Restaurants in Los Angeles

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L.A. might not be a high -falutin’ fine dining city compared with its international counterparts, but what it lacks in Michelin stars, it makes up fo... Read More

L.A. might not be a high -falutin’ fine dining city compared with its international counterparts, but what it lacks in Michelin stars, it makes up for in impeccably sourced California cool cooking, authentic international street eats, and yes, a few fancy degustation menus, too.

Look at all the fit people jogging along the beach, and you’ll wonder how they stay so thin. Los Angeles restaurants feature a dazzling mix of celebrity chefs, locavore bistros, classic diners, great taquerias, and any other global cuisine you can imagine. Dine at some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, whether it’s Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, which stands out for its service and presentation, or Curtis Stone’s Maude, which offers a rotating lineup of seasonal tasting menus. Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza is a perennial favorite for its burrata and unforgettable pizza, while newcomer Jon & Vinny’s own pies are giving Mozza a run for its money. Spend more than a day here, and deciding which places to eat in Los Angeles will quickly compete with where you want to swim, shop, or explore.

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    Animal

    The first restaurant in Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s mini empire is the opposite of plant-based. The decorations are minimal and the menu is stocked... Read More

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    Baroo

    On the vanguard of the fermentation revolution, Noma alum Kwang Uh serves highly original takes on kimchi fried rice and a gruel-and-beets dish called... Read More

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    Bestia

    Chef Ori Menashe and his wife, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, helped put the Arts District on the map when they opened Bestia. Here, the team cures meats... Read More

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    Bludso's

    Those looking for Texas-style BBQ know that Bludso's does it best, serving up some of the city's best ribs, brisket, and smoked links. Chef ... Read More

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    Broken Spanish

    Ray Garcia's modern take on Mexican cuisine fits Downtown's emerging dining scene, bringing polish to dishes like camote, an Okinawa sweet potato with... Read More

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    Cassell's Hamburgers

    Despite the restaurant's name, don't come here for the burger. Instead, order the tuna melt, which has no match in this city. This newly revamped K-Town... Read More

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    Cassia

    At Cassia, a restaurant named after the Chinese variety of cinnamon, you’ll find a few of the greatest hits from Chef Bryant Ng's sadly-shuttered Spice... Read More

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    Cofax

    This is where Mid-City locals eat breakfast. Drawn in by smoked chorizo and potato breakfast burritos and Nicole Rucker’s pastries, this small cafe... Read More

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    Destroyer

    Easily L.A.’s most delicious new lunch hangout. Chef Jordan Kahn, formerly of Red Medicine, will blow your mind with a beef tartare you may mistake for... Read More

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    Genwa Korean BBQ

    There's no shortage of excellent Korean food in L.A., but when it comes to the quality of meat and bounty of banchan, Genwa remains king. There's a... Read More

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    Gjusta

    If you can't find something you want to eat at Gjusta, we can't help you. Feast your eyes on the enticing pastry case stocked cookies, croissants, cakes... Read More

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    Guelaguetza

    Guelaguetza was one of the first Oaxacan restaurants to open in Los Angeles, exposing denizens to the glory of the region’s mole and mezcal. They’ve... Read More

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    Guerrilla Tacos

    Chef Wes Avila first started Guerilla Tacos in 2012 as a small street cart stationed outside his favorite coffee shops. Now, it’s a roving taco truck... Read More

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    Jon & Vinny's

    Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, equal parts chefs and restaurateurs, operate what are arguably L.A.’s best-loved restaurants—Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec... Read More

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    Love & Salt

    It doesn't get more SoCal than a beach city restaurant with its own garden. If you're after California-inspired Italian fare (think wood-fired pizzas,... Read More

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    Moruno

    Moruno has bas been the long-awaited answer to the city's dearth of great Spanish restaurants. This casual, walk-up counter at the Grove serves tender... Read More

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    Night + Market Song

    Chef Kris Yenbamroong may not have attended a culinary school, but his experience growing up in his family’s restaurant inspired him to open this space... Read More

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    Nong La

    Since opening their first shop slanging pho and bun bo hue on Sawtelle, Nong La has expanded to open a second, even more design-forward Veitnamese... Read More

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    Old Place

    This saloon looks as though it was plucked right out of the wild west with its old wood paneling and antlers to greet you at the door. In a city filled... Read More

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    Osteria Mozza

    This lively Italian restaurant from Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joseph Bastianich is located next door to its more casual sister establishment,... Read More

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    République

    Walter Manzke has once again hit his stride, this time showcasing his California-French style cooking in Mid-City. During the day, queues stretch out... Read More

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    Seoul Sausage

    Whether you're prepping your stomach for a night out or recovering from one, the guys at food-truck-turned-restaurant Seoul Sausage have you covered... Read More

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    Spago

    Chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck opened his flagship California cuisine restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in 1982, later moving it to this location in... Read More

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    Sqirl

    What started as a small preserves company in 2011 has now grown into one of Los Angeles' most popular breakfast and lunch spots. You may find yourself... Read More

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    The Arthur J

    In a city as casual as L.A. it's rare to have an excuse to dress up for dinner. Enter The Arthur J, a nod to the Mad Men era of dining in both sentiment... Read More

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