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. 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

  • 3. 71Above

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    As its name suggests, this sky-high dining den sits on the 71st floor, 950 feet above ground level. With that elevation come the most stunning...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Craft Los Angeles

    $$$$ | Century City | American

    Accommodating Century City's growing legions of agents and lawyers, Craft, around since 2007, is a major film industry hangout. At the helm...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Hamasaku

    $$$ | West L.A. | Japanese

    A power lunch spot for Hollywood deal makers, this strip mall sushi joint is decorated with fine art and serves up some of the freshest fish...Read More

  • 10. Le Petit Paris

    $$$$ | Downtown | French

    Housed in the historic El Dorado Building and keeping its original tile, this stunning Cannes transplant has multiple bars, a dog-friendly patio...Read More

  • 11. Miro

    $$$ | Downtown | Mediterranean

    What looks like a museum in the heart of Downtown, this Spanish/North African/Italian hybrid is sating workers on lunch breaks during the day...Read More

  • 12. Sushi Gen

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Consistently rated one of the top sushi spots in L.A., Sushi Gen continues to dole out the freshest and tastiest fish in town. Sit at the elongated...Read More

  • 13. The Factory Kitchen

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    The homemade pasta, kneaded from imported Italian flour, is what dreams are made of. The large Arts District spot is carved from a converted...Read More

  • 14. Vinoteca

    $$ | Beverly Hills | Italian

    If you’re looking for an authentic Italian lunch experience, tuck into Vinoteca inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Specializing...Read More

  • 15. Warren's Blackboard

    $$ | North Hollywood | American

    For years, the diner at the Beverly Garland Hotel was sadly overlooked. No longer. Led by Executive Chef Warren Schwartz, the menu at Warren...Read More

  • 16. Bouchon Bistro

    $$$ | Beverly Hills | French

    Chef Thomas Keller of Napa Valley's The French Laundry fame is at the head of this majestic bistro in Beverly Hills. Start with the classic...Read More

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