Hot Stuff: Announcing L.A.’s 75 Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants

Photograph by Andrea Bricco

In our May issue (on newsstands now), restaurant critic Patric Kuh took on the gut-busting task of naming L.A.’s 75 best restaurants. After sampling the better part of Los Angeles’s 20,000 or so bistros, gastropubs, and grand halls of fine dining, the only thing swelling more than our bellies is our pride. This is one tasty town. Get a first look at the list here—along with a few insider tips about the top ten—and pick up a copy of the magazine for a full run down.

READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF OUR 75 BEST RESTAURANTS IN L.A.

1. A.O.C.
Beverly Grove
Insider Tip: Caroline Styne is known for her way with wines, but don’t skip the cocktails. Christiaan Rollich makes custom syrups and infusions to match the peerless food of Suzanne Goin.

2. Trois Mec
Hollywood
Insider Tip:  Scoring a table is tricky to say the least. “Tickets” go up for sale online every other Friday morning at 8 a.m., sharp. We suggest clicking early.

3. Providence
Hollywood
Insider Tip: Did you know Providence is open for lunch? Fridays only, treat yourself to a mid-day seafood splurge.

4. Orsa & Winston
Downtown
Insider Tip: Don’t be scared off by the prix-fixe format. A group of four can eat family-style (and well) for $50 each.

5. Spago
Beverly Hills
Insider Tip: We often opt for the bar bites menu at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship, with softshell crab po’ boy, “karage” fried chicken, and that classic smoked salmon pizza.

6. Mozza
Hollywood
Insider Tip: The bar specializes in the bitter Italian spirit, amaro, and has one of the best selections in the country. Take advantage.

7. Sqirl
East Hollywood
Insider Tip: Nothing’s bad here, but our favorite dish is the crispy brown rice salad with lemongrass, mint, cilantro, and ginger. Get it with “the works” to add sausage and a fried egg. If offered the choice between hen egg or duck—go duck.

8. Angelini Osteria
Beverly Grove
Insider Tip: Fall is truffle season at Angelini. Stop by for tableside shavings of the funky ‘shrooms over just about everything.

9. Animal
Beverly Grove
Insider Tip: While known for its proteins, Animal has a serious flare for vegetables. Don’t skip the seasonal salads alongside your plate of brains.

10. Night + Market
West Hollywood
Insider Tip: You wouldn’t think it, but the tiny Thai joint has one of the most esoteric wine lists in the city. Kris Yenbamroong is as enthusiastic about oenology as he is about chiles, and his bottle selections prove it.

11. Bestia
Downtown

12. Q
Downtown

13. Cooks County
Beverly Grove

14. Hatfield’s
Hollywood

15. Chi Spacca
Hollywood

16. Rustic Canyon
Santa Monica

17. The Tasting Kitchen
Venice

18. Son of a Gun
Beverly Grove

19. Maude
Beverly Hills

20. République
Mid City

21. Tar & Roses
Santa Monica

22. Sotto
Pico-robertson

23. Ink.
West Hollywood

24. Craft
Century City

25. The Hart and the Hunter
Beverly Grove

26. Bucato
Culver City

27. Hinoki & the Bird
Century City

28. Bäco Mercat
Downtown

29. Red Medicine
Beverly Hills

30. The Bazaar by José Andrés
Los Angeles

31. Gjelina
Venice

32. Mélisse
Santa Monica

33. Lucques
West Hollywood

34. Shunji
West L.A.

35. Allumette
Echo Park

36. Jar
Beverly Grove

37. Picca
West L.A.

38. Vincenti
Brentwood

39. Rivera
Downtown

40. Girasol
Studio City

41. N-Naka
Palms

42. Alma
Downtown

43. M.B. Post
Manhattan Beach

44. Corazón y Miel
Bell

45. Drago Centro
Downtown

46. Chengdu Taste
Alhambra

47. Valentino
Santa Monica

48. A-Frame
Culver City

49. Bouchon
Beverly Hills

50. Bar Amá
Downtown

51. Josie
Santa Monica

52. Farmshop
Santa Monica

53. Park’s BBQ
Koreatown

54. Crossroads
Beverly Grove

55. Lotería Grill
Hollywood

56. Ray’s and Stark Bar
Mid Wilshire

57. Patina
Downtown

58. Joe’s Restaurant
Venice

59. La Casita Mexicana
Bell

60. Superba Snack Bar
Venice

61. Barbrix
Silver Lake

62. Tavern
Brentwood

63. L.A. Chapter
Downtown

64. L&E Oyster Bar
Silver Lake

65. Fig
Santa Monica

66. Petty Cash
Beverly Grove

67. Milo & Olive
Santa Monica

68. Water Grill
Downtown

69. Saddle Peak Lodge
Calabasas

70. Connie & Ted’s
West Hollywood

71. Papilles
Hollywood

72. Black Market Liquor Bar
Studio City

73. The Hungry Cat
Hollywood

74. Ración
Pasadena

75. Gorge
West Hollywood

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