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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of PROPAGANDA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (49)
$30 and under
Italian
Arts District
About the restaurant
Propaganda focuses on organic, biodynamic, Italian natural wines, aperitivi cocktails, Italian style Tapas and the authentic Pizza (Pinsa) Romana.
Aperitivo Happy Hour everyday till 6pm and till 5pm on Sunday
Top review
CarL
Dined 2 days ago
This is my favorite happy hour spot! The food is delicious and the happy hour menu is reasonable priced for such a beautiful restaurant!
A photo of L’APPART restaurant
4.9
4.9 (193)
$30 and under
Contemporary French
Downtown
About the restaurant
L'APPART by AIR FOOD is above all two passionate visionaries, Marc and Thierry. They have come from two completely different paths.
One was a contractor in logistics the other a chef in London and Paris.
What they both have in common besides the love of good food is the love of street culture. Years ago they met in Paris during a regular sale of shoes at the Place de la République…
From this meeting, the pair launched into a collaboration of sharing their passion for food. They started with pop-up restaurants with the aim of offering gastronomic street food to all, from a range of mixed recipes from different cultures and from gastronomic food to street food. Then, they had a brainwave…. Resulting in to transforming their Pop-ups into a real restaurant in downtown LA. From PARIS to LA come and travel with us.
;-)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
I went here with my friend. Just to let you know, you will be in the Southern side of Pershing Square (which can get scary) but food and ambiance absolutely makes up for it. It felt like I was back at an nice bistro Ambiance is quiet and romantic (so if you're here with the person that you love come through) I had the bouef bourganion with root vegetables, red wine sauce, and I believe it had a white miso sauce. I think that it did make the beef a tad salty but the red wine braised really did help and overall kt was delicious. My friend had a pizza (tomato sauce, cheese, slices of ham, olives, and basil). The pizza is a personal plate but it's sliced enough that you can share it with two people. That was delicious and I knew it was going to be good because when you enter their restaurant, you see a glowing pizza oven ready to make delicious pizzas. 5/5 will go back with other ppl no matter how dangerous the neighborhood
A photo of Poppy + Rose restaurant
4.8
4.8 (639)
$30 and under
American
Flower District
About the restaurant
Poppy + Rose is known for our buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, pulled pork hash, mimosas, rose mojito and more! Come visit us at the historic SoCal Flower Market 7 days a week from 9AM-3PM.

Poppy+Rose's Rooftop Patio is currently closed; all groups will be seated in our indoor dining room located at 765 Wall Street.

Poppy+Rose welcomes walk-ins 7 days a week. For groups up to 8, reservations can be made Mon-Thurs via Open Table. We do not take reservations on Friday or Saturday for groups under 9.

For groups of 9+ we offer large party pricing and reservations 7 days a week for our dining room only. While a reservation for a large group is not necessary, the pricing for large parties will still apply to all walk-in parties of 9+. For large party reservations and buyout pricing please email gm@poppyandrose.com.

Top review
JeffHvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Outstanding. The food and service were excellent (Crab/Avocado benedict & Shrimp & Grits) .
A photo of Brew Kitchen Ale House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (21)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Los Alamitos / Cypress
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
The very best food in the area. Everything is cooked fresh on site and the owner is there every night to ensure food quality and service. Everything here is amazing...the wings with dry rub, the fajitas, the burgers..everything...also..great bar with many options for old fashions, mules and other craft cocktails...to top it off...one of the few places in the area that has an extensive variety of small brewery beers on tap...and...always has Russian River beers! This is the place to go!
A photo of Fixins Soul Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3999)
$30 and under
Soul food
Downtown
About the restaurant
*We encourage all guests to plan ahead for parking to ensure your reservation time is met.
*We have a 15-minute grace period. If you will be arriving later than the grace period, please message us on OpenTable or your reservation will be cancelled.
*All dining experiences are limited to 90 minutes to accommodate all reservations.
*We accept reservations for up to 8 guests.
*All parties of 9+ can visit www.fixinssoulkitchencatering.com to fill out an inquiry form for large parties. We will be in touch between 24 to 48 hours with further details.
*Each reservation is treated separately. We cannot guarantee nearby seating for separate reservations.
*We ask that your full party be present in order to be seated.
*An automatic 20% service charge is included for all parties of 6+ w/ the option to split checks up to 3 times, max.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food and outstanding service, Server Jose was excellent.
A photo of Kombu Sushi & Sake - Arts District restaurant
4.7
4.7 (62)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Family owned and located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, Kombu Sushi provides guests with the familiar flavors of Japan in a contemporary yet relaxed atmosphere. We invite you, your friends, your dogs and family to dine with us. Pet menu available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was Not super Traditional sashimi, but pretty tasty
A photo of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Downtown Los Angeles | CA restaurant
4.8
4.8 (132)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Better service than the Beverly Hills location. Food was good. Staff was great.
A photo of TENSHO restaurant
4.9
4.9 (57)
$50 and over
Shabu-shabu
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Even if seats are full, we may still have availability. Also, special requests or inquiries would be welcome. Please do not hesitate to reach us by phone (213-617-1016).

5.3.2022 Tue
NEW OPEN in Little Tokyo
[TENSHO]

Right in the heart of Little Tokyo, “Kagaya” has established itself a top tier shabu shabu restaurant. Now, the torches have been handed to a new head chef and owner, the next generation to carry the torches of tradition and exquisite flavor, with the new name of TENSHO.

Trained in traditional Japanese cookery, this 23 year veteran chef is on his way to introducing a new wave of Japanese delicacies to the States. As close as you can get to Japan itself, this chef brings his revisioned menu, with patron favorites, and extensive sake list. The desert and a la carte menu is designed by their French trained chef. 

The wagyu beef is of A5 rank.  The seafood, carefully selected to be of highest quality. Food that is not only delicious but also good for the health. 
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Tensho doesn’t disappoint, the food and service is always top notch.
A photo of Nardo Italian - WeHo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (31)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in the vibrant heart of West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Nardò proudly stands as a family-owned establishment, offering an authentic Italian culinary journey. This delightful venue features homemade pasta, traditional Neapolitan pizza, and an inviting happy hour, all set within charming private event spaces. Since its inception in Huntington Beach in 2022, Nardò has quickly become a cherished local favorite, earning numerous accolades for its commitment to quality and authenticity. Notably, it was ranked as the #26 Best Pizzeria in the US by Top50US, a testament to its dedication to delivering an unparalleled dining experience.

The name Nardò comes from Gianni’s mother’s maiden name. His mother was an incredible cook and the inspiration behind Gianni’s culinary passion. Decades later, Gianni has decided to celebrate his mother by naming his latest restaurant Nardò.
Top review
NELSONL
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Pizza was amazing. Service was immaculate. Loved it all
A photo of Bacari Adams restaurant
4.8
4.8 (609)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bacari W. Adams is a Venetian-inspired small plates restaurant featuring Mediterranean-influenced dishes by Chef Lior Hillel. We are the original restaurant of Kronfli Brothers, a family-owned, growing group of restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Offering a rotating curation of small-production wines and eclectic beers from around the world, we are also known for our one-of-a-kind 90-minute open bar special.

Our team provides warm hospitality in our comfortable, intimate dining room marked plaster walls and vintage light fixtures.

We welcome but do not require reservations — we love to accommodate walk-ins and large parties, even on busy nights. Bacari W. Adams is the go-to spot for our neighbors, and we look forward to hosting you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Not good for large groups. Great drinks. Food itself is good.
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