Restaurants in Los Angeles

Lisa Eisner

Situated in the lobby of the historic Roosevelt Hotel, this 24-hour haunt adds a little punk to Hollywood Boulevard. Black-and-chrome tiles line the bar... Read More

Located at the corner of Abbot Kinney and San Juan in the small beach community of Venice, 3 Square Café is the creation of veteran chef... Read More

The name, which stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (the French system regulating the quality of local wines and cheeses),... Read More

Agostino Sciandri and actor Robert De Niro teamed to open this Tuscan trattoria in 1997. Out front, there are cypress and olive trees, as well as an... Read More

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

Robust regional fare with a modern twist makes this eatery a fresh edition to L.A.'s Italian dining landscape. Pop in for small plates like chopped... Read More

Authentic home-style Italian cooking—simple, rustic, and delicious—is the focus at chef-owner Gino Angelini’s unfussy restaurant. Old... Read More

The first restaurant in Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s mini empire is the opposite of plant-based. The decorations are minimal and the menu is stocked... Read More

The city’s top new restaurant may not, at first, seem very L.A.: plain, boxy interior; “Don’t Fear the Reaper” on the stereo;... Read More

Another master toiling in a low-rent location. Even weight-conscious Hollywood flocks to this strip mall where the other tenants include a fitness club,... Read More

This upscale steakhouse from the Smith brothers–Bob and Gregg–resides on Pasadena’s Arroyo Parkway and specializes in house-aged, hand... Read More

Tangy-sweet quesillo (soft, unripened cow’s-milk cheese) is the key to a mouthwatering pupusa: a disk of griddled corn flatbread filled with... Read More

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... Read More

Located on Venice’s chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Axe (pronounced ah-shay) is a simple, no-frills restaurant named after an old Yoruban saying... Read More

"Surrealist chic" is the prevailing vibe at this bar and lounge located in Jose Andres’ innovative Bazaar complex. Ground zero for upscale... Read More

Bar Lubitsch is a covert-feeling bar decorated in shades of red and gold, and further outfitted with crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The... Read More

Part of the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel, this restaurant and cocktail lounge is a magnet for Hollywood’s A-list, with former patrons... Read More

On the vanguard of the fermentation revolution, Noma alum Kwang Uh serves highly original takes on kimchi fried rice and a gruel-and-beets dish called... Read More

This dockside restaurant on manmade Lake Arrowhead dates to 1982 and specializes in sweet and savory Belgian waffles, including a play on Benedict, with... Read More

Frequented by Hollywood power players, this fine-dining landmark is housed inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The dining room is classically... Read More

Chef Ori Menashe and his wife, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, helped put the Arts District on the map when they opened Bestia. Here, the team cures meats... Read More

In 1975, before juice was trendy, this sliver of a juice joint began churning out fruit and vegetable concoctions for the health-obsessed. Today, it's... Read More

The name of this rustic restaurant and bar in the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa refers to its location along U.S. Highway 189. The bar has a sliced... Read More

It’s all about the cabra (goat) at this family-owned birriería in East LA, just five minutes from downtown. Established in 1972, the... Read More

Just east of Old Pasadena, this locally inspired French bistro is housed in a restored Art Deco building dating from 1939. Classic jazz music plays in... Read More

BLD is an acronym for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but perhaps this polished neighborhood resto should be called "BBLD" because the brunch is so... Read More

Those looking for Texas-style BBQ know that Bludso's does it best, serving up some of the city's best ribs, brisket, and smoked links. Chef ... Read More

An unexpected perk along a lonely stretch of warehouses in Culver City, this bakery's shaded patio and turquoise window frames are reminiscent of a... Read More

Premium beef, wine by the glass, and a location with a view mark this Santa Monica Blvd. Located just feet from the beach, the Pier, and the 3rd... Read More

Set in the Westfield Century City shopping mall, this bakery-meets-restaurant boasts a wood-paneled ceiling, sheer amoeba-like light fixtures, and tall... Read More

Ray Garcia's modern take on Mexican cuisine fits Downtown's emerging dining scene, bringing polish to dishes like camote, an Okinawa sweet potato with... Read More

This surf-themed establishment resides in far southern Long Beach, near the marina, along Alamitos Bay, and beyond a recessed entrance. Inside, Buster... Read More

Brunch goes south of the border at this Mexican deli. There are traditional favorites like killer huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles.... Read More

This chic café prepares wholesome, plant-based fare with flair. Each dish is named for an adjective that expresses gratitude, so ordering does double... Read More

An offshoot of the Surfas Restaurant Supply & Gourmet Food shop, this casual café serves breakfast and lunch dishes that incorporate artisan... Read More

Housed inside a 1929 Los Angeles building constructed by legendary Hollywood architect Roy Sheldon, famous for his opulent, Italian villa-inspired... Read More

Funky Middle Eastern décor and all-you-can-eat Iranian fare distinguish this eatery in the heart of Westwood. Located in Rancho Park, Canary... Read More

Craving matzo ball soup at 3:30am? No problem. This New York-style deli serves up Jewish specialties from pastrami sandwiches to smoked salmon plates 24... Read More

Located in Hollywood on Laurel Canyon Blvd., this deli and market serves up custom-made sandwiches and wine. Once a favorite hang-out for... Read More

Bruce Marder’s flagship Italian restaurant has been by the Santa Monica beach since 1999. The space includes a brick front, vaulted wood ceiling,... Read More

You might feel like you're biting into a garden at this ice cream parlor where fresh herbs, spices, flowers, and fruits guide the flavor creations. Rose... Read More

By no means pretentious, Carnitas Michoacán #3 attracts customers with its bright yellow and red sign reading “Tacos + Over 5 Zillion Sold.... Read More

Despite the restaurant's name, don't come here for the burger. Instead, order the tuna melt, which has no match in this city. This newly revamped K-Town... Read More

At Cassia, a restaurant named after the Chinese variety of cinnamon, you’ll find a few of the greatest hits from Chef Bryant Ng's sadly-shuttered Spice... Read More

A string of paper lanterns leads to the entrance of this upscale New American restaurant, housed in a small cottage dating from 1939. Dine on filet... Read More

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

The signature restaurant at Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa del Mar plays up its oceanfront location with unobstructed views of the Pacific and a... Read More

This atmospheric neighborhood bistro serves hearty French and Italian classics like beef bourguignon and sausage rigatoni paired with an excellent... Read More

Set amidst a myriad of food stalls in the Mercado la Paloma, an unassuming warehouse-style building in South LA, this family-owned eatery is renowned... Read More

This long-standing Monterey Park restaurant specializes in the lip-tingling cuisine from China’s Sichuan province. The dining room is spare, with... Read More

Serving a contemporary take on French bistro cuisine, this eatery loccated inside a New-York-style loft space in east downtown. Church and State... Read More

This French bistro is the next best thing to hopping a plane to Paris. Smoky mirrors and strings of glowing bulbs suspended overhead transport you to... Read More

For more than half a century, this old-school cafeteria has been serving hearty comfort foods inside a space with redwood forest décor. Clifford... Read More

Inventive tapas served in a loud, crowded dining room evoke the spirit of an authentic Spanish café at this West Hollywood eatery. Although... Read More

This is where Mid-City locals eat breakfast. Drawn in by smoked chorizo and potato breakfast burritos and Nicole Rucker’s pastries, this small cafe... Read More

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... Read More

This casual French brasserie from chef David Myers resides amidst a sea of upscale clothing shops in West Hollywood. The dining space has cushioned... Read More

Rustic accents like stools made from old tractor seats and servers' burlap aprons set the scene for farm-fresh American fare at this chic yet down-to... Read More

Though it's now gone national, this gourmet ice cream sandwich purveyor was born on the streets of Los Angeles in a modified postal van. Pick your... Read More

Choose your own cocktail adventure at this modern mixology haven, where the emphasis is on seasonal, organic ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers... Read More

Cora's Coffee Shoppe, a short walk from Santa Monica beach, is part coffee house and part cafe. The interior of this smooth-stucco building has lots of... Read More

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... Read More

Vegan goes fine-dining at this refined resto. The menu of Mediterranean small plates changes seasonally, but you might find a Bloomsdale spinach salad... Read More

Southeast Asian antiques and a glassed-in stream that serves as a walkway sets the Euro-Vietnamese atmosphere at Crustacean. Waterfalls and large... Read More

Wolfgang Puck opened CUT in 2006 inside the Beverly Wilshire hotel. The menu focuses on dry-aged beef; cuts range from filet mignon to porterhouse to... Read More

Easily L.A.’s most delicious new lunch hangout. Chef Jordan Kahn, formerly of Red Medicine, will blow your mind with a beef tartare you may mistake for... Read More

In 2001, Frank Yang expanded his father Bingyi’s revered dumpling house from Taipei to Los Angeles in 2000, anchoring an Arcadia strip mall near... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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 800... Read More

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

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

The juice bar at this posh natural grocery store embraces Hippocrates' adage "Let food be thy medicine." The emphasis is on custom-blended drinks to... Read More

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... Read More

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 tablecloths... Read More

With high-ceilinged dining rooms, ornate chandeliers, and gilded wall treatments, this downtown restaurant recalls the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties.... Read More

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

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

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

The legendary Office Burger at this foodie gastropub touched off the gourmet burger craze back in 2000, and for good reason. The dry-aged beef patty is... Read More

Named for the old Heinz 57 loading dock in which it's ensconced, this industrial-chic resto is all about variety. Every three months, a different... Read More

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

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

Can produce get any more local? At this hip gourmet deli, a portion of the fruits and veggies comes from backyard gardeners in the city. So you'll... Read More

One of Los Angeles' first gastropubs, this downtown Culver City spot serves a rotating American Regional menu in an interior of wood surfaces, polished... Read More

Serving French cuisine, Fraîche was founded by Chef Jason Travi and is now run by Ben Bailly, formerly of Petrossian, so while the focus is on an... Read More

Located in a bright red two-story building on Hollywood Boulevard, the Geisha House makes a bold statement before patrons even enter the dramatic, dimly... Read More

There's no shortage of excellent Korean food in L.A., but when it comes to the quality of meat and bounty of banchan, Genwa remains king. There's a... Read More

You'll typically find chef Travis Lett at the farmer's market when he's not behind the stoves at his restaurant, the bright new light on ever-trendy... Read More

If you can't find something you want to eat at Gjusta, we can't help you. Feast your eyes on the enticing pastry case stocked cookies, croissants, cakes... Read More

In a town infatuated with the next new thing, Greenblatt’s Delicatessen on Sunset Blvd qualifies as that rare LA institution. A film industry... Read More

This sought-after truck serves up decidedly adult takes on the kid-food favorite. Design-your-own possibilities range from classic cheddar on French... Read More

Guelaguetza was one of the first Oaxacan restaurants to open in Los Angeles, exposing denizens to the glory of the region’s mole and mezcal. They’ve... Read More

This gourmet truck serves up tacos "guerilla" style, meaning the menu and the location are always a surprise. The choices depend on what's freshest at... Read More

Chef Wes Avila first started Guerilla Tacos in 2012 as a small street cart stationed outside his favorite coffee shops. Now, it’s a roving taco truck... Read More

Born in Boyle Heights, a historically Mexican-American enclave, this taco chainlet serves up rustic corn tortillas filled with a variety of guisados ... Read More

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

Savory lasagna cupcakes are this truck's claim to fame, and they reflect Heirloom LA's dedication to handcrafted, seasonal food and sustainable sourcing... Read More

Situated atop the Hotel Erwin, this open-air lounge affords views of the Pacific Ocean (stunning at sunset), Santa Monica foothills, and the funky... Read More

Celebrated chef David Myers opened this rustic-cum-modern spot in January 2013, and the food cognoscenti is still buzzing about the fusion fare, which... Read More

After training at San Francisco’s renowned Tartine Bakery, pastry chef Zoe Nathan teamed up with husband Josh Loeb to open this popular café... Read More

Do you like green eggs and ham? If it's Huckleberry's version of organic eggs, La Quercia prosciutto, pesto, and arugula, the answer is most likely yes.... Read More

This seafood-focused restaurant resides in a courtyard of the Sunset & Vine mixed-use development complex. This original location helped propel chef... Read More

Since 1997, this Monica Blvd restaurant has been bringing contemporary Italian cuisine to West LA diners. Redesigned by Osvaldo Maiozzi in 2005, the... Read More

This au courant downtown eatery bills its "urban farm cuisine" as old-country French fare like grandma makes—if grandma had sleeve tattoos. Don't be... Read More

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... Read More

Established in 1986, this West L.A. restaurant specialized in authentic Persian cuisine. The dining room, designed with polished granite and etched... Read More

This French bistro from chef-owner Raphael Lunetta opened in 1996, and stops just short of fine dining. The restaurant has brown awnings and... Read More

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... Read More

First founded in 1995 as a catering company, Joan’s on Third is now one of the most popular eateries in Mid-City West. Part café and part... Read More

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, equal parts chefs and restaurateurs, operate what are arguably L.A.’s best-loved restaurants—Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec... Read More

With red-and-white checked tablecloths and a rock-'n'-roll jukebox, this lively Italian restaurant keeps things festive until 2:00am nightly. The full... Read More

The French- and Mediterranean-kissed American fare at neighborhood fine-dining gem Josie is some of the most highly regarded on the Westside. Organic,... Read More

Opened by the late Susan Campoy in 1985, San Marino café has since expanded in size and scope with the help of her daughters. The restaurant... Read More

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... Read More

At this West Hollywood Japanese restaurant, trendy patrons settle into an equally trendy, 6,000-sq-ft dining room that features large arched windows,... Read More

Brentwood’s most popular sushi destination happens to be the chain restaurant Katsuya by Starck. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and design... Read More

Hollywood loves its sushi, especially when it comes in as glam a package as this Phillipe Starck-designed bar/resto. You might spy starlets like Jessica... Read More

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Tokyo native Ken Namba has owned this sushi-oriented restaurant on the edge of Sawtelle Boulevard’s Olympic Collection since the late ‘90s,... Read More

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... Read More

This cult-favorite food truck fuses two of LA's most iconic ethnic foods—Mexican and Korean—and was one of the first gourmet trucks to spark a Twitter... Read More

A well-known food vendor, the roving Kogi food trucks serve Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine. The brainchild of Korean-American chef Roy Choi... Read More

With its sultry, feng-shui-conscious design, flickering candlelight, and crowds of A-listers sipping sake martinis, Koi is perhaps better known for its... Read More

Grilled meat on a stick over an open fire pit and lots of free-flowing sake: this is how one dines at Kokekko, a longtime fixture in Little Tokyo and go... Read More

Though it started as a food truck, this fusion taco purveyor has expanded into two different brick-and-mortar café spaces due to the high demand for its... Read More

This longtime haunt of President Ronald Reagan dates back to 1966, when George Smith, Jimmy Ullo, and George Raft brought “the sweet life... Read More

In funky Silver Lake, this coffee shop offers a five-page menu of java drinks—all prepared in your choice of brewing device, from a siphon (which... Read More

Like vintage Buicks and aging divas, old delicatessens preserve themselves well in the southern California sunshine. Canter’s, Nate ’n Al,... Read More

Laurel Hardware has a healthy and delicious kale-and-feta salad. Read More

Catering mostly to the West-LA office crowd, Lemon Moon Café serves American lunch and breakfast classics with a twist. The latest brainchild of... Read More

High-end comfort food is what you’ll find at this Wilshire Blvd eatery that reopened in 2009 in a more laid-back incarnation. Formerly called... Read More

Inspired by the lobster shacks of Maine, this truck hawks New England-style lobster and crab rolls, clam chowder, and lobster bisque. The scrumptious... Read More

The original Lotería stand is a landmark at the Third Street Farmers’ Market; this newer location serves the same note-perfect tacos in a... Read More

It doesn't get more SoCal than a beach city restaurant with its own garden. If you're after California-inspired Italian fare (think wood-fired pizzas,... Read More

Harold Lloyd’s former West Hollywood carriage house now belongs to chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier Caroline Styne. A Spanish tiled roof protects... Read More

Located just across from Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Lucy’s El Adobe Café has its industry connections on conspicuous display... Read More

Located in the Miracle Mile district not far from the Page Museum, Luna Park serves mostly French and Italian food with American and... Read More

Kyoto native Akira Hirose honed his culinary style under the tutelage of famed Frenchman Joel Robuchon and opened this refined Asian-influenced... Read More

It's like something out of Portlandia: this eatery at the end of the Malibu Pier is a place where the organic, free-range chicken you ordered was... Read More

Located on the north end of Malibu, this casual seafood market and café is popular with surfers and sunbathers. Mark Ridgeway and his partners... Read More

Locaated on La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row, this fusion concept was groundbreaking for Japanese-Peruvian cooking when Nobuyuki &ldquo... Read More

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s seasonal tasting menu restaurant features a singular item of California produce each month, and hones in on applications... Read More

Santa Monica native Josiah Citrin opened Mélisse in 1999, and it remains one of the city’s last bastions for fine dining. The space is... Read More

Open since 1979, this former fine dining establishment recently loosened its tie for a more "upscale-casual" audience. But the insanely delicious burger... Read More

The confoundingly underrated Ricardo Zarate—a Lima, Peru, native and former sushi chef—works wonders with Peruvian ceviche at this hidden... Read More

Despite its unassuming strip mall location, Monte Alban’s affordable and authentic Oaxacan dishes have made it a popular choice for Mexican... Read More

Juice is the nectar of the hipsters at this trendy juice haven with outposts in LA's coolest 'hoods. The menu lists the health benefits of the raw,... Read More

Starry-eyed couples flock to this Malibu beachfront restaurant to dine to the sound of the waves. Cozy up on one of the day beds on the deck to watch... Read More

Minimalist décor and maxi-prices mark this West-LA sushi spot featuring traditional Japanese cuisine with California influences. Unassuming in... Read More

Established by movie producer turned barbecue master Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs has a Sherman Oaks branch on Ventura Boulevard.... Read More

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

Given the name of this eclectic Culver City café, it's not surprising that there's lots of attention given to just-picked produce. But in... Read More

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... Read More

Chef Niki Nakamaya stands out for her artful approach to kaiseki. She grows her own organic vegetables, and the dishes take your taste buds on a... Read More

Chef Kris Yenbamroong may not have attended a culinary school, but his experience growing up in his family’s restaurant inspired him to open this space... Read More

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

Since opening their first shop slanging pho and bun bo hue on Sawtelle, Nong La has expanded to open a second, even more design-forward Veitnamese... Read More

This long-standing Big Bear spot is known for its breakfast, which includes everything from egg-and-meat scrambles to waffles, even omelettes. Lunch and... Read More

This saloon looks as though it was plucked right out of the wild west with its old wood paneling and antlers to greet you at the door. In a city filled... Read More

Located at the upscale Shutters at the Beach hotel, this restaurant is noted for its proximity to Santa Monica's pier and beach, both of which are... Read More

Sake-thirsty patrons come to this West LA eatery for the European, Asian and Californian cuisines served tapas-style. More informal than his flagship... Read More

This lively Italian restaurant from Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joseph Bastianich is located next door to its more casual sister establishment,... Read More

Organic, ciabatta-crust pizzas and homemade pastas reign at this earthy Laurel Canyon eatery that once housed Café Galleria (a &lsquo... Read More

Escape the bustle of the city completely at this organic Italian restaurant tucked into woodsy Laurel Canyon. Sultry red walls, candlelight, and... Read More

A Los Angeles landmark since 1921, this traditional steakhouse is located in a replica railway dining car adorned with overstuffed armchairs, plush... Read More

Ensconced in a rail car replica from the 1920s, this Los Angeles institution is known for its flame-grilled steaks and 24-hour service. Dark period... Read More

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... Read More

Housed in an early-20th-century brick building, Parkway Grill serves a dressed-up menu of American cuisine in two dining rooms of soft lighting and live... Read More

Located in the basement of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, this Michelin-rated restaurant is a downtown favorite for pre-theater... Read More

Authentic, homemade Italian classics are what distinguish Brentwood’s Pecorino. Inside the dining room, iron chandeliers hang overhead from wooden... Read More

Ice cream seems like less of a guilty pleasure at this one-of-a-kind shop, where it's churned by bicycle! Join their Peddler's Club to pitch in, burning... Read More

Farm-to-taco? Yes. This rockin' taqueria sources its produce from organic farmers’ markets and its own rooftop garden. It also has quite the chefly... Read More

The restaurant is hidden beside a Crown Escrow outlet in a derelict mini-mall. Despite the lack of signage, the long, narrow room is jammed from noon to... Read More

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... Read More

When Nancy Silverton teamed up with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to create—heaven help us all—a pizza parlor, you kind of knew it would... Read More

Burgers take a postmodern turn at this local comfort-food chainlet. The perfectly charred beef patty is paired with house-made American cheese infused... Read More

This stylish, buzzing neighborhood spot skips across continents with urban Latin cuisine from throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The emphasis is on... Read More

The largest fast food chain in Latin America, Pollo Campero (meaning “country chicken”) was first founded in Guatemala in 1971. Then, in... Read More

Located in the Beverly Hills Hotel, this bar and restaurant remains a destination for entertainment-industry folks and tourists decades after its... Read More

With local, organic, pasture-raised beef and farmers’ market produce, this casual-cool burger joint defies all fast-food tropes. Build your own burger... Read More

There's a Southern lilt to both the food and the hospitality at Govind Armstrong's farm-to-table venture. The slatted wood tables and herb/veggie garden... Read More

Jazz-age Paris is the inspiration for this sultry cocktail lair. Red velvet banquettes, fringed lamps, and a working fireplace impart a boudoir feel,... Read More

This small juice bar and café powers you up with creative, organic plant-based cuisine that reflects LA's international diversity. The eclectic... Read More

Considering a juice cleanse? This rapidly expanding chain of juice stores is one of LA's most popular sources for those making the plunge. Each cleanse... Read More

Wild seafood in its "purest and simplest form" is the guiding passion behind Executive Chef Michael Comarusti’s Providence, LA. Combining East... Read More

The exceptional Japanese food has drawn locals and adventurous West Siders since 1991. Read More

Located in an American Craftsman bungalow that housed the caretaker of a 1920's-era hotel once on the property, the Raymond serves American dishes with... Read More

Walter Manzke has once again hit his stride, this time showcasing his California-French style cooking in Mid-City. During the day, queues stretch out... Read More

The Baja-style fish and shrimp tacos at Ricky's have a cult following. That might have something to do with the addictive golden batter that enrobes the... Read More

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

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is what happens when a Waffle House marries a Memphis meat ‘n’ three and drives off to find fame... Read More

This reservations-only tea room overlooks the landscaped rose gardens of the Huntington, a cultural center that includes an art collection, library, and... Read More

Angelenos have many options for Thai food—some of the best in the country, in fact—but significantly less so after 2am. Open most nights... Read More

Comforting soups and rice dishes make Thai food one of the most popular late-night cravings, and Ruen Pair does some of the tastiest versions in town.... Read More

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... Read More

Your carnivore friends might be converted to veganism at this hip, casual bistro. They definitely won't miss the meat in well-executed dishes like... Read More

LA’s Millenium Biltmore Hotel is home to this swank sushi bar and Asian fusion restaurant. More minimalist (and Zen) than its opulent surroundings... Read More

For a strip mall storefront in Koreatown, this is wildly ambitious fare. The roster of elevated American comfort food boasts worldly influences, whether... Read More

Saladang Song is the sister restaurant to neighboring Saladang, which offers traditional Thai dishes. Within its concrete and geometric metalwork facade... Read More

This Portland-based purveyor of artisanal ice cream recently opened its first LA shop to much fanfare. The "farm-to-cone" ice cream is made onsite in... Read More

Farm-to-table meets nose-to-tail at this casual New American bistro/butcher. The kitchen uses California-raised meats (including unusual cuts like pig... Read More

Talk about farm-to-table: no ingredient travels longer than six hours (by car) to arrive at this New American kitchen. Though the daily-changing menu is... Read More

A vibrant neon sign illuminates the front patio seating at this authentic Thai café, where patrons can savor affordable, homemade dishes until 3... Read More

You might think you've stepped into a private townhouse in Savannah, Georgia, at this Southern-themed saloon…and, well, you have. The home was... Read More

Think of the wildest ice cream flavor you can imagine, write it on the Scoops chalkboard, and you just might see it in the ice cream case the following... Read More

Whether you're prepping your stomach for a night out or recovering from one, the guys at food-truck-turned-restaurant Seoul Sausage have you covered... Read More

In the area known as Little Persia or the Iranian restaurant row, Shamshiri Grill serves Mediterranean fare in a spacious dining room with black tables,... Read More

There’s a lot to like about a superior sushi joint disguised as a hole in wall and located next door to a 7-Eleven. As under the radar as LA sushi... Read More

Ensconced in a chili bowl-shaped space (it was a former chili restaurant), this superb sushi bar doles out an exquisite omakase. The selection varies... Read More

Simon L.A., located inside the Sofitel Los Angeles, is the creation of Chef Kerry Simon, known as the “Rock and Roll Chef.” Simon, who has... Read More

Spanish chef Perfecto Rocher is a master paella maker, so you'll want to stop by for Sunday paella nights at this authentic Catalan hotspot. During the... Read More

Chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck opened his flagship California cuisine restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in 1982, later moving it to this location in... Read More

Husband-and-wife team Charles and Candace Nelson left their investment banking careers for the cupcake industry in 2005, opening this flagship... Read More

What started as a small preserves company in 2011 has now grown into one of Los Angeles' most popular breakfast and lunch spots. You may find yourself... Read More

This off-the-beaten-path eatery turns out an extraordinary brunch that manages to be both decadent and healthy. Relish steel-cut oatmeal topped with... Read More

Stefan Richter was everyone’s favorite villain—and eclectic Finnish/German chef—on Season 5. Even though he didn’t win (he... Read More

Fourth-generation islander Steve Bray opened this seafood and steak restaurant, just steps from the pier, in 2001. The upstairs dining room has... Read More

The Hollywood location of this burgers-and-brews chainlet is open until 4:00am nightly, which makes it an ideal pit stop for the club crowd spilling out... Read More

This local chainlet is helmed by renowned sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, who scours the fish market each morning for the best catch. He cleaves to a... Read More

Once a private penthouse, this indoor/outdoor roof lounge retains a sense of glamour from the seaside hotel's heyday in the Golden Age of Hollywood.... Read More

Japanese street food has arrived in Santa Monica with the opening of this perky omusubi shop. The tasty, grab-and-go treats consist of warm Japanese... Read More

Lauded as some of the city's best, the sushi and sashimi dished up at this Japanese restaurant is fresh and authentic. In an understated dining room... Read More

Despite its strip mall locale, this West LA sushi joint is known for fresh seafood and upscale prices. There isn't a menu at this restaurant, and... Read More

This strip-mall sushi spot may have spartan decor, but the purist omakase is filled with exceptional flavors that more than make up for the bland... Read More

This downtown juice bar keeps the atmospheric frills to a minimum to focus on what's most important: the liquid goods. The result is flawless, made-to... Read More

The ice cream here tastes just like it might in a small town. Everything−from the small-batch ice creams to the homemade marshmallows to the waffle... Read More

This East Los Angeles spot specializes in fish and shrimp tacos and burritos. Tacos are made with fresh, crispy-battered fish or seafood and pico de... Read More

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Suzanne Goin’s breezy 2010-opened restaurant-café-food shop in Brentwood is precisely the sort of place where unadventurous diners order... Read More

If you think swanky eateries like Spago and Koi are the only ones you’ll have trouble getting into in L.A., think again. Since 1947, this... Read More

Since 1947, this greasy spoon has been slinging burgers at its U-shaped counter. There aren't a lot of frills, but the signature steakburger and... Read More

In a city as casual as L.A. it's rare to have an excuse to dress up for dinner. Enter The Arthur J, a nod to the Mad Men era of dining in both sentiment... Read More

The restaurant—a $12 million collaboration at the SLS Hotel between the madcap Spanish chef José Andrés, designer Philippe Starck,... Read More

An array of sophisticated venues occupying one space, the Bazaar by José Andrés is a sprawling "indoor piazza" named one of America&rsquo... Read More

Immortalized in the 1996 flick Swingers, this Los Feliz cocktail bar and Continental restaurant was established in 1954. The Rat Pack-era lounge has... Read More

Affable chef-owner Eric Greenspan is passionate about both food and music, which he brings together at his trendy yet intimate restaurant in the heart... Read More

On Sunset Boulevard, wake up with a breakfast suited for champions, not carb-conscious celebrities. There are 18 over-sized hotcakes to choose from on... Read More

Enjoy the New American cuisine—spicy Louisiana crab cakes, homemade butterscotch sundaes—in the intimate, folksy dining room of this Los... Read More

Behind an unmarked door awaits a secret garden patio and European-style villa with plenty of nooks for canoodling couples. Nibble on French-Moroccan... Read More

There's a carnivalesque theme to this convivial boîte, with neon tarot cards marking the entrance and murals of vintage circus scenes gracing the walls.... Read More

The Hotel Wilshire plays host to this chic lounge and restaurant set around a sparkling pool. Cabanas, day beds, and pool loungers all offer a front-row... Read More

The spot garnishes 11 types of brats and sausages with more than 70 toppings, including truffle oil and kimchi. Read More

This West Hollywood Mexican joint is modeled after a colonial Spanish Hacienda. The Spanish Kitchen has Tecate tile, antique wood doors, and period... Read More

Hidden inside Cole's French dip restaurant, this cocktail den has a Prohibition-era feel, with dimly glowing wall sconces, flocked wallpaper, and an... Read More

At this retro diner-meets-coffee shop near the Hollywood Palladium, the menu (as the name suggests) focuses mainly on one item: waffles. Owner... Read More

Hans Rockenwagner brings 30 years of cooking experience in Germany, Switzerland, Chicago, and Los Angeles to this small café and bakery in Venice... Read More

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... Read More

Wine enthusiasts are wild about this West LA “wine restaurant” combining appealing Mediterranean dishes with a muscular cellar. Located atop... Read More

This downtown newcomer is the hippest urban high point around. Though other downtown bars might be loftier in the vertical sense, the Ace's cityscape... Read More

Set on Beverly Hills's Rodeo Drive, this celebrated sushi spot is undoubtedly a splurge. Chef Hiro Urasawa trained under famed sushi master Masa... Read More

Round red lanterns floating above the street guide visitors to the sidewalk patio of this Vietnamese café in Chinatown’s Central Plaza... Read More

Owner Piero Selvaggio opened this small wine and cocktail bar inside his flagship Italian restaurant, Valentino, which he established in 1972 after imm... Read More

Denise Weber leads her staff and daughter Olivia through the steps of baking and decorating as cheerfully as Snow White inculcated her dwarfs. Violet's... Read More

Situated between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, just 1½ miles from UCLA, the W Los Angeles – Westwood is a pet-friendly boutique hotel... Read More

From sea urchin and octopus to crispy skin duck and flat iron steak, Wabi-Sabi dishes up California-infused Japanese sushi and cuisine. House specials... Read More

Interior designer Thomas Schoos transformed this former German eatery into a trendy restaurant. From the main dining room with its ambient lighting and... Read More

In the midst of downtown’s Fashion District, WoodSpoon is a small, sweet café serving homespun Brazilian fare with heart. Chef-owner... Read More

Brews and brauts are the main attraction at this downtown version of a German biergarten. Wurstküche’s brauts range from traditional... Read More

This hidden gem is nestled in a historic Japanese mansion in the hills above Hollywood. Teak pagodas, terraced Japanese gardens, and stunning views of... Read More

Located in Los Feliz, Yuca’s is a no-frills, family-owned taco stand that has been serving up authentic Mexican food to residents of Los Angeles... Read More

Zeke’s highlights the best of American barbecue from major regions throughout the country: Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Longhorn beef... Read More

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... Read More

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