The Springs

Whenever Boss gets homesick for New York, I make a reservation in the Arts District, because anyone who longs for seasons and wearing sweaters by necessity will go to Bestia or Church & State or Factory Kitchen for dinner and inevitably start babbling about Meat Packing 10 years ago. In reality, they’re still wedged between Alameda and the LA River, and Uber is the only way out.

But now, there’s The Springs - a holistic megaplex in a former paper factory, dreamt up by Kimberly Helms and Jared Stein - a New York duo. The headline is their 100% vegan restaurant, but really, The Springs means Boss can be in LA and go from yoga, to the juice bar, to a business lunch, to a massage, without so much as stepping on a gas pedal.

Michael Falso and Ian Martin (formerly of Planet Raw and M.A.K.E.) helm the kitchen and don’t heat anything above 118 degrees. They also use ingredients like kelp harvested by kayak at low tide. But before you click away - because you’re a carnivore and can’t keep a straight face in Café Gratitude - kelp for dinner makes an easy drunk and at the front of the space, there’s biodynamic beer and wine on tap, alongside a pristine pressed juice bar.

All joking aside, you don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to appreciate and even enjoy the food here. In fact, the cheese plate is pretty dynamite and let's be clear – praising macadamia chevre and pine nut parmesan is a brand new feeling.

Leave out the bit about the yoga studio and holistic treatment rooms in the back, and the juice bar and curated mini-store in the front, because you'll loose Boss completely. Keep things simple and pitch The Springs as a beautiful, "healthy" restaurant with awesome smoothies. Before you know it, you’ll be answering to a Yogi with renewed energy and a positive outlook, because it’s Day 1 of a juice cleanse and Power Flow and Reiki are on the afternoon agenda.

The Springs

608 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

(213) 223-6226


Mon-Thu // 7am-11pm

Fri // 7am-12am

Sat // 9am-12am

Sun // 9am-1am

Make a reservation here.

Salads - $14-18 // Smoothies - $10-12 // Juices - $9 // Entrees -  $12-23


 north star

apple, celery, spinach, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon.


cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale, parsley, dandelion.


apple, fennel, cucumber, basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, lemon, lime.


pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno.


apple, turmeric, ginger.

bug bite

strawberry, apple, blood orange, lemon.

full moon

apple, beet, celery, dill, lemon.

skinny dip

orange, grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, lime.


carrot, coconut, lemongrass, ginger, lime.


tomato, bell pepper, celery, horseradish, jalapeno, tomato powder, black pepper, lemon.


 almond milk

almonds, filtered water, honey, pink salt.

chocolate milk

almonds, filtered water, coconut sugar, cacao powder, maca, cinnamon, vanilla powder, pink salt.

café au lait

almonds, cold brew coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, pink salt.

matcha milk

almonds, filtered water, matcha powder, honey, pink salt.

coconut water

100% raw coconut water.



cucumber buttermilk soup

almond buttermilk, cucumbers, dill.

hummus and falafel

almond-zucchini hummus, harissa, tahini, zatar flatbread.


coconut wonton, “Old Bay” cream cheese, bell pepper, celery, sweet chili sauce.*

zucchini tartare

avocado, radish, pickled shallot, chives.

caprese salad

heirloom tomatoes, cashew-coconut mozzarella, basil, oregano salt, basil seeds.

cheese plate

selection of house-made nut cheeses, seasonal fruit, mustard, seed-and-herb crackers.


herb salad

mixed greens, lemon vinaigrette, avocado, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, cilantro, basil, mint, dill, dulse, seed-and-herb crackers.

seaweed salad

romaine, kale, seaweed ceasar dressing, avocado, capers, nori, sprouts, pumpkin seeds, pine nut parmesan.

tea leaf salad

green tea leaves, kale, romaine, chili-lime vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, sesame cashews, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, sprouts.

nacho salad

romaine hearts, nacho cheese sauce, taco crumble, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, tortilla crisps.

the springs salad

mixed greens, pistachio-lemon vinaigrette, peppered macadamia chevre, apples, grapes, maple walnuts.



nori, avocado, watercress, pickled onion, carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms.


mushroom-miso broth, kelp noodles, sea palm, lemongrass, basil, mint, cilantro, jalapeno, bean sprouts, house-made sriracha sauce, lime.

morel pot pie

almond pastry, morel-white wine cream, portobellos, baby carrots, peas, leeks, lemon asparagus.


coconut phyllo, almond feta, wilted spinach, cucumbers, dill yogurt.

green curry

zucchini noodles, avocado, thai chili, scallion, red bell pepper, curried cashews, thai basil, cilantro, lime.

spaghetti alla carbonara

kelp and zucchini noodles, black pepper cream, smoked coconut bacon, peas, asparagus, mint, coconut yolk, black olive oil.


sweet pea

sweet pea pistachio cake, strawberries, strawberry gelato, pea tendrils, honey.*

black chocolate

dark chocolate cake, chocolate-buckwheat tuile, banana, candied walnuts, vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce.

berry crisp

strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red wine, almond-oat crumble, vanilla ice cream.


raspberries, lemon, blood orange sorbet.

gianduja tart

coconut shortbread, gianduja ganache, candied hazelnuts, flaked 24-karat edible gold, coffee ice cream.

seasonal ice creams/seasonal sorbets



organic/ scotia, california eel river brewing company


organic/ scotia , california eel river brewing company

kili wit

organic/ hood river oregon logsdon farmhouse ales


2011 scholium project

petite syrah "gardens of babylon” blend

2010 autonom rhone blend

central coast, sustainable

2013 matthiasson aglianico

windmill vyd yolo county, sustainable

2012 fausse piste syrah “garde manger”

columbia valley, wa sustainable

nv drew family pinot noir

mendocino county, organic

2013 hobo

cabernet sauvignon

2011 giornata il campo

red blend

2013 hobo rhone

red blend

2013 alta maria carbonic

pinot noir

2012 broadside

bordeaux blend


2013 a tribute to grace rose of grenache

2013 Alta Maria

Rose of Pinot Noir


2011 vesper


2013 ledge california soul

white rhone blend

2012 scholium project


2013 teutonic


2013 camp


2013 hobo

tocai friulano

2012 Alta Maria

Sauvignon Blanc


Angelo Bortolin NV

Prosecco Valdobbiadene

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Cheese Plate // Selection of house-made nut cheeses, seasonal fruit, mustard, seed-and-herb crackers.


Space by the chicks behind Design, Bitches. - also known for their work at Superba and Superba Food + Bread


Seaweed Salad // Romaine, kale, seaweed caesar dressing, avocado, capers, nori, sprouts, pumpkin seeds, pine nut parmesan.


Cucumber Buttermilk Soup // Almond buttermilk, cucumbers, dill.


Spagetti alla Carbonara // Kelp and zucchini noodles, black pepper cream, smoked coconut bacon, peas, asparagus, mint, coconut yolk, black olive oil.


Low-key business meeting spot.


Spanakopita // Coconut phyllo, almond feta, wilted spinach, cucumbers, dill yogurt.


Murals in the yoga studio (pictured) and on the building's facade by Angelina Christina and Ease One.


Sweet Pea Dessert // Sweet pea pistachio cake, strawberries, strawberry gelato, pea tendrils, honey.


Communal dining space.


The Springs, located in a converted warehouse in DTLA's blossoming Arts District.