60 Los Angeles Restaurants for Every Taste and Budget

Los Angeles is a thriving and significant culinary center. With its multicultural identity and dynamic diversity, it’s not difficult to imagine the range of its gastronomic scene. 

We’re not talking about a mere hodgepodge of options here. We’re talking about dining destinations built with passion, craftsmanship, and boldness.

Inspired by the world’s best cuisines and unlikely fusions, dining in LA is an adventure full of exciting tastes to experience and narratives to discover. 

That said, a round-up of the best restaurants in town just won’t cut it. Instead, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of LA’s best gastronomic destinations, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

For Tacos

Best tacos in Los Angeles - Tacos 1986

The City of Angels does not hold back when it comes to this street food staple. 

Arguably home to the best tacos in the world (well, next to Mexico, of course), the Aztec gods will make you forget about Tuesdays because, here, it’s taco day every day. And, literally, everywhere. 

So, if you’re hungry for handmade tortillas, flavorful fillings, and everything in between, check out one of these hotspots for the tastiest tacos around LA.

Tacos 1986

Tacos 1986, as one of the “youngest” taco shops to have opened up in LA, might not brandish the legacy cred that its other competitors enjoy, but it more than makes up for it with its flavorful tacos and salsas.

The shop quickly gained fame (and some heavy social media virality) thanks to their selection of Tijuana-style tacos and dishes. However, it’s their spin on the taco perrón that might have gained them the most notoriety. 

Mexican slang for “awesome”, the off-menu perrón is a flour tortilla filled with beans, melted cheese, salsa, and carne asada cut from high-grade steak. Clearly, these guys know their meat. 

Of course, since they’re in downtown LA, they thankfully have vegetarian options too, including their highly rated mushroom tacos. 

If you’re a guac fiend, you’ll be happy to know that their tacos come topped with guacamole, aside from the traditional onions and cilantro.

  • Price Range: $
  • Location: Multiple locations around LA
  • Parking: On-street parking, so be prepared to drive around the block a few times.
  • Website: https://www.tacos1986.com

Sonoratown

Operating out of the Fashion District, Sonoratown’s name is both a nod to one of its founders’ Northern Mexico hometown – the region where the shop directly gets its tortilla flour from – and homage to the storied immigrant experience of LA. 

Sonoratown’s brand of tacos is, for lack of a better adjective, “regionalistic”. 

Everything they put on the table, from the mesquite-grilled carne asada to the thin hand-stretched tortilla sobaquera, echoes the unassuming cooking style native to the inhabitants of the hot Sonoran desert.    

  • Price Range: $
  • Location: 208 E 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Because of its Downtown LA location, parking can be difficult. There is metered on-street parking or you can pay to park at one of the nearby lots.
  • Website: https://www.sonoratown.com

Guerrilla Tacos

Many restaurants insist they’re “different”, but Guerrilla Tacos is really different.

Described by NPR as “street food with a high-end pedigree”, Guerrilla Tacos brings adventurousness to what is simple, street-food fare. 

Sweet potato tacos? Sounds delicious. Sashimi on a tostada with matcha salsa? Why not? 

It seems like anything the mind can imagine is being catered to here.

For less adventurous eaters, you can’t go wrong with the pork chile verde burrito or the ajonjolí chicken taco. 

And if you’re traveling with kids or just picky eaters, their bean, rice and cheese burrito is, in their words, “pretty simple, pretty bomb”.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 2000 E 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: On-street parking or you can pay to park at one of the nearby lots.
  • Website: http://www.guerrillatacos.com

Chichen Itza

Tacos might be a big part of LA’s culture, but it thankfully still has room for true Mexican tradition. Chichen Itza, which operates out of a former garment factory space since 2001, is as traditional as it gets. 

If there’s a signature dish that Chichen Itza is known for, it’s the cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish that works as well as a taco as it does when eaten as a plate. We also recommend their tamales. 

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, their caldo de pavo is sure to perk you back up.

The restaurant employs a veritable staff of Yucatecan locals from their ancestral home of Mérida to ensure that any native dishes they produce is as close to the regional taste as possible. If you find yourself near USC, make sure to stop by for some authentic eats.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Mercado La Paloma 3655 S Grand Ave C6, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: There is an on-site parking lot and street parking is usually available as well.
  • Website: https://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com

For Kabobs

Best kabob restaurants in Los Angeles - Kabab Way

When it comes to the art of skewered meat, you need not look elsewhere. Right in the heart of Glendale, chunky cubes of meats and bright summer veggies are tossed over wood-fired grills on a daily basis. 

From the classic mom-and-pop joints to no-frills eateries and fabulous Middle Eastern restaurants, you’ll find it all on just a short drive around Glendale. 

 All offering authentic marinated masterpieces, here are some of the best places to get your kabob fix.

Kabab Way

If you’re looking for quick, affordable but tasty skewered meats, head over to this modest kabob joint known to Glendale locals for offering consistently good variety of Middle Eastern delights. 

Take a seat inside and dig into their best-value menu. If you’re at a loss for what to order, we recommend the #9 (chicken shish and chicken lula combo) or the #17 (chicken shish and beef lula combo). 

Whatever you do, don’t skip out on the chicken shish kabob—it’s definitely the star of the show. 

They also have some seriously good hummus and kabob sandwiches for those who prefer to skip the rice.

Serving customers since 2005, Kabab Way is very particular about the simple yet traditional preparation of their dishes. They use only the freshest ingredients to create a distinct taste that keeps regulars returning again and again.

Raffi’s Place

Reminiscent of a cozy Sunday afternoon at a countryside courtyard, Raffi’s Place is all about providing a passionate, homey and authentic Persian dining experience. 

Located in downtown Glendale, here you’ll find quite a selection of classic kabob favorites, from filet mignon to ground lamb to fish. 

Getting the lula kabob (or koobideh), charbroiled lean ground beef on a fluffy bed of rice with charred tomato and pepper, makes the wait outside all worth it. 

Consider starting your meal with crispy rice crust (tadig) and stew. You can also upgrade to albaloo polo, rice with black cherries, for a deeply satisfying meal. 

Raffi’s Place serves hefty portions so make sure to come hungry. If you can’t finish your meal in one sitting, we can attest that it’s just as tasty the next day.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  211 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Street
  • Website: http://www.raffisplace.com/
  • Reservations recommended 

Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine

Just across the street from one of Kabab Way’s locations lies a three-decade-old diner that not only captures the charm of Glendale but also serves amazing Greek-Armenian comfort food. This cozy restaurant will make you feel right at home.

Elena’s best selling kabobs never disappoint with their smoky flavor, pulled off through years of perfecting their techniques.

Choose either the 1/2 lamb 1/2 chicken shish combo or lamb chops served with buttery toasted pita, basmati rice, grilled pepper and tomato, and a choice of lentil soup or house salad. 

If you decide to go with the house salad, we highly recommend ordering a side of soup as well. This heirloom recipe is not to be missed and can stand proudly on its own to some of the meatier dishes on the menu. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA
  • Parking: Street
  • Website: http://www.elenasgreek.com
  • Reservations are available

Carousel Restaurant

Head to either Carousel location and you’ll be spoilt for choice with authentic kabobs. 

From beef filet shish to chicken lula to even the veal liver kabob, this Lebanese spot has quite the selection of mouthwatering skewers. 

Patrons of Carousel count its khash-khash kabob, juicy ground beef lula served on a chunky bed of spiced tomatoes and garlic, as the pick of the pack. 

They also have classic delectable mezes like hummus, fattoush, baba ganoush, and on top of the list, is the spicy crushed walnut dip called muhammara. If you’re dining as a group, opt for the family-style Carousel feast. This lets you try a variety of dishes, mostly bestsellers, and is a great value for the money. There’s also a vegan version available.

More of a dinner and a show person? Carousel has special entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights featuring a live band and dancers.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Hollywood and Glendale, CA
  • Parking: Parking lot can get crowded at the Hollywood location. Metered parking at the Glendale location.
  • Website: https://www.carouselrestaurant.com
  • Reservations required for big groups

For Fine Dining

Although many prefer casual and laid-back dining, there are times that call for a splurge and occasional dressing up. 

LA, with its rich and diverse culinary destinations, sure has an impressive list of exquisite options. 

From fancy Michelin-starred restaurants and delectable dégustation to impeccable service and sophisticated settings, here are some of the crème de la crème of the LA restaurant scene.

71Above

Perched atop downtown’s US Bank Tower, prepare to be blown away as 71Above affords the nicest and most spectacular views of LA, especially at night. 

Its interior is equally stunning with its modern and masculine surroundings and smartly designed furnishings. 

There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but it’s better to dine here with at least three more people as window seats are reserved only for groups of four. 

As artful as its interior, 71Above plates up beautiful three-course prix-fixe menus. These are heavily influenced by a mishmash of Mexican, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine. 

Poached oyster topped with a bit of uni, caviar, béarnaise sauce, and champagne butter is a crowd favorite. 

Another top recommendation is the seemingly simple farm egg dish. It’s loaded with crispy potato and chorizo bolognese hidden underneath. 

Other highlights include the steak tartare and suckling pig.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: 633 W 5th St Fl 71, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Garage
  • Website: https://www.71above.com
  • Reservations are recommended but not required for the main dining room.
  • Proper required attire is smart casual. 

Broken Spanish

Step into chef Ray Garcia’s Broken Spanish and savor the wonderful aromas of modern Mexican cooking infused with high-end finesse. 

Bright and colorful, embellished with family photos, hand-woven dollies, and intricate Mexican pottery, this Downtown eatery is designed just like your cool Abuelita’s home—modern, yet familiar and inviting.

As vibrant as the restaurant’s setting, gastronomes will enjoy feasting on their top dishes such as the heirloom tortillas served with whipped carnitas fat, the exceptional chicharrón, and the melt-in-your-mouth lamb neck tamales.

And while you’re at it, try the arroz con leche with graham streusel and brown butter. 

Quench your thirst with a drink of your choice from their impressive list of wines, cocktails, and mezcals.

Spago Beverly Hills

Aging like a fine wine, this undisputed Beverly Hills icon is still rocking LA’s fine dining landscape for almost four decades now. 

Thanks to its regularly changing menu, Spago remains respectable and relevant to its patrons both old and new, tourists and locals alike. 

Let’s be straightforward here, dining at chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is not going to be cheap but it’s a one-of-a-kind bucket list experience for most of us whose names are not in any of those stars on the Walk of Fame. 

So, when you’re ready to treat yourself, Spago offers exciting contemporary additions to its menu. But we have a feeling you’ll want to try its classic dishes if it’s your first visit.

Start with the spicy tuna tartare in sesame-miso cones, then have a slice of smoked salmon pizza with crème fraîche, and don’t forget the handmade agnolotti with truffle. 

Dining as a group? Get the California tasting menu. It’s got all the classics and each dish is begging to be savored. 

Orsa & Winston

Despite the eyebrow-raising concept of combining two culinary powerhouses into a minimalist 33-seater storefront, chef Josef Centeno downright dismissed doubts by pulling off a meticulous fusion of Japanese and Italian masterpieces that got everybody talking. 

The result, you ask? Game-changingly good. 

Seeing as chef Josef Centeno is also the owner of two other amazing restaurants in this article, we shouldn’t be surprised.

Michelin-starred Orsa & Winston serves a casual a la carte lunch menu highlighted by the smoked fish plate, chicken katsu sando (Japanese-style fried chicken sandwich), and healthy grain bowl salad. 

And for dinner, they serve a fancier six-course omakase, meaning that you entrust the chef to make the selections for you. Or if you have room for more, the twenty-plus course super omakase might just be your thing. 

Wine pairings are available with each tasting menu featuring stellar labels from France, Spain, and Italy. Poached pears and torta al formaggio are a satisfying finish.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: 122 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Private lot, Street
  • Website: http://www.orsaandwinston.com
  • Reservations are highly recommended
  • No required dress code but come in dressy for dinner, at least.

Providence

With nothing but good words from top food critics, this two-Michelin-star Melrose classic will elevate your evenings into an exquisite culinary experience with pristine flavors of the sea, a dash of mystery, and a generous amount of utter satisfaction.

Take pleasure in chef Michael Cimarusti’s intimately elegant space and indulge in its artfully stunning plates of quality seafood goodness. 

Different each night, there are three sets of tasting menus for you to choose from. 

It’s pointless, really, to think about the bill at this moment, so just go ahead and pick whichever speaks to you the most. Every dish is simply one-of-a-kind.

Alaskan king crab risotto with sea urchin and yuzu, Quinault River king salmon with red cabbage, and Tahitian squash and pecan. These are just a selection of their many tempting dishes. 

All of this is complemented by an impressive dessert list and a knockout cellar. 

Providence also offers a la carte options but only during lunch.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: 5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Street, Private Lot
  • Website: https://providencela.com/
  • Reservations are required

For Date Night

Best Restaurants for Date Night in Los Angeles - Bar Ama

Whether you’re on your first date with someone new, about to propose, or just in the mood for some dinner and quality time with your significant other, it can be overwhelming to pick one out of a plethora of restaurants that Los Angeles has to offer. 

Skip the shrugs when you ask each other where to eat because we’ve got your date night covered with these awesome restaurants in LA: 

Bar Amá

For that casual, hip cantina vibe type of night, chef Josef Centeno’s Bar Amá is the place to be. 

This cozy little spot in Downtown LA serves up delightful crowd-pleasers such as the vegan Tex-Mex queso, Mom’s green enchiladas, and cauliflower and cilantro pesto.

If you’re looking for some traditional Mexican food, try their birria. This dish from Jalisco is usually made by stewing goat meat, but at Bar Amá you’ll find an equally-delicious lamb birria.

Top it all off with their scrumptious Tex Leches dessert and you’re sure to leave that smile on your faces for a little longer even after the food high wears off. 

Me gusta, indeed. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 118 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Metered street parking and paid lots in the area. Valet parking is available from 6 PM to close.
  • Website: http://www.bar-ama.com
  • Reservations highly recommended

Baco Mercat

Looking to try something unique and flavorful for a change? Get to know what Eastern Mediterranean cuisine tastes like at the charming and modern Baco Mercat. 

Owned by the same chef who runs Bar Amá and Orsa & Winston, Baco Mercat is home to his famous flatbread brainchild called the baco. You’ll surely enjoy their signature baco, the Toron Baco. 

Be sure to try the hamachi crudo for that interesting Abkhazian chile spice, as well as the caramelized cauliflower and hand-torn pasta with pork sugo. 

To end your night on a sweet note, order the yogurt panna cotta.

Reservations should be made in advance as this place can get packed. 

It can also be a bit lively and loud at times especially during Happy Hour so keep this in mind if you’re looking for something a bit more quiet and intimate. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Metered street parking is available on Main and 4th streets; nearby parking lots are located at the corner of Winston and Main and across the street from the restaurant. Valet starts at 6 PM (every night except Art Walk Thursdays) $10 per car.
  • Website: http://www.bacomercat.com
  • Reservations highly recommended

Bestia

Nothing beats Italian comfort food. Well, until it’s made even more incredible, that is. 

This contemporary and rustic Italian restaurant elevated the DTLA food scene with their game-changing cavatelli alla norcina, spaghetti rustichella, and alla’nduja pizza. 

And no matter how full you already are, it would be a crime to skip out on their bittersweet chocolate budino tart. 

This casual yet renowned restaurant is such a popular dining destination that it’s advisable to make reservations 4-6 weeks in advance to get a table. 

Unless you’d like to take your chances to be seated at the bar, which would then still take around 60-90 minutes waiting time.

Is it expensive to dine here? Yes. 

Would it be worth the time and money? Let’s just say Italian food is an art form at Bestia.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location:  2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet parking available.
  • Website: https://bestiala.com
  • Advanced reservations strongly recommended

M. Georgina

M. Georgina is a great choice if you want to get a little more intimate yet relaxed setting that’s perfect for a special occasion. 

This Michelin-starred restaurant in Row DTLA serves a micro-seasonal style blend of seamlessly combined cuisines that lean more towards the Italian cooking we all know and love. 

If you’d rather skip Happy Hour and go straight to dinner, then you should start with the littleneck clam diavolo and house levain with cultured butter. For date night, we recommend the Liberty Farms Duck for Two. 

Complete your gastronomic experience by trying their dandelion chocolate crémeux and their sourdough ice cream. 

In the mood to try a little bit of everything? M. Georgina also has a $75-per-person Tasting Menu option. It’s the 8-10 course dinner of your dreams served family-style. 

Most will be smaller portions plucked from the menu but all are guaranteed to make you want to come back for more and, of course, see that impressed look on your date’s face. 

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location:  777 Alameda St Building 1, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Parking available at The Row.
  • Website: https://www.mgeorgina.com
  • Reservations encouraged

Il Cielo

Say hello to Il Cielo, the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles. Situated in Beverly Hills, this Italian restaurant is the stuff that makes up every girl’s impossibly glamorous fine-dining fantasy date. 

You can have your pick of fresh food favorites, such as the burrata pugliese, porcini mushroom risotto, and the classic tiramisu while sitting in a beautiful garden setting. It’s a sure-fire way to your date’s heart. 

If that’s not enough, Il Cielo also offers A La Carte Romantic Packages where they can set you up with fresh rose petals, candles, a heart-shaped cake, and a half-bottle of champagne to make sure you seal the deal if ever you’re planning to propose.

At the least, it will leave your date gushing for weeks if you’re just there for a lovey-dovey dinner. 

Just make sure you arrange all of that beforehand when you make your reservation in advance, as required. And what do you know, they have an Italian Happy Hour too!

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location:  9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 
  • Parking: Valet parking is available.
  • Website: https://www.ilcielo.com
  • Reservations recommended

For Vegetarians and Vegans

Best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Los Angeles - Monty's Good Burger

Forget bland tofu and soggy broccoli, LA has been cradling a plant-friendly lifestyle for quite some time now. It’s vibrant and it’s thriving, so why settle for boring? 

From quirky eateries to posh cafés with inventive and tasty dishes, there’s never been a better time to be vegetarian or vegan in LA. So leave those sad side dishes behind and welcome to veggie heaven.

Monty’s Good Burger

Monty’s Good Burger is the cool, woke, down-to-earth, Instagram-famous millennial of LA’s plant-based food space.

Monty’s co-founder and Coachella’s culinary director, Nick Adler says the menu wasn’t made for vegans(!). Instead, it was made to slowly transition the fast-food obsessed off their animal-based diet by serving them food that’s familiar and approachable like smashed burgers, milkshakes, tater tots, and rootbeer. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be an LA burger joint without a secret menu. 

Ask for a dogpile, which is a bed of fries or tots, topped with two Impossible patties swimming in melted vegan cheese, and drizzled with ranch, habanero, and Sriracha sauce.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  Two locations: Koreatown and Echo Park
  • Parking: Metered on-street parking is available, but it can be difficult to find an open spot.
  • Website: https://montysgoodburger.com

Equelecua Cuban Cafe

With the making of the Cubano, the movie Chef gifted the internet one of its most viral food scenes. Meanwhile, the collective sound of vegan hearts breaking could be heard around the world, that is – until now.

Located in Pasadena, Equelecua Cuban Cafe serves the only vegan Cubano in the world. The El Cubanaso is made with vegan versions of lechón asa’o, ham, and Swiss cheese, and is topped with organic pickles, mustard, and mayo. 

According to owner Caro Lafaurie, apart from veganizing the ingredients, they remain faithful to the original recipe to deliver authentic Cuban flavors.

Complete your vegano a lo cubano gastronomic experience by ordering their alitas with fire agave (spicy vegan wings), arroz amarillo (yellow rice), and tostones (fried plantains).

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  55 S Madison Ave., Pasadena CA
  • Parking: There is a nearby parking structure on Oakland street that is free for up to 20 minutes and also offers validation.
  • Website: https://equelecuacafe.com

Sage Plant Based Bistro

Partly-owned by Hollywood royalty Woody Harrelson, it comes as no surprise that the clientele of Sage Plant Based Bistro reads like a red carpet event.

Celebrities like Owen Wilson, Madelaine Petsch, and Jason Mraz go to Sage for its most crave-able, guilt-free, farm-to-table comfort food. Like mac n’ cheese pizza, gluten-free donuts, ice cream, and (because it wouldn’t be LA without it!) smashed avocado toast.

Add to that its staunch commitment to sustainability, from working together with local farmers to practicing a zero-waste program in all their locations, and you’ve got yourself a superstar restaurant.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  There are three locations: one in Culver City, one in Echo Park, and one in Pasadena.  
  • Parking: The Culver City location is within a shopping center that has its own parking lot. There is metered parking and paid parking garages near the Echo Park and Pasadena locations.
  • Website: https://www.sageveganbistro.com
  • Reservation required for parties larger than six (6) people

Cafe Gratitude

There’s something intriguing about Cafe Gratitude’s bright and cheery atmosphere and it’s not just its vibrant vegan/vegetarian menu. 

With locations in Larchmont, Venice, and the Arts District, this health-minded brand isn’t just focused on serving food for your physical wellness but your mental health as well. 

Each dish they serve is named after a positive life affirmation and you are encouraged to add “I am” when you order. So in effect, you’d say “I am whole” for the highly recommended macrobiotic bowl with a great blend of yams, beans, kelp, sautéed kale, quinoa, and brown rice. 

Other standouts that will keep your palate entertained include: humble (Indian curry bowl) and mucho (Mexican bowl). 

The awakening, a key lime pie made with avocado custard, cashew coconut whipped cream, monk fruit, and a pecan crust is quite a sweet (but sugar-free) finish along with their refreshing list of pressed juices and smoothies.

Little Pine

Moby’s trendy, mid-Century styled, all-vegan restaurant, Little Pine, is doing big things. The music mogul slash philanthropist slash activist says the philosophy behind Little Pine is to give their clients a chance to align their food choices with their values.

And to do that, they serve indulgent, cruelty-free vegan dishes and donates 100 percent of their profit to animal rights organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary, and Sea Shepherd.

If you’re undecided on what to order, Moby recommends the Sriracha glazed Brussels sprouts and the S’mores ganache.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  2870 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: There is a small parking lot as well as street parking.
  • Website: https://www.littlepinerestaurant.com
  • Reservations highly encouraged

For Sports Fans

Best sports bars and restaurants in Los Angeles - The Morrison

Sports bring people together. And sports bars? Well, they make people go wild together, celebratory wild, at least. 

Add an endless list of beers, mouthwatering burgers, some deep-fried goodness, and crazy huge screens to the mix, and you get a contagiously loud and fun hub full of cheery sports fans. 

Sounds like your thing? LA has tons of places where you can join in the fun, grab a nice drink, feast on delicious food, and cheer for your team. 

Here’s a round-up of awesome sports bars in town:

The Morrison

Top-rated for its delicious burger list, large range of crafted beers and cocktails, and tasty desserts, this Atwater Village staple is a home run for sports aficionados all over town. 

Alongside its amazing eats, The Morrison has an insane amount of TV screens. From the NBA to the NFL to college football and hockey, you’ll be able to catch all the major leagues and matches here.

Don’t miss out on their famous bacon bourbonator burger with thick-cut bacon and blue cheese. Upgrade your side to truffle fries or onion rings, wash it all down with brown ale, and get the butterscotch bread pudding for a gut-busting finish.

You can also drop by any day from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm to enjoy their popular happy hour. 

Bonus: The Morrison is a pet-friendly space with a special menu for dogs.

33 Taps

33 Taps takes beer drinking seriously and the menu does not disappoint either. Formerly located in Hollywood, this Silver Lake sports bar boasts an incredible 33 (and counting) craft beer taps, making their happy hour (Wednesday to Friday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm) even more enjoyable.

Here, you’ll find traditional pub dishes from all-day breakfast sandwiches to handcrafted burgers, and, surprisingly, a good number of vegan options. 

The beef sliders and bacon mac and cheese are a popular choice. But the buffalo cauliflower wings are a must-try regardless of whether or not you are a vegan.

Music is hushed and smaller television screens are mounted strategically around the place, making your live baseball and football viewing a little subdued. 

BiergartenLA

This unassuming Ktown sports bar has been piquing the interest of bar-goers for a decade now with its well-curated craft beers on tap. 

Inspired by the biergartens of Germany, its menu consists of a unique and unexpectedly appetizing fusion of German and Korean flavors. 

Whether it’s German dunkelweizen and Weizenbock you’re after or a powerfully hopped IPA, BiergartenLA has it all sorted with really good head-swirlers. 

And be sure to soak up your beer with any of these highlights: Bratwurst and sauerkraut infused German fried rice, oven-grilled beer brine drunk chicken, and the talk-of-the-town Chosun Burger packed with sautéed kimchi and spam.

BiergartenLA is a great place to explore unusual flavor pairings on game night with your usual squad. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  206 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet and street parking
  • Website: https://biergartenla.com/

Mr. Furley’s Bar

If you and your pals are on a hunt for a huddle place to catch an NFL game and get a few drinks, welcome to Mr. Furley’s, where lowering your expectations is kind of a rule (?). At least that’s what the rear wall of this Sherman Oaks drinking spot says. 

With a newer and bigger location in Glendale, Mr. Furley’s is a pretty straightforward, late-night bar that offers a nice and inexpensive slate of wine, beer, cocktails, and tasty comfort food classics, despite its occasional self-bashing tendencies. 

Both locations have great spaces to play pool, darts, and a game of shuffleboard. They also have one of the best late-night happy hours in LA: buy two drinks, get the third one free from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 

Weirdly enough, it attracts a young crowd for a place with such an old-school sitcom vibe. But who cares? It’s fun and it’s cheap. 

Founders Ale House

Dark wood, dim lights, wickedly cold IPAs in cold glasses, big and small screens everywhere, friendly staff, darts, and board and arcade games—if these aren’t your thing for a great NFL Sunday, we don’t know what is!

Reasonably priced and filling bar snacks like the fiery and juicy spicy chicken sandwich, truffle parmesan tater tots, and their raved-about hand-battered corn dogs are definitely worth a taste. 

You can also binge on their extensive guiltless vegan offerings, including the ever-popular cauliflower wings.

On game nights, this sports-obsessed pub is swarming with fans and it can get really loud. 

But Founders Ale House is a space genius. There are lots of nice seats and places to stand all with a clear view of the game screens.

For Cheap Eats

Best cheap restaurants in Los Angeles - In N Out Burger

While most of us may be willing to spend a significant amount for a unique food experience in our travels, sometimes the most memorable tastes can be found in unassuming stalls and restaurants. 

Listed below are four of the best cheap eats in LA:

In-N-Out

They say you haven’t tried the best fast food burger until you’ve been to In-N-Out. For a little over $10, you can get a full-on meal for two — or for one, if you’re really hungry. 

Their classic menu consists of the hamburger, cheeseburger, and the double-double burger. But they also have a “not-so-secret” menu that allows you to try popular customizations of their burgers. 

To take your burger or fries to the next level, order it “Animal Style.” And if you’re watching your carbs, you can ask for “Protein Style” to get a lettuce-wrapped burger. 

Plus, their ingredients — beef patties, vegetables, and fries — are all fresh and free of fillers.

  • Price Range: $
  • Location:  Multiple locations around LA
  • Parking: Parking lot available and most locations also have a drive-thru.
  • Website: https://www.in-n-out.com

Dino’s Chicken & Burgers

This place may not look like much, but there’s something about this simple stall that makes customers come back for more. 

Although it has a packed menu that can cater to both American and Mexican tastes, the real winner of Dino’s Chicken & Burgers is the Pollo Maniaco.

The Pollo Maniaco consists of ½ chicken, coleslaw, fries, and tortillas. 

On paper, this combination already seems interesting enough — or weird, if you find it hard to imagine what it’d be like. But it’s best to reserve your judgment for when you actually taste it.

  • Price Range: $
  • Location:  2575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Small parking lot, so you might have to find street parking instead.
  • Website: https://www.dinoschicken.com

Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s could have just as easily fit under our “For Dessert” category. Their pastries, cakes, and other sweets are to die for. The cheese rolls and guava cheese refugiados are not to be missed. 

But Porto’s offers so much more than just dessert. From potato balls to Cuban sandwiches and full lunch plates, everything we have tried here has been both delicious and affordable. 

The truth is, you can try out everything in this bakery and not be disappointed, but the Cuban options are really what makes it a hit.

 Porto’s usually has a line that goes out the door, but don’t let that scare you off. The wait is always shorter than what you’d expect.

  • Price Range: $
  • Location: Multiple locations. The Burbank and Glendale locations will be most convenient for those staying in LA. The Buena Park location will be closest to those visiting Disneyland. 
  • Parking: Parking lots available at all locations. At the Glendale location, the parking lot is metered but there is a nearby garage that is free for 90 minutes.
  • Website: https://www.portosbakery.com

Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Some fish tacos are carried by their salsa and other unique additions, but Ricky’s Fish Tacos is all about the basics. The batter is what sets it apart from other fish tacos that you might’ve tried. 

Even if you’re not a fan of seafood tacos in general, their fish and shrimp tacos are enough to make you change your mind.

Since this is a food truck, they might change locations every now and then. Fortunately, they have a Twitter account where you can see their updated locations and store hours.

For Dessert

Best desserts in Los Angeles - Gelateria Uli

Los Angeles has lots of amazing food, and it also offers endless opportunities for a post-meal sugar rush that will help satisfy your cravings. 

For dessert lovers out there, we’ve come up with a list of the best desserts in LA that you need to try:

Gelateria Uli

Looking for a gelato that’s creamy and flavorful without being overly sweet? Head off to this well-known gelato spot in the city. 

Founded by Uli Nasibova in downtown Los Angeles, Gelateria Uli offers gelato and sorbets that are freshly served from their kitchen. 

Gelateria Uli has seasonal flavors along with popular ones like sea salt caramel, stracciatella, California pistachio, hibiscus, chocolate sorbet, and mint sorbet. Vegan options are also available. 

The black sesame and speculoos are some of our personal favorites, and we appreciate that they’ve always been very patient with us, even when we want to sample almost every flavor.

And if that weren’t enough, they also make beautiful gelato cakes for special occasions and “pupsicles” for your furry companions. 

  • Price Range: $
  • Location: There is one location at the Spring Street Arcade in Downtown LA and one at Beverly Grove (near the Farmers Market and The Grove).
  • Parking: Street parking at both locations, which can be challenging.
  • Website: https://www.gelateriauli.com

House of Pies

This family-owned restaurant was first opened back in 1969 and is well-known for its great food, high-quality coffee, and a wide selection of pies that are freshly baked every day. 

House of Pies has about forty pie flavors for sale ‒ coconut cream, banana cream, pecan, Dutch apple, lemon meringue, and vanilla custard to name a few. There are also seasonal flavors available like sweet potato and fresh summer strawberry.

Moreover, diners come here not only for the delicious pies but for the restaurant’s impeccable customer service and excellent dining atmosphere as well. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location:  1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: They have their own parking lot.
  • Website: http://houseofpiesla.com

Donut Friend

Donut Friend has elevated the whole donut game by creating customizable donuts that come with a variety of fillings, toppings, and flavors to pick from. Not only that, but every single one of their donuts is vegan.

One of their eccentric creations is the Srirachosin donut, made from ingredients like peanut butter, coconut bacon, strawberry jam, and a hint of Sriracha. 

You can even make your own sugary concoction or choose from the other signature compilations that incorporate a unique combination of flavors.

  • Price Range: $
  • Location: They have two locations: Highland Park and Downtown LA.
  • Parking: Street parking at both, but it can be particularly hard to find a spot near the DTLA location so you may want to opt for parking at one of the paid lots nearby instead.
  • Website: https://donutfriend.com

85°C Bakery Cafe

Go carb-frenzy by trying out 85°C Bakery and Cafe’s freshly baked bread and pastries. With over a thousand retail shops worldwide, this Taiwanese spot serves guests with delicious treats at affordable prices. 

And they’re not kidding about the “fresh” part ‒ you’ll see employees coming out of the kitchen, laden down with trays, yelling “fresh bread!”.

Make sure to drop by in one of its numerous SoCal locations to taste their delectable brioches and egg tarts yourself. The cafe also serves cakes, bubble teas, smoothies, and fresh coffee (brewed to specifically 85°C). 

If sweets aren’t your thing, they also serve a variety of savory treats like their cheese dog and pork sung bun. It’s definitely a place worth checking out if you’re in the LA area.

Little Damage

If you’re looking for great visual food that you can post on Instagram, then you should check this place out. Although you might be tempted to try out Little Damage just for the ‘gram, you’re in for a treat once you taste the actual ice cream and cone.

Little Damage’s soft-serve ice cream is made from high-quality ingredients, sourced from organic dairy farms, with zero preservatives. 

Their iconic black waffle cone is made from black charcoal and is hand-rolled a few minutes before serving. Must-try flavors are vegan coconut almond, purple taro, and black salted caramel. 

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 700 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Given it’s Downtown LA location, street parking can be a challenge but paid lots are also available nearby.
  • Website: https://www.littledamage.com

For Brunch

Best brunch in Los Angeles- Blu Jam Cafe
Brunch Carbonara at Blu Jam

Home to great sunshine, amazing weather, and gorgeous outdoor patios, no one would trade a lazy weekend morning in LA – noshing on bacon and eggs and sipping bottomless mimosas – for anything else. 

So, when the sun is up and the sky is clearer than ever, expect the lines at these brunch hotspots to be pretty darn long. 

Don’t let it get to you though, it’s all part of the charm of having an excellent morning meal in LA.

Blu Jam Cafe

Brunch is the perfect time to be at this Melrose stalwart. In fact, any of its locations across LA sounds like a good morning idea. 

Ah yes, waiting in an insanely long line during weekends is a tad bit of a hurdle, but wouldn’t you brave it for their amazing signature crunchy French toast? And don’t get us started on their eggs Benedict and Brunch Carbonara because an essay wouldn’t suffice. 

Consistently listed among LA’s top brunch places, other smash hits include the chopped salmon hash with poached eggs and toast and Kamil’s breakfast, which is mac and cheese with eggs, smoked bacon, and ham. 

Or delight in their fantastic list of vegan options starting with the organic crispy tortilla tofu tostada.

To add to that, the staff is friendly and the restaurant only uses the freshest ingredients daily. All of this makes us want a regular ride on this brunch craze that is Blu Jam Cafe.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Multiple locations around LA
  • Parking: Parking options vary per location but mostly valet and street parking
  • Website: https://www.blujamcafe.com
  • Tip: Get on their Yelp waitlist before you arrive to cut down on waiting time. 

Republique

Built in the 1920s, this airy and stunning architectural gem is home to a cozy brasserie known for its creative and plate-licking-good California-French cuisine. 

Brunch is especially appealing here. Freshly baked pastries seem to send out their heavenly scent all over town, bewitching people to stand and form a line outside.

Republique’s chocolate banana croissant and brioche French toast are absolute must-tries, but it’s the escargot en croûte that steals the show. 

Smoked salmon tartine with charred eggplant labneh, kimchi fried rice topped with poached eggs, and delicious red shakshouka are also top menu standouts that make this Hancock Park edifice a popular brunch spot in LA.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Street
  • Website: https://republiquela.com/
  • No reservations required, first-come-first-serve.

Bon Temps

Modern, industrial, and handsomely spacious, this fairly new brasserie wanted to create a laid back morning alfresco experience right in the middle of the Arts District. And it certainly did. 

Bon Temp’s beautiful patio exudes a vibrant French morning charm. And it’s particularly enticing to watch cheerful brunchers celebrating their love for pastries and all things bread. It’s one of those scenes you could literally smell and it’s so good, little Madeline would be proud. 

Skip your sad breakfast and head out for some real treats like decadent egg and spinach toad-in-a-hole, a flaky croissant loaded with pastrami or the thick and moist blackberry French toast. 

We also recommend the Normandy Cider mignonette oysters and Dungeness crab cake with braised chard, tomato jam, and house Portuguese muffin for a deeply pleasurable meal. 

Just a side note: it’s going to hurt your wallet a bit but it’s truly worth the splurge.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: 712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Street
  • Website: https://bontempsla.com

Bone Kettle

This Southeast Asian eatery is all about the bone broth. But come the weekend, they serve up some delectable and unconventional dishes for brunch.

The waffle stack is a perennial favorite. This sinful dish pairs pandan and ube waffles with berries, condensed milk, whipped cream, and ube ice cream.

If you prefer a mix of sweet and savory for your brunch, the Monte Cristo is a must-try. 

A fried ham and cheese sandwich that uses French toast as the buns? Sign me up! 

And did we mention that it also includes bacon, turkey and seasonal jelly?

For those looking for something less heavy, there’s several congee options to choose from, including salted duck egg congee and pork belly congee.

Of course, you can always order a bowl of their bone broth with your favorite toppings.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 67 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA
  • Parking: Valet parking is available as well as metered street parking. You can also park for free for up to 90 minutes at Raymond and Walnut.
  • Website: https://www.bonekettle.com/
  • Reservations highly recommended.

26 Beach

Fact: there are days that you want to let loose and get totally wasted. Not on booze, but on the messy and greasy goodness of a decadent breakfast. And when that time comes, this quirky brunch spot in Marina Del Rey is more than happy to serve. 

Having brunch these days has never been this sinfully awesome. 26 Beach offers a staggering amount of French toast options and a whole page on the menu dedicated to burgers. 

There’s also pasta full of scrambled eggs ranging from Greek to Italian styles. There’s a vast menu of options to choose from, so don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations if you’re stuck on what to order.

And to wash it all down? Take advantage of the bottomless mimosas and frose during breakfast happy hour from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on weekdays.

The best part about brunch at 26 Beach? You don’t have to wait until the weekend. Brunch is served here every day.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA
  • Parking: Street, Private Lot
  • Website: http://www.26beach.com

For Korean BBQ

Best Korean BBQ restaurants in LA

In an already cut-throat battle of tabletop grills, seasoned meats, surprising sides, and which restaurant won’t leave you smelling like galbi after each session, the Korean barbecue scene in LA shows no sign of slowing down and even continues to up its game. 

The number of choices can get a little overwhelming but who’s complaining? 

Check out these four KBBQ joints you shouldn’t miss:

Park’s BBQ

Scouring LA for the ultimate Korean barbecue experience isn’t much of a good hunt if you skipped Ktown’s most fussed-over barbecue royalty. Sporting a minimalist setting, its predominantly black dining area is equipped with silver grill hoods to ensure excellent ventilation.

Now, on to the main attraction: a platter (P1 combo) of bulgogi, high-quality ribeye steak, and boneless short rib is always a solid choice. 

It’s served with a mouthwatering selection of regularly changing banchan (side dishes) that include egg pancakes, spicy cucumbers, pureed squash, kimchi, marinated clams, and broccoli.

Complement it with an appetizing bowl of kimchi fried rice and a glistening plate of japjae glass noodles, and you’ll end with a smile worthy of a Joseon king. 

Park’s BBQ has been a mandatory stop for visiting Kpop personalities and diplomats, as it is a favorite among locals and tourists. 

Expect steep prices but totally worth it. The restaurant also offers a more affordable lunch menu if you’re on a budget.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: 955 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet
  • Website: http://parksbbq.com

Soh Grill House

Sleek, industrial, and filled with white Ikea-style furnishings, Soh Grill House bows down to its traditional Korean barbecue heritage but also embraces the modernist LA lifestyle that makes it attractive to grilled meat lovers. 

Located in Old Town Pasadena, Soh’s menu features meat options like brisket, pork belly, and pork jowl but, really, you should have your eyes set on the fat-freckled prime ribeye. It’s cooked on a cast-iron pan right at your table. 

Be sure to leave room for their classic bibimbap in a stone-bowl, simple yet impressively tasty. Other specialty favorites are worth a try such as the kalbi tacos and a variety of delicate dumplings. 

Drinks include both American and Korean beers, soju, and a nice small wine list.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 27 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA
  • Parking: Garage, Street
  • Website: https://www.sohgrillhouse.com/
  • Reservations required for a group of 8 or more.

Magal BBQ

With over 430 locations worldwide, including branches in South Korea, China, New York, and LA, Magal BBQ is the McDonald’s of Korean barbecue joints. 

This Ktown staple offers all-you-can-eat deals and exciting pork and beef combos good for two to three people. Its popularity among the younger crowd can lead to long wait times. 

Regardless of the wait, stop by Magal BBQ and reward yourself with their signature galmaegi, a tender and richly-flavored pork skirt meat. Their banchan options are equally delicious, with the cold bowl of dongchimi broth being the star of the show.

Other highlights include marinated short prime rib and pork skin in sweet sauce paired with savory volcano fried rice. 

Wash it all down with ice-cold soju and complete the experience with bingsu (shaved ice with mung bean powder and red beans).

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 3460 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Street 

Soowon Galbi

Another DIY Korean barbecue spot, Soowon Galbi is easily one of the favorites around Koreatown. It’s known for serving high-quality meats at a price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. 

Seasoned KBBQ patrons and newbies frequent this joint for their melt-in-your-mouth beef selections and authentic Korean dishes like seafood pancake, dolsot bibimbap, and spicy kimchi and tofu stew. 

When choosing your meat, don’t skip on their signature house-marinated galbi or better yet, pick Combo B (good for four) which has a bit of everything. 

You’ll be treated to seasoned and unseasoned ribeye, pork neck, beef brisket, and the soy garlic-marinated short rib.

Bustling, interactive, and full of a convivial party vibe, Soowon Galbi is undeniably one of the best spots for Korean BBQ in LA.

For Dim Sum

Best dim sum restaurants Los Angeles - Din Tai Fung

There’s something oddly satisfying in watching expert hands roll, shape, and intricately fold dumplings, making perfect pleats and eventually turning into bite-sized delights. 

The art of dim sum has long been woven into LA’s culinary fabric. So much so that it was difficult to narrow down this section to a few choice restaurants.

Be sure to visit one of these joints for the best dim sum experience in town. 

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is leading a global dumpling revolution, no doubt about that. And at its core is a tiny little bun that has been behind the dim sum chain’s worldwide success – the xiao long bao. 

Each signature xiao long bao (soup dumpling) undergoes an intricate preparation process, resulting in a stunning 18-fold bun, stuffed with intense-flavored broth and marinated pork.

The classic Kurobuta pork is the most popular of the XLB options. But you can also indulge in pork and truffle or pork and crab soup dumplings. 

The sauteed string beans with garlic are bursting with such flavor that they’re sure to win over even the most vegetable-adverse patrons.

If you’re itching to explore more of their menu, you can’t go wrong with the shrimp and pork shao mai or the fluffy steamed pork buns.

And for a sweet finish, try the red bean buns.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Multiple locations around LA.
  • Parking: Varies by location. Validated valet parking at Glendale.
  • Website: https://dintaifungusa.com/
  • Reservations recommended.

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Housed in a stucco building, Sea Harbour is a Cantonese seafood eatery that epitomizes the best of Chinese cuisine in LA. 

Dumplings here are famous among its patrons for being generously sized and bursting with flavor. As such, expect a bit of a wait when you visit this hotspot in the famed San Gabriel Valley dim sum universe.

If you can snag a table, go grab the menu and start ordering your favorite dim sum right away. They’re made-to-order and may take time. 

Their kitchen executes an all-star lineup of classics you shouldn’t miss: har gow with a gorgeous mound of shrimp in a nice firm dumpling wrapper, French-style baked barbecue pork bun with a sweet crunchy exterior, pork fried dumplings, and deep-fried tofu in abalone sauce. 

Apart from its array of quality dim sum offerings, Sea Harbour prides itself on great customer service and a clean and expansive dining space.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: 3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA
  • Parking: Private Lot, Street 

Lunasia Dim Sum House

Lunasia is an OG San Gabriel Valley stalwart with branches in Alhambra, Pasadena and, Cerritos. 

Serving dim sum all day every day, this exceptional dim sum house boasts an encyclopedic menu of over a hundred types of dishes, from scallop and squid ink dumplings to steamed pork and custard buns.

Steamed, baked or deep-fried, you name it, they have it.

And as in many upscale dim sum joints, rolling carts are not a thing here. Ordering is done a la carte using notepads. 

Specialties include pan-fried string beans mixed with fried minced pork, sauteed eggplant, and jumbo har gaw dumplings. Their siu-mai and shrimp and spinach dumplings are also highly recommended.

Lunasia is slightly on the pricier side, but with its white tablecloth service and the top-notch quality of its heavenly dumplings, it’s well worth it.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Multiple locations around LA.
  • Parking: Street 
  • Website: http://lunasiadimsum.com/
  • Reservations for parties of 8 or more are accepted.

Mason’s Dumpling Shop

Now, let’s get out of the San Gabriel Valley and see if we can still find a good place to get your dim sum fix. Tip? Look for a line that snakes out the door early morning and you’ll find Mason’s. 

Well, technically, this dumpling spot is a 26-seater casual offshoot of an SGV restaurant, Luscious Dumplings. So expect boiled, steamed, and pan-fried dumplings along with rice bowls, fluffy buns, and savory vegetable sides. 

The headliners here are the signature pan-fried pork dumplings with incredibly crispy edges, broth-filled xiao long bao, and the stewed pork belly bun. If you’re not a fan of pork, opt for the Angus beef bun, which is just as delicious.

While the line outside can look a bit daunting, service is fast inside. The prices here aren’t going to break the bank, and the handmade dumplings are substantial, fresh, and tasty. 

Calling in orders for pick up is highly recommended if you want to avoid lines.

For a Unique Vibe

There are times that we crave for something unusual and unforgettable in terms of the actual dining experience and ambiance. 

Discovering new places that tinker with innovative, creative, and even quirky concepts is all part of the culinary adventure LA has in store for you. 

Read on to learn about these exciting restaurants that deliver truly unique experiences as well as epic eats.

Pan Am Experience

This was a time when tattered jeans and hoodies, although comfortable, would have been a disgrace while onboard a plane. Even in coach. 

A time when traveling by plane meant dressing up for a caviar and champagne affair, and top-notch service up in the air. 

This was the Pan Am experience during the luxurious days of air travel and you are about to relive it.

Tucked away in an old movie soundstage in Pacoima, diners can enjoy a full Pan Am experience, without an actual take-off. 

You’ll get to experience all the glory and lavish elements of what it was like flying aboard the most prestigious airline in history.

Set in a replica Boeing 747, this unique dining experience takes you on a four-hour nostalgic trip of everything Pan Am—from its iconic flight attendant uniforms to authentic china, linen, and glassware. 

Even the Pan Am check-in counter was built to look exactly how it was back in the sixties. 

The experience includes a five-course menu featuring dishes that were served during the flying days of the famed airline. But you can also pre-order a vegetarian option should you require one. 

Tickets must be booked months in advance and are sold in pairs ranging in price from $475 to $875. Since this replica Boeing 747 is still used for filming movies and TV shows, dates are limited.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: 13240 Weidner St, Pacoima, CA
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Website: https://panamexperience.com
  • Reservations required and must be made months in advance.

Pacific Dining Car

This nearly century-old steakhouse features a vintage and sophisticated railway car interior. It has this political-boys-planning-to-oust-a-government kind of vibe that is oddly conducive to private and meaningful conversations. 

Dining in this downtown godfather is a trip back to the glorious Great Gatsby era. Jazzy, clubby, and opulent – a true one-of-a-kind experience highlighted by great food and stellar service. 

Filet mignon, prime rib, crab cakes, and eggs benedict are the classic standouts. But the de facto main event is the baseball steak, meltingly tender and juicy.

The chocolate soufflé and cheesecake are great sweet finishes.

Pacific Dining Car serves excellent food 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: Downtown LA and Santa Monica
  • Parking: Valet 
  • Website: https://pacificdiningcar.com
  • Reservations are required during special holidays and events.

Perch

If you’re after a fantastic skyline view of Downtown LA, an unfussy French menu, a glass of wine, and a live Jazz band, Perch is the perfect spot to be at.

This laidback French-inspired rooftop bistro has lovely patterned-tile floors, fairy-light adorned patio trees, and comfy plush couches perfect for some after-work drinks and mouth-watering brasserie-style fare. 

The menu offers superb dishes including Ahi tuna tartare with avocado, pan roasted salmon, and truffle cheese fries. Pair it with sangria or anything from their extensive list of bubbles. 

And if you’re looking for something sweet, the white chocolate bread pudding is your best bet.

If you want to skip the crowd and just soak up some sunshine, drop by during their aperitif hour (weekdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) for cocktails and unobstructed views of the city.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA
  • Parking: Street, Valet
  • Website: https://www.perchla.com
  • Reservations are highly recommended and the dress code is upscale casual.

Barton G. The Restaurant

A Miami original, Barton G. is the place to go if you’re hunting for the kind of theatrical culinary adventure that will blow your mind. This unique restaurant dishes up be-careful-what-you-wish-for American favorites. 

Although these are your classic steaks and whatnot, you never know what you’re going to get in terms of presentation. 

Forget about artsy sauce swirls and think heavily-propped food worthy of Vegas. A salad in a table-top wheelbarrow, lobster pop tarts served in a retro toaster, samurai tuna with an actual sword, and filet mignon with gigantic cutlery are just a few of the most jaw-dropping items on the menu. 

And if you’re craving for more culinary can-can, how about Marie Antoinette’s Head for the grand finale? A towering pink cotton candy molded to look like the French queen’s wig and served on a mannequin head.

With such elaborate production design and imaginative concepts, Barton G. will definitely put a quirky spin on your dining experience. 

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Nestled in the wooded wonders of Topanga Canyon, this creekside haven was once a church before transforming into a romantic and relaxing dining destination. 

Inn of the Seventh Ray prides itself on plating up excellent, tasty, organic, and healthy dishes with only the finest and freshest locally-sourced ingredients. 

It also practices innovative food preparations meant to promote physical and spiritual health.

Dining in this idyllic hideaway is uniquely enchanting and calming, a nice break from the stress and pressure of cosmopolitan living.

The restaurant’s most popular dishes include the eight-hour black vinegar short rib, filet mignon with truffle butter, roast lamb belly, and the pomegranate-lacquered duck breast with yams.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA
  • Parking: Private Lot, Valet
  • Website: https://www.innoftheseventhray.com
  • Reservations are highly recommended.

For LA History

Historical restaurants in Los Angeles - Tam O' Shanter

Museums are not the only time capsules capable of keeping the glorious moments of the past alive and celebrated. 

There are a lot of iconic restaurants in LA that not only have an old-fashioned vibe but that also allow you to relive history through classic food and well-preserved interiors. 

So, for our last stop, let’s take you back in time and get to know some of the long-standing and most classic dining hubs in town. These restaurants have served Hollywood legends, literary giants, and many other notable personalities in LA’s history.

Tam O’ Shanter

Beaming with character and a surprisingly welcoming vibe, Tam O’ Shanter has been standing tall like the immortal founding father of all pubs since opening in Atwater Village in 1922. 

Inside is a classic and charming Scottish-themed interior. It almost feels like a deleted real-life scene from Pixar’s Brave where King Fergus and his allies would normally have drinks. 

And they would have probably enjoyed house specialties like the gravy-drenched toad-in-a-hole, prime rib with creamed spinach or any of their made-to-order meat sandwiches.

Owned by the Lawry’s restaurant group, the 98-year-old restaurant has been frequented by a lot of known Hollywood personalities across generations. 

It was one of Walt Disney’s favorite dining spots, and he would often come dine with his group of animators. They came here so often that they would refer to the Tam O’Shanter as the “studio commissary”.

If you’re a big Disney fan, request to sit at Walt’s table (table 31).

Philippe The Original

A bonafide LA culinary treasure, Philippe The Original was the birthplace of the ultra-savory French dip sandwich. This sandwich comes packed with your choice of roast beef, pork, ham, lamb, or turkey dipped in hot au jus.

This vintage sandwich joint has truly stood the test of time as it continues to draw patronage and interest from locals and out-of-towners since opening in 1908. 

Surprisingly, not much has changed in its interior from a hundred years ago. Sawdust-covered floors and neon signs behind the deli counter are still rocking an old-fashioned-diner charm.

And just like its timeless appearance, their signature sandwiches remain unchanging and even getting better through time. From among the excellent meat choices, opt for the lamb variant with a sauce of your choice and pair it with lemonade. 

If you’re feeling a little bit spendy, go grab a glass of wine and enjoy an incredibly nostalgic experience at one of the communal tables.

Langer’s Delicatessen

With much ongoing debate on which state has the best tasting pastrami, let’s just say Angelenos need not fly to the East Coast for an amazing deli experience. 

Right across MacArthur Park stands a true blue Los Angeles deli that serves one of the best pastrami sandwiches in the world. 

Since 1947, this James Beard Award-winning historical LA deli has been a top choice for locals and tourists with pastrami cravings. 

Offering a bunch of other mouthwatering Jewish favorites, the number one showstopper is still #19, which piles melt-in-your-mouth spicy pastrami between two slices of twice-baked rye bread with Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian-style dressing. 

And if you still have room, check out the matzo ball soup, blintzes, and egg cream sodas.

Langer’s still has long lines after all these years and the parking situation is sadly not as satisfying as their sandwiches. 

They offer curbside pick-up but you’d be missing on the whole dining experience in a time-preserved landmark.

Musso & Frank

Established in 1919, Musso & Frank is touted as the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. It’s one of those dining spots that you should try at least once, so you can enjoy the taste of culinary history and experience the charm of an old-fashioned Hollywood hangout place. 

Much of its interior stayed exactly the same as when it was welcoming a stream of notable writers including Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with Hollywood A-listers like Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. 

From old Hollywood to the present, Musso & Frank’s kitchen is best known for its steaks, chops. and other favorites like chicken pot pie, liver and onions, and Welsh rarebit. 

Locals, tourists, and high-profile patrons all come back for these timeless dishes created daily from scratch since 1919. 

And one more thing, don’t leave without trying their iconic Martini. It’s more famous than we could ever aspire to be and it’s had the same classic taste for decades.

From its vibrant history to a nostalgic menu to renowned clientele and even Hollywood ghosts, this old LA dining icon is a one-of-a-kind transporting experience.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
  • Parking: Valet, Street, Private Lot, Validated
  • Website: https://mussoandfrank.com
  • Reservations are highly recommended.

The Original Pantry Cafe

If you’re looking for a legit Riverdale-ish American diner experience, there is no other place than The Original Pantry Cafe. 

Right in the heart of Downtown LA is a quintessential American diner that that has been plating up classics like steaks, burgers, pies, cakes, and mac and cheese since 1924. 

We’re talking greasy and calorie-laden stuff here. But that’s part of what makes it so good! 

You can’t go wrong with any of these classic dishes: sourdough French toast, country fried steak, and roast beef dinner. An additional order of the famed coleslaw wouldn’t hurt either. 

Apart from the food, part of the experience is queuing outside, waiting for your turn to order and paying cash at an old-fashioned register. 

Sit at one of the stools, and enjoy hefty servings of classic American favorites from this Los Angeles historic-cultural monument. 

Conclusion

Los Angeles has a bevy of amazing food choices, and you can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants on this list. 

For those planning to visit, let us know in the comments which of these restaurants you’d want to try the most.

For those local to LA, support your favorite restaurant by ordering some takeout during these difficult times. 

We hope this guide has helped show you how much amazing food there is to explore in LA.

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