30 Under 30 Los Angeles 2016: The Restaurants

You've met the honorees, now here's where to find them in action
September 12, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

You've met this year's 30 Under 30 Los Angeles honorees, now here's where to find them in action.

71Above
New American · Downtown · $$$

Towering above Downtown on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower building, this stunning venue offers sky-high dining, drinking and lounging amid geometric-chic design and panoramic city views (through the wraparound electronically tinted windows). With modern American tasting menus from chef Vartan Abgaryan (ex Cliff's Edge) and expertly crafted cocktails, it’s a tough ticket; a cool interactive reservation system adds style to the process.
Akasha
New American · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Appealing to "vegans and carnivores alike" , this Culver City New American from Akasha Richmond is a standby for "interesting" , "seasonal" fare, "well-crafted cocktails" and "amazing baked goods" in an "industrial" setting; just know that service can be "inconsistent" , and "it gets noisy when it's full."
Baldoria
American · Downtown · $$

The hip, communal dinner-party vibe of this casual eatery fits Little Tokyo with its dining room decked out in white walls (one is used as a movie screen), black accents and dark woods. Place an order with a server, get a playing card number for the table, and feel free to move about; they’ll find you when the bottled cocktails and finger-friendly foods (like salads, pizzas, meat pies and other mezze-inspired dishes) are ready.
Bar Amá
Bar · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"One bite and you'll be a believer" of Josef Centeno's (Bäco Mercat, Ledlow) "inventive" , "elevated" takes on Tex-Mex at this Downtown cantina offering "small plates" , "large familia" -style entrees and even "secret items not on the menu" ; the "rustic" setting gets "tightly packed" and "loud" , especially when the "fast, friendly" staffers start pouring "interesting" margs during the "hopping" "super-nacho hour" , but that's all part of the "hip" scene, so "what's not to love?"
barcito
Cocktail Bar · Downtown · $$$

Argentinean flavors headline this Downtown bar and restaurant serving small plates, draft cocktails, beer and wine. The convivial atmosphere encourages lingering and the space has a curved bar, black-and-white bistro floors, rustic lanterns, Argentinean landscape murals and an two outdoor patios.
The Bellwether
New American · Studio City · $$$

Two Father’s Office alums bring smart, seasonal New American fare and classic cocktails with a twist to the Studio City strip. The relaxed yet refined dining room offers clean lines via oxblood leather banquettes and butcher-block tables, with every seat granting a view into the bustling kitchen.
The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
New American · $$$

Home to Hollywood power players and big-screen elite for decades, this swank Peninsula Hotel restaurant offers an all-day menu of Mediterranean dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, including wild-caught fish. The interior blends a French-country look with modern accents, decked in Parisian blues, crisp whites and a fine-art collection.
Bestia
Italian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Adventurous" eaters will be "pushed out of their comfort zones" by the "transcendent pastas" and "innovative" nose-to-tail Italiana from husband-and-wife "star chefs" Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who oversee an "energetic" staff at this "buzzy" , "industrial-chic" "warehouse" in DTLA's Arts District; everything is "off the charts" , including the "jet-engine noise" , but word is it's still "the hottest ticket in town" so reservations (and deep pockets) "are a must."
Charcoal Venice
New American · $$$

This chic Venice grill house features big windows for ocean breezes, a small bar for quick bites and cocktails and a view into the wood-fueled kitchen. Most dishes are kissed by smoke or char, from the vegetables (including cabbage cooked in embers) to meats, seafood, drinks and even desserts.
Chicas Tacos
Mexican · Downtown · $

This little downtown corner shop consists of a counter for ordering inside and an outdoor eating space, i.e. an Astroturf-covered lot with a few umbrella-topped picnic tables, a shiny Airstream and strings of lights overhead. That's all fans need for tacos with a twist, like chicken with creamy feta, Baja-Med salsa and cilantro, plus aguas frescas.
Culina Modern Italian
Italian · Beverly Grove · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"Everything you'd expect" from the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, this "special-occasion" Italian pairs "elegant" "modern" plates with "beautiful" surroundings and a "serene" patio; it's all overseen by a "professional" waitstaff, as expected for the "pricey" tabs; P.S. the "spectacular" Sunday brunch buffet is "a feast worth the expense."
E.P. & L.P.
South Asia · $$

WeHo scenesters flock (er, nonchalantly saunter) to this double-decker spot for rooftop cocktails and Southeast Asian fare. L.P., an expansive rooftop bar with lush greenery, offers patrons a host of craft drinks along with upscale small plates, while one floor below, E.P. turns out full-sized entrees amid warm, copper accents and tall windows with citywide views.
Faith & Flower
Californian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

A "hip crowd" creates a "buzzy" vibe at this Downtown New American, "one of the hottest tickets in town" whose "adventurous" , "flavor-packed" shared plates, "exquisite cocktails" poured by "talented" bartenders (yes, "you can smoke absinthe!" ) and "sumptuous" vintage decor are all "high" on the "wow factor" ; if you've got the "expense account" for such "understated coolness" , it's a "new standard bearer."
Gwen
Hollywood · $$$

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke are at the helm of this high-end, full-service restaurant and butcher shop in the heart of Hollywood. The retail side features glass cases full of chops, sausages, fowl, cured meats and more; the polished dining room, with its corner bar, chandeliers and views into the fiery kitchen grills, is a grand setting for the tasting menu or à la carte – plus cocktails and an eclectic wine program.
HomeState
Tex-Mex · East Hollywood · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

The breakfast tacos "will transport you to Texas" at this rustic storefront on the cusp of East Hollywood and Los Feliz offering "legit" down-home Lone Star cooking (think brisket sandwiches and queso); with "cheap" prices and a "relaxed and easygoing" setting, "the only downfall is that it's really small" – luckily there's also sidewalk seating.
Lodge Bread Company
Bakery · $$

An expanded pizza menu and dinner service with wine and beer enhance this lauded bread bar in Culver City, offering seasonal pies fired in the open kitchen’s wood-burning oven, as well as pastries, cured fish plates and toasts with sweet and savory toppings. Warming the industrial-chic room are flourishes like handmade heavy ceramic plates and rustic wood tables.
Mainland Poke Shop
Seafood · Beverly Grove · $

Poke bowls made with tuna and salmon cut from whole fish in-house daily are the draw at this chic yet casual counter-serve Hawaiian chain. Signature bowls are offered (e.g. salmon with avocado, coconut sauce, sweet onions and jalapeno) along with innovative sauces and toppings for DIY combinations.
Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar
Bar · $$

Start with Edward Hopper’s iconic painting, add some Venice vibes, boozy French toast and spiked cereal milk, and this late-night restaurant comes into focus. Decked in dark woods, striped fabric booths and vintage globe light fixtures, the stylish eatery offers patrons a free cup of coffee and newspaper before settling in for breakfast-for-dinner fare like eggs Benedict poutine and pan-seared Spam on country bread.
The Raymond Restaurant
American · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"A lovely craftsman cottage" is the setting for this Pasadena Cal "classic" that "hits the trifecta of great cocktails, exquisite food and charming atmosphere" ; "yes, it's pricey" , but with "excellent service" it "always pleases" for "special occasions" ; P.S. "lunch on the patio is a relaxing escape on a pleasant day."
Roku Sunset
Sushi · $$$

Hoping to reinvent the flash and flair of traditional teppanyaki cooking, this latest concept from the group behind the Sushi Roku chain features teppan chefs preparing sizzling Wagyu beef, spot prawns and other high-grade ingredients on grill tables. The sprawling setting includes indoor and outdoor spaces designed with a relaxed Asian aesthetic.
Rose Cafe
American · Venice Beach · $$

This all-day Californian restaurant has a funky, boho-chic vibe throughout the spacious dining room, marketplace, bakery and two patios, one of which is a leafy beer garden. The open kitchen turns out wood-fired pizzas, hearth-roasted meats, handmade pastas, charcuterie, salads and other rustic fare from breakfast through dinner.
Same Same Thai
Thai · Silver Lake · $$

A collaboration between Rambutan Thai, which lived in this space for over a dozen years, and the owners behind The Last Word, this intimate Silver Lake spot combines an eclectic and playful wine and beer list with contemporary Thai street food. Menu dishes are meant to be shared, from spicy chicken larb to barbecue pork Jade noodles and buns stuffed with spiced pork belly and chutney.
Shake Shack
Burger · $

Restaurateur Danny Meyer's 'fine-casual' burger concept continues to populate the West Coast, dishing out its celebrated menu of elevated burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, milkshakes, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries, plus wine and beer. The spaces feature an updated art deco-meets-roadside stand vibe and are sized to handle crowds – and some have patios.
Westbound
Cocktail Bar · Downtown · $$

This Arts District bar and restaurant features elevated bar snacks, a travel-inspired cocktail menu and subtle nods to the area's railroad history. With Pullman train-inspired booths, a copper-clad bar and brass light fixtures, and a patio lined with olive trees, there’s room to spread out.