15 Best Los Angeles Restaurants

Los Angeles is home to some of the best restaurants in the world—and some of the best junk removal companies! And of course even your friendly neighborhood rubbish haulers enjoy eating. That’s why we wanted to include a partial list of some of L.A.’s best eateries. This is merely an excerpt from the Eater.com website (specifically for Los Angeles). Out of their 38 outstanding restaurants we’re including 15 here:

Every quarter, Eater LA publishes a map of 38 standout restaurants that best represents Los Angeles’s incredible dining scene. In this massive metropolis, there are both new and decades-old street food stands, a cornucopia of international cuisines, and restaurants of every scale and size that use the best of the region’s unrivaled produce. An overarching theme of Los Angeles’s food is that flavors need to stand out — ideally heat, acid, and umami are present, in some form, in every dish. At its core, the city’s far-flung neighborhoods, cultures, and flavors coalesce into an array of culinary boundary-bending restaurants that make it the most compelling place to dine in America. Now that vaccination rates are among the highest in the country, Los Angeles has seen an uptick in dining out, a much-needed near-return to homeostasis for the city’s defining restaurants. Here now, the 38 essential restaurants in Los Angeles.

Restaurants are located in geographic order, from west to east.

Los Angeles taco restaurant sign
Los Angeles taco restaurant sign

1. Broad Street Oyster Company

23359 CA-1 #3874A

Malibu, CA 90265

(424) 644-0131

Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants in Malibu in the past year, owing in no small part fantastic fresh seafood and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll. —Matthew Kang

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2. Tacos Los Palomos

20505 Sherman Way

Winnetka, CA 91306

This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also prepare carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more as vampiros, burritos, and tortas. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance. —Matthew Kang

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3. Pasjoli

2732 Main St

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(424) 330-0020

Dave Beran’s Santa Monica French restaurant has developed into one of the Westside’s most impressive fancy restaurants, with stellar renditions of Parisian bistro dishes with a California mentality. Though Beran’s ambitious tasting menu restaurant Dialogue had to close due to the pandemic, the team’s efforts at Pasjoli show an extra level of creativity and execution, from gorgeous chicken liver-stuffed brioche to dry-aged ribeye with roasted fingerling potatoes. —Matthew Kang

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4. Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood

11938 San Vicente Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 442-2733

Longtime restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who also opened Animal and Son of a Gun, have opened their Westside location of their popular Italian-American place. Locals love the newer al fresco eating experience and all day fare, from breakfast bombolone to pizza, mozzarella sticks, salads, and the amazing spicy fusilli. —Farley Elliott

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5. Kato Restaurant

11925 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(424) 535-3041

Jon Yao’s adventurous, highly celebrated tasting menu restaurant draws from his upbringing in SGV and his Taiwanese heritage. One of the city’s most reliable and impressive destinations for upscale Asian food, with the price to match. —Matthew Kang

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6. Big Boi

2027 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 963-9769

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Barb Batiste made her mark on Sawtelle with dessert shop B Sweet, but her casual Filipino restaurant Big Boi continues to impress with combination plates of garlic rice and pancit with savory sisig and beef giniling. Order up an appetizer of crispy lumpia shanghai, plus a bowl of Filipino-style spaghetti for some pure nostalgia. Open for takeout and delivery only. —Matthew Kang

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7. Mírame

419 N Canon Dr

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 230-5035

Joshua Gil’s modern Mexican restaurant takes Baja California influences and flavors, and serves them right into the heart of Beverly Hills. The show stopping dishes boast flavor above all else, making Mírame one of the best new restaurants to open in the past year in LA.

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8. Asanebo

11941 Ventura Blvd

Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 760-3348

Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service are why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio, though the counter is now available for omakase feasts. —Mona Holmes

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9. Angler

8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117

Los Angeles, CA 90048

(424) 332-4082

San Francisco import Angler doesn’t change the recipe too much from the Bay Area original, except that the gorgeous Bay Bridge view has been replaced by a more insulated location inside the Beverly Center. However, the service and food are unparalleled in LA, with Joshua Skenes’s immaculate attention to detail and commitment to the best ingredients on the planet evident on each plate. —Matthew Kang

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10. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 782-9245

Chef Tal Ronnen opened Crossroads Kitchen in 2013, where his plant-based menu served on white tablecloths and accompanying wine list made quite the splash. The Melrose restaurant simply doesn’t feel like a vegan restaurant with the dim lights, cocktails at the bar, and carbonara complete with a runny tomato-based “egg” yolk. The dish is a huge step forward in plant-based cuisine, as fresh pasta usually requires the use of eggs. There’s plenty to appreciate about Ronnen, who co-founded Kite Hill Foods in 2014, and introduced vegan cheeses that simply taste better. Vegan cuisine has evolved considerably thanks to Ronnen, along with Plant Food and Wine by Matthew Kenney in Venice. —Mona Holmes

Los Angeles has no dearth of great restaurants

11. Rosalind’s

1044 S Fairfax Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90019

(323) 936-2486

There are many terrific restaurants lining Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia, but Rosalind’s is the one that started it all. Take owner Fekere Gebre-Mariam’s advice and order the iconic doro wat — a soul-satisfying, deeply ruddy stew fortified with ground chiles and spiked with warming spices. This chicken-and-egg staple has been on the menu since day one and is even considered the national dish of Ethiopia. —Cathy Chaplin

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12. Sunday Gravy

1122 Centinela Ave

Inglewood, CA 90302

(424) 227-6500

Brother and sister owners Ghazi and Sol Bashirian took over their father’s former Italian restaurant Gino’s Pizza in Inglewood, and modernized the look and menu. Growing up near Inglewood, the duo has served approachable old-school Italian fare to feed the community around them. The meatball sub and short rib ragu are both off-the-chain delicious. —Mona Holmes

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13. Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen

202 E Manchester Blvd

Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 671-3345

Dulan’s is a soul food mainstay for Los Angeles, as is its amiable owner Gregory Dulan. The 22-year-old Inglewood spot is Dulan’s most famous restaurant to date, but his father Adolf Dulan spent decades running restaurants throughout LA’s Westside and South LA region. The locations on Century and Manchester are open, while Crenshaw is closed for renovations (the Dulanville food truck is parked out front). The cafeteria-style setup doesn’t skimp on happy service or big portions, particularly with sides like mac & cheese, green beans, and corn bread. The gigantic Sunday dinner specials even come with iced tea. —Farley Elliott

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14. Ronan

7315 Melrose Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 917-5100

Pizza has been a winner for both diners and restaurants in the past year, and few do a better pie than Ronan on Melrose. Blistered, delicious, and best served with a serious side of meatballs and a cocktail or two, these pizzas have helped to put LA on the national map. The Cutler family behind the restaurant has been exceedingly open about their (common to all) economic struggles, pushing the conversation forward about what it means to make not just as a small business in Los Angeles, but anywhere right now. —Farley Elliott

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15. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 297-0070

Chef Gino Angelini opened LA’s beloved Angelini Osteria in 2001, with an ease and charm that keeps longtime diners returning and newcomers arriving to see what all the fuss is about. That fuss is partly due to Angelini’s pasta skill, along with his signature lasagna verde or the salt-encrusted branzino, but there’s something special about sitting in this Fairfax District restaurant. There’s a lot to appreciate at Angelini Osteria from the low light, the emphasis on service, wines from all over the globe, all done in tandem with the chef’s confident and joyful presence that keeps this classic thriving. —Mona Holmes

As we said, this is just a partial list and there are tons more to enjoy. So whether you’re looking for great food or excellent junk removal service in Los Angeles, you don’t have to look far.

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