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

 

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Restaurants, Thai

Joy on York

icon-location-pin Highland Park

Pine & Crane's sibling spot proves much more than an imitation of the original.

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Restaurants, Filipino

Ma'am Sir

icon-location-pin Silver Lake

RiceBar's bold Filipino flavor—and culinary magic—continues in Charles Olalia's full-service take on the classics.

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Restaurants, French

Petit Trois Valley

icon-location-pin Sherman Oaks

Ludo Lefebvre's acclaimed French bistro hits the Valley, but feels far from revolutionary.

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Restaurants

Bavel

icon-location-pin Downtown Arts District

Lean into the babel at Bavel, the Arts District's buzzing Middle Eastern gem.

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Restaurants

Dialogue

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

Dave Beran's tasting menu is worth the price tag and the palava.

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Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Majordōmo

icon-location-pin Chinatown

The shared plates are the showstoppers, but there's so much more to David Chang's first L.A. restaurant.

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Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina's Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
Restaurants, Pizza

Triple Beam Pizza

icon-location-pin Highland Park

You pay by the ounce for this pizza, but you're going to want to consume pounds of it.

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Photograph: Courtesy Little Ruby/Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Cafés

Little Ruby

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

I, for one, welcome our new Aussie overlords. 

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Tahina with eggplant at Jaffa
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, Israeli

Jaffa

icon-location-pin West Third Street

Israeli cuisine is making waves, but Jaffa keeps its flavors at bay.

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Restaurants, Italian

Felix Trattoria

icon-location-pin Venice

Last year, Evan Funke's temple to handmade pasta set the pace for L.A.'s new restaurants. This year, it's still in a league of its own.

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The roast chicken for two at NoMad
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, French

The NoMad Mezzanine

icon-location-pin Downtown Financial District

The mezzanine restaurant at the NoMad Hotel is a slight triumph of style over substance—but man alive, what style.

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Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants

Native

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

Nyesha Arrington’s hyper-seasonal shtick carves out a Santa Monica niche, and it’s worth the splurge.

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Best Girl

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

The seafood's always aces at the Ace's new all-day bistro, but everything else could use some consistency.

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Photograph: Courtesy Tsubaki
Restaurants, Japanese

Tsubaki

icon-location-pin Echo Park

Echo Park's charming izakaya keeps an eye on sake and authenticity, if not the fryer.

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Restaurants, Japanese

MTN

icon-location-pin Venice

Find comfort and creativity in unique bowls of ramen and outstanding small plates.

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

La Boucherie on 71

icon-location-pin Downtown Financial District

La Boucherie on 71’s aspirations are as lofty as its stunning views of the city, but need more grounding.

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Restaurants, Thai

So Long, Hi

icon-location-pin Downtown Financial District

Step into Downtown L.A.’s affordable, approachable, laid-back Thai restaurant for fun and games (and a gem of a back patio).

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Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Terra Cotta

icon-location-pin Koreatown
This Koreatown stunner is churning out incredible plates of seafood.
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Restaurants, Italian

AR Cucina

icon-location-pin Culver City

AR Cucina satisfies Culver City's love of Italian food with pasta and plenty of negronis.

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Plate of mixed tacos at Salazar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Mexican

Salazar

icon-location-pin Frog Town

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

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Sesame fries (Ozu Style) at Ozu East Kitchen
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Ozu East Kitchen

icon-location-pin Atwater Village

Head to Atwater Village for rich ramen and decadent fries.

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Spartina
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Italian

Spartina

icon-location-pin Melrose

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

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Eggplant at Amboy
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Filipino

Amboy

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Filipino food comes to Chinatown.

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Banana daiquiri at Otium
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, American

Otium

icon-location-pin Downtown

This isn't your average museum restaurant.

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Chocolate chip cookie & chocolate milk at Little Pine
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Vegan

Little Pine

icon-location-pin Silver Lake

Little Pine is free of animal products, but not free of problems.

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Key lime wedge at Sausal
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Mexican

Sausal

icon-location-pin El Segundo

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

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Trois Familia
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Fusion

Trois Familia

icon-location-pin Silver Lake

Is it time for brunch yet?

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Delicata squash at LEONA
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, American creative

Leona

icon-location-pin Venice

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

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Restaurants, South Asian

Cassia

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

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

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Restaurants, Barbecue

Maple Block Meat Co.

icon-location-pin Culver City

Hearty brisket and fall-off-the-bone ribs put Maple Block Meat Co. on LA's BBQ map.

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Baroo
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Korean

Baroo

icon-location-pin Hollywood

Baroo embodies the best of strip mall dining in LA.

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Kerala seafood curry with a side of basmati rice at Sambar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Indian

Sambar

icon-location-pin Culver City

Where Mississippi meets India in the form of chicken wings.

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Curry fries at BierBeisl Imbiss
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Austrian

BierBeisl Imbiss

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

Sausages reign supreme at this Austrian eatery Downtown.

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Broken Spanish
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Mexican

Broken Spanish

icon-location-pin Downtown

The latest restaurant from Ray Garcia is heating up Downtown.

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Nutella bread pudding at Forma
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Italian

Forma

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

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

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New England clam bake at Catch & Release
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Seafood

Catch & Release

icon-location-pin Westside

A taste of New England arrives in Marina del Rey.

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Phat Thai Ruam at Pok Pok Phat Thai
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants

Pok Pok Phat Thai

icon-location-pin Chinatown

The LA outpost just doesn't live up to the original Portland phenomenon.

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Rolls, olives and peppers appetizer at Maré
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Seafood

Maré

icon-location-pin Melrose

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

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Birch
Photograph: Eric Waterman
Restaurants, Seafood

Birch

icon-location-pin Hollywood

Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor finally gets a great restaurant.

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Jon & Vinny's
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Italian

Jon & Vinny's

icon-location-pin Fairfax District

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

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English pea soup at Maude
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Maude

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

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

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Redbird
Photograph: Dylan + Jeni
Restaurants, American creative

Redbird

icon-location-pin Downtown

Redbird deserves every bit of oohing and ahhing.

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Wild mushrooms a la plancha at Ración
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Spanish

Ración

icon-location-pin Pasadena

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

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Shigoku oysters with radish at Alma
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Californian

Alma

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

We take a second look at the critically acclaimed Alma.

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Creamy cauliflower at Odys + Penelope
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Brazilian

Odys + Penelope

icon-location-pin La Brea

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

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Ramen Champ
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Japanese

Ramen Champ

icon-location-pin Chinatown

The eggs at Ramen Champ are perfect. The ramen? Not even close.

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Lobster Po'boy at Preux & Proper
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Cajun

Preux & Proper

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

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

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Ostrich Farm
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, American

Ostrich Farm

icon-location-pin Echo Park

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

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LINK
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, American

Link

icon-location-pin West Third Street

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

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Cadet

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

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

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Love And Salt, Manhattan Beach Ca
Photograph: Andrea Bricco
Restaurants, Italian

Love & Salt

icon-location-pin Manhattan Beach

It's OK to have English muffins for dinner at this MB newcomer.

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All'Acqua
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Italian

All'Acqua

icon-location-pin Atwater Village

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

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Restaurants, American

Butchers & Barbers

icon-location-pin Hollywood

The Houston Brothers took a break from opening bars—to open a restaurant.

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Rice noodle in beef tripe casserole at Szechuan Impression
Photograph: Victor Leung
Restaurants, Chinese

Szechuan Impression

icon-location-pin Alhambra

Szechuan Impression is flourishing in Alhambra. But can you handle the heat?

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The Hutchinson Cocktails & Grills
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill

icon-location-pin La Cienega

With a lack of Indonesian restaurants in LA, Hutchinson aims to be an approachable option.

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Restaurants, Seafood

The Anchor

icon-location-pin Venice

There is finally a really fantastic lobster roll in LA.

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Carolina pulled pork at Holy Cow
Photograph: Courtesy Holy Cow
Restaurants, Barbecue

Holy Cow

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

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

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Playa Provisions
Photograph: Alicia Cho
Restaurants, Californian

Playa Provisions

icon-location-pin Playa del Rey

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

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Restaurants, Barbecue

smoke.oil.salt

icon-location-pin Melrose

Finally, there is a really great tapas restaurant in LA.

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Tall bun at Bird N Hand
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Bird N Hand

icon-location-pin Fairfax District

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

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Omelette at Petit Trois
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, French

Petit Trois

icon-location-pin Hollywood

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

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Hand roll ingredients at KazuNori Sushi
Photograph: Courtesy KazuNori Sushi
Restaurants, Japanese

KazuNori

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

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

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Oyster luge at Tipple & Brine
Photograph: Alicia Cho
Restaurants, Seafood

Tipple & Brine

icon-location-pin Sherman Oaks

Stick to the oysters and alcohol at this Sherman Oaks newcomer.

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Restaurants, Korean

POT

icon-location-pin Koreatown

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

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Restaurants, American creative

Saint Martha

icon-location-pin Koreatown

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

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Restaurants, American

Ball & Chain

icon-location-pin Hollywood

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

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Restaurants, Fusion

Little Sister

icon-location-pin Manhattan Beach

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

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Jidori deviled eggs at Faith & Flower
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Californian

Faith & Flower

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