The Dish: Sunday Suppers

Family-style meals that celebrate the weekend’s final hours
What is it about gathering around the dinner table on a Sunday that brings so much joy and comfort to the meal? Is it simply the culmination of a good weekend? One more chance to relax and unwind before the busy workweek? Whatever the reason, several L.A. restaurants have been holding renowned Sunday supper specials that let you savor this cherished repast with your friends or family without any of the cooking or cleanup.


Glance around this Santa Monica marketplace and restaurant (pictured) on a Sunday evening and you’ll immediately notice what makes a Sunday supper so special: multigenerational family members sharing plates and conversations. It’s no wonder—the central course is the perfectly crunchy, spicy Jidori fried chicken, served stacked on a platter handily within everyone’s reach. Seasonal, farm-to-table vegetable sides, zesty salads, and fruit-filled desserts make up the rest of the menu, while reduced prices on all wine bottles (available at the marketplace) add an extra touch to the festivities. $48 per person. 225 26th Street, #25, Santa Monica. 1-310-566-2400;


Arguably the most famous Sunday supper in Southern California, this acclaimed prix fixe special from chef Suzanne Goin is so popular there’s even a cookbook (Sunday Suppers at Lucques) dedicated to meals that have appeared here. Though the prix fixe meal changes weekly depending on what’s available at the farmers market, you can count on an appetizer, an entrée choice of meat or fish, and a dessert. A crispy, grilled rockfish with sauce verte might be featured in the summer, and a hearty braised beef stew could be showcased in the winter. No matter the meal, you’ll always find the dining room filled with loyal, happy patrons who have made this Sunday supper part of their weekend ritual for years. $52 per person. 8474 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 1-323-655-6277;

Nook Bistro 

This West L.A. mainstay has become a beloved neighborhood spot for two reasons—its “hidden” location in the back of a strip mall makes it feel like a genuine dining discovery and, more importantly, the food rarely disappoints. The popular Sunday dinner special, now in its fifth year, is a culinary treat and a great dining deal. The multicourse meal changes every week, but the remarkable $25 price tag remains consistent. Previous memorable Sunday entrées include a peppery blackened salmon with creamed corn (pictured), and tender chicken confit with a smoky charred eggplant. If surprises aren’t your thing, Sunday’s menu items are posted on the restaurant’s website in advance of the weekend. 11628 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. 1-310-207-5160;