Los Angeles: Home of America's Hottest Culinary Scene



From the beach to downtown and everywhere in between, the culinary offerings in Los Angeles are literally endless. You'll find dining choices on almost every block – and food trucks pulled up to the curb, too. It's a city of blended nationalities (with people from 140 countries who speak over 200 different languages at last count), which means every ethnic group is represented. It's the heart of California cuisine, a unique fusion of French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese and other gastronomies, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Famed chefs like Spago's Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Malibu's Nobu Matsuhisa, Patina's Joachim Splichal and Pizzeria Mozza's Nancy Silverton (who was anointed America's Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2014) call the city home, along with plenty of "Top Chef" and Food Network stars. Southern California is even the birthplace of some of the world's most famous fast-food joints, including McDonald's and In-and-Out. The competition is fierce to be the best here and restaurants come and go like the ocean tide, so to rise to the very top takes a winning combination of exemplary food, cool design, hot buzz and – especially for the ones that make it for the long haul – consistency in all aspects of service and fare.


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 simple, elegant décor is an...  Read More


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République
Photo courtesy of République, photo by Ryan Tanaka.


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 two famed chefs are divorced,...  Read More


Baby Blues BBQ
Photo courtesy of 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 catering empire for BBQ masters...  Read More


Bouchon - Beverly Hills
Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea


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 fare, made with Chef David...  Read More


Patina
Photo courtesy of Patina Restaurant


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 downtown L.A. It's the place...  Read More


Crustacean
Photo courtesy of Crustacean Restaurant


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 Beverly Hills for almost 20 years;...  Read More


Nobu Malibu
Photo courtesy of Nobu Malibu photo by Henry Hargreaves


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 Boulevard; Nobu Los Angeles is...  Read More


Mélisse
Photo courtesy of Melisse Restaurant


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 where patrons dress for dinner,...  Read More


Lucques
Photo courtesy of Lucques Restaurant


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 with perfect house made...  Read More


Spago
Photo courtesy of 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 1982 and for more than 30 years...  Read More


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Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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