Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Eataly LA

Opened in 2017, LA's branch of this multistory Italian megamarket and restaurant hall is so big that it offers maps at the entrance. Stall after stall sells top-notch Italian delicacies – from coffee to cannoli, fre…
Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Rose Café

This sprawling Venice institution (established 1979) was recently given a major, very welcome makeover. If the new version is less funky (though you'll still find laptop-toting writers, tech geeks and beefcakes from…
Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjusta

The folks behind the standard-setting Gjelina have opened this very casual, very gourmet, very Venice bakery, cafe and deli behind a nondescript storefront on a hidden side street. The menu changes regularly, but if…
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 Fusion in Hollywood

Baroo

At first glance, Baroo is an unlikely candidate to appear on lists of America's top restaurants. There's no sign; it's in a Hollywood strip mall next to a 7-Eleven; and the tiny postindustrial-minimalist dining room…
Top Choice Japanese in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Hamasaku

It doesn't get much more LA than this. Upscale and buzzy, Hamasaku combines two local obsessions, sushi and the entertainment industry (one-time super-agent Michael Ovitz is an owner), and it's in a strip mall. Japa…
Top Choice Vegan in Santa Monica

Erven

In this city that teems with vegetarian and vegan dining, chef Nick Erven's restaurant ticks it up a few notches in this airy, modern space. Lunch and dinner are different experiences – counter service versus refine…
Top Choice Food Hall in Exposition Park & South LA

Mercado La Paloma

If you're near Expo Park or USC, it's totally worth the five-minute walk under the freeway to this fabulous food hall. About a dozen restaurant stalls sell everything from Yucatan to Ethiopian cuisine, ceviche to co…
Top Choice Korean in Westlake & Koreatown

Kang Ho-Dong Baekjong

Looks can deceive: this informal, youth-filled spot serves some of LA's best Korean barbecue, proven by constant lines out the door. Grill-yourself meats are the star, alongside delectable banchan (side dishes). Gri…
Top Choice Fusion in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Catch LA

An LA-scene extraordinaire. You may well find sidewalk paparazzi stalking celebrity guests and a doorman to check your reservation, but all that's forgotten once you're up in this 3rd-floor rooftop restaurant/bar ab…