Los Angeles

Restaurants in Los Angeles

Look at all the fit people jogging along the beach and you’ll wonder how they stay so thin. After all, 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:

The A.O.C.’s name stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée—the French system regulating the quality of local wines and cheeses—and this Los Angeles restaurant is a magnet for foodies and oenophiles. Highlights include pork rillettes served with pickled onions, and arroz negro with squid arrives with a big dollop of garlicky saffron aioli. Even if you don’t stay at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica, its restaurant, Fig, is worth a stop for its renowned farm-to-table menu, with ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. It’s upscale but not stuffy: features include the charcuterie and cheese bar, and a taco bar at the Sunday brunch. If craft beer is a food group, check out Beer Belly, a gastropub in Koreatown, which also does great brats and ribs. You could eat round the clock in their neighborhood, which even has a few 24/7 restaurants such as Myung Dong Kyoja, known for its noodle soups, dumplings and kimchi.

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.

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.

Brentwood’s most popular sushi destination happens to be the chain restaurant Katsuya by Starck.

The second outpost of this famed, nouveau-Chinese eatery—helmed by chef, artist, and Renaissance man Michael Chow—actually lives up to the hype.

Chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck opened his flagship California Cuisine restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in 1982, later moving it to this location in Beverly Hill’s Golden Triangle.

Owned by New Jersey native Joe Fabrocini, this casual hot dog emporium opened in 2008 and quickly earned a loyal following with its 23 specialty hot dogs, representing flavors from around the nation.

Breadbar has two other L.A. locations: 3rd St. and Century City

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S Bar and its restaurant companion, Katsuya, are leading the resuscitation of the sketchier stretches of Hollywood Boulevard. The Philippe Starck-designed pair are bringing life (and more entrepreneurial interest) to this burgeoning neighborhood.

There's a Southern lilt to both the food and the hospitality at Govind Armstrong's farm-to-table venture.

At this casual Oaxacan restaurant in West LA, patrons are greeted with a heaping plate of warm tortilla chips topped with spicy mole, shredded Oaxacan cheese, and freshly made salsa.