You can’t stay on top of the Los Angeles dining and drinking 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 completely open kitchen serves as the warm and intimate dining space of this New Israeli restaurant, with additional patio seating on a sloped corner of Sunset Boulevard in Silverlake. Exposed brick walls and shelves lined with spices and jarred pickled vegetables animate the interior, and Middle Eastern flavors meld with the Mediterranean-influenced menu, which includes a selection of wines.
Mood lighting, sea-green velvet walls, and antique punch bowls named for literary greats add to the Parisian flair at this secret, salon-like craft cocktail and live jazz bar stowed behind Kendall’s Brasserie at the Music Center Downtown. The menu continues the French vibe with dishes like a beef bourguignon sloppy joe or escargot shooters, with macarons to finish.
Old-world charm meets a new school approach at this hip, meat-centric kosher sandwich shop steps from Fairfax and decorated with vintage photographs and Middle Eastern tiles. A whiskey-heavy spirits menu adds to reinvented throwbacks like ‘The Bubbe,' a brisket sandwich with fried chicken skins, arugula, horseradish and onions or Kugel Bites, deep-fried squares of potato pudding.
Imbricated tiles scale the walls of this Hawaiian-inspired and hip, white-marble poke bar steps from the beach and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, with limited seating available. Japanese and Californian ingredients infuse the rice or salad bowls topped with sustainable seafood and flavor combinations like edamame, wasabi, furikake and black sesame, or avocado, coconut and jalapeño.
Josef Centeno’s trademark bäco comes to the westside with this sandwich shop spun off from his famed downtown Bäco Mercat, where the housemade grilled flatbreads come with fillings like coffee-rubbed steak or chile shrimp. Salads and grain bowls are also available, either to go or to eat on the long patio flanking the downtown Culver City corner.
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Global wanderings inspire the unusual frozen flavors at this cult-favorite creamery’s bright second location in Atwater Village, decorated with potted plants suspended from the ceiling. Among the organic ice creams (with some dairy-free options) are varieties like Thai Tea, Abuelita Malted Crunch and rotating seasonal specials, often served as an oozing double scoop.
A gleaming 25,000 square foot Orange County outpost of this famed Cuban bakery and cafe has throngs lining up for the meat-filled empanadas, stuffed potato balls, and flaky guava and cheese strudel-like pastries. Seating is available throughout and items are purchased at different storefronts within the building, including a coffee bar, a demo kitchen for ogling, and a wall of cakes glistening in glass refrigerators.
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A glass-enclosed corner cafe serves as the West Hollywood outpost of this small coffee-roasting empire, with laboratory-like orbs siphoning java in the front window for the iced Kyoto, served in a sake carafe. Drinks like iced mint Cubanos and lavender hot chocolates are also on offer in the cozy, muraled space, with a blond wood bar and a smattering of table seating.
Sustainable seafood, bamboo rice and kelp noodles distinguish this sleek poke shop in Beverly Grove, offering bowls that are customizable with unusual toppings (such as chile-marinated oranges, chopped mango and sliced shiso leaves). The floor-to-ceiling windows and sun-drenched corner patio with ample seating lend it a beachy, California-meets-Hawaii vibe.
Singer/songwriter Elliot Smith inspires this stylish Silverlake bar in design and name – its outside mural, now partially moved inside, was used by the musician on the cover of his album Figure 8, and ‘Angeles’ is one of his songs. With soaring ceilings and a midcentury vibe, the casual space serves a Cal-Ital menu of pizzas and small plates, along with cocktails, wines and bubblies by the glass.
East Javanese cooking comes to Old Town Pasadena with this modern, stylish Indonesian place from Erwin Tjahyadi, the chef behind Komodo. The locally sourced menu revolves around a fragrant, offal-rich traditional bone broth that's prepared for 36 hours and served with noodles and a selection of meats, plus other shareable plates.
Teaming up with celeb chef Scott Conant, owner Stephane Bombet (Terrine, Faith & Flower) has transformed his bustling bistro into a trattoria, offering charcuterie, antipasti and pastas, plus roasted meats, vegetables and pizzas out of the wood-burning oven. A buzzing cocktail bar and gorgeous patio filled with twinkling lights complete the picture.
An import from the French Riviera, this boulangerie and cafe resembles the original in St. Tropez with its gleaming white marble touched with a hint of gold, not to mention the photos of the coastline city along the walls. The glass-covered counters showcase the best of the bakery, including croissants, tarts and breads; savory cafe offerings include salads, sandwiches and more.
Adding to the spicy Sichuan food scene in the San Gabriel Valley, this is the first U.S. outpost of a popular chain from China. Peppers and other ingredients are imported directly from Chengdu, and so are decorative elements such as woodcut statues and silverware in the expansive, two-story space with a rooftop patio.
Denmark's 'gypsy brewer' Mikkel Borg Bjergso and Mikkeller San Francisco’s Chuck Stilphen transformed a former auto repair shop on the outskirts of downtown's Jewelry District for this outpost of the famed beer bar, which has soaring ceilings, communal seating and more than 60 beers on tap. For food, there are smoked sausages, pickles, burgers and more; next door is Kaffebaren, a full-service cafe for draft cold brew, kombucha and green tea, plus pastries, sandwiches and salads.
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A laid-back cocktail nook for the West LA crowd, this hip room features a row of low-slung cocktail tables, a custom-designed bar and small VIP room tucked in the back. Bartenders shake and stir classics like Sazeracs, Daquiris and Old Fashioneds along with signature sips, plus pour craft beers and select wines; live music makes an impact on select nights, and happy hour takes place daily.
Casual passersby could blink and miss this unassuming Mediterranean in Downtown LA, a compact storefront composed of little more than a counter and a few small tables near a bustling corner. The pared-down menu stars some of the most talked-about falafel in town, which is served on housemade flatbread stuffed full with tahini and tangy pickles, along with salads, overflowing hummus plates and more.
Not as clandestine as the original on Melrose, this Silver Lake charmer takes its design cue from coastal villages with communal tables, big open windows and leafy plants, and flickering candles throughout. Chef Eric Greenspan's Euro-inspired menu features dishes like whole branzino with pomegranate glaze, crisp vegetable crudités and big wooden bowls brimming with shellfish in fragrant and flavorful broth; wines by the glass and fresh-fruit cocktails round things out.
In the back of an East Hollywood Latino swap meet, past the underwear stalls and other knick-knacks for sale, this Korean grain and rice bowl counter from author and chef Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee specializes in traditional dishes and fun fusions like kimchi grilled cheese. Limited seating is available along the hallway of the no-frills stand.
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Dishes like the rainbow-arrayed 'rockin roe' and bulgogi French dip (evoking the classic LA sandwich) meld Californian and pan-Asian flavors at this casual Korean sandwich and rice-bowl bar off Sawtelle, from Seoul Sausage's Chris Oh. The small yet airy room, with graffiti-laced walls and an open kitchen, also has racks of goods like instant kimchi ramen and Japanese cookie sticks for sale.
Clean lines, lots of color and cool cat murals create a fun canvas for soups, sushi and gelato in Culver City. The ramen is customizable, with choices of two broths, including one vegan, and regular or gluten-free noodles, and the hand rolls are made with unique flavor combinations, like pesto salmon and spicy tuna; there are also combo ramen and roll meals, plus sake and Japanese beer on tap.
This basement cocktail bar accessed via a mysterious downtown alleyway features 1950s-era influences, and a menu constructed by some of the biggest names from the local cocktail scene. Modeled on a mid-century modern living room, it’s the kind of place where sipping a Pat Boone (almond-infused rye, sherry and absinthe) or Doris Day (bourbon, honey, lemon and matcha tea foam) feels right.
This intimate, high-end Japanese spot in an Old Torrance retail complex specializes in sea urchin dishes. The chefs, who worked at former uni favorite Maruhide before opening their own effort, peer out from the bustling open kitchen while preparing things like uni cream croquettes, chirashi bowls and pastas, including Italian-inspired garlicky spaghetti with chilies and uni.
Through a posh hookah lounge and past a series of bolted doors, this swank speakeasy on bustling Melrose serves elevated bar food and cocktails (such as one delivered inside a smoke-filled glass sphere). Along with a sleek white marble bar, the cavernous, candlelit space accommodates with black leather banquettes along deco-style walls. (Note: There is a mild dress code.)
The pool table and mounted collection of vintage soul records lend a laid-back and old school vibe to this Santa Monica outpost of a West Hollywood pizzeria peddling traditional Italian-American thin-crust pies, green or chopped salads, hefty meatball subs, and ice cream soda floats. Natural wood picnic tables line the airy and light-filled room, which is outfitted with a bar serving microbrews and classics like the negroni.