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Here are the best takeout and delivery restaurants in L.A.

When you can't stand the thought of cooking, leave it to the pros for the best tacos, sushi and even fine dining and take it easy.

Written by
Stephanie Breijo
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You’ve eaten through two bags of beans, six cans of chickpeas and all of L.A.’s delivery-only virtual restaurants. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, who are making ordering from home as painless as possible, that’s what.

Stop making the same six dishes you always whip up and order from local restaurants and instead try these spots for takeout and delivery. You can help support L.A.’s service industry while also maintaining safe distance from everyone until, hopefully, we all come out healthy on the other side.

Here's where to order the best takeout and delivery in Los Angeles

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Hollywood
  • price 1 of 4

The casual Vietnamese-meets-French restaurant from Providence vet Casey Felton always hits the spot, and it's hitting the spot all over town: Banh Oui's got a surprisingly large delivery radius. Must-orders are the spare ribs in Vietnamese caramel sauce; some of the best wings in town; an herby and massively stacked fried chicken sandwich; and, of course, a range of bánh mì sandwiches. Felton also offers jarred goods, marketplace items and specials, meaning there's always something new to try (or a jar of pickled goods to replenish your pantry).

  • Restaurants
  • Israeli
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 3 of 4

One of the best restaurants in the city lets you bring a taste of its phenomenal Middle Eastern fare home, now in family-style dinners, à la carte items and even frozen-for-later renditions of some of the most sought-after dishes in town. Find Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis's vibrant Bavel in your own kitchen with a weekly-rotating menu and the kind of add-ons we regularly lose our minds over in the restaurant. For around $50 per person the weekly set dinner includes the likes of hummus, saffron cakes, the famed lamb-neck shawarma, marinated olives and spiced apple cake, and the à la carte offerings include frozen versions of their incredibly fluffy house-made pita, plus ready-to-dive-into quarts of hummus, the malawach and even the buckwheat bread loaf.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 2 of 4

Bavel isn't the only Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis concept with a killer takeout menu: Their first restaurant—and still one of L.A.'s most popular—is in on the action, too. Want some of the city's best salumi? Easy. Marinated olives? You've got it. House-made ricotta, osso buco agnolotti, or 'nduja pizza? Bestia's got you covered. Order consistently craveable modern-Italian dishes for pickup, and of you can't decide, there's Bestia's weekly family-style meals, which include dishes like turnip with charred tomato, herby cavatelli, some balsamic-braised wagyu short ribs, and desserts from one of the best pastry chefs in town, naturally.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Santa Monica

The Rustic Canyon Family's Jewish-Californian-Midwestern mishmash of a glorious restaurant goes big with its delivery and takeout menu, offering Birdie G's highlights along with a kids menu, beer, wine and ready-made cocktails. You can still get some of the showstopping items—ahem, the relish tray and the rose petal pie—along with the homier favorites such as Fox's matzo ball soup, the corned brisket platter and noodle kugel. You can find it on most delivery apps or call in an order for pickup, but if you're a frequent guest, you might want to download the new Rustic Canyon Family smartphone app and make it even easier.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Glendale
  • price 3 of 4

If you're looking for the classic steakhouse experience at home, Michael Mina's celebrated take can come straight to you. Bourbon Steak, housed in Glendale's Americana at Brand, offers sizeable cuts for two in varieties such as a porterhouse and a double-cut rib eye, plus individual steaks like an American wagyu New York Strip, a barrel-cut filet mignon, and hanger steak. Of course there's chicken and fish, too, plus burgers and all the classic steakhouse sides, some done with an update and a twist. (Soy-glazed mushrooms or truffled mac and cheese, anyone?) Go full steakhouse with the to-go cocktails, too, in options like an old-fashioned, naturally.

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. Find the menu here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Malibu
  • price 2 of 4

One of our favorite seafood shacks in town just made it more convenient than ever to slide through for some oysters, lobster rolls and fried shrimp: If you're in the Malibu area Broad Street Oyster Co. now delivers, and if you don't, this is a primo to-go destination, where you can grab lobster rolls, oysters and other seafood specialties and head straight for the beach or a park. 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. You can also pick up specials such as spaghetti and meatballs or uni spaghetti, plus bottles of natural wine, imported beers and domestic thirst-quenching beers to wash it all down.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Sherman Oaks
  • price 2 of 4

This Sherman Oaks Mexican-food mainstay's been a fixture since 1956 thanks to the warmth from its family-run operations and homey cuisine. Casa Vega’s takeout menu is full of the generational restaurant’s biggest hits, all available for drive-up pickup, plus a handful of margaritas to-go and a limited marketplace, which sports tortillas, produce, eggs, milk and more. Our advice? Snag some of the combo plates (and especially some taquitos), plus family trays and à la carte beans and rice so you’ll have leftovers.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

Just minutes away from the shores of Venice Beach is Charcoal, chef Josiah Citrin's smoky, grill-happy restaurant that centers around dishes cooked over a live fire. The Mélisse chef's more casual concept serves up modern cult classics such as the cabbage baked in embers, as well as the insanely delicious grilled chicken wings, all of which carry a perfect amount of char. You’ll get plenty of grilled and hearth-roasted veggies and succulent steaks and seafood, not to mention dessert, with a rotating menu. Opt for takeout and delivery, and keep your eyes on the restaurant's Tock page for weekly prix-fixe dinners. 

  • Restaurants
  • 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.

Limited-time takeout and delivery specials that you need to try

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Koreatown

With Antico's dining room closed, the restaurant's team reformatted the menu to bring us all-out comfort at home. Chad Colby’s rustic Italian spot offroaded from its regular pastas and wood-fired meats, instead opting for simple, pared-down, takeout-and-delivery–only focaccia pizzas, which serve four to six people (a score, if you're feeding a family or looking for leftovers), plus a couple heat-and-serve soups. There's also plenty of Italian wine, for pairing, and salads, for health. What's more, Antico's stunningly good freshly spun ice cream is available by the pint in glorious seasonal flavors: honeycomb, strawberry, vanilla pistachio crunch, nectarine, and blood orange, to name a few.

  • Restaurants
  • Culver City
  • price 4 of 4

Chef Jordan Kahn’s immersive, imaginative Culver City tasting-menu temple to precision and the otherworldly launched takeout dinners in 2020, giving us Vespertine’s two-Michelin–starred technique in comforting, approachable form. Of late Vespertine's dining is taking a new, imaginative form every month, where the themed dinners might travel to a new spot on the globe or around the country and involve collaborations with some of the world's most notable chefs, including a recent team-up with Husk founder Sean Brock. Sculptural elements and music still play a part in the takeout menus as they do in Vespertine's dine-in, which means a meal that's more than some simple takeout—this is a full-on experience.

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  • Restaurants
  • Trucks

L.A.'s favorite roaming bagels are now chiller than ever. In 2020 Yeastie Boys started doing limited runs of frozen pizza bagels—vacuum-sealed for freshness—in both cheese and pepperoni varieties, topping the classic Yeastie sesame round with gooey mozz and bright tomato sauce. Keep your eyes on the Yeastie Instagram for news about the next drop, and in the meantime order a killer bagel sandwich or a dozen bagels to keep yourself fed and stocked. 

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