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. Alimento

    $$$ | Silver Lake | Italian

    There’s little surprise that Chef Zach Pollack’s soulful Italian masterpiece in Silver Lake features a lot of influences and inspirations; the...Read More

  • 2. Angelini Osteria

    $$$$ | West Hollywood | Italian

    Despite its modest, rather congested dining room, this is one of L.A.'s most celebrated Italian restaurants. The keys are chef-owner Gino Angelini...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Union

    $$$ | Pasadena | Italian

    There’s a Michelin-quality Italian restaurant hiding in plain sight in Pasadena. The small and homey space is typically filled to the brim as...Read More

  • 5. Bestia

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    One of the most exciting and popular Italian restaurants in L.A. is housed inside a converted warehouse in the Arts District Downtown....Read More

  • 6. Bottega Louie

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    A Downtown dining staple, this lively Italian restaurant and gourmet market features open spaces, stark white walls, and majestic floor-to-ceiling...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Dan Tana's

    $$$$ | West Hollywood | Italian

    If you're looking for an Italian vibe straight out of Goodfellas, your search ends here. Checkered tablecloths cover the tightly packed tables...Read More

  • 10. Forma Restaurant and Cheese Bar

    $$ | Santa Monica | Italian

    Pasta is served here dalla forma, meaning it's cooked, then dipped into a cheese wheel and stirred up before serving. Catering to a higher...Read More

  • 11. La Pergoletta

    $ | Los Feliz | Italian

    Just look for the swaying Italian flag at a strip mall on Hillhurst and Melbourne, and you’ll stumble into La Pergoletta, a cozy little space...Read More

  • 12. Little Dom's

    $$ | Los Feliz | Italian

    With a vintage bar and dapper barkeep who mixes up seasonally inspired retro cocktails, an attached Italian deli where you can pick up a pork...Read More

  • 13. Pizzeria Mozza

    $$ | Hollywood | Italian

    Chef Nancy Silverton, of Osteria Mozza, owns this upscale pizza and antipasto eatery. The pies—thin-crusted delights with golden, blistered...Read More

  • 14. Spumante Restaurant

    $ | North Hollywood | Italian

    The family-owned Spumante Restaurant harkens back to old-school trattorias with its traditional menu, floor-to-ceiling shelves of wine, white...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. The Nice Guy

    $$$ | Italian

    This dark and brooding Italian restaurant sits discretely on La Cienega Boulevard and hides one of the cooler scenes in L.A. A favorite among...Read More

  • 17. Toscana

    $$$$ | Brentwood | Italian

    This rustic trattoria along San Vicente is a favorite celebrity haunt. Expect elevated sensory offerings, from its cozy atmosphere to its...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Oliverio

    $$ | Italian

    This restaurant feels straight out of the movie Valley of the Dolls. Midcentury modern design lends a touch of vintage authenticity that blends...Read More

  • 20. Sotto

    $$ | Beverly Hills | Italian

    You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but this basement-level spot belies one of the best Italian restaurants in town. A 1,000-degree oven...Read More

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