Los Angeles Restaurants

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Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles features an array of ethnic cuisine, along with a fair share of James Beard Award-winning chefs, fine dining, and locally sourced cuisine from farm-to-table concept eateries. If that's not enough, you can always venture out for some of the best street food this side of the West Coast.

Mélisse | French | Santa Monica

Mélisse is the only five-star restaurant in Los Angeles to win a Forbes Travel Guide 2016 award. The chic restaurant known for contemporary New American dishes with French influences serves beautifully presented, unpretentious food curated by Chef Josiah Citrin. Make a reservation to celebrate a special occasion and try the signature lobster Bolognese with fresh capellini, black truffles and basil.

CUT | Steakhouse | Beverly Hills

Owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, CUT is located inside the grand Beverly Wilshire Hotel (A Four Seasons Hotel) and serves a world-class, delectable menu of steaks and fine wine. Not only will you marvel at the modern meat creations of the genius chef, the restaurant is also a work of art, being designed by Getty Center architect Richard Meier.

Osteria Mozza | Italian | Melrose Avenue

Dress up and come pretty and hungry to one of Los Angeles’ favorite upscale restaurants to enjoy a special occasion over great pasta and excellent wine. Founded by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton, the Mozzarella Bar that serves small dishes featuring imported mozzarella and ricotta and cream filled burrata is center-stage at Osteria Mozza. But that doesn’t mean you leave without tasting some of their amazing desserts!

Patina | French | Downtown

Master chef Joachim Splichal impresses by working magic with seasonal ingredients and creating contemporary French dishes like duck foie gras with black mission figs and butter poached Maine lobster. Located at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the restaurant is known for its elegant settings as well delectable prix-fixe menu.

The Belvedere | Mediterranean | Beverly Hills

Located inside The Peninsula which calls itself an exclusive oasis in the City of Angels, The Belvedere is another beautiful oasis inside a hotel that stands out for its gardens, service and exquisite suites. The Belvedere’s artful decor with colorful floral arrangements combined with a delicious culinary experience will make for the perfect romantic date.

Matsuhisa | Japanese | Beverly Hills

The high-end, acclaimed Japanese restaurant is known for its seafood and tasting menus. Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s L.A. base always impresses with high quality, fabulous creations in a casual surrounding. The omakase is highly recommended.

Cecconi’s | Italian | West Hollywood

Visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy authentic Italian meals and fine wine in an elegantly done-up outdoor setting at Cecconi’s. You might be in for some celebrity spotting at Cecconi’s, as it is one of L.A.’s favorite spot for the trendy and famous. The private patio and the private dining “Butterfly” room can be reserved for events.

The Penthouse | American | Santa Monica

The Huntley Hotel at Santa Monica Beach is well-known for its 18th-floor, rooftop restaurant – The Penthouse. Not only will you enjoy one of the most panoramic oceanfront views in Los Angeles, you can also relax with a signature cocktail in a beach cabana while indulging in fantastic culinary creations.

Mar’sel | American | Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes is one of the most scenic drives in L.A. Pass by cliffs and hidden beaches along the magnificent Pacific Coast, to get to Terranea, the oceanfront resort - home to mar’sel, the waterfront restaurant. You can soak in breathtaking coastal views of Los Angeles as you enjoy a premier dinner at mar’sel or a weekend brunch at the nearby restaurant Catalina Kitchen on their outdoor patio.

The Polo Lounge | American | Beverly Hills Hollywood

Yet another favorite celebrity sighting restaurant, The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel has been around since 1941 and has always been frequented by the rich and famous and not-so-famous. Be it at the bar or dining room or the gorgeous flowered patio, you are guaranteed to have a great time and a wonderful meal at The Polo Lounge.

Updated 4/4/23