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Favorite Local Restaurants in Los Angeles

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.

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The OpenTable team
Updated January 22, 2021
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Republique

$$$$
French
Hollywood
4.6
4247 reviews
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 torchon, alongside black-truffled pappardelle and Santa Barbara spot prawns—all polished and modern, but still deeply satisfying.

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AOC - 3rd Street

$$$$
Californian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
4.8
4438 reviews
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 defines the city today. Get the meats and cheeses, the farmer’s plate, the arroz negro, and the roasted chicken, and you’re in for a memorable evening.


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Connie and Ted's

$$$$
Seafood
West Hollywood
4.6
3751 reviews
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 thoughtful, stylish way of a modern chef. Here’s where you’ll find the best lobster roll in town, alongside pitch-perfect crab cakes, fish and chips, and fried clams. If you’re feeling fancy, get the chilled shellfish platter—you won’t be disappointed.


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Bavel

$$$$
Middle Eastern
Downtown
4.8
3485 reviews
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 time with their take on Mediterranean food. This is one of Los Angeles’s most exciting new restaurants, and is undoubtedly an instant classic; it’s worth coming back for the duck ‘nduja hummus alone.

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Otium

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.8
2531 reviews
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, a Per Se alum—is a work of art in itself. You’ll get a sense of his fine-dining chops here; the food and service have that special je ne sais quoi, but the vibe is still cheery and laid-back. Head here before or after the museum or theater, and you’ll get a sense of the cultural powerhouse that is Los Angeles.

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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$
Pizzeria
Hollywood
4.7
6012 reviews
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 food that never ceases to delight. Our favorite dish, though, is Nancy’s Chopped Salad: a towering tangle of lettuces, tomatoes, cheese, and salami that’s worth the visit alone.


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Bestia

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.7
6264 reviews
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 you can’t go wrong here, we particularly love the ‘nduja pizza, the pici with lamb ragu, and the cavatelli with sausage and black truffles.

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Catch LA

$$$$
Seafood
West Hollywood
4.6
8401 reviews
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 there for the food, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy your meal there; the dishes are simple, yet tasty, and the view can’t be beat.

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Osteria Mozza

$$$$
Italian
Hollywood
4.7
5988 reviews
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 any of the pastas—just make sure to save room for dessert.

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Cecconi's

$$$$
Italian
West Hollywood
4.6
3902 reviews
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, retractable roof, and big, sunny windows, it’s a perfect spot to dine on Venetian-influenced Italian cuisine—all washed down with a few glasses of Prosecco.

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BRERA Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.7
2069 reviews
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 Ferdinandi and Angelo Auriana. You’ll never eat risotto as good as the ones here, and the gnoccho fritto—sage-scented beignets served with folds of culatello—are otherworldly.


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Gracias Madre - West Hollywood

$$$$
Mexican
West Hollywood
4.7
5776 reviews
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 Gratitude. This is a place as enjoyable for omnivores as it is for vegans, with dishes like guacamole-topped flautas, warming, spicy, pozole, and fried cauliflower drizzled with (vegan) queso. The tequila and mezcal selection is quite impressive, too.

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The Ivy

$$$$
Californian
Beverly Hills
4.6
6966 reviews
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 people you’re likely to spot here. The lobster pizza, fried chicken, and bacon cheeseburger are particularly excellent, best dined on the brick patio al fresco.


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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$
Contemporary American
Beverly Hills
4.5
5513 reviews
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 where everything started. Spago was where the concept of Los Angeles fine-dining was born, and to this day, it continues to serve some of the best food in the city. And yes, the smoked-salmon pizza is just as good as ever.

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