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Los Angeles Restaurants Bars & Clubs

Los Angeles offers, in both quantity and quality, one of the best restaurant experiences in the country.  If your taste runs to the high-end, your will like the five-star offerings in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.  If you are looking for a classic Los Angeles experience (and often times a good value), take a look at some of our favorite restaurants in bold below.

Downtown Los Angeles & Adj. Restaurants

Bonaventure Brewing Company - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, - nice views of the neighboring skyscrapers on the outdoor patio, try the beer sampler

Casey's Bar & Grill - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - always my favorite for St. Patricks Day

Cole's - Downtown Los Angeles Restaurant - oldest continuously operated restaurant in L.A., specializing in Pastrami sandwiches

El Cholo - Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica restaurant - classic old time Mexican restaurant

Engine Company #28 - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - a converted old fire station, lots of business power lunches

Grand Central Market - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - recommended - a wide variety of food here, and you can stop in to see the Bradbury Building nearby

Hank's Bar - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant

HMS Bounty - Mid-Wilshire restaurant  - red booths and a turn-back-the-clock decor.  Try the baseball steak or the monte cristo.  The bar does get a Hollywood crowd on late weekend evenings.  Located on the ground floor on the Gaylord Apartments building on Wilshire Blvd.

Langer's Deli - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - great Pastrami, hours are Mon-Sat. 8am-4pm.

McCormick & Schmick's - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - offers some great $1.95 happy hour food specials

Pacific Dining Car - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - also in Santa Monica, another power lunch spot

Papa Cristo's - Mid-Wilshire restaurant - excellent Greek Food

The Original Pantry - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - in business since 1924, open 24/7, offers steaks, chops and good breakfasts, owned by former Mayor Riordan 

Philippe -Downtown Los Angeles restaurant.- French Dip sandwiches since 1918

Red Lion Tavern - Silverlake restaurant - German cuisine

Suehiro Cafe - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - good Japanese food, lots of noodle dishes

Taylor's Steakhouse - Mid-Wilshire & La Canada restaurant

Tommy's - Downtown Los Angeles restaurant - chili-cheese burgers since 1946.  The original location at the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards is by far the best 


Hollywood & Adjacent Area Restaurants

360 Restaurant & Bar - Hollywood restaurant

Authentic Cafe - Los Angeles restaurant - good comfort food.  Rachael Ray picked this as her spot for dinner when she did her show on Los Angeles on $40 a day.

B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant - Universal City restaurant

Barney's Beanery - West Hollywood restaurant - great roadhouse style food and drinks at the third oldest restaurant in the L.A. area with Route 66 lore.

Boardner's - Hollywood restaurant

Cafe du Village - Larchmont Village

The Cat and Fiddle - Hollywood restaurant

Cayenne Cafe - Hollywood adjacent - nice menu, reasonably priced

Chan Dara - Larchmont Village & West L.A. - Thai food

The Derby - Hollywood  - swing dancing

Dragonfly - Hollywood - club

The Dresden - Hollywood

Du-Par's - Los Angeles restaurant - Farmer's Market restaurant & bakery

El Cid - Hollywood/Silverlake restaurant

Farmer's Market - Los Angeles - classic, lots of eating choices

The Formosa Cafe - Hollywood restaurant - opened in 1934, over 250 autographed photos of Hollywood stars adorn the walls

Genghis Cohen - Los Angeles restaurant

The Gig - Hollywood restaurant

The Griddle Cafe - Hollywood restaurant - excellent pancakes

Highland Grounds - Hollywood coffeehouse

House of Blues - West Hollywood restaurant/club

Kung Pao Kitty - Hollywood restaurant - Asian food & free Wi-Fi

L'Orangerie - West Hollywood restaurant

Miyagi's - West Hollywood restaurant - sushi, overflowing crowds on weekends

Molly Malone's - Los Angeles restaurant/bar   - Irish Pub, over 30 years in business

Musso & Frank Grill - Oldest restaurant in Hollywood.  Lots of Tinseltown lore, and classic American food

Patina - Hollywood restaurant

Pink's Hot Dogs - Hollywood restaurant - Orson Welles holds the record for most hot dogs eaten here

Pinkberry - popular yogurt shop with locations all over Los Angeles

Spago - West Hollywood restaurant

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles - Hollywood restaurant- chicken and waffles make a great combination.  Also has locations on Pico/LaBrea, in Pasadena, and in Long Beach. 

Taix - Hollywood restaurant

The Troubadour - Hollywood restaurant

The Viper Room - Hollywood restaurant

Whiskey A Go Go - Hollywood restaurant - lots of rock bands got their big break here


East Side & Pasadena Restaurants

Akbar - Pasadena restaurant

All India Cafe - Pasadena restaurant

Barn Burner - Pasadena - generous portions of Texas style barbeque

Casa Bianca - Eagle Rock restaurant - outstanding thin crust pizza!

Claro's Italian Market - Arcadia restaurant

Manny's Pizzeria - good pizza in Old Town Pasadena

South Lake Italian Kitchen - Pasadena restaurant

Twin Palms - Pasadena restaurant

Zelo Gourmet Pizzeria - Arcadia restaurant


South Bay & Long Beach Restaurants

555 East - Long Beach restaurant

The Bottle Inn - Hermosa Beach restaurant

Boogaloo - Hermosa Beach restaurant

Hennessey's Tavern - Hermosa Beach restaurant/bar

Joe Jost's Tavern - Long Beach restaurant/bar

Manhattan Beach Brewing Company - Manhattan Beach restaurant/bar

Papadakis Taverna - San Pedro restaurant- Greek food and entertaining waiters

Patrick Molloy's - Hermosa Beach restaurant/bar

The Pitcher House - Hermosa Beach restaurant/bar

San Pedro Brewing Company - San Pedro restaurant/bar

The Whale & Ale - San Pedro restaurant/pub

The Yard House - Long Beach restaurant/bar - huge beer selection on tap


Other L.A. Restaurant, Bar & Club Resources

Chowhound L.A. Message Board - Large posting of opinions about L.A. restaurants - an excellent resource

Los Angeles Time Machines - website focusing on L.A. restaurants and bars from the 1930-1960s era.  Interesting commentary and photos.

Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Dining Guide - guide and reviews of Santa Monica restaurants

Venice California Restaurant Guide - nice guide to Venice restaurants, produced by Venice Properties, a local real estate firm


Extensive directory and profiles of L.A. bars and nightclubs

The Book LA: Restaurants - gives the inside scoop on some of L.A.'s most popular restaurants

ZAGAT.com - Search for L.A. restaurants and read their popular reviews

A Large Collection of Restaurant Reviews from the LA Downtown News








Westside, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Malibu Restaurants

14 Below - Santa Monica club - live bands almost every night, at 14th and Santa Monica Blvd.

Allegria - Malibu restaurant - good Italian food on the Pacific Coast Highway

Anna's Italian - West Los Angeles restaurant - located on Pico, near the Westside Pavilion.  Friendly atmosphere.  Their pizza is recommended.

Antica Pizzeria - Marina Del Rey restaurant

The Apple Pan - West Los Angeles restaurant - classic burgers, sandwiches & great pie since the 1940s.  On Pico Blvd right across from the Westside Pavilion.

The Arsenal - West Los Angeles restaurant - On Pico near Bundy, good steaks, hamburgers  and a quality happy hour.  The site this restaurant sits on has an interesting history.  Do note that they have transitioned to more of a bar/lounge format.

Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch - Marina Del Rey restaurant - Southern comfort food

Back on the Beach - Santa Monica restaurant - tables are literally on the sand.  You can get there by walking/rollerblading/bicycling on the Santa Monica boardwalk

Baja Catina - Marina Del Rey restaurant - lively atmosphere

Bamboo Restaurant - West Los Angeles restaurant - Caribbean cuisine

Barney's Gourmet Burgers - Brentwood & Santa Monica

BeauRivage - Malibu restaurant

Bel-Air Bar & Grill - Bel Air restaurant

Boardwalk 11 - West Los Angeles bar - karaoke & martini bar

Border Grill - Santa Monica restaurant - upscale Mexican food, on 4th St., just off the Promenade

The Broadway Deli - Santa Monica restaurant - on the 3rd St. Promenade, a scene with De Niro in the movie "Heat" was filmed here

The Buggy Whip - Westchester restaurant (near LAX) - good steaks

California Chicken Cafe - Westwood, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and S.F. Valley locations - casual spot for a good chicken wrap

Chez Jay - Santa Monica restaurant - a classic for over 44 years

Club Sugar - Santa Monica restaurant

C&O Cucina - Venice - this is the sister restaurant to the C&O Trattoria, located just down the street near Lincoln Blvd.  In addition to pasta, this location focuses on steaks and their bar

C&O Trattoria - Venice restaurant - Great value Italian food.  Get a full order of pasta and eat for days

The Counter - Santa Monica restaurant - Gourmet burgers in a streamline-modern setting.  They serve wine and beer as well.  On Ocean Park and 29th Street.
Delmonico's Seafood Grill - Los Angeles restaurant (near Beverly Hills)

Diddy Riese - Westwood - their cookies are now 35 cents instead of a quarter, still the best deal around

Duke's - Malibu restaurant  - right on the water, good happy hour

Earth, Wind & Flour - Santa Monica & Westwood restaurant

Empanada's Place - Culver City restaurant - try these Argentine delights

The Encounter - LAX restaurant -  the "Jetson's" futuristic structure in the middle of LAX.  Not a bad place to grab a drink if you find yourself waiting around the airport.

The Farm of Beverly Hills - their tagline is "Innovative American Cuisine"

Feast from the East - Westwood restaurant- "The Best Chinese Chicken Salad in Town"

Gaby's Mediterranean - West L.A. restaurant

The Galley - Santa Monica's oldest restaurant, since 1934.  Good steaks and seafood
Giovanni's Trattoria & Pizzeria- Culver City restaurant

Gladstones - Malibu restaurant - has the highest sales volume of any restaurant in the L.A. area.  Great ocean view and seafood.

Guido's Malibu - Malibu restaurant

Guelaguetza Palms Restaurant - West Los Angeles restaurant. - Mexican food from the Oaxaca region, know for their excellent mole sauce

Gotham Hall - Santa Monica restaurant - play pool on purple velvet tables

Hal's Bar & Grill - Venice restaurant

Harvelle's - Santa Monica restaurant - classic blue's club since 1931

Hideaway Cafe - Malibu restaurant  - nice view of the Pacific

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken - Culver City restaurant

I Cugini - Santa Monica restaurant - Promenade adjacent, quality Italian food

JiRaffe - Santa Monica restaurant

Jacopo's - Beverly Hills restaurant - Pizza at four Westside locations

Joe's Main Street Diner - Santa Monica restaurant

Joe's Restaurant - Venice restaurant - French-California cuisine

John O'Groats - West L.A. - a popular choice for breakfast

Johnnie's Pastrami - Culver City - excellent pastrami sandwiches for over 50 years

La Dijonaise - Culver City restaurant - affordable French cuisine

La Dolce Vita - Beverly Hills - Italian restaurant with leather booths, and a guest history that includes Sinatra and former U.S. Presidents

Lares Restaurant - Santa Monica restaurant - excellent Mexican food

Library Alehouse - Santa Monica restaurant - beer, books, and a nice patio in back for dining

The Liquid Kitty - West Los Angeles bar- cocktail lounge

The Lobster - Santa Monica restaurant - at the Santa Monica Pier

L.A. Farm - Santa Monica restaurant

Lula Cocina Mexicana - Santa Monica restaurant

Lunaria - West Los Angeles restaurant

Maloney's - Westwood restaurant - many large screens, good place to watch sports.  UCLA crowd

Malibu Seafood - Malibu restaurant - I really like this place.  Nothing beats a sunny drive to Malibu and eating great seafood in a no hassle setting 

Maxwell's Cafe - Culver City restaurant - good omelets

Melisse - Santa Monica restaurant

Nate 'n' Al - Beverly Hills restaurant - well known deli on Beverly Dr.

Neptune's Net - Malibu restaurant - get some clam chowder, lots of Harleys on the weekend

Novel Cafe Westwood - we recommend the New York Scramble for breakfast (eggs, lox & cream cheese).  Excellent coffee as well.

On the Waterfront Cafe - Venice restaurant - nice place to get a beer and watch Venice in action

Patrick's Roadhouse - Santa Monica restaurant - right on PCH, this green painted restaurant has character and a following among the Hollywood crowd.  I recommend going for breakfast and having an omelet. 

Philly West - West Los Angeles restaurant - good Philly cheese steaks

Rockenwagner - Santa Monica restaurant

Rusty's Surf Ranch - Santa Monica restaurant

S & W Country Diner - Culver City restaurant - recommended for breakfast.  We enjoyed an omelet with a very good side order of biscuits and gravy.
Sagebrush Cantina - Culver City restaurant

Santa Maria BBQ - Culver City restaurant - try the tri-tip sandwich

Schatzi on Main - Santa Monica restaurant - formerly owned by The Terminator himself

The Sidewalk Cafe - Venice restaurant - on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, The Sidewalk Cafe is nice open-air eating option

Stan's Donuts - Westwood - a donut institution in the heart of Westwood since 1965, ask any UCLA alumnus about this place.

Sunnin - Westwood restaurant - good Lebanese food in a no frills atmosphere.  We had an excellent chicken shawarma

Tanino Ristorante Bar - Westwood restaurant

Temple Bar - Santa Monica bar

Tito's Tacos - Culver City restaurant - a very busy lunch crowd at this taco stand at Sepulveda & Washington Pl.

Tony P's Dockside Grill - Marina Del Rey restaurant - this is a great place to watch all of the NFL games on Sunday, as their arrangement of televisions allows you to take in almost every game.  Arrive early though.

Trader Vic's - Beverly Hills restaurant - part of The Beverly Hilton building

Typhoon - Santa Monica restaurant

Venice Grind - coffee house on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista

Versailles - West L.A restaurant. - good Cuban food, multiple locations

Western Smokehouse - West L.A./Palms - barbeque on the Westside

World Cafe - Santa Monica restaurant

Ye Olde King's Head - Santa Monica restaurant/pub- British Pub & Restaurant, get a Black & Tan to go with your fish & chips or Shepherd's Pie.


San Fernando Valley Restaurants

Bob's Big Boy - Burbank restaurant - The original Bob's Big Boy location, where it all started

Ca' del Sole - Toluca Lake restaurant

The Canyon Club - Agoura Hills restaurant

Cozy's Bar & Grill - Sherman Oaks restaurant

El Tecolote - Camarillo restaurant

Jinky's Cafe - Sherman Oaks restaurant - great French Toast.  There is now a second location in Santa Monica near 2nd and Broadway

Laurel Tavern - Studio City bar/restaurant - great beer and burgers 

McRed's - Van Nuys restaurant

Picanha Restaurant - Burbank restaurant - traditional Brazilian barbeque

Sagebrush Cantina - Calabasas restaurant - lively atmosphere

The Sportsman's Lodge - Studio City restaurant

Stargazer - West Hills restaurant

Universal Citywalk - Universal City restaurant


Other Nearby Area Restaurants

Huntington Beach Beer Company - Huntington Beach restaurant/bar