The Best Bars for Foodies in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

In Los Angeles, the best drinking establishments and the best restaurants are often one and the same. The city is home to countless spots that showcase the kind of creativity that this city is fueled with. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From the best Santa Monica bars to the coolest spots in downtown LA, here are some of the city's best for cocktails and creative cuisine, each with a special star quality of its own.

Restaurants:Avra Beverly Hills, The Tower Bar, Vincenti Ristorante
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Californian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Brentwood

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,880 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
The newest outpost of the NYC fixture, Avra Estiatorio in the heart of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle offers authentic Greek food for lunch, brunch and dinner. Patrons experience aRead more
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles
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The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,161 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
The request “No photographs, no phone calls” printed on every menu at The Tower Bar strongly hints at its provenance as a wining-and-dining haven for Hollywood elites, but the brigRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Los Angeles
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Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
476 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Serving up fine Italian cuisine since 1997, this neighborhood favorite in Brentwood has been consistently lauded by critics, including repeat acclaim from the late L.A. icon JonathRead more
95% recommended
Best Service in Los Angeles

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
738 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
At the helm of Petty Cash Taqueria, SoCal-born and bred chef Walter Manzke merges the flavors of East L.A. and Tijuana with his European training (he’s an El Bulli alum) to create Read more
88% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,793 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
Serving up fine Venetian cuisine to a contemporary Californian crowd, the West Hollywood Cecconi’s (one of seven international locations) features plenty of plant-based, produce-foRead more
81% recommended
Great for Brunch in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
736 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
Stella Barra Pizzeria’s Hollywood outlet (one of seven) is an expansive space decked out in reclaimed wood paneling, industrial lighting, exposed brick, brown leather, and iron. ThRead more
82% recommended
Healthy in Hollywood

Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,480 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
A Santa Monica institution, Michael’s helped to define California cuisine in the late 1970s and it remains one of the most celebrated restaurants in the state. Under chef Miles ThoRead more
87% recommended
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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
4,605 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Many an L.A. bar evokes old Hollywood as a concept; at Musso & Frank Grill, open since 1919 and older than the Hollywood sign, it’s reality. The bar is independently considered oneRead more
96% recommended
Steakhouse in Los Angeles
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
5,895 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Catch LA, which occupies a 12,000-square-foot rooftop space on Melrose in West Hollywood, is the latest offering from Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, the “Kings of New York NightlifRead more
Seafood in Los Angeles
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Westside Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
West Los Angeles
1,452 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Pre/post Theatre
Executive chef Benjamin Cohn, the slow-food aficionado, brings his local, seasonal, sustainable ethos to Westside Tavern. At this California cuisine-centric gastropub, the décor isRead more
96% recommended
Californian in Westside
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AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,304 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
AKASHA, which opened in 2008 in the historic Hill Building in Culver City, is the brainchild of its namesake and chef-owner Akasha Richmond. The self-taught phenom championed seasoRead more
92% recommended
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,328 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is nothing short of exquisite. Every ingredient, from a humble summer squash or heirloom tomato to the world’s finest caviar and truffles, gets Read more
90% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
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Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, are co-owners of Lucques, on Melrose in West Hollywood. Lucques opened in 1998 to immediate acclaim for both iRead more
94% recommended
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Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
6,798 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Perch LA bills itself “an elevated resting place,” a reference to its unforgettable setting on the 15th and 16th floors of the landmark Pershing Square Building downtown. From its Read more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Owned by Tom Colicchio (of “Top Chef” judge fame), Craft brought its family-style preparations of top-quality meats and more to Century City in 2007. Its unfussy preparations evokeRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Westside

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

$$$$·Californian·
Bel-Air
867 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Wolfgang Puck built his empire on French- and Asian-influenced California cuisine, and nowhere is it more at home than at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, housed in the Old HollywooRead more
88% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
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The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
1,242 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
After 40 years in West Hollywood, The Palm moved to Beverly Hills in 2014, bringing with it a heritage of hosting entertainment industry big-wig power lunches and upscale family diRead more
95% recommended
Special Occasion in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
2,529 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Serving authentic Italian fare near the studios in Toluca Lake, Ca Del Sole is a weekday lunch hot spot, and on weekends its sunny brick terrace is a delightful destination for bruRead more
97% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Fernando Valley / Valencia

Napa Valley Grille - Westwood

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
2,819 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Napa Valley Grille brings the rustic charm of the California wine country to Westwood Village, blending a casual atmosphere with expertly curated culinary offerings. There are beauRead more
89% recommended
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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
2,094 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The sleek and sophisticated steakhouse, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, has its walls adorned with custom art and photography, an open kitchen and sleek dining room. Its home is the historicRead more
86% recommended
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Tavern - Brentwood

$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,417 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (also owners of Lucques) bring their signature farmers market showcasing cuisine to Brentwood at Tavern. The dinner menu comes categorized into smalRead more
81% recommended
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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$·Japanese·
West Hollywood
2,217 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Can the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine created by superstar chef Matsuhisa still be considered unique when it’s launched a global empire of over 40 restaurants and hotels? Does iRead more
85% recommended
Japanese in Los Angeles
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Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
710 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For intimate fine-dining Italian in Santa Monica, make a reservation at Via Veneto on Main Street. Candlelight and twinkling crystal chandeliers promise pure romance, all augmentedRead more
89% recommended
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