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. Crossroads

    $$ | West Hollywood | Vegetarian

    From its famous Impossible Burger (you can’t believe it’s not meat) to its spicy meatball pizza (again, not meat), Crossroads's level of plant...Read More

  • 3. El Coyote Mexican Food

    $$ | Fairfax | Mexican

    Open since 1931, this landmark spot is perfect for those on a budget or anyone after an authentic Mexican meal. The traditional fare is decadent...Read More

  • 4. Good Measure

    $$ | Atwater Village | Contemporary

    Good Measure’s proprietors decided to mix their love of travel with their passion for wine and start their own space offering a by-the-glass...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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Badmaash

    $$ | Downtown | Indian

    This laid-back Indian gastro-pub is beloved for its boundary-pushing menu, irreverent posters of Gandhi, and Bollywood movies projected onto...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Cafe Birdie

    $$ | Highland Park | Mediterranean

    Though it only opened in 2016, this spacious 1920s spot along this quickly revitalizing stretch of Figueroa has already established itself as...Read More

  • 13. Café Gratitude

    $$ | Hollywood | Vegetarian

    Of L.A.’s long list of vegan restaurants, this is among the best, with luscious dishes that are also social media worthy. But it’s more than...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Clementine

    $$ | Century City | Café

    In fast-paced Century City, this quaint restaurant pays homage to comfort food classics. Look for chicken potpie, macaroni and cheese, roast...Read More

  • 16. Connie and Ted's

    $$ | West Hollywood | Seafood

    Inspired by the classic clam, oyster, and fish houses of New England, this beautiful space (the roof is arched like a wave) is occupied by a...Read More

  • 17. Dongpo

    $$ | Universal City | Chinese

    Upmarket regional Chinese cuisine chain Meizhou Dongpo tries its hand at bringing its modern take on authentic Sichuanese cuisine with Dongpo...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Gjelina

    $$ | Venice | American

    Gjelina comes alive the minute you walk through the rustic wooden door and into a softly lit dining room with long communal tables. The menu...Read More

  • 20. Green Zone

    $$ | Asian

    It's no secret that the San Gabriel Valley where Pasadena is located has some of the best Chinese food outside of China. Green Zone is at the...Read More

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