From start to finish, this newly opened French-leaning tasting menu concept above Bicyclette by Walter and Margarita Manzke encapsulates the best of L.A. fine dining. Consisting of a dozen or so seafood-centric courses, the $225 tasting menu available is absolutely worth it for anyone hoping to indulge for a special occasion. Those who shell out will experience the purest expression of the couple’s combined culinary mastery. In addition to all the trappings of sophistication such high prices normally command, every major aspect of the ample tasting menu delivers, for a dazzling, gourmand-style meal that fits right in among the likes of Providence and Mélisse. For more details, read our full review. $15 valet and street parking along Pico.
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 newest eateries, but hates spending money on overhyped duds. In 2022, we’re helping you decide where to head next with a vetted list of the best new kids on the block—since there’s nothing worse in the realm of leisure than wasting one’s precious, typically limited free time and entertainment budget.
Updated on a monthly basis, our best new restaurants list takes into account both the quality of cuisine and overall ambience. Our guide steers clear of the social media hype cycle, gives thoughtful ordering tips and lets you know exactly what to expect in terms of crowd, vibe and cuisine at upscale Hollywood hot spots, laidback fast-casual joints and everything in between. If necessary, we also make recommendations as to when, and how, to fit these new 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.
May 2022: Looking for what’s new? We’ve wiped half the slate clean, including a few excellent major December openings: Mother Wolf, Ka'Teen and Kinn in Koreatown, and added eight buzzy (and delicious) new eateries, from two side-by-side sibling spots livening up Silver Lake's Sunset Junction to a vegetarian-focused strip mall gem in Koreatown. We've also included Manzke, which we previously reviewed shortly after it opened in March. Given the fact that masks are still “strongly recommended” by L.A. County public health officials, we’ve elected to continue including outdoor dining callouts on this month’s list for anyone wishing to dine en plein air.