“The recipes are passed down from generation to generation. These are dishes we cook for our family,” says the La Ong team. With a strong focus on culture and family, the chef’s grandma, who was a chef herself, is the restaurant’s namesake. The goal of this restaurant is to carry on her recipes and share them with the community for everyone to enjoy. The interior of La Ong has warm lighting, exposed brick walls, hanging plants, and a clean minimalist yet homey aesthetic. The restaurant is serving items like OG pad thai (Organic tofu, chives, bean sprouts, egg), crispy egg rolls, chicken thai wings, chicken satay, and mango coconut sticky rice for dessert. To drink there are options like sake & beer and wine by the glass. Head to La Ong for a cozy sense of community and a meal packed with flavor.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Basil & Cheese is the community’s latest brunch and coffee spot. “The cafe is casual, cute, pet-friendly and open to anybody looking to sit and enjoy specialty coffee and great food,” says owner Minkoo Whang. The interior of this restaurant has a black, white, and gold color aesthetic, big windows for natural lighting, and ample seating for those wanting to catch up with a friend or get some work done. A few of the most popular items on the menu include the smoked salmon & avocado toast, almond butter granola toast topped with berries, and the abc bagel sandwich (avocado, bacon, cream cheese, arugula.) To drink, locals are raving about the honey vanilla latte and the iced matcha latte. Whether you’re on the go, looking for a coffee date spot, or working from your laptop - Basil & Cheese is a place for everyone.
“We couldn’t think of a better representation of this area’s local ingredients; that combines elements of primarily Mexican, Mediterranean, and East Asian cuisines,” says the GCF team. The restaurant has a commitment to locally and sustainably sourced ingredients which drives their seasonal menus. Some of the most popular dishes are raw oysters, beet and citrus salad, cacio e pepe bucatini, and strawberry cake. To drink, they have wine, beer, cider, hard seltzer, and more all from producers who have a focus on organic and natural ingredients and practices. Head to Good Clean Fun for your next meet-up with a friend or casual date night out.
Oy Bar brings the beauty of both Asian and Jewish cuisine together to create one-of-a-kind dishes. The vibe of the restaurant is casual yet trendy - the perfect spot for a night to catch up with friends over a drink and some flavorful food. While they do have a rotating menu, some of the previous popular options have been the matzoball ramen soup, smoked salmon everything yaki onigiri (a japanese grilled rice ball with everything seasoning and lox), and a juicy oybar burger. To drink, they have signature cocktails like the 165 Mulberry which is Oy Bar’s take on the classic Manhattan cocktail. Located in Studio City, Oy Bar is stepping into the restaurant and bar scene with unique takes on iconic drinks and dishes.
West Hollywood’s latest trendy, instagrammable restaurant is here! MelrosePlace is gaining popularity for the ambience, views, food + drinks. The interior of this restaurant is cozy yet elegant with earthy tones paired with accents of gold. The outdoor area gives you a perfect view overlooking the city. The restaurant is serving up some flavorful items like tuna crudo, caviar, bone-in steaks, as well as some vegan and vegetarian options. To drink you can order a signature cocktail like the cactus prick (pelotón de la muerte mezcal, piña, avocado, cucumber, ginger, agave, lime, taj) and wines by the glass or by the bottle. This place is already becoming a popular influencer spot and there’s no doubt it will be the rooftop restaurant + bar of the summer!
Created by the team behind Clark Street Diner, Lilys Bar has opened its doors to the Hollywood community. Locals may have previously known this space to be occupied by Minibar. The cocktail and wine bar has various drink options on the menu like the head honcho (vodka, watermelon, tamarind syrup, aveze, dimmi, lemon, house-made spicy bitters. soda water, rocks), the clark street sunset (reposado tequila, strawberry, orgeat, licor 43, lime. rocks. *contains almonds), and the pisco pick-me-up (pisco, mr black, cold brew, toasted coconut foam.) You can also order wine by the glass and beer on draft. If you’re looking for a place to meet up for drinks, Lily’s Bar will not disappoint.
Located on E 9th Street and S Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, the latest restaurant serving Korean cuisine has opened its doors. Kitchen Bann is a new hidden gem receiving praise for their flavorful food. A few of the popular choices include spicy chicken rice bowl (Fruit-infused sweet soy sauce marinated chicken, grilled onion, cabbage, red bell pepper, broccoli Namul, green bean, crispy onion chips, with gochujang sauce over white rice), beef bulgogi sandwich (Marinated beef bulgogi, lettuce, purple cabbage, fried egg, mashed avocado, chopped pickle mayo, on sourdough toast), and sesame tofu rice bowl (Crispy tofu, eggplant, bok choy, green bean, onion, roasted sesame seeds sauce with crushed black and white sesame seeds over white rice.) With bright yellow doors on the outside and about 10 seats inside, Kitchen Bann is a welcoming and charming spot in DTLA.
Officially in Beverly Hills, Philz Coffee is a San Francisco based chain with 10 locations in the city of LA. Locals love Philz Coffee for the fun, casual atmosphere, the welcoming service, and coffee created with attention to detail. With the desire to make customers the best coffee, Philz will always ensure they make each cup individually to your preference and taste. “It’s loved served in a cup,” says the Philz team. Some of the most popular choices on the menu include iced mint mojito, philtered soul, philz way, and the mocha tesora. If you’re someone who wants to take your coffee beans home with you, they also sell coffee beans by the pound! Head to Philz on your way to work, before hitting the Beverly Hills shops, or to grab a cup of coffee and catch up with a friend.
The creators of a couple other hot and trendy spots in Los Angeles, Fia and Fia Steak, bring Dono set to open this year. While we don’t know much about the menu specifics yet, we do know that the goal is to take your tastebuds on a trip to Spain. “We want you to experience the charming nostalgia we felt when traveling through Spain,” says the Dono team. Given its namesake of the city Donostia-San Sebastian of Spain, it’s safe to assume the aesthetic of this restaurant will also accomplish the goal of honoring Spanish artwork and culture. The team behind Fia and Fia Steak have hit the ground running since their openings, and we are expecting the same for this highly anticipated Spanish restaurant. This is an opening you will not want to miss - stay tuned for more on Dono’s Instagram account.
Downtown Los Angeles has a new trendy sushi spot in town. Kodo is not only receiving praise for the food but also the ambience and service. Providing an exclusive and classy feel, the interior of this restaurant is dimly-lit along with a marble bartop, exposed brick wall, and sleek design. A few of the most talked about items on the menu are tsukune (chicken, jidori egg yolk, yakitori-dare), spare ribs, maguro tuna and hiramasa kingfish nigiri, sakamushi (savoy clams, sake steam, butter.) Enjoy a date night or a night out with a friend at DTLA’s newest addition to the sushi scene, Kodo.
Calling all Pizza Fanatics! Hot Tongue Vegan Pizza is here and locals are raving about it. With high tables, checkered flooring, and eccentric artwork inside, this restaurant has a fun fast-casual vibe. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the white pizza (garlic olive oil base, almond ricotta, caramelized onion, mushroom, oregano, almond parm, with an everything bagel crust), sicilian pizza (rectangle, pan baked, thick crust, garlic, red sauce, pesto drizzle, almond ricotta and basil), kale caesar salad, and detroit pizza (gluten-free, baked in a 14" detroit style pan, chunky marinara, mushroom, spinach, garlic, almond ricotta, sesame seed.) Whether you’re vegan or not, locals are saying that this spot is a place for pizza lovers of all kinds. Head to Hot Tongue Pizza in Silver Lake to treat your taste buds to a tasty pizza or a salad packed with flavor.
Causita, meaning “best friends” in Peruvian slang, has officially opened its doors to Silver Lake. The restaurant has an artsy and modern interior representing both Peruvian and Japanese artwork and design. Some of the restaurant’s most loved dishes are the grilled octopus, clams, seabass tamale, udon noodles, and branzino (butterbean-artichoke mousse, jalapeño sauce, roasted tomato.) To drink, some of the popular choices are the mamalucha margarita and the panchamama paloma. Grab a friend, and enjoy celebrating the combination of both Peruvian and Japanese cuisine at Causita in Silver Lake.
Your new favorite drinks and snacks bar has arrived! Kippered in Downtown LA is charming locals with their warm lighting, forest green walls, potted plants all around, and welcoming vibes. The community gem is receiving praise for its grand list of wines and 50 types of tinned fish (sardines, anchovies, trout from places like Portugal and Spain. They also serve charcuterie boards, cheese, and salads. If you’re looking for a spot to grab a drink and a light bite with a friend, Kippered is the place to try out.
From SpaceX to pizza robots, you may be wondering how this all came about. For CEO Benson Tsai, he found an opportunity to combine both his love for food and his chemical engineering knowledge to create Stellar Pizza. “In Tawainese culture, food is at the forefront of how we live. At home, the only American food we ate was pizza,” says Tsai. Currently Stellar Pizza can be found on wheels, and soon-to-be available via delivery. According to Tsai, the menu can be described as “laser-focused on pizza, providing only the classics.” For all pizza-loving locals, stay tuned on Stellar Pizza’s Instagram to find out when and where the public can begin taste-testing pizza made by a robot!
Silver Lake’s latest addition to the community is an Indian Pizzeria, Pijja Palace is the intersection of culture and cuisine. Locals are deeming this restaurant as an upscale sports bar with a flavorful (and not your typical bar food!) menu. The spot has multiple TVs inside to catch a game, warm lighting, pastel tones, and a classy 80s-like aesthetic. Some of the must-haves on the menu include malai rigatoni, saag pizza, okra fries, and the aloo tikki sliders. To drink, Pijja Palace has some great options like the mango cream soda, pijja painkiller, and the desi crush soda! This is a fun spot to take a group of friends to watch a game or simply try some amazing food.
“Manzke Restaurant is a new tasting menu concept by its namesakes—Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke—which draws inspiration from cultural intersections both local to Los Angeles and abroad,” says Manzke team. This new restaurant is located above their bistro ‘Bicyclette’ in Beverly Hills. Locals are already talking about the amazing fixed tasting menu and combinations of different cultures represented in their meals. A few of the popular dishes are kaluga caviar with bluefin tuna, Japanese wagyu, dungeness crab in curry, and the European white asparagus. Manzke is classy, elegant, and the perfect spot to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or simply catch up with a fellow friend who loves flavorful food.
Modern design, tasty food, and great service - what more could you ask for? HiHo Cheeseburger has just opened up in Studio City and locals are already raving about the new location. Some of the most popular items that folks are talking about are the HiHo double cheeseburger (100% grass-fed wagyu beef, cheese, ketchup, mustard, onion jam, lettuce, house-made pickles), the willie mae fried chicken tender sandwich (fried chicken, pickles, honey, slaw sauce & purple cabbage), and the chocolate shake! The significance of the willie mae sandwich is that it is in collaboration with the famed Willie Mae’s Scotch House of New Orleans - “The idea of doing something together has been kicked around for a while. A chicken sandwich using Willie Mae’s Scotch House James Beard award fried chicken was the answer,” says the HiHo team. Come by and treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering hamburger or a crispy fried chicken sandwich!
“Getting the best result with minimal ingredients to keep you healthy, satisfied and craving back for more - it's even in the name,” says the Hui Tuo Xiang team. The restaurant is receiving praise for its stylish interior, fresh ingredients, and mouth-watering dishes. Hui Tuo Xiang’s most popular dishes on the menu are pork xiao long bao, spicy pork wontons, stewed beef noodles, shrimp skewers, and the pork belly noodles. With a rounded ceiling, warm lighting, black and gold color pallette, and trendy bar - it’s hard not to love the ambience that this restaurant brings. Hui Tuo Xiang is the perfect place to meet up with a friend or a casual date to enjoy a flavorful meal and chic interior design.
Chef Louis & Chef Marcos have ample experience in the culinary industry from serving prestigious venues and events like the Grammys and Rosebowl Stadium to recently taking their talents to TV (Bravo & FoodNetwork!) Their latest restaurant, Marlou, is charming DTLA with its warm lighting, exposed brick walls, a classy bar with a wall of bottles to choose from, and friendly staff serving tasty food. Some of the most popular items are the bone marrow gnocchi, crispy quinoa salad, steak tostada, breakfast borracha burrito. To drink, they have everything from mimosas for the brunch crowd to signature cocktails and glasses of wine for the dinner crew. Whether you’re in it for a trendy brunch with friends or taking the parents out to dinner, Marlou will have something for all taste buds.
Civil Coffee - it’s for everyone! The brothers Alan and Alex Morales began their coffee journey serving out of a pickup truck in Southern California, eventually opening up their first brick and mortar in Highland Park - and most recently opened a 2nd location in Downtown Los Angeles. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the spinach and cheese croissant, matcha donut, cornmeal scone, and burrito angeleno (flour tortilla, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, roasted cheese potato, tomatillo salsa). For drinks, Civil has all of your typical coffee orders like an americano, cold brew, cappuccino and a few specialty drinks like The Figueroa (espresso, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, milk, maria cookie) and Liquid Gold (matcha, cashew almond milk, and a dash of lavender syrup. Come by Civil Coffee to get some work done on your laptop, catch up with a friend, or maybe a first date!
Chef Nakazawa is known for his popular New York City sushi restaurant “Sushi Nakazawa” but you may also recognize him from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. From May 12 - June 11, Sushi Nakazawa will be having an exclusive pop up at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Even though Chef Nakazawa himself won’t be running this month-long pop up, Executive Chef Wei Chen will have the reins and will be serving up some of the restaurant’s best hits. Reservations are hard to come by at this NYC hot spot, so it’s no surprise that reservations will go quickly for the pop up in Beverly Hills as well. Grab your foodie friends and sushi lovers, because an exclusive omakase dinner with Sushi Nakazawa is a once in a lifetime opportunity here in the West Coast!
After 2 years, Abbot Kinney has begun First Fridays again! The second one of the year will be this Friday, May 6th from 5pm - 9:30pm. This Friday, there will be 20+ food trucks participating in the city’s premier food truck truck event. Some of the delicious food trucks you can expect and dishes you should try are 5 Elementos (tacos), 8E8 Thai (mouthwatering pad thai), Cousin’s Lobster (po boys and tater tots), and Original Herbivore (try the vegan fried chicken!) At this event, there is always a great variety of cuisine and culture. We have no doubt there is something for everyone at Abbot Kinney First Fridays! Grab your crew and join the community on May 6th for some flavorful food and fun times.
Get ready for an authentic Japanese “yakiniku” (grilled barbecue) experience at Gyu-Kaku. With smokeless grills built into every table, a large selection of meats, shareable small plates, modern interior, and great service - it’s hard to not love Gyu-Kaku. A few of the favorite menu items are the harami skirt steak in miso marinade, angus kalbi short rib in tare sweet soy marinade, miso soup, and napa kimchi. With a contemporary and classy interior, this spot is perfect for a date night or celebration with a group of friends. Head to Gyu-Kaku to enjoy Japanese barbecue, modern design, and great company.
Whether you’re coming after work or for a date night, 401k is for everyone. The ambience of this restaurant is casual yet classy and trendy with art on the walls by local artists. A few of the most popular dishes are the little gem caesar salad, buffalo chicken, potato tacos, and the dulce de leche for dessert. To drink they have a full gluten-free wine menu with wines from all over the world, and examples of dishes that would perfectly complement the glass or bottle you choose. One gluten-free local even said that dining at 401k felt like being a "kid in a candy shop" with all of the options she had to choose from! That being said, grab your friends and head to 401k Food and Wine for a great time and tasty food & drinks for all.
The new, local modern french bistro ‘Camphor’ has arrived on E 3rd St in Downtown Los Angeles. The focus was to figure out a way to “re-create that feeling of finding a hidden gem in a neighborhood where you can be blown away by the ambiance, food, beverage, and hospitality,” says Owner Cyrus Batchan. It’s safe to say that these are a few of the reasons that come to mind for locals who have visited the new spot. As far as ambience is concerned, guests are raving about the welcoming and attentive service, light and airy interior, and all-around classy vibe. Some of the most popular dishes are the beef tartare, amuse bouche, baby shrimp, dungeness crab, and steak au poivre. To drink, they have a wide selection of wine and signature cocktails like the ‘provence’ created with vodka washed with French olive oil and infused with herbs de provence, pear eau de vie, vermouth blanc. If you’re looking for an elegant date night, Camphor in DTLA is the perfect place to spend your evening.
Located on 7th St and Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, a new West African restaurant opens their doors to the city. This spot is gaining praise for its authentic, flavorful, african cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes are the fufu, jollof rice, beef stew, and plantains! The ambience of the restaurant is more of a modern style, with lots of greenery, and a welcoming staff! Keep in mind this spot has limited hours open from Thursday - Saturday 5PM to 10PM, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time!
“Sushi, rolls, oysters, y mas!” Fiesta Sushi brings a fun twist to sushi with items like their japanese salsa as a way to incorporate japanese and latin culture. Some of their most popular dishes include the spicy edamame in truffle sauce, blue fin sushi, oysters, and salmon sushi. If you’re someone who loves trying unique combinations like sushi rolls paired with a spicy michelada to drink, Fiesta Sushi is the spot for you. Their outdoor patio has gained traction for its busy atmosphere, yet exclusive secret garden feel. Gather a group of friends and head to this lively hidden gem in Studio City.
A retail space, tattoo parlor, events space, barbershop - and our personal favorite part - a cafe, bar & restaurant. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Bike Shed Moto Co has a lot to offer the community. As far as the cafe, bar and restaurant goes, you will find a variety of cuisine on the menu. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the black & blue burger (8oz. angus beef patty, arugula, blue cheese, caramelized onion, garlic alioli), green pea houmous (cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, curry oil, grilled pita bread), grilled chicken sandwich (herb marinated chicken, house-made coleslaw, spicy oil, brioche bun), and the eggs florentine (two poached eggs, sauteed spinach, english muffin, hollandaise.) To drink, they have a large selection of global wines, beer on tap, handcrafted cocktails like the “collins” with raspberry infused gin, lemon, cranberry, hibiscus, and club soda. Bike Shed Moto Co offers a wide range of food and experiences, so be ready to come socialize, eat, and maybe get a tattoo and a haircut while you’re at it!
A new brick and mortar opens doors to the DTLA community! De La Nonna meaning “from the grandmother” has arrived in style and is packed with flavor. Serving up Sicilian-style pizzas, De La Nonna brings a lot of variety to the traditional pizza. Some of the most popular choices are the spicy honey pepperoni (pep, tomato, mozz, pecorino, and spicy honey), roasted mushroom pizza (with garlic cream sauce, herb mix, black pepper), and the margherita pizza as you know it. They also take pride in their partnerships with local farmers providing the opportunity to create fresh dishes like the eggplant caponata with spicy agrodolce, market salad (date & sherry vinaigrette, hazelnuts, herbs), and the caesar salad. The style of this restaurant is charming, open & airy, filled with foliage, warm natural lighting, and exposed brick. Get ready for your next date night, and head to De La Nonna for a mouthwatering dinner.
Urban Skillet is making a name for themselves for their mouthwatering food and for being the only burger restaurant in Los Angeles with a 100% halal menu. This fast casual restaurant offers various types of burgers like the southern bbq (lettuce, swiss cheese, tangy bbq, house sauce, halal bacon, onion ring), the oh so hot burger (house sauce, sauteed jalapenos, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, spicy sauce, spicy aioli), and the truffle burger (house sauce, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, caramelized onions, bbq, coleslaw, pickles). However, burgers aren’t the only thing they do! They also offer hot dogs with all types of toppings like the what's up dog (topped with ground beef, american cheese, caramelized onions, parsley, house sauce.) With any of these options you can also pair it with fries and a shake! Urban Skillet encourages indulgence because they can assure you that every bite will be worth it.
The ultimate trifecta has arrived - restaurant, bar, and lounge - Sugar Palm is here. The space is perfect for Summer, open and airy, and great for groups. A few of the most popular dishes are the breakfast sandwich, chicken and waffles, dutch baby (cast iron baked, mixed berry compote, cheesecake batter, berries), salmon poke, falafels, and the deconstructed cheesecake. If your crew is more into a cocktail night, try the la familia (casa del sol resposado tequila, cynar, orange bitters) or the al pastor (Rayu Mezcal, Mi Campo Blanco Tequila, Serrano Compressed Pineapple, Micro Cilantro, Agave). Be sure to try out this new trendy and summery spot, Sugar Palm, with a group of friends looking for a great time!
Healthy Indulgence aka “HI Bakery” has a mission to provide Downtown LA with a fully organic, sustainable bakery + cafe. With their earth friendly mission and flavorful baked goods, it’s hard not to love all that HI Bakery has to offer. The interior of this spot is open and airy with lots of natural lighting and a seating area perfect for a casual daytime date with a friend. Locals are enjoying items like the banana bread, almond croissant with Italian buttercream, olive & garlic sourdough, and the rose pistachio cardamom bun. Hi Bakery is gaining praise not only for the tasty food but also for its dedication to healthy (& sustainable) indulgence!
Downtown LA’s very own Walt Disney Concert Hall has a new addition: Asterid by Chef Ray Garcia. Locals are already raving about this new spot in town for their quality service, delectable California-Inspired cuisine, and elegant interior. A few of the noteworthy dishes are the sunchoke rösti (sunflower creme fraiche, strawberry pepper jam), chicken liver mousse (mandarin, pickled pearl onions, sourdough, nasturtium), Risotto (red beet carnaroli, creme fraiche, dill), and beef tartare. The atmosphere of this restaurant is busy yet intimate, and would be a great place to take someone you want to impress
Bring on the burgers! Easy Street Burgers is officially open and these mouthwatering smash burgers are a treat you have to try. Located on Lankershim Blvd and Aqua Vista St, Easy Street Burgers was previously known as a popular pop-up stand so its no secret that locals are excited about this new permanent location. The restaurant’s most popular menu item is the double smash burger (created with two smashed 100% pure beef patties, American cheese, a potato roll and topped with pickle, chopped onions, ketchup, mustard, and their signature wild sauce.) and their filthy fries (grilled onions, cheese, wild sauce, and a smashed patty.) If you’re looking to fulfill any savory cravings, Easy Street Burgers is the place to go.
Nostalgia Bar and Lounge has arrived, and it has more to offer than just reminders of your favorite cartoons. The kitchen is also run by Chef Chris Sayegh (aka The Herbal Chef) so although current legislation won’t allow cannabis-infused food, you will be able to check out CBD-infused cocktails (and mocktails) upon request. To go with the nostalgic theme, some of the popular choices are the “end of the otter pop” which is a fruity vodka cocktails garnished with a berry fruit popsicle, “woo-hoo” which is a 21+ friendly take on the classic Yoo-Hoo chocolate beverage, and the "enchanted tiki whip" - destined to take you back to disneyland’s classic Dole-Whip. As far as food goes, the masterminds behind this new brick and mortar Chef Sayegh and Jared Ventura have stirred up some great options like the kampachi crudo (fresh kampachi lightly smoked, nori dressing, allium oil, avocado puree, & whipped creme fraiche), fish & chips, and kobe toast (sourdough toast, mustard aioli, lightly torched A5 kobe beef with marinated radish, turnip, and microgreen.) Grab a group of friends and head to Nostalgia Bar and lounge for an evening of great memories, CBD-infused cocktails, and flavorful bites.
Your new favorite donut shop is headed to Santa Monica! Well, it’s here but only the food truck! While Holey Grail’s new Santa Monica location is in the works, they’ve decided to kick things off early and have their truck outside serving up their beloved exotic donuts. Some LA locals may already know them from their location in Culver City, but the Santa Monica community is getting a sweet glimpse of what’s to come when their new location officially opens. Created with Hawaiian grown taro root as the dough for all donuts, some of the most loved flavors are the strawberry fields forever (local strawberry, matcha), hail mary (cardamom, rose), and notorious p.o.g. (passion fruit, orange, guava). Be sure to check out their Instagram for new weekly flavor drops, hours, and for Holey Grail's grand opening of their official Santa Monica location!
Tucked inside a plaza in Downtown LA, you will find a door labeled “Kato'' in pink. Previously known for its West LA location, Kato has upgraded and moved to Downtown Los Angeles. With its contemporary style, new spacious interior, and taiwanese cuisine, this is a great place for a night out with friends. A few of the most loved items on the menu include short rib, ocean trout, sea bream, and smoked hamachi. To drink, the restaurant has a selection of handmade cocktails, and if wine is more your style - the restaurant’s sommelier will provide you with great recommendations to pair with your meal. Kato is one of Downtown LA’s latest hot spots and is worth a casual yet elegant night of dinner and drinks with a group of friends.
Located on 7th St and S Hill St in Downtown Los Angeles, Gusto Green promises an enjoyable experience, flavorful dishes, and they definitely hit every mark. Walking in you will notice a modern interior design, high ceilings, warm and romantic lighting, and a welcoming bar area to sit - if that’s more your vibe. While the menu aims to be health forward and inclusive to omnivores, the restaurant also works closely with the Ziese Farms (first federally legal edible hemp leaf) to find opportunities to include hemp and its benefits to dishes. Some of the most praised dishes include the crispy spelt cake (labneh, pickled cucumber, market herbs), hemp tempura, canestri pasta (fermented chili, cashew bechamel rose, sourdough gremolata), and the sourdough pepperoni pizza (ezzo pepperoni, fior di latte, calabrian hot honey.) Grab your friends and enjoy some meals packed with flavor at Gusto Green in DTLA.
Standings Butchery is known as “LA’s source for ethically sourced, sustainably raised meat and poultry.” Since opening, Standings Butchery has launched ‘Burgers by Standings.’ Currently the Burgers can only be found at their popups - recently spotted at Domaine LA - and soon to be a permanent space shared with Salt’s Cure who will take on breakfast while Burgers by Standings takes over for lunch and dinner. Locals already love the meat from Standings Butchery and its no secret that the burgers are a hit as well. With local quality, juicy beef patties and all the toppings you desire, it’s hard not to love. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for updates on popups and their future store opening.
Located on Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Canyon Ave, Uovo Pasta opened its doors to Studio City. This pasta spot is gaining popularity for its modern style, and of course, the food. The style of this restaurant is a contemporary and rustic blend. Locals are talking about a few dishes in particular like the ragú bolognese pasta, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and the carbonara. To pair with dinner, you can order a glass (or select bottles) of red or white wine and beer. The casual yet sophisticated vibe of Uovo makes it perfect for a date night in Studio City.
Your new lunch spot has arrived - Berbere is Santa Monica’s new vegan restaurant with ethiopian-inspired cuisine. Chef T says, “We don’t believe you should have to sacrifice a great tasting meal in pursuit of nutrition, so our menu is designed to maximize both.” A few of the popular items on the menu are ‘eat the rainbow evening (created with teff injera red lentils, turmeric garbanzo, purple cabbage with potato, sautéed greens), twist tacos (Potato, lentil, mushroom, cilantro, awaze, Ethiopian salad dressing, tangfaye sauce, microgreens), and tofu tibs (Sautéed tofu with berbere spice and rosemary served with sautéed spinach & kale.) For those looking for something sweet to finish off their meal, try the sublime confection made with Almond butter, home-made hazelnut Nutella, banana stuffed bread, chocolate coffee sauce, vanilla ice cream. Berbere is a great spot for a lunch break whether at work in the area on a weekday or shopping around Santa Monica on the weekends.
Located on the corner of Pacific Ave and N Venice Blvd, Ospi Italian Restaurant has arrived. This spot has a sleek and modern aesthetic utilizing their high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and ample natural lighting inside. Although the interior design is a vital addition to the experience, locals say that the savory italian cuisine steals the show. Some of the most loved dishes are the spicy rigatoni, crispy provolone, vodka pizza, lemon tagliolini, and margherita pizza. For those with a sweet tooth, locals recommend cannolis for dessert. Grab your friends and head to Ospi for a night of tasty Italian dishes in the heart of Venice.
The Trust Building has revamped Downtown LA’s historic Art Deco and Chef Curtis Stone will be playing a major part. Locals will already know Chef Curtis Stone from his tasting menu at Maude in Beverly Hills and at Gwen butcher shop & restaurant in Hollywood. He’s bringing his talents to DTLA by opening up his first rooftop restaurant atop The Trust Building overlooking the city. During the day the restaurant will cater to the building’s members, and by evening it will be open for the public to enjoy. While we are still unsure of what the menu will look like, we know by looking at Chef Curtis Stone’s track record that it’ll be full of creative and flavorful dishes for locals to be excited about.
Brazilian Chefs Rodrigo Oliveira and Victor Vasconcellos, and restaurateur Bill Chait, joined forces to bring talent, innovation, and culture to what is now called “Caboco.” The restaurant can be described as having a modern, clean aesthetic with colorful and flavorful dishes that pay homage to Brazilian cuisine. Some of the most popular items are the ceviche, torresmo (pork belly, crispy and fried on the outside, juicy inside), peixe grelhado (black cod cooked in banana leaves, plantain puree, tomato salad), and joelho de porco (braised pork shank, roasted pumpkin, corn couscous). As if that’s not enough flavor for your tastebuds, the Karina Bonita cocktail created with passion fruit, strawberry, orange, lemon, and cachaça is a drink that locals recommend as well. The black and white theme inside (with full length windows and gold light fixtures) creates the modern twist contrasting with the traditional Brazilian menu. If you’re looking for a creative, savory dinner & drinks experience, Caboco is the place to visit.
Located inside the Downtown LA Proper Hotel, Caldo Verde is bringing casual elegance and classic Portuguese dishes to the table. The restaurant is named after a traditional Portuguese soup, caldo verde. This spot is filled with plants, wooden floors, high ceilings, and earthy tones giving it a classy yet warm vibe. Caldo Verde is also receiving praise for a handful of dishes like the patatas bravas, peri peri chicken, carnitas sweet potato hash, and Portuguese chopped salad. Although this is the perfect spot for a cute instagram post, you will not want to miss out on the food and drinks. Caldo Verde is a great spot to bring your friends and admire both the interior design and the tasty Portuguese dishes.
“Smoke City Char Bar celebrates the legacy of smokehouse culture with every chef-driven creation and regional-inspired recipe,” says Smoke City team. Since barbecue isn’t as much of a staple in the west coast, it’s safe to say locals are excited about a new barbecue spot opening up in Downtown. The style of this restaurant is modern, rustic, and industrial with its floor to ceiling windows, steel and cement, and warm lighting. Aside from the looks of the restaurant, locals are raving about a handful of things on the menu like the three meat platter (brisket, chicken, and ribs), burnt ends mac and cheese, smoke house chili, and the baja salad with pulled pork. Smoke City Char Bar also has handcrafted cocktails like The Mamba (created with woodinville rye, mint, blackberries, lime), and a variety of beer and global wine to choose from. Located on E 3rd St and S Santa Fe Ave, Smoke City Char Bar is worth a stop while exploring all that Downtown has to offer.
Sol Agave started out as a food truck with big dreams of expanding to share their desire of “making Mexican food even more complex, modern, and enjoyable, as well as healthier for our bodies.” Today, Sol Agave has almost 5 locations, Santa Monica being one of the newest additions to their list of locations. Some of the dishes that are gaining popularity are the lobster enchiladas, shrimp taquitos, tacos del mar and the butter cake for dessert. To drink, locals recommend the margarita flight for a variety of fruity (and spicy) options. After a day of walking along the pier, head over to this Mexican seafood restaurant ‘Sol Agave’ with your date for some margaritas and flavorful food.
Only the Wild Ones is one of the newest restaurants in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney Blvd and San Juan Ave. “The restaurant was inspired by the laid-back charm of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe,” says Wild Ones team. A few of the dishes locals are enjoying include the meatless meatballs, arrabiata pizza, 5-cheese board, and the olive oil cake. To drink, there is something for the wine fanatics, cocktail drinkers, and designated drivers alike. With around 25 different wines, signature cocktails, a large selection of beers, and mocktails like their blood orange, ginger, and sage drink - this is the perfect spot for the whole crew. The ambience of the venue is intimate, dimly-lit, yet still fun and inviting for a night out for drinks and appetizers with friends. Gather a group and enjoy this new Venice hotspot - Only The Wild Ones.
Tacos 1986, featured in our “Taco Spots You Must Try in LA”, started out as a stand on Hollywood Blvd and was loved by many tourists and locals. It wasn’t until 2019 that Tacos 1986 opened up their first store in Downtown Los Angeles - since then, they’ve only grown more. With almost 6 locations, Tacos 1986 has been gaining popularity for its tijuana-style tacos, reasonable prices, and concise menu. Some of the local favorites include carne asada tacos, mushroom tacos,and adobada quesadilla paired with a mexican coke or horchata. This new location can be found on Ventura Blvd and Eureka Dr in May 2022.
Cracker Barrel Kitchen has arrived in Los Angeles, providing city locals with southern comfort food and all-day breakfast. This Tennessee-based national chain is traditionally known for being a family-friendly restaurant located along interstates and highways throughout the country, but now they have brought their homestyle favorites to Los Angeles. Cracker Barrel Kitchen and sister brands, The Pancake Kitchen and Chicken n’ Biscuits, dish out their tried-and-true classics: buttermilk pancakes, biscuits n’ gravy, country fried steak, and southern fried chicken. Angelenos are also excited about the creamy mac n’ cheese and hashbrown casserole. Southern homestyle cooking isn’t easy to come by in Los Angeles so whether you’re treating yourself or the whole family - let Cracker Barrel bring homestyle comfort food to your door.
La Mer says to “expect an elegant and artistic dining experience.” Studio City has a new fine dining sushi restaurant ‘La Mer Sushi’ with omakase-style dining. Locals are raving about the quality of the dishes, the presentation, and overall service experience. From the omakase menu, some of the most loved items include the halibut, oyster shooter, seared duck skewer, agemono tempura and cheesecake for dessert. With fresh ingredients, and detailed presentation, this 6-8 course dining experience curated by Chef Kimura is one you will not want to miss.
“From Coffee til Cocktails,” Cult is the latest cafe in Santa Monica located on the corner of Broadway and 3rd St. Many locals are raving about this neighborhood spot for its relaxed atmosphere and the coffee, food, and cocktails. A few of the favored dishes are the burrata avocado toast, chicken tenders, broadway chicken sandwich, and the so-cal burger. For the avid coffee drinker, some of the popular choices are the vanilla latte and the specialty drink “Rose Dawson” created with cold brew, oat milk and rose petal syrup. In terms of cocktails, they have canned cocktails (like the mimosa and spicy margarita) and hand-crafted cocktails (like the watermelon sugar high made with rum, melon, and mint) pair perfectly with warmer seasons. This is a great neighborhood cafe in Santa Monica for those looking for options to please from morning until evening!
What started as simply inviting new LA artists into his house for a place to crash, eat food, and to host shows – Corey McGuire turned his passion of music and food into a business now called “Winston House,'' named after his childhood dog. Since opening they have had shows with some of the biggest names in the industry like Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. Great music aside, the locals are also enjoying food and drinks with their evening entertainment. Some of the most popular dishes are duck tacos, spicy noodles, and fried cheese balls. To drink, Winston House has global beer, wine, and handmade cocktails, like their sunrise cocktail created with blanco tequila, lillet, orange lemon, cherry-bell pepper. This creative spot filled with food and music is the perfect place to bring a group of friends and enjoy a night out in Venice.
Restaurant, Deli, & Market - Yangban Society - has arrived. The restaurant + market concept is jointly inspired by Korean culture and New York Jewish delis. The Yangban Society website says, “Together, Chefs Katianna & John craft dishes that reveal their distinct perspectives and upbringings as Korean Americans.” The restaurant side is a casual, open space with deli-style ordering. Some of the Yangban Society’s most popular dishes include hot smoked trout shmear, baked sea bream, kimchi pozole, and twice-fried yangban wings dressed in a soy garlic glaze. Within Yangban Society, the market can be found upstairs stocked with retail products,Korean snacks and drinks. Locals are raving about the bottled house-made cocktails found inside the market including the blossom cocktail and the left hook cocktail with passionfruit and gochujang. Whether you’re looking to dine or shop, Yangban Society offers a unique concept for the Downtown LA community.
For anyone on the search for the best birria in town, you will now have to add Tacos Rojos to your list! Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this pop-up birria taco truck is gaining popularity amongst locals. They are known to make sure guests are comfortable and having fun by having music playing over the speakers and outdoor heaters for those chilly California nights. On their small but concise menu, you can enjoy the rojo plate con queso (3 birria tacos with cheese and consomé), the churros with white chocolate or caramel dipping sauce, and the horchata to drink. Keep up with Tacos Rojos on Instagram, and meet up with them in DTLA for your next contender at best birria tacos in Los Angeles!
It started as a food truck in Baton Rouge, and ended up with 2 Los Angeles storefront locations in Studio City and Glendale - plus a couple more food trucks for events! Locals say that there are 3 options for the beignets: regular size box of beignets, the box of beignet bites, or the beignet sundae (beignets and two scoops of ice cream topped with chocolate or caramel syrup!) To pair with your sugary treat, you can also try some of the crowd favorites like the iced latte, a regular cup of jo, or a lemonade! The interior of this spot is open and airy with natural lighting and a french cafe aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the traditional Louisiana beignets (or even if you’ve always wanted to try them!), be sure to check out Beignet Box to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Detroit Vesey’s is a bike friendly cafe with a mission to create a welcoming environment for all. “Chef Erin Detroit Vesey was inspired to recreate the community that they experienced on AIDS Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to LA that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDS and end the stigma.” Locals are raving about Detroit Vesey’s for not only the values and atmosphere, but also the food and drinks. A few of the favorite food items are the breakfast burrito, vegan sweet potato hash, and mini meatloaf for lunch. On the drinks side, the beachland ballroom (seedlip spice 94, tepache, lime, spiced rum) and the bhakti chai are popular choices. If you’re looking for a destination to ride your bike and grab a bite or drink, Detroit Vesey’s is the perfect place for you in Downtown Los Angeles.
“Freshly made noodles, handcrafted pasta, locally sourced produce, decadent desserts. This is Sampa.” This Filipino-American Inspired restaurant is located on S Central Ave and 6th St in Downtown Los Angeles. Locals are raving over the dishes at Sampa for the spin on traditional Filipino dishes packed with flavor. Some of the most popular items on the menu include kare kare tamales (braised oxtail, peanut veloute, fried sage sunflower seeds & bagoong dust), spicy calamansi-glazed chicken wings, and the ube cheesecake (polvoron crust, jackfruit mousse, and seasonal fruit.) For those interested in vegan/vegetarian options, they do have a portion of the menu dedicated to plant-based options like the popular coco shoots (bamboo shoots, coconut milk, sayote, bean sprouts, thai chile, ginger, and crispy purple sweet potato.) Sampa is a beautiful mix of Filipino and American cuisine and each uniquely crafted item is worth a try.
Located inside of one of the oldest buildings in Venice, Market is a new small plate Italian restaurant. Inside the restaurant you will find a trendy NYC-style restaurant with exposed brick, modern furniture, dim lighting, and music. Locals can typically be found ordering multiple small plates for the table to share like the ricotta cheese squash blossoms, steak with charred and marinated onions with horseradish sauce, cacio e pepe fritters, and the gnocchetti with nduja and parmesan cheese. To drink, there are a handful of popular cocktails like the Directional Clothing cocktail (created with tequila, elderflower, and hibiscus) and 33 different wines to choose from. If you’re looking for a dinner and drinks spot with friends, Market Venice should be at the top of your list!
This charming spot in Santa Monica is the perfect place for a cup of tea and a light snack. Not only is the patio dog-friendly, but it is also a major attraction for its open and airy design, leafy plants and dangly lights hanging from above. When visiting this new spot in town, you can choose from a few of the drink favorites like jasmine green tea, yerba mate iced tea, and chai tea latte. For those looking for a light bite, Buena Vida has a handful of popular items like the scones, empanadas, quiches, and tea sandwiches. Grab your fellow tea-loving friends for a sweet afternoon at Buena Vida on Montana Ave and Lincoln Blvd.
This artsy, Turkish-inspired coffee shop doubles as a brunch spot on the weekends. During the week, you can find locals here sipping on the Turkish coffee or an oat milk latte paired with a popular bakery item like the banana bread or coffee cake. On the weekends, the menu is expanded to include brunch items like avocado toast with egg, Turkish eggs, meatball sub, and pupusas. Lokl Haus is a great place to meet up with a friend over coffee or a quick meal on the weekends before exploring sunny Santa Monica.
Grab your friends, enjoy some tacos and watch your favorite sports teams at Banditos in Studio City. This spot is located on Ventura Blvd and Colfax Ave and is attracting locals for its food, drinks, music, and busy atmosphere. While cheering on your sports team, order some of the menu favorites like the short rib taco, skirt steak carne asada taco, and smoked pork chorizo taco. If you’re looking to grab a drink, the classic margarita, smokey and the gin (bruxo x mezcal, gin, aperol, oj, red and green jalapeño muddled), or an ice-cold beer on tap are some of most popular orders at this Mexican sports bar. There are plenty of reasons to visit Banditos, so whether it's the sports, the tacos, or the Mexican cocktails - you’re guaranteed a good time at this hot spot in Studio City.
Located in Santa Monica, Fia is the latest hidden gem with a comfy and intimate ambience, and flavorful Italian food with a California twist. The interior has walls filled with exposed brick, paintings, and dim lighting. However most locals have been raving about the patio which is a spacious garden filled with trees, bushes, and dangling lights. A few of the most popular menu items are spicy salmon tartare cones, lobster bolognese, spicy tuna arancini, and grilled spanish octopus. For dessert-lovers, the chocolate dome (caramelized chocolate mousse ball, coffee creme, almond praline, cocoa biscuit, and lit with fire when served) is highly recommended. Fia is a great place to sit down and catch up with an old friend or have a romantic date night out with your significant other.
“Belles Beach House aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Pacific Islands whilst staying in the heart of Venice Beach” This trendy restaurant is gaining popularity since opening for its ambience, design, and food. The interior of the restaurant has a tropical feel with its strawboard ceilings, indoor palm trees, warm lighting, and tiki carvings. Some of the menu favorites include spicy tuna crispy rice rolls, crispy rock shrimp (shrimp, spicy aioli, chives, scallions) and teriyaki cheeseburger w/ fries. On the drinks side, locals are raving about the heatstroke cocktail (tequila, americano, lime, passion fruit, mango, chili, smoked cayenne salt) and the Belles with gin (Gin, lime, pineapple, cucumber, green chili). If you’re looking for a fun spot to hang out with friends, Belles Beach House is the perfect tropical getaway.
Located in Santa Monica is the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and it's newest addition ‘Soko Sushi.’ The name “Soko” translates to “storeroom” in Japanese - they chose this name as a nod to sushi’s origin - which dates back more than 2000 years ago. Soko Sushi is located inside the hotel’s lobby with only a handful of chairs and a modern, minimalistic design. “Well before refrigeration, Japanese fisherfolk preserved fish by wrapping it in fermented rice and salt, calling it ‘Narezusushi’.” A few of the popular sushi choices include the yellowtail nigiri, toro roll, and the sashimi assortment (chef’s 8 piece of omakase sashimi). You can also pair your sushi with sake or various cocktails like The Miramar (Vodka, Hibiscus, Rosemary, Champagne). Enjoy an evening with sushi and sake with a friend at Soko Sushi.
Enjoy some Italian Comfort food in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at Sparrow. Located inside of the historic Hotel Figueroa, this restaurant provides an elegant and modern design, friendly and attentive service, and satiating Italian-inspired cuisine. A few of the menu favorites are the cacio e pepe, arancini, truffle pizza, and bone marrow pasta. Sparrow also has a large offering of signature cocktails, beer, and wine (by the glass or bottle!) One of the most popular cocktails is the ‘Calabria’ created with el silencio mezcal, cappelletti, lemon, melon liqueur, simple syrup, blue curacao, tiki bitters, and sea salt foam. Catch up with a friend at Sparrow and enjoy the contemporary style, wide selection of beverages, and flavorful italian dishes.
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Gozen is serving up “fresh ingredients from Japan and California to craft LA-style kaiseki tasting menus that change with the season.” A few of the individual dishes that locals have raved about are the sashimi, shrimp and asparagus egg roll, smoked duck, and the sukiyaki (kobe beef prime chuck). If you’re not sure which sake to order, be sure to ask about tastings so you and your date can choose which one you like best. With its high-end modern decor, quiet and calm space, Gozen is the spot for your next dinner date night.
Makisupa is getting ready to bring you coffee, beer, food, and good vibes. Located on W Silver Lake Dr and Rowena ave, the owners of The Establishment Salon are opening up Makisupa right next door. They are preparing this space with a local artist painting the interior with earthy, neutral colors. The cafe will be open for the prime time coffee drinkers and diners with hours from 7AM - 10PM. With all the preparation in place, Makisupa will be ready to serve you and your coffee date (or your beer drinking buddy) in early 2022.
Located on Santa Monica Blvd and N Camden Dr, Beverly Bar will be the latest bar and cafe spot in Beverly Hills. Although the restaurant is created by the team who created Toca Madera and Tocaya Organica, both offering Mexican cuisine, Beverly Bar will be focused on American food. The website is still undergoing construction, but it is clear that they will be offering both breakfast and lunch. On the breakfast menu, there are waffles, pancakes, and french toast - each covered in fresh fruit and syrup. On the dinner side, we can expect gourmet fried chicken sandwiches and hamburgers with a side of fries. In terms of design and ambience, this will take fast-casual to the next level making the main colors black and gold and dimly lit inside with a wall covered in various types of wine to choose from. Since this restaurant is coming from a well-known restaurant group, the opening of this trendy American-style spot, Beverly Bar, is one you will not want to miss.
Located inside the Sixty Hotel Beverly Hills, Ella doubles as a morning coffee shop until noon and an upscale restaurant in the evening for dinner. The restaurant is being recognized for its locally sourced ingredients and blend of Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors. While that combination may sound surprising, the food at Ella has received high praise. A few of the favorites include the crispy glazed duck wings, mafaldine bolognese, focaccia with honey and truffle, and mussels with calabrian chili broth, lime and thai basil. The atmosphere is friendly and comforting, filled with jazz music, vintage leather booths, a menu filled with various dishes for all types of foodies. Whether you’re in for a coffee date or a dinner gathering, Ella Beverly Hills is ready to serve you and your guests.
While the name ‘Bar Restaurant’ may seem normal, this spot in Silver Lake has many compelling aspects that keep locals coming back for more. The unusual yet appetizing combos on the menu, a dimly-lit artsy interior, hand-written menus, and an array of various wines by the bottle and cocktails are what make up the beloved Bar Restaurant. Some of the popular dishes you can expect are the mont rainbow trout with vadouvan rice and salsa verde, lamb tartare, and mussels with curly fries. According to locals, if you’re looking to grab drinks, you will want to try the aperol spritz, the “signature” cocktail, or order a bottle of wine to share (or keep to yourself!) With its walls filled with artwork, and the patio covered with plants, trees, and dangling lights, Bar Restaurant is the perfect place to bring your friends to catch up over an eclectic combination of dinner and drinks.
While LA locals may have heard this name before in Venice, De Buena Planta now plans to take its plant-based mexican dishes to Silver Lake. The restaurant’s original location has gained popularity for its instagrammable, beachy patio, Mexican cocktails, and vegetarian-friendly meals. Some of the food menu favorites include the gringa tacos created with impossible asada, grilled cauliflower tacos, buena burrito with spiced lentil asada, and the rajas roasted polanas pepper & cheese tamales. With a large drink list, some of the noteworthy cocktails are the mezcal negroni, de bloody maria, and the manzanita margarita (served as a pitcher on draft!) Locals can anticipate an aesthetically-pleasing and colorful design, refreshing cocktails, and mouthwatering, plant-based mexican dishes at De Buena Planta’s upcoming Silver Lake spot in 2022.
“An homage to the Eternal City and culinary heritage of La Cucina Romana” Mother Wolf is quickly attracting attention for its elegant ambience, rich Italian cuisine, and lately - famous visitors like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Chrissy Teigan, and Olivia Rodrigo. Some of the dishes that keep guests coming back are the cacio e pepe, squash blossoms, pizza romana, and the rigatoncini alla vaccinara made with oxtail ragu, guanciale, peperoncino, pecorino romano. The interior is filled with Italian charm from the red booths and large chandeliers, vases with detailed floral paintings, and walls filled with artwork of different Italian landscapes. Located on Sunset Blvd and Wilcox Ave, Mother Wolf is the perfect spot to indulge in your favorite Italian dishes (and maybe celebrity sightings!)
With hit locations all over the city, Jon & Vinny’s finally decides to step foot in Beverly Hills’ large restaurant scene. If you’ve ever heard someone talk about Jon & Vinny’s, you’ve probably heard about the flavorful spicy fusilli pasta. While that is typically the favorite, there are also some noteworthy options like the bolognese, la woman pizza (burrata, tomato, basil, olive oil), and the marinara braised meatballs served with crispy garlic bread on the side. A new, exciting addition to the Beverly Hills location is the wine bar space where you can order yourself a glass of wine with dinner, as opposed to the usual wine room (for to-go bottles only) in their other locations. Located near Santa Monica Blvd and Rodeo Dr, Jon & Vinny's is set to bring their beloved dishes and new wine bar concept to Beverly Hills in 2022.
While most know Catch as a seafood-centric restaurant, Catch Steak is their latest concept sister restaurant. “Catch Steak will transform the classic steakhouse experience, just as the original Catch restaurants did for seafood.” On the menu you can find mouthwatering items like the Japanese wagyu olive beef,the 28 day dry-aged prime rib cap, and for those who want to go big - the 40 oz prime tomahawk steak. Aside from steak there are also seafood options still on the menu like sushi rolls, and the dressed east-coast oyster covered in jalapeno-lime mignonette. A night at Catch Steak also comes with the option to choose from a list of signature cocktails (like the Black & Bleu - miso-infused vodka cocktail) and a global beer and wine list. You will be able to find this upscale steakhouse at La Cienega Blvd and Melrose Place this Spring.
Inspired by the Puglia Region of Italy, Bari is making a name for itself for its design, selection of Italian wines, and its “true-to-region” dishes. A few of the noteworthy menu items are the panzarotti di pasquale (tomato, mozzarella in crispy dough), the orecchiette cime di rapa (“little ears” pasta, broccoli rabe, anchovy, chili), and the ala di pollo (spiced rub grilled chicken wing.) As for drinks, they have 11 Italian wines on the menu and hand-crafted cocktails like the martini bari created with an olive oil washed gin, vermouth, and citrus and the spritz veneziano (aperol, prosecco, pamplemousse.) “Inspired by the famed masserias (farmhouse villas) of Puglia, the stone and archway-filled space provides a laid back atmosphere for guests” Plan your next dinner date night at Bari on W 3rd St and La Cienega Blvd.
Chef Zen Ong and Dayglow Coffee Owner Tohm Ifergan have combined forces and created a vegan ice cream shop. The name ‘Awan’ meaning “cloud” in Indonesian is a nod to Chef Ong’s inspiration for the project. At this walk-up window, you can expect fresh farmers market ingredients, and new flavors each week. WeHo locals are raving about the chocolate oreo, polito orange (tastes like creamsicle!), and the yuzu flavor which is a Japanese citrus fruit. This Indonesian-inspired spot also has coconut cream and coconut water made from Indonesia and vanilla beans imported from a farm in Bali. Awan is a place for vegans and traditional ice cream lovers alike.
An amazonian-inspired and elegant interior, a DJ playing some upbeat tunes, and peruvian-japanese dishes - This is Onizuka. Located on Melrose Ave and La Cienega Blvd, Onizuka joins the community of clubstaurants in West Hollywood. While enjoying the energetic atmosphere of the restaurant, you will want to try menu favorites like the lomo saltado which is crafted with hangar steak, heirloom tomatoes, onions, potato croquettes, cilantro, green onion and saltado sauce. Locals are also raving about the sushi rolls like the anticucho roll which is actually made with seared tenderloin on top. Bring your friends for an entertaining and flavorful dinner night out at Onizuka in West Hollywood.
The newest bakery on the block is here - Breadblok Silver Lake. After much success in their Santa Monica location, they are taking their talents to East LA. Locals are already enjoying some favorites like the almond croissant, vanilla brioche french toast, croque madame, and baguette sandwiches. The design of breadblok was “inspired by the raw, natural materials found all around Provence, France.” With its neutral, earth tones and wooden shelves, Breadblok is all about honoring France with a touch of cool and casual California. This is a perfect place to meet up with a friend and grab a bite.
Bar Moruno is back. You may have known them from the beloved Grand Central Market, but now they are moving their Spanish Mediterranean cuisine to Silver Lake. The inspiration for the restaurant’s name comes from the dish - moruno. “It is skewered meat with spices popular in Spain like paprika, turmeric and chilies but influenced by North African explorers and traders” This light snack became very popular at the restaurant as well as dishes like the tortilla española, lamb bowl, and the array of european wines to choose from. Be ready to grab a friend and head over to Bar Moruno for happy hour this spring.
Maple & Ash is a popular restaurant known for its surf & turf selection, friendly service, and instagrammable modern design. The steakhouse has gained traction in its locations in Chicago and Scottsdale, and is now planning its next expansion in Beverly Hills. Some menu favorites at their other locations include the seafood tower (fire-roasted lobster tail, scallops, manila clams and king crab all covered in garlic butter), filet mignon, dry aged eisenhower steak, and the Alaskan king crab. The restaurant is said to make its debut in Los Angeles at the MGM Studios building located on Wilshire Blvd and N Beverly Drive. If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, Maple & Ash will bring you the ultimate dining experience.
Say bye bye to ice cream and hello to Pudu Pudu! This spot is serving up gourmet pudding like you’ve never seen before. Pudu Pudu creates a very soft and creamy texture poured into a bowl from an icing tube by hand and covered with healthy toppings. Although there are 7 pudding flavors, a few of the favorites are Spring Fling (strawberry pudding), Wow in the Wild (blueberry pudding), and Midnight Mischief (milk chocolate & calamansi orange pudding). This dessert concept is popping up all over the city with spots in Venice, Century City, and Silver Lake! If you’re looking for a creative alternative for your sweet tooth, make a stop at Silver Lake’s Pudu Pudu on Sunset Blvd and Hyperion Ave.
Contemporary design, black and gold interior, open grill tabletops, 11 different types of steak, and hand crafted cocktails - AB Steak has returned. You can find this Beverly Hills gem on the corner of W 3rd St and La Cienega Blvd. Some of the menu favorites include marinated galbi, dry aged ribeye, house kimchi fried rice, and spicy tofu soup. Alongside the food, you can order anything from a ‘spicy margaret’ which includes tequila, lime, and agave to their smoked ‘AB old fashion’. A restaurant created by Chef Akira Back is not one you will want to miss. Over the past 20 years in the restaurant industry, Chef Back has been featured on Food Network, The Today Show, The Cooking Channel, and was awarded a Michelin star. That being said, the return of AB Steak has been getting locals excited to dine at the Chef’s only location in Los Angeles.
Inside the lavish Beverly Wilshire Hotel, you will find the highly-acclaimed steak house CUT by Wolfgang Puck. The renowned chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck, has been a master in first-class meals and experiences since the 70’s when he was the chef at Ma Maison in West Hollywood. CUT has seen extraordinary success given its raving reviews and Michelin star status. Since closing due to the pandemic, CUT has been reopened and is still remaining as a top restaurant on the famed Rodeo Drive. Guests are saying there are a few dishes you must consider during your visit like the Apple Glazed Pork Belly, Japanese Wagyu New York Steak, Filet Mignon, and the dark chocolate soufflé for dessert. If you’re looking for the spot to impress your date, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is the restaurant to visit.
Calling all meat lovers, you are in for a treat at the new Japanese Barbecue Restaurant - Yakiniku Osen in Silver Lake! When dining at this restaurant, you will have the opportunity to choose from an array of mouthwatering wagyu steaks imported from Japan. Guests can order raw ingredients which will be brought to the table for them to cook on a grill built into the table. The Japanese term “Yakiniku” can be broken up into two parts: Yaki meaning grill and Niku meaning meat. Outside of the food menu, their drink list includes sake, wine, and imported Japanese craft beers. The interior of this restaurant is highly instagrammable with its golden utensils, minimalistic design, and built-in grill on every table. Sitting on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Golden Gate Ave, Yakiniku Osen is the spot you will want to try.
Locals may have previously known this 2-story space as the restaurant ‘Bouchon’, but it is now being brought back to life as the new restaurant ‘Tommy’s Beverly Hills.’ While Tommy’s is an entirely new concept, the owner is no stranger to building a perfect fine-dining experience. Owner Tommy Salvatore has made a name for himself with the success of his restaurant Craig’s, which is known to be a favorite for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The plan for Tommy’s is to have a bar and cafe on the 1st floor and an upscale lounge, bar, and dining area on the 2nd floor. Although the menu is yet to be publicly released, there are no doubts that the food will be impressive with LA Chef Vartana Abgaryan taking the lead. With such high anticipation, a dining experience at Tommy’s Beverly Hills is one you will not want to miss.
Located on the corner of Griffith Park Blvd and Edgecliffe Drive is a new burger spot named The WinDow. Although very new to Silver Lake, The WinDow launched their first location in Venice during Summer last year and quickly became a favorite on the boardwalk. The most common items that patrons are lining up for are the double cheeseburger, the crispy fried chicken sandwich and with french fries to pair. The burgers are crafted by using the smash burger technique, soft potato bun, cheese, pickles, and a special sauce made in-house. For those with a sweet tooth, they also have milkshakes (chocolate s’mores, strawberry, vanilla bean) and ice cream (mint cookies + cream, salted caramel, peanut buddy) on the menu to curb your cravings. If you’re on the run and in the mood for a savory meal with a sweet dessert, The WinDow is open and ready to serve.
While touring the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you’ll find one of the newest hot spots - Hollywood Burger. The restaurant serves burgers, fries, and milkshakes alike. To be specific, fans of Hollywood Burger are raving about the hollywood classic burger, the vip bacon cheeseburger, crispy chicken sandwich, and even the Veggie Burger created with a black bean patty. When dining at this location, locals are saying they were met with friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. This is said to be the place to go if you’re looking for a quick meal on Hollywood Blvd and Vine St.
The high-end restaurant, Maude, is making a return after being shut down due to the pandemic. With a date set for its grand reopening this Valentine’s Day, locals are getting excited for the comeback of this favored restaurant. Chef Curtis Stone is preparing for the big day with a 9-course tasting menu concentrating on California-inspired cuisine. While we don’t know the exact items on the menu, we can only imagine how flavorful and detailed each dish will be considering the restaurant’s reputation and latest Michelin star. In the past, Maude has been known to have seasonal menus that typically included a touch of the chef’s home - Australia. If you’re still looking for a place to take your Valentine, come celebrate the holiday and the resurgence of the beloved local restaurant, Maude.
With around 9 different types of steak to choose from, Nusr-Et has something for every fine dining meat lover. Located near N Beverly Blvd and Wilshire Blvd, this restaurant was created by the internet famous ‘Salt Bae’ who became well known after videos had gone viral of him while cooking (or rather, sprinkling salt!) Locals are raving about the tomahawk steak, meat sushi, and asado short ribs amongst many other hits on the menu. This restaurant also serves Turkish tea, colorful and decorative cocktails, and exceptional service to add to your upscale dining experience.
From the family that brought Guisados to LA, brings a new Mexican Seafood restaurant ‘Playita Mariscos’ to Sunset and Silver Lake Blvd. The restaurant honors their family Summer vacations to the beach in Mexico - and the food they would eat in small fishing towns. This Mexican seafood shop has a casual feel to it with its walk-up window, strictly outdoor seating, and its reasonably-priced, concise menu. Locals are giving high remarks to the fish and shrimp tacos, as well as the fish ceviche. To be specific, the tacos are described as perfectly crisp with airy batter and tender fish/shrimp and salsa to top it off with a nice kick. Playita Mariscos is making a name for itself in the neighborhood for itself as a quick trip to the “little beach” on Sunset.
The hidden gem, Tree of Wishes, is a Mediterranean bistro that will leave you feeling warm and inspired. If you have something you’d like to manifest, the restaurant encourages you to write it down on a piece of paper attached to a ribbon, and hang it on the Tree of Wishes out on the peaceful open courtyard. Additionally, the restaurant’s atmosphere can be described as cozy and welcoming for its dangling lights over the patio, the dimly lit interior with warm brown furniture, and servers who are praised for going above and beyond for guests. Ambience aside, the food is receiving high remarks for dishes like the herb-grilled hangar steak, burrata toast, grilled octopus and the whole roasted cauliflower. While the food menu is packed with flavor, the drink menu is filled with wine from all over the world, in addition to its bottled beer and hard kombucha options. If you find yourself strolling around on the busy area of Melrose Ave and Gardner St and interested in manifesting some appetizing food, look for the staircase to the Tree of Wishes.
Stepping into this restaurant will truly make you feel like you've been transported to a vacation in Tulum. Ka’teen makes for a fun dinner night out with luscious foliage, a reed archway entrance, comfortable modern furniture, and music (and tons of candles, obviously),. On the menu, you’ll find some exotic dishes like the lamb neck barbacoa or the cochinita pibil which is banana leaf wrapped pork with dry chiles and orange. To complement this Mexican rainforest vibe, the bar has specialty cocktails on the menu like the “Jungle Cat” created with maker’s mark, banane du bresil, pineapple, lemon, apple bitters. The Ka’teen Margarita is a common choice mixing tequila with your choice of passionfruit, guava or mango. If you’re looking to escape the rush of a big city, and enjoy date night in a tropical paradise - Ka’teen is your next stop located inside the Tommie Hollywood Hotel on Selma Ave and Schrader Blvd.
Sitting between Sunset Blvd and Maltman Ave is an intimate restaurant named Eszett. Created by Husband and Wife duo, Spencer and Sabrina, this spot is recognized for its variety on the menu and its list of wines from all over the world. Some of Eszett’s popular items on the menu include the Fish Filet Sandwich, Mushroom French Dip, Steak Tartare, Swordfish “Au Poivre.” If you would like to pair your meal with a glass of wine, they have wines from 10 different countries on the list. This restaurant’s style is modern yet romantic and quiet, making it a perfect recipe for your next date night.
Freedman’s is known as a Jewish-American restaurant, but they’ve decided to stir things up by taking all guests on a “World Tour.” As of late, Freedman’s has rebranded as Greekman’s for a limited time. We like to think of it as Freedman’s is heading to Greece for the Summer…and Winter (the demand is that high!) The menu consists of Souvlaki, Marinated Olives & Feta, Greek Panzanella Salad, and Grilled Octopus & Lemon to name a few. Since this restaurant has already taken their tour to Rome, Tel Aviv, Odessa, and currently Greece, we cannot wait for what’s next to come for this creative restaurant.
If you’re looking to extend the night after dinner, The Maybourne Hotel’s The Cigar and Whiskey Bar is a lowkey, classy spot to take your friends. This bar holds an array of 1,000 different cigars to choose from and rare, high-end whiskey to pair it with. While the drinks and unique smokes take the cake, patrons have the option of choosing bites like steak tartare, oysters, and tempura snow crab claws. The Cigar and Whiskey Bar gives off an old Hollywood, speakeasy-like vibe with elegant furniture and imported liquor and cigars. This is a spot for anyone looking to feel like a movie star smoking a cigar and sipping on a fine glass of whiskey.
While this rooftop bar does have savory lite bites, this is definitely the place to go for cocktails. Located on top of the new Godfrey Hotel on Cahuenga Blvd and De Longpre Ave, IO Rooftop bar is a trendy spot to take your date to watch the sunset over the city by night or drinks with friends at the pool by day. The food menu consists of items such as chicken katsu sliders, yakitori, and various sushi rolls. On the drinks side, they have their own list of cocktails unique to their bar - and of course, the typical Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, and Classic Martini. Locals are raving about the cocktail famously named the “PCH'' crafted with Malibu lime, Cucumber, Basil, Mint, and Lime. Whether day or night this modern rooftop bar is worth a stop.
Imagine a 1960s diner, the jukebox, a nice cup of jo, the delicious aroma of pancakes on the griddle served all day - Welcome to Clark Street Diner. The restaurant space previously known as 101 Coffee Shop was the Hollywood diner, as seen in the movie Swingers and the hit TV show Entourage. The ambience of this restaurant is one that will make you feel nostalgic for the ‘60s (regardless of whether or not you lived through it!) While you enjoy the atmosphere of this diner, you can also enjoy a traditional Pancake and Eggs, hash browns, bacon. For lunch or dinner you’ll have the option of choosing from items like the california club or the diner burger. Bring a friend and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and traditional American food at Clark Street Diner.
Once you enter through the gorgeous lavender archway, you will be welcomed with the aroma of Asian-fusion cuisine. Located on Santa Monica Blvd and La Cienega, this hidden gem has a long menu consisting of items like crab fried rice, shrimp pad thai, and orange chicken. To add to the list of great aspects about this restaurant, we’re also hearing that the servers are friendly and attentive. If you’re looking for a quiet evening paired with some tasty Chinese-Thai food and exceptional service, Queen Violet is the place to visit.
After opening its doors on Sunset Blvd and Fountain Ave, Kenbey Sushi quickly began receiving positive remarks from their customers. Locals may have known this spot as a ramen restaurant previously but their surprise was met with satisfaction when Kenbey Sushi had their opening. Chef Kenji Koyama is known for his work at Japanese restaurant Necco in Westwood. The menu at Kenbey consists of various types of sushi rolls and seafood dishes like the crunchy jellyfish. Omakase, which roughly translates to “leave it to me”, encourages guests to leave their dinner choices in the hands of Chef Koyama. Kenbey Sushi is still new, and already proving itself to be your new Sushi spot in Silver Lake.