Los Angeles Restaurants

Bäco Mercat

Sizzling-hot chef Josef Centeno has drawn international praise for his uniquely inspired creations. His bäco, a flatbread sandwich filled with ingredients such as oxtail hash or chicken escabeche, is a…

Bestia

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. Chef Ori Menashe, a Gino Angelini…

Bottega Louie

This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals and downtown hipsters convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas and share small plates of…

California African American Museum

The mission of this institution is to research, collect, preserve and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western…

California Science Center

Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore over 150 interactive exhibits in the hands-on museum’s galleries, including Ecosystems—a free permanent gallery featuring live animals, seven immersive exhibits and…

Chaya

The original Chaya in Japan remains open after 385 years, and Chaya’s popularity endures in Los Angeles, too. The Japanese-accented French/Italian menus are accomplished and innovative. L (M–F), D (nightly).

Church & State

Located in the historic Biscuit Co. Lofts, 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…

Cicada

This art deco jewel is a perfect special-occasion spot. Diners enter through magnificent Lalique doors into a room with gold-leaf ceilings and a grand staircase. The modern Italian cooking includes…

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The largest venue at the Music Center downtown is the 3,100-seat home of Los Angeles Opera and Dance at the Music Center. L.A. Opera, directed by Plácido Domingo, offers a…

Ford’s Filling Station

Rather than following his father, Harrison, into the movie business, Benjamin Ford went to culinary school. Entree choices emphasize comfort pub fare: Fat Jack bacon burger, smoked pork chop and…

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