There isn’t a more exciting place to eat right now than Los Angeles. While we’ve built our gastronomic reputation on incredible food trucks and off-the-beaten-path tacos, chefs are flocking to our fair city to take some serious risks, turning L.A. into even more of a culinary mecca. Our expert local critics and editors narrowed down the best of the city’s food scene—the freshest, most inventive and most memorable spots—right here in the Time Out EAT List.
At its core, the Los Angeles dining scene thrives on its diverse and welcome blend of internationally inspired and genre-bending cuisines, which creates some of the world’s best omakase restaurants, fine-dining institutions and French-bistro gems tucked into strip malls.
Our experts scour the city for great eats, great value and insider info—like $10 bar bites from a James Beard Award-winning chef at his Highland Park happy hour. We value fun, flavor, freshness—and value at every price point. We update the EAT List regularly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a pop-up-turned-permanent in a Chinatown plaza: If it’s on the list, we think it’s awesome—and we bet you will, too.
March 2020: Josiah Citrin’s lauded tasting menu concept, Mélisse, reopened with a whole new look and menu and has found its way back onto our EAT List, while the all-day–dining icon République moves into the number-one slot for its stellar and uncompromising execution, whether we’re talking breakfast, light bites, a romantic dinner or some of the best pastries in the city. Cracking the top 15 is Maude, Curtis Stone’s wine-region–focused fine dining den, which continues to prove its innovation with an inspired new menu every quarter (and, with its current South Australia fundraising menu, more than a dose of charity and do-gooding). Meanwhile, entirely new to the list is Sushi Note, a key Valley player that manages to bring something refreshing to the stalwart sushi region: incredible wine (plus a new sibling spot in Los Feliz).
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