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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.

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  • Drago Centro

    Located inside Bank of America’s old high-rise buildling, this downtown eatery serves California-influenced Italian cuisine. Modeled after an urb ...

  • Drago Ristorante

  • El Borrego de Oro #2

    The second of three branches, this traditional Mexican eatery opened in 2003 and is located on East Washington Boulevard in southeast LA. The inter...

  • El Carmen

    At El Carmen, the main attraction is, without a doubt, the drinks. This centrally located eatery offers more than 300 varieties of tequila and an e...

  • El Taurino

    Located in Koreatown just two miles from the University of Southern California, this casual Mexican café often has visitors lining up outside the d...

  • Empress Pavilion

    This "Grande Dame" of Chinatown is the go-to spot for Angelinos craving dim sum in the downtown area. With sliding walls that open to accommodate 8...

  • Encounter Restaurant

    Standing 70 feet high, this restaurant and bar overlooks the runways at LAX, making it a destination spot for taking in 360-degreee views. Encounte...

  • Enoteca Drago

    Enoteca Drago is Sicily native Celestino Drago’s wine-focused restaurant and bar, which debuted in downtown Beverly Hills in 2004. Drago and managi...

  • Fab Hot Dogs

    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 ho...

  • Fabrocini’s

    Italian comfort food is on the menu at this cozy restaurant tucked into Glen Center just off of Mulholland Drive. A homey spot with white tableclot...

  • Falcon

    Somewhat hidden inside a vine-covered stucco building, this Hollywood restaurant and lounge attracts a fashionable crowd for both dinner and late n...

  • Father's Office

    Despite its infamously strict dining policies (no substitutions, no subtractions, and no ketchup, to name a few), this lively gastropub still manag...

  • Father's Office

    Order the Office Burger, a fancily dressed interloper made with ground dry-aged chuck, topped with a smoky bacon and caramelized-onion compote, Gru...

  • Firefly Bistro

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

  • Flake

    Located in a hipster Venice neighborhood, Flake’s entrance is marked with a wood surfboard propped against the wall. Customers at the small place c...


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