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. 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

  • 2. Republique

    $$$$ | West Hollywood | French

    This stunning expansive space, originally built for Charlie Chaplin back in the 1920s, serves French delicacies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Dinette

    $ | Echo Park | Café

    Coffee shops may be a dime a dozen, but Dinette stands out. First of all, this is a walk-up-window-only establishment, which gives it a nice...Read More

  • 5. Dinosaur Coffee

    $ | Silver Lake | Café

    By blending geometrical shapes and horizontal lines together in an airy place with big windows, Dinosaur Coffee has utilized its space well...Read More

  • 6. Division 3

    $ | Atwater Village | Café

    Who would have thought that a take-out window concept that serves breakfast sandwiches would ever take off? The folks behind Division 3 and...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Greenblatt’s Deli

    $$ | West Hollywood | Deli

    In 1926, Herman Greenblatt opened his eponymous deli which serves Jewish deli food, wine, and spirits. The restaurant claims to have the rarest...Read More

  • 9. Joan's on Third

    $ | West Hollywood | Café

    Part restaurant, part bakery, part market, Joan’s on Third has a little bit of everything. This roadside French-style café caters to families...Read More

  • 10. Kitchen Mouse

    $ | Highland Park | American

    Born in 2014 out of the owner’s need for more kitchen space for her growing production catering business, Kitchen Mouse has blossomed into a...Read More

  • 11. LaMill Coffee

    $$ | Silver Lake | Café

    These folks take their coffee seriously, sourcing estate-grown beans that are prepared in a variety of ways (French press or Clover, to name...Read More

  • 12. Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

    $ | Downtown | Deli

    This James Beard Award winner not only has the look and feel of a no-frills Jewish deli from New York, it also has the food to match. The draw...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Lincoln

    $$ | Café

    This adorable little café should be a go-to for any and all light breakfast and lunch needs. Healthy breakfast bowls get your body moving, while...Read More

  • 15. Rose Cafe

    $$ | Venice | American

    This indoor-outdoor restaurant has served Venice for decades but constantly reinvents itself, serving mouthwatering California cuisines with...Read More

  • 16. Sqirl

    $ | Hollywood | Café

    Sitting on the fringe of East Hollywood where L.A.’s most touristy neighborhood transitions into the city’s hippest zip code, it’s hardly a...Read More

  • 17. TeaPop

    $ | North Hollywood | Café

    At first glance, TeaPop may seem to be doing too many things at once, but this tea-centric café, with its art gallery–slash–industrial modern...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. The Sycamore Kitchen

    $$ | West Hollywood | American

    Sycamore Kitchen has one of the rarest features in L.A.: a street-facing patio that’s shielded from the traffic. Here, young families and local...Read More

  • 20. Urth Caffé Melrose

    $ | West Hollywood | American

    The ultratrendy Urth Caffé is full of beautiful people refueling on organic coffee and tea with a range of health-conscious sandwiches, salads...Read More

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