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Rotisserie chicken at CevicheStop
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Where to find the best takeout and delivery in L.A.

When you can't stand the thought of cooking, leave it to the pros for L.A.'s best takeout-friendly fare.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Stephanie Breijo
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Since 2020, you're probably no stranger to ordering takeout and delivery from the city's best restaurants, who have converted white tablecloth fine-dining plates, date night fare and other dishes normally eaten while dining at a restaurant into travel-ready takeout fare. Now, we've updated this guide to include both longtime takeout and delivery favorites, as well as a few other restaurants who have kept their to-go programs around in conjunction with on-site dining. 

Whether you're not feeling well, exhausted after a long week or simply want to grab a delicious meal, turn to these excellent L.A. restaurants and cafés for nourishing food that travels well.

Our favorite spots that only offer takeout

  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

Those looking for a real authentic Italian deli stop by this longtime Santa Monica staple for cold cuts, cheeses, and gourmet specialties, which also offers online pre-orders for those hoping to save on time. The lunchtime crowd take a number and queue up for some of the city's best sandwiches. Order the legendary Godmother ($5.74, small)—piled high with salami, mortadella, Prosciutto, coppa, ham, Provolone cheese, mild or spicy peppers and served on freshly baked, housemade bread.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Malibu
  • price 2 of 4

If you're in the Malibu area, this excellent beachside seafood spot (and one of our best restaurant picks) is an prime to-go destination, where you can grab lobster rolls, oysters and other seafood specialties and head straight for the beach, a park or just back home. Opt for fish and chips, clam chowder, calamari steaks, fried clams, crab cakes, chips with caviar, and all the spot's other usual suspects, including L.A.'s meatiest, butteriest lobster rolls.

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One of our favorite Smorgasburg vendors pivoted its business model to launch twice-a-month takeout for curries, vibrant salads and beyond, and we couldn't look forward to our meals more every time. Burmese, Please! offers Downtown pickup for its curry party packs, coconut chicken soup, tea-leaf salad kits, flaky paratha bread, coconut rice and more, all comforting and vibrant and including all the accoutrements: lime wedges, fresh cilantro, house shrimp dust and others. Simply DM your order for pickup, then grab your food in the Arts District at 672 S Santa Fe Ave.

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

Lomo saltado, juicy rotisserie chicken and a dreamy Peruvian ceviche with leche de tigre: Culver City’s CevicheStop is cooking some of the best takeout-friendly Peruvian food in town/ In spite of its location at the gridlock-prone corner of La Cienega and Washington, this isn’t run-of-the-mill roadside takeout. Whether you’re opting for the eye-catching Hangover ceviche, made with fresh fish, calamari, and huge Peruvian corn kernels, or their rotisserie chicken, served by the quarters, halves or whole, there’s simply no wrong order here. Plus, it also has a small patio and even a few designated parking spaces in the lot it shares with a 7-11.

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  • Restaurants
  • Trucks
  • Boyle Heights
  • price 1 of 4

One of the long-standing heroes of the old school taco trucks (aka loncheros), Mariscos Jalisco has earned a deservedly loyal and devoted following. Their signature tacos dorado de camaron lives up to the hype with flavorful and fresh shrimp folded into a corn tortilla that is then fried to a golden brown and topped with thick slices of avocado and a vibrant and complex salsa roja. You’ll also want to save room for their legendary tostadas like the Poseidon topped with shrimp ceviche, octopus and a fiery red aguachile of shrimp. Whether eaten fresh outside one of their trucks, or taken to go, a meal from Mariscos Jalisco is still one of our favorite meals in the city.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Thai Town
  • price 1 of 4

This no-frills Thai Town joint attracts traditionalists citywide for both dine-in and takeout alike. You won't find fusion or overly sweet noodles at Sanamluang Café—only some of the best Asian comfort food around. Start with the classic tom kha kai, a spicy coconut soup with plump chicken, mushrooms, lemongrass, lime juice and fresh chili for a refreshing starter. Then take a menu detour with the khao pad krapow gai, a satisfying and fiery chicken-basil-rice stir-fry topped with an optional egg, and khana moo grob: This crispy and juicy chunks of pork paired with broth-wilted Chinese broccoli is a must. Wear relaxed clothing and dig in.

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 1 of 4

This food stall from the team that brought us experimental Korean-food darling Baroo serves comforting classics on the homier side: bold and flavorful banchan, takeout-friendly doshirak boxed meals, fried chicken, and a rotating cast of specials. Find it within Grand Central Market—just look for the neon sign of three pigs, symbolizing Shiku owners Kwang Uh and Mina Park and their son. 

The best restaurants for takeout and delivery

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Koreatown
  • price 2 of 4

With locations in New York, Washington, South Korea, and other parts of California, this Los Angeles-based Korean chain is a solid, affordable, all-night option for flourishing Koreatown—and it also offers takeout and delivery. Try the excellent soondubu: a gurgling tofu stew packed with proteins (pork, beef, seafood) or vegetables (kimchi, soybeans) and served with sides of radishes, pickles and hunks of fried fish. Also available are numerous solid Korean classics, including a hearty egg-crowned bibimbap and cold, spicy vermicelli noodles (bi bim naeng myun) strewn with kimchi and sliced beef.

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  • Coffee shops
  • Fairfax District
  • price 2 of 4

There's nothing quite like a Cofax breakfast burrito in your hand—especially if you're hungover and it's coming straight to you. The Fairfax coffee spot and bakery that’s also home to some of the best breakfast burritos in L.A. offers pickup and delivery of espresso drinks, cold coffees, doughnuts and, of course, those iconic breakfast burritos—even frozen, so you can save them for later. You can order them in a variety of flavors, including veggies; bacon; chorizo; hot links; Impossible “meats”; or, our personal favorite, the pit-smoked Pastrami that’s been sourced from Ugly Drum, when it's available. Again, if you order them frozen (these come in packs of six), your future self will thank you. Better tack on an order.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Melrose
  • price 2 of 4

Tal Ronnen's innovative and trailblazing plant-based restaurant is serving up some of its greatest hits in a deliverable format. It's not the same as sinking into one of those plush booths, but all the signatures and must-orders are there. You can find Crossroads Kitchen's vegan fare on almost all delivery platforms—bringing dairy free lasagnas, meat-free burgers and other truly delectable vegan spins on American classics straight to you. 

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Pasadena
  • price 2 of 4

With locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista, Sawtelle, Pasadena and Manhattan Beach, Dan Modern Chinese provides fast-casual Chinese food with a level of consistency and convenience that’s conducive to rush hour takeout runs and third-party delivery. While not every item is a winner on the menu, a few standouts—including the pork xiaolongbao, the saucy, garlicky dan mien (served with your choice of protein) and the Dungeness crab fried rice—keep us coming back to Dan time and time again.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Koreatown

One of Koreatown's most popular all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurants also offers some of the best takeout KBBQ in town. Each set meal comes with banchan, kimchi, rice and soup, as well as a choice of perfectly grilled meat and onions. 

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Koreatown

True to its name, Koreatown's Hangari Kalguksu specializes in kalguksu, or hand-cut noodles, which come in a mild, comforting broth with clams or chicken. We recommend the kalguksu on a cold day, or ordered via contactless delivery if you're feeling unwell. Hangari's hidden gem, however, are their bossam platters, which come with delicate slices of boiled pork belly, crunchy cabbage leaves, radish kimchi, rice, plus slices of jalapeño and garlic for extra spice and flavor.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Silver Lake
  • price 1 of 4

Looking for lacto-fermented veggies, cold-pressed juice and a vegan-friendly menu without any pretension? Silver Lake's Jewel offers tons of pantry items in addition to their dairy-free menu of salads, breakfast burritos and plant-based burgers, which means you can order small-batch nut butters, house-made loaves of bread, jars of kimchi and plenty of plant-based milks and butter—with a full espresso menu, to boot—all for pickup or delivery so you can keep eating well at home long after your freshly made coconut tacos and Jewel pizzas run out.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • East Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

With a menu long enough it could be a novella about the regional cuisine of Thailand, chef Jazz Singsanong’s Thai Town masterpiece is a restaurant you could order from every week for years and never tire of. Her curries, stir-fries, salads and specials make for some of the most memorable meals, not to mention the spiciest, and no matter what you're looking for Jazz has got it. Crispy morning glory salad is a must-order, as is the hot-hot-hot crying tiger pork, as are the turmeric-laden chicken wings, as is the special burger, as is, well, everything.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Los Feliz
  • price 2 of 4

California-meets-Mediterranean go-to Kismet operates a casual rotisserie just down the block, and it's just as charming and modern as its counterpart. One of the best aspects? The full menu at Kismet Rotisserie is built to travel, be it via delivery service or your own car, so it holds up well and, as with any rotisserie worth its weight in chicken, it's scalable. Succulent, slow-roasted chicken rubbed with what feels like half of a spice rack is tender and beyond flavorful, and the salads, hummus and sides like schmaltz potatoes or yogurt-and-fennel cabbage match the chicken's care and intricacies.

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Glendale
  • price 2 of 4

Packing styrofoam contiainers with enough rice and grilled meat to feed what feels like all of Glendale, one of L.A.'s most beloved Armenian holes-in-the-wall is a family affair that always satisfies. The husband-and-wife team of Ovakim and Alvard Martirosyan and their son, Armen, offer pickup and delivery for combo plates brimming with shish, chicken thighs, lule and lamb chops, all delivered with garlic sauce, hummus, rice and charred tomato and jalapeño. Our advice? Order some for now and some for later, and be sure to stock up on sides of their hummus and that smoky ajvar-like eggplant spread. (And remember: If you're picking up, the restaurant is cash-only.)

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

DTLA subterranean sushi den Mrs. Fish offers an escape in a box with some of the most well-rounded and affordable bento in the city. They come complete with sushi, truffled ginger salad and edamame, with add-ons like uni and fatty tuna, and the bento start as low as $20. You can also find cocktails and some of the restaurant's hot items available—such as miso black cod and Japanese fried chicken—not to mention limited dishes from the Mrs. Fish sibling spot, Perch, in case you're looking for steak frites and other French classics, too.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Fairfax District
  • price 2 of 4

Either of Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip's restaurants in Beverly Grove and Hollywood, respectively, offering some of the best Thai food via takeout and delivery. From the pair's signature spicy crab curry to their milder, but just as pleasing jade noodles, you'll find that the dishes at Luv2Eat and Noree Thai are all hits, no misses. For lighter fare, we also recommend their salmon larb, when available.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Hollywood
  • price 1 of 4

Imagine a casual sandwich shop with Armenian specialties, but it's also a French-ish bakery, and also it serves massive and buttery bone-in rib-eye steak specials, and within that restaurant there's a Georgian khachapuri shop. Sound good? Chef Armen Piskoulian's Oui Melrose offers what truly feels like a bit of everything, and it does it all exceedingly well. Laffa wraps (we love the filet mignon), hearty sandwiches (the chicken parm is a killer), and fresh-baked croissants, muffins, cookies and pita all feel at home in your home, as do the bubbling, tremendously cheesy flatbreads from Piskoulian's Russian nesting doll of a concept, Tony Khachapuri. Order everything if you can't decide.

  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Downtown Financial District
  • price 2 of 4

Housed in a tiny Downtown storefront, this casual Filipino takeout shop by chef Ria Dolly Barbosa (formerly of Sqirl) serves takeout-friendly Filipino classics like chicken adobo and sinigang as well as dishes inspired by L.A.’s diverse cuisines. The shop's sisig salad, made with yuzu vinaigrette, chicken livers and fried garlic, is a crispy, citrusy, funky delight, while their  juicy, deep-fried lumpia can be made meat-free (via Impossible Foods). Order earlier in the day for one of Barbosa’s many show-stopping traditional pastries, particularly the ensaymada, which we consider a cut above other iterations available in SoCal. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

Thank god, we can now get Philippe's delivered. In business since 1908, Philippe the Original—and most likely the inventor of the French dip sandwich—launched takeout in 2020, more than 100 years since its founding. (Better late than never.) All the classics are there: beef dip, lamb dip, pork dip, pastrami dip, ham dip, turkey dip—you can even get the sides of potato salad or pickled eggs. Everyone knows the French dip sandwich is also incomplete without some of the sinus-clearing house mustard, which, of course, you can now order for delivery by the bottle. You can even throw it back with beer or wine, and finish it all off with a slice of cheesecake.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Downtown Fashion District
  • price 1 of 4

One of L.A.'s best taquerias lets you travel to Mexico from the comfort of your couch. Downtown's Sonoratown sells its incredible à la carte tacos, chivis and burritos stuffed with grilled meats and bright salsas galore to dine-in customers daily, but you can also get them to-go. The real tip? When you order, check to see if they have any tortillas for sale; Sonotatown offers packs of their award-winning, handmade flour tortillas when they're not sold out, which means you can continue the taco party at home.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

With locations all over town—Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Hollywood, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Downtown, to name a few—Kazunori Nozawa’s mini-empire is our favorite way to enjoy excellent, high-quality takeout sushi. Sugarfish favors straightforward nigiri and hand rolls, and when it comes to its takeout, the packaging feels almost revolutionary in highlighting the simplicity. You can order à la carte, though it's better to opt for one of the prix-fixe "Trust Me" menus, where each box's lid includes diagrams for sauce and garnish usage—each piece of fish and rice corresponding most correctly to match high-quality, affordable sushi with simple ponzus, finely sliced green onion and more.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Southeast Cities
  • price 1 of 4

This Afro-Mexican restaurant in Bell Gardens serves up affordable pozoles, tamales and phenomenal tacos from Mexico's Guerrero region, piling avocado and cabbage and chicharrones atop hours-long–simmered stews, and folding masa into both corn husks and banana leaves, depending on your mood. Our advice? Order both varieties of tamales (as well as some sweet ones), and always order extra to take home with you. Offering both takeout and delivery through the restaurant's drive-through, Tamales Elena y Antojitos is one of our favorite restaurants in all of L.A. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Persian
  • Westwood
  • price 2 of 4

This small, casual lunch spot in Westwood offers the city's best tastes-like-home Persian food, also available by takeout and delivery. The menu here is simplified—choose from plates, salads, kabobs and even wraps, perfect for on-the-go lunching. If available, try the cornish hen kabob lunch special, which comes with rice and a small salad as well as a grilled tomato (a traditional accompaniment for Persian entrees).

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Mid City
  • price 2 of 4

You're never really left unsatisfied when you watch a movie starring Danny Trejo, so why should you be any less happy with his food? The L.A. native has crossed over to the list of celebrities who own restaurants; at Trejo's Tacos, you can find fried chicken tacos, shrimp toastadas and plenty of vegan options, like the black pepper tofu taco, and all of it travels well when ordered for takeout or delivery. Wash it down with seasonally sourced aguas frescas or Mexican Coca-Cola.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 1 of 4

"We've come a long way, baby," is probably what a plate of Uovo's handmade pasta might say to you if, of course, it could talk. From the minds of Sugarfish comes Uovo, a quick-and-casual Italian restaurant that only serves fresh pasta that's been overnighted from Uovo's own kitchen in Bologna, Italy. Available for both takeout and delivery, the restaurant's pasta travels well, and reheats beautifully.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Venice

The sceney, neon-pink–tinged steakhouse just blocks from Venice Beach is delicious in its own right, but its casual walk-up window—now with a second, standalone location nearer to the Boardwalk—offers some of the Westside's best deals. The Win-Dow at American Beauty serves a signature $3.95 single smashburger, and a $6.26 double, plus $6 fried chicken sandwiches and a few newer morning-friendly newbies, such as a steak-and-egg breakfast burrito stuffed with brisket and french fries. Seeing as the entire concept is made to take away, it's a streamlined and affordable meal option that also happens to travel fairly well—and if you're near Venice, you can also find it on delivery apps.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Hollywood

With locations in both Miracle Mile and Downtown, Yuko Kitchen has been serving Angelenos affordable, classic Japanese starters, healthy salad-filled rice bowls, vegan cookies and other delightful, takeout-friendly fare since 2012. For a lunchtime takeout meal that doesn't break the bank, we recommend their rice bowls with spicy salmon, garlic albacore or teriyaki chicken. 

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