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19 restaurants that scream “Los Angeles”

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by Lisa Kwon
Updated 11 May 2023

LA’s greatest restaurants stand out for reviving historic spaces, expressing mixed identities, and offering the possibility that you’ll emerge from them as a wiser, more curious diner.

A celebrated Sichuan joint in West Adams scored a prestigious Bib Gourmand for its tongue-numbingly spicy noodles. A culinary garden fuels the creative, country-style dishes at a promising new American restaurant in Anaheim. Japanese and Italian flavors comfortably collide at an acclaimed place downtown.

The City of Angels’s best restaurants are pros at delivering transformative culinary experiences. Read on for a guide to the 19 places that are essential to Los Angeles.

A photo of Osteria Mozza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7066)
$50 and over
Italian
Hollywood
About the restaurant

Osteria Mozza changed the face of Italian food in Los Angeles when it opened in 2007. Helmed by James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton, the restaurant reminded Angelenos of the pleasures of fresh cheese and housemade pasta. MICHELIN-starred Mozza also introduced relatively unknown items that are ubiquitous on L.A. restaurant menus today, including bitter Italian amaros and chicory salads. The restaurant has a timeless quality that’s helped it stay relevant today. You might still find Silverton plating up antipasti behind the best seat in the house: the mozzarella bar.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
One of my favorite restaurants:) The food is delicious and the ambiance is beautiful. High recommend!
A photo of Gracias Madre - West Hollywood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6459)
$31 to $50
Mexican
West Hollywood
About the restaurant

This chic Mexican restaurant specializes in small-batch agave spirits and plant-based fare—a testament to Los Angeles’s inventive and delicious vegan food scene, one of the best in the country. The jackfruit carnitas tacos, potato pimento flautas, and mushroom fajitas are so flavorful that carnivores won’t even miss the meat. Executive chef Diana Briscoe sources local ingredients whenever possible and her sustainable approach to food extends to the bar program too, where zero-waste margaritas (made with leftover lime juice, lime, and orange peels) and mezcal slushies reign supreme. The courtyard is a great place to spot celebs too: Natalie Portman, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, and Jessica Alba are all Gracias Madre fans.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 May 2024
Fantastic service and food. The ambience was very romantic and inviting.
A photo of Felix Trattoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2339)
$50 and over
Italian
Venice
About the restaurant

There is no shortage of fresh pasta in Los Angeles these days, but no restaurant elevates it to an art form quite like Felix. Chef Evan Funke makes a kaleidoscope of shapes in a glass-walled, temperature-controlled pasta “lab.” Funke’s single-minded pursuit of pasta perfection landed him a cookbook deal on the subject, a spot on Eater’s best new restaurants list in 2017, and Felix the reputation as one of the city’s definitive restaurants. Diners can crisscross Italy from the north to the country’s islands via the restaurant’s menu, eating through geographically organized pastas such as linguini with lemon and asparagus covered in a shower of pecorino.


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NatalieG
Dined 6 days ago
hadn’t been to felix in like 2 years and i was so glad to be back. the service, the food, everything is just perfect. felix you have my heart. lemon linguini lover forever!!!
A photo of Rossoblu restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2036)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant

Head downtown to Rossoblu for perfect renditions of regional Italian cooking. Chef Steve Samson draws upon childhood memories spent at his grandparents’ house in Bologna, recreating dishes at such a high caliber that Rossoblu has made the Los Angeles Times’s list of 101 Best Restaurants for several years running. Diners can try dishes rarely seen outside of Emilia-Romagna, such as the now-infamous minestra nel sacco, a bowl of parmesan dumplings in brodo.


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Esteban
Dined 1 day ago
Uh duh ….LOVE THIS PLACE; hence why I come back as much as I can. Olympias tagliatelle is my main dish always! My friend loved too.
A photo of Bavel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4649)
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
Downtown
About the restaurant

Bavel, from the renowned team behind Bestia, is a Middle Eastern restaurant that follows the traditional format (spreads, salads, small plates, large plates) but uses wholly non-traditional ingredients. The cloud-like hummus alone sets it apart as one of the city’s great restaurants, arriving in a bowl slicked with olive oil, either simply dressed with a slug of green zhoug or, more creatively, with duck ‘nduja. These unexpected additions—always perfectly executed—will make diners want to try every dish on the menu, and are the reason Eater named Bavel LA’s restaurant of the year when it opened in 2018.


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Yummersvip
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was wonderful. My only complaint is they should offer extra bread/pita with dips for parties of 3.
A photo of AOC - 3rd Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4962)
$30 and under
Californian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant

If you’ve had a bacon-wrapped date in the past 15 years, you can thank A.O.C. and chef Suzanne Goin. This venerable wine bar was one of the first to embrace the shareable small plates style of dining, kicking off a trend that would define LA restaurants for years to come. Co-owner Caroline Styne curates the award-winning wine list, while Goin continues to balance menu innovations with greatest hits, such as the spiced lamb ribs, served with scallion labneh and pomegranate salsa. The duo opened a second A.O.C. location in Brentwood in 2021 in their former Tavern space, with a new wood-burning oven and seating for 180 guests, including a spacious patio.


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AuntieEvip
Dined 3 days ago
Our favorite eatery when we visit BH. Electic offerings, all tasty & many inventive. High quality ingredients & ample vegetarian options. Friendly service in casual setting. Giant A+
A photo of 71Above restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5520)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant

Set on the—you guessed it—71st floor of the 1,018-foot U.S. Bank Tower, this natty modern American restaurant, the highest west of the Mississippi, most definitely scrapes the sky. Drink in 360-degree city views along with signature cocktails, named for Los Angeles neighborhoods such as the Hollywood, a powerful mix of jalapeño vodka, fortified wine, and grapefruit cordial, or the Downtown, a bourbon, cognac, and apricot liqueur concoction. Fortunately, the plates are just as awe-inspiring as the sky-top vistas. Begin your evening with caviar service before sampling a variety of seasonal dishes, such as heritage pork topped with garlic-cherry purée and delicate handkerchief pasta with mushrooms. Sit at one of the two chef’s tables for a closer view of the kitchen action.


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RosiG
Dined 5 days ago
Waiter was attentive and very informative with food details.
A photo of Here's Looking At You restaurant
4.7
4.7 (867)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Koreatown
About the restaurant

This critically acclaimed Koreatown restaurant, a celebration of Los Angeles’s signature multiculturalism, was resurrected in January 2022 thanks to a crowd-funding campaign. And though it returns with an edited menu, owner Lien Ta and executive chef Jonathan Whitener confirm they are game-changers when it comes to global plates. While certain crowd-pleasers, such as beef tartare and the renowned frog legs remain, a selection of daily changing newer offerings, like a crispy duck confit and veal-stuffed imperial rolls, prove Whitener’s inventive instincts are firmly intact. Feast on it all in a cool and confident space, complete with penny tiles, taxidermy, and cookbook stacks.


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Jeff
Dined 2 days ago
Every dish was so unique and inventive. Perfectly executed. You won't be disappointed by anything on the menu! And the happy hour is great!
A photo of Orsa & Winston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1052)
$50 and over
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant

Orsa & Winston had already established itself as one of the city’s most creative restaurants before the pandemic struck, earning a MICHELIN star and rave reviews for chef Josef Centeno’s inimitable mash-up of Japanese and Italian flavors. But it earned the title of 2020 restaurant of the year from the Los Angeles Times due to the grace and creativity with which it weathered the pandemic: Centeno cooked for hospital workers, opened a pick-up window that served an excellent cheeseburger on Japanese milk bread, and even made masks via his clothing line. These days, Orsa & Winston is back to serving its famed tasting menu, featuring dishes such as hamachi crudo with heirloom tomatoes, sweet potato ricotta raviolo, and seared duck with black truffle and tonnato.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 May 2024
Tuna sashimi with citrus and the lobster handkerchief pasta were sublime. Two of the best dishes I’ve had all year.
A photo of Fishing With Dynamite restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2758)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
About the restaurant

Head to Manhattan Beach for some of the city’s most expertly shucked bivalves alongside globally inspired fish dishes within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean. Chef and owner David LeFevre offers several raw bar platters that give diners a taste of the restaurant’s intentionally sourced shellfish. Case in point: the “Mothershucker,” bicoastal oysters on a tray with a whole lobster, Alaskan king crab, and a pound of Prince Edward Island mussels. The rest of the menu at this tiny spot is basically an encyclopedia of seafood preparations from around the world. The bacon-packed “chowda” bowl draws inspiration from New England while the hamachi with shiso and apple ponzu sauce tips a hat to Japan.


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DeenaF
Dined 2 days ago
This place is always delicious! We had a reservation for 3pm but didn’t get seated until 3:30. Our server graciously sent out an amazing scallop ceviche on the house which was much appreciated. Everything we ordered was fantastic only topped by a fantastic wine reco’s. A Sicilian orange wine which was delish! If you love seafood this place is a winner!
A photo of Providence restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4262)
$50 and over
Seafood
Hollywood
About the restaurant

Chef Michael Cimarusti’s deft touch with seafood and partner Donato Poto’s legendary front-of-house presence have made Providence one of Los Angeles’s preeminent fine dining restaurants for more than 18 years, racking up almost every award along the way—including two MICHELIN stars. Looking over the $250 tasting menu, it’s easy to see why: Dishes such as the troll-caught Alaskan king salmon served with romanesco and steelhead roe are sustainably sourced and gracefully couriered through the sea-toned dining room by expert staff, giving the whole experience an overtone of luxury befitting of the price tag.


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LastMinuteDiner
Dined 5 days ago
Such an amazing experience. The food is sublime and so artfully prepared and flavorful. It is also just a delight to look at and learn about as it is presented! The service is second to none in LA. Our waiter and every server at our table was professional and knowledgeable. The room is quiet but not dull and the colors are gorgeous and not garish. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made a pleasant but subtle fuss over us. The bar service was terrific and sommelier was great (and did not immediately push the most expensive wine), he listened and suggested. Yes it is expensive but so worth it for memorable meals.
A photo of Poppy & Seed restaurant
4.4
4.4 (774)
$31 to $50
American
Anaheim
About the restaurant

Executive chef Michael Reed and his wife Kwini Reed charmed downtown Los Angeles with Poppy + Rose, a chic country kitchen known for some of the city’s best chicken and waffles. Their newer O.C. restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients grown in their culinary garden onsite. Grilled octopus is garnished with homegrown black garlic and herbs, and Wagyu hanger steak is served with fresh sorrel. To all that, add botanical cocktails and an airy greenhouse setting and you’ve got one of the most picturesque dining destinations in Anaheim.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Loved everything about this little bistro. It’s built in what seems like a greenhouse with flowers and plants around. I was told they actually grow a lot of the food they use around the restaurant. I had the best lobster roll of my life. Will definitely be coming back.
A photo of Musso & Frank Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10571)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Hollywood
About the restaurant

Musso & Frank traces its origins to 1919 and is the oldest operating restaurant in Hollywood with a tried-and-tested menu of prime cuts and daily specials. If its walls could talk, the steakhouse would speak of meals with Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, dry martinis and scotch at the bar with T.S. Elliot and Kurt Vonnegut, and industry secrets exchanged between movie directors who used the iconic restaurant as a set. But the revered space is more than just a Hollywood fixture—it has provided generations of locals comfort, service (servers still wear red jackets and bow ties), and massive places of steak, even after all these decades.


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Bradvip
Dined 3 days ago
The absolute best, period. A must visit every time we’re come to LA.
A photo of Redbird - Los Angeles restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2915)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant

Redbird made the avant-garde decision to open inside the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles (the city’s first Archdiocese Catholic Cathedral) in 2014. Chefs Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser set out to preserve treasured historic details and turned the rectory building into a main dining area with five unique dining spaces on the upper level. The looming white walls and all-glass cathedral ceiling remain intact. In other words, Redbird is breathtaking. Almost a decade later, the Frasers have racked accolades from the Vogue, Architectural Digest, and many other publications for their top-notch New American dishes and luscious wine program. Enjoy Redbird’s deep selection of reds and whites and pair your drinks with standout dishes including gemelli with braised goat, black truffle cavatelli, or a decadent porterhouse steak for two.


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DaveNorthridgevip
Dined 1 day ago
Another brilliant dinner. I started with Ahi tuna poke, a crispy rice pancake with tuna and serrano chiles which provided heat. Next, Garganelli Carbonara, with speck, fava beans and leaves and pecorino romano which was thoughtfully supplemented by a 12 year old sauvignon blanc from the Friuli region in the northeast corner of Italy. Finally, a pistachio cream puff with tangerine segments and creme fraiche ice cream, with a glass of Amaro dell'Arborista. What could be better?
A photo of Yangban restaurant
4.7
4.7 (539)
$31 to $50
Korean
Arts District
About the restaurant

Katianna and John Hong opened Yangban Society after cooking stints at two MICHELIN-starred Mélisse and The Charter Oak. The couple dreamed up an inviting and culturally rich restaurant, Yangban Society, after leaving the fine-dining realm. Yangban Society is all about a deli format, serving hot and cold Korean American items plus innovative takes on traditional Korean banchan, or side dishes. Must-orders include the avocado and Asian pear salad and dotori acorn noodles, best paired with kimchi fried rice and twice-fried chicken wings. The quirky space is also stocked with glowing glass cases and a mini-mart stocked with hand-picked Asian and Asian-American snacks and sundries, urging diners to linger.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing service. Drinks were perfection. Loved the prix fixe
A photo of Pizzeria Bianco - LA restaurant
4.7
4.7 (509)
$50 and over
Italian
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant

Famed Phoenix pizzaiolo and James Beard Outstanding Chef award recipient Chris Bianco ignited a fervor for artisanal pizzerias when he first opened Pizzeria Bianco inside a grocery store in 1988. His LA outpost put the City of Angels at the center of a pizza renaissance when it opened in September 2022. Bianco dazzles with a lean menu inside a sparsely decorated industrial space, save for a wall of framed oil paintings and a giant neon “Pizza” sign. It’s a fitting setting for a spot that serves a knockout selection of six blistered pies and three bright and tangy salads. Pizza can be a work of art and chef Bianco’s Downtown restaurant will make you an aficionado.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing spot! Loved the pizza, we tried four of them and each was different and worth it. The wine list was great. We tried a Pinot, a durham cider (which was excellent) and another glass of a wine I forget. But the wine list was amazing as well. All in all a lovely experience!
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