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The Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles dining scene is wildly diverse and universally delicious, from the most modest taco truck to the hottest California haute cuisine.
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8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Opened by two native Angelenos—award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and acclaimed sommelier Caroline Styne—Lucques specializes in fresh Mediterranean and California-style dishes. The restaurant's location on posh Melrose Avenue in West...
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9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Kris Yenbamroong opened Night + Market (and its sister eateries, Night + Market Song and Night + Market Sahm) with no formal chef training. But Yenbamroong grew up in his family's restaurant, and his Thai heritage is reflected in every dish on the...
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2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
Guisados Tacos has expanded to major LA neighborhoods but nothing can top the experience at the original location. Boyle Heights may have a rough exterior, but inside Guisados the scent of fresh crushed chiles and melding flavors of mole make you...
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720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Run, don't walk to Sqirl. A favorite cafe amongst professional cooks and locals. Daily specials are seasonal and beautifully presented. Pasta dishes are a must as well as any open-face sandwiches of the day. Make sure to leave with plenty of the...
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624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
The largely French-inspired menu at Republique has more than a few surprises on it, like the generous selection of oysters and kanpachi crudo in Thai green curry and peanuts. The high ceilings, walls of windows, and loads of natural light...
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2123 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
When you first walk into Tatsu Ramen, you are greeted with iPad terminals. You choose your Ramen order and once you're done paying, you take a paper receipt to the wait staff. But that's just the beginning. The Wagyu Ramen Burger (only $7) is a...
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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
My deep love for macarons is no surprise to anyone that knows me, so it's no wonder that after trying perhaps the finest ever in Paris, I'd look for a temporary fix in Los Angeles. This quest led to the discovery of Bottega Louie, one of my...
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225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Los Angeles loves its food trucks, and they often travel in packs. Different neighborhoods host Food Truck nights on varying days of the week. These roving food peddlers also often post up outside office buildings for lunch or by LACMA during the...
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863 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
Palsaik Samgyupsal, which means, "Eight Colors of Pork," is a divine discovery for a bacon lover like myself. Seriously, what can be better than a restaurant that specializes in flavored bacon? You can't help but salivate as marinated slices of...
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9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Like Five Guys in DC, Whataburger in Texas, and Shake Shack in NYC, In-N-Out is the West Coast burger joint for those in the know. It’s been a SoCal staple since it first opened in 1948 and has since developed a cult-like following...
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8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
The bustling Joan’s on Third gourmet marketplace is a staple of the Los Angeles lunch scene. It is a revolving door of characters for which L.A. is known: celebrities, aspiring actresses, power moms, and entertainment industry executives....
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This is authentic Los Angeles. Grand Central Market has something for everyone. In operation since 1917, this gem offers stalls and stalls of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish from all over the world. And, at great prices! But, GCM is not...
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829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Fusing the trends of sushi and build-your-own grain bowls, Sweetfin in Santa Monica, has created a customizable poke destination that is convenient, cost effective and creative at its core. The Hawaiian raw fish dish traditionally combines cubed...
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10889 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
When 800 Degrees Pizzeria opened in the neighborhood of Westwood, there was a line out the door for days. Since then, the build-your-own-pizza place has expanded to other L.A. locations in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown, Playa Vista, and LAX,...
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114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Located inside the rectory building of the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral, Redbird pays homage to its historical walls by keeping decor simple and minimal. The patio outside was practically built for brunch, which features an impressively deep set...
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5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
With a profusely sweating forehead, bright red face, and tears forming in the corner of his eyes, my guest continued to shovel chopsticks full of Crying Tiger Beef into his smiling mouth. The spicier the better at Jitlada, an authentic Southern...
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11510 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA
The combination platter at the family-owned Samosa House restaurant and market is one of the tastiest dining deals in the city—and it's also available at this mini chain's four other outposts across L.A.. For only $9, you get to pick three...
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6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
Servers, somms, and chef-owner Nancy Silverton all swirl around Osteria Mozza’s centerpiece Mozzarella Bar, where small dishes of freshly imported mozzarella, ricotta, and burrata are plated with pairings like bacon or braised leeks. With...
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25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
There is no better reward after a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains or a bike ride up the coast than to stuff your face with fresh fish at the fishermen-owned Malibu Seafood. Your order will most certainly change as you pass the fish market case...
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2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
In my view Los Angeles is now officially giving San Francisco a run for its money when it comes to food. Bestia's dishes rank, hands-down, amongst the most outstanding that I have had in months. I'd return to L.A. just to eat there. Try the beef...
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6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
A visit to Musso & Frank Grill is better than any Hollywood history tour you'll ever get. The restaurant, which has been open in much the same state as its current form since 1919, has served as a space for dealmaking—both over...
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2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Tsujita LA is an amazing experience to have. You will have to wait in line unless you grab a seat right when they open. The kind staff and delicious tsukemen ramen is worth the long line you might come across. Noodles prepared ever so delicatly...
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408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
There is a first for everything and prior to dining at Bäco Mercat, I had never had spaghetti squash. Having tried it elsewhere since, I never want to have it anywhere else again. While spaghetti squash may not currently be on their rotating...
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267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
You can't talk about cafés and coffee shops in Los Angeles without mentioning one of its most popular places: Urth Caffé. For an organic fix, there’s no better place. There are a number of locations throughout the city and...
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8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
An “A” logo complete with antlers; custom mustache coffee sleeves; chalk art, potted hanging plants, baristas dressed in Rag & Bone, and regular celebrity sightings: Alfred Coffee on the haute block of Melrose Place is perhaps the...
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212 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Simple quality is key at Sugarfish Beverly Hills and its nine other locations throughout the LA area. The secret ingredient: Chef Kazunori Nozawa’s relationships with fishmongers around the globe and his skill at selecting, cutting, and presenting...
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1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Chef Ray Garcia, a native Angeleno, is the chef and creative mind behind Broken Spanish, an upscale Mexican eatery in the heart of Downtown L.A. Here, the caracoles—snails—are slathered in mole verde and cooked with mushrooms and...
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525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
Los Angeles does not have much of a winter, but it still experiences a spring awakening. The windows of its downtown buildings reflect the glow of a later sunset, and the breeze turns warm. On the outdoor patio of Chaya Downtown, surrounding...
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176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant Spago is simple but delicious, serving classic California fare in a bright room of dark booths and white linen tablecloths. The seasonal dinner menu is split into three courses, plus a "From the Garden"...
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516 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Few burger joints have a backstory as quintessentially L.A. as Monty’s Good Burger. Koreatown’s first all-vegan restaurant, the In-N-Out-style hole-in-the-wall serves Impossible burgers on vegan buns with lettuce, tomato, Follow Your...
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3500 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
Move over, Grand Central Market. There's a new food hall coming to Koreatown, and it's giving the longstanding downtown market a run for its money. Platform 35, located at the Wilshire/Normandie purple line metro stop, constitutes a major...
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5359 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, USA
Alta Adams's executive chef Keith Corbin didn't attend a culinary academy to earn his cooking stripes—instead, the Watts native spent hours on end whipping up dishes in prison while serving out a seven-year sentence for armed robbery. When he got...
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220 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Known for its movie-themed decor and a selection of over 250 types of tequila, beloved for its Mexican brunch, Casablanca Restaurant opened in 1980 with a menu of traditional and lesser-known Mexican entrees that it holds to this day. The...
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512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
"I am grateful" is just one of the ways you order lunch at Cafe Gratitude. "I am whole" is another; as is "I am glorious." Every dish on the menu has a name like this, and whether you're in the mood for gratitude (the community bowl with shredded...
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3361 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
Ask anyone who lives from Central L.A. to Downtown where to go for steak, and we bet they'll all say the same: Taylor's. The steakhouse has been operating in the Koreatown area of Central L.A., just a few miles west of Downtown, since the '50s....