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Providence

Japanese 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Obsessed with quality and freshness, the meticulous chef maintains a network of specialty purveyors, some of whom tip him off to their catch before it even hits the dock. — Fodor's

Your hunger will be sated, your synapses on overload, your senses heightened to the point that an after-dinner chocolate becomes as eloquent as a sonnet. — LA Weekly

Michael Cimarusti... continues to turn out some of the best seafood in the city. — Concierge

Super-fancy seafood tasting menus. — Not For Tourists

Blinged out with two Michelin stars, this has long been one of LA’s finest restaurants. To truly sample the goods, splurge for the nine-course tasting menu. — Lonely Planet

Osteria Mozza

Italian 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since opening its door in 2007, this Melrose and Highland dining destination has grown into an empire that spans a pizzeria, to-go counter and retail shop and recently-opened salumeria. — Time Out

LA takes certain things very seriously. Acai berries, Carmaggedon, and making sure you saw that January pool party invite on Facebook even though we know you live in Astoria. But pasta?... — The Infatuation

Powerhouse duo Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton set the bar high with to-die-for pasta and a mozzarella bar rich in Burrata. — Condé Nast Traveler

"Melt-in-your-mouth" pastas and a "to-die-for" mozzarella bar "speak volumes" about the "extraordinary" eating at this "high-end" Hollywood Italian. — Zagat

The burrata from Basilicata with bacon, marinated escarole, and caramelized shallots and the orecchiette with sausage and Swiss chard are worth braving the perpetually busy reservation line. — Travel + Leisure

Bestia Restaurant

Italian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most sought-after reservation in town can be found at this new and splashy Italian kitchen in the Arts District. — Lonely Planet

This sprawling trattoria from restaurateur Bill Chait (Rivera, Sotto, Picca) is packed nightly with a handsome crowd enjoying the ambience. — Gayot

If you want to understand Bestia, you should probably take a look at the cassoeula, a version of a traditional cabbage stew popular in Milan. — Los Angeles Times

This always-mobbed trattoria in Downtown's Arts District offers an impressive selection of house-cured charcuterie and handmade pasta, but the noise level makes intimate conversation impossible. — Condé Nast Traveler

Modern Italian in chic industrial setting. — Not For Tourists

Langer's

Delis 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Langer's has the look of a no-frills Jewish deli back in New York. The draw here is the hand-cut pastrami. — Fodor's

The most sought after sandwich among locals, by far, is the famous No. 19, with pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian-style dressing. — Frommer's

"The best deli west of the Hudson River" according to fans, this Downtown "time warp" has been a source for "superb" hand-sliced pastrami on "fabulous Jewish rye" since 1947. — Zagat

Great Jewish deli in MacArthur Park. Try the pastrami sandwiches. — Not For Tourists

Offers more than twenty ways of eating what is easily LA’s best pastrami sandwich. Open daylight hours only in a dicey spot; kerbside pick-up available. — Rough Guide

Spago Beverly Hills

American 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The flagship of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's food empire, sophisticated Spago is among LA's most famous restaurants. — Insight Guides

Spago has long been an essential California kitchen, the one that pioneered the designer pizza and made Wolfgang Puck a household name. — Lonely Planet

Executive chef Lee Hefter, a James Beard Award winner, has helped craft a daily-changing menu along with signature dishes, such as smoked salmon and caviar pizza. — Travel + Leisure

An appetizer of "BBQ" skate wing brushed with a bright, spicy sambal seems like a prelude to greatness. — Time Out

Flagship restaurant that begat the airport food court empire. — Not For Tourists

Apple Pan

Burgers 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Westside’s answer to Pasadena’s hallowed Pie ‘n Burger, The Apple Pan is a revered Los Angeles institution. An ancient edifice by the Angeleno perception of history, the Apple Pan... — The Infatuation

A burger-insider haunt since 1947, this unassuming joint with a horseshoe-shaped counter—no tables here—turns out one heck of a good burger. — Fodor's

Feeling nostalgic for a time gone by (and the low prices that went with it)? Head to this white clapboard shack, opened in 1947. — Condé Nast Traveler

There are no tables -- just a U-shaped counter -- at this classic American burger shack and hugely popular L.A. landmark. — Frommer's

The draw: the signature “steakburger”—a juicy, flavorful beef patty topped with mayo, sweet relish, pickles, iceberg lettuce, and Tillamook cheddar. — Travel + Leisure

Animal

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The unexpected gem is the crudo: a recent combo of raw fluke, yuzu, serrano chile, apple, and pungent mint was no macho plate but downright girly—silky, sexy, and impeccably dressed. — Travel + Leisure

All about food: and it’s pig, pig, more pig. Leave your veggie feelings at the door. But leave your palate open. They do vegetables. As a bed for pork. — BlackBook

The house restaurant of the Dude District is probably the new Animal, which raises Boy Food to the level of a genuine cuisine. — LA Weekly

An "exploration of everything carnivore" where the "superbly prepared" snout-to-tail plates are bound to entice you "out of your comfort zone". — Zagat

Animal is dedicated to well-prepared, seasonal food, with a focus on unique meat-heavy small plates — goop

A.O.C.

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“I’m so fancy. You already know…” I know very, very little about the words I just typed, except that they are lyrics from a song by Iggy Azalea who is considered “sexy” and “probably not... — The Infatuation

Styne curates an expanded list of organic, natural and biodynamic boutique wines from around the world. — Time Out

"Beautiful new digs" with a "gorgeous" courtyard get the "A-OK" from "low-key power" patrons who "never get bored" with this Third Street showcase. — Zagat

Pithy name amended by ample wine selection. Euro-style wine bar may be Lucques' spicier sister, but she's still well-mannered. — BlackBook

Familiar dishes include the bacon-wrapped Parmesan-stuffed dates, and pork rillettes with pickled onions and cornichons. — Gayot

Philippe the Original

Delis 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From LAPD hunks to stressed-out attorneys to smooching couples, everyone loves Philippe’s, where the French-dip sandwich was invented over a century ago. — Lonely Planet

Now that its only serious competitor is about to be retrofitted into a gleaming replica of itself, Philippe's is one of the few remaining artifacts of the Los Angeles that Philip Marlowe knew. — LA Weekly

L.A.'s oldest restaurant (1908), Philippe claims that the French dip sandwich originated here. — Fodor's

1908 sawdust café that serves up the eponymous sandwich with turkey, ham, lamb, pork or beef – an amazingly good and filling treat for less than $6. — Rough Guide

The best French dips in town. Totally awesome. — Not For Tourists

Patina Restaurant

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When Frank Gehry's magnificent concert hall opened in October 2003, it brought a new sense of excitement to Los Angeles. — Concierge

Nestled on the ground floor of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Joachim Splichal’s haute restaurant hums with perfectly-harmonized service and plates with a perfect symphony of flavors. — Time Out

A long-time darling of food critics and gourmets, Patina is where star chef Joachim Splichal takes his innovative French- California cuisine to new heights. — DK Eyewitness

Ensconced in downtown's Walt Disney Concert Hall, chef Joachim Splichal's signature restaurant stays on key with Frank Gehry's striking structure. — Michelin Guide

The chefs at the helm of the kitchen have been maintaining Patina's reputation as the crown jewel of the culinary kingdom created by uber-chef Joachim Splichal. — Gayot

Rustic Canyon

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Think: grilled wild boar sausage, mussels steamed in white wine, chili and thyme, and crispy, garlicky baby artichokes. — Lonely Planet

Hidden cave of wine. — Not For Tourists

Serving simply prepared dishes inspired by the sustainable bounty from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, this restaurant grew out of the monthly dinners its founder once held in his home. — Frommer's

On the West Side of LA, "farm-to-table restaurants" are roughly as common as malnourished women with botox. Yes, these metrics are recorded in the local Census. And recent data indicates... — The Infatuation

"It's like eating from the farm without the work" at this Santa Monica Cal-Med matching "phenomenal" farm-to-table small plates with "interesting wines" in a "stylish, yet casual" setting. — Zagat

Lucques

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chez Panisse-style cooking in LA. — Not For Tourists

Expensive but tasty restaurant that doles out comfort food for the culinary elite – spiced lamb ribs, wild mushroom lasagne and grilled cornbread are but a few of the dishes you might find on the rotating menu. — Rough Guide

In her veggie-intense contemporary American cooking, Goin uses finesse to balance tradition and invention. — Fodor's

Named after a coveted variety of French olive, Lucques offers inspired rustic Mediterranean cuisine with strong California influences. — Gayot

Dishes like grilled chicken with risotto carbonara and wild mushrooms; and endive with Dungeness crab, sugar snap peas, and curry cream. — Travel + Leisure

Water Grill

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fish and seafood fanciers from all over flock to this clubby shrine, which uses only impec- cably fresh ingredients. Desserts are superb. — DK Eyewitness

Who needs the captain’s table when impeccable service, fresh seafood and a warm, nautical ambience await in the heart of downtown?. — Lonely Planet

"Seafood so fresh it seems as if they just fished it out of the ocean" is the hook at these upscale-casual Downtown and Santa Monica eateries. — Zagat

Chef David LeFevre has taken this famous and expensive seafood restaurant in a different direction. — Time Out

Located in downtown's vintage Pacifrc Mutual Center, this fine restaurant is hailed as the city's finest seafood restaurant. — Michelin Guide

Musso & Frank Grill

Steakhouses 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The bar is known for its martinis, and steaks and chops dominate the dinner menu, along with items like calf’s sweetbreads, turkey á la king, and Welsh rarebit. — Travel + Leisure

The restaurant is still known for its bone-dry martinis and perfectly seasoned bloody marys. — Frommer's

Steaks and chops dominate the menu of Hollywood’s oldest (since 1919) restaurant. It was a major hangout for celebrities such as Hemingway and other literary giants. — DK Eyewitness

A traditional American menu (steaks, sandwiches, and the "original Fettucine Alfredo") and classic cocktails are presented in an old-fashioned Hollywood hangout. — Insight Guides

If nothing else, come for a martini at the bar, but you'€™ll be tempted to stay and eat after perusing the extensive menu filled with nostalgic dishes. — Gayot

Fishing with Dynamite

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

David LeFevre's fever for fresh bivalves blows coastal dining doldrums out of the water. — Time Out

Fishing With Dynamite's popularity clearly speaks to a yearning in Manhattan Beach for that seafood shack of our fantasies, casual but high-quality. — LA Weekly

Cozy, seasonal, eclectic seafood; raw bar and rotating menu. — Not For Tourists

LeFevre's cooking is refreshing and light. — Los Angeles Times

The menu is constantly rotating, but trust us, if you like binge eating on fine seafood, starve yourself for a day, then come here. — Lonely Planet

Canter's Deli

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Eat like there's no tomorrow" at this 24/7 Fairfax "nostalgia nosh", an "old Hollywood" "icon" famed for "generous" deli sandwiches. — Zagat

Some menu items stretch the usual deli fare to appeal to a wider clientele, as this place draws an eclectic crowd from far beyond the neighborhood. — Gayot

This sprawling deli, founded in the 1940s, has been the late-night hang of counterculturalists and rockers since the 1960s. — Lonely Planet

You'll find a bunch of hipsters and indie rock musicians hanging out there for the cheap booze and meaty sandwiches. — Los Angeles Times

Canter’s is a true LA original and walking through its old kitschy doors feels like you’re walking into the heart of our city. — The Infatuation

Gjelina

Pizza 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For a midday shopping break or fun night out on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, you can do no better than this rustic, sexy spot, with a glorious courtyard and deliriously good food — Departures

Begin with a mushroom, goat cheese, and truffle oil pizza, heirloom spinach salad, mussels with chorizo, or grilled squid with lentils and salsa verde. — Fodor's

There aren’t many other places in LA or anywhere that satisfy like this restaurant does...it’s hard to decide what from the massive menu to tackle on each visit. — The Infatuation

California cuisine with a New York sensibility. — Not For Tourists

Cavaillon melon with lightly grilled squid, or the wild arugula with sheep cheese and corn, or the cilantro-pork sausage, charred black in the wood-burning oven and served disconcertingly rare. — LA Weekly

Church and State

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu, in the hands of fine-dining trained chef Tony Esnault (formerly at Patina), is exclusively composed of French bistro dishes. — Gayot

Americans love the idea of a second chance, of watching someone persist until they get it right. So there's something especially thrilling about the successful rebooting of Church &... — Concierge

Located in the loading dock of the Biscuit Lofts in DTLA's Arts District, Steven Arroyo's French bistro serves classic fare—steak frites, escargot, steak tartare, et al. — Time Out

The best pig's ears I've ever had, better than the crunchy ones at Spotted Pig in New York, better than the fritters at the Bristol in Paris. — LA Weekly

This is one of the city's hippest French restaurants, found in the most unlikely of places. — Frommer's

Angelini Osteria

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Angelini Osteria may not be a serious restaurant, but sometimes you are in the mood for artistry, and sometimes you just want to have supper. — LA Weekly

Authentic home-style Italian cooking—simple, rustic, and delicious—is the focus at chef-owner Gino Angelini’s unfussy restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

Known for manning the stoves at high-end restaurants Rex and Vincenti, Chef Gino Angelini is dishing out quality Italian fare at his own place. — Time Out

You might not guess it from the modest dining room, but this is one of L.A.'s most celebrated Italian restaurants, where the key is chef-owner Gino Angelini's thoughtful use of superb ingredients. — Fodor's

Simple space/perfect plates whisk you back to that hot summer in Italy when all you had time for was swimming in the sun, loving hard, and feasting freshly. — BlackBook

Jitlada Restaurant

Thai 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At Jitlada, the goods come in the form of real-deal, no holds barred Southern Thai cuisine. — The Infatuation

Spiciest Thai in LA LA Land. — Not For Tourists

With endless celebrity photos and numerous "Best of" lists on the walls, chef Jazz Singsanong’s Thai town restaurant is one of the city’s cult favorites. — Time Out

Upscale eats in a downscale neighborhood, Jitlada serves the finest in southern Thai cuisine in a cozy and colorful Thai Town joint on Sunset. — Travel + Leisure

In a dreary mini-mall, but the spicy chicken, squid, oxtail curry, papaya salad, and fishball and other seafood curries more than make up for the setting. Affordable prices, too. — Rough Guide

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