Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant

A fine-tuned wine list and menu to match settle into La Brea

By Jen Jones Donatelli

Like a great wine list itself, there are lots of different ways to experience Wilde Wine Bar—from a full-on feast to a relaxed afternoon tea to a sommelier-led tasting. Just over a year since opening, this newish entry on La Brea is definitely hitting its stride.

And, speaking of great wine lists, that’s exactly what you’ll find at this European-style brasserie. The diverse list is populated with more than 60 family-owned, small-production wines, comprising an array of organic, vegan, biodynamic, and sustainably made selections for the conscious vino crowd.

Husband and wife co-owners Nader Naderi and Lorna Donohoe envisioned an experience that would feel like visiting a close friend’s house for dinner, outfitting their space with cozy plush banquettes and local art from nearby gallery Wallspace. And like at the best dinner parties, you’ll want to take your time getting to know all there is to enjoy here.

The place is named for Jane Wilde (you know, Oscar’s mom), whose book Legends, Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland drew comparisons between the Irish and Persian peoples. Donohoe and Naderi found it a fitting moniker, since the two of them hail from Ireland and Iran, respectively.

Nods to these distinct heritages can be found in small touches on the menu—from the fresh fattoush chopped salad starter to the Irish Cheddar on the cheese plate. Elsewhere, plates like prawn ceviche, rice pilaf Valencia, penne Sicilian, and steak au poivre reveal a diversity of influences to match the breadth of the wine selection. So sit back, pair the much-celebrated Wilde Burger with a hearty Zinfandel, or sip a crisp French Muscadet alongside the moules frites, and enjoy an evening where the Wilde things are.


Tue–Sat 5 PM–11 PM (kitchen closes at 10 PM)
Sun 5 PM–10 PM (kitchen closes at 9 PM)
Closed Monday

price range

$16 (PEI mussels) to $34 (10 oz steak au poivre)