Los Angeles Restaurants

Los Angeles may be known for its beach living and celebrity-infused backdrop, but it was once a farm town. The hillsides were covered in citrus orchards and dairy farms, and agriculture was a major industry. Today, even as L.A. is urbanized, the city's culinary landscape has re-embraced a local, sustainable, and seasonal philosophy at many levels—from fine dining to street snacks.

With a growing interest in farm-to-fork, the city's farmers' market scene has exploded, becoming popular at big-name restaurants and small eateries alike. In Hollywood and Santa Monica you can often find high-profile chefs scouring farm stands for fresh produce.

Yet the status of the celebrity chef continues to carry weight around this town. People follow the culinary zeitgeist with the same fervor as celebrity gossip. You can queue up with the hungry hordes at Mozza or try and snag a reservation to the ever-popular Trois Mec that’s much like getting a golden ticket these days. Elsewhere, the seasonally driven bakery and insanely popular Huckleberry in Santa Monica has been given a Brentwood counterpart with the rustically sweet Milo & Olive created by the same owners. In Culver City, a run-down International House of Pancakes has been turned into the ski chalet–inspired A-Frame Tavern. The Ace Hotel opened an L.A. chapter Downtown, creating a hip haven when you can enjoy cocktails and locally sourced menu items poolside or in the restaurant.

Ethnic eats continue to be a backbone to the L.A. dining scene. People head to the San Gabriel Valley for dim sum, ramen, and unassuming taco lounges; Koreatown for epic Korean cooking and late-night coffeehouses; and West L.A. and "the Valley" for phenomenal sushi. Latin food is well represented in the city, making it tough to choose between Guatemalan eateries, Peruvian restaurants, nouveau Mexican bistros, and Tijuana-style taco trucks. With so many dining options, sometimes the best strategy is simply to drive and explore.

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  • 1. Gwen

    $$$$ | Hollywood | Steakhouse

    Upscale carnivores: this is your heaven. A fine-dining restaurant that serves impossibly exquisite dishes in a copper-and-marble setting. Cooking...Read More

  • 2. Osteria Mozza

    $$$ | Hollywood | Italian

    How close do you think you can get to divinity? At chef Nancy Silverton’s passion project–slash–culinary masterpiece, you’ll come pretty damn...Read More

  • 3. Pink's Hot Dogs

    $ | Hollywood | Hot Dog

    Since 1939, Angelenos and tourists alike have been lining up at this roadside hot dog stand. But Pink’s is more than just an institution, it...Read More

  • 4. Providence

    $$$$ | Hollywood | Seafood

    This is widely considered one of the best seafood restaurants in the country, and chef-owner Michael Cimarusti elevates sustainably driven fine...Read More

  • 5. 25 Degrees

    $ | Hollywood | American

    Proudly serving its signature burgers, fries, and shakes, 25 Degrees has won awards for having one of the best burgers in town. At street level...Read More

  • 6. Asanebo

    $$$ | Studio City | Japanese

    Asanebo is one of L.A.'s finest sushi restaurants. Once strictly a sashimi bar, this inviting, no-frills establishment introduced top-quality...Read More

  • 7. Baroo

    $ | Hollywood | Asian

    This nondescript strip mall spot (there's no sign out front) serves healthy portions of Korean/Italian hybrids at reasonable prices. There are...Read More

  • 8. Bea Bea’s

    $ | Burbank | American

    Just because Bea Bea’s is a no-nonsense kind of place, it doesn’t mean the food isn’t special. This diner serves breakfast food that is about...Read More

  • 9. Ca' del Sole

    $$ | North Hollywood | Italian

    With antique wood hutches, copper moldings, and a fireplace, this establishment draws a diverse clientele in search of grilled octopus drizzled...Read More

  • 10. Café Gratitude

    $$ | Hollywood | Vegetarian

    Of L.A.’s long list of vegan restaurants, this is among the best, with luscious dishes that are also social media worthy. But it’s more than...Read More

  • 11. Café Sierra

    $$$ | Universal City | Seafood

    Don’t let the fact that this airy Californian and pan-Asian spot is located inside a Hilton Hotel scare you; Café Sierra has a drool-worthy...Read More

  • 12. Centanni Trattoria

    $$ | Burbank | Italian

    In a city full of adventurous restaurants touting new takes on traditional dishes and swanking about with bells and whistles and stunning interiors...Read More

  • 13. Dongpo

    $$ | Universal City | Chinese

    Upmarket regional Chinese cuisine chain Meizhou Dongpo tries its hand at bringing its modern take on authentic Sichuanese cuisine with Dongpo...Read More

  • 14. Firefly

    $$$ | Studio City | American

    One minute you’re in an old library quickly converted into a lounge, the next you’re in the cabana of a modest country club. True, Firefly looks...Read More

  • 15. Good Neighbor Restaurant

    $ | Studio City | American

    Its walls may be heavy with framed photographs of film and TV stars, and folks from the biz might regularly grace its tables, but this Studio...Read More

  • 16. Grub

    $ | Hollywood | Contemporary

    The name Grub perfectly captures the kind of good, hearty, comforting American food that you’ll feast on at this flower-adorned, 1920s Hollywood...Read More

  • 17. Hayat’s Kitchen

    $ | North Hollywood | Lebanese

    Sit down to a table piled high with assorted hot and cold mezes, baba ghanoush, garlic fries, falafel, and kabobs piled on a bed of rice. It...Read More

  • 18. Hot Stone Slow Food from Korea

    $ | Studio City | Korean

    Hot Stone Slow Food might sound more like the title of an indie band rather than a legitimate restaurant, but trust that this spot on Ventura...Read More

  • 19. Jitlada

    $$$ | Hollywood | Thai

    Los Angeles is known for wonderful holes-in-the-wall tucked inside tiny strip malls, and family-owned Jitlada is exhibit A. It's churned out...Read More

  • 20. Los Amigos

    $$ | Burbank | Mexican

    If you’re in the mood for good old-fashioned fun coupled with hearty Mexican fare and delicious margaritas, then you’ll want to consider Los...Read More

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