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 and Patina's Joachim Splichal 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.


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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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Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
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


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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


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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


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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


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Providence
Photo courtesy of Providence Restaurant


 

Providence, the award-winning seafood restaurant on the southern edge of Hollywood earns high points for a creative menu and superb quality, which is why it gained two Michelin stars back when those awards were still given in Los Angeles. Now...  Read More


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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


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Crustacean
Photo courtesy of Crustacean photo by Ian Bailey


 

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


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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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CATCH LA
Photo courtesy of CATCH LA


 

CATCH LA is the newest outpost of the popular EMM Group seafood restaurant chain that began in New York and has now expanded to Los Angeles (actually West Hollywood), Dubai and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. CATCH LA combines a super-sexy scene...  Read More


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