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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Window2622 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.
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.