Top ChoiceItalian 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,...

Top ChoiceCalifornian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Rose Café

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...

Top ChoiceCalifornian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjusta

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...

Top ChoiceSushi 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...

Top ChoiceJapanese 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....

Top ChoiceModern 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...

Top ChoiceFood 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...

Top ChoiceKorean 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)....

Top ChoiceVegan in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre shows just how tasty – and chichi – organic, plant-based Mexican cooking can be. Sit on the gracious patio or in the cozy interior and feel good as you eat healthily: sweet-potato flautas, coconut...

Top ChoiceSeafood in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Connie & Ted's

At this modernized version of a New England seafood shack by acclaimed chef Michael Cimarusti, there are always up to a dozen oyster varieties at the raw bar, classics such as fried clams, grilled fish (wild and...

Top ChoiceBurgers in South Bay Beaches

Standing Room

New brick-and-mortar incarnation of the gourmet fave, Korean-fusion burger stand that started in Redondo Beach. It's a hipster-cool spot for the Cash burger (shishito pepper, bacon, American and cheddar cheeses,...

Top ChoiceFusion in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Catch LA

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 in this 3rd-floor rooftop restaurant/bar...

Top ChoiceMarket in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Farmers Markets

Santa Monica Farmers Markets

You haven’t really experienced Santa Monica until you’ve explored one of its outdoor farmers markets stocked with organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and freshly shucked oysters. The mack daddy is...

Top ChoiceFrench in Hollywood

Petit Trois

Good things come in small packages…like tiny, no-reservations Petit Trois! Owned by acclaimed TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre, its two long counters (the place is too small for tables) are where food-lovers squeeze in...

Top ChoiceModern American in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Manuela

This it-kid inside the Hauser & Wirth arts complex boasts a woody warm, loftlike space and an oft-tweaked menu that beautifully fuses California meats, produce and seafood with smoky Southern accents. Pique...

Top ChoiceJapanese in San Fernando Valley

Daichan

Tucked away in an unassuming mini-mall, and stuffed with knickknacks, pasted with posters and staffed by a sunny, sweet owner-operator, this offbeat, home-style Japanese diner offers some of the best (and...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjelina

If one restaurant defines the new Venice, it's this. Carve out a spot on the communal table between the hipsters and yuppies, or get your own slab of wood on the elegant stone terrace, and dine on imaginative...

Top ChoiceChinese in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Din Tai Fung

It's a testament to the SGV's ethnic Chinese community that Taiwan's most esteemed dumpling house opened its first US outpost here. The menu of dumplings, greens, noodles, desserts, teas and smoothies is as long...

Top ChoiceSushi in San Fernando Valley

Asanebo

Although it's in a strip mall (welcome to the Valley), Asanebo is a Sushi Row standout thanks to dishes such as halibut sashimi with fresh truffle, and kanpachi with miso and serrano chilies. Chef Tetsuya Nakao...

Top ChoiceItalian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Union

A cheerful, sophisticated energy animates James Beard–nominated chef Bruce Kalman's restaurant, offering California interpretations of northern Italian cuisine. The menu changes daily, but standards include pork...