Los Angeles is one of the culinary capitals in the world, with an incredible variety of local and international cuisine served up by some of the most talented chefs in the world. Using LA’s terrific seasonal produce and with access to all types of ingredients, there are restaurants of all types that thrive and make it an exciting place to dine. With so many restaurants to choose from, and new ones popping up all the time, it can be hard to find out which ones are the best. Read on as we explore LA’s best eateries that you won’t want to miss out on!
Downtown Los Angeles
Serving up impressive selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner, Redbird is the brainchild of chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser. Situated in an old church, Redbird’s opening was a big deal in the LA foodie community. The large restaurant is broken up into two areas – a casual lounge are with a charming bar and the simply stunning main dining room with huge white walls, and a glass cathedral ceiling with its own bar. With a huge selection of menu items, this is a great setting to go with a group. There are over 35 shared plate options to choose from, and make sure to try them all if you get the chance. The high-end restaurant is not the type of space to pop in for a quick bite. Instead, plan to go on a nice outing with friends, or your significant other. The menu changes, but restaurant-goers can expect to dine on items ranging from scallop crudo with caviar, a king salmon with horseradish creme, day boat scallops, pasta dishes (the gnocchi and agnolotti are great), as well as items like their bone in ribeye for two, and much more! The menu can be pricey, but this is one restaurant you won’t want to skip as you eat your way around Los Angeles’s best dining establishments.
Beverly Hills / Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Jean-Georges is known throughout the world with his reputation as a remarkable culinary artist and chef. His Beverly Hills outpost inside the Waldorf Astoria continues his incredible culinary history. The ultra modern, yet comfortable space is a simply stunning space to dine on meals throughout the day, and is a must if you’re looking for a delectable meal. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests will find neatly plated American menu with an international twist. Aside from the spot on service, the food is delicious and the tasting menu is not to be missed. Lunch and dinner favorites include everything from raw bar choices (crudo, ahi tuna, and more), as well as sweet and savoy salads, tasty pizzas, pastas, and meat dishes. Try their Maine lobster, as well as their 16oz. Snake River Farms Wagyu ribeye steak that does not disappoint. Breakfast offers modern twists on the traditional, like their buttermilk pancakes, fluffy omelets, acai bowls and the popular chia seed pudding. You can dine inside or on their beautiful terrace, or it’s great for a party in their private room that fits up to 25 guests.
For over a decade, Hollywood’s Providence has set the standard of modern American seafood restaurants in Los Angeles thanks to Chef Michael Cimarusti. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s terrific cooking is matched exquisitely with owner Donato Poto’s warm service. Lunch or dinner here can be costly, but it is worth it, whether you are going for a birthday, to celebrate a milestone, meet with colleagues, or celebrate an anniversary. The award winning chef serves up a menu of seafood favorites from their signature tasting menu or the chef’s tasting menu. While the menu is constantly changing, expect to find everything from prawns, and corn served with Tahitian vanilla, mulberry, and yogurt to a Vermilion rockfish with mint, artisanal cheeses, and much more.
If you know anything about sushi, you’ve likely heard of Katsuya, Sugarfish and the like. Insiders know that while those establishments are great, the city is full of other excellent sushi restaurants. The renowned and upscale Asanebo serves up incredible sushi, grilled fish, and other Japanese fare in a space that is unassuming. The sleek Japanese restaurant which lays is in the middle of Studio City’s sushi strip is great for any type of sushi you can think of. The fish is as fresh as it gets. In fact, it was picked at down that very morning and you can taste the freshness in every bite. The sushi rolls are minimalist, with nothing over the top, but that is what makes Asanebo truly authentic. Make sure to try their multi-coursed omakase meals which are on the menu for a reason.
Situated in an unused bungalow at the Chateau Marmont, Chateau Hanare opened in 2018 to much fanfare. The Japanese restaurant, which offers its own entrance along Selma off Sunset Boulevard serves up truly gorgeous plates in a rich but intimate space that feels like you could be transformed to Kyoto, Japan. With Chef Abe Hiroki at the helm, the restaurant serves up simple, but seasonal sashimi, as well as small plates, and polished comfort dishes. Start with their chilled edamame soaked in dashi, their shishito peppers, and their Kinoko Kirboshi Daikon, and then move on to Chef Hiroki’s recommendations, including the caviar toast, thinly sliced sashimi (choose between six or ten pieces), and much more. Other favorites include their squash blossom ebi, or minced and steamed shrimp and onion wrapped in a squash blossom, as well as sushi rolls of all kinds.
Beverly Hills / The Beverly Hills Hotel
Once described as ‘Hollywood’s commissary,’ the famed eatery has been a favorite eatery for generations of celebrities, a-listers, and those in the know. Sit inside, or opt for the outdoor seating in the classic and charming terrace, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late-night eats. With a smart, casual dress code, the Polo Lounge sets a standard not only on its food, but the history it intends to uphold. Come for lunch and dinner, and enjoy music played on the piano as you dine on favorites like the signature McCarthy Salad with chicken, eggs, beets, tomatoes, cheddar, bacon, and avocado with a balsamic vinaigrette, as well as the burger. It is truly the place to be and the epicenter of LA dining.
Hollywood & Studio City
Ludo Lefebvre’s original Petit Trois continues to charm diners with delicious French bistro fare at their Hollywood and Studio City locations. It’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu here. Enjoy steak frites, with a choice of cognac pepper sauce or herb sauce, their tasty mussels with white wine and creme fraiche and fries, spaghetti, and the fan favorite omelette with boursin pepper cheese and chives. The menu features an array of specialty cocktails, wine and more, too. If you’re looking to get a taste of France in Los Angeles, Petit Trois is certainly the place to visit!
This French Bistro in the heart of Los Angeles is one of the city’s best neighborhood restaurants and wine bars. Marvin comes from the team behind Santa Monica’s Capo restaurant and the menu is inspired by the owners restaurant in France, where diners will find fresh and local ingredients in must-order dishes like ratatouille & goat cheese toast and steak frites. The quaint and dimly lit neighborhood-style eatery is also a favorite for those looking for an impressive wine selection while dining on French classics.
Abbot Kinney’s Gjelina has been a staple Venice eatery for several years, serving thousands of patrons their incredibly tasty menu in a charming open-spaced setting. Thought the restaurant is no longer new in LA diner’s minds, it is one that has survived over the years because of the many well-plated and delicious dishes that never disappoint. The catalogue of affordable pizzas, pastas, vegetables and Mediterranean inspired entree dishes is impressive and is best enjoyed by ordering several and sharing with your table. The menu changes seasonally, however diners can rely on chicken, duck, fish and steak dishes, with inventive vegetable specialties.
Beverly Boulevard’s Angler restaurant offers seafood inspired menu options from Chef Joshua Skenes. What’s unique about this new hot spot is that the menu is made up of a collection of ingredients thought up the day of. The goal of this West Hollywood eatery is to cook slow and deliberate and not only make the food taste great, but make it look great as well. Working with a small group of fisherman, ranchers, and farmers, the restaurant sources items to cook in their open wood fireplace to ensure the best taste. Menu items change, but expect to dine on items from a raw bar, as well as salads, vegetable dishes, and freshly cooked fish and meats. The restaurant also offers an expansive wine cellar to choose all types of wines from around the world.
Downtown Los Angeles
David Chang’s downtown LA outpost is one of the most incredible culinary experiences in Los Angeles right now. Opened in 2018, Majordomo is the Chef’s first Los Angeles restaurant, and it has gained acclaim for a menu that can best be described as ambitious modern American fare. The open-spaced restaurant is part minimalist and part hypnotic with bright art adorning the walls behind the massive and impressive bar. Getting a reservation is not easy, and for good reason. The food is imaginative and Chang mixes ingredients and flavors from many genres to serve up favorites like the Tapioca Lo Mein with Chinese broccoli and garlic, the crispy rice with shrimp, a boiled whole chicken with black truffle, morels and hand torn noodles which is served with a delicious broth, and a dry-aged ribeye.