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The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Spring 2014

Posted By Sophie Gayot On March 28, 2014 @ 4:19 pm In Dining,Los Angeles,Sophie Gayot,Video Interviews | 1 Comment

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The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

Los Angeles is spoiled for choice when it comes to new, inventive and important places to dine. Whether it’s a beachy seafood shack, a downtown dining destination or an upscale Studio City spot helmed by a former Top Chef contestant, there are endless opportunities to eat well in the City of Angels. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

 

The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.

 

AcabarWest Hollywood

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Chef Octavio Becerra conjures up the French colonial spice trail in this beguiling restaurant and lounge.
Recommended dish: Steamed buns filled with crispy pork belly, charred onion relish and kumquats.

Review and rating of Acabar restaurant in West Hollywood.

 

 

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Allumette
Los Angeles, Echo Park
Editor’s Note: Allumette closed on June 28, 2014.

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Chef Miles Thompson turns out luminous New American cuisine in Echo Park.
Recommended dish: Piquant Szechuan pork dumplings.

Full review and rating of Allumette restaurant in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

 

 

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Alma
 – Los Angeles, Downtown

Chef Ari Taymor, one of GAYOT’s 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S., turns out engaging, creative and eclectic New American cuisine in an offbeat neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.
Recommended dish: Frozen duck liver with smoked maple, carrot, and coffee granola.

Full review and rating of Alma restaurant in downtown, Los Angeles.

 

 

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Bucato
Culver City

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Chef Evan Funke brings homemade pastas and breads to the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City.
Recommended dishCorzetti Stampati (coin-shaped pasta).

Full review and rating of Bucato restaurant in Culver City.

 

 

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The Church Key
 West Hollywood

A dining experience grounded in contrast makes chef Steven Fretz’s restaurant an exciting destination.
Recommended dishAhi tuna tartare with pomegranate, Greek yogurt, cucumber and house made pappadam.

Full review and rating of The Church Key restaurant in West Hollywood.

 

 

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The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.

 


Connie and Ted’s
West Hollywood

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Providence co-owners Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto are behind this West Hollywood seafood “shack.”
Recommended dishLobster roll with hot drawn butter or mayonnaise.

Full review and rating of Connie and Ted’s restaurant in West Hollywood.

 

 

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Crossroads
 – Los Angeles, Melrose/Fairfax

An upscale vegan restaurant from Oprah’s former private star-chef Tal Ronnen.
Recommended dish: Crab cakes, hearts of palm, granny smith apples, heirloom beets, horseradish aioli.

Full review and rating of Crossroads restaurant in Los Angeles, Melrose/Fairfax.

 

 

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Fishing With Dynamite
 – Manhattan Beach

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Chef David LeFevre revisits the East Coast fishing nostalgia of his childhood.
Recommended dishThe Mothershucker seafood platter.

Full review and rating of Fishing With Dynamite restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

 

 

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Flores
 – Los Angeles, West L.A.
Editor’s Note: Flores has relaunched as Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores, featuring a Southern-inspired menu from chef Brian Dunsmoor (The Hart & the Hunter).

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A serious New American restaurant in the middle of LA’s Westside Little Tokyo.
Recommended dish: Texas caviar, black-eyed peas, poached egg and smoked ham hock.

Full review and rating of Flores restaurant in West Los Angeles.

 

 

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Girasol
 – Studio City

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Former “Top Chef” contestant CJ Jacobson crafts inventive, seasonal California cuisine in Studio City.
Recommended dish: Octopus salad nestled with long-roasted eggplant and finished with rosemary ash oil and toasted lovage.

Full review and rating of Girasol restaurant in Studio City.

 

 


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The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.

 

Hakkasan – Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills branch of the trendy Chinese restaurant Hakkasan, which originated in London.
Recommended dish: Roasted silver cod with Champagne.

Full review and rating of Hakkasan restaurant in Beverly Hills.

 

 

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The Hart & the Hunter
 – Los Angeles, Melrose/Fairfax

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Casual restaurant offering imaginative, shareable plates.
Recommended dish: Hanger steak topped with fried oysters,

Full review and rating of The Hart & the Hunter in the Melrose/Fairfax area in Los Angeles.

 

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Herringbone
 – West Hollywood


Chef Brian Malarkey has brought Herringbone to Los Angeles.
Recommended dish: Whole fish ceviche.

Full review and rating of Herringbone in West Hollywood.

 

 

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La Brea Bakery Café 
-  Los Angeles, Mid-City

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La Brea Bakery Café features baked goods plus a menu of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more.
Recommended dish: Twice-baked almond croissant.

Full review and rating of La Brea Bakery Café in Mid-City Los Angeles.

 

 

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Little Sister
 –  Manhattan Beach

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Southeast Asian cuisine in a casual setting in downtown Manhattan Beach.
Recommended dish: Grilled pork spring rolls with red leaf lettuce, mint, carrot and cucumber.

Full review and rating of Little Sister in Manhattan Beach.

 

 

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The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.

 

MaudeBeverly Hills

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“Take Home Chef” host Curtis Stone’s first restaurant.
Tip: Chef Curtis Stone composes a monthly set menu based on and inspired by one seasonal ingredient.

Full review and rating of Maude restaurant in Beverly Hills.

 

 

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Orsa & Winston
 – Los Angeles, Downtown

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Ambitious, multi-cultural dining concept from prolific downtown chef/restaurateur Josef Centeno.
Recommended dish: The velvety, almost-as-good-as-foie-gras chicken liver mousse.

Full review and rating of Orsa & Winston restaurant in downtown, Los Angeles.

 

 

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Paiche
 – Marina del Rey

Paiche is another success from Ricardo Zarate: Peruvian cuisine with Japanese flavors.
Recommended dish: Paiche lettuce wrap, grilled amazonian fish, marinated anticucho miso and crispy sweet potato.

Full review and rating of Paiche restaurant in Marina del Rey.

 

 

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Rao’s
 – Los Angeles, Hollywood

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Frank Pellegrino’s Los Angeles location of famed New York Rao’s Italian restaurant.
Recommended dishMeatballs, ground beef, pork, veal, seasoned breadcrumbs, marinara sauce.

Full review and rating of Rao’s restaurant in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

 

 

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Rare by Drai’s
 – West Hollywood

Nightlife mogul Victor Drai is back on the restaurant scene with this steakhouse on the Sunset strip.
Tip: Don’t miss out on the craft cocktails.

Full review and rating of Rare by Drai’s restaurant in West Hollywood.

 

 

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The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.

 

République – Los Angeles, Mid-City

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Chef Walter Manzke finally opens his own restaurant: a French bistro.
Recommended dishGrass-fed beef tartare, tarragon aioli, pickled red onion, potato chips.

Full review and rating of République restaurant in Mid-City, Los Angeles.

 

 

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RivaBella
West Hollywood

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Chef Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) and Innovative Dining Group teamed up for this Italian restaurant in West Hollywood.
Recommended dish:  Lasagne Nonna Elvira.

Full review and rating of RivaBella restaurant in West Hollywood.

 

 

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Thé Cool @ Berri’s Café
 – Los Angeles, Mid-City

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A Parisian café from Michèle La Porta for a healthy lunch break.
Recommended dish: Zucchini spaghetti.

Full review and rating of Thé Cool at Berri’s Café in Mid-City, Los Angeles.

 

 

 

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Water Grill
Santa Monica

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A Santa Monica branch of downtown L.A.’s iconic seafood restaurant, now with a more democratic approach to the menu.
Recommended dishLoup de mer ceviche special.

Full review and rating of Water Grill Santa Monica restaurant in Santa Monica.

 

 

 

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Willie Jane
Venice

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Chef Govind Armstrong presents an approachable and well-executed take on Southern cuisine.
Recommended dish: Fried chicken.

Full review and rating of Willie Jane restaurant in Venice.

 

 

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