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. n/naka

    $$$$ | Culver City | Japanese

    Chef’s Table star Niki Nakayama helms this omakase (chef-selected) fine-dining establishment. Small and intimate, any given night will feature...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Aburiya Raku

    $$ | West Hollywood | Japanese

    A small Japanese grill on one of L.A.’s busiest thoroughfares is pumping out late-night yakitori and sake to hungry foodies. Hot dishes run...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Hide Sushi

    $ | West L.A. | Japanese

    Some of the best sushi spots in Los Angeles are the most hidden and most discreet and come with zero fanfare. Hide (pronounced hee-day) in Little...Read More

  • 8. Hurry Curry of Tokyo

    $ | West L.A. | Japanese

    For traditionalists, there are few places in Los Angeles that can match the authenticity of Hurry Curry. Set inside a minimall in the bustling...Read More

  • 9. Katsuya

    $$$$ | Brentwood | Japanese

    Highly regarded sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out spicy tuna atop crispy rice, whimsical wonton cones filled with scoops of silky crab and...Read More

  • 10. KazuNori

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Part of the Sugarfish family (a chain of exceptional sushi restaurants), KazuNori is strictly about hand rolls. Inside, there’s a horseshoe...Read More

  • 11. Nobu Malibu

    $$$$ | Malibu | Japanese

    At famous chef-restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa's coastal outpost, super-chic clientele sails in for morsels of the world's finest fish. It’s hard...Read More

  • 12. Nozawa Bar

    $$$$ | Beverly Hills | Japanese

    Tucked into the back of Sugarfish (a popular sushi chain) in the middle of Beverly Hills, this secret omakase (chef's choice) sushi spot has...Read More

  • 13. Orsa and Winston

    $$$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Order from the tasting menu at this Japanese/Italian fusion restaurant to explore everything this hybrid cuisine has to offer. The space is...Read More

  • 14. Q Sushi

    $$$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Every night is different at this elegant omakase (chef-selected) sushi joint. It all depends on what's the freshest and what's the absolute...Read More

  • 15. Shibumi

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    This kappo (cooking and cutting) restaurant in the middle of Downtown is offering up some of the most inventive raw, steamed, grilled, and...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Wasabi at CityWalk

    $ | Universal City | Japanese

    CityWalk is hardly the epicenter of dining in Los Angeles, but Wasabi is an enjoyable way to transport yourself to Japan. Dine on deliciously...Read More

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