République

624 S. La Brea Ave.
Hancock Park, CA 90036
310-362-6115
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Anne Fishbein

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  • Daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-11 p.m.
  • Dinner
If you were to ask about our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, République might not be the first place that comes to mind. Yet it’s amazing how many smaller “favorites” are wrapped up in the layers of this place. Favorite room? Absolutely — carved from the courtyard and façade of the castlelike historic building that was once owned by Charlie Chaplin, the Moroccan-tiled space is breathtaking in its beauty. Favorite wine list? It’s certainly up there, thanks to manager Taylor Parsons and his team of whip-smart sommeliers. Favorite croissants, favorite bread accompaniment (in the form of pan drippings served in a cast-iron pot), favorite place to linger at the table on a weekday afternoon over a burger and a glass of wine? Check, check, check. Walter and Margarita Manzke’s incredibly ambitious restaurant and bakery and cafe and bar is one of Los Angeles’ great places to celebrate over a slab of prime beef filet with foie gras and black winter truffles, just as it is a lovely venue for a casual cocktail and a platter of oysters at the bar. You can do whatever you want with this restaurant, as long as you can get a reservation — it turns out half the city considers République a favorite of one sort or another. —Besha Rodell
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