Los Angeles Restaurants

Louise’s Trattoria

An L.A. favorite since 1978, Louise’s Trattoria delivers Italian cooking with a whimsical California flair. Its three locations are in Larchmont Village, Santa Monica and West L.A. L, D (daily).

Lucques

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, and braised short ribs with Swiss…

Lukshon

Sang Yoon, creator of one of L.A.’s best burgers at Father’s Office, changed directions by opening this slick Southeast Asian eatery. Try red crab fritters with chili jam—a twist on…

M.B. Post

David LeFevre, a Charlie Trotter protégé, left formal Water Grill to open this laid-back eatery with intelligently conceived small plates at reasonable prices. The “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green…

Mar’sel

Set above sparkling Palos Verdes Peninsula, Mar’sel at the Terranea Resort captures an incredible ocean vista. Chef Michael Fiorelli is serious about sustainability in his fresh, flavor-packed cuisine, cooking with…

Mastro’s Ocean Club

At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters such as ahi tuna tartare, lobster cocktail and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster or expertly prepared steaks. Such…

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s serves USDA Prime steaks in an atmosphere as sizzling as its 400-degree plates. Look for the 2-foot-tall seafood-tower appetizer, sides such as lobster mashed potatoes and a melt-in-your-mouth warm…

Matsuhisa

Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original restaurant, Matsuhisa, incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Sashimi tacos, gold-leaf-wrapped monkfish liver, and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño are just a few…

Matteo’s

An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su).

Mélisse

At Mélisse, consistently among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef-owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start a bit of tender Wagyu beef flavored with a…

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