Los Angeles has one of the best restaurant scenes in the world. A lot of fresh ingredients from the region are used, whether for typical California or international dishes. You can then wash it down with a delicious glass of California wine. The service is usually excellent even in the most modest places. You should make a reservation at the most popular restaurants, although you can sometimes get a table later in the evening when locals have already finished their meal.
A sales tax of 8.25% will be added to the invoice, in addition a tip of 15-20% is usual. It is best to simply double the amount of the sales tax to get the amount of the tip.
In many restaurants, even those that are licensed and offer their own wine list, you can bring your own wine. In this case, however, a corking fee will be charged (either as a flat fee or per person). The flat fee can be up to US $ 25.
The following restaurants in Los Angeles are divided into three categories.
Expensive (over $ 75)
Moderate ( $ 25 to $ 75)
Inexpensive (up to $ 25)
The prices shown are the average price for a three-course meal per person with half a bottle of house wine. VAT and tips are not included.
This is a temple for gourmets who like to overlook the price of a meal and indulge in the unsurpassed Californian-French nouvelle cuisine. Exquisite starters such as foie gras with rhubarb jelly, followed by main dishes such as anglerfish with Iberian ham or lamb saddle with broad beans are very impressive. The menus are fantastic. The cheese menu and wine selection are perhaps the best in all of Los Angeles. Closed on Monday.
Address: 141 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 972 33 31
This wood-decorated restaurant with its high ceilings is particularly known for its exquisite Italian dishes that look as good as they taste. The bread and risotto and pasta dishes, such as rigatoni with braised aubergines, mozzarella and tomatoes, are particularly recommended. In this restaurant, which is particularly popular with young lawyers and people from the film industry, you should reserve one of the good tables in good time. The tables are relatively close together and it gets very busy in the evening. Closed on Sundays.
Address: 346 South La Brea Avenue, San Jose
Phone: (323) 938 28 63
Café des Artistes
This inviting café-style café in the middle of Hollywood serves simple French dishes under chef Jean-Pierre Bosc, from delicate mussels in cream sauce or mergue sausage in caraway dip, to salads and sandwiches, to classic bistro dishes such as moules-fries or steak-fries . You can either sit in the cozy, wood-decorated restaurant or on one of the lushly planted terraces.
Address: Hollywood, 1534 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 469 73 00
This neat, elegant restaurant with its clean lines is known for its always outstanding, imaginative cuisine. Delicious bread is served with a delicate olive tapenade. The changing menu includes creative dishes such as New Zealand salmon with mushrooms, polenta with citrus soy emulsion or goat cheesecake as a dessert. The brunch is recommended.
Address: 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
Phone: (310) 399 58 11
This bright, spacious, and modern noodle restaurant offers extremely affordable Japanese cuisine. The audience consists mainly of well-dressed Asian and sophisticated American guests. Fresh swordfish, puree from sweet potatoes, marinated seaweed, fried tuna with wasabi sauce or nabeyaki udon soup with spinach, mushrooms, shrimp, chicken, egg and fish cakes are particularly recommended.
Address: West Hollywood / Melrose, 8474 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 782 01 81
Vegan and health-conscious guests are just right in this large artist’s café with its designer wall lighting and outdoor terrace. The huge veggie burgers, salads and fresh juice mix drinks are particularly powerful. The amazingly low-calorie desserts are delicacies such as an absolutely heavenly marble cake, apple pie and casserole made from fresh fruit and cornbread with vanilla ice cream. This is a real paradise for vegetarian sweet beaks, as you can indulge here without sins. There is a second branch in Santa Monica (530 Wilshire Boulevard).
Address: West Hollywood / Melrose, 120 North Robertson Blvd, 90048 Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 652 44 44 or 319 91 00
Out take bistro
This small, modern, yet cozy café, which is particularly popular with young actors and musicians, offers simple and healthy favorites such as Caesar Salad and delicious pasta dishes. The homemade borscht, served hot or cold, is prepared according to the original Armenian recipe by the owner’s mother and is simply legendary. The staff is friendly and the prices are quite affordable.
Address: Studio City, 12159 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
Phone: (818) 760 11 11