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.
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.
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.
An outpost of the popular wine bar near USC downtown, this Venetian-inspired spot at The Americana at Brand in Glendale has a communal vibe with chalkboard menus on the walls, dangling lights from the high ceilings, and tall shelves filled with bottles. The menu offers an array of small plates, from salads to seafood, grilled meats, pizzas, pasta and more; the wine list spans the globe, and cocktails lean toward classics.
This Echo Park izakaya blends classic Japanese hospitality with laid-back California sensibility, seen in both the decor — cobalt blue and brick walls, close-knit tables and a small bar — and the menu of small plates and numerous sakes. Chef Charles Namba (Bouchon, NYC’s EN Japanese Brasserie) employs exacting technique on dishes like sake-marinated foie gras with milk bread and pickled crab apples, along with soba, pan-friend dumplings and more.
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.
Located in the heart of Koreatown, this expansive subterranean spot features a sleek dining room, stunning cocktail bar and 13 private karaoke rooms for one-stop nighttime entertainment. Chef Kayson Chong (BOA Steakhouse) and barman Devon Espinosa (The Church Key) keep the party crowds sated with everything from yellowtail crudo and grilled rib eye to large-format punches and elaborately prepared drinks.
This modern Middle Eastern restaurant features an intimate dining room, bar and loungey cocktail corners – all filled with geometric prints, colorful vintage posters celebrating Egyptian cinema and a Hollywood-cool vibe. The menu takes inspiration from countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Palestine and Israel (spicy lamb riblets with pomegranate, squash stuffed with lentils and rice, and lavender crepes with honey brown butter); cocktails follow suit.
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.
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Restaurateur Danny Meyer's 'fine-casual' burger concept continues to populate the West Coast, dishing out its celebrated menu of elevated burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, milkshakes, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries, plus wine and beer. The spaces feature an updated art deco-meets-roadside stand vibe and are sized to handle crowds – and some have patios.
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The famous Portland outfit known for brioche-style gourmet donuts in boozy flavors lands along the bursting-at-the-seams Venice and Manhattan Beach neighborhoods. The chic takeaway space is minimalist, which is all that’s needed for pastry fans who line up for bags and boxes of their favorite donuts, such as blueberry-bourbon-basil, maple bacon and cinnamon-sugar, plus hard-apple-cider fritters.
Formerly a pop-up, this fusion hot dog spot opened a brick-and-mortar in the heart of Koreatown. With an eye-catching neon sign outside, the small space has a clean aesthetic that lets the loaded dogs shine, with a choice of American wagyu beef, pork sausage or vegan links topped with everything from pickled vegetables to wasabi relish, furikake and spicy tofu chili; sides range from classics to sushi rice tots with togarashi cheese sauce.
If there’s one thing most Los Angeles restaurants and bars don’t have, it’s an indoor pétanque court, which is remedied with this Mediterranean-inspired downtown cafe (there's also a foosball table). In addition to a well-crafted cocktail menu created by vets from The Varnish, Casey’s Irish Pub and New York’s Dutch Kills, there's an extensive draft program with wine, ciders and beers, plus artisanal pastries, panini, charcuterie and cheese.
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.
This casual counter-service Chinatown barbecue joint is raw and rustic with wood barrels, vintage signs and metal washboards harkening back to Texas. The menu features classic smoked and wood-fired meats – everything from brisket and spare ribs to pulled pork sandwiches – plus requisite sides like mac ‘n’ cheese, creamed corn and slaw; fitting drinks include Kool-Aid and sweet tea, along with craft brews and wine on tap.
This West Hollywood venue from the h.wood Group (The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellow) and Interscope Records has all the markings of a great live music spot — the stage centers a room surrounded by low-slung tables, big booths and vintage photos. For refreshments, there are new and classic cocktails at the wraparound bar, as well as a light menu of party snack food and sandwiches.
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These casual yet chic counter-serve spots feature poke bowls made with tuna and salmon cut from whole fish in-house daily, plus innovative sauces and toppings for DIY combinations. Signature bowls are also offered (e.g. salmon with avocado, coconut sauce, sweet onions and jalapeno), and customers order for takeout or to stay inside or on the patio.
Decorated with living mandarin and olive trees, rosemary plants, vintage olive oil cans and subway tiles, this casual Arts District cafe serves various focaccia made with seasonal ingredients, plus coffee and daytime bites. The menu is designed for dine-in or grab-and-go, especially the spelt and gluten-free breads topped with various cheeses, San Marzano tomatoes and even smoked salmon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.