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Hot Stuff: Announcing L.A.'s 75 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.

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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  1. Vince posted on 04/23/2014 02:38 PM
    It's really awesome that a Suzanne Goin restaurant is no. 1, but choosing AOC as a better representation of Suzanne's work over Lucques (no. 33)? That's the one thing in the review I highly disagree with. (Not offended or anything, opinions are opinions)
  2. Dale Launer posted on 04/23/2014 06:52 PM
    Melisse is 32?! Are you kidding? It should be at the top. You should be ashamed of yourself. I can't believe you actually ate there.
  3. JB posted on 04/24/2014 10:33 AM
    Sad list....1 or 2 in the ENTIRE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY!???
    1. AL posted on 04/24/2014 06:49 PM
      @JB ...Valley.
  4. Seth posted on 04/24/2014 04:44 PM
    If you want a have a one-star experience at Sqirl, try it out on a Saturday morning. The cliental is pretty much the worst. Look, I too, in my youth was member of a subculture. I may even bounced between a few. Every generation has that glut of scensters that are somehow screaming for individuality by universally adopting a fashion sense, musical taste and predilection for sexual trysts they think will scandalize their parents if they come to light.

    That said, hipsters are the fucking WORST. Wait-- actually, no-- these aren't even hipsters. These aren't Williamsburg/Portland cool kids that started their own business to better party at night… these are their fans. The Echo Park / Silverlake set that insist on wearing cheap vintage clothes, drink cheap PBR beer and yet love to drop $50 on breakfast.

    Go to Sqirl on a weekend morning, and you will be surrounded at every turn by these post-hipster want-to-be-seeners, HPV in the air around them, talking as loud as they can about who they had a threeway with and generally somehow managing to make cocaine less classy. Their contrasting voluminous or ultra-tight clothing gives them the appearance, and let's be honest, the personality of, a used condom.

    I'm surprised there isn't a side counter at Sqirl where a small table top lighting rig is set up so you can put your food down to photograph before eating.

    All that said, if you'd like a lovely breakfast of the 3-4 star variety, go on a weekday and get any of their rice dishes.
  5. Brian Reeves posted on 04/24/2014 06:49 PM
    Hate to be a naysayer, but this is one of the most uninformative and unhelpful online best-of lists I've ever seen: for over half of these restaurants, this doesn't even list what type of cuisine these places serve!

    I can understand if this is holding out reviews-- on why they're listed and what some of their quintessential/best dishes are--for the print edition, but couldn't this at least have given their address or phone numbers? Essentially, I now have to Google these places to find out anything about them. And for 75 restaurants? No thanks.

    A good restaurant review makes you curious, even hungry, to check out what the reviewer has described.

    Additionally, this just seems like some elitist foodie's attempt to dictate what's "best." How about some of the comfort food-type restaurants serving soul food, creole, ramen, BBQ? Where are the Roscoe's on this list?
  6. Rest posted on 04/26/2014 09:44 PM
    Ummmmm. Where is axe or gjelina? Scopa or sushi zo? Where is din tai fung? Exactly what is the criteria to make this list because I recently went to the hungry cat and everything was so overly dressed and danced that I could barely denote my fish under the overly gaudy accoutrements. These top lists are a hook to get you at the checkout line but the read gems of la lie in the ethnic off the beaten bath treats and of course axe is the bomb.
  7. Andi posted on 04/28/2014 03:45 PM
    There are deffinitely some places on this list that I am excited to try but I'm really surprised that Nic's Beverly Hills isn't on the list. That restaurant is definitely in my top 5 LA favorites! Not to mention the always exhilerating atmosphere! But a handfull of my other favotites did make the list so I guess I'll just have to try out the rest.
  8. Mark Peel posted on 04/29/2014 07:23 PM
    This is a good informative list though obviously subjective and personal. Many very good restaurants have been overlooked and a few of the restaurants on the list should not be there at all. One serious oversight, in my opinion, is Il Grano in West L A. Salvatore Marino, the chef and owner, is an extraordinarily talented chef with a dedication to quality and delicacy of touch the equal of any of the best chefs in the nation. Yes, he is a friend of mine but I am friends with most of the best chefs in town and this omission seems the most egregious.

    Thank you,
    Mark Peel
  9. Jake posted on 04/30/2014 04:32 PM
    Any list of the top 75 restaurants in Los Angeles that does not include Salt's Cure can immediately be dismissed.
  10. Renee Camus posted on 05/01/2014 12:23 AM
    I too would have liked a few more Valley options. For example, what about Granville Cafe in Burbank? That's absolutely my favorite restaurant.
  11. Alizae posted on 05/02/2014 03:31 PM
    Congrats AOC
  12. Anne posted on 05/13/2014 12:42 PM
    I disagree with a lot - we eat out all the time and AOC is not the #1 in LA not by a longshot. But what made me realize that the reviewer could not have eaten many times in any of these restaurants (and they had to know who she was) was that Rays was even on the list. Most of the time they get the order wrong - or are so slow in serving. The food is so so at best. I could go on. Happy to see Saddle Peak got a mention. Cool place with good food. But Republique #20 ??? Should have been way at the top. No Getty restaurant? Of all the restaurants in the huge Patina group this one in my view is the best.
  13. Ray posted on 05/14/2014 01:19 PM
    Terribly lopsided list and hard to take seriously. It's as if the reviewer decided to include 70 of the 80 most expensive restaurants in LA without regard for taste. What makes the LA food scene so great, and what the reviewer fails to recognize, is the plethora of amazing ethnic foods representative of LA's diverse population. Sure, there's a few such places, which were probably included to try covering up the fact that the reviewer rarely eats anything outside of American or French inspired cuisine, but the list makes me think the reviewer, and/or LA Magazine, is more concerned about being in the good graces of the fancy restaurants than attempting to come up with a truly honest and objective list.
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