Editors’ Picks: The Best Restaurants in LA

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Los Angeles, for any occasion.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized trip to Los Angeles. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and plan great meals at the restaurants listed below.

Editors’ Picks: Coffee, Breakfast & Brunch

Fountain Coffee Room

The coffee shop at Beverly Hills Hotel serves American fare in a whimsical setting—it’s a fun spot for a casual meal with kids. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills

Intelligentsia Coffee

​​This chic coffee shop serves some of the best brews in LA alongside a decent selection of pastries. Several locations

All Day Baby

With all-day breakfast and a mix of southern and So-Cal classics, All Day Baby fully embraces a comfort food ethos. 3200 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

Editors’ Picks: Lunch


This restaurant is the spot for mix-and-match seasonal vegetable sides and Korean, Italian and Jewish deli goods. 712 South Santa Fe Ave, Arts District

The Ivy

Wicker tables and antique garden furniture lend a homey feel to this trattoria, which draws some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. The Ivy is also a great dinner spot and has a sister restaurant in Santa Monica. 113 N Robertson Blvd., Beverly Grove

Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu is a haute sushi spot on the ocean, great for lunch or a sunset meal. 22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


Judging by dishes like the white prawns with persimmon, pistachio and chili and duck breast with brussel sprouts, spatzle and orange, the French cuisine at this bakery-cum-bistro is hitting it out of the park. 624 S La Brea Ave., Mid City


This bakery and deli has a high cool quotient and serves picture-perfect sandwiches (regulars know to end a meal with one of the superb baklava croissants). 320 Sunset Ave., Venice

La Rose Café

The beloved Venice café serves SoCal cuisine with international twists. 220 Rose Ave, Venice


The vision of slow food maven Alice Waters, this sustainably minded lunch spot within the Hammer Museum serves market-driven dishes such as halibut carpaccio and baked Sonoma goat cheese with beets. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood

Editors’ Picks: Dinner


The follow-up restaurant to L.A.’s perennially popular Bestia, Downtown’s Bavel has a stylish, airy dining room with a hanging garden, where it serves exquisite Middle Eastern cuisine. 500 Mateo St., Arts District


This Italian hot spot serves delectable pasta, pizza and crostini. 2121 E 7th Place, Arts District


Nobu Matsuhisa’s Beverly Hills restaurant serves brilliant Japanese fare. 129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills


The first L.A. outpost of David Chang’s Momofuku brand, Majordomo serves a colorful mix of cuisines in a simple and airy space with a vibrant wall mural. 1725 Naud St., Chinatown

Mother Wolf

Pasta maverick Evan Funke brings old-world Roman flavors to Hollywood at this sexy Italian spot. 1545 Wilcox Ave, Hollywood

Osteria Mozza

This wildly popular and upscale bistro serves delicious Italian cuisine next door to its stylish but more casual sister restaurant Pizzeria Mozza (641 North Highland Ave), which serves gourmet pies. 6602 Melrose Ave, Hollywood

Birdie G’s

Traditional American cooking and fine dining meet in the barn-inspired restaurant Birdie G’s, a family-friendly crowd pleaser. 2421 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica


The hip Élephante offers a trendy scene, crowd-pleasing Italian dishes and ocean views. 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica


This refined French bistro serves French-inspired cuisine that makes the most of Southern California’s harvests. 2732 Main St., Santa Monica

R+D Kitchen

The elevated neighborhood favorite on the busy Montana Avenue often comes with a line out the door—but the food and the excellent service are worth it. 1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica


Bon Appétit named this elegant eatery’s tonnarelli cacio e pepe the “Best Pasta of the Year” in 2017. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice


Gjelina cooks up memorable Mediterranean small plates and crispy pizzas. 1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice


Inside The West Hollywood EDITION, the seasonal menu at Ardor showcases vegetables from local farmer’s markets alongside a selection of seafood and meat dishes. 9040 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood


For excellent Italian-ish cuisine and a seriously fabulous setting, Olivetta delivers in spades. 9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood


The innovative seafood-focused five-course tasting menu at this fine-dining venue has made it one of the West Coast’s most acclaimed restaurants. 5955 Melrose Ave, West Los Angeles

Sushi Sasabune

One of L.A.’s top sushi spots also serves an authentic, omakase-style Japanese meal. 11917 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood

Editors’ Picks: Drinks

Gran Blanco

Next to the Venice Boardwalk, Gran Blanco serves signature cocktails in an airy space and draws a trendy yet relaxed crowd. 80 Windward Ave, Venice

The Varnish

It’s not quite the under-the-radar speakeasy it was when it opened, but The Varnish remains a find, thanks to creative cocktails, a cool understated ambience and moody-dark lighting. 118 East 6th Street, Downtown Los Angeles

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized trip to Los Angeles. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and plan great meals at the restaurants listed below.

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