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The Best Bars for Foodies in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

In Los Angeles, the best drinking establishments and 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? 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
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Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,320 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
  • 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

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,002 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
88% recommended
Best Ambiance in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
427 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
94% recommended
Italian in Westside

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
661 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Casual
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
2,496 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Los Angeles
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Stella Barra Pizzeria - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
681 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
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
89% recommended

Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,408 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
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
81% recommended
Best Ambiance in Westside

Osteria Cal Mare

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
271 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Cal Mare’s founder Michael Mina designed his restaurant on the ground floor of the Beverly Center as a showcase of California ingredients with coastal Italian traditions. The brighRead more
96% recommended

Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
3,769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Special Occasion in Hollywood
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
4,923 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles

Westside Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
West Los Angeles
1,282 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
Californian in Westside

AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,160 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Westside

Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,039 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
89% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,385 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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
96% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
5,729 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,655 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Best Service in Westside

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

$$$$·Californian·
Bel-Air
784 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
Special Occasion in Los Angeles

The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
1,089 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended

Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
2,241 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in San Fernando Valley / Valencia

Napa Valley Grille - Westwood

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
2,694 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
84% recommended
Great for Lunch in Westside

CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
2,002 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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
91% recommended

Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,326 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
88% recommended
Californian in Westside

The Lobster

$$$$·American·
Santa Monica
3,903 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The Lobster, a seafood restaurant overlooking the Santa Monica pier, has welcomed diners to enjoy high-end cuisine and ocean views since 1923. The two-story, glass-walled restauranRead more
91% recommended
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Forma Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Santa Monica
761 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The buzz around Forma, an Italian restaurant and cheese bar in Santa Monica, is around its unusual “dalla forma” preparation of pastas. For a select number of pasta dishes, chefs tRead more
95% recommended
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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$·Japanese·
West Hollywood
2,024 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
595 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
Italian in Los Angeles

Odys and Penelope - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hollywood
1,181 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
In the hip heart of District La Brea, Odys and Penelope presents small plates and big entrees created around the concepts of wood and fire, the simplest of grilling and smoking tecRead more
92% recommended
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The Hungry Cat - Hollywood - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Hollywood
1,116 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The Hungry Cat, occupying a light-filled and airy Hollywood space in the courtyard of the Sunset & Vine building, specializes in seasonal and artisan seafood. They smoke, cure and Read more
86% recommended
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