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Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles

Finding the best fried chicken in Los Angeles involves more than just searching for the nearest food truck. Like the City of Angels itself, the dining scene sprawls with some of the finest food in the country, often hiding in unexpected places. Southern flavors have infused California cuisine, making classics like fried chicken classier than before. Say goodbye to the standard chicken bucket. We’ve found Japanese-style breaded chicken in the arts district, juicy chicken with a splash of maple butter seasoning or spicy all over in Fairfax. But where do hungry diners find the best fried chicken in LA? With a little help from our Tastemaker 20 list. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned foodies. Book a table at the best fried chicken in Los Angeles today.

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The OpenTable Team
11 Restaurants
Updated January 24, 2020
Restaurants:AOC - 3rd Street, Otium, Hinoki & The Bird
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St., Downtown, Century City
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AOC - 3rd Street

$$$$
Californian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
4.8
4357 reviews
A Beverly Grove institution since 2002, A.O.C. is primarily a wine bar that offers an eclectic and select menu of food. The elegant interior is warm wood, little tables, and comfortable booths, plus an impressive patio that’s ideal for special occasions. A.O.C. makes it onto our list because of their signature chicken dish: the Spanish fried chicken. This crisp and flavorful affair comes with romesco aioli and a spicy butter and has kept loyal fans coming back for years. An LA must-try.

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Otium

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.7
2504 reviews
One of the best times to find the best fried chicken in Los Angeles is the weekend. Brunch menus are always a little more relaxed than weekday lunch menus. Otium is no exception. This Downtown eatery is full of gorgeous art and even the lighting looks like it came straight out of a museum. As well as looking impressive, the menu has something for everyone- especially during brunch times. Their fried chicken comes with a “hoe cake” and maple butter, for a real sweet and savory contrast. Pure joy.

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Hinoki & The Bird

$$$$
Contemporary American
Century City
4.7
448 reviews
This Century City spot is ideal for people-watching, business meetings and impressing an agent- or prospective date. It’s sleek and contemporary, but soft enough around the edges to be warm and welcoming at the same time. Chicken fans, it’s the crispy chicken we’re raving about here. Served with habanero honey, there’s a kick of spice that’s instantly balanced out by the sweetness. Fried chicken, California style.

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Fishing With Dynamite

$$$$
Seafood
Manhattan Beach
4.9
2200 reviews
Unsurprisingly, given the name, Fishing with Dynamite is all about the seafood. This Manhattan Beach favorite keeps up a quirky aquatic theme throughout, from cute framed pictures of smiling whales to oars placed between the windows. It’s not the biggest LA seafood place, but it is one of the best. And it also happens to serve up some of the best fried chicken in Los Angeles- at least on the weekend. Browse the brunch menu and order the fried chicken and waffle, and discover what the fuss is about.

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Badmaash - Fairfax

$$$$
Indian
Hollywood
4.7
474 reviews
Indian food has taken a while to get going in LA. Out of the few steady places, nowhere has really stood out for a while. Badmaash has changed that. It’s modern, it’s Downtown, and it combines a cool aesthetic with Asian flavors that are out of this world. The Badmaash fried chicken is double-fried for extra crispness, with spicy batter and a generous dusting of paprika masala. It comes with a serrano cream sauce and diners can’t go wrong by ordering the Masala Fries. A feast for the senses.

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Manhattan Beach Post

$$$$
American
Manhattan Beach
4.8
3787 reviews
The rough and ready interior is effortless industrial chic at this bastion of Manhattan Beach dining. The distressed walls hold an almost communal space where tables sit end to end to let friends gather in groups. The diverse menu echoes this as it has a little of something for everyone, including our goal: Truffle Honey Laced Fried Chicken. The chicken itself is lemon-brined before being buttermilk-dipped, fried and served with slaw and truffle honey. Always get the bacon cheddar biscuits. Every time.

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The Henry - West Hollywood

$$$$
American
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
4.7
1484 reviews
Relaxed and welcoming, this West Hollywood branch of The Henry blends retro themes with modern flavors. They've created a restaurant and menu which has a real loyal fanbase. The Henry makes it onto our fried chicken list due to its extensive brunch menu. Their Chicken Fried Chicken is the ultimate in hangover recovery food, served with buttermilk biscuits, hearty chicken sausage gravy, and eggs, sunny side up. Just be sure to find the Mimosa cart as well.

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HATCH

$$$$
Japanese
Downtown
4.6
411 reviews
Hatch Yakitori has made grabbing lunch Downtown a breeze with their build-your-own bento box service. Each box boasts three yakitori chicken sticks, and the range of flavors for the yakitori is pretty diverse. Miso, green onion and plum paste are just a few of the options available. For those on the hunt for the best fried chicken in Los Angeles, Hatch is a surprise contender. Bypass the bento boxes and go for the “Plates” menu, and order the black karaage fried chicken thighs, Soaked in brine for two days and served in squid ink with house pickles, this chicken is a completely unique experience.

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AOC - Brentwood

$$$$
Californian
Brentwood
4.6
2873 reviews
Brentwood is full of trendy eateries, but few are as consistent as Tavern. Open from 8am for breakfast right through to 10.30 at the weekend, two award winning chefs showcase a menu where simplicity is the key to great flavor. Plates have three menus: small, medium and large, and chicken fans need to peruse the medium plates option. The Spanish fried chicken is a huge hit with regulars, who often pick the bacon-wrapped dates as a salty yet sweet side.

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Baran’s 2239

$$$$
American
Hermosa Beach
4.9
932 reviews
Baran’s is a small and friendly Hermosa Beach restaurant just minutes from the pier. Sit at the bar and chew the fat with locals or take a seat in the cozy dining area, amongst bottle lined walls and pendulum lights. The menu is European inspired, yet with some strong American flavors like the pastrami crusted pork chop, the spicy jerk wings, and their superb fried chicken. Baran's smoke their chicken before frying it to crispness. This gives an unprecedented depth of flavor, matched by the soy and chile accompaniment. Don’t forget dessert; their coffee toffee pudding is to die for.

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The Arthur J

$$$$
Steakhouse
Manhattan Beach
4.8
2065 reviews
Why is this elegant Manhattan Beach steakhouse on our fried chicken list? Because of their Monday special every week: fried chicken night! Regulars know that Arthur J does the best local rib eye and strip steak, and even a humongous tomahawk for two to share. But every Monday night chicken fans head here for their house fried chicken special, served lovingly with smashed potatoes and a peppery sausage gravy. Just one more reason why the Arthur J is a local favorite.

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