Best restaurants in Los Angeles: LA's best kosher restaurants

From Thai and Mexican favorites to sushi joints and gourmet sausage factories, we take a trip to LA's best kosher restaurants.

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Real Food Daily

  • Price band: 2/4

So you’re vegan and you keep kosher? For two very tricky dietary options, Real Food Daily is the answer. But even if you’re not kosher or vegan, you'll still find something on RFD's menu—from salads and sandwiches to rice bowls and rolls—to enjoy. Stop by for Sunday morning brunch—the Santa Monica location, just blocks from the beach, is a better bet—for the French toast platter with tempeh bacon and hash browns or fruit ($13.95). Top with maple syrup for a sweet way to start your day. RFD is a bit pricey, but worth every cent.

• Certification: Rabbi Bukspan, US Kosher Supervision

  1. West Hollywood, Santa Monica
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Shanghai Diamond Garden

  • Price band: 2/4

An excellent date night spot, this Chinese restaurant offers stellar service and standby favorites without all the grease. Order the Kung Pao chicken ($14.50), with peanuts, onions and dried red chili peppers for some kick, while Mongolian beef ($15.50) is a non-spicy alternative, with scallions and onions. The waiters are attentive, and the food here is your best option for kosher Chinese in LA.

• Certification: Kahilla

  1. West LA
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Beverly Hills Thai

  • Price band: 2/4

Kosher. Thai. Food. Going kosher means missing out on certain international foods, and Thai ain’t easy to find. But BHT makes this Southeast Asian cuisine kosher-friendly again. Want to impress your date? Take them to this cozy, mellow restaurant where the loudest things are the flavors. Start with the tom kah coconut soup with chicken or tofu ($7) and segue into chicken ($13) or beef ($16) pad thai with tamarind sauce, eggs and bean sprouts or babe curry ($17) with tender beef, red curry tamarind sauce, potatoes, peanuts and steamed rice.

• Certification: RCC

  1. Beverly Hills
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Meshuga 4 Sushi

  • Price band: 2/4

Angelenos were so crazy about Meshuga’s sushi that a second location opened on Pico Boulevardin a former kosher Subway. Must-try specials include the Crunchy Munchy Roll ($8.95) with kani (imitation crab), cucumber and avocado topped with crunch flakes and house sauces, and the Japanese Pizza Roll ($7.95) with crispy rice, spicy tuna, scallions and special house sauce. The guys behind the counter are friendly, the rolls come out quickly and the atmosphere is chill. Prices are comparable to, if not less than, the average non-kosher joint.

• Certification: RCC

  1. Mid-City West, West LA
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Got Kosher?

  • Price band: 2/4

Known for its delicious pretzel challah bread, this family favorite and neighborhood staple serves authentic Tunisian and Moroccan with some American dishes thrown into the mix. Start with the B'stilla ($8), a chicken and almond pastry topped with powdered sugar. For the main course, popular dishes include schnitzel on a pretzel ($11.99) and pulled beef brisket ($13.99)—both come with soup, coleslaw and salad or hand cut fries. We love the couscous maison ($17.99), with braised beef and beef meatballs, and the Shwar-guez ($9.99), a ground beef and merguez-spiced sausage grilled on a shwarma pit. For dessert, pair Tunisian mint tea with a strawberry tart ($4.50), with parve whipped cream and pistachios, or a Belgian chocolate challah bread pudding ($5).

• Certification: RCC

  1. West LA
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Benyamin B
Benyamin B

I would say half of the Top makes sense, half doesn't. It doens't because they are either a niche or in a catgory where none deserve to win. Mexikosher is good but it's alone in his category and not fantastic.The Vegan restaurant is not popular: which Jew eats vegan? Not too many. Delice Bakery is good but no kosher bakery in LA is REALLY good; any real good Kosher bakery in France would KILL, litterally KILL Delice Bakery. To me the best bakery is overall Eilat Bakery, while not great though. Also, there is no dairy restaurant in the Top 10, while 26 by Shilo's is THE reference, the only non-fast food dairy place with REAL French/Italian style pizza. Shilo's steakhouse is also missing while, according to many, ahead of La Gondola. Jeff's gourmet can be beaten on the pure burger contest, by Mexikosher or LA Burger bar, but offers more variety of Sandwich, no contest.

Dan
Dan

Great list, but what's with the $ rankings? Every listing has 2 dollar signs. If it's to connote quality, what's the point? If it's to indicate how pricey the restaurant is, it's not accurate.

Sharon
Sharon

Any great restaurants in the SF Valley?