Soaring ceilings and a large light-filled room of communal tables make Republique a perfect meeting spot for drinks or a romantic dinner of popular fare like their short ribs or crowd-pleasing sea salt chocolate cake. Chef-owners Walter and Margarita Manzke have created a relaxed, refined setting in the former Campanile space. A line of people regularly wraps out the door as those in-the-know traffic this restaurant for their freshly baked baguettes, pastries or savory dishes.
“…République is French at its core. Named after a busy transfer point for the Paris Métro, it’s one of the few places in town where you can go from garlicky escargots ensconced in cute puff pastry shells to a spit-turned chicken (the accompanying potatoes roasted in chicken fat) to an aged wedge of runny Époisses from the cheese board. All you need is a chorus of striking transit workers marching down La Brea for the moment to feel more Parisian. – LA Magazine
“…A salad and a board of those rustic pâtés, rabbit ballotine, rillettes and dreamy duck liver mousse make a fine light dinner any night of the week. […] The handmade pastas are wildly popular, especially the spaghetti rustichella flecked with chunks of Dungeness crab. There are both moules and steak frites – plump mussels swimming in a white wine broth or a beautifully grilled strip loin – and either way you look at it, the fries are a highlight. Duck leg confit comes with roasted mushrooms and escarole, and braised short ribs with creamy potato mousseline and red wine sauce. It’s recognizable food, just done infinitely better than most around town.” - Angeleno
[On the fare at Republique] "It's heavily influenced by the bistronomie movement in France, where you take a classic bistro dish and elevate it with local ingredients or a more modern interpretation." - Chef Walter Manzke
Housed in an iconic 1920s building built by Charlie Chaplin, the gorgeous space evokes both historic grandeur and a more modern aesthetic. Restored to its original splendor -- from the period lighting and pattern-tiled floors to the of-the-era custom bar stools and tables -- the setting is dramatic and elegant. Diners in the main dining room (once the building’s courtyard) are surrounded by a façade of gothic stonework. Communal tables (the majority of the seating) and an open kitchen add a more contemporary, urban appeal. The space also includes a charcuterie counter, raw bar, and bakery.
624 La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036