Restaurants

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 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 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…
Top Choice Vegan 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 healthy: sweet potato flautas, coconut 'bacon…
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 Seafood 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 sus…
Top Choice Burgers 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, cri…
Top Choice Japanese 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 tastiest) …