Los Angeles

Restaurants in Los Angeles

Axe

Located on Venice’s chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Axe (pronounced ah-shay) is a simple, no-frills restaurant named after an old Yoruban saying that means “go with the power of the gods and goddesses.” Built with congona and black acacia wood, the interior contains boxy wooden countertops,

"Surrealist chic" is the prevailing vibe at this bar and lounge located in Jose Andres’ innovative Bazaar complex. Ground zero for upscale hipsters and jet setters, Bar Centro features curtained nooks with area rugs and modern couches, as well as a central communal table.

Upscale eats in a downscale neighborhood, Jitlada serves the finest in southern Thai cuisine in a cozy and colorful Thai Town joint on Sunset. Despite its less-upscale neighbors (a strip club and a 99-cent store across the way), the restaurant serves high quality food.

Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen was inspired by owner Josh Loeb’s monthly dinners with friends in a tree house set in the Rustic Canyon neighborhood.

Founded in 1919, this landmark eatery is located in its original spot along the star-inlayed sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. The bar is known for its martinis, and steaks and chops dominate the dinner menu, along with items like calf’s sweetbreads, turkey á la king, and Welsh rarebit.

This L.A. born coffee chain arose in 1963 and now competes with bigger chains in California. This longtime location in family-friendly Larchmont Village has limited space indoors.

For the brother-sister duo of Fernando and Bricia Lopez, Guelaguetza is a vehicle that allows them to share their family's deep love of Oaxacan cuisine with the rest of LA.

This recently opened granita bar in the Farmers Market serves up the perfect cool-down for a hot day. The granitas' chunky ice crystals give them more heft than ice cream, with considerably less guilt.

The marquee restaurant in Hotel Casa Del Mar, Catch overlooks the Pacific Ocean, which is visible from the bar and dining room.

Located in a residential neighborhood, this restaurant serves California cuisine with global influences, many of them Moroccan.