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New Restaurants and Bars in Los Angeles

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.

Kismet

NewMediterraneanEast Hollywood
This bright and minimalist Los Feliz spot from Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Madcapra) sports blonde woods and white furniture, a semi-open kitchen and overall communal vibe. The California-centric, Mediterranean menus move from coffee, pastries and light fare in the mornings, to salads and sandwiches in the afternoons, and family-style share plates in the evenings; beer and wine offerings match the cuisine.

The Friend

NewLos Feliz
Bubblegum pink outside, this expansive Silver Lake bar from Jared Meisler (The Pikey, Roger Room) and friends is all about a party inside, complete with a pinball machine, cartoonish art and a disco ball twirling from the ceiling. Along with the extensive spirits collection, craft cocktails, beer and wine, there is a menu full of snacks, like blinis and dips, croque monsieur sandwiches and duck confit crepes.

wolfdown

NewSilver Lake
The group behind Silver Lake's popular Forage restaurant is behind this chic neighborhood bistro, which sports natural woods in both in the charming light-filled dining room and open-air patio. Its full-service menu focuses on small, shareable plates — everything from fresh salads, ramen and Korean fried chicken — with a compact beer, wine and sake list to match.

Commerson

NewMid-Wilshire
A raw, industrial-chic spot along the Miracle Mile corridor, this French-leaning California bistro offers dinner and late-night imbibing on the ground floor of a loft building. The menu from chef and owner Sascha Lyon (Delphine, Balthazar) hits both trends and classics — yellowtail poke to steak frites and an oozy raclette sandwich — while the wine list includes many eclectic local and European finds.

The Mar Vista

NewMar Vista
A boon to the Mar Vista neighborhood, this restaurant from chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie (Josie) features an open kitchen, a buzzy bar and a fold-down Murphy Bed-type stage for live music. The seasonally changing, California-centric menu plays to the diverse cultures of LA, with everything from Hawaiian laulau pork to tableside fruit bowls featuring locally grown “ugly” fruit to reduce food waste.

TOMGEORGE Restaurant

NewDowntown
Elegantly appointed with tall ceilings, geometric dark-wood paneling, brass, earth tones and wrap-around windows, this swank Cal-Italian spot — an import from a chain in Budapest, Hungary — anchors a popular corner along the Seventh and Grand corridor downtown. The menu veers from Mediterranean snacks to flatbread pizzas and even goulash, with an expansive bar for beer, wine and cocktails.

Drago Ristorante

NewItalianMid-Wilshire
This collaborative venture between the famed Drago brothers — Celestino, Calogero, Tanino and Giacomino, who’ve been a powerhouse of Italian cuisine in LA for years — is an elevated lunch and dinner option at the Peterson Automotive Museum in the Miracle Mile. Family-friendly handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, artisanal breads and pastries, and more are served in a colorful space filled with hammered steel and swooping lines.

Bottlefish Restaurant

NewSeafoodBrentwood
This Brentwood bistro developed by the founders of California Pizza Kitchen is centered around responsibly sourced seafood, which appears everywhere from the raw bar to the grilled specialties. The modern dining room has light woods, stone accents, an exhibition kitchen, and a heated patio – and a nod to the nautical with a shimmering white-scaled wall behind the small bar.

Sushi Ginza Onodera

NewSushiWest Hollywood
This extremely high-end West Hollywood branch of a Tokyo-based restaurant serves an omakase-only sushi menu – with most of the fish flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji market – in a pared-down yet earthy setting with a wooden sushi counter and only 16 seats. Note: Reservations are mandatory and often in high-demand.

Eggslut

NewBreakfastVenice Beach
Sandwiches “on steroids” and a few other “indulgent”, “messy” egg-based dishes make up the “tiny” but “creative” and reasonably priced American menu at this “modern, industrial” stand in Downtown's Grand Central Market and standalone restaurant near the Venice boardwalk. “Intimidating”, “serpentine lines” are a “constant” – “like LA traffic” – and seating at the counter or few tables is limited, but backers insist it's “worth waiting, waiting, waiting for.”

Terra Cotta

NewKoreatown
Complete with chandeliers dangling from high ceilings, tufted black booths and gold detailing throughout, this Koreatown bistro fits its Art Deco setting next to the famed Wiltern Theatre. Like LA itself, the menu is filled with flavors from around the world, with Korean, Japanese and Latin American influences found in the food, cocktails, beer and wine; it’s a good option for pre- or post-show eats.

Nerano

NewBeverly Hills
The team behind the Toscana in Brentwood found inspiration from trips to the Amalfi Coast for this polished Beverly Hills restaurant, which has an airy, contemporary downstairs dining room and dark and sexy bar upstairs. The menu takes cues from lighter fare found around the coastline, including fresh pastas, baked eggplant and more, with craft cocktails and wines to match.

SpireWorks

NewWestwood
The assembly line ordering system meets doner, vertically roasted meats (beef or chicken) or vegetarian kofte served in fresh-baked bread or on a bed of rice or greens. The fast-casual spot, decked out in subway tiles with pop culture accents, offers an international range of toppings, from Carolina BBQ sauce to shaved Parmesan, and seating both indoors and out.

Banditos Tacos & Tequila

NewSouth Los Angeles
Rustic, rowdy and unpretentious, this Exposition Park-adjacent taqueria and bar has exposed brick walls, dark woods and a no-frills vibe. If getting on the 50-yard line at the Memorial Sports Arena across the street isn’t an option, there are plenty of games on TV here, plus meaty tacos, quesadillas and tequila-based cocktails.

The Pacific Seas at Clifton’s Cafeteria

NewDowntown
Hidden behind a mirrored door on the second floor of the historic and refurbished Clifton’s in downtown LA, this ultimate tiki lounge has everything: vintage fixtures, palm trees, murals, tiki mugs and even a full-size boat that serves as a DJ booth. The menu is as classic as the decor (a lot of it was salvaged from shuttered tiki bars around town), featuring fruity, heady cocktails like Singapore Slings, Mai Tais and daiquiris.

E.A.K. Ramen

NewRamenFairfax
Specializing in iekei ramen, which features a wider, thicker noodle in a combination of tonkotsu and shoyu broths, this easygoing noodle house has just enough room — a few tables, a small bar and cozy booths — for casual slurping. In addition to ramen, there are pan-fried gyoza, tokoyaki, fried rice and more Japanese specialties.

The Edmon

NewNew AmericanHollywood
Set in the beautiful Hollywood Historic Hotel near Paramount Studios, this throwback spot is full of art deco-style elegance, from the dark woods to the tall, backlit bar and shimmery chandeliers. The menu is firmly placed in contemporary LA with things like lamb ragu and short rib and squash papusas; signature cocktails, like a rosé gimlet, are served in old fashioned glassware.

Trejo's Cantina

NewMexicanHollywood
A more expansive space than Danny Trejo’s original taqueria (Trejo’s Tacos), this Hollywood spot anchors a strip-mall corner with a room filled with colorful locally made art, animal head light sculptures, big-screen TVs and a large bar for cocktails and beers from more than 30 taps. The menu goes beyond regular taqueria fare, including grilled fish, steaks and California staples like kale salads and kombucha.

Loreley Restaurant and Beer Garden

NewGermanWest Hollywood
Modeled after the traditional German pubs of Cologne with a wisp of New York panache, this beer hall sports a woodsy outdoor garden, lots of communal tables and built-in benches, and a buzzy indoor bar. In addition to craft beer and German brews, the menu features salads, schnitzel, sausages and more, and Sunday brunch includes a traditional buffet.

Salt & Straw

NewIce Cream ShopDowntown
This “farm-to-cone” ice creamery chain from Portland, Oregon specializes in small-batch, handmade treats, using ingredients from family-owned farms and crafting creative flavors such as summer sweet corn with buttermilk or apricot-hops. The buzzy spaces are simple but homey, with a handful of seats inside and out.

Side Chick

NewArcadia
This casual stand centering the indoor-outdoor food court at Westfield Santa Anita mall is as basic as can be, with a counter for quick ordering and a big window looking into the busy kitchen. The chef specializes in Hainan chicken rice, an unassuming but flavorful dish, plus other Chinese and Singaporean specialties, including fried chicken, cold sesame noodles and more.

21 Square Bar and Kitchen

NewAmericanTorrance
Located within the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel, this all-day American bistro attracts locals and visitors alike with its outdoor terrace, fire pits, modern dining room and buzzy bar. The Southern Californian-leaning menu features everything from fish tacos to chicken and waffles, heirloom tomato flatbreads and more, plus craft cocktails and a beer list featuring local brews — including one made by the staff.

Destroyer

NewCafeCulver City
Jordan Kahn (Red Medicine) is back on the scene with this Culver City spot for modern twists on breakfast and lunch. Set in the work-friendly Hayden Tract, clean, minimalist lines set the stage for Kahn’s take on oatmeal with red currants and almond milk, beef tartare with a smoked egg cream, and the ubiquitous avocado toast (here it’s avocado 'confit' on toasted country bread).

Fat Dragon

ChineseSilver Lake
This super-casual cafe takes up a spot in a popular and centrally located Silver Lake strip mall, with just enough room for a counter and a few tables — the idea is to do more take-out and delivery, but dining-in is encouraged. The menu includes fast-casual renditions of Chinese favorites like mapo tofu, wonton soup, fried rice, moo goo gai pan and honey-walnut shrimp, plus things like fried quail and pork-jowl stir fry.

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams - Los Feliz

Ice Cream ShopEast Hollywood
This beloved sweet-treat favorite offers a full selection of more than a dozen custom-made flavors, crafted from local ingredients and packed attractively into housemade cones and cups. The parlors (scattered around Santa Barbara, with an additional spots in Studio City and LA's Grand Central Market) are as on-trend as the brand's packaging – all reclaimed wood, exposed brick and pendant lighting.
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