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. Bavel

    $$$$ | Downtown | Middle Eastern

    Fans of Bestia have been lining up for stellar Mediterranean cuisine at this Arts District hot spot, which is owned by the same restaurateurs...Read More

  • 2. Majordomo

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    You would never just stumble upon this out-of-the-way spot in Chinatown, but world-famous celeb chef David Chang likes it that way. This is...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Margot

    $$ | Culver City | Mediterranean

    Boasting one of the most stunning rooftops in L.A., Margot is a fresh face and hopping hot spot for the Culver City dining and drinking scene...Read More

  • 8. Miro

    $$$ | Downtown | Mediterranean

    What looks like a museum in the heart of Downtown, this Spanish/North African/Italian hybrid is sating workers on lunch breaks during the day...Read More

  • 9. Tesse

    $$$ | French

    Jaws will drop upon entering this new French hot spot in West Hollywood. The interior design is a marvel with sloping wood ceilings, lush leather...Read More

  • 10. Vespertine

    $$$$ | Culver City | American

    Vespertine isn’t a restaurant. It’s a multisensory event. At least according to Vespertine. This space-age dining experience is nothing short...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Cannibal Beer and Butcher

    $$ | Culver City | American

    Don’t mind the name: there’s no human on the menu, but meat lovers can rejoice in the various pork, cow, and chicken options. Try the cannibal...Read More

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