Where to Eat in LA
2016 Hit List

The gastronomic scene in Los Angeles has been on the rise over the past few years. Perhaps the year-round sun and perfect weather sets the creative juices of LA’s chefs and restaurateurs aflame.
Perhaps it’s the array of cultural diversity and commitment to good produce. Whatever the case, LA’s top restaurants are truly focused on the food. Here is a list of thirteen must-hit spots in L.A.


Written by Isel Garcia


Petty Cash

West Hollywood

The Tijuana inspired joint features authentic Mexican street food. You don’t need to go all the way across the border to find the most delicious carnitas and signature drinks.


7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

photo credit: Wonho Frank Lee


Culver City

Japanese haute cuisine at its best, N/naka practices the art of kaiseki, a traditional form of Japanese cuisine. Balancing the taste, texture, color, and appearance of food; kaiseki is not unlike French haute cuisine. Food is presented on small plates, scrupulously placed, and emphasizes the use of seasonal ingredients.


3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-6252

photo credit: Anne Fishbein

Jon & Vinny’s


At Jon & Vinny’s modern diner meets Italian homemade cooking. Enjoy handmade pasta, and hand-tossed pizza cooked right in front of your eyes in a friendly and casual setting.


412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 334-3369

photo credit: Wonho Frank Lee

Trois Familia

Silver Lake

This daytime-only spot offers French, Mexican, and California cooking at its best by famous chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo. Don’t forget to grab a smoothie after.


3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 725-7800

photo credit: Wonho Frank Lee


West Hollywood

This Sunset Boulevard space was inspired by the famed Laurel Canyon bungalows of none other than Joni Mitchell and “Mama” Cass Elliot. This artistic food spot serves impeccable American cuisine on an outdoor terrace that transports you to Hollywood in the seventies.


8800 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-6613

photo credit: Via Website

Pok Pok


Located in historic Chinatown’s Mandarin Plaza, this long-time restaurant hall of famer does Thai food with a twist. Be sure to try Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings.


978 N. Broadway LA CA 90012
(213) 613-1831

photo credit: Via Website

Malibu Farm


Need a breather? Sit by the Malibu pier and enjoy the fresh food served by Malibu Farm. A locally owned small business, all the ingredients are grown in the owner’s backyard, or sourced from local farmers.


23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-1112

photo credit: Elizabeth Daniels


Santa Monica

Up for garlic and lemongrass snails? This Santa Monica gem is a meeting of two worlds with its French-Asian fare and seafood. Here, you can get the flavors of both East and West on one scrumptious plate.


1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-6699

photo credit: John Linden

Petit Trois


A bistro with all the Parisian flare and classic French fare like Bouillabaisse, Croque Monsieur, and a simple Radish with Butter, it will make your heart go “Oui!”


718 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8916

photo credit: Wonho Frank Lee


Downtown LA

Once the former rectory of Vibiana, this old cathedral turned restaurant has one of the most snazzy and historic settings in LA. Traditional American dishes are prepared with careful innovation and paired with an impressive cocktail list.


114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191

photo credit: Dylan and Jeni



Another masterpiece by Chef Walter Manzke of Petty Cash fame, this rustic French restaurant offers communal tables, a bakery, and a cocktail bar.


624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115

photo credit: Elizabeth Daniels

Tar & Roses

Santa Monica

Uniqueness is definitely Tar and Roses’ strong point. Serving American food in small plates similar to Spanish tapas, almost everything here is cooked in a big wood-burning oven. The must-try list includes the English Peas, Roasted Parsnip, and Bone Marrow.


602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 587-0700

photo credit: Via Website

Gracias Madre

West Holywood

Can Mexican cuisine be meatless? At Gracias Madre, the owners have taken the challenge of creating all-vegan, and all-organic Mexican dishes. Be ready to sample their extensive tequila and delicious drink menu.


8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170

photo credit: Tawny Alipoon

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By Published on Feb 12 2016
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