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. 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. 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

  • 4. Mélisse

    $$$$ | Santa Monica | French

    Chef-owner Josiah Citrin enhances his modern French cooking with seasonal California produce at this Santa Monica institution. The tasting menu...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen

    $$$ | Santa Monica | American

    A Santa Monica mainstay, the seasonally changing menu at this farm-to-table restaurant consistently upends norms. The homey, minimalist space...Read More

  • 8. The Apple Pan

    $ | West L.A. | American

    A favorite since 1947, this unassuming joint with a horseshoe-shaped counter—no tables here—turns out one heck of a good burger. Try the cheeseburger...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 71Above

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    As its name suggests, this sky-high dining den sits on the 71st floor, 950 feet above ground level. With that elevation come the most stunning...Read More

  • 11. A.O.C.

    $$$ | West Hollywood | Mediterranean

    An acronym for Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, the regulatory system that ensures the quality of local wines and cheeses in France, A.O.C....Read More

  • 12. BOA Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    The ultimate in steakhouse dining, this sceney spot on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills is an indoor/outdoor gem with perfectly...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. CUT

    $$$$ | Beverly Hills | Steakhouse

    In a true collision of artistic titans, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck presents his take on steak houses in a space designed by Getty Center architect...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Marouch

    $$ | Hollywood | Lebanese

    Part of L.A.’s appeal is its eclectic gastronomy scene that boasts a medley of authentic cuisines from all over the world. Just take Marouch...Read More

  • 17. Patina

    $$$$ | Downtown | French

    If you plan on seeing a show at the Walt Disney Music Hall, make it a point of adding a dinner at this fine-dining establishment next door....Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Trois Mec

    $$$$ | Hollywood | French

    What happens when you combine fine dining and a French speakeasy? You get Trois Mec. Nestled at the end of a strip mall with a sign proclaiming...Read More

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