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. Providence

    $$$$ | Hollywood | Seafood

    This is widely considered one of the best seafood restaurants in the country, and chef-owner Michael Cimarusti elevates sustainably driven fine...Read More

  • 2. Café Sierra

    $$$ | Universal City | Seafood

    Don’t let the fact that this airy Californian and pan-Asian spot is located inside a Hilton Hotel scare you; Café Sierra has a drool-worthy...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Lost at Sea

    $$$$ | Pasadena | Seafood

    A nautical-themed seafood restaurant is giving Pasadena couples another reason to go out at night. The seasonally changing menu might feature...Read More

  • 5. Reel Inn

    $$ | Malibu | Seafood

    Long wooden tables and booths are often filled with fish-loving families chowing down on mahimahi sandwiches and freshly caught swordfish. Get...Read More

  • 6. Salt Air

    $$$ | Venice | Seafood

    A white marlin is camouflaged by the stark white walls in this hip Venice seafood spot on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Groups and daters pop...Read More

  • 7. Santa Monica Seafood

    $$ | Santa Monica | Seafood

    A Southern California favorite, this Italian seafood haven has been serving up fresh fish since 1939. This freshness comes from its pedigree...Read More

  • 8. Sawyer

    $$$ | Silver Lake | Seafood

    Simply put, Sawyer is a stunner with its restored brick wall, beautiful hardwood floor, and tiled patio, flourished with mid-century modern...Read More

  • 9. The Boiling Crab

    $$ | Koreatown | Seafood

    Put on your bib and prepare to get messy, because this crab shack is not for stodgy eaters. Choices of blue, Dungeness, snow, king, and southern...Read More

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