American style Bistro cooking in Hollywood.
Off Vine is, literally, a house off Vine. It’s half a block from the Arclight, from
Go Burger, and even Magnolia Bar and Grill. It’s was, at some point, a private home, and it’s history was written up on the Off Vine website:
When this charming bungalow was built in 1908, it was surrounded by fruit trees and orange groves, off a newly formed country road called Vine Street.
Since then it has survived through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, Hollywood’s Silent and Golden Eras, numerous earthquakes, ambitious land-owners and most recently fire. Once owned by Beryl Wallace, film actress and famed show-girl of the Earl Carroll Follies, we have a chance to glimpse into the past of “old Hollywood”.
From what I was able to gather from our Waiter; Off-Vine opened in 1988, and the “most recently, fire” was about two or three years ago, when the place nearly burned down. Now after two years closure, its re-opened.
The funny thing about California dining, especially dining in Hollywood, is that because of our association with the rich and famous, or our association with people who want to be rich and famous, is that we’ve become all too accustomed to “dining with attitude”, and a goodly number of young people today (these would be the people who want to be rich and famous) pay premium dollars to get that experience.
But you don’t get that at Off Vine. You get welcomed. When me and my party went, it was busy but not crowded, and the clientle skewed just a hair older, because these were people who wanted a good meal, and wanted to be welcomed, and not just tolerated.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, life should begin and end with Off Vine’s Grilled Duck Sausage Appetizer. Man, that was good. I followed that with a lovely Flat Iron Steak, with was cut into slices for me, smothered in a red-wine sauce, and set upon a bed of mashed potatoes, and served with green beans. So zero regrets on that one. My compatriots had the Pecan Chicken, and a Seafood Risoto. Everyone left happy.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Off Vine has four dining levels, if you think about it: the main floor inside, the patio outdoors, the yard down front and upstairs. Apparently, folks forget about the upstairs.
PARKING: Creative, but not hopeless. Off Vine doesn’t have its own lot, but has access to a number of lots in and around it. You can park at the Arclight (which, as of last night is getting might expensive). You can park at what I like to refer to as the Go Burger Lot.
6263 Leland Way
Tel: (323) 962-1900
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm