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. LaymanWood 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

189 by Dominique Ansel

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Unsurprisingly, the baked goods at the Cronut creator's first full-service restaurant are what to order.

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Fairfax District

The NoMad Mezzanine

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Downtown Financial District
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Native

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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Santa Monica

Best Girl

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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Downtown Historic Core
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MTN

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Venice
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So Long, Hi

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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Downtown Financial District
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Terra Cotta

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

This Koreatown stunner is churning out incredible plates of seafood.

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Koreatown

AR Cucina

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Culver City
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Sausal

2 out of 5 stars

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

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El Segundo
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Leona

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Venice
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Cassia

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Santa Monica
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Baroo

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Baroo embodies the best of strip mall dining in LA.

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Hollywood
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Sambar

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Where Mississippi meets India in the form of chicken wings.

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Culver City
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Maré

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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Melrose
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Jon & Vinny's

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Fairfax District
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Maude

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Beverly Hills
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Redbird

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Redbird deserves every bit of oohing and ahhing.

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Downtown
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Ración

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Pasadena
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Alma

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

We take a second look at the critically acclaimed Alma.

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Downtown Historic Core
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Ostrich Farm

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Echo Park

Link

3 out of 5 stars

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

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West Third Street
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Cadet

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Santa Monica
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All'Acqua

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Atwater Village
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Holy Cow

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Santa Monica
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Playa Provisions

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Playa del Rey
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Bird N Hand

4 out of 5 stars
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

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Hollywood
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KazuNori

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Downtown Historic Core
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POT

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Koreatown
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Saint Martha

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Koreatown

Ball & Chain

1 out of 5 stars

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

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Hollywood
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Pine & Crane

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Silver Lake

Union

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Pasadena
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Ramen by Omae

3 out of 5 stars
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
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Lucky Duck

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Silver Lake
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East Borough

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Culver City
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The Bun Shop

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Koreatown
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The Wallace

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Culver City
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Eggslut

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Downtown Historic Core
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Din Tai Fung

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Glendale
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South End

3 out of 5 stars

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
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Diablo

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Silver Lake

Sticky Rice

4 out of 5 stars
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
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The Blvd

3 out of 5 stars

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
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The Doughroom

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Palms

Salt Air

3 out of 5 stars

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
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Flores

3 out of 5 stars

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
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Taberna Arròz y Vi

1 out of 5 stars

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
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Nozawa Bar

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Beverly Hills

Trois Mec

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Hollywood
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Paiche

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Westside

Willie Jane

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Venice
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Daw Yee Myanmar

2 out of 5 stars

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

2 out of 5 stars

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
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Goldie's

3 out of 5 stars

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
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Pingtung

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Melrose

Mangu

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Venice
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Fickle

2 out of 5 stars

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

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Little Tokyo

Circa

1 out of 5 stars

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

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Manhattan Beach
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AOC

3 out of 5 stars
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

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Santa Monica
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Allumette

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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

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Echo Park