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LA’s New Restaurant Openings

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Los Angeles, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - either in our Ride-Along Report or Hit List.

FEBRUARY 2018

Night + Market Sahm

2533 Lincoln Blvd
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The third restaurant from the mini-Thai food empire that is Night + Market is open in Venice, serving a similar menu to its other locations with some new additions - like a Peking duck pizza that we are very excited to try.

Photo: Kimberlyn Gonzalez

The people behind Mozza and Everson Royce Bar - two of our favorite places to eat and drink - have teamed up to open this new by-the-slice Roman pizza spot in Highland Park. You order at the counter, tell them how much pizza you want to eat, and then you pay by weight.

La Colombe Frogtown

2828 Newell St Unit 4
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The Philadelphia-born craft coffee company has opened a giant new cafe right along the LA River in Frogtown. If you’re planning a bike trip anytime soon, you can stop here for a coffee and pastry or a sandwich beforehand.

South City Fried Chicken

724 S Spring St Ste 104
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A fried chicken sandwich spot is now open in DTLA’s Corporation Food Hall. And if you’re someone who’s picky about your fried chicken, you’ll be happy to know that there are eight types of sandwiches to choose from.

The Guest House

1750 Hillhurst Ave
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What was formerly H Coffee House in Los Feliz is now a Mediterranean restaurant serving small plates from the chef at Home restaurant next door. Right now they’re open for breakfast and lunch, with dinner coming soon.

january 2018

Trois Familia

Silver Lake
3510 W Sunset Blvd
8.1
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One of our favorite Eastside brunch spots is now open for dinner too. They’re serving a lot of the same French/Mexican food they do for lunch, as well as some new additions - including a short rib burger we’re excited to try.

Ichi Gyo Ichi Et

61 S Fair Oaks Ave Ste. 110
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A sushi restaurant in Pasadena that looks like it could be a good place for a fancy date night. They serve classic a la carte sushi and rolls, as well as a $70 tasting menu, which appears to just be omakase.

Radici

934 Hermosa Ave
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A new upscale Italian restaurant in Hermosa Beach, with lots of pasta and wine. It seems like it’ll be a neighborhood restaurant, but a fancy one.

Eggslut

8500 Beverly Blvd
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That breakfast sandwich you once waited an hour for can now be found further west than Grand Central Market, this time at the Beverly Center.

Jaffa

8048 W 3rd St
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A modern Mediterranean restaurant opens tonight for dinner down the street from The Grove. The space is big and bright, and kind of looks like a sidewalk cafe you’d find in Greece. The food looks like pan-Mediterranean, with things like Israeli crudo and avocado hummus.

The new La Peer hotel in West Hollywood now has a seafood-focused Italian restaurant from the people behind The Tasting Kitchen. We’ll be visiting to see if it’s another surprisingly good LA hotel restaurant.

We checked out Viale Dei Romani and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Point Five

Fairfax
7965 1/2 Melrose Ave

At this point, we’re not allowed to publish a list of new restaurants without an Australian cafe on it. But another one opened on Melrose, serving things like avocado toast and egg sandwiches.

We checked out Point Five and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Majordomo

Chinatown
1725 Naud St.

David Chang, the guy behind Momofuku in New York, has opened up his first LA restaurant in Chinatown. The Asian-fusion menu has Chinese bing (kind of like a flatbread), Korean pork belly, and a cacio e pepe-style noodle dish. You can pretty much expect it’s going to be slammed early on.

We checked out Majordomo and put it on our Hit List.

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Soon LA will be entirely Australian cafes and famous NYC imports. In the latter category, the Nomad hotel has opened a downtown LA location, with a super fancy restaurant called the Mezzanine, a coffee shop, and a bar.

We checked out the NoMad and put it on our Hit List.

Modern Times, the craft beer maker whose cans you’ve probably seen in your cool friends’ fridges, has opened up a taproom/all-day cafe in downtown LA. They serve coffee and pastries in the morning, and then stay open for lunch/dinner/beer tastings. Also, their menu is entirely vegan.

We checked out Modern Times and put it on our Bar Hit List.

Pollen

Echo Park
2100 Echo Park Ave
8.1
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We estimate that by 2021, there will be more Australian coffee shops in LA than dogs. The most recent one to land in the city is Pollen, on Echo Park Blvd. They’re serving the same breakfast classics and coffee as their Australian brethren, but if you’re in the area, it looks like a pretty place to hang out.

We checked out Pollen and put it on our Hit List.

Rinjani

Glendale
107 E Broadway

There’s not a whole lot of Indonesian food in LA, so it’s good that Rinjani is changing that. This new Glendale spot does a bunch of vegetable-heavy, classic Indonesian curries and soups, and looking at the menu makes us very hungry.

We checked out Rinjani and put it on our Hit List.

Apotheke

Chinatown
1746 N Spring St
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An apothecary-themed bar from New York is now open in Chinatown. If you like heavy themes and complicated cocktails, this might be your place.

We checked out Apotheke and put it on our Bar Hit List.

Coni'seafood

Marina Del Rey
4532 S. Centinela Ave.

Westsiders no longer have to cross the 405 to eat marlin tacos. Or any of the other simple, excellent seafood dishes that Coni’seafood has to offer. The Inglewood favorite (and the only place we know to get marlin tacos) has opened a new location in Del Rey.

We checked out Coni’seafood and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Dave’s Hot Chicken

970 N Western Ave
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If you were one of the people who’d frequent that parking lot next to Tabula Rasa for this really good hot chicken pop-up, you’ll be happy to hear that Dave’s has opened a permanent location on Western Ave. off of Santa Monica Blvd. It could be a good choice if you don’t want to wait in line for three hours at Howlin’ Rays.

All Time

Los Feliz
2040 Hillhurst Ave

Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz isn’t short on coffee and breakfast spots, but one more can’t hurt. All Time serves classic cafe food and will probably make it into our morning rotation sometime soon.

We checked out All Time and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Luigi al Teatro

3116 2nd St
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A new Italian seafood restaurant has opened in Santa Monica in what used to be a theater. The space has a lot of stained glass windows, which kind of makes it look like you’re eating dinner in church.

TAKASAN

225 W 7th St
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Yet another fast-casual option in DTLA. This one serves donburi (Japanese rice bowls), and we’ll be checking in soon to see if it’s worth your lunch hour.

december 2017

Cal Mare

Beverly Grove / West Hollywood
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

A new coastal Italian restaurant has opened on the ground floor of the Beverly Center. We’ll stop in soon to check out their handmade pastas and pizzas.

We checked out Cal Mare and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Triniti

Echo Park
1814 W Sunset Blvd

A coffee shop from a Destroyer chef has opened in Echo Park, serving coffee from Tartine (that insanely busy/famous bakery in San Francisco) and small plates. It sounds like it could be a good place to grab coffee with a friend, or get work done through lunch.

We checked out Triniti and put it on our Hit List.

Côté Est

5022 York Blvd
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Highland Park just got a classic French restaurant on York Blvd. If you’re in the mood for mussels or steak frites in the neighborhood, Côté Est might be your best option.

We checked out Côté Est and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Common Project

5960 Sunset Blvd
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A gastropub in Hollywood is now open for lunch (dinner and liquor license coming soon), serving a casual prix-fixe style menu, where you choose two courses for $16.95. There’s a burger on the menu that looks good.

Freedman’s

Silver Lake
2619 Sunset Blvd
8.4
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A Jewish deli has opened for lunch in Silver Lake, serving fresh bagels and sandwiches in an old-school-looking diner space.

We checked out Freedman’s and put it on our Hit List.

Pearl’s BBQ

2143 Violet St
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There’s a new Austin-style BBQ spot downtown, though it’s doing limited service until the airstream they’re cooking out of is “ready.” Right now, they’re open 7 days a week, but check their Instagram for specific hours.

To Soc Chon

356 S Western Ave
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This is an East Coast chain that serves pork-heavy Korean food, and their first West Coast location in K-Town looks like a good, casual lunch or midweek dinner spot.

Emily Grill

10020 Venice Blvd
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If you’re on the Westside, you also have a new Korean spot to try. Emily Grill is now open in Palms - come here for rice bowls, boxes, and bibimbap.

NOVEMBER 2017

7.8
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The guy who brought the cronut (and around-the-block lines) to New York City has arrived in LA. His giant restaurant/bakery at the Grove opens today. Add that to the iPhone X crowds and the imminent Giant Christmas Tree, you’ll either be running towards or very far away from this place.

We checked out 189 and put it on our Hit List.

Little Ruby

Santa Monica
109 Santa Monica Blvd

We’re pretty sure that LA will eventually be entirely Australian cafes. The latest one is Little Ruby, and they’re doing all-day breakfast-y foods like Great White. And Bondi Harvest. And Little Ripper. You get the point.

We checked out Little Ruby and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Best Girl

Downtown / DTLA
927 S Broadway

An all-day spot in downtown’s Ace Hotel, from the people behind Providence.

We checked out Best Girl and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Jakob Layman

Ministry of Coffee

1010 Glendon Ave
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Wait, we’re not done talking about Australia. Ministry of Coffee is a new Australian coffee spot near UCLA with some Turkish food thrown in. Something to check out if you’re tired of the campus Starbucks.

Mi Corazon

Silver Lake
2609 Hyperion Ave

The casual Glendale Mexican restaurant has opened up a new location in the old Mare space on Hyperion. It looks like it might be good for a weeknight dinner.

We checked out Mi Corazon and put it on our Ride-Along Report.

Taco Window

2622 W Jefferson Blvd

A taco stand operated by two French people being run out of a laundromat: real thing or Wes Anderson plotline? In this case, it’s real, and it’s in Jefferson Park.

We checked out Taco Window and put it on our Hit List.

Anatra

217 E 8th St Unit 117
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An upscale French/Italian spot has opened in the Fashion District. They serve things like steak and sous vide duck, so it might be a good choice for a date you want to impress.

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