Dining out in Southern California is rarely a dull experience, but some restaurants have taken mealtime to another level. These wacky Southern California restaurants offer a bohemian vibe and bring additional elements of fun, surprise, humor and excitement to the table. Ready for a truly unusual dining experience?
1. Scum and Villains Cantina – Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood’s Scum and Villainy Cantina describes itself as “your friendly neighborhood geek bar” and draws inspiration from classic fantasy and sci-fi films.
There are no windows and no televisions, so guests are fully immersed in the intergalactic ambiance where alien conversations are encouraged. Neon lights, costumes, props, and themed food and cocktails set the stage for an otherworldly experience.
6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
2. Corvette Diner – San Diego, CA
Corvette Diner pulls out all the stops when it comes to classic-themed dining, with neon and black light zones, a vintage train section, a huge arcade, vintage cars, a full cocktail bar and more.
Shareable burger and roast platters, classic shakes with a twist, balloon and straw performers, and singing waiters dressed in 1950s costumes bring the fun to life for adults and children alike.
2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
3. Tail O’ The Pup – Los Angeles, ca
A whimsical slice of Los Angeles history, Tail O’ the Pup is a hot dog stand shaped like a giant hot dog.
While 1946 prices, like the 35-cent Chili Dog, are long gone, the nostalgia is alive and well, as is the restaurant’s commitment to high quality. Bring the family to create new LA memories at an old LA hotspot.
8512 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
4. Barton G. The Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA
Barton G., with its luxurious atmosphere, might not immediately belong on a list of “crazy” restaurants, but this restaurant brings whimsical and dramatic fun to the table!
From popcorn shrimp served in a real popcorn machine, to mac and cheese on a mousetrap, and from lobster pop tarts served in a toaster oven to Marie Antoinette’s big cotton candy hairstyle, the surprises end never. If you’re looking for the ultimate Instagram-worthy food pics, open your phone’s camera and take a seat at the Barton G.
861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
5. Trailer Park After Dark – San Diego, CA
Located in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter, Trailer Park After Dark celebrates all that is classic about trailer park life.
Condiments in a tackle box, dining with a TV tray in a caravan living room, a china cabinet proudly displaying paper plates, shopping cart bar stools, and quirky decor are just a few of the fun touches that make this dining experience a memorable one.
835 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
6. Clifton’s Republic – Los Angeles, CA
A more immersive fantasy world than a restaurant, Clifton’s Republic is a five-story adventure that began in 1931. Each floor transports you to a different world – the treetops, the Pacific, the Gothic Bar in Clifton’s Cathedral Grove, the Brookdale Ballroom and finally The Monarch mystical cabin in the woods.
Food and desserts can be ordered anywhere in the republic, but each floor has a unique cocktail menu only available within that venue. This is an eatery that you must visit multiple times to fully appreciate.
648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
7. Beetle House – Los Angeles, CA
Beetle House LA is a self-proclaimed “weird and unusual dining experience and nightclub.” This concept restaurant celebrates dark themes inspired by the written and theatrical works of Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, Edgar Allen Poe and more.
Expect ’90s goth music, weird costumes, Edward Scissorhands-inspired dishes, and every other macabre atmosphere you can imagine. Feast on Frankenfries and Sweeney Beef with a Coco Skellington cocktail while watching acts like sword swallowers, contortionists and singers, then end the night with a party at the Gothic nightclub.
7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Have you had a chance to dine at one of these crazy Southern California restaurants? Tell us your most interesting experience in the comments. Not enough whimsical adventure for you? Check out some more weird and wacky places in SoCal.
Address: 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
Address: 6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Address: 648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Address: 2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
Address: 8512 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Address: 835 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Address: 7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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