The Best Cheap Eats in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a world-class city in most regards, but especially when it comes to amazing restaurants. It has everything one could ask for, from ethnic food to celebrity chefs, to cozy speakeasies and awesome food trucks—and many of them are as affordable as they are delicious. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to rustic Italian spots, buzzy taquerias to roadside burger stands—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Westside Tavern, Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood, SHU - Sushi House Unico - Bel Air
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Californian, Pizzeria, Sushi
Neighborhoods:West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Bel-Air
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Westside Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
West Los Angeles
1,453 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Westside Tavern is a fun, social restaurant that features seasonal chef-driven California tavern food in West Los Angeles. The menu has a variety of American pub food and a smattering of eclectic food...

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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
737 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Stella Barra is an artisanal pizzeria inspired by the idea of keeping cooking simple and honest and using only top-quality ingredients. They use 100% fresh-milled California flour for the handcrafted ...

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SHU - Sushi House Unico - Bel Air

$$$$·Sushi·
Bel-Air
501 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Tucked away in the canyons of Bel Air, SHU is a dining experience unlike any other. They offer a fusion of Japanese, Italian, and Latin flavors and influences, and feature traditional dishes as well a...

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Sushi in Los Angeles
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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,819 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood is a bustling, urban restaurant that’s open late seven nights a week. They're perfect for a quick lunch or a late night snack on your way home. The antipasti options are ex...

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Best Food in Hollywood

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
880 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date

This is a semi-authentic taqueria that offers conceptualized street food classics with local, seasonal ingredients. Located in the Beverly/Fairfax neighborhood, the space has hand-painted murals by lo...

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Mexican in Los Angeles

Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
3,051 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Ca Del Sole Ristorante in Toluca Lake opened in 1994 with a focus on Northern Italian cuisine. The vibe here is warm and friendly and you can dine indoors or al fresco on the newly renovated patio. Th...

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Italian in San Fernando Valley / Valencia
30 people mentioned the Pumpkin Ravioli
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AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,457 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

AKASHA is a New American restaurant located in the historic Hull Building in downtown Culver City. They have a focus on sustainability and offer delicious comfort food with a creative vision. The rest...

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69 people mentioned the Short Rib

Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
8,671 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

Perch is a French bistro on a rooftop that has two outdoor fireplaces, various fire pits, a lounge, and table seating both indoors and out. If you sit outside, you’ll feel like you’re floating in the ...

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Outdoor Dining in Downtown / South and East LA
100 people mentioned the French Toast
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Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,443 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Michael’s is a pioneer in California cuisine and has an awesome menu of seasonal specials composed from the finest ingredients available in the area. Located in Santa Monica, they are in walking dista...

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99 people mentioned the Monica
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
3,383 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

Cecconi’s, located in West Hollywood, is a modern-day classic Italian joint that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. You can eat in the main dining room, the terrace, or the ba...

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Italian in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
29 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
6,353 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

The Musso and Frank Grill will transport you right back to Old Hollywood. Steeped in tradition, the restaurant also serves amazing Italian food in a classic ambiance that looks the same as they did ba...

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Steakhouse in Los Angeles
143 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,374 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

The Terrace at the famous Sunset Tower Hotel was recently renovated and now features an elegant new bar and restaurant with split views of the city. You can also dine outside in the open air for gorge...

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Best Ambiance in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
13 people mentioned the Chicken Pot Pie
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
7,447 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Located on the corner of Melrose and San Vicente, Catch L.A. is the West Coast version of the original Catch in NYC. They're a seafood restaurant with influences from all over the globe and feature su...

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Seafood in Los Angeles
45 people mentioned the Lobster Mac
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,916 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Craft is the West Coast version of Tom Colicchio’s original New York version of the same name. The dishes here have his same signature flair but incorporate the finest local ingredients in a haute cui...

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Special Occasion in Westside
105 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Harajuku Taproom

$$$$·Izakaya·
Culver City
164 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Lunch

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: The Harajuku Taproom is LA’s 1st Japanese Craft Beer Izakaya. We operate as a Taproom for Baird Brewing Comp...

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Great for Lunch in Westside
2 people mentioned the Spicy Tuna

Bacari Adams

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
383 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Bacari W. Adams is a Venetian-inspired small plates restaurant featuring Mediterranean-influenced dishes by ...

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11 people mentioned the Sangria

Forma Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Santa Monica
763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Forma, short for Formaggio, is the place to go for simple Italian dining on the Westside. The space is sleek but inviting, and the casual dining style makes it an ideal choice for a happy hour stopove...

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28 people mentioned the Monica
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Shaquille's

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
720 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Shaquille’s is an upscale casual restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine and service with personality. T...

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93 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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