The downstairs portion of a two-tier restaurant duo, Bicyclette’s polished wood interior and French wines by the half glass make you feel like you’ve stepped into an old-school Parisian bistro. With a rotating menu full of classics like escargots en croûte and bouillabaisse, as well as seasonal dishes like soft-shell crab à la grenobloise, veteran chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke bring traditional French flavor to this busy stretch of Pico Boulevard. The ambience is buzzing and warm, and feels a bit more intimate than the chef-couple’s other ventures, especially at the wood-paneled bar, (reserved for walk-ins). On the drinks front, Bicyclette’s whimsical cocktail zine offers new delights alongside a hefty, imported wine list. Don’t forget about dessert either: Margarita’s James Beard-nominated tarts and pastries are unforgettable.
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 super glad to have had the chance to dine out and drink again this summer. With only so many weekends in one season, however, you’re likely to have missed out on some of the city’s most notable restaurant openings amid reopening–and oh man, thanks to a year and a half of the pandemic, were there a lot of them.
Even if you’re already your friends’ go-to person for dining recommendations, it doesn’t hurt to get a helping hand sometimes. That’s where we at Time Out come in. Checking out this summer’s latest, hottest restaurant openings, we’ve trimmed down our best new restaurants list, separating true quality (in both food and overall experience) from just pure Insta-worthy social media hype. The city is buzzing again with new spots to try–and here’s the top of the top to keep you ahead of the L.A. dining curve as fall begins to set in.
September 2021: Looking for what’s new? Following a post-vax summer of reopening and possibly premature optimism, Los Angeles has entered the second fall of the global Covid-19 pandemic. After a summer chock full of delayed restaurant openings, we’ve narrowed our list to the ones that stood out, like an Art Deco lounge in K-town and a Chicago favorite from a Top Chef alum in the Arts District. Watch this space as we make our way through even more of L.A.’s late summer and upcoming fall openings in the next month.