Topanga Social is not your mama’s food court, but an elevated food hall with a mix of indoor/outdoor dining options, three full-service bars, entertainment and much more! Last Thursday I attended the grand opening celebration that was covered by media, Westfield executives, foodies and influencers. Keep scrolling to find out everything there is to know about this food lovers’ paradise!
There are 27 food and beverage concepts at Topanga Social which include:
- Amboy Quality Burgers
- Burrata House
- CandyStore.com – a curated candy shop
- Dtown Pizzeria
- Dumpling Monster
- Fat Sal’s
- Garden Creations
- Hey Hey Boba Tea House
- I Love Micheladas
- Jay Bird’s Chicken
- Katsu Sando
- Mad Lab Coffee
- Margarita Garden
- Mini Kabob
- Pearl Champagne Bar
- Poke Me
- Primo’s Donuts
- Rock & Reilly’s
- Temaki by Seaweed Handroll Bar
- Shrimp Daddy
- Slab BBQ
- The Pie Room by Curtis Stone (note: it’s not open yet)
- Tail O’ the Pup
- Truffle Brothers Market
- Wanderlust Creamery
I attended the event with my friend from Meet the 818 and we had a sort of divide-and-conquer approach. She sampled different food stations, while I tried out other food & beverage concepts.
Some standouts for me include:
Burt Barkman is the pitmaster for Slab and I heard a lot of good things about their brisket. Lemme tell you that it did not disappoint – it was really delicious!
Temaki by Seaweed Handroll Bar
The spicy tuna is great! My friend and I kept coming back for more.
Back in the day when I first met my boyfriend (now husband), I enjoyed his mom’s panko-breaded pork cutlet. Katsu Sando has taken pork and chicken katsu and made it into a sandwich!
Hey Hey Boba Tea House
I love a good boba tea and this one was really tasty.
This plant-based restaurant served a fried shroom bao at the event. The mushroom was so meaty in texture that I didn’t miss having a pork, chicken or beef (protein that is typically found in the bao that I eat). I can’t wait to come back again and try their garlic noodles and soup dumplings (made with a plant-based pork).
It’s my understanding that this Glendale-based restaurant has a cult-following. I’m so glad that they have an outpost in Woodland Hills because their falafel was delish!
Tail O’ the Pup
First off, their packaging is super cute and the delivery window is genius! More importantly, their hot dogs are yummy. I know my kid will want one when we come here once Topanga Social is open to the public.
Hawaiian-style garlic butter shrimp? You don’t have to ask me twice! I loved their presentation served in a hollowed-out pineapple. My family is from Hawaii, so I know that my parents are going to love this place.
Some features about Topanga Social that I wanted to point out are the three full-service bars and private event spaces. It’s my understanding that Topanga Social has a liquor license that allows it to serve alcohol until the wee hours of the morning on weekends. Thursday’s private party was deejayed by the amazing and talented DJ Samantha Ronson.
I can only imagine the type of birthday dinners and private event parties that Topanga Social will be able to hold this coming summer!
As a Valley girl who grew up going to the Topanga mall back when it featured an ice skating rink (it was a long time ago), it’s hard to believe that this is the site of the Sears department store. The developer and designers transformed this 55,000-plus square-foot space into a venue that holds 700 indoor seats and 80 outdoor seats.
Another cool thing I noticed is that most or all of the restaurant concepts had a tablet on the counter. Although we didn’t get to demo the touchscreen, I imagine you’ll be able to order from various restaurants and then everything can be brought to one table. This is a great option for families and friends alike because there is always one picky eater or someone with food allergies in the group.
Not everything was open (JINYA Ramen Bar and The Pie Room), nor was I able to sample everything that there was to offer. I hope to come back and review the restaurant concepts once everything is open to the public on Thursday, May 11th. One thing I am sure of is that Topanga Social’s mix of high-concept, specialty food dining is sure to please.
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I attended a media event which helped facilitate this review. All images are my own unless otherwise noted. My opinions are 100% my own.