Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third Best of Citysearch

Best of Citysearch
Won for:
Breakfast (2014)
Caterer (2007)
Gourmet Store (2007)
Caterer (2006)
Gourmet Store (2006)
Lunch Spot (2006)
Nominations Nominated for:
Dessert Spot (2013)
Lunch Spot (2013)
People Watching (2013)
Dessert Spot (2009)
Gourmet Store (2009)
Lunch Spot (2009)
Lunch Spot (2008)
Takeout (2008)
Gourmet Store (2005)

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Map & Directions

(323) 655-2285

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Joan's on Third
Recommends
, over a year ago

They have an excellent selection of cheese and the most helpful staff. This little place is a ton of things wrapped up in one, bakery, lunch, to-go items, cheese counter, gourmet market/grocery.

Recommends
, over a year ago

One of my favorite lunch spots, as well as all of LA. Always busy, but their food is oh so good it's worth the wait. Love the meatloaf sandwich. Make sure you get sweets as well.

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, over a year ago

Joan's is always packed. You can pick up a few favorite splurge items in the "market" and then have lunch. Their salads are all very good.

Recommends
, over a year ago

Restaurant, deli, bakery, and gourmet market all in one. Always bustling and consistently good. It's a salads, sandwiches and sweet treats kind of place.

Joan's on Third
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, over a year ago

The Dean and Deluca of Los Angeles. Great place to get pre-packaged treats for holiday parties, or holiday office presents.

Joan's on Third
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, over a year ago

The Dean and Deluca of Los Angeles. Beautiful sweet treats, a wide array of cheeses and hot food in the cases. The perfect place for an LA lunch or to buy a pretty gift basket.

Joan's on Third
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, over a year ago

Always busy, a great stop for a health conscious meal, authentic gourmet products, coffees and teas, and truly exciting people watching!

Joan's on Third
Recommends
, over a year ago

Popular brunch and catering spot know for expertly prepared salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as a gourmet supermarket for all your high-end nuts, candies and confection needs.

Joan's on Third
Recommends
, over a year ago

Major celeb spotting at lunch. But I love them for their picnic baskets and cheese plates. The many different lines are confusing - dont be afraid to ask for direction.

over a year ago

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Recommends
over a year ago

Wow, I was impressed with everything I saw here, from hot dishes to candy to deli stuff. But for me, the treat was the olives they carry. Totally awesome.

Recommends
over a year ago

Taylor swift was there so it better be pretty good!

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over a year ago

Perfect shop to stock up for a gourmet picnic! – Joan?s on Third is about as close as L.A. gets to New York?s famed Dean & Deluca ? but on a more minute scale. What began as a small catering company has since expanded to include a marketplace and cafe. The gourmet food shop feels feminine, which may come as no surprise considering it?s run by a mother and her two daughters. Cows are a recurring theme throughout the space and on the walls. Who wouldn?t want to pay homage to the cute four-legged animals responsible for my camembert?

The shop has earned a reputation for its delicious breakfasts, tasty sandwiches, and savory desserts ? but Joan?s is also a nifty place to stock up on ingredients for your own creations. In their marketplace, the deli showcases cheeses, charcuterie, pates, olives, and spreads almost too beautiful to eat. The refrigerated cases offer gourmet pre-prepared entrees and side dishes ? take these home or pack them up for a perfect picnic. Even grab a bottle of wine from the shelf against the wall or some fig spread and breadsticks off the front table.

Of course, you may not be able to help stopping by the dessert station, featuring home-made gelato, cupcakes, cookies, and tarts.

@thelagourmet

Recommends
over a year ago

Thank You, Joan! – Is there anything that Joan’s on Third can’t do? Not as far as my tastebuds are aware. Their famous cupcakes are just another delicious edible that this store whips up. They make traditional-looking cupcakes in classic flavors like vanilla with chocolate frosting which are very good. Their Chocolate Coconut is probably their most popular, but if you're looking to try something a little different, you must have their Marshmallow Cloud Cupcake dipped in chocolate. When you see this cupcake that towers above all others, you'll understand where the name comes from. It has the perfect amount of moisture and the flavor is refreshingly unique.

Recommends
over a year ago

amazing coffee – i love your italian espresso! and the service is really good! please keep it up like that! it s my second home in LA

Recommends
over a year ago

Always Delivers the Best – Since Joan's prepares their soups daily, depending on the day you go, you can enjoy either vegetable, asparagus, lentil, or my favorite, roasted corn soup. If it's a rainy day and you want to enjoy your soup at home, no worries. Get your order made for pickup!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Glorified deli. – Joan's on Third. I get it. They have pre made food, they sell cupcakes, they have a faux deli. Here's what I don't. Y'all do know this is a glorified Ralph's right? As I was looking at the food in the glass case, I was thinking...Ohh. Grilled veggies, steak, chicken, looks colorful but by God. How long has this been sitting here? Using ceramic white stylish platters does not take away from the fact that IT'S FOOD IN A GLASS CASE.

But I digress.

Here's where I think they should really take a cue from IKEA. We're from LA. We're not that bright. Arrows on the floor or some sort of indication of order would be nice. This was like a yuppie warzone.

After much confusion, we skim the menu and he decided to go with a caesar salad and I with a 'pressed chicken, bacon, and brie' sandwich and two ice teas.

"That will be 35 dollars"

Are you serious. Whatevs. We take our number and seat ourselves outside on a rinky dink table. Nice. It's like a french bistro but not. Our iced teas came and it was in a plastic takeout cup. Classy. Refills anyone? No? OK. Our food came shortly after which we had to wait to eat because we didn't have any utensils.

After a couple bites of my thin, weak looking sandwich and his salad, my mind starts to spin out of control, "Where is the chicken? This is a glorified panini. You want to charge 12 bucks but don't give me a side. Some potato chips? No? Ok. Wow. I want to burn this place down. Oh. They use the same unseasoned chicken chunks that's in his caesar salad which is coincidentally making him yak right now. Btw. Why is his basic salad 15 bucks and why is it flavorless. Why do I feel like I'm going insane?"

Twilight zone I tell ya.

But in truth, I get it. You sell your food on fancy plates, lay down some black and white tile, throw in some celebs, map your store out so that it creates a frenzy, stock some imported cheese and pass off like a French market.

It's cool I get it. You're not a stripper, You're a 'go go dancer'.

Recommends
over a year ago

The 'Hoff goes there! 'Nuff said. – We had lunch catered from Joan's on Third, and it was amazingly fresh. I enjoyed the caprese sandwich, but the highlight was the crazy dessert known as the MAGIC BAR (yes, its mightiness deserves all caps).

The MAGIC BAR is a concoction of caramelized, pecan-ed, chocolate-y goodness. Imagine a rich, decadant, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie smashed together with a bunch of savory yet sweet tastes. It was one part brownie, one part pecan brittle and all parts awesome.

I must also note that the one time I've frequented the actual Joan's on Third, the one and only "I'm huge in Germany!" himself, David Hasselhoff , was there. And yes, person with the black Saab, you were blocking his car.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Take out service and counter staff don't match the food – Today proved the second of two take out order fiascoes. Last year at this time we arrived at the stipulated pick-up time to find a closed sign on the door. Persistent banging on the door produced no result and only after retreating to the back door did a staff member appear. The lasagna was there as ordered, but they could not produce the bread.

Went to to pick up an order today and only after more than 30 minutes of various staff searching for the order and coming up with clearly manufactured excuses , and doing so with plenty of attitude, did someone admit they did not have the lasagna as ordered. Further discussion, again with attitude on the part of the staff ensued and finally a fellow named Victor appeared and said they would make and deliver the proper order.

Called after the first incident asking to speak to the owner or manager, but never got a return call. The mistake was ordering again. Good lasagna, but unreliable take out service and a staff lacking courtesy.

Recommends
over a year ago

Best place ever! – The most amazing little cafe joint in LA I have found. Everything on their menu is delicious!! I recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Sandwiches Taste Like Paper – I've had the food at this place a number of times, and if it weren't for the company paying for it that number would be 1. The sandwiches taste like paper. Not that I know what paper tastes like, I am just trying to imagine what would taste as bland. Instead of paying way too much money for a sandwich here, just drink a bunch of water to get full and imagine yourself eating a sandwich while chomping your jaw. It should have the same effect.

The only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is that their cupcakes are pretty tasty.

Recommends
over a year ago

Great place! – I was just in this past Saturday visiting from out of town. Although it was crowded we were very pleased with the service, especially the manager Kenny. He was able to recommend some great dishes, I loved the chicken Milanese. He also was able to find us a table when it looked like we were out of luck. Had a great experience, loved the food, loved the service can't wait to come back again the next time I am in town.

Recommends
over a year ago

delicious treats, a little pricey – NEVER try to eat in on the weekends, there is limited seating and it is packed, youare guaranteed to wait and may not get to sit with in large groups. The food is good, great side dishes to take home, clean kind atmosphere. a little pricey for simple sandwiches, etc

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Rules are Rules!!! – Limited menu, overpriced and never willing to bend their rigid rules. God forbid you're a vegetarian and would like fruit with your eggs instead of bacon - of course they won't charge you less if you refuse the bacon AND of course you have to pay more for the fruit. An egg-white omelet? -- can't be done. You'd think with all the baking they do they'd be happy to have a few extra egg yolks around, but I guess not.

Recommends
over a year ago

Good salads and sandwiches – I went on a weekday and it was super packed.

Food is great, love the sandwiches and the salads. The cheese selection is also amazing.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Overpriced for mediocre food! – I've been to Joan's a few times. Each time thinking that the food is just so-so. The third time I went back with my wife, we both thought the food was awful and we both hade stomach aches the entire night. Besides the food being on the lower end of average, it's extremely overpriced. I could see other LA people loving this place if this is all they know...like if they were from Kansas! Anyway, I think we'll skip Joan's for the rest of our lives.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Gross food poor service – I've heard so much about this place that finally I decided to visit it. We went for breakfast that along with eggs, mushrooms and herbs contained HAIR as well. When my friend brought the fact that some of the ingredients are simply unacceptable manager in an extremely rude manner replied " this is not HAIR, THOSE ARE EYELASHES" to her and took away the plate with her tastless mixture they call "omlet" in that place.

My own experience was not any better; the New York egg sandwich ( I asked them to replace bacon with turkey bacon or avocados,which they refused to do and refused to adjust the price as well) consists of two pieces of bread completely soaked in pure grease, generic mixture of egg and melted cheese of suspiciously rubbery structure. Despite the fact we were all starving, we left that place hungry, frustrated and disappointed. On top of that I had bad heartburn.

So if you like to pay money for gross food with special ingredients including pubes (I call it Borat special) then Joan's on Third is definitely for you!

Recommends
over a year ago

I'm not sure why I love this place but I do! – When you think about it, it's deli-style, pre-made, refrigerated food! How good can it be?!? Not only that, it is quite pricey for what it is. Joan's is also a relatively high-end caterer - I think that's how they started - so that should give you some idea about their food and prices. It costs the same to eat at Joan's as a relatively nice sit-down meal that's made-to-order but I find myself craving Joan's and going back time and time again, especially picking up food for holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's. Their offerings vary so that can be a bummer (mmm... vermont maple syrup yams... when will it make another appearance?!?). Anyways, Joan's is a great place to get food for a party, or on a sunny, lazy afternoon, to get a snack and catch some rays at one of their tables out front.

The cheese plate is fabulous and a pretty good deal relative to everything else. They will recommend and let you sample different cheeses from around the world - if you like cheese, get some to go for yourself or your next party! The desserts (e.g. cakes, cupcakes) are pretty good too - not the best but we always walk away with something sweet! It's hard to name my favorites. The sandwiches are good but I wouldn't go out of my way just to get a sandwich there. Try getting a 3-selection plate and sample things like the pasta salads, couscous, etc. For certain foods (e.g. korean bbq short rib - I know, it's odd), they will reheat it for you so that could make all the difference.

Joan's is often quite busy so this is not the place to go if you are in a hurry or have limited time. Parking can be a challenge but that's 3rd street for you. We've heard people complain about the service but we've generally received excellent service. Sometimes saying "hi" and being polite will get you want you want. :)

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over a year ago

tasty eats – Joan's On Third is one of my favorite lunch spots. The interior layout is a bit overwhelming for a new visitor but you must realize that you can pay for your meal at ANY of the counters (deli, main, and dessert/coffee). It is often very crowded during lunch/brunch times and finding seating is incredibly difficult for groups of two or more; there is no room to move, people are standing inches away from your table by the deli. A tip to know about the outside seating which is most coveted, is that they often have waiting lists that you can sign up for (don't just stand there and wait for a table, because you won't get one). Parking, you can park on sweetzer, a few blocks down and make sure to read signs carefully (most are for residents with permits only!) As far as food goes, everything is gourmet and incredibly tasty, made with the finest ingredients. I personally love the prosciutto, turkey meat loaf and egg salad sandwiches. As far as salads go, I'd recommend the butter lettuce and cranberry salad. The deli salad selections are also very tasty, but i'd recommend you ask to taste them before ordering. The coffee and bakery items are decent, mostly they look more appealing than they actually taste good. The cup cakes are mostly either incredibly sweet or really dry.

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over a year ago

Reminds me of SoHo in NYC, love the hustle and bustle – It's definitely chaotic, but you have to embrace that! The line makes no sense, but whatever! The food is so worth it. I had the best prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich I've had since I moved out here from the East Coast. And the bread they use is so fresh, nutty, and healthy-tasting, yum! Reminiscent of a trendy NYC deli in SoHo, which totally appealed to me. Also, all of the side dishes are so unusual and great, what a diverse selection! I had the grilled artichoke dipped in balsamic on the side. Awesome. Seating is very limited inside, which is a drag when it's cold. The heat lamps outside don't do much for you. They also offer cute little snacks inside, like trail mix and other goodies. The prices are high, but the food is truly gourmet. I would love to have them cater an event.

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over a year ago

A lot of annoyances, but in the end the food brings me back again and again – Everyone talks about the lack of parking and seating, the crowded space where you stand to put your order in, and that it's overpriced, but Joan's food is terrific. The pickles can't be beat and you can buy some to go. We always get sandwiches and share the Salad Trio (a selection of three of their daily special salads) to share for $10.25. The Lentil salad is a standout. I can't go to Joan's and not order it. The Pressed Chicken, Bacon and Brie sandwich with carmelized onions on french bread ($10.75) is excellent! The Tuna Salad sandwich ($8.75) is also good, but it's for those who like their tuna salad with a lot of lemon. On the pastry side, the cookies are just OK, but the Rustic Apple Pie is really good. I have yet to try the cupcakes everyone is raving about. I looked at them recently and they look kind of small for $2.75-4.00 each. In summary, if you can deal with the crowds, the food is worth it.

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over a year ago

crowded, cramped and charming – by Amy Ephron from one for the table

Artisan cheese in the display case, turkey meatloaf you wish you could make at home, fresh lemonade that?s just the right amount of sweet and sour, strawberry jam for sale on the shelf, Nicky (and Paris) Hilton at the back table but nobody cares because the Chinese chicken salad is perfect and everyone else has too much to do. Did I mention the cupcakes?! It?s the perfect place to stop when you?re busy, when you barely have time for lunch, but it?s also, the perfect place to hang out.

Joan McNamara originally opened on this same spot as a catering shop but people kept coming in hungry -- and because she?s Joan, she?d drop everything and make them something to eat -- so, she finally caved and opened it as a restaurant. They?ve been open for lunch for years, but since a good thing is hard to keep down, she?s rented the storefront next door and as of last week, they?re, also, happily open for breakfast.

The original space is crowded and cramped and works like a New York charm, right dead in the heart of West Hollywood. The new breakfast space is a little more open, as if you?re in somebody?s great kitchen in a millhouse in France. The omelettes are perfect, a little bit soft, the pancakes are light and fluffy. Order and pay at the counter and your food will be brought unceremoniously to your table. The service is hardly cloying but you always feel, if you really want something, you just have to ask for it. The gleaming counter, the white tile floor, the hustle and bustle are all reminiscent of Joan?s New York roots and that funny feeling you can?t shake, that smart people eat here. -ae

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over a year ago

Great food, but tricky seating – The food at Joan's is really great (especially the tarragon chicken sandwich, ham and brie sandwich, chinese chicken salad, and to-die-for mac and cheese), but seating can really be a problem. The first-come, first-served arrangement is unorganized to the point of being crazy, with people almost fighting from a table! That said, if I'm not in a time crunch I'll go because I love the food. Another thing I really like about Joan's is the cheese counter. You can buy gourmet cheese to go, or have a cheese plate - which, although most of the food at Joan's is overpriced, is actually a good deal for the money. And the cheese selection is excellent (try the Valdeon if you like blue cheese!). And besides, both the woman and the man who work at the cheese counter are probably the nicest and most helpful people I have encountered while dining in LA. Overall a great place if you can deal with the crowd.

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over a year ago

Good lunch place – A good place to meet up with a girlfriend. I say "a girlfriend" because it'll be annoying to find seating for more than two. A place for a leisurely, long meal it is not.

Everything is tempting, delicious and tempting.

I'd say it costs 10-15% too much, but I don't really mind. The system is whacked, however. Order at the counter, get a number, sit down, wait in line to pay after you eat...? What...?

I loved the turkey meatloaf sandwich, cupcakes and the daily special salads.

Recommends
over a year ago

Upscale West Hollywood gourmet cafe and market features luxe sandwiches, salads and decadent bakery goods. – After years as a beloved, bustling boite, this marketplace cafe combination has doubled in size. Sunny white walls surround tiled floors and gleaming steel shelves; cozy tables dot the interior and sidewalk patio. Celebs and locals crowd a buzzing deli counter for Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches like brie and ham, and tarragon chicken, in addition to items like salmon cakes and snap peas. There are also over 100 domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, olives, pastas and other specialty items. The popular house bakery features cupcakes, chocolates and more.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

I WILL NEVER GO BACK!! – Joan's on Third is officially on my s--- list! I went there today with my Mother for lunch and have never been treated so rudely and disrespected at a restaurant. First, we were denied our KCRW card discount (they do in fact accept it) and treated terribly when asked why not. I was overcharged on my salmon, we were given extremely skimpy portions for our vegetable dishes, and if it couldn't get any worse- there were hairs in our food! And I hate to say it, but I have felt awful since lunch and have even experienced d iarrhea from the food. food p oisoning :( not pleasant...

i have frequented this establishment for many many years now, and never had such a dreadful experience. I'm sorry, but you will never see me at Joan's on Third ever again!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Cupcakes DRY!! – After seeing a resent TV spot specifically about Joan's cupcakes on Eye on L.A. I took a trip and purchased four different cupcakes, none of which were anything to write home about. The problem was the cake, it was dry and quite tasteless. I thought they might have been day old?? I was really expecting something special after paying $2-4 for EACH cupcake. The frosting on the signature chocolate (ding-dong like) cupcake was nice and melted in my mouth, but I've certainly had much better cupcakes at highschool bake sales, ect. What a letdown!!

Recommends
over a year ago

Delish times a million – If heaven were a los angeles deli/sidewalk cafe, it would surely resemble Joans. I only wish they offered the curried chickpeas EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Recommends
over a year ago

Delicious Gourmet Cupcakes – Joan's offers a rotating selection of tasty high-end cupcakes that are reminiscent of those Hostess treats you consumed as a kid. These cupcakes feature moist, airy cake with an injection of peanut butter or vanilla cream in the middle. In my opinion better than the cupcakes at Sprinkles.

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over a year ago

YUM YUM!! – Went here for lunch and dinner two consecutives days in a row. The sandwiches are DELICIOUS, the desserts are DELICIOUS, the cheeses, bread, olive oil....ALL DELICIOUS. The servers are nice and friendly and very helpful.

Through a recommendation from one of the servers, I sampled their brie and bought a pound of it to take home. It was very good.

The only negative things I could mention are: 1. parking and 2. how busy it is, but what else would you expect from a great restaurant?

Recommends
over a year ago

pastries and lunch. YUM! – i came to this place mainly looking to buy cupcakes. little did i know they served real food here. there was pasta and meat and salads. i bought some pasta and some salad, and it was delicious. they also have an extensive cheese selection. they'll let you taste any one of them, and suggest to you what goes well with it. the cupcakes were yummy.

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over a year ago

Simply, the best – Despite the proliferation of many trendy lunching/brunching spots in Los Angeles, there are a select few that truly warrant the long lines that stretch out the door. Joan's on Third, an open-air gourmet marketplace and cafe, is one of them. With its pristine white surfaces, vast display of tantalizing baked goods and fresh deli salads, and browse-worthy shelves of specialty food items for sale, the bright space is the total package. The tuna melt and rosemary chicken sandwich never disappoint, the homemade garden vegetable soup is always comforting on a cold day, and the baby field greens salad is always generously speckled with spiced pecans and creamy goat cheese. Hits from the dessert counter include the lemon bar, chocolate dream cookie and my personal favorite, the magic bar. Even with the horrific parking and discouraging lines, Joan's on Third is worth the headache. Especially when tomato basil is the soup of the day.

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over a year ago

Tasty but expensive – We ordered the meatloaf sandwich which was very delicious. The meat was very moist. It had good flavor, but it was a bit salty to my taste. We also had a trio of prepared salads that we chose. I really like the fennel salad. The tomatoe and fresh mozzarela was alright since I could make that. I saw the prepared salmon was $12! I was so shocked, it was such a small piece. I wanted to try their cupcakes but the guy in front of me took the rest of them as I was lining up to pay.

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over a year ago

Expensive! – This place has pretty good food but is very expensive. Their Garden Veggie sandwich is good. The scallion pancake is flavorless but the sauce is full of flavor so it balances out, but I don't recommend getting it. The atmosphere is okay...very crowded with trendy folks that are rude. The service is mediocre.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

OVERPRICED! – Cute ambiance but way too expensive for food that pretty much tastes bland and never changes. They are also very busy, which can be a reason for their slow service, but this needs to improve because a coffee takes 15 minutes to come out and to pay you wai for another 10. There goes my lunch break.

Recommends
over a year ago

Too pricy for what you get – My wife and I went to here for lunch today for the first time. I like the feel of the place when I walked in although it was a bit chaotic, it reminds me of back East. We ordered a salad and a Sandwich for $25. The food was good, but too small to call it a full lunch. The sandwich bread was supermarket kind and the only sides with the sandwich were a few slices of pickles. I was going to try the desserts but I will wait till next time, but probably wouldn't order food because it is pretty pricey for the amount you get.

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over a year ago

Crowded and Delicious – This is a great lunch spot if you get there early. The lines are sometimes long and in the summer it's hard to get a table on the sidewalk outside, but wait and watch and you'll get one. The food is marvelous. Lots of flavor. Everything I've tried has been delicous. Don't miss the "hostess-like" cupcakes. Being on third, it's a little pricey, but it's worth it! Go for lunch around 11:30 to skip the crowds.

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over a year ago

Place to see celebs – It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but whenever friends go, they always report back about seeing someone famous. Also, the food's definitely tasty, including the sandwiches and desserts, so I'd count it as one of those "must-do L.A. experiences."

Recommends
over a year ago

Look I like Joan's food the problem is – I like the food at Joan's the problem the stupid people who eat there. I find it hard to pay Joan's prices and have seating be "sort of" 1st come 1st served for seating. Outside waiting for a table can be like wating for a marathon to start. There seems to be no line, so people sort of jocky for a table they see getting ready to leave. Last time I was there I had a woman and man, who I was outside waiting for a table before push me out of the way so they could get to a table that they claim they "saw getting ready" before I did. I falt Joan's. Once the food is paid for, I guess it's not their problem. It brings out all I hate about LA, but I am from NYC so I must be a mean loud monster who doesn't understand that groovy laid back LA way.

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over a year ago

Good food, small portions, pricey – My girlfriend and I went to Joan's for lunch today for the first time. She said it reminded her of a NY deli. I like the feel of the place when I walked in although it was a bit chaotic. We ordered a tuna salad and a BLT which came out to $20. The food was good, but the portions were incredibly small. The BLT was on simple plain white Wonder bread and the only sides with the sandwich were a few slices of pickles. I may go back and try their desserts next time, but probably wouldn't order food because it is pretty pricey for the amount you get.

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over a year ago

Gourmet Lunch – I love this place. Their catering menu is succulent. Pop in for a quick cafe latte and a gourmet sandwich. My favorite is the imported mortadella with goat cheese gouda. To die for. The sides are great. This place is always busy, but try and find a seat outside. Its a little pricey, but all the ingredients are incredible, so i can see why. Also don't be confused by the order on one side, pay at the other cashier routine they have.

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over a year ago

Coconut cupcakes – Joan's has the best coconut cupcakes ever made. Made of dense vanilla cupcake with a rich coconut frosting. They're small but so rich that I can only eat 1/2. Also, excellent is the salami sandwich on crusty bread.

The service couldn't be worse. You have to wait in 2 long lines, one to order, another to pay. The parking might as well be non-existent. And the staff is doing you a favor by letting you pay for their food. But the food is that good - worth the trouble.

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over a year ago

I'm still hungry – The food here is pretty good, but the portions are insanely small. I got a ham and cheese sandwich for $9 and I was still very hungry after I ate it. I really felt ripped off. The place has two lines and I was lectured by the girl at the register because I ordered my sandwich at the same line where I bought my groceries. Note to Joans: no one likes standing in line, much less twice. Anyway, this place used to be a lot better a year ago. The pickles are still really good as are the rosemary crackers.

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over a year ago

Superb cupcakes – I never imagined to find such wonderful coconut cupcakes in Los Angeles. I recommend them to all. One will not be disappointed, as they are truly worth every penny.

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over a year ago

Dumb Set-Up – Good food (especially the cupcakes) but truly is an incredibly stupid set-up with one place to order, another to pay--creates total, unnecessary chaos. They really need to change it. Good people-watching spot while you are waiting (eons) for your take-out order--Many chic status bags in attendance.

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over a year ago

Cupcakes!!!!!! – Walking in this place, you'll think you're at Dean & Deluca's at Rockefeller Center in NY! Joan's is always busy. The sandwiches from the turkey meatloaf to the rosemary roast beef with creme (my favorite) are fantastic. In addition to sandwiches, they have a wide variety of tasty side dishes, including cous cous, szechuan string beans, and a heirloom tomato salad. Things are a little on the pricey side, however the quality makes it justifiable. service could be faster too (they're super nice, though). And be sure to top your meal off with one of their fabulous cupcakes!!!!!!!! I, personally, love the yellow cupcakes topped with coconut frosting.............perfect, just like how mom used to make them!

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over a year ago

busy!!! – If you're getting take-out, order beforehand because you're going to have a LONG wait ahead of you depending on when you go. The set up is very poor - you order at one end and pay at another. It wouldn't be so awful if half the customers knew what was going on. However, the selection is great and the gourmet ingredients ensure tasty and interesting dishes. They have a wide variety of veggie mixtures and gourmet cheeses. Definitely a wonderful place to pick up picnic items, and the catering menu is HUGE. The prices are okay and the desserts are yummy, if a little too rich for me, and I have quite the sweet tooth.

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over a year ago

great little gem – Joan's is great for a casual weekend brunch or weekday power lunch. The trio is my favorite: selections from their cold case salads- the curried chickpeas and the asian greenbeans are two of my faves. Their sandwiches are made from the freshest ingredients, and their gelato is pretty good too. The mac and cheese was great, but a little on the rich side (i ate half and was full). Try it, and you won't be disappointed!

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Categories: Bakeries, Celeb Hangout, Carry Out, $$, Open 7 Days, Mediterranean, People Watching, Lunch Spot, New American, Mastercard Accepted, Gift Baskets, Local Favorite, Catering, Gourmet Foods, Outdoor Dining, Discover Accepted, Food Stores, Visa Accepted, Restaurants, American Express Accepted

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