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.

Korean BBQ reigns at this asymmetrical Culver City night spot, now home to the popular eats once available only on Kogi Food Trucks. Alibi Room is a small bar occupying an oddly shaped space on Washington Blvd.

After working as Michael Jackson’s private chef, Akasha Richmond opened this namesake restaurant to showcase her signature farm-to-table cuisine.

Power lunchers adore this outpost of New York celebrity chef (and Top Chef host) Tom Colicchio, whose daily-changing menus are famous for their seasonal, artisanal ingredients. host) Tom Colicchio, whose daily-changing menus are famous for their seasonal, artisanal ingredients.

Caterers Bill Dertouzo and partner Susan McAlindon sell cupcakes in striped boxes with inner rings to hold the confections in place. You can even get a box for one. But unless it's a gift, a single rarely makes it out the door.

Located in Koreatown just two miles from the University of Southern California, this casual Mexican café often has visitors lining up outside the door for signature dishes like the burrito de carne asada, stuffed with tender grilled steak, and the tacos al pastor featuring marin

Frequented by Hollywood power players, this fine-dining landmark is housed inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The dining room is classically designed with bronze wall sconces, oversize flower arrangements, white tablecloths, and sage-green banquettes facing the adjacent garden patio.

Jar

Centrally located near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, Jar is a modern chophouse that draws inspiration from supper clubs of the 1940's. The dining room has brown banquettes surrounded by wood-paneled walls covered with old black-and-white photographs.

After training at San Francisco’s renowned Tartine Bakery, pastry chef Zoe Nathan teamed up with husband Josh Loeb to open this popular café, known for its use of local, organic ingredients.

By no means pretentious, Carnitas Michoacán #3 attracts customers with its bright yellow and red sign reading “Tacos + Over 5 Zillion Sold.” The sign says it all, and Los Angeles natives know that Carnitas Michoacán #3 serves flavorful, affordable Mexican cuisine any hour of the day.

John Rivera Sedlar, the Santa Fe–born chef who pioneered Southwestern cuisine two decades ago, makes his long-awaited return to the kitchen at Rivera.