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.
Another day, another new place to eat at the Row in DTLA. This one is a casual Japanese spot with a lot of fried chicken, which you can eat in the form of a sandwich, rice bowl, or basket with pickles and onigiri. But if you’re looking for something not-fried, they also have egg drop soup and some salads.
Daughter’s is a new deli on the Strip from someone who’s spent a lot of time around cured meat. The owner’s grandfather founded Langer’s, the legendary deli in Westlake that’s home to the world’s best pastrami. Though the two spots aren’t officially related, much of the food seems similar, like the “Papa,” which looks an awful lot like the famous #19 sandwich from Langer’s. They also have other Jewish deli classics like lox, whitefish, and matzoh ball soup.
To enter this new Chinatown speakeasy you have to walk through an alley, a doorway, and a walk-in freezer before finally getting to the bar. Once you're in, you’ll find some fancy-sounding cocktails involving smoke and homemade bitters. It’s just a bar right now, but they’re planning to add daytime hours for coffee soon.
This is a new Chinese spot in Pasadena with a smallish menu of handmade dumplings, noodle soups, and a handful of bigger dishes. The noodles and dumplings are made in-house, and the latter come steamed, pan fried, or in soup dumpling form.
For the past couple of years, one of the best places to find BBQ in Los Angeles was in some dude’s backyard in Studio City. That underground operation was called Trudy’s Underground BBQ, and it’s now become a permanent restaurant on West Third Street called Slab. They serve Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, a couple of different ribs, and smoked chicken, plus all the expected BBQ sides and even frito pie.
Trying to eat your way down Fairfax in a day would take approximately four stomachs, and now Fiona is yet another reason to go stomach shopping. At the moment, they’re a daytime operation that serves pies, cakes, and biscuits (made by an ex-Gjelina pastry chef), but there will be a full menu starting next week involving things like curry leaf toast and miso chicken noodle soup.
Even if you haven’t been to the original Millie’s in Silverlake, chances are you’ve driven by the line outside on a Saturday morning. This almost 100-year-old diner just added a second location in Pasadena, with the same menu as the original. This is excellent diner food (we love the egg, sausage, and guacamole dish called the Devil’s Mess) that we’d absolutely sell our soul for.
The people behind Tsujita, the fantastic dip ramen spot in Sawtelle Japantown, just opened a to-go and delivery spot on Fairfax. In addition to the original location’s famous tsukemen, they also have dishes from their offshoot restaurants, including regular non-dip ramen, pork buns, and dan dan noodles. As LA enters the season where it gets as low as 50 degrees, this could be a lunch option when you want to pretend it’s cold enough to need soup.
Castaway in the Valley has some of the best views in LA, and they’ve just opened a speakeasy in the back of the restaurant. The Green Room has some upscale bar food, plus the same perfect view. There are only five cocktails on the menu, but they all sound crazy, and come in fancy contraptions that look like equipment from a Harry Potter potions class.
Ippudo is a ramen spot that’s one of the highest-rated restaurants on The Infatuation NYC, and they’ve just opened their first LA location a block away from the Promenade. Ippudo in NYC gets extremely busy, so there’s a good chance there will be similar lines in LA.
The people behind Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks just opened up a cantina in the same neighborhood. The menu is Latin-inspired, with a bunch of ceviches, tacos, and tequila and rum cocktails.
The Downtown work crowd now has access to one of the city’s best patty melts for lunch. Koreatown burger spot Cassell’s has now opened another location in DTLA. In addition to classic burgers and melts, they’re offering a few more menu options than the original, like a fried chicken sandwich.
There’s a new Mexican restaurant in the old Superba Snack Bar space on Rose in Venice. It’s called Chulita, and the set-up seems to involve lots of light, plenty of plants, and a patio in the front. The menu consists of mostly modern Mexican dishes, like cauliflower fundido, skirt steak with refried sunchokes, and squash blossom quesadillas.
Easy’s had a burger pop-up in Chinatown a few years ago, and they just reopened as a much bigger, permanent diner in the Beverly Center. The menu is huge, all over the place, and not your average diner food, with things like Sriracha tuna melts, crawfish pappardelle, and duck parmesan. When we last ate the burger at the pop-up it was excellent, so we’re interested in seeing what the new Easy’s is up to.
We checked out Easy’s Diner, read our first thoughts here.
This new restaurant in Los Feliz looks like the inside of a fancy barn. It’s from the people behind Sawyer and Kettle Black in Silverlake, and, like those spots, the menu here is pretty eclectic, with everything from octopus al pastor to squash agnolotti and cauliflower shawarma.
We checked out Atrium, read our first thoughts here.
Free Play is a new restaurant and bar attached to LAFC’s stadium in Exposition Park. The menu is mostly bar stuff like nachos, burgers, and BBQ chicken, and there’s a long tap list of both beer and cocktails. Even if you’re not here on game day (you don’t need a ticket to the stadium to get in), there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this huge space - like pinball machines, TVs playing sports, and pool and foosball tables.
40 Love is a new sports bar from the same people as The Nice Guy and Petite Taqueria. The interior is modeled after a country club and seems like the kind of place a US Open winner might drink martinis in the 1960s. So while you can technically watch a game here, it’s more likely that you’ll find Emily Ratajkowski in a hoodie eating a grain bowl than a loud Warriors fan spilling ketchup on himself. You will, however, find regular sports bar food like wings and burgers (but there’s also avocado toast on the menu).
Conservatory is a big new space on Santa Monica Blvd. in Weho that involves a few different parts. There’s an all-day cafe out front that serves coffee drinks and breakfast burritos, while upstairs there’s a big bar and a mostly-outdoors restaurant. The restaurant menu serves a bunch of plates meant to be shared, including tons of salad options and lots of fish and steak.
We checked out Conservatory, read our first thoughts here.
One of the best bakeries in LA, Lodge Bread Co., has opened a second location in Woodland Hills, which means Valley locals no longer have to deal with the 405 to buy a cinnamon roll as big as a baby’s head. If it’s anything like the Culver original, we’re expecting fantastic bread, pastries, and sandwiches.
Waterfront is a new all-day spot along the boardwalk in Venice that has a nice patio with a view of the beach, and an interior that looks like a surfer’s living room. There’s plenty of seating inside and outside, a forthcoming Happy Hour, and a menu of burgers, tacos, and salads.
This new spot from the chef behind Melisse and Charcoal has taken the place of Commissary at The Line hotel in Koreatown. Openaire is a relatively casual greenhouse-like space that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner where you can expect pasta, some Asian-ish dishes, and a big steak on the menu.
We checked out Openaire, read our first thoughts here.
Mon Li is a tasting menu bar open only Thursday through Saturday, where you pay $150 up front for 12 omakase cocktails and about five courses of food. Needless to say, you probably won’t be rolling up here in flip-flops after a day on the beach. The drinks seem exciting with seaweed infusions and parmesan rinds, and garnishes like hard-boiled quail egg and peacock feathers.
We checked out Mon Li and put it on our Bar Hit List.
This spot in Westwood is the newest restaurant and brewery from the people that run Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, and almost every craft beer bar in LA you can think of. The food is mostly classic Southern stuff (baby back ribs, shrimp and grits, a fried chicken sandwich) and there are also plenty of vegan-friendly options. There’s a full bar with a long tap list, and they’ll be brewing their own beer here soon too.
Here & Now is a new cocktail bar in the Arts District with classic cocktails and bar food in a space that appears to look like the set of Murder On The Orient Express. Fortunately, there’s a much smaller chance you’ll be interrogated by an eccentric detective here than on the actual train.
Rye Fox is a new Southern restaurant and whiskey bar on Beverly about a block from the Grove. The cocktails here seem pretty serious and involve a lot of rye and logo-stamped ice - and the menu includes rotisserie chicken, octopus, and pork belly.
We checked out Rye Fox, read our first thoughts here.
One of the San Gabriel Valley’s most well-known restaurants, Sichuan Impression, has opened a second location in West LA. Like the SGV spot, there’s a huge menu of southwestern Chinese classics, like steamed chicken with chilis, cold noodles, bamboo shoots, and tea-smoked ribs.
We checked out Sichuan Impression and put it on our Hit List.
Alta is a new restaurant in West Adams from a big deal San Francisco chef. The menu will have a bunch of California-style comfort food like pig’s foot salad, shrimp and grits, and barbecue cauliflower. There’s a chef’s counter in the dining room, along with a bar and a big patio. The same people are also running a daytime spot next door called Adams Coffee Shop, where they’re serving typical coffee and lunchtime things like salads, bowls, and sandwiches.
We checked out Alta and put it on our Hit List.
One of Infatuation NYC’s favorite ice cream places has opened in LA. It’s in one of those bungalows in Los Feliz that you imagine Jenny Slate lives in, except instead of a comedian inside there’s ice cream with flavors like butter cake, and chocolate milk and cookies.
We checked out Ample Hills, read our first thoughts here.
This huge restaurant/bar/brewery inside Union Station is from the same people as The Normandie Club and Arts District Brewing. It’s a good place to come if you like activities - they have chess boards, pool, and shuffleboard tables so you can compete with your friends (or strangers) while you drink. The food is mostly bar-type stuff, like chowder, ribs, and po’boys, along with dollar oysters during Happy Hour. There’s also a smaller, more upscale cocktail bar attached called Streamliner, if you want a quieter spot than the big beer hall.
We checked out Imperial Western Beer Company and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Wally’s, a serious wine store with a massive selection in Beverly Hills, has opened another location in Santa Monica, close to the beach on Wilshire. In addition to being a place for agents to buy expensive wine bottles for other agents, there’s also a restaurant that serves pizza, charcuterie, and other things that go well with wine.
Another new Chinese option for Westsiders is Ms. Chi in Culver City. It’s open all day and specializes in dumplings, like wontons with peas and carrots, or Sichuan pork and shrimp. There are also larger plates available, like mapo tofu and zhajiang mian with pork.
We checked out Ms Chi Cafe, read our first thoughts here.
Gold Line is a bar in Highland Park that only plays vinyl, and the only vinyl they play is from the owner’s personal collection. The owner also happens to have his own music label, so you probably won’t be stuck listening to Barry Manilow all night. Just like also-new Arts District spot In Sheep’s Clothing, the emphasis here is on the music, so you can expect different DJs all the time. As far as drinks, they have natural wines, craft beer, as well as big whiskey and mezcal collections.
Konbi is a Japanese-inspired coffee and sandwich spot in Echo Park. The menu is small, and focuses on katsu sandwiches, vegetable plates, and daily pastries. The katsu options are pork or eggplant, which is sliced thin, fried, and served on bread with cabbage and sauce. Konbi is open for breakfast and lunch, and you can sit at the counter, or take your sandwiches to go.
We checked out Konbi, read our first thoughts here.
Silverlake Ramen is already a kind-of mini Eastside empire, with locations in Silver Lake, Highland Park, and Echo Park. And now they’re expanding west - to the Third Street Promenade of all places. These guys are known for their excellent tonkotsu pork broth, and seeing as wait times at the original Sunset spot are still pretty long, we can only expect heightened insanity when the tourists get involved too.
Baby Blues is a Venice barbecue staple, and they’re opening another location in Echo Park. The menu is the same, with smoked meats like brisket, ribs, and pulled pork on platters or in sandwiches. There really aren’t many Southern barbecue spots on the Eastside, so if you’re on this side of town and want something covered in BBQ sauce, you know where to go.
Roberta’s is a Brooklyn institution that happens to make our fourth favorite pizza in NYC, and they just opened their first West Coast location. It’s at Platform in Culver City, and you’ll find a menu full of wood-fired pizzas, like the legendary soppressata and spicy honey Bee Sting. If the lines at their pop-ups were any indication, expect a crowd.
We checked out Roberta’s, read our first thoughts here.
We’ve heard there are already long lines at the first non-East Coast location of Milk Bar, a NYC dessert spot. Their desserts include cereal milk-flavored soft serve, potato chip-filled compost cookies, pricy cakes with many layers, and pies. The new Milk Bar also has some savory, LA-specific options, like bagel bombs with Langer’s pastrami inside.
We checked out Milk Bar, read our first thoughts here.
There are a few Bacaris, but our favorite is the one in Playa Del Rey. It’s a wine bar by the beach that’s always good for a party, and now they’ve opened another location on West 3rd in Beverly Grove. They serve an Italian-ish dinner every night and brunch on the weekends. The big patio in the back looks nice, so you should probably try to sit out there.
Superba Food and Bread is a great all-day hangout in Venice, and the same people have opened a cafe in Pasadena. This Superba is daytime only, with coffee and a smaller breakfast and lunch menu where everything is under $11.
Palisades Village is an outdoor mall developed by the same guy behind The Grove. There are some shops and plenty of places to eat, including new locations of McConnell’s (ice cream), Blue Ribbon Sushi (chain from NYC), and Tocaya Organica (Mexican mini-chain). There’s also some stuff that’s new, like The Draycott, an all-day cafe with a big patio, and Sweet Laurel, a gluten and dairy-free bakery that bakes pretty cakes you might recognize from Erewhon.
Judging by the menu alone, Simone looks like what you’d find if there was a dictionary for food and you looked up “California cuisine.” The menu has dishes like burrata with plum confit and a toast that comes topped with abalone and avocado, and the big art deco space has chef’s counter where you’ll be able to try a tasting menu soon.
We checked out Simone, read our first thoughts here.
This high-end cocktail bar in Downtown LA seems to take making fancy drinks very seriously. They make all of their liqueurs, bitters, and vermouths in-house, and have a big chunk of ice sitting on the bar, ready to be chipped into smaller chunks of ice that will be stirred into your drink. The space looks appropriately fancy, with stained glass windows, lots of mahogany, and a smaller, even more serious, cocktail bar upstairs opening later this year. There’s a small bar food menu too, that includes a charcuterie plate and an open-faced beef Wellington.
We checked out The Wolves and put it on our Bar Hit List.
This sushi and wine bar in Sherman Oaks opened a couple of months ago, and they serve both traditional sushi as well as things like a crispy rice tuna biscotti and gravlax sushi. But what makes Sushi Note different from every other sushi place on Ventura is the serious wine list full of interesting bottles, and the option to add a $25 wine pairing to any of the set menus.
We checked out Sushi Note and put it on our Hit List.
The Larchmont was one of our favorite spots in Larchmont Village, so we were bummed when they closed a while back. But the owners are back with a new, all-day French place with a big bar on Melrose. They have the requisite Croque Monsieur on both the morning and afternoon menus, along with a bunch of other sandwiches, eggs, and bowls.
This tsukemen place in Chinatown serves dip ramen with noodles made from scratch in-house. Pick between pork ribs, pork belly, or tofu for your protein toppings, and if you’re not in the mood for cold noodles dipped in hot broth, they have a couple of other kinds of ramen as well. One day it might get cold in LA again, at which point this could be a new place to go warm up.
We checked out Okiboru, read our first thoughts here.
This whiskey bar in Beverly Hills is from the people behind Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu. There’s a heavy hunting lodge theme, plenty of taxidermied deer heads, barrel-aged cocktails, and a small, meat-heavy food menu.
Sherman Oaks has a new option for drinks, snacks, and live music. Rita on Ventura specializes in margaritas and mules, plus a handful of Mexican small plates. Order a spicy peach mule and check out whatever DJ or band is playing.
LA has plenty of wine bars and more than a few vegan restaurants, but not many vegan wine bars. Pura Vita is just that - a spot with plant-based Italian food and vegan wines in West Hollywood. Expect dishes like nut-cheese lasagna, antipasti, and tiramisu, plus vegan wines (turns out not all wine is vegan).
Khong Ten on Pico in West LA is a new place where you can eat modern Vietnamese food while drinking cocktails. They’re open late (until 1am), serving dishes like Vietnamese charcuterie, mussels with curry, and black pepper chicken.
We checked out Khong Ten, read our first thoughts here.
This might surprise you, but there’s another new pizza place in LA. Ronan is a restaurant on Melrose, with a big patio and a dining room with long, communal wooden tables and a few booths. It’s from some people that worked at Sotto and Alimento, and they serve traditional wood-fired pies with toppings like guanciale, clams, and squash blossoms, along with non-pizza dishes like whole snapper, pork chops, and vegetable plates.
We checked out Ronan and put it on our Hit List.
There’s a new Thai place on West 3rd St. near The Grove that serves Thai classics like curries, soups, and stir-fried noodles, which you order at the counter. There are never enough great Thai takeout places, so if you’re looking for a new option in Beverly Grove, this could be worth checking out.
We checked out The Thai Thing, read our first thoughts here.
Open Face Food Shop
Open Face serves Danish-style open-faced sandwiches out of a window in West Adams. There are some outdoor bar seats where you can hang out while you eat slices of bread topped with pickled herring and curried egg or gravlax. They also have a couple of non-open-faced options, like a meatball hero and a tofu banh mi.
We checked out Open Face, read our first thoughts here.
After a few different pop-ups around town over the past couple of years, Porridge and Puffs has opened a permanent restaurant in Historic Filipinotown. They’re serving both rice porridge and rice flour dumpling-like “puffs,” which means you can expect an Asian-influenced menu of dishes like mushroom and poultry porridge and Japanese multi-grain pancakes.
We checked out Porridge and Puffs and put it on our Hit List.
Hi Tops, a gay sports bar from San Francisco has just opened an LA location with a massive front patio on Santa Monica Blvd. Cocktails like The Magic Hour are named after LA athletes, and the menu involves ballpark-style food like nachos, burgers, and things cooked on sticks.
We checked out Hi Tops and put it on our Bar Hit List.
This new wine bar on Melrose does things a little differently. The wine list is organized by terroir rather than variety, the cocktails are all made with sherry and vermouth, and they also serve a bunch of big punch bowls. They’ve got a small menu of shared plates and fondue, and they’ll also saber any champagne for you, if you need some excitement in your Tuesday and want to watch someone cut open a glass bottle with a sword.
This new restaurant in Studio City is an American/California-ish spot with plenty of space (because it’s the Valley) in both the dining room and at the lounge-y couches around the bar. The menu has interesting-sounding things like shrimp bolognese and Puerto Rican fried pork, along with the usuals like a burger, steak, and salads. You’ll probably end up here for Happy Hour sometime soon if you work in the area.
This kosher Israeli spot in Beverly Grove is pretty tiny, but has a front patio that gets pretty crowded. They serve a bunch of classic Middle Eastern dishes like falafel, hummus, and kabobs, as well as bigger options like a $60 rib eye and a whole grilled branzino.
We checked out Charcoal Grill, read our first thoughts here.
Inspired by jazz bars in Japan, In Sheep’s Clothing is a cafe and bar behind an unmarked door inside of also-new spot, Lupetti Pizzeria. You can count on spinning vinyl as the star of the show whether you’re here for coffee and pastries during the day or whiskey cocktails at night. Maybe your friend who went to Tokyo once and won’t stop talking about a “vinyl sanctuary” he visited there will finally get his fill here.
We checked out In Sheep’s Clothing and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Journeymen in Atwater Village was open for about a year, and never really figured out what they wanted to be. After a short closure, the same people have re-opened the space as Hail Mary Pizza, serving salads, a few appetizers, and brick-oven pizzas.
We checked out Hail Mary Pizza and put it on our Hit List.
The Gables is an all-day, order-at-the-counter option in downtown Santa Monica that involves a great patio and a chef who worked at the original Superba in Venice. In the daytime, you can get pancakes, chilaquiles, sandwiches, and salads. And for dinner, there’s pasta, chicken, and salmon.
APL Hole In The Wall
APL is a throwdown steakhouse in Hollywood, and they’ve just opened a take-out lunch window next door. This is the place to go if you’re in the mood for a dry-aged beef chili dog, or can somehow spend $50 on a to-go sandwich with a pound of shaved NY strip steak on it.
We checked out Charcoal Grill, read our first thoughts here.
Humphry Slocombe is Infatuation San Francisco’s favorite spot for ice cream, and they’ve just opened a store on Abbot Kinney. While there’s no shortage of ice cream spots on this street, here you’ll find a flavor called Secret Breakfast that involves corn flakes and bourbon, plus other less common options like red wine and Coke.
There have been a lot of popular restaurants from Japan opening locations in LA recently. The newest one is Karayama, a big-deal fried chicken place in Little Tokyo. You can get your karaage a few different ways here, like in a sandwich or over rice with an egg and onions.
This very big restaurant on 4th St. in downtown Santa Monica serves everything from tagines, steak frites, and rillettes, to Spanish tortillas and housemade pasta. There’s a patio and a full bar, and they’re open from breakfast until 2am, which could be useful for tourists as well as the Santa Monica bar crowd.
We checked out Massilia, read our first thoughts [here](https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/reviews/massilia.
The Fields is a big food hall next to the new LAFC stadium in Exposition Park. Instead of bad hot dogs, they have a full bar, a pizza place from someone who used to be a chef at Chi Spacca, dumplings, tacos, as well as stalls from Coni’seafood and Burritos La Palma. No need to pretend you like soccer to get involved - you can eat here whether or not you have tickets to the game.
Hilltop is a new daytime cafe on Slauson in View Park-Windsor Hills. It’s a big space with lots of tables, and might be a good place to hang out for a while with your laptop and eat your way through their menu of sandwiches, bowls, and beignets.
We checked out Hilltop and put it on our Hit List.
This new casual cocktail bar in Little Tokyo has tropical drinks and boozy snow cones, plus bar snacks like shrimp rolls, chicken wings, and tater tot poutine. They’re open until 2am every night, and have a martini called Drink Your Vegetables made with celery bitters and pickle brine to make you feel better about being out way too late on a work night.
We checked out The Mermaid and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Tom Tom, the newest spot from the people behind Bravo reality TV spots Pump and Sur, has both a regular bar and a shots-only bar. They also serve expensive cocktails and some food, but you’ll probably just come here to play Vanderpump Rules cast member bingo on the patio. They’ve been talking this place up on the show for 18 months, so be ready for crowds now that it’s finally open.
We checked out Tom Tom, read our first thoughts here.
Lately is a to-go window in Chinatown that’s doing weekday breakfast and early lunch (they close at 1pm) to warm up for a full restaurant opening later this year. You’ll find typical breakfast things like an egg sandwich, but they’re also serving more interesting-sounding options like a country fried steak sandwich with pickled peaches, and a waffle with miso honey butter.
We checked out Lately, read our first thoughts here.
This all-day coffee shop in East Hollywood serves açai bowls and avocado toast on Fountain. It looks to be pretty small, so seems more like a place to grab breakfast and coffee to-go than a second office.
We checked out Mestizo, read our first thoughts here.
Highland Park’s Otoño is a modern Spanish restaurant with a lot of seafood, tapas, and natural wines from Spain. If you’ve resolved to sample every jamon iberico in town “for scientific purposes,” there’s a new place to add to your list.
We checked out Otoño, read the full review here.
LA Wine is a new wine bar in Chinatown with a big cellar of exclusively California wines. Maybe they’ll have that pinot noir from Paso Robles you had three years ago and haven’t been able to find since.
This high-end kaiseki Japanese spot at The Row in DTLA has a lot going on. At lunch, they do $46 take-out bento boxes (that you have to pre-order) for the next time you want to celebrate something while sitting at your desk. Dinner is a single seating where you’ll get around 10 courses of hot, cold, and raw seafood-focused dishes for $200.
We checked out Hayato, read our first thoughts here.
Everything at Monty’s, a new burger window in Koreatown, is plant-based. They don’t call their burger a Double-Double, but having read the menu, this sounds like a vegan Double-Double. They have “shakes” too.
We checked out Monty’s, read our first thoughts here.
You won’t see the Guerrilla Tacos truck around anymore, but no need to panic. There’s no truck because they’ve just opened a full restaurant in the Arts District across from ERB. As well as some of your old favorites like the sweet potato and the cauliflower, the menu has new tacos, plus quesadillas, tostadas, salads, and a full bar. The line is already out the door at dinnertime, so plan accordingly (and check the website - hours are changing as they figure things out).
We checked out Guerrilla Tacos and put it on our Hit List.
There’s no danger of Downtown LA becoming Manhattan anytime soon, but Lupetti is the second New York-style pizza-by-the-slice spot to open there in the last week. They’re open until midnight on weekends, so this could be your carbs-and-cheese pitstop in the middle of your Saturday night Arts District brewery crawl.
We checked out Lupetti, read our first thoughts here.
The most recent addition to the food court at Westfield Century City / Los Angeles fried chicken takeover is The Crack Shack, a San Diego fried chicken spot that’s always busy. At this new location, you can get your chicken either on its own or in a bunch of sandwiches, and sit in a huge space with a patio and full bar.
We checked out The Crack Shack, read our first thoughts here.
Menya Musashi in Sawtelle Japantown is the first American location of a popular Tokyo noodle spot famous for tsukemen-style pork belly ramen. It’s open for lunch and dinner daily, with vegan ramen and donburi served alongside the dip ramen. If you’re looking for a spot on Sawtelle with less of a wait than Tsujita up the street, this could be a place to start.
We checked out Menya Musashi, read our first thoughts here.
A daytime cafe near the Grove, Yarrow is open for breakfast, lunch, and coffee every day. The menu is mostly vegan, and very affordable - nothing is over $10.
We checked out Yarrow, read our first thoughts here.
The teams behind some of the best pizzas and burgers in the city have opened an Italian restaurant in Highland Park. Hippo is a big, upscale space in the same building as Triple Beam (the aforementioned great pizza) with a full bar and plenty of pasta.
We checked out Hippo and put it on our Hit List.
From the same people as Scopa Italian Roots, Dama is a new Latin restaurant in Downtown LA serving dishes like chorizo and clams, oxtail tacos, and pork shank. There’s a big, open-air dining room that looks like it’s at the beach, except instead of an ocean view, you’ll be staring at a bunch of Arts District warehouses.
We checked out Dama and put it on our Hit List.
Bar Garcia has been serving Mediterranean-ish food in the Tuck Hotel downtown for a while now, but it was previously only available to hotel guests. Now, it’s open to the public for dinner and Sunday brunch, and they’ve got an affordable wine list, mozzarella plates, hummus, and paella.
The original location of this Larchmont cafe closed last summer, but the Larchmont Bungalow is back - this time in Echo Park. It’s on Sunset behind Cosa Buona and it has a big patio where they’re serving pretty straightforward breakfast and lunch food.
Lucky’s is a new bar in Culver City from the same people behind Backstage, one of our favorite dive bars on the Westside. They’re open daily from 11am to 2am, and have some bar bites and burgers along with cocktails and beer. We hope they carry over the same free-quesadillas-at-midnight tradition as Backstage, but only time will tell.
This is a new restaurant and craft beer bar in Mid-Wilshire. The dining room is a huge space where you can have dumplings, short ribs, and Korean fried chicken, along with beer they brew themselves.
We checked out 6th & La Brea, read our first thoughts here.
The owners of Ostrich Farm in Echo Park opened a Mexican restaurant/bar in a complex across the street. The drinks focus heavily on mezcal and the all-day food menu has snacky things like caesar elotes, quesadillas, and lots of different salsas. Seat yourself inside or out on the patio and have some chilaquiles for breakfast or spot prawns for dinner.
Trap just opened and only has five things on the menu. People are excited about the softball-sized chicken sliders, which come two-per-order for $12. It’s open until midnight, which might as well be 6am for a restaurant in Glendale.
For the amount of beach in Santa Monica, not many restaurants have actual views of the water. This new Italian-ish rooftop restaurant does. At Elephante, you’ll find an indoor dining room and a huge outdoor patio, so there are plenty of space to eat or drink with the beach in sight.
We checked out Elephante, read our first thoughts here.
This is a barbecue and cocktail spot in a strip mall in the NoHo Arts District. It’s a small dining room, and they serve Kansas City-style meats and sandwiches, whole smoked chickens, and typical BBQ sides.
Hasiba is a new hummusiya (a casual restaurant full of hummus) in Pico-Robertson from the same people behind Lodge Bread Co. There are some old Lodge favorites on the menu like shakshuka and pita sandwiches, but the focus here is definitely on chickpeas. As in, you can get four different types of hummus served with housemade pita here.
We checked out Hasiba and put it on our Hit List.
This new casual Italian spot in El Segundo serves salads, lots of housemade pastas, and sandwiches in a tiny location. They’re only open for lunch right now, but will start doing dinner later this summer. Corkage here is only $15, so next time you have a no-obligation afternoon, you know what to do.
We checked out Jame Enoteca and put it on our Hit List.
Gramercy is now open every day from brunch until late on a stretch of Wilshire without many places to drink. They have lots of cocktails, bottomless mimosas on weekends, and a food menu with things you’d expect at a bar. There’s a loose New York City theme here, with drinks named after NYC neighborhoods, and a name taken from a famous restaurant in Flatiron.
We checked out Gramercy, read our first thoughts here.
Tesse is a new French restaurant from the same guy that opened some of LA’s best places to eat, including Bestia, Republique, and Broken Spanish. The big space on Sunset is filled with leather booths and the menu runs from a big housemade charcuterie selection, to pasta, to very large t-bone steaks.
We checked out Tesse, read the full review here.
This spot right in the middle of Hollywood is a true all-day cafe: they’re open from 6:30am until 11pm, serving pancakes and eggs in the morning, and flatbreads and salads for lunch and dinner, in a big space with a huge patio.
We checked out Spoonfed, read our first thoughts here.
South Bay-based The Dudes’ Brewing Company has opened a brewery and full restaurant in Santa Monica Place, otherwise known as the mall at the end of the Third Street Promenade. They’re serving pizza and appetizers along with their own beer, and have a projector for sports-watching and outdoor picnic tables for tourist-watching.
We checked out The Dudes’, read our first thoughts here.
There aren’t a whole lot of non-chain Westwood lunch options, but this new spot is both not a chain, and has a big enough menu that the salad-eaters, the sandwich-eaters, and the vegan-gluten-free-eaters of the office will all have something to choose from.
We checked out Fellow, read our first thoughts here.
In the basement of the Black Rabbit Rose and Dirty Laundry building - and from the same owners - is this new carnival-themed bar. They’ve gone all in with sideshow games, tarot readings, and people dressed as clowns, and they’re open until 2am every night.
We checked out Madame Siam, read our first thoughts here.
Rice Bar is one of our favorite casual lunch places in DTLA, and the people behind it have just opened this full, sit-down Filipino restaurant in Silver Lake. They’re just doing dinner to start, and the menu has some familiar-sounding options from Rice Bar, like the longganisa sausage, plus some new dishes like lumpia with uni, curry lobster, and adobo wings too.
We checked out Ma’am Sir and put it on our Hit List.
Clayton’s is a new pub in Downtown LA in the Spring St. Arcade with a big space, 32 beer taps, and a Victorian theme. Along with the usual pub food and beer, there are also some unusual dishes, like hummus with deviled ham, and many cocktails.
We checked out Clayton’s Public House, read our first thoughts here.
Palms has a new Southeast Asian restaurant called Mee and Greet, with a menu that covers Singaporean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Peruvian food. What that means is Hainan chicken, turmeric fried chicken wings, and lomo saltado made with Vietnamese ingredients. Their weekday Happy Hour, with $2 off beer and wine on tap, runs from 4-7pm.
We checked out Mee & Greet, read our first thoughts here.
Roosterfish was a Westside legend - a divey gay bar that was an OG Abbot Kinney spot and one of the best places in Venice for a night out. After closing a couple of years ago, it’s been re-opened in the same spot (by a couple of Venice locals who also own South End). The cheap drinks and pool games are gone, but hopefully the place hasn’t lost the old Roosterfish magic.
Far Bar is a great divey bar in Little Tokyo, so we’re interested to see what their new, not-at-all-divey spot Sake Dojo will be like. It’s an izakaya with a small menu Japanese pub classics, (robata, tempura, karaage), a bunch of sushi options, and lots of Japanese craft beer options. And, if you’re into sake, this will probably be your place - they’ve got a big list and multiple different flights on offer.
We checked out Sake Dojo, read our first thoughts here.
This new bar in Hollywood is owned by a guy who starred in Dallas and features a lot of wood and leather, but sadly no cowboy hats. It’s on a stretch of Santa Monica with plenty of indie theaters, but not enough places to drink in. Now you’ll have somewhere to have a beer while you brainstorm feedback that sounds like a compliment after watching your friend’s too-long one-man show.