Los Angeles Restaurants

Eat with native Angelenos; our list of the best places to eat in Los Angeles. Our top picks: Duke's Malibu, Yamashiro and Lucques.
  • The best restaurant in Los Angeles: Duke's Malibu

    Duke's Malibu

    21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
    A surfing themed restaurant and bar that is extremely popular. Tuesday's Happy Hour is called Taco Tuesdays, where you can eat grilled fish tacos and have a couple beers for a couple dollars. Very popular with the locals.
  • Yamashiro


    1999 N Sycamore Ave
    Sycamore Avenue, ☎ +1-323-466-5125. This Japanese restaurant is perched above Hollywood, and on most nights provides an unbeatable view of the city, from downtown to Palos Verdes. The food is excellent, the gardens and architecture are elegant, and the restaurant has a fascinating history (the story's on the menu). Look for the small sign just west of the Magic Castle; valet parking only.
    Hollywood Hills
  • Lucques


    8474 Melrose Ave
    Excellent, California-style cuisine in an upscale atmosphere, widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city.
    Beverly Glen
  • Bear Pit Bar-B-Que

    Bear Pit Bar-B-Que

    10825 Sepulveda Blvd
    Delicious bbq,tater tots and garlic toast.
    Mission Hills
  • Library Alehouse

    Library Alehouse

    2911 Main St
    29 taps of craft beer. 2 blocks from the beach.
  • Waterloo & City

    Waterloo & City

    12517 W Washington Blvd
    M–Sa 6-10PM, Su 5-9PM (Dinner). Su-Th 5-Midnight, F-Sa 5PM-1AM (Bar). $15-$30 for meals. This upscale pub combines French/British fusion cuisine with an impressive wine and beer list - beer connoisseurs will love the selection while those who prefer Buddweiser might prefer going elsewhere. It is named for the London underground railway line where the co-owner/chef began his youthful world adventures. Staff is attentive, intelligent and friendly, and while portions aren't huge the food is extremely well prepared. Favorites include the sticky toffee pudding. Daily happy hour from 5-7PM.
    Mar Vista
  • The Penthouse Restaurant

    The Penthouse Restaurant

    1111 2nd St
    A rooftop Santa Monica restaurant located on the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel. Offers a bar and lounge and panoramic ocean views. Menu features contemporary American cuisine with global influences from Asia and Brazil. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm. Also available for private events.
  • Melisse


    1104 Wilshire Blvd
    $100 per person at a minimum. Also featuring organic, locally grown produce and two tasting menus (including a vegetarian version), Melisse is Chef Josiah Citrin latest world class restaurant. The food is outstanding and gets the highest marks in Zagat and Michelin.
  • Whisky A Go-Go

    Whisky A Go-Go

    8901 Sunset Blvd
    Another club/music venue, one of the more famous ones in Los Angeles.
    Beverly Glen
  • Jar


    8225 Beverly Blvd
    Popular for yummy steaks and an inventive menu.
    Mid City West
  • Animal


    435 N Fairfax Ave
    Somewhat of an anomaly in an increasingly vegetarian Los Angeles, Animal does what it does extremely well. Jon and Vinny (Two Dudes Catering, Iron Chefs) have finally opened their first restaurant, and their hard work and determination most certainly shows up in the super tasty and creative cuisine. Pescatarians will do just fine with the daily fish, but vegetarians beware, there's not much here for you.
    Mid City West
  • Engine Co. No. 28

    Engine Co. No. 28

    644 S Figueroa St
    28, (Figueroa Corridor). Comfort food at its best. A restored actual fire station that churns out LA's best meatloaf, fried chicken and lemonade, all in an elegant atmosphere with great service.
  • Ago


    8478 Melrose Ave
    Chef Agostino Sciandri – with a Hollywood assist from Robert DeNiro, among others – continues to delight with his chic, Italian trattoria. A sophisticated interior with blond wooden tables, white tablecloths and cozy, rustic décor add an authentic touch. Chops, pasta and fish underscore the menu. House specialties include mixed fried fish, Tuscan-style chicken and Bistecca alia Fiorentina. Allure still thrives since its ’97 debut as evidenced by the crowded bar scene and bustling dining room.
    Beverly Glen
  • Il Cielo

    Il Cielo

    9018 Burton Way
    Romantic, alfresco hideaway in Beverly Hills combines dreamy ambiance and fine, Italian cuisine. A steady favorite for those 'special occasions', the upscale restaurant features a fountain garden, with retractable glass roof, and fireplace for dining under the stars. Many come for the setting, but the Northern Italian menu features a variety of equally heartwarming main dishes and desserts.
    Mid City West
  • Shanghai Red's

    Shanghai Red's

    13813 Fiji Way
    Located along the waterway that all boats use to enter/leave the marina, this restaurant offers seafood, steaks, chicken, and pasta. The weekend buffet is massive and hugely popular and is consistently rated among LA's top buffets. If you aren't hungry but are in the area the entrance to the restaurant features a garden and carp pond that is worth a look.
    Playa Del Ray
  • Parkers' Lighthouse

    Parkers' Lighthouse

    435-A Shoreline Village Dr.
    Contemporary seafood restaurant with shoreline view of the Queen Mary.
  • Pacific Dining Car

    Pacific Dining Car

    1310 W 6th St
    Don't be surprised if you run into a city politician or other public figuers in this LA landmark that is located partly inside a railway train car, and has been open since 1921. Ask for the breakfast menu any time, day or night, for a more affordable and quite delicious menu.
    New Downtown
  • AOC


    8022 W 3rd St
    Fantastic food in every way, in an elegant atmosphere. Great cheeses, great wines, great desserts. The dishes look reasonably priced at a glance, but they arrive in tapa-style proportions, and quickly add up, making it a great place to splurge.
    Mid City West
  • Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que

    Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que

    8136 Sepulveda Blvd
    Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ, 8136 Sepulveda Blvd, ☎ +1-818-780-6701. It gets really busy on the weekends. Try the beef ribs, pork ribs, beans and macaroni salad. It also has delicious bread.
    North Hills
  • Ford's Filling Station

    Ford's Filling Station

    9531 Culver Blvd
    Run by the son of actor Harrison Ford, this relatively new (February 2006) and somewhat trendy restaurant strives for a pub atmosphere while still keeping the quality of a high-end restaurant. The drinks are good if slightly pricey ($6 for a beer) and the food is excellent. Half of the menu consists of excellent home-cured deli meats for about $10 a tray, while the flatbreads and other dishes are slightly more expensive ($15 - $30) but very tasty.
  • La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita

    9785 Santa Monica Blvd
    This celebrated Italian eatery in Beverly Hills dates back almost 50 years and is a throwback to the good, old days in Los Angeles when folks actually dressed up for a night on the town. The place was a hotbed for the who's who. The décor remains dark and sophisticated, highlighted by the classic brick walls, adorned with glossies of Hollywood legends. Step inside and one might close their eyes and feel the presence of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin holding court in one of the plush booths. And apparently, as research points out, every president since Kennedy has enjoyed a fine meal at La Dolce Vita. Nostalgia and presidential history aside, the food remains delightful; lasagna, veal, steak, capellini, risotto, linguini and so on – it's all here and it's quite superb.
  • Bottega Louie

    Bottega Louie

    700 S Grand Ave
    Bottega Louie Restaurant, Gourmet Market & Patisserie serves fine food daily.
  • Paul Martin's American Grill

    Paul Martin's American Grill

    2361 Rosecrans Ave
    M-T 11am-10pm, F 11am-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Su 10am-9pm. Under $30. “Eat organic. Believe in sustainable. Buy local. Love fresh” is the mantra of top California restaurant, Paul Martin’s American Bistro. As much as possible, that’s what Paul Martin’s aims to deliver, and at accessible prices, with plates priced mostly between $10 and $22.
  • Ye Olde King's Head

    Ye Olde King's Head

    116 Santa Monica Blvd
    All but two of Los Angeles' pubs are located west of the 405, in this area.
    West Side
  • Cafe Pierre

    Cafe Pierre

    317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
    This Cal-French bistro has served the local community for over 30 years.
  • Nelson's Bar at Terranea Resort

    Nelson's Bar at Terranea Resort

    6610 Palos Verdes Drive South
    11am-10pm Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat. Casual sports bar with an incomparable ocean view. Grab a seat by the outdoor firepit and enjoy delicious salads, burgers, and the chef's signature fish and chips.
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