Los Angeles is a city exploding with new eateries. Brave chefs and hospitality workers have been knocked down over and over the last few years. Many had to reinvent their menus to survive. 

But this is a resilient city where culinary creatives from all over the world continue to flock and test out inventive ideas – often bringing diverse cuisines and melding cultures, all while using California farm-fresh produce. This innovative energy has always been the beauty of sunny LA


LA is always at the culinary forefront. Now some of the team behind Sugarfish brings a 100% grass-fed-wagyu tasting menu that changes nightly, featuring rich, high-quality boeuf from First Light Farms in New Zealand.

Expect cuts in a variety of preparation methods, such as tartare, bone broth, warm red filet (with Japanese Caesar salad), braised cheek and sliced ribeye, followed by a rich chocolate dessert. This popular, dimly lit Beverly Hills restaurant drips with foliage and offers a set price per person, but additional items can be ordered.

Dishes on a table at Cobi's, Los Angeles
Just a block from the beach in Santa Monica, Cobi's transports guests to Southeast Asia © Melissa Curtin


Transport yourself to Southeast Asia at this spot just a block from the beach in Santa Monica, with dishes like curry puffs, flaky roti and dry-aged branzino with yellow curry, mint, cilantro and Thai basil, all arriving on vintage plates. Add a heaping portion of nasi goreng – flavor-bursting Indonesian-style fried rice with shrimp or pork belly – and round out your meal with a soft-serve sundae tower with brownie bites, peanuts and caramel or Thai tea pudding with flavored boba.

It all comes courtesy of Indonesian-raised Australian chef Cobi Marsh of Cobi’s Curries, who was handed the foodie torch from the restaurant's previous, five-decade-long owners. The dining experience includes intimate garden-patio spaces and a cozy, eclectic room with kitschy floral prints and throwback grandma-style décor. 

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Gastro Garage

There are gimmicks, and then there's fire fun. A sort of molecular gastronomy, this eight-course pop-up dinner stars "Gastro Mechanics" flaming and searing their ingredients with blowtorches until they transform into deliciously unique dishes –think torched maple-glazed carrots on drill bits with a foam dip, sous-vide salmon scorched before your eyes with  foam essence, tender marinated short ribs, deconstructed pizza, Cubanos and brioche doughnuts injected with everything from nitrous foam to peanut butter or double chocolate.

The founder – an actor who once worked at the SLS Hotel in LA – was inspired by the creations of chef Jose Andres that made guests go wild. Check the website for upcoming dates for this pop-up. 

People behind the bar at Cabra
Clink the night away at Cabra with concoctions like the gin-based coconut-banana Tropical Fizz © Melissa Curtin


Atop the Hoxton hotel in downtown LA, you’ll find Peruvian-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting. Arrive before sunset for a memorable rooftop dinner with city views and shareable plates, such as goat empanadas, salmon ceviche and a highly craveable wood-fired cauliflower with quinoa crunch, mint and limey huacatay.

The restaurant’s impressive menu dishes wood-fired skirt steak bathed with tots, stir-fried veggies and saltado sauce and crispy branzino in a pineapple sweet-and-sour sauce, with a potato herb salad. Clink the night away with a gin-based coconut-banana tropical fizz. 

Cabra sits atop the Hoxton hotel in downtown LA, serving Peruvian-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting © Melissa Curtin

Lady Byrd Café

For a romantic dinner in the Echo Park neighborhood, book an evening reservation in one of the adorable outdoor greenhouses for two, surrounded by twinkly lights, dripping candles and flowering plants.

Thanks to the pandemic, the café’s parking lot is now a garden patio turned European mini market, where guests can order fresh salads, creamy shrimp pasta or dinner specials like steak with mashed potatoes; vegan options also abound. Brunch is popular, with stuffed French toast, lemon poppy-seed pancakes, eggs Benedict and mimosa carafes, but they don’t take reservations, so arrive before 11:00am or after 2:00pm to avoid long wait times. 

Enoteca 5  

This sleek, modern wine bar tucked into a courtyard in Pacific Palisades is filled with rare and unique Italian and Californian wines, all of which pair nicely with an exquisite selection of European cheeses and charcuterie. Come for a flight paired with traditional favorites, including calamari, fritto misto and olive ascolane (deep-fried stuffed olives), reminiscent of dishes served in the Italian Riviera where chef Gianbattista “Gianba” Vinzoni grew up. 

Gnocchi always delights, but so does the popular wood-fired pizzette margherita, spicy salame, or black truffle with goat cheese. Outdoor seating is available, or sidle next door for handmade pasta and Ligurian dishes at Cinque Terre West, where locals also rave about the morning croissants.  

A pile of pasta topped with uni
Magari's Tokyo-Italian menu features dishes like yuzu tagliatelle with uni and peekytoe crab © Melissa Curtin


Tokyo-Italian? What is that? Two esteemed chefs meshed Japanese and Italian cuisine in a sleek, airy, light, ash-wood 183-seat restaurant. Magari, meaning “if only” in Italian, is the idea that if only this culinary concept could be created to reflect the heart and soul of Italy with the craft and precision of Japan.

Located next to NeueHouse in Hollywood, the menu is organized by crudo, pasta and wood-fired grill. Standouts include yuzu tagliatelle with uni, eggplant parmesan agnolotti and raw tuna with burrata and Japanese eggplant caponata. Pair your meal with coastal Italian wine, or sample a dirty martini with tomato water and umami or a Tokyo iced tea with infused gin on the spacious heated patio. 

A dish at the Girl and the Goat, Los Angeles
Chicago's Stephanie Izard brings Girl & the Goat – and its globally inspired New American menu – to LA's Arts District © Melissa Curtin

Girl & the Goat

Bravo’s Top Chef winner and a James Beard–decorated chef, Chicago's Stephanie Izard not only brings Cabra to downtown LA, but also Girl & the Goat to the Arts District, where unexpected flavor bursts occur throughout your meal. This globally inspired New American menu excites with every course by exploiting sweet and savory medleys, often with a toasted-quinoa-crunch texture, even in dessert. The plant-filled brick warehouse venue is packed daily. 

Come hungry, as you won’t want to miss sharing pork and goat liver mousse with warm dough balls, enhanced with tart blueberry mostarda and pickled kumquat; chickpea fritters with toasted quinoa and naan with assorted mind-blowing flavor-contrasting dips rolled into tofu tahini and carrot hummus.

A salted-caramel brown-butter twist is infused in the Goat Fashioned bourbon and the grilled skirt steak, previewing a dessert menu that's over-the-top fun. Menu surprises include butter cake and popcorn-raspberry ice cream with caramel-popcorn crunch, and sticky toffee plantain cake with espresso-mascarpone mousse and chocolate-quinoa crunch, paired with a scoop of espresso-caramel stracciatella doused in oyster sauce. Vegan and gluten-free menus are also available.

Ella at Sixty Hotel 

The former Thompson Hotel has been reinvented as the new Sixty Beverly Hills, complete with an airy, bright, mod-retro Cali bistro on the first floor. Rooftop cocktails may be the reason you start here, but don’t miss the friendly cozy social spot Ella – the coffee bar turns into a whole vibe at night.

Expect live music or vinyl, cozy mid-century-modern couch areas, a natural-wine bottle shop, booths and a bar ready for post-pandemic creatures to reconnect. Indulge in crispy glazed duck wings, mafaldine Bolognese with braised beef cheek or hanger steak with garlic, ginger and Asian pear. LA’s renowned Umbrella Hospitality Group brings the ultimate good times and energy, with a bar program devoted to zesty spins on classic drinks and tequila cocktails set ablaze. 

People dining outside at Angelini, Los Angeles
Chef Gino Angelini has paired with Amici Brentwood to create an outpost of his Beverly Grove osteria in swanky Palisades Village © Melissa Curtin

Angelini Ristorante & Bar

Since 2001, Italians have flocked to Angelini Osteria in Beverly Grove, but now chef Gino Angelini – who hails from Rimini, Italy – has expanded and paired with Amici Brentwood to create this brand-new location closer to the ocean, in the swanky Palisades Village.

Savor the ambiance in a custom velvet booth or on the open-air patio and bar, with a delightful antipasti starter of cold lobster salad and warm Mediterranean octopus salad. Diners who adore Angelini’s pasta skills now don’t have to leave the west side for his signature lasagna verde made with homemade spinach pasta, beef-and-pork ragu, béchamel and parmigiano, or other pastas like tagliolini al limone, Bolognese and linguine with Santa Barbara sea urchin. 

We remember a time when Angelini Osteria was the only place in LA serving a table-side salt-caked branzino, cracked in front of you with buttery fish dripping off the bone, and the same quality exists here. Guests rave about the Dover sole too, also prepared table-side smeared with herbs and spinach. Besides Californian and Italian wines, there is a festive, customizable gin-and-tonic menu with various spirits, mixers and garnishes. 

A bowl of assorted sashimi at Soko Sushi, Los Angeles
Those who appreciate the artistry of sushi will love watching chef Masa Shimakawa mold the rice and slice fresh cuts of fish at Soko © Melissa Curtin


Tucked inside the Fairmont Miramar lobby in Santa Monica and built out of a former storage room – hence the name, which translates to "storeroom" – this eight-seater sushi bar offers a small menu consisting of traditional nigiri, Japanese cucumber salad, creamy miso soup and shareables like platters of bluefin tuna platter and an eight-piece sashimi omakase. 

Those who appreciate the artistry of sushi will love watching chef Masa Shimakawa mold the rice and slice fresh cuts of fatty tuna (toro), Ora King salmon, horse mackerel, yellowtail, red snapper and Omega Blue kanpachi. Add uni and salmon roe to your order, alongside a delightful Konteki Tears of Dawn sake. Ogle the colorful presentation – donned with delicate flowers, seaweed and veggie ribbons, as if you slipped under the sea – before popping the Japanese delicacies into your mouth.  

A spread of dishes at Ka'teen in Los Angeles
Curated by James Beard nominee chef Wes Avila, the menu at Ka'teen channels Mexican flavors by way of LA © Melissa Curtin


Tulum seems to be LA’s favorite getaway, and now you don't even have to leave to find yourself in the Yucatan’s lush jungles. A bamboo tunnel leads into this dimly lit hotspot at the new Tommie Hotel in Hollywood, with more than 5000 sq ft of outdoor dining space shrouded in foliage, candles and hanging basket lamps. Book ahead to share the LA Mexican flavors at a squared off outdoor bar, a two-top or long, rustic group table. 

Selecting from a menu curated by James Beard nominee chef Wes Avila, guests are encouraged to share striped-bass ceviche, Mexican lager–battered Baja fish tacos, whole-grilled pescado Zarandeado and juicy, banana-leaf-wrapped cochinita pibil – all arriving on boards with various salsas and accouterments to make your own tacos. Ilegal Mezcal cocktails and a side of frijoles de la olla (beans) should be mandatory. The only thing missing is your feet in the sand. 


For a trendy scene in West Hollywood, find your Soulmate, or perhaps watch someone next to you livestreaming the meal for their social-media fans. It's quite pricey, but you're paying for the gorgeous atmosphere.

Embrace the action and relish in people-watching over Mediterranean-style shared plates, salads and seafood. Favorites include crispy eggplant, house-made cavatelli with Spanish chorizo and flourless chocolate layer cake with mousse and cocoa-nib ice cream sandwiched between. Be careful you don’t end up in a paparazzi shot, as they stake the place out in front of Craig’s across the street. (If you prefer a more low-key outing, dine early before it gets loud.)

The Beach Club at the Victorian

Built in 1882 on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica and relocated to Main St in 1973, the Victorian has been recently reimagined with new, airy, white, stylish mid-century-mod interiors and a large outdoor terrace under a canopy of trees and flowers. Chef Justin Aquino (formerly of Mastro’s Beverly Hills) interprets Mediterranean flavor through a local lens. 

Just a few blocks from the beach, a weekend brunch can easily linger on with a bottle of rosé or a Pina Peno (tequila, pineapple, lime, and jalapeño) cocktail, paired with yellowtail sashimi, oysters Rockefeller, or Santorini Greek salad. Guests can expect a vibrant oyster bar and a smoker with rotating seafood specials. Mainstays include Mediterranean dips and flatbreads, a one-pound lobster roll and a signature burger with truffle fries. Don’t miss Auntie Del’s cheesecake, a recipe passed down from the chef’s late aunt. 

The Barish 

Inside the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel lobby is a classy, glamorous newcomer from LA’s pizza and bread goddess Nancy Silverton, a James Beard–award winner. This Italian-inspired steakhouse with a 110-seat Spanish Colonial Revival dining room includes a wood-fire hearth and features dry-aged cuts of beef and dishes influenced by Silverton’s summer spent cooking over open fires in Italy.

Expect a variety of pastas al forno baked in the wood fire, like the unforgettable rigatoni stuffed with squash, goat cheese and a vadouvan spice blend. Courses are meant to be shared, so indulge in pizza frita (fried dough puff with ricotta), chicory Caesar with anchovy, egg, and olive croutons, grilled maitake and oyster mushrooms with porcini butter and a porterhouse steak dry-aged for 40 days. Choose from more than 30 wines, but we strongly suggest enhancing your meal with Bordeaux-style Aperture, a cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma County. 

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