LA restaurant reviews: Where to eat in Los Angeles

Time Out dishes on the latest restaurants in Los Angeles trying to make their mark. Read our LA restaurant reviews to find out if they hit the spot.

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In a city where restaurants are as varied as its neighborhoods, there's never a shortage of places to dine in LA. From rustic, seasonal cooking on Abbot Kinney to special occasion dinners at luxe hotels, check out our LA restaurant reviews to discover the city's newest and best places to eat.


 


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Ball & Chain

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The meatballs at Ball & Chain are supposed to be the best part. They're actually the worst.

  1. Hollywood
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Little Sister

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

At Little Sister, Chef Vuong is channeling the food of his youth into beautiful, creative dishes.

  1. Manhattan Beach
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Faith & Flower

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Faith & Flower, Downtown's latest power spot, is beautiful—but looks aren't everything.

  1. Downtown
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Corazón y Miel

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Oh, you haven't been to Bell? Corazón y Miel gives you a great reason to visit.

  1. Bell
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Superba Food + Bread

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Superba Food + Bread, the new Venice eatery, is all about the dough.

  1. Venice
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Pine & Crane

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Months after opening, Pine & Crane is still drawing in crowds with its traditional Taiwanese cuisine.

  1. Silver Lake
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Union

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Bruce Kalman's new restaurant is serving Northern Italian cuisine with flair—plus some unreal polenta.

  1. Pasadena
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Ramen by Omae

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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A slurp of ramen at Ramen by Omae is heavenly—depending on the bowl that lands in front of you.

  1. Sherman Oaks
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The Hook & Plow

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The Hook & Plow is making waves in Hermosa with its farm- and sea-to-table fare.

  1. Hermosa Beach
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Lucky Duck

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

At Lucky Duck, Chef Bryan Stevens is driving home local, sustainable cuisine—and greatly succeeding.

  1. Silver Lake
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Scopa Italian Roots

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Scopa Italian Roots in Venice is beautiful—and the food is nothing to scoff at, either.

  1. Venice
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East Borough

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The motto at East Borough, a new Vietnamese eatery in Culver City: "Ball so hard."

  1. Culver City
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Ditmas Kitchen & Cocktail

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The new kosher restaurant from Alex Reznik is creative, but almost to a fault.

  1. Pico-Robertson
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L.A. Chapter

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

L.A. Chapter, the Ace Hotel's bistro-like restaurant, is uneven in both food and service.

  1. Downtown
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The Bun Shop

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Bun Shop takes its bao from the streets to a casual cool eatery in Koreatown.

  1. Koreatown
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Gracias Madre

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Gracias Madre proves that vegan and Mexican cuisine can coexist—without a Question of the Day

  1. West Hollywood
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République

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

La Brea Ave's latest addition, République, brings back the bistronomie movement

  1. Mid-City
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Mud Hen Tavern

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Susan Feniger's new Hollywood gastropub keeps the Kaya toast—and little else.

  1. Hollywood
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The Wallace

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

At this new Culver City hot spot, small plates are hit-and-miss (but oh, The Early Ace!).

  1. Culver City
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The Factory Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Factory Kitchen has emerged as LA's latest victor in the pasta wars.

  1. Downtown
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Eggslut

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

From food truck to Grand Central Market, Eggslut has finally found its home.

  1. Downtown
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Black Market Liquor Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

At Black Market Liquor Bar, the Fluffernutter sandwich gets sexy.

  1. Studio City
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The Church Key

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Pan Am flight attendants and pig's ear "Cheetos" are under the same roof at The Church Key.

  1. West Hollywood
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Orsa & Winston

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

At Orsa & Winston, whatever you choose, you will not choose wrong.

  1. Downtown
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Din Tai Fung

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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For the uninitiated, Din Tai Fung is arguably one of the best XLB specialists stateside.

  1. Glendale
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South End

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

South End, a very good, very subdued wine-and-pizza restaurant in a strip mall on the southern tip of Abbott Kinney, has a fantastic food menu.

  1. Venice
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Acabar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Can a restaurant be tall, dark and handsome?

  1. Hollywood
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Diablo

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The tacos at Diablo are a sincere food. They are eaten by hand and gloriously messy.

  1. Silver Lake
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Sticky Rice

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Much of Grand Central Market's energy is concentrated at Sticky Rice, one of the first of the new Market tenants.

  1. Downtown
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Girasol

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Girasol is a little avant-garde, but then again, so is the intention behind the food.

  1. Studio City
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The Blvd

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The gaudy opulence of this haute-hotel bar should not detract from the simplicity of superbly well-made cocktails.

  1. Beverly Hills
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The Doughroom

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Doughroom, where locals can drop in for lunch or dinner, delivers time and time again.

  1. Palms
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Salt Air

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The latest in the trend of upscale, seafood-centric menus of oysters, lobster rolls and the like is Salt Air.

  1. Venice
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Flores

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Flores, a beautiful, new American restaurant, has a disjointed menu of every dish currently fashionable in every seasonal restaurant in town.

  1. West LA
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Little Beast

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Eagle Rock gets a serious, destination restaurant with the arrival of Little Beast.

  1. Eagle Rock
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Louie's of Mar Vista

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Louie's succeeds on the strength of its cooking and a surfeit of sunny spirit.

  1. Mar Vista
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Taberna Arròz y Vi

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Taberna Arròz y Vi, the new "neighborhood tapas and paella joint" in Santa Monica, is undergoing an identity crisis

  1. Santa Monica
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PettyCash Taquería

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

What you have here is truly an upscale taqueria, and quite a good one at that.

  1. Mid-City
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Tinga Santa Monica

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Tinga's Santa Monica outpost is a sprawling, multi-room funhouse.

  1. Santa Monica
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Nozawa Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Kazunori Nozawa's name lives on at this reservation-only back bar inside Sugarfish.

  1. Beverly Hills
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Trois Mec

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Ludo Lefebvre exhibits elegance, restraint, excess and then some at his new permanent home.

  1. Hollywood
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Paiche

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Ricardo Zarate's newest venture samples foods of a Japanese izakaya via Peru.

  1. Marina del Rey
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Willie Jane

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The South arrives on Abbot Kinney with a quaint, new eatery from Brad Johnson and chef Govind Armstrong.

  1. Venice
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Daw Yee Myanmar

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A new Burmese eatery looks to set itself apart in a sea of San Gabriel Valley Chinese flavor.

  1. Monterey Park
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Chez Soi

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

While Chez Soi aims for upscale, it feels more like a fancy chain, housed within a modern strip mall.

  1. Manhattan Beach
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Goldie's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Fall in love with the space as you sip excellent cocktails and peruse a distinctly Californian-style menu.

  1. Mid-City
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Crossroads

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Simply put, Crossroads is a high-end vegan restaurant for carnivores.

  1. West Hollywood
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Pingtung

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Check out authentic flavors, reasonable prices and good service at this self-described dine-in market.

  1. West Hollywood
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Mangu

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Chef Benadicto Gell brings Dominican cuisine to Abbot Kinney with his pop-up.

  1. Venice
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Fickle

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This Asian-inflected gastropub serves up creative plates in Little Tokyo.

  1. Little Tokyo
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Circa

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This neighborhood spot offers a mixed menu from chef Octavio Becerra and creative cocktails.

  1. Manhattan Beach
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AOC

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

AOC finds a new home with a stunning patio, biodynamic wine list and expanded Cal-Med menu.

  1. West Hollywood
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Rustic Canyon

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

With new chef Jeremy Fox, the neighborhood favorite is now the best it’s ever been.

  1. Santa Monica
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Allumette

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Young chef Miles Thompson creates beautiful, small-portion plates and unexpected flavor pairings.

  1. Echo Park
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Hinoki & the Bird

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Chef David Myers's Japanese-influenced, New American restaurant is a welcome addition to Century City.

  1. Century City
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RivaBella

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

One of the toughest prime time reservations of the moment, RivaBella, is an easy restaurant to like.

  1. Beverly Hills
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Black Hogg

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Black Hogg is one of those chef-driven restaurants with intentions to serve a short but inspired menu.

  1. Silver Lake
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Chi Spacca

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Chad Colby's weekly Salumi Nights grows into Mozza's newest, meat-centric restaurant.

  1. Mid-City
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Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Former Wood & Vine chef Gavin Mills add to Suzanne Goin's seasonal, Cal-Med menu.

  1. Brentwood
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Littlefork

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Hollywood gets a breath of fresh air with chef Jason Travi's inspired ode to seafood dishes of the Atlantic Northeast.

  1. Hollywood
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Bar Amá

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Josef Centeno, the top-notch toque of the popular Bäco Mercat, upgrades down-home Tex-Mex dishes.

  1. Downtown
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Coco Laurent

  • Price band: 3/4

This lofty Downtown French bistro disappoints with flavorless food and an underwhelming dining experience.

  1. Downtown
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Yamakase

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Dive into this eight-seat, invite-only sushi restaurant, a Japanese omakase experience unlike any other.

  1. Palms
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Bestia

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Ori Menashe's Arts District ristorante is white-hot hit.

  1. Downtown
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Alma

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Chef Ari Taymor combines hyper-seasonality and modernism, which works startlingly well.

  1. Downtown
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Le Comptoir

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Gary Menes offers a five-course, $55 prix-fixe menu of ingredients sourced from local farms.

  1. Glendale
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Spago of Beverly Hills

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4

With a cross-cultural bill of fare and modernized dining room, this is the new Spago.

  1. Beverly Hills
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Osteria Drago

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Sunset Boulevard's fresh and modernized take on chef Celestino Drago's now shuttered Enoteca Drago

  1. West Hollywood
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Nobu Malibu

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Nobu's new Malibu outpost wins for Best Ocean View, Best Romantic Getaway, Best City Escape...

  1. Malibu
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The Hart and the Hunter

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Inside the Palihotel, the Hart and Hunter's menu suggests an entirely different place: the South.

  1. West Hollywood
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Laurel Hardware

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Laurel Hardware is beautiful, but like the blonde bombshell who looks good in a bikini, there isn't much going on upstairs.

  1. West Hollywood
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MessHall

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The theme here is glorified summer camp food, improving upon All-American comfort favorites.

  1. Los Feliz
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The Parish

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Parish is one of the latest additions to Downtown’s already white-hot dining scene.

  1. Downtown
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n/naka

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 4/4

N/naka has settled into a low-key groove while becoming one of the most difficult reservations in town.

  1. Culver City
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L & E Oyster Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

L&E Oyster Bar channels the spirit of an old-school oyster shack.

  1. Silver Lake
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Superba Snack Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Chef Jason Neroni lands in Venice at's Superba Snack Bar, a self-defined “modern pastaria.”

  1. Venice
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Tom Bergin's Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The revamped, 63-year-old Tom Bergin's maintain the tavern's history while modernizing its experience.

  1. Mid-City West
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Salt's Cure

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

The idea behind Salt’s Cure: use ingredients grown and raised in California.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Mo-Chica

  • Rated as: 3/5

The modern interpretation of Peruvian comfort food has gracefully matured.

  1. Downtown
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Umamicatessen

  • Rated as: 2/5

Umamicastessen is a sprawl, both in space and conceit.

  1. Downtown
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Plan Check

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Go for salty beer nuts, fried chicken served with sweet yam preserves and burgers.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Red Hill

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Echo Park's properly casual Red Hill might be everything the neighborhood wants it to be.

  1. Echo Park
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Tar & Roses

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

You can smell the wood-fired grill from a block away. It’s an irresistible siren call.

  1. Santa Monica
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BierBeisl

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

A cozy, unassuming Beverly Hills restaurant serving Austrian fare from Bernhard Mairinger.

  1. Beverly Hills
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Bäco Mercat

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

What started as a happy-hour snack has grown into one of the hottest restaurants in town.

  1. Downtown
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Fundamental LA

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Fundamental LA makes the sort of sandwich that you wish you could make at home.

  1. Westwood
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Freddy Smalls

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

West LA's Freddy Smalls is a neighborhood bar and kitchen, in that order.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Cooks County

  • Rated as: 3/5

Every neighborhood needs a low-key, unpretentious, farm-to-table cafe like Cooks County.

  1. Mid-City West
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The Spice Table

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Bryan Ng’s ode to Singaporean and Vietnamese street food in Downtown.

  1. Downtown
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Eveleigh

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

The Sunset Strip's newest restaurant that's actually really good.

  1. West Hollywood
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Beer Belly

  • Rated as: 2/5

The one thing you need to know about Beer Belly: fried chicken.

  1. Koreatown
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Sotto

  • Rated as: 3/5

The wood-burning oven is the heart and soul of this basement Italian restaurant.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Tsujita

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Join the lunchtime crowd for some of the best tsukemen ramen in town.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Good Girl Dinette

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Vietnamese comfort food meets a somewhat refined diner experience.

  1. Highland Park
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Playa

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Master of Southwestern American cuisine Chef John Sedlar offers a casual, playful spot.

  1. Mid-City West
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ink.

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Eating at Michael Voltaggio's Ink is a riot of fun and almost always stunningly delicious.

  1. West Hollywood
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Lukshon

  • Rated as: 4/5

Sang Yoon's Lukshon is an upscale and polished restaurant that reinterprets Southeast Asian flavors.

  1. Culver City
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Night + Market

  • Rated as: 3/5

Night + Market is easily one of the best Thai restaurants in LA.

  1. West Hollywood
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Red Medicine

  • Rated as: 3/5

Jordan Kahn's, one of the city's most inventive chefs, Vietnamese-inspired eatery.

  1. Beverly Hills
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Tasting Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Casey Lane's restaurant focuses on a tight menu of seasonal dishes.

  1. Venice
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Providence

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Very few restaurants achieve the level of grace shown at Providence.

  1. Mid-City West
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Son of a Gun

  • Rated as: 4/5

Walking into Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook’s sophomore restaurant feels like walking into a sea captain’s quarters.

  1. Mid-City West
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Picca

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Peruvian food is the new black, and nobody wears it better than Ricardo Zarate, who serves a sophisticated interpretation.

  1. West Los Angeles
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The restaurant at the Bel-Air is once again, finally, the most glamorous restaurant in town.

  1. Bel Air
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Susan Feniger's STREET

  • Rated as: 3/5

Megastar chef Susan Feniger brings the whole world together one plate at a time.

  1. Mid-City West
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Bill Clardy

What is the addresses & Phone numbers for Lawey's Restaurants on Lacenega just north of Wilshire and the one near San Franando Rd. in Los Angeles.Please advise via e-mail. Thanks