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Los Angeles restaurant reviews

From fine dining to food trucks, our restaurant reviews dish on the latest restaurants in L.A. 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 Los Angeles. From rustic, seasonal cooking on Abbot Kinney to special occasion dinners at luxe hotels, check out our L.A. restaurant reviews to discover the city's newest and best places to eat.

 

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Formosa Cafe West Hollywood food menu David Kuo
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Formosa Café

West Hollywood
3 out of 5 stars

The Old Hollywood haunt is back with dim sum and a gorgeous renovation.

<p>Foie de poulet &agrave; la Strasbourgeoise</p>
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, French

Pasjoli

Santa Monica
4 out of 5 stars

The Dialogue chef's latest brings classic French technique—and antique cooking devices—back in a big way.

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Birdie G's Santa Monica Jeremy Fox Restaurant
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, American creative

Birdie G's

Santa Monica
3 out of 5 stars

Jeremy Fox's latest is a fun—if sometimes inconsistent—romp through California, Jewish and Midwestern cuisines.

Restaurants, Italian

Antico

Koreatown
3 out of 5 stars

Italian technique, flavor and stellar service shine through in Chad Colby's first solo restaurant.

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<p>Angler reserve caviar spooned tableside onto a banana pancake</p>
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, Seafood

Angler

Beverly
5 out of 5 stars

Joshua Skenes’s famed seafood restaurant lands in L.A., and it's worth a menu deep dive.

Restaurants, Steakhouse

Dear John's

Culver City
4 out of 5 stars

Even revamped with a new menu, this former Sinatra haunt is the steakhouse throwback L.A. needed.

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Five LEaves Los Angeles East Hollywood
Photograph: Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Five Leaves

East Hollywood
2 out of 5 stars

Dull as ditch water, if competent, Brooklyn's Five Leaves lands in East Hollywood.

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Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Nightshade

Downtown Arts District
5 out of 5 stars

Mei Lin's given the Arts District—and all of L.A.—a strong contender for the best new restaurant of 2019.

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Restaurants, Global

Pikoh

West LA
3 out of 5 stars

Ricardo Zarate's latest is an international jaunt, bringing the Westside his deft ability to blend culture and tradition.

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Ms Chi Cafe in Culver City by Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung
Jesse Hsu
Restaurants, Chinese

Ms. Chi Café

Culver City
3 out of 5 stars

'Top Chef' alum Shirley Chung proves Instagram-bait like hedgehog bao and cheeseburger dumplings are more than eye candy.

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Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Alta Adams

West Adams
3 out of 5 stars

Alta's soul food lights up West Adams—but could become a destination for people across the city.

Restaurants, American creative

Simone

Downtown Arts District
3 out of 5 stars

Simone could be the thoughtful restaurant of L.A.'s future—if it can nail the basics.

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Restaurants, Thai

Night + Market Sahm

Venice
3 out of 5 stars

Night + Market's Venice outpost is bold and a lot of fun—no matter how quickly you're in and out of the restaurant.

Restaurants, Spanish

Otoño

Highland Park
2 out of 5 stars

This Highland Park restaurant is a needed taste of Spain, albeit an inconsistent one.

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Restaurants, Thai

Joy on York

Highland Park
4 out of 5 stars

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

Restaurants, Filipino

Ma'am Sir

Silver Lake
4 out of 5 stars

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

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Restaurants, Israeli

Bavel

Downtown Arts District
4 out of 5 stars

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

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Dialogue

Santa Monica
5 out of 5 stars

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

Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Majordōmo

Chinatown
4 out of 5 stars

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

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

Jaffa

West Third Street
2 out of 5 stars

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

Restaurants, Italian

Felix Trattoria

Venice
5 out of 5 stars

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

Downtown Financial District
3 out of 5 stars

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
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Native

Downtown Santa Monica
3 out of 5 stars

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

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Best Girl

Downtown Historic Core
2 out of 5 stars

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

Echo Park
2 out of 5 stars

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

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Restaurants, Thai

So Long, Hi

Downtown Financial District
2 out of 5 stars

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

Koreatown
4 out of 5 stars
This Koreatown stunner is churning out incredible plates of seafood.
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Plate of mixed tacos at Salazar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Mexican

Salazar

Frog Town
4 out of 5 stars

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

Atwater Village
3 out of 5 stars

Head to Atwater Village for rich ramen and decadent fries.

Spartina
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Italian

Spartina

Fairfax District
4 out of 5 stars

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

Chinatown
3 out of 5 stars

Filipino food comes to Chinatown.

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

Little Pine

Silver Lake
2 out of 5 stars

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

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

Leona

Venice
3 out of 5 stars

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

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Restaurants, South Asian

Cassia

Santa Monica
4 out of 5 stars

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

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Baroo
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Korean

Baroo

Hollywood
4 out of 5 stars

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

Culver City
3 out of 5 stars

Where Mississippi meets India in the form of chicken wings.

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

BierBeisl Imbiss

Downtown Historic Core
3 out of 5 stars

Sausages reign supreme at this Austrian eatery Downtown.

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

Pok Pok Phat Thai

Chinatown
2 out of 5 stars

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

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

Maré

Fairfax District
3 out of 5 stars

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

Hollywood
4 out of 5 stars

Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor finally gets a great restaurant.

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

Maude

Beverly Hills
4 out of 5 stars

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

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

Ración

Old Pasadena
5 out of 5 stars

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

Cassell's Hamburgers
Photograph: Victor Leung
Restaurants, Hamburgers