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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

The OpenTable team

Los Angeles is having quite the food moment right now, with people flocking to the city’s best restaurants like they do to the season’s hottest premiere. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? 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 boundary-pushing Mediterranean, pitch-perfect seafood spots to old-school Hollywood glamour—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Republique, AOC, Connie and Ted's
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Californian, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Hollywood, Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St., West Hollywood
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Republique

$$$$·French·
Hollywood
2,883 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Republique is one of the most beautiful spots to eat in LA—and the food lives up to the occasion. This is French-ish food with a California edge—there’s beef tartare and foie gras Read more
92% recommended
French in Los Angeles
65 people mentioned the Short Rib

AOC

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
3,095 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Chef Suzanne Goin is one of the most important figures in the Los Angeles food scene, and her restaurant AOC helped define the laid-back, stylish, ingredients-focused cooking that Read more
93% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Connie and Ted's

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
2,720 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
What happens when fine-dining chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence opens up a casual seafood restaurant? You get Connie and Ted’s, an homage to New England clam shacks done in the Read more
88% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles
93 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Bavel

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Downtown
1,352 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
When chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis brought their mind-bendingly-good Italian food to Bestia, Los Angeles’s collective brain exploded. At Bavel, they do it again, this timeRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
22 people mentioned the Pita
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Otium

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Otium is nestled next to the Broad museum, and it feels like a natural extension of it: the ceilings soar, the windows gleam, and the food—prepared by chef Timothy Hollingsworth, aRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Los Angeles
48 people mentioned the Hamachi
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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,167 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Chef Nancy Silverton certainly knows her way around a pizza—and her expertise is always on show at Pizzeria Mozza, where she churns out consistently delicious pizzas and Italian foRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in Hollywood
189 people mentioned the Squash Blossom
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Bestia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,673 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
You think you know pizza and pasta? Try Bestia’s. Eating here feels like stepping into an entirely new universe, where flavor and texture can exist in multiple dimensions. While yoRead more
86% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
66 people mentioned the Cavatelli
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
4,897 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Ever since it opened in 2016, Catch has been the hottest ticket in town: this is a see-and-be-seen place, a Los Angeles scene in every which way. And though you’re probably not theRead more
86% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles
26 people mentioned the Lobster Mac Cheese

Redbird - Los Angeles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,129 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Walk into Redbird, and you’ll feel something special: maybe it’s the gorgeous glass windows, maybe it’s the soaring ceilings, or maybe it’s because the space once housed a cathedraRead more
89% recommended
Best Ambiance in Downtown / South and East LA
43 people mentioned the Avocado Salad

Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
4,927 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Nancy Silverton has created a Los Angeles restaurant empire, and Osteria Mozza is the crown jewel. Get anything from the in-house mozzarella bar, and you can’t go wrong with aRead more
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in Hollywood
97 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,486 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Cecconi’s is one of the city’s hottest spots for power lunches and dinners, with an aura of glamour and style that feels distinctly Los Angeles. With its ivied terrace, retractableRead more
84% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Los Angeles
25 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Mercado - Los Angeles

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
824 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
You can’t talk about Los Angeles without talking about Mexican food, and Mercado—especially the location on Third Street—is a lovely place to consume it. Order a few rounds of tacoRead more
94% recommended
53 people mentioned the Carnitas
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BRERA Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,164 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Officine BRERA is a stunning restaurant, from the size (huge!) to the clientele (fancy!) to the food itself, which celebrates the Northern Italian heritage of its chefs Matteo FerdRead more
88% recommended
Italian in Downtown / South and East LA
25 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Gracias Madre

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
3,916 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
It was only a matter of time before a vegan Mexican restaurant opened in Los Angeles—and we’re happy it’s Gracias Madre, which comes from the owners of cult-food spot Cafe GratitudRead more
90% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles
53 people mentioned the Guacamole

The Ivy

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,010 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
We are in Los Angeles, after all, and The Ivy is quite the reminder. This is the star-studded scene that defines a certain sub-section of the city, with food as memorable as the peRead more
86% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
49 people mentioned the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,384 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Lucques is where Los Angeles legends Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne planted the flag for the type of Los Angeles food they made so famous. Here, you’ll find seasonal cuisine inspirRead more
96% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
114 people mentioned the Short Rib

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,315 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For modern Greek food in a gorgeous, gilded setting, head to Avra Beverly Hills, the first West Coast outpost of New York City’s Avra Estiatorio. It’s a scene, yes, but the food isRead more
91% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles
19 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,032 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
There is nobody in the world quite like Wolfgang Puck, the international celebrity chef with restaurants all over the globe—and there’s no restaurant quite like Spago, the place whRead more
89% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
75 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Odys and Penelope - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hollywood
1,181 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
At the heart of Odys and Penelope, a gorgeous space with exposed-brick walls and soaring ceilings, is a wood-fired hearth. Out of it comes things like perfectly charred skirt steakRead more
92% recommended
59 people mentioned the Cheese Puff
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The Hearth & Hound - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Californian·
Hollywood
236 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
There were high hopes for The Hearth & Hound, New York–based chef April Bloomfield’s first foray in the the Los Angeles dining scene—and it certainly does not disappoint. Chef BlooRead more
90% recommended
4 people mentioned the Banana Bread
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