Let’s not mince words: Daniel Son’s freshly opened Gardena sushi counter is easily one of this year’s best new omakase experiences. Though the weekend-only $200 seatings sell out quickly (Tock reservations drop at midnight on a 30-day rolling basis), it’s worth the booking hassle to see the chef behind Katsu Sando in action. A bold sweetness in the housemade soy sauces adds a distinctively Korean dimension to the ever-changing sushi menu here, while the nearby Torrance Farmers’ Market lends seasonality to the courses here. We loved Sushi Sonagi so much, in fact, that we recently gave it five stars. Read our full review here. On-site parking.
If you’ve already eaten through L.A.’s best restaurants and sipped cocktails at the hottest bars from the Westside to Downtown, you’re probably the type of person who loves checking out the city’s hottest eateries, but hates spending money on overhyped duds. With our heavily vetted list of newly opened restaurants (yes, we’ve personally checked out every single one), we’re helping you decide where to head next—since there’s nothing worse when it comes to going out than wasting one’s precious, typically limited free time and, of course, money.
Updated on a monthly basis, our best new restaurants list takes into account the quality of cuisine, overall ambience, price and value. We steer clear of the social media hype cycle (hello, TikTok!), give thoughtful ordering tips and let you know exactly what to expect in terms of crowd, vibe and cuisine at fine dining spots, laidback fast-casual joints and everything in between. If necessary, we also make recommendations as to when, and how, to fit these red-hot restaurants into your finite leisure time and budget—whether they’re worth driving out of your way for, or perhaps better suited for locals in the neighborhood.
In the interest of price transparency and reader convenience, we also strive to include valet costs and parking availability for every restaurant—further taking the headache out of your next great new meal in Los Angeles. Read on for December’s best new restaurants, ranked.
December 2023: To round out the end of the year, we’re pleased to add four new restaurants to the list: a Lebanese hotel restaurant serving one of the best Mediterranean spreads in town; a famous Florentine focaccia sandwich shop that just touched down on Abbot Kinney; a Thai Town street food pop-up’s brand-new brick-and-mortar; and a mostly-outdoor bistro in the Arts District serving affordable, chef-driven fare. We’d also like to shout out the three restaurants aging out of the guide: Casaléna in Woodland Hills, (which we recently added to our Valley dining guide), Szechuan Mountain House in Rowland Heights and Sogno Toscano in Santa Monica.