Where Chefs Eat in Los Angeles

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Restaurants:Bestia, Broken Spanish, Otium
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Mexican, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown

Bestia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
4,218 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
“Energy, a family vibe and intensely flavored food, all in a beautifully understated setting.” – Miles Kirby
92% recommended
Best Overall in Downtown / South and East LA
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Broken Spanish

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,416 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“I wasn't assuming anything when I went, but literally everything on the menu was mind-blowing. Super simple but done in surprising ways.” – Cosmo Goss
82% recommended
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Otium

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,350 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
“It was beautiful, playful, seasonally focused and delicious.” – Kristen D. Murray There are two reasons why food critic Jonathan Gold called Otium LA’s “most ambitious restaurantRead more
88% recommended
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Here's Looking At You

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-Wilshire
587 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
“Quaint space and fantastic food, but it's the chef and general manager that totally make the whole experience.” – Tory McPhail
89% recommended
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Providence

$$$$·Seafood·
Hollywood
3,629 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
“The chef, Michael Ciramusti, has created an exciting cuisine with the best ingredients in Los Angeles. His series of amuse-bouches are direct hits of flavor that prepare the palatRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles
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Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Recommended by Chef Michael Friedman from The Red Hen
94% recommended
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chi SPACCA

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
740 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Ross Lusted from The Bridge Room
89% recommended
Best Ambiance in Hollywood
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Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
5,139 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
90% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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Cosa Buona

$$$$·Italian·
Echo Park
184 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Josef Centeno from Maco Mercat
83% recommended
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Pizzeria Mozza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
5,478 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Recommended by Chef Suzanne Goin from Lucques
92% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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