Los Angeles Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Los Angeles

April 14, 2018 Toi Mattera

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1. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3623 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 54 - SGD 105 +1 323-837-8414
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 664 reviews

Providence

Reviewed By dod2015 - Los Angeles, California

Providence is superb! The chef's tasting menus offer finely crafted dishes that will delight the most picky foodies' palate. Our favorite dish was uni served inside an eggshell. The amuse bouches are fantastic. Love this restaurant! Wish we could go more often if not for the price tag. But it's all worth it.

2. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

177 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210-1564 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 818-551-5561
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 356 reviews

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

Reviewed By Actondad - Acton, Massachusetts

The dumplings, soups and dim sum are outstanding. Service is fast and friendly. Food comes out as it’s made, in any order, so be prepared to eat in any order. Seating is comfortable in a open dinning room and from many tables you can see the kitchen. For a quick and delicious lunch, it doesn’t get much better. We recommend the spicy dumplings and sticky rice. These were our favorites. They don’t take revelation, so plan accordingly.

3. Luggage Room Pizzeria

260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, Pasadena, CA 91105-2014 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 626-356-4440
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Luggage Room Pizzeria

Reviewed By snamber77 - Alhambra, California

This is my favorite place to eat. It's family friendly and its also a great place to go without kids too. They're extremely accommodating, best customer service of any restaurant around. The food is delicious, fresh and exciting. As a gluten free vegetarian, I love their Mother Earth pizza (with a GF crust), but I always add sauce on it. My husband is gluten free and enjoys their pizzas too. My dad is a huge meat eater, and loves the Gladiator Pizza, and he's usually hard to please but really enjoys it here. They have kids meals and kids size pizzas that come with fruit and fries. Their salads are really really good, fresh, tasty and finely chopped (so even the kids enjoy eating them). The only complaint is that the salad could be bigger since we order to share :).

4. The Terrace

8358 W Sunset Blvd, Sunset Tower Hotel, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1516 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 323-654-7100
Excellent
83%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

The Terrace

Reviewed By Chris R

Lunch and dinner at the Terrace are wonderful as well. Starting with the valet team, bellmen, front desk staff, housekeeping staff and absolutely everyone at the Sunset Tower Hotel make it such a pleasure to stay there. We have spent the last 2 years at the Sunset Tower Hotel because everyone always makes it perfection

5. Raffaello Ristorante

400 S Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2626 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 310-514-0900
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Raffaello Ristorante

Reviewed By PJ6979 - Goodyear, Arizona

On the recommendation of both Trip Advisor and Yelp we stopped to have dinner before embarking on our cruise the following morning. Without a doubt this is a true Italian restaurant. Meet Gino who is one of the owners and several other Gino’s working there. Since our son’s name is Gino we found this place to be like home. You will enjoy the pepper- tomato bruschetta they start you out with. I ordered their Vitelllo Alla Piccata which was veal Sautéed with Capers and Lemon Sauce. $16.50. My husband ordered the Lasagna Alla Calabrese which was lasagna in a traditional meat, cream and red sauce. $14.50. You won’t go wrong visiting this place. Food is absolutely wonderful and as others have said you receive plenty of it. You can review their menu online and all the wonderful reviews. This place is a must!!!

6. Foxy's Restaurant

206 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204-1306 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Television American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 818-246-0244
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

Foxy's Restaurant

Reviewed By CSS9112014 - Burbank, California

Just a fun place to go and hang out with friends. The wait staff is excellent. Have a nice variety of items. The coffee is really good. Parking is easy. You will find something you want to eat and is just prepared well.

7. n/naka

3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034-5419 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 310-836-6252
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 100 reviews

n/naka

Reviewed By EYoshida21 - Portland, Oregon

After being extremely intrigued by the Chef's Table documentary, we were thrilled to score a very hard to get seating for 6 guests and flew from Portland specifically for the dining experience.

Walking up to such an unassuming building exterior in a neighborhood with no other surrounding fine dining establishments, you then walk through the restaurants front door and feel as though you are transported to Japan...but with an adventurous twist.

I have had the pleasure and honor of dining at several traditional kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto but I must say that our exceptional dining experience at N/Naka surpassed any other that came before that very special evening. Chef Nakayama and her culinary team gave us all an exquisite gift as each dish was sincerely a creative work of art appealing to each of the senses. The 13 course meal takes you on a journey from beautifully inventive to perfectly simple to mind-blowingly complex! The presentation of each dish was exquisite from the eel, portobello and foie to the finest grade sashimi to pasta with abalone and truffles and so many more. The Chef's attention to detail was astonishing and I'm still salivating and in awe just reminiscing about each unique dish.

The service was perfection and courses were also each paired with fantastic sake or wine, all of which were unique, rare and had a very interesting story.

Our guests included restauranteurs, foodies and a Chef and we all agreed that N/Naka was the best dining experience we have ever had. We were also thrilled to have the honor of meeting Chef Nikki Nakayama after dinner, as she came to our table - she is so very talented, humble and creative.

I sincerely feel that N/Naka is well deserving of a future Michelin Star. It was a truly inspiring experience and I cannot wait to return again!

8. Brent's Delicatessen & Restaurant

19565 Parthenia St, Los Angeles, CA 91324-3406 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 818-886-5679
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Brent's Delicatessen & Restaurant

Founded in 1967, Brent's Deli (with locations in Northridge and Westlake Village) has been the ZAGAT-rated # 1 Delicatessen & Restaurant for 17 years. Brent's Deli features more than 650 items on its menu, as well as take-out, delivery anywhere in Southern California (literally) and catering for 20 or 2,000.

Reviewed By bluevoter - San Francisco, California

I had long wanted to try Brent's, but had never made it to its location in the far reaches of the San Fernando Valley. Even Google Maps messed up the directions. But I finally made it, given some extra time before my flight from Burbank Airport. Early afternoon on a Sunday and the place was mobbed, with people hanging out on the strip mall's sidewalk. But there's a small row of stools behind the take-out counter, perfect for the solo diner.

The corned beef on rye sandwich was excellent -- thinly sliced and lean, with fresh, seeded bread. It's a good match for Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills, and superior to Canter's on Fairfax. Not a bargain, though.

I bought some bagels, and they were terrible - soft and mushy puffy rolls, even worse than Einstein's or Noah's. Like those, I don't think that Brent's were boiled. The only resemblance to a real bagel was the shape. Perhaps they are delivered by a supplier, i which case they should make a change. In any event, the bagels at Fromin's in Santa Monica and Nate 'n Al's are far better.

Bottom line: if I lived in the Valley, I'd return for the corned beef sandwich once I had saved enough pennies. As it is, I'll take this visit as a "been there, done that" experience.

9. Tocaya Organica

1715 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, Los Angeles, CA Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 424-744-8692
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Tocaya Organica

Reviewed By Fiona A - Beverly Hills, California

I don’t want to have to say bad things about this place, but if I’m to be truthful I think I would have been better off going to Wholefoods. You can get lighter, healthier, and cheaper tacos or burritos, freshly made, at Wholefoods. We ordered quesadillas, plantain fries, tacos, and a burrito from Tocaya on a Saturday. From what I can remember, everything tasted fine, not memorable. Neither of us went ‘yum’, so it’s not going to be on our reorder list.

10. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2534 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 323-297-0070
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria also offers Full Event Catering in your home or venue of your choice. Our talented & professional Staff will make any event delicious & memorable!

Reviewed By Brian B - New Jersey

Finally an authentic Italian cuisine, a restaurant that reminds me of the ones in Rome. We ordered WHOLE MEDITERRANEAN BRANZINO roasted in sea salt, aromatic herbs and VEAL CHOP alla Milanese. Both were great tasting. Great chef, great knowledgeable waiters. Great experience. Worth every dollar.

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