There’s no denying that Angelenos love a rooftop bar, and while we know you also devoured the long-awaited unveiling of L.A.’s own Eataly, it was the opening of its rooftop restaurant and bar, Terra, that got all eyes on Century City in 2018. With 11,000 square feet of lounge, open-flame cooking, handmade pasta and botanical-forward cocktails, it’s still hogging attention in the neighborhood.
Every year brings new L.A. festivals, restaurants, closures and other notable culinary news items, but 2018 was a nonstop whirlwind from start to finish. There were approximately 1,682 new pizza restaurants, an onslaught of Japanese fast-casual spots and we gained a food hall. We also lost a central member of the dining community, the immeasurably influential and iconic critic Jonathan Gold, our city’s guiding voice.
Here, we look back on the year by revisiting our biggest restaurants and bars stories—ranked in ascending order of reader popularity—and look forward to a few returns in 2019. May the New Year be just as delicious as this one was.