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.
More wine bar than restaurant, this long and narrow space with brick walls and minimalist design — once an art gallery — is a spot created by and for Venice locals. The succinct menu includes coffee in the mornings and light fare throughout the day, including vino-friendly dishes like yellowtail ceviche with leche de tigre, whole grain risotto with sunchokes, and kielbasa with kraut.
With its beachy vibe and surf-culture decor, this local burger chain draws fans craving a taste of the islands (the owner is from Hawaii). The organic beef, turkey and vegetarian patties are topped with sweet and savory combinations on soft buns, with hand-cut fries and onion rings on the side, thick shakes made with Strauss organic ice cream, and craft beer on tap.
An offshoot of the original The Lime Truck, a Great Food Truck Race winner, this casual, communal space next to the Pasadena Playhouse has an expansive indoor and outdoor area, with pops of its signature lime green color throughout. The menu celebrates street food's diverse flavors, like truck-style tacos, tostadas, sliders, noodles and more, served with limeade, beer and wine.
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With its red banquettes, white marble bistro tables and mirrors scribbled with menu items, this petite Brentwood spot looks like a classic French bistro, but with a strong California sensibility and seasonality. Cheese and charcuterie and daily specials (like beef Bourguignon in taco form or mussels in white wine with Thai spices) pair with an evolving wine list.
Formerly a bank in the heart of Silver Lake, this eatery now sports lots of wood accents and eclectic nature-loving wall art as a backdrop for chicsters, rustic Italian and Californian fare and craft cocktails. Sit at one of two bars, a small patio out front or communal tables inside for crudos and salads, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and soulful desserts.
Despite the name, there's a seafood focus at this slick, lofty Koreatown spot where dishes have a global (not always Korean) influence: oysters with ponzu, duck pancakes, and pasta with lobster and bonito flakes, plus lobster rolls, soft-shell crab and more.
This comfortably chic spot offers an all-day menu and well-curated wines and beers, plus a true neighborhood vibe for Redondo Beach locals. The menu from chef Tin Vuong (Little Sister, Abigaile) is a melting pot of international flavors, including shakshouka, mojo pork huevos rancheros and loco moco for breakfast; the lunch and dinner menu might include Sichuan beef, Cubano sandwiches and soupless ramen.
"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.
This Studio City strip-mall seafood spot is awash in crisp whites and nautical blues, with oars, fish-scale tiles and a vaulted ceiling adding a breezy vibe. The fish options range from oysters on the half shell and lobster rolls to sushi, served with local craft beers and global wine and sake selections.
Chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo in Hollywood) took over his father’s beloved cafe space in Sherman Oaks to upgrade the menu and decor. The room is now brighter and more contemporary, as are the dishes – everything from pickle plates and charred Brussels sprouts to lamb shawarma, moussaka and Moroccan fried chicken.
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 Hollywood hustle and bustle, this petite, charming spot draws locals and tourists alike for morning pastries and coffee, lunchtime staples and decadent desserts. The cases are lined with croissants and cakes to tarts, fruit danishes, cookies, cannoli, truffles and more 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 wraparound 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.