Take in a variety of local restaurants serving up the bite-sized, flavor-filled, orb-shaped meat. From wild boar to sausage or beef, unique sauces and seasonings, and even a gluten-free option, Los Angeles chefs have made the meatball a fantastic gourmet meal in and of itself. Explore these seven fantastic meatball dishes in and around Los Angeles.
Jon & Vinny’s
412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
As one of Los Angeles’ newest and hottest Italian restaurants, Jon & Vinny’s is the place to go for delicious Italian fare, including pizza, pastas and of course, meatballs. On the meat section of their menu, visitors will find their marinara braised meatballs with ricotta and garlic bread. Start with a salad or started and dine on this tasty meatball dish.
8022 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Chef Vic Casanova of Pistola, the classic Italian restaurant in the style of 1950s iconic Italian establishments from New York City, regularly serves up a fantastic meatball dish. The meatballs in their Polpette dish are part of the antipasti appetizer menu and come with whipped ricotta and Pecorino cheese.
Gjelina Take Away
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Gjelina’s official restaurant to grab and go, Gjelina Take Away, offers their tasty meatballs for those who want to skip the wait at Gjelina. Their pork meatballs are smothered in spicy tomato sauce with parmesan and are a popular a la carte option for visitors.
9575 W Pico Blvd
West L.A.’s Sotto restaurant is a popular restaurant featuring Southern Italian cuisine along with craft cocktails and a terrific wine list. Love a good meatball dish? Make sure to try their grilled pork meatballs, featuring snap peas, pecorino cheese, and bitter greens.
8752 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Named for the inner-city suburb in Sydney and the home to the award-winning Eveleigh Farmer’s and Artisan’s Markets, The Eveleigh in West Hollywood serves up farm-to-table rustic, old-world cooking nightly including their lamb meatballs. Made with a crunchy bread crumb salsa, mint, and pecorino, these meatballs are not to be missed.
418-422 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach’s fabulous gastropub and crafthouse, The Rockefeller, serves up a tasty meatball dish on their daily menu. Dubbed Manhattan Meatballs, their selection is made from three meats (veal, pork, and beef chuck), and are served with pomodoro sauce, basil and fresh parmesan. The Rockefeller also serves up The Brooklyn, which is made up for hand crafted meatballs, pomodoro with herbs, basil aioli, fontina, and parmesan cheese on a dinner roll.
Sonoma Wine Garden
395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The spectacular rooftop views, outdoor patio with ocean breezes, and Mediterranean inspired fare at Santa Monica’s Sonoma Wine Garden make it the perfect place to enjoy a meatball dish. The chef here has devised a delicious dish dubbed Chef Jefferson’s Meatballs. These meatballs come with housemade marinara sauce, and shaved parmesan cheese.
2128 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Los Feliz’s Little Dom’s, the artisan Italian eatery open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serves up a few meatball options brought to you by chef Brandon Boudet. Start with their meatball sandwich, which is served with provolone scheese on a toasted ciabatta. Then, dine on a favorite for visitors, their spaghetti and meatballs.
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sure, Bay Cities Italian Deli is very well known for their Godmother sandwich, and you probably have also had the mac and cheese, but if you haven’t had the pleasure of their meatball sandwich, you should get here fast. The dense sandwich comes complete with delicious meatballs with a hint of fennel that are both sweet and tangy in flavoring. Wrapped in a toasted crusty broad, it’s one of the best in the city.