It's nearly the weekend, and it's time to start considering your next dinner out.
If you're looking to treat yourself (and maybe try something new), we found 10 top-rated downtown restaurants that still have a number of two- or four-person tables available at prime times this weekend (7-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
To help you snare a seat at the eatery that matches your dining style and budget, we sorted them into two different price ranges.
$$ ($11-30 per person)
Manuela's (907 E 3rd St.)
The new American cuisine is Southern-influenced and homey, yet the indoor-outdoor restaurant (plus organic garden and live chicken enclosure) fits in nicely with the same giant old flour mill building that houses the main attraction: Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery.
You and one or three friends can check it out during dinner hours on Friday and Saturday (although Saturday is getting booked up quickly).
Little Sister Downtown (523 W 7th St.)
The Vietnamese-focused fusion restaurant is a new branch of the Manhattan Beach favorite of the same name. Now you don't need to drive to the beach for specials like the fried lemongrass chicken.
Despite winning over locals and professional critics, reservations are still available parties of two on both Friday and Saturday night during prime time. Parties of four, however, will need to go earlier or later.
Everson Royce Bar (1936 E 7th St.)
The cocktails may be the stars but you'll want reservations for the high-quality food in this spacious Arts District bar. The menu isn't extensive, but it hits all the main things you'd want with booze-burgers, chicken thighs, taquitos, tostadas, steamed buns, etc.
Reservations are getting booked up, but you can still snag a few at prime times on both Friday and Saturday.
$$$ ($30-60 per person)
Broken Spanish (1050 S Flower St.)
Modern Mexican fusion cuisine with a California farm-to-table influence-so, entrees like the rib-eye carne asada with Maui onions, fingerling potatoes and salsa molcajete, or the chile relleno with kale.
Saturday dinner times are mostly booked up but there are a few left, or just go for Friday which has more room for parties of two and four.
Bonavista Rotating Lounge (The Westin Bonaventure, 404 S Figueroa St.)
If you haven't checked out one of the few remaining rotating restaurants in the country (and only one in LA), this weekend is your chance. The food and drink are on par with other high-end hotel chains, too.
Many prime-time options remain for various sizes of parties on both Friday and Saturday.