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Providence

Japanese 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inspired by coastal living, Providence is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood in its purest and simplest form. — Forbes Travel Guide

Super-fancy seafood tasting menus. — Not For Tourists

Near the top of the LA pricey-restaurant scale, and for good reason: the place is swarming with foodies, who come for the black sea bass, foie-gras ravioli, lump blue crab and plenty of other tremendous choices. — Rough Guide

Chef Michael Cimarusti and his quadrilingual Italian compatriot, Donato Poto, set out to create the city's preeminent seafood experience. — Frommer's

Very few restaurants aim for, little less achieve, the level of grace exhibited nightly at Providence. — Time Out

Osteria Mozza

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

Dress up, eat cheese: It’s the place that revolutionized Italian in L.A. — Bon Appétit

This is the kind of place that can be so wonderful, you keep thinking about it for days afterward. — Frommer's

Come summer, I look forward to interleaving slices of mozzarella and basil leaves with slices of the first luscious red tomatoes to make a classic caprese. — Los Angeles Times

"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

Sometimes what you want is a five-course pasta dinner with two desserts. Or something from a world-famous mozzarella bar. — BlackBook

Langer's

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

"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

Since 1947, generations of smoked-meat lovers have flocked to this old-school Jewish deli famous for its juicy hot pastrami sandwiches. — Lonely Planet

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

Spago Beverly Hills

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although there is a printed menu that’s somehow half Italian, half Asian fusion, there's a whole bunch of off-menu items you need to know to ask for - namely the pizza and the spicy tuna hand rolls. — The Infatuation

"Beautifully redone", Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills "classic" still attracts a "who's who" crowd thanks to its "consistently excellent", "creative" Californian cuisine. — Zagat

Modern California cuisine, with classic dishes like loupe de mer and Snake River Farm’s American wagyu New York steak—not to mention one of the best patios in town. — Departures

The dining room these days feels very much like the descriptions of Spago in its early glory days — a place where beautiful people go to pop corks and have fun. — LA Weekly

Even after all these years, Wolfgang Puck's home base is still an amazing experience. — Concierge

Water Grill

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

At Water Grill, the raw bar rules. Always has. — Los Angeles Times

Completely revamped version comes with much hipper interior (think hardwood floors, subway tiles, and pressed-tin ceiling) and more casual attitude. — BlackBook

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

Widely considered to be one of the best seafood houses in the city, Water Grill is popular with the suit-and-tie crowd at lunch, and with concertgoers en route to the Music Center at night. — Frommer's

The fancy space is also massive enough that it doesn’t get too stuffy, and if things start to get dreary, pop open that bottle of wine you brought - there’s no corkage fee on your first bottle. — The Infatuation

Bestia Restaurant

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

Husband-and-wife team Ori Menashe (ex Angelini Osteria) and Genevieve Gergis "are a force to be reckoned with" at this "new fave" in Downtown's Arts District. — Zagat

Tucked into an old factory in the burgeoning downtown Arts District, Bestia has overcome its location to become one of the city's hottest restaurants — Where

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

Here, the team cures meats for the charcuterie bar (the mortadella and sopressata are excellent), and churns out hand-made pastas. Be sure to order the cavatelli a la norcina. — Travel + Leisure

Don’t try to walk into Bestia without a reservation. As the most talked about (and as a result, packed) restaurant at the moment, securing a table at least a week in advance is a good idea. — Time Out

Rustic Canyon

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

Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica's unpretentious neighborhood favorite for over half a decade is flexing its cooking muscle in all the right ways and is now the best it’s ever been. — Time Out

"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

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

Where seasonal veg meets serious meat in Santa Monica. — Bon Appétit

Ever had crab, peaches, and white yams together? You'll eat things like that at Rustic Canyon- whatever's freshest at the farmer's market, whipped up together in a pretty genius way. — The Infatuation

Church and State

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

This downtown eatery has a hip clientele—downtown residents and commuters waiting out rush hour—who crowd the dining room or linger on the patio to soak up the vibe of an authentic French brasserie. — Where

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

Steve Arroyo's French-flavored baby was average at first, but Walter Manzke, foodie god, stepped in and elevated it beyond all reasonable expectations. — BlackBook

Both extremely fancy (anniversary date-night caliber) while being effortlessly casual. You can almost imagine yourself in Paris as you dig into your escargot or lavender-honey goat cheese toasts. — On the Grid

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

Angelini Osteria

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

"Rustic perfection" sums up the menu at this "convivial" Beverly Boulevard trattoria, where "king of authentic Italian" Gino Angelini makes "taste buds sing" with his "mouthwatering" meats. — Zagat

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

Angelini Alimentari is the casual, all-day sister restaurant to Angelini Osteria - one of the best pasta spots in LA — The Infatuation

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

Chef-owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in herb sauce recipe he inherited from his grandmother. — Where

Sqirl Cafe

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

Currently SQIRL offers a full menu of honest food for breakfast and lunch. Go early on a weekday if you can. Try out one of the specials or a rice bowl and bring home a jar of jam. — On the Grid

Breakfast and lunch from a damn good jam-maker. — Not For Tourists

Artisanal breakfast and lunch dishes and a quirky ambience are the hallmarks of this Silver Lake hipster eatery. — Gayot

A meal at Sqirl is like eating your favorite childhood meal cooked by Mother Nature herself. — The Infatuation

Run, don't walk to Sqirl. A favorite cafe amongst professional cooks and locals. Daily specials are seasonal and beautifully presented. — Afar Magazine

Fishing with Dynamite

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

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

Ordering the oyster sampler and a 3 oz. glass of cava is a command, not a suggestion. And we’re telling you right now there’s not a better scallop in town than their Peruvian scallop. — The Infatuation

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

Zagat reviews are compiled from individual user reviews. Zagat reviews are compiled from individual user reviews. — Zagat

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

Lucques

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

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

Goin cooks with bold flavors, fresh-from-the-farm produce, and an instinctive feel for the food of the Mediterranean. — Frommer's

To get in the right frame of mind for this modern French-Mediterranean restaurant, decide that you're willing to try absolutely anything. — Time Out

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

Chef-owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as fried squid salad with lipstick peppers and Thai basil. — Where

Apple Pan

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

The sign out front promises “Quality Forever.” And we’d wholly agree, this place is quality indeed. — The Infatuation

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

The rewards are ample, including steak burgers piled high with fixings (everything you'd expect, minus the tomato—they don't like them here). — Concierge

Go prepared to queue up or stop in late-night (it's open until midnight; 1 a.m. on Saturdays). And, yes, you'll definitely take a slice of one of the house-made pies. — Tasting Table

An "LA original", this "quaint" little spot in West LA has been turning out "wonderful" "classic" hickory burgers, "fabulous" pies and other "simple, but good" grub. — Zagat

Philippe the Original

Delis 86 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

People have been lining up at the huge counter to order French dip sandwiches filled with beef, pork, ham, turkey or lamb for nearly a century (the sandwich wasn't "invented" until 1918). — Gayot

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

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

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

Musso & Frank Grill

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

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

"Old Hollywood is alive and well" at this "charming" former literary haunt. — Zagat

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

Liver and onions, lamb chops, shrimp Louie salad, dry gin martinis, gruff waiters—you'll find all of the old favorites here in Hollywood's oldest restaurant. — Fodor's

Hollywood's oldest bar with spectacular martinis. — Not For Tourists

Animal

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

When foodies in Los Angeles need a culinary thrill, they come to this restaurant in the Fairfax District, which is light on the flash but heavy on serious food. — Fodor's

The best on the menu were the balsamic pork ribs, which were a textural success, but a touch too sweet. — Frommer's

This no-frills spot just might be one of the few restaurants in L.A. where you'll find top-rate food served without a hint of attitude or fuss. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Buffalo-fried pig tails and oxtail poutine might sound like odd combinations, but they're just the kind of dishes Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo like to turn on their head at their acclaimed Fairfax restaurant — Tasting Table

A.O.C.

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

The room is sleek, the long bar welcoming, and the staff knowledgeable and friendly. — Concierge

At this jewel of a wine bar, chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier/owner Caroline Styne feed a feistily flavored small-plate menu to friends, lovebirds and trendy families. — Lonely Planet

The wine list is impeccable and the staff knowledgeable. And for the food? Well, it’s refined. It’s good. Very good, in many cases. — The Infatuation

A menu of small plates that draws on the finest local produce: pork rillettes are served with pickled onions, and arroz negro with squid arrives with a big dollop of garlicky saffron aioli. — Travel + Leisure

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

Jitlada Restaurant

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

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

A transporting taste of southern Thailand. Its wok-fried catfish and som tum (spicy papaya salad) are fantastic. — Lonely Planet

Definitely the best Thai food in L.A., and likely the whole country. — Bon Appétit

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

This cozy restaurant in an East Hollywood mini-mall stays true to authentic Thai cooking. — Gayot

Patina Restaurant

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

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

Patina's exquisitely wrought dining room in Disney Hall is the most important restaurant space in California, and Tony Esnault is a master of modern global cuisine. — LA Weekly

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

You can’t go wrong with executive chef Tony Esnault’s daily or seasonal tasting menus, and don’t pass up the delicious desserts from pastry chef Sarah Koechling. — Forbes Travel Guide

The contemporary space, surrounded by a rippled "curtain" of rich walnut, is an elegant, dramatic stage for the acclaimed restaurant's contemporary French cuisine. — Fodor's

Hungry Cat

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

Occupying an industrial-chic space tucked away in the Sunset + Vine complex, The Hungry Cat dedicates itself to classic seafood house fare. — Gayot

East Coast fare—Dungeness crab benedict, a lobster roll, you-peel or they-peel shrimp—is offered in hip little spots — Where

This kitty is small and sleek and hides out across Sunset from the ArcLight cinemas, making it a handy pre- or postshow stop. — Lonely Planet

Tucked away near the back entrance of Borders at the odd Sunset + Vine complex is this modern, casual, bustling place for local and regional seafood that is simple and seasonal. — Frommer's

Purrs over mountains of half-shell oysters, Dungeness in blood orange butter, crab cakes from a century-old recipe and brioche lobster rolls. — BlackBook

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