The Best Restaurants in Los Angeles, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

The sprawling, culturally diverse Los Angeles has one of the country's most celebrated food scenes. Long-established eateries seem to have every appetite covered, from classic California cuisine to authentic regional specialties and every imaginable fusion idea. Want to try Mongolian-Mexican? Russian-Ethiopian? Brazilian-Bhutanese? It's surely just a freeway or two away. The best new restaurants in Los Angeles embrace local ingredients, lovely indoor/outdoor venues and the limitless creativity of their world-class chefs. But where do the savviest foodies eat out in LA when they want something new? Welcome to out Tastemaker List. We gathered data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots according to OpenTable's smartest, most experienced eaters.

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

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The critically acclaimed Lucques occupies a prominent position in a city already known for chic restaurants. Now entering its 20th year of operation, Lucques’ brick-lined dining roRead more
93% recommended
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Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
479 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Vincenti Ristorante in Brentwood offers high-end Italian food in a cozy, intimate setting. The menu includes a range of pastas made from the freshest ingredients, like the paccheriRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Los Angeles
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Piccolo Paradiso

$$$$·Italian·
Beverly Hills
851 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Piccolo Paradiso is a true neighborhood Italian restaurant located in the heart of Beverly Hills. The vibrant but unpretentious dining room feels more informal than other local ItaRead more
95% recommended
Italian in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Chinois on Main

$$$$·Chinese·
Santa Monica
1,946 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chinois on Main is another iconic Los Angeles restaurant that's stood the test of time. This Wolfgang Puck restaurant has been serving innovative Chinese-French fusion dishes sinceRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in Westside
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Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,946 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Avra is the West Coast outpost of New York’s famed Greek restaurant. Stone walls and a tree-lined interior provide a setting that is both refined and relaxing. The menu leans towarRead more
93% recommended
Mediterranean in Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,821 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Craft offers farm-to-table New American cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. The menu tilts heavily towards refined seafood dishes but also includes game like the CervRead more
91% recommended
Special Occasion in Westside
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Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,480 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Michaels was an early pioneer in California cuisine and recently went through a major overhaul. The new offerings recall the original 1970’s menu and emphasize classics like the duRead more
91% recommended
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Yojisan

$$$$·Japanese·
Beverly Hills
189 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
Yojisan in Beverly Hills offers superb sushi prepared by chef Yoji Tajima. The interior immediately grabs your attention with a floating garden and tree-lined walls in the dining rRead more
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beverly Hills
5,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Spago, on Canon Drive in the center of Beverly Hills, has been a staple of the LA dining scene for decades. The sleek but simple interior, renovated in 2012, is a frequent hangout Read more
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
748 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Los Angeles has plenty of restaurants with a hip take on Mexican fare, but Petty Cash Taqueria is worth a visit. It takes the classic taco and churns out creative iterations, like Read more
90% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles
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Marino Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
934 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Marino Ristorante is a family-run Italian eatery and a Mid City/Wilshire staple for 50 years. The restaurant prepares classic dishes in an unpretentious interior that doesn’t distrRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,174 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
The Tower Bar, located in the iconic West Hollywood Sunset Tower Hotel, offers high-quality French-American cuisine and live music. A rich, wood-paneled bar area opens to a patio wRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
719 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Via Veneto is another local Italian restaurant serving upscale Italian cuisine in a cozy, candlelit atmosphere. Dishes like the lobster carpaccio and the veal Milanese show how harRead more
89% recommended
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

$$$$·Californian·
Bel-Air
876 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air serves California-inspired cuisine with tasteful Mediterranean influences. Seasonal dishes like the Dover sole and the acorn squash complement the faRead more
94% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
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The Hideout

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
165 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
The Hideout in Beverly Hills is an upscale but casual dining experience that highlights the best of California cuisine. Farm-to-table dishes like the tuna tartare and the mushroom Read more
Great for Lunch in Los Angeles
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C.O.D. Seafood & Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
362 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
C.O.D. offers Asian-inspired California seafood in a rustic setting of exposed brick and warm wood beams. The restaurant’s raw bar is a particular strength, and C.O.D. lists a wideRead more
88% recommended
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Le Comptoir

$$$$·American·
Downtown
114 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Le Comptoir is an intimate counter-top style showcase by Michelin Star Chef, Gary MenesRead more
100% recommended
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INKO NITO Arts District

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
233 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Conceived by Rainer Becker, and developed alongside executive chef Hamish Brown, INKO NIRead more
Best Service in Downtown / South and East LA
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Otium

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,350 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Otium is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary heritage of TimothyRead more
86% recommended
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Melisse

$$$$·French·
Santa Monica
2,125 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Melisse is a highly rated French-New American restaurant in Santa Monica that earns its reputation with each meal. The simple, minimalist interior lets you focus on incredible dishRead more
88% recommended
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