Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


News for Restaurants in Los Angeles
July 2018 Archive

Openings / Closings / Chef Shuffle / News Bytes / Sign up for our free, monthly newsletter / News Archive

Get news for restaurants in Los Angeles.  Learn more about what's going on in your dining community.  From chefs to new restaurants, you'll get the most out of Los Angeles restaurants when you know what's going on. 



In Sherman Oaks an elegant new spot, Sushi Note, offers a collaboration of high-end sushi and fine wine. Chef Kiminobu Saito (formerly of 4 on 6 sushi bar) helms a seven-seat omakase sushi bar; there are also intimate tables and booths. Owners Dave Gibbs and Silvia Gallo of the nearby Augustine wine bar have created a lengthy, sophisticated wine, beer and saké list to accompany the sushi. Sushi Note, 13447 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-802-3443.
Larchmont Bungalow Café (formerly located in Larchmont) has opened in Echo Park with new owners, offering lots of exposed brick and wooden beams, a leafy patio, and a menu of salads, sandwiches, bowls, gourmet burgers and signature egg dishes. Look for morning items including latkes and lox, red and blue velvet pancakes, a vegan breakfast burrito, and a seafood omelet with lobster, shrimp and fresh blue crab. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Larchmont Bungalow Café, 2110 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-908-5301.
Chef Teresa Montaño (Ración) has opened her progressive Spanish restaurant, Otoño, in Highland Park. Look for a variety of paellas, creative tapas, Spanish seafood classics, seasonal vegan dishes, and a Spanish specialty of squid in its own ink. To drink find a good selection of Spanish beers, wines, vermouths and sherries, as well as Spanish gin and tonics. Otoño, 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-474-6624.
El Tejano has opened a second location in Woodland Hills, serving classics such as grilled street corn, Frito pie, a wide variety of tacos, burritos and enchiladas, and Southwest quinoa bowls. Weekend breakfast includes Tejano chilaquiles and a Texas breakfast burrito with brisket. All day, every day there’s a happy hour with a second drink “Texas-sized” for $2. Look for a large outdoor patio with games like corn hole, plenty of draft beer, frozen margaritas and a mezcal list. El Tejano, 21028 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-302-7206.
Patina Restaurant Group’s latest fast-casual spot, Cocina Roja, is a nice new addition to the outdoor dining options at the Music Center. Inspired by the flavors of Mexico City, this traditional Mexican al fresco taqueria offers authentic fare featuring guacamole en molcajete, quinoa salad, shrimp cocktail, tacos (oxtail, chimichurri shrimp, chicken, steak and mesquite smoked mushroom), stuffed poblano peppers, grilled chicken, salmon or skirt steak. Cocina Roja, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
A rarified Japanese restaurant from NYC restaurateur Reika Alexander (EN Japanese Brasserie) has opened at Château Marmont in a secluded bungalow located on the property. Chateau Hanare (“cottage set apart”) is accessed from a separate entrance on Selma. Chef Abe Hiroki's kaiseki and à la carte menus include seasonal sashimi, uni toast with cherry blossom smoked uni, grilled lobster with yuzu miso sauce, Wagyu beef, foie gras hand rolls, and uni ice cream. Look for high-end cocktails and select saké and wine lists. Dinner nightly. Chateau Hanare, Château Marmont, 8097 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-963-5269.
Chef Matt Molina has partnered with the folks at Silverlake Wine to open a stylish new neighborhood spot in Highland Park called Hippo. The menu features crispy squash blossoms with ricotta and warm cranberry, hamachi crudo with kumquat relish and chervil, guinea hen ravioli, and barbequed pork country ribs. There’s a delightful list of wines by the glass, and an equally compelling cocktail collection with specialties like “Paris is Burning” mixed with bourbon, Italicus, lemon, blackberry, aquafaba and saffron. Hippo, 5916 1⁄2 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-545-3536.
AVRA Beverly Hills offers upscale traditional Greek fare New York City’s famous Greek restaurant Avra Madison Estiatorio has opened a west coast outpost named AVRA Beverly Hills. Designed to evoke an open-air villa in Greece, the 11,000-square-foot restaurant features plenty of stone, glass and lemon trees. Expect some traditional Greek fare with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood. Dishes include Chilean sea bass soup, ouzo mussels, sashimi, and fresh caught whole fish by the pound – including Mediterranean white snapper, loup de mer, royal dorado, sinagrida and scorpion fish. There’s also a $115 porterhouse steak, grilled lamb chops, many Greek sides, and a good selection of Mediterranean wines. Lunch & Dinner daily. AVRA Beverly Hills, 233 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-734-0841.
In Venice, Rose Avenue is now home to Makani, a stylish spot for tiki rum drinks and a sleek menu from executive chef Kevin Lee. Lee’s dishes explore his Korean roots with a contemporary California spin – look for cured ocean trout, mung bean jeon, skirt steak ssams with horseradish turmeric cream, braised short rib and crispy duck confit. The rum list boasts over 80 varieties from around the globe, and some go into impressive artisanal cocktails. There’s also a progressive list of natural wines and grower Champagnes. Makani, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-645-5410.
Hasiba is a new vegetarian kosher “hummusiya” on Pico with an Israeli/Moroccan angle and a focus on a variety of fresh hummus and house-made pita (from Lodge Bread partners). Look for wild mushroom hummus with chermoula, hearty pita sandwiches with fried eggplant or roasted tomatoes and peppers, shakshouka two ways, and salads and sweets. To drink find traditional Turkish coffee, mint tea and seasonal granitas. Breakfast & Lunch Sun.-Fri., Dinner Sun.-Thurs.. Hasiba, 8532 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 424-302-0225.
Bar Caló is a chic new all-day neighborhood spot in Echo Park from husband and wife duo Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman (Ostrich Farm). A Mexican-inspired California menu features poblano-corn pancakes with poached egg and salsa ranchera, chilaquiles mole with fried egg, ocean trout with chipotle mayo, salt roasted spot prawns, and market oysters with a trio of mignonettes. Look for sophisticated craft cocktails from Jeremy Simpson, a broad mezcal and tequila list, and a select wine and beer list with Mexican choices. Bar Caló, 1498 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-278-0901.
While the original Beverly Boulevard location remains under remodeling construction, Madeo Beverly Hills has opened its swank new digs on North Camden Drive, and now features a sidewalk patio. Look for the same menu of traditional Italian favorites: risotto, pastas, pizzas, whole branzino, and filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce. Madeo, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-859-4903.
Chef Charles Olalia (ex-Patina) transforms the former Bar Angeles in Silver Lake into a casually hip and modern Filipino spot called Ma’am Sir. There’s a long, lively bar, colorful tables and chairs, bold, artsy wallpaper, and vines romantically cascading from wooden beams. Olalia’s menu includes the likes of lumpia with shrimp and uni, baked coconut mussels, pork sisig with sweetbreads and calamansi, lobster inihaw with taro leaf curry, and rib-eye salpicao with citrus brown butter and pimenton. Expect creative craft cocktails with some tropical twists, beer and wine by the glass. Ma'am Sir, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-741-8371.


Montrésor has started lunch service Lunch Now Offered at Montrésor
Studio City's enchanting bistro Montrésor now offers lunch service Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu offers appetizers of Bibb lettuce salad with avocado, French onion soup and crab cake, followed by Croque Madame, coq au vin and the house burger topped with Comté cheese. Montrésor, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-760-7081.
Chef Daniel Boulud created THE UMAMI FRENCHIE for UMAMI BURGER Vive la France Burger!
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER locations throughout the Los Angeles area, as well as Orange County, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. C-10, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-954-8626.


As the new executive chef of the W Hollywood, Charles Lacad (formerly of The Omni San Francisco and Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay) reconstructs the hotel’s menu for the first time since its opening eight years ago. Dishes at the hotel restaurant Delphine focus on elevated California bistro fare with diverse flavors inspired in part from his childhood growing up in O’ahu, Hawaii. New signature items include red-wine braised short rib parpadella; ahi crudo with yuzu avocado purée, watermelon radish and black sea salt; diver scallops with truffled sweet corn nage; and seasonal risotto. Delphine, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-798-1355.
Chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) will soon reinvent the eateries at The Line hotel in Koreatown, filling the void left by Roy Choi’s departure from COMMISSARY and POT. Citrin will helm both restaurant revamps; expect elevated French California cuisine, and likely a standout wine list. The Line Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-381-7411.


Longtime popular Mexican restaurants Malo (4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake) and Màs Malo (Downtown) both closed at the end of July. Mas Malo, 515 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
In Pasadena, the French-Vietnamese restaurant Abricott has closed. A new Mendocino Farms will open later this year in the location. Abricott, 238 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
Au Fudge Los Angeles restaurant has closed Au Fudge Los Angeles, the kid-friendly (yet chic) restaurant from Jessica Biel, is now only operating as an event space. Au Fudge Los Angeles, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Chef Neal Fraser (Redbird) has closed his casual chicken spot Fritzi Coop in DTLA. The original Fritzi Coop is still open at the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax. Fritzi Coop, 814 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
In Silver Lake, Bar Angeles has closed and flipped into the casually upscale Filipino restaurant Ma’am Sir. Bar Angeles, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.

Want to learn to cook
? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.

View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Los Angeles

Discover the top restaurants in Los Angeles for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, pizza, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in LA here!

Discover the best restaurants in LA

Current News View archived news: April 2022 | March 2022 | February 2022 | January 2022 | December 2021 | November 2021 | October 2021 | September 2021 | August 2021 | July 2021 | June 2021 | May 2021 | April 2021 | March 2021 | February 2021 | January 2021 | December 2020 | November 2020 | October 2020 | September 2020 | August 2020 | July 2020 | June 2020 | April 2020 | March 2020 | February 2020 | January 2020 | December 2019 | November 2019 | October 2019 | September 2019 | August 2019 | July 2019 | June 2019 | May 2019 | April 2019 | March 2019 | February 2019 | January 2019 | December 2018 | November 2018 | October 2018 | September 2018 | August 2018 | July 2018 | June 2018 | May 2018 | April 2018 | March 2018 | February 2018 | January 2018 | December 2017 | November 2017 | October 2017 | September 2017 | August 2017 | July 2017 | June 2017 | May 2017 | April 2017 | March 2017 | February 2017 | January 2017 | December 2016 | November 2016 | October 2016 | September 2016 | August 2016 | July 2016 | June 2016 | May 2016 | April 2016 | March 2016 | February 2016 | January 2016 | December 2015 | November 2015 | October 2015 | September 2015 | August 2015 | July 2015 | June 2015 | May 2015 | April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | January 2007 | March 2008


GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Weeks, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.


The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Proper Hotel Santa Monica RooftopThe view is not the only reason to dine at Calabra in Santa Monica, CA.

Read the review and see photos.