The 12 Most Exciting Restaurant Openings In LA Right Now
Here are 12 winter restaurant openings in LA to get excited about.
This winter in LA has been record-breaking in more ways than one. The news cycle feels like a constant rotation of rain clouds, scandalous Kimye revenge dating updates, and mixed messages from the CDC. But through it all, tons of new restaurants are still planning to reopen, launch new pop-ups, and continue to impress us at new locations. From expert bakers opening full-blown dining projects to beloved chefs making heroic comebacks after year-long closures, it’s bound to be a great year for dining out in LA.
Some of these spots have recently opened and earned a spot on the list of our favorite new restaurants in LA, while others will debut in the very near future. But each one will give you something new to get genuinely excited about right now. So plan ahead with this list of the 12 most exciting LA restaurant openings of the winter.
Meet LA’s New Wave Of Korean Food
Opening: January 10th
Part-deli, part-restaurant, Yangban Society is one of the most unique restaurant openings to grace the Arts District this winter. The team behind this new Korean-American spot will serve a rotating menu of entrees like kalbi beef ribs, kimchi pozole, and rotisserie chicken over the counter. The multi-floor space is full of communal tables where you can grab lunch or dinner with a group of friends, or pick up a bottle of wine, beer, soju, or sake from the marketplace. Yangban Society will also have a merch shop filled with Korean snacks, home goods, and coolers that you can use to stock your pantry.
Anyone who remembers Kate’s Bread, a twice-a-week pop-up run by a lady who is essentially the Kate Moss of baked goods, should know that she has teamed up with some key players from the Rustic Canyon Family to open this new Burmese restaurant and bakery up in Ojai. They’re planning to serve everything from pan au chocolate and cinnamon rolls to samosa hand pies, tea leaf salad, and tandoori chicken. If you’re any bit as intrigued as we are, you can make a reservation for dinner right now on the restaurant’s website.
Where To Eat & Drink In Ojai
Quarter Sheets Pizza Club
This Detroit-style pizza pop-up started out selling pre-order-only pies on Instagram back in 2020. Since then, we’ve become huge fans of their focaccia-like crust and even named Quarter Sheets one of the 25 best pizza places in LA. Now, the team has officially moved to a restaurant space in Echo Park that’s open for both online pre-orders and walk-up orders Friday through Sunday. For now, Quarter Sheet’s whole pies, slices, cakes, pies, and wine offerings are only available for takeout. But they do have limited standing tables on the sidewalk outside of their new space on Portia Street.
The big-deal chef behind Venice’s Felix has opened a new Roman-inspired restaurant inside Hollywood’s Citizen News building. The focus of the new spot is undoubtedly its housemade pastas, which were featured prominently in the full-on Instagram movie trailer that was posted when the restaurant announced its reservations were going live. But you’ll also find thin-crust Roman pinsas, meaty entrees, refreshing cocktails, and plenty of Italian wine on the restaurant’s dinner menu.
Wes Avila, the chef behind Guerilla Tacos and Angry Egret Dinette, just opened Ka’Teen, a gigantic Mexican restaurant in Hollywood inspired by the ancient cuisine of the Yucatan Peninsula. Although it’s located right off Hollywood Blvd, it looks like a jungle paradise—there’s an entirely outdoor dining room filled with lush foliage–that’s perfect for enjoying some scallop ceviche tostadas, cochinita pibil, lamb neck barbacoa, and more.
After closing for over a year, Cento is back, baby. The low-key pasta bar has a new home in West Adams, complete with a sunny patio, pasta art that hangs from the ceiling, and a grove of olive trees. Expect chicken liver crostino, sweet corn carbonara, and a bright-pink beet spaghetti that’s buttery and topped with poppy seeds.
Currently Open - we checked out Tacos Don Manolito and added it to our Hit List.
In Hollywood, you’ll find the very first U.S. location of Tacos Don Manolito, a super popular Mexico City taqueria. They’re best known for tacos made with high-quality meat, along with cactus drizzled in their signature sauce, the cheese crust-filled maja, and campechano–a carnivore’s ideal meal packed with homemade chorizo, chicharron, and cecina and/or grass-fed rib eye steak.
Grandmaster Recorders took an old recording studio in Hollywood and turned it into a gigantic 15,000-square foot bar, Italian/Australian restaurant, and rooftop space. There are three separate levels: the first is 71 Studio Bar, an eclectic lounge space where rock n’ roll memorabilia line the walls. The second is the restaurant, which serves caviar cannoli, freshly shucked oysters, and cavatelli filled with lamb and capers. And third is the rooftop, with its own cocktail and food menu including chicken parm rolls and mini paninis.
Currently Open - we checked out De La Nonna and added it to our Hit List.
De La Nonna used to pop-up weekly at spots like Employees Only and Melody Wine Bar, serving excellent pies that walk the line between focaccia and pizza. But now, the team has their own massive restaurant in the Arts District. The pie crust is still light, airy, and sprinkled with flaky sea salt, and while they don’t overload it with toppings, you still get plenty of flavor from them. We like their white pie with roasted fennel, mozzarella, and dabs of pesto, and the Market pie topped with a super-herbaceous cream sauce and crispy parmesan. But we also love to pair a couple of slices with a bottle of natural wine, a few cocktails, or raw bar options in the funky new space.
Currently Open - we checked out Clark Street Diner and added it to our Hit List.
One of our favorite bakeries in the entire world, Clark Street, has taken over the old 101 Coffee Shop space in Hollywood. You may recognize it from this Megan Thee Stallion music video. They’ve kept much of the interiors the same, where you’ll find a coffee counter that stretches around the entire restaurant. But they now serve Clark Street toasts and breads, chicken club sandwiches, Sonora pancakes, and that wonderful, wonderful burger. Hours are 7am to 3pm daily.