The Best Bars for Foodies in Los Angeles

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Avra Beverly Hills, The Tower Bar, Vincenti Ristorante
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Californian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Brentwood
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
2,805 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

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 a study in the classi...

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Mediterranean in Los Angeles
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The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,328 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 bright, airy dining spac...

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Scenic View in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Jonathan Gold. Vicenti Ris...

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Best Service in Westside

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
854 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

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 amazing elevated str...

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Mexican in Los Angeles
24 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
3,282 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • 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-forward and gluten-fre...

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Most Booked in Los Angeles
29 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
5,903 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 one of the best in Amer...

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Best Service in Los Angeles
143 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
7,117 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
  • 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 Nightlife.” The duo bring th...

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Seafood in Los Angeles
45 people mentioned the Lobster Mac
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AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,446 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 seasonal and sustainable ...

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69 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beverly Hills
5,481 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 treated with the utm...

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Special Occasion in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
80 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
8,367 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

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 open-air lounge, war...

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Outdoor Dining in Downtown / South and East LA
100 people mentioned the French Toast
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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 evoke the welcoming feeli...

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American in Westside
105 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

$$$$·Californian·
Bel-Air
917 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 Hollywood boutique hotel onc...

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Great for Lunch in Westside
8 people mentioned the Chicken Pot Pie
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The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
1,426 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 dinners. Cartoon and c...

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25 people mentioned the Monica

Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
2,951 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 brunch with Bellinis. S...

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Best Overall in San Fernando Valley / Valencia
30 people mentioned the Pumpkin Ravioli
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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
2,139 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 historic (circa 1929) Beverl...

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Steakhouse in Los Angeles
94 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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AOC - Brentwood

$$$$·French·
Brentwood
2,623 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

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 small (green salads, lam...

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31 people mentioned the Turkey Burger

Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Hollywood
2,500 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 it matter? Hit Nobu's...

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56 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
846 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 augmented by cathedral-inspir...

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Italian in Los Angeles
31 people mentioned the Monica