The difficulty of food delivery in LA is not the lack of options - we have more than we know what to do with. The difficulty of food delivery in LA is figuring out which places actually have food that delivers well. Nobody wants to wait an hour on their couch meditating through violent waves of hunger just to get a sad bowl of pad thai or a pizza that looks like it’s been sat on. So we’ve done the dirty work for you. Broken down by neighborhood, here are 30 LA places that will give you the delivery food you deserve.
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Venice / MDR
We’ll say this once (and probably again and again) - Mao’s is the best Chinese food on the Westside and there’s really not a close second. This is “country-style” Chinese food, which basically translates to everything being kicked up a notch from the blander Chinese delivery you’ve probably experienced before (looking at you, chicken and broccoli). Think stew-like mapo tofu, spicy dan dan noodles, and Qingjiao rousi - shredded pork and tofu in a fantastic house sauce.
Munch Late Night seems like one of those magical places that only exists in stoner movies, but is actually very real and Venice residents are so much happier because of it. The delivery-only service operates until 2:30am every night of the week and makes everything from buffalo poppers to carnitas tacos to chicken pesto melts. And it’s all exactly what you want, when you want it.
Taj India Palace is technically in Westchester over by LAX, but with a delivery range of nine miles, just about everybody can take part in this glory. The more classic dishes like tikka masala and saag paneer are excellent here, but Taj’s menu is massive, so we recommend breaking free from your comfort zone and living your best delivery life.
LA’s BBQ situation has completely skyrocketed over the last few years, leaving long-time favorites like Baby Blues a bit in the shadows. But to be sure, this Venice original still has the goods and after a long day of suffering through adulthood, you sometimes just need a massive plate of tri-tip in front of you. Get a side of that XXX porno sauce.
Sunnin is a Westwood original and easily one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the city. Now with a new location, it’s time for downtown Santa Monica to get in on the action. Their delivery range isn’t large, but if you live in the area (or you’re stuck at work during lunch hour), nothing beats overeating that chicken shawarma plate with a side of garlic fries. Also, with plenty of salads and vegetable kebabs, you can be healthy-ish here too.
The BYOB chicken shack by the pier you always get hammered at has a very secret (and efficient) delivery situation as well. The spicy jerked wings and the full cha cha chicken are the obvious orders, but even if you’re not vegetarian, the spinach quesadilla with jerk sauce is a must-order.
Attention Westsiders: One of Weho’s best drunk pizza joints is now open in Santa Monica and you better start taking advantage of it. While we fully endorse swinging by their new spot at some point (there’s a full bar), sometimes the night just calls for pizza delivery and Vito’s is the best you can get around here.
It still seems as if most people in Culver don’t realize that one of the best Indian restaurants in LA is in their neighborhood - not to mention the fact that it offers free delivery. But that’s exactly what they have with Mayura. The menu is large and on the more adventurous side, but there are plenty of familiar dishes as well. Get the puffy rice salad.
Any place that bills itself as a Scandinavian-style pizza and Persian food concept deserves, at the very least, your inebriated attention. We have no idea what Scandinavian-style pizza even means, but at Mega Pizza, it has something to do with putting gyro meat on pizza. And you know what? We’re ok with that. Your never-ending night of the munchies just found its match. Warning: Only open till 11pm.
Anytime you hear Culver City and BBQ in the same sentence, your mind probably goes to Maple Block. For good reason - it’s incredible. But there’s another player just down the road that’s still very solid and offers something Maple Block doesn’t: delivery. Go all-in on some house brisket and mac and cheese.
West Hollywood / Beverly Grove
We love hanging out at Jones Hollywood just as much as you do, but we also like hanging out in our underwear on the couch. Our move for delivery here is the oven-roasted chicken salad, the quattro formaggi pizza, and spaghetti and meatballs. Save the apple pie for in-restaurant consumption only. It doesn’t travel well.
Yes, this place sounds more like a meditation retreat your friend Shelby is trying to get you to go this spring than a legitimate Thai restaurant, but we’re telling you right now it’s fantastic - especially for a neighborhood that falls largely out of the Thai Town delivery range. Our favorites are the dumplings in a green curry sauce, the tom kha soup, and a khao soi (chicken curry noodle) we dream about daily.
If you’re like us, the idea of sushi delivery is always met with a bit of skepticism. But rest assured, the Sugarfish crew know exactly how to do it right. Service is easy and efficient, and somehow that “Trust Me” omakase tastes just as good as it does in the restaurant. Not to mention their excellent packaging with a literal key on how to dress your sushi properly.
Anytime you move to a new neighborhood, it’s your due diligence to locate the best pizza delivery in the area. For the Fairfax/Melrose/Beverly Grove region, that place is Prime Pizza. Service is excellent, the pies themselves are massive and affordable, and there’s no way kale should taste this good on pizza.
There’s nothing about this Hollywood stripmall spot’s name that instills confidence, but this tiny little Thai joint is the real deal. Warning: They don’t mess around with spice levels here, so keep it conservative unless you want to sweat yourself to sleep.
Everybody goes crazy for the Oaks Gourmet burger, and rightfully so - it’s tremendous. But people also forget there’s a full menu here stacked with delicious sandwiches that can be delivered up till midnight every night. The spicy sausage, grilled cheese, and pork banh mi are our go-to’s. And of course, that burger.
Mozza2Go is not where you order from when you have a house full of hungry people you need to feed. It’s where you order from when you’ve had a week from hell, and all you want is to eat an entire bianca pizza by yourself on the couch from one of the most revered pizza spots in the city.
It’s 1:30am, you just got home from the bars, and your refrigerator is a ghost town. Good Greek Grill has been a longtime go-to of blackout Hollywood club-goers, and we don’t blame them. Those meat-and-feta-topped Zeus fries are exactly what we want to be waking up next to. We’re also never mad about the gyro wrap.
Los Feliz / Silver lake / echo park
Fat Dragon might be on the newer side of things, but this order-at-the-counter spot in Silver Lake is already some of the best Chinese food on the Eastside. You’re going to want the spicy wontons, the dragon fried rice, and the eggplant with spicy garlic sauce. But really, you can’t go wrong with anything.
The Eastside has a few very solid options for delivery pizza (we see you Two Boots), but our favorite is still Garage. The pizzas are massive and always delivered hot, and they’re open till 4am every night of the week.
Probably due to the fact Anarbagh essentially exists behind a 7-11 on Franklin, most Eastsiders don’t even realize Anarbagh is a thing. But it is, and it’s our favorite Indian food in Los Feliz. Delivery is quick, and you definitely are ordering some of those potato samosas.
Same Same is a Silver Lake wine bar that also serves delicious Thai food. And while we love the idea of drinking a cabernet and scarfing down some pad thai at the same time, we also always love the idea of scarfing down some pad thai on our couch. If you live on the Eastside, Same Same is where you want to be ordering it from.
Your mom just called and did that thing where she roundabout tells you she thinks you should be working harder and now you need to cry into a sandwich. Trencher is an all-day cafe in Echo Park that a lot of people still don’t really know about. Their chicken banh mi is a must.
BS Taqueria is one of the best tacos spots in the entire city, and the fact that they deliver cannot be understated. We probably wouldn’t spring for the clam and lardo taco on the delivery order, but everything else from the chicken chicharrones to the cauliflower pastor is fair game.
Dough Box, at the moment, is nothing more than a curbside pick-up/delivery service operating out of an industrial warehouse in East LA, but they’re serving some absolutely excellent Chicago deep-dish style pizza. And not to worry about that fairly remote location, they have a 5-mile radius for free delivery.
LA Cafe’s menu is certifiably massive. They serve breakfast all day, they have surprisingly good tacos, and there’s a lobster mac and cheese you must get involved in. But the best part of LA Cafe? They deliver 24 hours a day. You’re never alone out there in the world.
The aggressively-hyped BBQ joint in Studio City has settled in over the years as a very solid spot to pick up some smoked meat, and the good news is they now deliver. Everything from the spare ribs to hoe cake to the best damn chicken sandwich is worth ordering and it all travels very well.
World Empanadas is nothing more than a small, order-at-the-counter shop in the middle of Burbank, but these guys serve some of the best empanadas in the entire city. Their delivery is quick, guaranteeing the little dream boats are still hot upon arrival. Get the chili con carne.
Spitz is a bonafide chain these days, but this modern Mediterranean street food spot is still making some very solid stuff. The move is definitely to order any of the kabob wraps or salads, but the street cart fries are a non-negotiable.
It’s one of those terrifying LA nights where the temperature dips below 55 degrees and your apartments heat is officially broken. Time for a warm-up - order some Feu Pho Kitchen delivery. Everything at this Vietnamese fusion spot is good, but the ribeye beef pho is a must.