Best Los Angeles, CA Restaurants

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    10. The Bazaar by José Andrés

    Branded "Top Newcomer" by Zagat Los Angeles in 2010, Chef Jose Andres dreams up a multi-course tasting menu to titillate your tastes at The Bazaar, ranging from traditional to contemporary flavors. Philippe Starck's...

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    9. République

    République took over the spot on La Brea Blvd. that once housed Campanile and proved at once that it is a worthy successor to that Mark Peel/Nancy Silverton effort that lived in the space for over 20 years. Those...

    Photo courtesy of République, photo by Ryan Tanaka.
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    8. Baby Blues BBQ

    This classic BBQ joint delivers everything a true connoisseur of the smoker could ever want. What began as a tiny outpost on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice (visit that location, too) has turned into a four-restaurant and...

    Photo courtesy of Baby Blues BBQ
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    7. Bouchon - Beverly Hills

    Thomas Keller is America's most famous chef cooking today; his French Laundry in the Napa Valley is the touchstone for all other U.S. restaurants. Here in L.A., Bouchon Beverly Hills is the only place to sample his...

    Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea
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    6. Patina

    Patina calls itself "a quiet haven from the stress and tumult of everyday life," so leave your cell phone behind and dive into this famed restaurant that makes its home just inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in...

    Photo courtesy of Patina Restaurant
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    5. Crustacean

    Chef Helene An and her family escaped Vietnam as the Communists overran Saigon in 1975 and the rest really is history. She carried out the secret recipes that have made Crustacean one of the top restaurants in...

    Photo courtesy of Crustacean Restaurant
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    4. Nobu Malibu

    Los Angeles is where it all began for Nobu Matsuhisa, the acknowledged king of Japanese cuisine, who now has high-end eateries all over the world. His first restaurant, Matsuhisa, is a tiny place on La Cienega...

    Photo courtesy of Nobu Malibu photo by Henry Hargreaves
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    3. Mélisse

    Ever since Mélisse opened its doors in 1999, Chef-Owner Josiah Citrin has pushed for excellence in every element of this fine-dining experience -- and has succeeded admirably. His restaurant is the kind of place...

    Photo courtesy of Melisse Restaurant
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    2. Lucques

    From the moment Lucques opened on Melrose Avenue near La Cienega in 1998, Chef Suzanne Goin's rustic bistro has been a hot spot for those that love French food. Her Steak Frites (made with Niman Ranch beef and paired...

    Photo courtesy of Lucques Restaurant
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    1. Spago

    Sit in an inside booth or out at a garden table, there's not a bad seat in the house at Spago, the jewel in Wolfgang Puck's culinary crown. Now in Beverly Hills, the restaurant began its life in West Hollywood in...

    Photo courtesy of Spago

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About Los Angeles, CA Restaurants

Confronted with the city's mind-boggling assortment of restaurants, it's fair to ask, "Does Los Angeles have a quintessential cuisine?" From top-notch regional creations to the lowliest hamburger stand, you can find practically any type of fare within a relatively small radius. Spago and Lucques are superb choices for fresh Californian fare, offering perfectly prepared dishes, elegant surroundings, and near-flawless service. Naturally, the international gamut of restaurants can be found in LA. Pristine sushi is a specialty, and Matsuhisa and Sushi Nozawa serve melt-in-your-mouth raw eats most nights of the week. Continental cuisine is another of the city's strengths. Find French fare at Mélisse and Frenchy's Bistro, or try gourmet Italian at Piccolo and Angelini Osteria. Great Mexican food is also a staple, from high-end establishments like Tlapazola Grill to no-frills godsends like Guelaguetza. Of course, sometimes only an In-N-Out burger will do, and fortunately there's an abundance of locations in the metro area. While Los Angeles might not have a famous food it calls its own, the variety and depth of its dining scene means you can find your favorite cuisine done right, usually only a few minutes away.

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