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Los Angeles is having quite the food moment right now, with people flocking to the city’s best restaurants like they do to the season’s hottest premiere. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to boundary-pushing Mediterranean, pitch-perfect seafood spots to old-school Hollywood glamour—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Republique, AOC, Connie and Ted's
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Californian, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Hollywood, Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St., West Hollywood
$$$$·French·
Hollywood
2,260 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Republique is one of the most beautiful spots to eat in LA—and the food lives up to the occasion. This is French-ish food with a California edge—there’s beef tartare and foie gras Read more
94% recommended
French in Los Angeles
65 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Californian·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
2,746 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Chef Suzanne Goin is one of the most important figures in the Los Angeles food scene, and her restaurant AOC helped define the laid-back, stylish, ingredients-focused cooking that Read more
90% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
2,358 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
What happens when fine-dining chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence opens up a casual seafood restaurant? You get Connie and Ted’s, an homage to New England clam shacks done in the Read more
88% recommended
Seafood in Los Angeles
93 people mentioned the Fish Chip
$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Downtown
619 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Creative Cuisine
When chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis brought their mind-bendingly-good Italian food to Bestia, Los Angeles’s collective brain exploded. At Bavel, they do it again, this timeRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
22 people mentioned the Pita
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,802 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
Otium is nestled next to the Broad museum, and it feels like a natural extension of it: the ceilings soar, the windows gleam, and the food—prepared by chef Timothy Hollingsworth, aRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Downtown / South and East LA
48 people mentioned the Hamachi
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hollywood
1,089 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
At the heart of Odys and Penelope, a gorgeous space with exposed-brick walls and soaring ceilings, is a wood-fired hearth. Out of it comes things like perfectly charred skirt steakRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Los Angeles
59 people mentioned the Cheese Puff
$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
4,784 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Chef Nancy Silverton certainly knows her way around a pizza—and her expertise is always on show at Pizzeria Mozza, where she churns out consistently delicious pizzas and Italian foRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Hollywood
189 people mentioned the Squash Blossom
$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,059 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
You think you know pizza and pasta? Try Bestia’s. Eating here feels like stepping into an entirely new universe, where flavor and texture can exist in multiple dimensions. While yoRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
66 people mentioned the Cavatelli
$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
3,614 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Ever since it opened in 2016, Catch has been the hottest ticket in town: this is a see-and-be-seen place, a Los Angeles scene in every which way. And though you’re probably not theRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
26 people mentioned the Lobster Mac Cheese
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,774 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Walk into Redbird, and you’ll feel something special: maybe it’s the gorgeous glass windows, maybe it’s the soaring ceilings, or maybe it’s because the space once housed a cathedraRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Downtown / South and East LA
43 people mentioned the Avocado Salad
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$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
4,508 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Chef Nancy Silverton has created a Los Angeles restaurant empire, and Osteria Mozza is the crown jewel. Get anything from the in-house mozzarella bar, and you can’t go wrong with aRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Hollywood
97 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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$$$$·Californian·
Hollywood
236 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
There were high hopes for The Hearth & Hound, New York–based chef April Bloomfield’s first foray in the the Los Angeles dining scene—and it certainly does not disappoint. Chef BlooRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Hollywood
4 people mentioned the Banana Bread
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$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,115 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
Cecconi’s is one of the city’s hottest spots for power lunches and dinners, with an aura of glamour and style that feels distinctly Los Angeles. With its ivied terrace, retractableRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
25 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
822 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
You can’t talk about Los Angeles without talking about Mexican food, and Mercado—especially the location on Third Street—is a lovely place to consume it. Order a few rounds of tacoRead more
93% recommended
53 people mentioned the Carnitas
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$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
986 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Officine BRERA is a stunning restaurant, from the size (huge!) to the clientele (fancy!) to the food itself, which celebrates the Northern Italian heritage of its chefs Matteo FerdRead more
90% recommended
Italian in Downtown / South and East LA
25 people mentioned the Gnocchi
$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
3,272 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
It was only a matter of time before a vegan Mexican restaurant opened in Los Angeles—and we’re happy it’s Gracias Madre, which comes from the owners of cult-food spot Cafe GratitudRead more
93% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles
53 people mentioned the Guacamole
$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
4,248 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
We are in Los Angeles, after all, and The Ivy is quite the reminder. This is the star-studded scene that defines a certain sub-section of the city, with food as memorable as the peRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
49 people mentioned the Chocolate Chip Cookie
$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,195 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lucques is where Los Angeles legends Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne planted the flag for the type of Los Angeles food they made so famous. Here, you’ll find seasonal cuisine inspirRead more
94% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
114 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
670 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
For modern Greek food in a gorgeous, gilded setting, head to Avra Beverly Hills, the first West Coast outpost of New York City’s Avra Estiatorio. It’s a scene, yes, but the food isRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles
19 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
4,721 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
There is nobody in the world quite like Wolfgang Puck, the international celebrity chef with restaurants all over the globe—and there’s no restaurant quite like Spago, the place whRead more
92% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
75 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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