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The Best Casual Restaurants in Los Angeles

Uncover the heart and soul of Los Angeles' casual dining scene with our curated list of the city's best restaurants.

Updated on Feb 09, 2024 | World of Mouth team

From the laid-back vibes of Gjusta and the bold flavors of Bavel to the innovative dishes at Camphor, our guide showcases 20 of the best casual restaurants in LA. This list is based on the personal recommendations from World of Mouth experts like Daniel Modlin, Cemre Torun, and Geeta Bansal, ensuring you the most authentic and enjoyable dining experience Los Angeles has to offer. Join us in exploring the casual restaurant scene that makes Los Angeles a food lover's paradise.

Gjusta

320 E Sunset Ave

320 E Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

With a menu that hasn't changed much over time, Gjusta offers a variety of food items, including great coffee, bagels, sandwiches, and fish. It's a popular spot for breakfast, known for its sunny patio and high-quality produce. Some of the standout dishes include the Salmon Bagel, Pastrami Reuben sandwich, and the Smoked Brisket Banh Mi, all of which are highly recommended by visitors.

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Still hits. Its been open for a while but the menu hasnt really changed. Great coffee, bagels, samdwiches, fish, etc. A surfer spot + a jewish deli, it doesnt get more LA than this.
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Gjusta

Gjusta

320 E Sunset Ave

320 E Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Botanica Restaurant and Market

1620 Silver Lake Blvd

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA

Botanica Restaurant and Market is known for its simple yet surprising Californian food, with a focus on fresh ingredients. The menu features a range of dishes, from salads and bowls to more substantial evening meals, all influenced by Mediterranean cuisine. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, making it a must-visit spot for a meal that leaves you feeling satisfied yet light.

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Great Californian food reminds me of Italian and Greek food in that it lacks the complexity of French food but instead focuses on bringing out the simple features of a few ingredients. This simplicity is anything but easy, as a great Cacio e Pepe can show, and certainly requires access to fresh ingredients, something both Greece, Italy and California are blessed with. There are a couple of neighborhoods in LA that stand for this type of food. Santa Monica and Venice on the coast with places like Gjusta and Rustic Canyon and then more inland there is the Los Feliz and Silver Lake area with places like Kismet. Botanica, just south of the Silver Lake reservoir is one of the best examples of this type of LA Californian food. Simple but surprising and no matter which month of the year the ingredients taste like they just came fresh from the farm. Like the White Beets and Persimmon (salad or plate) was so simple but full of subtle flavors. The Seared Pointed Cabbage with the touch of Gouda. And then for the main the Striped Bass in probably the lightest coconut broth I have ever had and an edge from the charred radicchio and squash. While all these dishes were outstanding and made me think about when I could squeeze in another visit, the highlight of the dinner was the date desert. This was just perfection. Dates on a bed of fluffy tahini and olive oil and rosemary drizzled all over. It could have been a starter or a desert, but no matter which, it was amazing.
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Botanica Restaurant and Market

Botanica Restaurant and Market

1620 Silver Lake Blvd

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA

Gjelina Take Away

1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd

1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Known for its vibrant atmosphere and unique decor, Gjelina Take Away is a popular breakfast spot located on the trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The menu offers a variety of dishes ranging from yogurt with granola and unique fruits for breakfast, to wood-oven pizzas and creative dishes for dinner. It also provides a condensed menu at its takeaway booth next door, featuring house sandwiches, salads, pizza, popular meatballs and blackened fish.

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Even though it says Gjelina Take Away (or GTA), we will refer mainly to Gjelina. Gjelina is one of our favorite breakfast spots in Venice, probably only beaten by Gjusta (and they are the same owners anyway). We love the vibe of this place, the decoration, and the location in the middle of America's coolest street, Abbot Kinney Boulevard! Whenever we come for breakfast we always order their yogurt with granola and some fancy unique fruit (as mentioned with Gjusta, these guys manage to make of this almost boring dish something really exciting) and the soft scramble with smoked trout and mushrooms! The place is also great for dinner, offering wood-oven pizzas and many other creative dishes.
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Gjelina Take Away

Gjelina Take Away

1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd

1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Anajak Thai Cuisine

14704 Ventura Blvd

14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, USA

Enjoy a unique dining experience at Anajak Thai Cuisine, where you can delve into a rich menu featuring classics like Massaman Brisket Curry and Southern-Thai Fried Chicken. The restaurant offers a diverse wine selection, including traditional and vanguard wines from Mosel, Champagne, and Burgundy. Special events like Thai Taco Tuesday add a fun twist to the dining experience, with a rotating menu of tacos and tostadas.

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Thai restaurant with a nice wine selection in Sherman Oaks. This was one of our favorite meals, if not the favorite meal of this trip. First of all, Sherman Oaks is becoming cooler by the minute, we want to explore this area more on our next trip, as on our way there we saw many cool spots and just a nice general vibe. We really enjoyed the restaurant's atmosphere, the sommelier was super friendly, as was the rest of the team, and perhaps the only downside is that it can be a touch tight depending on where you get seated. Regarding the wine, they have a pretty wide selection, and it includes a couple of natural wines so there’s a little bit for everyone here. Now, focusing on the food, we had the following: * Massaman Brisket Curry. * Southern-Thai Fried Chicken. * BBQ Pork Collar, coriander molasses, soy & sesame. * Pad Thai. Except for the Pad Thai, which wasn’t bad, but we wouldn’t order it again, we absolutely loved the rest of the dishes, and the one that stood out the most was the Massaman Brisket Curry, this was the best Massaman we’ve had so far, it’s super rich in flavor, with a nice thick texture, the brisket was still juicy, just a great dish. Definitely one of our new favorite spots in the city, and a place we want to come back to on our next trips.
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Anajak Thai Cuisine

Anajak Thai Cuisine

14704 Ventura Blvd

14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, USA

Hangari Kalguksu

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 and 10

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 and 10, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

Hangari Kalguksu is a casual dining spot known for its specialty in Kal-guk-su, a hearty noodle soup flavored with garlic, onions, potatoes, and Manila clams. The restaurant also offers an impressive seafood noodle soup, with house-made noodles and a broth drawn from dried anchovies and a variety of shellfish. Additional menu items include traditional sides like radish and cabbage kimchi, and other delights such as the Hot Stone bibimbap.

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One delicious eat in Koreatown is Hangari Kalguksu. They specialize in Kal-guk-su (hand cut noodle soup). Kalguksu is the most perfect comfortfood - hearty, steaming bowls filled with a rich noodle soup that are flavored with garlic and onions and thickened with potatoes and must include Manila clams. Each order comes of course with traditional sides of radish and cabbage kimchi. Really tasty and damn, those hand cut noodles!!
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Hangari Kalguksu

Hangari Kalguksu

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 and 10

3470 W 6th St Suite 9 and 10, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

Mother Wolf

1545 Wilcox Ave

1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

Focused on Italian cuisine, Mother Wolf offers a menu that echoes themes of shepherds, popes, farmers, and artisans. The restaurant's dishes, such as the Ricatoncini all vaccinara and Tonnarelli cacio e pepe, are a testament to Chef Evan Funke's stewardship of Italian cooking traditions and culture. The interior design, with glamorous decorations and a 1960s Rome ambiance, complements the culinary experience, although it can get a bit loud at times.

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Evan Funke’s latest project offering Italian food, specifically focused on the city of Rome. While in LA, this was one of the hotspots many people were talking about, so we knew we had to check it out. First of all, you can see right away there has been invested a lot of money in this place, with all the glamorous decoration and the interior design. The place can be a little too loud sometimes. Now, focusing on the dishes we ordered, we had the following: * Ricatoncini all vaccinara. * Tonnarelli cacio e pepe. * Spaghetti all’amatriciana. * Gamberi in salsa verde. * Pizza margherita. * Pizza diavola. * Torta della nonna. * Torta di olio d’oliva. The food was overall pretty good. The prawns were nice, the pizzas were good, (but we personally prefer pizzas napolitanas compared to the pizza romana). The cacio e pepe was our favorite pasta and dish of the meal, it had a nice texture and nice flavor and the desserts also were good.
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Mother Wolf

Mother Wolf

1545 Wilcox Ave

1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

American Beauty

425 Rose Ave

425 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

This place, known as American Beauty, is a neighborhood steakhouse that specializes in wood-grilled steaks, seafood, and inventive vegetable dishes. They take a craftsman's approach to cocktails and have a wine list with over 200 selections from around the globe. The double cheese smash burger, grilled over almond wood, stands out for its extra-caramelized crust, drawing comparisons to a favorite burger from Stockholm.

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The Window at American Beauty on Rose Ave serves a mind-blowing double cheese smash burger for a bargain! Let’s not lie, we tried a “few” burgers during our time in LA and this is probably one of the best burgers we had. It reminded us of our favourite​ burger in Stockholm (Funky Chicken Food Truck), that also has the extra-caramelized crust on the meat that makes these beauties stand out!
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American Beauty

American Beauty

425 Rose Ave

425 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Bacetti

1509 Echo Park Ave

1509 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA

Bacetti, an Italian restaurant in Echo Park, is known for its cool vibe and excellent service. The menu features a selection of natural wines and a variety of dishes, including Strozzapreti cacio e pepe, blistered sunchoke, and focaccia Ebraica. Notably, the focaccia is a customer favorite, and the pasta dishes are praised for their great texture and flavor.

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Italian restaurant with natural wines in Echo Park. This was our favorite Italian restaurant of this last trip to Los Angeles. First of all, the whole vibe and the interior is super cool here, and service as in most places in LA, is very very good. The wines are pretty much only Italian and all of them natural or low intervention. Now, focusing on the food, we had the following: * Strozzapreti cacio e pepe. * Blistered sunchoke, labneh, dates & sunflower seeds. * Focaccia Ebraica & honey butter. * Campanelle with portobello, shimeji, oyster mushrooms, thyme & ricotta salata. * Caramelized nut tart with rosemary, salt & pecorino. Also, a part from this, but not pictured (as we came back on a different occasion without a camera) we tried the pizzas. All of the dishes were very nice, but the favorite was definitely the focaccia. The pasta also had a great texture and nice flavor. Overall one of the better restaurants we’ve been to this last trip and also fairly priced for what it is in our opinion.
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Bacetti

Bacetti

1509 Echo Park Ave

1509 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA

Bavel

500 Mateo St #102

500 Mateo St #102, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

At Bavel, you can embark on a culinary journey with Middle Eastern inspired dishes. Their menu is rich with a variety of options such as meze, kebap, and pide, providing a unique blend of spicy and exciting flavors. This restaurant is a creation of Ori and Genevieve Menache, who have infused their passion for food into every dish.

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Ori and Genevieve Menache’s Middle Eastern inspired restaurant in LA. Meze, kebap, pide, lots of exciting spicy goodness.
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Bavel

Bavel

500 Mateo St #102

500 Mateo St #102, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

Camphor

923 E 3rd St #109

923 E 3rd St #109, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

Camphor is a unique French/Indian bistro, where chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George showcase their culinary prowess. They blend French techniques with Indian spices, resulting in dishes like crispy Indian "gunpowder" dredged baby shrimp and scallop demi lunes. The menu also features a variety of other options such as steak au poivre, oysters, caviar, and a tempting selection of desserts, all complemented by creative cocktails and a selection of wines.

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Bistronomie à la LA by chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George. Camphor, a French/ Indian bistro in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles by chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George embodies modern cooking with a LA apropos relaxed ambience. French technique, refined in Ducasse outposts, plays harmoniously with aromas of Indian spices, the kitchen thankfully not holding back when it comes to the crispy Indian “gunpowder” dredged baby shrimp while judiciously exercising restraint when it comes to dishes like the scallop demi lunes. Other highlights include Dungeness crab barbajuan, mustard dressed mackeral, a lentils and lamb side that pairs so well with the main of mushrooms, madeira and basmati rice. The proverbial steak au poivre, oysters, caviar, pomme frites, chicken, and lobster also feature on the a la carte menu along with a tempting dessert selection. A souffle doppelganger hazelnut chocolate meringue and a minty Kiwi confection standout. Creative cocktails, wines by the glass, a bar cart with liquors, attentive service and great food are reasons enough to go and go back.
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Camphor

Camphor

923 E 3rd St #109

923 E 3rd St #109, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

Ceviche Project

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Situated on a bustling stretch of Hyperion Avenue, Ceviche Project offers an immersive culinary experience that transports you to a blend of 1950's Saint-Tropez, Acapulco, and the Copacabana. The menu focuses on fresh fish, prepared in a variety of ways but primarily served raw or as ceviche. The dishes, such as the Sea Bass Ceviche and the Green Shrimp Aguachile, are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, with a special mention for the scallops on the half shell served with optional uni.

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There are few places in Los Angeles that cool you off and transport you into another dimension like Ceviche Project. The place that Ceviche Project’s Octavio Olivas (owner and chef) transports you to, is a mix between 1950’s Saint-Tropez, Acapulco, and the Copacabana. You will find this amazing restaurant on a busier stretch of Hyperion Avenue (borderline Silver Lake and Los Feliz) in a small little space. The best place to sit at is right at the bar, allowing you to watch Olivas as he prepares the various dishes. Fresh fish is what is on the menu, prepared in various ways — but all raw (or ceviche). The restaurant opens at 5pm and closes when they are out of fish, so I would recommend going between 6 and 7. The dishes are a feast for both your eyes and your taste buds. If there is a special I would highly recommend ordering it. And all ceviches (Mexican style, not Peruvian) are to die for. I especially loved the Sea Bass Ceviche. Another highlight for me was the Green Shrimp Aguachile, where you could see the raw shrimp “cook” in the aguachile in front of your eyes as you poured the green sauce over the ingredients. Another must have are the scallops on the half shell (and order them with the optional uni) — this is one of the best starters I have ever had. The olive oil combined with the uni coats the mouth as the flavors burst in your mouth. And in a city where you find raw fish tostadas nearly at every street corner, do not skip the Kanpachi Tostada, which will blow you away with its fresh ingredients. Each of my visits has been outstanding, and even before leaving I was hashing out my next visit.
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Ceviche Project

Ceviche Project

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave

2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Damian

2132 E 7th Pl

2132 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA

Damian, a restaurant serving contemporary cuisine inspired by Mexican culture, is known for its culinary creations that highlight the fresh, local ingredients of Los Angeles. The dining experience is elevated by the friendly service, a selective mezcal selection, and the beautifully designed decor. From the seafood dishes that showcase the finest fish to the use of traditional Mexican herbs and avocados, every dish at Damian reflects a fusion between the culinary traditions of the Pacific coasts and the seasonal Californian produce.

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After several visits to Enrique Olvera’s Mexico City Pujol I was truly looking forward to the opening of Damian. It took some tries to get in due to the shut downs last year but then on my most recent trip I was finally able to eat there and it was so worth the wait. I would say the food is somewhere between Pujol and Cosme … a bit more elevated than Cosme but also a bit more accessible than Pujol. The restaurant certainly takes advantage of LA access to fantastic ingredients and you can taste that in anything from the various fish to the Mexican herbs and obviously the avocados. While the food certainly shines and is the star of the show, I have to say the service was outstanding, extremely friendly, and mezcal selection, while selective, was outstanding, and the decor was beautiful. Located right across Bestia in the Arts District this is a place I am already looking forward to coming back to … soon
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Damian

Damian

2132 E 7th Pl

2132 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA

Golden Bull Restaurant

170 W Channel Rd

170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA

Golden Bull Restaurant is a traditional steak house that gives off an old Hollywood vibe while remaining accessible. The menu is focused on getting classic dishes exactly right, with the corn side dish, made from fresh corn on the cob, being a standout. The staff is friendly, and the overall ambiance makes you feel like a regular, even on your first visit.

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There are restaurants which mesmerize you and then there are those places which feel like home the moment to walk in the door. And those latter restaurants (a lot of times older places) might not even have the most amazing food, but rather they focus on getting traditional dishes absolutely right. Golden Bull is such a place. It feels old Hollywood while being approachable. The food is traditional steak house fare but done extremely well (the corn side dish especially stood out to me … crisp and flavorful, using corn from the cob). The staff was friendly and overall despite this being my first visit it felt like I had been here many times. A great place to come back to, to hang out at, all while eating great, fresh basic food.
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Golden Bull Restaurant

Golden Bull Restaurant

170 W Channel Rd

170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA

Great White

1604 Pacific Ave

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

This all-day café, Great White, is located just across the street from the famous Venice Beach sign, making it an ideal spot for both locals and visitors. The menu is extensive, with standout items like the fresh, flavorful ceviche and the well-balanced fried chicken sandwich with kale slaw. Despite its proximity to a popular tourist spot, it maintains a strong local following due to its outstanding food offerings.

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Just across the street from the famous Venice Beach sign that leads you to the beach and skatepark this place could have easily become a tourist trap. But this is quite clearly big with locals and that is because of the food. The menu can feel a bit like Cheesecake Factory considering how many items there are but what I had was outstanding. Fresh and flavorful. The ceviche was definitely my favorite. And the fried chicken sandwich was extremely good, not greasy at all with the kale slaw balancing the fried chicken perfectly.
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Great White

Great White

1604 Pacific Ave

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Hanbat Shul Lung Tang

4163 5th St

4163 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

For a taste of authentic Korean cuisine, Hanbat Shul Lung Tang is a must-visit spot. This local favorite is renowned for its traditional Korean oxtail soup, served unseasoned to let the pure flavors of the meaty bones shine through. With a simple menu and a focus on comfort food, this restaurant provides a straightforward yet satisfying dining experience.

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Lunch or dinner, this casual local joint serves a delicious authentic Korean oxtail soup in K-town LA! You go here for mainly one dish, their traditional Korean oxtail soup with various add-ins. The extremely deep broth cames as it is, unseasoned with just the pure flavours of the meaty bones. On the table, you have salt, chilli paste and scallions along with some Korean traditional side dishes - Kimchi. Really great local spot for those who are looking for an authentic eat!
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Hanbat Shul Lung Tang

Hanbat Shul Lung Tang

4163 5th St

4163 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

3760 S Centinela Ave

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

Located in a Japanese supermarket's food court, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a cash-only Japanese ramen chain known for its white tonkotsu (pork bone) soup served with a pickled plum. The ordering process is straightforward: you pick from shio (salt), soy, miso, or spicy miso ramen, place your order, and wait for your number to be called. Their Hokkaido-style shio (salt) ramen, which is lighter than many tonkotsu versions, is a popular choice for a comforting meal.

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The white tonkotsu (pork bone) soup served with a small, pickled plum in a round bowl at @ramensantoukausmawa is worth traveling for. This is a Japanese ramen chain located in the food court of a Japanese supermarket in Los Angeles. The process is simple, you line up with your cash ready (cash only), then choose from shio (salt), soy, miso or spicy miso ramen. Move on to place your order and then just wait for them to call your number over the loudspeaker. We tried the Hokkaido-style shio (salt) ramen which is a bit lighter than other bowls of tonkotsu that we have tried over the years - and damn this was a comforting bowl!! 🤤👏🏻
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

3760 S Centinela Ave

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

Holbox

3655 S Grand Ave c9

3655 S Grand Ave c9, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

Tucked away inside a bustling food hall, Holbox offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant is known for its high-quality ceviche and a variety of other seafood dishes, all prepared with a focus on freshness and flavor. On Thursdays and Fridays, guests can enjoy an eight-course chef's menu at the bar seats, providing an intimate and exceptional dining experience.

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Casual but among the best restaurants in LA with ceviche at the highest level. The beauty of LA is that the ugliness and roughness of the vastness of this megalopolis creates ample opportunities for little gems to blossom. Holbox is such a place that is tucked away inside a market / food hall (more specifically the Mercado La Paloma), which itself is nearly under the always busy 110 highway on one side and a middle school and some smaller factories on the other. At the same time Holbox is also the story of a family from Mexico making the US their home and sharing their love for Mexican food. These days the Mercado seems to have been built around Holbox but the opposite is the truth and you can sample dishes from Holbox’s fish focused menu and add items from other stalls. Or, on Thursdays and Fridays you can have the eight course chef’s menu at the bar seats. And the experience is exceptional. Before I talk about the food let me just say that chef Gilberto Cetina and his whole crew is amazing. If there wasn’t the hustle and bustle from the market behind you, the atmosphere is like you are sitting in his kitchen and being part of his family. Ok so the food, and maybe I should say THE FOOD. It is incredible. In a way ceviche has been the mezcal of the 2020s. Just like in the 2010s every place added a mezcal bar, the last couple of years seem to have seen an increase in places that focus on Mexican ceviche. And I love this trend. While the ceviche dishes at Holbox are among the very best I have had (like the Ceviche de Erizo con Corvina) Holbox is more than ceviche and more than raw fish (even though I would make sure to order the Tostada de Atun and the Aguachile de Camaron. Like with the ceviche the presentation is just gorgeous . If you are looking for a warm dish, the Langosta la Mojo de Ajo is amazing. Each dish makes the fish shine and it feels like the fish just came out of the water, it’s fresh and full of flavor. All the praise Holbox received in the last 12 months (including being named best restaurant for 2023 by the LA Times) are more than deserved. I can’t wait to come back. If there was one criticism it is that the eight course menu is a lot of food. I think six courses would have been all I needed and the price of the eight course dinner would still be extremely generous for a six course menu.
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Holbox

Holbox

3655 S Grand Ave c9

3655 S Grand Ave c9, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

Jinsol Gukbap 3rd (진솔국밥 3가)

4031 W 3rd St

4031 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

Specializing in Southern Korean comfort food, Jinsol Gukbap 3rd is known for its flavorful dishes such as the massive kimchi stew, jjimdak, and the signature gukbap. The restaurant takes pride in its pork-pronounced soups from Busan, South Korea, which owe their unique taste to a pork bone broth that has been simmered for 24 hours with a variety of roots and vegetables. Among the highlights of their menu are the strips of braised pork belly, which are so tender they practically melt under a pair of chopsticks.

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Southern Korean comfort food. From the founder of Hangari Kalguksu, southern Korean food of the highest quality. I like the (massive) kimchi stew, the jjimdak, and of course the namesake gukbap.
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Jinsol Gukbap 3rd (진솔국밥 3가)

Jinsol Gukbap 3rd (진솔국밥 3가)

4031 W 3rd St

4031 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA

Kuya Lord

5003 Melrose Ave

5003 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

Kuya Lord is a laid-back eatery where you can enjoy regional Filipino dishes, prepared in Chef Lord Maynard's unique style. The menu, though concise, is packed with flavorful dishes such as slow-roasted rolled pork belly and almond wood-grilled Hiramasa collar, which are customer favorites. The restaurant has a genuine feel, with friendly owners who are always eager to receive feedback, making it a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience.

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Small casual restaurant serving regional Filipino dishes in chef Lord Maynard’s way. One of our favorite meals in LA was this one, and it’s very unlikely you will find a better value for money spot in the city. This place was initially born as a pop-up during covid times until former Bestia chef Lord Maynard decided to turn it into a restaurant. The menu is short but packed with super tasty dishes. We ordered the following: * Tray with slow-roasted rolled pork belly. * Almond wood-grilled Hiramasa collar, toyomansi & chili-garlic oil. We liked both dishes, but the pork belly was definitely our favorite, and actually every part of that tray was really tasty, the pickled vegetables were super refreshing and had a nice touch of acidity, the noodles were very flavorful and the rice was perfect to combine with the pork belly. The place felt so genuine and the owners were so friendly and always asking for feedback, you could really feel they were really happy running the place.
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Kuya Lord

Kuya Lord

5003 Melrose Ave

5003 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N McCadden Pl

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

This restaurant, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, is known for its traditional, old-school Neapolitan style pizza. It offers a cozy and romantic atmosphere with several fireplaces, and is situated in a side street of touristy Hollywood. The Marinara pizza is a popular choice, with a divine, mouthwatering tomato sauce that will transport you to Italy.

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Might just be LA’s best pizza. On the one side knowing a great pizza place in a city is important (pizza can fill all kinds of needs — from quick snack, to comfort food, to a fun time with friends, even to a romantic dinner). At the same time, I think there is little as contentious as a pizza place — I think it’s rare for even two foodies to agree on the best pizza joint in a city. So let me start by saying that for me a great pizza is an Italian style pizza, not the cheese and gluten monstrosities they serve in Chicago (if this last sentence offended you, no need to read further 🙂). Thin crust, crispiness on the edges of the crust, a little burn, nice acidity in the sauce, and overall simplicity, that is what I am looking for in a great pizza. LA might not be a traditional pizza country, with the more famous slices being those strange creations at places like Spago that add salmon and caviar. Nice but way too over the top for me (at least when it comes to pizza.) L’Antica is a special place, on the other hand, a place where I have driven from Santa Monica because I wanted some pizza. It is traditional, old school Neapolitan style pizza, served in a side street of touristy Hollywood, in a place that is modern Californian (with lots of open space) yet cozy and romantic with its several fireplaces. I usually have a Marinara and a salad or pasta on the side. The tomato sauce on the marinara is divine, mouthwatering. I won’t go into the whole connection between this LA restaurant and its Neapolitanian namesake (think more franchise than the second restaurant), but the pizza will transport you to Italy.
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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N McCadden Pl

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

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