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New Restaurants 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.

  • Westbound
    • New
    • Californian
    • 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 and order playful dishes like foie gras and waffles, ceviche or beet trifle.
  • Baldoria
    • New
    • 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.
  • Miro Restaurant
    • New
    • Downtown
    This swank Italian destination brings housemade charcuterie and pastas, an excellent wine list and a hidden whiskey bar to the Financial District. Upstairs, a skylight frames downtown’s skyscrapers in a chic, streamlined room, while downstairs, a dimly lit bar fills with an after-work crowd for drinks; others slip into an enclosed corner lounge for high-end whiskies from Scotland, Japan, American and elsewhere.
  • M Con
    • New
    • Beverly Grove
    This hip and lively cafe is full of colorful tiles and rustic wood accents, communal tables and a patio lined with sidewalk tables outside. The menu features Taiwanese-inspired dishes like scallion-bun sandwiches filled with pork belly and pickled vegetables, five-spice braised brisket and fried chicken, plus rice and salad bowls, and street-food corn on the cob; there are also sippers like ginger lemonade and mint green iced tea.
  • Howlin' Ray's
    • New
    • Southern American
    • Chinatown
    This small, no-frills spot in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is the permanent location for for Johnny Zone’s Nashville popular (and now permanently parked) hot chicken truck. With white tiled walls and blazing red accents, fans fill the counter-only space for mild to super-spicy fried chicken, chicken and waffles, sandwiches, fresh seasonal sides and more.
  • Kogi Taqueria
    • New
    • Palms
    Roy Choi plants the first permanent location for his famous Kogi food truck's tacos in the Palms neighborhood, at this small strip-small eatery with a counter for ordering and a few communal high-top tables. For truck fans, the menu will sound familiar: tacos and burritos filled with Korean-spiced short rib, chicken, spicy pork, carne asada, tofu and more, plus kimchi quesadillas and specialties like the Blue Moon Mulita.
  • Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
    • New
    • Organic
    • Venice Beach
    This sleek and modern cafe mini-chain, with outposts throughout the city, is a draw for health-focused gourmet salads and sandwiches. The all-day menus range from huevos rancheros and egg-white breakfast burritos to build-your-own grain bowls, burgers, pizzas and other family-friendly fare; some locations have full bars for beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Same Same Thai
    • New
    • 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.
  • The Guild
    • New
    • American
    • West Hollywood
    Paying homage to the West Hollywood locale that once housed the Screen Actor’s Guild, this restaurant, wine bar and marketplace sports a rustic charm combined with contemporary sensibilities (read: well-worn woods, white-washed wainscoting and vintage light fixtures). The menu offers small plates like wild mushroom bruschetta and roasted bone marrow, with grab-and-go artisanal goods, cheeses and charcuterie in the marketplace.
  • Loqui
    • New
    • Mexican
    • Culver City
    Inside the slick Platform mixed-use complex in Culver City, this Baja-inspired taqueria offers a modern interpretation of street food classics. After doing pop-ups around San Francisco, the chefs and owners created a menu for their first brick-and-mortar spot that features mesquite-grilled meats and seafood and handmade flour tortillas, with fresh salsas and guacamole.
  • Tacos Tu Madre
    • New
    • Taco
    • Los Feliz
    Combining traditional Mexican street fare with California sensibilities (read: fusion), this lively, mural-clad cafe and sidewalk patio buzzes from breakfast through late night. Whether sitting at the few counter seats in a petite space or grabbing to-go, Los Feliz locals are drawn to tacos stuffed with everything from ostrich and duck confit to foie gras, unagi and banh mi fillings, and desserts such as red velvet churros.
  • Venice Ramen
    • New
    • Noodle Shop
    • Venice Beach
    Sitting in a strip mall on the border of Venice and Marina del Rey just blocks from the ocean, this noodle house sports white-tiled walls, a few red tables and black chairs for die-hard noodle fans. The owner is a stickler for making everything in-house, from the two styles of noodles — thin and straight for the porkier tonkotsu broth, and wavier and thicker for the soups for the shoyu base — to garnishes.
  • The Lincoln
    • New
    • Bar
    • Venice Beach
    The look of this bar and lounge —filled with car artifacts like Mercedes source books, metal furniture, and a 1927 Model T Roadster on display behind glass — fits right in with the auto repair shops along this commercial stretch in Venice. The drinking den features a long list of craft spirits and classic cocktails, a rotating wine list and a variety of beers on tap.
  • Garçons de Café
    • New
    • Wine Bar
    • Downtown
    Set in the Spring Arcade, the historic covered walkway between Spring and Broadway downtown, this petite, charming spot is part French marketplace for tailored dresses and home accessories, and part cafe and wine bar for sipping white, red or rose. The wines are served by the glass or bottle; to nibble, there's charcuterie and cheese.
  • Ludo Bird
    • New
    • Chicken
    • Universal City
    Celebrity chef Ludovic Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois) goes down home with this French fast-casual fried chicken stand at Universal CityWal; the coq-themed stand features Provencal (read: herbed) crispy chicken, sandwiches and side dishes for the bustling crowds. Unlike the Staples Center stand, tickets aren't needed to visit.
  • Paley.
    • New
    • Hollywood
    Named for William S. Paley, the visionary for CBS studios (which once stood here), this midcentury-modern throwback brings sexy dining back to the heart of Hollywood. The open kitchen, swanky curved bar and spacious dining room set the stage for New American dishes like hamachi crudo with watermelon radish and white soy, and beef tartare with gochujang and grapefruit; seasonal cocktails follow suit.
  • Shake Shack
    • New
    • Burger
    • West Hollywood
    The first West Coast outpost of Danny Meyer's wildly popular New York chain, this casual fast-food joint features a simple menu of burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, milkshakes, frozen custard and signature crinkle-cut fries, plus wine and beer. The West Hollywood spot sports a big patio out front and a spacious dining room fit for crowds, with an updated roadside stand vibe.
    • New
    • Gastropub
    • Downtown
    This food and beer stall at the historic downtown food hall serves locally brewed beers like Point the Way IPA and Get Up Offa That Brown on tap, plus a full menu of meats, cheeses and vegetable-stuffed pierogi. An Atwater Village–based brewing company, here it offers a simple stool-lined counter for a glimpse of the bustling surrounding market.
  • IXLB Dimsum Eats
    • New
    • Chinese
    • Hollywood
    All-day takeaway dim sum lands on Sunset Boulevard in a minimalist, white-walled space with counters along the windows but no seats; instead the modern little spot focuses on dumpling favorites packaged to-go. The menu includes steamed and pan-fried favorites, including xiao long bao (soup dumplings), pork buns, shu mai, spring rolls, scallion pancakes, fried chicken wings and more.
  • Au Fudge
    • New
    • West Hollywood
    With actress Jessica Biel on the roster of owners, this shabby-chic bistro has all the trappings of a celeb-magnet WeHo spot — organic and seasonal everything, lots of champagne, fresh fruit-forward cocktails — but this one also has its own kids' playhouse with personal au pairs. The menu is tailored for both adult and kid palates, from steak frites to chicken nuggets.
  • Maradentro Brentwood
    • New
    • Mexican
    • Brentwood
    Mexican mariscos arrive via Studio City at this relaxed seafood spot doling out oysters "Rajafeller", crab queso dip and a variety of tequilas, mezcal cocktails and signature passion-fruit margaritas. A subtle nautical theme includes blue accents and booths made with Douglas wood, and there's a patio for breezy lunches, dinner and happy hours.
  • Wolf
    • New
    • Californian
    • Fairfax
    Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron puts away the molecular gastronomy tricks for a contemporary, rustic-yet-refined menu of seed-to-stalk seasonal fare. The space is intimate, sleek and natural all at once; a bar anchoring the back offers handcrafted cocktails made with artisanal spirits and in-house tinctures, sodas, organic juices and shrubs.
  • Ammo To Go
    • Cafe
    • Hollywood
    An offshoot of the longstanding Hollywood bistro, this chic, small cafe is a breakfast and lunch go-to for studio workers and post-production offices. There’s no seating, just a copper-fronted counter filled with muffins and other housemade goodies for morning fuel-ups; lunch take-away items range from sandwiches and salads to warm quinoa bowls, egg sandwiches and signature dishes like turkey meatloaf and brown rice bowls.

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