Where To Eat Before Going to the Pantages Theater

Vintage Pantages. Photo by Kenneth McIntyre.

Vintage Pantages. Photo by Kenneth McIntyre.

Since the1930’s The Pantages Theater has been making a buzz in Hollywood not just for its vibrant history but also for its ability to thrive. The theater has undergone a handful of facelifts and name changes during its 87 years but through it all is considered a Hollywood landmark and the go to for legitimate theater in Hollywood.

Which brings me to the highly anticipated upcoming 4-month run of Hamilton at the Pantages. The excitement can’t be contained for this Broadway musical to hit LA. So, what makes a perfect night in Hollywood? Dinner & cocktails, a short stroll through Tinseltown and a show at the Pantages.

With help from the folks at Only in Hollywood we curated a list of 5 new restaurants from Middle Eastern to Greek to Mexican that are all within a short 7 minute walk to the theater.

Our first stop was a colorful Middle Eastern restaurant named Farida. Owner, George Abou-Daoud is bringing Middle Eastern food to the forefront and creating dishes that are not only authentic to past generations but building on the middle eastern spices and modernizing the recipes to bring out even more flavors to heighten your taste buds. The dishes are vibrant, full of flavor and little works of art. This goes way beyond hummus and tabouleh.

Middle Eastern
6266 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you want to rise above it all, literally, then head to Filifera, located on the 22nd floor in the Hollywood Proper Residences. It’s modern, spacious, luxurious, relaxing and offers breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and beyond. Filifera is open to the public from 5-10pm serving creative craft cocktails and a variety of charcuterie platters. The views and ambiance make it easy to unwind as you look down onto the busy streets of Hollywood.

American Cuisine
1550 N. El Centro Ave, Rooftop,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Greek food is total comfort food and this was definitely one of my favorites. This is the trio’s second location and their only goal is to serve authentic Greek street food, which they do really well. You can’t go wrong with homemade saganaki, chicken skewers, pork on a spit, dolma and gyros. And don’t forget dessert. They’ve created the perfect-sized little deep fried baklava pockets filled with walnuts, honey and cinnamon. Out of the five restaurants, Good Greek Grill will require the least amount of time.

Good Greek Grill
Greek Cuisine
6363 Yucca St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Viva Hollywood brings spice to the corner of Hollywood and Ivar formerly known as Beso’s. Chef Raymond Alvarez is creating tasty Latin favorites like chicken mole, skirt steak with a chipotle rub, creative fresh ensaladas and flatbreads like the FRESCO, that’s topped with chicken machaca, queso fresco, roasted tomato sauce, garlic aioli. YUM!

The restaurant is spacious, the ceilings are high with plenty seating options. Grab a cocktail at the bar. Wine and dine under the mesmerizing chandelier on super cozy loveseats or grab a romantic table for two. There’s a dance floor and an area dedicated to salsa classes with plenty of seats around to accompany both small and large parties. These guys aren’t messin around. They’re ready to have some fun so grab a margarita and enjoy!


Viva Hollywood
Mexican Cuisine
6350 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Beetle House is a new pop up that pays homage to Tim Burton. It’s dark, smoky, eccentric and feels like you are walking onto a set of one of his movies. The pop up started in New York by Zach Neil who had a simple idea to create a space where people who love Halloween, horror films, gothic, dark and moody music can gather for a meal, drinks and a show. Current characters on hand are Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka, however you never who’s going to show up.

While you can walk in for a cocktail at the Betelgeuse bar, the prix fixe themed dinner and show will require a reservation, as seating is limited.

Beetle House
6356 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

A night out in Hollywood is always entertaining. If you have a favorite spot that’s within walking distance feel free to leave it in the comments below. Sharing is caring. By the way, no leftovers are allowed in the Pantages theater. Enjoy the show!

Kimlai Yingling is a culinary producer, freelance writer & host who has been seen on AOL.com, MSN.com & Entrepreneur.com. She's been featured in HuffPost, LA Wonders, Dirty and Thirty etc. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications from Washington State University. Find Kimlai on Instagram @kimlaiyingling

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