Los Angeles Lunching: A Variety of Savory Venues on Ventura Boulevard in the Valley

Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley?

Ventura Boulevard has so many delightful and tempting options.Lunch may not always be considered the most important meal of the day but you can find an adventure on the boulevard in the Valley. My family moved to Los Angeles in 1971 and we still eat at some of our original favorite locations.

I also wanted to share a few new venues that you should not miss! You will find on my list: my new discovery, Jeffrey Saad’s Modern Mexican food at La Ventura, Granville which is just about to open a boulevard location and one I have loved since I was a little girl, Mogo’s Mongolian BBQ which is a block off the boulevard but I just had to include it!

After several weeks in China, all I wanted was to eat lunch at Bamboo Cuisine or Kung Pao Bistro for my favorite American style Chinese food. Wherever you choose, I hope all your meals are satisfying!No passport needed but you may feel you have traveled around our planet after eating at all these spots! I focused this list on Sherman Oaks and Studio City, do you have some tempting favorites that I missed? Let me know, maybe they will appear on a future list



I love to go to Kung Pao China Bistro with a friend and split two lunch specials. Kung Pao China Bistro has tasty food and a patio that feels like a private garden even-though it is right on busy Ventura Boulevard! I highly recommend the...  Read More



Granville is great for anyone who is vegan, gluten free or has special requests. The Villagers (people who work at Granville) make each guest a top priority. The level of service is impressive. During lunch on weekdays, you order at the counter...  Read More

Sherman Oaks


Marmalade has been satisfying hungry Angelenos for nearly twenty-five years. Ready for comfort food? The Grilled Cheese on La Brea bread and Tomato Bisque are phenomenal. The salads on their menu are available full and half size. Order the full...  Read More

Sherman Oaks


Mendocino Farms is springing up all over Los Angeles. I love their location on Ventura Boulevard next to Islands. The decor, ambiance and greeter who helps you order your sandwich masterpiece is combines for a great experience. I also like to...  Read More

Take A Bao
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I first found Take A Bao in Century City but recently discovered them in a stunning Studio City location. Eclectic choices fuse together tastes from several countries and can be paired with unique drinks for savory sensations. This location...  Read More

Sherman Oaks


This family friendly restaurant is always busy because the food is so good! Bamboo's Chinese cuisine includes "culinary creations from the major regions of China" including Mandarin and Szechuan dishes from my favorites of mushu chicken to...  Read More

Hugo's Restaurant
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Looking for delicious omni-, carni-, vegan & vegetarian cuisine with unusual flavors? Hugo's could be your new favorite organic flexitarian restaurant. I like the Asian Stir-Fry but am intrigued by the "create-a-plate" where you can design...  Read More



After thirty years in the Valley, Stanley's knows what the community wants! They open everyday at 11:30am and have a hopping happy hour at the bar from 3-6pm! Personally, I love the kabobs and the Chinese Chicken Salad. The Amy's Salad and...  Read More



Mogo's Mongolian Barbecue has been an institution in my family for decades. I love the one bowl buffet at lunch or the all-you-can-eat at dinner. Family and friends who have moved away from Los Angeles, always want one meal here on vacation! The...  Read More



La Ventura's modern Mexican food was a wonderful mix of flavors and foods. Did you know that Chef Jeffrey Saad was the host of Spice Smuggler on the Food Network and United Tastes of America series on the Cooking Channel. I loved that his...  Read More


Meet Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver arrived in Los Angeles at the age of 3 and has never stopped traveling! After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more...  More About Lisa