Love it or hate it, the fact remains West Hollywood is one of the most popular and important areas of this city. From the Sunset Strip down to Boystown and all the shopping you can’t afford south of Melrose, it’s all one beautiful mess and no one can deny there’s more action here than people know what to do with. And that definitely includes restaurants. From old Hollywood classics to hidden sushi bars to $3 roadside burgers, here are the 16 best restaurants with actual West Hollywood addresses.
Sushi Park is the kind of sushi restaurant that ruins every other sushi restaurant you’ve ever been to. Located on the second floor of a stripmall on Sunset, Sushi Park is one of the best meals you can have in the entire city. With omakase clocking in at a cool $200, this no-frills spot isn’t your once a week sushi go-to. But if you’re looking to ball out and eat some of the freshest fish in the country, spend your money wisely and go immediately to Sushi Park.
Jones is one of those few places we refer to as an ace restaurant. Pull this casual Italian spot out for any occasion, whether it be for a hot date or late night drinks with the cast after a show, and it will deliver on all fronts. The menu is full of Italian staples, so expect your margherita pizzas and spaghetti and meatballs and expect them to be excellent. The vibe is cool and sexy, but not in the way that makes you want to die. Also, save room for that apple pie skillet at the end or don’t even bother coming.
East Hollywood might have the best collection of Thai restaurants in this city, but West Hollywood is also home to one of our finest as well. After opening a few years ago on the Sunset Strip, Night+Market grew in popularity the old-fashioned way - by serving outrageously good food in an environment you actually want to be in. With its long communal tables, beer towers, and a menu that doesn’t skip a beat, Night+Market Weho is an all-out party and that’s exactly how they want it.
Dan Tana’s is an LA classic. The old-school Italian spot has been around since the 1960’s and has had more drunk movie stars walk through its doors than a Steven Tyler after-party. Is this the greatest Italian food you’ve ever had? No. But everything from the fried ravioli to the chicken parm to the caesar salad they make at your table are all solid. It’s not a big place and they certainly cram everybody in there. But with a pitcher of red wine in front of you and Cameron Diaz in the corner, who’s really complaining?
Ink recently changed their menu up a bit, putting the brakes on some of the more foamy molecular gastronomy dishes, and rolling out a whole lot of steaks. While the format has become more traditional (starters, mains, and sides), plenty of old favorites like the salt and charcoal potatoes and the street corn are still around. Even with the changes, Ink has managed to keep what made it so special: it has all the ingredients of a fine dining restaurant, but the setting is casual and fun.
Are you a talent agent or someone who meets with agents? Maybe you hang out with Europeans who have a “job” that you only vaguely understand, but seems to mean they make a whole lot of money? Then you’ve been to Cecconi’s. This is power lunch central, and has the requisite scene to go along with it. The only thing you wouldn’t expect is that the food here is actually great. The spaghetti with lobster might be $38, but it’s also delicious, and the $7 burger they do between 4pm and 7pm is one of our favorites in the city. Now you know.
Plain and simple, Sushi Fumi is the best sushi for your money in the city. The nondescript spot along La Cienega has a $65 omakase that makes you feel like you’re stealing, regular sashimi for $6-$7 (get the yellowtail belly and see god), and massive sushi rolls that hover around the $12 mark. And that’s exactly what makes it all so great here - no matter where you fall on the sushi-eating spectrum, Fumi has something you (and everyone else in your group) will love.
Norah is one of the newer spots on this list, and it’s here because it gave this stretch of West Hollywood something it needed badly - a truly impressive dinner spot. If you have a sexy date or a client staying in this part of town who wants nothing to do with the Sunset Strip, Norah is your move. The beautiful space on Santa Monica Blvd is the perfect balance between casual and high-end, with an excellent menu to boot. The cornbread, uni poached shrimp, and tomahawk chop are all musts.
After being the subject of one of the more over-hyped restaurant openings in recent memory, the seafood spot Connie and Ted’s has settled in and become the restaurant it probably always wanted to be: a neighborhood place with good food, a great space, and a casual atmosphere that makes it a solid option any day of the week. Also, that burger might be the best thing on the menu.
It’s lost on most people that back in the day, West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Blvd. was the final stretch of Route 66 before you hit the ocean. And while those days are long gone, old relics still exist. Case in point: Irv’s Burgers. The original walk-up window unfortunately bit the dust a few years ago, but it quickly reopened just down the street and the good news is the burgers haven’t changed a bit. This is still your no-frills tomato, lettuce, and onion cheeseburger and it’s still excellent. Besides, at $3.10, it’s easily the best deal in town.
Does Barney’s have the best food in West Hollywood? Of course not. But it also doesn’t need to. This is the original location of what has become one of the most recognizable bars in the city, and after close to 100 years along Santa Monica Blvd., the magic’s still there. From NFL Sundays to trivia night to their Wednesday Karaoke where you’ll definitely see a celebrity sing Heart, Barney’s is a classic and Weho wouldn’t be the same without it. Their chili or nachos are always the ways to go.
Sometimes we wonder if people forget that the guy behind Ink is serving really f*cking delicious sandwiches for cheap in West Hollywood . Well, he is. Sack Sandwiches isn’t anything more than an order-at-the-counter sandwich shop along Melrose, but these are downright fantastic sandwiches that happen to be about $7 - and that just doesn’t exist anywhere else in Weho. Get the cold fried chicken sandwich or the chorizo-based Spanish Godfather.
Being a high-end sushi joint located near Sushi Park can be a tough gig. But Jinpachi has found a way to do it. Located in the vodka-soda apocalypse that is Santa Monica Blvd., you’ve no doubt stumbled past Jinpachi a hundred times and not even realized it. But this dime-sized sushi bar is serving high-quality sushi at half the cost of its famous neighbor on Sunset. If you aren’t looking to go all in on the $100 omakase, they have excellent lunch specials, sashimi bowls, and a spicy crispy rice you need immediately.
The original Alma in DTLA ended up being a victim of its own popularity, and couldn’t quite keep things going. But what started as a relatively casual pop-up in The Standard Hotel (a la carte rather than tasting menu only, a vibe that feels fun rather than intimidating) has become permanent, and the Alma team is now handling all the food for the hotel. Dinner is the way to go here, with dishes like frozen foie gras with coffee granola and english muffins with uni and burrata providing a big change from the usual boring hotel eats. Weekend brunch is also a good bet.
Melrose Place might be the hardest street to park on in West Hollywood, but up until a couple of years ago, there were no decent spots for a good, casual lunch. Which kind of applies to all of West Hollywood. But Croft Alley has more than filled this gap - the small menu has everything from a kale salad, to burrata, to a cauliflower grilled cheese that we try to forget every time we come here (for the sake of our arteries). One thing we would never forget about: that Wednesdays at Croft Alley are pho days.