Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Rose Café

This sprawling Venice institution (est. 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 nearby…
Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey


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…
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 third-floor rooftop restaurant/bar …
Top Choice Vegan in West Hollywood & Mid-City


Tal Ronnen didn't get to be a celebrity chef (Oprah, Ellen) by serving ordinary vegan fare. Instead, seasonal creations include "crab cakes" made from hearts of palm, artichoke "oysters," and porcini crusted eggplan…
Top Choice Seafood in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Connie & Ted's

The design is an instant classic, and there are always up to a dozen oyster varieties at the stocked raw bar. Fresh fish is pan-fried or grilled to order. The lobster roll can be served cold with mayo or hot with dr…
Top Choice Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Q Sushi

A slender wedge of exquisite sushi. This stunning dark and blonde wood sushi bar is all omakase all the time. At dinner there will be 20 courses (lunch about half that) all created by a Japanese sushi savant Hiro Na…
Top Choice Market in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Farmers Markets

You haven’t really experienced Santa Monica until you’ve explored one of its weekly outdoor farmers markets stocked with organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and freshly shucked oysters.
Top Choice Italian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey


Carve out a slip on the communal table between the hipsters and yuppies, or get your own slab of wood on the elegant, tented, stone terrace, and dine on imaginative small plates (raw yellowtail spiced with chili and…
Top Choice Mexican in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Bar Amá

One of three exquisite Downtown restaurants with profound Mexican influences offered by Josef Centeno. This one fries pig ears, braises short rib, and smothers enchiladas with mole sauce. Brussel sprouts are garnish…
Top Choice Modern American in West Hollywood & Mid-City


They change the menu twice daily, but if they offer it, order the shrimp and grits: it's rich and buttery, with chunks of andouille sausage, okra and two king prawns. Their burrata melts with tang, the yellow-tail c…