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Discover Trending Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn't just a city of movie stars—it's a city of celebrity chefs, too. As the second-largest city in the U.S. and a true melting pot of global cultures, the dining opportunities in LA are as endless as they are diverse. 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 luxurious steakhouses, California fusion to classic Old World traditions—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Let's follow their lead.

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Updated January 22, 2021
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$
Contemporary American
Beverly Hills
4.5
5513 reviews
The flagship restaurant of world-renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Spago is a stylish bistro located in Beverly Hills that serves locally sourced California cuisine. Items like agnolotti with summer truffles and lacquered California squab make Spago the go-to place for the latest trends in SoCal cuisine before they are seen anywhere else.

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Cecconi's

$$$$
Italian
West Hollywood
4.6
3902 reviews
Venetian-style Italian fare in an elegant retro Roman setting makes Cecconi’s one of the most sought-after Los Angeles restaurants. Besides wood- and charcoal-grilled specialties like the half brick chicken and panzanella, Cecconi’s also serves a special plant-based menu with unique selections like the risotto verde with squash blossom and nut cheese. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles to enjoy after an explosive bout of shopping on Melrose Avenue, Cecconi's is an LA tradition beloved by both local foodies and visitors in the know.

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The Tower Bar

$$$$
Californian
West Hollywood
4.8
1538 reviews
Housed in the former apartment of gangster Bugsy Siegel in the historic Tower Hotel, this classy cocktail lounge and restaurant is a living monument to the heyday of Hollywood. Select from the market fresh daily fish options, which come with a choice of sides, or go for the meat-based classics like rack of lamb and pork chops. Just remember that no photos or phone calls are allowed on-site.

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The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beverly Hills
4.5
1586 reviews
This legendary family-owned Beverly Hills steakhouse has been a local favorite since it opened its doors back in 1926 and is still one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles. USDA prime corn-fed beef cuts like double cut NY strip and bone-in rib eye are the stars of the menu at The Palm, but the Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster also has a solid fan base. Legend has it that Fred Astaire once tap danced on the bar here, making it one of the best restaurants in LA to soak up the atmosphere of the golden days of Hollywood.

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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$
Steakhouse
Hollywood
4.8
8006 reviews
Located right across the street from the Screen Writer’s Guild, Musso & Frank Grill has been a Hollywood literary scene hangout since the 1930s, when it opened. While the menu focuses on hearty American meat-based favorites like steaks, chops, and roasts, the restaurant is also famous for its Italian classics, including the original fettuccine alfredo recipe that was brought back from Italy by film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles to travel back in time to the heyday of Hollywood glory, Musso & Frank Grill is a city tradition that has a strong local following. It is a must-go destination for savvy foodies visiting the Los Angeles area.

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beverly Hills
4.7
2354 reviews
Taking the steakhouse to its most luxurious level, Wolfgang Puck’s critically acclaimed CUT is located within the elegant Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The menu focuses on different cuts from various top beef regions of the world, with everything from Australian grass-fed Angus filet mignons to Nebraska dry-aged rib eyes bringing out the diehard meat lovers from across the city.

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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$
Cocktail Bar
West Hollywood
4.5
2789 reviews
The LA outpost of the Nobu global restaurant empire is a sleek and chic space where Peruvian flavors meet Japanese standards of excellence in plates that wow the senses. From octopus and scallop tiradito (Lima-style sashimi) to lobster and crab stuffed tacos, the menu at Nobu is the stuff that dreams are made of for fans of fresh seafood and spicy sauces.

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Perch LA

$$$$
French American
Downtown
4.6
9518 reviews
With a 15th-floor rooftop setting right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles just a block from Grand Central Market, Perch is a restaurant by foodies for foodies. Stand-out classic-style meat dishes like rabbit ravioli and Israeli couscous caviar have earned Perch a reputation for surprises that make it one of the hottest restaurants in town right now.


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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$
Pizzeria
Hollywood
4.7
6012 reviews
A Melrose area local favorite, Pizzeria Mozza is connected and adjacent to both Osteria Mozza and Chi Spacca, an Italian eatery and “meat speakeasy,” respectively, that are run by the same team as the pizzeria. At Pizzeria Mozza, expect not just creative takes on the classic pie like the Pizza alla Benno (steak, mozzarella, pineapples, and jalapenos) but a full selection of antipastas and fresh salads, including tricolor greens with anchovy dressing.


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Osteria Mozza

$$$$
Italian
Hollywood
4.7
5988 reviews
Located right next to always packed Pizzeria Mozza, this is where the same creative fusion genius that makes the slices so popular gets a chance to be fully developed into sophisticated plates for a discerning dinner crowd. From the veal sweetbreads picatta main dish to the olive oil gelato on the dessert menu, items here take traditional Italian cooking recipes to new levels of richness by adding Californian and world flavors and ingredients.

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Geoffrey's Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Malibu
4.6
7561 reviews
With panoramic views of the mighty Pacific from the dining room and outside patio, and a creative Mediterranean-meets-California menu, Geoffrey’s is a Malibu hot spot that defines oceanfront dining in Los Angeles. From a crab cake benedict for brunch to a hoisin-sauce-glazed black cod for dinner, entrees here are based on classic recipes that have been punched up with global ingredients. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles to enjoy the city's waterfront location, well-thought-out plates, and an extensive wine list created to match them perfectly, Geoffrey's Restaurant continues to be one of the most popular eateries in town.


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AKASHA

$$$$
Contemporary American
Culver City
4.7
3453 reviews
The former personal chef of Michael Jackson and other beloved entertainment icons, Akasha Richmond now operates her own kitchen out of a historic space in downtown Culver City. East meets West in an explosion of flavors found nowhere else in Los Angeles. Try dishes like the Bali Seafood Curry (served on a bed of forbidden rice) and the Star Anise Braised Short Ribs, which have won the eatery a strong local following.

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Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$
Mexican
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
4.8
951 reviews
A modern take on the classic California-style taqueria, Petty Cash is a Hollywood culinary sensation that draws drooling patrons from all walks of life. The “semi-authentic” Mexican restaurant offers street food standards like lengua (tongue) tacos, as well as gringo-inspired originals like the chanterelle mushroom quesadilla. Petty Cash is equally famous for its creative take on the classic margarita, with selections like grapefruit passionfruit and blackcurrant lime giving customers some only-in-California options.

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Zinqué - DTLA

$$$$
French
Downtown
4.5
321 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Hip neighborhood restaurant with French-inspired dishes and small plates. Craft cocktail menu and uniquely curated wine & beer selection. High-design/low-key vibe for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner. (zin-kae)

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Pump

$$$$
Contemporary American
West Hollywood
4.6
5006 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Experience a full dinner among 100yrs old Olive Trees in our beautiful Garden. Let the chic ambience and decor take you to a European dream.....Our garden is completely covered and rain free.

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