We often get clients and visitors from out of town asking us to recommend the best restaurants in downtown Los Angeles, so we decided to compile a list of our top recommendations for the best locations in DTLA. LA is known for its cultural diversity, and its culinary offerings are no exception. Here are our top 10 picks for must-try restaurants in or near downtown Los Angeles:
727 N Broadway #128. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chef Johnny Ray Zone has brought Nashville-style hot fried chicken to downtown LA, and Angelenos are rejoicing. Located in a small Chinatown stripmall, this new spicy fried chicken outlet shares space with other popular eateries such as Chego and Scoops. Only open during the day, expect long lines from the lunch crowd.
3705 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Beau Laughlin’s new Silverlake kitchen and bar offers delicious cocktails, fresh seafood and inventive small plates. The inside décor is open and inviting, and their outdoor patio is a perfect spot to enjoy their New American offerings for the rest of the Summer.
5722 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038
Located on Melrose close to Larchmont, Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley’s new fine-dining restaurant is a must-try for those in Los Angeles. Originally started as a temporary pop-up, the success of their dishes led to establishing this new brick-and-mortar location. Already a favorite of Johnathan Gold and other critics, the new mid-city eatery boasts a daily updated menu and carefully selected wine list.
243 S San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo district has a new cocktail bar, and it’s getting a lot of attention for good reason. The spacious and minimalist interior is a perfect new spot to enjoy their wood-fired pizzas and hand-crafted cocktails.
888 Wilshire Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Financial District is home to a classy new fine-dining establishment, located right in the heart of booming downtown LA. They offer market-fresh vegetables, artisanal charcuterie, and a carefully selected collection of whiskey to enjoy after a long day at the office.
1115 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Winsome is a modern and stylish take on the classic diner restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the new all-day restaurant is close to downtown LA in nearby Echo Park, with an elegantly designed interior and cozy patio area.
815 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
Shibumi is downtown LA’s new Japanese kappo-style bar, offering a new dining experience different from the typical izakaya you may be familiar with. Opened by Chef David Schlosser, the intimate space is limited to 40 seats, and offers a small, delicately-curated menu of small plates and seasonal offerings.
633 W 5th Street. Los Angeles, CA 90071.
Downtown Los Angeles’ US Bank Tower is now home to flagship restaurant 71Above, and its menu is sure to pair well with the breathtaking panoramic view of the city offered by the tower’s 71st floor. This modern dining room offers a three-course dinner or two-course lunch from chef Vartan Abgaryan (formerly of Cliff’s Edge), as well as elegant bar and lounge.
3901 W 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90020.
Lien Ta and Chef Jonathan Whitener of popular New American bistro Animal have paired again for a new project in LA’s Koreatown. They have a wide-ranging and multi-cultural menu that offers a little bit of something for everyone, paired with imaginative cocktails and an excellent wine list.
616 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Westside is home to a new modern take on the classic Jewish deli. A full dining version of Micah Wexler’s deli counter at downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, this Santa Monica location offers all of the familiar deli staples such as reubens, pastrami sandwiches and of course bagels and lox.
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