Love it or hate it, the fact remains that 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 though the neighborhood does have defined boundaries (it is it’s own city, after all), most people’s definition of “West Hollywood” is far more subjective. That’s why we’re also including restaurants from its sister neighborhood, Beverly Grove, here as well. From Old Hollywood classics to tiny pizza windows to upscale sushi bars, here are the 20 best restaurants in the West Hollywood area.
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 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, and it will deliver on all fronts. The menu is full of delicious Italian staples like margherita pizza and spaghetti and meatballs, and the vibe is cool without being annoying. Also, save room for that apple pie skillet at the end or don’t even bother coming.
In 2010, Kris Yenbamroong opened up the original Night + Market next door to his parent’s restaurant, Talesai, and gifted the Sunset Strip one thing it never really had - a casual place where you actually want to hang out. Fast forward to today, and this massively-popular Thai restaurant has become a full-out empire, with locations in Silver Lake, Venice, and Las Vegas. Despite its immense growth though, Night Market’s formula remains the same - great food, great wine, and a fun space that always feels like the best party in the neighborhood.
Dan Tana’s is an LA classic. The old-school Italian spot has been around since the 1960’s and has had more intoxicated 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?
West Hollywood has quietly become an excellent pizza neighborhood - and La Morra is a big reason why. After spending the last few years popping up at different locations around town, this fantastic, wood-fired pizza shop has settled into a permanent space on 3rd St. in Beverly Grove. It’s operating essentially as a takeout window, making the pick-up situation seamless and quick. Toppings range from traditional pepperoni to ’njuda and potatoes, but what makes La Morra so special is that perfectly-charred, bubbly crust.
Sushi Fumi on La Cienega is one of LA’s great sushi restaurants, and it’s not just because they have incredible fish. It’s because any level of sushi eater will have a fantastic meal at this casual-but-lively strip-mall spot. Maybe you’re the kind of person who sticks mostly to rolls and a few recognizable pieces of sashimi, or maybe you live and breathe by the daily specials board. Either way, you’re in good hands. Order the yellowtail and jalapeno sashimi special, the moon roll, or our favorite amberjack in the city, and you’ll see what a great all-around sushi restaurant looks like.
Madre originally opened in Torrance, but has quickly expanded to Culver City and now Fairfax, bringing with it tremendous Oaxacan food and one of the largest mezcal collections in the city. We particularly love the memelas, which are made with thick homemade tortillas and topped with black bean paste, queso fresco, and your choice protein (we recommend either the cecina or tripe). But if you’re with a big group, we recommend getting involved with their excellent tlayuda, which comes with three different meats on the side. Also, the smokey margarita is one of our favorites in town..
The guy behind Slab started out as a secret pop-up in his Studio City driveway (that he called Trudy’s Underground BBQ) and is now operating inside a shiny space on 3rd Street in Beverly Grove. The order-at-the-counter space is casual and straightforward, and the BBQ is some of the best you’ll find in LA city limits. Most people are here for the brisket, but it’s the spare ribs that we’re still thinking about. Be sure to throw in a side order of mac and cheese, and leave yourself some extra time - lines get long during peak lunch hours.
After being the subject of one of the more over-hyped restaurant openings in recent memory, the East Coast-style seafood spot Connie and Ted’s has settled in and become an even better version of itself: a neighborhood staple 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.
For anyone who lives within a half-mile radius of Beverly and Crescent Heights, Marvin is your Cheers. For anyone else, this is a French bistro with food good enough to drive across the city for, and an atmosphere that’ll make you wish you had something similar in your neighborhood. Entrees generally fall in the $30-40, so we recommend coming in with the intention of aggressively snacking instead of throwing down for a three-course meal. Just make sure you’re snacking on any of the toasts and the rigatoni bolognese, and then washing it all down with plenty of wine.
Rosaliné feels like it should be the place to go when you want to see a Kardashian - it’s on Melrose, its sign is neon, and it’s full of beautiful people wearing flowy things. Except Rosaliné also happens to have excellent Peruvian food. And while it’s not going to be a real-life E! News segment, eating here still feels like an event - especially if you get a table in the greenhouse-ish back room. Bring a lot of people so you can try every ceviche and paella on the menu.
West Hollywood has no shortage of over-the-top brunch spots, but when it comes to finding a quality breakfast, things get more difficult. Which is why we love Breakfast by Salt’s Cure. This tiny breakfast-only spot on Santa Monica Blvd. (they’re open daily from 8am-2pm) only has a few things on their menu, but among them is one of LA’s single best breakfast dishes - the oatmeal griddle cake. Sweet, salty, and syrup-less, it’s essentially the greatest pancake on Earth and comes in varieties like banana nut, chocolate chip, and blueberry with flax seed crumble. The OG with toasted cinnamon sugar is still our favorite though. For an extra $2, you can make any version gluten free.
Operating inside Phorage in West Hollywood, this pop-up is run by Detroit native Ryan Ososky, who is cranking out the kind of Detroit-style pizza that reminds us of Buddy’s or Jet’s (for any Detroit natives reading this). The crust is golden and crispy with a light, airy center that makes taking down a whole pie by yourself a very doable option. Standouts include the “1946,” which comes topped with a thick ribbon of marinara and oregano, and “The Goomba” with pepperoni and fennel pollen.
Are you a talent agent or someone who meets with agents? Maybe you hang out with people who have jobs that you only vaguely understand, but who seem to 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.
Norah is an upscale American restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. and a great place to head if you need to impress somebody. Maybe there’s a seal-the-deal date on the horizon or you have a client in town who’s staying on The Strip, but doesn’t want to eat on The Strip. Norah is the right move. The big, beautiful space strikes the perfect balance between being high-end and comfortable, and the wide-ranging menu is full of tasty dishes like cornbread, pizza, and uni-poached shrimp.
A meal at this high-end kaiseki spot will certainly set you back (prix-fixe menus range from $80-260 per person), but if you’re good with that price point, Gozen completely delivers. You’ll eat things like smoked duck with tapenade, sushi that was flown that day from Japan, and strips of Kobe beef prime chuck cooked tableside. The space also only has a handful of tables to go around, making the entire experience feel like you’re dining in your own private teahouse even though you’re at a restaurant on La Cienega. If you’re looking for a special occasion meal in West Hollywood, Gozen is an excellent option.
West Hollywood is overflowing with vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and many of them are quite good. But the place that has us most excited right now is Pura Vida. The all-vegan Italian spot on Santa Monica Blvd. has dishes like a macadamia romano cream, shiitake bacon-filled carbonara, and a “Black Magic Lasagna,” that’s made with cashew ricotta, bechamel sauce, spinach, mushroom, pesto, and a black truffle cream that ties the dish together without overpowering the rest of the flavors. Beyond what you’re going to eat though, Pura Vita is just a fun, casual place to hang out, drink way too much wine, and take in a neighborhood that’s never scarce on quality people-watching.
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 bar franchises in the city, and after close to 100 years along Santa Monica Blvd., the magic inside remains. 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 the neighborhood wouldn’t be the same without it. Their chili or nachos are always the ways to go.
Being a high-end sushi bar within walking distance of Sushi Park can be a tough gig, but Jinpachi has found a way to do it. Located in Boystown, you may have stumbled past Jinpachi after too many vodka sodas at Hi Tops and not even realized it. But this spot 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.
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. Croft Alley has more than filled this gap. The slightly hidden space feels like you stumbled into an apartment’s back terrace and the small menu has everything from a kale salad, to burrata, to a prosciutto grilled cheese that has gotten us through dozens of a few mid-week meltdowns.