Cafe Rockenwagner

1168 S. Barrington
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Photo: Besha Rodell


  • Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This is the third cafe for Hans Röckenwagner, after 3 Square Café and Röckenwagner Bakery. The chef has a history of fine dining in Los Angeles but has now turned his attention to these more casual endeavors, as well as a strong focus on baked goods. He's probably best known for his pretzels, and in fact the new café just started a "pretzel happy hour" this week, wherein from Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., you can get a pretzel burger, pretzel pizza, pretzel grilled cheese, etc., for $5 a pop. But what really makes Café Röckenwagner in Brentwood noteworthy is its European-style desserts, courtesy of chef Cesar Bermúdez. Tarts, bombes and eclairs line up inside the pastry case, and they're the type of sweets that usually look beautiful but taste old-fashioned — too stiff, too sweet. Not so here. Beyond the pastries, Café Röckenwagner is an exceedingly pleasant place to have lunch or dinner. It's the type of restaurant where you can get silken chicken liver mousse on crusty toast, with a thin layer of strawberry jam between the bread and mousse to sweeten it just slightly, and pickled onions on top for contrast.

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