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May 18, 2017 / By Katrina Ramalho

Travelflix Favorites in Los Angeles

1. Wokcano Santa Monica Sushi
2. Niko Niko West Hollywood Sushi
3. Nobu Los Angeles Sushi  $$$
4. Thai Boom Los Angeles
5. Galanga Thai Fusion West Hollywood
6. La Barca Los Angeles
7.Leo’s Tacos Truck
8.La Cita Downtown Los Angeles
9 Enterprise Fish Company Santa Monica
10. Ep and Lp
11. Fig & Olive
12. Good Times at Dave and Wayne
13. Nice Guy
14. Taste on Melrose
15. The Parlor
16. The Phoenix
17. The Sit Down
18. The Dime
19. Mrs. Fish
20.Wolf Gang Puck (LA LIVE)
21. Stocking Frame
22. Barcito
23. 71 Above (love!)
24. Cleo (LALive)
26. Cheesecake Factory
27. Prank (awesome cocktail bar and vegan friendly)
28. Perch (Rooftop with an amazing DTLA skyline and view)
29. Bottega Louie
30. ANGELINI’S
31. Versailles
32. Broken Spanish
33. HOME
34. Covell
35. The District by Hannah A

Sushi Spots

1. Wokcano Santa Monica Sushi

Wokcano is a comparatively lesser known restaurants among the Asian cuisine restaurants, however, due to the brilliant food, it is expanding pretty fast and now it  has over 5 locations. One of the main reasons it has become so popular is because of the affordability. Also, it is a great place for professionals to meet up after work. This place offers you happy hour from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Another factor which adds to the popularity of this particular place is the fact that the kitchen is open until 2 AM. This ensures that if you want to have a late night dinner, this is the perfect place for you. If you’re looking to have a great time, on Friday they have DJs in the restaurant to add to the ambiance. If you happen to visit on Tuesday, you would be able to get 50% discount on martinis. The food which is offered in the restaurant is a mix of different cuisines like:

-Japanese
-Chinese
-Korean
-Thai

This ensures that if you have a taste for Asian this is the place.

The restaurant offers you 13 different types of saki along with a wide range of drinks and beers.

If you’re looking at some of the most popular dishes, you should definitely not miss the Spicy Tuna Tornado which would consist of Raw Tuna along with Avocado chunks and spicy tomato. All of this is topped with waton chips. The recipe is served in a martini glass.

Of course, this signature dish  is one of the best things which you can have at the restaurant. However, it is not the only thing. You should definitely try:

-Red Dragon Roll
-White Fish Fillet
-Lobster Roll

 

One of the best things about this place is that the servers are knowledgeable. This ensures that even if you’re not familiar with the above mentioned cuisines, you would be able to get the right kind of food.Moreover, they have happy hour which ensures that you are able to save on the drinks. Take a look at the menu.

They also have dancing on a Thursday night. Since the place is outdoors, you can be sure that there is plenty of space for dancing. They also have some salsa training nights

 

 

 

2. Niko Niko West Hollywood Sushi

 

8457 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
310 654-6200

One of the restaurants in West Hollywood which are known for its consistency and great taste is Niko Niko. Even though most of the people regard it as just a sushi restaurant but it offers you a variety of different types of options when it comes to sushi rolls.

Whenever you visit the restaurant, make sure that you try some of the other popular dishes as well in addition to ordering sushi.

4 tips to try when visiting Niko Niko

1. Do give the chef’s special a try

2. The hungry role is another recipe to try

3. Hollywood Rolls

4. Last but not the least Sushi


The restaurant creates a sushi in the form of the rolls which ensures that you are able to customize it to a certain extent and you are able to get a lot of variety. Due to this very reason, instead of having the sushi in the traditional form, you can easily have it in a completely new form.

The music in the restaurant it’s as per the atmosphere which ensures that you are able to have a very good time when you’re having a meal at the restaurant.

Also, it is a completely family place and that is why one of the best venues in town to plan a family get-together.

The customer service is nothing to complain about as well. The plating is such that you would feel like it is a work of art rather than a recipe. No matter, for which meal you’re ordering sushi, you would always be able to get fresh fish. If you’re looking for a deal, you can easily visit them during the lunchtime and you would be able to find plenty of deals doing the rounds. You would be able to get combo meal options which would ensure that you are able to save a significant amount of money on the total bill. If you’re just confused about what you want to have, you have to just let the servers decide and after the servers are able to decide, it would become easier for you to try out some of the best things which the restaurant has to offer. Moreover, if you compare the cost of food here as compared to some of the other restaurants you would realize that it is actually offering you value for money since it offers you generous portion sizes.

So, if you are looking for sushi this is one of the best places to visit in West Hollywood.

3. Nobu Los Angeles Sushi  $$$

 

Sushi is a popular destination for locals in Los Angeles. However, none of the restaurants provide as elegant experience as Nobu in Los Angeles when it comes to having sushi. The experience is not just limited to the food itself but also to the ambiance which reflects the personality of the people of Los Angeles who walk through the doors of this restaurant. Even thought the restaurant has primarily become famous for Sushi but there are some other recipes as well which are definitely worth a try.

Some of the recipes which deserve a try in addition to sushi are:

-Wagu Gyoz
-Kaba Ribeye
-Sashimi

One of the main reasons why Nobu deserves a visit is because of the sheer versatility among the fusions cuisine with recipes like lobster truffle which is a treat to watch as well as eat. The only bit of advice which you need to follow when planning to visit this restaurant is to get in early or a book a table in advance as it can get pretty crowded.

The plating of each and every recipe is a visual treat which makes the recipe even better. You can start off with the wide range of drinks from the bar, which provides you with a perfect way to kickstart your evening followed by some great fusion cuisine.

One thing which you would almost instantly notice about the place are the knowledgeable servers. If you are confused as to what you should opt for then just let the servers decide for you. They will just ask you, your preferences and they will be able to pick the best culinary marvels from their menu for you.

Another point which you would obviously notice about this restaurant is that some of the recipes actually have a tinge of Mexican cuisine to it. Therefore, it is not just a fusion of their Japanese cuisine with American cuisine but you would be able to find a twist in Mexican cuisine in between which actually makes it much spicier. Due to this very reason, if you like to buy seafood, you would be able to love the type of recipes served here. Normally, people do not prefer the less spicy Japanese cuisine, but this place has managed to give it a twist by adding a tinge of Mexican flavors.

So, if you are craving for some famous sushi along with some fusion Japanese cuisine, this one is the perfect option.

Thai Food                                                                                                                                                                                                         

4. Thai Boom Los Angeles

 

If you like to experiment with exotic cuisines,Thai boom in Los Angeles is the perfect option for you. Even though the cuisine is based on the traditional Thai recipes you realize that it has been modernize to in order to provide the perfect mix. Moreover, some of the food options are fusion based which ensures that you are able to find food that suits your taste. This makes it a much more interesting place to visit when you’re experimenting with new cuisine options.

The place actually has a much more homely feeling. This is attributed to the close attention which is paid by the owner as well as the staff. Some of the recipes which you should definitely try are:

-Tom Yum soup

-Yellow Curry
-Duck Rice
-Deep Fried Pork Jerky

Most of the curry options come along with a small portion of fried rice and egg roll and salad. Thus, it would make a dinner well in itself. It is a great value for money.

The portion sizes is are pretty generous and ensures that you would be able to easily find value for your money. When you compare the quality of the food you can be sure that this is one of the best places in Los Angeles for Thai food.

When it comes to spices, you can be sure that the Thai food which is served here is adequately spiced.
One of the attributes which actually distinguishes this place is that if you’re living in the surrounding culver city area, you would be able to easily get free home delivery. This would ensure that even if you do not have the time to go to the restaurant, you can easily get it delivered at your home without any extra cost.

You would also be able to find plenty of options for vegetarians. This ensures that even if you’re a vegan, there is plenty of good food in this restaurant. It is local and family friendly.So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, authentic Thai restaurant, Thai Bloom in Los Angeles is the perfect option for you.

 

5. Galanga Thai Fusion West Hollywood

 

Galanga Thai Fusion as the name suggest is a unique Thai cuisine that combines an authentic recipes with a modern twist. Located in West Hollywood this restaurant has a modern zen look with a green back patio. Unlike some of the other restaurants in the same area, this one offers you the option of free home delivery. This ensures that you can directly order it at your home if you’re living in the nearby areas. One of the main advantages of visiting this place is that you would be able to also explore the completely vegetarian options. Also, if you’re opting any item from their main course, it would be coming combined with:

-Coconut/steamed rice/Brown rice

-Steamed vegetables

This would ensure that the portion sizes are nice. There lunch prices are unmatched in the area. The lunch menu has prices at 5.99  and are very affordable.

Some of the recipes of this restaurant which you should definitely give a try are:

-Pad thai
-Panag Chicken Burritos
-Chicken with broccoli and Oyster Sauce
-Spicy Mixed Tofu

 

The only downside of visiting this restaurant is that it is almost always packed in the evening. That is why it is a better idea to visit this restaurant when you have some time on your hands.If you’re just wanting to explore the classic Thai dishes, then also you would be able to find plenty of such food items on the menu.

The service in this restaurant is good which ensures that you are able to get your food pretty fast.

So, when you’re trying to explore the Thai fusion cuisine or the original classic this restaurant is the perfect option for you.

 

 

 

 

6. La Barca Los Angeles

 

If you like spicy food, Mexican LA Barca is the perfect place. This restaurant serves you the most authentic Mexican recipes with fresh ingredients and great ambiance.They serve large portions so you will be able to take something home. This place is always filled with families from adjacent areas. Sometimes, it can get pretty difficult to get a table here. The moment you are seated you would be given a plate of tortilla chips & salsa which are continuously refilled. So, if you’re looking for a restaurant serving Mexican cuisine and are looking for a value for money deal, then this restaurant is one of the best options for you in the city.

 

 

 

The ambiance is also lively. If you like your meals quite, this is not the option for you. However, if you’re looking for a local environment, this restaurant is the perfect choice for you. If you’re going with your entire family, it can be a good idea to book the table in advance as it can get pretty crowded and the especially during the weekends.

Some of the recipes which you should definitely try are:

-Colossal Burrito
-Mojado de Asada
-Carnitas
-Seafood Burrito or Enchilada

During the happy hour, you would be able to get margaritas at as low a price is $ 3.50. However, if you’re going to  happy hour, you have to make sure that you reserve your table in advance. It can get pretty busy in there.

If you want to catch up on your favorite sport, they have a large TV which is mounted on the wall. Moreover, latin music is always playing in the background and therefore, it can get a bit noisy. Even though the restaurant is crowded most of the times, the service is pretty good. The waiters are actually pretty attentive and have knowledge about the different recipes and the best menu offers.

 

7.Leo’s Tacos Truck

 

When you come to Los Angeles, you have eat tacos from a taco truck. However, not each and every food truck can match the quality as well as the taste of Leo’s Taco truck. Leo’s food truck offers you tacos primarily but there are quite a few other dishes which you can easily opt for. Over the years, the popularity of this food truck has increased dramatically due to the value of the deal it provides as well as the brilliant taste of the food on the menu.

Some of the areas where you can find Leo’s Taco truck are:

-Hollywood
-LaBrea

You can easily check out their Twitter page @leostacostruck to find out the location in which they would be today. One of the main advantages of opting for tacos is that they start at as low as $ 1.25. This ensures that if you’re looking for an affordable meal option, this is the perfect choice for you.

 

 

Some of the tacos which you should definitely try are:

-Al Pastor Tacos
-Beans and Rice
-Carne Asada Tacos

 

The crowd generally is pretty friendly. It would at the most take you 5 minutes to 1o minutes to get your Tacos. The food truck also accepts credit cards which ensure that you would have no problem in paying for your food. Moreover, the ingredients are entirely fresh. Along with each taco, you would also be getting a small quantity of radish as well as lime. So, if you’re looking to try a real Mexican tacos which you can get  until late in the night,  then Leo taco truck provides you with one of the best options.

 

 

8.La Cita Downtown Los Angeles

The La Cita is not just a Mexican restaurant but its also a bar as well with a dance floor as well. In the heart of downtown this place rocks! If you have ever made it across the Mexican border this place will remind you of just that. In the heart of downtown this place has a large back patio with a bar and views of the downtown skyline. It is these differences in one location that makes this place really unique. Moreover, the Mexican cuisine here is simply good.

When you couple this with the ambiance, you can be sure that this is one of the places in town which you should definitely visit. It has plenty of events lined up throughout the week. You can check its official website in order to find out what events are going on. The restaurant actually has a couple of bars. The outside bartenders make a pretty good margarita Mexican style. That is a pure mixture of lime juice and tequila.
Some things which you should definitely try in this bar are:

-Bloody Marys
-House Margaritas
-Shrimp Cocktails
-Pickled Vegetables

There is also a sidebar with a 15 minimum. On a positive note the dance floor is something out of Quentin Tarantino movie. With 2 different bars, you would never be short on space unless its packed that night. There is a cover charge if there is an event.

Try to get there before 9 to avoid a cover and entry gets restricted due to the crowd. This is an awesome place to party and eat great Mexican food.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Enterprise Fish Company Santa Monica

 

If you love seafood, Enterprise Fish company in Santa Monica is the place to go. If you’re in the area, it is definitely worth a visit due to amazing menu and location. It is located on 174 Kinney St. right across from Santa Monica Beach and walking distance from the pier. The ambiance here is upscale but the people are down to earth. They have great lighting and comfortable seating. In most cases, you would be able to easily find a table for yourself except during their amazing happy hour. Their happy hour is a TravelFlix favorite. The patio outdoors is one of the best sitting places in the entire restaurant as it is flanked by hanging lights. This place has happy hour each and every day.

 

Happy Hour is also present on the weekends.  The wide range of options during the happy hour would ensure that instead of just picking from a few items, you would be having plenty of options.

Some of the best dishes which you should definitely try out:

-Lobster Bisque
-2 Pound Lobster Special
-Happy Hour Menu

-Spicy Calamai

 

The happy hour menu is amazing. You can get oysters for 1.50 each. If you’re looking for a spot next to the ocean with delicious seafood options, then the Enterprise Fish company in Santa Monica is one of the best.

 

10. Ep and Lp

 

In very few places in West Hollywood one would be able to assemble Asian cuisine along with the great drinks. This is one of the best bars to visit if you want to sample Asian cuisine and have a cocktail. It also has a large outdoor seating  area which ensures that you are able to enjoy the outdoors. Moreover, it also has heat lamps outside which makes it comfortable even on a cold day. To explore this place, you have to just visit. Keep in mind is that they do not normally accept reservations and therefore you have to be sure to go at a good time. They also have a rooftop bar which is picturesque. Some of the food and beverages which you can surely try are:

-Pretty in Pink
-Sticky Spare Ribs
-Shrimp Fried Rice

On the weekends, it can get pretty crowded. Service often gets degraded once the crowd starts pouring in. So, if you’re looking to explore the Asian cuisine as well, or chill out with your friends, this lounge is the perfect option.

 

 

11. Fig & Olive

 

European cuisine is actually gaining quite a bit of popularity all over America. However, instead of just sampling the Italian cuisine or the Mediterranean cuisine, you should head over to Fig & Olive as it allows you to try different European cuisines. The place is pretty nice and you would find that it is on the trendy site. It has a dash of elegance and follows the latest trends which makes it a great place. When you’re heading over to this restaurant, make sure you opt for .Valet parking as it is very difficult to find the parking on Melrose Pl. If you really like the authentic European cuisine, this is one of the best places for you. Some of the food which you should definitely try are:

-Goat Cheese
-Warm Lava Cake
-Manchego
-Mushroom Croquettes
-Truffle Risotto

Being a European cuisine restaurant, the collection of wine was pretty good. Therefore, if you want to accompany your meal with some a great bottle of wine, this is one of the best restaurants.

The servers here are very professional and you would get a table very easy. The bread basket is pretty good and they have a brunch that is amazing.

So, if you want to sample the different European cuisines in a single place, this is one of the perfect restaurants for you.

 

 

12. Good Times at Dave and Wayne

 

If you’re looking to just have a nice time with your friends, then this bar on El Centro Ave is the place to be. The crowd here is also pretty lit and fun to be around. One thing which you would instantly notice before even entering the bar is that refrigerator door you must go thru before you enter into the club. On the other side may be your parents living room with plastic on the furniture and vintage lighting.  This is what makes this place rock. It is like being in a time warp and the decade is the “1970’s.”

One of unique things which they have to offer is the mezcal. In addition to that, some of the food and beverages which you can try:

-Fuzzy Bitches Cocktail
-Steak Tacos
-Margarita

The place can get pretty crowded and that is why it is a good idea to reach here before 11.

As for the sitting area in the bar, there are plenty of sofa options but you should definitely opt for the patio area, as that is actually much more comfortable. They also have people perform on the roof overlooking patio. I’ve even seen figure skaters perform on thatroof right out a 1970s performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Nice Guy

West Hollywood has a lot of food to offer and Nice Guy is great place to eat. It is conveniently located on the La Cienega Blvd and has become so famous for its  celebrities that often frequent this place. There is also a section of the restaurant called the intimate lunch. If you’re a couple, this is ideal. In addition to that, there is a photo booth which ensures that you are able to easily capture your memories. This place is one of the best options for you whether you are going on a date or you’re going with a large group of friends. You have to book in advance and  will enjoy the lounge. It can be difficult to gain entry without a reservation. If you arrive before 7 PM you should be okay.

The servers here are pretty helpful regarding the different drinks as well as the food items which are on the menu. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-The Jojo

-Blue Crab Arancini

-Fig & Caramelized Onion Pizza

-Nice Guy Burger

So, if you’re looking to have a nice time with your friends and want to sample some traditional American cuisine then this is the place to be.

14. Taste on Melrose

As the name itself suggests, this place is located on Melrose Avenue. It is famous for its breakfasts as well as brunch. You would be able to get the traditional American cuisine at this place. However, that does not mean that you would be able to get the same food items. They have put in a lot of innovation in their food items due to which, food would be much more modern in taste as well as presentation. The restaurant provides you with outdoor seating space as well as indoor seating space. The outdoor seating space is much more modern in ambiance with hanging lights. However, if you do not prefer outdoor seating space, you can be sure that you would be at able to sit inside as well. It incorporates the vibe of LA pretty accurately in its ambiance. Also, the crowd with which you would be rubbing your shoulders with is an experience.

While the variety of menu is sufficient if you’re ordering  al la carte, some of the food items which you should definitely try are:

-Port Chops                                   

-Rigatoni with Pancetta

-Protein Chicken Scramble

-Chocolate Creme

If you’re going for the brunch it is only $ 22. This would include the desserts as well as the drinks. You would have plenty of options to choose from as well. Occasionally, they also reduce the price of the brunch to just $ 19. This provides you with great value for money.

If you’re the type of person who would be opting for a reservation in advance, the personnel at the restaurant would be able to accommodate your request quite easily. This would ensure that you are not disappointed when the restaurant is pretty crowded. With pretty generous portion sizes, you can be sure that you would be able to get value for money whether you opt for the brunch or not.

So, if you want to have the traditional American cuisine, this is the place to be in LA

15. The Parlor

 

7250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Mon-Fri Lunch: 12p + Happy Hour: 3-7p
Sat+Sun Brunch: 12a – 4p

The culture of sports bar in LA is pretty strong. Most of the people think that it is pretty difficult to distinguish between sports bar but there are differences that make this sports bar worth a visit.

It is located on Melrose Avenue which makes it a key point of interest in visiting Los Angeles. What makes this a great sports bar are number of screens to view any sporting event. While the other sports bar only incorporates 4 to 5 screens this sports bar incorporates over 30. This ensures that whenever you’re sitting in the bar, you would always have a screen in front of you.  This ensures that you would be able to easily enjoy the sporting event while having your drinks and chatting with your friends. In addition to the normal meals, the menu here also incorporates some of the brunch options on a regular basis. This ensures that you would be able to easily find a lot of food items which you may like.

Some of the food items as well as beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Brussels Sprouts Salad Pizza

-Shrimp & Jicama Ceviche

-Senorita Cocktail

In addition to that, the seating is pretty comfortable. You can easily choose between the outdoor seating space and the indoor. This ensures that you are able to have plenty of options to sit and watch your favorite game. Moreover, if you’re there in the evening, there are fire pits on the outside which you would be able to easily start a conversation and watch your favorite game as well. In addition to that, the servers ensure that you are well taken care of. This place can get pretty busy during some of the bigger games but at no point in time would you be lacking stellar service.

When you couple the atmosphere of this place with the variety of drinks and food options available, you can be sure that this is one of the best sports bars in  the city.

16. The Phoenix

If you want to hang out with your friends in Los Angeles, this one is the perfect lounge for you. It is located at West 3rd street. Not only is the food good  but you would also love the music. If you like the throwback music, this one is the perfect options for you. The throwback music really sets up the proper ambiance.

 

 

 

Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Codeine

-Fries

-Tokimon Go

-Grilled Zucchini

Around 8 to 9 pm, the place is pretty quiet but as the night goes on it gets louder.  The best thing about this place is that the crowd pretty affluent. You get to enjoy a variety of music in this really cool place. Moreover the service here is pretty good too if you’re here on a weekend. It may be a bit slower than usual. There is also a patio outside which has heaters as well. The lounge is dimly lit which ensures that you are able to have some privacy as well. If you just want to spend a good time with your friends, this is the perfect option for you in the area

 

17. The Sit Down

Italian cuisine is famous all over the world. In America  it is no different. If you’re looking for Italian cuisine, the Sit down on Hollywood Boulevard is one of the perfect options for you.

One of the unique things about this restaurant is the ambiance. You would be having a completely cozy experience. They actively look at the temperature in order to keep the guests completely comfortable.

 

 

 

Some of the food items which you should definitely try:

-Penne Ala Vodka Pasta  

-Burrata

-Sit Down Pizza

-Pappardelle with short rib Ragu

On the Travelflix, you could easily find the coupon deal which can save you a significant amount of money.

18. The Dime

 

Normally, when you ask for recommendations for bars in Los Angeles, you would not find this one on that list. However, it is pretty underrated. Only a select set of people know about it and frequent it. It is located on Fairfax avenue. The music here is pretty good as well and the lighting is dim. It is good spot for single individuals. Most of the crowd here are single types.

The atmosphere is pretty eclectic. This bar has drinks and food that are pretty affordable. Some of the drinks and food which you should definitely try are:

-Shrimp & Chicken Tacos
-Jamo and Ginger Ale

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The DJ starts playing at about 10 pm. If you arrive before that, you would find most of the bar to be empty. Normally, the happy hours are up to 10 pm every day including Saturday. The happy hour prices are much more affordable. During  happy hour, you would be able to get a beer that is only 4 bucks and also shelf cocktails are at a discount.

Normally, if you arrive after 9:30 pm, you would find a big crowd outside. It is always a better idea to arrive around 8 pm.

 

The place is pretty small and therefore it can get packed pretty quickly. Parking may be an issue.

So, if you’re looking for a great  place to hang out with your friends and to have a few drinks,The Dime is the perfect option for you.

 

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19. Mrs. Fish

If you’re in Los Angeles, Mrs. Fish is one of the perfect places to have your favorite sushi. It is located on South Hill Street. Upon entering this place, one of the main things which you would notice is that the decoration is pretty elegant. The interiors are the mix of elegant as well as modern architecture. That is why you would be wowed by the ambiance of this place. There is also a fish tank which is a nice attraction in the restaurant. The fish tank is suspended from the ceiling which makes it even more attractive and  almost the center of attention in the restaurant.

 

Some of the food and beverages which you should always try at this place are:

-Tokyo Mule
-Spicy Corn
-Sushito Pepper roll
-Blue crab roll
-Salmon Hot box
-Sushi

 

 

 

Most of the dishes which you would order off the menu are good. Also, the service is pretty quick. The sushi, of course, is the highlight at the restaurant. There are plenty of variations. When you couple all of this with the live music which is present on most days at the restaurant, you can be sure that not only is the food perfect but also the ambiance. If you want to have a good time with your friends and you enjoy Japanese fusion cuisine, this is one of the best options for you in

 

20.Wolf Gang Puck (LA LIVE)

 

This is one of the best places to visit at LA live because of the location. Wolfgang Puck Bar is located on the West Olympic Blvd and the ambiance here is great and there is a roomy feel to the entire bar. It is starkly different as compared to those smaller and cramped bars which you often come across in downtown LA.

In addition to it being one of the best venues for daily life, there are a variety of other reasons due to which you should visit this place. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try:

-Mac and Cheese

-Buttermilk fried chicken sliders

-Vesper Martini

-San Pellegrino
-Spicy Tuna Tartare
-20 yr Tawny Port

Everything going from the appetizers to the beverages to the desert is pretty well made and delicious. The only downside which you would face sometimes is the slow service when the place gets pretty crowded. Also, the prices are set in such a way that you would be able to easily get value for money deals.

One of the main advantages of this place is that it is also having an outdoor sitting area. If you want to sit out in the open, you can easily do so at the LA live events.

So, if you want to catch up with the LA live event and at the same point of time want to experience some good American Food, then this is one of the best bars in LA.

21. Stocking Frame

Stocking Frame serves great food along with some great drinks and is located on the S Hill Street. Stocking Frame has actually become very famous in the last few years. The ambiance is pretty relaxed and the rustic decor makes it the perfect restaurant for you, if you like a mix of modern and old. The outdoor area is one of the perfect places to occupy if you’re just looking to have a nice relaxing meal while people watching. This ensures that you are able to have a comfortable night out with your friends. When you couple this with the background, you can be sure that it is the perfect place for having a conversation as well as the meal with your friends.

One of the main reasons why it is so famous is because of the large seating area. You almost never have to wait to be seated. With high ceilings as well as large seating area, the ambiance is perfect for you to have a meal. Also, it has a romantic charm and is one of the best places if you’re looking to go on a date.

If you’re looking for fusion-based recipes, this restaurant has one of the perfect options for you. They constantly mix and match different flavors in order to provide you with the perfect dish.

Some of the food and drink items which you should definitely try are:

-Brussels sprouts
-Tomato Bisque Soup
-Pesto Linguine
-Hamachi Crudo
-Pastrami Tacos
-Filet Steak
-Gold Foil Burger
-Tracksuit

On busier nights, the service can get a bit slow but the quality of food is consistent. The portion size is pretty large and can easily be shared among 3 people.All the servers are pretty nice and therefore you can be sure that the service would be perfect.

So if you are looking to experiment with some contrasting options, this is the place to be.

 

22. Barcito

 

Barcito is great for Argentinian cuisine. It is located on the 12th street in downtown Los Angeles. Even though the area of the bar is on the smaller side the outdoor seating area is great. The decor itself is pretty classy and gives you the perfect feeling of a place to hang out with your friends.,Some of the food items and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Braised Short Ribs-Pork Empanada
-Chicken Liver Mousse
-Churros
-Provoleta

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They also have Happy Hour from 5 PM to 7 PM. During the Happy Hour  drinks and appetizers are $9. The variety of drinks which are available at the bar are simply unparalleled. Another interesting thing about this place is that it is  gratuity-free place. The cost of the tip is added to the cost of the food. The servers here are super quick and efficient. The only issue is the parking because it is not easy to find a vacant parking space. All in all, if you’re looking to have a night out with your friends, this is the perfect place to be.

23. Tender Greens

Tender Greens is the perfect place to have good old sandwiches. It is located at the West 6th St.

Some of the food items which you should definitely try are:

-Chicken Soup
-Peppered Chicken
-Marinated Steak
-Kale Salad
-Tuna Nicoise Salad
-Hummus
-Vegan Brownies
-Steak Sandwich

Whether you order a salad or any other kind of item, *the ingredients are always fresh. Apart from these options, there are organic juices as well as the mixed drinks. It is a self service location. Moreover, if you arrive a little early before your lunch or dinner, you would almost always be guaranteed to find a place without waiting.

They also have the patio area where you can eat. Tender Greens is famous for its freshness. Depending on the meal, it would cost you anywhere between $ 12-$ 20.

24. 71 Above (love!)

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Above is located on the W 5th St. Very few bars in LA are as elegant and as spacious as 71. This also extends to the presentation of the food as well. It has an entirely modern decor. It is a great place if you want to indulge in a superior meal.

One of the things which stands out is the unparalleled view of LA which you can see thru any window. You have to first take an elevator up to 64th floor. After that, you have to take a 2nd elevator in order to reach the restaurant at 71st floor.

The restaurant here is exceptional for the views alone. The food is also great. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Penicillin
-West Hollywood
-Kusshi Oysters
-Hamachi
-Diver Scallops

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The presentation of the food is simply excellent. In some of the cases, when you’re arriving on the weekends or at busy hours, you might have to wait for a period of up to 30 minutes as well. That is why reservation is always a better idea. In addition to that, when you’re searching for parking it is better to opt for the valet parking. The valet parking would charge you the same as self-parking. The benefit with valet parking is that you would be able to get 3 hours instead of 2 hours.

 

The service here is always great. One thing which you should definitely try here are there are specialized cocktails.

 

25. Cleo (LALive)

Cleo is the melting pot of different European cuisines. If you like the individual European cuisines or a fusion of it, then head over to Vine Street in downtown LA and you can easily sample this food at Cleo. That means it is pretty elegant and classy. Whether you want to have a relaxing dinner with your friends or whether you want to take someone on a date, this is one of the perfect options for you. The lighting options are also romantic. Older vintage lamps hanging from the roof top.

It is not just the decor which is amazing but also the food. The presentation is simply superb. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Hummus
-Mushroom Flatbread
-Labneh with Feta
-Brussels Sprouts
-Pork Belly Kebab


The service here is also pretty fast and therefore the waiting time would be minimum. Moreover, you get value for your money. Whenever you’re ordering something, make sure that you try a Mediterranean dip along with it. They have plenty of options when it comes to dips.

So, if you’re looking to sample fusion cuisine or European cuisine, this is one of the best places to be in downtown LA.

 

26. Cheesecake Factory

 

Cheesecake and American deserts have a long history together.The restaurant has outdoor seating area on the water as well as a quiet ambiance. However, if you want the classic American bar look, the place inside is buzzing with activity. The decor and interior matches the type of food they offer.Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Cheesecake
-Jambalaya Pasta
-Chicken Madeira
-Chicken Piccata
-Avocado Rolls
-Lettuce Wraps
-Fish Tacos
-Dynamite Shrimp

The food here is absolutely amazing. It has an  extensive menu with a variety of different food choices from around the world. The outside patio is almost bigger than the indoor dining area with fire pits for the perfect ambience.

The service here is pretty fast. Even on the busy days, you would be able to get your food quite quickly. In spite of the place being a chain of restaurants, this place holds its individual status among the best in the Marina Del Rey area.

The desserts here are the best part starting from the cheesecakes all the way to the white chocolate raspberry truffle.

So, if you’re looking to catch up with some traditional American food along with some brilliant desserts, this is definitely the place worth a visit.

 

27. Prank (awesome cocktail bar and vegan friendly)

Prank has carved out a niche for itself among the various bars in Los Angeles. This is due to the wide variety of drinks it has to offer. It is easily accessible on the S Hope Street which makes it even more famous. As for the decor, the modern decor along with the high ceiling ensures that you are having the perfect ambiance in the restaurant. The comfortable sitting space just adds to the ambiance of the restaurant.

Two  things which always adds to the flavor of this restaurant is the live music  and the Karaoke. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Jalapeno Burger
-Tomato Bisque
-Lagunitas
-Farro Salad
-Glazed Rainbow Carrots
-Kombucha
-Strawberry Lemonade

If you’re a vegan, then this place is perfect for you as it offers you a lot of vegetarian options.

Moreover, the happy hours are from 4:20 PM to approximately 7 PM. You would be able to get plenty of value for money deals when you’re arriving during this time.

If you’re looking for parking around this area, it is just a block away and would cost you approximately $ 15.

28. Perch (Rooftop with an amazing DTLA skyline and view)

 

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If you would like to experiment with the French cuisine, then Perch is the perfect option for you. People often think that french cuisine means just bread and wine. This is not true at all. When you visit perch you would realize how versatile French cuisine actually is. The restaurant is located on S hill street on a roof top and provides you with the unparalleled views of downtown LA. The skyline is simply beautiful. It has an ambiance of a sidewalk cafe. Due to this very reason, the atmosphere here is pretty relaxed and chill. Moreover, with a live band playing on most days, the music just adds to the ambiance.

Some of the food and beverages you should definitely try are:

-Steak Frites        
-Smoked Salmon Benedict
-Sangria
-Surf n Turf Skewers with Shrimp
-Mimosa
-White Chocolate Bread

The service here is pretty quick. The restaurant is divided into a separate bar area and a normal restaurant. It also has a separate patio area. In the building where it is located, you would have to 1st take the elevator to the 13th floor then take a different elevator for the restaurant to the 15th floor.

On weekends, it can get pretty crowded and it is a better idea to arrive before 10 PM.
The only problem here is the parking. The parking can get pretty costly.

When you look at the unparalleled view of the downtown LA which this restaurant and bar provides you with, it is definitely worth a visit. So, if you want to experience a new twist to the French cuisine, this is the place to be.

29. Bottega Louie

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Italian cuisine has been making its mark all over the world. When in Los Angeles, there is no better place to experience Italian cuisine than Bottega Louie located on S Grand Ave. Italian cuisine is known for its deserts. This place also follows the same trend. On the weekends especially, it can get crowded.

When you enter the place, you would be able to see the assortment of desserts as well as other types of bread on the counter. The assortment itself is pretty visually appealing.

Some of the food items which you should definitely try are:

-Macaroons
-Crab Beignets
-Truffle Mashed potatoes
-Tartufo Pizza
-Carbonara Pasta
-Steak Fries

The place is pretty spacious with large ceilings and entirely elegant. The service here is also pretty good.

Moreover, whether you order pastas or whether you’re trying the Pizza, the food is amazing.

The only thing which you have to keep in mind is that parking is not easy to find. That is why, if you’re coming over the weekends,it will be a good idea to arrive a bit early.

 

30. ANGELINI’S

Italian cuisine is not just limited to pizza. This place not only serves Italian but it also incorporates very different recipes. That is why you would be able to explore the Italian cuisine quite easily. Just head over to Beverly Boulevard and you would find this cozy place.
Some of the food items and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Anchovies
-Urchin Linguine
-Green Lasagne
-Duck Ragout
-Panna Cotta

 

 

If you’re able to arrive early in the evening, you would not need a reservation. However, if you want to arrive after 9 PM on weekends, it is a better idea to opt for the reservation.

The parking along the street is free after 6 PM. This would help you in saving some money.Most of the Italian cuisine is above average.

 

31. Versailles

 

Versailles is the perfect place to eat Cuban food. Classic Cuban restaurant with a classic Cuban feel. They have a bar area where you can sample some exotic drinks and enjoy their happy hour from 4 to 7 daily.

Some of the food items and beverages which you should definitely try are:

-Garlic Chicken with Avocado
-Lechon Asado
-Macitas de Puerco
-Moros
-Papas Rellenas
-Arroz Con Pollo
-Ropa Vieja

The servers here are pretty friendly which just adds to the brilliant food which they have to offer. The servers here are completely knowledgeable about the dishes which are on offer.  If you ask them to recommend you something, they would be able to provide you with very accurate choices. Moreover, the restaurant has a parking lot and therefore you would be able to find a parking for free. Recently, this restaurant has become quite popular and that is why, if you arrive on the weekends you’re sure to find the restaurant filled to the brim. That is why on the weekends it is always a better idea to arrive early rather than at 8 PM or 9 PM.

So, if you want to experiment with some of the delicacies of the Cuban cuisine, this is the perfect place to do so.

 

 

32. Broken Spanish

Recently, there have been plenty of restaurant options when it comes to Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles. However, one place which definitely stands out is on 1050 S Flower Street named Broken Spanish. This place stands out for the fusion as well as the authentic Mexican cuisine and Spanish Cuisine.

The ambiance is pretty subtle and the lighting is bright. Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely give a try are:

-Vegetable Tamale
-Baked Oaxaca
-Chile Relleno
-Whole Fried Snapper
-Garlic Mushroom

The restaurant is a bit on the smaller side. Arrive here early. It also has a bar that you can easily pick up your favorite drink.

Most of the food here which you can order is great. When this is coupled with the faster service as well as the efficient staff, you can be sure it will be a great dining experience.

Also, there are plenty of parking places around the street. There is valet parking nearby as well. So, if you’re looking for a latin cuisine, this is the perfect restaurant for you.

 

33. HOME

Home is a place which is perfect for great meals. If you want to have a brunch or breakfast,  coffee or dinner buffet, this is the perfect restaurant. It’s a traditional American spot and is located on a Hillhurst Avenue.  They have an outdoor and indoor sitting area.  The outdoor sitting area is spacious and if you do not mind sitting outdoors, it is the best place for you to have the Buffet. In addition to that, the decor is pretty rustic. This makes the place look different compared to other locations with the same type of food.

Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try:

-Ahi Tuna Salad
-Chilaquiles
-Fried Chicken and Waffles
-Red Velvet Pancakes
-Egg Rolls

The staff here is pretty attentive and the service is great. The entire ambiance of the restaurant is created in such a way that you actually feel at home.

 

 

 

34. Covell

Covell is the perfect place for you if you’re looking to hang out with your friends. They provide some amazing variety when it comes to beer as well as wine. That is why, if you like drinking with your friends, just head over to this place on Hollywood Boulevard.  However, on the weekends it can get pretty crowded. That is why it is better to get there early.

Some of the food items and beverages which you should definitely try are:

 

-Spicy Mac and Cheese
-Meat and Cheese Plate
-Veggie Pizzette
-German Riesling

One of the main advantages of this place is that it has over 100 different types of wine. Not only does it have over 100 different types of wine but it allows you to order by the glass. This ensures that you are able to sample many different types of wine. Also, the ambiance is such that it is very cozy. The lighting is mostly from the candles. Hence it is dimly lit. This makes it one of the perfect options for you if you want to go on a date.The music here is perfect for that.

The only issue is parking. The neighborhood has limited space for parking.

So, if you want to have a good time with your friends and drink some wine, Covell is the perfect option for you. With 100s of wine options by the glass, you cannot go wrong with this one.

 

35. The District by Hannah An

Vietnamese cuisine is fast gaining popularity in the United States. The District by Hannah An is located on W 3rd St. Over the years, it is become pretty popular due to its artistic presentation as well as brilliant taste.

The place has a completely modern decor and the lighting system to compliment. The bar is pretty large and always well-stocked.

Some of the food and beverages which you should definitely try at this restaurant are:

-Pho/Bun BO Hue
-Salmon Kale Caesar Salad
-Buddhas Delight
-Uni Crab Pasta
-Spring roll
-Lychee Martini

If you want to try out the best food this restaurant has to offer just let the servers recommend something.The portion size is right for three people. If its more than 3, it might be a good idea to order a double order. The place has the perfect ambiance whether you want to go on a date or you want to party. The variety here is simply amazing. The menu is pretty unique. The candle light which is provided along with the classy decor provide you with the perfect vibe. They also have the outdoor seating. Valet parking would only set you back by $8. This is worth it since finding a parking by yourself is a difficult task.

So, if you want to try Vietnamese cuisine, this is the perfect place for you.

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36. SandBox Pizza

Looking at the name, you might think that this is just another pizza parlour. However, when you visit it you would realize the difference between the ambiance as well as the type of the services. This place is located on the grand Avenue in San Diego. One of the main reasons, why this place has become so famous is because of the interesting combinations of toppings which they have to offer. You can easily customize your pizza according to the toppings which you want to choose as well.

The ambiance is also pretty good enough with some great music as well as dim lighting. Also, with the help of plenty of screens around, you can be sure that you would be able to capture your favorite game along with these.

-Hungry Surfer Pizza

-Buttermilk Bliss Pizza

-Goliath Hawaiian 5-0

Not surprisingly, all the favorite dishes which you should try here include pizza. Moreover, the service here is pretty good. They offer home delivery as well in sync with a lot of different food delivery apps. That is why, if you want to order at home, that is also possible. Moreover, with so many screens around you cannot miss your match.

The only problem is that the parking lot is pretty small and may have to come early to find a spot.

37.Killer Shrimp Marina Del Rey

If you’re looking for some high-quality seafood, this is the place to be in Marina Del Rey. With an awesome view and an expanded menu you cant beat this spot. Spicy seafood with shrimp, lobster and crab if you desire it.

It would take you at least 2 to 3 visits just to explore some of the most famous and popular items.

Some of the recipes which you should definitely try are:

-Killer Shrimp
-Killer Shrimp with lobster and crab
-Lobster Mac and Cheese
-Shrimp Cocktail
-Seafood Wedge Salad

In addition to this, you realize that most of the drinks are also reasonably priced and well made. They have one of the best happy hours from 4 to 6 daily and after 9pm in the evening. You would also get a complimentary basket of bread which you can have along with the recipes which you order. Even though the portion sizes may seem small but when you actually have them, you would realize that the portion sizes are actually pretty satisfying. If you’re looking for a discount on the drinks then it will be a good idea to visit during the happy hours. The ambiance of the restaurant is also pretty casual and also the music is not loud either. Due to this very reason, you can be sure  it would be easier for you to have any communication over the meals which you have.

The servers here are actually pretty informative and when you order a particular dish, they would inform you regarding that if it has excess spices or if it is a bit unusual in taste or in any aspect. This ensures that even if you try to order the wrong dish, they would be able to tell you about it before confirming your order.

The restaurant also has the option of parking and a Killer Cafe for breakfast. This place is as good as the restaurant. Full bar for your morning momosa and Killers Shrimp on top of grits served with a side of hash browns. It also has an amazing view and you are able to bring your dog also.

The waterfront location is one of the best options when you want to have a meal in Marina del Rey. All in all, if you’re trying to get some seafood in Marina del Rey, this is simply one of the best options for you.

 

38. Saddle Ranch West Hollywood

One of the best steak houses in Los Angeles, Saddle Ranch has amazing food and etertainment. It is located on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. The place is big enough and has a bar on one side. Even though there are plenty of tables when visiting on the weekends, you may have to wait a bit in order to get a table for yourself.

When ordering food as well as beverages, there are quite a few things which you should definitely try:

-Wedge Salad
-Prime Rib
-Ribeye Steak
-Cajun Burger

This place also has outdoor patio seating which can be pretty comfortable.You are in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. It doesnt get better than that. The music is also pretty loud and therefore, if your idea is to have a peaceful meal, you should not head here. Moreover, one advantage of this restaurant is that it is having large portion sizes. Therefore, you would always find a value for money. If you’re driving to this place, make sure that you use the valet service as well ,because of its location, it is very difficult to find parking around.

The service here is pretty good but it might slow down a bit once the restaurant entirely fills up.If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, they also have a mechanical bull which you can ride and watch others take this adventurous leap.

 

 

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by Alondra on Blank Business Name

Amazing list for a foodie like myself. I expect a different level of quality when I eat and your list has all of it.

Great list of places to eat. Im from NJ and it really helped me cut thru the list and find those great places based on my interest. Thanks

by Cynthia V on Blank Business Name

Thank you for taking the time for breaking down the information of each restaurant and it's surrounding places to also visit . It made it so much easier to make choices and depending what type of food . The experience was just amazing and unique.

Great list. It was really helpful in allowing me to find the hidden gems in los angeles.