Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. This affluent suburb benefits from the amazing southern California weather and attracts those who want privacy and a family-friendly community that’s still near all the big city amenities in LA. Though owners of Sherman Oaks homes know they are just a short drive from stellar LA restaurants like Spago of Beverly Hills, Bestia, and Nobu Malibu, many of them still choose to dine in their own area — as there are plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from. Luxury real estate agent Barry Dantagnan shares some of the best.
Where to eat in Sherman Oaks
A favorite of the rich, famous, and infamous, Casa Vega’s massive restaurant on Ventura is a staple in the Sherman Oaks dining scene. Celebrating 65 years in business, this Mexican restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and happy hours Monday through Friday. In addition to rubbing elbows with celebrities, you can also enjoy Nachos Grandisimo, Carne Chile Colorado enchiladas, or crab and shrimp tostadas while sipping on a famous Casa Vega Margarita or a Mezcal Paloma. If you stop in for one of the two daily happy hours during the week, you can take advantage of $5 domestic or $6 imported beers, as well as Casa Vega Margaritas.
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A casual Mediterranean eatery just a few blocks from the Sherman Oaks Galleria, Mizlala has a casual, bright atmosphere perfect for just about any occasion. The menu is extremely shareable, so it’s an ideal fit if you want to go out with your friends or family and split some skillet halloumi, green falafel, or eggplant moussaka. Mizlala also has a nice selection of kebabs, laffa wraps, and soups and salads. Mizlala has beer and wine choices to pair with your lunch or dinner. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday, and reservations are required if your party has more than six people.
Augustine Wine Bar
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Do you want to feel like you’re enjoying sublime wine in a renovated hay loft? You can have this exact experience when you’re in the area to look at Sherman Oaks homes for sale when you visit Augustine Wine Bar. Staffed with wine experts who are happy to let you try as many wines as you’d like until you settle on a favorite, Augustine is a perfect choice to head for a glass or two of wine before going across the street to their sister restaurant, Sushi Note, for dinner. If you want to stay put, though, Augustine also has an excellent menu of snacks, shareables, and meals to pair with your wine. Choose from the mix and match charcuterie, charred Spanish octopus, fried duck spring rolls, or a Kurobuta pork chop — among other delectable options.
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If you’re a fan of the original Petit Trois, a hidden gem in Hollywood, you’ll love the larger second location in Sherman Oaks that offers breakfast on the weekends and fantastic French lunches and dinners seven days per week. Enjoy roasted beet salad, Trout Almondine, Skirt Steak Frites, and Croque Madame sandwiches all day long, or stop in on Saturday or Sunday for almond croissants, warm goat cheese salads, smoked salmon tartines, and French toast. This hotspot also has plenty of craft cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass or bottle if you’d like a drink with your meal. Some popular cocktails include the French Martinez and Valley Heat. If you’re in the mood for something nonalcoholic, you can try out a Pellegrino, lemon, or grapefruit soda.
Recognized regularly as one of the Valley’s best restaurants since it opened in 1988, Mistral is an upscale French bistro that serves seasonally-inspired dishes and French favorites alongside a curated wine list. Open for lunch Wednesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, Mistral’s menu is full of favorites like Classic Nicoise Salade with Fresh Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna, New York Steak “Au Poivre,” free-range chicken with herbs and Dijon mustard sauce, and crisp duck confit with orange Grand Marnier sauce. Ask your server for their suggestions on wine pairings with your meal and save room for dessert, as Mistral’s flourless chocolate cake and challah bread pudding are outstanding.
Blue Dog Beer Tavern
If you’re thinking about buying one of the Sherman Oaks homes on the market and want to know what it will be like to live in the neighborhood, look no further than Blue Dog Beer Tavern. This community gastropub opened in 2009 and is an ode to the owner’s love of Belgian beers and dogs. Located in a home built in the 1940s, the tavern is run by staff that welcomes dogs into the establishment and is focused on teaching their customers about beer while providing a fun and laid-back atmosphere. While you sip on a La Fin Due Monde (Belgian Style Triple Ale) or a Raging Bitch (Belgian IPA), you can order a chili cheeseburger, chicken Caesar wrap, or rack of ribs. Are you just in the mood to snack before heading out to look at more open houses? Opt for a hard seltzer or cider and some guacamole and chips or light and healthy edamame hummus.
Interested in Sherman Oaks real estate?
Sherman Oaks is ideal for those who want to live a good life in year-round sunshine. If you’re going to be in the area to start looking at Sherman Oaks homes for sale, make sure you put the above restaurants on your must-try list. You won’t be disappointed! And, if you’re looking for an agent to show you around the neighborhood, reach out to local expert Barry Dantagnan. He’d be happy to help you out by putting his 30 years of real estate experience to use.