East Near LA Live/Staples Center

Destination Dining
July 12, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Headed to LA Live or the Staples Center? Presenting our top restaurants in the vicinity.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Asian · Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

"Master" Wolfgang Puck “nails” it at this “opulent” perch on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, where “dramatic” Downtown views are paired with “exceptional” "gourmet Chinese" tasting menus and "polished" service. If you can afford the "platinum prices" , most agree it’s a “magical” pick when “you’re looking to impress” on those “special occasions.” P.S. The lounge is a more “casual” spot for small plates, sushi and cocktails.
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."
Katsuya L.A. LIVE
Sushi · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

"Cool" crowds flock to these "fashionable" , "fast-paced" Japanese trendsters that combine "upscale" , "innovative" sushi, some "not-so-authentic" "fan favorites" (like baked crab hand rolls and tuna on crispy rice) and "lively" , "clubby" atmospherics; "slammin'" cocktails poured by a mostly "attentive" crew help power the "come-to-be-seen" "scene" and take the edge off the "pricey" tabs.
Broken Spanish
Mexican · Downtown · $$$

At this chic Downtown haunt, chef Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria) combines inspiration from his Latin heritage with classical technique gleaned from his time in haute LA kitchens on a modern Mexican menu highlighting seasonal California ingredients. Surrounded by wall-to-wall glass, the sleek space exudes both urban sophistication and regional rusticity, just like the creative cocktail program.