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Best Food in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is bursting at the seams with outstanding restaurants, innovative new recipes and dining establishments that feature cuisines from around the world. Here is a list of some of my personal favorite top-rated restaurants in LA. Some of these eateries are on the expensive side, but if you are prepared to splurge do try at least one!

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Gjelina

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Animal

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Osteria Mozza

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Kogi BBQ Taco Truck

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Night + Market

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Guelaguetza

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n/naka

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Republique

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Marouch Lebanese Restaurant

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Nanban-kan Restaurant

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Kate T's City Tips

  • Tipping between 18-20% is standard in LA restaurants.
  • Make like the Angelenos and rely on Uber and other car services when going out for the night, so as not to worry about designating a driver.
  • When ordering a drink at a bar it is customary to leave a tip of $1 per beverage.
  • The dinner rush in Los Angeles starts at 7pm on weekends and lasts until 10pm. If you are dining in a trendy restaurant, reserve in advance or try dining before 7pm.
  • Gjelina
    Restaurants (American, Pizza)
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    Kate T Says:

    This Mediterranean restaurant is the darling of trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice Beach. Go for the delicious, fresh food and the people-watching. Gjelina is popular among celebs and socialites alike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the cool boutiques that line Abbot Kinney Blvd.
    • If you don't have time for a sit-down meal, or simply want a picnic for the beach, Gjelina has a takeout counter next door for food to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #185 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very hip, a bit too noisy but still great 18/11/2018
    • 5 stars all day long 12/11/2018
    • Gjelina
    Address:
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90291-3740
    Phone:
    +1 310-450-1429
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:30 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Animal
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Kate T Says:

    Meat lovers rejoice! This restaurant is the place to indulge in almost every part of the animal, from crunchy ear to toe. Animal is quite popular with locals looking for daring culinary experiences and the menu changes frequently.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Call for a reservation up to 30 days prior, or come early to snag a seat at the first-come, first-served bar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kudos to the Chef 29/10/2018
    • Just OK Food, Just OK Service 15/10/2018
    • Animal
    Address:
    435 N Fairfax Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90036-1716
    Phone:
    +1 323-782-9225
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    18:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    18:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Osteria Mozza
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Kate T Says:

    Celebrity Chef Mario Batali really hits a home run with this Italian restaurant. Osteria Mozza's fresh, homemade pastas, imported cheeses and cured meats wow Angelenos daily. Also on offer are savory dishes of lamb, beef, veal, pork, duck, quail, and sea bass.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Reservations here are made 30-days in advance, so call ahead for yours. If you can't get one, try next-door sister restaurant, Pizzeria Mozza.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charming and comfortable with as great food as you expect 18/11/2018
    • Mozza trifecta success at this lovely restaurant 17/11/2018
    • Osteria Mozza
    Address:
    6602 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90038-3410
    Phone:
    +1 323-297-0100
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:30 - 22:00
    Fri
    17:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Kogi BBQ Taco Truck
    Restaurants (Fast food, Mexican, Korean)
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    Kate T Says:

    LA is credited with having started the gourmet food truck craze that has spread around the world, and of all the food trucks here, the most well-known and sought after is the Kogi BBQ Truck, serving up Korean barbecue tacos.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Find the current location of the truck by checking their twitter feed at @kogibbq. Or head over to the Alibi Room in Culver City - Kogi BBQ is served there in the evenings.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #394 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Yes! 27/10/2018
    • Queue - doesn't how long, just do it 18/10/2018
    • Kogi BBQ Taco Truck
    Phone:
    +1 714-697-4683
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Other:
  • Night + Market
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
    Kate T Says:

    Night + Market is no average Thai restaurant. The flavors are complex, spicy and satisfying in a way you've likely never experienced Thai food before. It is well worth a try.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you don't like your food spicy, be sure to let them know!
    • Prepare to be patient as the food is slow to come out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 315 restaurants in West Hollywood
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great meal 21/09/2018
    • Very average Thai food 11/09/2018
    • Night + Market
    Address:
    9043 W Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069-1828
    Phone:
    +1 310-275-9724
    Price range:
    US$29 - US$31
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    18:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Guelaguetza
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
    Kate T Says:

    If you like Oaxacan-style Mexican food (or if you've never tried it), Guelaguetza is the place to get your fill. On the menu are varieties of mole and other regional specialties, and you can wash them down with mezcal or a michelada. Best thing of all: Guelaguetza is quite affordable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are a fan of huevos rancheros or simply like a hearty first meal of the day, Guelaguetza is great for breakfast.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing mole! 06/11/2018
    • Fantastic restaurant with live music and great food 05/11/2018
    • Guelaguetza
    Address:
    3014 W Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90006-2516
    Phone:
    +1 213-427-0608
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 22:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • n/naka
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    Kate T Says:

    Los Angeles is a hub for great sushi, and with its elaborate presentations, impeccably fresh fish and expert wine pairings, N/Naka tops the list of the best sushi restaurants in town. The menu changes regularly, using seasonal ingredients from the chef's own gardens.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Go to N/naka for to celebrate a special occasion. It provides a treasured experience for most diners.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Best Meal of my life 07/11/2018
    • The most excuisite, elegant japanese fine dining 06/11/2018
    • n/naka
    Address:
    3455 Overland Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90034-5419
    Phone:
    +1 310-836-6252
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    18:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Republique
    Restaurants (French, American)
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    Kate T Says:

    From caviar and oysters to risotto and pasta, republique combines the best of French and Italian cuisines - all in a beautiful, Mediterranean setting.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Locals know to also stop in at republique during the week days for free wifi and breakfast bakery goods.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Food to die for 15/11/2018
    • Excellent Breakfast 13/11/2018
    • Republique
    Address:
    624 S La Brea Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90036-3568
    Phone:
    +1 310-362-6115
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:30 - 22:00
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Marouch Lebanese Restaurant
    Restaurants (Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern)
    Kate T Says:

    Be transported to another land right in the middle of Los Angeles! If you crave Middle Eastern food, Marouch offers the most authentic Lebanese and Armenian cuisine in LA. It's great for lunch or for a casual dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To taste a variety of dishes and flavors, order a meza combination plate.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #736 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Still One of The Best 02/10/2018
    • Delicious 27/08/2018
    • Marouch Lebanese Restaurant
    Address:
    4905 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90029-2537
    Phone:
    +1 323-662-9325
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    22:00 - 11:00
    Other:
  • Nanban-kan Restaurant
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian)
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    Kate T Says:

    Nanban-kan is possibly the best Japanese, Yakatori restaurant in town. Order small plate after small plate of fresh vegetables, meats, poultry or seafood grilled on skewers. The simplicity of preparation and quality of ingredients make the food here both satisfying and healthy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be sure to try unusual items like the ginkgo nuts and quail eggs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 205 of 7 262 restaurants in Los Angeles
    • Good yakitori 02/10/2018
    • Yakitori! 23/06/2018
    • Nanban-kan Restaurant
    Address:
    11330 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025-3119
    Phone:
    +1 310-478-1591
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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