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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

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

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

Formosa Café

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Pan-Asian West Hollywood

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

Pasjoli restaurant
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Pasjoli

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French Santa Monica

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
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Birdie G's

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Santa Monica

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

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Angler Los Angeles
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Angler

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Beverly

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

Dear John's

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Steakhouse Culver City

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

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Auburn

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Hollywood

Eric Bost's unusual tasting menu is making a stand for fine dining.

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Nightshade

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Downtown Arts District

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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Pikoh

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global West LA

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

Ms. Chi Café

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese Culver City

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

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Alta Adams

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Soul and southern American West Adams

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

Simone

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Downtown Arts District

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

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Otoño

2 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Spanish Highland Park

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

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Ma'am Sir

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Filipino 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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Bavel
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Bavel

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Israeli Downtown Arts District

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

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Dialogue

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Santa Monica

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

Majordōmo

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian 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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Felix
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Felix Trattoria

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian 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
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The NoMad Mezzanine

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French 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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Native

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Downtown Santa Monica

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

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Tsubaki

2 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Echo Park

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

MTN ramen
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

MTN

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Venice

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

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So Long, Hi

2 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Thai 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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Terra Cotta

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Koreatown
This Koreatown stunner is churning out incredible plates of seafood.
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Sesame fries (Ozu Style) at Ozu East Kitchen
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Ozu East Kitchen

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Atwater Village

Head to Atwater Village for rich ramen and decadent fries.

Spartina
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Spartina

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Fairfax District

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

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Eggplant at Amboy
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Amboy

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Filipino Chinatown

Filipino food comes to Chinatown.

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Delicata squash at LEONA
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Leona

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Venice

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

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Baroo
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Baroo

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Korean 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

Sambar

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Indian Culver City

Where Mississippi meets India in the form of chicken wings.

Curry fries at BierBeisl Imbiss
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

BierBeisl Imbiss

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Austrian Downtown Historic Core

Sausages reign supreme at this Austrian eatery Downtown.

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

Pok Pok Phat Thai

2 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinatown

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

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

Maré

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Fairfax District

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

Birch

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Hollywood

Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor finally gets a great restaurant.

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English pea soup at Maude
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Maude

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary European Beverly Hills

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