You can’t stay on top of the Los Angeles dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.
A former bank in the heart of Silver Lake, now sportin lots of wood accents and eclectic nature-loving wall art, serves as a backdrop for chicsters dining on rustic Italian and Californian fare and sipping craft cocktails. Sit one of two bars, a small patio out front, or communal tables inside for fresh crudos and salads; wood-fired pizzas; handmade pastas with rich braises, seafood and vegetables; and soulful desserts.
With a name that belies the offerings within, this expansive Koreatown spot offers mostly seafood in a slick, open space. Everything has a global touch, though not necessarily Korean: Oysters are kicked-up with ponzu, horseradish and hot sauce; there are lobster rolls, soft-shell crab sandwiches, and plates of pasta with lobster and bonito flakes; and crispy chicken skin salad and duck with hoisin and pancakes for landlubbers.
This comfortably chic spot offers an all-day menu, well-curated wines and beers, and a true neighborhood vibe for Redondo Beach locals. The menu from chef Tin Vuong (Little Sister, Abigaile) is a melting pot of flavors from around the globe, including shakshouka, mojo pork huevos rancheros and loco moco for breakfast; and Sichuan beef with mushroom XO sauce, Cubano sandwiches and soupless ramen for lunch and dinner.
"It's easy eating green" thanks to this "virtuous, semi–fast food" chainlet – a "smart concept" – turning out "mix-and-match" salads, sandwiches and platters crafted from "exceptionally fresh" "high-quality" organic ingredients; "long lines are the norm, but they move fast", while the spare settings are augmented by "pleasant outdoor seating" at all locales.
Taking over the former Daily Grill spot in Studio City, this strip-mall newcomer is awash in crisp whites and nautical blues, with oars, fish-scale tiles and a peaked ceiling adding a breezy vibe to the place. As the decor suggests, seafood is the the theme here, everything from oysters on the half shell and lobster rolls to sushi, plus wine and sake selections that span the globe, and locally made craft beers.
Chef Nick Erven (Saint Martha) takes a new tack with his modern American cuisine at this casual Santa Monica cafe and restaurant. A painting of Mick Jagger and Gandhi kissing adds character to the dining room serving plant-based fare, from vegan Tuscan bean soup to beer-battered tofu sandwiches, plus organic and biodynamic wines by the glass or bottle.
Set among the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, locals and tourists alike fill this small, charming spot for morning pastries and coffee, lunchtime staples and decadent desserts. The cases are lined with everything from croissants and cakes to tarts, fruit danishes, cookies, cannoli, truffles and more decadent sweets; on the savory side, there are sandwiches and salads, plus empanadas and charcuterie.
Anchoring a corner in the heart of Koreatown, this chic little restaurant is neither Korean nor distinctly American; instead, the menu features contemporary dishes that take inspiration from around the globe, plus a robust cocktail program. The stylish, comfortable space is filled with slate grays, dark woods and personal touches like books and knickknacks on shelves, plants and even taxidermy.
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 wrap-around 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.
This growing bakery and cafe chain is set in the heart of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame traffic, where sweet and savory pies — from classics like apple crumble, strawberry and maple custard, to more modern inventions like Earl Grey tea pie or cereal cheesecake pie — feed tourists and locals alike. Order at the long counter then find a table along the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Hollywood Boulevard.
New York City's famed food cart makes its way to the West Coast with these fast-casual, brick-and-mortar outposts in Costa Mesa, Long Beach and Koreatown. The original gyro sandwiches and chicken-and-rice plates are available, with the famous white sauce in to-go packets – plus a smattering of Middle Eastern specialties such as falafel, hummus and baklava; the Koreatown location opens till 4 AM nightly.
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The Sawtelle Japantown branch of this Kyoto-based chicken ramen specialist is the first to land in the U.S. Taking cues from the original, the small shop has a few tables inside and out, with cooks simmering lots of chicken for more than ten hours a day to get the rich, golden broth just right; order noodles in the broth or on the side (for tsukemen dipping ramen).
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 cuts, 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 five-course dinner menus – plus cocktails and an eclectic wine program.
Two Mozza alums bring Spanish pinchito morunos (spiced meat skewers) and rotisserie fare – including whole marinated chicken, charred vegetables and grilled specialties – to the Original Farmers Market. The ground-floor dining room and counter surround the wood-fueled grill and bustling kitchen, and there's an upstairs patio and vermouth bar; a Grand Central Market stall offshoot features limited counter seating.
This takeout window in a salmon-pink building serves sustainable seafood and vegetable rice bowls to the Venice Boardwalk crowd. Order the chef-created dishes — from tuna with sesame and chili flakes, to crispy tofu with seaweed, crispy garlic and ponzu — or build your own with myriad choices of proteins, sauces and toppings; there are a few umbrella-topped tables for outdoor eating.
From the same team behind Silverlake Ramen comes this Echo Park offshoot, a narrow space with brick walls, counter seats and a steamy open kitchen.The succinct menu features a collection of noodle offerings, including porky tsukemen dipping ramen, a creamy chicken broth and a vegetarian broth, plus rice bowls, starters like edamame and drinks .
This perky Santa Monica fast-casual cafe has a modern bohemian vibe, from the buzzy open kitchen to the flowery peace sign mural. The all-day menu features organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes, all served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a draw for the work and post-workout crowds.
A "genius" concept from Kazunori Nozawa (Sushi Nozawa, Sugarfish), this sushi specialist goes "back to basics", offering essentially one hand-roll with various seafood fillings that sets a "high bar" for "attention to detail"; the limited seating consists of stools around a minimalist bar, so most consider it a "quick", "cheap", "come-and-go" fix; P.S. cut rolls are available for carryout.
An offshoot of a popular San Gabriel Valley Burmese spot, this colorful and compact strip-mall space features communal tables, origami, design-friendly tiles and a view of the bustling kitchen. Like most Southeast Asian fare, dishes blend sweet, spicy, acid and fresh flavors in cool salads, noodle dishes, curries and more, with many here made vegan,making it a perfect fit for the Silver Lake scene.
The renovated restaurant for the Montage Beverly Hills, now overseen by chef and TV personality Geoffrey Zakarian, features an elegant, garden-like space for Modern American fare such as Moroccan-spiced lamb shank, yellow beet hummus and fried baby artichoke with lemon aioli. The well-heeled clientele is also drawn to the adjacent Garden Bar for unique twists on classic cocktails.