quick and attentive. Can’t wait to go back.

CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food presentation is a work of art but it’s so tasty and fresh/seasonal that you feel no guilt wolfing it down. Ambience is so cool but not pretentious and they have a wonderful wine list. A neighborhood gem.

L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu items are diverse and particularly delicious and unique. Only challenge is that the outdoor seating, while quaint and very pleasant, we were seated so close to another couple whose entire conversation could be overheard by all those seated in the patio. The tempura cabbage, roasted branzino and pork collar were perfectly cooked!

LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cooking excellent experience wonderful ambiance on the patio

p
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were fans of Wolfdown and were sorry to see it go. But then the same group opened up Small Town as a friendlier more family oriented restaurant - in an attempt to not only be busy on weekends, but also keep people coming in on weekdays. Our first time at Small Town was quite good, but not mind-blowing. Beautiful quality of ingredients and everything well prepared, but it felt like we could make most of it at home. Still good enough to go back and find there is a new Chef de Cuisine who has really taken it up a notch! We had the mussels with coconut milk - delicious and perfectly cooked, pork collar (!?) with spinach spaetzle and veggies that was mind-blowing - if you ever wondered what the color green would taste like - this is it. And the hangar steak with unusual accompaniments. I think the wine list has shrunk, but there are still some interesting selections. By the glass is limited, but we did well. The only disappointment was the dessert list. Only 3 items and nothing that called our name. Maybe next time. There will definitely be a next time.

J
26 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem of a place. Outstanding service and great food.

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