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 Lists. 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

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,494 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
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
100% recommended
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Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
483 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Los Angeles

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
2,011 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
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
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,818 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
Special Occasion in Westside
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Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,480 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
84% recommended
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Yojisan

$$$$·Japanese·
Beverly Hills
189 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
87% recommended
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
737 reviews
  • Fun
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good for a Date
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
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Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
758 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
89% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Marino Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
944 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
94% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,191 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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El Compadre - Echo Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Echo Park
45 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beverly Hills
5,401 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Los Angeles

Piccolo Paradiso

$$$$·Italian·
Beverly Hills
863 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
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
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

The Hideout

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
165 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
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
87% recommended
Great for Lunch in Los Angeles
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Q

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
300 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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
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C.O.D. Seafood & Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
375 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
82% recommended
Scenic View in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Melisse

$$$$·French·
Santa Monica
2,124 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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