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LA's Top Chef restaurant guide

Your guide to LA's Top Chef restaurants

From reality TV to the real world, here's where to find your favorite Top Chef-helmed restaurants in LA

Written by
Erin Kuschner
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Despite being in its umpteenth season, Top Chef still remains a Bravo TV favorite. From Quickfire to Elimination Challenges, obscure ingredients to ridiculous cooking conditions, a roster of chefs is whittled down to a winner, who then usually channels his or her stardom into a full-fledged restaurant—not that you have to win to be a successful restaurant owner. The following chefs have founded fantastic Italian and Mexican restaurants, kosher eateries and sandwich spots. They've come in 13th place, 1st and in-between, but they've all found success by opening some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Make your reservations now, and prepare to be starstruck. 

All the Top Chef-helmed restaurants in LA

Nyesha Arrington (Season 9)
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Nyesha Arrington (Season 9)

Place: 11th

Restaurant: Leona

Visit her restaurant for: Dining on bulgogi-braised shortribs while watching the sunset.

Chris Crary (Season 9)

Chris Crary (Season 9)

Place: 9th

Restaurants: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails (West Hollywood)

Visit his restaurant for: Seasonal American cuisine in a sexy lounge setting—plus fantastic cocktails.

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Alex Eusebio (Season 5)
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Alex Eusebio (Season 5)

Place: 13th

Restaurants: Sweetsalt, Cascabel (both Toluca Lake)

Visit his restaurants for: A casual breakfast of homemade pastries (Sweetsalt), and Mexican food—including some killer bacon guacamole—in a cozy bungalow (Cascabel).

Betty Fraser (Season 2)
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Betty Fraser (Season 2)

Place: 7th

Restaurant: Grub (Hollywood)

Visit her restaurant for: Hearty comfort food and one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town.

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Chris "C.J." Jacobson (Seasons 3 & 10)
Photograph: Courtesy Girasol

Chris "C.J." Jacobson (Seasons 3 & 10)

Place: 6th (both seasons)

Restaurant: Girasol (Studio City)

Visit his restaurant for:
Rustic California cuisine in the Valley.

Antonia Lofaso (Season 4)
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Antonia Lofaso (Season 4)

Place: 4th

Restaurant: Black Market Liquor Bar (Studio City), Scopa Italian Roots (Venice)

Visit her restaurants for: A killer fried fluffernutter (Black Market), hearty Italian fare (Scopa) and excellent cocktails (both).

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Brian Malarkey (Season 3)
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Brian Malarkey (Season 3)

Place: 4th

Restaurant: Herringbone (West Hollywood & Santa Monica)

Visit his restaurant for: Super fresh seafood—and some solid steak options if you're more about the turf than surf.

Alex Reznik (Season 7)
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Alex Reznik (Season 7)

Place: 7th

Restaurant: Ditmas (Pico-Robertson)

Visit his restaurant for: Kosher cuisine in a New York-inspired setting.

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Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters, Season 3)
Photograph: Josh Telles

Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters, Season 3)

Place: Judge

Restaurant: Maude (Beverly Hills)

Visit his restaurant for: A multi-course meal centered around a single ingredient. Oh, and make a reservation at least one month in advance.

Fabio Viviani (Season 5)
Photograph: Courtesy Fabio Viviani

Fabio Viviani (Season 5)

Place: 4th

Restaurant: Cafe Firenze (Moorpark)

Visit his restaurant for: Handmade pasta and a classy martini lounge.

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