You may be visiting Los Angeles for the first time, or perhaps you’ve recently moved there. If you’re not familiar with the city and the restaurants it may be tough to know which to try first. There are hundreds of places to eat. Some are truly amazing and others don’t quite measure up in comparison. We put together a list of the bests restaurants in Los Angeles and narrowed it down to the top ten to give you a few tips to help point you in the right direction.
Melisse Restaurant is an upscale establishment in a cozy space that specializes in French-New American cuisine. This is Josia Citrin’s chic eatery and it has earned a reputation for its Prix fixe menus which are season driven. It’s a chic restaurant and the prices are high but the food is delicious and the desserts are amazing. Guests give Melisse Restaurant a 4.5 out of a possible 5 rating.
Republique is one of the top-rated restaurants in all of Los Angeles serving Modern French cuisine on small and tastefully arranged plates. The ambiance of the restaurant is unique with communal tables, a very striking space, and a cocktail bar and bakery on-site. This is a great place to find comfort food and late night food. Guests give Republique a 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Sotto is a lovely Italian restaurant that offers some of the best Neapolitan pizza and regional Italian cooking in town. They also offer craft cocktails, comfort food, and some great desserts. They operate out of a hip basement outpost with moderate prices. Guest give Sotto a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
Howlin’ Rays is a very small counter only outpost that offers Nashville style fried chicken, hearty side dishes, seasonal salads and all manner of Southern comfort food. This is a casual restaurant that offers outdoor seating in a casual setting. It’s a great place to get a quick bite to eat and guests give it a high rating of 4.8 out of 5.
The Redbird restaurant is located in a historic setting with a snazzy ambiance that suits the creative cocktails they’re famous for serving. The fare is New American style with some innovative touches. It’s a great place to go for comfort food or happy hour food and drinks. The pricing is reasonable and guests give it a 4.5 out of 5.
Otium is a popular restaurant that is located beside the Broad museum in an airy space that is moderately priced. They serve New American cuisine along with high design and cocktails. It’s also a great place to go for late night food. There is also outdoor seating available and guests give it a 4.4 out of 5.
This restaurant is one that you’ll want to make reservations for unless you want to arrive around 10 pm for a late night meal. The crows have usually thinned by then but it’s tough to get a seat during peak hours without a reservation. Angelini Osteria is a moderately priced Italian restaurant in a compact space offering upmarket Italian food. They’re known for their comfort food around town. Outdoor seating is available and guests give them a 4.6 out of 5 rating.
Guisaados is a Mexican Restaurant that offers small plates and simple Mexican fare. They feature homemade tortillas which are filled with tasty meats that have been slowly braised for maximum flavor and tenderness. It’s a great place to get a quick bite to eat and they have a variety of different taco types to try. Guests give them a 4.4 out of 5.
Carlitos Gardel Restaurant
Carlitos Gardel Restaurant is a moderately priced establishment that specializes in Argentinian fare featuring grass-fed beef and steaks. Their wine list is extensive. They offer meals in an upscale and stylish setting and we hear that their desserts are great. Guests give them a 4.6 out off 5-star rating.
Hinoki & the Bird
Hikoki & The Bird is a Pan Asian upscale restaurant serving New American cuisine and recipes which are made with Japanese ingredients. The restaurant is usually busy so it’s a good idea to call ahead and make reservations. Guests give it a 4.2 out of 5-star rating.