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May We Suggest...

Can’t choose a restaurant? Check out dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter’s ever-evolving list of personal favorites, organized by neighborhood

 

BEVERLY HILLS

Pizzeria Mozza. Courtesy pizzeriamozza.com

Bouchon
Good for: Fancy dinner, French, formal dining, splurge, romantic, brunch, celebrity sighting. 

Bierbeisl
Good for: Austrian, schnitzel, schnapps,  date night, hip crowd, in-the-know.

Oliverio
Good for: Poolside dining, Italian, hip crowd, retro chic. 

Momed
Good for: Casual, lunch, breakfast, Mediterranean food, everyday, neighborhood hang.

Spago
Good for: Fancy dinner, Cal-Italian, landmark, splurge, wine, courtyard dining, celebrity sightings, celebrity chef. 

Red Medicine
Good for: Modern Vietnamese, celebrity chef, cocktails, late night, hip crowd, casual.

Scarpetta
Good for: Fancy dinner, classic Italian, pasta, formal dining, patio, wine.

CULVER CITY

 

Waterloo & City
Good for: Charcuterie, gastropub, market-driven cuisine, nose-to-tail, adventurous diners, casual, hip crowd. 

A-Frame
Good for: New American cuisine, picnic-style food, playful dining, adventurous eating, communal seating, modern architecture, cocktails, hot spot. 

Akasha
Good for: Eco-friendly dining, hip crowd, market-driven cuisine, vegetarian friendly, cocktails, trendy, industrial-chic. 

Father’s Office 2.0
Good for: Gourmet burgers, craft beers, communal seating, hip crowd, neighborhood hang, bar vibe. 

Lukshon
Good for: Asian fusion, trendy, hip crowd, cocktails, tea, adventurous diners, modern dining room. 

DOWNTOWN

Rivera
Good for: Fancy dinner, Latin food, tequila, cocktails, L.A. Live, Staples Center, celebrity chef. 

Church & State
Good for: Hip crowd, downtown, French food, nose-to-tail, oysters. 

Wurstküche
Good for: Casual, cheap, hip crowd, downtown, arts district, craft beer, comfort food, sausage, late night. 

Sushi Gen
Good for: Sushi, splurge, omakase, authentic Japanese. 

Lazy Ox
Good for: Adventurous dining, hip crowd, craft beer, nose-to-tail, hearty American food, trendy-casual, small plates. 

Bottega Louie
Good for: Gorgeous room, large capacity, pizzas, hip crowd, bustling, downtown, brunch, classy Italian, New York feel, no reservations. 

Drago Centro
Good for: Fancy diner, authentic Italian, wines, pasta, downtown, happy hour, cocktails, modern décor. 

EAGLE ROCK

Oinkster. Courtesy theoinkster.com

Oinkster
Good for: Casual, cheap, quick, pastrami, burgers, fries, milkshakes, craft beer, patio dining, neighborhood hang.

Cacao Mexicatessen
Good for: Mexican, take-out, tacos, mole, tortas, salsas, casual. 

Senor Fish
Good for: Casual, patio dining, Mexican, seafood, burritos, tacos, ceviche, neighborhood hang. 

FAIRFAX

Animal
Good for: Adventurous diners, nose-to-tail, pork fans, trendy, hip crowd, celebrity chefs, comfort cuisine. 

The Golden State
Good for: Gourmet burgers, craft beer, casual, neighborhood hang.

GLENDALE

Palate
Good for: Charcuterie, Glendale, urban dining, wine, cheese, market-driven cuisine, cocktails. 

Mario’s Italian Deli & Market
Good for: Italian deli subs, triple-decker sandwiches, Italian cold-cuts, meatball sub, casual, take-out, cheap, quick. 

HANCOCK PARK

Campanile
Good for: Fancy dinner, Monday-night family dinners, market-driven Cal-Italian cuisine, wine, romance, courtyard dining, celebrity chef.

HOLLYWOOD

Angelli Caffe
Good for: Pizza, pasta, casual, Italian, neighborhood gem, everyday dining, celebrity chef. 

Osteria Mozza
Good for: Fine dining, modern Italian, mozzarella, pasta, wine, cocktails, splurge, celebrity chef, desserts, special occasion. 

Pizzeria Mozza
Good for: Wood-fired, gourmet pizza, pasta, small plates, casual, hip crowd, trendy, wine. 

Cube
Good for: Charcuterie, modern Italian, cheese, salumi, desserts.

Hatfield’s
Good for: Fine dining, formal dining room, romance, California cuisine, market-driven cuisine, splurge, wine, cocktails. 

The Hungry Cat
Good for: Seafood, brunch, cocktails, burger, raw bar, market-driven cuisine, hip crowd, casual, covered patio dining, Arclight. 

Loteria Grill
Good for: Traditional Mexican, Farmer’s Market dining, tacos, agues frescas, casual, classic. 

Lou
Good for: Wine bar, romance, hidden gem, small plates, wine, cozy dining, lounge-style seating, wine. 

Cleo
Good for: Trendy, small plates, Mediterranean cuisine, kabobs, laffa, hip crowd, hot spot. 

Musso & Frank
Good for: Throwback, classic American dining, martinis, large booths, historical significance, old Hollywood, cocktails, neighborhood gem, Pantages, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood & Highland. 

Osteria La Buca
Good for: Pastas, pizzas, cocktails, wine, hip crowd, modern Italian, everyday dining, delivery. 

Providence
Good for: Fine dining, splurge, sustainable seafood, California cuisine, formal dining room, special occasion.

LOS FELIZ

Alcove Café
Good for: Brunch, coffee, cocktails, sandwiches, salads, wine, patio dining, lingering, neighborhood hang. 

Little Dom’s
Good for: Cal-Italian, casual, breakfast pizza, brunch, pasta, pizza, sidewalk dining, hip crowd, celebrity sightings, mimosas. 

Covell Wine Bar
Good for: Wine bar, small plates, croque monsieur, wine, hip crowd, trendy, bustling. 

Umami Burger
Good for: Gourmet burgers, fries, craft beer, casual, calorie splurge.

MALIBU

Café Habana
Good for: Latin food, hip crowd, cocktails, patio dining, neighborhood hot spot. 

Saddle Peak Lodge
Good for: Carnivores, game meats, adventurous diners, formal dining room, wine, fine dining, romance, hidden gem, splurge. 

Savory
Good for: California cuisine, market-driven cuisine, seafood, refined dining, wine. 

MID-CITY

Loteria Grill. Courtesy loteriagrill.com

Langer’s
Good for: Deli, pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, casual, cheap. 

Mo-Chica
Good for: Spiffy Peruvian food, ceviche, casual, USC, ethnic. 

MID-WILSIRE

Bloom
Good for: Casual, neighborhood hang, breakfast, lunch, salads, sandwiches, coffee. 

Umami Burger
Good for: Gourmet burgers, fries, calorie splurge, casual. 

NORTHRIDGE

 

Brent’s Deli
Good for: Jewish deli, pastrami, rye bread, soups, sandwiches, traditional Jewish foods.  

PASADENA

The Royce
Good for: Fancy dinner, historic hotel dining, Cal-French cuisine, splurge, trendy dining room, wine.

Mike & Anne’s
Good for: Patio dining, California bistro cuisine, great setting, romance, lunch, casual, neighborhood staple. 

Noir Food and Wine
Good for: Eclectic small plates, wine, charcuterie, cozy room. 

SANTA MONICA

Huckleberry
Good for: Baked goods, breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, salads, casual, neighborhood hang, sweets. 

Bay Cities Italian Deli
Good for: Italian deli, sub sandwiches, the Spicy Godmother, Italian market, meatball subs, casual. 

Mélisse
Good for: Fancy dinner, formal dining, French, splurge, romantic, special occasions, wine. 

Valentino
Good for: Fancy dinner, formal dining, Italian, splurge, romantic, wine, special occasions, landmark. 

Sonoma Wine Garden
Good for: Trendy, wine, German and Austrian cuisine, patio, ocean view, Santa Monica Place. 

SHERMAN OAKS

Sweet Butter
Good for: Brunch, breakfast, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, patio dining, coffee, celebrity sightings, casual, neighborhood hang.   

SILVER LAKE

Blair’s
Good for: Romantic, New American, cozy dining, date night, wine. 

LA Mill
Good for: Gourmet coffee, baked goods, brunch, hip crowd, trendy. 

Barbrix
Good for: Wine bar, girls’ night out, small plates, hip crowd, casual, wine, California cuisine, patio dining. 

Canelé
Good for: Casual, California cuisine, market-driven cuisine, neighborhood gem, date night, brunch.

STUDIO CITY

Katsu-ya. Courtesy sbe.com/katsuya

Asanebo
Good for: Sushi, splurge, traditional Japanese, casual, hidden gem. 

Katsu-ya
Good for: Sushi, traditional Japanese, celebrity chef, L.A. classic. 

Bokado
Good for: Charcuterie, tapas, wine, patio seating, hip crowd. 

Kiwami
Good for: Sushi, traditional Japanese, celebrity chef, splurge. 

LOTERÍA GRILL
Good for: Modern Mexican, tequila, cocktails, bustling, tacos, trendy.  

TOLUCA LAKE

Sweetsalt Food Shop
Good for: sandwiches, salads, neighborhood hang, California cuisine, market-driven cuisine, gourmet goods, larder.  

VENICE

Gjelina
Good for: Trendy, hip crowd, pizzas, wood-fired everything, Cal-Italian, courtyard dining, neighborhood hotspot. 

The Tasting Kitchen
Good for: Adventurous diners, trendy, cocktails, charcuterie, market-driven cuisine. 

Beechwood
Good for: Lounge-style dining, hip crowd, trendy, patio with fire pits, eclectic small plates, cocktails.  

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Angelini Osteria
Good for: Upscale, classic Italian, cozy dining room, romance. 

The Bazaar
Good for: Trendy, tapas, Spanish food, molecular gastronomy, adventurous diners, hip crowd, flashy dining room, celebrity chef. 

 

Eva Restaurant
Good for: Sunday supper, California cuisine, cozy dining room, neighborhood hang. 

Jar
Good for: Fancy dinner, splurge, formal dining, romance, steaks and chops, upscale brunch, classic American, celebrity chef. 

Matsuhisa
Good for: Sushi, splurge, authentic Japanese. 

Salt’s Cure
Good for: Charcuterie, meat, butchery, nose-to-tail, brunch, casual, neighborhood hang. 

Lucques
Good for: Fancy dinner, Sunday supper, splurge, romance, market-driven market-driven California cuisine, courtyard dining, comfort food. 

Comme Ca
Good for: Trendy, hip crowd, French bistro, brunch, cocktails.

WEST L.A.

Mori Sushi
Good for: Eco-friendly dining, sushi, sustainable seafood, splurge.


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