Hottest Restaurants in LA

Where to eat now: Eataly in Century City, Silver Lake's new nighttime matzo ball soup stop
November 9, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Every day new restaurants open around the Southland, and the scene shifts from one hot spot to the next. We regularly update this list of the hottest places, which right now includes a new izakaya in the Arts District, a modern take on Jewish deli fare in Silver Lake, and Nyesha Arrington's seasonally inspired Santa Monica spot. Oh, and we finally got our own Eataly. Some you'll need to reserve weeks in advance, others only take walk-ins; either way, it's always worth the effort. Consider this your checklist for dining out this month.

Native Santa Monica
New American · $$$

Top Chef alum Nyesha Arrington is behind this New American bistro with a seasonal and globetrotting menu inspired by the nearby Santa Monica farmer’s market (think: roast duck with pastrami jus at dinner or coconut brown butter pancakes for weekend brunch). The semi-enclosed patio and luxe interior feature a large bar area with plush armchair stools or tufted booth seating in the dining area.
Cal Mare
Italian · Beverly Grove · $$$

Adam Sobel fuses the flavors of coastal Italy with the produce of California in this Beverly Center eatery focusing on house-made pasta and seafood dishes. The glittering, ground floor space by the MINA Group is awash in aquamarine colors, royal blue banquettes and a wide-open kitchen overlooking the dining room.
Inko Nito
Japanese · Downtown · $$

Charcoal-grilled robatayaki of meats, fish and veggies are the main event at this modern Japanese eatery in the Arts District from Zuma, a global restaurant group. The large, industrial-chic space houses several individual or communal tables, as well as plenty of seats by the open kitchen bar.
Eataly L.A.
Italian · Century City · $$

A “high temple of la dolce vita” , this marketplace and dining “wonderland” from the Batali-Bastianich team trade in “Italian bliss” via an “overwhelming” variety of gourmet food stalls, take-out counters and “innovative” sit-down restaurants; a foodie “paradise” in the Westfield Century City mall.
Deli · Silver Lake · $$

Jewish deli comes to Silver Lake with this modern take on the old-school classic, featuring house-made, Toronto-style bagels, matzo ball soup or chopped liver and newer, California-inspired inventions like everything-spiced pickles and avocados with nasturtium and furikake. The dark, enclosed space has a homey-vibe with plenty of wallpaper and other vintage touches.
189 by Dominique Ansel
French · Fairfax · $$$

The inventor of the Cronut turns to savory at the Grove with this refined bistro offering a full-service menu of seasonal, globally-inspired salads, veggie-friendly dishes and chops. The modern, elegant and slightly whimsical space above the bakery below has an evergreen view of the mall's treetops outside.
Oriel Chinatown
Bar · Chinatown · $$

You might feel like you’ve donned rose-colored glasses at this blush-hued Chinatown wine bar outfitted with pink and purple floors and furniture throughout the cozy interior and the open-air patio out back. Besides the extensive selection of wines by the glass or bottle, the menu leans traditional French, with items like onion soup, escargots, and steak tartare.
Dialogue Restaurant
Californian · $$$$

James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran (formerly of Chicago’s Alinea) brings his talents to Santa Monica with this tiny, reservations-only, New American tasting menu, inspired by the California seasons. The sparsely decorated room brings all the attention to the food—each dish being a carefully constructed work of art in itself.
Umi by Hamasaku
Japanese · $$

A wash of blond-wood tables and walls sets a calming tone at this El Segundo seafood izakaya and sushi bar from chef Yoya Takahashi (along with celebrity owner Michael Ovitz), an offshoot of its original westside location (and power lunch haunt). The seasonal and sustainable sushi and sashimi menu features Japanese classics with a California spin, especially with the inventive maki rolls.
The Mighty
Bar · Coral Way · $

This tiny, beer-focused gastropub on the shady streets of Coral Way offers 12 craft brews on tap, plus bottled suds sourced from Belgium to Miami. Upgraded bar fare rounds out the offerings with an emphasis on homemade sausage in beer-pork, rabbit and duck varieties, house-smoked bacon, burgers and cheese and charcuterie boards.
Gastropub · Beverly Grove · $$$

Celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio offers a diverse menu at this California-inspired, modernist bistro in West Hollywood, after shuttering his acclaimed ink nearby--yet originals like “cool ranch foritos” corn live on, with the addition of more accessible fare like chops & oysters. The expansive and multi-faceted dining room and bar area provide more space for the larger craft cocktail and draft beer offerings.
Good Measure
Brunch · Atwater Village · $$$

Vino is the focus at this Atwater Village bistro, but with California-inspired brunch and dinner menus—featuring inspirations from French and Italian cuisine as well—the dining options offer more than just imbibing. A wall of wine bottles, at which you can dine, dominates the subdued if relaxed room, though there is table seating and a small street-facing patio outside with stool seating only.

Jordan Kahn (Destroyer, Red Medicine) creates an otherworldly experience with this reservations-only, fine-dining venture where food and eating are treated as art, with high-concept and boundary-crossing seasonal dishes that evade classification. Acclaimed postmodern architect Eric Owen Moss designed the multi-functional space, and it sets the tone from the minute you pull up.
Peruvian · $$$

Ricardo Zarate returns with this modern Peruvian bistro with Japanese touches to his famed ceviches and other South American dishes inspired by his mother, for whom the West Hollywood eatery is named. The airy, former Comme Ça space has been totally reimagined, with warm woods and large storefront windows facing bustling Melrose—and a quiet, romantic patio out back.
Pizza · Brentwood · $$

Candace and Charles Nelson, the duo behind cult favorite Sprinkles Cupcakes, turn to the world of savory with this Brentwood pizzeria, in partnership with the actor Chris O’Donnell, of Batman fame. The pies are wood-fired, Neapolitan-style and thin-crust, but inspired by Southern California produce, which befits this casual celebrity hangout with an open kitchen and midcentury decorative touches.
Italian · Downtown · $$$

Sotto’s Steve Samson makes a big statement with this glitzy, cavernous, and indoor-outdoor Italian enoteca in a formerly historic produce market complex in Downtown Los Angeles. The food is inspired by Samson’s Bolognese nonna—especially the handmade pasta—but the menu also includes a robust selection of cured and grilled meats, as well as a Pan-Italian list of wines, complimented by California vintages and craft cocktails as well.
Italian · Venice Beach

A temperature-controlled and glass-enclosed pasta-rolling laboratory helms the center of this warm-wood and mid-century vintage-themed Italian trattoria from beloved chef Evan Funke, on hip Abbot Kinney in Venice. Pappardelle, rigatoni, orchiette and other hand-made noodles emerge as carefully plated yet rustic dishes, alongside a robust and traditional menu of antipasti, secondi and vegetable contorni—plus old school aperitivi and European beers.