The best restaurants in Los Angeles have earned a (just) reputation for being as cosmopolitan as the city itself. From French restaurant Republique, housed in a stunning, communal dining space, to newcomer Uovo, which serves up handmade pasta flown in from Bologna, LA’s leading dining options truly do not disappoint. Those looking for classic, healthy California fare will rejoice at Great White’s entrance into the dining scene, and countless other restaurants are exciting locals and visitors alike. Check out our guide to several of the best restaurants in LA, and start making reservations now.
This innovative new-American restaurant is situated right next to The Broad, so you can experience some of the city’s best art and food within a few steps. Meals are a decadent affair, like funnel cake topped with foie gras, strawberries, fennel, and balsamic and truffle grilled cheese enhanced with ham, caviar, and street urchin.
This French eatery impresses patrons with its food but also its space: The soaring ceilings, brick walls and long communal tables here feel oddly reminiscent of a prep school cafeteria. But the meals aren’t elementary by any means — classic charcuterie and cheese boards give way to perfectly handled entrées.
This Santa Monica French/Southeast Asian fusion restaurant is welcoming and upscale — without the pretension. Cassia takes the best of Asian cooking, like Malaysian Laska stew and Vietnamese noodles, and revamps them with a modern flair.
Located in a nondescript strip mall, Sushi Park is often frequented by the Hollywood’s beautiful people offers pricey but top-notch omakase. As they advertise themselves, “no takeout, no trendy sushi, no salad, no veggies.” Come here for pure, raw fish, just as the Japanese intended.
Great White, L.A.’s new casual Australian coffee shop and eatery, offers what Californians love: Fresh, healthy food with an emphasis on the beloved avocado and veggies. The food here at this Venice spot is simple and refreshing, from feel-good smoothie bowls, breakfast burritos, and picture-picture lattes.
L.A.’s favored Thai spot has two outposts that specializes in Northern cuisine. Be warned: Night + Market chefs embrace the spice. Your mouth might be on fire, but trust us — you won’t hate the feeling.
Despite the L.A. heat, Californians go for a bowl of steaming ramen. And the obsession makes sense once you’ve tried Tsujita, a lively restaurant known for its exceptional soups and noodles. Their ramen noodles are thick, the broth flavorful and the meats cooked to perfection.
Even in upscale Los Angeles, you want some top-notch food without the occasional fuss of a sit-down restaurant. Friends & Family fits the bill: Order at the counter and take your pick of seats in the oversize dining area. The food is simple deli, breakfast and lunch options (closed for dinner), and their fresh café and bakery offerings also hit the spot.
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Freelance writer Lauren Paley is an avid writer and traveler. She has lived in Morocco, France, Tel Aviv and Prague, and has traveled to over 25 countries. Her interests include banh mi sandwiches, Boo the dog, trying (and failing) at languages, and outdoor movie theaters.