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 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 American in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjelina

If one restaurant defines the new Venice, it's this. Carve out a slip 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 small …
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 Modern American in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Wolfdown

Young Korean-American chef Jason Kim has created a buzz with his latest venture, a snug, discreet restaurant with a 'deconstructed farmhouse' design, adorable outdoor patio and convivial pine-clad bar (the best seat…
Top Choice Modern American in Highland Park & Eagle Rock

Cafe Birdie

Market-fresh ingredients drive elevated comfort dishes at this slinky Highland Park hot spot, complete with prerequisite marble-topped bar, designer lighting and a dark, buzzing vibe. Cleanse the palate with one of …
Top Choice Modern American in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Ray’s

Seldom does a restaurant blessed with as golden a location as this one – on the plaza of LACMA – live up to the address. Ray's does. Menus change seasonally and often daily with farm-to-table fresh ingredients – som…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

HomeState

Texan expat Briana Valdez is behind this rustic ode to the Lone Star State. Locals queue patiently for authentic breakfast tacos such as the Trinity, a handmade flour tortilla topped with egg, bacon, potato and ched…
Top Choice American in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Saddle Peak Lodge

Rustic as a Colorado mountain lodge, and tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains with a creek running beneath, Saddle Peak Lodge serves up elk, venison, buffalo and other game in a setting watched over by mounted ver…