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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
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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.

<p>Foie de poulet &agrave; la Strasbourgeoise</p>
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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.

Antico

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Koreatown

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

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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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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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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Night + Market Sahm

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Thai Venice

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

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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Joy on York

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Thai Highland Park

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

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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Dialogue

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Santa Monica

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

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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
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

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.

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

Salazar

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican 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

Ozu East Kitchen

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Atwater Village

Head to Atwater Village for rich ramen and decadent fries.

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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
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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
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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.

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Farro & quinoa at The Independence
Photograph: Alyse Gilbert

The Independence

2 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Gastropubs Downtown Santa Monica

Stick to the basics at The Independence.