Restaurants in Los Angeles
The signature sticky, yet fluffy, rice is what sets ToraFuku apart from other Japanese fine dining restaurants. Made in a 500-pound Kamado pot, a method that has been utilized for hundreds of years in Japan, the shiny grains impress even the most discerning, native palates.
Part of the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel, this restaurant and cocktail lounge is a magnet for Hollywood’s A-list, with former patrons including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast of Mad Men.
This upscale steakhouse from the Smith brothers–Bob and Gregg–resides on Pasadena’s Arroyo Parkway and specializes in house-aged, hand-cut Prime beef. Available cuts include the filet mignon, Porterhouse, and cowboy rib-eye.
Tokyo native Ken Namba has owned this sushi-oriented restaurant on the edge of Sawtelle Boulevard’s Olympic Collection since the late ‘90s, before the neighborhood earned its unofficial "Little Osaka" moniker.
Enoteca Drago is Sicily native Celestino Drago’s wine-focused restaurant and bar, which debuted in downtown Beverly Hills in 2004. Drago and managing partner Steven Piano feature Italian wine, though the Enoteca also sources bottles from other nations.
Order the Office Burger, a fancily dressed interloper made with ground dry-aged chuck, topped with a smoky bacon and caramelized-onion compote, Gruyère, Maytag blue cheese, and arugula, served on a disarmingly crunchy demi-baguette—less a burger than an exceedingly rich steak sandwich.
Situated between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, just 1½ miles from UCLA, the W Los Angeles – Westwood is a pet-friendly boutique hotel housed in a former university dorm.
Premium beef, wine by the glass, and a location with a view mark this Santa Monica Blvd.
Another master toiling in a low-rent location.
Set amidst a myriad of food stalls in the Mercado la Paloma, an unassuming warehouse-style building in South LA, this family-owned eatery is renowned for its authentic Yucatecan fare.
Denise Weber leads her staff and daughter Olivia through the steps of baking and decorating as cheerfully as Snow White inculcated her dwarfs.
In a town infatuated with the next new thing, Greenblatt’s Delicatessen on Sunset Blvd qualifies as that rare LA institution.