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What to Eat in Los Angeles

Diversity is the key to LA's cuisine. It's also no surprise that LA is the birthplace of the celebrity chef phenomenon, with big names like Wolfgang Puck, Gino Angelini and David Myers at the forefront of the city's premier kitchens. Diners especially enjoy the exquisite (albeit expensive) Italian options at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood. Travelers may also opt for certain restaurants based on who might be sitting at the next table. Those looking for a star-studded meal might try Palm Restaurant or The Ivy in or near Beverly Hills, Fig & Olive in West Hollywood, or The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles boasts a more than 130-year-old Little Tokyo and has been a sushi town ever since the California roll hit LA restaurants in the 1960s – there's even an area along Ventura Boulevard in Studio City dubbed "Sushi Row." To satisfy a craving for raw fish and rice, many suggest Katsu-ya, Sushi Gen and SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa.

But you can't say you've truly had the Los Angeles food experience until you've consumed your weight in Mexican fare. Try a! Grill on Hollywood Boulevard for rich poblano mole or El Compadre Restaurant for flaming margaritas, enchiladas and live mariachi music nightly. If you're feeling adventurous, order some tacos de lengua (beef tongue tacos) from a taco truck.

Food trucks serving up everything from loaded hot dogs and barbecue to sushi burritos (large sushi rolls eaten like a burrito) and gourmet quinoa bowls are popular in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, perfect for a quick bite before heading back to the sand.

And while Los Angeles may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of a burgeoning brewery culture, it is certainly home to some top-notch breweries beer lovers will enjoy. Those interested in a swankier scene can head to one of the city's best cocktail bars, including The Varnish and ETA.

Find the Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

  • #1
    n/naka
    #1 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 149 reviewsTripAdvisor (149)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034-5419
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  • #2
    Salt & Straw
    #2 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 261 reviewsTripAdvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | American
    1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3739
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  • #3
    Brent's Delicatessen & Restaurant
    #3 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1443 reviewsTripAdvisor (1443)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Asian, Deli
    19565 Parthenia St, Los Angeles, CA 91324-3406
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  • #4
    Providence
    #4 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 744 reviewsTripAdvisor (744)
    $$ | Seafood
    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3623
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  • #5
    Diddy Riese Cookies
    #5 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 905 reviewsTripAdvisor (905)
    $ | American
    926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2802
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  • #6
    Tatsu Ramen
    #6 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 136 reviewsTripAdvisor (136)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian, Soups
    2123 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025-6200
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  • #7
    Raffaello Ristorante
    #7 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    400 S Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2626
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  • #8
    Angelini Osteria
    #8 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 450 reviewsTripAdvisor (450)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2534
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  • #9
    Toast Bakery Cafe
    #9 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 355 reviewsTripAdvisor (355)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048-4302
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  • #10
    Pitchoun!
    #10 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1006
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  • #11
    Sushi Gen
    #11 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 447 reviewsTripAdvisor (447)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    422 E 2nd St Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209
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  • #12
    Maccheroni Republic
    #12 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Asian
    332 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1208
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  • #13
    Tocaya - Venice
    #13 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    1715 Pacific Avenue Venice, CA 90291, Los Angeles, CA
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  • #14
    Gjusta
    #14 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 273 reviewsTripAdvisor (273)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    320 Sunset Ave Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291-2632
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  • #15
    Cafe Gratitude
    #15 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 394 reviewsTripAdvisor (394)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    512 Rosemont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026-4032
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  • #16
    Guisados
    #16 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
    1261 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026-4422
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  • #17
    Magic Castle
    #17 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    $$ | American
    7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028-8600
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  • #18
    Vivian's Millenium Cafe
    #18 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    10968 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604-3340
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  • #19
    Langer's
    #19 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 798 reviewsTripAdvisor (798)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Deli
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057-4020
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  • #20
    Veggie Grill
    #20 of 12,191 Places to Eat in Los Angeles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 199 reviewsTripAdvisor (199)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    8000 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046-2439
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