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. Hayato

    $$$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    There's a very good reason that Michelin decided to award this elegant, peaceful restaurant one star, and it starts with chef Brandon Hayato...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. APL Restaurant

    $$$ | Hollywood | Steakhouse

    The Hollywood dining scene tends to be pretty meat-heavy, and Adam Perry Lang's restaurant is one of the highlights of this trend. While the...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Cafe Birdie

    $$ | Highland Park | Mediterranean

    This spacious 1920s-style spot along a quickly revitalizing stretch of Figueroa has established itself as a neighborhood bistro frequented by...Read More

  • 6. Le Comptoir

    $$$$ | Koreatown | French

    Situated inside the Hotel Normandie in a miniscule space, Le Comptoir is a 10-seat French restaurant helmed by chef Gary Menes that features...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Petite Peso

    $ | Downtown | Filipino

    To quote the restaurant itself, this is "Filipino food with thoughtful ingredients," and luckily for diners, it also happens to be fantastic...Read More

  • 9. Pura Vita

    $$ | West Hollywood | Vegetarian

    At the first 100% plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the whole country, chef Tara Punzone makes you believe her caprese has real...Read More

  • 10. Spoon and Pork

    $$ | Echo Park | Filipino

    In a city where food trucks can be successful enough to have their own brick-and-mortar spaces, and where Filipino food has quickly become a...Read More

  • 11. Sushi Tama

    $$ | West Hollywood | Japanese

    A calming effect comes over you as you enter this simple sushi bar on one of L.A.'s most fashionable streets. Chef Yoshimoto actually sharpened...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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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