Best of the Best

The 50 Best Restaurants in LA

Your votes are in and counted, and here are LA's Top 50 best restaurants. This year's list includes an eclectic mix of old-school classics, trendy hot spots and stellar newcomers, and everything from chain steakhouse to hidden neighborhood gems and outstanding delis and sandwich shops. Read on below for reviews and recommended dishes from the Top Food winners.

1. n/naka

JapanesePalms
4.8
Food
4.6
Decor
4.7
Service

"A feast for the eyes" and the "gourmet" palate, the "modern" Japanese multicourse kaiseki meals at this Palms "ultimate experience" – rated No. 1 for Food in Los Angeles – consist of an "incredible sequence" of "intricate", "exquisite" dishes, all displaying the "delicate mastery" of "genius" chef Niki Nakayama; "lovely, serene" surroundings and "intimate, leisurely" service complete the "magnificent" (and "pricey") picture – just know that "reservations require months of lead time", as "the secret is out."

What to order: The tasting menus include dishes like spaghettini with abalone; king crab with shiitake; Wagyu beef cooked over hot stones.

2. Angelini Osteria

ItalianFairfax
4.8
Food
3.8
Decor
4.5
Service

Living up to its "knock-your-socks-off" reputation, this long-running Fairfax/Beverly Boulevard trattoria by "master restaurateur" Gino Angelini is still an "LA favorite" on the strength of "spectacular" pastas and other consistently "phenomenal" "rustic" Italian cooking; yes, "plain and simple" surroundings can feel "cramped" but service is all "familial congeniality" and "reservations get snatched up quickly."​

What to order: Quail with guanciale; Nonna's lasagna; veal milanese.

3. Matsuhisa Restaurant

SushiBeverly Hills
4.8
Food
3.8
Decor
4.4
Service

"Still one of the all-time bests" for LA sushi after almost three decades, Nobu Matsuhisa's "legendary" mother ship in Beverly Hills "never fails to impress" with "superb" fish and other "beyond fabulous" "Peruvian-style" Japanese creations; the "casual" surroundings "could use some refreshing" and the "final bill is eye-popping", but most agree they’ll "forgo pageantry" and pony up the big bucks for its "familial friendliness" and "superior" product.​

What to order: Rock shrimp tempura; miso black cod; tiradito.

4. Providence

SeafoodHollywood
4.8
Food
4.7
Decor
4.8
Service

A top contender in the "battle" for "LA's best restaurant", this "exceptional" seafood specialist in Hollywood from Michael Cimarusti nears "perfection in every way" with its "refined" yet "cutting-edge multicourse dinners" "tastefully", "promptly" presented by an "impeccable" staff that's rated No. 1 for Service in LA; factor in a "knockout wine list" and "quiet", "soothing atmosphere" and it all adds up to an "enchanting experience" that's "expensive" but "worth every penny", especially for "celebrating milestones" or trying to "impress" that "special" someone.​

What to order: The Ugly Bunch; squid carbonara; salt-roasted spot prawns.

5. Asanebo

JapaneseStudio City
4.7
Food
3.9
Decor
4.5
Service

Chef Tetsuya Nakao is operating at "the peak of creativity" at this Japanese "star performer" in Studio City, crafting "sublime", "buttery" fish that sushi-philes "dream about" into "amazing" omakase tasting menus and "stunning" à la carte dishes; while the "decor and location are nothing special", service is "over-the-top" attentive, leading admirers to insist the all-around experience is "one of the greats" – "if you can afford it."

What to order: Sea bass lettuce wrap; halibut with truffles; seared toro.

6. Pizzeria Mozza

PizzaHancock Park
4.7
Food
4.0
Decor
4.2
Service

"No exaggeration": they've practically "perfected the art of pizza" at this perpetually "jumpin'" Bastianich-Batali-Silverton collab in Hollywood known for Nancy's "fabulous" pies with "sublime", "impossibly airy" "blistered crusts" (not to mention "heavenly" meatballs and a "ridiculous grin"-inducing butterscotch budino); OK, acoustics are "loud", "seating is tight", tabs are "pricey" and reservations are a "must", but "devotees" insist it's "worth all that"; P.S. there's a twin in Newport Beach.​

What to order: Nancy's chopped salad; any pizza; butterscotch budino

7. Chianina Steakhouse

SteakhouseLong Beach
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.6
Service

Transporting "aficionados, foodies and the rest of us" who "can't make it to Tuscany" are "terrific" cuts from a Northern Italian cattle breed, the "unique product" of this "superb" (if "pricey") Long Beach steakhouse from the team behind Michael’s on Naples and Michael’s Pizzeria; "impressive craft cocktails" shaken by "knowledgeable" bartenders in a "comfortable", polished setting add to a "special-occasion" experience that "exceeds expectations."​

What to order: Bone marrow; bone-in rib eye; chocolate cake with caramel sauce.

8. Bestia

ItalianDowntown
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

"Adventurous" eaters will be "pushed out of their comfort zones" by the "transcendent pastas" and "innovative" nose-to-tail Italiana from husband-and-wife "star chefs" Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who oversee an "energetic" staff at this "buzzy", "industrial-chic" "warehouse" in DTLA's Arts District; everything is "off the charts", including the "jet-engine noise", but word is it's still "the hottest ticket in town" so reservations (and deep pockets) "are a must."​

What to order: Veal tartare crostini; salumi; cavatelli with sausage and truffles.

9. Michael's on Naples Ristorante

ItalianLong Beach
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.6
Service

With "superb", "locally sourced" Northern Italian fare, an "exceptional", "deep" yet "not-overpriced" wine list and a "fabulous" staff that "makes everyone feel like a VIP", everything "comes together" at this "truly fine-dining" "gem" in Long Beach; a crackling fireplace adds a "warm" touch to the "elegant" dining room, but those in the know head to the "lovely rooftop bar" for live music and "romantic" dinners under the stars.​

What to order: Grilled octopus; handmade spaghetti with lobster; strip steak with cipollini onions.

10. Spago

CalifornianBeverly Hills
4.7
Food
4.7
Decor
4.6
Service

"An LA classic", this longtime "flagship" of the Wolfgang Puck empire in Beverly Hills "still rocks" "after all these years", offering "fresh, relevant" California cuisine, "top-notch" service and a "flashy" setting packed with "celebrities" and "beautiful people"; despite "sky-high" bills ("bring your banker"), it's nonetheless a "must" for "tourists and townies" alike – especially if you can score a table on the "beautiful" patio.​

What to order: Lemon-herb blinis with caviar; agnolotti; côte de beouf for two.

11. Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

Sandwich ShopWestlake
4.7
Food
3.3
Decor
4.2
Service

"New Yorkers don't know what they're missing" say fans of this circa-1947 Downtown deli "legend" where "juicy, tender" pastrami is "hand cut" and piled high on rye bread so "perfect" it "could make you cry" (and though the rest of the "extensive" menu is "heavenly", "why bother" with it when the No. 19 sandwich "practically orders itself"); it's "mobbed" at peak hours and parking is "tough" but "efficient" curbside pickup is a plus if you're willing to forgo the "charming" "old-school" vibe inside.​

What to order: The No. 19 sandwich; potato pancakes; egg cream. 

12. Mastro's Steakhouse

SteakhouseBeverly Hills
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

"Standing up to the best of them", this "classic" Beverly Hills steakhouse and its Thousand Oaks sib "pack 'em in nightly" with "Fred Flintstone"–size cuts of "mouthwatering meats" and "superior" sides (everything is à la carte so expect to "refinance your home to pay the bill"); "professional" coddling comes from "knowledgeable" staffers in "dark", "romantic" dining rooms, with a "livelier" "scene" – complete with "movie stars galore" – upstairs at the "loud", "jazzy" piano bar and more "modern penthouse" lounge.​

What to order: Porterhouse; lobster mashed potatoes; butter cake.

Multiple locations

13. Animal Restaurant

New AmericanFairfax
4.7
Food
3.9
Decor
4.5
Service

“Vegetarians beware” – it’s “all about the carnivores” at this “hip” Fairfax New American where celeb chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook revel in the “sheer creative fun” of conjuring up a “decadent” menu focused on “remarkable” “snout-to-tail” dishes; the "sparse furnishings" and "informed", "efficient" staffers exude a "cool", "casual" vibe, but just be aware that reservations are "not always easy to obtain."

What to order: Hamachi tostada; foie gras loco moco; tres leches cake.

14. Lucques

CalifornianWest Hollywood
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.5
Service

About "as good as it gets", Suzanne Goin's West Hollywood "fine-dining" "staple" is a "civilized oasis" where "refined" Cal-Mediterranean fare and "extensive wines" are served by "warm", "considerate" servers in a "charming" converted carriage house with a "lovely" leafy patio; OK, it "ain't cheap", but what a "wonderful" splurge (plus the prix fixe "Sunday Supper tradition" is a "real bargain").​

What to order: Market lettuces; diver scallops; lamb chops.

15. Shiro

FrenchSouth Pasadena
4.7
Food
4.0
Decor
4.5
Service

"After all these years", this "superb" South Pasadena "classic" still "never fails to impress" with its "elegant" (if "pricey") French-Japanese menu including "fabulous" choices like the house specialty whole fried catfish; the space is "simple", but it's manned by "outstanding" servers who help make the experience a "superlative" one.​

What to order: Yellowtail carpaccio; Chinese ravioli; whole catfish.

16. The Factory Kitchen

ItalianDowntown
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.3
Service

A contender for "best pasta in town", this "bustling", moderately priced Italian "culinary gem" in a "funky", "concrete"-laden warehouse in DTLA's "industrial" Arts District brings the "wow factor" with its "divine", "must-order" "handkerchief" noodles (though the devoted deem "nearly every dish a masterpiece", including the "innovative" flatbreads); the "crowds have discovered" it, so "waits" and "jet-engine" noise levels are inevitable, but the "friendly" staff helps make the room a bit more "manageable."​

What to order: Parma prosciutto with sage dough and stracciatella; mandili pasta in pesto; casonzei pasta.

17. Arroyo Chop House

SteakhousePasadena
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

"Classy" through and through, this Pasadena steakhouse "institution" from the Smith Brothers "does not disappoint" with "perfectly prepared" cuts, "to-die-for" sides and "tasty" cocktails proffered by "courteous" servers in a Craftsman-style setting that's always "abuzz"; yes, it's "a bit spendy" but "definitely worth it" for "anniversaries" and other "special occasions."​

What to order: Panchetta-wrapped scallops; New York strip; lobster mashed potatoes.

18. Cut

SteakhouseBeverly Hills
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.5
Service

Truly "a cut above", this "sophisticated" Beverly Hills steakhouse "hits the high notes in every respect", from the "spectacular" aged chops, "outstanding sides" and "first-rate" wine to the "minimalist", "modern" milieu designed by Richard Meier (architect of the Getty Center); "impeccable" service — and likely a sighting of "Wolfgang Puck in his chef whites" — is part of the "high-end" package, all in all a "memorable experience" for those with "money to burn."​

What to order: Bone marrow flan; aged bone-in rib-eye; creamed corn.

19. Petit Trois

FrenchHollywood
4.7
Food
3.9
Decor
4.3
Service

Ludo Lefebvre takes cooking to the level of "performance art" at this "charming" Hollywood bistro ("little sister to Trois Mec" next door), creating "fluffy", "famous omelets" and other "truly delightful" "classic" French dishes "as they were meant to be"; though a few quibble about "uncomfortable" quarters and "long waits", "squeezing" into the "postage-stamp"-size setting affords "eye-crossing close-up" views of the "personable" crew's "well-orchestrated frenzy" in the kitchen, adding to the "transporting" "gustation experience"; P.S. no reservations or cash accepted.​

What to order: French onion soup; steak frites; Paris brest.

20. Trois Mec

FrenchHollywood
4.7
Food
4.0
Decor
4.6
Service

"Always unexpected", "meticulously crafted" French-Eclectic prix fixe meals "unfold like a parade from heaven" (sit at the chef's bar for a "ringside seat to watch the kitchen ballet") at this "almost divelike joint" in a Highland strip mall from "masters" Ludo Lefebvre, John Shook and Vinny Dotolo; "if you can handle the pressure of the ticketing system" – "you must pre-buy dinners online" – "the reward" is an "extraordinary experience" "worth the hassle" and price; P.S. next door is Petit Trois, a more accessible à la carte option from the same team.​

What to order: The nightly five-course menu.

21. Marouch

LebaneseEast Hollywood
4.7
Food
3.8
Decor
4.3
Service

The Middle Eastern cooking is "the real thing" at this "welcoming", family-owned East LA spot, where the mad "skills" of the kitchen yield "excellent" meze and other "fabulous" Lebanese-Armenian eats with "inexpensive" tabs; if you "ignore the strip-mall" setting, it's easy to see why Med mavens say it's "one of the most underappreciated places in the city."​

What to order: Meze platters; kefta plates; shawarma.

22. chi SPACCA

ItalianHancock Park
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.5
Service

"A carnivore's paradise", this "small" Italian grill in Hancock Park from the superstar team of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich offers a "spectacular" "meat-centric" menu ranging from house-cured salumi and all kinds of "succulent" cuts to large-format plates that are "fab for groups", not to mention Nancy's "transcendent" focaccia; it's all served by "knowledgeable" staffers who "guide the experience in the best possible way" – i.e. it's a "splurge" worth "trying at least once."​

What to order: Foccacia del Recco; beef and marrow pie; bisteca Fiorentina.

23. Ruth's Chris Steak House

SteakhousePasadena
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

For a "no-nonsense", "first-class" meat-and-potato fix, this "consummate" chop-shop chain "wows" with "sizzling", "butter-slathered" steaks done "just right" and "generous" sides; "gracious" servers and "warm, cozy" surrounds give off an "old-school" vibe, which fills the bill for "special occasions" (just "expect an empty wallet" from the "worth-every-penny" tabs).​

What to order: Seared ahi tuna; cowboy rib-eye; chocolate turtle cheesecake.

Multiple locations

24. Osteria Mozza

ItalianHancock Park
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

A "divine food experience" awaits at this "true foodie" "icon" in Melrose from Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, whose "superb" pastas and other "extraordinary" Italian fare "live up to all the hype"; yes, the tabs are "expensive" and the "classic" setting overseen by a "serious" staff is "noisy as hell", but it's "one of those few places actually worth" it; P.S. it's "still impossible to get into", though walk-ins can try for a seat at the mozzarella bar.​

What to order: Braised octopus; burricotta with braised artichokes; orecchietti with sausage.

25. Nobu Malibu

JapaneseMalibu
4.6
Food
4.7
Decor
4.3
Service

"Heavenly" Peruvian-Japanese delicacies plus "wonderful" sushi and a "million-dollar view" from the "stunning oceanfront setting" add up to one "exquisite" "culinary experience" at Nobu Matsuhisa's "over-the-top" Malibu hot spot; other constants include "professional service", a "credit-limit"-stretching bill and – considering the "bustling scene" complete with "star sightings" and "beautiful clientele" – "a hassle getting a good table" (still "worth it").​

What to order: Yellowtail with jalapeño; lobster ceviche; Kobe beef with mushrooms.

26. Raffi's Place

Middle EasternGlendale
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.1
Service

"Outrageous portions" of "mouth-watering" Middle Eastern eats, including "amazing" kebabs and "fabulous" vegetarian options, "are the reward" for those who "always pack" the "banquet hall"–like locale of this Glendale "favorite"; "reasonable" prices and "friendly" service round out the "relaxed" "old-country" experience.​

What to order: Ash-e Reshteh (Armenian barley soup); hummus; kebabs.

27. Brent's Deli

DeliNorthridge
4.6
Food
3.5
Decor
4.2
Service

A circa-1969 "institution" featuring "exceptional" sandwiches and all the other "Jewish grandma"–approved "classics" you'd expect, this Northridge deli (with an offshoot in Westlake Village) is "corned-beef heaven" for tourists and locals alike; yes, it's "always crowded" and relatively "expensive", but "on-point waitresses" "turn the tables efficiently" and most agree "you get a lot for your money" (really, the portions "could feed an army").​

What to order: Corned beef sandwich; Reuben; matzo-ball soup.

28. Maude

AmericanBeverly Hills
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.6
Service

"Prepare to be wowed" at this Beverly Hills "contender", where "TV personality"/"talented" chef Curtis Stone oversees an American "culinary adventure" in the form of a "beautiful" nine-course tasting menu that changes monthly to highlight a single "star ingredient"; yes, the "bill hurts" and it's "almost impossible to make reservations", but it's "well worth the strain" considering the "super-knowledgeable" service, "intimate" setting, "carefully crafted" wine list and overall "amazing" "foodie" experience.​

What to order: The nine-course menu, which changes every month.

29. 555 East American Steakhouse

SteakhouseLong Beach
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.4
Service

Oozing "old-school" ambiance, this "sophisticated" Long Beach chop shop is one of those "rare" places still offering a taste of the "Rat Pack" era via "high-quality", "buttery steaks" and "attentive", "un-rushed" service; it's no surprise that – despite a few beefs about "pricey tabs" – the "beautiful", "dimly lit" surrounds are "usually filled to capacity."​

What to order: Shrimp cocktail; rib-eye; butter cake.

30. Chinois On Main

AsianSanta Monica
4.6
Food
4.1
Decor
4.5
Service

"Still at the top of its game" after more than 30 years, this seminal Wolfgang Puck flagship in Santa Monica demonstrates its "staying power" with a shareable menu of "sensational", "balanced" Asian-French fusion dishes, "one better than the other", all served by an "experienced" staff that lavishes "so much attention" on guests; some say the "decor is getting dated", but longtime loyalists insist "you can’t go wrong" – if "you can afford the high tab."​

What to order: Whole fried catfish; Chinois chicken salad; Shanghai lobster.

31. Drago Centro

ItalianDowntown
4.6
Food
4.6
Decor
4.5
Service

"In every way", from Ian Gresik's "spectacular", "traditional Italian food" backed by a "massive" and "excellent wine list" to the "elegant" midcentury-inspired room to the "unobtrusive" yet "attentive service", this "sophisticated" pre-theater "go-to" and "Downtown scene" is "a star"; thanks to the "high-end" tabs, however, it's perhaps best suited for "special occasions" and "power lunches" (a limited bar menu offers a "well-priced" but still "glamorous" alternative).​

What to order: Veal carpaccio; pappardelle with pheasant and morels; chocolate and olive oil terrine.

32. Tuscany il Ristorante

ItalianWestlake Village
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

For "New York quality" in Westlake Village, a "well-dressed" clientele flocks to this all-"class" "standout" producing a "creative, balanced" menu of "dreamy" Italian dishes; a "quiet, romantic" setting overseen by an "affable" staff that "happily" complies with requests helps to compensate for any "pricey" bills.​

What to order: Baked polenta with mushrooms; spaghetti  in cartoccio with seafood; dry-aged New York strip.

33. Maison Akira

FrenchPasadena
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

Pasadena seekers of "serene" "sophistication" head to this offering from "genius" chef Akira Hirose for "beautifully executed" "French cuisine interpreted through a Japanese lens"; factor in a "wine list full of finds" and "quiet, intimate" dining rooms overseen by a "gracious" staff and you've got some of the "finest" "haute" dining around, "priced accordingly"; P.S. the "Sunday brunch" is a local "favorite" and a "good value" too.

What to order: Dashi broth with scallops and clam; sashimi platter; foie gras on daidon confit.

34. Nobu Los Angeles

SushiBeverly Grove
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.2
Service

"Still a favorite", this "superlative" Beverly Grove "go-to" has been convincing the "luxury" crowd to "give in to its desires" for years with "impeccable sushi" and "outstanding" Japanese-Peruvian specialties served by a "gracious" staff amid sleek, cavernous surrounds designed by David Rockwell; some suggest it's "not as trendy" as its Malibu sib, and the "prices will make your eyes water", but "you get what you pay for" – "magic."​

What to order: Tuna tacos; yellowtail with jalapeño; black cod with miso.

35. Republique

FrenchHancock Park
4.6
Food
4.5
Decor
4.3
Service

Evoking endless enthusiasm ("divine", "incredible", "c'est magnifique!"), Walter and Margarita Manzke's "big, bustling brasserie" in Hancock Park is "excellent in every way", from its "bold, inventive" French menu with "extensive" charcuterie and oyster offerings and "outstanding" baked goods to its "beautiful" setting with "mile-high ceilings" and "attentive" service; naturally, it all comes at "splurge"-worthy prices that are "worth it."​

What to order: Escargot; charcuterie; chocolate cake.

36. The Bazaar by José Andrés

SpanishBeverly Grove
4.6
Food
4.7
Decor
4.4
Service

A "life-altering food experience" awaits at José Andrés' "exciting" temple of molecular gastronomy in Beverly Hills' SLS Hotel, where an "incredible mix of traditional" Spanish tapas and "modern" "experiments" are rolled out by "engaging" staffers in a "fabulous" Philippe Starck–designed setting that's equal parts "Dalí" and "Alice in Wonderland"; it all comes at a "steep" cost, but most agree it's a small price to pay for an "evening to remember forever"; P.S. "do not skip" the "crazy", "one-of-a-kind" cocktails.​

What to order: Jamon; "Philly Cheesesteak"; croquetas.

37. Crossroads Kitchen

VeganBeverly Grove
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.3
Service

"You won't miss the meat" at this "go-to for high-end vegan" and vegetarian dining, a "phenomenal" "late-night find" on Melrose offering "inspired" "comfort food" and "creative" cocktails from "plant-based chef" Tal Ronnen; "courteous service" and a "striking", "dark ambiance" reminiscent of a "supper club" only add to the "transformative", "splurge"-worthy experience.​

What to order: Baby beets salad; hearts of palm "calamari"; papardelle Bolognese.

38. Dal Rae Restaurant

AmericanPico Rivera
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

"Frozen in time", this '50s-era Pico Rivera "period piece" lays on the "charm" with a "brilliant" menu of "upscale" American steakhouse "classics" from "years past" (e.g. "incredible" tableside Caesar salad, "thick-cut prime rib", cherries jubilee) delivered by "knowledgeable" "tuxedoed" waiters who "make you feel like an old friend"; if your wallet can handle the "pricey" tabs, grab your sweetie, slide into a "big booth" in the "classy" "wood-paneled" dining room, "relax and enjoy."​

What to order: Tableside Caesar salad; pepper steak; Chocolate Fantasy.

39. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

DeliSanta Monica
4.6
Food
3.2
Decor
3.7
Service

"You haven’t actually lived" until you've eaten the "amazing" Godmother sandwich, the "star" of the show at this "legit deli" "institution" in Santa Monica where an "old-school" counter crew assembles "wonderful, custom-built" subs on "still-warm" house-baked bread and offers "reasonably priced" "imported" pantry "goodies" to take home; seating is limited to a few tables outside and lines are "justifiably" "brutal", so "go into Zen mode" or order ahead online.​

What to order: The Godmother; The Spaniard; antipasto salad.

40. Brandywine

Woodland Hills
4.6
Food
3.9
Decor
4.5
Service

"Superb", "beautifully presented" Continental cuisine is matched by "gracious and generous" "personal" service from a husband-and-wife team at this "time-warp" "oasis" in Woodland Hills that harks back to a more "elegant" era; a few feel the "tiny dining room" is "a bit dated", but that's part of the "charm", so you'll still need to "get your reservation in advance."​

What to order: Halibut; elk; crème brûlée.

41. Vincenti Ristorante

ItalianBrentwood
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

"Getting better with age", this all-"class" "all-star" is still an "excellent choice" among the "Brentwood Italians" after 20 years, delivering a "sophisticated" (if "expensive") menu of "divine" dishes from housemade pastas to wood-oven mains; the "beautiful" "fine-dining" setting is "still in style" too, and comes complete with a "warm welcome" from a "skilled" staff.​

What to order: Roast quail; osso buco tortellini; any pizza.

42. The Depot

Torrance
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

"Still the benchmark" for "sophisticated" dining in the South Bay, this Torrance "fixture" "never disappoints" with its "mouth-watering" Eclectic menu by "bold" chef-owner Michael Shafer; a full bar and "warm welcomes" in a "casual" brick-lined space with a few coveted "private" booths round out the "jewel" of a package.​

What to order: Wonton soup for two; ahi tuna poke; New York strip.

43. Mistral

FrenchSherman Oaks
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

Since "forever", this "small", perennially "popular" Sherman Oaks bistro has been a "class" act, supplying "simple yet truly elegant" French fare that's "reasonably priced for the quality" along with "polished" service and "old European" atmosphere; some complain that acoustics can get "loud" – mainly because it's always "crowded" and "everyone's having a good time."​

What to order: French onion soup; escargots; steak au poivre.

44. Porto's Bakery Burbank (Cuban)

BakeryBurbank
4.6
Food
3.7
Decor
4.1
Service

Experience "baked-good gluttony at its finest" at this "fabulous" Cuban trio famed for its "cheap", "huge array" of "drop-dead" pastries, "habit-forming" sandwiches, "art-quality" cakes and other "deelish" goodies (one bite of the potato ball "and you'll be hooked"); it's "a miracle" how the "efficient management" handles the "3-ring circus of customers" that pack into the "nondescript" digs, so "don't be dissuaded by the lines."​

What to order: Papas rellenas, aka potato balls; Cubano sandwich; tres leches.

Multiple locations

45. Saddle Peak Lodge

New AmericanCalabasas
4.6
Food
4.7
Decor
4.5
Service

"Reclusive and rustic" and loaded with "sophisticated" "character", this Calabasas Hills "hunting lodge" provides an "extraordinary" "mountain-vacation" backdrop for enjoying "exceptional" American wild game (don't be "spooked" by the "trophy heads" of their cousins on the walls), "superb wines" and "impeccable service"; yes, it's "costly" and "out of the way", but for a "truly a one-of-a-kind" experience you'll "never forget", it's "worth the price" and the "trek."​

What to order: Seared venison carpaccio; pan-roasted halibut; elk tenderloin. 

46. Morton's The Steakhouse

SteakhouseBeverly Grove
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

The "grand tradition" lives on at this "gold-standard" chophouse chain that's been hosting "formal dinners" and "special occasions" for years over "exceptional", "enormous" steaks and "wonderful" sides; "impeccable", "old-fashioned" service enhances the "comfort" of the "quiet" "leather-and-dark-wood" atmosphere, but you'd better "bring your wallet" as the "premium" experience doesn't come cheap.​

What to order: Crab cake; any steak; carrot cake.

Multiple locations

47. SUGARFISH BY SUSHI NOZAWA

JapaneseBrentwood
4.6
Food
3.9
Decor
4.2
Service

"Sushi purists" and "even the gun-shy" "can't help" getting "hooked" on the "insanely fresh", "melt-in-your-mouth" fish paired with "warm, sweet rice" at master chef Kazunori Nozawa's "game-changing" Japanese chain; no reservations and "long waits can be a deterrent", and once inside the "simple" wood-bedecked setting the "efficient" staff "rushes you out the door", but it's "consistently a winner" for "value and quality"; P.S. the 'Trust Me' omakase "is the recommended move."​

What to order: Trust Me menus; toro; crab hand roll.

Multiple locations

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