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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Billed as a restaurant with a steak-heavy menu, the real focus of this revamped spot is brown spirits, namely bourbon, Scotch and Cognac, plus craft cocktails. The masculine-leaning digs feature lots of tawny-colored woods, vintage light fixtures, some taxidermy, sports TVs and an outdoor patio.
Small downtown storefront for traditional Northern Mexico specialties, especially mesquite-grilled carne asada tacos on handmade tortillas, chimichangas, quesadillas and aguas frescas. A tight space with brightly colored walls lined with Mexican art is comprised of a wrap-around counter and a few stools, plus a few outside seats for a quick taco or two.
This little downtown corner shop consists of a counter for ordering inside and an outdoor eating space, i.e. an Astroturf-covered lot with a few umbrella-topped picnic tables, a shiny Airstream and strings of lights overhead. That's all fans need for tacos with a twist, like chicken with creamy feta, Baja-Med salsa and cilantro, plus aguas frescas in flavors like lavender-cantaloupe and watermelon-cinnamon.
Attached to the 365 by Whole Foods Store in Silver Lake, this New York import from chef (and Cupcake Wars winner) Chloe Coscarelli sports an all plant-based menu, including popular burgers, salads and air-baked fries, plus dairy-free ice creams in flavors like Kale Cookies & Cream. The restaurant, which has its own entrance and dining room, features banquettes, swinging chairs and colorful art.
The NYC import adds both a butcher and sandwich shop, plus a full-fledged restaurant, to the Platform complex in Culver City. In the butchery, hearty daily specials might include a pig’s head Cubano, while the restaurant offers more composed dishes and whole-animal dinners; the spot is bike- and beer-friendly, with more than 500 beers, 10 tap lines and craft cocktails.
A former Frogtown auto body shop has been transformed into a stop for Mexican barbecue, tacos, margaritas on tap and micheladas, all to be enjoyed on a colorful and expansive patio. The funky locale is the perfect setting for mesquite-grilled meats, seafood and seasonal produce often folded into tacos and quesadillas, plus a few salads, smoky beans and vegetable side dishes.
This boho-chic Silver Lake bistro is on trend for the neighborhood, with its playful vibe, attractive crowd and patio to match, with a fire pit, leafy trees and colorful flowers. The menu features classic and creative American fare, like soft shell crab sandwiches on squid-ink black buns, lobster rolls and fried chicken with grits – plus inventive cocktails.
This two-story global restaurant and late-night lounge in Santa Monica brings a party vibe and vintage-modern look to the Third Street Promenade. The menu features various worldly influences, from duck confit and black truffle dumplings to cochon de lait tacos, plus cocktails that utilize cold-pressed juices, seasonal produce and housemade infusions.
Hailing from New York, this Hollywood sushi spot features a slick, minimalist counter for à la carte and omakase menus. Gari is known for its high-grade fish, unique sauces and combinations such as tuna with creamy tofu puree, fluke with ceviche sauce and chopped fatty tuna with pickled radish.
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.
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.
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 whiskeys from Scotland, Japan, American and elsewhere.
This casual Montreal-inspired cafe specializes in poutine — crisp French fries and cheese curds drenched in gravy — plated with American panache. That means add-ons like carne asada, or salsa and guacamole, or even fried chicken and pieces of corn dog, all served from a counter in a no-nonsense space.
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.
This small, no-frills spot in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is the permanent location for Johnny Zone’s popular Nashville-style hot chicken, previously only available via 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 and sides from collard greens to cheese fries.
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 ribs, chicken, spicy pork, carne asada, tofu and more, plus kimchi quesadillas and specialties like the Blue Moon Mulita.