Local Favorites: The 18 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
3,059 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
91% recommended
French in Los Angeles

AOC

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
3,195 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Connie and Ted's

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
2,819 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
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
91% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles

Bavel

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Downtown
1,581 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
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Otium

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,287 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • 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
92% recommended

Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
  • Casual
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
91% recommended
Best Food in Hollywood
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Bestia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,884 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
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
88% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
5,277 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
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
Most Booked in Los Angeles

Redbird - Los Angeles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,246 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Downtown / South and East LA

Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
5,041 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Hollywood
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,613 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
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
Most Booked in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Mercado - Los Angeles

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
825 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
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BRERA Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,232 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre - West Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
4,077 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
87% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles

The Ivy

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,192 reviews
  • Romantic
  • People Watching
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
88% recommended
Californian in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,449 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,521 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
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles

Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,136 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
88% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles