The Best Cheap Eats in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

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.

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

Westside Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
West Los Angeles
1,457 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 smatterRead more
97% recommended
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
736 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fun
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 Read more
Healthy in Hollywood
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SHU - Sushi House Unico - Bel Air

$$$$·Sushi·
Bel-Air
441 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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 traditioRead more
96% recommended
Sushi in Los Angeles
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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,501 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 antiRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
747 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
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-Read more
90% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles
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Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
2,576 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 newlyRead more
97% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Fernando Valley / Valencia
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AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,317 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 creatRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Los Angeles
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Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
7,011 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 youRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Napa Valley Grille - Westwood

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
2,819 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
The Napa Valley Grille is in the Westwood neighborhood and features California cuisine inspired by the fresh ingredients and produce available in California’s wine country. The dinRead more
89% recommended
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Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,480 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
87% recommended
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,833 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
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, thRead more
85% recommended
Italian in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
4,605 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 theRead more
95% recommended
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The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,173 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 thRead more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
6,013 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
81% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,821 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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 ingredRead more
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Westside
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Harajuku Taproom

$$$$·Izakaya·
Culver City
93 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 foRead more
95% recommended
Best Value in Los Angeles
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Bacari Adams

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
202 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
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-iRead more
93% recommended
Best Service in Downtown / South and East LA
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Forma Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Santa Monica
762 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 Read more
95% recommended
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Shaquille's

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