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PRICE GUIDE: $ INEXPENSIVE (Meals below $15) $$ MODERATE (Mostly below $25) $$$ EXPENSIVE (Mostly below $50) $$$ VERY EXPENSIVE ($50 and above). Price classifications are about and based on a archetypal three-course banquet for one person, absolute of drinks, tax, and tip; unless contrarily noted, these restaurants acquire best acclamation cards.
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Includes Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Malibu, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Palms, Santa Monica, Venice, West L.A., Westwood
Culver City, $$
Aloha spirit lives in Culver City. Roy Choi says A-Frame has consistently been Hawaiian—at atomic in the abstract—but an check gave chef Johnny Yoo carte blanche to actualize full-on island fare. Loco moco and huli-huli craven admission tradition, while a babyish octopus terrine with foie gras and the awkward kimchi burger booty adorable liberties.
Culver City, $$-$$$$
The name of this charcuterie-driven New York displace is an admiration to Belgian cycling fable Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx. (The owners like to pedal: Show up in a bike jersey—there’s a bike aide nearby—for a chargeless added beer.) The lamb tartare comes blanketed in age-old dupe cheese shavings. Ablution it bottomward with an administrative stout you’ve never heard of, and move on to the broiled eggplant smothered in cartilage marrow.
Santa Monica, $$-$$$$
Bryant Ng mines his Chinese-Singaporean heritage, ceremoniousness wife Kim’s Vietnamese background, and works in the wood-grilling address he acerbic at Mozza. The aftereffect is the admirable Southeast Asian brasserie that Los Angeles seemed destined for. Hunker bottomward at a table on the patio to absorb ablaze pig’s cape with adulate bill and angle sauce, or abdomen up to the raw bar for a dozen oysters with sambal cocktail sauce.
Culver City, $-$$
At this indoor-outdoor daytime atom (named afterwards a comet), Jordan Kahn anxiously imprints a Nordic artful on his vegetable-forward California café menu. Broiled tomatoes and bisected gooseberries bundle in a basin of kefir and broiled kale oil; avocado wedges formed in broiled seeds and basics are afar by amber leaves; pea tips and tendrils adornment a assemblage of absurd cheese dumplings. Throw in an ambient soundtrack and a whitewashed accessible kitchen, and the aftereffect is otherworldly.
Santa Monica, $$
A few blocks from the Santa Monica Pier, this exchange and restaurant articulates article beginning about vegan cuisine. Nick Erven pushes aloft simulations of meat that accept become the plant-based norm. A abysmal blight on the plancha lends onion aliment pudding the hominess of berth food. If the aim is to be acceptable to one’s aing self, it’s buried by abundant Rioja, sauerkraut doughnut holes, and seaweed “Doritos” to accomplish the affair optional.
Evan Funke is a pasta purist who can blooper Italian acquaint into any meal. He did it aboriginal at Bucato in Culver Burghal and now presides at Felix, a clubby, floral-patterned trattoria that occupies the aloft home of Joe’s in Venice. His tonnarelli cacio e pepe, a army of strands adorned with cheese and atramentous pepper, nods to Roman shepherds who acclimated the aroma to accumulate warm, while the rigatoni all’Amatriciana with convalescent pork audacity sings blithely alongside Italian country wines.
At the acme of Abbot Kinney’s amore for beach-chic actualization and the freshest of bounded aftermath sits Gjelina, the aboriginal of Travis Lett’s growing core of Westside restaurants. Wood-fired babyish plates arise to the table aggressively dressed, like the broiled leaves of Treviso radicchio served with an anarchistic bagna cauda or candied broiled parsnips in hazelnut picada. Don’t be afraid aback you’re built-in at one of the consistently awash accepted tables, area pizzas action for amplitude alongside glasses of Rebula.
Culver City, $$
The kimchi is as ablaze as any a Western Avenue; the brisket, as aflush and ambrosial aback it hits the grill. Bottomward to its aftermost brittle shards, the pan-jun, a seafood pancake blubbery with scallions and shrimp, is on par with the archetypal that has been adorable Angelenos to Kobawoo Abode aback 1983. The affable is accurate with an asterisk, apparent by an uni-topped aflame egg.
Culver City, $$$
Brian Dunsmoor’s card lends new acceptation to the appellation “SoCal,” with broiled okra spears, vermouth braised aerial over Antebellum grits, and a accumulation of ham masquerading as a salad. The Old Man Bar in aback puts out superb cocktails, but Maxwell Leer’s wine program—which plunks atom in chenin blanc and mixes whites with soda pop—tests boundaries in a way that will affect as abundant as it befuddles.
You adeptness apperceive Nyesha Arrington from her actualization on Top Chef or from her canicule arch Wilshire restaurant. Afterwards dining at Leona, we primarily anticipate of her as the woman who hand-pinched our lamb abdomen wontons and topped them with brittle artichoke slivers. It’s adamantine to attach bottomward the cast here: There’s a Mexican seafood cóctel in a algid tomato-watermelon jus, hippie berry absurd bulging from house-made cheese, and agreeable beef hearts emdening the meatballs de corazón.
Culver City, $$
Sang Yoon is accomplishing to the cuisines of Southeast Asia what he did to arena beef at Father’s Office aing door. The ambrosial craven ancestor are a assignment in the amazing aftereffect of Sichuan peppercorns. A accomplished aflame fish, slathered in atramentous bean ghee and topped with cilantro, is promptly devoured. As at Father’s Office, beverages are able-bodied anticipation out.
Mar Vista, $$
The backtalk baker with shrimp chicharrones is a admission of amphibian flavor. The hot pots that admission bubbles at the tables are appropriately a hit. Bloom greens are aloft fresh, while the OG “Pioneer” aliment nods to bounded history. Adjustment the granita-like “Crank’d” for ambrosia and watch as the ice and arctic bake-apple are arena by hand.
Beverly Hills, $$$$
It was a action to actualize a account card based on a distinct additive in adorable Beverly Hills. But celebrity chef Curtis Stone has pulled it off. Anniversary division has a theme: Autumn salutes pears, which Stone caramelizes to accompany out the gentler addendum of braised dogie cheeks. In winter he turns to white truffles. Aback the acclimate warms up and it’s time for citrus, the burden glows as blithely as anytime in the hit of foamed adhesive that sits aloft a brittle Indian onion bhaji, or fritter.
Santa Monica, $$$$
Since it opened in 1999, Josiah Citrin’s two-star Michelin Award champ in Santa Monica has never wavered from adulatory the aberration amid alehouse and dining. That his cast coil of beginning pasta with lobster ognese and amber adulate truffle barm and the poached egg busy with caviar abide staples isn’t a assurance of stagnation but affirmation that he got it appropriate the aboriginal time.
Santa Monica, $$$$
Since starting at Michael’s, 28-year-old chef Miles Thompson has reinvigorated the admirable institution. (Restaurateur Michael McCarty about bounces through his amicableness bout of bar and garden tables.) Cocoa nibs add the absolute crisis to pillowy aerial meatballs with English peas. Tiny leaves of just-snipped mugwort antipode the absorption force of atramentous rice and babyish turnips. Anniversary chaw captures that old Michael’s magic, an adorable spell of on-point aliment and acceptable chat in the night air.
Niki Nakayama tailors the rituals of kaiseki dining to a bungalow in Palms. The multi-course banquet is aerial academism afterwards the airs. Dishes activate accession anon afterwards you are seated. Whether in a army of spaghettini with cardboard abalone, a seared Wagyu allotment with a blistered shishito pepper, or diced shiitakes bankrupt into a adulate booze over Alaskan baron crab, a pointillist acuteness comes through in every dish.
The Rose Café, a Venice institution, isn’t the aforementioned as it already was. But this reincarnation is appealing tasty. Chef Jason Neroni whips up breakfast burritos, kale salads, and added archetypal beachside book alongside such signature dishes as cacio e pepe and a cauliflower T-bone smothered in almonds and shishito piperade. A case abounding of broiled appurtenances delivers a rock-solid Gjusta impression.
Santa Monica, $$$
Chef Jeremy Fox has bestowed abundant activity on a Santa Monica accoutrement that has consistently been as age-old as a day at the beach. His market-driven admission is anxious afterwards actuality awkward and consistently appealing on the plate. The after-effects are consistently delicious. He reduces French onion soup to its essentials, cloudburst a ablaze consommé over pickled ramps and a crouton bubbles with Gruyère. The pozole, fabricated with Rancho Gordo hominy, is thickened with blooming garlic and brindled with clams; it’s a authentic rush.
The bartenders are a becloud as they agitate out Negronis for a agog army at this hangar-size spot. Trained at Spago, Antonia Lofaso understands high-volume cooking, and her booty on affable Italian-American is admiring yet inventive. For the annihilate blossoms, she mixes ricotta and mozzarella in the bushing for added stringiness. In the eggplant and escapade caponata, she adds crisis with afresh broiled almonds.
Pico-Robertson, Italian $$
The kitchen area Steve Samson tends the fires would be the focal point if there wasn’t so abundant accident on the plate. Cauliflower florets and convalescent auto bound below a broiled mackerel scapece. An egg, presented ablaze ancillary up, cooks in a basin of minestra, a country soup awash abounding of agrarian alacrity greens, aloof as it would in Umbria.
Beverly, Hills $$$$
Following 2012’s overhaul, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant has angry into a automated amplitude that’s arresting abundant visually to draw out the nuances of Lee Hefter’s cooking. There’s animation aback the absorptive abode actualization is activated to the asperous edges of a dining. Binchotan charcoal, agrarian nettles—they’re all here. A attenuate band of smoked mascarpone acme the dogie tartare in a marrowbone. The actualization of white blah agnolotti is still how the aiguille of summer is arise in Beverly Hills.
Santa Monica, $$-$$$
Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan accept adapted the old Marix Mexican restaurant into an angrily fun bank spot. Chef Mario Alberto’s melancholia card is abounding with such artistic dishes as avoid chilaquiles and favorites like nachos that admission accumulated on a baking area and allurement for a margarita or two. Reservations go fast, but bisected the tables are captivated for walk-ins.
Santa Monica, $$
Andrew Kirschner’s aloft restaurant combines adroitness and smarts. Bruschetta toppings are adapted on a blackboard, and really, who’s activity to altercate that a chili backtalk block hardly belongs on a Cal-Med menu? Wood-fired acidity is the activation spirit of these babyish plates. With beforehand notice, the kitchen can baker a continuing rib buzz or alike an absolute goat, but none is bare for the accomplished absurd snapper. Oven-roasted peaches are the absolute coda to a meal.
Includes Arts District, Bunker Hill, Chinatown, Historic Core, Little Tokyo, South Park
Historic Core, $$
Josef Centeno’s umlaut-bedecked flagship has all the Moroccan bistilla and Provençal brandade you could want. The signature bäco sandwich may authority beef carnitas and pork abdomen decrepit with salbitxada—an almond and onion booze you haven’t apparent alfresco of Barcelona—but the thrumming kitchen has the spirit of a time-tested assortment house, axis out such able and ablaze combinations as hamachi crudo with ashamed avocado and assortment browns as able-bodied as brittle ricotta fritters with honey, auto zest, and dill.
Historic Core, $$
Josef Centeno brings the flavors of his Texas ancestry to 4th and Main and, in accomplishing so, redeems an absolute cuisine. In the aforementioned accomplished easily that administer over adjoining restaurants Orsa & Winston and Bäco Mercat, Tex-Mex abstract such as Frito pie become building of lengua chili-doused blah chips in a poquito cast-iron skillet. Abbreviate fideo noodles anatomy a bed for $.25 of octopus and begrimed sausage. All barrage the abrade tortilla and the abnormally adhesive queso dip.
Arts District, $$$
Ori Menashe and his wife Genevieve Gergis envisioned a barn east of burghal as a testa-serving, guanciale-curing, pasta-extruding temple of authenticity, and accursed if they didn’t accomplish it. Menashe lights up beef affection tartare with albino alkali and boosts broiled orata with an anchovy-and-lemon paste. Gergis’s panna cotta with persimmon wedges ends a meal—whether it’s lardo-draped pizza or brothy cassoeula—on an alluringly bendable note.
South Park, $$$
Ray Garcia draws afflatus from calm braises. His breakable aerial with bacon and nopales speaks to hours spent in the oven, but alike a freewheeling coil of purslane-dusted chanterelles radiates hominess aback aggregate assimilate griddled masa. The broiled eggplant enchiladas are crafted from heirloom-corn tortillas. For the “Abuelita” hot chocolate, Garcia goes beeline for an admiration to the Nestlé cast but with high-grade cacao. These choice capacity heighten what’s already compelling: a chef chatty in the accent of avant-garde affable who celebrates the ancestors table.
Financial District, $$
At Ray Garcia’s burghal taco shop, the tortillas are handmade from antique corn. Fillings accommodate a baking admixture of Manila clams and antipode of lardo, or conceivably cubes of house-made mortadella abstemious with mayonnaise. On Thursdays Garcia prepares pata verde, a crackling pork cast in blooming chile sauce. On Fridays it’s accomplished snapper Veracruz. Alike the banknote showcases $.25 of pickled pig’s skin. Agave alcohol fasten the cocktails, but the best accepted alcohol may able-bodied be the can of Tecate belted with alkali and hot booze and presented in a cardboard bag. Perfecto.
Arts District, $$$
Angelo Auriana led the kitchen at Valentino for added than a decade; restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi was a business accomplice of Celestino Drago. Together they best arctic Italian fare: cottony handkerchief pasta smothered in pesto, beefy casonsei dumplings sautéed in academician er.
South Park, $$$
A admirable restaurant that’s acutely custom-built for absorbing guests of L.A. Live, Faith & Flower hits adamantine with dishes that amount the acidity spectrum. Cartilage basal thickens the booze for babyish oxtail agnolotti; shards of aloof beef bond add the crunch. An anchovy-and-crispy-shallot alkali bomb transforms broiled bok choy into bubbler food. The acclimation act demography abode in the Milk Punch has becoming the bar affairs applicable acclaim. Finish with a Straus Greek yogurt panna cotta topped with yuzu granita, aloof rice, and rubylike amethyst seeds.
Panic sets in about about the fourth bite. The flood of capsaicin takes hold, your adrenaline spikes, the diaphoresis starts to drip, your adenoids begins to run, and you apprehend there’s no axis back: The crunch, the juiciness, and the cayenne-smacked arete of Howlin’ Ray’s Nashville hot craven has you hooked. As you adeptness chaw bristles or six, you anticipate maybe the kitchen got your admission wrong. You played it safe and ordered the medium—it shouldn’t aching this bad. But with Johnny Ray Zone shouting orders bottomward the band and his army of cooks barking aback “Yes, chef!,” you get the faculty that this acutely run address doesn’t generally stumble.
Downtown, Southern $$
Hauser & Wirth is a assertive of a art, abundant of it trading in anxious provocation. But the gallery’s restaurant is absolute homey. The best dishes reflect chef Wes Whitsell’s Southern roots: smoked pork accept with greens and cider; bisected craven with bedraggled rice. The card touts farmers’ bazaar produce, but we’re actuality for the Redneck—prosciutto, pimento cheese, biscuits, and deviled eggs.
Arts District, $$$
When a restaurant lists three varieties of bounded risotto grains on the menu, you apperceive it’s not badinage about about Italian. You can’t absence the roaring copse blaze lighting up the glass-enclosed kitchen; it’s amenable for the admired slow-roasted pork cast and the prime rib chop. There’s an anytime candied bathrobe here, a temperature affair there, but that won’t accumulate us from acclimation the nut pasta with blanch ragù.
Historic Core, $$$$
In this minimalist venture, Josef Centeno gives us his best ascetic yet farthest-reaching restaurant. The architecture is bound to multi-course tasting airheaded alignment from $80 to $225, forth with a few à la carte dishes of what he calls “antipasti,” such as broiled geo-duck with baldheaded fennel and diced pomelo. Crumbled furikake seaweed and acceptable olive oil actualize a booze for attenuate slices of testa. Adapted like a risotto and capped by San Diego uni, the satsuki rice nears dematerialization with yuzu-pecorino cream.
Bunker Hill, $$$
If anytime there was a restaurant that invites gawking, Otium is it. A cube of able copse with Miesian girders, the Broad Museum-adjacent y takes abounding advantage of its 20-foot ceilings and loft-like space. The plates are abundant brindled ceramics and action chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s globally advancing but acutely California cuisine. Delicate morsels of hamachi are crusted in nori crumb and served raw aing to a painterly schmear of avocado. His influences are fabricated ablaze in a carry cake: a spiderweb of absurd chef topped with aerial dollops of foie gras mousse and preserved strawberries.
Historic Core, $$
This is the aboriginal time Josef Centeno has approved his duke at a actualization of affable that is about absolutely aftermath oriented. Assay over binchotan dress-down brings out the afterglow acidity in last-of-the-season figs. Shaving walnuts on a Microplane allows Centeno to adumbration aboriginal babyish carrots with a pesto fabricated from their tops. The acrid bang from grated Paski Sir—a Croatian sheep’s milk cheese—adds umami to ery grits. Thickly cut San Marzanos (from a Lincoln Heights allotment academy garden) are at their best agreeable amid air-conditioned pastry and a agitate of crème fraîche.
Financial District, $$$
Hiroyuki Naruke specializes in a abstruse actualization of sushi rarely apparent stateside. Angle for the melancholia omakase card is able with exactitude. Translucent wafers of Korean accident are captivated in kelp to cure; sayori (needlefish) is burst and marinated in soy; and breakable lobes of affluent uni are anesthetized with miso. Naruke’s magnum composition may be a simple, abundant allotment of tamago. The custardy egg omelet serves as ambrosia with aloof the appropriate (slightly) candied note—a apprehensive cube of acknowledgment to end the night.
Historic Core, $$$$
Neal Fraser has authentic his own affectionate of L.A. breeding over the 20 years he’s been affable in his built-in city. For him, ambience up boutique in the decommissioned St. Vibiana’s Cathedral offers an befalling to add theatrics to a actualization that’s a and classically plush. Truffles and lentils transform slices of smoked tofu from wholesome to haute, while lamb abdomen spins on a discharge in the aloft rectory. As if the coaction of Aleppo pepper and sumac weren’t affecting enough, a retractable beam reveals the aflame alarm tower.
Financial District, $$$
At 950 anxiety in the air, the mountains-to-sea appearance is dramatic, but Vartan Abgaryan gives you affluence to boring at on the plate. A sliver of foie gras terrine rests languidly beside grilled, big-crumbed country bread. Acerb alacrity seeds adverse with the burn of an octopus braid in the aforementioned way crackling chicharronnes comedy off a aesthetic adjustment of baron backtalk petals.
Historic Core, $$
David Schlosser focuses with Jedi assurance on a blazon of cuisine accepted as kappo, which in Japanese agency article like “to cut with a kitchen knife and baker with fire.” The chinmi, or “rare tastes,” adeptness accommodate lobster brewed in its tomalley (i.e., guts), gelled sea bream skin, and irizake—pickled asset adapted with sake. In kappo actualization Schlosser creates his busy commons at a adverse in appearance of guests. Details reflect the chef, extending to the cypress bar’s assumption joinery, glasses with thread-thin stems, and the accidental basin served in a Meiji-era bowl.
Historic Core, $$$
If you adjustment the steak tartare at downtown’s new Francophile destination, booty a moment to audit the diced olives, fennel, tomato, and celery. Try to acquisition a distinct atomic cube that isn’t identical to its neighbor. You won’t. Tony Esnault’s aliment may accept the attention of archetypal French, but Spring never feels rigid. An intricate ambrosia of Cara Cara oranges, meringue batons, and panna cotta proves that alike adorned tweezer aliment can be body satisfying.
Includes Beverly Grove, East Hollywood, Fairfax District, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Koreatown, West Hollywood
Beverly Grove, $$$
Gino Angelini grew up on his grandma’s blooming lasagna in a apple alfresco the Adriatic resort burghal of Rimini and came to L.A. to advice Mauro Vincenti with Rex in the mid-’90s. He’s not aloft finishing a crostino of lardo with white truffles, but his wheelhouse is a added chaste realm: The soup is blubbery with bendable potatoes, blah is buoyed by a slow-cooked soffritto, and all those dogie kidneys charge is cooked-down onions and a burst of wine.
Fairfax District, $$
At the aboriginal of their two Fairfax District enclaves, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo accept maintained—even honed—their adroitness for rejiggering abundance aliment into balanced, anxious dishes that bound with spurts of acerbic and fat. Broiled onion pho dip with bond puffs could aphorism any Super Basin spread, while the truffled toad-in-a-hole resembles an amplified riff on the croque madame.
Beverly Grove, $$
Unforced and apprenticed by comestible excellence, A.O.C. is anchored by a courtyard with bendable sunlight and account trees. Caroline Styne’s wine account doesn’t shy abroad from the anatomy of vineyards, while Suzanne Goin’s affable has become indispensable. The tarragon burrowed in Little Gem bill with blooming goddess bathrobe is an ideal. The broiled craven aggregate on a torn-crouton bloom with angled radicchio is an admiration to San Francisco’s Zuni Café—a tip of the hat alone a abundant restaurant can bestow.
Nottingham-born chef Brendan Collins is assimilate article with his advancing 16-table restaurant plunked into the Cahuenga Corridor. Old England is there in the toffee pudding, but Collins is arch aback auspicious the multiethnic United Kingdom of today with skewers of monkfish tikka masala below petals of papadam. The lamb abdomen with peas and bacon abeyant in a foie gras booze comes appealing aing to defining “craft.” Well, that’s apparently to be accepted from a chef who formed below London’s Marco Pierre White.
Hancock Park, $$$
At this Mozza aggregation accession to the bend of Melrose and Highland, a affection for annihilation is palpable. Diaphanous bedding of atom and pucks of absurd trotters are accumulated assimilate arresting salumi platters. The beef and basal pie is blimp with beef cheeks, cipollini onions, and mushrooms. A behemoth tomahawk chop—for sharing—comes to the table as the accomplishment de grâce. Nancy Silverton’s area bianco is there to absorb up all the drippings.
West Hollywood, $$$
The rustic agreeableness of absurd mollusk bellies and a loaded lobster cycle accept New England transplants (including chef-owner Michael Cimarusti) activity homesick. At the raw bar a tatted-up aggregation lops off the spines of sea urchins and shucks oysters from both coasts. That’s linguiça heating up a Portuguese angle stew, and house-smoked albacore below a accumulation of arugula. But Cimarusti knows that sometimes the best way to adapt angle is to aloof barbecue it.
Mid City, $$
Sascha Lyon’s neo-brasserie sets a aerial mark. Praliné grains aggravate out the adorable acerbity of Castel-franco radicchio, and avoid fat chips ride alongside broiled hanger steak. Sauces are a able suit. Adjustment the kabocha pudding cake.
A blemish restaurant from two Animal alumni—chef-partner Jonathan Whitener and managing accomplice Lien Ta—landed on a K-town corner. The affair are considered, as is the adornment (a abandoned photo of Morrissey, a burst or two of craft-chic geometric patterns), while Whitener’s card is freewheeling. Slices of raw hiramasa alternating with absolutely cut radishes and are served with serrano chile chrism and broiled onion powder; a accomplished dry-aged Peking avoid comes with arepas instead of Chinese pancakes.
Beverly Grove, $$
Somewhere on the card abounding with things like deconstructed poutine is an allurement to set a preconceptions and artlessly taste. Ink. has becoming our account with its alert account and chef-owner Michael Voltaggio’s adherence to originality. He corns lamb abdomen so that it radiates a pastrami-like richness. The salt-and-charcoal-roasted potato ignites aback spritzed with atramentous vinegar, and the house-made “Doritos” (they could canyon for vegan chicharrones) are superb.
Fairfax District, $$
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s admiration to the adjacency pizza collective is an in-demand catch because the aliment is so accursed good, not because the two guys are stars. The Italian assize is able with the signature appetite of their aboriginal venture, Animal, but there’s additionally a added rarely apparent delicateness. An eggplant allotment biconcave in egg ablution and anxiously absurd ensures that this parmigiana showcases broiled San Marzano tomatoes instead of oil.
Larchmont Village, $$
Rather than bacon $.25 in the frisée aux lardons, chef Kevin Meehan adds crackling avoid bark to the ruby-streaked greens for texture. Kali never beasts too far from the alehouse book that already characterized California cuisine, but the restaurant doesn’t comedy it safe, either: Witness the honey-glazed and seared avocado behindhand or the Flannery Beef filet mignon served over fire-roasted onion that arise to the table with bulb, stalk, basis hairs, and all.
East Hollywood, $$
Sarah Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Madcapra accept broadcast aloft falafel with Kismet, an all-day restaurant specializing in California-fied versions of Middle Eastern classics. The “Turkish-ish Breakfast” is an astronomic beforehand of algid morning book with a sesame-sprinkled hunk of Bub & Grandma’s bread. At banquet a basin of aerial feeds two and comes with triangles of pan-seared “flaky bread” for annexation through a affluent bouillon of curried chickpeas.
Patina and French Laundry alum Gary Menes harnesses the animation of beginning aftermath that he grows himself in a association garden to actualize blood-tingling renditions of the classics. Actuality “velouté” adeptness beggarly cottony cauliflower caked over absurd aliment crumbs in a locally handcrafted bowl. Rather than a allotment of venison, the “tranche” is a acutely broiled bow-shaped of ernut annihilate broadcast with aureate berries.
West Hollywood, $$$
The aboriginal in Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin’s chaplet of restaurants, Lucques is still as active as the day it opened. From the broiled vegetables (they absolutely are broiled here) to the ablaze yet attenuate sauces to befuddled dishes like abbreviate ribs with sautéed greens, cipollini, and horseradish cream, the abode is authentic by a adamant faculty of address and ease.
West Hollywood, $
Kris Yenbamroong’s Thai canteen takes on the advancing flavors of rural arctic Thailand. Ambrosial brittle rice bloom and links of acerb pork sausage are stered by copious amounts of angle sauce, chiles, and broiled herbs. A account of Pete Sampras looks on while you accept amid sparkling gamays or artificial building of Chang beer. An alfresco patio feels like a friend’s backyard. Boredom is absurd here.
West Hollywood, $$
Southern flavors accept been inflecting bounded dishes for some time now, but the attenuate way they arise in Mike Williams’s lobster ognese gnocchi and his Little Gem bloom (the ermilk bathrobe had us beating the plate) feels as beginning as a new brace of boots. The smoked amazon is a bit heavy-handed in the uni er-poached shrimp, but absurd hominy cakes with hot booze accept aloof the appropriate drawl.
Hancock Park, $$$
When chef Quinn Hatfield’s namesake restaurant closed, he swapped toque for trucker hat and a dining allowance of aerial tones for one of apparent brick and ample logs. Using an armory of open-fire affable methods, the chef has accomplished his best soulful cooking. Cleaver-whacked smoked lamb close is accumulated in bill cups with a agitate of blooming hummus, while razor-thin onion strings drag a churrasco-cooked sirloin cap. Wife Karen’s desserts—such as amber pie with rye crust—prove yet afresh why she’s one of the best pastry chefs in town.
Hancock Park, $$$
Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton’s osteria and pizzeria may allotment a artery corner, but their accurate articulation is a assured approach. The osteria strives for big-city elegance, with amplitude in the dining allowance for an Italian cheese counter, area you can adjustment article as babyish as burricotta with radicchio. But best bodies opt for more: sweetbread piccata or abbreviate ribs with beginning horseradish. Aing aperture it’s about pizzas with billowing attenuate crusts and affable toppings such as fennel sausage.
If there’s one affair Angelenos and the French accept in common, it’s the adeptness to accomplish breezy attending so vachement cool. Petit Trois, Ludo Lefebvre’s booty on a accidental French bistro, is—like its neighbor, Trois Mec—a accord with Animal’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Actuality a simple omelet with Boursin becomes a adept chichi in egg cookery. Aliment is for clammy up the broiled adulate larboard in the basal of your escargot dish.
Beverly Grove, $$$
Orient Express dejected and English alacrity craven murals are outside; taupe banquettes and Art Deco accessories aphorism the dining room. In this affected garden atom that was already Terrine, Scott Conant practices a nuanced adaptation of supper club Italian, area vongole antipode on squid ink tagliolini and a able-bodied rabe pesto lends a blow to beefy dogie polpette.
Donato Poto runs the Michelin two-star dining room, its walls the blush of clammy sand, while the kitchen walls can almost accommodate chef Michael Cimarusti’s affection for fish. Santa Barbara prawns broiled with a wisp of rosemary represent the West Coast; New Bedford scallops chopped into a tartare and served with sea grass and broiled brioche attempt for the East. Cimarusti respects the aboriginal accompaniment of abundant angle so abundant that any added additive has to acquire the appropriate to be on the plate.
Mid Wilshire, $$$
République may be adherent to French food, but its body is Californian. Walter Manzke is as accomplished at authoritative Gallic garlicky snails in breath pastry domes as he is advancing broiled cauliflower with Coachella Valley dates. At breakfast bodies babble over cast-iron pots of shakshouka. At banquet the band loin— served with poached marrow—can be ordered in two sizes. Afterward it’s time for Margarita Manzke’s griotte tart.
Zak Walters and Chris Phelps abide their locavore-meets-carnivore agency at their Hollywood digs. All capacity arise from aural a six-hour drive of the restaurant, area they’re adapted into ham bonbon with baldheaded radish and broccoli rabe puree, or cotechino served in a basin of brothy flageolet beans. A flatiron steak is topped with bordelaise and béarnaise sauces, acceleration bottomward on the decadence.
Beverly Grove, $$
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo bear a assertive cast of sun-drenched bank nostalgia. Bottomward into the nautically themed dining allowance for algid peel-and-eat shrimp and a blow feels as effortless as dipping your toes in the sand. There are ery lobster rolls and absurd craven sandwiches alongside artfully argent crudos and uni-slathered burrata.
Fairfax District, $$
Chef Stephen Kalt is rekindling his 20-year-old New York Burghal blaze in a bend lot on Melrose. Beautiful bodies beat broiled avocado from below baldheaded slices of ricotta salata. Pizzas are multitudinous, but opt for the five-spice avoid cannelloni instead: babyish rolls that are at already abundant and unadorned.
East Hollywood, $
That’s “bandage wrapped” cheddar in a sandwich, and what would “open-faced brioche toast” be afterwards kale, an egg, and a shock of “lacto-fermented hot sauce”? Originally conceived as addition aperture for Jessica Koslow’s baroque jams, Sqirl grew into the adjacency commissary. Bacon confined but vegan friendly, attuned to the rhythms of a day in L.A. (breakfast until 4 p.m.), Sqirl is of-the-moment yet anchored by article deeper.
An advancing eyes that’s been whittled bottomward to 26 seats in a repurposed pizza parlor (and can be accomplished alone through tickets purchased in advance), Trois Mec is a restaurant of articulate amplitude and uncompromising standards. Ludovic Lefebvre grates Salers cheese assimilate potato lurid with onion soubise and bonito. Adapted over almond wood, ibérico pork alcove rustic heights accompanied by clams in a mustard-laced broth.
West Hollywood, $$$
Diego Hernández, the chef abaft Baja’s acclaimed Corazón de Tierra restaurant, is at his best aback he focuses on that region’s simple pleasures: Oysters are broiled in their shells over oak and accomplished with a amber er. Juiced amber is added to the masa for the tamales, which are served on a birthmark of broiled hoja santa and cloves. The aloft Dominick’s still boasts a ample covered patio, the banquettes now outfitted in adventurous black-and-white stripes. Bartender Aaron Melendrez crafts affair that arouse the flavors of the Baja countryside.
Fairfax District, $$$
The card at easygoing Wolf is the antipode of Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron’s foam-happy onscreen persona. Vigneron updates white miso atramentous cod with a dashi borsch that includes bobbing flecks of watermelon radish. The candied bite of burnt carrots—their stems included—is complete by adorable attic cream. Nicely acerbic grated horseradish blankets absurd potatoes crisped to their best adorable state. The blueberry soufflé is punctured with a dosage of violet ice cream.
Includes Aer Village, Eagle Rock, East L.A., Echo Park, Glendale, Los Feliz, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, Silver Lake
Silver Lake, $$$
Chef Zach Pollack navigates bounded demarcations like a Fiat acerbic amid Roman buses. While the broiled escarole affection with Parmigiano-Reggiano and anchovy vinaigrette evokes article capital about the Italian cucina, the marsala-deglazed craven livers tossed with maccheroncini spears arouse the era of scallopini and spumoni. Pastas are, of course, a highlight here: Whole-wheat bigoli—tubular strands from arctic Italy’s Veneto region—tap into an bawdy realm.
Aer Village, Italian $$
Every adjacency deserves admission to primo charcuterie, cacio e pepe, and pizzas decked out with soppressata and Calabrian chiles. The card from Don Dickman includes abandon such as braised pea tendrils, secondi like broiled lamb shoulder, and acceptable spreads of antipasti, salads, and cheese. Grab a table below the Sputnik chandeliers to allow in pork loin milanese.
The Komodo aggregation channels its Indonesian ancestry with a glassy restaurant committed to beef-bone borsch and chewy hand-cut noodles. Shareable compact additions accommodate a Flintstones-esque beef rib, oxtails, and aureate Jidori chicken. The ambrosial accumulation of mie goreng pedas—fried noodles with a sous vide egg—might assume like overkill. It’s not.
Highland Park, $$
Figueroa Artery is on fire. That’s area Cafe Birdie has landed, with its alehouse vibe and seven-ingredient cocktails. The card of mostly Cal-Med babyish plates—pork collar with salsa verde, beginning pastas with compact ragù—also includes several toasts, which complete actual yet aftertaste compelling, such as the one with adolescent conserva and clams. Enter the speakeasy via the aback patio.
Why does no one blink an eye aback they accept to delay hours for a table at Chengdu Taste? Conceivably it’s the creeping, aperitive calefaction of “water-boiled” angle or the nubs of cumin-rubbed mutton skewered with toothpicks. Best likely, they’re cat-and-mouse to acquaintance the electricity of Sichuan chili oil in a basin of wontons. Your argot will be aloof for at atomic a minute—when activity allotment is aback addiction sets in.
Silver Lake, $$
Song agency “two” in Thai, and with this Silver Lake outpost, Kris Yenbamroong continues his analysis of Thai bounded cooking. A beforehand of nam prik dishes adeptness accommodate tiny eggplants dressed with shrimp adhesive or a pork bouillon that you abundance assimilate pork rinds. Jungle back-scratch bubbles in a Sterno-heated hot pot, its apparent awash with peppercorn strands, minced craven thigh, and bent herbs. For those who adopt added accustomed territory, there’s consistently the som tum-topped absurd craven sandwich.
Silver Lake, $
An alum of Chez Panisse, Vivian Ku—together with her partner, Moonlynn Tsai—has alloyed the Taiwanese counter-service adventure with acute sincerity. Quick orders of pickled daikon, pig’s ear slivers, and broiled bamboo shoots can be ordered beeline from the cafeteria case. Adjacency citizenry bead by for lard-seared scallion pancakes or potstickers blimp with kabocha or ambrosial shrimp.
Aer Village, $$
This auto artisan boutique angry taquería in Frogtown showcases the Mexican-style assay abilities of Esdras Ochoa (Mexicali Taco & Co.). Dirt floors, cacti, and delicate academy chairs set the arena for begrimed meats (carne asada, al pastor, chicken) adapted over a copse blaze and served Norteño actualization in abrade tortillas. The patio draws crowds gluttonous micheladas and acicular aguas frescas, the adequacy of abounding a bubbler fest below the palms.
Silver Lake, $$-$$$
This chichi ode to seafood—especially its tree-lined aback patio aflame by cord lights and a fireplace—is a accomplished new akin of adult actualization for Silver Lake. The smoked trout-and-artichoke salad, absurd craven with ery grits, and soft-shell backtalk sandwich on a squid ink-dyed bun all account from the setting.
Silver Lake, $
The supergroup of Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo has fabricated a affair of bottomward destination restaurants into band malls. Trois Familia brings the blueprint to Silver Lake. Pinto bean burritos with garlic amber adulate are offered alongside craven milanese crowned with cucumber curls. Double-decker potato tacos are what adeptness appear aback Lefebvre reimagines Taco Bell’s Cheesy Gordita Crunch.
Echo Park, $$
Izakaya aliment is meant for drinking, but there’s a subtlety to some of Tsubaki’s dishes—chawanmushi egg custard with Dungeness crab, raw Tasmanian ocean trout with apricot roe—that adeptness be absent afterwards the aboriginal few pours. For added austere swilling there’s a Southern circuit on karaage, or absurd chicken, that’s blood-soaked in ermilk and served with honey vinegar. Afterward there is abundant house-made soft-serve, attenuated with hardly absinthian broiled blooming tea.
Bruce Kalman’s produce-forward Italian affable is all antipode and ease. He parries the convalescent acuteness of prosciutto with peaches and pairs browned garlic with Fresno chiles in the spaghetti alla chitarra. The giadiniera is a signature: pickled florets benumbed the aroma of house-cultured er. Kalman butchers a accomplished hog anniversary week, rolling the loin in abdomen fat and baking the porchetta until the bark crackles.
Echo Park, $$
Angelenos adulation alehouse small, grain-heavy melancholia dishes with jolts of arrangement and acid, and Winsome has this as-yet-unnamed cast below control. The baldheaded cauliflower bloom is all adorable crunch, acicular with lime, parmesan, and Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Seasoning. Snap peas, kohlrabi, and broccoli spigarello are tossed with a lemongrass bathrobe that stars the acerb Turkish pepper urfa biber.
Includes Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Encino, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys
Studio City, $$$
Justin Abram has taken over for aperture chef C.J. Jacobson, who formed for a spell at René Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen. The forage-heavy appearance charcoal able at this age-old Studio Burghal artery corner, area bounded aftermath is accent with a able touch. That’s lovage adulate you’re overextension on balmy bread. The carelessness of a candied clover abridgement lingers in a brined pork chop. Called afterwards the Spanish chat for “sunflower,” Girasol is as agreeable as it is inventive.
Studio City, $$
Ted Hopson’s adolescent crudo is fanned out aloft a bulge of Calabrian chiles. His skin-on French fries? They are the acme of a three-day action that leaves them stupendously brittle and moist. That aftertaste you can’t absolutely put your feel on in the broiled vegetables is the homesickness that the chef skims off his craven stock. The Bellwether plays the hits begin at any reliable adjacency restaurant and adds addition band of adorable polish.
Studio City, $$
Most nights it seems as if bisected the Valley is here, awash at the bar for a peaty scotch cocktail or awkward into a berth for a basin of fennel-perfumed mussels. Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso understands the circuitous art of bubbler food, but her Italian chops are arresting in the ample ricotta gnudi with amber adulate and pistachios. The deep-fried fluffernutter sandwich is a admonition that food, like life, should not be taken too seriously.
Includes Bell, Compton, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Watts
Manhattan Beach, $$$
David Lefevre’s booty on the American steak abode is so midcentury plush, it’s an alibi to splurge. Whether that agency acclimation the top-grade Wagyu at $32 an ounce or the reasonable $30 flatiron steak, wet age-old and blurred on the caster grill, is up to you. For those against to ample age-old cuts of cow, accede the sea bream, which is cleverly deboned yet served accomplished with broiled behindhand of auto and orange that beg to be accustomed a advanced squeeze.
Manhattan Beach, $$$
A exceptional raw bar a the bank shouldn’t be unusual, but it is. The aforementioned goes for ery mollusk chowder. Actuality it achieves begrimed richness—you can acknowledge the Neuske’s bacon for that—without any arenaceous glop. Backtalk cakes, too, are unsullied by aliment crumbs, absolution the authentic crustacean aspect shine. On the raw bar card you’ll acquisition several kinds of oysters, Peruvian scallops, and Alaskan baron backtalk legs.
Manhattan Bank $$
Chef and co-owner Tin Vuong cautiously translates the flavors of his built-in Vietnam for the accidental Manhattan Bank bubbler scene. Start with brittle bond chips dusted with red back-scratch spice. Soft-shell backtalk fills a apart estimation of banh mi. Digging for pork abdomen central a bánh xèo ache becomes a adorable abundance hunt.
Manhattan Beach, $$-$$$
Influenced by his Italian-American ancestry and his time at resorts like the Greenbrier in West Virginia, Michael Fiorelli creates a assured adaptation of pasta-centric littoral cuisine. The adventure is academic abundant that a aide scoops cartilage basal over the cavatappi yet blithe abundant that English muffins with house-cultured adulate aren’t out of place. Don’t absence desserts as abating as balmy Italian doughnuts with auto acerbate and Nutella.
Manhattan Beach, $$
David LeFevre (the Arthur J, Fishing with Dynamite) cuts a swath through genres and latitudes with the appetite of addition who’s acutely admiring to be at the stove. A cooked-down Basque piperade bathes ricotta-stuffed annihilate blossoms. He grills squid to a fair transparency, reinterpreting fish-and-chips with agilely aged halibut cheeks.
Hermosa Beach, $$$$
This pier-adjacent bistro is Tin Vuong’s (Little Sister) best august activity yet. Still, it adeptness be the alone steak collective area lath shorts don’t get a added glance. Comté-topped tureens of onion soup are adherent with oxtail and brandy. Waiters burst over bona fide Japanese Wagyu.
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