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Where to Eat in Los Angeles

where to eat in los angeles

There are a huge number of restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments (including food trucks – which have become very popular in recent years) in L.A. and you can get every different type of food that exists. So how do you decide where to eat in Los Angeles? Of course there are all kinds of review websites that can help, but we thought we’d give you the inside scoop on the places that we like. With these recommendations know that there’s no financial incentive for us to list them. The places we recommend are simply establishments that we like, it’s not a comprehensive list.

SANTA MONICA

Any of these places would be a great place to eat after our LA in a Day tour. In general Santa Monica has a wide range of good restaurants and is a great area to eat out, although it can be a little (or a lot) expensive.

Tender Greens (also in other locations, such as Culver City and downtown) : $.
Quality buffet style food.
Father’s Office (also in Culver City) : $$
Great gourmet burgers and an enormous beer list.
The Cheesecake Factory (also in other locations) : $$
Because sometimes you do want to eat here – there’s something on their menu for everyone.

VENICE

There are quite a few restaurants on Washington Boulevard, by the Venice Pier, as well as on the boardwalk. Most of the good establishments tend to be a block or two from the beach itself.

26 Beach : $$.
Chilled out Westside restaurant with all the classics.
The Canal Club : $$.
Great tuna burgers and great sushi. Just watch out for the margaritas though, they’re too good!

MARINA DEL REY

If you’re a tourist, and you’re wondering where to eat in Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey is little out of the way, but it’s worth going here for…

Whisky Red’s : $$
Three words – Sunday Champagne brunch.

JAPANTOWN (SAWTELLE)

Feeling adventurous and love Japanese food (who doesn’t?). Why not jump off the Expo Line at Expo/Sepulveda Station and walk the short distance to Japantown? There is an older established Little Tokyo in downtown, but this is an up and coming (or should that be already arrived?) dining destination – and has been ever since Japanese immigrants first began opening restaurants here in the late 1940’s.

Kiriko : $$$
Great tasting menu with everything you’d expect, from sushi to more traditional (with a modern twist) Tokyo style food.
Killer Noodle : $$
As its name suggests a noodle shop with all the varieties you could hope for – spicy ramen and more.

CULVER CITY

Culver City has a wide range of mostly good restaurants along the main drag (which is located on Washington Boulevard). Like Santa Monica and Japantown it’s on the Expo Line, so getting here is easy.

Gaby’s Mediterranean : $.
Informal style, delicious Lebanese food.
Es Con Sabor West : $.
Classic Salvadorian food.
Culver Hotel : $$
Lovely historic hotel, with great menu & often live music.

HOLLYWOOD

Unfortunately because Hollywood is so touristy it’s not a great area for eating out, but there are a few good spots. Mel’s Diner and 25 Degrees are popular places after our The Real Hollywood Tour. Also if you’re looking for the true Hollywood (the industry) experience when you’re wondering where to eat in Los Angeles then Musso and Frank’s is it! It was THE place to see and be seen back in the day when stars like Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra had their own booths and it’s still frequented by the genuine Hollywood stars of today.

Mel’s Diner : $.
A Hollywood icon serving diner type food for years.
25 Degrees : $$
Gourmet burgers in a historic location. Make like you’re a movie star.
Yamashiro : $$$.
Here you really pay for the location and the view. It’s worth it – once.
Musso & Frank Grill : $$$.
The oldest restaurant in Hollywood and still a popular spot with the rich and famous.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Any of these establishments would work, either after our LA: Wild West to Now or Central Downtown LA tours or before our DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour (or after :-). Downtown is also the single best area for restaurants, as it has the biggest concentration of establishments. It also has a reputation for harboring restaurants with a more cutting edge cuisine.

Grand Central Market : $ – $$.
Has a huge range stalls selling quality and delicious food. The best spot to eat in L.A.? Bon Appetit Magazine thinks so.
Gelateria Uli : $.
Homemade ice cream and good coffee. Need we say more?
Pestolini : $.
Great place for breakfast/lunch. Best pasta in downtown for less than $12.
Springtime in New York : $.
Wide range of quality food. Best burger in downtown for less than $12.
Cole’s : $.
A downtown icon, serving its French Dip sandwich since before World War One!
Phillippe’s : $.
Also lays claim to being the originator of the French Dip sandwich.
Clifton’s : $ – $$.
Has to be seen to be believed. Quality buffet style food in an incredible setting.
Mas Malo : $$.
Mexican fusion in a beautiful old art deco jewelry store. Try the margaritas too!
Little Sister : $$.
Reasonably priced, delicious Vietnamese fusion food.
The Counter (also in other locations) : $$.
The best place for gourmet burgers in L.A. And there’s nothing wrong with a gourmet burger!
Takami Sushi : $-$$
With its fantastic location (21 floors up) and hidden entrance you’ve feel like you’re in on a secret here. You are!

If you have any feedback on our recommendations on where to eat in Los Angeles, or if you have some recommendations of your own, please email us and let us know. We’ll be sure to take it into account.

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