The Best Places to Eat in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

Many of the most acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles specialize in California cuisine, their seasonal menus showcasing the freshest local ingredients from the sun-drenched fields, orchards, and citrus groves that start just outside the city. Whether it's seafood from Santa Barbara and Monterey Bay, citrus from SoCal, greens from the Central Coast, or cheeses from Humboldt, Los Angeles chefs have their pick of some of the world's most enviable bounty—and they honor that through their cooking. 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. These restaurants are putting out some of the best seasonal, ingredient-driven food that this city has to offer. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

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

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,466 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, co-owners of Lucques, are both James Beard Award winners and rank among the most acclaimed chefs in Los Angeles. They opened Lucques in 1998, and tRead more
95% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
460 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
A Brentwood institution since 1997, Vicenti Ristorante is as among the finest Italian restaurants in all of Los Angeles. With a business lunch special and popular pizza night on MoRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Westside
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Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,583 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • People Watching
  • Good for a Date
A seafood market stand piled with ice and whole fish fresh flown in daily from Mediterranean, Aegean, Scottish, and Icelandic waters, plus the freshest local fish and seafood, is tRead more
91% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles

Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,747 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio (best known to many as a judge on “Top Chef”) offers Los Angeles diners his signature family-style, unfussy preparations of top-quality meats and more Read more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Westside

Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,470 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Michael’s in Santa Monica pioneered California cuisine in the early 1980s and has maintained an admirable level of critical acclaim ever since. Chef Miles Thompson, who previously Read more
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in Westside

Yojisan

$$$$·Japanese·
Beverly Hills
187 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
Some of the most iconic dishes in Los Angeles are the epitome of fusion cuisine, and there are few better examples than the top-notch tacos served at Yojisan, a modern-meets-traditRead more
83% recommended
Japanese in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
715 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
Trust a popular Californian pizzeria chain to boast spinach and kale among their most popular pizza toppings. At Stella Barra Pizzeria in Hollywood, a cool, industrial-chic venue wRead more
83% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Hollywood

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
697 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Creative Cuisine
Petty Cash Taqueria takes inspiration from the street foods of Tijuana and East L.A., but claims to be nothing more than a “semi-authentic” taqueria. This is to no detriment, howevRead more
88% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Marino Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
865 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
A beloved Hollywood dining institution for more than 50 years, the family-run Marino Ristorante could easily rely on their heritage (Frank Sinatra was a regular!) to draw a crowd. Read more
93% recommended
Italian in Los Angeles

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,081 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Cozy
  • People Watching
The Tower Bar, on the ground floor of the circa-1929 Sunset Tower Hotel, famously occupies what was once Bugsey Siegel’s apartment. Owner Jeff Klein recreated the wood-paneled décoRead more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

El Compadre - Echo Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Echo Park
45 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Serving California-fied versions of Mexican favorites since 1975, El Compadre on Sunset in Hollywood draws a lively, unpretentious crowd to their colorful and bright dining room. RRead more
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,161 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Sleek Spago with its exceptional service and perfectionist around-the-world menu is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant Beverly Hills. Diners who opt to go a la carte, order the imRead more
85% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Piccolo Paradiso

$$$$·Italian·
Beverly Hills
810 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
There’s a warm, neighborhood trattoria vibe at Piccolo Paradiso, which occupies a storefront in Beverly Hills and offers an al fresco seating option. Their comprehensive menu of ItRead more
98% recommended
Italian in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

The Hideout

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
139 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
The Hideout, housed at the W Los Angeles-West Beverly Hills hotel in Westwood, is a laid-back restaurant with sunny outdoor seating beside the pool and waterfall. The bar inside haRead more

Q

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
287 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Sushi certainly ranks highly among the most iconic dishes in Los Angeles, a city that comes in second only to Tokyo among the sushi-obsessed. Q, an omakase-only restaurant downtownRead more
83% recommended
Notable Wine List in Downtown / South and East LA

C.O.D. Seafood & Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
321 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Neighborhood Gem
C.O.D. (Catch of the Day) presents Asian-California cuisine with a focus on fish and seafood in a modern brasserie setting near the Beverly Center. Owner-chef Marcus Kwan takes insRead more
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Melisse

$$$$·French·
Santa Monica
2,125 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
After training at some of the top restaurants in Paris and working across Los Angeles, Chef Josiah Citrin returned to his childhood home of Santa Monica to open Melisse in 1999. ThRead more
88% recommended
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