Rub shoulders with the A-listers and delight in all-American fare at these star-quality Los Angeles restaurants.
Los Angeles holds a heady mix of up-and-coming chefs, experimental dishes, urban eats and celebrity clientele. It is the city where dreams come true, after all.
In the heart of the city along Sunset Boulevard is where you’ll find an ever-changing array of restaurants often frequented by the stars. Downtown is where you’ll enjoy some of the best Mexican fare on this side of the border and Santa Monica is a hub of new faces and open spaces.
Planning to eat your way around LA? We’ve rounded up some of the best spots to help you on your way. Tuck in.
Top Los Angeles restaurants
Frequently finding itself topping the list of best places to eat in Los Angeles, Providence is a TripAdvisor fine dining favourite. Over the past decade it has elevated the standard of seafood in the US, delivering award-winning dishes built around sustainable seafood.
To date, it holds two Michelin stars, has a place in Gourmet Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants in the United States and has been hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the best seafood restaurant. We can’t sell it enough.
5955 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Housed within a converted urban warehouse, Bestia Restaurant has been described by TripAdvisor as a “buzzy Italian restaurant in the Arts District”. It’s the brainchild of a Los Angeles-born couple whose approach towards the regional Italian dishes they serve up is “from scratch” – kind of like how nonna does it.
As such, the charcuterie is house-made and the pizzas and pastas are handmade. Book a table to avoid having to sit at the pizza bar. Not that that’s a problem.
2121 E 7th Place, Los Angeles
Aggressive name, amazing nosh. Destroyer is a swanky outfit in the industrial corner of the city that’s been making waves among the foodie community. Helmed by Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine fame, it’s definitely a little pricier than your average breakfast or lunch joint, but as the Los Angeles Eater proclaims, the food is “cerebral” and the plating is an artwork.
3578 Hayden Avenue, Culver City
For the ultimate dining experience with a panoramic view of the city, you can’t go past 71Above. This luxe outfit is located on the top floor of the US Bank Tower in downtown LA and is ideal for romantic and indulgent dinners or a quick tipple as you watch the city move below.
633 W 5th Street, Los Angeles
Part restaurant, part lounge, Delilah drips with 1920s old world charm. With chicken wings, baby back ribs and turtle pie on the menu, the cuisine could very much be described as “soul food”. More impressive than the variety of late-night share plates is the grandiosity of the wine list, which includes a 15 litre yellow label brut – for those of us with a spare $15,000 in our pockets.
7969 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
Beer connoisseurs can sate their thirst for a traditional Danish brew at Mikkeller Bar. This is the Danish distillery’s largest American venue and features a wide range of beers accompanied by an extensive dinner menu of house smoked sausages, burgers and charcuterie. There’s salad too, but who really cares, am i rite?
Mikkeller Bar is also open for brunch on weekends.
330 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles
The NoMad Truck
It’s true: the whole world is obsessed with food trucks. Well, at least Los Angeles is. The NoMad Truck, which started in New York City at the luxurious Nomad Hotel, has now travelled across the nation to land in downtown Los Angeles. And the hype is definitely worth it.
Out of the truck comes sinful morsels of American delight including humm dogs, chicken burgers and milk and honey soft serve. The food truck made an appearance at Coachella in 2017 and it’ll no doubt be around for long after that.
Downtown Los Angeles
Black Rabbit Rose
Los Angeles is known for its theatrics and Black Rabbit Rose is one stunning venue that does the city proud. It’s a Thai-Chinese restaurant-theatre that thrives on theatrics. From its magical performances and its mystical cocktails to its unassuming entrance off Hollywood Boulevard, be prepared to be amazed.
1719 N Hudson Avenue, Hollywood
We’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a restaurant. We’ll also be the first to attest that it is a Los Angeles institution that you’d be a fool to miss. So a word to the wise: don’t. The ingredients are fresh, the buns are soft, the meat is 100% American and, yeah, so is the cheese.
Kids get a toy with their meal and if you ask nicely, you can even snap up a paper hat to take home as a souvenir.
In-N-Out Burger is strictly a west coast chain, so tuck in while in California ‘cause you won’t find these buns on the east coast if you’re heading that way after.
The Viper Room/Whiskey A Go Go
When in Los Angeles you won’t be in short supply of celebrity-studded venues or celebrity-owned establishments. One of the most renowned is Johnny Depp’s The Viper Room. It’s THE place to rock out to internationally acclaimed artists while knocking back a hard drink in an outfit that screams Harlem jazz circa 1920. If you can’t secure a place in the room, alternate gig venue Whiskey A Go Go is just down the road. Again, these aren’t restaurants, but you definitely shouldn’t pass them up on a trip to LA. And yeah, they serve booze, so that’s something.
8852 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
If you’re thinking, “So many food choices, so little time,” then booking a food tour through the heart of Hollywood can give you a taste of the city’s cuisine without overindulging. Here are our top picks:
Food (Lunch) Walking Tour
Bar & Crawl Shuttle Tour
Wine and Dine Tour