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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Downtown / South and East LA? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (639)
$30 and under
American
Flower District
About the restaurant
Poppy + Rose is known for our buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, pulled pork hash, mimosas, rose mojito and more! Come visit us at the historic SoCal Flower Market 7 days a week from 9AM-3PM.

Poppy+Rose's Rooftop Patio is currently closed; all groups will be seated in our indoor dining room located at 765 Wall Street.

Poppy+Rose welcomes walk-ins 7 days a week. For groups up to 8, reservations can be made Mon-Thurs via Open Table. We do not take reservations on Friday or Saturday for groups under 9.

For groups of 9+ we offer large party pricing and reservations 7 days a week for our dining room only. While a reservation for a large group is not necessary, the pricing for large parties will still apply to all walk-in parties of 9+. For large party reservations and buyout pricing please email gm@poppyandrose.com.

Top review
JeffHvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Outstanding. The food and service were excellent (Crab/Avocado benedict & Shrimp & Grits) .
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4.8
4.8 (5898)
$31 to $50
American
Pico Rivera
About the restaurant

WON 2021 THE "BEST IN SOUTHLAND" FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY,SOUTH BAY, AND THE SAN FERNADO VALLEY.
The Dal Rae is the Southern California restaurant where 1950s classics still reign. Lobster Thermidor, Pepper Steak, Chateaubriand, Prime Rib, Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee prepared tableside are among more than 100 items on a truly retro menu, complete with some of the city's best martinis. Opened in 1958, the Dal Rae has maintained its original atmosphere, too, right down to a piano bar with live entertainment. And, most important, it has preserved a tradition otherwise found only in private clubs -- knowing its customers by name and treating them like the most important people in the whole wide world. The Dal Rae is located close to the 5 freeway and half-way between LA County, Orange County and The Valley. It is a perfect location for business meetings or entertaining friends and family.
Top review
RicardoP
Dined 2 days ago
Consistently excellent. Always a pleasant experience
A photo of Rokka Grill and Whiskey Bar - Whittier restaurant
4.7
4.7 (151)
$31 to $50
American
Whittier
About the restaurant
Rokka Whiskey Bar has one of the largest collections of Scoth, Bourbon, Rye, Single Malt and Whiskey in uptown Whittier! Take a trip to Japan, Scotland, Australia, and even India with pours that will surprise you even for the most seasoned of Whiskey enthusiasts. Well Crafted Cocktails and Crafted Culinary experience.
Top review
KevinCvip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Excellent experience and first time visit. The server and staff were kind, friendly and the salmon was delicious.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Cerritos restaurant
4.5
4.5 (96)
$30 and under
American
Cerritos
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Food was delicious 😋 staff was awesome 👌 Drinks 🍸 🍹 were good and all the television 📺 was perfect
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4.6
4.6 (81)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Local ingredients | World Flavors
Fresh, carefully curated food from local artisans!

Complimentary 3h parking for dinner with validation. Details on our website: www.StradaDTLA.com

We are looking forward to hosting you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Brought in some out of towers from Minnesota, Georgia, and South Carolina. I have driven by but never gone into Strada but read reviews and made a reservation for 5 people. We were pleasantly surprised and all enjoyed the presentation and the food. Owner/Chef took our orders and suggested a good bold red wine. Nothing was rushed, everything came on time. Everyone was very satisfied with their meal. Plus, the parking in the building next door is validated for 3 hrs! I'll be back again!
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4.3
4.3 (815)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Chef in Residence: John Cleveland
California Comfort Cuisine

Located in Downtown Los Angeles on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center, Abernethy’s is a destination restaurant offering a unique, ever-changing dining experience from LA, for LA. Featuring up-and-coming chefs and new menus for special limited engagements, Abernethy’s highlights the diverse flavors and people that make up Los Angeles. Abernethy’s is the story of the LA, related and plated by the Chefs who tell it best.

Open 3 Hours before shows at Dorthey Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum
Limited hours for the month of May.
Open May 16-18th, May 26th & May 30th.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We were seated inside, where the noise is significantly worse than outside. This was our first time there, so we made mistakes. The appetizers are sized to share with the table, so we over-ordered here. They were novel - vegan crab cakes made with hearts of palm. I liked them more than when they are made with real crab. The Caesar salad was excellent as well. The menu has more limited choices than most restaurants, but there are no boring choices. Several items also offer a vegan or vegetarian version, that broaden the choices. The location and hours make this a great place for pre opera, ballet, concert or theater dinner. It’s a short walk to all of these venues and they are prepared to get you on your way in time.
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4.7
4.7 (91)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The University Club Restaurant is an elegant space to host work meetings or enjoy a gracious setting with friends. Our menu changes seasonally and reflects the best of local produce.

Reservations are recommended. Our dress code is Business Casual.

For reservations, call (213) 740-2030
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great place for special occasion or business lunch.
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4.5
4.5 (1264)
$50 and over
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The ultimate panoramic dining experience in Los Angeles. La Boucherie is an elegant American steak and seafood restaurant boasting an intimate bar featuring sophisticated mixologists crafting bespoke cocktails. Discreet private dining rooms, a Chef’s Table, and Starlight Booths are all available with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the L.A. skyline to accommodate discerning guests.
La Boucherie’s menu features reimagined classics, all created with the finest and freshest ingredients available, many of which are sourced locally. The dining experience is enhanced by a cheese cave, charcuterie atelier, and an extensive, carefully curated Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list featuring over 1,200 hand-selected international and American wines.
Smart Casual dress code. Jackets are not required; however, no hats, athletic wear, shorts, or flip-flops are allowed. Reservations are held for 15 minutes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I just had mash potatoes and Mac n cheese and it was so delicious also had a few drinks and the view is insane it was an amazing view
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4.5
4.5 (81)
$30 and under
American
Los Alamitos / Cypress
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
BrianU
Dined 7 days ago
They were able to accommodate 2 reservations we had and place out 2 parties together. The party option for 16 or more wasn’t available for the time we wanted but we found a workaround on OpenTable to reserve for 2 parties of 8 then called the location to place out parties together. Everything worked out great!
A photo of Rooftop at Wayfarer Hotel DTLA restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1796)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The mood, the views, the late summer afternoon that slips mysteriously into a long LA evening under the stars. Any wonder it’s one of the best rooftop bars in downtown Los Angeles. Join us for killer eats and drinks for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

While it is beautiful and incredibly romantic, our outdoor dining space is not weather proof. In the event of rain or severe weather your reservation may be canceled. If poor weather is forecasted within 24 of your reservation and you have not heard from us, we advise contacting the restaurant directly.

**For large parties between 9 and 20, please contact our team at dining@wayfarerdtla.com.
Top review
liddie90
Dined 1 day ago
Food was great! Ordered food from their Happy Hour menu. Food was huge in portions. Service was wonderful as well!
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