Los Angeles: Home of America's Hottest Culinary Scene

Jenny Peters

By , Local Expert, Los Angeles
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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, Read more »

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    Spago

    Wolfgang Puck started his culinary empire with Spago and it remains the touchstone by which all other L.A. restaurants are judged.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop in from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday for Spago's "Reverse Happy Hour" at the bar and make sure to order Puck's signature Spicy Tuna Tartare served up in crunchy miso cones."

     
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    Lucques

    A perennial classic since 1998, this is the French bistro that launched Chef Suzanne Goin onto the international culinary stage.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sit at the bar and order the Steak Frites Bearnaise and pair it with one of Lucques' special farmer's market inspired cocktails."

     
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    Mélisse

    One of the few two-starred Michelin restaurants in L.A., this Santa Monica fixture recently celebrated 15...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Know before you go that there is only one way to eat at Mélisse -- with a four-course dinner tasting menu (currently set at $135 per person)."

     
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    Nobu Malibu

    Nobu Matsuhisa began his restaurant empire here in Los Angeles; there are three places to sample his food here, but Malibu has the best views.

    Local Expert Tip: "Time your visit to Nobu Malibu to see the sun set, for since moving to its new beachfront location on Pacific Coast Highway, there's no better view in town."

     
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    Crustacean

    Crustacean has been a Beverly Hills fixture for 18 years and remains the place to find the best Asian cuisine in Southern California, hands down.

    Local Expert Tip: "You simply must have An's Famous Garlic Noodles and An's Famous Roasted Crab. There's a reason they are famous -- they are fabulous!"

     
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    Sushi Zo

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the ahi."

     
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    Angelini Osteria

    Local Expert Tip: "Drool over the Dover sole."

     
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    The Bazaar by José Andrés

    Local Expert Tip: "Leave room for dessert."

     
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    Katsu-ya

    Local Expert Tip: "Opt for the Omakase."

     
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    Water Grill

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the famous Lobster Rolls."

     

 

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