Los Angeles

Restaurants in Los Angeles

Locaated on La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row, this fusion concept was groundbreaking for Japanese-Peruvian cooking when Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa opened it in 1987. The space contains a sushi bar and simple wooden tables.

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Set in the Westfield Century City shopping mall, this bakery-meets-restaurant boasts a wood-paneled ceiling, sheer amoeba-like light fixtures, and tall glass partitions. Patrons also enjoy dining outside on the spacious patio, warmed by heaters during the winter.

It stands to reason that the same town that gave us In-N-Out Burger would deliver a wiener equivalent. Enter Pink's, whose franks are as worthy of a pre- or post-Oscar detour as that burger joint's.

This French bistro from chef-owner Raphael Lunetta opened in 1996, and stops just short of fine dining. The restaurant has brown awnings and arched windows outside, and inside, canary-yellow walls, ground-floor and mezzanine seating, and crystal chandeliers.

Located in the downtown Omni Los Angeles Hotel, Noé opened in 2003 and offers an ever-changing menu of Neo Bistro cuisine.

Koi

With its sultry, feng-shui-conscious design, flickering candlelight, and crowds of A-listers sipping sake martinis, Koi is perhaps better known for its glitzy scene than it is for its Japanese-inspired food.

This surf-themed establishment resides in far southern Long Beach, near the marina, along Alamitos Bay, and beyond a recessed entrance. Inside, Buster’s has blue floors and stools, wood tables, a central bar, and flat-screen TVs galore, though diners may prefer water views.

On Fridays, cockle-warming abgoost is the daily special: a bowl of hearty lamb, tomato, and bean soup accompanied by sprigs of tarragon and mint, raw onions and radish, warm barbari bread, and a tongue-tingling sour torshi (minced pickle).

For more than half a century, this old-school cafeteria has been serving hearty comfort foods inside a space with redwood forest décor. Clifford Clifton, who established the restaurant in 1935, was inspired by the Santa Cruz Mountains and a desire to bring cheer to Depression-weary downtown.

French-inspired dishes in an atmosphere of understated style mark this Melrose Avenue eatery fast becoming one of Southern California’s top restaurants.

Palate is a restaurant, wine lounge, and retail wine shop, all housed on the ground floor of a 1920’s industrial space. The restaurant’s menu rotates weekly, and dishes are designed around wine pairings.