The Most Fun Restaurants in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

Los Angeles is a city known for epic venues, restaurants, and eateries, as well as that ever-elusive Hollywood magic. While people travel to Los Angeles for many reasons, one of the top reasons seems to be to have fun—and there are plenty of restaurants that measure up. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. 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 celebrity hot spots, buzzy sushi bars to white table-clothed fine dining—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Michael's - Santa Monica, Pizzeria Mozza, Lucques
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Pizzeria
Neighborhoods:Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood

Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Located just west of downtown Los Angeles in Santa Monica, Michael's Santa Monica has been a staple in the area for quite some time. Open for fun and drinks daily, they offer happyRead more
85% recommended
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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,350 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Obviously a great place for pizza lovers of all kinds, Pizzeria Mozza is the epitome of a fun LA restaurant for those who love pizza . Known for using a variety of locally sourced Read more
92% recommended
Best Food in Hollywood
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Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,493 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
When looking for cool restaurants in Los Angeles, Lucques certainly makes the cut. A restaurant that has been in operation since 1998, Lucques was never considered your run-of-the-Read more
95% recommended
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Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
6,262 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Known for being “an elevated resting place,” Perch is a trendy rooftop bistro that provides a picture-perfect view of downtown Los Angeles. Complete with an array of fire pits, twoRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Downtown / South and East LA
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,213 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
A flagship restaurant from the legendary chef, Wolfgang Puck, Spago provides an exciting superior upscale dining experience to every customer. With the help of Puck's exclusive farRead more
88% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
467 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
In business since 1997, Vincenti Ristorante is a hip, well-respected L.A. venue. Priding itself on its ability to combine lavishness with comfortability, Vincenti Ristorante is theRead more
93% recommended

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,109 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
Located at Sunset Tower Hotel, The Tower Bar is a cozy venue inspired by early Hollywood. A uniquely entertaining dining experience including poolside dining and much more, The TowRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

SHU - Sushi House Unico - Bel Air

$$$$·Sushi·
Bel-Air
425 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Offering an interesting fusion of Japanese cuisine with Latin accents, Sushi House Unico is great for adventurous eaters of all kinds. A delightful environment great for singles, fRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Los Angeles
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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
4,600 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
A well-known venue that has been a staple within the Hollywood community since 1919, The Musso & Frank Grill includes comfortable leather booths complete with all the magic you'd eRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
5,547 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Located in West Hollywood, Catch LA is California's answer to New York's highly revered restaurant, Catch. A seafood-centered venue with international influences, Catch also has loRead more
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
683 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Serving authentic Italian and other dishes of all kinds, Via Veneto is well-known for using fresh, locally sourced ingredients as well as an array of other organic ingredients. TheRead more
92% recommended
Romantic in Los Angeles
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Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
5,137 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Osteria Mozza has a casual atmosphere where people love to dress to impress. Also, they offer a trendy, unique dining experience that centers on their white Carrara marble MozzarelRead more
90% recommended
Best Food in Hollywood
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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$·Japanese·
West Hollywood
2,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Designed by world-renowned architect David Rockwell, this Japanese-focused restaurant offers an array of traditional and New Age creations. A casual atmosphere complete with a bar,Read more
84% recommended
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,681 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Hot Spot
A modern-day Italian restaurant, unlike many Italian eateries in the area, Cecconi's offers a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Also serving brunch on Sundays, this place is Read more
Great for Lunch in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Le Comptoir

$$$$·American·
Downtown
114 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Patina Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Downtown
1,755 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: An award-winning, Michelin star-rated restaurant offering contemporary French cuisine wiRead more
91% recommended
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Kali

$$$$·Californian·
Hollywood
811 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Kali is a small neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont villagRead more
88% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
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Melisse

$$$$·French·
Santa Monica
2,125 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
A very well-known upscale L.A. restaurant, Melisse serves a variety of French-inspired dishes and foods. Zagat's pick as the top-rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003, MelisseRead more
88% recommended
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Forma Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Santa Monica
762 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Under the direction of two of L.A.'s restaurant rock stars, Executive Chef Piero Topputo, and General Manager Mario Sabatini, Forma offers a variety of pasta dishes made from only Read more
95% recommended
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The Lobster

$$$$·American·
Santa Monica
3,903 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
A seafood restaurant located on the Santa Monica Pier, The Lobster is one of those venues seafood lover's dream about. Offering an array of locally sourced and seasonal, seafood-ceRead more
91% recommended
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