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2903 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Photo: Besha Rodell


  • Sun.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
In many ways, Blair's is as close as Silver Lake gets to fine dining. Service is hardly formal, but it's also not the casual hipster slack you get almost everywhere else: white shirts are worn, some formalities survive. The room is quieter than it is boisterous, and there's an air of refinement about the place. There are $30-plus entrées and a keen sense of what California cuisine still has to offer us. Honestly, given all that, I was expecting the kind of food you find at small town upscale spots, the ones that try for fancy and don't really achieve much at all. But Blair's is far, far better than that. Good enough that I still vividly remember some creamed chard found under a juicy roast chicken dish I had more than six months ago; good enough that it's the go-to spot for people in the neighborhood when they just want to be able to count on a fantastic meal close to home, cost be damned. Yes, Blair's can be expensive — probably too expensive for its location next to an elementary school in the most residential part of Silver Lake. But that doesn't make it any less delicious.

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