Where to Chow Down near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

There’s always something happening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, be it the USC Trojan football team's home games or perhaps a huge rock concert or other gathering. The venue that is very close to the University of Southern California's campus seats 100,000 people (and more when the field is also used for seating), so when everyone that is going to or from an event is hungry, there is a big need for some great places to eat nearby. And while many of the food possibilities in the neighborhood lean towards fast-food chains, there are definitely some good places to chow down close by the Coliseum. Many are actually on or near the campus, including McKay's, The Lab Gastropub at USC and USC Traditions. Plus, just a couple of quick miles away (via local streets, not the freeway!) is downtown Los Angeles, where world-class restaurants await. You can look down on the city at Wolfgang Puck's award-winning WP24 or choose the hip scene at Katsuya L.A. Live. There really is a cornucopia of food choices near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, places that fit every taste and every budget; and we're here to help you find the best ones right in the neighborhood or just a short ride away.



At Grand Central Market, you'll find a wide assortment of restaurants " and there is sure to be at least one that tickles your palate. Look for lean pastrami and other house-smoked meats and fish at Wexler's Deli; egg sandwiches done to...  Read More

Yard House
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The convivial Yard House at L.A. Live is part of a nationwide chain of restaurants devoted to serving up craft beers paired with over 100 menu items. It's an easy place to have a beer (over 100 are on tap) and a burger, but if you're so...  Read More

Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a big reputation. Located a few blocks from USC and the L.A. Memorial Coliseum inside the Mercado la Paloma (head straight to the back once you enter and get in the line), this famed...  Read More

Rosso Oro's Pizzeria
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For a quick bite before you stroll over to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Rosso Oro's Pizzeria is the perfect pit stop. Located across from the USC campus and next door to the Radisson Hotel USC, this place makes pizza just the way you want...  Read More

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Located next door to the Radisson Hotel USC, McKay's features a comfortable lounge, welcoming dining area and a well-stocked bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant named for John McKay, one of USC's legendary football...  Read More

The Lab Gastropub at USC
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The Lab Gastropub at USC is a short, 15-minute stroll from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, making it a great spot to begin or end your experience there. If you are part of a crowd, choose one of The Lab's "Group Projects" " plates to share of...  Read More

USC Traditions Bar & Grill
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Located inside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, USC Traditions Bar & Grill is a convivial pub open to all, USC students or not. So grab a bite to eat there before a big USC football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or simply hang out...  Read More

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
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When your team wins big at the Memorial Coliseum (or perhaps you're about to go and see the concert of your life after dinner), there's nothing quite like celebrating nearby at Wolfgang Puck's WP24. Sky high on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton...  Read More

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
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The latest addition to the USC campus culinary scene is the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, but this innovative restaurant serving up healthy fare (and a burger or two) is no stranger to Southern California's hot food scene. This outpost, located in...  Read More



For some of L.A.'s best sushi and coolest scene going, head over to Katsuya L.A. Live. Just a quick drive from Memorial Coliseum, the restaurant helmed by Chef Katsuya Uechi and designed by Philippe Starck must be seen to be believed. But don't...  Read More


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