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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Los Angeles? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of SUSHI MIYAGI restaurant
5.0
5 (148)
$50 and over
Sushi
Brentwood
About the restaurant
We will open on Father's Day!! Only Omakase set menu. *A reservation for 6 people will automatically become a private due to the size of our restaurant. It is recommended for groups who would like to avoid contacts with other customers. *Bringing your own Sake in is prohibited. *Please arrive on time. If a guest is late, the chef will not be able to make up the courses that have already been served. *No fragrances, please. -To-Go/pre-order only. Please order before 3pm and Pick-up time will be 5:30~5:45pm **Any cancellations and modifications for Omakase"Date"must be received 72 hours prior to the time of the reservation (Premium "Miyagi" & group of over 5 people: 6 days prior to the day) or a cancellation fee will be applied. **Cancellation within 24 hours or No-show, we will charge the whole Omakase price. *Cancellation before 24 hours of reservation: Fee (per person) will be "Miyagi"-$200, "Date"-$150 Lunch-$80. The total number of members of the original booking must be present.
Top review
MikaRvip
Dined on May 4, 2024
Went for the weekend lunch. The food was amazing - really enjoyed it.
A photo of Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique restaurant
4.9
4.9 (859)
$31 to $50
French
West Hollywood
About the restaurant
We are delighted to welcome you in for Lunch dining! We have a new menu with a mix of new dishes from Chef Carlos as well our signature favorites as well as specials on the weekend. Our current hours for dine in reservations (patio and dining room) are Friday - Sunday 11a - 3p.

If visiting for the first time, we are a casually elegant restaurant and boutique which serves a wide selection of French inspired American dishes as well as showcasing our world renowned selection of Caviars, smoked salmon and other French delicacies.

Our boutique is open 7 days a week from 11a - 5p with our full Boutique menu available every day for take out, delivery or FedEx delivery if not within our local courier area.
Top review
SALAvip
Dined 6 days ago
Simply the best… best service, best food, best wine. Couldn’t ask for more!
A photo of Ayara Thai restaurant
4.9
4.9 (64)
$30 and under
Thai
LAX / Westchester
About the restaurant
Ayara Thai offers home-cooked food with an emphasis on local produce. Appetizers at Ayara Thai include Muay Thai Wings, Veggie Rolls, Shrimp Butterfly, and more. Several soups are available including the restaurant's specialty, chicken or shrimp Tom Yum, which is a hot and sour soup with lemongrass, Thai chili, fresh lime and mushrooms.

For mains, try any of the rice, noodle or curry dishes or choose one of the house specials like Baked River Prawns, Chinese Broccoli Pork belly or Whole Fried Branzino. Desserts at Ayara Thai include Mango Sticky Rice and seasonal offerings, such as Passionfruit Chocolate Devil's Food Cake, and more.
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Mlle
Dined 5 days ago
Always delicious. The family of chefs come out and personally delivers your food. feels like home.
A photo of Malbec Market restaurant
4.9
4.9 (135)
$30 and under
Argentinean
Eagle Rock
About the restaurant
Malbec Market is the little sister of Malbec Argentinean Cuisine. Providing the enticing flavors of Argentine and Italian Foods in a casual environment. Whether you order the meat dishes or one of our vegetarian dishes, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was incredible. We ordered Angus ribeye steak cooked medium rare to perfection. The chicken and sausages were delicious. The empanadas are a must! The chocolate mousse dessert was enough for 3 to share. We will be back!! Service was 100% 😊
A photo of Mazal restaurant
4.9
4.9 (448)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Echo Park
About the restaurant
A handcrafted and carefully selected collection of shareable small plates and appetizers, Mazal provides a new perspective on Israeli cuisine. Our open kitchen setting and transparent atmosphere allow you to briefly step into our home. Supported by a robust and exciting natural/organic wine menu and independent craft beer selection, the plant-based menu provides an array of fresh ingredients that will transport you to a night out on the Mediterranean.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderfully delicious food - very capable and gracious service - I plan to return soon.
A photo of Mauro Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (143)
$31 to $50
Italian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
Since 1992, Mauro Cafe has been a local establishment and Los Angeles destination in the heart of West Hollywood. Enjoy California Italian dishes all day in an extended outdoor seating area with music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and during Saturday and Sunday brunch. There is ample free parking as you shop Ron Herman and the neighborhood.
Top review
Yassivip
Dined 6 days ago
great place to go on a nice sunday ! overall fantastic place
A photo of Divino - Brentwood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (852)
$31 to $50
Italian
Brentwood
About the restaurant
Soft-green walls, black-and-white photos and high ceilings illuminate the affluent crowd for lunch and dinner.
The intimate family setting combined with the professional service just add to the fact that DIVINO is a little culinary diamond in the rough.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
We just love everything about Divino. Food and service consistently excellent. Gorin and staff so friendly and knowledgeable. We always feel welcome there.
A photo of Marouch Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (253)
$30 and under
Lebanese
Hollywood
About the restaurant
Named as one of the 99 Essential Restaurants by Jonathan Gold in LA Weekly. As seen on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Family-run joint since 1982. Showcasing a mix of homestyle Lebanese, Armenian and Middle Eastern cuisine. All our dishes are prepared from scratch with only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Our recipes have been in our family for decades.
Top review
JackA
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Great food, great service - We stayed late and they accommodated
A photo of Pastina Trattoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (534)
$30 and under
Italian
West Los Angeles
About the restaurant
Casually elegant, Pastina is home to some of the best Italian cooking in town inspired by the freshest ingredients, cooked simply and prepared beautifully with excellent service and a warm comfortable atmosphere. Many of the clientele are on the first name basis with host Franco Catullo who supplies ample amount of Italian charm to go along with delicate antipasti, splendid pastas, fresh fish, hefty veal chops and fabulous desserts flown in from Italy. Pastina strikes a perfect balance between favorite dishes of the moment and trusty standbys with waiters that have the Italian enthusiasm for seeing diners happy.
Top review
KellyMvip
Dined 2 days ago
We love this place we literally go once a week. The food and service is amazing. Kasey is the best.
A photo of SHOKUNIN restaurant
4.8
4.8 (166)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Rancho Cucamonga
About the restaurant
Here at Shokunin we serve traditional omakase styled courses.
Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it up to you”. The chef chooses the fresh fish selection daily and garnishes it into a 11 or 13 course meal. Our mission is to deliver a fine dining experience in a casual environment all at an affordable price.

As a disclaimer, we do not sell any rolls that are baked, fried, or contain eel sauce or spicy mayo. We also do not sell any kitchen items, such as teriyaki bowls.
Top review
Kato66
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Overall good. The sushi is better than it should be for being located in a food hall. It's a bit weird to be the only people in the restaurant, though.
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