Restaurants

Top Choice Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Sora

Meaning 'sky' in Japanese, Sora is a rather fitting name for this conveyor-belt sushi spot 69 stories up. It's hard to decide what's more eye-catching: the sushi – artfully garnished with flowers and smoothly glidin…
Top Choice Modern American in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Otium

In a modernist pavilion beside the Broad is this fun, of-the-moment hot spot helmed by chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Prime ingredients conspire in unexpected ways, from the crunch of wild rice and amaranth in an eye-c…
Top Choice Modern American in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Manuela

Young Texan chef Wes Whitsell heads this deserving it-kid inside the Hauser & Wirth arts complex. The woody warmth of the loft-like space is echoed in the oft-tweaked menu, a beautiful fusion of local ingredient…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Officine Brera

Hidden down a seemingly barren street is this stylish northern Italian restaurant, an expansive industrial space with rustic wooden accents. Stacked logs fuel beautiful wood-fired dishes such as chestnut-egg pasta w…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Maccheroni Republic

Tucked away on a still-ungentrified corner is this gem with a leafy heated patio and tremendous Italian slow-cooked food. Don't miss the polpettine di gamberi (flattened ground shrimp cakes fried in olive oil), and …
Top Choice Mexican in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Broken Spanish

Despite retro design nods such as concrete blocks, macrame plant hangers and terracotta lampshades, Ray Garcia's sleek Downtown eatery is all about confident, contemporary Mexican cooking. From the chochoyoes (masa …
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Bestia

Years on, this loud, buzzing, industrial dining space remains the most sought-after reservation in town (book at least a week ahead). The draw remains its clever, produce-driven take on Italian flavors, from charred…
Top Choice Mexican in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Mariscos 4 Vientos

You'll find the greatest shrimp taco of your life at no-frills Mariscos 4 Vientos. Order from the truck (if you're in a hurry) or grab a table inside the bustling dining room. Either way, surrender to corn tortillas…
Top Choice Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Q Sushi

Sushi and sashimi hit dizzying highs at this omakase heavyweight, where bite-sized bliss comes from the likes of tender octopus braised in sake and brown sugar, or blow-torched toro made with rice fermented for a mo…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Sushi Gen

Come early to grab a table at this classic sushi spot, where bantering Japanese chefs carve thick slabs of melt-in-your-mouth salmon, buttery toro (tuna belly), Japanese snapper and more. At lunch, perch yourself at…