Best restaurants in Los Angeles: Hollywood's best restaurants

Some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles are in Hollywood—check out Tinsletown's best dishes from Thai and steakhouses to cheap and late-night eats.

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Oysters at LittleFork

Oysters at LittleFork Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Hollywood may be known for its star-studded walkway, over-the-top movie premieres and famous faces, but its also chock-full of eateries (yes, inevitably filled with a celeb) and home to some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Whether you're craving spicy noodles at the best Thai restaurants or oysters on the half shell at the best seafood restaurants, stalk out our picks of Tinsletown's tastiest restaurants.


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Musso & Frank Grill

  • Price band: 3/4

Open since 1919, the Musso & Frank Grill is Hollywood's oldest restaurant, a steak-and-cocktails joint formerly favored by Charlie Chaplin and Raymond Chandler. With its many obscure dishes and individually priced sides (and salad dressings!), the menu can be daunting. However, some dishes are fail-safes. At breakfast, grab an order of crêpe-thin flannel cakes; later in the day, the grilled meats are excellent. And every table gets a half-loaf of house-made sourdough bread, the perfect accompaniment to a dry martini.

  1. 6667 Hollywood Boulevard
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Jitlada

  • Price band: 2/4

With endless celebrity photos and numerous "Best of" lists on the walls, chef Jazz Singsanong’s Thai town restaurant is one of the city’s cult favorites. Crispy Morning Glory Salad ($12.95) is an obligatory dish—a flavorful mix of crunchy, deep-fried Chinese watercress, plump shrimp, red onions, cilantro, red cabbage and bell peppers marinated in the spicy house dressing. If perusing the lengthy menu leaves you feeling dazed and confused, the green mussel curry ($15.95)—succulent New Zealand mussels piled high and bathed in an aromatic Southern curry flavored with lemongrass, sweet pineapples and chiles—is a good place to start on the extensive list of fiery Northern and Southern Thai specialties.

  1. 5233 W Sunset Blvd
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Littlefork

  • Price band: 2/4

Hollywood's dining wasteland gets a breath of fresh air with Littlefork, the latest from Dave Reiss (the Brig, A-Frame). The cozy, minimalist space takes on a Scandinavian feel via printed wallpaper, faux wood panels, tons of raw blonde wood and an open-roof patio. (Unfortunately, the gray felt banquettes don't do much to quiet the Saturday night roar.)  But what’s most exciting about Littlefork is the return of lauded chef Jason Travi. Responsible for Frâiche during its Culver City heyday and rooted in seasonal Italian cooking, the toque has turned over a new shell with his inspired ode to seafood dishes of the Atlantic Northeast. Clams can be found in chowder ($9) or in cakes ($6), while oysters take form on the half shell or in delicious sliders ($10) layered with pickled hot peppers and tartar sauce. The menu is divided into bar snacks, large plates and a hefty selection of small plates—with a section devoted to apple wood smoked proteins from, yes, fish to meat. The brisket is a must-order dish, plated with three types of mustard and slices of bread for the ultimate DIY sandwich. What to eat: It's easy to have a great meal without breaking the bank as all plates cost under $28 and most are around $12. The best way to experience the breadth of the menu is with smaller plates. Start with malt vinegar pork rinds ($4), crispy head cheese ($6) or crispy oyster sliders ($10). Don't miss out the apple wood smoked items, of which brisket and pork belly are strong contenders.

  1. 1600 Wilcox Ave
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Stella Barra

  • Price band: 2/4

The Westside's best Neopolitan-style pies makes its debut in Hollywood. Steps from the Arclight, Stella Barra (its Santa Monica sister, formerly known as Stella Rossa) is the perfect pre and post–movie nosh stop—ropen until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 2am Fridays and Saturdays. There's plenty of seating in the lofty space with a full bar serving local craft beers, Italian and Californian wines by the glass and bottle and creative cocktails; farmers market salads and small plates to share; and, of course, chef Jeff Mahin's top-notch pizzas, boasting a chewy, sourdough crust and California-grown toppings. Try the fennel-flavored, housemade sausage topped with organic tomato and mozzarella ($14.95) and, while you can get it, the seasonal spring onion and bacon ($15.95). We also love the signature burrata ($10.95), plated with housemade bread and tomato jam, and take-away baked goods (look out for soon-to-come baguettes to-go), from oversized Rice Krispy treats to bacon chocolate chip cookies.

  1. 6372 W Sunset Blvd
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Square One Dining

  • Price band: 2/4

There's a reason why weekend crowds continually congregate here for breakfast and brunch: a bright, cozy interior sets the tone for delicious AM feasts like brioche French toast with seasonal warm fruit and house-cured salmon with potato pancakes—all accompanied by Intelligentsia coffee. Meanwhile, a front patio, though rarely empty, offers a laid-back, leisurely vibe.

  1. 4854 Fountain Ave
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Ruen Pair

  • Price band: 2/4

Angelenos rhapsodize about Thai Town’s Ruen Pair with a fervor that borders on obsession. At this round-the-clock, cash-only favorite, the enticing Southeast Asian menu is full of beer-friendly, shareable plates like fish cake pad ka prow ($7.95), spongy, light rounds sautéed in basil leaves and vibrant chilies, that justify a visit on their own. Stir-fry of Chinese olive and ground pork ($6.25) is served with crispy bits of flavorful pork, bright Chinese olives and fresh garlic paired alongside a bowl of steaming rice. Pair with an order of sautéed morning glory—ask for it with crispy pork belly—for the ultimate late-night Thai combo.

  1. 5257 Hollywood Blvd
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