10 best restaurant in Los Angeles

gastronomic reputation on incredible food trucks and off-the-beaten-path tacos, chefs are flocking to our fair city to take some serious risks, turning L.A. into even more of a culinary mecca. Our expert local critics and editors narrowed down the best of the city’s food scene– the freshest, most inventive and most memorable spots– right here in the Time Out EAT List.

At its core, the Los Angeles dining scene thrives on its diverse and welcome blend of internationally inspired and genre-bending cuisines, which creates some of the world’s best omakase restaurants, fine-dining institutions, and French-bistro gems tucked into strip malls.

1. Yours Truly.

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice.

CA 90291, United States.

( 310) 396-9333.

71Above chef Vartan Abgaryan ventures over to the Westside to work a completely different kind of restaurant: an a la carte menu with a neighborhood vibe. The menu spans a lot of Californian seasonality with LA’s international flavors, but expect polished, cheeky dishes from one of the city’s most capable culinary minds. Think hot shrimp on toast, a seafood take on the Nashville classic.

2. Teddy’s Red Tacos Venice

46 Windward Ave.

Venice, CA 90291.

This popular East LA birria de res eatery has expanded to a prime street location in Venice’s Boardwalk, which is amazing news for taco fans on the Westside. With freshly chopped, slow-cooked beef served in warm tortillas and covered in a red-tinted consomme broth, this Tijuana dish is quickly taking over every corner of Los Angeles– even the sunny enclave of Venice.

3. Pikoh.

11940 Pico Blvd

. Los Angeles, CA 90064.

( 310) 928-9344.

Ricardo Zarate’s relaxed all-day restaurant opens on a bit of a quiet stretch on Pico Boulevard, but the ambition is there to create the next great neighborhood eatery for West LA denizens. Fight through the relative lack of parking and be rewarded with a lovely dining room, reasonably priced daytime fare that plays the hits, and evening food that puts Zarate’s Peruvian influence into small plates.

4. Audrey at the Hammer.

10899 Wilshire Blvd

. Los Angeles, CA 90024.

( 310) 443-7037.

The Hammer Museum’s new ground floor restaurant is a stylish, lovely place to enjoy a buttoned up meal from restaurateur Soa Davis Forrest and former Maison Premiere (Brooklyn) chef Lisa Giffen, who combine gorgeous seasonal produce with a suave, every day menu of American fare. The razor clams and pork porterhouse are two highlights, and are strong proof that Westwood has long needed a restaurant like this.

5. Blackship.

8512 Santa Monica Blvd

. West Hollywood, CA 90069.

‘( 310) 734-7553.

Former Hinoki & The Bird sous chef Keiichi Kurobe has partnered with the same restaurant group to open a Japanese-Italian restaurant called Blackship in West Hollywood. It’s a lush affair on the patio while the inside is dark and intimate with a modern oceanic touch. The food incorporates Italian pasta and classics with Japanese ingredients and techniques, yielding one of LA’s more innovative, if sometimes uneven, new restaurants.

6. Fiona.

339 N Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036.

( 323) 852-3210.

Longtime LA baker and pastry queen Nicole Rucker opens this daytime bakery and cafe on Fairfax serving crafted breads, pastries, and toasts with a helping hand from former Simbal chef Shawn Pham. Dishes get an LA-style infusion of Asian flavors like miso chicken soup and Japanese sesame butter toast with service from morning until evening.

7. Auburn.

6703 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90038.

( 323) 486-6703.

Talented chef Eric Bost has put together one of LA’s most refined new restaurants in Auburn, into the totally remade former Hatfield’s space on Melrose. The dining room boasts a Nordic minimalist look with subtle birch-style wood, lightly plastered gray walls, an open ceiling. and ample greenery. The menu is clever and creative, with twelve courses– nine savory and three sweet– with diners picking a choice of any four, six, or nine. Meals start at $75 and go up to $150 depending on the number of courses, plus more for wine pairings, but one could see this elegant but relatively approachable experience is clearly reaching for Michelin status.

8. Alta.

5359 W Adams Blvd

. Los Angeles, CA 90016.

( 323) 571-4999.

Highly-regarded San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson brings his Alta restaurant to West Adams, installing Watts native Keith Corbin as the chef. The fare and vibe is spot-on for what the neighborhood needs, a well composed dining room that doesn’t feel fussy with some “California soul food” to match on the menu. Corbin takes comfortable classics like fried chicken, oxtails and rice, and collard greens and puts a bit of finesse on them.

9. Kass.

320 South La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036.

( 323) 413-2299.

Former Ortolan chef Christophe Eme is back cooking elegant wine-friendly French cuisine along La Brea Avenue in a sleek little dining room. Grown-up restaurants like this aren’t as common, so it’s great to come in, sip excellent wine, and take in a few beautifully plated courses of Eme’s fine dining-level food.

10. Margot.

8820 Washington Blvd # 301.

Culver City, CA 90232.

( 310) 643-5853.

Already packed with eager Culver City diners and imbibers, this rooftop destination from the team behind Norah in West Hollywood has opened a crowd-pleasing spot with epic views of Los Angeles and classy comfort fare from Michael Williams like roast meats, avocado toast, and pasta.

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