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Wood grilled pead & barnett pork chop with fig and brown butter
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanWood 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

Written 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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Antico
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Koreatown
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Margot
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

Welcome to your new favorite brunch spot.

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Auburn
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4

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
  • price 3 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

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

DAMA
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Latin American
  • Downtown Fashion District
  • price 2 of 4

Let Antonia Lofaso take you on a whirlwind tapas tour.

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Inn Ann
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4

Sushi legend Mori Onodera is back and cooking one of the best Japanese tasting menus in L.A.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

'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
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Night + Market Sahm
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Ma'am Sir
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Silver Lake
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Dialogue
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Santa Monica
  • price 4 of 4

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

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Best Girl
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

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

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La Boucherie on 71
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown Financial District
  • price 4 of 4

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

So Long, Hi
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Downtown Financial District
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 3 of 4

This Koreatown stunner is churning out incredible plates of seafood.

AR Cucina
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Paley
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Cassia
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • South Asian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Cadet
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Butchers & Barbers
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

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

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smoke.oil.salt
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Fairfax District
  • price 3 of 4

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

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POT
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Koreatown
  • price 2 of 4

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

Alimento
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Silver Lake
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Saint Martha
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Koreatown
  • price 3 of 4

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

Ball & Chain
  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Little Sister
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Manhattan Beach
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Lucky Duck
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Silver Lake
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Ditmas Kitchen & Cocktail
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Westside
  • price 3 of 4

The new kosher restaurant from Alex Reznik is creative, but almost to a fault.

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L.A. Chapter
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Gracias Madre
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • West Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Mud Hen Tavern
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Eclectic
  • Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

Susan Feniger's new Hollywood gastropub keeps the Kaya toast—and little else.

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Eggslut
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 1 of 4

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

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The Church Key
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Orsa & Winston
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

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

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South End
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

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.

Acabar
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Can a restaurant be tall, dark and handsome?

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Diablo
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Silver Lake
  • price 2 of 4

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

Sticky Rice
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 2 of 4

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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Girasol
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Studio City
  • price 3 of 4

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

The Blvd
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Salt Air
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Venice
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Flores
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • Sawtelle
  • price 2 of 4

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

Little Beast
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Eagle Rock
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Louie's of Mar Vista
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Mar Vista
  • price 2 of 4

Louie's succeeds on the strength of its cooking and a surfeit of sunny spirit.

Taberna Arròz y Vi
  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Tinga Santa Monica
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

Tinga's Santa Monica outpost is a sprawling, multi-room funhouse.

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Paiche
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Westside
  • price 3 of 4

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

Willie Jane
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • Venice
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Daw Yee Myanmar
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Burmese
  • Monterey Park
  • price 2 of 4

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

Chez Soi
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Manhattan Beach
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Goldie's
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • West Third Street
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Pingtung
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Fairfax District
  • price 2 of 4

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

Mangu
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Dominican
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

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

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