Los Angeles' Hottest New Restaurants Bring Sizzle to La La Land

It’s hard to keep track of new restaurants in any city, much less in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Restaurants come and go faster than Hollywood “It” girls. Not known as the country’s culinary capital, things in La La Land have been changing steadily over the years–for the better. In fact, this year a number of L.A. chefs and restaurants were finalists or semi-finalists for prestigious James Beard Foundation awards, including Curtis Stone’s Gwen, a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant. 

Stone is just one of the celebrity chefs that have opened restaurants here in the past six to 12 months. The Food Network’s Scott Conant opened The Ponte and fellow Chopped judge Geoffrey Zakarian made his foray into Beverly Hills with Georgie. Other notable L.A. chefs and restaurateurs, such as Sascha Lyon, Eric Greenspan, Nick Erven and George Abou-Daoud, have set up shop or expanded their reach in the city.

Here are ten of the hot new restaurants (among many) that have popped up recently and are drawing in the crowds.

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The Ponte
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After the closing of Scarpetto, Chef Scott Conant's Los Angeles presence shifted east to Beverly Boulevard where he's now partnering with restaurateur Stephane Bombet (Faith & Flower) at The Ponte. Opened in February 2017, the mostly Italian...  Read More

Citizen Beverly Hills
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Belly on up to the buttermilk biscuits at this hip hotspot on Canon Drive (right next to Spago). The biscuits, served with sides of chipotle maple syrup and pimento cheese, fly out of the kitchen as one of the many popular small plates on this...  Read More

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Celebrity Chef Eric Greenspan is often on site at the new Silverlake location of Maré, which opened in early February 2017 following outposts on Melrose and in Santa Monica (those locations recently closed). The Mediterranean/seafood-focused...  Read More

Georgie Restaurant
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Sitting on the patio of Georgie, where the ceilings are high and the lights are low, it's easy to feel like you've been transported to a posh resort in the south of France. Rather, this is Beverly Hills (The Montage Hotel to be exact) where the...  Read More

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Even if you're not on the hunt for a vegan meal, it's worth braving the chaotic traffic and parking of downtown Santa Monica to check out this hotspot at the corner of 5th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Chef Nick Erven has garnered critical...  Read More

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When Chef Sascha Lyon was in Paris scooping up sausage sandwiches piled with fries and condiments, he wasn't anticipating that he'd one day serve a variation of the "sandwich de marguez" at Commerson, his new restaurant on La Brea Ave. The menu...  Read More

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One of L.A.'s most prolific restaurateurs, George Abou-Daoud, is at it again with this Middle Eastern style restaurant on a bustling stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Opened in January 2017, Abou-Daoud set out to create a menu with dishes that...  Read More

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Gwen, Chef Curtis Stone's most-recent L.A. project (following Maude), opened in summer 2016 to wide eyes. The massive dining space is a throwback to old Hollywood with high ceilings and a retro art deco design. To say there is a focus on meat is...  Read More

71 Above
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71 Above, aptly named for it's location on the 71st floor of downtown LA's U.S. Bank building, is the restaurant that this city has been lacking. With 360-degree views that stretch from the valley to the beach to east L.A. (on a clear day), the...  Read More

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This subdued, contemporary and stylish space situated between Beverly Hills and Century City drew in the Hollywood power crowd soon after it opened in November 2016. Sister property to the venerable Toscana in Brentwood, Nerano had an air of...  Read More


Meet Wendy O'Dea

Born and raised in western New York, Wendy O’Dea moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC graduate School of Journalism and stayed for the innovative and creative lifestyle the city offers. Other...  More About Wendy