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. Au Fudge

    $$ | West Hollywood | American

    This WeHo hot spot owned by Jessica Biel is both kid- and parent-friendly, with kids' playrooms (complete with on-site au pairs) that give mom...Read More

  • 2. Dave’s Chillin’-n-Grillin’

    $ | Highland Park | American

    Dave’s Chillin'-n-Grillin' has been making the kind of sandwiches people dream about for more than 10 years. On a couple of griddles, Dave himself...Read More

  • 3. Donut Friend

    $ | Highland Park | Bakery

    When this music-influenced donut shop first opened on York Boulevard in the early days of Highland Park’s renaissance, there wasn’t much there...Read More

  • 4. Grand Central Market

    $ | Downtown | Eclectic

    In continuous operation since 1917, Grand Central Market has always been a hub for ethnic eats from Jewish delis and Asian fishmongers to Italian...Read More

  • 5. Howlin' Ray's

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Don’t let the hour-long waits deter you—if you want the best Nashville fried chicken in L.A., Howlin’ Ray's is worth the effort. Right in the...Read More

  • 6. Knowrealitypie

    $ | Highland Park | Bakery

    The award-winning Knowrealitypie, hidden in a shop the size of a large walk-in closet, serves homemade pies every Friday through Saturday and...Read More

  • 7. Meals by Genet

    $$ | Mid-Wilshire | Ethiopian

    In a tucked-away stretch along Fairfax Avenue is Little Ethiopia, where Angelenos of all stripes flock for the African country’s signatures...Read More

  • 8. Philippe the Original

    $ | Downtown | American

    First opened in 1908, Philippe's is one of L.A.'s oldest restaurants and claims to be the originator of the French dip sandwich. While the debate...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Tsujita L.A. Artisan Noodles

    $ | West L.A. | Japanese

    Ramen lovers have no shortage of choices across Los Angeles, but if you want the best, head over to this Little Osaka hot spot. Lines typically...Read More

  • 11. Tsujita LA

    $ | West L.A. | Japanese

    The crown prince of ramen in Los Angeles deserves every accolade thrown at it. With lines wrapped around the block, patrons await tonkotsu...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 5 Line Tavern

    $ | Highland Park | Burger

    5 Line Tavern would be just another neighborhood spot in a neighborhood full of neighborhood spots, were it not for its 50 beers on tap, long...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Bay Cities Italian Deli

    $ | Santa Monica | Deli

    Part deli, part market, Bay Cities has been home to incredible Italian subs since 1925. This renowned counter-service spot is always crowded...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Beefsteak

    $$ | West Hollywood | Vegetarian

    Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron brings his conscious plant-based cuisine to Melrose. The minimal restaurant features an array of vegetarian delights...Read More

  • 18. Bon Vivant Market and Café

    $$ | Atwater Village | American

    Bon Vivant’s extensive and eclectic breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, coupled with its fantastic cocktail menu and charming little marketplace...Read More

  • 19. CaCao Mexicatessen

    $ | Highland Park | Mexican

    CaCao Mexicatessen, opened by local Christie Lujan in 2009, was one of the first places to showcase the creative potential of the street-style...Read More

  • 20. 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

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