The Best Bars for Foodies in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

In Los Angeles, the best drinking establishments and the best restaurants are often one and the same. The city is home to countless spots that showcase the kind of creativity that this city is fueled with. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Check out our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From the best Santa Monica bars to the coolest spots in downtown LA, here are some of the city's best for cocktails and creative cuisine, each with a special star quality of its own.

Restaurants:Avra Beverly Hills, The Tower Bar, Vincenti Ristorante
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Californian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Brentwood

Avra Beverly Hills

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Beverly Hills
1,706 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • People Watching
  • Hot Spot
The newest outpost of the NYC fixture, Avra Estiatorio in the heart of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle offers authentic Greek food for lunch, brunch and dinner. Patrons experience aRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Los Angeles

The Tower Bar

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
1,110 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
The request “No photographs, no phone calls” printed on every menu at The Tower Bar strongly hints at its provenance as a wining-and-dining haven for Hollywood elites, but the brigRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Vincenti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Brentwood
467 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Serving up fine Italian cuisine since 1997, this neighborhood favorite in Brentwood has been consistently lauded by critics, including repeat acclaim from the late L.A. icon JonathRead more
93% recommended
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Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
710 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
At the helm of Petty Cash Taqueria, SoCal-born and bred chef Walter Manzke merges the flavors of East L.A. and Tijuana with his European training (he’s an El Bulli alum) to create Read more
85% recommended
Late Night Find in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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Cecconi's

$$$$·Italian·
West Hollywood
2,683 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • People Watching
Serving up fine Venetian cuisine to a contemporary Californian crowd, the West Hollywood Cecconi’s (one of seven international locations) features plenty of plant-based, produce-foRead more
Lunch in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Hollywood

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Hollywood
731 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fun
Stella Barra Pizzeria’s Hollywood outlet (one of seven) is an expansive space decked out in reclaimed wood paneling, industrial lighting, exposed brick, brown leather, and iron. ThRead more
86% recommended
Healthy in Hollywood
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Michael's - Santa Monica

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Monica
1,479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
A Santa Monica institution, Michael’s helped to define California cuisine in the late 1970s and it remains one of the most celebrated restaurants in the state. Under chef Miles ThoRead more
85% recommended
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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hollywood
4,600 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Many an L.A. bar evokes old Hollywood as a concept; at Musso & Frank Grill, open since 1919 and older than the Hollywood sign, it’s reality. The bar is independently considered oneRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Hollywood
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Catch LA

$$$$·Seafood·
West Hollywood
5,554 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
Catch LA, which occupies a 12,000-square-foot rooftop space on Melrose in West Hollywood, is the latest offering from Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, the “Kings of New York NightlifRead more
Most Booked in Los Angeles
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Westside Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
West Los Angeles
1,438 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
Executive chef Benjamin Cohn, the slow-food aficionado, brings his local, seasonal, sustainable ethos to Westside Tavern. At this California cuisine-centric gastropub, the décor isRead more
94% recommended
Late Night Find in Westside
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AKASHA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Culver City
3,264 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
AKASHA, which opened in 2008 in the historic Hill Building in Culver City, is the brainchild of its namesake and chef-owner Akasha Richmond. The self-taught phenom championed seasoRead more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Westside
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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$·Californian·
Beverly Hills
5,214 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is nothing short of exquisite. Every ingredient, from a humble summer squash or heirloom tomato to the world’s finest caviar and truffles, gets Read more
88% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
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Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,493 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, are co-owners of Lucques, on Melrose in West Hollywood. Lucques opened in 1998 to immediate acclaim for both iRead more
95% recommended
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Perch LA

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
6,271 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
Perch LA bills itself “an elevated resting place,” a reference to its unforgettable setting on the 15th and 16th floors of the landmark Pershing Square Building downtown. From its Read more
92% recommended
Brunch in Downtown / South and East LA
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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Century City
3,763 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Owned by Tom Colicchio (of “Top Chef” judge fame), Craft brought its family-style preparations of top-quality meats and more to Century City in 2007. Its unfussy preparations evokeRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambience in Westside
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

$$$$·Californian·
Bel-Air
823 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
Wolfgang Puck built his empire on French- and Asian-influenced California cuisine, and nowhere is it more at home than at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, housed in the Old HollywooRead more
Californian in Los Angeles
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The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
1,213 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
After 40 years in West Hollywood, The Palm moved to Beverly Hills in 2014, bringing with it a heritage of hosting entertainment industry big-wig power lunches and upscale family diRead more
93% recommended
Lunch in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Ca Del Sole

$$$$·Italian·
Toluca Lake
2,397 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Serving authentic Italian fare near the studios in Toluca Lake, Ca Del Sole is a weekday lunch hot spot, and on weekends its sunny brick terrace is a delightful destination for bruRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambience in San Fernando Valley / Valencia

Napa Valley Grille - Westwood

$$$$·Californian·
Westwood
2,818 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Napa Valley Grille brings the rustic charm of the California wine country to Westwood Village, blending a casual atmosphere with expertly curated culinary offerings. There are beauRead more
88% recommended
Brunch in Westside
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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beverly Hills
2,093 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
The sleek and sophisticated steakhouse, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, has its walls adorned with custom art and photography, an open kitchen and sleek dining room. Its home is the historicRead more
88% recommended
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Tavern - Brentwood

$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,417 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (also owners of Lucques) bring their signature farmers market showcasing cuisine to Brentwood at Tavern. The dinner menu comes categorized into smalRead more
85% recommended
Group Bookings in Los Angeles
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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$·Japanese·
West Hollywood
2,154 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Can the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine created by superstar chef Matsuhisa still be considered unique when it’s launched a global empire of over 40 restaurants and hotels? Does iRead more
84% recommended

Via Veneto

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Monica
683 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
For intimate fine-dining Italian in Santa Monica, make a reservation at Via Veneto on Main Street. Candlelight and twinkling crystal chandeliers promise pure romance, all augmentedRead more
92% recommended
Romance in Los Angeles
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