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Top 25 Restaurants in Los Angeles to Eat at Right Now

Monkfish osso bucco with charred spanish octopus at The Belvedere, one of GAYOT's Top 25 Restaurants in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in L.A.

SPRING 2016

Spring has sprung and so has a crop of L.A. restaurants you just can't miss. Whether you're a long-time local or visiting out-of-towner, GAYOT has the dish on where you need to go right now. From beachside vegan eats (made by Ellen's former private chef) to elegant French fare in downtown L.A., it's time to get a taste of everything Los Angeles has to offer. These selections are presented in alphabetical order.


Check out the current list of GAYOT's Best Restaurants in Los Angeles to Eat at Right Now 

Au Fudge
— West Hollywood

Actress Jessica Biel and Co. have concocted Au Fudge, a kid-friendly restaurant in WeHo


Actress Jessica Biel and Co. have concocted this kid-friendly restaurant in WeHo where cocktails and a children's playroom are just part of the fun.

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Avec Nous
— Beverly Hills

Chef Olivier Quignon presents artful dishes such as sea scallops at Avec Nous


Chef Olivier Quignon is at the helm of this modern French bistro at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.



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The Bellwether
— Studio City

Seasonal California cuisine takes center stage at The Bellwether in Studio City


Seasonal California cuisine takes center stage in the open kitchen at this Studio City hot spot.



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The Belvedere
— Beverly Hills

Santa Barbara uni linguini is among the house-made pastas at The Belvedere in Beverly Hills


After a major renovation, The Belvedere is back; the name is the same, but everything else is different.



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Doma Kitchen
— Manhattan Beach

Eastern European comfort food is the specialty of Doma Kitchen in Manhattan Beach


Eastern European comfort food is what you'll get at this charming bistro in Manhattan Beach.



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eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery
— Santa Monica

Savor organic vegan fare, cold-pressed juices and produce-driven cocktails at eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery in Santa Monica


EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Chef Roberto Martin offers organic vegan fare, cold-pressed juices and produce-driven cocktails at this modern Santa Monica spot.

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HopSaint Brewing Company
— Torrance

Pair HopSaint Brewing Company's juicy burger with house-brewed beers


House-brewed beers and farm-to-table fare in Torrance? Yes, please.

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Inotheke
— Santa Monica

Enjoy flavorful Greek and Mediterranean fare at Inotheke in Santa Monica


Carolos Tomazos pays tribute to his home island of Cyprus at this friendly neighborhood bistro along Santa Monica's bustling intersection of 6th Street and Broadway.

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Kali
— Larchmont

Co-owners Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley parlayed their serious L.A. restaurant experience into Kali in Larchmont


Co-owners Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley parlayed their serious L.A. restaurant experience into Kali, bringing the high standards of fine dining to a more approachable setting.



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Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
— Santa Monica

Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is a hidden gem with serious culinary cred in Santa Monica


A hidden gem with serious culinary cred in Santa Monica. Get in now because this place won't be a secret for long.



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LocoL
— Watts

LocoL serves up wholesome, affordable eats in Watts


Fast-food revolution? Pretty much. Roy Choi and San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson bring wholesome, affordable eats at this neighborhood joint in Watts.

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Maia
— West Hollywood

Maia is a romantic hideaway on the Sunset Strip with an Asian-fusion menu and tasty cocktails


EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The place formerly known as Mirabelle on the Sunset Strip is reborn as a romantic hideaway with an Asian-fusion menu and tasty cocktails.

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Maradentro
— Brentwood

Brentwood's Maradentro serves up Mexican seafood offerings like hard-shell shrimp tacos


Hard-shell shrimp tacos, tasty tostadas, margaritas rimmed with black lava salt … and a mean burger during lunch. Expect nothing less at this easygoing Brentwood spot for Mexican seafood.



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Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina
— Santa Monica

Take a taste tour around Italy with the Neapolitan pizzas, fresh cheeses and housemade pastas at Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina in Santa Monica


From the fresh cheeses, Neapolitan pizzas and housemade pastas to the lovely staff, this temple to authentic regional Italian cuisine is the closest thing to taking a taste tour around Italy without ever leaving the Westside.



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Pok Pok LA
— Chinatown

Pok Pok LA in Chinatown features chef Andy Ricker's signature Northern Thai specialties


Chef Andy Ricker holds his own with this Chinatown outpost serving up signature Northern Thai specialties.



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Recess Eatery
— Highland Park

Recess Eatery dishes out fine New American cuisine in Highland Park


Head east, young man: Former Patina chef Sevan Azarian offers fine New American cuisine in Highland Park.



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Saint & Second
— Long Beach

Topnotch libations and a comfortable outdoor patio accompany New American cuisine at Long Beach's Saint & Second


Topnotch libations and a comfortable outdoor patio accompany New American cuisine at this Belmont Shore eatery.



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Salt's Cure
— Hollywood

The 2x2x2 breakfast plate at Salt's Cure in Hollywood is loaded with eggs, griddlecakes and bacon or sausage


Everything you ever loved about the original Salt's Cure location in a bigger, prettier space. And a full bar, too.



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Spartina
— Mid-City

Chef/owner Stephen Kalt's handsome restaurant on Melrose Avenue offers the neighborhood an elegantly casual destination


Seasonal Cal-Italian fare from chef/owner Stephen Kalt makes this one of the best dining options on Melrose Avenue.



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Spring
— Downtown

Take an elegant culinary trip to Southern France at Spring in downtown Los Angeles


Take an elegant culinary trip to Southern France at this downtown L.A. restaurant courtesy of esteemed chef Tony Esnault.



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Scratch Bar & Kitchen
— Encino

Chef Phillip Frankland Lee offers a fun culinary experience at Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino


Chef Phillip Frankland Lee offers a fun culinary experience at this cozy little spot in Encino.



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Tempura Endo
— Beverly Hills

You'll feel like you've just been transported to Japan at Tempura Endo in Beverly Hills


You'll feel like you've just been transported to Japan at this temple to traditional Kyoto-style tempura tasting menus and postprandial tea ceremonies.



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Trois Familia
— Silver Lake

Trois Familia's chilaquiles are a crisp square of delicate hash browns topped with a sunny side up egg, cotija cheese and fresh salsa


Chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo bring this much ballyhooed brunch-only spot to Silver Lake.

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Wallflower
— Venice

Venice's Wallflower is a charming hideaway brimming with the flavors of Southeast Asia


Those who succeed in finding this Venice nook (there's no sign) will be rewarded with a charming hideaway brimming with the flavors of Southeast Asia.

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Wolf
— Mid-City

At Wolf, chef Marcel Vigneron presents his version of “seasonal Los Angeles cuisine”


"Top Chef" alum Marcel Vigneron finally has a restaurant to call his own — and a place where you can indulge in his version of "seasonal Los Angeles cuisine."



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