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Los Angeles restaurant reviews

From fine dining to food trucks, our restaurant reviews dish on the latest restaurants in LA trying to make their mark

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Wood grilled pead & barnett pork chop with fig and brown butter maple jus at Hatchet Hall

In a city where restaurants are as varied as its neighborhoods, there's never a shortage of places to dine in LA. From rustic, seasonal cooking on Abbot Kinney to special occasion dinners at luxe hotels, check out our LA restaurant reviews to discover the city's newest and best places to eat.

 

LA restaurant reviews

Salazar

For a good time (and great tacos), Salazar is your spot.

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Frog Town

Paley

Named after a Hollywood titan, Paley is a serious showstopper.

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Hollywood

Spartina

Take a break from shopping on Melrose with some decadent Italian fare.

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Melrose

Sausal

Sausal is a looker, but the food has some catching up to do.

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El Segundo

Leona

Creative cuisine and a standout brunch is putting Leona on the map.

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Venice

Cassia

Recommended

Cassia's beautiful mashup of French and Vietnamese cuisine is making waves in Santa Monica.

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Santa Monica

Baroo

Recommended

Baroo embodies the best of strip mall dining in LA.

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Hollywood

Sambar

Recommended

Where Mississippi meets India in the form of chicken wings.

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Culver City

Forma

Recommended

Do you like cheese? If so, you're going to love Forma.

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Santa Monica

Maré

You'll find shellfish bowls under twinkling lights at Maré—if you can even find the restaurant.

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Melrose

Birch

Recommended

Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor finally gets a great restaurant.

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Hollywood

Jon & Vinny's

Pasta, pizza, meatballs—you'll find plenty of comfort food at this Fairfax eatery.

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Fairfax District

Maude

Recommended

At Maude, one ingredient serves as the focus of a very, very good meal.

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Beverly Hills

Steak & Whisky

Recommended

You'll be dropping some serious change here, but man is it worth it.

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Hermosa Beach

Redbird

Recommended

Redbird deserves every bit of oohing and ahhing.

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Downtown

Ración

Recommended

Outstanding tapas, incredible wine—we're head over heels for Ración.

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Pasadena

Alma

Recommended

We take a second look at the critically acclaimed Alma.

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Downtown Historic Core

Odys + Penelope

Recommended

Grilled entrées and exceptional desserts define the Hatfield's modern churrasco on La Brea.

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La Brea

Preux & Proper

Recommended

The Big Easy arrives Downtown with this new, split-level ode to New Orleans.

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Downtown Historic Core

Ostrich Farm

Recommended

If you never order potpie at a restaurant, that's about to change.

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Echo Park

Link

It's all about California pride and sausages served every which way at this casual eatery.

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West Third Street

Cadet

Recommended

Chef Kris Tominaga's first solo project, Cadet, is an exercise in butter. We're not complaining.

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Santa Monica

All'Acqua

At this Atwater Village newcomer, a welcoming atmosphere and Italian comfort food makes a strong impression.

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Atwater Village

Holy Cow

Recommended

Forget about Memphis or the Carolinas—Holy Cow just wants to make really good BBQ.

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Santa Monica

Playa Provisions

The idea behind Playa Provisions—multiple concepts in one—lets you choose your own adventure.

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Playa del Rey

Bird N Hand

Recommended

Want some of the best fried chicken in the city? Just look for the bird claw.

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Fairfax District

Petit Trois

Recommended

Chef Ludo Lefebvre has succeeded in bringing exceptionally good—and simple—French food to Hollywood.

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Hollywood

KazuNori

Sugarfish's younger sibling has some growing up to do.

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Downtown Historic Core

POT

Recommended

Have you ever tried eating uni while listening to Next's "Too Close" with a straight face?

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Koreatown

Alimento

Recommended

Chef Pollack's new Italian spot has a tortellini that will blow your mind.

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Silver Lake

Saint Martha

This tiny Koreatown restaurant might be better known for its wine than its food.

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Koreatown

Ball & Chain

The meatballs at Ball & Chain are supposed to be the best part. They're actually the worst.

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Hollywood

Little Sister

Recommended

At Little Sister, Chef Vuong is channeling the food of his youth into beautiful, creative dishes.

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Manhattan Beach

Faith & Flower

Faith & Flower, Downtown's latest power spot, is beautiful—but looks aren't everything.

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Downtown

Corazón y Miel

Recommended

Oh, you haven't been to Bell? Corazón y Miel gives you a great reason to visit.

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Bell

Pine & Crane

Recommended

Months after opening, Pine & Crane is still drawing in crowds with its traditional Taiwanese cuisine.

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Silver Lake

Union

Recommended

Bruce Kalman's new restaurant is serving Northern Italian cuisine with flair—plus some unreal polenta.

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Pasadena

Ramen by Omae

Recommended

A slurp of ramen at Ramen by Omae is heavenly—depending on the bowl that lands in front of you.

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Sherman Oaks

The Hook & Plow

Recommended

The Hook & Plow is making waves in Hermosa with its farm- and sea-to-table fare.

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Hermosa Beach

Lucky Duck

At Lucky Duck, Chef Bryan Stevens is driving home local, sustainable cuisine—and greatly succeeding.

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Silver Lake

East Borough

Recommended

The motto at East Borough, a new Vietnamese eatery in Culver City: "Ball so hard."

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Culver City

L.A. Chapter

L.A. Chapter, the Ace Hotel's bistro-like restaurant, is uneven in both food and service.

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Downtown Historic Core

The Bun Shop

Recommended

The Bun Shop takes its bao from the streets to a casual cool eatery in Koreatown.

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Koreatown

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre proves that vegan and Mexican cuisine can coexist—without a Question of the Day

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West Hollywood

République

Recommended

La Brea Ave's latest addition, République, brings back the bistronomie movement

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La Brea

The Wallace

At this new Culver City hot spot, small plates are hit-and-miss (but oh, The Early Ace!).

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Culver City

Eggslut

From food truck to Grand Central Market, Eggslut has finally found its home.

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Downtown Historic Core

The Church Key

Recommended

Pan Am flight attendants and pig's ear "Cheetos" are under the same roof at The Church Key.

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West Hollywood

Orsa & Winston

Recommended

At Orsa & Winston, whatever you choose, you will not choose wrong.

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Downtown Historic Core

Din Tai Fung

Recommended

For the uninitiated, Din Tai Fung is arguably one of the best XLB specialists stateside.

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Glendale

South End

South End, a very good, very subdued wine-and-pizza restaurant in a strip mall on the southern tip of Abbott Kinney, has a fantastic food menu.

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Venice

Diablo

The tacos at Diablo are a sincere food. They are eaten by hand and gloriously messy.

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Silver Lake

Sticky Rice

Recommended

Much of Grand Central Market's energy is concentrated at Sticky Rice, one of the first of the new Market tenants.

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Downtown Historic Core

Girasol

Girasol is a little avant-garde, but then again, so is the intention behind the food.

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Studio City

The Blvd

The gaudy opulence of this haute-hotel bar should not detract from the simplicity of superbly well-made cocktails.

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Beverly Hills

The Doughroom

Recommended

The Doughroom, where locals can drop in for lunch or dinner, delivers time and time again.

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Palms

Salt Air

The latest in the trend of upscale, seafood-centric menus of oysters, lobster rolls and the like is Salt Air.

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Venice

Flores

Flores, a beautiful, new American restaurant, has a disjointed menu of every dish currently fashionable in every seasonal restaurant in town.

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West LA

Little Beast

Eagle Rock gets a serious, destination restaurant with the arrival of Little Beast.

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Eagle Rock

Taberna Arròz y Vi

Taberna Arròz y Vi, the new "neighborhood tapas and paella joint" in Santa Monica, is undergoing an identity crisis

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Santa Monica

Nozawa Bar

Recommended

Kazunori Nozawa's name lives on at this reservation-only back bar inside Sugarfish.

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Beverly Hills

Trois Mec

Recommended

Ludo Lefebvre exhibits elegance, restraint, excess and then some at his new permanent home.

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Hollywood

Paiche

Ricardo Zarate's newest venture samples foods of a Japanese izakaya via Peru.

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Westside

Willie Jane

The South arrives on Abbot Kinney with a quaint, new eatery from Brad Johnson and chef Govind Armstrong.

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Venice

Daw Yee Myanmar

A new Burmese eatery looks to set itself apart in a sea of San Gabriel Valley Chinese flavor.

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Monterey Park

Chez Soi

While Chez Soi aims for upscale, it feels more like a fancy chain, housed within a modern strip mall.

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Manhattan Beach

Goldie's

Fall in love with the space as you sip excellent cocktails and peruse a distinctly Californian-style menu.

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West Third Street

Crossroads

Simply put, Crossroads is a high-end vegan restaurant for carnivores.

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Melrose

Pingtung

Recommended

Check out authentic flavors, reasonable prices and good service at this self-described dine-in market.

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Melrose

Mangu

Chef Benadicto Gell brings Dominican cuisine to Abbot Kinney with his pop-up.

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Venice

Fickle

This Asian-inflected gastropub serves up creative plates in Little Tokyo.

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Little Tokyo

Circa

This neighborhood spot offers a mixed menu from chef Octavio Becerra and creative cocktails.

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Manhattan Beach

AOC

Recommended

AOC finds a new home with a stunning patio, biodynamic wine list and expanded Cal-Med menu.

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Beverly

Rustic Canyon

Recommended

With new chef Jeremy Fox, the neighborhood favorite is now the best it’s ever been.

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Santa Monica

Allumette

Recommended

Young chef Miles Thompson creates beautiful, small-portion plates and unexpected flavor pairings.

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Echo Park

Hinoki & the Bird

Chef David Myers's Japanese-influenced, New American restaurant is a welcome addition to Century City.

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Century City

RivaBella

One of the toughest prime time reservations of the moment, RivaBella, is an easy restaurant to like.

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West Hollywood

Black Hogg

Black Hogg is one of those chef-driven restaurants with intentions to serve a short but inspired menu.

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Silver Lake

Chi Spacca

Recommended

Chad Colby's weekly Salumi Nights grows into Mozza's newest, meat-centric restaurant.

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Hancock Park

Tavern

Former Wood & Vine chef Gavin Mills add to Suzanne Goin's seasonal, Cal-Med menu.

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Brentwood

Littlefork

Hollywood gets a breath of fresh air with chef Jason Travi's inspired ode to seafood dishes of the Atlantic Northeast.

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Hollywood

Bar Amá

Josef Centeno, the top-notch toque of the popular Bäco Mercat, upgrades down-home Tex-Mex dishes.

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Downtown Historic Core

Coco Laurent

This lofty Downtown French bistro disappoints with flavorless food and an underwhelming dining experience.

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Downtown Financial District

Yamakase

Recommended

Dive into this eight-seat, invite-only sushi restaurant, a Japanese omakase experience unlike any other.

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Palms

Bestia

Recommended

Ori Menashe's Arts District ristorante is white-hot hit.

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Downtown Arts District

Alma

Recommended

Chef Ari Taymor combines hyper-seasonality and modernism, which works startlingly well.

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Downtown Historic Core

Le Comptoir

Gary Menes offers a five-course, $55 prix-fixe menu of ingredients sourced from local farms.

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Koreatown

Osteria Drago

Sunset Boulevard's fresh and modernized take on chef Celestino Drago's now shuttered Enoteca Drago

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West Hollywood

Nobu Malibu

Recommended

Nobu's new Malibu outpost wins for Best Ocean View, Best Romantic Getaway, Best City Escape...

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Malibu

Laurel Hardware

Laurel Hardware is beautiful, but like the blonde bombshell who looks good in a bikini, there isn't much going on upstairs.

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West Hollywood

MessHall

The theme here is glorified summer camp food, improving upon All-American comfort favorites.

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Los Feliz

The Parish

Recommended

The Parish is one of the latest additions to Downtown’s already white-hot dining scene.

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Downtown Historic Core

n/naka

N/naka has settled into a low-key groove while becoming one of the most difficult reservations in town.

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Palms

Tom Bergin's Tavern

The revamped, 63-year-old Tom Bergin's maintain the tavern's history while modernizing its experience.

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Central LA

Salt's Cure

Recommended

The idea behind Salt’s Cure: use ingredients grown and raised in California.

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Hollywood

Mo-Chica

The modern interpretation of Peruvian comfort food has gracefully matured.

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Downtown Financial District

Plan Check

Go for salty beer nuts, fried chicken served with sweet yam preserves and burgers.

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West LA

Red Hill

Echo Park's properly casual Red Hill might be everything the neighborhood wants it to be.

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Echo Park

Tar & Roses

Recommended

You can smell the wood-fired grill from a block away. It’s an irresistible siren call.

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Santa Monica

BierBeisl

A cozy, unassuming Beverly Hills restaurant serving Austrian fare from Bernhard Mairinger.

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Beverly Hills

Bäco Mercat

Recommended

What started as a happy-hour snack has grown into one of the hottest restaurants in town.

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Downtown Historic Core

Cooks County

Every neighborhood needs a low-key, unpretentious, farm-to-table cafe like Cooks County.

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Central LA

Eveleigh

Recommended

The Sunset Strip's newest restaurant that's actually really good.

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West Hollywood

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Bill Clardy
Bill Clardy

What is the addresses & Phone numbers for Lawey's Restaurants on Lacenega just north of Wilshire and the one near San Franando Rd. in Los Angeles.Please advise via e-mail. Thanks