Pine & Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90026
Critics' Pick
Pine & Crane +

Daniela Galarza


  • Wed.-Mon., noon-10 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
Pine & Crane has become the go-to restaurant for diners who want the pleasures of great Taiwanese cooking without a trek to the San Gabriel Valley. At least that’s the dominant narrative — people who love Pine & Crane know it’s much more than simple convenience that brings them to this sunny Silver Lake dining room. Yes, there’s the option to get your scallion pancakes, mapo tofu and dan dan noodles without getting on the I-10 freeway, and the beef noodle soup is as warming and comforting as any version in town. But the real draw here is the super fresh veggies sourced from owner Vivian Ku’s family farm. Take a look in the cold case next to the counter, where you’ll find dishes such as wood ear mushroom salad flecked with sweet red pepper, or grassy, fresh pea shoots scented with garlic. There’s a lovely selection of loose-leaf teas for those who care about such things, and delicious passion fruit iced tea for those who don’t. —Besha Rodell

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